Canada Post says protests at facilities in some provinces violates court orders

first_imgCanada Post says protesters blocking mail from flowing in and out of one of the country’s busiest postal hubs are violating a court order.The protesters rallying outside of the facility in Mississauga, Ont., are largely members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees acting in solidarity with postal workers who were legislated back to work last week.The back-to-work legislation was passed on Monday following about five weeks of rotating strikes from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.CUPE says 19 protests are scheduled this weekend at facilities across the country, allowing workers to enter, but not letting mail out of the plants.The Ontario branch of that union says the protesters have been served with an injunction, but they still plan to protest in solidarity with the postal workers.RELATED: B.C. labour groups rally against Canada Post back-to-work legislationThe injunctions were granted by courts in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, prohibiting anyone from obstructing or interfering with people or vehicles entering or exiting its facilities.last_img read more

WTO creates two dispute settlement panels to review US softwood lumber duties

first_imgMONTREAL – The World Trade Organization says its dispute settlement body has agreed to establish two panels to examine Canada’s complaint about duties imposed by the United States on softwood lumber imports.The Canadian government requested March 27 that a panel be set up to examine the dispute after consultations with the U.S. in January failed to resolve the matter. It also requested a second panel to review the U.S. use of differential pricing methodology in its anti-dumping determinations.The U.S. objected to the Canadian requests, which argue that the anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed on softwood lumber imports were inconsistent with U.S. obligations under the agreement on subsidies and countervailing measures and the general agreement on tariffs and trade.Ottawa says the duties represent a “considerable hardship” on softwood lumber producers and communities across Canada.The United States has argued that the duties were fully consistent with its obligations under the WTO agreements.It has also raised concerns that Canada’s request for a panel included an item that wasn’t identified in its request that wasn’t part of the consultations.The U.S. said the request included claims against the measures that don’t exist and therefore couldn’t be challenged. It also said Canada stated the matter was urgent even though the final determination in the anti-dumping investigation of softwood lumber from Canada made in November 2017.The United States said it was disappointed that Canada had proceeded to request a special DSB meeting to consider its second panel request rather than addressing these concerns.Canada has also launched a separate wide-ranging complaint to the WTO about the way the U.S. applies punitive tariffs that has infuriated the Americans.The Canadian government has suggested it might drop that major international trade case if it gets a softwood lumber deal.last_img read more

Lenders still hope for successful bids for grounded airline

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after Jet Airways suspended all its flights after running out of money, lenders to the carrier Thursday said they were “reasonably hopeful” that bidding process for the airline will end successfully. Lenders led by the State Bank of India had declined to extend more funds to Jet, forcing it to suspend all its flights. “The lenders after due deliberations decided that the best way forward for the survival of Jet Airways is to get the binding bids from potential investors who have expressed EOI (Expression of Interest) and have been issued bid documents on April 16,” a statement by lenders said. A consortium of 26 lenders led by the SBI, with 51 per cent stake in the debt-trapped airline, has invited bids from potential suitors. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Lenders are reasonably hopeful that the bid process is likely to be successful in determining the fair value of the enterprise in a transparent manner,” it said. Banks on Wednesday rejected an immediate Rs 400 crore demand of Jet Airways, compelling it to ground operations. Jet had been, over the last few months, on a decline as competition from budget airlines hurt its profitability and led to a debt pile. It reported losses for four straight quarters despite sales holding up. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAt its peak, Jet operated 123 planes and over 600 daily flights. It was flying just seven planes on Tuesday. Its chief executive officer Vinay Dube on Wednesday wrote an email to airlines’ passengers saying “with deep sadness and with a heavy heart that we would like to share with you that, effective immediately, Jet Airways will be suspending all its domestic and international operations”. “Tuesday night, we were informed by SBI, on behalf of the consortium of Indian lenders, that they are unable to consider our request for interim funding. Since no emergency funding from the lenders or any other source of funding was forthcoming, it would therefore not have been possible for us to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going,” he wrote. He said the airline had over the last several weeks and months tried “every means possible” to seek funding, both interim as well as long term funding, to keep our operations going. “Unfortunately, despite the very best of our efforts, we have been left with no other choice today”. “A decision like this is never easy to make, but without the interim funding, which we have been repeatedly requesting for, we are simply unable to conduct flight operations in a manner that delivers to the very reasonable expectations of our guests, employees, partners and service providers,” he wrote. “After 25 years of sharing the Joy of Flying with Indian and international guests, Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and authorities to ensure the sustainability of the airline did not yield the desired results.” He, however, said the future provides new hope and opportunity as India is better off with a flying Jet Airways. “We will now await the bid finalization process by SBI and the consortium of Indian lenders and will continue to support the bid process initiated by the lenders,” he added.last_img read more

Sri Lankan in Australia who killed husband to be freed

Those visa issues have now been resolved, Mr Giudice said. Liyanage’s husband, Dinendra Athukorala, was slain in 2014 while lying in bed in the couple’s Geraldton, WA home, a court heard during her trial. The Sri Lankan-born doctor was eligible for release last July, but chose not to apply for parole because of issues with her visa, her legal counsel, George Giudice, told ABC. A Sri Lankan woman jailed in Australia last year for killing her husband will walk free within days after she was granted parole, the Daily Mail reported.Dr Chamari Liyanage was sentenced to four years in prison last year after being convicted of manslaughter for killing her husband with a mallet, ABC reported. The court heard Liyanage had suffered sexual, emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her husband during their five-year marriage, ABC reported.She has been in custody since June 2014 and was due to remain in prison until June 2018.Mr Giudice said his client will be released within ‘the next couple of days’ and that she feels ‘relieved and very happy.’ (Colombo Gazette) read more

Brantford police concerned for missing mans wellbeing

Brantford police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 29-year-old man.Police say Dwayne Kyle Webb was last seen on Tuesday near West and Henry street around 9 p.m.He was wearing a black windbreaker style jacket, pants, a t-shirt but was not wearing any shoes or socks.Police are concerned for Webb’s well-being as he is not dressed appropriately for the current weather conditions.Webb is described as six-foot tall, 185 lbs with a medium build, brown eyes, black hair and some facial hair.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. read more

Halton police locate missing Burlington senior

Halton police say a missing Burlington senior has been located safe.Police say Bahadur Sanghera was found to be in good health after returning home on his own accord around 9:30 a.m. Friday.“He had been walking for many hours and navigated his own way home,” said Halton police in a news release.Sanghera suffers from some level of Alzheimer’s and police became worried after he left his Burlington home on his own and did not return.

Oil rises to near US104 as Q3 corporate earnings season gets under

The price of oil climbed to near US$104 a barrel Tuesday as the imminent start of the third-quarter U.S. corporate reporting season provided investors with something to focus on other just the budget stalemate in Washington.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery was up 84 cents at $103.87 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 81 cents to close at US$103.03 a barrel on the Nymex on Monday.Oil prices have fallen in the last week after the U.S. government was forced to partially halt operations. The shutdown occurred because Congress could not agree on short-term funding that would have allowed the country to pay its bills past Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. Some 800,000 federal workers were furloughed, although some were called back to their jobs, and many non-essential agencies and services were shuttered.A deadline is also approaching for raising the nation’s borrowing limit. If Congress doesn’t raise the limit by Oct. 17, the country could face its first-ever debt default, which experts warn could seriously harm the global economy.Oil traders have gotten jittery in recent days as the deadline approaches, and crude prices have fallen.Over the coming days, investors will be monitoring earnings statements from leading U.S. companies.As is usual, aluminum giant Alcoa kicks off the quarterly earnings season later after Wall Street closes. While Alcoa is no longer listed on the Dow, it is considered a bellwether for commodities. Its results will be watched for signs about global manufacturers’ demand for the lightweight metal in a stubbornly slow-growing economy.New information on U.S. stockpiles of crude and refined products are also on the agenda.Data for the week ended Oct. 4 is expected to show builds of 2.2 million barrels in crude oil stocks and 1.3 million barrels in gasoline stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.The American Petroleum Institute will release its report on oil stocks later Tuesday, while the report from the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration — the market benchmark — will be out on Wednesday.Brent, the benchmark for international crudes, was up 75 cents to US$109.43 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose 2.76 cents to US$2.6537 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil added 2.53 cents to US$3.0346 a gallon and natural gas rose 2.9 cents to US$3.658 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Oct 8, 2013 7:02 am MDT Oil rises to near US$104 as Q3 corporate earnings season gets under way AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Surge in climate changerelated disasters poses growing threat to food security –

“This year alone, small-scale farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists and foresters – from Myanmar to Guatemala and from Vanuatu to Malawi – have seen their livelihoods eroded or erased by cyclones, droughts, floods and earthquakes,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in a press release.In addition, the agency finds that worldwide, between 2003 and 2013—the period analyzed in the study—the average annual number of disasters caused by all types of natural hazards, including climate-related events, almost doubled since the 1980s. The total economic damage caused is estimated at $1.5 trillion. Focusing specifically on the impact of climate-related disasters in developing countries, some 25 per cent of the negative economic impacts were reportedly borne by the crop, livestock, fisheries and forestry sectors alone. In the case of drought, over 80 per cent of the damage and losses affected the agriculture sector, especially livestock and crop production. The FAO report is based on a review of 78 on the ground post-disaster needs-assessments conducted in developing countries coupled with statistical analyses of production losses, changes in trade flows and agriculture sector growth associated with 140 medium and large scale disasters, defined as those affecting at least 250,000 people. The report demonstrates that natural hazards—particularly extreme weather events—regularly impact heavily on agriculture and hamper the eradication of hunger, poverty and the achievement of sustainable development. FAO is warning that the situation is likely to worsen unless measures are taken to strengthen the resilience of the agriculture sector and increase investments to boost food security and productivity and also curb the harmful effects of climate change. Mr. Graziano da Silva noted how the international community recently committed itself to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendia Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and is expected to reach a climate change agreement at the upcoming UN climate change conference—(COP21). Measuring progress made in meeting these global targets will require accurate, up-to-date information, including on the impact of disasters, the Director-General stressed. “National strategies for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation that support resilience must address the types of disasters with the greatest impact on the agriculture sector,” Mr. Graziano da Silva said. He noted how sector-specific data on damage and losses are essential for effective policy and practice, and that the FAO study aims to contribute to national, regional and global efforts to develop comprehensive disaster data collection and monitoring systems. read more

Security Council extends mandate of UN Mission in Central African Republic

Under Council resolution 2281 (2016), the 15-member body authorized the Mission to take all necessary means to carry out its mandate within its capabilities and areas of deployment. The Council also welcomed the peaceful organization of a constitutional referendum on 13 December 2015 and legislative and presidential elections in December 2015, and February and March 2016, as well as the inauguration of President Faustin Archange Touadéra on 30 March. In addition, the Council recognized that the future mandate of MINUSCA needs to be adapted to “the new circumstances stemming from the end of the transition, in full consultation with the newly elected authorities.” The Council also requested that the Secretary-General conduct a strategic review of MINUSCA to ensure that MINUSCA’s future mandate is “properly configured and adapted to a post-transition stabilization environment that enables peacebuilding efforts” in the Central African Republic. The Council also requested that the Secretary-General present recommendations to the Council by 22 June. read more

CV manufacturing level in November after months of decline

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing fell just 0.7% in November.Resurgent home market demand grew for second month, but exports remained subdued.Year-to-date fall of 21.6% affected by 2013 restructuring; more positive 2015 expected.“The signs remain positive for UK commercial vehicle production after many months of decline, with output in November almost level,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “The strong UK market is driving the turnaround, while export markets continue to struggle. We anticipate 2015 to be a better year as new models ramp up and the effects of last year’s restructuring no longer apply.” Click through to download the UK CV manufacturing news release for November 2014. CV manufacturing output – January-November, 2012-2014 Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) CV manufacturing output – rolling year total read more

In lopsided French league PSG wins without Neymar Mbappe

PARIS — Even without stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain keeps on winning in the French league.PSG extended its winning streak to 14 matches after beating Toulouse 1-0 on Saturday.With Neymar and Mbappe recuperating from injuries and watching from the stands, Edinson Cavani scored PSG’s winner in the 10th minute with a brilliant piece of skill.Found with a header from Adrien Rabiot, Cavani used his left foot to juggle the ball past Toulouse defender Kelvin Amian and turned and volleyed with his right foot past goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet.A modest consolation for Toulouse: It became the first Ligue 1 team to restrict PSG to just one goal this season.___More AP soccer: and Associated Press read more

The Huskies Are Better Than The Wildcats Ever Hoped To Be

Don’t let the UConn women’s one-loss record fool you: The Huskies are the most dominant college basketball team on Earth. Aside from that two-point November loss to Stanford, the Huskies have won every game they’ve played by double digits — since March 12, 2013. In that period, they’re 83-1 with an average margin of victory of 38 points.On Tuesday night, those Huskies take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, with the NCAA women’s basketball national championship up for grabs. The UConn team features three freshmen and eight players returning from last year’s championship squad, five of whom are looking for the three-peat. And let’s just say, they have a pretty good chance.Their biggest star and leading scorer is forward Breanna Stewart, a 6-foot-4-inch junior who, in addition to having already won the NCAA player of the year award as a sophomore, averages 1.9 steals and 2.6 blocks per 36 minutes.1All stats as of the start of the Final Four. Senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis — the only player other than Stewart to start for both title teams — has a whopping 68.4 effective field goal percentage2A field goal measure that takes into account the extra points awarded for 3-pointers. (good for second-highest of 1,827 qualifying players). This may be due to her nation-leading 50 percent shooting from 3-point range — on 6.6 attempts per game.3Her teammate Moriah Jefferson shot a slightly higher 50.5 percent but did not have enough attempts to qualify for NCAA 3-point leaderboard. Even the Huskies’ “role-players” get it right — like Kiah Stokes, a senior non-starter who averages only 4.5 points in 18.6 minutes per game but makes those minutes count by averaging 7.5 blocks and 13.3 rebounds per 36.In other words, when the Huskies have the ball, they’re pretty good at putting it into that net hanging from the rim. And when they don’t have the ball, they’re pretty good at stopping their opponents from doing the same. No, really:That cloud in the middle is the other 348 NCAA women’s basketball teams. Teams want to be on the lower-right of the plot, and if you look deep in the lower-right area, you may be able to find Connecticut (highlighted in red so that you don’t mistake it for a flea on your monitor). Yes, that means UConn has — by far — the best offense in the country (even though many of its competitors play in weaker conferences), as well as — by far — the best defense in the country.On average, every trip up and down the floor nets the Huskies more than half a point (0.58 points on average). That’s an insane reciprocal advantage. The next-best are Princeton (who went undefeated in the Ivy League), South Carolina and Notre Dame at +0.33, +0.32 and +0.29 points per possessions exchanged, respectively.In sports, it’s common for the best to be relatively much better than the second-best and for the gap between the first and second-best to be bigger than the gap between the second-best and the third-best, and so on. In other words, it’s pretty normal for the best team in a league or sport to be really, really good. But this UConn team is better.We can line up each team’s reciprocal advantage from worst to best like so:4Small gaps and darker points are the result of ties. This kind of sideways/backwards S-shape distribution is common in sports, and you can see how the vertical distances between points get larger on the ends. This is one reason that great players and teams seem so amazing.But this UConn team takes it to a new level. The distance between it and the next-highest team is 0.25 points, and the distance between it and Notre Dame is the same as the distance between Notre Dame and the average team. You might even say — without being hyperbolic — that UConn has been twice as good as its championship rival.A few more fun facts before we look at the bigger picture:Unsurprisingly, UConn scored the most points per game overall this season (90). Normally, teams that score that much play a fast up-and-down game, so regardless of how good their defenses are, the extra possessions mean their opponents are going to score more points. But UConn isn’t normal, and still managed to allow the fewest points per game (48) of anybody.UConn’s offense led the nation in both 2-point (60.6 percent) and 3-point (40.9 percent) shooting.The Huskies are way down the charts in rebounds per game, but this is pretty much because they don’t miss enough shots to get enough chances. When there was a rebound to get, they nabbed it 58.2 percent of the time — good for the fourth-highest rebounding rate of all 349 teams.They led the NCAA with 8.0 blocks per game.Oh, and the Huskies managed to win by scores in the form of 80-something to 20-something (their 87-24 romp over Memphis, for example) four times.Of course, college basketball seasons are only 40ish games (including tournaments) long, which is less than half of an NBA season. So perhaps this year’s Connecticut team is just having the run of its life.This is at least partially true. The 2014-15 Huskies are an anomaly among anomalies — this year’s squad has been more efficient both offensively and defensively than either of their championship-winning predecessors (including last year’s unbeaten team). But, taken together, this three-year run is even more amazing. If you thought Connecticut’s 2015 offense/defense chart was crazy, here’s something crazier:Each V-shaped line in that tangle shows a team’s three-year performance on offense and defense. The side with a dot is how the team did in 2014-15, the “kink” in the middle is how it did in 2013-14, and the open end is how it did in 2012-13. At the center of the chart, note the chaotic 348-team jumble — if you can’t find, say, McNeese State, that’s the point. Most teams vary a lot from year to year. And when a team strays very far from the league’s center of gravity, it is likely to come crashing back.Except UConn. Once again, while it may look like someone accidentally took a red Sharpie to your monitor, that little red brush stroke is actually the Huskies. And not only are they nowhere near the pack, they appear to be running away from it.Indeed, each of UConn’s points scored per possession in the past three seasons is higher than any other team’s, which means that the other teams had a combined 1,044 chances to match UConn’s worst offensive season, and none could. Similarly, no other team has ceded fewer points per possession over a season than UConn’s 0.68 in 2012-13 — its worst season of the past three by this metric (though kudos to Hampton for matching it).Connecticut’s three-year performance is impressive not only for being extreme, but also for being extremely consistent. Sure, this year’s squad had even better efficiency stats than the previous two, but way out in space like that, such distinctions mean little. Some of their statistical improvement in the past two years may stem from their 2013 move from the Big East conference into the weaker American Athletic Conference. For example, my homebrew-version of SRS (Simple Rating System) — a stat that adjusts team strength to account for strength of schedule — slightly prefers the 2012-13 squad.5FYI, UConn has a history of cleaning up in this stat, posting eight of the top 12 seasons of the past 15 years. But because UConn is so good and its games are often decided by halftime or earlier, exactly how much it’s going to dominate is practically a coaches’ decision. (My colleague Carl Bialik found that its average lead at the half this year was 25 points.)So instead of looking at fancy small-scale possession-based stats and the like, let’s step back and look at the big picture. Here are the basic cumulative tallies of UConn’s points scored and points allowed after each game for the past three years:The dots represent where the Huskies stood after winning each championship. If you look incredibly carefully, it looks like the yellow “defense” line trends downward a tiny bit this year, but for the most part, it’s pretty remarkable how flat each is and how constant the ratio between the two lines is. Note that those lines don’t represent trends or a local regression or anything fancy — only consistency.And this is nothing new during coach Geno Auriemma’s reign. Whether it’s his schemes, his managerial style, his training or just his uncanny ability to recruit (or poach) all the best female basketballers to the Nutmeg State, Auriemma is on the threshold of yet another amazing accomplishment.It’s hard to believe that the great Geno toiled with this program for 10 years before it even sniffed a chance at a championship in 1995. But since then, wow. Connecticut has reached nine NCAA tournament finals and has won each time. This year gives Auriemma the chance to match John Wooden’s 10 national championships.6Note Wooden didn’t have to deal with a 64-team tournament, but that cuts both ways: The larger field means a team has to win more games, but it also makes it a bit more likely to face weaker opposition from “Cinderellas” that make it into later rounds. And to get there, all the Huskies need to do is beat archrival Notre Dame.In this season’s only meeting between the two, the Huskies beat the Fighting Irish in South Bend by (a mere) 18 points. But while Connecticut has lost only five games in the past three seasons, three were against Notre Dame — all in early 2013. Unfortunately for Notre Dame, the fourth time was the charm that year, as the Huskies beat the Fighting Irish in the Final Four en route to the title. They’ll have to take down a juggernaut to return the favor. read more

Ohio State mens soccer team ready to host Big Ten tournament quarterfinal

OSU senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson (3) and Maryland midfielder Mael Corboz (8) struggle to get the ball during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Oct. 31, 2015. OSU won 1-0. Photo Credit: Amanda Etchison | Editor in ChiefThe Ohio State men’s soccer team overcame all odds and clinched the Big Ten title in a 3-1 victory against Michigan on Wednesday night, awarding them the top seed in the Big Ten tournament.Since the Buckeyes finished the regular season at the top of the conference, OSU will host the first round and quarterfinals at home at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.OSU coach John Bluem said, even as his team realizes the importance of the upcoming postseason games, it can’t change its mindset.“It’s one game at a time,” Bluem said.This has been the motto for the Scarlet and Gray this year and the team continues to follow it.Earlier in the season, the Buckeyes lost four straight games until they managed to snap the streak against Akron in a 3-3 tie on Sept. 16.Following the tie against Akron, the Buckeyes took off and went on an eight-game winning streak, putting the Buckeyes at No. 1 in the Big Ten.Rutgers put a halt to the Scarlet and Gray’s winning streak in a 1-0 game on Oct. 25.“We were unbeaten for 10 games, but one loss doesn’t change anything,” senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle, who was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year on Friday, said following the game against Rutgers. “It reignites the focus for what lies ahead.”The loss against Rutgers did just that for the Buckeyes when they bounced back and won a 1-0 shutout against Maryland, a team that is recognized for its physicality and ability to attack. The win against Maryland put the Buckeyes back on top with the chance to win the Big Ten title against Michigan.All season, the Buckeyes’ defense dominated on the field, but on Wednesday the Scarlet and Gray offense ignited as three goals were scored, giving the Buckeyes a chance to call themselves Big Ten champions.“This season has been a huge roller coaster for us, but right now we’re all pretty confident and we trust the game plan that we have,” junior forward Danny Jensen said. “It took us a little while to find our identity, but now that we have that, the vibe inside the locker room is pretty good.”The first round of the Big Ten tournament is scheduled to be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, when No. 8-seeded Michigan State and No. 9-seeded Penn State will face each other head-to-head. The Buckeyes are scheduled play the winner of the match.OSU squared off against both teams once this season. On Sept. 20, the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions went to two overtime periods before the match concluded in a 1-1 draw in Columbus. OSU traveled to East Lansing, Michigan, on Oct. 4 and topped the Spartans 2-1. The Scarlet and Gray is set to take on either Michigan State or Penn State at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.What’s nextFollowing the quarterfinals, the top remaining team will host the semifinals and championship on Friday and Sunday. read more

Companies with HQs in the IFSC have a duty to give back

first_imgCompanies with HQs in the IFSC have a ‘duty to give back’ to north inner city, says minister The Taoiseach also said he is confident the gardaí will bring an end to the Hutch-Kinahan feud. Share126 Tweet Email Monday 26 Feb 2018, 6:06 PM 17,325 Views COMPANIES WITH THEIR headquarters in the IFSC have “a duty” to give back to Dublin’s north inner city, said Finance and Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe.Speaking at the launch of the progress report on the north inner city task force report today, Donohoe said it is essential companies in the area integrate their business into the community to ensure there are fair job opportunities and training for local people.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also acknowledged that government departments located in and around the Sheriff Street could do more to employ people from the local community.The task force, launched last year by former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, is a major initiative focused on the development of north-east inner city. It was rolled out following a spate of gangland shootings in the region.IFSC businessesEarlier this year, the minister said he invited all of the key employers from the area to Government Buildings to highlight what they could do to help. These include companies in the tech, finance and insurance sectors.“They do have a duty back to the community which they are located,” said Donohoe, who added that many companies have begun to offer internships, training programmes and jobs to locals.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it is important to recognise that many companies are doing a lot for the Sheriff Street locality.“A number are offering internships and roles in the company and it is not just working in the post room, it is positions in good jobs with prospects,” he said, adding that IFSC businesses are also offering funds to give young people experience in sales training as part of a youth diversion programme.However, he said: By Christina Finn Short URL Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe visiting Dublin’s North East Inner City today. Image: 54 Comments Image: Feb 26th 2018, 6:06 PM Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe visiting Dublin’s North East Inner City today. That’s not to say that more can’t be done.The minister said the government working group has identified individuals from the area they believe if “brought into mainstream work in this part of the city would thrive in it and would be really successful for themselves and the companies”.Donohoe name-checked accountancy firm PWC and insurance company AIG as leading the way in this respect.“We have seen a real response back from them [IFSC firms] at the moment, and a key action called out in the report is that we will continue with this work across 2018, with companies like PWC and AIG leading the way in investing and employing people here in the local community who are going to thrive in those kind of environments,” said the minister.Giving jobs to local people The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Department of Social Protection, and the Department of Education are all located in the north inner city.“It would be useful for us as a government, as well as asking businesses to play their part, to see what part what the departments who have their headquarters could do to provide employment opportunities,” said Varadkar. Taoiseach with local children at Sheriff Street Youth Centre. Source: RollingNews.ieWhile visiting a number of community groups this morning, the Taoiseach announced a further €3.5 million in funding for the regeneration of the area.These funds will be used to roll out some major infrastructure projects such as a new primary care centre to be located at Summerhill (due to be opened in mid 2018), the refurbishment of Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station and the development of a new community hub at Rutland (currently at design stage).Gangland violence The Taoiseach also spoke about gangland violence in Dublin’s north inner city, stating his predecessor, Enda Kenny, asked him to pay close attention to progress of the task force.Varadkar said gangland violence had a “devastating” impact on local communities and pledged that his government is going to “redouble” its efforts for 2018.He was also asked if he is confident the gardaí can bring an end to the Hutch-Kinahan feud.I am, but I am not naive to the enormous challenge that it is. These are violent people, they operate not just in this part of the city, but internationally as well and I think we all understand the challenge the gardaí have in that.He thanked the gardaí and “decent” local people for their work to date.“We should never forget that people who live in this neighbourhood are honest, decent people and they don’t deserve to have violence on their doorstep in the way they have had for the last number of years. We are doing all that we can,” said Varadkar.The Taoiseach said the government is taking a two-pronged approach by tackling crime with a strong justice element, while also trying to tackle some of the underlying causes of crime, which he said are rooted in disadvantage.Ensuring that young people growing up in the area given all the opportunities possible to make sure they don’t “get lured into a life of crime” is key, said Varadkar.Children in Dublin’s north inner city want violence and drugs off their streets>‘No one should have to deal with that’: Taoiseach slams discrimination shown to north inner city man  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The Coolest Movie and TV Trailers from Super Bowl LII

first_img Unless you somehow managed to spend the entire day in a TV and internet-free, you probably noticed there was a football game yesterday. Not just any football game either. The biggest one. Honestly, even if you aren’t normally into football, or even sports in general, chances are you probably watched this game. Not only is it typically the most exciting the sport ever gets, the commercials are just as much as a draw. While many feature big celebrities selling you on junk food, watery beer or laundry detergent, the most exciting commercials are the trailers for upcoming movies and TV shows. Studios and Networks know this is the one day a year where a huge number of people is actually paying attention to the commercials. They tend to go all out. Except for when they don’t have to, as was the case for Solo: A Star Wars Story. We just got a few glimpses of characters, and the promise of more footage to come.Whether or not the rumors of Alden Ehrenreich’s acting turn out to be true, he does look pretty cool as a young Han Solo. Even in this brief teaser though, he doesn’t hold a candle to Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover. Can we get a Lando movie after this? Please?UPDATE: Disney and Lucasfilm made good on their promise on early Monday morning with the release of the full trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story. This one is a lot more than a few shots of the actors. We finally have a good sense of the story.Well, that certainly looks promising. With its troubled production and rumors of Disney’s disturbing lack of faith in the final product, expectations were pretty… well, let’s say tempered. This trailer’s putting at least a few of those worries to rest. Ehrenreich seems like a fine young Han. He’s no Harrison Ford, but nobody was ever going to be. Most importantly, it feels like Star Wars. It feels like a grand space adventure with the sense of fun that’s always been essential to Star Wars. It’s a completely different kind of Star Wars story from Rogue One, and that’ll be cool to see. It doesn’t excuse the firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, which is still a worrying sign of how Disney and Lucasfilm plans to handle the series from here on out. But it at least looks like Ron Howard is doing a fine job on this movie. He’s at least done well enough to cut together a good 90-second teaser. I only have one problem with it: Still not enough Lando.Brief teasers were kind of a running theme for Disney during last night’s game. A spot for Avengers: Infinity War debuted with some new footage, but even here, nothing all that substantial. I guess they figure they’ve already got the audiences. They just need to give the hype train a little jolt. They certainly succeed in doing that. What new footage we do get, all delivered in quick shots that last less than half a second, looks amazing. This really is going to be the biggest Marvel movie.The best part of the Avengers movies is when we see all of the superheroes together on one screen. With as many as there are in this movie, I don’t even know if that’s possible. This trailer comes close though, with its shots of Captain America, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Black Widow and too many other heroes to name. Even (I assume) teenage Groot is seen running into action. 30 seconds isn’t a lot of time, but Avengers: Infinity War definitely got its money’s worth here.Then there’s the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer, which… yeah, they got me. They got me again. Yes, the last Jurassic World had some serious issues. Yes, there hasn’t been a great Jurassic Park movie since the first one. But Jurassic World was fun enough, and this trailer just looks like more and bigger. And hey, maybe they took some of peoples’ problems with the last movie to heart. Maybe Bryce Dallas Howard has since invested in a decent pair of running shoes. No matter what, at least we’re in for some cool-looking dinosaurs.Do you like Dwayne Johnson? Of course you do, the only thing the man has more of than muscles is charisma. Not all of his movies are great, but you can say one thing about all of them: Johnson’s presence makes them better than they’d otherwise be. No matter how Skyscraper turns out, I’m going to go see it. It’s The Rock fighting bad guys in a tall building. It’s like his own version of Die Hard. Do I think skyscraper will be as good as that Christmas classic? Probably not, but I’m definitely down to see it try to be.I love these movies so much. Ever since Mission Impossible III, they’ve just been getting bigger and more spectacular with each installment. This trailer does not have the stunt that broke Tom Cruise’s ankle, but it has plenty more. The joke has been made before that this series is basically just Cruise dramatically hanging off of things, but it turns out that’s really fun to watch. Whether it’s a tall building or an airplane in takeoff, I am happy to watch Cruise dangle from high places as long as he wants to keep doing it.One of the biggest surprises came from Netflix, with The Cloverfield Paradox. The third movie in the Cloverfield franchise isn’t in theaters, which is almost kind of a shame. I want to watch these giant monsters on the largest screen possible. These movies have all been super fun so far, so I’m happy to watch the next installment from the comfort of my own couch. Nobody can laugh at me when I jump and scream, at least. You can actually watch this one right now. The ad aired just before the game, and the movie was available on Netflix immediately afterward.Stephen King adaptations are enjoying a revival right now. It was fantastic and terrifying, and Netflix had a surprise hit with Gerald’s Game. Now, it’s Hulu’s turn to get in on the action. Honestly, it’s hard to make anything out of this trailer. I guess that’s appropriate, considering the nature of this show. Rather than being adapted from a single work, this series has King characters from multiple stories crossing over in the town of Castle Rock. It’s a cool premise, but it sounds like it could be difficult to pull off. If they manage it though, this could be something new and unique for horror television.Amazon debuted the trailer of Jack Ryan, based on the main character of Tom Clancy’s novels. It looks… pretty much exactly how you’d expect a Tom Clancy TV series to look. If nothing else, this’ll make for some exciting military spy drama. And hey, a character like Ryan could be better suited to a TV series than a movie. Especially if they plan to adapt any of those long, loooooong books.This was definitely my favorite surprise of the night. When the ad starts, you have no idea what it’s going to be. It looks like a tourism ad, which is just perfect. It’s not until the robot bull shows up that you start to realize what it is. And man, is the rest of the ad just chilling. Especially Evan Rachel Wood’s smile right at the end. We don’t even have to wait too long to see the full season either. Season two of Westworld premieres on HBO April 22.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

Son reveals he played despite the pain

first_imgTottenham Hotspur star Heung-min Son has admitted he played despite the pain in the final weeks of the season and needs to rest now to be fully present in the World Cup in Russia.Son admitted six weeks of painkillers isn’t something totally unfamiliar to the football players, but admitted he was happy that he could play through the whole season and mainly he for the fact that he avoided injury.“I really played a lot this season, but luckily I had no big injuries and gained some experience,” Son said, according to 101 Great Goals.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I did take painkillers for the last six weeks to play in matches, but there aren’t footballers who are free from injury. I’ll take some rest this week, and I’ll be fine.”“I don’t know which German players will compete against us, but I know I’ll talk with some German players after the match.”“It was my dream to play against Germany on the big stage, so I need to be very well prepared for the match,” Son revealed.last_img read more

How to get around Miami during Art Basel

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – With hundreds of people traveling to Miami for Art Basel, getting around the city will be a headache, so here are a few tips to help you get around.As part of a partnership with the event, Miami-Dade Transit will also roll out their Art Express event. Beginning Wednesday and ending Sunday, buses will run every 15 minutes between Midtown, the design district and Miami Beach from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday.The Metrorail and Metromover will extend their Thursday and Sunday hours until 2 a.m.The Art Express routes include:Design District at Northeast First Avenue, between Northeast 38th and 39th streetsMidtown at Northeast 29th Street, between North Miami Avenue and Northeast First AvenueMiami Beach at the Royal Palm Garage and 41st StreetMiami Beach at Meridian Avenue and 18th Street, across from the Miami Beach Convention CenterUber and Lyft are always available for use, along with traditional taxis.UberBOAT is also available to navigate the waterways. The service is only available for up to six riders, 21 years old or older.Riders can request the service while in the UberBOAT zone. According to the Miami Herald, the zone in Miami will be from east of Interstate 95 from 40th Street, north of I-395, south to 13th Street. The zone in Miami Beach will stretch from 50th and Collins to South Pointe Park. Miami Beach also has a list of Art Basel bus routes available at 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Oneway sound tunnel offers novel way to control acoustic waves

first_img The researchers, Yi-Fan Zhu, Xin-Ye Zou, Bin Liang, and Jian-Chun Cheng, from Nanjing University in China, have published their paper on the acoustic one-way tunnel in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.”One-way acoustic devices are believed to have deep implications in various situations by breaking through the conventional concept that sound always propagates symmetrically along a given path,” Liang told, noting some of their previous related work here, here, and here. “The realization of an acoustic one-way tunnel goes further beyond simply breaking through this limitation, and enables one-way acoustic manipulation when the acoustic path is kept totally open to other entities. We envision our design with such novel capability and tunability to offer more design possibilities and have promising application potential in various scenarios where special manipulation of sound is desired.”The new tunnel takes advantage of the extraordinary reflection properties of recently developed acoustic metamaterials, which force sound waves coming from one direction to make a U-turn in the 10-cm-wide tunnel and travel back out. By strategically positioning two different acoustic metamaterials with different reflective properties along the insides of the tunnel, the researchers could asymmetrically manipulate the sound waves so that only those coming from one direction are reflected, while those coming from the other direction can pass through. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Yi-Fan Zhu, et al. “Acoustic one-way open tunnel by using metasurface.” Applied Physics Letters. DOI: 10.1063/1.4930300 (Top) When an acoustic wave enters from the side of the tunnel with “acoustic metamaterial 1” (AM1), it makes a U-turn and reflects back out, whereas the majority of an acoustic wave traveling from the other side with “acoustic metamaterial 2” (AM2) can pass through. (Bottom) Simulated acoustic field patterns for the negative direction (ND) that does not allow acoustic wave passage and positive direction (PD) that does. Credit: Zhu, et al. ©2015 AIP Publishing The researchers printed the acoustic metamaterials using a 3-D printer with ABS plastic, which is the same material used to make Legos. They then imprinted multiple tiny grooves into the two metamaterials with different groove periods (0.84 cm and 2.36 cm), which gives them different reflective properties. The tailored groove designs affect the sound waves differently depending on which direction they’re coming from, which ultimately leads to the asymmetric wave manipulation and one-way transmission. Although other methods have been developed for the unidirectional control of sound, all of the previous designs have relied on bulk materials. The drawback of bulk materials is that they partially block the tunnel so that it’s not fully open to other entities, such as light and heat. Because the new tunnel allows light and heat to freely pass through from both directions while blocking the transmission of sound in one direction, it could lead to anti-noise windows that are see-through and ventilated, and may inspire research into the unidirectional control of other kinds of waves. “The acoustic one-way open tunnel may also enable conceptual devices like novel ventilating channels that block sound from one side but allow air or heat flow to pass freely, or serve as building blocks of more complex systems that reduce the reflected wave but do not affect the passage of other objects, which may find extensive applications in the fields of noise control or biomedical imaging/treatment, etc.,” Liang said.In the future, the researchers plan to improve the performance of the one-way open tunnel, for example by boosting the efficiency and broadening the bandwidth. They also want to devise methods for manipulating sound in even more unprecedented ways beyond the one-way manipulation demonstrated in the current work, while keeping the acoustic path fully open. Explore further © 2015 (a) The two acoustic metamaterials have different groove patterns, which are positioned at different sides of the tunnel so that they affect the sound waves differently depending on which direction they’re coming from. (b) and (c) Photographs of the open tunnel. Credit: Zhu, et al. ©2015 AIP Publishing Designing an acoustic diode (—Scientists have designed and built an acoustic one-way tunnel that allows sound to pass through in one direction only while blocking it from passing through in the opposite direction. The tunnel is completely open to light and heat, which can pass through in both directions, but sound waves are blocked in one direction due to acoustic metamaterials placed on the sides of the tunnel. The acoustic one-way tunnel has potential applications for anti-noise windows and vent ducts, as well as medical ultrasound. Citation: One-way sound tunnel offers novel way to control acoustic waves (2015, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Applied Physics Letterslast_img read more

Matter of choice

first_imgAt times we all feel that life is very complicated but only a few of us are able to express the dilemmas in right manner. Artist Aarti Zaveri expresses the same through her art work at upcoming United Art Fair. The artist believes that, it is very easy to complicate a beautiful life and at the same time very difficult to simplify the essence of life. These thoughts are reflected in her paintings by the use of bold and vibrant colours.  She has created a body of work around these figurative expressions. One can sense the attempt to convey her deep thoughts through the use of symbols and signs in a subtle and minimal manner in each painting. The canvas reflects the basic complexity of a human to find answers in the outside world when all the answers needed are already present within us.The last edition of her installations in United Art Fair, were based on the theme, how a person wears a mask to conceal various truths of life. Which was based on artistes belief that life is a paradox and a puzzle, the ones who solve it, makes it simple and the rest remains to be just a part of the puzzle.With her recent work she is giving out a beautifull message that everyone has an option to make their lives easy or difficult, it depends on us what we choose.last_img read more

Carestreams Vue Motion Universal Viewer Earns 2018 KLAS Category Leader Award

first_imgNews | Enterprise Imaging | February 01, 2018 Carestream’s Vue Motion Universal Viewer Earns 2018 KLAS Category Leader Award The KLAS award is based on feedback from thousands of healthcare providers. News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Related Content Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more February 1, 2018 — Carestream Health earned top ratings from healthcare IT and radiology professionals for its Carestream Vue Motion universal viewer, according to KLAS, an independent research organization that monitors healthcare vendor performance. With a score of 89 out of 100, KLAS named Vue Motion as the Category Leader in the Universal Viewer segment of the 2018 Best in KLAS Software & Services Report. The report was published on January 30, 2018.“Carestream’s Vue Motion is very intuitive and easy to use,” one user told KLAS. Another user reported that “The viewer is a light application. We just click the link, and the system pulls up the image, and we are in the patient’s chart.”Users also reported success using Vue Motion’s volume matching capabilities. “If we were to scan a lumbar spine and the axial images were a little off compared to the lumbar spine images we took a few years ago, the system would do its best to match the images so they scroll together. That really facilitates a good comparison. It’s a feature we use all the time,” one user said.The 2018 Best in KLAS awards are based on user scores compiled from the feedback of thousands of healthcare providers at clinics, hospitals and local, regional and national healthcare systems.Vue Motion is a part of the Carestream Clinical Collaboration Platform. It image-enables an EMR by displaying DICOM and non-DICOM data side-by-side for a holistic view of the patient record. Vue Motion is FDA-cleared for clinical reading on mobile devices.  KLAS’ reports represent the combined opinions of people from provider organizations comparing how vendors, products and/or services performed when measured against the participant’s objectives and expectations.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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