Insights from the INSIGHT CIO Forum

first_imgLast week I had the opportunity to attend the CIO Forum held in conjunction with the Insight 2009 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.  While being held adjacent to Disney’s theme park, the theme of this event was appropriately titled “Vision Voice Value”. I spent two days discussing best practices, sharing lessons learned from Intel IT and comparing notes and strategies with leading CIOs, IT Directors, Managers and Administrators in the Health Care profession.  Our focus? ways to deliver and articulate the business value of IT. I had the opportunity to: participate in a roundtable discussion of ~15 Health Care CIOs titled “The value of IT in improving financial performance” present to 50-60 CIOs on the business value of server refresh present to 20-30 IT Directors and Administrators on using the Xeon ROI tool as a way to justify server investment To enable this transformation from cost center to value center, we concluded that the accountability remains with IT, as IT professionals and CIOs must individually and collectively demonstrate business value through our investments and establish are relationship of IT predictability, trust and credibility with our business partners.   These are core themes I have seen very visibly inside Intel IT as I began my journey to the center of IT a few short months ago. My second observation from this event reinforces some personal experiences I have had working with many other IT professionals in the past several months.  With the global recession and it’s impacts to capital funding, the need to justify IT investment is greater than ever – and the competition internally for capital $ is very high.  We may never go back to the way it was.  We have seen this inside Intel IT’ organization as well and as a result, created at server refresh savings estimator tool to share what we learned in justifying our investment a proactive server refresh strategy in 2007 and staying committed to that investment in 2009. Thanks, ChrisIf you like this, follow me on twitter I demonstrated the server refresh savings estimator tool at the event to both the CIOs and IT Directors / Administrators and the feedback was very positive (“session was well worth my time”).   Prior to the event, I also had the opportunity to work with Deborah Gash (CIO for Saint Luke’s Health Services) and her staff.  Debe provided a glowing endorsement of the tool (Thanks Debe !!) after demonstrating the business value from a project already completed and the in intent to use it for several future projects. I invite you to learn more about why we created this tool and how to use it.  If you have a question or want to give us feedback on how to enhance it – just let me know with a comment on this blog. My final thought comes from a blog written by Don Sears at eweek.  Don discusses about the need for IT to be right, accurate, credible and trustworthy is so important whether you are working inside IT or with IT.  Credibility and Trust is something that is hard to gain and easy to lose … so it is easy to understand why being right is key to working with IT.  Getting it wrong can have huge consequences. One of the most thought provoking questions at the CIO roundtable that has stuck with me is … “How does your CEO (or your business customers) view IT?”  … as a cost center (necessary evil) or as a value center (strategic enabler).  While no one directly answered this rhetorical question, it was clear that our collective mission is to migrate IT from cost center to value center.  This migration will not be immediate.  It happens over time. Join us at IT@Intel and share your insights on our shared journey to transform IT from a cost center to a value center for business.  I look forward to hearing from you. last_img read more

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Second injury blow for Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez out of World Cup

first_imgPakistan received yet another injury blow on Sunday when their top-order batsman Mohammad Hafeez was ruled out of World Cup due to an ankle injury. Hafeez is the second player to be ruled out after Junaid Khan failing to recover from a thigh injury had to be replaced by Rahat Ali.Hafeez was recently banned by the ICC from bowling due to suspect bowling action. But he has been able to hold on to his place in the Pakistan line-up as an opener. Hafeez in ODIs has scored 4542 runs at an average of 31.10, which includes nine hundreds and 23 half-centuries.It is learnt that the Pakistan Cricket Board has sent the name of left-handed batsman Nasir Jamshed to the ICC technical committee for inclusion in the World Cup squad as a replacement, as reported by dawn.com on Sunday.On Saturday, ICC cleared offspinner Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action, allowing him to resume bowling in international cricket.last_img read more

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Inter Milan ultras DEFEND racist chants directed at their player Romelu Lukaku by Cagliari…

first_imgImage Courtesy: PA/LaPresseAdvertisementThe Italian football sphere has always been controversial, and one of the top subjects are- racism. Several Serie A players have been a victim of abuse and chants regarding their skin colour, including the recently arrived Romelu Lukaku, but the defensive approach is in form of apologists!Image Courtesy: PA/LaPresseDuring the 2-1 away victory over Cagliari at Sardegna Arena, Lukaku was verbally abused by the home fans, who threw monkey chants at the forward, who netted in the ball from the spot.However, the Nerazzuri’s fan group Curva Nord, released a statement regarding the incident, and instead of demeaning the racist activity from the stands, it is being defended as a form of ‘respect’ and ‘sportsmanship’.Sports journalist Nima Tavallaey Roodsari posted on his Twitter about the incident, criticising the statement as it defended the racists insiead of the victim.This is a statement released by @Inter_en ultras the #CurvaNord about the racism @RomeluLukaku9 was the victim of.It begins with the words “we’re really sorry you thought what happened in Cagliari was racist.”Anyone still wonder why I’m proud to never have set foot there?🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/r5huZfoEIL— Nima Tavallaey Roodsari (@NimaTavRood) September 3, 2019The statement was originally posted on the fan group’s Facebook page, which goes something like this: “We are really sorry you thought that what happened in Cagliari was racist. You have to understand that Italy is not like many other north European countries where racism is a real problem.”In addition to totally diminishing something like racism as a problem in the country, the statement also added: “Please consider this attitude of Italian fans as a form of respect for the fact they are afraid of you for the goals you might score against their teams and not because they hate you or they are racist.”Another Serie A and Italian superstar, Mario Balotelli, was abused with monkey chants by Bastia fans back in 2017.It is now to be seen how Lukaku himself and the global sports media reacts to this.Inter are taking on Udinese in their upcoming Serie A fixture on 15th September.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Saw Bury FC’s financial crisis coming: Bhaichung Bhutia

first_imgWorld Cup lacking feel, ICC should do more to spread the game: Bhaichung Bhutia Kolkata: Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia is not “very surprised” at his one-time club Bury FC being expelled from the country’s football league EFL, following its failure to resolve financial woes or find a new buyer. Bury, one of English football’s oldest clubs, is where Bhutia played from 1999-2002, donning the club colours 37 times and scoring three goals. “It’s very sad and unfortunate. They have been having financial issues for quite some time. I am not very surprised by this development. I saw this coming,” Bhutia told IANS over phone. “Lot of the clubs in England are having financial issues. It’s very unfortunate that Bury FC has been taken out of the league,” said the iconic footballer from Sikkim.Related News Tiger Shroff approached for footballer Bhaichung Bhutia’s biopic? Baichung Bhutia asks the Indian football stakeholders to drop their egos and work together Besides Bury, fellow third-tier side Bolton Wanderers are also in acute financial crisis forcing the EFL to give them 14 days to resolve their situation or face the same outcome. Bhutia said during his time with Bury, there was financial instability also as they could not replace full time manager Neil Warnock, who brought him on board, with a new manager and asked a senior player to step in and fill the void. “When I was there, there was financial problem. After Neil Warnock left, we had a player-cum-coach as manager due to financial problems. A senior player was tasked to manage the side,” Bhutia said. “Payment issues were not there. But they could not get in new players. They had to sell some good players for the club to sustain,” he added. According to a BBC report, a takeover bid from C&N Sporting Risk collapsed after the club was given a deadline till Tuesday evening to complete the deal. “The EFL Board had maintained that there could be no further suspensions to the fixture list and that these ongoing concerns and the integrity of the competition were a significant factor in the decision.” Bury are the first team to drop out of the EFL since Maidstone’s liquidation in 1992. It was expelled after spending 125 years in the football league. It failed to be in the top flight of English football since 1929 but were in the second tier as recently as 1999. Things turned ugly for Bury as despite winning promotion to the third tier last season, it was handed a 12-point deduction after struggling to clear some of their debts. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

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‘Barkley has more talent than Alli or Lingard’

first_imgRoss Barkley has the potential to become a vital part of Gareth Southgate’s England team, according to Jamie Carragher.The Chelsea midfielder scored for a third consecutive appearance at the weekend, grabbing the second in a 4-0 rout of Burnley on Sunday , and Carragher believes that the former Evertonian can bring that form to the international stage.Comparing Barkley this season to his time at Goodison Park, the ex-Liverpool man spoke highly of his improvement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And he believes that in terms of raw talent he is superior to Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard, who were the key midfielders in Southgate’s side during their run to the World Cup semi-finals.“The stats show a difference. The big one is dribbles. We all love to see players dribble but football is a passing game and maybe two or three times a game you have the chance to go on a dribble,” he said on  Sky Sports . “It can’t be five times a game, and I think that was where he was losing the ball at Everton. Now he is making better decisions.”Also look at the distance covered, I think he’s fitter, stronger and maybe that is something to do with what we are seeing now at Chelsea.”He was really good for Everton but towards the end of his time there his decision-making wasn’t great. He dribbled when he should have passed, he passed when he should have dribbled, and the crowd got on his back and he found it difficult at times. Maybe it was the pressure of being the main man at Everton to create something.”He added: “This lad has got to become mentally stronger, but in terms of ability, you think of the players who played in that position in the World Cup – Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard – and maybe you could argue they are better mentally but they are not better ability wise.”If he becomes better mentally – as you would expect playing for a big team and achieving big things – I think he could become a must for the England team.”Barkley was left out of the England squad that travelled to Russia for the World Cup in the summer having made just four domestic appearances last campaign, but did feature against both Croatia and Spain in the Three Lions’ recent UEFA Nations’ League outings.last_img read more

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Cannes Film Festival: After Cinderella, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s black swan look is a downer

first_imgAishwarya Rai Bachchan’s beauty hit the world like a tornado last night when she walked the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Looking as if Cinderella had just popped out of our story books, the ravishing beauty donned a powder-blue Mario Cinco ballroom gown.And after sprinkling her fairy-tale magic wherever she walked last night, today saw Aishwarya sporting a look that was an extreme contrast.Also Read: Cannes Film Festival: How Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Cinderella story unfoldedAfter the majestic display of her royal aura, all eyes were bound to be on Aish’s look for her second day at Cannes, which did not turn out to be as resplendent as expected.While Aish’s historical ice-blue attire is everywhere for all the right reasons, her first look in a black gown on her second day at Cannes is quite disappointing.The blue-eyed beauty donned a black strapless gown by Ashi Studio, which dulled down the brightness she had spilled at the French Riviera previously.The pleated multi-layered gown was a sombre outfit for Aish to adorn after introducing us to her vibrant looks on the previous day at an event as dynamic as this.Picture courtesy: Instagram/aishwarya_forever_fanPicture couttesy: Instagram/bollywood_24x7_Add to that, a neon-blue eyeliner and orange lipstick, and you’ll want to revisit yesterday–so you can have the pleasure of soaking in the beauty Aishwarya blessed us with on day one. advertisementPicture couttesy: Instagram/aishwariaraibachchan Her latest look in the black gown got things wrong by going too bright on the makeup to balance the dullness of her outfit. The stunning actor failed to mesmerise us, and we’re sorry for saying this out loud.Aishwarya’s 16th year at Cannes commenced on a peppy note with her fluffy, refreshing look in a green Yanina Couture gown, followed by her expression of class in an ivory-white gown leading to the moment where she appeared like Cinderella making us fall head over heels in love with her.Also Read: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s 16th year at Cannes Film Festival starts with a refreshing changeAlso Read: Step aside for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s 2nd, Queen-like look at Cannes Film FestivalWhile the actor has begun the 2nd day in a not-so-great outfit, we are still anxiously waiting for her to grace the red carpet, because red carpets bring out the best in Aish.last_img read more

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Inside China’s Emissions Trading Scheme: First Steps and the Road Ahead

first_imgExact dates have not yet been confirmed, but reports have surfaced of a 2013 start date for Beijing, Chongqing, Tianjin and Shanghai. ↩︎ This post originally appeared on WRI’s ChinaFAQs blog.China launched its first pilot emission trading program this past June. This development is potentially a major marker in the country’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.The Shenzhen Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) program will cover some 635 industrial companies from 26 industries. This is the first of seven proposed pilot GHG cap-and-trade schemes in China, which the country has been developing since 2011. Besides Shenzhen, four of the other pilots are expected to start trading this year.1In 2010, these 635 industrial companies emitted 31.7 million tons of carbon dioxide and contributed 59 percent of the Industrial Added Value (gross domestic product (GDP) due to industry) and 26 percent of Shenzhen’s GDP.While most experts agree that the ETS will not be a major driver of emission reductions in the immediate future, these pilots are an important capacity-building mechanism for the government, companies, and third parties to test relevant methodologies and procedures.Traditionally, China has been better at using administrative measures rather than market-based measures to meet its carbon emissions reduction goals. For example, China reduced its energy intensity by 19 percent during the 11th Five Year Plan (11FYP) period (2006-2010), mainly through top-down, national policies, such as closing down small plants; disaggregating reduction targets to large companies, provinces, and cities (this is important because it places responsibility for meeting the targets directly on individual government officials and large companies, see: Top-1000 program and Energy-Saving Target Responsibility System); and setting up product energy performance standards.An Ambitious TargetShenzhen has set up quite an ambitious target for its ETS compared to existing national or local commitments. The 635 companies will be given a roughly 100 million metric ton CO2 emission allowance for free over the next three years. If the companies only emit their allotted amount, this would be equal to a 32 percent reduction in terms of GDP emission intensity. To put things into perspective, China is committed to reduce its emission intensity by 40 to 45 percent by 2020, and Shenzhen’s carbon intensity reduction target during the current Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015) is 21 percent. It is worth noting that the allowances are determined by emissions intensity rather than in absolute terms, meaning the government will review companies’ Industrial Added Value on an annual basis and increase or decrease the absolute emission allowance to maintain a fixed emissions-to-GDP ratio. Intensity-derived allowances are a novel concept and could hold lessons for other developing countries.Some ChallengesOne of the main challenges that the ETS pilots face is their legal basis. For energy conservation, the national Energy Conservation Law provides a solid legal basis for the government. The law allows the government to collect energy-related data and set conservation targets for enterprises, as well as to stipulate legal consequences for non-compliance. The ETS pilots, however, are based on ordinances from local legislatures. As a result, the regulation has fewer teeth. Ensuring that there are strong, enforceable penalties for non-compliance will be important for the success of the program.Data quality is another frequently cited challenge. The national government has not yet mandated a unified methodology to account and report GHG emissions. Although the ETS pilots are adopting internationally recognized GHG accounting and reporting frameworks, each ETS pilot is likely to develop similar but slightly different methodologies, making it more difficult to link between pilots or scale them up to the national level. Furthermore, the ETS pilots are generally hesitant to put in place stringent data-quality requirements out of the fear that companies don’t have enough capacity. The fact that caps are derived from intensity targets adds another layer of uncertainty, as economic data such as Industrial Value Added may also be subject to manipulation. The pilots will provide an opportunity for China to address data quality issues.Last but not least, the political will to reach the ambitious reduction target is yet to be tested. Chinese officials have estimated China’s emissions will peak between 2030 and 2040. However, there are influential experts advocating for the 2025 timeline, and at least one ETS pilot is studying the possibility of peaking as soon as 2015. Building support for the ETS pilots will come from showing that the pilot programs are compatible with economic growth, which continues to be a priority in China. In 2012, Shanghai’s economy grew its GDP by 7.5 percent, which was the slowest economic growth of any pilot site. Four of the seven pilot sites had double-digit GDP growth.While these are some of the obstacles to overcome, the ETS projects can offer a strong starting point for a market-based approach to constrain emissions in China. If successful, these pilots can then be scaled up nationally, and will help show that China is serious about tackling its emissions and addressing the growing threat of climate change.RELATED NEWS: California’s Cap-and-Trade Program Makes Encouraging Headwaylast_img read more

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Iowa Star TE T.J. Hockenson Called ‘Safest Pick In The NFL Draft’

first_img “I think he’s going to skyrocket,” Kiper said. “You can’t look at him as a one-dimensional player. He’s a multi-dimensional tight end who can do everything you want.”Tankathon’s Mock Draft current predicts that both Hockenson and Fant will be first-round picks. The mock has Hockenson going to the Green Bay Packers at No. 30 and Fant going to the New England Patriots at No. 32.Iowa is certainly living up to its reputation as “Tight End University” this year by sending two highly-touted tight end prospects to the NFL.Hockenson had 49 catches for 760 yards and six touchdowns in his sophomore year at Iowa.Fant’s numbers were similar, catching 39 balls for 519 yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns through the air. T.J. Hockenson catches a pass for Iowa against Northwestern.IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 10: Tight End T.J. Hockenson #38 of the Iowa Hawkeyes catches a pass during the first half in front of defensive back Travis Whillock #7 of the Northwestern Wildcats on November 10, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)The Iowa Hawkeyes may not have the reputation for being an NFL player factory like Alabama, Michigan, or Ohio State, but the school consistently churns out draftable talent. This year, however, one Iowa player is poised to be considered a near-lock to be a solid NFL player.Per the Quad-City Times, NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has bestowed the “safest pick in the NFL draft” tag to Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson. The sophomore tight end is one of four Iowa players at the combine.Jeremiah explained that Hockenson as well as fellow Hawkeyes tight end Noah Fant could all be considered “day one starters.” He also noted that players like Hockenson who can both catch and block are becoming increasingly valuable.“I think both these guys would be first-round picks, day-one starters and big-time impact guys,” Jeremiah said.“You know you’re going to be getting somebody that’s been coached hard, that’s tough and that can play in line. They’re not just flexed out all the time,” Jeremiah said during a conference call this week. “They have the ability to put their hand on the ground, and they’ve had quite a track record.”Even ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is raving about Hockenson and his abilities at the next level.last_img read more

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Upset Alert: Ole Miss Is Giving No. 2 Alabama Trouble

first_imgTrent Richardson runs the ball for Alabama against OIe Miss.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 16: Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide pushes for more yardage against Mike Marry #52 and Lawon Scott #96 of the Ole Miss Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama plays some tough opponents this season. But those marquee games will happen down the stretch. The Crimson Tide are currently engaged in a surprisingly tight contest against Ole Miss.It wasn’t expected to be a close game on Saturday, but the Rebels are giving the Crimson Tide all they can handle to start the game.At the end of the first quarter, Ole Miss held a very surprising 10-7 lead. Holding Tua Tagovailoa and the Alabama offense to just seven points in a quarter is no easy task. But the Rebels are putting up a tough fight.Ole Miss was able to take advantage of an Alabama muffed punt in the first quarter. Starting at the Alabama 30-yard line, the Rebels put together a 7 play, 30 yard touchdown drive to tie the game at 7. Later in the first quarter, Ole Miss relied heavily on its rushing attack and did so in impressive fashion. The Rebels tacked on a field goal after a drive consisting of 13 plays and 65 yards. The three points gave Mississippi a 10-7 lead.After one quarter of play here at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Rebels hold the lead!#HottyToddy pic.twitter.com/ho08lYTSg0— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) September 28, 2019The Crimson Tide responded to start the second quarter though. Deep in Ole Miss territory, Tagovailoa froze the defense with a nifty hesitation move before trotting into the end zone for a touchdown. The score helped the Tide regain the lead at 14-10.It was a big score for Tua.With that seven-yard rushing TD, Tua Tagovailoa @Tuaamann broke the UA career record for touchdown responsibility with 81, passing AJ McCarron!#BamaFactor #RollTide pic.twitter.com/xHD1Qoejci— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) September 28, 2019It’s still early in the second quarter, but Ole Miss is playing some really good football.The game is on CBS.last_img read more

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Tsakos Catches Contango Fever

first_imgNYSE-listed tanker owner and operator Tsakos Energy Navigation has signed a six month storage contract for a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) with an unnamed client.According to the company’s fleet list, the company currently operates one VLCC – the 1998-built, 301,171 dwt Millennium. TEN expects this contract to bring the company around USD 10 million.‘‘Accretive transactions like the one announced today is proof of the strong tanker market currently in evidence due to the drop in oil prices, which on its own merit offers TEN significant benefits on two fronts. On the first, it allows for strong spot rates which our flexible and diversified fleet takes advantage of while on the second, it materially reduces voyage expenses,” George Saroglou, Chief Operating Officer of TEN said. ”This drop in oil prices is expected to sustain the current strong cycle for crude tankers and provide a welcoming boost for product carriers as well.”The sliding oil prices have instigated a trend among the traders to charter supertankers to store crude for future sale. Back in January, oil traders chartered fifteen supertankers with the storage capacity of around 30 million barrels.last_img read more

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Making Sense of Newtown The Dr Oz Show To Help America Cope

first_imgAs our nation reels from the terrible events in Newtown, Conn., The Dr. Oz Show will offer a special broadcast Monday, December 17, that will examine the issues many people face upon learning of the shooting on Friday.Because of the unique scale and horror of the murders, it’s normal for people to be deeply affected by the news – and to experience painful and potentially dangerous stress symptoms. In addition to the physical manifestations of stress, the emotional, psychological and spiritual toll on the nation is great, and other major shootings such as the Aurora movie theater shooting, the Virginia Tech massacre and the Columbine school shooting show us that crisis counseling and other resources are necessary, even for people who are far removed from the actual events.“We stand in solidarity as a nation with those who are suffering so deeply in Newtown,” said host Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. “We will devote Monday’s show to an open discussion to come together and heal as a country and support one another to discuss the healthiest ways to deal with this unspeakable tragedy – physically, emotionally and spiritually.”The show will tape Monday morning and air in the afternoon in the majority of U.S. markets. Those cities that regularly air The Dr. Oz Show after 2 p.m. EST will carry the show in its entirety.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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CGI swings to loss despite higher revenues

MONTREAL — CGI Group Inc. swung to a loss in its fiscal fourth quarter even as the Canadian IT services firm rounded out a quarter and a year that saw a major U.K. acquisition boost its revenue and expenses.The Montreal-based concern says its net loss was just under $170 million or 58 cents per diluted share in the three months ended Sept. 30, compared with a profit of $69.6 million or 26 cents per share in the year-earlier period.Revenue rose to $1.61 billion from just over $1 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.Excluding costs associated with CGI’s $2.7-billion acquisition of Britain’s Logica in August, the company said it would have had net earnings of $100 million or 37 cents of diluted earnings per share, down from 39 cents per share a year earlier.CGI said the company incurred acquisition-related and integration charges totalling $248.3 million in the period.Analysts had estimated 37 cents per share of what CGI calls diluted earnings $1.6 billion of revenue, according to figures compiled by Thomson Reuters.For the full year, the company reported net earnings of $131.5 million or 48 cents per diluted share on revenues of $4.77 billion.That compared with full-year earnings of $438.1 million or $1.59 per diluted share on revenues of 4.22 billion.Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world with 72,000 employees in the Americas, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. read more

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Brock alumni fill Labatt Pub

Last Thursday night, amid a gorgeous solarium view of the Toronto Harbourfront and Queen’s Quay, a lively chatter of more than 150 Brock alumni filled Labatt Pub.Thanks to the success of last year’s event, this year’s Toronto Brock Alumni Network Pub Night was sold out — the bar filled to capacity with energetic Brock alumni.Grads were treated to scrumptious appetizers from Sugar and Spice like pulled pork sliders and French toast sandwiches as well as an array of Labatt products including the company’s most recent creation, “Shock Top”, a Belgian white beer with a hint of orange.“It’s pretty unique that Brock alumni got to try it on Thursday,” said Jennifer Julie from Labatt.  Shock Top is currently only available in a few select bars and restaurants in Ontario, with roll outs planned for the Beer Store and the LCBO within the next couple of weeks.“It was a lively and festive crowd”, said Meaghan Moore (BA ’09), Brock University’s Young Alumni Officer. “More than 80 per cent of attendees were “young alumni” — alumni who graduated zero to 10 years ago.”Notable Brock young alumni who made an appearance include Brent Furtney (BEd ’08, BPhEd ’08) from The Score and former BUSU executives Rob Lanteigne (BSM ’08), Lauren Souch (BA ’07) and Damien O’Brien.Grads enjoyed themselves so much, they mixed and mingled past the official event end time. “The invitation said it ended at nine but this place is still jumpin’” said Darryl Moyers (BBA ’11) via Twitter. “Love it!”Once they finally made their way out of Labatt Pub, several grads continued the party downtown.Brock Alumni Relations would like to give special thanks to the Toronto Brock Alumni Network Committee for organizing what is expected to be an annual event, including Natalia Champagnie (BRLS ’02), Sean Woodhead (BA ’08), Carissa Bell (BBA ’08), Jim Dainard (BAcc ’02), Andrea Hazard (BA ’91), Andrew Julie (MBA ’05), and Jennifer Julie.The Toronto committee is currently working on plans for another event to happen within the next couple of months. If you have any ideas you’d like to share, please visit brockpeople.caLinks:–    Flickr photo album–    Suggest ideas for future events read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,082.85, up 83.04 points):Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 83 cents, or 16.84 per cent, to $5.76 on 19.8 million shares.Spartan Energy Corp. (TSX:SPE). Oil and gas. Up 38 cents, or 13.10 per cent, to $3.28 on 10.1 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up $1.66, or 10.91 per cent, to $16.87 on 9.7 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up five cents, or 3.82 per cent, to $1.36 on 9.1 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Unchanged at $4.01 on 8.3 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Up $1.90, or 12.50 per cent, to $17.10 on 8.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Down $3.04, or 3.37 per cent, to $87.08 on 6.2 million shares. Royal Bank saw its fourth-quarter net income dip two per cent to $2.54 billion, missing analyst expectations even as it raked in a record-high profit for the full fiscal year. The bank’s quarterly profit, which amounted to $1.65 per diluted share, was down from $2.59 billion or $1.74 per share a year ago when the bank benefited from a lower effective tax rate. Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2016 2:50 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 30, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UNICEF uses electronic vouchers to give Syrian refugee children access to winter

“It is imperative to ensure that children are protected from the harsh weather conditions, so that they remain healthy and active, and continue to attend schooling,” said Robert Jenkins, UNICEF’s Representative in Jordan.A UNICEF statement said that approximately 41,000 vulnerable children under the age of 14 will be targeted with the one-time cash assistance, worth about 14 Jordanian Dinars – almost $20 each – and they will be able to buy winter clothes, such as boots, gloves, trousers, coats and scarves using the existing WFP electronic food voucher programme (e-cards).The assistance can be redeemed in WFP-contracted supermarkets in the refugee camps until 31 January 2015 and families are being informed through text messages, posters, flyers and awareness sessions with camp community leaders that the assistance is dedicated to meeting the winter clothing needs of their children.“When we launched the WFP e-card programme, the vision was for other relief agencies to use this platform to provide their assistance to Syrian refugees,” said Dorte Jessen, WFP Deputy Emergency Coordinator in Jordan. “We are thrilled that UNICEF will be the first agency to reach Syrian refugees with their winterization programme through WFP e-cards in existing partner shops in the camps, meeting the urgent needs of providing winter clothing at the coldest time of the year.” read more

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JT Barrett picks up records awards early in career

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during a game against Kent State Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 66-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has made quite the impact during his first three weeks as a starter.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native joined fellow Texan Kenny Guiton atop the OSU record book when he tied for the most touchdown passes in a single game as he tossed six against the Kent State Golden Flashes.Barrett also became the first Buckeye to throw for more than 300 yards in a game since Troy Smith did it in 2006 against Michigan. Barrett finished with 312 on 23 of 30 passing.Because of his performance, Barrett was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, in addition to earning his second Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Week honor.The young quarterback became the first Buckeye to win the Big Ten offensive Player of the Week award since running back Carlos Hyde won it following a Nov. 16 win against Illinois in which he rushed for 246 yards and scored five total touchdowns.Barrett said after the win against Kent State on Saturday that he feels like he is improving game by game.“I feel like I’m progressing each week. I’m just trying to get better each week,” he said. “I definitely feel more comfortable every week as I get more reps. Things are starting to slow down for me in the game.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he purposely put the ball in Barrett’s hands early and often against the Golden Flashes so he could further evaluate the young quarterback’s progression.“I wanted to force him to make plays, and receivers — it’s not just him, it’s the whole combination of quarterback/receivers,” Meyer said Saturday. “I thought he played good. I thought there was a couple misses, too, now that we could have had.”The misses that Barrett made were minimal, but he attributes the limited mistakes to getting used to the speed of the game.“That is one thing (senior quarterback Braxton Miller) told me,” Barrett said. “He said ‘at first, everything is going to be flying around, and you will be really unsure and things like that but as you go, it starts to slow down,’ and that is just game experience.”Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas, who has caught four touchdowns from Barrett in OSU’s first three games, said he believes in the quarterback’s abilities.“J.T. is a real mature guy. We hold each other accountable and trust each other,” Thomas said. “I trust him and tell him I’ve always got his back out there.”That trust has been evident on the field as Thomas is currently the Buckeyes’ leading receiver with 11 catches for 214 yards and the four scores.Going forward, Meyer said he, as well as his coaching staff, is looking for more ways to put Barrett in a position to succeed.“We actually did some empty (formations), I think he’ll be a good empty quarterback, five receiver set, so we’re still, once again, figuring out exactly how we’re going to be moving the ball as an offense once we start getting to the Big Ten season,” Meyer said.The Buckeyes are set for a bye week before taking on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. read more

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Insulation is real inferno threat warn safety experts as 34 blocks in

first_imgThe Government admitted on Saturday night that it has failed to order compulsory testing of combustible insulation material used in tower blocks in a move branded “ludicrous” by safety experts.It came as cladding samples from 34 high-rise buildings in 17 local authorities were found to have failed safety tests in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster which killed at least 79 people.Experts said that perhaps of even greater concern is the failure to order the testing of the insulating material which lies behind the panels and is potentially even more flammable.The danger of insulating material was confirmed by early tests on the panels used to clad Grenfell Tower ordered by the Metropolitan Police, as part of their criminal investigation into the disaster.Detective Chief Superintendent Fiona McCormack, who is leading the investigation, said preliminary tests on the insulation showed it combusted soon after the fire started.She said initial tests of the cladding also failed the safety test. She added that the insulation proved “more flammable than the cladding”.The implications of the failure to test the insulation is that tower blocks may pass safety tests based on cladding while still retaining potentially combustible material. Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, yesterday said she feared the death toll from Grenfell Tower might even reach triple figures, once all the dead have been accounted for.Ms Abbott accused the Conservatives of treating social housing residents as “second-class citizens”, telling a conference of the Labour Progress group: “Those hundreds of people that died is a direct consequence of Tory attitudes in social housing.”Gathrer.com Grenfell Count Indicator, a locally compiled estimate, based on reports from relatives as well as official sources, yesterday put the number of those missing feared dead at 92.Police have warned their own figure of 79 could yet rise further and it may take weeks to identify all the victims, and that the identity of some may never be known.Meanwhile, the Grenfell Tower Response Team said 373 households from the devastated block and buildings evacuated nearby are in emergency accommodation and £1,232,040 has now been handed out to families affected by the disaster. Camden yesterday said it had committed £100,000 of council funds to pay for any food and essential items displaced residents may need. The request followed discussions between NHS Improvement and health secretary Jeremy Hunt, Health Service Journal reported.Mr Mackey wrote: “I am requesting that we take further proactive and precautionary measures and instigate, with immediate effect, an inspection by your local fire and rescue services of all your properties by close of play tomorrow evening, to ensure that there are no urgent risk safety risks.”A second email on Saturday afternoon clarified that trusts should ensure inspections are carried out on all inpatient facilities rather than the entire estate, “due to the rapid turnaround”.The announcement by the DCLG that more than two dozen tower blocks so far have failed their panel tests comes amid a national operation to identify buildings with Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington.Wandsworth is removing cladding from one of its tower blocks but insisting it is safe for residents to remain there. Russ Timpson, a former firefighter and founder of the Tall Buildings Fire Safety Network, said: “It seems ludicrous to me that you’re only testing the outer covering and not the insulating material. That material should be removed from those buildings.”Ian Leahair, of the London Fire Brigade Union, said it was vital that mandatory testing was now carried out on insulation.He warned that tower blocks could be falsely declared safe because while cladding did not contain a combustible core,  the insulation was flammable but not tested.”DCLG must order mandatory tests of insulation,” he said, “Otherwise the inspections are not being properly carried out. You could end up with a tower block passed safe because the cladding is fire resistant but the insulation behind it is not. They need to test everything on every tower block.”The DCLG admitted on Saturday evening: “There is no mandatory testing of the insulation.”A spokesman added: “This is where we stand at the moment. This is a fast moving situation.”On Saturday night it emerged that NHS leaders have been asked to arrange urgent fire safety inspections of all inpatient accommodation this weekend.NHS Improvement chief executive Jim Mackey wrote to trust chief executives and chief operating officers on Saturday afternoon asking trusts to contact local fire and rescue services “by close of play tomorrow evening.” A fire engine is parked outside the Burnham Tower residential block, as residents were evacuated as a precautionary measure following concerns over the type of cladding used on the outside of the buildings in north London Part of the cladding is removed from a housing tower, part of the Chalcots Estate in the borough of Camden, north London Responding to chaotic scenes as bewildered residents were moved from their homes, Ms Gould said the council hopes that by Monday half of the evacuees will have been accommodated in the borough using student halls, social housing and hotels.She said the cost to the council will be “really expensive” when taking into account the internal and external work on the blocks, and the temporary accommodation, but she added: “We are not thinking about counting the purse strings right now.” A total of 600 council blocks have been fitted with cladding that needs to undergo testing, leaving thousands of residents waiting to find out if their homes are safe.Portsmouth and Brent were named along with Camden, Manchester, Plymouth and Hounslow as among the local authorities with buildings that failed tests. Fire safety experts on Saturday night said it was “ludicrous” that this insulating material was not also part of the mandatory testing of panels ordered by the the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). That raises the prospect that thousands of people may have to be urgently evacuated from their homes if they are thought to be unsafe.Four tower blocks housing around 3,000 people on Camden’s Chalcots Estate were evacuated on Friday night over fire safety concerns involving both cladding and interior fittings such as fire doors and gas pipes.Refurbishment of the Chalcots Estate was overseen by Rydon, the company involved in the refit of Grenfell Tower, according to the Rydon website.Camden council leader Georgia Gould said it could take between two and four weeks to make safe the four evacuated buildings. The council said it has already spent £500,000 on hotel rooms for residents and has offered to reimburse those who have paid for their own temporary accommodation.John Clancy, leader of Birmingham City Council, which is installing sprinklers in all social housing buildings, said “The Government needs to accept it’s a national emergency.”He added: There is a collective national trauma at the moment and people up and down the country go to bed afraid.”The Prime Minister said the Government is making sure Camden Council can do “what is necessary” to ensure people evacuated from blocks of flats in north London have somewhere to stay while work is done to make the buildings safe.Speaking while attending Armed Forces Day in Liverpool, Mrs May said: “For those Camden blocks, it wasn’t just a question of the cladding; there were a number of issues that came together that meant that the fire service were concerned about those blocks and the action was taken by the local authority.”She added: “We are making sure that the authority has the ability to do what is necessary to ensure people have somewhere to stay and that the work is done so that those tower blocks will become safe for them to return to in future.” Part of the cladding is removed from a housing tower, part of the Chalcots Estate in the borough of Camden, north LondonCredit:AP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A fire engine is parked outside the Burnham Tower residential block, as residents were evacuated as a precautionary measure following concerns over the type of cladding used on the outside of the buildings in north LondonCredit:Reuterslast_img read more

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VIDEO Zagrebs Karate Kid conqueres fortress Zlatorog

PPD Zagreb beat RK Celje Pivovarna Laško 21:20 (9:10) in the biggest Balkan handball derby in front of 4.500 fans in “Zlatorog” hall. The hero of the tough clash of two old rivals, was Zagreb’s goalkeeper Filip Ivic, who played only in the last ten minutes, but that was enough for him to stay unbeatable and save some important balls for his team.Celje Pivovarna Laško: Gajić (1 save – 1 x 7-m), Lesjak (18 saves), Blagotinšek 2, Ivić 1, Babarskas 1, Janc 3, Razgor 3, Marguč, Potočnik 1, Zarabec 2, Kodrin, Fižuleto, Dobelšek 1, Mlakar 3, Žvižej 3.Zagreb: Stevanović (12 saves – 1 x 7-m), Ivić (4 saves – 1 x 7-m), Mihić 1, Sabljić 3, Vujić, Stepančić 3, Kontrec 2, Šebetić 2, Raković, Horvat, Šušnja, Šandrk, T. Valčić, Obranović 1, Kovačević 4, Pavlović 2.Two of them were decisive. First on 58:10, when he saved 7-meter shot by Miha Zarabec, and afterwards, the last attack of Celje, 6 on 4, when Ziga Mlakar couldn’t score…Take a look why…PHOTO: Mandatory Credit ©SEHA/ Zsolt Melczer Filip Ivicppd zagrebRK Celje Pivovarna Lasko ← Previous Story SHOCK: Laszlo Nagy has broken hand? Next Story → EHF CL: Vardar and RNL overtake TOP of Group B read more

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Naked Full Body Scans Hit Web

first_imgHey check it out–lots of naked people on the Internet. Nowthere’s something you don’t see every day. But here’s the rub: these are quitepossibly the least sexy naked shots you’ve ever seen on the Internet. And thereare 100 of them.They were pulled from Brijot Imaging Systems’ Gen 2millimeter wave scanner in an Orlando, Floridacourthouse. The images were reportedly gathered via a Freedom of Informationrequest. It turns out that the images were being improperly stored on thedevice–once scanned, the images on the machine are supposed to be deleted.AdChoices广告So, why should you care about a bunch of unflattering nakedimages of people in a Floridacourthouse? Well, this is a similar imaging technology being implemented inairports across the country. And it’s proof that such images can, in fact, bestored and latter disseminated.The images presented here are particularly low-res, butagain, they do present a important problem with this technology–nothing here isquite so ethereal as we were lead to believe…last_img read more

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