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Tyrannosaur’s sensitive skin may have helped it capture prey

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first_imgTyrannosaur’s sensitive skin may have helped it capture prey In the twilight of the Age of Dinosaurs, tyrannosaurs were the apex predators. The bipedal carnivores spanned the globe for 14 million years in the late Cretaceous era, and fossils from Mongolia to North America offer scientists today a wealth of data on their biomechanics, anatomy, and evolution. But a fossil representing a new tyrannosaur species, dug up in Montana, may help show their sensitive side. The species, dubbed Daspletosaurus horneri (in honor of paleontologist Jack Horner), lived about 75 million years ago and stood about 2 meters tall and 9 meters long from snout to tail (about the length of a city bus). Because the skull and jaws of D. horneri were so well preserved, the team was able to study in detail its coarse, complex textures and determine what sorts of soft tissue once covered its face, they report online today in Scientific Reports. Their analysis suggests that tyrannosaurs’ faces were covered with flat scales, similar to modern-day crocodiles. And like those crocs, the tyrannosaur skulls have an array of holes within the bone; in the modern reptiles, nerves and blood vessels pass through those holes, transmitting sensory information from the facial skin. That sensitive skin, the authors suggest, may have given tyrannosaurs a leg up when it comes to identifying and capturing prey. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Carolyn GramlingMar. 30, 2017 , 9:00 AMlast_img read more

De Vrij: ‘Slavia surprised Inter’

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first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Inter defender Stefan de Vrij admits Slavia Prague surprised his side last time out but assures “we’ve improved a lot and we’re prepared for tomorrow.” Only a last-ditch Nicolo Barella goal spared Inter from defeat to Slavia, despite many tipping the Czechs to be whipping boys in the Champions League’s so-called ‘group of death’ with Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund. However, Dr Vrij made it clear lessons had been learnt going into their crunch rematch in Prague tomorrow. “The season is long, but I’m doing okay,” he said at a press conference. “There are games to play and I don’t feel like looking back: I always look to the future. “I’ve played in Italy for many years, the teams know each other. Slavia, on the other hand, are opponents we didn’t know about. “They play in a different and physical way: they’re tough to face. They run a lot and we saw it in the first leg, but we’ve improved a lot and we’re prepared for tomorrow’s game.” The Nerazzurri’s struggles in Europe come in stark contrast to their domestic form, which sees them behind only Juventus in the Serie A table… “We succeeded against Dortmund at home, but that doesn’t matter anymore. Of course, there are the best teams in the Champions League, and it’s obvious that it’s more difficult against the likes of Messi and Suarez. “Here you have teams who know how to win games, who hardly lose, like Slavia. We’re working to improve.”last_img read more

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Discovery enters sports telecast space with DSPORT

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first_imgMumbai, Feb 6 (PTI) Expanding its footprint in the country, Discovery Communications today launched its sports channel DSPORT that will broadcast over 4,000 hours of live content a year across sports like horse racing, cycling, football, golf, motorsports and cricket among others.”India is one of the first market where we are expanding our sporting play (beyond Europe). We have realised that there are some passionate sporting communities or fans, whose needs are completely undermet in India right now because of the over emphasis on cricket,” Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific Senior Vice President and General Manager, Karan Bajaj told reporters here.Among the sports properties that the new channel will offer include football from Brazilian League, Chinese Super League, Portuguese League and Major League Soccer (USA); golf from British Open, US Open, PGA Championship and LPGA; NASCAR motor racing, and six Nations Rugby along with UK and Irish horse racing events.”We have 4,000 hours of live content which is 3-4 times more than the next broadcaster in sports. We will have at least 10 hours of live content a day in sports that we think are very popular but yet underserved,” he said.”We know exactly who we are getting after. So it is not like we are spreading ourselves too thin by buying rights here and there. We are building scale in properties that we think have a wide viewership in India, who dont have currently access to them. We are picking up sports based on three criteria — popular, unmet and causing a disruption — (if we do that in our acquisition) then it is a home run for us,” he added.advertisementDSPORT is in advanced negotiations for selected high quality cricket events to add to its portfolio.”We are in advanced discussions with one or two cricket boards. If the business model turns out be right, if the properties are at the right valuation and we feel we can add value to it, we buy it. If we have enough live hours then we will buy it. We will have cricket very soon on the channel in next couple of months,” Bajaj said. (MORE) PTI DS RMT BASlast_img read more

IPL 2018: MS Dhoni calm even as fan breaches security to touch his feet

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first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni is loved where ever he goes and Kolkata is no different. On Thursday night as Chennai Super Kings took on Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens, one fan dashed in from the crowd to the CSk dugout to touch the feet of the former Indian skipper.But as the fan approached Dhoni, ‘Mahi’ was calm and acknowledged the gesture from the fan as security lead the fan away from the CSK players. The fan in question was seen sporting a No. 7 ‘Dhoni’ CSK shirt.Dhoni after the incident came to smash a blistering 25-ball 43, including four sixes. Dhoni thus edged past Chris Gayle to head the list for most sixes in the Indian Premier League this season.(Match Report | Scorecard | Highlights)The Chennai Super Kings skipper, who has been in breathtaking form this year, has blasted 24 sixes from nine innings. Chris Gayle (KXIP), AB de Villiers (RCB) and Andre Russell (KKR) have hit 23 sixes each.Love unparalleled #VIVOIPL #KKRvCSK pic.twitter.com/kektbKnDVwIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 3, 2018The Dhoni blitzkrieg wasn’t enough as CSK succumbed to a six-wicket defeat after a matured innings from Shubman Gill along with his captain Dinesh Kahthik.Dhoni has not been in great T20 form in recent years. However, the 36-year-old has batted like a man possessed in IPL 2018.He walked in to bat in the 12th over when Chennai Super Kings were seemingly in a spot of bother against Kolkata Knight Riders. Suresh Raina had just perished to Kuldeep Yadav and KKR were looking to make inroads into the match with the help of their spinners.advertisementRun-scoring was not easy and when CSK lost Ambati Rayudu to Sunil Narine, it looked like KKR would restrict the visitors to a modest total.But Dhoni took things in his own hands and smashed four sixes including two off Mitchell Johnson in his third over and remained not out on a 25-ball 43.On Tuesday, Dhoni raced away to 51 not out off only 22 balls. Back in 2012, he had smashed a 20-ball fifty against Mumbai Indians in Bangalore.last_img read more

Brechin bad? Meet the club still waiting for their first league win

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first_imgShare on Pinterest Pinterest Topics Share on Facebook Share via Email “You always have the odd few getting on the manager or players’ backs but most people have enjoyed the season,” says Dean Walker, the supporters’ club chairman. “To have no wins so far into the season obviously isn’t nice but the banter has been good. The fans have mostly taken it on the chin.”Brechin have become victims of narrow margins. Fifteen of their 26 defeats have been by a single goal. St Mirren, the runaway Championship leaders, have struggled to 2-1 and 1-0 wins over the Angus men. So what would transpire if they can imminently break the run?“I don’t think the players will overly celebrate because that’s them doing their job,” says Ferguson. “I think the fans will quite rightly take an opportunity to enjoy it and they should do after sticking by us through what’s been a difficult season. They have been coming away from games week after week being told: ‘You were unlucky, you played well there, the win is close.’ You get fed up hearing that.” Brechin’s chairman, Ken Ferguson, takes a selfie before the Scottish Cup defeat at Celtic. ‘The vibe in the dressing room is good,’ he says. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire/PA Images Share on Messenger The Joy of Six: seasons from hell features Facebook Reuse this content Share on Twitter Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Read more The whys and wherefores of Brechin’s plight are straightforward. Having finished fourth in last season’s League One – 12 points adrift of second-placed Alloa – Brechin proved the surprise package of the play-offs when sealing a Championship berth. Brechin, who train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, are one of two part-time teams; the other, Dumbarton, have the benefit of a central Scotland location in respect of attracting players.“A club of our size doesn’t have the resources to plan appropriately for being in the Championship,” says Ken Ferguson, Brechin’s chairman. “So you get up there, reappraise the situation and want to give it the best shot you can but you can’t by any means stretch the club to keep up with full-time teams. We knew it would be hard, probably not as hard as it has been.”This season in more auspicious surroundings is at least lucrative for a club which announced a £40,000 loss in 2017. Attendances have hovered around the high hundreds and the Brechin Supporters’ Club is still running a bus to all away games; around 20 diehards are ever-present. Following Brechin City has never been one of football’s soft options. In 112 years of existence, the club’s honours list extends to a handful of Second and Third Division titles alongside the Forfarshire Cup. Brechin are, in fact, the kind of perennial lower league club commonly disparaged by those further up the chain. That Northern Ireland’s Michael O’Neill is among those to start out on a managerial journey at Glebe Park suggests Brechin actually have plenty to offer.This season they are on the verge of breaking records they would rather avoid. They head into Saturday’s Championship meeting with Dundee United having won only a single fixture – against Highland League Buckie Thistle, in the Scottish Cup – out of 32 played this season. Fortune clearly has not been on Brechin’s side; having edged out Buckie, they were drawn against Celtic and lost 5-0 in the next round. Their goal difference in Scotland’s second tier is minus 38, with their four points the result of draws. They are the only team in the top divisions of English and Scottish football without a league victory. The situation would be extraordinary at any level, let alone a professional one. Key in the thoughts of Brechin’s staff for now is beating the 10-point total of Clydebank in the equivalent league in 1999-2000. They are at least now level with Dundee, who amassed four in 1898-99. As if to prove what a brutal business football was in that era, winless Vale of Leven claimed five points in 1891-92 and Clyde six a season later.“I think the atmosphere and attitude would be harder if we were full-time players and in training every day,” says Patrick O’Neil, the Brechin goalkeeper, who has never played in a team reaching March winless in a league. “When it’s only twice a week, you don’t really get down about things. And there has been an excitement about playing a lot of really good teams at really good stadiums in the Championship. The spirit is actually fine but it helps that it’s such a good club that treats you well.”The supporters’ club chairman insists the scenes will be “mental” if or when Brechin notch a league victory. Others at the club, it seems, would greet such a win with relief. In an industry where managerial sackings can transpire after eight games, that Brechin – a members-owned club run by committee – have stuck by Darren Dods eight months into this campaign is highly admirable. Brechin even afforded Dods resources to bring in loanees from Premiership clubs in January.“We are proud of our reputation of bringing young managers through,” adds the chairman. “It is hard getting players to travel to clubs like ours so you have to be a good club. That’s all based on reputation. It is too easy to sack managers. Darren is doing everything he can and the vibe in the dressing room is good.“We will go down as a better team, with better players and in a stronger financial position than when we went up. Obviously we don’t want this hanging over us about not having a league win and players’ own professional pride will hopefully deal with that.” Which is the least successful English footballing city? To have no wins so far into the season obviously isn’t nice but the banter has been good Brechin Twitter last_img read more

Championship roundup: Leeds go top after West Brom fluff lines against Derby

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first_img11Birmingham14320 14Sheff Wed14-319 Share on Facebook Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who move above Middlesbrough and Sheffield United on goal difference, took the lead after 22 minutes when Pablo Hernández arced an inch-perfect cross from the right to find Kemar Roofe, who timed his leap superbly to head home his fifth goal of the season. Midway through the second half a short corner routine resulted in Liam Cooper finding space to sidefoot powerfully in from the edge of the area to double his side’s lead.Leeds also leapfrog West Brom, who fluffed the chance to go top after slumping to a 4-1 home defeat against Derby County, who move up one place into fifth. Two early goals at the Hawthorns left Darren Moore’s side too much to do. In the 10th minute Derby pressed their opponents into a mistake while trying to play out from the back – Jack Marriott reacted well to intercept Jay Rodriguez’s attempted backpass before finishing coolly.Within five minutes, neat interplay from Frank Lampard’s side on the break gave Tom Lawrence space on the left of the home area, and his curling drive was always moving away from Sam Johnstone’s despairing dive. In the second half Harry Wilson struck a fine left-footed effort from 20 yards and Scott Malone added a fourth before Rodriguez scored a late consolation.Preston North End climbed out of the bottom three with a 4-3 win against Brentford which they initially led 3-0 after 23 minutes. Nottingham Forest won 3-0 at Bolton thanks to goals from Joe Lolley, and two from Lewis Grabban, who also missed a penalty. Bristol City’s Famara Diédhiou struck deep into stoppage time for a 1-0 win against Hull City, who stay second-bottom. 23Hull14-109 10Swansea14420 Championship PosTeamPGDPts Leeds United West Bromwich Albion Brentford 7Nottm Forest14622 Ipswich Town 9Blackburn14-221 22Reading14-412 2Middlesbrough14926 Leeds United are top of a tightening Championship table after a dominant 2-0 win over bottom club Ipswich Town at Elland Road. 8Bristol City14422 20Millwall14-713 5Derby14624 16Aston Villa14018 17Stoke14-217 Reuse this content 21Rotherham14-1013 Share on Messenger 12Wigan14-220 15Brentford14418 24Ipswich14-119 Read more Topics 13QPR14-520 Preston North End Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest 19Preston North End14-513 6Norwich14224 4West Brom141024 18Bolton14-816 Share via Email Share on Twitter Paul Hurst looks for a lifeline to pull Tractor Boys out of a deep rut 1Leeds141426 3Sheff Utd14726 Derby Countylast_img read more

Shipping Firms Strengthen Fight against Cyber Crime

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first_imgzoom During the last year, the majority of shipping companies has been exposed to cyber attacks and has intensified the fight against cyber crime, according to a survey in Danish Shipping’s CEO Panel.The survey shows that cyber crime has become more important on the shipping companies’ agenda. Out of the 26 senior executives who took part in the survey, 42 percent indicated that they are “very worried or extremely worried that their company will be attacked or that their data will be lost in the coming 12 months.”Danish Shipping said that the concern is based on a concrete threat as around 69 percent of the companies have been subject to cyber crime over the last year, according to the responses to the panel.“Cyber threats must certainly be taken very seriously,” Maria Skipper Schwenn, Executive Director in Danish Shipping, said, adding that it is positive that 69 percent of the companies have increased their IT security budgets the past year.Skipper Schwenn informed that the cyber threat is not expected to diminish in future, adding that the attacks experienced by the shipping companies are attacks that any company is at risk of being exposed to.“Therefore, it is not the ships and the safety of the crew that is of the greatest concern but attacks on land-based systems and the consequences of these,” Skipper Schwenn said.“Consequently, we encourage all our members to take the threat seriously and we will work closely with the authorities to ensure that our members are better equipped to fight the threat. Therefore, it is also good to see that shipping companies prioritise larger budgets for IT security,” she concluded.last_img read more

Justice reform consultations ask Canadians to think beyond lawandorder

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first_imgOTTAWA – The Justice Department is asking Canadians to think beyond their preconceived notions about crimes — and the people who commit them — as the Liberal government readies long-promised reforms to the criminal justice system.The interactive online consultation includes a survey asking participants to weigh in on a number of stories, such as one about a young single father caught stealing $800 from his employer, resulting in a criminal record that makes it harder for him to find a job.The survey notes that theft under $5,000 makes up a quarter of all Criminal Code offences and asks participants to consider whether the judge should have considered other options, such as a requirement to repay the money or attend a community-based program where the young man would get support.Throughout the exercise, there are statistics and other details meant to deepen understanding of the issues being addressed.That includes the fact administration of justice violations — such as someone drinking or breaking curfew while on probation — make up 23 per cent of all cases in criminal court, or that the crime rate in Canada has been generally on the decline for decades.Carissima Mathen, a University of Ottawa law professor, said the consultation could help to educate the public while at the same time preparing them for potentially controversial criminal justice reforms on the horizon.“I think it is useful for any government to have a sense of where the real sites of public resistance or apprehension are in criminal justice policy,” said Mathen.She said Liberal government has made it clear they are planning a different approach than the tough-on-crime agenda the previous Conservative government brought in — despite repeatedly pushing back the timeline for action — but that could come with its own challenges.“I think (the Liberals) know very well that public opinion can be whipped up to support that in ways that don’t actually comport with the evidence of crime in Canada,” she said.Another section of the consultation lets Canadians watch a video of a real-life personal story, such as a family affected by court delays following the homicide of their son, or the victim of an alleged sexual assault who found the experience of going to trial so difficult she would warn others against it.Canadians can then take part in an open online discussion, where the opinions are wide-ranging and a government moderator can step in to ask a contributor to point to any research they are aware of to back up their assertions, such as the claim that many make false accusations.Steve Mihorean, the senior civil servant overseeing the review, said the department wanted to allow people to share their perspectives on these issues while also arming them with knowledge that might not be as widely known by average Canadians.“I’m just of the view to say, be open about those questions to the public, tell them what the challenges are, give them a bit of information, let them go away on their own and think about it,” said Mihorean, director general of the criminal justice system review secretariat at the Justice Department.Ottawa-based criminal defence lawyer Michael Spratt said he is concerned the additional consultations with the public, instead of relying on evidence-based research that has been around for years, could lead to more delays.“The closer that we get to an election, the more worried I am that we actually won’t see anything,” he said.The online consultation, which Mihorean said has so far seen about 4,800 people take part in the survey element, ends Jan. 31.— Follow @smithjoanna on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. The previous version said an online consultation would end Jan. 15 instead of Jan. 31last_img read more

Missing drug exhibits were likely destroyed not misappropriated Halifax police

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first_imgHALIFAX – The findings were discomforting for Halifax police: Thousands of exhibits — including marijuana, cocaine, opioids and cash — were missing.But in an audit report released Monday, the force insisted there was no evidence to suggest the exhibits were misappropriated.Instead, they said, it’s believed that evidence was destroyed, misplaced or mislabelled.“That being said, we couldn’t physically account for some of these items. We believe they were destroyed, but we can’t conclusively say that,” said Supt. Jim Perrin after presenting the report to the city’s Board of Police Commissioners.The audit was first prompted in 2015 after it was alleged that an officer had stolen from evidence lockers. A number of audits have taken place since then, with the latest covering all drug-related exhibits seized between 1992 and 2016.Among the missing police exhibits were 293 sums of cash, 331 large drug exhibits and 2,628 smaller and non-drug exhibits, some of which were located during the detailed audit of its inventory.Hundreds are still missing.“We’re not happy with the results, but we’re confident that we’re going to be a better police department because of it,” said Perrin.Perrin, who was in charge of the audit, said it’s believed the missing drugs were likely destroyed and that the missing cash had been deposited into a police bank account without record of which case it was connected to.“At no time through this process do we believe that anything was misappropriated by anybody,” said Perrin. “If we had come across that, we would have dealt with it, we would have taken that very seriously.”He blamed a number of factors for the shortcomings over the 25-year period, including inadequate recording and tracking of exhibits, non-standardized training and a lack of adherence to procedures by officers, and exhibits that were destroyed without proper documentation, as mandated by Health Canada.“I’m not going to make excuses for the decisions that people made to proceed with destruction without paperwork,” he said. “But certainly we’re going to have much more emphasis on that day-to-day quality assurance piece to make sure this doesn’t happen in the future.”Steve Craig, a municipal councillor and member of the Board of Police Commissioners, noted during the meeting that the situation “has not been comfortable for anyone involved.”“And guess what? It shouldn’t be comfortable,” he said. “The public confidence and trust in police services is paramount, so we need to be able to take these tough challenges.”Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais assured the board that “the process that we have going forward is very tight, very robust.”Perrin said a number of steps have been taken to strengthen the force’s processes, including an annual audit of drug exhibits, the creation of an enhanced electronic tracking system, and training for officers. An evidence custodian has also been hired.Perrin noted that one court case was affected by the issues with the force’s drug exhibit inventory: The Crown was forced to withdraw one of multiple charges against an individual after police were unable to locate the drug sample associated with the charge.Police said 38 cash exhibits (amounting to roughly $8,083), 263 large drug exhibits such as marijuana plants, and 2,488 small drug exhibits were still missing following the audit.A previous audit on how the force handles drug exhibits in criminal matters made 34 recommendations to improve the practice, most of which have been completed or “completed in draft form,” the latest audit said.last_img read more

Corus shares soar after it reports 40M Q2 profit beats expectations

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first_imgTORONTO – Shares of Corus Entertainment Inc. soared in trading Thursday after the company beat expectations as it reported a second-quarter profit of $40 million.The shares closed up almost 20 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the television and radio broadcaster says the profit amounted to 19 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Feb. 28.That compared with a profit of $24.9 million, or 12 cents per diluted share, a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Corus said it earned 20 cents per share, up from 13 cents per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of 11 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.“We are pleased with this quarter’s results and the steady progress we are making against our strategic plan,” Corus chief executive Doug Murphy said in a statement.“Moving forward, Corus remains focused on maximizing and monetizing our high-value audiences, and we have a solid roadmap in place to position the organization for success over time within a changing media landscape.”Revenue in the second quarter totalled $369.5 million, up from $368.2 million a year ago.The increase came as television revenue totalled $336.2 million, up from $335.9 million a year ago, as lower advertising revenue was offset by gains in merchandising, distribution and other revenues.Radio revenue amounted to $33.2 million, up from $32.3 million.Shares in the company closed up $1.14 at $7.35. Despite the gains in the stock on Thursday, Corus shares remain well off their 52-week high of $14.10.The stock plunged in January after the company reported disappointing first-quarter results due to a weak television advertising market.Corus owns radio stations as well as conventional and specialty television services across the country including Global Television.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B)last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX closes higher on boost in gold stocks

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TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday, helped along by gold stocks which continued to recover from a severe battering earlier in the summer.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,670.11 up 82.09 pointsS&P 500 — 1,652.35 up 6.29 pointsDow — 15,002.99 down 7.75 pointsNasdaq — 3,613.59 up 24.50 pointsHowever, economic concerns pressured oil prices and traders awaited more clarity on what the Federal Reserve may decide to do about cutting back on a key stimulus measure.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 82.09 points to 12,670.11, making up a bit more than half of Monday’s 149-point slide.The Canadian dollar was down 0.43 of a cent to 96.26 cents US.New York indexes were mixed amid better than expected earnings from retailers Best Buy, Home Depot and J.C. Penny.The Dow Jones industrials gave up early gains to lose 7.75 points to 15,002.99, the Nasdaq gained 24.5 points to 3,613.59 while the S&P 500 index added 6.29 points to 1,652.35.Traders looked ahead to Wednesday and the release of the minutes from the Fed’s most recent meeting at the end of last month.A largely positive run of economic data has persuaded many investors that the central bank will start to taper its monthly bond purchases of US$85-billion, starting as early as September. The stimulus program has kept long term rates low and encouraged a sharp run-up on many markets this year.“Clearly this whole debate about whether we see the onset of tapering in September has taken centre stage,” said Garey Aitken, chief investment officer at Bissett Investment Management in Calgary, who also pointed out that seasonality is playing a part.“We’re in the summer doldrums, we’re out of earnings season . . . so what is everybody focused on? You focus on what’s in front of you. So it’s probably got a bit more of a pronounced effect.”The TSX gold sector ran up about 3.75% while gold ticked $6.90 higher to US$1,372.60 an ounce.The sector was punished along with gold prices after Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned the possibility of the Fed cutting back in May. It hit a recent low in late June, leaving the gold sector down about 50% year to date. It has since improved and the sector is down about 30% so far in 2013.“We’ve seen a kind of natural bounce back from probably overdone levels with the producers — we’ve seen a better gold price in the last five or six weeks,” Aitken said.“Those producers fell more than the price of gold had declined.”Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gained 86 cents to $32.89.The utilities sector also provided lift, up 0.75%. Utilities and other interest sensitive stocks have been a major drag as the prospect of the Fed tapering its massive bond purchases has sent U.S. bond yields higher.The benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury was off 0.06 of a point from late Monday at 2.82%. Still, bond yields have surged well over a full percentage point since Bernanke’s remarks in May. Just Energy Group (TSX:JE) gained 16 cents to $6.32.The energy sector was ahead per cent while speculation over Fed intentions pushed the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $2.14 to US$104.96 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gained 29 cents to $30.96.The financials group ran up 0.6% with Royal Bank (TSX:RY) up 65 cents to $64.67. The base metals sector rose 0.52% while copper was ahead a penny at US$3.34 a pound. Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) climbed 19 cents to $5.30 while Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) headed 57 cents lower to $27.54.Elsewhere in the mining sector, BHP Billiton said its annual profit dived nearly 30% to $10.9-billion as slower growth in China and other emerging economies resulted in lower prices for copper, coal and iron ore. Annual revenue sank nearly nine per cent to $66-billion.Home Depot beat expectations and raised its outlook. The company earned US$1.8-billion, or $1.24 per share, while revenue climbed more than nine per cent to $22.52-billion. Analysts expected earnings of $1.21 per share on revenue of $21.79-billion. Its stock slipped 91 cents to $74.30.J.C. Penney Co. stock rose 77 cents to $13.99 despite another big loss on a nearly 12% drop in revenue for the second quarter. It lost $586-million, or $2.66 per share while revenue reached $2.66-billion. Analysts were expecting a $1.07-per-share loss on revenue of $2.77-billion.Electronics retailer Best Buy earned 32 cents per share in the last three months, much better than the 12 cents per share financial analysts expected. Most of the growth came from cutting costs and focusing on online sales and its shares jumped $4.03 or 13% to $34.76.On the Canadian retail front, Sears Canada (TSX:SCC) is cutting 245 jobs, mostly at its head office in Toronto and mainly in the information technology and finance departments. Its stock fell 73 cents to $12.27. TOP STORIESBHP Billiton seeks partners after approving $2.6B investment in giant Saskatchewan potash mineIndustry minister denies Ottawa courted Verizon for Canada entryBlackBerry lays off another 100 employees in WaterlooTesla’s $70K Model S electric sedan scores best U.S. crash rating everWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAY ECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES10 a.m.Existing home sales (July): Economists expect 1.4% rise from the month before 2 p.m.FOMC minutes from July meeting CORPORATE NEWSCANADAUNITED STATESHewlett-Packard Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 87¢ a share Lowe’s Companies Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 79¢ a share PetSmart Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 86¢ a share The J. M. Smucker Company Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.20 a share Staples, Inc. Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 18¢ a share Target Corp. Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 98¢ a share read more

Media code of ethics scrapped

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President Mahinda Rajapakse has scrapped a contentious code of conduct for journalists after editors and rights groups condemned it as a further blow to press freedom, government and media sources said Sunday, according to the AFP French news agency.President Rajapakse ordered his information ministry not to proceed with the proposed code of conduct bill, but instead leave it in the hands of senior editors to update their own code of ethics. It also warned against the publication of content that “offends against expectations of the public, morality of the country or tend to lower the standards of public taste and morality”. Sri Lankan editors as well as international rights groups had said that the proposed bill was too sweeping and would curtail freedoms already under threat in Sri Lanka which is emerging from decades of ethnic war.The New York-based Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists last week accused the government of mounting more pressure on the local media through the proposed bill.The new code drawn up by the information ministry sought to prohibit “material against the integrity of the Executive, Judiciary and Legislature”. “The government will not go ahead with the code,” a senior information ministry official told AFP on Sunday. An editor who was at the meeting told AFP that Rajapakse made it clear that the government would not impose the proposed code on them.The Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka is to discuss the development and issue a formal reaction next week, the editor said on condition that his name was not used. “The president met with editors on Friday and discussed the issue. They may or may not use elements of our draft,” he added on condition of anonymity. Sri Lanka had been ranked 162 out of 179 countries in a recent press freedom index compiled by the Paris-based Reporters without Borders and media rights groups say journalists have been forced to self-censor.At least 26 journalists have already fled Sri Lanka in the past five years to escape threats, intimidation, violence, and imprisonment, according to CPJ. At least five journalists have been killed in the same period. read more

World still has long way to go to achieve education for all

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“Overcrowded classes, poorly qualified teachers and ill-equipped schools with scant learning materials remain all too familiar pictures in many countries,” the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Koïchiro Matsuura, said. “Yet, achieving education for all fundamentally relies on assuring decent quality: what children learn and how they learn can make or break their school experience and their subsequent opportunities in life,” he added of the 2005 Education for All Global Monitoring Report launched yesterday in Brasilia. The study finds that more children are going to school than ever before and that significant efforts are being made to increase resources, broaden access to school and improve gender parity. But exhaustive analysis of research data shows that the quality of education systems is failing children in many parts of the world, and could prevent many countries from achieving Education for All (EFA) by the target date of 2015. In one-third of countries with data, for example, less than 75 per cent of students reach grade five. National and international assessments also show that performance levels are very weak in low- and middle-income countries and among disadvantaged groups in some industrialized nations. The report monitors progress towards the six EFA goals set by over 160 countries at the World Education Forum in 2000 in Dakar. These are: wider access to early childhood care and education; universal primary education; improved youth and adult learning opportunities; a 50 per cent improvement in adult literacy rates; gender equality; and an improvement in all aspects of the quality of education. The report is prepared by an independent international team based at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and is funded by UNESCO and a number of bilateral agencies. Its findings will serve as the basis for discussions at the Fourth High-Level Group Meeting on Education for All this week in Brasilia. According to an index based on indicators for the four most measurable Dakar goals – universal primary education, adult literacy, education quality (using survival rate of pupils to grade 5 as a proxy) and gender parity – 41 of 127 countries studied are relatively close to achieving the goals. They comprise mainly industrialized and transition countries, but they also include such countries in Latin America and the Caribbean as Argentina, Cuba and Chile together with five small island States. Another 51 countries, headed by Romania, Bulgaria and Costa Rica and including many Arab States and Latin American countries are well on the way to achieving some of the goals, but are being held back by slow progress on others, notably quality. A third group of 35 countries, 22 of them in sub-Saharan Africa, but also including the high population countries of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, are “very far from achieving the goals,” with “multiple challenges to tackle simultaneously if EFA is to be assured.” read more

Ban welcomes signing of Arms Trade Treaty by majority of UN members

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“Today, a number of countries signed the Arms Trade Treaty, pushing the total number of signatures to more than half of all Member States,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement, noting that the Secretary-General, as depository of a treaty he deems important, welcomes every signature. “It is of particular significance that the largest arms exporting country in the world, the United States, is now also among those countries who have committed themselves to a global regulation of the arms trade,” the spokesperson stressed. Among other provisions, the new treaty – which will enter into force once it receives 50 ratifications – includes a prohibition on the transfer of arms which would be used in the commission of genocide, crimes against humanity and certain war crimes.The treaty was adopted by a vote in the 193-member General Assembly in April after the final UN Conference dedicated to the issue failed to garner consensus on a text. The signatures received so far today push the number of signatories to 107, with two more expected this afternoon.The treaty regulates all conventional arms within the categories of battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large-calibre artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers and small arms and light weapons.A 2011 study commissioned by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), entitled “The Global Burden of Armed Violence,” documented that more than half a million people die as a result of armed violence every year, fuelled in many cases by the widespread availability of weapons. Many more suffer horrific injuries and abuses, including rape, while still more are forced from their homes. The Secretary-General believes that today’s signings “will contribute to efforts to reduce insecurity and suffering for people on all continents,” his spokesperson said, adding: “He calls upon other countries to follow suit.” read more

Members of BrockNiagara Centre for Health and WellBeing raise awareness of disability

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“Every day is a challenge when you are in a wheelchair,” says Rick Mason, a member of the Power Cord program at the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being.It is DIS/ABILITY Awareness Week at Brock.To help increase understanding of this important student-led initiative, members of the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being who participate in the Power Cord Exercise Program, share some of their day-to-day accessibility challenges and misconceptions about people with disabilities.Power Cord is a wheelchair accessible program that customizes exercise specific to individuals with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and amputations.Mason says as soon as he leaves the house, there are barriers. Three of the major accessibility issues he faces on a regular basis are at businesses that don’t have parking for accessibility vans, an accessible entrance or handicap washroom facilities.“Many people in Niagara do not realize when they park on or too close to the yellow lines beside a handicap parking space; they could be preventing someone from getting in or out of their vehicle. Often, I’ve had to wait for the person next to me to finish their shopping and move their car before I can get my ramp down to get back in my vehicle. It is very frustrating.”Mason’s wife Jackie says there are also misunderstandings among business owners about what a barrier-free washroom is. She says many believe having a larger stall is enough. What every business should have, that would be more helpful, is a companion washroom, where a caregiver can go in and assist.“There are times when my husband (Rick) has gone into a public washroom and either, not been able to close the door or has gotten stuck in the stall and I’ve had to go into the men’s room to help him.”The Power Cord members agree there appears to be a lack of patience in Niagara for individuals who require aids for movement.Several Power Cord members feel there is a general lack of understanding about disability issues. For example, not every person with a disability is in a chair or uses a walker at all times.Power Cord member Jasmine Rees says multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most misunderstood diseases.“I have MS, some days are good and I can walk upright and other days, I can’t even feed myself because I cannot get out of bed. I’ve had people accuse me of ‘faking’ sick because I don’t look like what they think a disabled person should look like. My MS symptoms can change from day to day. Just because I am having a good day today, tomorrow is no guarantee,” says Rees.When asked how being diagnosed with MS has changed her life, Rees says, initially it impacted her sense of value as a person.“MS has changed my life in a lot of ways, I’ve had to sell my house and I’ve lost a lot of friends, not only because I had to cancel on so many social opportunities, but also because it was hard for them to see me change. Today, I may ‘look’ more able-bodied than some other Power Cord members, but multiple sclerosis is unpredictable.”To learn more about physical and invisible dis/abilities and student experiences on campus, all are welcome to attend ABLE’s Accessibility Forum on Thursday, March 3, from 1-2 p.m. in WH207. Child and Youth Studies Professor John McNamara will help set the tone by presenting on some key issues.Please RSVP at via Facebook at A B L E Awareness Breaks Limits For Equality. Twitter: @ABLE4Equality #ABLEBrockU #NoDISinABILITY read more

Police should be allowed to use facial recognition to investigate specific crimes

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By a ratio 40 per cent to 30 per cent, the public felt the Government should outlaw the use of facial recognition technology in schools.Even bigger public opposition emerged over its use by private companies with 77 per cent expressing concern at the idea of it being used by shops to track customers.Some 76 per cent were also unhappy with the idea of AI facial recognition being used to assess the mood and personality of people in job interviews. In both cases, those surveyed said they did not trust the firms to use the information ethically.Some 46 per cent of the public believe they should be given the chance to consent or opt out of being subjected to facial recognition technology, against just 28 per cent who disagreed.Carly Kind, Institute Director, said the survey showed the UK was “not ready” for the full roll-out of facial recognition. “As a first step, a voluntary moratorium by all those selling and using the technology would enable a more informed conversation with the public about limitations and appropriate safeguards,” she said. Police should be allowed to use facial recognition to investigate specific crimes and to protect the public at major events, according to the first national survey of the public’s attitude to the technology.They are opposed to unrestricted use but two thirds (65 per cent) of the public believe an outright ban on the police would be wrong.Up to 70 per cent backed its use to analyse faces on CCTV to catch a suspect in an investigation or in day-to-day policing to combat crime at events such as football matches or carnivals. The technology enables police to scan crowds and pick out faces that match huge databases of suspects.There is, however, far less tolerance of its use by private companies, whether to monitor shoppers or workers, and in schools if it was to be used to track children’s behaviour or expressions.By a majority of almost two to one, the public believes that organisations should seek the consent of people before they start deploying facial recognition. Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, is currently investigating the data legality of the technology Most also want a moratorium on any further use of the technology until publicly-agreed guidelines are in place on when and where it should be used.The survey of 4,109 adults by YouGov for the Ada Lovelace Institute, an independent research body on AI, comes just days after the defeat of the world’s first legal attempt by a British man to block police use of the technology as an intrusion into his privacy.Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, is currently investigating the data legality of the technology, having warned that “scanning people’s faces as they lawfully go about their daily lives, in order to identify them, is a potential threat to privacy.”More than half (55 per cent) of the public believe the Government should limit police use of facial recognition to criminal investigations, although half also saw it as no different to taking photographs or using CCTV.Of those who were comfortable with its use, 80 per cent said it was because it was “beneficial for the security of society.”There was also a majority in favour of the technology where there was personal benefit, with 54 per cent backing its use to unlock a smartphone by recognising an owner’s face and with passport checks at airports where it can speed up queues.Concern grew where it “normalised” surveillance with 67 per cent saying they were uncomfortable at the prospect of it being used in schools and 61 per cent felt the same about its on public transport.  Facial recognition software is demonstrated at the Intel booth at CES 2019 consumer electronics show Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, is currently investigating the data legality of the technologyCredit:PA Facial recognition software is demonstrated at the Intel booth at CES 2019 consumer electronics showCredit:Robyn Beck/AFP read more

Security Ministry pays overseas contractor millions for supplies not received AGs

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…says legal action should be taken for non-delivery of items The Public Security Ministry has been flagged by Auditor General (AG) Deodat Sharma in his 2016 report for not being in compliance with the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMA) and the Procurement Act 2003.The forensic laboratoryAccording to the AG in his report, the Ministry went back on its own agreement when procuring goods and paid an unnamed overseas contractor, who was supplying the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory, for goods it did not receive.Detailing the transaction, it was noted that for 2016, amounts totalling $999.7 million was spent to procure goods and services. This includes a sum of $145.6 million which went towards purchasing drugs, medical supplies and field material. There was also a $21.9 million agreement with the overseas supplier for forensic laboratory materials for the Laboratory, located at Turkeyen.Zeroing in on the agreement, the Auditor General noted that it mandated 50 per cent of the advance payment be paid within seven days of the contract being signed, after the supplier provides a bond for the advance from a recognised financial institution.The other half was supposed to be paid when the items were delivered, inspected and certified by the relevant agency. A penalty clause also ensured that fees at a rate of 0.03 per cent per week to a maximum of 10 per cent of the contract sum would be charged for late execution of the order.But on June 27, 2017, the overseas supplier was paid $9.9 million when it delivered forensic laboratory materials worth just $3.1 million. The Auditor General noted that materials valued at $6.7 million were not delivered, at odds with the agreement the Ministry signed.“In addition, the remaining three cheques in the sum of $11.9 million were still on hand at the Ministry. It should be noted that two of these cheques totalling $10.9 million have since become stale dated while the other cheque in the sum of $994,457 was updated. This is in breach of the FMA Act and the Procurement Act 2003,” the Audit Office observed.In its response to the audit findings, the head of the budget agency indicated that efforts would be made to contact the supplier in hopes of having the items delivered.Auditor General, Deodat SharmaHowever, the Auditor General recommended that legal action be taken by the head of the budget agency for the items. It was also recommended that the cheques be updated and refunded to the Consolidated Fund.The law is very clear about the procedure for unspent monies in Government departments, once the monies came from the Consolidated Fund. Section 43 of the FMA Act states: “Except as otherwise provided in this Act or in any other law, at the end of each fiscal year, any unexpended balance of public monies issued out of the Consolidated Fund shall be returned and surrendered to the Consolidated Fund.”It is not the first time the Public Security Ministry has been flagged by the Audit Office for paying monies for goods not received. Earlier this year, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Daniella Mc Calmon was grilled by the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) over questionable transactions dating back to 2014.It was found that an American company, Tactical Supplier Inc, was sole sourced by the then Home Affairs Ministry to provide an Industrial Washer and Dryer. Despite payment being made for the items, they were not delivered.Government has, some time ago, pronounced that the Forensic Laboratory would be fully functional by next year, once it has the requisite staff and equipment. In several high-profile cases, samples from murder victims have had to be sent overseas by the Police for DNA testing.According to previous pronouncements by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, the Lab is currently equipped to conduct testing including on currencies, forged documents and ballistics.Under the second component of the Public Security Ministry’s Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP), there are provisions for improving the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Forensic Laboratory’s effectiveness towards preventing and conducting crime investigations.This component is being funded at the cost of US$5.5 million through the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Apart from the procurement of equipment for the laboratory, the CSSP will facilitate local and overseas training, and training materials for laboratory staff and the Police Force in terms of crime investigation and evidence collection. (Jarryl Bryan) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedProcurement Commission called on to investigate D’Urban ParkOctober 2, 2017In “latest news”AG report flags MoE over procurement of textbooksApril 29, 2019In “Business”Infrastructure Ministry overpaid, now unable to recover hundreds of millionsOctober 20, 2016In “latest news” read more

Soaring profits for Ryanair but its not getting carried away with excitement

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first_imgIT HAS BEEN a bumper year for Ryanair so far, with the Irish airline reporting a rise in net profits of 152%.The latest figures for the first quarter of this year show that Ryanair had a net income of €197m, which is 152% ahead of last year.Traffic grew to 24.3m, the average fare rose by 9%, while total revenues were up 11% to €1.496bn.Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said: Q1 profits were boosted by a strong Easter (but are somewhat distorted by the absence of Easter on the prior year Q1). The earlier launch of our summer schedule and actively raising our forward bookings has delivered a 4% increase in load factor to 86% and enabled us to better manage close-in yields. Ancillary Revenues rose 4% in line with traffic growth, as airport and baggage fee reductions were offset by the rising uptake of allocated seating.Customer serviceWhat about Ryanair’s recent focus on customer service?It said its “Always Getting Better” programme has “delivered significant improvement to the customer experience”.As well as allocated seating, free second carry-on bags, and an easier to use website, it also launched its family product in June. In July it released a new mobile app (including mobile boarding passes), which has reached 1m downloads in the 10 days since its release.In September Ryanair will launch Ryanair’s business service which will include same day flight changes, bigger bag allowances, premium seat allocation, and fast-track through security at many Ryanair airports.We will continue this winter to rapidly develop both our website and mobile platform to deliver more innovative features and services in addition to the lowest fares to our customers.Easter was a particularly good time for the airline, while the earlier launch of its summer schedule also gave it a boost.More passengersOverall, in the first quarter of 2014 it saw higher traffic volumes and load factors, and slightly lower costs, not including fuel costs.The low-cost airline says that it is on traffic for a strong performance halfway through the year, with traffic growing by 3% and fares rising by 6%, subject to late booking fares in August in September.But it cautioned against “irrational exuberance”:Based on these Q1 results and our strong forward bookings it is clear that we are on track to deliver a strong H1, during which traffic will grow by 3%, and fares will rise by 6% subject to late booking fares in August and September. However we would strongly caution both analysts and investors against any irrational exuberance in what continues to be a difficult economic environment, with some company-specific challenges in H2.Ryanair expects the second half of the year to be characterised by a much softer pricing environment “as many competitors are lowering fares, partly in response to Ryanair’s strong forward bookings”.Added to this Ryanair will aggressively raise capacity this winter by 8% to take advantage of growth discounts and build out business-friendly frequencies from Dublin and Stansted in particular.These initiatives will inevitably put downward pressure on fares and (mindful of last winter’s weak pricing environment) we continue to expect H2 yields to fall by between 6% to 8% which will result in full year yields rising by only 2%.Unit costs (not including fuel) for 2015 will rise by approximately 4%, due to higher traffic volumes.Ryanair now expects full year traffic to grow by 5% to 86m.“This increased traffic and higher load factors, combined with a slightly improved performance on unit costs allows us to cautiously raise our full year profit after tax guidance (from the previous range €580m to €620m) to a range of €620m to €650m,” it said.Read: New Ryanair app lets you use your phone as a boarding pass>last_img read more

99 Parallella supercomputer is now completely open source

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first_imgKickstarter has been used to fund a lot of products with questionable real life utility, but the Parallella supercomputer might actually do some good. This $99 device was funded last year, and the boards are about to go out to backers. In the meantime, the makers have fulfilled their promise to make Parallella completely open source.How can a supercomputer only cost $99? Well, it’s not a supercomputer in the traditional sense. Parallella is a credit card-size board with a Zynq-7010 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 system-on-a-chip (SoC), 1GB of RAM, two USB 2.0 ports, a microSD slot, an HDMI connection, and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port. Along with the ARM chip, there is an Epiphany co-processor with either 16 or 64 cores. Each core is clocked at 700MHz, but the system only consumes 5 watts of power at load.The 16-core version is the headlining $99 supercomputer, but the 64-core device is $750. That second system might sound expensive but, for the right kind of application, these systems could be a very good value. A program that properly utilizes all 64 cores could perform like it was running on a multi-thousand dollar server.Parallella comes with a distro of Ubuntu, but can be used to run just about anything now that all the hardware designs and code are public. The Linux kernel, SDK scripts, u-boot, and all the other software goodies are on Github. The hardware documentation is also there. The company has even provided Solidworks files of the Parallella board.Kickstarter backers are getting first crack at the Parellella, so you can’t place an order for one just yet. You can register to be notified when they’re on sale again, but there’s no telling when that will be. As with most Kickstarters, the date for delivery has already been pushed back several months.last_img read more