Haughton running back Jarred Craft has verbally committed to sign with Louisiana Tech.The 6-foot, 200-pound Craft, who will be a senior this fall, rec-eived the offer from Tech after participating in a camp at the school last Saturday.Craft was a first-team All-Parish and All-District selection last season. He rushed for 886 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in the regular season.In 2011, he rushed for almost 500 yards in the regular season and was named second-team All-District.In 2010, Craft and his twin brother, Jerrod, helped Haughton’s freshmen team go undefeated.Jerrod is a two-time All-District selection at defensive back.The Crafts’ older brother, Jordan, is a wide receiver at McNeese State. Jarred Craft also received an offer from McNeese. Russell [email protected] Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles meet in Tung Chung?Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo
AC Milan midfielder David Beckham will put emotion to one side and focus on beating former club Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League.Beckham, 34, spent 12 years with United before joining Real Madrid in 2003 and hopes to play in Tuesday’s first leg.“It’s going to be emotional but, as a United fan, it’s the first time I am going to want them to lose,” he said.“As an AC Milan player I want to beat United – it is important we win the game and progress to the next stage.”Beckham’s Old Trafford career ended amid reports that his relationship with manager Sir Alex Ferguson had become strained.However, the former England captain shook hands with his old mentor before United’s Champions League clash with Inter Milan at the San Siro last season. Beckham, who is on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy, rejected the idea that his motivation to beat United has anything to do with Ferguson and, instead, heaped praise on the 68-year-old Scot.“Sir Alex will always be a father figure to me,” added Beckham. “He always has been and he always will be.“No matter what has been said in the past, whether good or bad, I only remember the good times. He was the man who gave me my chance to play for the club I had always dreamed of playing for.“For me they were only good times. Sir Alex is respected throughout football all around the world. Clubs move forwards and it was my time to leave Manchester United in 2003, and I moved on.“I definitely hold nothing against the manager, he’s an incredible man.” For his part, Ferguson talked up the career of his former player which has taken in three of the great European clubs before his move to the United States.“David has great experience,” said Fergsuon.“He’s got 100 and something caps for England, he’s played for AC Milan, he’s played for Real Madrid, he’s played for Manchester United.“It’s similar to other AC Milan players like Clarence Seedorf, Andrea Pirlo and Massimo Ambrosini and Alessandro Nesta – they’ve all got fantastic experience going into big games, and that’s what David will bring.”Beckham has been forced to settle for a place on the substitutes’ bench for Milan’s last two league league matches and his presence at Monday’s pre-match press conference does not necessarily suggest he will start. “His appearance here (at the press conference) is important for us and I had asked him personally to come,” explained Milan coach Leonardo.“He is somebody who represents this club and he is here because of his experience and charisma. He’s a very smart guy, a polite guy and an incredible player.“If you look at his career you can see that he has done everything in football, not only on the field. He’s a complete personality and he proves every day why he’s so important for us.”Leonardo acknowledged the importance of Milan keeping a clean sheet at home but vowed not to curb his side’s attacking instincts.“Not conceding is always an objective, but we are also a team who try to score goals and to change our identity gets complicated,” said the Brazilian World Cup winner. “This desire to score goals is inherent; it is our identity. To try and find the balance between not conceding and to hurt them I believe is ideal.”Despite the interest surrounding Beckham’s reunion with his former club, it is current Manchester United star Wayne Rooney who could hold the key to the tie having already scored 23 goals this season.“Manchester United builds up heroes very quickly,” stated Ferguson. “We are peculiar because the players, like Beckham, who come through the ranks are always viewed as better than those you buy.“But Rooney is also regarded as that kind of player. Although he came from Everton, the fans will always look at him as one of the players who has grown up with us.“He has been fantastic this season and, without doubt, his form this season has brought him to the high point of his career. “World class is a misused term, but with Rooney, you have to say he is getting to the point where he is now one of the best players in the world.”Source: BBC
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But a group of senators close to the auto industry – both Democrats and Republicans – argue that carmakers can’t meet that steep of an increase, especially for SUVS and small trucks. They will try to get approval this week for a more modest boost in the federal requirement to 36 mpg for cars and 30 mpg for SUVs and pickups by 2025. Bush has said he opposes Congress setting any new arbitrary numerical fuel economy standard. Cantwell said Democrats want to “take our energy policy in a new direction.” “America’s strength lies in our ability to invent new and better ways of doing things,” she said. “The challenge we face now is transforming America’s energy policy – one that is well over 50 years old and too reliant of fossil fuels – to one that will make America a global leader again in energy technology and get us off our over-dependence on foreign oil.” WASHINGTON – In their weekly radio address, Democrats on Saturday called for a new direction in energy policy, away from gas-guzzling automobiles and reliance on foreign oil. “America deserves more fuel efficient cars,” Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington said. But she added “the only way consumers are going to get more out of a tank of gas is if the president and his party help deliver votes in a narrowly divided Congress.” It’s widely expected the Senate will approve some sort of increase in auto fuel economy as part of an energy bill it hopes to finish in the coming weeks. The Senate bill would require automakers to increase the fuel economy of new cars, SUVs and pickups beginning in 2020 to a fleet average of 35 miles per gallon. It currently is 27.5 mpg for cars and 22.2 mpg for SUVs and small trucks.
11 April 2011 South Africa will attend its first BRICS summit as a full member of the grouping of most influential developing nations when President Jacob Zuma sits down with the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China at the third BRICS Leaders Meeting in Sanya, a resort in China’s southern island province of Hainan, on 14 April. The previous two BRIC summits were held in Russia in 2009 and in Brazil in 2010. Chinese President Hu Jintao will host this week’s summit, where he will be joined by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and South African President Jacob Zuma. South Africa will also participate in the BRICS Business Forum and the BRICS Banking Cooperation Mechanism on the sidelines of the two-day summit. Zuma will be accompanied by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.From BRIC to BRICS BRIC, to be known as BRICS now that South Africa has become a member, is a powerful bloc of emerging economies which, according to the International Monetary Fund, will account for as much as 61% of global growth in three years’ time. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane, briefing journalists in Pretoria last Tuesday, said South Africa would both benefit from and contribute to the grouping’s ambitious goal of “expanding inter-trade amongst BRICS countries to US$400-billion to $500-billion by the year 2015.” South Africa brought into BRICS “not only South Africa but a larger African market of a billion people,” Nkoane-Mashabane said, noting that trade between BRIC and Africa had grown significantly over the last decade.BRICS and Africa BRICS was still in its formative stages, the minister said, with the vision of BRICS being one of the issues on the agenda of the leaders’ meeting – giving South Africa an opportunity to make “an invaluable contribution in envisioning the future of BRICS.” “South Africa goes into BRICS remembering fully well that we are an integral part of this continent of Africa,” the minister said. “Wherever South Africa finds itself in a forum … where other African countries are not represented, we do not speak for South Africa alone but also for all other African countries.” Brazil, Russia, India and China, she said, had the capacity to bring investments, expertise and functional technologies that could help Africa accelerate its infrastructure development, which in turn would “encourage inter-African trade and help accelerate regional economic integration in our region”. Nkoane-Mashabane added that there was already “coordination of ideas” among the five BRICS members in other international forums, including the G20, the G8 Plus 5, and the UN Security Council, where all BRICS members are currently serving.‘Great opportunity for SA’ Speaking at a breakfast briefing in Johannesburg last Monday, Kuseni Dlamini, CEO of Old Mutual SA and Emerging Markets, said South Africa’s BRICS membership was “a great opportunity for South African business to access markets in the BRIC countries, which comprise more than 40 percent of the world’s population. “It will also enable us to learn how some businesses in those markets have managed to be leaders in their fields.” Speaking at the same briefing, Jose Vicente Pimentel, Brazil’s ambassador to South Africa, said joining BRICS would give South Africa “enormous international exposure.” Pimentel added that South Africa and Brazil’s relations would further be strengthened by South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, followed by Brazil’s hosting of the 2014 edition of the event. Already, Pimentel said, the Brazilian business community and municipal delegations had been visiting the 2010 host cities to learn what from South Africa’s successful hosting of the first Fifa World Cup on African soil. Brazil’s ambassador to China, Clodoaldo Hugueney, echoed Pimentel’s views last week, telling Chinese news agency Xinhua that South Africa’s participation was “a major addition to the original forum of BRIC countries” because it implied a new dimension of cooperation with current development and changes in Africa. SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… You have to be able to tell a good story. I mean that as a general rule. (i’m a folklorist after all, right?) But when you’re an entrepreneur, it’s particularly important that you can craft a story to share with others, one that really encapsulates what you do and why you do it. Your audience could be a customer, investor, journalist, colleague, friend, and you need to be ready to be imaginative, memorable, strategic.Storytelling doesn’t simply involve being a wordsmith (although that helps). We have at our disposal now a wealth of data that we can enlist in the service of making a compelling tale or a convincing argument. To that end, “Telling Stories with Data” was the subject of a recent workshop at VisWeek 2010 and Flowing Data has a recap of the presenters’ talks.Use Data to Help Tell Your Story Even if we are using data and visualization, we do still need to consider the stories we want to tell. In Jérôme Cukier’s presentation, he argued that when he writes for OECD factblog, “his goal in creating a given blog post is to capture the interest of the reader within 10 seconds.” Visualizations can be key in doing that. And then, “like a journalist, his approach is to start with the story he believes is in the data, rather than performing analysis to find stories. Once he has a story in mind, he deliberately limits the data he visualizes to create a simple, coherent story.”In other words, you don’t present data for the sake of data. Data doesn’t necessarily speak for itself. You need to use the data for the story you want to tell. audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market While many of the panelists at the “Telling Stories with Data” workshop spoke about interactive visualizations, the emphasis was on designing interactivity to assist with storytelling, whether open-ended and exploratory or whether driven to a particular end.The “Hockey Stick” is a Great Story, Don’t Get Me Wrong…The “hockey stick” is a pretty familiar visualization for startups. It is meant to tell the story of rapid, exponential growth. We know the story. We know the image. And while it’s impressive (and probably still an argument you want to make to investors), there may be other ways in which you can visualize your startup’s potential. There are other characters and other events that you can show while still telling your startup’s story.In the conclusion of the post on Flowing Data, guest author Joan DiMicco writes, “storytelling with data has the potential to promote increasingly sophisticated and data-literate conversations in the world at large.” And while I’d argue that being a good storyteller will help keep your startup appealing, mastering some of the new tools for data visualization may help make your startup not just interesting, but relevant.Images from Telling Stories with Data 2010 and from Lascaux, approx 15000 BC Tags:#start#tips Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
Therefore iCloud could be noteworthy for having (at least thus far) not been a spectacular failure. But the brilliance of Apple’s marketing has left many with the impression that iCloud has no direct competition with Android. What Android does lack, and what iCloud does provide, is a context of the service as an ever-present resource that’s attached, albeit ethereally, to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Of course it’s an Apple-only service, but haven’t all Apple-produced disk drives since 1978 been Apple-only? From Apple’s perspective, why must a virtual device, by definition, be more platform-agnostic than a physical one?Because it’s just another Apple device, it’s programmable like an Apple device. Developers can build apps around it, and create new functions and methods that Apple Corp. hasn’t even foreseen. For any other platform, this would be a great thing; from Apple’s perspective, it could easily become perceived as an effort by independents to trim their way through Apple’s carefully walled garden. Expect some “openness” issues to crop up around iCloud throughout 2012.1. Evernote. Bill Gates was known to have overused the word “great” during his press appearances as the head of Microsoft, so there are probably thousands of sound bites of the phrase “great apps” just waiting to be compiled into the next great, annoying YouTube mash-up. Only a few apps get to be described as things of beauty. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market At its core, Evernote does one thing, and does that very well. It collects clips of data from the Web sites you’re reading or the applications you’re using, and gathers them into categories that can be synced in the cloud and accessed from multiple devices. I noticed Evernote had pervaded the apps repertoires of many of the Syracuse University students we covered during last month’s MLB.com Apps Challenge. Now that laptops, tablets, and in some universities, thin client desktops are the principal research tool of every scholar, Evernote has quickly risen to the level of ubiquitousness among this specific class of users – as invaluable to the work they do as Twitter.Whether Evernote rises to the level of “beauty” depends on whether it raises its batting average of late. My friend and colleague Joe Brockmeier discovered the latest app in the Evernote ecosystem, called Hello, was perhaps a little less than half-baked. Nevertheless, the core of Evernote has joined Box.net, Dropbox, and Google Docs as the very definition of “cloud app” among users who know the cloud, and who truly do get it. 6. Joukuu. We introduced you to this storage maintenance service last month, calling it a “cloud cloud.” It’s a Web-based console for displaying in a single list the contents of files stored to Google Docs, Box.net, and Dropbox (Microsoft SkyDrive support still forthcoming). When you work with many colleagues on a project, and they all subscribe to different services (often the case with independent contractors who happen to be paired together), Joukuu is a true timesaver. And the drag-and-drop functionality of its outside-the-browser app saves you about a thousand clicks per day. RWW’s The Consumer Cloud series by Richard MacManus:The Consumer Cloud: Your Next Big Home Computing ProjectHow to Store Your Files in the Cloud, and Why You’d Want ToWindows 8 Will Bring Personal Cloud to BillionsCloud Drive ComparisonHow to Get Started With Apple’s iCloud (for new users)Making the Transition to Apple’s iCloud (for MobileMe users)Should You Move Your Files to Amazon’s New Cloud Drive? 2. iCloud. The establishment of Apple’s stronghold in devices, and the services that support them, was deliberate, systematic, and in almost every aspect of its execution, brilliant. The exception was MobileMe, a service whose frequent slip-ups and uncharacteristically dramatic failures led Steve Jobs to openly declare its launch “not our finest hour.”RWW’s The Consumer Cloud series by Richard MacManus:The Consumer Cloud: Your Next Big Home Computing ProjectHow to Store Your Files in the Cloud, and Why You’d Want ToWindows 8 Will Bring Personal Cloud to BillionsCloud Drive ComparisonHow to Get Started With Apple’s iCloud (for new users)Making the Transition to Apple’s iCloud (for MobileMe users)Should You Move Your Files to Amazon’s New Cloud Drive? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 5. Hojoki. (If you weren’t looking carefully enough, with definitions of Joukuu and Hojoki, you’d think this would be a foreign language course.) Entire billion-dollar-plus industries are built around so-called “collaboration platforms” that enable sharing and versioning of documents among members of teams. And yet there are individual cloud apps (Beanstalk, Dropbox, Evernote, GitHub) that are involved with the individual tasks around collaboration, and which all have managed identity, but which are not linked together.So it really took more clever observation than creative genius to create Hojoki, but the premise works just the same as if genius were involved from the beginning. Hojoki is a messaging system that looks an awful lot like something you’d see from Salesforce. It builds a stream of people with whom you’re already sharing contacts, and lets you organize them into groups for collaborative projects. The activities that all of you share within that group are pipelined through the Hojoki stream to everyone in that group, so it becomes an automatic task progress monitor. The service is currently in beta, although it’s already made significant inroads, and there will be a business model attached to a premium service once the beta cycle is complete. 4. Do.com. Nothing more thoroughly demonstrates the rapidly changing state of the applications market in general than the fact that Microsoft Outlook’s greatest competition in over a decade comes from something that isn’t really an e-mail client. Do.com from Salesforce includes the level and ease of functionality for file sharing and collaboration that enterprises may have already attached to Outlook by way of add-ons, but which aren’t available for everyday Outlook users.And by tying Do.com to Gmail as its primary messaging service, Salesforce is wedging itself beneath Outlook and threatening to uproot it from home users’ and small business users’ systems. Do.com may not be a threat yet to Exchange, though it may put a dent in Hosted Exchange services for smaller businesses. Nonetheless, it’s demonstrating that even an e-mail client with “2010” in its name is looking more and more like “1980.”3. Spotify. The reason for the decline, if not yet outright collapse, of the global recording industry is that it is has not been meaningful or desirable for consumers to own music. The industry’s principal delivery system for music, even to this date, remains a container that consumers no longer want; and the system that consumers prefer, and which a majority of them now actually use, is something that the industry has yet to truly embrace. Services like Last.fm and Pandora are more convenient than music ownership and, for more users today, more interesting than radio. For the last few years, many everyday folks who’ve been asked in surveys, “What is a cloud application?” have either guessed wrong or said they don’t know. Folks don’t know what “the cloud” is, and for the most part, that’s not their fault. Unlike the Internet, which truly is a single network of interconnected resources, “the cloud” is more of a concept, one which can be leveraged by marketing departments to mean just about anything.For this year’s ReadWriteWeb list of the most important and influential consumer-grade cloud computing apps of the year 2011, we focused our gaze on services that truly fit the formal definition: specifically, services that 1) utilize a remote resource of 2) variable capacity 3) which the user can provision for herself, 4) which is mostly or totally independent of programs installed on the user’s devices or PCs, and 5) which is not just a Web site with a big server. You may have seen Facebook on some publications’ Top Cloud lists already; by our definition, Facebook is not a cloud service. But we did look for providers that perform innovative, discrete functions built around their services.Not every entry on our list is new this year, but they have all done something innovative within 2011. Keep in mind also, these are consumer cloud apps – things that an individual would use for her personal work or livelihood. We’ll have a separate list later on for enterprise cloud innovations of the year. The functionality needs to be delivered from the cloud app, as opposed to installing an application on a PC or smartphone that just happens to borrow cloud storage.Hosting services are not cloud apps for purposes of this list; and there are plenty of innovative hosts to consider (we gave serious thought to Wistia), but in the end we decided that a hosting service is not really an application unless it provides a discrete function that goes over and above simple storage or sharing. Analytics, which Wistia provides, is right on the edge, but it’s really a measurement of a byproduct of using the service as opposed to a function that users actually perform. That’s not saying Wistia isn’t a great idea; it just belongs on another list.10. CloudApp. The largest single category of cloud apps for consumers is storage and retrieval, which is understandable because it’s a service that everyone needs to one degree or another. What’s interesting is how certain services innovate on this theme, and especially whether they give themselves room to continue innovating.CloudApp is for Mac OS and iOS users at the moment, and its innovation is that it’s building a little ecosystem around itself. It utilizes your choice of quick-and-easy gestures for designating a file or object to send to CloudApp’s storage, the most basic of which is dragging and dropping the object to CloudApp’s icon in the taskbar. In exchange for this gesture, CloudApp produces a URI which is copied to the Clipboard. From there, you can paste it into an e-mail, a tweet, or an IM message; when your recipient receives the link, she has instant access to the object.The way CloudApp innovates is by incrementally enhancing what can be easily uploaded, and how those objects can be utilized in their native context. One example is screenshots: You can designate a key for taking a screenshot and uploading it in one fell swoop; the recipient sees your link, clicks on it, and sees your screen. There’s no exporting or importing necessary here.But what hoisted CloudApp onto our Top 10 list this year is how well the company is promoting Raindrops. This is an extremely clever, self-promotional idea for enabling developers to build their own tools that utilize CloudApp in similarly contextual ways, with the help of CloudApp’s own API. One example the company created at the time this feature was launched in April 2010 is for Adobe Photoshop; since then, the community has contributed a truckload more, including an intelligent link interpreter for Twitter and a stand-alone CloudApp client for iOS called Stratus. Audiobox.fm, launched last year, is the streaming service that folks need anyway: one which enables them to store the music they own in the cloud ($3.99 for 11 GB is pretty fair) and also play that music from any device using the service’s own media player. ITunes users who were a bit discouraged last year by Audiobox.fm’s dedicated player were treated this year to the option of streaming their own M3U files from cloud storage, to their player of choice (with variable results, especially in the case of Winamp, but not for lack of trying). Related Posts 7. Audiobox.fm. My wife and I are both Pandora fans, although last year I found it ironic that both of us had been working – albeit without admitting it to ourselves – to make Pandora play music we actually already owned. Yes, that sounds like a pathetic waste of precious seconds, but there it is. Okay, maybe there aren’t a thousand Waze users in a city like mine (Indianapolis) just yet, but it’s surprising what you can find. There’s updates on traffic accidents and reported police sightings (which are rarer in some cities than others). What Waze demonstrates is that there are ways of making use of data that can be collected passively from a crowd of users, in ways that do not jeopardize privacy.8. Box.net. This is one of the services that comes to most folks mind when they know what a cloud app is. What’s kept Box.net in the news, including just this month – and what keeps Box.net on our list this year – is a constant stream of innovations. Customizable synchronization is one example from last fall; and earlier this month, a completely revamped iOS app that enables features like uploading photos and videos to discrete folders. This puts Box.net on a par with dedicated photo-sharing services that simply can’t expand its features list to Box.net’s size. And just this morning, the company launched an enterprise-grade option for unlimited storage. Tags:#2011 in Review > Best of 2011#web#Year in Review 9. Waze. What would be nice is if someone hired a few thousand cars to drive around each town looking for traffic incidents, and report on them in real-time. Let’s see, $25 bucks per hour salary times 1,000 reporters times 50 cities… I’ll get back to you on that idea.Or, what would be brilliant is if someone leveraged the platform that’s already in existence to enable a few thousand folks to do this job passively and voluntarily. Waze is a system that utilizes the GPS information being pinged back from iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, and Symbian devices. It’s been in existence since 2006, but last October the 3.0 version of the service introduced a fabulous new feature (so far, just for the iPhone users) that integrates with Twitter. This way, people can tweet on what’s happening in their neighborhoods (including the good things, like street fairs) from right where they’re standing. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… scott fulton Spotify gambles with the notion that $9.99/month subscriptions to its premium mobile services (estimated last month at about 2.5 million) will be enough to pay down the royalties it undoubtedly owes for all its users, including those who use the free Spotify Radio desktop app to choose the music they want from Spotify’s huge library. RWW’s John Paul Titlow has been covering Spotify and Spotify Radio very thoroughly, in part 1 and part 2; and RWW’s Jon Mitchell named Spotify #6 in his list of overall Top 10 Consumer Web Apps for 2011.But what made Spotify qualify here again as a Top Cloud App is something it didn’t have last year: an apps ecosystem of its very own. If you’re thinking we’ve screwed up and posted a picture of Last.fm instead… well, it’s no screw-up. Spotify’s new desktop application, with music recommendation apps built-in, is so strong that it includes Last.fm as one of its recommendation providers, along with Rolling Stone magazine and TuneWiki.When fully built out, the Spotify apps ecosystem will enable what the company is calling an “authentication layer” between record labels, app developers, and users. The technology that the record industry could not find it within itself to build for itself, may just end up being built for it. When that happens, it may have a certain deity to thank, followed immediately by Spotify. Here’s an example (above) of another add-on you can’t even see (which is a good thing): The maker of SparrowMail used CloudApp’s API to develop a way to do simple drag-and-drop of attachments into e-mail messages, bypassing Mac OS’ sometimes convoluted series of steps.Building a community around something as simple as an app is a difficult thing for a small company to achieve, especially when it’s in competition with a plethora of other vendors in the same category. CloudApp is pulling this off brilliantly. (It’s worth noting that the service is built on the open-source Heroku platform from Salesforce, thus answering RWW’s question from last year on whether developers will trust Heroku: Yes.)RWW’s The Consumer Cloud series by Richard MacManus:The Consumer Cloud: Your Next Big Home Computing ProjectHow to Store Your Files in the Cloud, and Why You’d Want ToWindows 8 Will Bring Personal Cloud to BillionsCloud Drive ComparisonHow to Get Started With Apple’s iCloud (for new users)Making the Transition to Apple’s iCloud (for MobileMe users)Should You Move Your Files to Amazon’s New Cloud Drive?
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says police don’t have the power to arrest anyone acting lawfully simply to prevent a possible outbreak of violence or disorder.The unanimous decision says such an arrest is not justifiable in cases where someone has not and is not about to commit an offence, and there are less intrusive means available to police to keep the peace.Today’s ruling stems from a case when Ontario police arrested Randy Fleming at a counter-protest over an Indigenous land dispute in 2009, even though he had not committed any offence.Fleming successfully argued at trial that police unlawfully detained him, used excessive force and violated his charter right to free expression.The Ontario Court of Appeal subsequently ruled that police had the power to arrest Fleming, but ordered a new trial on the question of whether excessive force had been used.In the ruling today, the Supreme Court upholds the original trial judge’s decision, concluding Fleming’s arrest was not authorized and there was no justification for ordering a new trial.The Canadian Press
MONTREAL – Laurentian Bank of Canada raised its dividend Tuesday as it reported that its fourth-quarter profit was more than double what it was a year ago.The bank (TSX:LB) increased its quarterly payment to shareholders by a penny to 63 cents per share.The higher dividend came as Laurentian reported fourth-quarter net income of $58.6 million or $1.42 per diluted share, up from $18.4 million or 45 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue for the three months ended Oct. 31 totalled nearly $268 million, up from $236.4 million in the same quarter last year.Provisions for credit losses increased to $11.5 million for the quarter, up from $10.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2016.The bank’s common equity tier 1 capital ratio was 7.9 per cent in its fourth quarter, down from 8.0 per cent a year earlier.On an adjusted basis, the bank said it earned $66.5 million or $1.63 per diluted share for the quarter, up from $50.5 million or $1.47 per diluted share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.55 per share, according to Thomson Reuters.“2017 has been a successful year in which we have made significant progress on our performance and our transformation plan,” Laurentian chief executive Francois Desjardins said in a statement.“Our move from traditional to digital banking is well underway with the implementation of the first wave of core banking, the simplification of our product offer and process improvements.”For its full financial year, Laurentian earned $206.5 million or $5.40 per diluted share, up from $151.9 million or $4.55 per share in its 2016 financial year.Laurentian’s adjusted profit for the year totalled $230.7 million or $6.09 per diluted share, up from $187.0 million or $5.70 per diluted share in the previous share.
CALGARY – The new chief executive of Cenovus Energy Inc. unveiled plans for a leaner oilsands company Thursday, announcing hundreds of job cuts, lower-than-expected 2018 capital spending and the departure of three key executives.Alex Pourbaix, who replaced Brian Ferguson at the Cenovus (TSX:CVE) helm last month, said the company will move to get its financial house in order one year faster than planned under the previous regime.“We will build on the success of our divestiture program and work to exceed the goal, established in June of this year, of achieving $1 billion in cumulative capital, operating and general and administrative cost reductions with the aim of accelerating these reductions over the next two years instead of three,” he said in a statement.The announced target of a 15 per cent workforce reduction will translate to between 500 and 700 employees and contractors from a recent staff count of about 4,200, spokesman Brett Harris said.The bad news for Cenovus employees follows cuts of 1,500 staff in 2015 and 440 in 2016 in response to oil prices which tumbled from over US$100 per barrel in mid-2014 and have remained low.Financial analysts applauded Cenovus’s belt-tightening.Oilsands analyst Nick Lupick of AltaCorp Capital pointed out that Cenovus’s average production target of 493,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2018, up four per cent from this year, is in line with expectations despite its capital spending budget of $1.6 billion coming in well below consensus estimates of $2.1 billion.The 2018 budget matches the $1.6 billion it expects to spend this year.The company plans to continue construction of a new 50,000-barrel-a-day phase at its Christina Lake oilsands project in northern Alberta, but will choke back other spending in both oilsands and conventional oil and gas operations.It plans to spend $270 million in 2018 on the Christina Lake expansion which is to begin producing in mid-2019. The company noted the capital cost is now expected to be about $675 million, one-fifth lower than previously estimated.Harris said the deferral of work on growth projects will allow the company to reduce staff in those areas.It will also reduce workers as it completes the sale of four major asset packages and looks to sell a package of non-core conventional assets in the Deep Basin on the northern Alberta-B.C. border. The four deals are to bring in a total of $3.7 billion to help pay for the buyout of most of the Canadian assets of Cenovus’s Houston-based oilsands partner, ConocoPhillips, for $17.7 billion earlier this year.Other cuts will come from efficiencies across the company, Harris said.Cenovus announced Thursday that Kieron McFadyen, president for upstream oil and gas, would leave the company next month and his role would be absorbed by Drew Zieglgansberger, executive vice-president for the Deep Basin.It also said Bob Pease is leaving his position as downstream president and director of U.S. operations and his role will be assumed by Keith Chiasson, who heads up oilsands production operations.Ivor Ruste, the company’s chief financial officer since it was spun off from EnCana Corp. in 2009, is to retire in April. A search has been launched to find a replacement.Harris said the executive changes were decided upon following meetings between Pourbaix and senior managers.Pourbaix was chief operating officer for pipeline company TransCanada Corp. until last spring.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
New Delhi: Delhiites woke up to a pleasant Friday morning, with the minimum temperature settling at a comfortable 18.2 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season’s average. Humidity was recorded at 70 per cent at 8.30 AM, said a Met Department official. The Met office has forecast mainly clear skies for the day ahead. “The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 34 degrees,” the weatherman said. On Thursday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 30.7 and 17.1 degrees respectively.