11 May 2011About a third of all the food produced for human consumption each year – or roughly 1.3 billion tons – is lost or wasted, according to a new study commissioned by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). About a third of all the food produced for human consumption each year – or roughly 1.3 billion tons – is lost or wasted, according to a new study commissioned by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).The study, compiled by the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology and unveiled today, finds that food waste is more of a problem in rich countries and food loss during production is a bigger issue in poor countries because of poor infrastructure and technology.Consumers and retailers in industrialized countries waste an estimated 222 million tons of food each year, mostly by throwing away perfectly edible food. Fruits and vegetables have the highest rates of wastage.The average consumer in Europe and North America wastes 95 to 115 kilograms of food a year, while his or her counterparts in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or South-East Asia wastes only six to 11 kilograms of food.The report outlines steps to reduce waste, noting that surveys consistently show consumers are willing to buy foods that are safe and taste good even if their appearance does not meet some standards.Selling farm produce direct to consumers, without having to go through supermarkets and their over-emphasis on the appearance of foods, is another recommendation.Charities should work with retailers to collect and then distribute or on-sell food that would otherwise be thrown away, despite meeting standards of safety, taste and nutrition.The report also calls for a change in consumer attitudes to encourage them to not buy more food than they need at any one time and to not throw food away needlessly.For poorer countries, the report recommends measures to strengthen the food supply chain post-harvest, noting that many farmers miss out on valuable income because food is lost during harvest or in subsequent storage.“The private and public sectors should also invest more in infrastructure, transportation and in processing and packaging,” the report also states.
TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index pulled back modestly Tuesday as investors seemed to shrug off a decision by the United States to impose duties on the country’s softwood lumber.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index lost 34.80 points to 15,281.22, with gold and materials stocks among the biggest decliners.Late Monday, the U.S. Department of Commerce hit Canada with an additional 6.87 per cent in preliminary average anti-dumping tariffs, leaving the softwood lumber industry facing average duties of about 27 per cent.But the move turned out to be lighter than expected, which helped forestry stocks finish the day among the gainers.Shares in West Fraser Timber (TSX:WFT) were up 1.25 per cent, or 75 cents, to $60.65, while Canfor Corp. (TSX:CFP) advanced 1.41 per cent, or 27 cents, to $19.44.Todd Mattina, a chief economist with Mackenzie Investments, says the duties had been anticipated and doesn’t believe they’ll have a large impact on the financial market as a whole.“Lumber is still a very small part of Canada’s total exports and this has been a longstanding grievance between Canada and the U.S.,” said Mattina.“I think while this will certainly have an impact on certain regional companies and specific companies, from a macro and Canadian perspective I wouldn’t expect this to have a dramatic impact on the markets — even though it sorts of set a backdrop or the tone for the larger NAFTA question.”Canada, the U.S., and Mexico are expected to start negotiations for the new North American Free Trade Agreement in August.South of the border, the Dow Jones industrial average pulled back 98.89 points to 21,310.66, the Nasdaq composite index was down 100.53 points to 6,146.62, and the S&P 500 index shed 19.69 points to 2,419.38.In currencies, the Canadian dollar was trading up 0.29 of a U.S. cent to an average price of 75.83 cents US, as the August crude contract advanced 86 cents at US$44.24 per barrel.In other commodities, the August gold contract was up 50 cents to US$1,246.90 an ounce, the August natural gas contract gained two cents at US$3.07 per mmBTU, and the July copper contract added two cents at US$2.65 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.
SAN FRANCISCO — Pinterest is opening its first office in Canada in Toronto at the start of October in an effort to expand its presence outside of the U.S.The San Francisco-based technology company runs an online platform that allows users to create a digital board they can pin aspirational photos to.It says it has 12 million Canadian users, who save 4.5 million photos on the platform daily.Snapchat teams up with Amazon to offer image-based shoppingPinterest is a unicorn but it certainly doesn’t act like onePinterest says it hopes the Toronto office will help spur the business’s international growth and serve local advertisers.The Toronto office will be run by country manager Erin Elofson, who previously led Facebook Canada’s sales team and spent 11 years at Microsoft Canada.Pinterest says Elofson will help the country localize its offerings, including an ad program, which it says advertisers will be able to use to target French-speaking Canadians by the end of the year.
Mr. Gnassignbe’s latest move paves the way for the National Assembly to designate an Interim Head of State who will oversee the organization of the forthcoming elections in accordance with the Constitution. It also prompted the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lift the sanctions it had imposed on Togo. Mr. Annan welcomed these developments in a statement released by his spokesman late Friday. “He reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to support current efforts towards facilitating a smooth transition in Togo,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.Togo’s political crisis began when its President, Gnassingbe Eyadema, died on 5 February, leaving a power vacuum he had filled for decades. In a break with the constitutional succession process, his son, a cabinet minister, was appointed Head of State.The constitution, which required that the President of the National Assembly become acting president until fresh elections were held within 60 days, was hastily amended, sparking violence in the capital, Lomé.When regional talks aimed at ending Togo’s constitutional crisis hit an impasse, ECOWAS suspended Togo’s membership last weekend.
TD Bank Group has been chosen as the primary credit card issuer for Aeroplan, starting in January.The decision ends a long-term relationship between the company that operates the customer loyalty program and CIBC, another major Canadian bank.MORE TO COME by News Staff Posted Aug 12, 2013 7:07 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TD confirmed as new banking partner for Aeroplan card
In August 2012 BHP Billiton announced its intention to investigate an alternative, less capital-intensive design of the Olympic Dam expansion, involving new technologies, to substantially improve the economics of the project. A number of new mining and processing technologies are being evaluated to determine the best development path.Laboratory and pilot scale trials of heap leaching as an alternative process for extracting metals from ore mined underground have shown promising results to date. In order to further test this processing method at a larger and more integrated scale, BHP Billiton has lodged an application for assessment by the Australian and South Australian Governments to construct and operate a demonstration plant on the existing mining lease at Olympic Dam. Should approval be granted, and subject to BHP Billiton approvals, construction of the demonstration plant is expected to commence in the second half of calendar year 2015 at Olympic Dam with a projected trial period of 36 months which is expected to commence in late 2016.Record mining rates at Olympic Dam underpinned an 11% increase in copper production in the 2014 financial year to 184,000 t. While an annualised production rate of 219,000 t in the June 2014 quarter indicates the degree of improvement achieved in the existing underground operation, volumes in the 2015 financial year are expected to remain broadly unchanged as a result of the current smelter maintenance program which is expected to be completed early in the September 2014 quarter. A major smelter maintenance campaign is scheduled to commence in the June 2015 quarter.
CSM BucharestJelena Grubisic ← Previous Story POLISH FINAL: Easy job for Kielce – 1:0 Next Story → RK Gorenje lead Slovenian Play-Off run The real hero of the first ever Women’s EHF CL semi-final for CSM Bucharest was Croatian goalkeeper Jelena Grubišić. The former RK Krim and RK Podravka member had 20 saves against ŽRK Vardar (in 45th minute she was on 60%) 27:21 in the second match at Papp Laszlo Arena, which was enough to put her team at big final against Gyor.They gave us second goal in 14th minute. A part of our deal from the locker room was to be agressive on their back line, to let them attack on sides. We did it, they didn’t have a lot of chances, I saved some “easy chances”, and that is it. We surprised ourselves. We played fantastic and grinded them at the end.Romanian team played above all expectations…Yes, we played. We haven’t been under pressure, totally relaxed and we surprised Europe. Practically, we build our game and completed roster before Rostov. All three teams wanted us on draw, because they thought that will be “secure win” for them, but we showed something opposite. Gyori are host team here, but if we play like against Vardar, there is nothing about which we have to be affraid – concluded Jelena Grubišić.
Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic has criticized Cristiano Ronaldo after it was revealed that the Portuguese superstar was unhappy about missing out on the UEFA Men’s player of the year award.The award which was won by Ronaldo’s former teammate, Luka Modric who still represents Madrid has courted a lot of backlash and football super-agent Jorge Mendes criticized the decision to give it to the Croatian captain.The fact that Cristiano Ronaldo failed to attend Thursday’s UEFA gala to see his former teammate Luka Modric win the player of the year award has led to a heated debate in Croatia, one which national team coach Zlatko Dalic has commented on.Labelling the Juventus player as selfish, Dalic said he wouldn’t want to build a team around him.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Ronaldo is selfish and I’d never want him in my team,” he said in an interview with Sportske Novosti, as quoted by Marca.“He is the kind of player who thinks ‘even if we lose, the only thing that matters is that I score a goal.”As for Modric himself, the coach congratulated the player on the award and said that he is proud of how the midfielder hasn’t changed despite the fame and glory.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “Whether it’s my home or someone else’s home, the fact that I’m doing something towards being able to reach my dream of owning a home, and the fact that that I’m helping someone else get their home, which I’m sure is a dream for them, too, it definitely makes my heart feel full,” said Deschamps.It doesn’t stop with just Deschamps’ home. Publix Charities, with Habitat for Humanity, is making owning a home a reality for many families.“This is part of a $5.5 million donation to 120 Habitat affiliates,” said Majzoub. “This will fund 16 new homes in 2017, two of which will be in Broward and two of which would be in the Greater Miami area.”“Thank you. I don’t want to cry,” Deschamps said to her well-wishers.This was a surprise for a mother and her son just in time for the holidays. “As a mom it means the world to me, because it’s something that I’m able to pass on to my son,” she said. “It’s something that I’m able to do so he’s able to have space to grow and play, and just something that’s his own.”Deschamps will be able to move into their new home in less than a year.WSVN is a proud sponsor of Habitat for Humanity. For information on how you can volunteer, call 954-396-3030 in Broward and 305-634-3628 in Miami-Dade. You may also log on to www.habitatbroward.org or www.miamihabitat.org. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Habitat for Humanity and Publix Charities teamed up to bring a South Florida single mother closer to making her dream of homeownership a reality.When Paola Deschamps discovered the supermarket company was sponsoring a home of her own in Northwest Miami-Dade, it was a gift she never saw coming.“On behalf of Publix Charities, we actually want you to know that Publix Charities is sponsoring your home,” said Publix district manager Chadi Majzoub at a special ceremony, Saturday morning.“Oh, my goodness. Thank you so much,” said Deschamps.“Publix Supermarkets is also going to help make your house a home by filling your pantry and your refrigerator up with free goods,” Majzoub continued.The sponsorship is helping the 28-year-old single mother fulfill a lifelong dream. “I really wanted to own a home at some point in my life, but I have student loans and stuff like that,” she said. “It just didn’t seem like a real possibility for me.”Deschamps, a City of Miami public service aide and the mother of a 7-year-old boy, is putting in 250 hours of what they call “sweat equity” into her new home, alongside other future homeowners who share similar stories and dreams.
Instead of delivering his keynote address Monday afternoon at MediaNext, Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg announced his offices would be closed as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which bore down on the East Coast over the weekend and into Tuesday.FOLIO:’s MediaNext, postponed from Oct. 29-31 to Jan. 8-10, and Condé Nast were two of many of media outlets affected by the storm.• The sixth annual Designer Visions showcase, sponsored by Hearst titles Elle Décor, Veranda and House Beautiful, was pushed from Oct. 30 to Nov. 12, while Hearst president Michael Clinton cancelled a charity dinner scheduled also scheduled for Tuesday. • Several news organizations, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, took down paywalls on their websites and apps during the hurricane. Both newspapers also told nonessential personnel to stay home during the storm. The paywall move was not unprecedented for the NYT, which also removed the barrier as Hurricane Irene threatened the eastern U.S. last August.• Seven New Jersey newspapers, including the Star-Ledger, shut down production of their Tuesday editions in the wake of Sandy. “We are still covering this historic storm with all of our resources,” said Star-Ledger publisher Richard Vezza on Monday, but, he added, “there’s just no way to justify putting more people on the road to try to print and deliver a paper when the worst is headed our way right in the middle of our production window.” Tuesday’s papers will be delivered along with the current edition on Wednesday.• Major New York-based websites Huffington Post and Gawker experienced technical difficulties after Sandy knocked out power at their headquarters Monday night. Along with millions of others, their editorial teams took to social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr to keep coverage rolling.• Time got out ahead of social media blitz, commissioning five photographers to cover the hurricane via Instagram.• A spokesman for The Weather Channel called Sandy “our mini Super Bowl,” after record ratings soared over 500 percent to 39 million viewers and website page visits surpassed 300 million. Attention came from advertisers as well as audience as State Farm, The Travelers, Procter & Gamble and Duracell all partnered with TWC in specialized storm coverage. Home improvement retailers and generator providers bought airtime on the channel months ago in anticipation of similar weather disasters.• The “lock-up” period for Facebook employee shareholders was scheduled to end on Monday, letting many of them become millionaires over night. Instead, they’ll have to wait until Wednesday when trading on the New York Stock Exchange resumes.The wait could have been much longer if CNN and The Weather Channel had been right. Each incorrectly reported up to three feet of flooding on the floor of the Exchange. Both networks eventually admitted the mistake. To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!
Dannika Wassillie harvesting salmonberries. (Photo by Jeff Bringhurst)Nutrition related health concerns plague the United States as a whole, and rural Alaska is no exception. People in village of Igiugig are aiming to improve their health this fall with a Native Foods Challenge.Listen nowIgiugig’s high school literature class read “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan last school year. In the book, Pollan details a seven-week project. A group of Aboriginal Australians who lived in the city and ate a Western diet moved to the outback and ate traditional food for seven weeks. At the end of the period, all saw health improvements.“The kids in the class thought that’d be a great idea if we were to do this,” Tate Gooden, Igiugig School’s head teacher, said. “We pitched it to the community as a community idea, and the community members were very excited about it. Now here we are, we’ve been preparing for eight months now.”For six weeks, starting September 17, the adults and children in the village are challenging themselves to eat only traditional foods, locally raised foods and oatmeal.For the past eight months, the village has been putting away fish, berries, greens and game.“It’s gotten people a lot closer together and talking about food and subsistence. I think a lot of people harvesting things they’ve never harvested before. We have people putting up sour dock and different greens. We’ve got people boiling down caribou bones and making fat cake,” Gooden said.The project is a health experiment, so residents have already begun regular health screenings. Every month in 2017 they have taken their weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and heart rate. They will compare the results from before and after the challenge.The final component of the challenge is a trek to Big Mountain. It lies 23 miles east of Igiugig. For four days in the last week of September the village will hike to the mountain, which is a traditional meeting place between Igiugig and the village of Kokhanok. At Big Mountain they will have a Native Foods potluck, and then they will fly home.The project’s focus is much broader than watching weight or blood sugar or even honing subsistence skills.“This project focuses on the relationships and interdependence of food, culture, identity, community, subsistence and health,” Gooden said.The challenge concludes on October 28.
Damaged courtrooms. Delays in trials. Backlog of cases. A lack of jurors.Hurricane Harvey’s winds and cataclysmic rainfall have slowed criminal cases in Houston and other Texas communities where heavily damaged courthouses forced officials to move court proceedings into whatever space was available, including shuttered shorefronts and even a cafeteria.Defense attorneys and prosecutors are worried what that could mean for victims and for jailed defendants waiting for their day in court. In Houston, the nation’s third largest city, there are 40,000 such cases pending at any one time.“It is a challenge in a hurricane-ravaged, ground zero place to find a building still standing and available to be able to hold court,” said Pam Heard, the district clerk in Aransas County, a Gulf Coast community where Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Aug. 25 about 180 miles (290 kilometers) southwest of Houston.The storm displaced thousands of residents and destroyed more than a third of the county’s buildings, including its courthouse, which could take two years to rebuild. Until then, a soon-to-be-refurbished hardware store will have to do.In Harris County, home to Houston and Texas’ busiest court system, Harvey’s torrential rains flooded the 20-story criminal courthouse’s basement and caused water damage on the upper floors. The damage forced nearly 40 felony and misdemeanor courts to relocate to three different buildings — and it could be up to a year before the courthouse reopens.The result so far: Criminal jury trials delayed by nearly two months, cramped working conditions for hundreds of employees, including judges sharing courtrooms, and courts relocated to buildings that are too small or not designed to hear criminal cases. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office had to relocate its 700 employees from the courthouse to 10 different sites in the county.“We’re just having to make the best of it, make adjustments when we see things aren’t working,” said Susan Brown, the administrative judge of Harris County’s criminal district courts.Officials have tried to manage the influx of people at temporary courtroom locations by having fewer court dockets per week and scheduling these court hearings in the morning and afternoon. Normally, dockets are only held in the morning, she said.Misdemeanor jury trials resumed this week after a temporary jury assembly area was set up in a county building’s cafeteria. Jury trials in felony cases were to resume Monday, but there will only be two courtrooms available to try cases with defendants in custody instead of the nearly 40 that could be normally used, Brown said.The lack of jury trials for two months in the nation’s third most-populous county is “a big deal,” said Houston defense attorney Julio Vela.“We’re all kind of waiting and watching to see if there is any delayed justice,” Vela said.After Harvey hit, the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a joint order asking all courts in the state to temporarily suspend all deadlines and procedures in criminal and civil cases. The order is in place through Wednesday.Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said her office is aware of the concerns and has taken proactive measures, including dismissing several hundred low-level cases and, in certain types of cases where the threat to the public in minimal, agreeing to personal recognizance bonds that allow defendants to not pay bonds in exchange for a promise to appear in court.“There are still a lot of people in our jail and we need jury trials to resume,” Ogg said.In Orange County, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) east of Houston near the Texas-Louisiana border, jury trials remain on hold after its courthouse was damaged, forcing courtrooms to be relocated to different buildings. If repairs take a long time, officials will look at finding a temporary building so jury trials can resume, according to Orange County Judge Stephen Carlton.In Aransas County, Heard said she doesn’t know if enough people will show up once jury duty resumes in January because so many people were displaced by the storm.“It’s not like anybody would be doing anything to avoid jury duty. They are just plain old not here,” she said.Longtime local attorney Terry Collins said it could take years before the county and its legal system get back to normal. Collins is currently living in an RV with his wife in front of his law office after their home was destroyed by Harvey.“There is concern (about) clients not getting justice in their cases because of the delay in the system and the process being disrupted,” Collins said.Heard, the local court clerk, said judges are aware of these concerns and are hearing motions from defendants in custody about reducing bonds or granting personal recognizance bonds so they can be free while waiting for their cases to be resolved.“Everything that we have to do for the courts, we’re getting it done, not under ideal conditions,” Heard said. “But we’re able to operate and the courts continue.” Share
APFILE – In this Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, file photo, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks at a news conference in New York. Schneiderman, who had taken on high-profile roles as an advocate for women’s issues and an antagonist to the policies of President Donald Trump, announced late Monday, May 7, 2018, that he would be resigning from office hours after four women he was romantically involved with accused him of physical violence in accounts published by The New Yorker. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is investigating allegations of violence against women by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned just hours after accounts of abuse by four women.It was a swift and stunning fall for a Democrat who held himself out as a champion of women and a liberal foil to President Donald Trump and who pledged to use his office to hold others accountable for abusing their power.The women described being slapped and choked, verbally abused and threatened by Schneiderman. Some also described him as a heavy drinker.The abuse often happened during what were supposed to be romantic encounters, but the women said the violence was not consensual.Schneiderman, 63, implied in a statement that his conduct was either welcomed by the women, or was not as they described.“In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in non-consensual sex, which is a line I would not cross,” he said.Danny Frost, a spokesman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said in a statement late Monday that prosecutors would look into the claims.It’s an unusual twist: Schneiderman’s office had been tasked with investigating the Manhattan District Attorney’s office over its handling of a 2015 sex assault probe involving Harvey Weinstein that resulted in no criminal charges.NYPD officials said they had not received any complaints, but would investigate thoroughly should anyone come forward.The state’s Solicitor General, Barbara Underwood, will serve as acting Attorney General. She has a long history of legal work including serving in the Eastern District of New York and in the Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens district attorney offices.Schneiderman capitulated quickly after fellow Democrats in New York, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, called for his resignation.“In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me,” he said in a statement late Monday. “While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time.” He said he would resign at the close of business on Tuesday.Two women who spoke to The New Yorker on the record, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, both said the physical abuse escalated over time. The Associated Press is identifying the women because they agreed to tell their stories publicly.“After the most difficult month of my life-I spoke up. For my daughter and for all women. I could not remain silent and encourage other women to be brave for me. I could not,” Manning Barish wrote on Twitter after the story was published.Manning Barish said she was involved with Schneiderman from mid-2013 through the end of 2014. Selvaratnam said she was involved with him from the summer of 2016 until fall 2017.Manning Barish said Schneiderman became violent a few weeks after they began dating. She said she confided in friends, including novelist Salman Rushdie.Selvaratnam, who was born in Sri Lanka, said Schneiderman started calling her his “brown slave” and made her say that she was “his property.”“After I found out that other women had been abused by Attorney-General Schneiderman in a similar manner many years before me, I wondered, who’s next, and knew something needed to be done,” Selvaratnam said in a statement to the AP.Schneiderman has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement. He filed a lawsuit in February against Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. Schneiderman said the company broke New York law by failing to protect employees from “pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination.”He launched a civil rights probe into the New York City-based company in October after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades. The company later fired Weinstein.The women accusing Schneiderman said seeing him speak out on these issues was part of what prompted them to come forward.The former state senator became attorney general in 2010 and had been running for re-election this year. He also has been a longtime critic of Trump, and has been part of several efforts to push back against some of his actions in the White House, like the rescinding of protection for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.Last month, he urged state lawmakers to close a loophole that he said could be used to fight state charges by anyone who has received a federal pardon for similar federal charges.On Twitter, Donald Trump Jr. offered pointed commentary. He showcased one of Schneiderman’s tweets from last year saying that he would remind President Trump that no one was above the law, with Trump Jr. adding, “You were saying???” Share
2 min read Long considered a go-to resource for developers, Amazon’s cloud-computing platform AWS is looking to get more startups on board with AWS Activate, a bundled package of goodies for newly minted companies.Startups can either access AWS Activate through its Self-Starter package — open to any business — or the Portfolio package, which startups in accelerators, incubators and VC seed funds can gain access.While it seems both offer free tools, the two packages vary on offerings, with the Portfolio package having extra perks.The Self-Starter comes equipped with a free year of AWS services, allowing developers to build applications and scale current ones at no cost. Startups will also receive technical support, access to a forum, special offers from third-party businesses and web-based training, including a tutorial for people looking to develop new skills.Related: The Downsides to Cloud Storage The Portfolio package has all the bells and whistles of the Self-Starter but also includes a more advanced support resource, extra tutorials and credits that can be used for other Amazon services, including its database service RDS, storage platform S3 and content distribution tool CloudFront.The move to rollout AWS Activate is to allow Amazon to go to the next level with developers and help it compete against other platforms like Rackspace. Amazon already counts Instagram, Spotify, Pinterest and Etsy as customers of its AWS services. The CTO of mobile-first magazine Flipboard Eric Feng said AWS Activate “is great for finding technical resources, getting professional support and connecting with a broad community of developers to get the most out of our cloud computing environment,” according to a statement by Amazon.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Cloud Provider And Mark Cranney of heavyweight VC firm Andreessen Horowitz pointed out “The ability for startups to quickly build and scale is crucial to their success. With access to resources like AWS Activate, startups can swiftly and easily use AWS and focus on growing their businesses.”What has been your experience with Amazon’s cloud services? Let us know in the comments below. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » October 10, 2013
Despite reports of a slow start to the ‘Million Dollar Memo’ campaign, Tourism Queensland chief executive Anthony Hayes said he is not concerned because the promotion is targeted towards the corporate market. Last week the campaign’s website had recorded up to 32,000 visitors and 80,000 hits, a decrease of 20,000 compared to the first day of the bureau’s 2009 ‘Best Job in the World’ promotion, The Australian reported. Mr Hayes said the key difference between the two competitions is that the latest is aimed at the business market, not individuals. The marketing campaign has also been dampened by recent flooding in the Sunshine state as well as the loss of its two key markets New Zealand and Japan as they focus on recovering from recent natural disasters.”It’s no surprise that we’ve been doing it pretty tough, but the reality is that none of our tourism destinations have been affected at all … even places in the tropical North like Cairns have been untouched,” Mr Hayes added.”The big problem at the moment is that our phones have stopped ringing. “This campaign is a great way let the public know that Queensland is still open for business.” Launched worldwide, Queensland has asked corporate companies to submit a 60 second video highlighting why their company deserves a holiday to the state. The winning business will then have its staff flowing to Queensland for a break worth up to one million dollars.”The story has also been picked up by 270 media outlets across the world, including interest from the UAE, which we haven’t seen before” Mr Hayes said.”The greatest interest so far has been from the US, UK, Germany, Malaysia, and of course Australia.”Submission close on 1 May this year, with the winner announced on 31 August. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Didn’t we just endure a full off-season and then another16 games of a “quarterback controversy” here in Arizona?But rumors never stop in sports, especially when formerNFL executives spark them on national television. Charley Casserly, a former front office guru with theWashington Redskins and Houston Texans, and now an analystwith CBS Sports, dropped the “Peyton Manning to Cardinals”bomb during a Sunday telecast. He’s also not sure that the Colts will be so anxious tocut Manning either. “I just have a hard time believing that he won’t be inIndianapolis regardless of who their pick is or who theycan get,” Warner said. “I don’t think anybody wants to bethe guy that lets Peyton Manning go if he can playfootball the way he’s always played football.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation With the fuse lit, it’s time to project. Former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner joined Burns andGambo on Arizona Sports 620 Monday, and did just that.“Nothing against Kevin Kolb or John Skelton and all thoseguys, but if you get a chance to get Peyton Manning, andyou can pull that off, you get Peyton Manning because he’sa once-in-a-lifetime type guy,” Warner said.“He’s a special player, and if you add him to LarryFitzgerald and the defense that they have here and maybe acouple other pieces around him, and it could be special.”Manning, of course, didn’t take a snap this season aftersigning a 5-year, $90 million contract and undergoing twoneck surgeries. The Colts may be interested in cuttingthe 4-time MVP because they own the top pick in thisyear’s NFL Draft, and Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck isconsidered the most intriguing QB prospect since Manninghimself entered the league in 1998.While intrigued, Warner was careful not to get too caughtup in Casserly’scomments.“It sounds like it’s all speculation right now, so I don’tthink you jump too far down that road or on that bandwagonright now,” he said. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories
“I don’t see why not. He’s playing right there with them, if not better.”That quote came from Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians last week when talking about his quarterback, Carson Palmer.The question posed to the third-year head coach was “do you believe that Palmer is a legitimate MVP candidate?”It’s nothing new for a head coach or general manager to say glittering things about his quarterback. Sometimes you roll your eyes, like the time earlier this season when Dallas Cowboys GM/Owner Jerry Jones announced that Brandon Weeden throwing the football “was a thing of beauty.” Soon after, Weeden was exiled to the bench after losing three straight starts in relief of injured starter Tony Romo. But Newton has developed into the unquestioned leader of a Carolina team that is not only 8-0 this season, but is 13-1 in its last 14 contests dating back to last year. Considering the utter lack of receiving talent Carolina faces (Ted Ginn Jr. has more catches than any other wideout), what Newton has done with the help of a stout defense has been remarkable.Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals2015 statistics: 174-of-258 for 2,226 yards, 18 touchdown passes, 4 interceptionsWhat he did in Week 9: 21-of-27 for 234 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT in a 31-10 over ClevelandBest Game in 2015: Dalton has had a handful of very strong games, but his performance in prime time Thursday night against the Browns was his best and most efficient.Worst Game in 2015: Dalton threw two picks and had a season-low QB rating of 64.7 in a Week 8 win over Pittsburgh.The fifth-year quarterback has been outstanding in 2015, despite being the subject of offseason rumors about his future in Cincinnati. In fact, Dalton is second to only Brady in QB rating this season.Chances are, the Bengals signal caller wouldn’t get booed at a celebrity softball game in Cincinnati these days.Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals Top Stories FILE – In this Oct. 4, 2015, file photo, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws against the St. Louis Rams on fourth down during the second half of an NFL football game in Glendale, Ariz. Raiders safety Charles Woodson has plenty of company when it comes to old guys thriving on the football field this season. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File) But Arians’ belief goes deeper than a head coach/quarterback relationship. That’s because it’s true.Carson Palmer is an MVP candidate.He’s got the Cardinals in first place in the NFC West with a 6-2 record, has thrown for 2,386 yards and 20 touchdowns and ranks third in the league in quarterback rating with a 110.2 mark.Now Palmer isn’t the leading candidate; there are many others who have built a compelling case over the first nine weeks of the NFL campaign. Not surprisingly, most of them are quarterbacks, a position that has claimed the award in 12 of the last 15 seasons.Here is a look at the leading MVP candidates so far:Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots2015 statistics: 225-of-338 for 2,709 yards, 22 touchdown passes, 2 interceptionsWhat he did in Week 9: 26-of-39 for 299 yards, 2 TDS, 1 INTBest Game in 2015: Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh – 25-of-32 for 288 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-21 win.Worst Game in 2015: Still waiting for a bad one…The football world was led to believe Brady would miss the first quarter of the season because of a four-game suspension stemming from the Deflategate fiasco. Not only has he not missed any time after that decision was reversed, he’s playing at a ridiculously high level and has guided the defending champions to a 9-0 record. 2015 statistics: 168-of-260 for 2,386 yards, 20 touchdown passes, 6 interceptionsWhat he did in Week 9: Did not play; Cardinals were on bye weekBest Game in 2015: Talk about efficient … Palmer threw only 14 times (completing 11) for 161 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-17 romp over Detroit in Week 5.Worst Game in 2015: Palmer had a season-high 421 yards, but also threw two picks — including a back-breaker in the fourth quarter — in a bad 25-13 loss at Pittsburgh in Week 6.For those who have watched the NFL for the last decade or so, it sounds weird to say it, but Palmer has simply been one of the best quarterbacks in the league since the midway point of the 2013 season. After he got a good understanding of Bruce Arians’ offense in Arizona, he’s just produced big numbers and won games (when healthy). The Cardinals are 19-4 in the last 23 games that Palmer has been under center.Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers2015 statistics: 163-of-252 for 1,937 yards, 19 touchdown passes, 3 interceptionsWhat he did in Week 9: 25-of-48 for 369 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INTBest Game in 2015: Rodgers riddled the Kansas City secondary for 333 yards passing and five touchdowns in a 38-28 win in Week 3 at Lambeau Field. Worst Game in 2015: It was strange to see, but Rodgers threw for only 77 yards against a spectacular Denver defense in a 29-10 loss in Week 8.Rodgers’ candidacy has taken a big hit in the last two weeks. He was flat-out terrible against Denver and threw a huge fourth-quarter interception Sunday, thwarting a furious late-game comeback attempt at Carolina. Yet, the Packers are still tied for first place in the NFC North, and defending league MVP will have plenty of opportunities to shine the rest of the way.Others to consider:• Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons – The second-year back is second in the league in rushing with 721 yards and leads the NFL with nine touchdowns on the ground. However, his team has lost three of its last four contests, and Freeman had a 12-carry, 12-yard game in an ugly loss to San Francisco Sunday.• Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings – After missing most of the 2014 season, the once-disgruntled back is back. Peterson leads the league in rushing with 758 yards for a Vikings team that has bounced back to win six of its last seven and finds itself tied for first place in the NFC North.• Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis – He’s a longshot, since he plays for a .500 team and he didn’t play much in the first few weeks of the season, but Gurley has probably been the league’s best back over the last six weeks. The rookie from Georgia had a streak of four straight 100-yard games snapped Sunday at Minnesota, but he’s still fourth in the league in rushing. Brady has thrown at least two touchdown passes in every game this season. He’s thrown two interceptions — the first was actually a perfect throw to Julian Edelman, who bobbled it and watched Indianapolis’ Mike Adams pick it off and return it 14 yards for a touchdown in a Week 5 contest.Earlier this season, the veteran raised eyebrows when he said he’d like to play another ten years, well into his late 40s. As ridiculous at that sounds, if he keeps this play up, it’s hard to doubt him.Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers2015 statistics: 132-of-246 for 1,820 yards, 14 touchdown passes, 9 interceptions; 73 carries for 343 yards, 5 TDsWhat he did in Week 9: 15-of-30 for 297 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT in a 37-29 win over Green BayBest Game in 2015: Week 3 vs. New Orleans Saints – 20-of-31 for 315 yards and two touchdowns. Also ran seven times for 33 yards and a touchdown in a 27-22 win.Worst Game in 2015: Week 7 vs. Philadelphia Eagles – 14-of-24 for 197 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions in a 27-16 win.Newton is an interesting case study. His numbers compared to Brady’s look like a cheese sandwich next to a filet mignon. His touchdown-to-interception ratio is only 14-to-9 and he ranks 26th in quarterback rating. 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said the government is ready to provide information related to its controversial citizenship-by-investment scheme and have it scrutinised together with that of other member European Union member states, Politis reported on Tuesday.The finance minister, commenting to the daily newspaper, also announced the publication of an independent study which will highlight the economic impact of the scheme and added that reports that the impact, while positive, was in the range of several billion euros were “wrong and misleading”.The scheme allows foreign investors to acquire Cypriot citizenship within months by investing as little as €2m in assets or companies, including real estate. Until September 2016, when the cabinet modified the scheme relaxing its financial criteria, investors were required to invest as much as €5m or participate in a collective investment with a minimum of €2.5m per person totalling at least €12.5m.According to official data, the scheme has allowed 1,685 foreign investors and 1,651 family members to acquire Cypriot citizenship from 2008 to 2018. According to press reports, the version of the scheme introduced in 2014 and subsequently repeatedly revised to exclude bank deposits or the acquisition of government bonds as criteria for eligibility generated an investment inflow of up to €4.8bn.A week ago, a spokesperson for the European Commission said they were planning to carry out a study into these type of schemes, also implemented by several other member states of the EU, dubbed as Golden Visas. The decision came after reports on the websites of the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP.org) and The Guardian, prompted anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International to warn that Golden Visas are vulnerable to abuse. They also undermine the fight against corruption and the increase the risk of money laundering.In his interview to Politis, Georgiades defended the Cypriot scheme against criticism, which he said was unjustified. Total naturalisations of foreign citizens in Cyprus account for only 0.3 per cent of total naturalisations in the EU, while the Cypriot Golden Visa scheme accounts in turn for only 30 per cent of total naturalisations, he continued.The minister added that investment (projects) in the real economy remain the focus of the scheme and that they continuously undergo an evaluation process.On January 9 the council of ministers decided to introduced a “Supervision and Control Committee” comprised of officials from the ministries of interior, finance and from the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA), a government-sponsored body tasked with attracting investment to Cyprus.The decision also provides for the setting up of a register of “Investors’ Naturalisation Scheme Service Providers” in which individuals and legal entities that offer related services will be registered after meeting certain “entry criteria”. The scheme will also ban advertising the visa programme.Chairman of CIPA Michalis Michael said a week ago that the body was about to introduce stricter criteria and procedures governing the Cypriot Golden Visa programme, with the inclusion of a registry of related service providers, as instructed by the cabinet on January 9.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoBOLT InsuranceCompare and Save on Auto InsuranceBOLT InsuranceUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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