Small Franchises, Big Software Solutions

first_imgDid you know that one in 12 businesses is a franchise? Small franchises represent a growing market, one that requires many of the same sophisticated tools used by international chains, while catering to a small business owner’s needs and budget.FranchiseBlast, a software solution developed by Gatineau, Québec-based LavaBlast Software Inc., is filling the void for small franchises like Boomerang Kids. Boomerang Kids — a children’s clothing retail store based in Ottawa, Ontario — needed instant inventory updates, real-time analytics, and flexible purchasing tools to serve its business and empower its franchise owners. With FranchiseBlast’s Intel-powered technology, Boomerang Kids is thriving and looking toward an innovative future.Instant Data Powers Franchise Owner DecisionsFranchiseBlast software is developed for franchisors with up to 50 locations that do not have in-house resources or IT staff to manage tech for all franchises. “We are building software that puts the powerful tools used by large franchises in the hands of smaller businesses, at a price they can afford,” says LavaBlast President and CEO Jason Kealey. FranchiseBlast uses centralized servers powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor E3 family, allowing franchisors and their franchise owners to access up-to-date information from anywhere, at any time.Boomerang Kids needed to track daily operations and gather accurate, real-time data on each of its locations. Using FranchiseBlast software, each store can quickly track its pricing, inventory levels, and productivity. “Anyone who has any retail experience understands the power of the data,” says Heather Meek, Boomerang Kids co-owner. She uses the data to supply store owners with constructive feedback to help improve sales and streamline processes.Empowering Franchise Owners with In-Store TechPoint-of-sale computers installed at all Boomerang stores communicate with the FranchiseBlast server, exchanging real-time information on inventory. “The data really helps to focus our take-in and store merchandizing on what is selling,” Meek says. Taking the efficiency one step further, Boomerang Kids installed self-serve kiosks in its stores, with more than 90 percent of its consignment inventory now being dropped off through the kiosks.For FranchiseBlast, serving clients with reliable equipment is the cornerstone of the business. “We supply [our client’s hardware] so we try to have the most reliable systems,” says Kealey. “Even if there’s an additional cost upfront, you get it back in the end because you are not wasting time repairing defective hardware.” The support team uses desktops powered by the Intel® Core™ i7 processors to assist clients and provide product virtualization before they go live. Opportunities for Expansion with E-CommerceBoomerang Kids has grown from two locations to 10, with another on the way. As the business finds success, Meek is looking for new opportunities to bring the business to more people and improve convenience for customers. With FranchiseBlast’s help, Boomerang Kids is piloting online sales with a cloud-based e-commerce solution. FranchiseBlast tracks all items in each store’s inventory and transmits the data in real time to the online store. Meek projects that online sales will reach 10 percent of total revenues within the next six months.FranchiseBlast is also growing. Kealey projects his own sales to continue to double every year, so he continues to depend on Intel’s reliable, scalable performance. “We can launch a new server in 15 minutes, and we have redundancy built in,” he says. “Our number one criteria is performance.”Read more about how Boomerang Kids leverages technology here.Learn more about Intel’s Small Business solutions at intel.com/smallbusiness, and follow @IntelSmallBiz on Twitter for more tips and information.last_img read more

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Top stories: A 400-year-old shark, smashing a famous science hoax, and more

first_imgMutation that made it easier to ride horses evolved more than 1000 years agoSitting in the saddle can still be a bumpy ride, but things got a lot smoother nearly 12 centuries ago, when a single genetic mutation arising in the medieval United Kingdom and Iceland gave horses their ability to “amble,” or walk with a relatively smooth, four-beat rhythm versus a bumpier, more erratic pattern.Greenland shark may live 400 years, smashing longevity recordSign 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(*)Imagine having to wait a century to have sex. Such is the life of the Greenland shark—a 5-meter-long predator that may live more than 400 years, according to a recent study, making it the longest lived vertebrate by at least a century. So it should come as no surprise that the females are not ready to reproduce until after they hit their 156th birthday.A bit of cash can keep someone off the streets for 2 years or moreIf someone is about to become homeless, giving them a single cash infusion, averaging about $1000, may be enough to keep them off the streets for at least 2 years. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that programs that proactively assist those in need don’t just help the victims—they may benefit society as a whole.U.S. science groups have 20 questions for candidatesA coalition of 56 higher education and scientific organizations has come up with 20 questions whose answers could help voters choose from among Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, the Green Party’s Jill Stein, and Libertarian Gary Johnson.Chemists to get preprint server of their ownCall it a chain reaction. Following the leads of the physics, mathematics, economics, and biology communities, the American Chemical Society announced yesterday that it will start a preprint server for chemistry papers, tentatively titled ChemRxiv.Now that you’ve got the scoop on this week’s hottest Science news, come back Monday to test your smarts on our weekly quiz!last_img read more

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Aussie John Dawes to be India’s new bowling coach

first_imgFormer Australian first-class pacer Joe Dawes will take over as the Indian cricket team’s bowling coach after Eric Simons’ tenure comes to an end at the completion of the ongoing tour of Australia.”Joe Dawes has been appointed the Bowling Coach of the Indian team, for a period of two years,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.A right-arm paceman, Dawes represented Queensland in Australia’s domestic circuit in the late 1990s and early 2000s.The 41-year-old got into coaching subsequently and is Queensland Cricket’s player professional development manager.He has also had stints as bowling coach of South Australia and Adelaide Strikers (Big Bash League). In the 76 first-class matches he played, Dawes picked up 285 wickets at average of 25.Simons, who joined the Indian team in January 2010 for a two-year term, is also the head coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Daredevils.He had been drawing criticism after Indian pacers were found wanting in the Test whitewashes at the hands of England and Australia despite helpful conditions in both the countries.last_img read more

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SPORT-RICHARDS 2LAST

first_imgSammy claims that players have been offered just USD Sammy claims that players have been offered just USD 6,900 per match in India with around USD 27,600 to be made if a player features throughout the tournament. In their 2012 title winning campaign, however, the captain said payments ranged from almost USD 60,000 to more than USD 135,000. But WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead has refuted claims that the contracts offered represent a fee reduction of as much as 80 per cent from that obtained prior to the latest agreement. “Players were given an opportunity to discuss the new structure and no concerns were raised at that time,” he noted in responding to Sammy and referring to a negotiating process in May of 2015 that also involved representatives from the International Cricket Council and the global players representative organisation FICA. “It is disappointing that you would choose to question the terms now, on the eve of the WT20 in India.” Meanwhile, Richards, who is in the UAE as a mentor for the Quetta team in the Pakistan Super League, told AFP that he hopes the problem does not get out of hand. “What I can see so far, and if its true, the West Indies players are getting pay cuts. I believe that at some point they may have to do some negotiations,” said Richards. “Governance has been a problem in the past. I guess if you have good governance then you wouldnt have problems. “I, as a player, would sympathise with players because I know what boards can be like, what administrations can be like.” Richards added that he was happy to help the West Indies team. “I would like to be involved. I can bring the knowledge I have.” AFP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Meet Mochi, the Lovely Lady that Plays Hard-to-Get

first_imgMochi’s beauty is only enhanced by her distant, begrudging affection — she is a true master in the art of mystique.Name: Mochi (#mochithehedgehog)Owner: David Albright | Freelance Video Producer | dalbright.comFavorite activities: Sleeping, bath time, poking me with her quills, running in her wheel when nobody is looking.Items she has destroyed: My Instagram feed… she has taken it over. Search for #mochithehedgehog.Ways she brightens my work/life: When your hobby becomes your job, sometimes it doesn’t feel like a hobby anymore, so I had been feeling like a needed a new hobby. Getting this grumpy little ball of spikes to like me has become my new hobby!If she could speak, she would say: Leave me alone.Mochi and David.Have a pet that helps you get through your freelance life? Share your pet story today by emailing a photo and filling out the form above to lvanthoen@freelancersunion.org, and we’ll feature your freelance pal on this blog and in a photo gallery! Just as we are united through our common love of independence, may this allow our freelance partners-in-crime to be united in a bond of common, loveable insanity.Previous features: Ramsay, Pedro, Triscuit, Pekoe, Fritz, Rita Leelast_img read more

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Brighton sign Krul permanently

first_imgTransfers Brighton seal permanent signing of Newcastle goalkeeper Krul Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 23:26 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Krul - cropped Getty Images Transfers Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion Newcastle United The Dutch shot-stopper has penned a permanent contract with the Seagulls and could face his former club on Sunday Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed the permanent signing of Tim Krul, who had been on loan from Newcastle United.Krul moved to the Amex Stadium on a season-long loan deal on deadline day and made his Seagulls debut in Tuesday’s extra-time defeat to Bournemouth in the EFL Cup.Brighton 11/10 for the drop Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Though the Dutchman has had to play second fiddle to Mathew Ryan thus far, he has penned a permanent deal until the end of the season.And Newcastle’s statement hinted that the timing of the move may have come in order to get around Premier League regulations which prevent loan players from facing their parent clubs, with Rafael Benitez’s side visiting Brighton on Sunday.It read: “Krul… could now feature for his new club when they take on United in Sunday’s Premier League clash.”Everyone at Newcastle United would like to thank Tim for his long service to the club, and wish him and his family well for the future.”The Netherlands goalkeeper has featured sparsely since suffering a serious knee injury on international duty, but made 18 appearances for AZ in the Eredivisie last season.last_img read more

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A Top SEC Recruit Has Flipped His Commitment

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)An SEC football recruit has flipped his commitment. He’s flipped from one SEC West power to another.Cordale Flott, a cornerback out of Alabama, had been committed to Auburn. He’s de-committed from the Tigers and pledged to LSU.“I’m just doing what’s best for me and my career ahead,” Flott told SEC Country about his decision.Flott has become the 17th member of LSU’s 2019 class.BREAKING: Cordale Flott (@cordaleflott) has flipped his commitment from Auburn to the #LSU Tigers! ??#HoldthatTiger pic.twitter.com/jNlZhFA3xh— Josh Lemoine (@LsuFBallTruth) June 24, 2018LSU’s 2019 class is one of the best in the country. The Tigers’ 2019 class is ranked the No. 3 class in the country by 247Sports.Flott, a Saraland, Ala. native, is ranked the No. 51 cornerback in the country. He also held offers from Alabama, Florida, Nebraska and Tennessee, among others.last_img read more

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US Olympic medallist cyclist Kelly Catlin passes away aged 23

first_img Next Reuters ColoradoMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 18:14 IST Kelly Catlin won three consecutive world championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018. (AP Photo)Olympian Kelly Catlin, who helped the United States win the women’s pursuit team silver medal at the 2016 Rio Games, has died, USA Cycling said on Sunday. The three-time world champion was 23.”The U.S. cycling community suffered a devastating loss with the passing of Kelly Catlin,” USA Cycling President and Chief Executive Rob DeMartini said in a statement. “Kelly was more than an athlete to us, and she will always be part of the USA Cycling family.””Our thoughts and prayers are with the Catlin family. This is an incredibly difficult time and we want to respect their privacy,” the statement added. “The entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss.”VeloNews reported that Catlin’s father, Mark, said in a letter to the publication that she died on Friday night at her home in California. Her father told the publication that she died by suicide.”There is not a minute that goes by that we do not think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived, there is not a second in which we would not freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable,” Velonews quoted the father of Kely Catlin, Mark Catlin as saying.Catlin won gold medals with the U.S. women’s team pursuit team at the 2016, 2017 and 2018 world championships.She was a graduate of the University of Minnesota.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kelly CatlinFollow US Cycling US Olympic medallist cyclist Kelly Catlin passes away aged 23Cyclist Kelly Catlin had helped the United States win the women’s pursuit team silver medal at the 2016 Rio Games. Her father Mark Catlin said the “hurt is unbelievable”.advertisementlast_img read more

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Maersk, MSC Call US Regulator to Approve 2M

first_imgSenior executives representing shipping giants Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Maersk Line are in Washington to clear any doubts the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) might have on giving the green light to the recently-announced 2M vessel-sharing agreement between the two companies.The executives asked U.S. regulators to swiftly approve their joint venture so as to avoid delay of the 2M launch scheduled for January next year, the Wall Street Journal quoted sources close to the matter as saying.The US FMC has 45 days to review the proposal, but the clock could be stopped if the body were to decide to ask carriers additional questions on the matter. The regulations state that once the 45-day process is stopped, it can not be continued, but rather a new 45-day review period starts.If all goes well, the 2M could be approved in the U.S. on October 11, which according to industry experts is looking more and more unrealistic.Maersk signed a 10-year Vessel Sharing Agreement with MSC on the Asia-Europe, Transatlantic and Transpacific trades in July.If given the “go ahead” the alliance would assume control of a 35% market share in Asia-to-Europe trade loop, cutting a combined USD 1 billion in operational costs.The VSA will include 185 vessels with an estimated capacity of 2.1 million TEU, deployed on 21 strings.The agreement was reached one month after China’s Ministry of Commerce refused to approve the P3 alliance which included the two firms and France’s CMA CGM.The 2M VSA differs from the earlier proposed P3 alliance in two important aspects: the combined market share is much smaller, and this cooperation is a pure VSA. There will be no jointly owned independent entity with executional powers. It is projected that 2M would give the two companies less than 30 percent on the Asia-Europe route.The 2M alliance will also be featured on the agenda of the upcoming annual US-China maritime-agreement consultation in Shanghai in November, where the US representatives hope to learn of China’s outlook on the proposed alliance, as well as to find out more about the review process.Both MSC and Maersk announced that they improved their East-West network services with new schedules to routes that fall within the 2M scope.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,939.18, up 35.69 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 59 cents, or 7.49 per cent, to $8.47 on 32.8 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Up 47 cents, or 5.4 per cent, to $9.18 on 17.8 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up 20 cents, or 2.28 per cent, to $8.96 on 7.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down six cents, or 2.69 per cent, to $2.17 on 7.8 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Up 27 cents, or 9.71 per cent, to $3.05 on 7.3 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up 96 cents, or 1.93 per cent, to $50.78 on 6.3 million shares.Companies reporting:Aphria Inc. — The marijuana producer says CEO Vic Neufeld and co-founder Cole Cacciavillani will be leaving their executive roles at the company, but will remain on the board. Neufeld says he and Cacciavillani will begin the transition process immediately, and at the appropriate time, they will both step down from executive positions at Aphria. The change comes as Aphria faces allegations by short-sellers questioning the company’s acquisitions in Colombia, Argentina and Jamaica. Aphria has denied the allegations, but established a special committee of independent directors to review the deals.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B). Up 31 cents, or 5.78 per cent to $5.67. Corus’s earnings came in below estimates as its first-quarter profit fell from a year ago due to an accounting change related to its TV brand assets, but revenue edged higher due to gains in television advertising. The television, radio and production company says its profit attributable to shareholders fell to $60.4 million or 28 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Nov. 30 as amortization charges rose due to the accounting change. The result compared with a profit of $77.7 million or 38 cents per diluted share a year ago.Cogeco Inc. (TSX:CGO). Up $4.64 or 7.6 per cent to $65.42. Cogeco says an acquisition by its cable and internet segment pushed up first-quarter revenue, but profit was down due to higher costs associated with integrating and restructuring the business. The Montreal-based company says last year’s acquisition of the MetroCast cable systems by Cogeco Communications Inc. was the main reason Cogeco Inc.’s revenue increased to $674 million from $585.7 million last year. But Cogeco Inc.’s net income attributable to owners of the corporation for the quarter ended Nov. 30 fell to $26.2 million or $1.60 per diluted share. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Kyrgyzstan UN job scheme seeks to aid recovery in areas hit by

22 July 2010More than 1,100 people affected by the violence that erupted in southern Kyrgyzstan last month have been given short-term jobs under a United Nations scheme aimed at injecting much-needed cash into the local economy and providing incomes so people can restart their lives. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched the cash-for-work initiative in the cities of Osh and Jalalabad, which bore the brunt of the deadly clashes between Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks that uprooted nearly 400,000 people and sent many fleeing to neighbouring Uzbekistan.According to UN agencies, many families have returned to their places of origin with some sheltering in camps or staying with host families since their homes have been destroyed.“The cash-for-work programme can give communities of southern Kyrgyzstan a sense of ownership of the reconstruction process,” said Kori Udovicki, UNDP Director for Europe and the Confederation of Independent States (CIS).“That and our ability to engage with local groups of youth, women, Kyrgyz and Uzbeks, can turn the public works into a key contributor to the long-term recovery and reconciliation process,” she added.Participants in the programme have started work on repairing roads, cleaning up irrigation systems, removing litter and restoring parks, and will be provided income for a period of two weeks. They then rotate with others to maximize the spread of the salary, which amounts to 300 soms – the equivalent of $6.50 – per day.UNDP is seeking additional funds to scale up the programme, which is slated to run until the end of 2010 in the Central Asian nation that has experienced periods of unrest since the violent uprising in April that ousted former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev.In addition to the cash-for-work programme, UNDP is also supporting the country’s constitutional reform process, including the organization of the referendum held on 27 June, the drafting of the new constitution and the planning for the October 2010 parliamentary elections. read more

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Security Council urges Haitis new Government to ensure stability and rule of

17 May 2011The Security Council today urged Haiti’s new Government to focus on the critical tasks of rebuilding the country and ensuring stability and rule of law in the Caribbean nation as it congratulated the country’s people for conducting elections peacefully. In a press statement the Council encouraged all Haitian politicians to resolve any remaining poll disputes through “transparent and efficient” means, ensuring that the elections reflected the will of the people. “The Members of the Security Council encourage Haiti’s new leaders to remain focused on the critical tasks of rebuilding the country, ensuring respect for the rule of law, and ensuring a future of peace, stability and prosperity for all Haitians,” the Council said. Newly-elected President Michel Martelly was sworn in on Saturday in a ceremony in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Mr. Martelly – who in March won the second, run-off round in the presidential election – succeeds René Préval. The Council also voiced its deep appreciation of the efforts of the personnel of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for providing critical logistical and security support to the Haitian authorities throughout the electoral process. The Council assured the people of Haiti that the international community remains steadfast in its commitment to support the efforts of Haitian authorities in dealing with the critical challenges ahead. read more

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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 13, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 13, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week A sold sign is shown in front of west-end Toronto homes, Sunday, April 9, 2017. The Canadian Real Estate Association releases its latest monthly home sales data on Tuesday. Sellers, buyers and industry observers will be anxious to know whether the recent slide in sales is continuing. In June, home sales posted their largest monthly drop in seven years, brought down by plummeting activity in the Greater Toronto Area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Sold Below Asking? The Canadian Real Estate Association releases its latest monthly home sales data on Tuesday. Sellers, buyers and industry observers will be anxious to know whether the recent slide in sales is continuing. In June, home sales posted their largest monthly drop in seven years, brought down by plummeting activity in the Greater Toronto Area.Talking Beef: Members of Canada’s beef cattle sector will get together beginning Tuesday in Calgary for an annual three-day conference. The supply chain and new technology are among the issues that will be discussed, but overshadowing all of that will be trade. Read on.Round One: To hear U.S. President Donald Trump tell it, NAFTA is “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere.” Or maybe it just needs a “tweaking.” We should get a better idea of where the goal posts lie when the first round of talks to renegotiate the 23-year-old trade pact start Wednesday in Washington. The discussions could have profound consequences for Canada’s economy.The Price We Pay: Inflation has been crawling further away from the Bank of Canada’s target of two per cent. That may be the one factor that gives the central bank pause before pulling the trigger on another interest rate hike. On Friday, Statistics Canada will release the latest consumer price index figures. The annual pace of inflation was one per cent in June.Sabre Rattling: Hovering in the background of all of this is the escalating standoff between the U.S. and North Korea. The leaders of both countries have exchanged threats of military action and that has reverberated on the global markets. Traders and investors will be keeping a close watch. read more

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South Sudan UN urges death penalty moratorium following reported executions

“We are particularly concerned about the limited access to legal representation during trials, including for people sentenced to death,” the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Cécile Pouilly, told journalists in Geneva.The overwhelming majority of individuals in prison in South Sudan do not have legal representation or the right to free legal aid in serious criminal, civil, land and family matters, OHCHR said.It also noted that police and prosecutorial services are not available in much of the country and, when available, do not have the resources to conduct proper investigations and prosecutions. Unclear bureaucratic procedural requirements also hinder the exercise of the right of appeal.“In these circumstances, the high threshold set by international law for the use of the death penalty fails to be met,” Ms. Pouilly said.Today’s comments follow reports that at least four people have been executed in South Sudan since the beginning of the month. Two of the men had been convicted of murder and hanged in Juba on 12 November and two others in Wau on 18 November. It is unclear whether the four individuals had any access to legal representation, Ms. Pouilly told the press.International law requires that the death penalty only be carried out pursuant to a final judgement rendered by a competent court after a legal process with all possible safeguards to ensure a fair trial, including legal representation and the right to appeal to a court of higher jurisdiction. Since 2007, the General Assembly has adopted four resolutions calling on States to establish a moratorium on the use of the death penalty with a view to its abolition. South Sudan voted in favour of the Assembly resolution on a moratorium in 2012. Since then, its authorities are believed to have executed at least 14 people, according to OHCHR. The Government does not publicly disclose information about death sentences or judicial executions. read more

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Scientists find first definitive proof MERS disease infects camels

first_imgRESEARCH BY SCIENTISTS in the Netherlands and Qatar have found that a small livestock barn in Qatar was the location of an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in 2013.The Lancet published results by researchers who used gene-sequencing techniques to show that three camels were infected at the site where two humans contracted MERS-CoV.InfectionThe barn’s owner, a 61-year-old man, was diagnosed with MERS-CoV infection and a 23-year-old male employee of the barn was also infected.Within a week of the barn’s owner being diagnosed with MERS, the Supreme Council of Health and Ministry of Environment in Qatar, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), conducted a comprehensive investigation, collecting clinical samples, including nasal swabs, blood and rectal swabs, as well as stool samples from 14 dromedary camels present at the barn.The samples were then sent to laboratories in the Netherlands for genetic analysis and antibody testing.Comprehensive genetic analysis of the samples confirmed the presence of MERS-CoV in three camels. The study also found that the virus sequences were very similar, although not identical,  to those identified in the two humans at the site.All 14 of the camels tested had antibodies to MERS-CoV, suggesting that the virus might have been circulating among the animals for some time, allowing most of them to build up immune protection against infection.According to the authors, they said this is “definitive proof that camels can be infected with MERS-CoV” but said they cannot conclude whether the humans on the farm were infected by the camels or vice versa.They added that a further possibility remains that humans and camels could have been infected from a third as yet unknown source. While additional sequencing may be giving slightly more resolution, there are other reasons why even that most likely will not give conclusive evidence.“The big unknown is the exact timing of infections, both in the persons and in the camels,” they said.The said:We cannot rule out that other common livestock species including cattle, sheep and goats, or other animals including wildlife species are involved in the spread of MERS-CoV.Neil Ferguson and Maria Van Kerkhove, of Imperial College London said: “An understanding of the role of animals in the transmission of MERS-CoV is urgently needed to inform control efforts. This virus can spread from person to person, sometimes causing substantial outbreaks, but whether the virus is capable of self-sustained, human-to-human transmission is unknown”.He said if self-sustained transmission in people is not yet underway, intensive control and risk-reduction measures targeting affected animal species and their handlers might eliminate the virus from the human population.Read: First meningitis B vaccine now available privately in Ireland>Read: Mortalities due to cancer, heart disease significantly down in last decade>last_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_img 12,927 Views Get our daily news round up: By Cianan Brennan Feb 24th 2017, 8:54 PM Beluga whale crashes wedding and gets the Photoshop battle it deserves: https://t.co/bRgZEOOZMk pic.twitter.com/fK9F3a6wSS— The Daily Dot (@dailydot) February 24, 2017 Here’s What Happened Today: Friday Kinahan cartel girlfriend arrested, and Trump says media should not use anonymous sources – it’s the Fix. NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar launching the review of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance today Source: RollingNews.ieThe girlfriend of a Kinahan cartel member has been arrested in Dublin.The Charleton Tribunal into alleged Garda smears is to begin on Monday.Power has been restored to 50,000 homes in the wake of Storm Doris.An investigation has been launched after a teenager exposed himself to children at a Co Wicklow hotel kids’ club.Transport Minister Shane Ross says that penalty points for mobile phone use could be increased.Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese is in Dublin.Gardaí seized €250,000 of herbal cannabis during a random traffic stop in Co Laois.Golfer Rory McIlroy has revealed an ‘interest’ in the rise of Donald Trump.Kym Owens, the Co Monaghan schoolgirl who suffered serious injuries in her university town of Maynooth, is recovering at home after being released from hospital.Strikes at six Tesco stores have been delayed over a union notice.A bus driver has been awarded €12,500 damages over some ‘very offending’ graffiti on a toilet door.WORLD 2 Comments Short URLcenter_img Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland this afternoon Source: Alex Brandon#NORTH KOREA: The brother of North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un was killed by the ‘most potent’ chemical weapon VX nerve agent.#POPE FRANCIS: The Pope has said it’s better to be an atheist than a “hypocritical Catholic”.#TRUMP: At a conservative event the US president said that the media should not be allowed to use anonymous sources.PARTING SHOT Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 24 Feb 2017, 8:54 PM It can easily happen. Take your wedding photos at an aquarium. Get photobombed by a Beluga whale. http://jrnl.ie/3257863 Source: The Daily Dot/Twitterlast_img read more

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Mystery plane full of skeletons

first_imgSiti Kayam told the Daily Mail her 13-year-old son Raik and his friends found the wreckage in dense jungle on Sugbay Island.She told the Mail “Raik went near the body of one of the pilots on the right and he tried to take off the hat but the flesh on the man’s jaw fell off. Like melted.”Aviation blog Plane Talking said it was most likely to be a Flying Tiger Line Lockheed Super Constellation military charter flight that vanished in the Pacific Ocean in 1962.Verified debris from MH370 has been found an ocean away on Reunion Island.“It is not impossible that Tiger Airways 739 came down on Sugbay Island, although it is further west than sightings of fireballs widely believed to have been caused by an explosion on the Super Constellation before it crashed into the ocean,” Ben Sandilands wrote.Siti was so convinced her son had found the missing Malaysian Airlines plane that she travelled 22 hours by boat to Borneo to report it to Malaysian authorities.‘I couldn’t possibly do it in Bangao. They go around with machine guns strapped to their shoulders,’ she told the Mail.Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 last year with 239 people on board, including six Australians.The Boeing 777 lost contact with air traffic control about 40 minutes after take-off, bizarrely veered off course over the South China Sea and then dropped off the radar.The biggest breakthrough in the search came on July 29 when a man on the French island of Reunion found a two-metre long piece of aircraft debris washed up on a beach.The find sparked a 10-day air and sea search around Reunion Island which proved unsuccessful.The debris was flown to France for analysis and on September 4, French authorities confirmed it was a flaperon from MH370.Source: au.news.yahoo.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Theres A Potato Chip Crisis in Japan And Its Only Getting Worse

first_img Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu Stay on target Potato chips. Who doesn’t love those crunchy, crispy, salty potato treats? Give me a bag of Lightly Salted Lay’s potato chips and a tub of Dean’s French Onion Dip, and I’m in hog heaven. That’s why a shortage of potato chips, like the one that’s happening in Japan right now, would hit me like a ton of bricks. That’s no joke. Japan is having a crisis with potato chips right now, and some bags are being sold as high as $14.What’s going on to cause such a terrible situation, anyway? There’s been a compromised crop of potatoes in Hokkaido in Japan that’s caused the halting of potato chip manufacturing. Several flavors of chips have stopped shipping throughout the country, which has resulted in Calbee, the nation’s biggest chip manufacturer, ceasing the distribution of over ten different flavors of chips.Everywhere you look online where this scarcity has been reported shows demolished grocery stores with very few bags of chips, and the bags that are available being sold for ridiculous prices on Yahoo Japan and other online retailers. Keep in mind these are snacks that normally cost about $1.20 if that. They’re potato chips, people!The potato chips that are left in stock are being carefully rationed by stores, with customers limited to one bag each, and scalpers are charging about 800 yen apiece for them. Everyone’s gone potato crazy, but I suppose I’d be acting much in the same manner if my favorite crunchy snack were to suddenly disappear.The scarcity has affected Calbee itself too, with a 3 percent drop in its stock. Despite the issues, however, Calbee’s snacks are the first and second popular snacks in the country, according to a TV Asahi poll of 10,000 people. Potato chips are serious business.Here’s to hoping the scarcity doesn’t last long and everyone can start enjoying the potato once more. Long live Calbee chips!last_img read more

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Drone crashes at White House hobbyist says its his

first_imgWASHINGTON — A 2-foot-long drone apparently flown by a hobbyist crashed on the White House grounds Monday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president’s security — and a growing threat from the sky.A man later came forward to say he was responsible for the mishap in the middle of the night and hadn’t meant to fly the drone over the complex, officials said. “Initial indications are that this incident occurred as a result of recreational use of the device,” said Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary.President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, were overseas when the quadcopter struck the southeast side of the grounds at about 3 a.m. Daughters Sasha and Malia stayed behind in Washington; it was not known whether they were at the mansion.Officials believed the intrusion to be the first of its kind on the White House grounds, although not the first in the vicinity.Low-flying drones like the quadcopter — a two-foot-long device lifted by four propellers — have become increasingly sophisticated and affordable instruments that authorities worry could also become tools for terrorists or others meaning to do harm.Police, fire and other emergency vehicles swarmed the White House just after the crash, with several clustered near the southeast entrance to the grounds. The White House was dark and the entire perimeter was on lockdown until around 5 a.m. when those who work there were allowed inside.last_img read more

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