OTTAWA, Ontario — Mike Cammalleri scored twice, Cory Schneider made 36 saves and the New Jersey Devils beat the Ottawa Senators 3-0 on Dec. 30.Andrew Hammond made 18 saves. The Senators lost for the seventh time in 10 games despite outshooting New Jersey 28-11 over the final two periods.The Devils jumped one point ahead of the Senators and into the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with 45 points.Lee Stempniak had a short-handed empty-net goal with 16 seconds left. Cammalleri scored both his goals in the first period. TweetPinShare0 Shares
Arsenal boss Emery lauds ‘humble’ Gabriel Martinelliby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery was full of praise for Gabriel Martinelli after his performance against Nottingham Forest.The youngster was one of several fringe players who got a chance in the Carabao Cup game, which Arsenal won 5-0.And Martinelli was singled out for praise by Emery in his post-match comments to the club’s official website.Emery said: “Martinelli is a very young player. But he came here and we were waiting and watching him, how he could improve with us and really, really in the pre-season he played very well. “He was working in each training with a big spirit and with a big performance and I spoke with him to have some passion for when he gets his opportunity to play, to do like he was doing in the training and the matches in the pre-season. Tonight he did that. “Really, he deserved it because he is very humble, a humble player and he fights, he is hungry to have that opportunity to help us and really it was perfect, his work tonight.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
The Farrah Fawcett Foundation (FFF) announced today its highly-anticipated event, Tex-Mex Fiesta, returns this year for a special evening to honor Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and its Council of Founders and Advisors including Sherry Lansing, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela O. Williams, Ellen Ziffren, Katie Couric, Kathleen Lobb, and Sung Poblete with The Angel Award for excellence in innovative cancer research.The star-studded event, co-chaired by actress Jaclyn Smith and Dr. Lawrence Piro, will return to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Guests will enjoy a raffle led by George Hamilton and Fred Willard, a special musical performance, a one-of-a-kind live auction, and more. Award-winning restaurant El Cholo will cater the fiesta-style event, a theme inspired by the late Farrah Fawcett and her home state of Texas. The Tex-Mex Fiesta was first held in 2015, and raised over $500,000 to help support the cause. Proceeds from this year’s event will once again benefit Stand Up To Cancer.Farrah Fawcett established the Farrah Fawcett Foundation in 2007 shortly after her own cancer diagnosis, with the goal of finding a cure by supporting cutting-edge research. Since Fawcett’s passing in 2009 from anal cancer, a type of cancer that is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) in up to ninety percent of cases, the Foundation’s President and CEO Alana Stewart has fought to carry out Farrah’s wishes. In 2013, The Farrah Fawcett Foundation joined forces with Stand Up To Cancer to create the SU2C-FFF Translational Research Team, headed by Dr. Ellis Reinherz and Dr. Robert Haddad at Dana Farber in Boston. The Team is now conducting a clinical trial with a therapeutic vaccine for those patients that have no other treatment options. The FFF is also committed to creating patient assistance funds, and supports prevention and awareness programs.“We are thrilled to honor SU2C at our second Tex-Mex Fiesta and to continue raising funds for cancer research in Farrah’s memory,” said Alana Stewart. “Our partnership with SU2C has expedited treatment options for all HPV-related cancers. Farrah wanted to make a difference and this night will help further that goal.”Tickets to “Tex-Mex Fiesta” start at $1,000. To purchase tickets for the event, please contact email@example.com or (818) 245-6194.
TORONTO – Technology experts warn a “really, really serious” security vulnerability could affect the majority of computers made in the last decade, but a fix being rushed to users has a downside: it may slow down your machine.Tech news website the Register reported a glitch has been identified with Intel processing chips — found in most computers, including Apple’s Macs — that could cause data to become vulnerable to hackers.While software developers have been covertly working since late last year to address the widespread issue, news of the problem began spreading beyond the development community late Tuesday. Intel’s stock dropped about four per cent on Wednesday while the company’s main competitor AMD saw its stock surge by more than five per cent.“This is a really, really serious problem,” said Vlado Keselj, a professor of computer science at Dalhousie University.“The good news is I think it’s really hard to exploit this vulnerability. But it could just be a matter of time before someone manages to do that.”In a statement released Wednesday, Intel attempted to downplay worries about the hardware issue, saying it believes hackers “do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data.” The company also said a performance hit from a future software update “should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.”Many details about the technical issue and possible solutions are still unknown. Intel said it had originally planned to disclose more information next week, once software updates were ready, but was compelled to release the statement after the issue began making headlines.An update for the Linux operating system has already been released and has provided some clues to the extent of the problem. But Keselj noted that care was taken to strip developers’ notes and comments out of the update, which typically give some context around the changes that are found in a new software release.“These patches are visible, anyone can open them and see what’s changed but developers removed comments. Without knowing exactly what the vulnerability is, it’s probably hard to exploit it, so it’s happening under the veil of secrecy which is probably good,” Keselj said.“We don’t want somebody to be able to exploit this before updates are made.”Keselj speculated the average user might not notice a dramatic drop in their computer’s performance and even gamers may not suffer a significant slowdown. But businesses that use enterprise software for running database servers could see an appreciable change in performance, which would put pressure on Intel, Keselj said.Prof. Raphael Khoury of the Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi said it’s not unusual for major software or hardware vulnerabilities to go undetected for a long time but it’s good Intel is releasing its fix before damage could be done.“Maybe the initial patch will have a substantial slowdown and then in the coming weeks they can take their time to produce a better fix,” Khoury said.“It’s better to initially suffer through this slowdown, at least we’re secure.”Beyond just computers, there are many consumer devices nowadays that run off sophisticated hardware that could be open to similar vulnerabilities, said Prof. Sebastian Fischmeister of the University of Waterloo, adding that connected cars and high-tech medical devices are also susceptible.“If you don’t upgrade them then you have a lingering potential security problem,” said Fischmeister. “If you upgrade them then you have potential performance degradation that wasn’t anticipated during testing, so suddenly your (technology) might no longer work.”
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If the tenor set by Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer on the first day of preseason practice is any indication about what the coming season holds, the 2012 campaign will be an intense one. Meyer led veteran OSU players in an early-morning workout at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center that included stretching, running and drill work, according to an OSU release. Freshmen and upperclassmen walk-on players took part in their first fall practice under Meyer at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Meyer, who was hired Nov. 29, begins preparations for his first season with OSU after stints at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. Meyer was not made available following his first-ever preseason practice at OSU, but sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby confirmed the arrival of a new era in OSU football from players’ perspectives when he said the morning session was more intense than what the team had experienced under former head coaches Jim Tressel and current OSU defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. “You can tell just by practice. It was totally different than coach Tressel,” Roby said. “Just the whole intensity of practice – It’s more urgent, more intensity. Not more competitive, but (coaches) stress the competitiveness so that brings out more.” Roby, who also called the Friday practice high-paced and crisp, said it was Meyer’s newly assembled coaching staff “being on you more” that brought the intense showing from players. Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, appearing less camera-shy and open to discussion with the media, said that his teammates came together during the summer. Miller, who rushed for 715 yard and seven touchdown while passing for 1,159 yards and 13 touchdowns during his freshman campaign, also credited the coaching staff for changes in his physique. “I feel a lot (different). My body’s changing, my attitude,” he said. “I had a talk with the coaches about, like, ‘how can I be a better leader?” In keeping with the theme of intensity, Miller also said he had some words of encouragement for his teammates before the early-morning practice. “Let’s go man,” Miller said. “We’re not here to lounge around.” New Season, New Numbers Three players, including Roby, are wearing new numbers this fall. Roby, who sported the No. 25 jersey last year, is wearing No. 1 for the 2012 season. Additionally, senior linebacker Ross Oltorik is wearing the No. 20 jersey and freshman defensive lineman Se’von Pittman will sport the No. 95 jersey. OSU begins its 2012 season Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio) at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff, set for 29 days from Friday, is scheduled for noon. Patrick Maks contributed to this story.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 15, 2017 – Providenciales – FortisTCI (the Company) is sending a five-member crew from the Turks and Caicos Islands to assist with the restoration of electricity in Dominica, the Company announced today. It was in mid-September that Hurricane Maria, a destructive category 5 storm, wreaked havoc on the country, destroying infrastructure, demolishing homes and killing more than 25 people.The request for assistance came to FortisTCI through the Company’s membership with Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), an association of electric services, and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean region, Central and South America and globally. CARILEC is known locally as having assisted the Turks and Caicos Islands back in 2008 following Hurricane Ike, sending 40 utility workers to help rebuild the Transmission & Distribution network on Grand Turk.FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “We are thankful to be in this position. We recently completed the restoration of electricity across Turks and Caicos, and we can now extend a helping hand elsewhere in the region. It is important that we support where and when we can. Dominica needs our help right now, and I could not be more proud of the team from FortisTCI that has volunteered to go and help restore electricity to the citizens and residents there. FortisTCI is sending well wishes to everyone, and we know that our colleagues will do a superb job.”The five FortisTCI employees will depart the TCI for Dominica on Thursday, November 16, 2017, and the mission will be led by DOMLEC, Dominica’s electricity provider. The FortisTCI team will spend three weeks working as a part of the restoration efforts, joining several crews assisting from elsewhere around the Caribbean. The team is comprised of senior journeymen linemen Kavin Ewing and Aneil Lightbourne, a 3rd-year apprentice Jeffery Desir, and the Manager of Environmental Health and Safety Marcus Francis and Gregory Thomas.Press Release: FortisTCIPhoto Caption:FortisTCI volunteer crew going to Dominica to assist with electricity restoration is pictured with FortisTCI President & CEO Eddinton Powell and Senior VPs Devon Cox and Ruth Forbes. (L to R) Senior VP of Operations Devon Cox, Senior VP of Corporate Services & CFO Ruth Forbes, Linemen Supervisor Gregory Thomas, Senior Journeymen Linemen Aneil Lightbourne and Kavin Ewing, EHS Manager Marcus Francis, President & CEO Eddinton Powell.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 18, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest gave details in the House of Assembly of the Government’s recent success at issuing a benchmark US$750 million bond issue, which has been opened to the markets and priced, and is expected to close on November 21, 2017. He made the statement on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.DPM Turnquest also took the time to set the record straight in response to numerous reports in the Press and social media about the transaction, which characterised it as “lacking in transparency and fiscal prudence.”“Nothing could be further from the truth. There was absolutely nothing devious, surreptitious or imprudent about this transaction or the manner in which it was handled. There are certain ways these transactions are handled in the international market, and we are appropriately guided by our investors in this regard,” he told the Members of Parliament.DPM Turnquest explained that all of the Government’s financing activities are conducted within the constraints of its approved borrowing authorities, and shaped and informed by pragmatic debt management strategies.“These strategies, for example, take into consideration the size and currency composition of the Government’s financing requirements; the identification, analysis and preferences of potential funding sources—whether it is best to source the debt in domestic or foreign currency; and, of course, with due consideration to market liquidity, cost and risk factors.“To be sure, such analysis and evaluation requires interaction with other agencies—especially our bankers, and most certainly the Central Bank. As is customary, we collaborate very closely with the Central Bank, which manages the issuance of government paper in the domestic market, for advice on domestic liquidity conditions—how much excess loanable funds are in the system, and what is the appetite of the main investors in government paper—the banks and institutional investors (pension funds and the insurance companies) to increasing their holdings.”He said these factors, including foreign reserves considerations, not only influence the timing and size of potential issues, but also determine decisions on whether borrowings are undertaken in domestic or foreign currency. Such decisions involve serious and considered deliberations by the Government in managing the country’s debt. The DPM noted that during the 2017/18 Budget Communication, two borrowing resolutions were approved by the House.The first covered the additional funding approval of $400 million to settle the outstanding arrears for FY2016/17 and the second was in respect of FY2017/18, and provided for financing to cover the overall budget deficit, estimated at $322.3 million, and refinancing/debt repayment obligations, which are now projected at $600.2 million.He said, “Therefore, while the total borrowing envelope under these two approved resolutions totaled approximately $1,322.7 million, the increment to the outstanding debt was and remains $722.3 million, as the $600.2 million in refinancing/debt repayment would have a neutral impact on debt levels.”DPM Turnquest also noted that it is instructive to mention, that, at the beginning of each Fiscal Year, one of the first things that the Government sets out to do, through its Treasury Department, is to develop monthly cash flow projections—based on how it perceives the evolution of revenue performance and the timing of its outlays.“These projections are calibrated, on an ongoing basis, to ensure that there are sufficient funds available to meet the Government’s budgetary requirements, as and when needed.“It is now common knowledge that there were pressing funding needs at the end of the past fiscal year and the outset of the current period, which placed an urgent requirement on policymakers to identify immediate funding sources to meet these obligations.”He said after an evaluation of the funding options, the Government moved expeditiously to source several short-term bridging facilities, which included US Dollar bank credits ($450 million) and domestic treasury bills and bank advances ($300 million).“I want to emphasize that these facilities were always contemplated to be short-term in nature, with a subsequent “terming out”, i.e., lengthening of the maturities to achieve a more favourable debt servicing profile. And having considered conditions in the domestic market, and the number of significant rollovers contemplated, the intention was to explore the possibility of rolling up these short-term credits into an international bond issue.”The bonds, characterized as a 10-Year weighted average life bond, was priced at a coupon or interest rate of 6.00 per cent, which is some 250 basis points above the pricing obtained in the Government’s last bond issuance in 2014 when it enjoyed investment grade credit status.It is to be repaid in three equal annual installments, commencing on November 21, 2026, and with a final maturity on November 21, 2028. T he 6.00 per cent yield is equivalent to a spread of 362.1 basis points above the US Treasury’s 10-year benchmark bond.The Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC. managed the offer as joint book runners.By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
The Greater Fort Knox Region, Ky., a 2018 Great American Defense Community, has a long history of exemplary support to soldiers and families stationed at the famed installation as well as the thousands of veterans and military retirees who call the region home. That includes the region’s Vietnam veterans.After the traveling Vietnam Memorial wall visited the area, the community decided it wasn’t enough. They raised more than $600,000 to install an 80% scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.The memorial opened in April 2018, and draws veterans from surrounding states, said Jim Iacocca, president and CEO of the Knox Regional Development Alliance.“So not only are we serving our region’s veterans but thousands more,” Iacocca said.This story material was submitted by the Greater Fort Knox Region. It is being published by On Base as a remembrance for Memorial Day this Monday, May 27. More on the replica memorial is in the upcoming issue of “America’s Defense Communities” magazine, which will be available at ADC’s 2019 Defense Communities National Summit in Washington June 10-12. Photo provided by Greater Fort Knox Region ADC AUTHOR
Join In The Woman’s Day Celebration dua-lipa-camila-cabello-artists-celebrate-international-womans-day Dua Lipa To Camila Cabello: Artists Celebrate International Woman’s Day News Twitter Facebook Email Also join Tina Turner, Madonna, Dolly Parton, and more as they celebrate and recognize women’s crucial role in music and culture Renée FabianGRAMMYs Mar 8, 2018 – 2:47 pm Each year, on March 8 we take a moment to celebrate International Women’s Day in honor of all the women who make our lives richer, who have made an indelible impact on the world around us and who persevere against all odds year-round.Join in the celebration with artists such as Dua Lipa, Remy Ma, Little Mix, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Madonna, and more. And join GRAMMY.com in our Take Note: Women In Music celebration, a series spotlighting women in music every day this month. Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
Twitter Email Flaming Lips Ready Huge Three-Disc ‘Greatest Hits Vol. 1′ Collection News Flaming Lips Ready 3-Disc Greatest Hits Collection flaming-lips-ready-huge-three-disc-greatest-hits-vol-1-collection Facebook The GRAMMY-winning rock band have prepared a 52-track distillation of some of their biggest hitsBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 30, 2018 – 2:02 pm GRAMMY-winning rock band the Flaming Lips have always been hard to pin down. Their always-intriguing interpolations of electronic experimentation, raw psychedelic rock, and ecstatic live production have built them a reputation as a must-see act over their 35-year career.This week, the band has announced plans to release a new collection of the biggest hits from all their years with Warner Bros. Records – the perfect jumping-off point for music fans looking to take their first plunge into the Flaming Lips’ huge catalog, or the longtime follower looking to score a collection of their favorite tracks all in one package.The collection comprises three discs – 52 tracks – of singles culled from 1992’s Hit To Death In The Future Head all the way through 2017’s Oczy Mlody. Also included are a handful of rare B-sides and previously unreleased material. All songs in the collection have been painstakingly remastered from the original source tape by the Lips’ producer Dave Friedman. A vinyl release is being prepared as well, though it has been distilled to just 11 tracks and one disc.The Flaming Lips’ Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 will be available on June 1. Fans who pre-order via the band’s official website will also receive a digital download of “We Can’t Predict The Future,” a rare live cut from the band’s 1999 BBC Sessions appearance, previously only available on the vinyl reissue of The Soft Bulletin.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
ICICI Securities IPO eyes Rs 4000 crore: Key points to know REUTERS/Adnan AbidiICICI Securities, the broking subsidiary of private-sector lender ICICI Bank, will hit the initial public offer (IPO) market next Thursday.The company will offer 7,72,49,508 equity shares for subscription. Here are the key things to know about the ICICI Securities IPO:• ICICI Bank proposes to raise Rs 4,020 crore by selling a 24 percent share in ICICI Securities• ICICI Securities IPO will open March 22 and close March 26. The offer will be open for anchor investors March 21• The price band of the IPO has been set at Rs 519-520 per share. Investors can apply for a minimum of 28 equity shares and multiples of 28 thereafter• Citigroup, CLSA, Edelweiss, IIFL, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and SBI Capital Markets are the managers of the IPO• The proceeds from the issue will be headed to the bank and the equity shares offered by the company are proposed to be listed on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE)ICICI Securities is the brokerage and merchant banking arm of ICICI Bank. The firm provides services including brokerage, financial product distribution, and investment banking to both institutional and retail clients.ICICI Securities got the approval from market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in February this year to float IPO.ICICI Securities is the third entity of ICICI Bank where the lender is diluting its stakes. In 2017, ICICI Bank had diluted part of its holdings in ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company and general insurance wing — ICICI Lombard. ICICI Lombard was the first general insurer to go public.Bankers and stock market experts have predicted that 2018, like 2017, will be a busy year for capital markets. Companies from different sectors are lined up to raise crores through share-sale offers in the coming months.
Employees of Amazon India are seen behind a glass bearing the company’s logo inside its office in Bengaluru in this August 2015 file photp.ReutersAmazon India’s dominance over local rival Flipkart is increasing by the day but when it comes to market share, the country’s leading e-commerce firm is winning the race.Flipkart’s standalone market share stood at 31.9 percent last year, while Amazon’s share was 31.1 percent, a new report by Forrester said.While Amazon is slowly bridging the gap with homegrown Flipkart, the Silicon Valley giant still lags behind the local rival when it comes to introducing business innovations, according to market experts.Over the years, Flipkart has reworked on its schemes to engage with over 100 million users and deliver 8 million shipments every month. The company has launched no-cost EMI (equated monthly installment) and buyback offers to help customers’ distinguish itself from larger rival Amazon.Harish Bijoor, a specialist in brand and business strategy, feels that Flipkart has an edge over Amazon as it capitalizes on being an Indian brand while Amazon needs to dive deep to keep customers hooked.Softbank-funded Flipkart also has a bigger competitive advantage: deep knowledge and granular data on the local user.Amazon was launched in India only in June 2013, years after Flipkart (2007) and Snapdeal (2010).”A head start is a head start. Flipkart is a beneficiary of that… It will take time for Amazon to create those tectonic consumer shifts,” Bijoor told International Business Times in an email.While Flipkart is promoting its brand via digital marketing apart from traditional routes, it is trimming marketing and branding expenses to maintain a lean profit and loss statement.Meanwhile, Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, has ramped-up investments to uproot Flipkart. The company invested another Rs 1,680 crore in its Indian unit last year as part of its commitment to invest $5 billion to expand its local business.And the change in visible: out of the 2,000 respondents that took the Forrester survey in 2017, 80 percent shopped on Amazon while 65 percent on Flipkart.India is a major growth market for Amazon after it lost China after being bullied by local players who understood the market much better.Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s talismanic founder, is prepared to do whatever it takes to win in India.”So, our approach varies by country, and if you look, historically we’ve taken multiple approaches. So in China, we bought an existing business Joyo.com and built off that base,” Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky said in an April 2017 earnings call.”In India, we started from scratch and have built a lot of things ourselves. And it’s always going to depend on the country that the dynamics in that country both for retail, for online, and for foreign investment,” Olsavsky explained.
Map showing rate of babies born weighing less than 2.5 kilos, according to a Lancet study. Illustration: AFPMore than 20 million newborns in 2015 — one in seven — came into the world weighing too little, according to a global assessment of birthweight, published Thursday.|Over 90 per cent of babies tipping the scale at less than 2.5 kilos (5.5 pounds) when born were in low- and middle-income countries, researchers reported in The Lancet Global Health.Worldwide, just under 15 per cent of 2015 newborns in the 148 countries canvassed had low birthweight, varying between 2.4 per cent in Sweden and nearly 28 percent in Bangladesh.That’s down from a global average of 17.5 per cent in 2000.But meeting the World Health Organization target of cutting low birthweight 30 per cent between 2012 and 2025 “will require more than doubling the pace of progress,” said lead author Hannah Blencowe, a professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of low birthweight live births actually increased from 2000 to 2015, from 4.4 to 5 million.Southern Asia is estimated to have had 9.8 million in 2015, nearly half the world total.Weighing less than 2.5 kilos at birth is closely linked to high rates of neonatal mortality and ill health later in life: more than 80 percent of the world’s 2.5 newborns who die every year are low birthweight.Underweight newborns who survive also have a greater risk of stunting as well as developmental and health problems, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”National governments are doing too little to reduce low birthweight,” Blencowe said in a statement.Undernourished mothers”To meet the global nutrition target of a 30 percent reduction by 2025 will require more than doubling the pace of progress.”The reasons for low birthweight are very different in poor and rich regions.In South Asia and parts of sub-Saharan Africa, a large percentage of underweight babies are born at term but are stunted because their mothers were undernourished.In North America and Europe, a higher share of low birthweight babies are preemies.Adolescent pregnancies, a high prevalence of infection, high levels of fertility treatment, and a high rate of caesarean sections — especially in the United States and Brazil — can all be factors, the study found.An international team of researchers analysed national government databases to estimate the prevalence of low birthweight in 148 nations from 2000 to 2015.Overall, the study took into account 281 million births. Several countries — including India — were not included for lack of data.”Every newborn must be weighed, yet worldwide we don’t have a record for the birthweight of nearly one third of all newborns,” said co-author Julia Krasevec, a statistics and monitoring specialist at UNICEF.Besides Sweden, other countries with relatively few low birthweight babies included Finland (4.1 per cent), Iceland (4.2) Serbia (4.5), Norway (4.5), Albania (4.6), China (5), Croatia (5.1) and Cuba (5.3).Many large advanced economies fell in the 6-8 percent range, including France, the United States, Britain and Germany, Mexico and Brazil.Five countries, including Bangladesh, had low birthweight rates above 20 percent: Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Nepal, and the Philippines.
Microsoft Word has endured many changes over the years. Depending upon whom you ask, some of the changes have been for the better; others, not so much. Throughout all the variations, however, one factor has remained constant: Microsoft has not always made the best choices in choosing some of the default settings.For example, you might not agree with Microsoft’s decision to put your files in My Documents automatically. As a result, just about everyone can benefit from making some easy tweaks to their copies of Word 2007 (the version that is the focus of this article). By changing the program to work the way you want it to, you’ll get more work done with less aggravation.Reveal the Paragraph MarksOne of the first alterations you might want to make is to turn on the paragraph marks, which signal the end of a paragraph with the “¶” symbol. These symbols do not appear when you print a document, but for several reasons it’s helpful to have them in your documents.First, these marks “contain” the formatting for a paragraph, and you can copy and paste a paragraph symbol to copy one paragraph’s attributes to another. Similarly, if you delete the symbol, the paragraph will be joined with the next, and take on its attributes. You might not want this result, so being able to see the paragraph mark may help you avoid deleting it by accident. Finally, some people have the bad habit of using paragraph ends to force lines to break where they want them, which can cause a lot of extra work if you later decide to reformat the document with a different font size or line length.To turn on the paragraph marks, start with the Office button in the upper left corner of the Word window, and choose the Word Options button at the bottom of the window. This will open the Word Options window, which is where you can make most of the customization changes. (In the rest of this article, we’ll simply say “open the Word Options window” rather than repeat the instructions on how to open it.)Choose Display in the left column menu to show the display options. Check the Paragraph marks check box in the section marked “Always show these formatting marks on the screen”. Then choose the OK button to accept the change. Now your paragraph marks will show on the screen as you type. Note that this will also show line breaks (which start a new line but not a new paragraph) with an “8” symbol. You can also use the Display options to turn on other handy formatting characters, such as tab symbols.Put Your Files Where You Want ThemAnother niggling problem: By default, Word always puts your new files in the My Documents folder. But you’ll likely prefer to save most of your documents to some other folder, depending on how you have your hard drive organized. For example, maybe you write letters that you typically want to save in a Letters folder instead of in My Documents. With the default settings, you must change the destination folder whenever you go to open or save a file. But you can change that easily.Open the Word Options window, and choose the Save option on the left menu. The top section has the heading “Save documents”. In the last line of that section, marked “Default file location”, enter the name of the folder that you want to use as the default. In this case, I’ve entered C:Letters as the new setting, but you can enter any location you like. Choose the OK button when you’re satisfied. You can also use the Browse button to navigate around your hard drive and find the folder you want.While you’re on the Save options screen, consider making one other handy change. Starting with Office 2007, Word uses the “.docx” file format by default. This is fine if you never have to share documents with anyone else, or if everyone you work with has Word 2007. But if you have to share your files with people who have older versions of Office, they may not be able to read these files conveniently. In order to give them a format that they can use, you need to remember to use the Save As command and change the Save as type setting to Word 97-2003 document (*.doc) every time you start a new file, so that you save it in the standard .doc file format.If you always want to create the older file format, you can make it the default choice by opening the Word Options window, and in the “Save options” section, changing the entry for “Save files in this format:”. Choose the format you prefer from the drop-down list, such as “Word 97-2003 document (*.doc)”. Choose OK, and the next new document you create will be saved using this format by default.An Extra Ounce of PreventionPrior versions of Word had a “Fast Saves” feature that fortunately has been eliminated in Word 2007. (The feature resulted in larger files that had a higher chance of becoming corrupted.) One feature that has been retained from past versions, however, is Word’s ability to automatically create a backup of a file whenever you save it. This can provide some excellent protection against dumb mistakes, like deleting half of a chapter. For some reason, Microsoft does not turn on the backup feature by default. But with backups turned on, you will always have a copy of the previous version as well as your most recently saved version. (Note that this is not the same as Word’s AutoRecover function that only helps you in the event of a system crash or similar event.)To turn on the backup feature, open the Word Options window, and choose Advanced from the left menu. Then scroll down to the section marked Save, and put a check in the check box for “Always create a backup copy”. This change just may save your bacon some day. The only drawback to automatic backups is that they do take up storage space. While this is not a serious problem in today’s era of enormous hard drives, you still may want to clean them out from time to time. (Fortunately, these backups use the .wbk file extension, which makes them easier to find.)Choose a Different Default FontWord 2007 comes with a bunch of new and attractive fonts, and uses them for some of its default styles. For example, the Normal style by default uses 11-point Calibri, which many people find to be a clean, sans-serif font. But perhaps you prefer a more classical look to your documents–say, a serif font like New Times Roman in 12 point, or perhaps even the typewriter-like monospace Courier New in 12 point. Luckily it’s relatively easy to pick another font as the default for your documents.Start by typing some text in a new document; then select the text. (Ctrl+A will select it all.) Use the Home tab on the Ribbon and change the text to the font settings that you prefer using the boxes in the Font section of the Ribbon. Then right-click the Normal button in the Styles section of the Ribbon, and choose “Update Normal to Match Selection”. This will reset the Normal style in this document to your new settings.Now, the next part may seem a bit strange at first, but hang in there. Change to the View tab on the Ribbon, and click on the top half of the Macros button at the far right of the Ribbon to open the Macros window. Next, choose the Organizer button on the Macros window to open the Organizer window. Then change to the Styles tab. You should see two lists of styles; one for your current document on the left, and one for the Normal.dotm on the right (as shown in the full-size screen shot). Select the Normal style in your current document, and then choose the Copy button.You will see a message box asking if you want to overwrite the Normal style in the Normal template. Choose Yes, and the default font for your documents will be changed. The next time you start a new Blank document, your new font choice will show up as the Normal style font.Lose the Wasted SpaceMicrosoft made another decision about the Normal style that you might want to change. By default, it leaves an extra 10 points of blank space after each new paragraph before the next line starts. If you prefer to have the spacing between paragraphs be single-spaced, just like the lines of text, here’s how to make the change.As before, create a new document and type a bit of text. On the Ribbon, switch to the Page Layout tab. In the section marked Paragraph, under the heading Spacing, change the After setting from 10 to 0. Then use Ctrl-A to select all the text (and the paragraph mark), and then switch back to the Home tab on the Ribbon. Right-click on the Normal style button, and choose “Update Normal to Match Selection”. This will change the paragraph spacing for all paragraphs in this document.Repeat the same steps as for changing the font in the Normal template. Use the View tab on the Ribbon, click on Macros, then Organizer, then the Styles tab. Copy the Normal style from your current document to the Normal template, and confirm your choice when the window appears. Now all your new documents will have single spacing between paragraphs.It isn’t hard to get Word set up to work the way you want, instead of Microsoft’s guess at what’s best for you. These six tweaks should make your work with Word more efficient. They also serve as an introduction for many of the places where you can easily customize the program to meet your needs. Explore some of the other settings, and you may find ones that can make a big difference. Brought to you by PCWorld Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 9 min read November 17, 2008 Register Now »
Luke Schneider, head of the completely wireless, smartphone-enabled startup Silvercar, is out to make car rental cool. “We want to be able to turn every Silvercar into your car,” he says. “Regardless of the city you’re in, you get into your car and your preferences–climate control, radio and seat-positioning settings, itinerary destinations, even favorite restaurants–are already programmed in.”He’s not quite there yet, but the road to this goal starts at Silvercar’s rental lot at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where 200 identical silver 2013 Audi A4 sports sedans await the company’s target market: tech-savvy, independent-minded business and leisure travelers willing to pay $50 to $75 per day for a luxury automobile outfitted with navigation, satellite radio and a Wi-Fi hot spot.We want to be able to turn every Silvercar into your car.–Luke SchneiderThe sweet rides may be the main attraction, but what has really generated loyal fans is Silvercar’s attempt to eliminate teeth-grinding lines at the rental counter, annoying upsell pitches and guesswork about which type of car customers will actually get.Schneider’s background as CTO at car-share company Zipcar helped guide the development of Silvercar’s iOS and Android apps, which lead customers through the entire rental process, including unlocking the vehicle for them and automatically syncing satellite radio preferences and phone contacts. Dropping off the car is equally simple; the Audi automatically logs mileage, tolls and fuel used.Silvercar developed its platforms to work specifically with Audi’s proprietary software; the auto company was selected for its appeal to both men and women, its smart technology and its user-multimedia interface.According to Neil Abrams of Abrams Consulting Group, a car-rental consultant firm in New York, Silvercar should be able to carve out a niche within the estimated $10 billion airport-based U.S. rental-car market. The company “is that next step forward,” he says. “It’s not for everybody, but that’s OK. They just need to prove the business model can be profitable.”That model is already gaining traction. Two weeks after launching the service last winter, Silvercar reported its first sellout. The company aims to expand to airports in other major cities by year’s end.Co-founder Bill Diffenderffer calls Silvercar “the big idea that’s hiding in plain site.” His parking lots full of silver A4s should make it easier for car renters to find. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. June 20, 2013 2 min read This story appears in the May 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories Comments Share LISTEN: Deone Bucannon- Cardinals safety “Honestly, that’s something I have to learn,” he said Wednesday on the Bickley and Marotta show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “It’s different. It’s different than college. There’s different rules, things you’ve got to abide by…“I’ve got to understand who I’ve got to hit the right way, the proper way, to affect my team in a positive way, and that’s my goal, and I want to be a positive influence on the team every single day. I wouldn’t want to hurt my team in any way.”Bucannon, the 27th overall pick, was a first-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 member in 2013. His six interceptions last season were tied for the most in the conference. But Bucannon is perhaps best known for his physicality. At Washington State, he developed a reputation for being one of the hardest-hitting safeties in college football.Bucannon said he recognizes that forcing turnovers are more beneficial to the team than big hits — but hitting is still one of his favorite parts of the game.“I feel like it just fires everybody up,” he said. “It establishes that we’re more physical than the other team, top to bottom… We’re more physical than you, no matter what day it is, no matter what time it is. That’s how I feel when somebody (on my team) makes a big hit, even if it’s not me.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling With the guidance of Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who he called “the best defensive mind” he’s ever played for, Bucannon said he, along with cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie and safety Tyrann Mathieu can “without a doubt” be the best secondary in the NFL. But in order for him to earn a spot on the first-team defense ahead of undrafted second-year safety Tony Jefferson, who has had an impressive training camp, Bucannon knows he has to become the kind of disciplined player that Arians and Bowles want him to become.“That’s the biggest thing: If I want to get on the field, if I want to be an effective player, I have to understand that,” he said. “I have to get out there, understand my assignments, hit the right gaps, fill the right gaps for whoever to make the play, or maybe for me to make the play.” – / 7 The Arizona Cardinals used their first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft on 215-pound safety Deone Bucannon in part because of the imposing physical presence he brings to the secondary. But Bucannon has occasionally drawn the ire of head coach Bruce Arians during training camp for making hits that are likely to get him penalized during real games. It’s a habit that Bucannon knows he needs to cut out if he’s going to win a starting job heading into the regular season.
In This Issue. * China says “no mas” to currency reserves. * Mixed bag of results for currencies. * Gold gets whacked again! * He said what? And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! China’s Big Announcement. Good Day! And a Marvelous Monday to you! The last week of November! This awful month can’t get over fast enough as far as I’m concerned! More gray steel dreary, and cold days over the weekend, did little to lift my spirits, but two things that did, were a big win by my beloved Missouri Tigers Saturday night, and then a spirited victory over the Bears by our Rams. And the Blues won Saturday night too, so a good sports weekend, but that’s about it. With Thanksgiving on Thursday this week, and the “traditional black Friday” the next day, liquidity going in to the end of the month will be sapped, so needless to say, but I will anyway, volatility on Wednesday and Friday could be pretty wild and crazy. And then it could be as quiet as a church mouse. So, it might be a good week to do what you have to do early in the week, and then sit back, watch some football, because Lord knows there will be plenty of that on TV this week, eat some Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie, and forget about it all. Well, the currencies continue to be a mixed bag of results, and you know, on Friday, I was completely flabbergasted that the dollar wasn’t just falling out of bed. Why? Ahhh grasshopper, on Friday it was announced that China’s central bank has said it no longer sees any benefit in increasing its $3.66 trillion foreign currency reserves – already the world’s largest. China will cap its purchases of U.S. dollars in an effort to limit the depreciation of the yuan. “It’s no longer in China’s favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves,” Bloomberg quoted Yi Gang, a deputy governor at the central bank as saying Tuesday. This will “basically” end the interference of the foreign currency in the Chinese markets and widen the renminbi / yuan’s daily trading range. Folks, did you get that? Did that register with you? Because when I saw this on Friday, it basically shook me to my foundation, chills went up my spine, because I realized that “it’s happening”. Yes, China’s move to make the renminbi / yuan a “player” is really taking shape now. But yet, the dollar remained strong VS some currencies on Friday and even this morning, when I would think that the green/peachback would find it difficult to get on terra firma. Are the markets asleep at the wheel? Or, are they still of the belief that China is too rigid, too closed, and too Communist, to have the reserve currency of the world? It’s probably the latter of the two, but still, even if you thought those things about China, wouldn’t you be a just a bit scared by this announcement? Ahem. read it again. China’s not adding foreign currencies to their reserves any longer. And China’s reserve, which is the largest in the world, currently stands at $3.66 Trillion, and is made up mostly of U.S. dollars.. The other Big News from the weekend, was the Iran Nuclear Deal. The news of the deal, caused a $1 drop in the price of Oil, but bubblin’ crude, black gold, Texas tea, is really trading on top of Friday morning’s price of $93.50. I get a lot of the news I read from the Drudge Report, and on Drudge, the articles weren’t taking too kindly to the deal, so, just like all deals, you can’t please all of the people all of the time. I know nothing more about it, other than it has caused a $1 drop in the price of Oil, the other anti-dollar asset, this morning. The Aussie dollar (A$) isn’t getting whacked again this morning, but it’s still down on the day. There’s not much going on to help the A$, and the Reserve Bank of Australia, (RBA) just continues to take pot shots at the currency. Tonight, the RBA’s Deputy dawg, Lowe will speak, and I would be surprised as all get out, if he doesn’t take another swat at the A$… So, we could see even more weakness tomorrow morning. In Canada on Friday, we saw Canadian Retail Sales jump 1% in September, which beat the estimates that called for a .3% increase. September marked 3 consecutive months of positive gains in Retail Sales, and that has pushed the annualized rate to 2.4% in the 3rd QTR.. While that sound sufficient to keep the Canadian dollar / loonie on track to maintain its value, the 2.4% 3rd QTR Annualized gain is less than where it stood after the 2nd QTR, which was 6.3%… So, see what happens when you just look at a report and don’t look under the hood? The loonie is off a bit this morning, but I think it’s more to do with trading in sympathy with its commodity driven compatriots, Aussie and kiwi. Well, after finally giving in and moving past 100 last week, the Japanese yen has now given up 101. The fall in the yen could become very steep from here folks. And then with all the backslapping going on with the Iran Nuclear Deal, things are starting to heat up again between Japan and China over the disputed Senkaku Islands. I read some research on this yesterday, and the last time things heated up over these Islands, Japan’s exports to China really suffered. Japan is already mired in the depths of a Trade Deficit, they certainly don’t need for that Deficit to explode higher. Of course with the announcement in China over the weekend that they aren’t going to be adding to their foreign currency reserves going forward, the Chinese renminbi / yuan is stronger this morning. I think that the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) had to allow the renminbi / yuan to appreciate after an announcement like the one on Friday! The renminbi reminds me of a 60’s song. The name of the place is I like it like that! But, I change that great Dave Clark 5 song around to be: The name of the place is renminbi! Gold is getting whacked again this morning. The shiny metal just can’t seem to gather in wind in its sails. I would say, that this whack-job that Gold has received this morning, is just an opportunity to buy at cheaper levels, but then I would have been repeating that every day for the past two months. But there’s no denying it, Gold is at a cheaper level this morning. It all depends on whether you think it’s an opportunity or not! So. Remember when I told you that the bill to provide funds to the East Coast from the hurricane Sandy was filled with pork? I had a long time reader send me the list of items that were in the bill, that every voter in this country should present to their representative or Senator and ask them what the hell does any of this have to do with funding East Coast hurricane devastation? Things like: $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice Departments. $56.8 million for charting the debris from last year’s Japanese Tsunami. $41 million of 8 military bases including Guantanamo Bay. $57 million for forest restoration on private land. $100 million of the Head Start day care program. $150 million for Alaskan fisheries. $188 for new Amtrak lines. (not repairing damaged ones, whole new ones!) and the list goes on and on folks. It’s too long to go through every one of the items here, and I’m surprised that the folks over at Government Waste haven’t had a field day with this information! There’s not much in the way of data this week, except on Wednesday when we’ll see the color of the latest Durable Goods Orders. I expect this data to show improvement, but they’ll have to take out the non-defense aircraft component to get a true, well I take that back, because there’s no such things as a bonafide, tried and true data print any longer, but at least we’ll get a better picture without the aircraft data thrown in, for that’s so hit and miss. Before I head to the Big Finish today, I have this that I came across, and had to just shake my head in disbelief. here we go! So, filed under “news of the weird”, I have a report from a newsletter titled “The Sovereign Man”, it’s written by a fellow named Simon Black, and quite frankly is a good read for people like me. This letter talks about a recent dinner that Mr. Black attended In Miami for the National Economists Club, at which Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was also in attendance. Let’s listen in to the conversation. “At one point during the evening, when pressed whether his Quantitative Easing (QE) program was good for Wall Street at the expense of Main Street, He flat out denied it, saying that such a premise is simply not true. He defended his printing of $85 Billion per month, suggesting that fixing interest rates at zero is beneficial for society because, among other things, it allows people to “buy cars”. Are you kidding me? Now, IF he really said that, and I have no reason to not believe Mr. Black, then I would have the same reaction that Mr. Black did. “As if going into debt to purchase a rapidly depreciating consumer item is somehow a victory for the people?” I’m shaking my head right now, as I type this, in disgust. First it was Big Al Greenspan telling us to go out and buy houses with ARM’s. And now this. For What It’s Worth.. I found this on the Bloomberg this weekend, and thought it be quite interesting, given the daily whacking that Gold seems to be receiving these days. The title of the story read: Gold Option Wagers on Surge to $3,000 Was Most Active on Wednesday. So, now you can see why it caught my eye! Let’s listen in to what the story has to tell us! “Wagers betting that gold prices will rally 141 percent in about two years were the most-traded option in New York bullion on Wednesday. “Call options giving owners the right to buy gold at $3,000 an ounce by December 2015 traded 7,250 contracts yesterday on the Comex in New York, more than double the amount of the next most-active option, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Futures for December delivery slumped 1.1 percent to $1,243.60 on the Comex in New York today. Prices reached a record $1,923.60 in September 2011. “This looks like a trade with a bank on one side and a very bullish investor buying a lottery ticket on the other,” James Cordier, founder of Optionsellers.com in Tampa, Florida, said in a telephone interview. “It’s a big bet.”” Chuck again. WOW! So, apparently there are “others” out there like me that think Gold should be much higher in price than it is right now, but that it will eventually get there! Of course I could be very wrong here, but I wanted to point out that there are “others” our there! To recap. The Big News from last Friday is that China has announced that they no longer see the need to add to their currency reserves. That should have sent the dollar to circling the bowl, but it’s as if the markets are asleep at the wheel on this folks. But not to worry! Chuck is here to let you know! The currencies remain in a mixed bag of results VS the dollar, but Gold is getting whacked again this morning. And Somehow, the Fed Chairman thinks that having the ability to buy cars will outweigh the unknown of QE. Currencies today 11/25/13. American Style: A$ .9160, kiwi .8210, C$ .9470, euro 1.3520, sterling 1.62, Swiss $1.0980, . European Style: rand 10.0480, krone 6.1155, SEK 6.5745, forint 220.65, zloty 3.1010, koruna 20.1725, RUB 32.90, yen 101.80, sing 1.2520, HKD 7.7530, INR 62.49, China 6.1342, pesos 12.97, BRL 2.2860, Dollar Index 80.92, Oil $93.50, 10-year 2.75%, Silver $19.76, Platinum $1,387.50, Palladium $717.18, and Gold. $1,231.97 That’s it for today. Well, it appears that my beloved Cardinals have finally found a shortstop! YAHOO! And they traded the hometown World Series hero, David Freese on Friday. I guess we won’t see him hawking Imo’s Pizza going forward! When it was all over Saturday night, I felt like I had been put through a wringer, but the score sure didn’t show that, with my Tigers winning 27-10. They can win the SEC East Division by winning their last game against Johnny Football and his Aggies. BIG GAME! I’m going to do a turkey in my Big Green Egg this year, I’ve got a prebrined fresh turkey and all the stuff ready to go for Thursday. I made a HUGE amount of spaghetti last night, we’ll have spaghetti leftovers for days! And with that, I had better get this out the door. I hope you have a Marvelous Monday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837