Office Apps Are Coming, Microsoft Says, Just Be Patient

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts markhachmancenter_img Microsoft’s Office Store still feels more like Goodwill than a Target – but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to Microsoft. If you think there are too few apps in the Office App Store, a Microsoft executive begs to differ. And as Microsoft moves closer to Office 2013’s business launch on Feb. 27, the company expects more apps to be added both by the company itself as well as third-party developers.Following the consumer launch of Office 2013 in January, the App Store’s cupboard might have been considered somewhat bare. In total, there are about 200 apps within the Office Store, according to Richard Riley, a director at Microsoft, whose responsibilities include both SharePoint as well as the Office App Store.Riley won’t commit to a number of apps that would be added to the Office App Store, but he promises that there will be “much more than the 200” that are there now. “In terms of momentum and as we go through, I think in the next six months or so we’ll see that momentum pick up and carry forward,” Riley says. “I don’t feel bad where we are. I really don’t.”(See also Microsoft: Buy Office 365, Not Office 2012. Or You’ll Get Left Behind)Last July, Microsoft outlined the development model for Office 2013, the current version of Office  – a subscription version, known as Office 365, is also available. Both Office 2013 and Office 365 replaced the familiar Microsoft Basic for Applications with a Web-based language model that essentially takes an XML file and combines it with a Web app, using familiar Web languages like CSS, HTM, and JavaScript. Since the app runs outside of Office, if it breaks, only it crashes – not Office.While the reliance on Web languages might have made a bit difficult for traditional Office developers, the approach theoretically opened up Office to a vast number of Web developers who may have never developed for Office before.Microsoft’s Attempts To Jumpstart Office App Development“Historically, if you wanted to build something for Office, like if you wanted to build an an add-in for Word, you would have to have all of the Visual Studio add-ins for that have to understand C++, have to understand .NET wrapper code – there was a learning curve there,” Riley says. “Like most developers these days, if it was different; you had to go spend time and figure out how to use it. That barrier no longer exists. If you understand how to write for the cloud app model, if you understand how to write Javascript and HTML, you understand REST, you can pretty much get started immediately without having to go wade through a big reference book and how to get going.” Riley says Microsoft has been bringing existing Office developers, as well as developers new to the platform, into “jumpstart events,” where the company puts dives deep into the technology. Afterward, the developers go away, develop, and then return for an “acceleration day,” where those developers receive assistance to push those apps into the store.“We can now credibly talk to a ton of new developers that historically would have ignored us,” Riley says. “And actually go to them with a very credible technology story, but also a really significant market opportunity… when you look at all of the Office and SharePoint licenses in existence today, there is an opportunity for a developer to make a difference, to make a ton of money off of the back of the Office or Sharepoint store.”Riley said that he considers Microsoft to essentially be in the middle of the Office launch, where the consumer edition was released first and then businesses will be encouraged to sign on at the end of the month. “We haven’t finished launching from an app perspective,” he says.It might be reasonable to think that Microsoft would have launched the App Store with a number of launch partners, big-name software developers whose products would instantly have added cachet to Microsoft’s rollout. Riley doesn’t agree. No-Name Apps Are OK“I think it depends on how you look at it,” Riley explains. “You don’t need big names to add value to a product. Would no-name graphics capability that you could get for free from the App Store, to make your Excel spreadsheet sing, and get a pat on the back from your boss, be more useful than a big-brand-name thing that wouldn’t get you the same result? So we have the quality here, and in my experience, we don’t need a laundry list of famous icons.”Fair enough. Unfortunately, when asked to highlight some of the “no-name” apps that could make Office “sing,” Riley turns back toward the Bing apps that Microsoft had launched previously. The hope of Microsoft’s Office 2013 model is that it can combine live data sources from the Web into Office documents, such as combining sales data from a customer relationship management database with the Bing maps web service to create a more effective sales report. Riley promises that here will be a growing number of apps within Excel that help users visualize data. And there are hopeful signs: the Microsoft Oscar plugin for Excel, an Olympics medal tracker, an ESPN fantasy-football app. Riley also makes the point that corporations will write and publish their own internal apps that general Office users will never see.Still, Microsoft needs more. When asked, for example, if there is any app that could take advantage of the datasets hosted by the U.S. government on data.gov, Riley replies that isn’t aware of any. He then adds he would make a note to see what would be needed to make those sources available.Of course, there’s a larger question: For all of its reach, is Microsoft’s Office simply too small a platform for those developers used to the huge installed base of iOS, Android and all of the other Web platforms? For a small app developer like Gliffy, no. Others may not see it that way, though. Opening Office to the Web allows more developers to enter Office. Only time will tell if they see it as a lucratie marketplace, or as a closet. Tags:#apps#Excel#Microsoft#Microsoft Office Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Centre tried to delay NRC: Congress

first_imgStepping up its campaign on the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Congress on Sunday alleged that the Modi government had tried to delay the process by arguing before the Supreme Court that the NRC could lead to law-and-order issues.The Congress also demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal as the BJP tried to “mislead” the people of Assam.Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera told presspersons that on November 30, the Attorney-General argued before the top court that the publication of the NRC could lead to violence and create a law-and-order problem.“On November 30, 2017, the Supreme Court came down heavily on the Modi government for its excuses to delay the NRC in Assam. The Attorney-General gave the excuse of fear of violence,” Mr. Khera said and pointed out that the court reprimanded the government.“We do not see how the aforesaid situation can even remotely arise as we have already indicated in the earlier part of the present order that claims of 47 lakh persons (regarding whom the doubt pertained to parental linkage) and 29 lakh persons (married women who had submitted gram panchayat secretary certificates) are still pending and would be subject to verification and covered by publication of another draft NRC at a subsequent point of time,” Mr. Khera said quoting the SC.The Congress has stepped up its campaign after BJP president Amit Shah said in Parliament that it was the BJP government that had shown the “courage” to implement it.The Congress counter has been that the NRC update was the outcome of the 1985 Assam Accord, signed by the Rajiv Gandhi govenment, and was started by a Congress government in the State. On Monday, former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will be addressing a press conference in Delhi on the NRC issue.“The Shah of lies and the Shahenshah of Jumlas tried their best to stall NRC. I will tell you how they hatched a conspiracy to stop, delay and disrupt the NRC process,” Mr. Khera said.“We demand that the Modi government apologise to the people of Assam for attempting to stall the NRC … We also demand the resignation of the so-called Jan Nayak Shri Sarbanand Sonowal who has no right to be the Chief Minister of a State that his party so shamelessly cheated in the Supreme Court on the issue of NRC,” he said.last_img read more

BPO Sector Exempt from Data Rules

first_imgThe new Section 43A of the Indian IT Act requires companies to secure written permission from each client before collecting sensitive information about them.After BPOs that collect credit card and financial information from foreign customers lobbied the government, it clarified that the new rules won’t apply to outsourcing providers located in India. Instead, BPOs located in India will be governed only by specific contracts signed with their global and Indian customers. Related Itemslast_img read more

Raheem Sterling Dropped by England after Training Ground Clash with Joe Gomez

first_img EnglandJoe Gomezliverpoolmanchester city First Published: November 12, 2019, 7:36 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Raheem Sterling has been dropped by England manager Gareth Southgate for Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro after the hostilities between Manchester City and Liverpool spilled over into the England camp.Liverpool beat Sterling’s City 3-1 on Sunday to move nine points clear of the defending Premier League champions at the top of the table. The Daily Mail reported that Liverpool defender Joe Gomez and Sterling had to be separated by teammates on Monday after a “physical confrontation.”The pair had also clashed on the field towards the end of Sunday’s match.In a statement issued by the Football Association, Southgate said: “We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday.”One of the great challenges and strengths for us is that we’ve been able to separate club rivalries from the national team. Unfortunately, the emotions of yesterday’s game were still raw.”My feeling is that the right thing for the team is the action we have taken. Now that the decision has been made with the agreement of the entire squad, it’s important that we support the players and focus on Thursday night.”Sterling has been one of the stars of England’s qualification campaign, scoring eight goals in six games.A draw against Montenegro at Wembley will be enough to guarantee England’s place at Euro 2020. last_img read more

Kerala CM seeks wild card entry for Chitra in athletics cship

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Jul 29 (PTI) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today sought a wild card entry for P U Chitra, to enable her to participate in the World Athletics Championships in London next month, and wanted Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel to intervene in the matter.Commenting on media reports that the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) had taken the stance that the athlete would not be able to compete in the event asthe entry deadline was over, he said, “the AFI must use itsdiscretionary powers to ensure her participation in the event”.”The stance of the federation is unacceptable. I believeanother athlete (Dutee Chand) was handed wild card yesterday. So, the sports ministry has to intervene in the issue issue immediately and Chitra should also be granted a wild cardentry,” Vijayan said.”The federations decision needs to be altered and the sports minister should intervene in the matter immediately,” Vijayan told reporters in Kozhikode.Kerala Sports Minister A C Moideen visited the athletes house at Mundoor in Palakkad and promised the backing of the state to enable her to reach greater heights.Chitra said though the federations decision had saddened her, it would not weaken her spirit.She also wanted the Kerala government to provide a suitable job to enable her to pursue her sports career.Meanwhile, Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said the central government should instruct the federation to include Chitra in the Indian team.In an email sent to the sports minister, Chennithala said despite the direction of the Kerala High Court to include Chitra in the team, the federation was reluctant to implement it.advertisementThe sports minister has advised the AFI to honour the Kerala High Court directive on Chitra to ensure her participation in the upcoming World Championships.The athlete, who won gold in 1,500 metres event at the recent Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, was left out of the Indian team by AFI on the grounds that she failed to meet the qualifying mark. PTI UD KV SS KUNlast_img read more

Mo’ne Takes Little League Loss

first_imgSOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Mo’ne Davis didn’t have her best stuff when she and her Philadelphia teammates needed it most, and Las Vegas took advantage.Dallan Cave and Brennan Holligan hit two-run homers, lefty reliever Austin Kryszczuk got out of two big jams, and Las Vegas beat Philadelphia and its star pitcher 8-1 in the Little League World Series on Aug. 20.Davis, just the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series and the only one to win a game on the mound, took the loss.“Mo’ne didn’t have her A game today,” Philly Manager Alex Rice said. “At this point, we’re playing to get to Saturday.”The victory puts Las Vegas in the Aug. 23 U.S. title game and sends Philadelphia into an elimination game on Aug. 20 against Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West in a matchup of inner-city teams. The Great Lakes champion beat Pearland, Texas 6-1 on Aug. 19 night in an elimination game.“I think it’s terrific,” Rice said. “I’ve been looking forward to playing Chicago since we got here.”Davis, the darling of the sports world with her amazing success and poise, was both masterful and ordinary on a night made short because of pitch-count rules.She allowed three runs and six hits and struck out six in 2 1-3 innings before leaving after 55 pitches. That makes her eligible to pitch again in the U.S. championship game on Aug. 23.Davis played first after her stint on the mound and was switched to right field in the top of the sixth, but she dazzled her opponents more than once on the mound with off-speed deliveries and tantalizing pitches just off the plate.“She’s very crafty,” said Kryszczuk, who picked up the victory. “She’s a great pitcher. That triple in the first was huge and then she settled down. Great job by us to get this victory.”The grassy hill beyond the outfield fences at Howard J. Lamade Stadium was jammed with so many cheering fans in lawn chairs that it looked like the bleacher section at any ballpark as 34,128 fans craned to see every pitch.And they had an effect on Las Vegas, an afterthought at best to many before the game.“The crowd got to us at times. It was hard to communicate,” Las Vegas Manager Ashton Cave said. “That’s a big weight to carry on a 13-year-old’s shoulders what goes on publicly. They definitely deserve the attention that they get, but we have the first Nevada team in history in 75 years to make it to this point. To come through and do what we’ve done, we’re just definitely making a mark.”The 5-foot-4 Davis, who has given the Taney Youth Baseball Association Little League in Philadelphia notoriety no one could have imagined, tries to use the first two innings to get to know the home plate umpire’s strike zone, and the first time through the order gauges where the opposing players don’t like the ball.It worked like a charm in her first outing in the World Series as she pitched a two-hit shutout. She didn’t get that chance on this night against hard-hitting Las Vegas, which had outscored its first two opponents 25-4.Davis, her long braids flopping over her shoulders on every pitch, allowed hits to the first two batters as Philadelphia fell behind. Leadoff hitter Zach Hare lofted a soft single to center and Kryszczuk followed with a resounding triple to right center for a 1-0 lead.Unfazed, Davis struck out the side, getting Holligan looking and Brad Stone and Andrew Matulich swinging.Philadelphia threatened in the bottom of the first, but Las Vegas right fielder Alex Barker made a dazzling diving catch at the warning track of a drive by Jack Rice to end the inning and strand two Philly runners.“It was amazing,” said Stone, who found out he was starting in warmups.After reaching back for something extra to get out of that first-inning jam, Davis sputtered again. Cave slammed a two-run shot to left-center, a liner that just cleared the fence for a 3-0 lead.Josiah Cromwick and Hare followed with singles, but Davis settled down again and struck out Kryszczuk swinging and Holligan looking again.She left in the top of the third in favor of lefty Erik Lipson, but she wasn’t through competing. After falling behind 0-2 in the count in her second at-bat, Davis worked a walk with runners at second and third and Zion Spearman scored when the fourth ball bounded away from the catcher.When Tai Shanahan followed with a perfect bunt single in front of the plate, the Philadelphia fans began chanting “Let’s go Taney! Let’s go Taney!”But Kryszczuk came on in relief and Las Vegas escaped. He got Lipson looking at a third strike and Eli Simon lined into a double play to end the threat.In the fifth, Kryszczuk struck out Spearman swinging with two runners on.Las Vegas tacked on five runs in the top of the sixth, keyed by an RBI double by Hare and Holligan’s homer.Las Vegas entered the game on a serious roll. The Mountain Ridge Little League champions beat Rapid City, South Dakota 12-2 and then routed Chicago 13-2 in four innings in a mercy-rule game on Aug. 17 behind five homers, a grand slam by Stone and two from Kryszczuk.Davis began her eye-opening appearance in the showcase event by throwing a two-hit shutout in a 4-0 victory over Nashville. She had eight strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter and needed only 70 pitches to complete the game.Davis also threw a three-hit shutout to lead Taney to an 8-0 victory over Delaware in the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship game, so she has a flair for the dramatic.The glare of the spotlight on Davis and her teammates only grew as newly elected Major League Baseball Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred threw the ceremonial first pitch a day after Davis became the first Little Leaguer to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated.“Last week, this week, maybe next week, she’s owned the sports conversation,” Sports Illustrated Managing Editor Chris Stone said. “How often do you get to say this about a 13-year-old girl? It’s the easiest type of story to identify as a cover story.”(JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Report: Sassuolo 1 Juventus 3

first_imgSassuolo 1 Juventus 3: Dybala marks 100th appearance with stunning hat-trick Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 20:25 17/9/2017 paulo dybala - cropped Getty Images Three goals from Paulo Dybala gave Juventus a 3-1 win at Sassuolo and took them back to the top of Serie A. Paulo Dybala marked his 100th Juventus appearance with a sensational hat-trick as the Serie A champions claimed a 3-1 win at Sassuolo.The Argentina international produced a superb performance at MAPEI Stadium on Sunday to inspire his side to a fourth victory in four league games and return to the top of the table.Sassuolo had not lost at home since April but their chances of springing a surprise were dealt a blow just 16 minutes in, as Dybala brilliantly swept home his 50th goal for the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The 23-year-old scored five goals in his first three league games and struck again shortly after the interval to put Juve in control, expertly prodding home from a Juan Cuadrado pass.Matteo Politano hit back two minutes later, scoring from close range after the returning Giorgio Chiellini prevented Claud Adjapong’s effort from crossing the line, but a sublime Dybala free-kick made the points safe.Juve climb back above Inter, who are also on 12 points following Saturday’s win over Crotone, while Sassuolo remain just a point above bottom-club Benevento.4 – Paulo Dybala is the first player to score in each of the first 4 Serie A Match-Days since Luca Toni in 2005/06. Alien. #SassuoloJuve— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) September 17, 2017Andrea Consigli was twice called upon to keep out Juve in the first 10 minutes, making a flying save to his right to deny Miralem Pjanic before reacting superbly to block Gonzalo Higuain’s volley from close range.But Consigli was powerless to stop Dybala putting the visitors ahead in the 16th minute. Fit-again forward Mario Mandzukic sent a low pass into Dybala’s path and the Argentina star swept a curled first-time strike into the bottom-right corner from 20 yards out.Sassuolo looked bright going forward, with Politano testing Gianluigi Buffon, but they looked exposed to the Juve counter-attack and a better finish from Higuain after Dybala and Cuadrado combined would have made it 2-0 before the break.The home side finished the half in encouraging fashion but, four minutes after the restart, they were undone by more Dybala brilliance.Cuadrado fed the forward just inside the penalty area and, when it looked as though he had no route to goal, he produced an impudent toe-poke finish into the bottom-right corner.The visiting fans were in full voice but Sassuolo hit back two minutes later, Politano converting from point-blank range after Adjapong had prodded the ball beyond Buffon at the keeper’s right-hand post and forced Chiellini to cover on the line.The resistance was short-lived, though. Having earned a free-kick 20 yards out, Dybala stepped up and whipped a fine finish past Consigli to complete his hat-trick just past the hour mark.When @PauDybala_JR wears the  it’s always a hat-trick! #FinoAllaFine #SassuoloJuve pic.twitter.com/r5KMGllkif— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 17, 2017Blaise Matuidi went close with a volley and Cuadrado saw a late chance for a fourth deflected over, but the day belonged to Dybala, who was replaced to a standing ovation in the closing minutes after taking his tally for the season to 10 goals in six appearances in all competitions. Key Opta stats:- Paulo Dybala has scored 52 goals with Juventus (all competitions) in 100 games with the club.- Dybala has found the net in six consecutive appearances for the first time in Serie A (10 goals in total in this period).- Prior to Dybala, the last player to score in each of the opening four Serie A matchdays was Luca Toni in 2005-06 (five goals).- No player since 2005-06 had aver scored eight goals in the first four Serie A matchdays.- Juventus have scored 13 goals over the opening four Serie A match-days for the first time since 1959-60.- Juventus have found the net in all the last 16 Serie A away games. read morelast_img read more

ESPN Updates Its Conference Championship Picks After Week 1

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonThis weekend’s slate of college football games couldn’t have given us much more if we asked. Upsets, dominant performances, and stellar debuts had college football fans loving the return of the game.From LSU’s dominant victory over Miami to Tua Tagovailoa’s shining debut against Louisville, Week 1 of the college football season made up for the eight-month layoff.With Week 1 in the books, ESPN updated its Football Power Index. The computer model is a measure of overall team strength.After the update, here are the conference title favorites.ACC: Clemson  – 70.7 percent chance A general view of the stadium as the Clemson Tigers take on the Florida State Seminoles.(Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)Big 12: Oklahoma  – 68.7 percent chance (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Big Ten: Ohio State  – 39.4 percent chance Dwayne Haskins throwing a pass against Michigan.(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Pac-12: Washington  – 47.6 percent chance General view of Husky Stadium.(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)SEC: Alabama  – 50.2 percent chance Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks on the field against the Florida Gators before the SEC Championship.(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)None of the conference favorites are surprising at this point in the season – although Washington is the only team to open its season with a loss and still be favored to win its conference.Neither USC or Stanford, despite wins, could replace the Huskies.last_img read more

What Ohio State Needs To Make The College Football Playoff

first_imgDwayne Haskins throws the ball against TCU.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks for an open receiver against the TCU Horned Frogs in the second quarter during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Ohio State snatched victory from the jaws of defeat last weekend against Maryland. Although the Buckeyes are still in the hunt for the College Football Playoff, they’ll need help along the way.For starters, Ohio State needs to handle its business on Saturday, when the Buckeyes host Michigan. If they can defeat the red-hot Wolverines, the Buckeyes would certainly jump in the rankings.Next up on the list, the Buckeyes would have to win the Big Ten Championship against Northwestern. The Wildcats have several signature victories this season, but they barely beat Rutgers back in October.Winning both contests in convincing fashion would almost certainly change the committee’s perception of the Buckeyes.Ohio State can add a signature win to its resume by beating Michigan on Saturday, but the Buckeyes have just two weeks to climb six spots in the College Football Playoff rankings. https://t.co/Q6URVR0Iz3— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 21, 2018But not only does Ohio State need to win out, it’ll also need help from other top programs.Alabama defeating Georgia in the SEC Championship would take the Bulldogs out of the running. Another crucial scenario is having Oklahoma lose to either West Virginia this week or Texas (presumably) next week.With the Sooners and Bulldogs out of the picture, the Buckeyes would definitely have an easier road to the fourth spot.Despite all these scenarios, Ohio State would still need to prove it should be ranked above an undefeated UCF team and an impressive Washington State roster. It seems unlikely that the Knights lose this season, but the Cougars could fall against Washington on Friday.Obviously the Buckeyes will need assistance to make the College Football Playoff, yet it’s not impossible. Nonetheless, it all starts with them defeating Michigan and Northwestern in the next few weeks.last_img read more

Govt working on uniform proposal to address grievances of home buyers Centre

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre told the Supreme Court Thursday that it is working on a “uniform proposal” to address the grievances of home buyers who are left in the lurch by erring realtors after having paid their hard earned money.The top court observed that it may use its plenary power under Article 142 of the Constitution to protect the interest of over 21,000 home buyers in the Jaypee Infratech case, if their grievances are not addressed. It asked the contesting parties before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) to try to reach a common ground for arriving at a decision. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari deferred the hearing for July 18, after the Centre told the court that NCLAT will hear the matter on July 17. Additional Solicitor General Madhvi Diwan, appearing for the Centre, informed the court that hearing before the NCLAT is scheduled for July 17 and it would be better to await its outcome. She said that the Centre is working on a uniform proposal to address various grievances of aggrieved home buyers and it will be submitted in the pending Unitech home buyers case by July 23, as per the direction of the apex court in that matter. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedDiwan said that ministry officials have informed her that they are working on a uniform proposal which would take care of various issues of the home buyers. The counsel appearing for the home buyers said they have an apprehension that Jaypee Infratech Ltd (JIL) may be sent for liquidation which could hamper their interest. To this, the bench said that even if NCLAT sends the company for liquidation, the apex court has enough plenary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to protect the interest of home buyers. The counsel then referred to the Unitech home buyers case where the government recently indicated that it may take over the stalled projects and said that similar relief can be granted to the home buyers in Jaypee case. To this, the bench said that any new revised or fresh proposal if made by the parties can come up before the NCLAT. The top court had on July 9 asked the Centre to come out with an “uniform” proposal for all cases to resolve the difficulties being faced by lakhs of home buyers who have not yet got possession of flats despite paying huge amounts of money to real estate builders. The apex court, which was hearing a home buyers matter related to JIL, said the issue concerns lakhs of flat buyers and the Centre should give a concrete proposal to resolve it. “This issue will be bothering lakhs of home buyers. Within the IBC (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code), we cannot do anything. But outside it, you (Centre) can suggest something. We can consider that,” the court had said. The court’s observation had come during the hearing of a plea which has sought that JIL be not sent into liquidation, although the deadline for the corporate insolvency resolution process is over, as it would cause “irreparable loss” to thousands of home buyers.last_img read more

Lawyers for Omar Khadr in court to seek easing of bail conditions

first_imgLawyers for former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr are to appear in an Edmonton court Thursday seeking to ease his bail restrictions and grant him unsupervised visits with his sister.Khadr is also seeking unrestricted internet access and more freedom to move around Canada while on bail pending the appeal of his conviction by a U.S. military commission for five purported war crimes.Khadr, now 31, has been free on bail for more than two years and notes no issues have arisen since his release.Right now, he can only have contact with his sister Zaynab Khadr if one of his lawyers or bail supervisor is present.Khadr is arguing he wants to reconnect with his family and is old enough that he can’t be negatively swayed.Several years ago, Zaynab and her mother infuriated many Canadians by expressing support for the al-Qaeda terrorist group.In 2005, Zaynab was investigated by RCMP for allegedly aiding al-Qaeda, but no charges were filed. She is now reportedly living in Sudan with her fourth husband, but is planning a visit to Canada.Thursday’s hearing is the next phase in a 15-year legal journey for Khadr that has ignited sharp and divisive debate among Canadians over terrorism, human rights and the rule of law.Related stories:Interview with Omar Khadr about his settlement with the federal governmentKhadr money freeze request rejectedMajority of Canadians disagree with $10.5M payout to Khadr: pollKhadr apology, settlement about violation of Charter rights, Trudeau saysThe Toronto-born Khadr spent years in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay after he was caught, as a teenager, and accused of tossing a grenade that killed army medic Christopher Speer during a firefight at an al-Qaeda compound in Afghanistan in 2002.In 2010, Khadr pleaded guilty to multiple charges before a U.S. military commission, including to killing Speer, but has since said he can’t remember if he tossed the fatal grenade. He has said he entered the plea to try to get out of Guantanamo, where he says he was mistreated, and into the Canadian justice system.He returned to Canada in 2012 to serve out the rest of the eight-year sentence he was given.Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that Khadr’s charter rights were violated at Guantanamo and Canadian officials contributed to that violation.Khadr filed a $20-million lawsuit against the government and last month it was revealed he had settled the case for a reported $10.5 million. That set off a fierce debate.Khadr has said he wants to get on with his life. He recently married and plans to move to the city of Red Deer, halfway between Edmonton and Calgary, to begin studies to become a nurse.last_img read more

Too soon to know cost of cleanfuel standard says Liberal MP Sean

first_imgOTTAWA — Liberal MP Sean Fraser says it’s premature for the Liberal government to say how a promised new clean-fuel standard will affect gasoline prices, as consultations on how the policy will be implemented are still underway.Fraser, who is parliamentary secretary to the environment minister, held a press conference today with fellow Liberal MP Mona Fortier to counter Conservative rhetoric against the fuel standards and against the Trudeau government’s environmental policies more generally.He said the Liberal plan to bring in new clean-fuel standards — which will force cleaner-burning fuels to lower carbon emissions by 30 million tonnes a year — is not the “secret fuel tax” Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has branded it.But he would not say how much the new standards might affect prices at the pumps.Fraser says regulations on the standards are still being discussed with provinces, territories and the public and this input could lead to “tweaks” to ensure prices remain affordable for all Canadians.On Monday, Scheer sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying he would scrap the Liberals’ fuel standards if his party wins the fall federal election, surmising they could increase the cost of gas by at least four cents a litre over and above the government’s carbon tax.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars Attend MPTFs 12th Annual Evening Before Party

first_imgTelevision’s biggest night took place in Century City, CA Sunday, September 16th, where the entertainment industry came together for the 12th annual “Evening Before” party, benefitting MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund).Stars Attend 12th Annual Evening BeforeCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for MPTFThe television industry, from Emmy presenters and nominees, to other TV industry members, helped raise funds to support their industry colleagues and friends who benefit from MPTF’s charitable programs and services such as financial assistance, crisis counseling, care giving support and of course the legendary retirement facility in Woodland Hills that is “home” to television and film veterans alike.“I’m incredibly grateful to the corporate sponsors and donors from the television community who came out to support the Evening Before. Their generosity enables MPTF to continue to serve industry workers and their families by providing financial assistance in tough times, subsidizing childcare, and offering help when caring for an aging parent,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation.The 12th Annual “Evening Before” Host Committee consisted of Julie Bowen, Rachel Brosnahan, Sterling K. Brown, Ty Burrell, Darren Criss, Tracee Ellis Ross, America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams, Claire Foy, Sophie Hunter & Benedict Cumberbatch, Allison Janney, Judith Light & Robert Desiderio, Kate McKinnon, Debra Messing, Mandy Moore, Elisabeth Moss, Jane Musky & Tony Goldwyn, Bob Odenkirk, Sandra Oh, Issa Rae, Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys, Octavia Spencer, Chrissy Teigen & John Legend, Milo Ventimiglia, and Lena Waithe.The Executive Host Committee included Bob Bakish, Casey Bloys, Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer, Paul Buccieri, Charlie Collier, Cesar Conde, Roma Downey & Mark Burnett, Channing Dungey, Pam & Randy Freer, Robert Greenblatt, Bonnie Hammer, Mike Hopkins, Toni Knight & Tony Vinciquerra, Luz & Robert Kyncl, Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams, Andrea & David Nevins, Jeanne & Gary Newman, Richard Plepler, Kevin Reilly, Megan & Peter Rice, Andrea & Peter Roth, Jennifer Salke, Josh Sapan, Ted Sarandos, Karen & Ben Sherwood, Dana & Matt Walden, and Ally Walker & John Landgraf.This year’s presenting sponsors were Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company, Netflix, PEOPLE, and Target.Among the celebrities who attended this year’s event were Malin Akerman, Sasha Alexander, Louie Anderson, Odette & Dave Annable, Katie Aselton, Lauren Ash, Kevin Bacon, Sosie Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Sara Bareilles, Zazie Beetz, Betsy Brandt, Amy Brenneman, Madeline Brewer, Alison Brie, Logan Browning, Amanda Brugel, Dan Bucatinsky, Sophia Bush, Ross Butler, Jessica Capshaw, D’Arcy Carden, Linda Cardellini, Kristin Chenoweth, Erika Christensen, Laverne Cox, Jackie Cruz, Ted Danson, Viola Davis, Jenna Dewan, Guillermo Diaz, Nina Dobrev, Mark Burnett & Roma Downey, Josh Duhamel, Clark Duke, Mark Duplass, Natalia Dyer, Jenna Elfman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Alice Eve, O-T Fagbenle, Fortune Feimster, Georgie Flores, Will Forte, Tan France, Hannah Gadsby, Johnny Galecki, Sara Gilbert, Betty Gilpin, Ilana Glazer, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon, Lauren Graham, Kelsey Grammar, Max Greenfield, Rupert Grint, Tiffany Haddish, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, Alyson Hannigan, David Harbour, Marcia Gay Harden, Justin Hartley, Charlie Heaton, Marg Helgenberger, Luke Hemsworth, Marin Hinkle, Anders Holm, Derek Hough, Oliver Hudson, Matt Iseman, Gillian Jacobs, Abbi Jacobson, Jameela Jamil, Mindy Kaling, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Aja Naomi King, Regina King, Jane Krakowski, Peter Krause, Nick Kroll, Padma Lakshmi, Katherine Langford, Ali Larter, Sandra Lee, Ray Liotta, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Mantzoukas, Ricky Martin, Tatiana Maslaney, Kelly McCreary, Dylan McDermott, Joel McHale, Stephen Merchant, Chrissy Metz, Alyssa Milano, Mandy Moore, Jennifer Morrison, Megan Mullally, Niecy Nash, Andrea Navedo, Craig T. Nelson, Thandie Newton, Trevor Noah, Patton Oswalt, Mandy Patinkin, Lauren & Aaron Paul, Tom Payne, Pauley Perrette, Jay Pharoah, Busy Philipps, Dascha Polanco, Adina Porter, Zac Posen, Jaime Pressley, Maggie Q, Issa Rae, Lili Reinhart, Retta, Sam Richardson, Britt Robertson, Debby Ryan, Rodrigo Santoro, Nico Santos, Angela Sarafyan, Jonathan Scott, Drew Scott, Amanda Seyfried, Tony Shalhoub, Molly Shannon, Sarah Silverman, Brittany Snow, Mira Sorvino, Mary Steenburgen, Chris Sullivan, Wanda Sykes, Kenan Thompson, Ashley Tisdale, Allison Tolman, Gina Torres, Michelle Trachtenberg, Skeet Ulrich, Matt Walsh, Derek Waters, Mae Whitman, Samira Wiley, Casey Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Evan Rachel Wood, Zach Woods, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Zegen, and many more.The “Evening Before” was designed as a relaxed town square atmosphere in the park by Silver Birches with specialty food provided by Carmelized Productions by Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo.The event is designed after the highly successful “Night Before,” another fundraiser held annually before the Academy Awards® for the past fifteen years to benefit MPTF.last_img read more

Chiefs prepare for meeting with Harper

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe moment of reckoning for First Nations is soon approaching.As chiefs from across the country meet at the a special assembly in Ottawa, they’re hoping to have a plan of action in place for next month’s First Nations-Crown gathering with the prime minister and his cabinet ministers.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.last_img

Guerguerat Polisario Refuses to Comply With UNSGs Call

Casablanca – The Polisario Front has to withdraw from the Guerguerat region, and abide by the call made by the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres’ to both parties to withdraw from the area. Morocco’s immediate withdrawal from the area of Guerguerat, lauded by a number of counties as a sign of Morocco’s commitment to find reasonable solutions to the conflict in the Moroccan Sahara, was not matched by a similar withdrawal by the Algerian-backed Polisario Front.In its comment about Morocco’s unilateral withdrawal, the Polisario Front asserted that Morocco’s move was a political maneuver seeking to draw support from the international community. Despite the UN Secretary General’s many requests calling on both parties to maintain the post-1991 situation in the southern area, the Polisario Front called for a move to “organize a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara.”The Polisario Front released a statement on Sunday claiming that it “supports the request of the Secretary General of the United Nations to respect the spirit and the text of the cease-fire agreement signed in 1991 as part of the UN settlement plan supervised by the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity.”Morocco’s reaction to the UN Secretary General’s request came in the form of a unilateral, unconditioned withdrawal from the area of conflict in the south of Morocco.“In this context, and upon high instructions of HM the King and in order to immediately apply and respect the request made by the UNSG, the Kingdom of Morocco will, as of today, begin its unilateral and immediate withdrawal from the region,” said a statement from the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.France, Spain, the United States and the United Nations have commended Morocco’s decision to withdraw from the region.The UN has described Morocco’s withdrawal as “positive movement.”“We obviously welcome the move, and we see it as a positive movement”, Spokesman of UN Secretary General, Stéphane Dujarric said during his daily press briefing on Monday. read more

Ivanka Trump Praises Moroccan Efforts in Ensuring Equality in Inheritance

Rabat – Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor  to US President Donald Trump, has praised Morocco’s efforts to ensure equality between Moroccan women and men in terms of inheritance.Trump’s daughter took to her Facebook to send a special thanks to the Moroccan government and to the Moroccan ambassador to the US, princess Lalla Joumala.On Monday, August 19, Ivanka wrote that the US applauds the “Moroccan government for this important step towards the adoption of inheritance law amendments, and look forward to supporting their full implementation.” She also expressed satisfaction with the leadership of the Moroccan ambassador to the US princess Lalla Joumala, and the work of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.“ W-GDP [Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative] will continue to support women’s land rights and I appreciate the strong leadership of HH Princess Lalla Joumala,”  she posted.W-GDP aims to reach “50 million women in the developing world by 2025 throgh US government activities, private-public partnerships, and a new, innovative fund,” according to the White House.The message comes a few weeks after the House of Representatives unanimously adopted  three bills related to communal agricultural land (sulaliyat). The three bills have been described as a “long awaited reform” by the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Interior, Noureddine Boutayeb. The official said in July that the adoption of the draft texts is the result of “several achievements and developments during the last years.”A long awaited reformThe three bills have been described as a “long awaited reform” by the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Interior, Noureddine Boutayeb. The official said in July that the adoption of the draft texts is the result of “several achievements and developments during the last years.”The draft laws took into account the aspirations of rights holders, including women also known as sulaliayt.The women have been struggling for more than 10 years for equal rights of ownership.The bills are also in accordance with royal instructions. In October 2018, King Mohammed VI  said that it is “necessary to find appropriate legal and administrative mechanisms to facilitate rights holders’ ownership of some of the fallow land.”The monarch added that “this must be done according to specific conditions that take into account the actual implementation of projects, the need to curb the excessive fragmentation of agricultural land and the provision of the technical and financial support needed.”Since King Mohammed VI ascended to the throne in 1999, the promotion of women’s rights has been on his agenda. Morocco introduced  a new family code to grant more rights to women in both marriage and divorce.Morocco also introduced the 2011 Constitution, which made gender equality one of its priorities.Article 6 of the constitution stipulates that the“public powers work for the creation of the conditions permitting the effectiveness of liberty and of the equality of citizens [feminine] and citizens [masculine] to be made general [generaliser], as well as their participation in political, economic, cultural and social life.”Article 19 also emphasized the need of equality between both men and women.“The man and the woman enjoy, in equality, the rights and freedoms of civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental character.” read more

Iraq as militants advance UN swings into action on political humanitarian fronts

According to a UN spokesperson in New York, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Nikolay Mladenov, met earlier today with Speaker Osama Nujeifi of the Iraqi Council of Representatives and expressed grave concern about the situation in the country. Islamic insurgents seized Iraq’s second largest city on Tuesday following days of fighting against Iraqi Government forces. As many as 500,000 people have reportedly fled Mosul in the wake of the violence, and yesterday, terrorists kidnapped the Consul General of Turkey and several consulate staff working in the city.In his meetings, Mr. Mladenov said that the ongoing violence in parts of Iraq is the most severe threat to its security in years. He reiterated the UN’s support for the Iraqi Government in its efforts to fight against terrorist organizations. Yesterday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored the upsurge in violence as “totally unacceptable,” strongly condemning the actions of terrorists groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which have reportedly taken control of the cities of Mosul, Tuz Khourmatu, Beiji and Tikrit.Mr. Mladenov briefed the UN Security Council today on the situation via video-conference.Meanwhile, on the humanitarian front, UN agencies have swung into action to provide assistance for the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the turmoil. Those agencies already on the ground are urging the protection of civilians and appealing for additional support to address this rapidly-evolving humanitarian crisis.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners have prioritized delivery of emergency aid, including vaccines to help prevent the spread of diseases such as polio and measles.In addition, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is launching an initial emergency operation to provide food assistance to 42,000 of the most vulnerable people displaced by the violence.In a press release, the agency said it has deployed emergency and logistics staff to Erbil in the Kurdistan region to determine further food needs on the ground following the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people from Mosul to Erbil and neighbouring areas over the past two days. “The crisis in Iraq is escalating quickly. In some areas on the borders between Iraq and Kurdistan where newly displaced people are arriving, there are reports of unavailability of food in the shops. Meeting the food needs of the most vulnerable groups is a crucial step for WFP’s mission in the country,” said WFP Representative in Iraq Jane Pearce.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has also stepped up its efforts to provide shelter, protection and emergency supplies to displaced families. Preparations for a displacement camp in the Dohuk Governorate are under way. Some 1,000 UNHCR tents have been delivered, and UNICEF and partners are coordinating emergency water and sanitation activities for the camp. read more

Campus Security admin Gail Elliott retires

Gail Elliott took her job seriously.When someone walked into the Campus Security Services (CSS) office, it was her smiling face who greeted them. If they called the office, it was Elliott’s calming voice they heard on the phone.After 14 years of service as Administrative Assistant for CSS, and nearly two decades at Brock, Elliott retired at the end of December.As the office’s first point of contact, it was important to Elliott that she provided the best service she could.“No matter the situation, or how volatile it was, I always remained calm and friendly,” she said. “I assisted people the best way I could.”During her time with CSS, Elliott experienced a wide variety of situations from inclement weather to campus power outages to having a suspicious package discovered on campus. She also helped countless people seeking lost belongings, inquiring about campus parking and reporting incidents.Elliott still remembers the time a student’s aunt called in a panic, trying to get in touch with her nephew for a family medical emergency. After helping the family connect with the student, the aunt wrote to the CSS director calling Elliott “helpful, empathetic and understanding.”Prior to beginning her role with Campus Security Services in 2003, Elliott was employed through Temporary Employment Services from 1999 to 2000, performing administrative duties at 24 different departments across Brock. After accumulating enough hours to apply for a permanent position, Elliott secured administrative assistant roles in Procurement and the Office of Research Services.Her early career involved working as an educational assistant and family respite provider, as well as in administrative roles with public schools and a board of education.Even with her varied experience, Elliott said working for Campus Security was unlike any other role she held at Brock.“It’s an interesting job, but you can’t talk about it,” she said. “Every day I dealt with confidential, sometimes highly sensitive information.”Although she officially retired at the end of 2017, Elliott is employed two days a week with CSS to help with the new administrative assistant’s transition and complete some important project milestones.In her new-found free time, Elliott swims, plays the guitar and spends quality time with her four grandchildren, three daughters and her husband, Raymond. A fifth grandchild is due in March.She also plans to continue volunteering with the MS Society of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.Elliott has mixed emotions about leaving Brock permanently.“I loved my position,” she said. “Donna Moody is an excellent Director and I feel privileged to have worked for her. Under her leadership, I’m proud to say that I’ve played an important role in implementing positive, efficient changes.“Although I look forward to retirement and spending more time with my family, I will miss the family I made at Campus Security.” read more

Oxford librarian sacked for Harlem Shake video

first_imgOXFORD UNIVERSITY STUDENTS are rallying behind a librarian who they say was unfairly sacked after students filmed themselves performing the “Harlem Shake” in a college library.Laura O’Brien, president of the Middle Common Room at the university’s St. Hilda’s College, says students are investigating Calypso Nash’s dismissal.The Middle Common Room represents the college’s postgraduate students. The Junior Common Room, which represents undergraduates, said it is asking for Nash to be reinstated.The students say that college officials fired Nash because she allowed about 30 students to film their version of the global YouTube sensation in the library.Oxford University said Wednesday that Nash was a postgraduate student working part-time as a librarian, but declined to confirm she was dismissed.Uploaded by TheLiveleaknewslast_img read more

Pokémon X and Y How to catch a shiny Pokémon

first_imgThe most elusive and desirable prize throughout the Pokémon series has always been a shiny version of your favorite pocket monster. Concerning Pokémon X and Y, rumors have been circulating that the shiny encounter rate has been adjusted to be more friendly. There are also a handful of strategies believed to increase your chances of running into a shiny, and one of them is as easy as pressing a button.Tipping NPCsThroughout the game, you’ll be offered the option to tip NPCs either $100, $500, or $1000. Many gamers around the internet are claiming that they ran into a shiny shortly after tipping an NPC $1000. The only shiny I have ever encountered in the wild throughout the series is a shiny Oddish, and I happened to run into it just after tipping the photographer outside of Parfum Palace.After testing the theory at length after that shiny encounter, I have not run into another shiny as of yet. So, take the rumor with a grain of salt.Masuda MethodNamed after Game Freak producer Junichi Masuda, this method was programmed into the series beginning in Generation IV, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. The normal rate to encounter a shiny in the wild or through breeding is 1/8192, or about a 0.01% chance. Using the Masuda Method, though, increases the probability. In Diamond and Pearl, the rate is multiplied by five, or about 1/1638. In Generation V — Black and White — the chance is multiplied by six, which is 1/1365. Though still quite low, both chances are much preferred to 1/8192.The Masuda Method is simple enough to pull off, it just happens to be extraordinarily tedious. If two Pokémon of differing geographical regions are bred together (such as one from America and one from Japan), the more favorable Masuda percentage is applied to the resulting egg. Simple as that. The reason why this method is tedious is because breeding is tedious, as you have to continually mindlessly walk a ton of steps to hatch each egg. Granted, an increased shiny hatch rate is much more desirable to a 0.01% chance for a shiny encounter.Poké Radar chainingThe Poké Radar is back in Pokémon X and Y; you can obtain it from Professor Sycamore’s lab on the second floor after you beat the Elite Four. In previous iterations of the franchise, you could “chain” Pokémon using the radar, and if done correctly, you can detect shiny Pokémon in the grass. The method is tedious, but one of the only reliable ways to obtain a shiny critter. Poké Radar chaining has not yet been officially confirmed (normally via hackers looking over the games’ code) as a working method in the newest installments, but gamers have been reporting that it does work, seen in the video below.The actual process is easy enough — you just activate the Poké Radar and tediously walk around until you see a glittering grass patch, as shown above. However, there are a ton of different little rules that apply to that walking around. In short, you create a chain by running into the same Pokémon over and over again. Each time you run into that very same Pokémon (for instance, you keep running into Oddish), your chain increases. When your chain increases, your chance to run into a shiny version of the chained Pokémon increases. The cap has always been set at 40, which increases your chance to run into a shiny from 0.01% to 0.5%.When you use the Poké Radar, you’ll see various patches of grass shake, as demonstrated in the above video. To keep the chain going, you have to walk into a new patch of grass that shakes the same way your previous patch of grass shook. Another important part of chaining Pokémon involves using Repel items to ward off normal wild Pokémon. If you run into one of those, your chain is broken. Other weird actions also break the chain, such as moving into the patch of grass above (it appears behind, due to the perspective) your character’s head, or moving into a patch of grass that forms a corner (two edges of the patch do not touch other grass tiles).Radar chaining is insanely in-depth, and if you’re going to try the practice, you can check out an equally in-depth guide over here.Catching your shiny PokémonOther than the above three methods, there are so far no other discovered ways to increase the chances of catching a shiny Pokémon. The more players spend time with the game, the more likely it is that a new method will be discovered. However, shiny Pokémon are meant to be insanely rare, so don’t bet that Game Freak will have made obtaining one (not counting event giveaways) something other than a chore.last_img read more