To Improve Wind and Solar Power, Bring Them Together

first_imgBy BEN JERVEYWhat’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is seasonally variable, and is not always blowing when the energy is needed. But what if solar and wind work together?“Wind resource tends to complement solar resource,” says Sarah Kurtz of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. “Here in Colorado, for instance, the windiest time is during the winter and spring months. In winter, we don’t have as much sunshine, but we tend to get more wind and stronger wind.”A handful of enterprising renewable energy developers are now exploring how solar and wind might better work together, developing hybrid solar–wind projects to take advantage of the power-generating strengths of each — with the two technologies in tandem serving as a better replacement for climate-warming fossil fuels than either could be alone. Ben Jervey is a writer and editor covering climate, energy and the environment. This post originally appeared at the website Ensia. RELATED ARTICLES Tacking on solarOn the rolling plains just west of Australia’s Great Dividing Range, construction is expected to begin on a 10-megawatt solar farm adjacent to 73 wind turbines that are already online. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency — ARENA, a governmental agency tasked with increasing deployment of renewable energy — has invested A$9.9 million in the project, located a few hours southwest of Sydney. Combining solar and wind provides more continuous energy generation than having either technology working alone.But that’s not the only benefit. Co-locating wind and solar plants can save money on grid connections, site development and approvals, says ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht. By building the Gullen Solar Farm adjacent to the existing wind project, Frischknecht estimates savings as high as A$6 million — reducing the cost of the project by a full 20%.Frischknecht hopes that the Gullen Range project will serve as a model for how tacking solar onto existing wind farms can boost its application. “Scale isn’t as important for competitiveness when plants are co-located, meaning the approach could also unlock new markets for medium-scale solar PV projects,” he says. And just how big could these new markets be? Frischknecht points to an ARENA-funded study that found an estimated 1,000 MW of solar generating potential at existing wind farms in Australia — enough, ARENA calculates, to power 700,000 homes.“The lessons learned at Gullen Range will be invaluable, as this is the first project of its type in Australia,” Frischknecht says. “It has the potential to cement industry confidence in the approach and provide a blueprint for similar projects to follow.” Renewable Portfolio Standards Produce Big SavingsNew York Utility Finds Big Payoff in New IdeasWhy a Vermont Utility Welcomes Solar A California Utility Looks for New Answers in Solar Integration PuzzleDoes Cheaper Solar Mean We Can Forget Efficiency?Solar Energy Can Make the Grid More Resilient Battery boostersExpanding power production and saving money on installation aren’t the only benefits that can come from combining wind and solar. When applied to microgrid systems — local energy grids that can disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously — combined solar and wind can help cut battery costs as well, says NREL’s Kurtz.According to Kurtz, microgrids are finding application in places like Hawaii and India where utility prices are exorbitantly high or where communities are too remote to be tied into the macrogrid.Microgrids powered by photovoltaics require battery storage, since people need power when the sun isn’t shining. The problem is, batteries are still quite expensive. Adding wind can help cut the battery costs, since the wind can (and often does) blow when the sun doesn’t shine.“If you’re in a location where the wind does blow, and especially where the wind complements solar, until the batteries get cheaper than the wind power itself, you’re going to be better off adding wind [than batteries],” Kurtz says.The microgrid will still need some form of storage, “because there will always be a night when the wind isn’t blowing,” she adds. But the solar and wind combination “can make battery demand much smaller.”As these types of hybrid systems are just now coming online — ARENA hopes that the Gullen Solar Farm will start producing power in July 2017 — there isn’t yet a lot of empirical data about how well they actually perform. But solar developers have been wary that the shadows cast by wind turbines could potentially stunt the production of solar power.Research, however, is allaying some of those fears. Simulations conducted in 2013 by the Reiner Lemoine Institut and Solarpraxis AG, both in Germany, showed that shading losses would be as low as 1% to 2% on average. They also suggested that combining photovoltaics and wind turbines at the same location can actually yield up to twice the amount of electricity as having either system working alone in the same land area. The Gullen Range project, for its part, avoids shading losses altogether by locating the photovoltaics on a northern facing slope beyond the range of any turbines’ shadows. Virtual hybridsIn Texas, the Defense Logistics Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense is getting around any potential downsides of co-locating the two technologies another way — by taking a more “virtual” approach to hybrid wind and solar. The agency is working with developer Apex Clean Energy to meet 100% of Fort Hood’s electricity needs with onsite solar PV panels that are complemented by additional energy wired in from a wind farm in Floyd County, more than 300 miles northwest of the facility.Apex put the solar onsite because the Army wanted the grid security provided by local generation that isn’t vulnerable to power outages and other transmission constraints, Apex director of public affairs Dahvi Wilson explains. But Apex and the Army chose to site the turbines where the wind resource was the strongest. The setup illustrates the point that “[a] hybrid project does not necessary have to be co-located,” Wilson says.Wilson is enthusiastic about how the projects helps make these renewables make sense from an economic as well as environmental standpoint.“Wind energy offers the cheapest option for new energy construction currently available in the U.S., while solar energy can be more expensive to develop and install,” Wilson explains. “By combining the costs into one product, the blended cost is competitive with other new sources of energy.”last_img read more

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5 Important Tools Every Screenwriter Should Have

first_img4. Online ResourcesImage via Shutterstock.Once you fully dive into the screenwriting world, one of the best ways to stay engaged and continue to grow is to constantly read about the art form. Luckily, there are some really great resources for screenwriters online. Here is a great mega-list, and below are some select few to dive into from award-winning screenwriters who provide great tips, tricks, and conversations.The Script LabScreenwriting from IowaJohn AugustJen GrisantiThe Bitter Script Reader/r/screenwriting Before you sit down to write your next script, be sure to get these five essential tools ready to help you with the task.Cover image via Thrillist.It’s been said by thousands since, but I believe it was Alfred Hitchcock who first once said, “To make a great film you need three things — the script, the script and the script.” And in today’s wild age of film and video content run amuck across an ever-growing range of film festivals and digital platforms, it rings absolutely true today.At the heart of every good film is a good script, and at the heart of a good script is a great story. To truly master the art of scripting, a screenwriter needs to harness every tool at his or her disposal to create scripts that can resonate with audiences and pop off the page to bring your story to life.So, if you’re looking to be the next Paddy Chayefsky, Aaron Sorkin or Diablo Cody — or are looking to put your story down in proper script form for the first time — here are five things you need to succeed.1. The Hero with a Thousand Faces (and Subsequent Readings)Image via Tally Pendragon.Let’s start with the most fundamental of the fundamental. If you are unfamiliar with the works of Joseph Campbell and his Hero’s Journey, you need to start reading up now. Campbell’s famous book contains the most important formula not only for screenplays but for stories of all kinds. However, while the book itself can be a little dense, there are also plenty of great writing resources (and blogging online) to help you learn how to master the art of the Hero’s Journey for your own work.2. Script Writing SoftwareImage via Shutterstock.Only once you’ve done your formative work should you even consider writing your script. It’s also worth noting that before diving into the actual script, it would certainly make sense to work your story out as a concept first. But for the sake of this article, specifically on screenwriting, let’s assume you have and we’re diving into the actual scripting. Unless you want to do your writing on a word processor long-form, you’re going to need software that helps with things like formatting and hotkeys to streamline your writing process.I’ll always suggest Final Draft as the industry standard, but there are several great options available (many of which are free!) that will work as well.3. Formatting GuideImage via Shutterstock.One of the biggest reasons for using script writing software is formatting. A good software will help you work with different things like action, dialogue, and blocking directions. However, to truly grow as a script writer, you’ll need to understand how scripts are formatted (and why). The following are some good resources.How to Format a ScreenplayScript Writing Example & Screenwriting TipsScreenplay Format GuideWhat is standard screenplay format? 5. Script Review ServicesImage via Shutterstock.Additionally, if you’re looking for feedback on your scripts, there are plenty of resources for reviewing scripts and getting advice on everything from character, to plot, to dialogue — and support for getting your scripts Hollywood-ready. However, these services are not free (or even cheap), but they can be helpful for beginning screenwriters desperate for real feedback on their projects.Script PipelineScript Reader ProScript ShadowScreenplay ReadersStory Sensecenter_img If you’re still hungry for more screenwriting resources, here are some other great articles to check out.8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding on a ScriptWriting The Hollywood Blockbuster – Screenwriting MasterclassScreenwriting Tips for the Emerging Writer9 Sites for Free Movie ScriptsPremiumbeat Screenwriting Archiveslast_img read more

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ONE Championship lines up 45 events for 2019

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Body first, ranking later says Rafael Nadal after ankle surgery Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img CEO of ONE Championship Chatri Sityodtong talks to the media during the ONE Championship press conference at Marina Bay in Singapore. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonMANILA, Philippines—It’s going to be another big year for ONE Championship.The mixed martial arts promotion announced that it would have a total of 45 events scheduled to take place in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid The Folayang-Aoki fight, which is a rematch more than two years in the making, is just one of three World title fights in the card with ONE Women’s World atomweight champion Angela Lee moving up in weight to challenge ONE Women’s World strawweight champion Xiong Jin Nan.Rounding out the three title fights is the bout between Aung La N Sang, the ONE World light heavyweight and middleweight champion, will put his 204-lb title against Ken Hasegawa.New signings, and former UFC World champions, Eddie Alvarez and Demetrous Johnson would also make their debuts for the promotion in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Twenty four ONE Championship events (fight cards), 12 ONE Hero Series, six ONE Warrior Series, and three ONE ESports events are lined up for the year, according to ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong.Fight cards have all been set in terms of dates and venues.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionONE Championship’s biggest card in 2019 is the A New Era event on March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.A New Era will be ONE Championship’s first card in Japan with ONE World lightweight champion Eduard Folayang defending his belt against Shinya Aoki in the main event. MOST READlast_img read more

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TESTIMONY CONTINUES IN AUBREY TRAIL TRIAL

first_imgInvestigators testified that Aubrey Trail bought saws, a utility knife, bleach and trash bags before and just after his alleged murder victim, Sydney Loofe of Lincoln, went missing.The testimony Friday in the 52-year-old Trail’s trial stated that he bought those items on November 15th, the day before the 24-year-old Loofe was reported missing by her mother.Loofe’s dismembered body was found weeks later in trash bags in a field about 90 miles away from Lincoln.Police say Loofe had gone on a Tinder date Nov. 14th with 25-year-old Bailey Boswell, who was Trail’s girlfriend.Both Trail and Boswell are charged with first-degree murder and face a possible death penalty.While some of Loofe’s possessions were found along roadsides outside Lincoln, the saws and knife were never found.last_img read more

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9 months agoJuventus to offer Benatia to Arsenal for Ramsey

first_imgJuventus to offer Benatia to Arsenal for Ramseyby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are ready to setup a swap deal with Juventus for Aaron Ramsey.The Wales midfielder has already agreed Bosman terms with the Bianconeri, though could move to Juve immediately for the right deal.La Stampa says that could include Morocco defender Medhi Benatia.Benatia has not travelled with Juve to Jeddah for the Supercoppa and is keen on leaving this month.And with Arsenal in the market for a new centre-half, he is being offered to the Gunners in a straight swap for Ramsey. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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This Stat Shows How Dominant Nebraska Football Has Been Historically

first_imgQuarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska football hasn’t been a great program over the last few seasons. The Huskers have one of the great traditions in college football though.It wasn’t all that long ago that the program was competing for national championships. Of course, plenty has changed since the halcyon days of Husker football.The team now competes in the Big Ten. It is hard to argue against that move, given the financial and stability advantages afforded by the league. Back in the day, though, Nebraska had it pretty good in the Big Eight/12.Nebraska has a pretty big edge on many of its former conference rivals. Pick Six Previews posted the longest winning streaks against a single opponent in college football history, and Nebraska is very well represented.Nebraska’s decades-long streak against Kansas football is the second-longest of all time.The Huskers beat the Jayhawks every year from 1969 to 2004. Nebraska is 91-23-3 overall in the series, which seems surprisingly close, given the 36-year win streak.Most consecutive wins over an opponent (All-Time)43- Notre Dame over Navy (’64-’04)36- Nebraska over Kansas (’69-04)32- OU over Kansas St (’37-’68)31- PSU over Temple (’52-’14)31- UF over Kentucky (CURRENT)29- Nebraska over KansasSt (’69-’97)29- Clemson over UVA (’55-’89)— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) June 12, 2018Out of the 15 longest consecutive win streaks over an opponent:Nebraska has FOUR.No other team has more than one. https://t.co/UxzoJTYl9X— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) June 12, 2018The first tweet shows the top two Nebraska streaks: vs. Kansas and vs. Kansas State. Old conference rivalries against schools from the Sunflower State were kind to the Huskers.As Pick Six Previews notes, Nebraska appears in the top 15 two more times. The other two were both 24-game streaks.From 1979-2002, Nebraska recorded 24 straight wins over Missouri. 1974-1999 saw a 24-game win streak against Oklahoma State, though the two teams did not match up during two of those seasons.Only two of Nebraska’s major former conference mates have the historical upper-hand in their series against the Huskers. Longtime rival Oklahoma is 45-38-3 against the Huskers. Texas, which spent less time in the same league, as the Big Eight and SWC did not merge until 1996, is 10-4 in the series.last_img read more

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Costa Sends Fifth Cruise Ship to Asia

first_imgzoom The 1800-passenger Costa neoRomantica will be based in Asia year-round starting from April 10, 2017, the cruise ship’s owner Costa Group said.The 56,800-gross ton vessel will be the fifth Costa ship deployed regularly in Asia and operated by the Costa Asia brand.“The deployment of a fifth Costa ship in Asia in 2017, in addition to the two new fleet members that will be built specially for Costa Asia, will allow us to continue to significantly grow the Asian cruise market in particular China, which is set to become the second largest in the world by the end of the decade,” said Costa Group CEO Michael Thamm.Costa neoRomantica will arrive in Shanghai after a 23-day positioning cruise departing on March 18, 2017 from Port Louis, Mauritius and calling at Port Victoria in Seychelles, Malè in Maldives, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Phuket in Thailand, Singapore, Vietnamese Da Nang, and Hong Kong.The cruise ship, which will be dry docked in Shanghai for renewal works to customize the vessel, is scheduled to deploy on its first Asian voyage from Shanghai on April 24, 2017.Costa Group said that at present there are three Costa ships cruising in Asia, while the fourth, Costa Fortuna, is expected to arrive in Shanghai on April 22, 2016.The company ordered two new 135,500-ton cruise vessels for Costa Asia from Italy’s shipbuilder Fincantieri in December 2015, scheduled for delivery in 2019 and 2020.last_img read more

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Jays closer Osuna charged with assault placed on administrative leave

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball Tuesday after being charged with assault.The league said it was investigating the circumstances of the charges in accordance with the joint domestic violence policy between the league and the MLB Players Association.Toronto Police said Osuna will appear in court June 18, but wouldn’t provide more details.The administrative leave, which is not considered discipline by MLB, is a seven-day period that gives the league time to investigate. But Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said the length of the leave will be fluid.“It depends on the investigation, it depends on the information that comes,” Atkins told media before Tuesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners at Rogers Centre.“I think there are scenarios where this leave could be extended, it could be shortened, it could be seven days. The seven days is a default. … (it depends) on the investigation whether that turns into more.”Major League Baseball and the Players Association agreed on a domestic violence policy in 2015. It allows the league to discipline a player for an alleged domestic violence incident regardless of whether it results in a trial.Relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman was the first player to be disciplined under the terms of the policy when the league suspended him for the first 30 games of the 2016 season for an alleged incident on Dec. 7, 2015. Days later, shortstop Jose Reyes was suspended for the first 51 games of the 2016 season for an alleged incident.“I think what we’ve seen over the years is Major League Baseball has taken very strong stances on situations like this one,” Atkins said.“We support Major League Baseball in that effort and we respect everything they’ve done not just to heighten awareness but to understand that this is much more than baseball, it’s much bigger than just coming out here and trying to beat the Seattle Mariners.”Both Atkins and manager John Gibbons said they had spoken with Osuna at the ballpark earlier in the day, though neither would get into specifics about their conversations.There was a half-empty water bottle at Osuna’s locker, which was stocked with his uniforms and caps, hours before the game. Atkins said Osuna will not be around the team or at the stadium while he’s on leave.The Blue Jays issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying they “fully support” MLB’s decision to place Osuna on leave and that they were “taking the matter extremely seriously, as the type of conduct associated with this incident is not reflective of our values as an organization.”Atkins echoed that sentiment when speaking to media.“As it relates to the allegations, to say that we don’t condone things of this nature is taking it very lightly,” he said. “Specifically as to our emotions and to get that type of information as an organization, it’s difficult to come up with words just to how seriously we are taking it.”The 23-year-old Osuna is in his fourth MLB season, all with the Blue Jays.The native of Juan Jose Rios, Mexico, has nine saves in 15 appearances this season with a 2.93 earned-run average and 13 strikeouts.Toronto signed Osuna as an international free agent in 2011. He made his major league debut in 2015, cracking the roster out of spring training.“Hopefully there’s nothing there,” Gibbons said before the game. “I love the kid not because of what he’s done for us on the field but because of who he is and my relationship with him over the years. But really in society in general there’s got to be zero tolerance. You’ve got to protect the vulnerable and those who can’t protect themselves a lot. Hopefully when it’s all said and done he’s back with us and it’s all behind him and things turn out fine.”Gibbons said it remains to be seen who will take over the closer role.“We’ll see how the games develop,” he said. “We got a few guys who can do it. (Tyler) Clippard, (Ryan) Tepera can do it, (Seunghwan) Oh can do it. Ax (John Axford) can even do it. Still feel pretty good about what’s down there.”The Blue Jays started a six-game homestand Tuesday night against Seattle. The team had planned give away Osuna T-shirts to the first 15,000 fans attending Thursday’s series finale against the Mariners, but have changed the giveaway to shirts featuring infielder Yangervis Solarte.The Blue Jays recalled right-hander Jake Petricka from triple-A Buffalo to take Osuna’s spot on the roster.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly stated Osuna is in his third season.last_img read more

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Lawyers in Oland case say there are some matters we need to

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – Crown prosecutors and lawyers for Dennis Oland say there are details they need to finalize before asking the New Brunswick courts to set a date for a new second-degree murder trial.“There are some matters we need to iron out,” prosecutor P.J. Veniot told the Court of Queen’s Bench Tuesday morning in Saint John.He said lawyers for both sides would be in a better position to address those matters later in the month.“Hopefully we’ll be much better prepared for the next court appearance,” Veniot said.A judge agreed to the request — bumping the scheduling hearing to Sept. 5.Dennis Oland — a financial planner and scion of one of the Maritimes’ most prominent families, the founders of Moosehead Breweries — was not in court Tuesday, but was represented by lawyer Bill Teed.Oland is charged in the 2011 bludgeoning death of his multimillionaire father, Richard Oland, who was found face down in a pool of blood in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011.An autopsy showed he suffered 45 sharp and blunt force blows to his head, neck and hands. A murder weapon was never found.During Dennis Oland’s trial, the court heard he had visited his father’s office the night before and was the last known person to see him alive.Oland was convicted in 2015, but was released on bail last October when the New Brunswick Court of Appeal ordered a new trial, citing an error in the judge’s instructions to the jury.Dennis Oland had told police he was wearing a navy blazer when he visited his father that evening, but witnesses and video evidence showed him wearing a brown Hugo Boss jacket that was later found to have tiny traces of blood and DNA that matched his father’s profile.The Crown portrayed Oland’s original statement about the jacket as an intentional lie, while the defence said it was an honest mistake. The appeal court said the trial judge did not properly instruct the jurors as to the probative value of that statement.Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application by the Crown to restore the conviction, and a cross-appeal seeking an acquittal.Veniot said he is “hopeful” the retrial will be heard sometime in 2018.Crown prosecutors Derek Weaver and Jill Knee will also handle the retrial along with Veniot.Court documents indicate the retrial is expected to last up to 65 days — the same as the original trial.Outside court, Veniot wouldn’t comment on the trial length, saying that will be set on Sept. 5.Judge Terrence Morrison of Fredericton is slated to hear the retrial.last_img read more

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DWAYNE JOHNSON GAL GADOTS RED NOTICE MOVES TO NETFLIX ADDS RYAN REYNOLDS

first_imgFrom left: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds | Getty Images (3) Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Facebook Filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed Johnson in last year’s Skyscraper, is writing and directing Red Notice, which Universal previously was going to release on Nov. 13, 2020. It now has no release date, but will shoot in 2020. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Universal was previously going to release the film in November 2020.Red Notice is setting up shop at Netflix. The big-budget international heist feature starring Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot has moved from Universal to the streaming service, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. With the move comes the additional casting news of Ryan Reynolds, who is starring in Michael Bay’s Six Underground for Netflix.last_img read more

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US tax reform longterm IT demand bode well for Montrealbased CGI

first_imgMONTREAL – The “digital revolution” that extended the internet’s reach, spurred the mass adoption of mobile devices and increased the use of artificial intelligence has ensured that demand for IT professionals will be very strong for years to come, said CGI chair Serge Godin.What started as back office support is now at the core of organizations and how they operate, Godin told shareholders at its annual meeting on Wednesday in Montreal.“It is easy to imagine that the number of IT-related talents required by our clients will, at least, double over the next decade.”With its focus on technology, CGI is better able than most companies to attract top talent.“As an IT professional in CGI, you’re the core of the business,” said CGI President George Schindler, in an interview.CGI Group Inc. said it expects global tax changes, particularly in the United States which accounts for about 30 per cent of revenues, will increase its profit this year by about $40 million or about four per cent of last year’s net earnings.Most of the gain comes from Washington’s move to cut the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21 per cent from 35 per cent and a repatriation tax rate.There has also been a tax cut in Belgium to 25 per cent. Both are partially offset by a one-time five per cent corporate surtax imposed in France.CGI said it sees large opportunities for growth by the U.S. federal government despite the ongoing threat of a shutdown.There was little impact from the recent brief shutdown but another closure could be more challenging if it is long, which few predict, Schindler earlier told analysts during a conference call.However, he said some spending isn’t dependent on a new budget or is obligatory. The company prepared for the last shutdown by doing work ahead of time.CGI said Wednesday it earned $285.3 million or 98 cents per diluted share in its first quarter, up from $275.7 million or 89 cents per share a year earlier.Revenue for the quarter ended Dec. 31 totalled $2.82 billion, up from $2.68 billion.Excluding specific items, CGI said it earned $288.0 million or 99 cents per diluted share for the quarter, up from $277.6 million or 90 cents per diluted share a year earlier.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:GIB.A)last_img read more

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Mayor Ackerman shares her role at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)

first_imgOn the panel will be Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria, Mayor Josie Osborne of Tofino, Caitlyn Vernon with the Sierra Club and Blair King, achemistinlangley.net as well as Ackerman.Ackerman expresses she sees the topic of climate change as an ‘often-polarizing issue’ and that she feels it is imperative to respond appropriately to this ‘multidimensional problem’ as the topic is at the forefront of the collective global conversation.In her post, Ackerman goes on to share her perspective of the divide that has been taking place with lawsuits being filed by local governments, suing energy companies to pay for the costs of climate change.“These lawsuits are the embodiment of a divisive approach that pits energy companies against municipalities and hardens age-old divides: rural versus urban, province versus province, right versus left,” a direct quote from FB post.Ackerman expresses ‘collaboration must be at the centre of climate change strategy change’, to bridge the divide.“Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria has taken critical steps to do just that earlier this year when she revoked her support for litigation and began to explore alternative options to prepare her community to deal with the costs of climate change. Mayor Helps and I often represent the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to the divides I mentioned earlier – yet we both agree on the fundamentals,” posted Ackerman. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the upcoming annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention, Mayor Lori Ackerman shares on her FB page her participation during the Convention.The UBCM gives local municipal government leaders from across BC the opportunity to speak on issues that affect British Columbians.Mayor Ackerman shares, that during her attendance to the convention she will be sitting on a panel talking about climate change, and how communities will deal with its associated impacts. The panel discussion, we will delve into respective communities’ varying perspectives, shares Ackerman, to chart a consensus-oriented strategy to municipal action on climate resilience.The Mayor goes further to share, the oil and gas industry is a major job creator for Fort St. John, and it also provides modern energy to the greater Province. The Canadian energy sector is one of the cleanest in the world, and it is constantly developing new technology to improve operational efficiency and leave a lighter footprint. This innovative culture should be encouraged and is critical in finding solutions to climate change.“Vilifying an industry will not drive progress, and such a lawsuit would be neither time nor cost-effective. Government and industry must partner and work together to identify ways to address climate change. To achieve the best adaptation outcomes, we should engage in seeking solutions and the energy industry should be involved,” posted Ackerman.To read the entire post; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Two Moroccan Sisters Drown to Death in Italian River

Miami – On Tuesday, the province of Modena in Italy witnessed a tragedy. Modena’s Secchia River, in the town of Sassuolo, tragically dragged down three Moroccan-Italian sisters who were bathing. Two of the sisters fatally drowned and the third one was rescued and remains in critical condition.Despite rescue attempts, the two sisters, Hajar Louhabi, 18 years old, Khadija, only 9 years old – both drowned down the current.The third sister who was rescued from the Secchia, revived and hospitalized in Modena was the eldest, Khaoula who is 21 years old. Italy’s ANSA reports that the dramatic scene was witnessed by the youngest of the 4 sisters, who had stayed ashore and was able to call for rescue. Surprisingly, she is only 11 years old.Italy has been greatly affected by a heat wave in the last month so the 4 sisters had decided to spend their lunchtime cooling off in the river. They did not know that their refreshing mid-day dip, would end up taking 2 lives and forever damaging the family of these 4 Moroccan-Italian sisters.Authorities have expressed their condolences. Deputy Mayor Maria Savigni visited the sisters’ family and the Sassuolo City Hall published a statement saying, “The deepest dismay and grief for the terrible tragedy that took place along the Secchia River”.Furthermore, to pay respect and sympathy to the family in their deep mourning, Sassuolo Calcio will postpone their celebration scheduled for August 6th to present the soccer team.This is an unexpected and sad loss for both Moroccan and Italian communities.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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BlackBerrybranded tablet may be in the cards CEO says

A customer looks at the Blackberry Playbook at a Best Buy store as the tablet went on sale in Canada in Montreal on April 19, 2011. BlackBerry may be taking another swing at the tablet market, said CEO John Chen. The move is part of the company’s decision to expand its software licensing business after the former smartphone leader decided last year to stop making phones. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry may be taking another swing at the tablet market, said CEO John Chen.The move is part of the company’s decision to expand its software licensing business after the former smartphone leader decided last year to stop making phones.“What this might mean, and I make no promise, is that you may soon see a BlackBerry tablet,” Chen said in a conference call with analysts after the company released its fourth-quarter and year-end numbers.While the deal is not yet finalized, Chen said the licensing deal would be similar to existing arrangements in place with partners who can design, manufacture and sell BlackBerry-branded smartphones using the company’s software in exchange for royalties per phone.Chen said a partner would make the tablet, which would be an Android device and use BlackBerry’s software. BlackBerry (TSX:BB) would receive royalties for each unit shipped.BlackBerry previously designed a tablet in-house, the PlayBook in 2011. It failed to impress critics, with many giving it bad reviews even as Apple’s iPad was winning over consumers.PlayBook was intended to pair with BlackBerry’s smartphones on the market at the time and provide a multi-screen environment, allowing users to access their email through the tablet.But some of the technology required to link the two devices wasn’t in place when the PlayBook started selling. Software updates later resolved those issues.BlackBerry — at the time known as Research in Motion — later took a multimillion-dollar writedown because of the deep discounts used to get the tablet into consumers’ hands.A few years later, in April 2013, then BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said in an interview that he didn’t think there would be a reason to have a tablet in five years.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 31, 2017 10:12 am MDT Last Updated Mar 31, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BlackBerry-branded tablet may be in the cards, CEO says read more

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Ohio State hires former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano to replace Chris Ash

Then-Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano leaves the field following a 23-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 22, 2013. Credit: Courtesy of TNSOne Ohio State co-defensive coordinator left the Buckeyes to become the head coach of Rutgers, so OSU coach Urban Meyer brought in a replacement who formerly filled that role at the same school.Greg Schiano, who coached Rutgers from 2001-2011 before leaving for a two-year stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL, was announced on Friday as OSU’s new co-defensive coordinator, pending the completion of a background check and approval from the Board of Trustees.“Greg Schiano is an excellent coach,” Meyer said in a press release. “He is someone I have known for quite some time now and someone who is going to align with our staff extremely well. I think he will be outstanding as a coach and mentor in our program and I am pleased to have him on our staff.”Schiano will fill the role previously occupied by new Rutgers coach Chris Ash, who ended his two-year run in Columbus earlier in the week, though he is still expected to coach OSU through the Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame. In the role, Schiano will work with the safeties, as well as coordinating the defense alongside Luke Fickell and acting as an associate head coach.Schiano was 68-67 in 11 seasons with Rutgers, including a 5-1 mark in bowl games. After a 9-4 season in 2011, he accepted the job with the Buccaneers but faltered there, going 11-21 in two seasons, which both ended in last-place finishes.Prior to Rutgers, Schiano worked as a secondary coach at Penn State from 1991-1995, a defensive assistant with the Chicago Bears from 1996-1998 and defensive coordinator at Miami (Fla.) from 1999-2000 before getting the head coaching job with the Scarlet Knights.Though it isn’t known if Schiano will be available to coach, the No. 7 Buckeyes are set to wrap up the 2015 season in the Fiesta Bowl against No. 8 Notre Dame. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Glendale, Arizona. read more

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IFK Kristianstad beat Wisla Plock in direct battle for TOP 16

After few rounds of matches in Group A it became clear that three teams – IFK Kristianstad, RK PPD Zagreb and Orlen Wisla Plock will decide about one – the last place for TOP 16 phase of the VELUX EHF Champions League.The Swedish champions celebrated first win this season by beating direct rival over Polish vice-champions 25:24 (15:10).IFK Kristianstad – Orlen Wisła Płock 25:24 (15:10)IFK: L. Larsson, Kappelin – Henningsson 5, Gudmundsson 4, Lagergren 4, Sorensen 4, Freiman 3, Hallen 2, Nilsen 2, Lipovac 1, Arnarsson, J. Larsson, Persson, Chrintz, Jonsson, EriksenWisła: Morawski, Wichary – De Toledo 6, Duarte 4, Ivić 3, Mihić 3, Daszek 2, Ghionea 2, Obradović 2, Żabić 2, Krajewski, Racotea, Piechowski, T. Gębala, M. Gębala. IFK KristianstadOrlen Wisla Plock ← Previous Story SG Flensburg Handewitt take it all in Berlin! Next Story → YOU NEVER KNOW WITH ANTI’s BOYS: HBC Nantes win in Szeged! read more

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PHOTOS Man threatens to set himself alight outside Leinster House

first_imgUpdated, 17:01MOTORISTS HAVE BEEN warned to expect some traffic delays in central Dublin this afternoon after a protest outside Leinster House.A man driving a white van stopped at the junction of Molesworth Street and Kildare Street, parking the van and climbing on top of it with a bottle of petrol.TheJournal.ie understands that the man poured the fuel over himself and threatened to set it alight, but was coaxed down by Gardaí at the scene.The man has now been removed from the area.A unit of Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene and hosed down the van and the street to neutralise the fuel.The street has now re-opened to traffic, but significant delays may be expected in the vicinity for some time.last_img read more

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Wii U wont get Saints Row 4 or Dead Island Riptide

first_imgThe Wii U’s poor console sales can only really be fixed by releasing games that people want to play on the platform. The forthcoming Pokemon: Rumble U is sure to see a spike in sales of hardware and software, but third-party publishers are still choosing to give Nintendo’s new console a miss.The latest of those is Deep Silver, whose game Dead Island: Riptide, won’t be making the trip to Wii U. In a potentially bigger blow for the platform, the recently announced and Deep Silver published Saints Row 4 also isn’t going to see a release on the Wii U.Both games had an opportunity to do something novel with the Wii U GamePad, but Deep Silver has thought better of a release. For the Techland-developed Dead Island follow-up, Deep Silver says the decision came down to balancing improvements to the game engine against carrying out the port for a new platform. In the end, they decided more time spent producing a game for platforms they already supported (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) was better than supporting Nintendo’s hardware.For Saints Row 4, the decision not to release seems to be for similar reasons. The development teams on both games don’t see it as worthwhile embracing another platform. That surely has something to do with the potential user base, having to support the different control method, and the time/costs involved.You could argue that the Wii U doesn’t need or even want either game due to the gamers Nintendo aims the system at. But having these more adult titles would surely only help families embrace the system as it offers more choice for a range of age groups.Now read: Crytek had Crysis 3 ready to launch on Wii Ulast_img read more

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La chirurgie ambulatoire est de plus en plus fréquente

first_imgLa chirurgie ambulatoire est de plus en plus fréquenteSelon l’Assurance maladie, le taux d’hospitalisation complète a diminué de 15% pour 17 opérations ciblées.Afin de réduire les coûts de santé pour certaines opérations banales, légères et largement pratiquées, l’Assurance maladie a dernièrement décidé d’inciter les établissements de santé à pratiquer la chirurgie ambulatoire pour 17 types d’opérations telles que celles de la cataracte, des extractions de dent, d’arthroscopie du genou ou encore des varices, explique Le Figaro. Ainsi, pour ces opérations, il est de plus en plus courant d’entrer à l’hôpital le matin pour finalement en sortir le soir même. Une incitation qui semble marcher puisque l’Assurance maladie a fait savoir que pour les 17 opérations choisies lors de l’année 2009, le taux d’hospitalisation complète a baissé de 15%, une économie importante.À lire aussiLe dossier médical personnel, bientôt sur clé USB ? Un bon chiffre qui est notamment dû aux dispositions prévues par une loi permettant à l’Assurance maladie d’exiger une demande d’autorisation pour les actes chirurgicaux réalisés en hospitalisation complète. Cela alors qu’ils peuvent être réalisés en hospitalisation ambulatoire, pour les établissements de santé dont le taux de chirurgie ambulatoire est en dessous de la moyenne nationale. Le Figaro précise que les 17 opérations établies concernent tout de même chaque année deux millions d’interventions chirurgicales sur les cinq millions pratiquées en général. Le privé qui rechignait au préalable à appliquer cette mesure est aujourd’hui un bon élève. Les deux tiers de ces établissements ont déjà été placés sous “entente préalable” (nécessitant une demande d’autorisation).Ce dispositif devrait être étendu à 200 nouveaux hôpitaux et cliniques et concernera une dizaine d’opérations chirurgicales supplémentaires, en 2011. Le 1 décembre 2010 à 18:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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