While at the 2016 OpenStack summit in Austin, TX, I came upon a creative artwork titled the Diversity of Innovation. Marveling at the colorful graphic, I was intrigued by its powerful message that gave me pause. Open Source, by design is a fertile ground for innovation as an environment that continuously brings complementing perspectives to bear on forward thinking technological concepts. But, as the graphic implies, add a healthy dose of diversity to it and magic happens – an ecosystem already primed for innovation is injected with the diversity of the practitioners with varying characteristics and backgrounds. Diversity met Innovation in an environment of Open Source at the OpenStack Summit – a conference where Intel VP Imad Sousou punctuated his keynote with the phrase –Open Stack Open Source Open Mind !!Little did I know that I would really live the experience of SouSou’s message during the conference. There were two distinct encounters with a couple of attendees at this summit that characterized this message culminating in the poster on display on the last day of the conference. Diversity can be manifested through varied representation from different countries, cultures, professions and other demographics. But, there are ways that we can be diverse ourselves as individuals — as my two open encounters reinforced at this conference.I attended a panel session on Open Stack in the Enterprise — Are we Doing Enough? This panel, moderated by one of the industry analysts had representation from multiple vendors as well as The OpenDaylight Project — represented by its Executive Director, Neela Jacques.Many of the thoughts that Neela shared about the need for an Open Platform in the Telco world during his panel session resonated with me. Over lunch, Neela was very cogent and articulate in his passionate thoughts around Open Culture and Open Source making me wonder if this white Caucasian looking guy I just met was born with Open Source in his bloodstream. I was almost right!Neela explained that he spent many years in an Ashram in India where he had seen his mother lead a group of volunteers who always came together to collaborate and do goodness. People who did this driven by their passion took it upon themselves to drive the community forward. Based upon their skills and abilities, some of them emerged as experts in different domains. Meritocracy. The environment Neela grew up in exuded a culture that was flat by nature where titles did not mean much. Sound familiar?Hello Open Source !!No wonder Neela was able to articulate his thoughts around Open Source concepts so clearly. And then, he said that he was originally from France. Talk about diverse backgrounds ! Remember, the cup of innovation served with a shot of Open Culture at Costa Coffee in downtown Raleigh, NC?My encounter was with Nithya Ruff, Open Source Strategist at Sandisk. Nithya shared her background from the state of Karnataka in India and various activities she is engaged with in the Silicon Valley for different causes. Having exchanged some ideas with her on Social Media, I had a good feel for where she stood on Open Source (hello! Check out her role!) but I was pleasantly surprised to note that she is also a passionate advocate of Diversity. She was one of the moderators of a discussion at this summit that focused on the vision of a world where the OpenStack community is truly and completely blind to meaningless differences in gender, color, creed and culture. Hello Diversity !! Checkout Nithya’s quote in the graphic displayed at the conference: “A Company’s Diversity can strengthen the core workforce” !!People like Nithya and Neela have diversity in their upbringing which is very likely to influence their thought processes. Diversity in representation across color, sex, gender and race within a community is a good first step. But, there is a lot to be said about the diversity within us which represents our own true mindset.Real diversity comes from within.The OpenStack Summit had 7,500 attendees in 2016 compared to the 75 that it had in 2010. The community has come a long way with representation from several countries around the world. I heard so many different languages in the elevators and hallways that it did not quite feel like being in Austin, TX once you entered the Austin Convention Center.I am sure the OpenStack community has several individuals like Neela and Nithya from all parts of the world with diversity ingrained in their mindsets.Which is why it will grow. Because it is such individuals who continuously give shape and form to the culture of Open Source — one person at a time.Like somebody I know very well recently said: Culture and Technology can drive the future of OpenStack.Let the diverse minds prevail.What say you?
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Developing a blog can be a pathway to amazing opportunities. By showing that you can develop an audience, communicate clearly, understand your niche and know how to network, you give potential employers the opportunity to see you in action. Personal blogs that focus on your industry are becoming essential tools for some job hunters.There’s a caveat.Having a blog can quickly make you better known than your potential boss. Some employers are rightfully concerned about hiring people who bring external celebrity to their jobs. When you begin to market yourself with a blog, you have to understand that you will scare some people away.That’s a good thing.If you’re the kind of person who cottons to the blogging universe, you aren’t going to want to work just anywhere. The sorts of people who will be scared off by your emerging role in the industry are exactly the people you want to avoid. In that way, your blog becomes your personal screening tool.There’s another caveat.Starting a blog after you’ve just been laid off will not get you a job quickly. If you want to enhance your career through the use of social media, start now, well before any immediate need. Building an audience and learning how to create content takes time. The whole endeavor is of no use to you until you can demonstrate some level of basic mastery.Here are seven guidelines for building out a blog that will get you noticed and accelerate your career.Write very regularly. Daily is best. Bi-weekly is sort of okay. Weekly won’t give you enough room to maneuver. Monthly is far too infrequent. Audiences depend on being able to find you at a regular time in a regular location. Trying two or three weeks of regular writing should be enough to allow you to figure out if you want to do it. The best bloggers who maintain day jobs get up and write a couple of hours before work. This is how you tell if you are really committed.Be personable, not personal. While blogs are useful because they offer a personal point of view, it’s very easy to mistake excessive personal exposure for actual meaty content. It’s not that there aren’t a ton of people blogging about the mundane details of their lives. It’s that that won’t help you get work. Careers are all about the contribution you make on a substantive basis. While there are a number of high profile examples of people who have created personal celebrity with their blogs, they don’t usually work out in actual jobs.Demonstrate Your Expertise (Talk About Your Work). This may seem obvious. If you want to advance your career, have a career to advance. In other words, potential employers are interested in the value you can contribute. Stories about successful projects, improvement ideas, novel solutions to longstanding problems, detailed critiques of market players and products all help to build the perception that you are a working part of the industry.Generate New Ideas. Start by understanding that there isn’t actually a shortage of good ideas. The shortage involves the execution of those ideas. That said, blogs are powerful when they offer new ways of thinking about things. If you are writing daily 1 post per week should involve a new way of looking at an old thing.Never Let ’em See You Sweat. So, you lost your job. Your husband left you. Your teenager’s been arrested. The IRS is auditing you. And, your mom won’t stop with the nagging. DO NOT MAKE THIS THE SUBJECT OF YOUR BLOG. No one wants to hire that woman. Stay focused on work and creating value.Promote Others. The best resources are people who know who the best resources are. Get to know other people in your business. Write about them. Pont to their writing. Praise them. That’s the kind of employee people want. And, it makes your network grow as you blog.Use An Editor. It would be great if you were a natural born writer. You probably aren’t. Find someone who will point out your typos and tell you when your writing is terrible. When you’ve persuaded them that you are really good, find someone else to do the critique.Blogging is not for everyone. But, if you are persistent and determined, it can be a gateway to opportunity beyond anything you can reach today.
The market for apps, tools, and resources for freelancers is exploding. And why not? With nearly 54 million workers freelancing in the United States, the demand for education and automation has skyrocketed.Unfortunately, this has a side-effect of being rather bewildering. Which tools are right for you? Is that app better than another? How can you be sure that the advice you’re getting is good and the education you pursue is worthwhile?Like anything else, the best bet is usually word-of-mouth. When something comes recommended, we feel a little bit more confident about it. That’s why I’ve put together a list of my top picks – I can’t promise that they will serve you as well as they have served me, but I can speak from my own five star experience.Shopify Business EncyclopediaThis is my one-stop source for loads of different resources for small businesses. This site offers loads of articles, tips, and more about pretty much every aspect of running a business. There is plenty of information that can be really helpful to freelancers.Focus Booster If you are working a job that involves billable hours, it’s important to have a way to track how long you spend on each task, as well as the overall time it takes to do the job. We humans are notoriously bad at estimating how much time a certain task will take. All too often, we underestimate the number of hours we’ll spend on a project and then wind up working extra hours – for free.Based on the Pomodoro technique, Focus Booster not only accumulates your on-the-clock data, it also creates beautiful visual reports, generates invoices, and makes sure you get some breaks in throughout the day. It has super-charged my productivity!PrismThis app is the key to getting rid of clutter. You will never need a filing cabinet again once you begin using this app. It saves all of personal paperwork in one convenient location, including financial statements, household bills, warranties, and a whole lot more.Having my personal life better organized has been an enormous relief. Before I started using Prism, I had papers in different places; obscurely named important documents all over Google Drive; and a lot of anxiety whenever it came time to dig somethng up. Thanks to the extra breathing room Prism gave me, I now have more time for my business.BonsaiDid you anticipate the amount of paperwork it would take to be a freelancer? I sure didn’t. I guess I imagined it would be as easy as get-a-gig-get-paid. Turns out, there are contracts to write, invoices to send, and receipts to process.Bonsai takes the grunt work out of the administrative side of freelancing by offering contract templates, e-signing, and integrated payments. I’m pretty sure that, thanks to Bonsai, I get paid faster and with far fewer headaches.WunderlistNot only is this app free, but it’s also shareable – meaning you can share the lists that you create with collaborative partners. It’s like a to-do list, but a to-do list on a Soul Cycle high and a cold-pressed green juice. It is a great electronic reminder of everything you need to do, and what time you need to do it.MozyThe dreaded computer crash always seems to happen at the worst of all possible times. Even if you are in the habit of backing up your work, transitioning off the memory stick and onto the cloud is the latest way to keep your projects (and sanity) intact. Mozy uses Cloud backup and storage. You can store all of your business paperwork, personal papers, family photos, and more. Plans start at just $13.98 per month.FreshbooksI hate doing paperwork which is why Freshbooks is a lifesaver. Yes, I need to be able to send invoices, track expenses, do your taxes, etc., but this is not the reason why I got into business. Freshbooks does the work for me, which frees me up to do what I really want to do… which is my job. FreshBooks is a Cloud software for accounting that takes care of all of your time tracking, invoicing, and more.TrelloManaging tasks isn’t always easy to do, but it can be made easier with Trello. This is a powerful tool that is free to use, and you can use a different board (you will see them on the main screen) for each project. Create boards for tracking projects that have cards for each task, files in each card, etc.Those are my top picks for a happier freelance life – do you have favorites? Share them in the comments below!Jane Hurst is a freelance writer from San Francisco. You can find her on Twitter and Linkedin!
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Belgium coach Martinez dismisses doubts for Real Madrid keeper Courtoisby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium coach Roberto Martinez has dismissed doubts for Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Courtois has struggled for form and fitness this season.”It wasn’t true that he had anxiety,” Martinez said of the reports that came out following the Club Brugge match.”He is still feeling the effects of a stomach bug and needs to regain a kilogram or two.”That’s what can happen with a stomach bug.”He is a player who dreamed of playing for Real Madrid from a young age and he is ready to define an era there.”I am convinced that he is the best goalkeeper in the world.”
Parents are incorporated into the programme to create added motivation to students Some 76 principals and teachers from 31 primary schools in four education regions are benefiting from Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training aimed at improving literacy and numeracy among students.The training, which got underway on Tuesday, August 27, at the Wexford Court Hotel in Montego Bay, is part of Digicel Foundation’s enrichment initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The participants, from regions 3, 4, 5 and 6, are undergoing intensive technology training from qualified experts. The aim is to improve curriculum delivery in literacy and numeracy and identify students with special needs.At the end of the training, the participating schools will receive enrichment centres or mobile enrichment carts for the implementation of the programme come September.Special Education Project Coordinator, Dr. Michele Meredith, informed that the enrichment initiative, which was piloted in 2009, has grown over the years.“We started with just 12 schools and to date, we have some 109 schools that are participating in the initiative. We anticipate and expect that it will continue to grow because we are focused on improving the literacy performance for students at the primary level,” she stated.She said that one interesting aspect of the initiative is the fact that parents are incorporated into the programme to create added motivation to students.“Parents are enriched in that they have the opportunity to come into the programme to see how it is delivered. They themselves are part of the decision-making process in that the student will not start the programme until the parent consent form is signed. This means then that each parent, having signed the form, is committing to ensuring that the assignments are done, that they attend the parent support meetings and they form parent support groups to ensure that their children progress,” Dr. Meredith noted.She informed that the principals are being included in the training as it is important to have the input of the school leadership to ensure the success of the programme.“If the school leadership is not committed to the success of the programme, the teachers will not have the kind of support they need. The teachers are here because it is important for them to understand that this is a different strategy towards providing intervention for student, who may be struggling at their reading or other academic skills,” Dr. Meredith told JIS News.The enrichment initiative is an island-wide programme in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of achieving 100 per cent literacy by 2015.The project is designed to provide ICT and more individualised instruction for students in grades one through to three, who are experiencing difficulty in achieving their grade level in reading.Digicel Foundation and USAID have invested US$3.7 million in support of the initiative, which involves the provision of computers, software, literacy tools and material.Already under the initiative, enrichment centres have been established in a number of institutions. The aim is to improve curriculum delivery in literacy and numeracy and identify students with special needs 76 educators from 31 primary schools benefit from ICT training Story Highlights
ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8 from about one kilometre south of Virgina Road in South Milford will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering work until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Brule Shore Road Barrachois Bridge on Brule Shore Road will be closed for repairs on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please use alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-893-5760 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until Monday, Jan. 31, for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Exit 27 Highway 104, east of Exit 27, will be periodically reduced to one lane for removal of temporary detour until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling through the 500 metre construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 CONTINUING WORK KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Traffic on Highway 101 is reduced to one lane west of Exit 14 at Coldbrook for bridge repairs until further notice. Delays are expected and alternate routes should be taken. Motorists exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, between Exit 31A and Exit 31, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Nov. 15. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Mines Bass River Road Mines Bass River Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Jan. 31. Detour route on East and West Montrose Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 NEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Cheticamp River Bridge Cheticamp River Bridge on the Cabot Trail will be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, Nov. 12. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Joseph Howe Drive The inbound ramp at Exit 0, Highway 102 to Joseph Howe Drive, will be closed for work on a retaining wall from Sunday, Nov. 7, until Sunday Nov. 14. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-832-4316 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive, from the tracks east for 20 kilometres to Sydney River Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for milling, upgrading and repaving until Monday, Nov. 15. Traffic control personnel and a vehicle will be on site. Detour route: Highway 125 to Exit 5 and 6. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 DIGBY COUNTY: Route 303 Route 303, from Exit 26 north to Digby town line, will be reduced to one lane for widening, upgrading, patching and paving until Monday, Nov. 22. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 255 Route 255 from Homeville-Round Island Line towards Mira Gut Bridge for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving and bridge repairs until Friday, Nov. 19. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from 1.3 kilometres east of Cape Breton-Richmond County line, will be reduced to one lane for about five kilometres for paving and bridge repairs until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from the Belleville Road intersection to Exit 32 in Argyle, will be reduced to on lane for milling, repaving and shoulder work until Monday, Nov. 15. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 -30- PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherland’s River. One is located about 70 metres west of the existing Exit 27A intersection. All access to Trunk 4 will use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. All access to School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, will be from this temporary intersection. They are needed to complete work on the Highway 104 twinning project and will be used until the summer of 2011. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 KINGS COUNTY: Route 360 Route 360 at Highway 101 Overpass, Berwick-Exit 15, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and resurfacing until Monday, Nov. 15. Traffic signals are in place. Expect minimal delays. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, for about 5.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for construction until Tuesday, Nov. 30. There is a detour on Keltic Drive. Traffic control people and a vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-2518 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hubbards Bridge Hubbards Bridge located on Trunk 3 will be closed to traffic for replacement of the bridge until Friday, Dec. 31. A detour is available on Shankle Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mira Gut Bridge Mira Gut Bridge on Mira Bay Drive will be closed to traffic for replacement of the deck until Friday, Nov. 12. Detour route on Hornes Road, Brickyard Road and Trunk 22 (Louisbourg Hwy). Local Area Office: 902-563-2371 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14/Exit 9 A new roundabout is open at Exit 9 of Highway 102, near Truro, at the intersection with Trunk 14. Temporary signs are in place. The opening allows the remainder of the construction work to be completed by Monday, Feb. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-3535 HANTS COUNTY: Route 224 – Milford Route 224 in Milford will be closed to repair a culvert until Friday, Dec. 3. Detour route in place. Local Area Office: 902-758-3009 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 242 Route 242, from Lower Maccan Road to 500 metres west of Pit Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving from until Monday, Nov. 15. Traffic control will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street in Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Friday, Dec. 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail Construction Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) will be reduced to one lane from south of Lewis Mountain Road north for about 6.5 kilometres for repaving. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until Monday, Nov. 15. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, from 3.8 kilometres west of Fox Island Road east to the Canso town line, will have alternating lane closures for cold planing, pulverization, gravelling and repaving until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control personnel and pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and for some time over the weekend. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane in each direction at Exit 9 (Milford) to construct a new interchange. Delays are possible. Drivers should exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction zone. Work takes place from dusk until dark until the end of the year. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 212 Route 212, from two kilometres east of Oldham Road to Antrim Road for 8.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Nov. 12. Traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 DIGBY COUNTY: Meteghan River Bridge Meteghan River Bridge in Digby County will be closed until Wednesday, Dec. 15, to construct a permanent bridge. Detours are available on D’Entremont Road, 2nd Division Road and Placide Comeau Road. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 206 Route 206, from the intersection of Route 320 in Martinique south to Creighton Road, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, cleaning culverts and paving until Friday, Nov. 12. Traffic control is on site. An alternate route is available on Route 320. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-625-4025 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 37 at Monastery, will have temporary traffic signals in place for the restoration of the Tracadie overpass, Tracadie railway pass and the Tracadie Bridge. The structures are within 100 metres of each other. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Alternate route on Trunk 4. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Exit 5 Exit 5 on Highway 125 will be closed for upgrades until Tuesday, Nov. 30. A detour route is marked and drivers should use Exit 4 or Exit 5A, as directed. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fox Harbour Bridge The Fox Harbour Bridge on Ferry Road, near Wallace, is closed to traffic. A temporary, one-lane detour bridge will be opened for drivers in the area during repairs to the regular bridge. There will be occasional stop and go traffic. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Eastbound Lanes Highway 104, east of the New Brunswick border, will be reduced to one lane eastbound for one kilometre for road work until Friday, Nov. 12. Speed limits are reduced. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972
CALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says exports of Canadian crude oil by rail to the United States jumped to a three-year high in March.In a report, the federal agency says average crude-by-rail volumes reached just over 170,000 barrels per day, the highest since December 2014.The NEB says crude-by-rail exports were driven by steep discounts for Western Canadian Select heavy oil versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate, with the March average price difference at about US$23 per barrel. The price difference makes the higher cost of shipping by rail versus pipeline worthwhile because the barrels sell for higher prices at their destination in the U.S. than they would have in Canada.The NEB says the rising use of rail was also sparked by the fact major Canadian export pipelines operated at or near maximum capacity during the month.In the first quarter of 2018, about 75 percent of Canadian rail exports were destined for the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast.The Gulf Coast is the largest refining region in the U.S. and has a large capacity to process Canadian heavy crude oil.
NAMCHE, Nepal — Seasoned mountaineers say Nepal’s reluctance to limit the number of permits it issues to climb Mount Everest has caused dangerous overcrowding and contributed to a high death toll.Eleven people have died on the mountain this year, the highest number since 2015. The government has also issued its highest-ever number of permits, 381.Most of the deaths are attributed to altitude sickness.Once only accessible to well-heeled elite mountaineers, Nepal’s booming climbing market has driven down the cost of an expedition, opening Everest up to hobbyists and adventure-seekers. They are required to have a doctors’ certificate that they are physically fit, but not to prove their stamina at such extreme heights.Experienced climbers say they endanger the entire enterprise.Upendra Man Singh, Binaj Gurubacharya And Emily Schmall, The Associated Press
“The Sudanese DDR programme is unique and potentially the largest and most complex ever undertaken,” Adriaan Verheul, Chief of the DDR Unit at the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), told a news conference in Khartoum today.“Some 180,000 members of the armed forces and women who have helped the armed forces will be given the possibility to make a living as a civilian. Any child soldiers will be reunited with their families,” he added.Mr. Verheul said that more than 5,000 soldiers have now gone through the demobilization process, which was launched in February. The DDR process is a key component of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which was signed by the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).Other key benchmarks of the pact include border demarcation and preparations for national elections in 2010 and a referendum on the final status of areas of Southern Sudan in 2011.The goal of the reintegration of the soldiers is two-fold, noted Mr. Verheul. One is to provide people who have fought for their country with an exit from military life with a degree of dignity, while the other is to contribute to stability, which in itself will help generate greater trust and provides the foundation for peace and development. “We hope that DDR would contribute to a better and more positive climate for the elections and the referendum,” he stated. “But let us start with an overall contribution to the situation on the ground.”UNMIS is tasked with assisting the parties and the people of Sudan in fulfilling their commitments under the CPA. 18 June 2009The United Nations reports that progress is being made in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of soldiers in north and south Sudan, a key component of the 2005 agreement that ended the country’s 21-year civil war.
TORONTO — Garth Drabinsky is set to go to court Tuesday as he fights to reclaim the Order of Canada he lost while serving his prison sentence for fraud.[np_storybar title=”Honour is in order: Drabinsky, Black should abandon legal fight for Order of Canada ” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/03/11/honour-is-in-order-drabinsky-black-should-abandon-legal-fight-for-order-of-canada/”%5DTheresa Tedesco: Rather than clog the courts, Garth Drabinsky and Lord Black should resign with dignity, withdraw their lawsuits and channel their energy into acts worthy of the honour again. Read more [/np_storybar]The disgraced theatre mogul, who is on day parole in Toronto, is asking the Federal Court to declare the decision of the Order of Canada advisory council unlawful.Drabinsky and business partner Myron Gottlieb were convicted in 2009 for a book-cooking scheme that ultimately resulted in the demise of Livent Inc. — the company behind such hits as “Phantom of the Opera” and “Ragtime.”Drabinsky wants the court to order the council to consider more submissions from him about why he should get to keep the honour, received in 1995, now that he is out of prison and able to prepare them.The council wrote to Drabinsky last summer saying they were considering removing him from the order and asked him for submissions, but he says since he was still incarcerated he couldn’t access necessary documents.In its written arguments filed before the hearing, the advisory council argues that the court has no power to review decisions about granting honours.“The assessment of ongoing merit and considerations as to how best to maintain the esteem of the order are highly subjective matters involving social, moral and political concerns which have no bearing on individual legal rights and interests,” lawyer Christine Mohr wrote for the advisory council.The advisory council also has no decision-making power, it argues. It makes recommendations to the governor general, who makes the final calls.The council’s review of Drabinsky’s order was triggered by a letter from a member of the public, who wrote that if the Livent fraud isn’t behaviour that undermines the order then “I really don’t know what is.”The council argues it had no legal duty to give Drabinsky a time extension beyond the 30 days it granted.Drabinsky did not detail what information he wasn’t able to access while in Beaver Creek Institution in Gravenhurst, Ont., and the submissions that he did make to the council already detailed his contributions to Canadian arts, the council argues.Drabinsky sent a 17-page letter and “extensive documentation,” the council writes, including a copy of his autobiography, “Closer to the Sun.”“It cannot be disputed that the economic impact to Canada of my entrepreneurial and creative activities was in the billions of dollars and the cultural impact was unparalleled in the history of this country,” he wrote.“For over forty years I have never quit on Canada…Act I of my business career was primarily focused on the motion picture production and cinema phase of my life. Act II was primarily devoted to live theatre. Act III hopefully will commence this fall. There has never been an intermission.”It is not an award for good behaviour, Drabinsky said, noting that disgraced Olympian Ben Johnson is still a member of the Order of Canada.A criminal conviction does not mean automatic removal from the order.Drabinsky was released to a Toronto halfway house last year after serving part of his five-year sentence for fraud.The judge in Drabinsky and Gottlieb’s fraud trial ruled that the partners orchestrated a scheme involving the falsification of Livent’s financial statements to lower its expenses and make the company look like it was meeting high earnings projections.Ontario’s law society is also taking steps against Drabinsky that could result in him losing his licence.Drabinsky, who was called to the bar in 1975, has already agreed not to practise law, but now the Law Society of Upper Canada has started “conduct unbecoming of a licensee” proceedings against him.The Ontario Securities Commission is also reopening its regulatory case against Drabinsky, Gottlieb and a third Livent executive, Gordon Eckstein.
School technology: How families can manage cost of students’ tech needs by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 4, 2014 2:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – As the kids head back to school, even the most prepared families will face a daunting array of technology spending choices that can be reduced or avoided with a little teamwork involving parents, students and teachers.The integration of digital technology into Canadian classrooms means even primary students are introduced to digital cameras, voice recorders or other handheld devices such as iPads before they “graduate” to more advanced electronics and laptops in later grades.The growing role of technology in education is a bonanza for retailers that promote everything from tablets, ranging in price from less than $100 to more than $500, laptops that start at about $350 and printers that can cost up to several hundred dollars apiece.But financial, education and tech experts say the trick is to get a good idea of what’s really necessary, as opposed to desired, and evaluate the school’s expectations — which can vary widely.“Recognize that technology plays a role in education but it is not the be-all and end-all of education,” says Laurie Campbell, a professional credit counsellor and mother of two teens.She says older students typically need access to a laptop and printer for homework but the devices don’t have to be state-of-the art, and that cellphones might be nice to have but not necessary.“Have the discussion now, because you’re just heading into the new year,” Campbell says. “People should be looking over the next year and what the costs generally are going to be and they should be putting away a monthly figure for that.”“You have to talk about making choices,” says Campbell, who is chief executive of Toronto-based Credit Canada Debt Solutions.Campbell said parents should advise children that money spent on something like expensive headphones won’t be available for something else, like a school trip, and that a lost device may not be replaced, or will come in the form of a birthday gift.She also says that having — and using — protective cases can make be difference “between day and night” by reducing or avoiding damage to devices.“Do not even walk out of the store without protective gear, because they (kids) are going to drop it. They’re going to drop it not once, but several times.”George Couros, an Alberta-based educator and consultant who focuses on innovative teaching and learning, adds that there’s no generic list of technology requirements for schools.“It depends on what the school is trying to do,” Couros says. “I think schools are very thoughtful in the sense that we don’t want parents buying something that kids are only going to use rarely.”He says individual schools and boards may provide guidelines or a list of suggested technology but they recognize needs and preferences vary and that children may learn more easily when they’re using something familiar.He suggests a key tech questions should be: “What does this provide now that we couldn’t do without?”Independent IT consultant Rob Axelrad agrees that parents need to assess their kids future needs before going into a store.In the case of printers, for example, parents should know whether assignments need to be done in colour, whether a scanner or copier would be useful, and how often a printer will be needed.Some schools allow, and encourage, assignments to be filed electronically.He said his college-aged daughter was able to avoid buying a new printer by emailing assignments to him — seven or eight items with a total of 20 to 25 pages.“So do you go out and spend money for the sake of printing out 25 pages?” Axelrad asks.He says it’s important to estimate the TCO — total cost of ownership — a concept that’s commonly used in business but unfamiliar to most consumers.TCO would take into account the initial price, including taxes, deliveries, environmental fees and extended warranties plus the cost or running the device. In the case of a printer, that would include ink or toner. For a phone, it would include the cost of voice, text or data service. For a computer, it could include a monitor or software.— Follow @DavidPaddon on Twitter.
“It is fascinating to see so many people take interest in SDGs with today’s comedy performance as an entry point, thanks to the influence of entertainment,” said Kaoru Nemoto, Director of UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tokyo. “Laughter can open up people’s minds, and comedy and entertainment can break barriers.” This creative experiment was made possible by UNIC Tokyo’s special collaboration launched earlier this year with Yoshimoto Kogyo, an entertainment giant with some 6,000 comedians under its management. Jeff Brez, Chief, NGO Relations, Advocacy and Special Events of UN Department of Public Information, said that the UN needs the help of the creative community to spread the word about this master plan to guide the planet to a sustainable future through 2030. “The challenge of SDGs is that it is complex and that we need time to address. We would like to help bring everybody on board and engage in this important agenda, through simple and down-to-earth messages,” said Yoshimoto Kogyo President and Chief Executive Officer Hiroshi Osaki. According to a news release from the event organizer, five groups took to the stage wearing a rainbow of colored t-shirts emblazoned with a SDG’s logo. Each group had to choose at least three of the 17 Goals in to their routine. Last up were Non-Style, a duo who managed to incorporate 11 Goals as they portrayed a baseball player and his girlfriend as the player plans to give her a birthday present. Ms. Nemoto, who served as the judge, decided to award Non-Style the prize of United Nations goods. The event was part of the 4th Kyoto International Film and Art Festival. The festival opened on Thursday and runs through Sunday, at the Nishi Hongwanji Temple, a World Heritage site designated by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). SDGs-themed events during the festival also include a screening of a short promotional movie on SDGs produced by top Japanese creators, and a game for children to collect 17 SDGs stamps featuring the comedians’ messages. A comedy contest being held at Yoshimoto Gion Kagetsu theatre. The comedians pick up the themes from the SDGs and make up the story to win the prize. UNIC Director Kaoru Nemoto judges the competition along with legendary comedian Kiyoshi Nishikawa and Kenodo Kobayashi. Photo: UNIC Tokyo/Takashi Okano
Updated 8.04pmA PRISONER AT Mountjoy Prison has died after being taken to hospital in the early hours of this morning.It is understood that the man, who is in his 30s, was found unconscious in his cell at around 4am this morning. He was taken by ambulance to the Mater Hospital and died a short time later.The Irish Prison Service, gardaí and the Inspector of Prisons are investigating the incident. A post-mortem will take place over the next couple of days to establish cause of death.Originally published 12.16pm
Financial madness or ‘a shot in the arm’? Changes to mortgage-to-rent scheme 18,380 social housing supports were provided to people in 2016, according to a progress report on the government’s housing plan. Image: Shutterstock/kolo5 Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 6:24 PM Image: Shutterstock/kolo5 17,622 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Why bring in a private investor who will inevitably add a profit margin into the rent at which he leases the properties to the state?It was announced earlier this year that New Beginning – the debt agency founded by barrister Ross Maguire – plans to buy thousands of homes with mortgages owned by Pepper, a firm that services loans for Irish banks and vulture funds.The sale is scheduled to go through this year, and is something that is envisaged to be the first of many such transactions in the pipeline, whereby homes could be bought and used as social housing and rented out to the once-owner of the property.It’s expected that the updated scheme will be up and running by the end of the year.With reporting from Christina FinnRead: ‘Out of the blue, we got a letter to say our loans had been sold to a vulture fund’Read: Want to end homelessness? How about converting every emergency hostel in Ireland into a home Short URL 8 Comments Feb 8th 2017, 6:24 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha A FEW CHANGES have been made to the government’s mortgage-to-rent scheme, which allows homeowners to sell their home and rent it out in order to clear their debt.Changes introduced by Housing Minister Simon Coveney will allow private companies to buy the properties, clear the debt of the home-owner and offer a 20-year lease.In short, it allows people to sell their homes to get rid of their debt, but to continue to live in the same place (with a private company as your landlord and the government as a middleman).Other changes include making the scheme’s requirements more flexible for those who are eligible. Of the 3,600 people who have applied for the scheme, only 217 were able to avail.Coveney said he want to give mortgage-to-rent scheme “a shot in the arm by testing alternative funding models that can deliver volume”.ReactionFree Legal Advice Centres cautiously welcomed the changes, saying that the Mortgage-to-Rent scheme was only one limited method of preventing the potential wave of homelessness from repossession of family homes.“Although a buy-back option in the future may exist, the reality is that most beneficiaries of the scheme will remain tenants,” Senior Policy Analyst Paul Joyce said.He said that mortgage write-downs are largely unused, despite being “a key mechanism” that potentially allows for the write-down of the debt on the family home to its current market value, allowing the borrower to remain the owner.Councillor Éilis Ryan of the Workers’ Party,meanwhile, called the plan “financial madness”:“The Workers’ Party are proposing a scheme in which a state company is established to purchase these same homes, and rent them back to the former mortgage holders with a secure lifetime lease, and at a sustainable rent to the state.“In this way, the state increases its stock of decent public housing, and receives a revenue stream in the form of a reasonable rent.” http://jrnl.ie/3229499 Share54 Tweet Email1
Une mine de diamants dans le cielDes astronomes ont découvert une étoile contenant une énorme quantité de zirconium, le matériau utilisé en joaillerie et qui ressemble au diamant.Une équipe d’astronomes recherchait une explication au fait que certaines étoiles en fin de vie présentaient beaucoup moins d’hydrogène que d’autres étoiles, en apparence similaires. Leurs investigations les ont amenés à collecter des indices chimiques et à étudier de plus près LS IV-14 116, une étoile située à 2.000 années-lumière du Soleil. C’est ainsi qu’en dispersant, grâce à des outils astronomiques, la lumière de l’étoile, les astronomes ont eu la surprise de découvrir la trace d’une forme de zirconium. Ce zirconium a en effet la particularité de n’exister qu’à des températures excédant 20.000°C.Selon l’équipe, qui a publié ces recherches dans la revue Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, il y aurait 10.000 fois plus de zirconium sur LS IV-14 116 que dans le Soleil. D’autres éléments ont été découverts : du strontium, du germanium et de l’yttrium, tous en quantité mille à dix mille fois plus importante que la normale.Les astronomes estiment également que la couche de zirconium présente sur LS IV-14 116 équivaut à environ quatre milliards de tonnes, soit 4.000 fois la production mondiale annuelle. Le 9 décembre 2010 à 16:04 • Emmanuel Perrin
FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (WSVN) — Miami-Dade Police are investigating a shooting in Florida City that left one man dead in Florida City, Sunday morning.Police responded to the scene of the shooting near Northwest 16th Street and Fifth Avenue. According to the victim’s ex-wife, gunfire broke out after an argument between several people spiraled out of control. She said the man then ran into someone’s backyard, where he collapsed and died.The man’s ex-wife, who asked not to be identified or show her face on camera, said she was shocked to learn the news. “I was called this morning by my ex-husband’s girlfriend, and he was shot,” she said as she tried to hold back tears. “He didn’t deserve to die. He was a good friend, he was a good husband, he was a good grandfather. He loved his grand kids, he loved his granddaughter. She’s gonna miss him.”Witnesses said a gray vehicle fled the scene in an unknown direction.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Lynk & Co 02 is a small SUV with a subscription Car Culture Car Industry 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice 17 Photos Comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 1 More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageEnterprise is looking to expand beyond car rentals and get into the newly popular car subscription service game. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Plenty of vehicle manufacturers and third-party companies are getting into the car subscription service game. One group we haven’t seen test the waters here, and one that is arguably the best set up for it, are car rental companies. That’s changing though, according to a Wednesday announcement from Enterprise.So, how does a car rental company want to do the subscription thing? Well, to start, like other subscription services Enterprises will be based around an inclusive monthly fee. This means that outside of fuel, members won’t have to pay for things like maintenance, registration or insurance.”Our new vehicle-subscription service will offer consumers another innovative mobility alternative, without the long-term financial burden or commitment typically associated with traditional leases or purchases,” said Randal Narike, executive vice president of operations for Enterprise, in a statement.Enterprise’s plan will allow users to swap vehicles up to four times per month, and they can choose from around 20 makes and models within six tiers of vehicles. If that sounds kind of like the menu you’d see at a car rental location, then congratulations, you’re starting to get it.One of the other big selling points for Enterprise is that it has around 5,800 locations throughout the country, so the odds are good that you’re always going to be near one if you need to swap vehicles.Enterprise’s service will be offered in three states to begin with, though it opted not to mention which three states. Pricing was also left ambiguous, so we have no idea where it will slot into the subscription service hierarchy, but the potential convenience factory is enough to pique our curiosity. Tags