Renewed violence undercutting Middle East diplomatic efforts – UN official

25 April 2007Diplomatic initiatives to rejuvenate the Middle East peace process are making some progress, but they are being undermined by the deteriorating security situation on the ground, the United Nations political chief told the Security Council today, urging Israeli and Palestinian leaders to do their utmost to prevent the violence from escalating further. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe told an open Council meeting on the issue that the situation in the region is fragile, capable of either moving forward based on fresh negotiations or becoming caught in a spiral of tit-for-tat violence.“Actions and inactions on the ground remain real obstacles to progress, and have the potential to lead to paralysis or even a rapid deterioration,” Mr. Pascoe said in his statement to the Council debate, which saw the participation of over a dozen speakers. “The renewed violence of the past few days shows how precarious the situation is.”Between 14 March and 17 April, at least 43 Palestinians have been killed, 22 as a result of intra-community fighting and 21 by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). More than 200 other Palestinians and 13 Israelis have also been injured, while 54 rockets and mortars were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel.Mr. Pascoe called on the Palestinian Authority to take steps to counter the rocket fire and the smuggling of weapons, as well as to implement the internal security plan to restore law and order within Gaza.He added that the UN remains deeply concerned about the fate of the kidnapped British journalist Alan Johnston and reiterated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recent call for his immediate release. Mr. Johnston, who works for the BBC, was abducted on 12 March near his office as he was returning from the Erez crossing between Gaza and Israel.Releasing Corporal Gilad Shalit of Israel, who was kidnapped by Palestinian militants last June and taken into Gaza, “is also crucial to forward movement” in the peace process.Mr. Pascoe urged Israel to play its part to calm the situation, especially with its settler community in the West Bank. He noted widespread recent reports that groups of settlers had attacked Palestinian children and a mentally disabled man.Israel continues to construct new housing units in some 75 of its 121 settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, he added, despite the Road Map plan calling for a freeze on settlements.All security measures must be proportionate, the Under-Secretary-General stressed, warning that Israeli operations in Palestinian population centres result almost inevitably in civilian casualties and are “a matter of great concern.”Israeli authorities are also subjecting UN staff members and other humanitarian workers crossing from Gaza into Israel to “increasingly arbitrary treatment” and searching their vehicles and property, including laptop computers, out of sight of UN staff.“This practice violates UN security standards, as well as UN privileges and immunities. We continue to work closely with all relevant Israeli authorities to correct the situation, but with little progress so far.”But Mr. Pascoe said there were some hopeful signs of progress on the political and diplomatic efforts, particularly the face-to-face meeting in Jerusalem on 15 April between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.The two men discussed immediate humanitarian and security issues and reportedly also exchanged views on aspects of a future Palestinian State and how and when it could be achieved, Mr. Pascoe said, encouraging the leaders to build on those discussions.He was also heartened by “the greater public awareness of the potential of the Arab Peace Initiative,” adding that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was supporting all regional or international initiatives towards peace in the Middle East.Turning to Lebanon, Mr. Pascoe observed that despite intensive efforts to ease the country’s political stalemate, there has been no breakthrough regarding a national unity government or the formation of a special tribunal to try the suspected killers of former prime minister Rafik Hariri.While Lebanon has said it is committed to moving ahead on political and socio-economic reform as agreed, only a small percentage of pledges from international donors have been disbursed so far.Israeli air violations of the Blue Line have continued, as have claims that arms are being transferred into Lebanon in direct breach of the Security Council-imposed embargo. But the total strength of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has reached 13,000 peacekeepers, and there has been “near total calm” in the area in the past two months. read more

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UN and major African bank in partnership to raise HIVAIDS awareness

16 December 2011The United Nations body tasked with combating the spread of HIV/AIDS and one of Africa’s largest banks have formed a two-year partnership to raise public awareness of the pandemic in the continent, the UN agency reported today. The United Nations body tasked with combating the spread of HIV/AIDS and one of Africa’s largest banks have formed a two-year partnership to raise public awareness of the pandemic in the continent, the UN agency reported today.Under the partnership, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) will use the Standard Bank Group’s marketing and communication resources across the continent to disseminate knowledge and expertise on responding to AIDS among the bank’s employees and local communities.In the lead up to World AIDS Day on 1 December, the partnership organized activities in four countries – Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa – on the theme of ‘Getting to zero,’ a UNAIDS campaign promoting a vision of zero HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and complete eradication of discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.In South Africa, where the bank is based, activities included community football matches and hula hoop competitions, engagement of local radio stations to conduct competitions around HIV knowledge, condom distribution and HIV information dissemination. Voluntary HIV counselling and testing was also provided and approximately 1,150 people tested over a two week period.Activities in Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria also included community voluntary HIV counselling and testing, condom distribution, HIV information dissemination and a football gala with young people, bankers, ministers and parliamentarians. There were also AIDS awareness-raising sessions conducted among young people in 24 secondary schools by Standard Bank wellness champions.“Our partnership with the Standard Bank Group is an excellent example of how businesses can significantly contribute to the AIDS response,” said Regina Castillo, head of UNAIDS private sector partnerships. “The Standard Bank Group is making a real difference by keeping both their workforce and their businesses healthy and contributing to the communities in which they work.” read more

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Kiwi PM urged to take tough stand during Sri Lanka visit

“The Prime Minister should use the opportunity to press Sri Lanka to honour the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution it co-sponsored, agreeing to allow independent foreign judges to be part of the reconciliation process.“It’s time for the Prime Minister to continue that tradition of standing up for Kiwi values, regardless of how inconvenient or uncomfortable it might be for him. If he is not prepared to promote New Zealand’s human rights values with Sri Lanka, he shouldn’t be endorsing Sri Lanka’s human rights failures by promoting more trade.“New Zealanders want a foreign policy that is based on our values and what is right. That includes our leaders fighting for the rights of New Zealanders living in Australia, speaking out for innocent refugees imprisoned in detention camps and not cosying up to a Sri Lankan regime that has been accused of war crimes,” Shaw said. (Colombo Gazette) “The Prime Minister’s trips to Australia and Sri Lanka could be an opportunity to reassert New Zealand’s strong position on human rights, in the tradition of previous Prime Minsters like David Lange.“If David Lange had refused to stand up to the United States in the 1980s, New Zealand might not be a nuclear-free country today. Sri Lanka, although no longer in a civil war, has yet to commit to an independent and just post-war reconciliation process. In fact, Sri Lanka continues to face accusations of torturing prisoners who were imprisoned prior to the end of the civil war in 2009. “The Prime Minister has shown how prepared he is to ignore New Zealanders’ concerns about human rights abuses in countries like Saudi Arabia. It is almost as if the National Government is seeking out some of the worst regimes to do deals with,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw. One of the leading political parties in New Zealand has urged New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to take a tough stand on the human rights issue when he visits Sri Lanka next week.John Key yesterday left for a trip to Australia and Sri Lanka. The trip has been billed as a chance “to highlight the growing commercial and political ties” with Sri Lanka. The Green Party today said that John Key should use his trip to Australia and Sri Lanka as an opportunity to restore New Zealand’s strong reputation of promoting human rights and standing up for our unique values. read more

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TSX down New York markets flat as April retail sales miss estimates

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower for a third consecutive session Wednesday while New York markets were flat after a disappointing read on American retail sales that again called into question the strength of U.S. economic recovery.The S&P/TSX composite closed down 62.43 points at 14,980.72, after falling almost 127 points the two previous sessions, including more than 109 points on Tuesday.Meanwhile, the loonie ticked higher as the retail sales report contributed to recent weakness in the U.S. dollar, rising 0.35 of a U.S. cent to 83.56 cents — the higher range of where it has traded since mid-April.However, its a range that the BMO’s Paul Taylor says will be difficult to maintain, particularly if the recent strengthening in oil prices above $60 a barrel is the “dead cat bounce” that many expect.The loonie could fall to US$0.75 by next March should oil prices retreat as expected even from their current depressed levels, said Taylor, chief investment officer, asset allocation, BMO Global Asset Management Canada.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average finished 7.74 points lower at 18,060.49, adding to losses of almost 123 points the previous two days. The S&P 500 edged 0.64 of a point lower to 2,098.48, while the Nasdaq gained 5.50 points to 4,981.69.Commodities were also mixed, with the June gold contract rising $25.80 to US$1,218.20 an ounce in the face of the weaker U.S. currency as well as a flight to safety as a deal between Greece and its creditors remains elusive and fears of a sovereign debt default grow.June oil fell 25 cents to US$60.50 a barrel.In economic news, the Commerce Department reported that U.S. retail sales were unchanged in April after rising 1.1 per cent in March and below analyst estimates.The figures also challenged assumptions that the harsh winter weather has been to blame and that a spring rebound in retail spending was certain to materialize.“Instead of cheering bad news as had happened in the past, traders have started to react negatively on bad news with the impact of data on corporate earnings becoming more important than its impact on liquidity,” Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at CMC Markets Canada, said in a commentary.Meanwhile, Taylor said he remains relatively optimistic about the U.S. market, expecting it to produce returns of six to as much as eight per cent this year and easily outperform the TSX as lower oil prices negatively impact Canadian corporate earnings.“Consistent with our call for a bit of further weakness in oil, we think the Canadian market represents less positive value than the U.S. and, certainly, Europe and Japan at this stage,” he said.In corporate news, Macy’s reported profits down 13 per cent in the first quarter, blamed partly on severe winter weather and delayed merchandise shipments as a result of the U.S. West Coast port slowdown. The retailer also cited lower spending by foreign tourists because of the stronger U.S. dollar. Shares in Macy’s (NYSE:M) closed down $1.60 or 2.45 per cent at US$63.73. TSX down, New York markets flat as April retail sales miss estimates by Brian McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted May 13, 2015 6:24 am MDT Last Updated May 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,037.54, down 202.48 points):Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 34 cents, or 5.07 per cent, to $6.36 on 10.7 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 82 cents, or 9.61 per cent, to $7.71 on 9.3 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 15 cents, or 2.22 per cent, to $6.60 on 8.4 million shares.Twin Butte Energy Ltd. (TSX:TBE). Oil and gas. Up 1.5 cents, or 27.27 per cent, to seven cents on 7.6 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 55 cents, or 5.99 per cent, to $8.63 on 6.9 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up nine cents, or 0.36 per cent, to $25 on 6.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A). Publishing. Down $1.89, or 9.86 per cent, to $17.28 on 568,235 shares. In its second quarter earnings released Friday, Transcontinental reported that net earnings fell by 93 per cent to $5.4 million. The company attributed that to a large gain last year from the sale of its consumer magazines, the reversal of pension plan provisions and an impairment charge this year related to its newspapers in the Atlantic provinces. Excluding those items, Transcontinental’s adjusted earnings fell by 12.5 per cent to $34.2 million while its revenue edged up to $497.2 million from $490.5 million. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 10, 2016 2:56 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 10, 2016 at 4:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

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UN African Union pledge to help Kenya ensure credible rerun of presidential

In a joint statement issued Sunday by the two organizations, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat urged all political actors, parties and their supporters to create conditions for a peaceful election and refrain from any act of violence. On 1 September, the Supreme Court of Kenya nullified the August 2017 election and ordered the holding of a new one.“It is critical that all concerned work towards the preservation of calm and peace in the country,” the statement said.The two leaders said that they continue to closely monitor developments in Kenya, in the light of the forthcoming election, calling on all stakeholders to cooperate with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the constitutionally-mandated body to conduct the election.They stressed the need for the Kenyan security services to exercise restraint, use minimal force in performing their duties and respect the freedom and political liberties of all Kenyans. read more

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Mali Guterres strongly condemns deadly attack against UN mission convoy

In a statement issued by a UN spokesperson, the Secretary-General conveyed his sincere condolences to the Government of Chad, as well as his profound sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims. He also wished a swift recovery to the wounded. According to the statement, the convoy was travelling from Tessalit to Aguelhok in Mali’s northern Kidal region. “The Secretary-General reiterates that attacks targeting United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law and calls for the perpetrators of this attack to be swiftly brought to justice,” the statement stressed. Urging the Government and the signatory armed groups to accelerate the implementation of the Malian peace agreement, Mr. Gurterres reaffirmed through the statement that such attacks will not affect the United Nations’ determination to support the Malian people in their quest for peace. read more

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DR Congo President and UN chief meet at a historic moment for

Speaking to representatives of the press in the capital, Kinshasa, on Monday, Mr. Guterres said that, in a meeting earlier in the day with Félix Tshisekedi, the President of DRC, he had expressed his conviction that the country will see “a government that wants to transform the country, an opposition that also plays an important role in political life, with greater respect for human rights and with a vision for the future of Congo”.The UN chief called on the international community to support the Congolese people and authorities in seizing the opportunity to strengthen their institutions; develop DRC sustainably, inclusively, and in security; and effectively respond to humanitarian problems.Agreement reached on improved security measuresThe UN Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) will strengthen its capacity to tackle armed ADF militants, announced the Secretary-General, and increase its cooperation with the DRC Armed Forces, with the aim of better responding to the security concerns of the population.Mr. Guterres appealed to Congolese members of armed groups to lay down their weapons and integrate into the community, noting that the UN will do more to assist the demobilization, disarmament and reintegration of former combatants. The UN, he added, will also intensify cooperation in the area of inclusive and sustainable development: “Congo has a huge wealth potential. This potential must serve the interests of the Congolese people and in the humanitarian field”.The ultimate aim of the United Nations, continued the Secretary-General, is that MONUSCO will no longer be necessary, and that it can be replaced with a country team that concentrates on working with the government for the development and well-being of the Congolese people.This, however, is a long-term aim and Mr. Guterres gave his assurance that the UN remains engaged with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and “will not abandon the Congolese people”. .@UN chief @antonioguterres meets DR Congo President, promises solidarity with the Congolese people. Full story here: https://t.co/AUXUpCwm1Z pic.twitter.com/DBRBPrc4Hb— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) September 3, 2019 MONUSCO/Michael AliThe UN Secretary-General António Guterres (l) meets the President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Kinshasa on 2 September 2019. read more

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Week in Brussels – week ending 4 July 2014

DOWNLOAD1. Juncker elected as Commission President.2. €25b of finance for SMEs announced.3. EEF Chief Executive to lead manufacturers in Europe.4. Martin Schulz re-elected as European Parliament President.5. Italy takes over Council of the European Union Presidency.6. Week ahead.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Student Success Week aims to help with job hunting

The Brock University Students’ Union and Career Education have teamed up to help students prepare for current and future job searches.Students Success Week, running from Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16, aims to provide students with the tools to secure part-time employment while they complete their studies as well as a full-time job once they finish their degree.Workshops held this week will focus on developing a targeted resumé and cover letter, personal branding as part of your professional offering, and ‘wowing’ an employer in a job interview.Visit the BUSU website to register or view a full list of workshops. read more

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Thursday Night Football Has Been Awful This Year But So Has Sunday

If this NFL season’s primetime trend is any indication, Thursday night’s Bills-Dolphins tilt will be another snoozefest under the lights.Paradoxically, the 2014 NFL season has been full of parity — implying a number of closely matched teams — but also full of noncompetitive games in primetime, when you’d expect the league to showcase its most compelling matchups. As a matter of fact, it’s probably been the NFL’s least exciting primetime season of the past eight years (if not more).We can measure this in a couple of ways using the win probability data that ESPN’s Stats & Info Group (SIG) computes for each team on any given play.First, we can look at the (non-)competitiveness of this year’s slate of primetime games — defined as all games beginning after 7 p.m. on the East Coast — by tracking the distance from 50 percent the leading team’s win probability has been on an average play. The closer to 50 percent, the more the game is a de facto toss-up, which equates to more drama. The further away, the less the outcome is in doubt — and, presumably, the less exciting the action.SIG has been computing this metric since the 2006 season, and 2014 thus far has seen the highest average distance from 50 percent on record for primetime games. Prior to 2014, the average moment in a primetime NFL game saw the leading team sit 25.6 percentage points away from the midpoint, but this season that average is 31.5 percentage points.Of course, some games can eventually become exciting even if their average moment isn’t especially close to 50-50. An alternative measure of competitiveness is the average win probability added (WPA) by any given play in a game, which gives more weight to games featuring high-leverage plays, no matter when in the game they occur.An instructive example of the distinction between a game’s average distance from 50 percent and average WPA was the Oct. 26 matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions. Since the game was shaping up as an easy Falcons win early — Atlanta led 21-0 at the half — it had a relatively high average distance from 50 percent, suggesting less drama. But the game eventually saw Detroit stage a furious comeback, capped off by a game-winning field goal as time expired; according to average WPA, it was a pretty exciting game, because Detroit had a number of plays in the second half that collected big chunks of WPA.But even by that second metric, this year’s primetime games have been duds. The average play in primetime games from 2006 to 2013 added 2.3 percentage points of WPA, but this year that number is 1.7 points. (You can see the yearly averages in each metric since 2006 in the table at left.)Not all primetime games are created equal, either. Despite the overall decline in primetime excitement this year, “Monday Night Football” (which is broadcast by ESPN, which owns FiveThirtyEight) has seen relatively competitive matchups, with numbers in line with the pre-2014 averages in each of the metrics detailed above.But Thursday night games have been less thrilling, as the table at left shows. And Sunday night has seen the biggest snoozers of all, with an average distance from 50 percent of 35 percentage points and an average WPA of only 1.3 points.Zach Bradshaw, an analytics specialist with ESPN’s Stats and Info Group, contributed analysis. read more

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The Predators Dont Need An Ovechkin Or A Crosby

1987OilersW. Gretzky183– 1994RangersS. Zubov89– 2017PenguinsS. Crosby89– YearTeamNamePoints 1997AvalancheP. Forsberg86– 2017CapitalsN. Backstrom86– 1996Red WingsS. Federov107– 2015RangersR. Nash69– 2012CanucksH. Sedin81– 1988OilersW. Gretzky149– 2009SharksJ. Thornton86– 2011CanucksD. Sedin104– * Strike-shortened seasons prorated for a full season.The 2004-05 season was canceled because of a lockout.Source: Hockey-Reference.com 2007DucksT. Selanne94– 2008Red WingsP. Datsyuk97– 1989FlamesJ. Mullen110– 2008Red WingsP. Datsyuk97– 1997Red WingsB. Shanahan87– Starless Stanley Cup winners aren’t unprecedentedHow the 2017-18 Predators compare with Stanley Cup winners since 1986 in terms of each team’s top scorer in the regular season 1986OilersW. Gretzky215– 2001AvalancheJ. Sakic118– 1992PenguinsM. Lemieux131– 1993CanadiensV. Damphousse97– 1992RangersM. Messier107– The Stanley Cup playoffs begin today, and the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Nashville Predators enter as the betting favorites. You may recall Nashville’s Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup Final last spring as the lowest-seeded playoff team, and it did so largely thanks to the red-hot play of goalie Pekka Rinne. The 2016-17 Preds ultimately fell two games short of claiming the franchise’s first Stanley Cup (Sidney Crosby and company had other plans), but this season’s iteration has a chance to make that disappointment feel like a distant memory.To be sure, last season’s Predators and this season’s Predators are two very different teams. In 2016-17, Nashville finished tied for the fewest wins in regulation and overtime among teams that qualified for the playoffs. This season, the Preds tied for third most. And it’s not as though their scoring totals are especially gaudy — they finished in a tie for seventh in goals for, 29 behind the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.But there is one thing this year’s Predators have in common with last year’s: They’re succeeding without a bona fide offensive star. No Predator scored more than 61 points last year, and it’s been more of the same this season. Seven Predator forwards finished with at least 35 points, but none eclipsed 64. Four Predator forwards scored at least 23 goals, but there’s not a 30-goal scorer in the bunch. Nashville has plenty of players who can hurt opposing defenses, but it doesn’t have a Connor McDavid or an Alexander Ovechkin. Which is to say, it doesn’t have a single skater who is capable of changing a game by himself.You might expect this from a team that nabbed the last spot in the playoffs, but it’s quite unusual for a Presidents’ Trophy-winning team. In the more than three decades that the award has been handed out, Nashville has the lowest top scorer of any team to receive it.1After prorating the top scorers on the Presidents’ Trophy teams from the strike-shortened seasons in 1994-95 and 2012-13, in which only 48 games were played. * Strike-shortened seasons prorated for a full season.The 2004-05 season was canceled because of a lockout.Source: Hockey-Reference.com 2016CapitalsE. Kuznetsov77– The 2003 New Jersey Devils and the 2011 Boston Bruins are each a very good analog for this year’s Predators. Neither team had a player score more than 62 points in the regular season, but each was the beneficiary of timely postseason scoring streaks. In the 2003 playoffs, the Devils got 18 points in 24 games from Jamie Langenbrunner and 10 goals from Jeff Friesen, who scored only 23 in the regular season. In 2011, it was David Krecji who stepped up for Boston — he notched 23 points in 25 postseason games and scored on 21.1 percent of his shots (a far better rate than his career mark of 12.2 percent).Each team also benefited from hot goalie play: The Devils’ Martin Brodeur stopped 93.4 percent of the shots he faced in the playoffs after stopping just 91.4 percent of the shots he saw during the regular season, while the Bruins’ Tim Thomas stopped an astounding 94 percent of the shots he faced in one of the more memorable playoffs for a goalie in league history.In other words, Nashville may have been more of an outlier for the Presidents’ Trophy because it doesn’t possess a stud (or several studs) who put up big numbers over the course of 82 games. But who wants that trophy anyway? The teams that claim it traditionally flop come springtime. Just ask the Washington Capitals. But if the Predators are able to steal a page from the playbooks of the 2003 Devils and the 2011 Bruins, the catfish will fly come June. 1993PenguinsM. Lemieux160– 1986CanadiensM. Naslund110– 1991BlackhawksS. Larmer101– Top scorer 2007SabresD. Briere95– 2014BruinsD. Krejci69– 1990OilersM. Messier129– 2010CapitalsA. Ovechkin109– 1990BruinsC. Neely92– 2011BruinsM. Lucic62– If anything, this shows just how effective the Predators have been on the blue line and between the pipes. Rinne, at 35 years old, is having the best season of his career in terms of quality start percentage, and his marks for both save percentage and goals against average are better than his career averages. And among goalies who’ve played at least 1,500 minutes this season, Rinne ranks fourth in goals saved above average. As we’ve said before, though, goaltending is unstable — and no amount of great goaltending can make up for bad defensive play. Fortunately for Nashville, its roster is stocked with some of the best defensemen in the NHL.Captain Roman Josi and P.K. Subban have each put together a solid case for the Norris Trophy, awarded to the league’s best defenseman, while Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm each rank in the top 15 among qualifying defensemen2At least 500 minutes played. in Corsi for percentage, which estimates a player’s possession rate by measuring the percentage of shot attempts directed at his opponent’s net versus his own net while he’s on the ice. Factor in Matt Irwin and Montreal Canadiens castaway Alexei Emelin — and the exceptional play of Rinne behind them — and Nashville’s defensive unit conceded the second fewest goals in the NHL.Of course, sound defenses aren’t solely the result of good goalie and defenseman play. That tired old adage — that the best defense is a good offense — is true, especially in the case of the Predators. Despite their lack of an offensive superstar, the Predators rank second in goals for percentage3Goals for percentage is the percentage of all goals a team scores relative to every goal scored in games they played. and ninth in Corsi for percentage. They’ve built one of the more efficient offenses in the NHL not on the back of one superstar, but on the backs of many good to very good players.And even though the lack of at least one high-scoring superstar is uncharacteristic of a Presidents’ Trophy-winning team, it’s not necessarily unheard of for a Stanley Cup-winning team — although it’s rare. Since 1986, five teams have won the Stanley Cup without a 70-point scorer. None of those teams were the best regular-season team, but Stanley Cup glory can come from unexpected scoring outbursts and hot goaltending. YearTeamNamePoints 2003SenatorsM. Hossa80– 2002Red WingsB. Shanahan75– 1989FlamesJ. Mullen110– Top scorer 1987OilersW. Gretzky183– 1995Devils*S. Richer67– 2013Blackhawks*P. Kane94– 2015BlackhawksJ. Toews66– 2000DevilsP. Elias72– 2010BlackhawksP. Kane88– 2009PenguinsE. Malkin113– 1998StarsJ. Nieuwendyk69– 2012KingsA. Kopitar76– 2006HurricanesE. Staal100– 1994RangersS. Zubov89– 2003DevilsP. Elias57– 1999StarsM. Modano81– 2001AvalancheJ. Sakic118– 1988FlamesH. Loob106– 2014KingsA. Kopitar70– 1998Red WingsS. Yzerman69– 2013Blackhawks*P. Kane94– 2004Red WingsP. Datsyuk68– 2016PenguinsS. Crosby85– 1991PenguinsM. Recchi113– 1996AvalancheJ. Sakic120– 2000BluesP. Demitra75– 2004LightningM. St. Louis94– 1999StarsM. Modano81– Nashville won the Presidents’ Trophy without a scoring starTotal points of the top scorer on each year’s highest scoring team during the NHL regular season 1995Red Wings*P. Coffey99– 2018PredatorsF. Forsberg64– 2002Red WingsB. Shanahan75– 2006Red WingsP. Datsyuk87– 2018PredatorsF. Forsberg64– read more

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Sara Cox to be first female referee of a Premiership Rugby match

“I think it is very important we understand there are… At a time when the issue of how to increase female participation in sport is an ongoing concern, Cox’s views are striking. “I want to make sure that I can do my best for the rugby community and keep encouraging women to be involved but also men as well,” she said. Speaking ahead of the match, the 28 year-old told The Telegraph that sees herself as equally responsible for encouraging boys and men into refereeing as women.  Rugby referee Sara Cox will make history this afternoon in Coventry as she becomes the first woman to officiate a match between two Premiership Rugby sides when Wasps take on Northampton Saints in the Premiership Rugby Cup. read more

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Microsoft accidentally offers pirates a legal copy of Windows 8

first_imgWindows 8 has been available as a torrent since August when the RTM copy leaked on to the web. It wasn’t pre-activated, so even though it’s a full copy of the Windows 8 build shipping today, usage is time limited without a workaround be used.So far, an easy way to activate pirate copies of Windows 8 permanently has not appeared. The best solution to date has been to use a Key Management Services (KMS) server to allow 180 days of use. Anyone doing this has to reactivate once that time has passed, though.However, Microsoft has inadvertently offered pirates a free pass and a way to convert their pirate copy of the OS to a legal version of Windows 8.You may remember that Microsoft is offering the Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free until January to Windows 8 Pro owners. It turns out you can install the pirate copy of Windows 8, temporarily activate it using the KMS server method mentioned above, and then download and install the free Media Center Pack. A side effect of going through that process is the Media Center key fully activates your installation, turning the illegal OS into a legal one with no money spent.It’s unclear whether Microsoft will be able to fix this issue, which I’m sure many pirates are now using to become legal for free. It would probably involve tweaking the Media Center activation to somehow remain separate from the core Windows 8 activation, which doesn’t sound like an easy thing to do. It’s also unlikely Microsoft will be able to reverse any activations carried out using this method unless they can somehow figure out which activation keys were linked to a previously illegal copy of the OS.via The Vergelast_img read more

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La hausse de la température terrestre surestimée

first_imgLa hausse de la température terrestre surestimée ?Une étude publiée en début de semaine indique que la température de la Terre va connaître une hausse de 2,4°C. Des experts climatologues estiment que ce chiffre est largement surestimé.C’est sur le site Internet américain Eurekalert qu’est parue l’étude indiquant que d’ici 2020 la température de la Terre augmenterait d’au moins 2,4°C. Un chiffre qui a indigné plusieurs experts. Selon des climatologues, ce rapport alarmiste ne serait pas fiable car “l’étude contient une importante erreur dans la mesure où elle confond la hausse de la température dite d’équilibre” avec la montée de la température “transitoire”. Rey Weymann, le climatologue qui a expliqué cela à l’AFP indique également que l’auteur de l’étude “a été averti par plusieurs d’entre nous de cette erreur mais a dit qu’il était trop tard pour la corriger”. Basés sur le rapport du Groupe international d’experts sur le climat (Giec) publié en 2007, les résultats de l’étude ont été maintenus par le conseiller scientifique qui a contribué à sa rédaction, Osvaldo Canziani, lui-même ancien responsable du Giec de l’Onu.Le 20 janvier 2011 à 15:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Samsung lance un netbook doté dun panneau solaire

first_imgSamsung lance un netbook doté d’un panneau solaireNon content de gagner sans cesse des parts de marché avec ses smartphones Galaxy S, Samsung s’attèle désormais à séduire l’écologiste qui sommeille en chacun des mobinautes ! Le fabricant sud-coréen a créé un netbook doté d’un panneau solaire, qui permettra de recharger le terminal depuis n’importe quel endroit, pourvu qu’il soit ensoleillé.Ecologistes et nomades seront certainement séduits par le nouveau netbook de Samsung. Doté d’un panneau photovoltaïque fixé au dos de l’écran, il peut être rechargé grâce à la seule énergie du soleil. Seules deux heures d’exposition suffisent à lui offrir une heure d’autonomie supplémentaire. Baptisé Samsung NC215S, le netbook est déjà commercialisé en Afrique, et il fera son entrée sur le marché russe dès le mois d’août rapporte le site Gizmodo. À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauDoté de 1 Go de mémoire vive et d’un disque dur de 250 Go, le netbook sera aussi équipé d’une prise secteur pour pouvoir être rechargé plus rapidement, ou en cas de mauvais temps. Selon les tests réalisés par la firme sud-coréenne, le netbook dispose à charge complète d’une autonomie de près de quinze heures.Le prix du Samsung NC215S est fixé à 490 dollars environ, soit 350 euros. Reste à savoir s’il sera bientôt disponible en France et dans le reste du monde. Samsung n’en est pas à son premier coup d’essai en matière de produits écologiques. En 2009, la firme sud-coréenne lançait déjà son Samsung E1107, un téléphone mobile lui aussi doté de panneaux solaires.Le 21 juin 2011 à 18:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Le WWF lance le guide de lécoconception des produits textiles

first_imgLe WWF lance le guide de l’éco-conception des produits textilesLe WWF France lance ce jeudi 20 octobre le Guide Eco-conception des produits textiles – habillement destiné à tous les acteurs de la filière. Cet ouvrage décrit chaque étape du cycle de vie des produits du textile et de l’habillement, de la fabrication des fils à leur recyclage, avec comme objectif celui “d’améliorer la performance environnementale, sanitaire et sociale de toute la filière”.En partenariat avec l’association Yamana, qui a pour but d’inciter les entreprises à appliquer le développement durable à la filière textile, le cabinet EVEA, et des professionnels du secteur, le WWF lance un guide sur l’éco-conception des produits textiles. À lire aussiUne incroyable immersion à dos de tortue dans la Grande Barrière de corailCe guide décrit toutes les étapes du cycle de vie des produits du secteur, et ce “au travers des enjeux du développement durable et des pratiques à mettre œuvre en vue d’améliorer la performance environnementale, sanitaire et sociale de toute la filière” explique l’association. L’ouvrage offre en outre une dizaines de fiches visant à accompagner les professionnels de la filière dans une démarche d’éco-conception, et les clients dans celle d’une consommation durable et respectueuse de l’environnement. Téléchargeable gratuitement en ligne sur cette page, le Guide Eco-conception des produits textiles – habillement détaille toutes les pollutions engendrées par le secteur, de celle produite par la fabrication des fibres synthétiques, aux émissions de gaz à effet de serre qu’entraîne la distribution des vêtements, en passant par la lessive utilisée par les consommateurs. Aujourd’hui, déplore le WWF, les textiles utilisent 25% des substances chimiques produites à travers le monde. Et alors que plus de 60% des emplois des filières sont localisés en Asie, celle-ci voit sans cesse éclater des scandales environnementaux, sanitaires et sociaux. Le WWF cite l’exemple de la Chine, dont 70% des rivières et des lacs sont aujourd’hui pollués par l’industrie. Le 20 octobre 2011 à 15:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Back to square one for Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 5

first_imgThough it’s been only three weeks since his election, Don Orange’s appointment to the Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners has set the stage for an upheaval at one of the port’s most valuable assets.When he takes a seat on the board in January, Orange and fellow commissioner Eric LaBrant will form a majority against the proposed Vancouver Energy project and will likely shut it down.Orange stressed that he won’t step on staff’s toes as they run the state’s fourth largest port, but he reiterated his stance that helped win him the election.“I believe there are multiple uses for Terminal 5 that do not include an oil terminal,” he said.The future of Terminal 5, the proposed home for the crude-by-rail terminal, appears to be back at square one. The Port of Vancouver has spent eight years and hundreds of millions of dollars turning the property into prized industrial land and still awaits its first tenant.So where does the port of possibility go from here?Where it won’t go seems clear — no fossil fuels — as long as this board of commissioners is around, said outgoing commissioner Brian Wolfe.last_img read more

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Education considers arming Security Guards at Schools

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 9, 2017 – After four of their security guards were tied up, including two elderly men, the Ministry of Education is considering arming the officers.  The guards were robbed by four gunmen who also robbed and ransacked at least C.C. Sweeting Senior High school and then the assailants left the guards, tied up and unable to call for assistance.  The two officers at C.C. Sweeting were not discovered until after 6am Tuesday morning. Police are calling this very serious and are particularly disturbed by the treatment of the two older men, who ACP Stephen Dean expressed give valuable service to the country and should not have been treated so harshly.  Dean said the men were shaken up pretty badly when he checked up on them.  Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for youcenter_img The other school break in this week was at Anatol Rogers junior high on Faith Avenue, where similarly, the two security guards were tied up and the school, was robbed.  The Ministry of Education said a surveillance camera was taken in that case.  Counseling is provided to the C.C. Sweeting security guards revealed the Ministry.  #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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