The Top 5 Microsoft Headlines Of 2012 – And The Real Trends Behind Them

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Microsoft#Microsoft Office#predictions#Services#Surface Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img While it might be an overstatement to claim that Microsoft news dominated 2012, the company’s drumbeat of publicity around the launch of Windows 8 gave it a disproportionate significance.And Microsoft did gear up and execute on a series of milestones: Windows 8, the Surface tablet, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012, and Office 2013 (at least within Surface). But what are the big trends behind those headlines? What’s really shaping Microsoft right now?1. The Headline: Windows 8Beginning in February 2012, Microsoft launched the Consumer Preview of Windows 8, followed by the Release Preview of Windows 8 on May 31. Microsoft was out in front of reporters and analysts, explaining via blog posts how it built Windows 8 and what its goals were. The company touted how Windows 8 was built for a variety of screen sizes and delved into the touch keyboard through discussions of the new apps. But Microsoft has been surprisingly cagey about Windows 8’s success so far: We won’t really find out the final results until January, when Microsoft reveals its sales numbers as part of its first-quarter results.1a. The Real Trend: MetroIf there was one word that summed up Microsoft during 2012, it’s this: Unity. The Consumer Preview of Windows 8 ushered in the “Metro” interface that will define this generation of Microsoft’s products. Flat, but bright, iconic and ambitious, with a reliance on typography rather than icons, the Metro interface (now referred to, unofficially, as the “Microsoft design language”) was quickly adopted across Microsoft’s other product lines, most notably within Windows Phone, Microsoft’s Web Apps, and sites like MSN.2. The Headline: SurfaceMicrosoft’s big reveal of the Surface tablet in the summer was a masterpiece of temptation: a slick demo, a quick hands-on with the product, then out the door, appetites whetted. Microsoft’s refusal to discuss pricing or even allow a hands-on until days before the product was actually released forced many buyers to pre-order a Surface sight unseen. That, combined with the uncertainty around the Windows RT operating system used on the base model Surface (how close was it to Windows 8? How did Metro apps work? Was Office RT really Office?) probably added too many questions to Surface to make it a real success, although it “sold out” soon after launch. Still, like Google’s Nexus line, the Surface launch taught us that consumers prefer the hardware that the ecosystem builder “owns.” So far, third-party Windows 8 tablets seem to have gained even less traction.2a. The Real Trend: Owning Your Own PlatformAs ReadWrite noted in July, a key lament of ecosystem control is designing the hardware, software and services so that all three work together in a unified whole. Apple does this with the iPhone, iOS and iCloud; with Google’s purchase of Motorola, it can do the same. Until Microsoft decided to build Surface, however, it lacked the hardware component. Time will tell how Surface fares (the price still seems a bit high) but Microsoft has all the pieces of the puzzle in place to control its destiny.3. The Headline: Windows Phone 8Living with the HTC Windows Phone 8X for a month after its October launch taught me two things: Windows Phone 8 is a bright, beautiful mobile operating system, and that it deserves more traction. Yes, there was the “smoked by Windows Phone” viral efforts. But almost more than Windows 8, Windows Phone feels modern and connected, and Live Tile integration makes it fast and easy to use. So far, the general perception is that from a quality perspective, at least, Windows Phone 8 belongs in the same category as Google’s Android and iOS. But from a sales perspective, Windows Phone 8 isn’t really close to competing with the market leaders.3a. The Real Trend: Apps And The WebUnfortunately, apps still remain the Achilles heel of Windows Phone 8 – and, if you consider Windows RT or Metro apps in the same category – of Windows 8 on PCs and tablets as well. Microsoft has made a valiant effort to convince users and developers that optimized apps like “Contre Jour” are the wave of the future, even as detractors sniff that Microsoft’s Web browsers are the least standards-compliant of all. If Microsoft can convince users that Web apps fill the bill, then it can whitewash any apps deficiency. But critics have also loudly begged for Facebook to build an app, rather than an HTML5 mobile page. So far, Microsoft is on the losing side of this trend.4. The Headline: Office 2013As the name suggests, Office 2013 is a 2013 product, at least for consumers. Microsoft began making its versions of Office 2013 available to businesses in early December.  But when Windows RT launched with Surface, one of its more potent features was the inclusion of a “preview” of Office 2013 Home and Student, that quickly morphed into a final version. ReadWrite has complained about the inadequacy of Microsoft’s Office Web Apps, but Office 2013 has been well-reviewed; it just costs more. The year ended with rumors that Microsoft would begin selling Office for the iPad and iPhone, a development that looks increasingly more likely as time goes by.4a. The Real Trend: Office 365 SubscriptionsSubscriptions. The cloud. They go hand in hand. By pricing Office 365 subscriptions more cheaply than the standalone editions, Microsoft has encouraged consumers to bury their Office payments as a recurring charge on their credit card, rather than as a major purchasing decision to agonize over. Google’s cloud services have made save-all-the-time, run-anywhere cloud office suites indispensible, and Microsoft, no dummy, has embraced the concept whole-heartedly.5. The Headline: Windows Server 2012Unless you’re an IT geek, chances are that Windows Server was one of the least interesting Microsoft announcements this year. But for IT administrators, the release of Windows Server 2012 on Sept. 4 was an important milestone. Boasting improved virtualization (Hyper-V) capabilities, the new ReFS file system, and improvements to Active Directory, Windows Server also simplified the number of versions, consolidating them to essentially three: Foundation, Standard and Datacenter.5a. The Real Trend: Enterprise Is The Place To BeFrom IBM ditching its ThinkPad and computer hardware business in favor of enterprise services to Dell’s transition away from “Dude, you’re getting a Dell,” the fact is that tech vendors are increasingly looking to stable, high-value, recurring contract services. Microsoft’s Server and Tools business isn’t Microsoft’s most profitable – that’s the Business Division, with about twice the profits of the server business – but both share high-margin subscription business models. And with more and more users turning to tablets, the emphasis is shifting to the datacenters powering the cloud services that connect these portable devices. Microsoft certainly isn’t alone here, but it’s making a big effort to be a significant player.ConclusionSay what you will about the quality, utility and pricing of the products and services Microsoft launched in 2012. But recognize that those launches pretty much all went smoothly, without major availability issues, bugs or other glitches. We’ll learn the final results – revenues and profits – in the quarters to come. Microsoft has talked optimistically about its successes all year. Come January 2012, we’ll see how well all of Microsoft’s hard work really paid off. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… markhachmanlast_img read more

Featuring New Mexico Building Healthy Military Communities

first_imgSusie Galea is the project coordinator in New Mexico for the new pilot program, Building Healthy Military Communities.Susie is the most former Mayor of Alamogordo, NM, where proudly Holloman AFB and a NM Guard Armory are hosted. She also volunteered as an ESGR Area Chairman for Guardsmen, Reservist, transitioning active duty, disabled Veterans, and their spouses.Susie has firsthand knowledge of all Service Member/Veteran resources, programs, and benefits related to employment, family programs, service delivery, diversity, small-business development for entrepreneurs, and more.  Recognizing the needed services for Guard members that are not yet classified as Veterans under federal legislation, she looks forward to especially coordinating resources for those NM Guard members who are underserved.Her motivation to serve through Building Healthy Military Communities comes from being a former military spouse of fourteen years.  Susie acutely aware of the sacrifices by those that are Service Members and their supporting family members.Prior to serving as the mayor of Alamogordo, Susie owned and operated a small childcare development business from her home for 5 years, and also has 15 years experience in accounting management and bookkeeping.  Her bachelors degree is in Organizational Management from Ashford University’s Forbes School of Business.Over the last five years Susie has established rapport with statewide leaders, to include New Mexico’s Governor, and her state cabinet members that support the military community.  Susie believes in building and maintaining key business relationships, and statewide networks, which will lend to her ability to quickly develop an overall BHMC state action plan addressing identified gaps of services. Today we interviewed Susie Galea, State Coordinator for the Building Healthy Military Communities Program in New Mexico. We had the chance to talk to Susie about the current work & challenges in New Mexico.  Next week we will take a closer look at the community assessments taking place across New Mexico so that we can better understand how the program works.last_img read more

Jimmy Alapag named new Alab Pilipinas head coach

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers “It has a new ring to it. It’s really an exciting opportunity and I’m just really thankful for Alab for bringing me on,” said Alapag on Saturday when Alab Pilipinas made his signing official.Bagong laban, bagong #pALABan! ALAB PILIPINAS welcomes new Head Coach JIMMY “The Mighty Mouse” ALAPAG! 🔥🔥🔥 Official signing in a bit!— Alab Pilipinas (@AlabPilipinas) August 12, 2017This will be a brand new challenge for Alapag, who previously worked as an assistant coach for Gilas Pilipinas and Meralco Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side San Beda loss woke up Letran, says Quinto The 39-year-old legend has taken over the lead mentor job while Mac Cuan slides into the role of assistant for Alab’s second season. LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo .@AlabPilipinas announces the signing ✍️ of @JAlapag3 as Head Coach for the upcoming ABL— ABL (@aseanbasketball) August 12, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWinner in every level he’s been in, Jimmy Alapag will take that champion mentality as the head coach of Alab Pilipinas this upcoming 2018 ASEAN Basketball League season.ADVERTISEMENT But the 2011 PBA Most Valuable Player is no stranger to being the captain, leading TNT to six championships while also being a key figure in the national team.“We signed Jimmy because we know he can help transform the team. He has been helping lots of young players about good work ethic. That’s what he’ll bring to the team. We’re very happy that he’ll finally be a head coach,” said team owner Charlie Dy.Alapag shared that he’s excited to embark on this new chapter  and he hopes to pass forward the lessons he’s learned from his past mentors.“I’ve been very, very fortunate in my career to play for different coaches – coach Chot (Reyes), coach Norman (Black), coach Derrick (Pumaren), even coach Tim (Cone) when he was helping Gilas. We’re talking about some Hall of Fame-level coaches. I’d like to get bits and pieces from those guys. I wanna encourage our guys to come in and get ready to work,” he said.Alapag said the team won’t settle for anything less this coming season after Alab finished third in the ABL last year.“I think going into second season, the goal is to compete for the championship. Last year, they were really close to being in the Finals. Hopefully this season, we’ll get there and bring the first championship for Alab,” he said.Alapag will have Cuan and Paolo Rivero in his coaching staff.As for the players, Dy said that the management is working doubly hard  to bring back 2017 ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks and national team guard Kiefer Ravena.“We’re trying to keep Ray and Kiefer, definitely. People will just have to wait for the next two weeks,” the team executive said. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

From state bodies to players, BCCI releases funds for all

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 13 (PTI) The BCCI has released pending payments to various stakeholders which include Test match centres, state bodies, match fee of India players besides salary of coaches and commentators. Also the IPL franchises were paid one installment of their share from the “Net Central Rights”. The boards website has uploaded all the payments and specific heads under which the invoices have been created from January to March. According to payments made in March, the cash-strapped Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) have been paid approx Rs 1.69 crore under the head: “Advance against amount due to association”. The amount has been released on March 22 and will go a long way to help the staff, who have not been paid salaries for months. The BCCI has also paid Rs 1.45 crore and Rs 5.54 crore (approx) on two separate counts — property tax and service tax — on behalf of DDCA. The payments to various Test centres have also been made. Accordingly, Himachal Pradesh and Hyderabad have received approximately Rs 2.82 crore each while Maharashtra and Andhra were paid Rs 4.52 crore respectively. Among the IPL franchises — promoters of KKR and Sunrisers received Rs 21 crore each, while Kings XI Punjab received Rs 22.5 crore. The promoters of Mumbai Indians — Indiawin Sports Private Limited and Delhi Daredevils owner GMR Sports received Rs 23 crore each. All the top Indian players received their match fees plus retainership fees for various tours during the last international season. Chief coach Anil Kumble has received “professional fees” of approx Rs 48.75 lakh each for December and January while Rahul Dravid, currently coach Delhi Daredevils, has received two separate amounts of Rs 41.44 lakh and Rs 1.89 crore (approx) during the 2016 season for coaching India U-19 and A sides. The top Indian commentators have also been paid their fees for various broadcasting assignments. Both Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri have been paid approx Rs 56.93 lakh each for the England series. Likewise, L Sivaramakrishnan and Sanjay Manjrekar were paid Rs 26.25 lakh and Rs 42 lakh respectively for the England series. PTI KHS BS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

ICC mulling expanded World T20s at the expense of Champions Trophy

first_imgInternational Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson has revealed that Champions Trophy could be scrapped to make way for the World T20 every two years.India slumped to a crushing 180-run defeat at the hands of their arch-rivals Pakistan at the Kennington Oval on Sunday, with an estimated viewing audience in hundreds of millions.However, some officials argued that the recently-concluded eight-team marquee event is too similar to the World Cup, which the ICC has decided will be contested with just 10 teams from 2019 in England.And Richardson admitted that there should be some differentiation in global events and, therefore, the 2021 Champions Trophy, scheduled to be held in India, is not guaranteed to go ahead, the Dawn reported.”What we want to do is differentiate our global events from each other so that they can be standalone and create maximum interest every time the event happens,” Richardson told reporters via telephonic conversation on the eve of the ICC’s annual conference in London.”At this stage, the next Champions Trophy is still scheduled for India in 2021. Whether that gets changed, the consideration has been given to changing to two T20s in a four-year cycle which would mean swapping the Champions Trophy for a World T20,” he added.Richardson believes that World T20s attract a lot more attention than ODI tournaments and also generate significant revenue for the television companies.He further insisted that the idea is to give opportunities to more teams, hinting at the possibility of 20 teams featuring in World T20s in future.advertisement”The fact is that World T20s do attract a lot of interest, they generate significant revenue for the television companies, but most importantly from our point of view they provide us with an opportunity to give more opportunities to more teams,” Richardson said.”A 16-team World T20 – even a 20-team World T20 – down the line is something that we would like to look at. With a 10-team World Cup we’re hoping to increase the competitiveness of matches and the standard of the tournament as a whole. It might not be necessary to continue with two 50-over tournaments going forward,” he added.The ICC will hold its annual conference in London today to discuss whether a Test status should be granted to Ireland and Afghanistan, with an announcement expected to be made on Thursday.last_img read more

RCB’s dismal IPL run won’t affect Kohli’s performance in the World Cup, says Brad Hogg

first_imgFormer Australia spinner Brad Hogg on Friday said that RCB’s dismal run in the ongoing IPL will not impact India captain Virat Kohli’s performance in the World Cup, beginning May 30.Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to win a game this season, having lost six matches in a row.”There is no way that it will affect Virat Kohli in the World Cup, he is a focused individual and he wants to succeed. Do not worry about Kohli going in the World Cup,” Hogg said in a video he has posted on Twitter.Hogg is also not surprised with the forgettable run of RCB, who are the bottom of the points table and are perennial underachievers in the competition.”They rely too heavily on Kohli and AB de Villiers, their middle order has not stood up. Also their bowling department in the death overs. They have not executed their plans and they never had the right plans. So management has to sit down and turn things around very quickly,” the 48-year-old added.The Royal Challengers will be hoping for their first win this season when they take on Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Saturday.Also Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli tries out some unorthodox shots at the nets as RCB seek 1st winAlso Read | RCB performance will not affect Virat Kohli: Sunil Gavaskar to India TodayAlso Read | Virat Kohli named ‘Leading Cricketer’ for third successive time by Wisdenlast_img read more

Everton’s Niasse faces ban for diving

first_imgOumar Niasse Everton’s Niasse faces two-match ban for diving in a Premier League first Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 20:23 11/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) OumarNiasse - cropped Getty Images Everton Crystal Palace v Everton Crystal Palace Premier League The Football Association has charged the Toffees striker for “successful deception of a match official” for diving in the draw at Crystal Palace Everton forward Oumar Niasse is the first Premier League player to face retrospective punishment for simulation under new Football Association rules.Niasse won a sixth-minute penalty, converted by Leighton Baines, after Scott Dann was adjudged to have fouled him by referee Anthony Taylor during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.Everton 10/3 to beat Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Replays suggested contact was minimal and Dann hit out at his opponent after the game, saying: “It definitely wasn’t a penalty. I have seen it again and he dived. He has conned the referee. I didn’t think there was contact but if there was it was minimal.”The FA has agreed with the Palace defender and charged Niasse – who scored his sixth goal of the season later in the match – for “successful deception of a match official”.Niasse must respond by 18:00 GMT on Tuesday to the charge, which will land him with a two-match ban if upheld.Niasse, 27, would not be the first player in English football to be punished under the regulations introduced for the 2017-18 season.Scott Dann, Oumar Niasse - Crystal Palace vs. EvertonShaun Miller of League Two side Carlisle United was suspended after he won a penalty during September’s 3-3 draw against Wycombe Wanderers.Bristol City defender Bailey Wright also spent two matches on the sidelines due to his part in a clash with Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara, who was sent off in an October Championship match at Craven Cottage. Everton are still playing under caretaker manager David Unsworth and lie 16th in the Premier League, with games against Southampton and West Ham coming on the back of Thursday’s Europa League match with Atalanta.last_img read more

Vampire Weekend To Perform At Grammy In The Schools Concert

first_imgThe fifth annual GRAMMY In The Schools Live! concert will take place Jan. 22 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.The concert will feature a special guest performance by 56th GRAMMY nominees Vampire Weekend with members of GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session.GRAMMY In The Schools Live! — A Celebration Of Music & Education is sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund. Platinum tickets start at $100 per person and include a special meet-and-greet with Vampire Weekend and tickets to the concert. Gold tickets are $40 per person and Silver tickets are $20 per person.High school singers and instrumentalists are eligible to audition for GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session. Selectees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the annual GRAMMY Awards, participate in high-profile GRAMMY Week performances and recording sessions, and attend the GRAMMY telecast.GRAMMY Camp, GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session and GRAMMY Signature Schools are programs designed for U.S. high school students and high school music programs, and are part of the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY in the Schools offerings.GRAMMY Camp offers selected high school students an interactive residential summer music experience. Focusing on all aspects of commercial music, this unique opportunity provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities.The GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top public high schools across the country for outstanding commitment to their music education programs.The 2014 GRAMMY Camp application deadline is March 31. Financial assistance is available to qualified applicants. The deadline for the 2014 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session and GRAMMY Signature Schools programs is Oct. 22. Applications for both programs are available at In The Schools Live! is part of the GRAMMY Week series of events, culminating with Music’s Biggest Night. The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).last_img read more

Girls aged 2 7 among four dead discovered by Iqaluit RCMP

first_img(Photo: Sylvain Degrasse, 44, with his daughter Alexandra Degrasse, in 2005)By Kent DriscollAPTN National NewsIQALUIT– A two-year-old girl and her seven-year-old sister were among the four bodies discovered by the RCMP in Iqaluit Tuesday.RCMP confirmed the girls’ parents were also found dead.RCMP said they found the father, Sylvain Degrasse, 44, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot blast to the face in a cemetery.They later found his common-law partner Vivian Sula Enuaraq, 29, and their two children Alexandra Degrasse, 7, and Aliyah Degrasse, 2, in the family’s home.RCMP said they are treating the deaths as a homicide investigation, but are not searching for suspects.“The circumstances surrounding the discovery of four bodies…remains under investigation,” said RMCP in a statement.Iqaluit residents are reeling after RCMP discovered four bodies Tuesday, triggering the cancellation of classes at the local elementary school, according to the city’s mayor.Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern said residents were “shaken” by the discovery of the bodies.“This has really shaken our community,” said Redfern, in a statement. “We need to come together and help each other pull through this.People living near the cemetery reported an unoccupied truck at in the early afternoon which was eventually shut off by a local resident at about 3 p.m.Redfern said the news of the deaths left residents in “shock” and disbelief.Redfern said she would be seeking to get crisis intervention to deal with the trauma that has impacted many people.“Many people, including family and friends of the victims, emergency responders and community members need immediate counselling,” said Redfern. “At the same time this territory must work together to end the root causes of our problems.”kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs paternalistic selfserving in its use of takeitorleaveit offers

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Specific Claims Tribunal blasted a branch of Aboriginal Affairs for being “paternalistic, self-serving, arbitrary and disrespectful” in a recent ruling impacting the department’s “take-it-or-leave-it” gambit to settle historical claims with First Nations.The Jan. 17 ruling by Judge Patrick Smith eviscerated Aboriginal Affairs’ specific claims branch for its handling of a claim filed by the Aundeck Omni Kaning (AOK) First Nation, which is on Manitoulin Island, and its attempt to block it from accessing the tribunal.Smith said the ruling could have “significant relevance to many other claims” where Canada has put deadlines on settlements for “small value claims.”Under the tribunal’s rules, a band can submit a claim if the department hasn’t made a decision on whether to negotiate a claim three years from the day it was originally filed with Ottawa.A band can also submit a claim before the three years pass if the department indicates it won’t negotiate a settlement.The department has issued numerous take-it-or-leave it settlements to bands across the country seeking compensation for historical grievances around the mismanagement of trust funds and the loss of lands.AOK was seeking access to the tribunal arguing the department was not willing to negotiate a settlement claim which centered on the 1914 payment of $559.63 from the band’s trust fund. The money went to the children of a former band member named George Abotossaway, also known as George Thompson, who gave up his status under a process called enfranchisement in 1909.The band, which was known as the Ojibways of Sucker Cree at the time, obtained confirmation from Aboriginal Affairs deputy minister Patrick Borbey on Nov. 12, 2011, that the payment of the money “was not authorized by law, and thus Canada breached its fiduciary duty.” The money was paid to Abotossaway’s children after he gave up his status.A few months later, Brendan Blom, the assistant negotiator in the specific claims branch, sent a letter dated March 28, 2012, to Chief Patsy Corbier informing the band that the department was offering a take-it-or-leave it offer that was based on a predetermined formula.The formula calculated the owed amount by applying the Consumer Price Index to 80 per cent of the total and adding compound interest at Aboriginal Affairs trust fund rates to 20 per cent of the amount. The actual dollar figure is redacted from the documents filed with the tribunal.Blom’s letter also gave the band 90 days to accept or the department would close the file.The department argued that its take-it-or-leave-it settlement letter to AOK constituted a form of open negotiations putting the claim outside the tribunal’s jurisdiction.  The department argued that the Aboriginal Affairs Minister had “considerable discretion in deciding when to accept, negotiate or not negotiate a claim.”Smith ruled that the department’s position outlined in the settlement letter effectively gave notice to the First Nation that the claim wouldn’t be negotiated.“In deciding to employ a small value claim process in making an offer to settle without discussion, in refusing to discuss or explain the offer, and in imposing a 90 day deadline and then closing the file, Canada, and specifically the minister, effectively decided and notified the claimant that it would not negotiate the claim,” said Smith in his ruling.Smith said the department’s actions fell short of upholding the “honour” of the Crown.“This position, along with the process employed by the specific claims branch for small value claims in relation to this claim, and perhaps many others, is, frankly, paternalistic, self-serving, arbitrary and disrespectful of First Nations,” said Smith. “Such position affords no room for the principles of reconciliation, accommodation and consultation that the Supreme Court, in many decisions, has described as being the foundation of Canada’s relationship with First Nations.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office said that the department is reviewing the tribunal’s decision before deciding what to do next. The tribunal’s decision could be put to the Federal Court for a judicial review.Magnetawan First Nation Chief William Diabo said his community, which sits along Ontario’s Hwy 69 near Georgian Bay, received a take-it-or-leave it offer from the department within the past month. Diabo said his claim centres on loss of reserve land through the construction of highways and a redrawing of the reserve’s boundaries.“That may give us another chance to take a kick at the can,” said read more

Huawei Sri Lanka dismisses concerns over Facebook

Huawei Sri Lanka has dismissed concerns over the installation of the Facebook application.It was reported that Facebook is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones, the latest blow for the Chinese tech giant as it struggles to keep its business afloat in the face of a U.S. ban on its purchase of American parts and software. However Huawei Sri Lanka in a statement said that Facebook is a third party application, and can be installed and used without any issue on Huawei Devices. But new Huawei phones will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed.Smartphone vendors often enter business deals to pre-install popular apps such as Facebook. Apps including Twitter and also come pre-installed on Huawei phones in many markets. It was reported that customers who already have Huawei phones will still be able to use its apps and receive updates. The move by Facebook dampens the sales outlook for Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, whose smartphone business became its biggest revenue generator last year, powered by strong growth in Europe and Asia. (Colombo Gazette/Reuters) read more

Freed UN electoral workers in Afghanistan look forward to resuming their work

“Since we were released we have learned of the many statements of support and expressions of solidarity by Afghan personalities and ordinary men and women, some of whom even offered to take our place as hostages,” Shqipe Hebibi, Annetta Flanigan and Angelito Nayan declared in a statement issued in Kabul, the Afghan capital. “We are humbled and very, very grateful for this,” the three – from Kosovo, Northern Ireland and the Philippines, respectively – added. “During our many months of work here in Afghanistan we have learned to love Afghanistan, its people, its culture and traditions. The awful experience we went through does not change our feelings for the Afghan people and the solidarity they have shown during the 27 days of our captivity just strengthens our commitment to support Afghanistan in its transition to peace and democracy,” they said. The trio also expressed gratitude to the many people and institutions that worked together to secure their release. “We are looking forward to joining our families and to returning to our work,” they concluded. read more

1 million Afghans in Pakistan register in UNbacked operation to help repatriation

“After a slow start during Ramadan, the pace of registration is increasing exponentially,” UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) spokesman Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Kabul, the Afghan capital today of the operation, which provides official identification cards. The 10-week exercise, the largest such operation the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has ever been involved in, began 15 October and runs until 31 December, with the UN in both a supporting and monitoring role in the process, which involves collecting bio-data, fingerprints and digital photographs. “Registration facilitates the management of a population in any country, be it refugees or non-refugees,” UNHCR said. “It will help all the stakeholders to facilitate repatriation next year, regulate and manage the temporarily stay of Afghans for the duration of their cards’ validity and provide information to help plan the future of this population. “It also helps the Government of Afghanistan to identify needs in major areas of return and design developmental programmes to make sure returns of Afghans are sustainable,” the agency added. The European Commission, United States and United Kingdom have contributed towards the $6 million registration exercise that is provided free for eligible Afghans. Even after more than 2.8 million Afghans returned home over the last five years Pakistan still hosts one of the largest groups of refugees in the world; there are 1 million Afghans living in camps and more than 1.4 million living in urban areas. Since 2002 over 1.5 million Afghans have also returned home from Iran, 850,000 with UNHCR’s assistance. More than 1 million others are still estimated to be living there. read more

UN conference adopts ambitious 10year action plan for worlds landlocked developing countries

The Programme of Action adopted by the Second UN Conference on LLDCs contains six clearly defined priorities and encapsulates a unified stance by the international community on a broad array of crucial issues – from concrete steps toward the structural transformation of LLDC economies and infrastructure development, to improving international trade and bolstering regional integration and cooperation.“We are strongly committed to the implementation of the [Programme of Action] to address, in a holistic manner, the special development needs and challenges of landlocked developing countries arising from their…remoteness and geographical constraints,” proclaimed the Declaration that culminated the three-day Conference, attended by more than 1,000 participants in the Austrian capital.The 23-page outcome document was described by Gyan Chandra Acharya, Secretary-General of the Conference, as an important milestone in promoting the development agenda of LLDCs.The document, for example, expresses an unambiguous commitment by all governments to ensure greater emphasis on reducing transit time, promoting infrastructure development and maintenance, ensuring trade facilitation measures in an accelerated manner, besides linking them with the promotion of economic diversification, structural transformation, connectivity to global value chains and regional integration. This holistic approach together with a clear call to ensure coherence with the global processes is expected to enable the LLDCs to achieve sustained and sustainable economic growth and ensure their meaningful integration into the global economy.“The Vienna conference has come out with a holistic, forward looking and action oriented program and I clearly see that in the document that has been adopted,” said Mr. Acharya in his closing remarks.He added that the text was “holistic” in that it takes up transit, trade, and infrastructure issues together with the regional cooperation, structural transformation and coherence with the global processes in a pronounced manner as priorities.Mr. Acharya further stressed that while recognizing the special challenges and vulnerabilities of LLDCs, Member States, through the outcome document, underscored that the landlocked countries have to transform themselves into land linked countries in order to reap full benefits from regional cooperation and globalization. The outcome document is action-oriented, as governments clearly spelled out tangible actions to be taken by LLDCs, transit countries and development partners in each of the six priority areas identified together with clear national, regional and global level implementation, monitoring and review, explained Mr. Acharya, who is also the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.Mr. Acharya highlighted that the outcome document stresses renewed and strengthened partnerships between the LLDCs, transit countries and development partners within the context of north-south as well as south-south and triangular cooperation. Yet he added that while the action-plan “recognizes that LLDCs have the primary responsibility for their own development” the group of countries requires support “to effectively mobilize adequate domestic and external resources for effective implementation of the Programme of Action.”A recurring theme throughout the Conference has been that while the LLDCs have seen incremental economic gains over the past decade, this progress has not made a meaningful dent in the rate of poverty among this group of countries and that the progress remained fragile in many of the LLDCs. Nine of the 15 countries at the bottom rung of the development ladder are landlocked and the vast majority continue to lag behind their maritime neighbours in socio-economic development. To remedy this, the Vienna outcome calls for support “in a more coherent manner”, which would “contribute to an enhanced rate of sustainable and inclusive growth, which can contribute to the eradication of poverty.”The meeting saw a flurry of activity with four high-level interactive thematic round-tables and 18 side events organized by various stakeholders in the margins of the meeting on a wide-range of issues relevant to the LLDCs, transit transport development, trade capacity enhancement and further integration into the regional and global markets. The events gathered Heads of State, Deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, and Heads and senior representatives from international organizations who shared their views and experiences on how to enhance LLDCs’ economic diversification and competitiveness through strengthened investments and policy measures in the areas of transport, infrastructure development and trade facilitation, sustainable energy and sustainable transport, through partnerships on vocational training, through increased regionalization of aid for trade, and particularly for landlocked least developed countries, through effective implementation of the Enhanced Integrated Framework. “We have come a long way but the real work begins now,” Mr. Acharya said. “We must now move ahead to deliver with determination the [Programme of Action] that we have agreed here with understanding, solidarity and support of all. The international community has to deliver on these commitments to the 440 million people living in the landlocked developing countries.” read more

Paschall Booth help No 23 Villanova avoid La Salle upset

PHILADELPHIA — Eric Paschall scored 27 points, Phil Booth had 19 and No. 23 Villanova held off one more upset in an 85-78 win over La Salle on Saturday.Villanova (6-2) remained the class of the city and won its 23rd straight Big 5 game, round-robin play among five Philadelphia Division I basketball teams. The Wildcats haven’t lost a city series game since Dec. 5, 2012 against Temple.They got a pretty good scare against winless La Salle (0-8).The Wildcats were reeling after consecutive home losses to Michigan, in a national title game rematch, and in overtime to Furman that knocked them out of the AP Top 25 poll. Villanova steadied itself with three straight wins in a Florida tournament, and defeated then-No. 14 Florida State in the title game to return to the rankings.But a return to Philly only unsettled the Wildcats early.La Salle was the home team at the Palestra, which serves as much a museum to Philly’s glorious basketball past as it is a court for city series games to be played on. The Explorers played the first half like a 7-0 team instead of a winless one and buried nine 3-pointers. The sensational sequence came at the midway point: David Beatty drew a foul on a layup and La Salle kept possession. Isiah Deas capitalized with a 3. Beatty had a steal and Jack Clark hit a 3 for a 32-20 lead that set the stage for a monster upset.The rest of the half turned into a 3-point shootout worthy of NBA All-Star weekend, and the Wildcats closed to 42-39 at the half. The Wildcats could never really shake the Explorers until the waning moments and each team hit 12 3-pointers.Carter’s 3 pulled the Explorers to 69-66 and they got it within one with 5:24 left. Miles Brookins would lob a lazy pass into the middle that was picked off by Saddiq Bey and converted into a three-point play by Booth. Paschall sucked the air out of La Salle fans with a dunk and a 78-72 lead.Villanova coach Jay Wright kept former assistant coach Ashley Howard winless in his first season on the bench at La Salle. Howard, who worked five seasons under Wright, was hired at La Salle just a week after the Wildcats won their second national championship in three seasons.The Explorers are forced to wonder how much better their upset odds would have improved had leading scorer Pookie Powell not sat out with an injury (lower body). Carter scored 17 and Deas had 15.BIG PICTUREVillanova: Wright made it 2-0 this season against the branches of his coaching tree. He also beat former assistant and current Quinnipiac coach Baker Dunleavy in November.La Salle: Also played without guard Cheddi Mosely (concussion) and forward Jared Kimbrough (foot). The Explorers made 11 of their first 15 shots in the second half.UP NEXTVillanova continues its city series games on Wednesday against Temple and Saturday against Saint Joseph’s.La Salle has a busy week with games Tuesday against Bucknell and Saturday against Penn.___More AP college basketball: and Gelston, The Associated Press read more

This is an illegitimate Government – PPPC Presidential Candidate

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP/C protests ‘illegal’ governmentMarch 22, 2019In “latest news”‘Call the elections if you are so popular’ …Jagdeo challenges President GrangerJune 13, 2019In “latest news”Granger promises PPP/C backseat in an APNU+AFC gov’tMay 3, 2015In “Politics” “This is an illegitimate Government,” PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Irfaan Ali exclaimed as he joined the scores of persons who are calling on the coalition government to step down.Hundreds of persons have now gathered outside of the Ministry of the Presidency, mounting pressure on President David Granger to announce a date for the polls.Organised by the Opposition, Peoples Progressive Party, the supporters are protesting the coalition administration’s “illegal” occupancy of the high offices.This comes in light of the expiration of the constitutional time-frame to host national elections. The elections were due three months after the passage of the no confidence motion in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018. However, GECOM recently wrote President David Granger highlighting that it will be prepared to host election sometime in November, 2019.This decision was rejected by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo who wrote the president reminding him that after March 21, the government becomes illegal.In an interview with reporters, Jagdeo promised that the protests will continue sporadically. read more

Sammy slams Camerons stewardship urges support for Skerritt

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWorld T20: Darren Sammy backs Windies to win titleFebruary 1, 2016In “Sports”Top West Indians will continue international snub: SammyJune 20, 2017In “latest news”Sammy claims to be dropped as captainAugust 6, 2016In “latest news” CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy says the Dave Cameron administration could not take credit for the region’s three World Cup titles in 2016, nor the recapture of the Wisden Trophy last month, as those successes were solely down to the hard work of the captains and management staff involved.Former Windies T20 skipper Darren SammyIn a strongly-worded video on his Facebook page Wednesday, Sammy said Cameron had performed poorly throughout his three terms in charge, but had erroneously sought to portray his administration as the architect of all West Indies major accomplishments during his tenure.West Indies captured the men’s and women’s titles at the Twenty World Cup in India, while the Under-19 side won the ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh in the same year.“The fact remains over the last six years as an administration, we’ve done poorly. That’s a fact,” said Sammy, who led the Windies to T20 World Cup titles in 2012 and 2016.“You try to take credit for the three World Cup wins in 2016 which is wrong. We won despite. In spite of all the difficulties we faced from your administration, the team won.”West Indies players and the board were at loggerheads over pay issues in the lead-up to the World Cup in India.Cameron’s allies have also pointed to the recent 2-1 series over England as further evidence of the West Indies progThe Caribbean side produced a sterling performance to trounce the visitors in the first two Tests in Barbados and Antigua, to regain the Wisden Trophy for the first time in a decade.However, Sammy said the series win was down to the exemplary leadership of all-rounder Jason Holder and the preparatory work by former coaches.“I also heard recently that the team is moving in the right direction … I believe the team won that series against England because of the hard work of Jason Holder as captain and the work done by Stuart Law, Corey Collymore, Floyd Reifer building up to that series,” Sammy argued.“In 2010 when I became captain, it took me two years to understand all my players I was working with, and if you put a group of men together over a period of time and they play consistently together, success is bound to happen around the corner.“I think over the last two years, Jason Holder, working with the group of men he has had, has improved especially in the Test arena, has improved tremendously as a captain, a tactician and a performer. The way Jason has led the team, he deserves all the credit and not the administration.“He’s grown into his role as a leader. Leaders empower those around him and you can see what he’s doing with the team. That’s leadership, not what’s happening at the top with the administration of CWI, there’s no empowerment there. There’s just one man with his own agenda looking to dictate where the tide goes. We have to put an end to that,” said Sammy.The St Lucian is the the latest former player to come out against Cameron and vice-president Emmanuel Nanthan, in their bid for a fourth successive term at CWI elections in Jamaica on Sunday.Over the last week, legends Clive Lloyd, Sir Vivian Richards and Sir Andy Roberts have all thrown their support behind presidential challenger Ricky Skerritt and running mate Dr Kishore Shallow.Sammy, axed as captain and dropped from the T20 squad just months after presiding over the 2016 World Cup win in a move widely believed to have stemmed from his controversial criticisms of Cameron, said the time had come for West Indies cricket to change course.“I have worked under the leadership of both Dave Cameron and Emmanuel and I can honestly say for sure these two do not have the cricket at heart,” Sammy said.“And for this reason, I am asking the CWI voters to do the right thing this coming Sunday in Jamaica and vote for change. Twelve years in leadership is enough to see what Cameron can do, or has not done. And that is why I am supporting Ricky Skerritt and Kishore Shallow as they look to make the change, the well-deserved change in West Indies cricket and its administration.“Do the right thing. It’s time for change. Cameron, your time is up. Vote Skerritt and Shallow. Do the right thing,” Sammy urged.ress under the current CWI administration. read more

Veselin Vujovic resigns as RK Zeleznicar Nis coach

RK Zeleznicar Nis will have to finish Serbian Play-Off season with some new name on the bench after Veselin Vujovic resigned.The Serbian vice-champions have lost their second match at Round 4 of Play-Off against the biggest rivals – reigning champions RK Vojvodina 22:23 (12:12) which put them four points behind.Vujovic explained reasons to the players after the players, while he will give his official statement at press conference later today.Vujovic, who is also working as Slovenian national team coach, overtook RK Zeleznicar Nis last summer, but he didn’t win any trophy (Super Cup and Cup won by RK Vojvodina) in Serbian handball.STANDING:Vojvodina 8Dinamo 4Zeleznicar 4Metaloplastika 4RK Partizan 2Novi Pazar 0 RK Zeleznicar NisVeselin Vujović ← Previous Story Barca too strong for Nantes – Final4 ticket is in the hands! Next Story → FINISH FOR THE HISTORY! RK Vardar with +8 to Szeged! read more

Chambery Savoie win French Cup 2019

Chambery Savoie ← Previous Story David Davis about first title in Veszprem: Team was down when I came here, but now they make me proud Next Story → Vote for WORLD FEMALE YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER 2018/2019 The French Cup trophy went to Chambery. One of the strongest French teams in the last decade, currently the third in Lidl Starligue, took the national Cup trophy in front of sold-out Paris Bercy Arena.Chambery Savoie beat easily US Dunkerque 31:21 (16:8) in the Cup final to reach one of the goals in successful season. Race for the EHF Champions League place with Montpellier Handball is still open.This is the first trophy for the team since 2013 when they won “Champions trophy”.Chambery have been champions only once in 2001. read more

Cyprus police search for three additional Israeli suspects in gang rape of

first_imgFive of 12 Israeli teenagers arrested on suspicion of the gang rape of a 19-year-old British tourist in her room at a hotel in Ayia Napa have been released.The Cyprus court has extended the arrest of seven suspects for suspicion of having a connection to the incident. The court heard that three of the detainees had sexual contact with the British girl on the same night that the complaint was filed but that it was, according to them, consensual. They said that they knew the British girl from the club where she worked.The DNA samples collected from the scene were presented in court, and it was found that three of the samples belonged to none of the detainees. It is believed that there were others involved in the case that the police have yet to apprehend.READ MORE: Israeli teenagers detained in Cyprus for gang rape of British tourist in her hotel roomThe three other suspects are assumed to be Israelis and the search is on to find them from the hotel’s guest list. The police also offered immunity to those offering information.Meanwhile, there are Cyprus media reports that one of the videos filmed at the scene by the boys involved was leaked onto the internet however police have yet to determine whether the video is a hoax and if it is connected to the incident in question.The charges facing detained teenagers, aged from 15-18 years, include conspiring to commit a criminal act and rape. The British victim told police that the first suspect entered her room at 12.30am where she was forced to have sexual intercourse with the first suspect despite telling him to stop. He then invited his friends into the room, where they gathered around the bed watching and filming the encounter while laughing. Several joined in and others held down her legs. Some of the attackers did not use a condom, and others gratified themselves in her face.The victim succeeded in freeing herself and ran from the hotel room naked, followed by the accused. She met two friends in the hallway who immediately took her to a private clinic in the hotel and called the police. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more