NEW YORK (AP) — As her 40th birthday approaches, Patty Schnyder came back to tennis for nights like this — facing Maria Sharapova at the U.S. Open under the lights in a 14,000-seat arena.It was Schnyder’s first main-draw appearance at a major tournament since 2011, and she did make things interesting, erasing a big deficit in the second set only to fall short of pushing their match to a third, eventually losing to five-time major champion Sharapova 6-2, 7-6 (6) on Tuesday night.“That,” Schnyder said, “was fun.”Schnyder is ranked 186th, so she had to go through qualifying rounds to make it into the main draw — and she became the oldest woman to successfully do that at any Grand Slam tournament. She also was the oldest member of this year’s 128-woman singles field, and the third-oldest in U.S. Open history.“Doesn’t feel like I’ve been gone for such a while,” said Schnyder, who after initially retiring seven years ago, returned to a full tour schedule in 2016. “It has been a part of my life for so long, that it feels like it’s just great. And it’s the passion of my life, and it’s just great to be out there.”This was her ninth career meeting against 2006 U.S. Open champion Sharapova, but first in 10 years.“I knew we’d go out on the court today and kind of relive the memories,” said the 31-year-old Sharapova, who is now 8-1 against Schnyder. “I know what a competitor she is. To come back and still have the desire is admirable.”Patty Schnyder, left, of Switzerland, and Maria Sharapova, of Russia, shake hands after Sharapova won their first round match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The match was in Louis Armstrong Stadium and, every so often, Schnyder would peek at the large video screens and catch a glimpse of her 3-year-old daughter, Kim, who sat in the stands and was allowed to stay up way past her bedtime on this occasion.Sharapova raced through the first set, winning all four of Schnyder’s service games and holding a 9-0 edge in winners. The second set began with more of the same, as Sharapova went ahead 5-1. But she began to miss more and more, even clutching at her left elbow after one miscue, and that allowed Schnyder — using that familiar looping lefty forehand — to get to 5-all, then force the tiebreaker.Even then, Sharapova didn’t have an easy time of things, needing four match points before she was finally able to close things out and move her U.S. Open night-session record to 21-0.Schnyder, meanwhile, had never before lost in the first round of this hard-court tournament, going 14-0 during her “first” career.“She still has incredible hands,” was Sharapova’s report on Schnyder afterward. “Moves incredibly well for being out of the game for so long. Still very competitive.”Schnyder said she isn’t sure quite what to make of this trip to New York. She had tasted success all those years ago, a semifinalist at the 2004 Australian Open and a quarterfinalist six other times, including at Flushing Meadows in 2008 and — wait for it — 1998.Patty Schnyder, of Switzerland, serves to Maria Sharapova, of Russia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)So does this return trip to the bright lights and big city make Schnyder want more? Or did it satisfy a craving and she’s ready to go back to retirement?“I don’t know. I’m not really planning (ahead). And now that I’m here and I made the main draw, maybe it gives me different thoughts,” replied Schnyder, who turns 40 in December. “I really don’t know what I’m up to the next few months.”___By HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Chelsea’s Brazilian defender David Luiz has rubbished reports of his transfer from the Stamford Bridge.Luiz said he wants to flourish under the new manager Maurizio Sarri and wants to win more titles with the club.Luiz, who was left out of the Brazil squad for the FIFA World Cup in Russia, returned to Chelsea from Paris St Germain in 2016 after spending two season in the French League.He, however, made only 10 league appearances under former manager Antonio Conte and his poor domestic form led his omission from Brazil’s World Cup squad.The 31-year-old will have a chance to re-establish himself at Stamford Bridge following an injury-ridden season.”I came back to Chelsea to stay,” Luiz told reporters. “When I took my decision to come back here from Paris it was to win the Premier League and to do something again with Chelsea, so I am very happy here.”Luiz has featured in both of Chelsea’s pre-season matches under Sarri, who has started his reign with victories over Inter Milan and Perth Glory.”I love Sarri’s philosophy,” Luiz said. “We play high, with a lot of possession in a technical way. He’s trying to help us every single day to learn quickly his philosophy.”A new philosophy always takes time. But it also depends on us. If we’re dedicated every day and doing things every single day in training, we’re trying to learn quickly.”Chelsea will face league rivals Arsenal and French top-flight team Olympique Lyonnais in their remaining pre-season fixtures before their Community Shield match against Manchester City on August 5.advertisementThe London outfit begin their league campaign against Huddersfield Town on August 11.(With inputs from Reuters)
The CBSE Class 10th 2019 results were declared rather unexpectedly today when it was believed it would be announced later this week or in the next. Here is how PM Narendra Modi, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and other prominent personalities congratulated students for clearing the CBSE Class 10th 2019 results.Read: CBSE Class 10th 2019 results: 13 toppers score 499/500 in CBSE Class 10Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped that the “young minds continue making us proud” and also congratulated parents and teachers who had a hand in the good results:Proud of my young friends who have successfully cleared the CBSE Class X examinations. Wishing them the very best for their journey ahead. May these young minds continue making us proud. Congratulations also to their teachers and parents! #CBSE10thresultChowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 6, 2019HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar was happy about the increase in the overall pass percentage and wished good luck to those who will attempt the Class 10th exams again next year:Congratulations to over 16 lakh students who have succeeded in #CBSE Xth board examinations and best of luck for those who couldn’t make this time but will make it in next attempt.Overall pass percentage has increased by 4.40% from 80.70% in 2018 to 91.10% in 2019@cbseindia29Chowkidar Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) May 6, 2019Minister of State of Youth Affairs & Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore congratulated the students who cleared the CBSE Class 10th exam and asked the “champions” who couldn’t make it this year to not worry and try for the same next year:10th board results are out & I’m so glad to see such young high achievers who successfully cleared life’s first big test. Those who couldn’t achieve what they were hoping for, don’t worry, champions – you’ll get many more chances to prove yourself. #CBSE10thresultadvertisementChowkidar Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) May 6, 2019Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani was proud of her younger daughter Zoe’s score in the CBSE Class 10th 2019 Results:10 th board results out . Daughter scored 82% . Proud that inspite of challenges she has done well. Way to go Zoe.Chowkidar Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) May 6, 2019Read: CBSE Class 10 results declared: Pass percentage at 91.1%, improves after steadily decreasing for 5 yearsRead: LIVE CBSE 10th Result 2019 DECLARED: Check CBSE Results at cbse.nic.in, toppers awaitedRead: CBSE Class 10 results declared: How to check via SMS
Live results from day two of the State of Origin series as they come to hand:Division wins: NSW 8 – Queensland 5.Game three:Men’s openNEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Robert Nakhla 2, Tim Good touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 1 (Drumayne Dayberg-Muir touchdown). HT: NSW 2-0. NSW won division 2-1.Women’s open:NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Louise Winchester 2, Sarah Peattie, Yasmin Meakes, Hannah Dyball touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Peta Rogerson, Shenae Ciesiolka, Marikki Watego touchdowns). HT: NSW 4-1; NSW won division 2-1.Mixed open:QUEENSLAND 9 (Emma Haines 2, Tim Glazebrook 2, Adam Pryde 2, Sebastian Rey, Michael Baartz, Jayden Benbow touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Daniel Stone 3, Patricia Michaelopoulos 2, Luke Tonegato, Cameron Nicholls, Simon Lang touchdowns). Drop-off. FT:8-8; HT:3-3. QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 4 (Lucy Botten 2, Ashleigh Kearney, Michaela Jacks touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Chloe Cheney 2, Rachelle Davis touchdowns). HT: QLD 4-3; QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Gabrielle Rose 2, Belinda Grech, Kristi Miller, Melissa McCall, Rebecca Howe touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Katie Shaw, Kate Barker, Jessica Pulley touchdowns). HT: NSW 5-1. NSW won division 3-0.Women’s 35s:QUEENSLAND 3 (Tracy Williamson, Tracy Upton, Wendy Evans touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 2 (Dominique Bruce, Kristie Mosely touchdowns). HT: NSW 1-0; QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 40s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Lisa Wilkes, Shanie Singleton, Julia Simons touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Leanne Cramer, Jodie Gair touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 2-2; HT: NSW 1-0; QLD won division 2-1.Men’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 6 (Cormac Hoch 2, James Baartz, Dylan Doak, Michael Fallon, Sam Carmody touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Lincoln Little 2, Patrick Coelho, Mitchell Wickham, Christopher Williams touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-3; QLD won division 2-1.Men’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Manu Wakely 3, Michael Stone 2 touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Aaron Jones 2, Scott Prince touchdowns). HT: NSW2-1; NSW won division 2-1. Men’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Darren Reynoldson 2, Nathan Martin, Dean Murphy, Steven Sopher, Brad Mitchell touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Joshua Woo, Tristan Mana, Mark Henricksen touchdowns). HT: NSW 3-1; NSW won division 3-0.Men’s 40s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Corey McLeod 3, Lars Hanson, Chris Benfield, Jason Toby touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Craig Hookey, Adrian Lam touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-1; NSW won division 2-1.Men’s 45s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Shane Cooper, Michael Lennon, Edward Fong touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Frank Beer, Ian Smith touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-0; NSW won division 2-1.Men’s 50s:NEW SOUTH WALES 4 (Peter Wandl, John Samin, Amir Ayoub, Scott Collins touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Steve Womersley, Michael Boyd, Peter Feldman touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 3-3; HT: QLD2-0. NSW won the division 3-0.Men’s 55s: InvitationalQUEENSLAND 4 (Frank Stampa, Ian Kerr, Trevor McPhillips, David Baulch touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES PRESIDENT’S 2 (John Cattell, Gary Newman touchdowns). HT: 1-1.Game two:Men’s open:QUEENSLAND 9 (Shaun Francis 6, Michael Law, Drumayne Dayberg-Muir, Justin Otto touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Stephen Roberts 2, Terry Deegan, Scott Buckley, Matthew Prowse, Tim Good touchdowns). HT: QLD 3-2; Division tied 1-1.Women’s open:QUEENSLAND 8 (Sarah Spacie 2, Brooke Walker, Catherine Sargent, Hayley Maddick, Kim Sue See, Jemma Mi Mi, Kate McCarthy touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Samantha Rodgers, Kristin Boss, Louise Winchester touchdowns). HT: 2-2; Division tied 1-1.Mixed open:NEW SOUTH WALES 10 (Tom Maher 2, Cameron Nicholls, Daniel Stone, Luke Tonegato, Michael Singh, Kylie Hilder, Trent Touma, Claire Moran, Patricia Michaelopoulos) def QUEENSLAND 9 (Greta Doherty 3, Adam Pryde 2, Sean Hooper 2, Rebecca Lapraik, Tim Glazebrook touchdowns). HT: NSW 8-7; Division leads 1-1.Women’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 8 (Ashleigh Kearney 2, Katherine Stevens, Toni Wells, Georgina Friedrichs, Georgina Rackerman, Laura Gleeson, Tavla Rosin touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 7 (Logan Flanagan, Laura Coleman, Tayla Clifford, Zara Nichols, Abbey Papenhuyzen, Lily Goodchild touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 7-7; HT: 3-3; Division tied 1-1.Women’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Trish McCarthy 2, Amanda Burdett, Melinda McMah, Gabrielle Rose, Rebecca Howe touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 0. HT: NSW 3-0; NSW leads division 2-0.Women’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Kirstie Wakely, Kristie Mosely, Nicole Mitchell touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Natalie Leicht, Tracy Upton touchdowns). HT: QLD 1-0; Division tied 1-1. Women’s 40s:QUEENSLAND 2 (Leanne Cramer, Sue Ginns touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 1 (Lynda Davis touchdown). HT: 1-1; QLD leads division 2-0.Men’s 20s:NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Josh Rozario 3, Lincoln Little 2, Alex Nicholls, Jonathan Huskins, Christopher Williams touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 7 (Lachlan Hoch 3, David Richards 2, James Baartz, James Western touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-2; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Josh Sparke, Michael Stone, Todd Liubinskas touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Craig Boston, Michael Watson touchdowns). HT: QLD 2-0; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 9 (Steven Sopher 2, Nathan Martin, Darren Reynoldson, Garry Sonda, Christopher Jonson, Brad Mitchell, Ahmad Daizil, Adam Fahim touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 5 (Stephen Prince 2, David Walsh, Joshua Woo, Robert Powley touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-1; NSW leads division 2-0.Men’s 40s:QUEENSLAND 9 (Clynton Wastell 3, Craig Scharer, Troy Morgan, Adrian Lam, John Linden, Kevin Eckersley, Matthew Barclay touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 7 (Jack Jardim, Christian Browne, Lars Hanson, Wayne Gleeson, Tony Eltakchi, Corey McLeod, David Roberts touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-1; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 45s:QUEENSLAND 3 (Peter Owen 2, Neville Norris touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 2 (Derek Duguid, Brandon McDonald touchdowns). HT: QLD 1-0; Division tied 1-1. Men’s 50s:NEW SOUTH WALES 4 (Peter Wandl 2, Scott Collins, Andre Andrews touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Ron Keleher 2 touchdowns). HT: NSW 3-1; NSW leads division 2-0.Men’s 55s: InvitationalQUEENSLAND 3 (Peter Hawes, Ian Kerr, Brian Prove touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES PRESIDENT’S 1 (David McLean touchdown), HT: NSW 1-0.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. 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Story Highlights The expected positive impact on the economy will not bear fruit unless the MSME sector is properly integrated into macro-economic level plans. The policy, which was passed in Parliament in July this year, came out of widespread consultation with all stakeholders in the MSME sector. Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the recently passed Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Entrepreneurship Policy is geared towards linking all the crucial sectors of the economy to ensure growth.“One of the opportunities it provides is to make clear that some of the big initiatives relating to the growth agenda of the Government of Jamaica are directly linked to this policy. We are very clear as an administration that unless the MSME sector is made to come alive and to play its role, the impact of the larger initiatives will not yield the benefits, nor the transformational effects,” the Minister explained, while addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ session, held at the agency’s head office in Kingston, on November 12.The Minister added that the policy, which was passed in Parliament in July this year, came out of widespread consultation with all stakeholders in the MSME sector, and that it is a “framework for addressing Government’s intervention into a sector that is the driver of economic growth and development in any country.”Minister Hylton pointed out that the expected positive impact on the economy will not bear fruit unless the MSME sector is properly integrated into whatever plans are made on the macro-economic level, and whatever specific initiatives are designed to drive the growth agenda.The goals of the MSME Policy are aligned to those of the National Development Plan (Vision 2030), which sets out the strategic framework for improving the business environment and ensuring an efficient bureaucracy, adequate access to capital, supportive trade relations, a well functioning labour market and improved opportunities for MSMEs.“The effort in settling the policy is to provide that framework, and that guide to potential investors, as well as MSME operators, individuals or entities that will seize those opportunities. It is a guide for all the stakeholders, to those specific commitments,” the Minister said.He further noted that concerns relating to gender, youth, and environmental issues are all addressed in the policy, as well as the role of critical agencies. These agencies, for the most part, are in his Ministry, which makes for easier coordination, he observed.“Critically, it (the policy) identifies the role for the major players and institutions. The JBDC (Jamaica Business Development Corporation) role is properly defined, but it also recognises that there are critically, other institutions of Government, that must play its part in a joined up way. We looked at the role for the Companies Office, the role for the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office, the role for JAMPRO, the Bureau of Standards, and the role for HEART/NTA,” Minister Hylton stated.The Government of Jamaica has placed entrepreneurship and MSME development at the forefront of the country’s economic policy agenda, in an effort to provide the best business climate for MSMEs, helping them to achieve financial success, while positioning them to contribute in a big way to the Jamaican economy. It will also help to strengthen Jamaica’s participation in the global trading system. The goals of the MSME Policy are aligned to those of the National Development Plan (Vision 2030).
Le gouvernement a rencontré 51 partenaires aujourd’hui, 23 novembre, afin d’entamer le remaniement du système de services d’emploi qui aide les Néo-Écossais à se trouver un emploi. « Le gouvernement souhaite mieux soutenir les gens qui se cherchent un emploi, les jeunes qui prennent des décisions quant à leur carrière, et les employeurs qui ont besoin de travailleurs qualifiés, indique Kelly Regan, ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire. Nous avons à l’heure actuelle un système de 23 millions de dollars qui ne répond pas comme il le devrait aux besoins des Néo-Écossais. Le statu quo n’est pas suffisant Nous devons apporter de réels changements pour répondre à nos besoins en main-d’œuvre. » Dans le cadre du remaniement, les organismes de services d’emploi travailleront ensemble pour élaborer une nouvelle structure de prestation de services qui répondra aux besoins des localités qu’ils servent. Les changements feront en sorte que plus d’argent sera accordé aux services de première ligne et aux prestations aux clients, et non pas à l’administration et aux installations. Les jeunes personnes et leurs parents recevront également de meilleurs renseignements et de meilleurs conseils en planification de carrière; les employeurs qui ont des postes à combler recevront aussi un soutien amélioré. « Nous avons besoin d’un système qui établit un meilleur contact entre les entreprises et les travailleurs qualifiés, soutient Keith MacDonald, directeur général de Cape Breton Partnership. À l’heure actuelle, ce rapprochement n’existe pas. Nous avons des gens sans emploi et des emplois qui ne sont pas occupés. » « À l’heure actuelle, les Néo-Écossais, surtout ceux qui ont des besoins spéciaux et variés, n’ont pas eu accès de manière uniforme aux services dont ils ont besoin, souligne Mme Regan. Le nouveau système sera accessible à tous et sera intégré aux services assurés par des professionnels agréés. » Le nouveau système comportera notamment un Centre pour l’innovation et l’excellence en emploi qui améliorera le rapport entre le gouvernement et les organismes de services d’emploi; il fournira un leadership et favorisera des pratiques exemplaires et la recherche, et il offrira un soutien dans la prestation de services d’emploi de qualité. Le remaniement du système devrait être terminé d’ici le 1er juillet 2016. Pour plus d’information sur les carrières, consultez le http://careers.novascotia.ca/. Le site est en anglais seulement. Le gouvernement s’est engagé à mieux soutenir les démarches pour attirer les jeunes et les amener à rester en Nouvelle-Écosse. On y trouve ainsi le programme Experience Through Opportunity, annoncé récemment, qui fournit aux jeunes personnes un meilleur accès aux postes ouverts dans la fonction publique. Pour plus d’information, consultez http://makeithere.novascotia.ca . Le site est en anglais seulement.
Chris Stewart APTN National NewsAn Indigenous women’s advocate in Alberta says Indigenous women are considered guilty and must prove themselves innocent in the province’s justice system.Muriel Stanley-Venne said the system is built so judges and lawyers assume the worst.Stanley-Venne was commenting on a case where a Cree woman was sexually assaulted and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was lower Thursday while traders prepared to take in the release of job creation data Friday and European leaders considered sanctions against Russia.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 17.65 points to 14,286.52.The Canadian dollar gained 0.59 of a cent to 91.19 cents US amid a better than expected read on building permits in January.U.S. indexes were higher with the Dow Jones industrials up 78.52 points to 16,438.7, the Nasdaq gained 6.08 points to 4,364.05 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 6.77 points to 1,880.58, a new record high.Harsh winter conditions have crimped job creation, and expectations for the February U.S. non-farm payrolls report are muted. Economists expect the report to show around 145,000 new positions were created last month.There was positive news out ahead of that data. Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits, a proxy for layoffs, declined to 323,000 last week from 348,000, the lowest level in three months.In Canada, analysts expect the report to show the economy created about 15,000 jobs last month, according to Thomson Reuters.Markets were monitoring developments in Ukraine following a rocky start to the week after Russia invaded the Crimean peninsula where it has major military installations and many people are Russian speaking.European leaders said Thursday that Russia will face sanctions unless it withdraws its troops from Crimea or engages in credible talks to defuse the situation.But analtysts point out that markets are trying to take a pragmatic approach to the issue.“It doesn’t matter economically,” said John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc.“The reality is there is no economic pie to fight over. If the Russians rolled into Iran, different story because you’re talking oil, you’re taking something economic that is of interest in the West. As opposed to wheat and potatoes.”On the corporate front, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) said its quarterly adjusted net income came in at 52 cents per share, four cents below estimates. Cash flow per share was $1.64, which was 10 cents below the estimate. Its quarterly dividend will rise to 22.5 cents per shares, up two cents and its shares slipped 12 cents to $40.58.Engineering firm SNC-Lavalin Group (TSX:SNC) reported a quarterly profit of $92.54 million or 61 cents a share, down from $93.84 million a year ago, missing forecasts by a penny. Revenue fell to $2.12 billion in the fourth quarter, down $300 million from a year earlier and its shares fell $1.41 to $46.96.Auto parts maker Linamar Corp. (TSX:LNR) posted quarterly net earnings of $68.7 million or $1.06 per share, compared with $30.7 million or 47 cents in the same 2012 period. Revenue increased to $926.1 million from $756.5 million and Linamar increased its quarterly dividend by 25 per cent to 10 cents a share. Its shares ran up $1.97 to $51.27.The base metals sector led advancers, up two per cent with May copper one cent higher at US$3.21 a pound.April crude was down 13 cents to US$101.32 a barrel and the energy sector was 0.15 per cent ahead.The gold sector was slightly higher while April bullion rose $5.30 to US$1,345.40 an ounce.Techs led decliners, down 0.7 per cent.
CGI to pay down debt, buy back shares as it hunts for next acquisition AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – CGI Group Inc. plans to focus in the short-term on reducing its debt and buying back company shares, while the IT services company remains on the hunt for acquisitions.“We continue to look and there are opportunities out there and we would not hesitate to pull the trigger if we found the right acquisition here at the right time and the right price,” CEO Michael Roach said Wednesday during a conference call to discuss its improved third-quarter results.Roach said a return to a more traditional level of cash generation in the quarter puts the company in a stronger position to complete an acquisition.The Montreal-based company (TSX:GIB.A) saw its third-quarter profit jump 26 per cent to $225.1 million, or 71 cents per diluted share. That compared with a profit of $178.2 million, or 56 cents per share diluted, a year ago.Excluding specific items, the company earned $229.8 million, compared with $200.4 million in the year ago period, up 14.7 per cent. Adjusted earnings per diluted share were 72 cents for the quarter, up 14.3 per cent year-over-year and one cent short of analyst forecastsThe company had revenues of $2.7 billion, up 3.9 per cent from $2.56 billion year-over-year.Analyst Maher Yaghi of Desjardins Capital Markets said the margin improvement and strong cash generation should “allay investor concerns about the cash production ability of Logica.”While its U.K. business has turned around since the 2012 acquisition of Logica, some other European operations haven’t hit bottom and aren’t expected to recover until the second half of next year.Still, Roach said it is making progress in Europe.“When I look back two years when we did the acquisition, I would say that were clearly a lot more bullish on it Europe then we were then,” Roach said.During the quarter, CGI said it signed $2.5 billion in contract awards, including European bookings of $1.7 billion.In the United States, the commercial and state government business improved in the quarter, offsetting weakness in federal contracts caused by ongoing delays in procurement decisions.Roach said CGI Federal continues to outperform its industry competitors, which are also protecting margins because of the lack of growth.Meanwhile, CGI said it is contemplating taking advantage of low interest rates to boost its relative proportion of long-term debt as it pursues its next stage of growth.Interest rates have lingered near historic lows in recent years, but are expected to start to climb as the economy begins to improve.CGI currently has $2.4 billion in net debt, but only $480 million in long-term debt. It also has about $1.2 billion in available cash and unused credit facilities.The goal is to “get the capital structure nailed down for the next generation,” added chief financial officer David Anderson. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 30, 2014 7:35 am MDT
Head coach Chris Holtmann watches from the sideline in the second half of the Ohio State-Robert Morris game on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 95-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorChris Holtmann didn’t have any control over his schedule for his first season coaching Ohio State. He was going to be coaching in the Phil Knight Invitational whether he was in Columbus or still coaching Butler. But unlike at Butler, he has to endure the possibility of six straight games against high-major opponents.In 12 days.Now that it’s here, Holtmann is staring down the greatest test he will have not just in his first year with the Buckeyes, but also in his entire coaching career to this point.“It’s completely unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” he said. “It’s something we’re going to have to be mindful about with rest and sleep, and it will be interesting to see, too, the teams that come out of Portland and how they respond to this stretch once they come back.” The Buckeyes (4-0) have played well to this point and have played with more energy and consistency than they showed at any point last season. But that road ahead gets much tougher.On the schedule, Ohio State has No. 17 Gonzaga, Stanford or No. 7 Florida, Clemson, Wisconsin and Michigan. Holtmann’s squad also has a third game in Portland, Oregon, at the PK80 — the tournament celebrating Nike founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday — against either Duke, Portland State, Texas or Butler.Holtmann has made it clear he isn’t putting any goals or expectations on this season. He said it again Tuesday before his team departs for the West Coast.“For us the end game right now for us is get better today,” Holtmann said. “That’s really the end game. We don’t have another end game other than get better today.”That might be coach-speak, but let’s consider the obvious.He arrived in June after an out-of-the-blue firing of former coach Thad Matta. He arrived with no recruits remaining in the 2018 recruiting class, so he immediately had to hit the trail. He didn’t have time to really get to know his players until official practice began in September.So given the circumstances, all Holtmann has been able to do is focus one day at a time.That being said, he’s still a coach, and a coach demands a certain level of play from his players. That bar can be set and raised with a strong showing in these next six days.“It’s a good opportunity,” senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “To compete against multiple teams in a span of 48 hours, it’s great, it’s exciting. We’re looking forward to it.”Just four games into the season, it might be a bit rash to call this stretch the greatest challenge he’ll face this year. But consider this: Ohio State will have played nearly a third of its schedule after this stretch, including two conference games with a multitude of opportunities for signature wins on its resume when it comes time to evaluate the Buckeyes in March.Yes, Holtmann needs to figure out his team’s 3-point shooting woes (28.4 percent), whether any issues that come with the dearth of depth at guard and address any potential injuries that might occur in the future. But in the present, there’s no greater opportunity for an early statement than the next two weeks.“I think, in a lot of ways, it was a no-brainer decision to be a part of an event like [the PK80] because of what it can reveal about your team in these moments,” Holtmann said.While most Ohio State fans will tune into coverage of the football game against Michigan this week, there’s no denying that fans badly want their basketball team to be competitive again.The Buckeyes don’t have to win all six of these upcoming games, but going .500 would turn some heads toward the program Holtmann is trying to resurrect in Columbus.
The Irish Coast Guard were contacted shortly after 4pm. We carried out a communications search over the Irish Sea with all traffic in transit to see if the helicopter had made contact. There was no information on it.The coastguard duty commander Peter Davies said at the outset of the search: “We are in the process of contacting all the vessels in the Irish Sea that were in the vicinity around midday and we are continuing mayday broadcast action for any vessels currently in the area to contact us if they have further information.At the moment we are appealing to these vessels and to ask the public that if they have seen a twin squirrel red helicopter to please contact 999 and ask for the coastguard. The Dublin-bound helicopter lost radar contact near the Welsh coast. Source: Google MapsIt is believed the UK-registered, privately-owned helicopter had five people on board, all British nationals.The helicopter was due to stop at Caernarfon on its way to Dublin, but never made it there, with no sightings or radio contact made from that point on.Searches were only getting underway again this morning due to the poor visibility and weather conditions in the area.The Irish Coast Guard has said that it is ready and willing to assist in the search, with operations manager Declan Geoghegan telling RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that contact had been made from the helicopter to indicate that its flight plan had been changed and it was flying directly to Dublin before contact was lost. Image: Andrew Matthews PA Archive/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/3314380 UK Coastguard coordinating search operation for overdue privately-owned helicopter #CaernarfonBay #IrishSea area https://t.co/ItQ7QEpRWj— Maritime&Coastguard (@MCA_media) March 29, 2017 Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 7:09 AM By Sean Murray Image: Andrew Matthews PA Archive/PA Images ‘Extremely poor visibility’ hampering rescue efforts for Dublin-bound helicopter in Irish Sea The aerial search has been suspended until the weather improves. Mar 30th 2017, 7:09 AM Short URL 6 Comments 15,116 Views Share18 Tweet Email Source: Maritime&Coastguard/Twitter Read: Helicopter destined for Dublin goes missing over the Irish Sea Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE UK COASTGUARD has said that extremely poor visibility is hampering the search efforts for a helicopter that went missing over the Irish Sea near the Welsh coast yesterday afternoon.An extensive search has been carried out in the Irish Sea and the Snowdonia coastal region of north-west Wales since the helicopter, carrying five passengers, failed to reach its destination of Dublin after setting out from Milton Keynes, just north of London, earlier in the day.In an update provided by Her Majesty’s Coastguard, it said “the helicopters have now returned to their respective bases and there are no plans at this stage to continue the aerial search unless the weather improves significantly”.The search has now been taken over by North Wales Police, who have called in mountain rescue teams to continue the land-based search in the Snowdonia area.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Council of State has intervened to save a treasured art deco building on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street that was threatened with demolition because it blocked the view of the Acropolis for visitors to the New Acropolis Museum. Greece’s highest administrative court has issued a ruling reversing a 2007 judgment that would have allowed authorities to knock down the building. Architects, conservationists and local residents launched an online campaign to protect the 1930s building, along with an adjacent neoclassical house.
Spam : condamné à verser 360 millions de dollars à FacebookUn internaute a été reconnu coupable d’avoir diffusé 7,2 millions de spams sur Facebook. La justice le condamne à verser une amende de 360 millions de dollars (262 millions d’euros) au réseau social.Philip Porembski est accusé par un tribunal fédéral de San José en Californie d’avoir récupéré environ 116.000 identifiants de connexion de comptes Facebook. Grâce à ces données, l’internaute a pu propager 7,2 millions de spams, rapporte le NouvelObs.com.Certains d’entre eux ont permis à Philip Porembski de dérober les noms d’utilisateurs et mots de passe des utilisateurs bernés. D’autres ont fait gagner de l’argent au spammeur dès qu’il y avait un clic sur un lien précis. Ce qui aurait fait réagir Facebook ? 8.000 plaintes d’usagers et 4.500 désactivations de compte, explique le réseau social sur son blog.En 2008, deux spammeurs avaient déjà été condamnés à des amendes dépassant les 700 millions de dollars. Mais ces condamnations restent toutefois symboliques. Il est peu probable que Facebook voit la couleur de cet argent un jour. Bien que la société “insiste sur le fait que protéger ses utilisateurs des spams et des scams soit une priorité, et qu’elle emploie une grande équipe d’experts de sécurité pour retirer toute application suspecte (…), le problème continue de croître. La base d’utilisateurs sans cesse grandissante de Facebook est une cible toujours plus attrayante”, note l’éditeur de solutions de sécurité Sophos dans son étude “Security Threat Report 2011”.Le 1 février 2011 à 09:26 • Emmanuel Perrin
Prior to 2015 a suicide toxicology report was not conducted unless it was deemed necessary to establish or support cause and manner of death. During that time frame Alaska’s suicide rate was either the first or second highest in the nation. Suicide was the leading cause of death among Alaskans aged 10–64 years and is the sixth leading cause of death overall in the state, according to the bulletin. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska has consistently had one of the highest suicide rates in the nation since the National Violent Death Reporting System began in 2003, and the incidence of suicide in Alaska has increased considerably in recent years. Of the 597 suicide deaths during 2015–2017, 94% included toxicology testing results. Of the 562 decedents who were tested, 70% were positive for alcohol or drugs. The highest rates by sex and age were among males aged 20–24 years and 70–74 years and females aged 20–24 years. The highest rates by race were among American Indian/Alaska Native. The bulletin was accompanied by an additional Suicide Toxicology Report for 2015-17, which outlined toxicology testing for alcohol, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cocaine, marijuana, and opiates on all suicide decedents for whom specimens could be collected. If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can: call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The state Department of Health and Social Services released an information bulletin stating that 1,103 people killed themselves between 2012-17.
PayPal Office [Representational Image]Getty ImagesTo promote the culture of entrepreneurship among students, PayPal has opened the doors of its Start Tank incubator to youngsters aspiring to start their own businesses. The incubation center in Chennai, which hosts and grooms tech startup companies, now encourages student entrepreneurs from across top universities to pitch their tech ideas and turn them into reality.For the first time since its inception in 2013, PayPal’s Start Tank rolled out its Incubation Challenge at the recently-held Entrepreneurship Conclave and Startup Hive at IIT-Madras and selected two teams from the competition. They will now have a direct entry into the finals of the Incubation Challenge that will be conducted later this year, and upon selection, they will get incubated at Start Tank.The winning idea of “delivering logistics via drones” was pitched by a team of MTech students from IIT-M and the runner-up idea, “pushing dynamic ads into mobile games in place of the obtrusive banner ads” came from a team of dual degree students, also from IIT-M. Several promising concepts, such as crowdfunding to support the underprivileged, 3D printing & distribution and “green garbage” waste management, were also presented by students from several leading universities in the country.Anupam Pahuja – General Manager, Technology (Asia-Pacific), PayPal – said, “Extending the Start Tank Incubation Challenge to student entrepreneurs comes with the commitment of supporting their innovative startup ideas and tech concepts. It is encouraging to see many students in India daring to dream to give wings to their ideas and set up business ventures. Through Start Tank, we aim to help them with the right kind of mentorship and guidance to enter the market right after graduation.”PayPal launched “Start Tank Incubation Challenge” last year, to identify and incubate the country’s next generation tech-centric startups. After IIT-Madras, PayPal has now partnered with SASTRA University to organize the Incubation Challenge as part of their techno-management fest to be held in Thanjavur, in February 2015. Interested applicants, student/non-student entrepreneurs, can register for “Start Tank Incubation Challenge” with their tech-centric ideas here.PayPal’s Start Tank provides an obligation-free environment for select startups to evolve. The exclusive facility in PayPal’s Chennai development center has an office area of more than 11,000 square feet with a world-class incubation space, state-of-the-art conference rooms and other amenities.Start Tank runs globally across PayPal offices in Boston, London and Chennai, and provides access to global mentors, angel investors and venture capitalists. PayPal formally launched its Chennai startup incubator in association with TiE Chennai in November 2013, and currently hosts six startups: DoPartTime, Fantain, Hey Feedback, Kobster.com, Konotor, and PiQube.
X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /50:42 On Monday’s Houston Matters: Pres. Trump is expected to announce his second Supreme Court nominee tonight (July 9). We take a look at how justices are chosen. Then, new maps and flood details post-Harvey could offer key information for local and state officials. We talk with the U.S. Geological Survey to learn more.Also this hour: Houston Public Media is launching a series of programs today to mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. In Stories from the Storm, community leaders and everyday Houstonians reflect on how the storm changed their lives and the city around them. Today, we hear Jim McIngvale and Gallery Furniture store manager Anthony Lebedzinski share how their store became a refuge during the storm.Plus: Dr. Lori Teller from Meyerland Animal Clinic answers your pet care questions. And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports.Watch An Excerpt from Houston Public Media’s Stories From The Storm Episode 1: Jim McIngvale and Gallery Furniture store manager Anthony LebedzinskiWATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
– / 7Election Day is finally here, and Texas is home to several high-profile races, including the Senate race between Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke. There are also multiple Congressional seats up for grabs, a governor’s race, and local ballot measures. As voters head to the polls and results start to come in, our reporters in the field have been sending back photos that provide a snapshot of Houston on Election Day.Click the center of the photo to see it full-sized and with its caption. View our full election coverage, here. Share
The City Council on Monday set a hearing to assess the costs of overtime incurred by the Police Department, Fire Department , and other city agencies during and after the riots earlier this year. Sponsored by Council Vice President Edward Reisinger, District 10, the hearings are meant to shed light on the long term budget effects of the increased overtime and workmen’s compensation claims filed as a result of dealing with the unrest.“Because of the civil unrest that occurred in our city we should be concerned about the impact that it’s going to have not just on next year’s budget but our future budgets. I have questions on the overtime of the police and the fire department and other agencies. The other question I’m concerned about is what is the cost for those counties and subdivisions that supplied us with those resources,” said Reisinger.“What really concerns me is the workmen’s compensation claims that I’m hearing are coming through the city because the city is self-insured and we don’t know what the cost is. Are they permanent disabilities or temporary disabilities? We have to know what . . . it’s going to cost the city of Baltimore. I’m hearing 150-200 police and firefighters are on permanent disability. What effect will that have on deployment in our streets?”There will be a hearing on June 9 and representatives for the police and firefighters are expected to answer questions.In other news, the Council called for a hearing with city agencies and non-profit organizations on ways to steer developers to distressed areas of the city. Introduced by City Council president Bernard C. “Jack” Young, a date for the hearing has yet to be set.“Neighborhoods down in the Harbor and neighborhoods where development make sense, developers flock to those areas. We want to see if we can get most of the city’s agencies to come up with tools to try to push development to the less desired neighborhoods, said Young. “We did that with the Poppleton in Pete Welch’s district  and we want to see how we can push it further into other districts with some incentives and thinking outside of the box so that we can stretch the investments.”Young was referring to a recent proposal to steer $58 million to developers for use in the Poppleton neighborhood in West Baltimore.
March 16, 2003WORKSHOP 2: Welcome to the workshop that started on March 9. 2003: [from left] Chris Reed, Shunichi Hayashi, workexchange student Gianni Scravaglieri, Paul Hawkins and Donee Krause. [top] Ann Tonks and Dinah Yessne. [Photo & Text: sa]
UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide does not see an external force behind the absence of meetings between the two leaders, he said in the full interview with the Cyprus News Agency published on Saturday.The Greek Cypriot side and Greece are insisting there is no point going back to the table until the constitutional referendum is over in Turkey in the middle of next month. They say Ankara is distracted and no progress on Cyprus can be made in the immediate period.However, Eide said the situation was “quite the contrary” and that allowing a prolonged pause could negatively affect the dynamics.“There is no external force behind the absence of meetings, this particular crisis was created in Cyprus and can be solved in Cyprus, this is a Cypriot crisis,” he said.He was referring to the fact that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci walked away from the table last month when the House voted to allow schools to commemorate a 1950 plebiscite by Greek Cypriots for Enosis, or union with Greece. Akinci said he would not return to the talks until it was rescinded.Eide said in the CNA interview that something more substantive needs to be done to get the leaders back to the negotiating table, and expressed some worry whether a structured process could be achieved once the leaders return to the dialogue.An underlying platform of intercommunal trust was also needed, he said “and I am convinced if it does not exist in the leadership level, it is difficult to substitute it somewhere else.”The UN envoy said some steps were being taken to bring the leaders back to the table but he said he did not want to elaborate.“It takes two to tango and requires some will of mutual accommodation, there is the issue of the vote in parliament itself and people are looking into what can be done there, but there is also a question of how much the Turkish Cypriots will allow this to continue, because you can be right, morally right and make your point but it is always a choice, something that is bad can be somewhat very bad, terrible, catastrophic. That is the choice, the question is how bad it is,” he said.He said the referendum in Turkey was relevant “but it is not an argument not to talk now, definitely not.”Asked to qualify his image of a realistic optimist, which could suggest that he was hiding real problems under the carpet, Eide disagreed, saying the optimism he expressed related to getting the leaders back to the table.“I also said that I was quite clear that the bigger issue is whether we will be able to organise ourselves once we are at the table. Of course I am focusing on how they can go back to the table but there is so much I can do because there is a process in parliament and discussions between the sides will have to happen a little bit directly between them as well on that smaller issue, which is how to go back to the table,” he added.The much bigger issue, he said, “is whether we will manage to have a structured process once the leaders are back at the table. And here I express a level of worry… because I think we have been stuck a while in this last mile issue, everybody has been waiting for the move from the other side, there are certain things which one side would accommodate but only when they themselves are accommodated by the other one first.”“I am more worried about that, rather than this immediate thing. I am not absolutely convinced that we will make it in the end and that requires an even stronger effort to go that final mile and it is extremely unfortunate that history was brought up again now,” he added.He said he has not been hiding anything and has been very open on where the difficulties lies, citing citizenship, territorial readjustment, engaging in dialogue in security. These issues were either solved or close to being solved, he said “and that tells me that this can be done but whether it will be done is fundamentally up to the leaders and secondary up to others.”The UN envoy referred to a formula which he believes can “fly” if people think outside the box, saying that the issue of security was not fundamentally a military issue, and pointing out that a sense of security could be achieved by working on four layers – constitutional, internal, implementation and external.He said the first was in many ways the most important, to get to a deal that would convince all Cypriots it would in the long run and that the state would deliver on its promises.The second related to a system of internal security, meaning that the courts, the laws, the police were effective and legitimate, impartial and decent.For the third, an international mechanism was being proposed to monitor implementation and this should be the substitute of the current guarantees system, he said, stressing that this mechanism should not be superior to the Cypriot authorities.The fourth layer, he said, indicated that Cyprus at some point, post-reunification, needed some kind of partnership with other countries for defence issues, traditional and non-traditional, such as cooperation on terrorism and some kind of stability in this neighbourhood.“The only place you can even envisage some kind of foreign military presence, if you have it, will be here which is actually going back to basics because this is what the Treaty of Alliance stipulated and we know what happened,” he told CNA.This could only work as a package, and would be based on long intense constructive negotiations with all players. He said this has not been endorsed but there had been a constructive attitude to encourage the UN to develop these ideas.“Until now conversation about security has been very simple, the one side will say this and the other say that, this conversation does not take you anywhere. I respect the official position of the sides, until you change it,” he added.Asked whether he thought that Greece and Turkey should be involved in this set up, given the history of the country, Eide said: “There is no escape, there is no way they will not be. The history of the Republic of Cyprus was established in 1960 with the consent of the guarantor powers, in three treaties. If you do not change it, this will remain. We are not inventing Cyprus now, Cyprus exists, it is divided but it exists.”“If you want to change – which I think you should, by the way – I am in favour of change, I do not think you can have this current system of guarantees, it cannot continue, it has to be substituted, if you want to substitute it you have to substitute it with Greece and Turkey because you cannot do it without them,” he said. “It is an observation of the real world, this is not my view.”Asked about support he feels he has in efforts to resume the dialogue, Eide said the Cypriot people, through civil society and all those political forces who are pro-settlement were his best supporters, and repeated that the UN does not own the process.“We are not going to take it over, even if the leaders ask for arbitration, I would not do it, we respect the leaders-led nature of the process,” he said. “There are certain things I cannot do, I cannot fix this for them, I cannot provide the magical formula and I do not think a dinner alone would solve this one. This requires something more substantive and it is not fundamentally the UN that can do it,” he added.Questioned on his view that during the Geneva talks in January the anticipated progress on issues which could be solved in Cyprus was not achieved, he said the sense of security that needs to be installed in society is not principally solved in the chapter of security and guarantees and referred to political equality and shared ownership of the federal state, a legal system that works, police that function.These, he said, are intra Cypriot issues which can only and frankly should only be discussed between the Cypriots but which is a prerequisite of reducing the emphasis on the military part of security matters, adding “there is a lot we need to do to lay the groundwork before we call the guarantors.”Asked to comment on Turkey’s decision to send the vessel Barbaros in the Eastern Mediterranean in relation to the peace talks, Eide talked about what his own country Norway did when it was faced with a dispute with Russia and energy matters to deal with.“We abstained from this issue (energy), conflict and gas is very complex, it is more conducive to a peaceful rise as an energy nation if the problem is solved,” he said, and hastened to add that “this is just an observation, am not saying anything on Cyprus.”(Interview by Maria Myles) You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. 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