Report Feds got seat complaints on van model teen died in

first_imgCINCINNATI — Federal regulators received nearly 180 seating complaints about Honda Odyssey minivans over the years, according to a newspaper’s investigation after a teenage boy died trapped in one such van.A coroner said 16-year-old Kyle Plush, of Cincinnati, died April 10 of asphyxiation because his chest was being compressed. It’s suspected the 2004 minivan’s rear, third-row seat flipped over and pinned him as he reached into the back.The Cincinnati Enquirer reported its investigation shows that a quarter of Odyssey seating complaints were over stability and that one of five stability cases involved problems with third-row seats.More than a dozen warnings about the Odyssey’s third-row seating for models made between 1999 and 2012 were found by the newspaper. Some complaints said seats were loose, rusting or wouldn’t latch; others noted instances when heavy seats suddenly slammed down or flipped out of place.The Enquirer also reports it obtained documents showing local investigators inspecting the minivan indicated that they had difficulty getting the rear seat to latch in place and that it would “rotate freely” after appearing to be locked.Honda said in an emailed statement Wednesday that it hasn’t received any direct claims of fatal injuries from “interaction with third-row seats” in 1999-2004 Odysseys.Honda spokesman Chris Martin said that the automaker has requested permission to inspect the Plush vehicle but hasn’t received it and doesn’t have any specific information “from which to definitively determine what occurred in this incident.”Martin also said there were no seat-related recalls of the 2004 Honda Odyssey in the United States.Honda last year recalled some 900,000 later-model Odysseys because of concerns about second-row seats tipping forward if not latched properly.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told The Enquirer that it worked closely with local authorities and Honda to “understand what happened” in the Cincinnati death.“Based on the available information, including internal data analysis, the agency has not found evidence of a vehicle safety defect trend,” the agency said.The NHTSA said part of its review included past Odyssey complaints and it would “continue to monitor complaints” and “take further steps as appropriate.”The agency didn’t immediately respond Wednesday to an Associated Press message seeking further comment.The teen’s father found his son dead nearly six hours after the first of Kyle’s two 911 calls seeking help. Two officers sent in response to the student’s first 911 call drove through parking areas around the school but didn’t get out. Police have said they didn’t have information needed to narrow their search.A prosecutor determined that no one would face criminal charges in the death. The family has expressed frustration over what they say are incomplete explanations and the slow pace of reforms in emergency response. The city already has been upgrading smartphone communications, computer-assisted dispatch, police in-car mapping, and training.The Enquirer reported that the Plush family didn’t respond to messages seeking comment on the newspaper’s investigation.___Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

ProPolisario Media Criticizes SADR as Diplomacy Falls Flat

Rabat – The adoption of the EU-Morocco agriculture agreement at the European Parliament on Wednesday created panic among the separatist group of the Polisario Front.The blow angered not only the separatist group but also its main supporter Algeria.Pro-Polisario media are mourning the decision of the EU which will strengthen its partnership with Morocco through the adoption of the agriculture and the fisheries agreements. Read Also: EU-Morocco: Polisario Resorts to Security Council After Diplomatic FailureAfter the EU Parliament verdict, pro-Polisario media criticized the separatists’ “last-minute” diplomatic efforts which resulted in a disappointing failure of its lobbying.The pro-Polisario outlet Futuro Sahara acknowledged the failed policies of the separatist group in recent years in an editorial published on Friday.According to the separatist outlet, the EU’s adoption of the agriculture agreement with Morocco, which includes the southern provinces, “did not come as a surprise to the Sahrawi citizen, who has been traumatized by the failed policies of the Sahrawi regime in recent years.”The outlet also condemned Polisario’s “last minute diplomatic efforts,” acknowledging that the separatists had only been speaking to their contacts just before the Christmas holiday, “an inappropriate  period of time to carry out lobbying campaigns to influence the European decision.”Read Also: Western Sahara: Everything You Should Know About Morocco’s Autonomy PlanCommenting on the failure, Futuro Sahara said that lobbying campaigns should not have been limited to the EU Parliament but “should be extended to all European capitals” because MEPs are under pressure from their countries.The editorial also said that all Polisario’s “representatives” should have participated in the lobbying campaign, but “unfortunately most of our representatives in European countries preferred to devote time to their personal projects or their family matters.” Morocco was on the ballThe separatist outlet said that Morocco took advantage of Polisario’s absence to mobilize its diplomatic efforts in favor of Moroccan interests. The representatives of the front will not persuade the EU to abandon its  interests over allegations that Morocco “exploits” the natural resources of Western Sahara. EU representatives have already surveyed the benefits of the agreement for local Sahrawis and the development of the region from income generated from both Also: Facts about Western Sahara Conflict that You Should KnowSahrawis petitioned in favor of the agreements, emphasizing the importance of the agreements for the development of the southern provinces.In addition to the EU’s approval of the agreement, Morocco has been firm that it will not allow any institution to challenge its sovereignty over Western Sahara.Read Also: Polisario, Algeria Frustrated over EU-Morocco Partnership AgreementsThroughout negotiations, the North African country said it would not sign if the agreement contained unfriendly language about its territorial integrity projects.Futuro Sahara concluded its editorial by urging the front not to limit its “war” against Morocco by complaining about natural resources.  It is a “mistake that has not yet produced tangible results.”Algeria also criticized the EU decision to adopt the agriculture agreement.Algerian state-owned news agency APS quoted an Algerian source, speaking on condition of anonymity, who said that the vote was a “genuine crime.”The Algerian source said that the vote is also a “violation” of the Court of Justice’s ruling, which stated that EU deals with Morocco were invalid if they included Western Sahara. read more

Rally held in front of Canadian Tire store where Indigenous man kicked

REGINA — About 40 people have staged a demonstration to show support for an Indigenous man who was physically removed from a Canadian Tire store in Regina after being accused of stealing.People banging drums, waving flags and holding up signs took to the parking lot at the store Friday afternoon, including Kamao Cappo of the Muscowpetung First Nation.Canadian Tire officials apologized earlier this week after Cappo posted a video to social media showing him being pushed by a store employee who accused him of shoplifting.Cappo was in the store buying a chainsaw, an extra chain and oil but when he was at the check-out, he realized he had the wrong model and took the goods to the customer service where he put the chain and oil inside the saw box for ease of handling by the clerk.While looking for the right model, Cappo said he approached by a male store worker who accused him of trying to shoplift and ordered him out, which led to a scuffle.Cappo went public with the video and his story, saying he was discriminated against because he is Aboriginal.“We sincerely apologize for the experience that occurred in our store and we are actively reviewing all of the facts surrounding this matter,” Canadian Tire’s corporate head office said in a statement.“We are communicating with Mr. Cappo directly, and we hope to resolve this matter as quickly as possible.”Kimberley Jonathon, vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, told Friday’s rally the incident highlights the racism Indigenous people experience daily.“It would be worthwhile for them to take responsibility and to look racism right in its ugly face and say you know what, it happened here,” Jonathon said. “But what can we do to affect change and to be that positive champion?”FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron told the crowd they want to see Canadian Tire discipline the employee in the video and want an appropriate apology made to Cappo.Cappo said the Indigenous community’s support comes from a place of shared experience.“If you’re being jabbed with a sharp stick every day, no matter how patient you are, at some point you’re going to become angry,” he said.Cappo said he was surprised by how much support he has received from many different types of people all across Canada.“They don’t even know me, I’m a complete stranger to them,” he said. “But they see an injustice and they are outraged.”(CJME, CTV Regina) read more

UN conference on least developed countries to open next week in Brussels

The Conference, which will run from 14 to 20 May, is expected to be results-oriented and to reach agreement on concrete steps that will allow LDCs to reverse their slide into marginalization and extreme poverty. In a message issued for the event, Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has called for a “Global New Deal” to help disadvantaged regions catch up with the developed world, says, “At stake, quite simply, in the future of these poorest of the poor, is the well-being of the entire human community.” In addition to elaborating a programme of action for LDCs for the current decade, Conference participants will hold a special event on “The Challenge of Eradicating Poverty” and engage in a series of interactive thematic sessions throughout the week on such subjects as governance, agriculture, transport and energy.Briefing correspondents on the Conference at UN Headquarters today, Yvette Stevens, the Special Coordinator for Africa and the LDCs of the UN Economic and Social Affairs Department, noted that because the status of many LDCs had not changed despite two previous UN conferences (Paris 1981, 1990), there was now a general consensus that concrete action was needed to remedy their plight.Much had been done in advance of the Brussels’ event to ensure that there would be tangible results, she stressed.LDCs are designated “least developed” by the UN General Assembly on the basis of a per capita annual gross domestic product of less than $800, weak human resources, and a low level of economic diversification. The combined population of the 49 LDCs is 610.5 million – equivalent to 10.5 per cent of world population. read more

South Sudan UN agencies reach more than half a million people with

Using a combination of airdrops and airlifts, the joint emergency mission carried out by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) delivered food assistance and nutrition supplements, well as health support, learning materials and water, sanitation and hygiene supplies. Both agencies also provided nutrition screening and treatment, as well as information and messages on nutrition, according to a news release issued today. They also assist with reunification for children who are separated from their families, or unaccompanied.“These missions reach people who have been fleeing for their lives,” said Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF Representative in South Sudan. “They have lost or left everything behind, and their relief that someone has finally come to help, and not harm, is palpable.”With support from logistics and telecommunications specialists, the teams provide a lifeline to desperate communities in the three conflict-affected states – Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity.The teams stay in each location from 8 to 11 days, carrying all their own supplies, including food, water and tents. Based on their assessment of the needs of the local population, which can be up to nearly 50,000 people per mission, the teams radio for supplies to be delivered by air.Missions can be delayed by bad weather, which disrupts flights and causes dirt airstrips to flood, and insecurity is a constant challenge, the agencies noted. But once a team has reached an area to establish a humanitarian response, non-governmental partners are frequently able to remain and provide ongoing assistance.“Our staff deployed across South Sudan, in gruelling and often dangerous conditions, show great determination to serve the people of South Sudan with life-saving food and nutrition assistance,” said Joyce Luma, WFP Country Director in South Sudan.Of the more than 1.8 million South Sudanese who fled their homes because of the conflict that began in mid-December 2013, over 1.4 million remain displaced within the country. Most are sheltering in remote and hard-to-reach areas, and more than half of them are children.There are also some 97,000 civilians continuing to receive shelter at UN sites around the country.The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said that more than 9,000 displaced civilians have moved voluntarily from its Tomping Compound in the capital, Juba, to a protection-of-civilians site adjacent to the UN House since it opened in June. The number of uprooted still living in the Tomping site now falls under 4,000. Yesterday, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNMISS, Ellen Margrethe Løj, visited Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, where she met with government officials, including the caretaker governor and community leaders representing some 2,700 displaced people living in UNMISS protection sites outside Bor Town. This was her third visit to a state capital outside Juba since she took on her position earlier this month. read more

Two men struck by a car outside Birmingham mosque

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Two men have been injured after they were hit by a car outside a mosque.West Midlands Police said they have not ruled out the potential that the incident on Ettington Road in Aston, Birmingham, could be terror-related.The men, who are both in their twenties, were struck at 2.15pm on Friday and officers were called after reports that both had been hurt.One victim was said to have suffered a head injury and the other has been described as walking wounded, the force said.Police are trying to trace the identity of the person driving the car, which is believed to be silver.Detective Inspector Greg Evans, of the force’s CID, said: “The investigation is at an early stage and we’re still trying to establish exactly what has happened. “At this time we have not ruled in or out the potential that this could be terror-related but we’re keeping an open mind until we have investigated further.”I’d really like to hear from anyone who has any information or CCTV of the incident or who may have dash cam footage.”Local people said two men were left covered in blood after the incident, with one victim being knocked on to the bonnet of a parked car, which police have since covered with a blue forensic tent. Police at the scene in Ettington Road in Aston Police at the scene in Ettington Road in AstonCredit:Matthew Cooper/PA A worshipper who was attending prayers at the mosque, who declined to give his name, said: “It was shocking to see the guys afterwards.”It was like something out of a movie and it was really, really shocking.”Community activist Desmond Jaddoo urged local people not to speculate about the motive for the incident, amid rumours that it may be linked to a dispute between groups of youths.Mr Jaddoo told the Press Association: “It’s concerning what’s happened today. Two young men have been injured quite badly and it’s caused a lot of tension within the local community at present.”Clearly there is a need for calm.”The police need to be allowed to conduct their investigations and personally I would urge anyone who knows anything about what has happened to contact the police.” read more

GE wins contracts of about 500 million at EMAL one of the

first_imgUsing the latest technology supports UAE strategy for cleaner, more efficient industrial production, with GE supplying a wide range of equipment for EMAL Phase 2 expansion and signing long-term service agreements. The project supports continuing economic growth in the UAE. GE has won contracts totalling some $500 million to provide equipment and long-term services, directly and via engineering procurement contractors, for the Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) smelter complex in Abu Dhabi. The project is expected to result in lower emissions, addressing the UAE’s goal to achieve cleaner and more efficient industrial growth and enabling EMAL to produce aluminium with better fuel efficiency.“A reliable and efficient supply of power is key to the success of our mission, as electricity accounts for a significant portion of the cost of producing aluminium,” said EMAL President and CEO Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei. “GE is successfully supporting both our Phase 1 and 2 projects with advanced power generation technology, while the new service agreements for Phase 1 offer equipment upgrades to the latest and most efficient technologies.”GE will supply gas and steam turbines, generators and a plant-wide control system for the Phase 2 expansion project that will position EMAL as one of the largest single-site aluminium producers in the world. In addition, GE will provide its latest technology upgrades for its gas turbines currently operating Phase I of the EMAL complex. The technology upgrades will include GE’s latest DLN 2.6+ combustion technology, which is expected to lower nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, as well as extend the lifespan of gas turbines parts by up to three times.GE’s new equipment contract with Samsung C&T, the Korean engineering procurement and construction company building the new combined-cycle power plant for EMAL phase 2, includes three Frame 9F 3-series gas turbine generators and two SC5 steam turbine generators. When complete, the EMAL Phase 2 power plant will have the capacity to generate more than 1,000 MW of power to support EMAL’s expanded operations.GE’s advanced technology 9F 3-series gas turbines deliver power with high efficiency, availability, reliability and low emissions. The gas turbine is a 50-Hz member of GE’s family of F-class gas turbines, proven in more than 45 million hours of commercial service around the globe. GE’s SC5 steam turbines provide high reliability and availability in today’s demanding energy environment and use advanced technology enhancements for combined cycle applications with GE heavy-duty gas turbines.The EMAL aluminum complex is situated in the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) in Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi. EMAL, a joint venture between Mubadala Development Co. and Dubai Aluminium, serves more than 150 customers in 36 countries.As previously announced, EMAL Phase I includes six GE Frame 9F 3-series gas turbines. Under the GE upgrade package, four of the units will receive DLN 2.6+ upgrades and six will receive compressor enhancements and cooling optimization packages. Installation of the first upgrade package is expected to begin in Q1 of 2013.Under a separate contractual service agreement (CSA), which will replace the existing CSA for Phase 1, GE will deliver long-term maintenance support for GE gas turbines at both EMAL Phase 1 and Phase 2. This agreement will help the complex with improved performance, predictable maintenance costs and will provide access to GE’s latest technology and global experience. To date, GE has long-term agreements in place at more than 700 sites worldwide.Through all components of the project, GE is tapping into the power of the Industrial Internet to help EMAL’s facility perform with more efficiency and predictability. By connecting data analytics, technological advancements and 130 years of power generation expertise, GE has customised a lifecycle solution that makes EMAL’s assets smarter and more adaptable to their operating environment.last_img read more

World diamond leaders gather for 2nd International Diamond Conference

first_imgWorld leaders in the diamond industry will come together in Namibia, for the International Diamond Conference 2015, November 24-27. The conference is themed: Omugongo, A Cut above the Rest. This prestigious event will be held at the Safari Conference Centre in the capital Windhoek. The conference aims to focus on the “Challenges facing diamond beneficiation in Southern Africa: How can we make this industry viable and sustainable.”The Namibian government has a 50-50 joint venture partnership with the De Beers Group and together have implemented a long-term economic development plan that aims to build a self-sustainable national gem-cutting industry. This will ensure the sustainability of an industry that accounts for about 30% of Namibia’s annual export revenue, bringing funds into the country to improve infrastructure, childhood education and healthcare in local communities.In order to protect the marine ecology and the coastal areas in which most of Namibia’s diamonds are found, international environmental standards are strictly followed in diamond mining activities. Namibia’s comprehensive environmental management plan has been independently verified as ISO 14001 compliant, ensuring long-term ecological and economical sustainability of mining areas. “Namibia’s Atlantic coast area holds an estimated 80 million carats of gems, which were carried to the sea by the Orange River and could be mined beyond 2050,” said Kennedy Hamutenya, Diamond Commissioner for the Republic of Namibia.The highest quality diamonds and one of the world’s largest alluvial diamond deposits are found in Namibia. “Namibia’s diamonds fetch the highest prices because they are of high quality, pure carbon, spotless and they don’t disintegrate…what we don’t have in quantity is made up in quality,” Hamutenya said in 2014.The Minister of Mines and Energy Hon. Obeth Mbul Kandjoze (MP) will open the two-day conference. Industry expert Chaim Even-Zohar will be coordinating the conference. Speakers include: Hon. Walter K. Chidakwa, the Minister of Mines and Mining Development of the Republic of Zimbabwe; Shihaleni E Ndjaba, CEO at Namibia Diamond Trading Company; Burhan Seber, President of the Diamond Manufacturers Association of Namibia (DIAMAN); Kombadayedu Kapwanga, President of the Chamber of Mines of Namibia; and many others.last_img read more

Kamil Syprzak to FC Barcelona

The Polish giant Kamil Syprzak will change colors in the next four years! The 24 years old line-player of Orlen Wisla Plock will join the Spanish champions from the next summer. Syprzak playing fantastic season in “Oilers” T-shirt with 41 goals in the VELUX EHF Champions League, but he also was an important member of the Polish squad who won the bronze medal at Qatar 2015. ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL 1/4 finals: Gyor against Vardar – Viborg VS Buducnost Next Story → EHF CL TOP 16 in numbers: Fans, goals, stars… read more

Womens EHF CL ZRK Vardar defeated in Metz for the first time

← Previous Story “SIX MONTHS LOVE” WITH SUNDOVSKI: Israel looking for a new NT head-coach! Next Story → Scandal in Serbia between coach and players: Nightclubs, alcohol, fight and who is playing where? Group 2:Budućnost : Ferencvaros 23:24 (12:12)Metz : Vardar Skopje 24:22 (10:10)Bietigheim : Thüringer 21:34 (13:17)Standings:1. Vardar 8 – 142. Metz 8 – 123. Ferencvaros 8 – 104. Budućnost 8 – 65. Thüringer 8 – 46. Bietigheim 8 – 2 Metz handballWomens EHF Champions Leaguezrk vardar Six teams are already qualified for the Women’s EHF Champions League quarter-finals. Round 8 will be closed with derby match between Gyori Audi ETO KC and CSM Bucharest, the two last EHF CL winners, who will decide about TOP of Group 1.The French team Metz Handball beat RK Vardar Skopje 24:22 (10:10). That is the first defeat for Macedonian champions in the current season.Grace Zaadi was TOP scorer in the winning team with eight goals, while Marina Rajcic had 19 saves.Group 1:Rostov-Don : Nykoebing 32:22 (14:13)Midtjylland : Krim Mercator 24:24 (12:13)19.00 Györ – CSM BucharestStandings:1. CSM Bucuresti 7 – 11 2. Rostov-Don 8 -113. Györ 7 – 104. Nykoebing 8 – 55. Krim Mercator 8 – 56. Midtjylland 8 – 4 read more

Aaron McKenna Drop Irish or go full native – its time to

first_imgI was struck during the investigation by the fact that Gardaí who had received their education within this country’s schools system and had finished their training in Templemore some short years previously had insufficient command of Irish to ask a driver when stopped at the roadside ‘Cad is ainm duit?This is perhaps the most basic and perplexing question at the heart of the perennial discussion of the place of the Irish language in this country: the abiding national language is beaten into us every single day of our schooling from the age of around four until we graduate secondary school around 18, yet only a minority of the population are in any way fluent.Even fewer people actually decide to use the language on a daily or even semi-regular basis.We pour tens of millions into IrishYet, we pour tens of millions into translating documents and providing official services through Irish, with €12 million being spent recently to train people to translate EU legislation – that the Dail hardly has time to read in English – into Irish from 2016.An FOI request by The Sun newspaper showed a bill for €1.6 million 2012 to translate “documents of major public importance” into Irish, as is mandated in law. NAMA, the NTMA and the National Pension Reserve Fund spent €23,462 to translate their annual reports into Irish. Costs for other departments and agencies range from translating local area plans to taxi customer information cards.The truth seems to be that we have a half-hearted approach to the Irish language. On the one hand, we are very attached and rightly sentimental about our language and our identity. On the other hand, we don’t actually use it all that much. We like it, we have fond ideas about it, but we don’t have a use for it.The spending on the language makes the right political noises, but it’s only a small minority who are really affected daily by the language, outside of schoolchildren.This is an unacceptable fudge. The Irish language is either a waste of scarce public money, or it is a national treasure that we must make it our mission to revive into daily use.If we want Irish, we need to commit fully to itIf as a nation we truly believe that Irish ought to be at the centre of our national identity, which we seem to do between the ages of 4 and 18 when it’s a daily part of life, then we need to commit ourselves fully to it.I speak as someone who was, by the end of education, tucked safely away into one of those Irish classes where we were left to play 20 questions in English. I’m hopeless, and I’ll admit that I didn’t see much point to learning a language without perceived practical use beyond earning a few points in an exam.I would suggest that we hold a national plebiscite in order to ask ourselves if we want to either totally defund Irish and release students to choose it as an option or to learn something more practical; or if we would like to begin to gradually conduct all official business in Irish.A black-and-white choice, I think, is the only way to truly kick the Irish language back into the centre of Irish life; or to force people to decide if this is simply a frivolity they could live without.Immersion is the only real way to learn a languageAfter 14 years of daily Irish tuition, we do not come out fluent speakers. This, I believe, comes down to commitment. We are not truly committed to the language. Kids can sense that, and so aren’t pushed to learn or retain the language. They are not immersed in it. As anyone learning any language will tell you, the absolute best way to get along is to go and try order a coffee in a foreign city. Live it, learn it, love it.If we want this language to be at the centre of our lives, put it there. If not, shut down this cottage industry that creams so much from having official documents, reports, even road signs translated. It eats up print space, if nothing else, to have to essentially produce twice the amount of paper. Very environmentally unfriendly.Make a switch, like moving from driving on the left side to the right side of the road. Perhaps do it over time, gradually making services available mostly through Irish. For example, if you want to talk to Revenue you can get an English speaking line if you like, but we have ten Irish speaking agents for every one English. Eventually you might get rid of English altogether from official dealings with the citizens of Ireland.The local language is the predominant in many successful countriesYes, I’m aware that there are major practical barriers. If we want to stay the best country in the world in which to do business, as Forbes magazine recently rated us, we need to be accessible to foreigners through English. And we probably can’t expect our substantial immigrant population to adapt overnight.Yet, there are plenty of successful models of countries that interact globally, are easily accessible to English speakers, but where the local language is the predominant one used among locals. The Dutch and Germans are fantastic at this, with the former being a major competitor of ours in the Foreign Direct Investment stakes.I have always been a woeful Irish speaker since the early days of school. It would be of great inconvenience to me personally if we made a major switch into becoming an Irish-speaking country. But you know, I’d rather have to learn – and I’d fancy my chances of managing it if it was the difference between being able to function effectively in society or not – than see this fudge continue.We ought to put our mouths where our money is on Irish. (I’ll get my coat…)Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.Read: More than €12 million spent training Irish language graduates to translate EU legislationColumn: Gaeilge is a part of our culture – how it’s taught mattersWe’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email THE IRISH LANGUAGE Commissioner Seán Ó Cuirreáin made a sacrifice that few enough in public service have been known to be brave enough to stomach: he announced that he will resign from his post, largely in protest at the lack of official support for the Irish language that he is tasked to protect.In his 2012 report the Language Commissioner said that “for every one step forward” in the promotion of the Irish language in the public sector, “there appeared to have been two steps backwards.”As Ó Cuirreáin quite rightly points out, there can be great difficulties in accessing Irish through the public sector. This is something that was re-mandated as obligatory in 2003 legislation that created the post of An Coimisinéir Teanga. In one instance, a man stopped by Gardaí got into bother because the Garda could not speak to him in Irish. In his report the Commissioner commented:last_img read more

3D bientôt des lunettes universelles

first_img3D : bientôt des lunettes universelles ?Les groupes japonais Panasonic et Sony, ainsi que la firme sud-coréenne Samsung, travaillent de concert sur le développement de lunettes universelles. Un standard qui permettrait de regarder différents écrans 3D, avec une seule et même paire de lunettes.Il existe aujourd’hui plusieurs types de lunettes permettant de visionner des images en 3D, développées par les différents constructeurs de téléviseurs. Mais alors que cette technologie n’envahit toujours pas les salons du monde entier comme ils l’espéraient, plusieurs constructeurs ont enfin décidé de s’accorder sur un standard. À lire aussiArchéologie : le vrai visage de Cléopâtre reconstitué en 3DComme le rapporte le site Gizmodo, Sony, Panasonic, Samsung et XPAND 3D ont en effet accepté de travailler ensemble à la définition d’une norme de lunettes actives 3D pour HDTV. Un projet baptisé HD 3D Glasses Initiative. Ils entendent développer un standard fonctionnant via le Bluetooth et l’Infra Rouge (IR), et ainsi proposer des lunettes 3D actives dont la technologie de transmission sera compatible avec de nombreux écrans. Cette norme, le groupe de travail aimerait la lancer dès 2012, alors que la licence développée devrait être achevée d’ici le mois de septembre. Les lunettes universelles devraient donc être commercialisées au début de l’année prochaine. Le 9 août 2011 à 16:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Brown Printing Launches Portal for Customers

first_imgBrown Printing Company has announced the launch of a portal that allows customers to access updated reporting information online.The new interface will include graphical reports, online information, and a historical information repository allowing production departments to “access critical information and aid in business decisions,” Brown said. The portal is an enhancement to its B.Direct digital service, which offers publishers display, tracking and administration of pre-production, production and post-production, and is a process that closes the “information loop” within the graphic arts industry.According to Scott Blahosky, Brown’s IT business systems manager, this type of information was “only available through a customer service representative or direct contact at the plant level. This additional avenue will allow our customers the capability to retrieve up to the minute reporting securely through any standard internet connection worldwide, at any time.”Since launching this no-cost portal on Monday, approximately 30 large- and small-size publishers have signed up for the customer portal service, Brown said.last_img read more

Shawn Mendes To Kick Off MTV Unplugged Reboot

first_img Shawn Mendes To Kick Off “MTV Unplugged” Reboot Email “MTV Unplugged” Returns With Shawn Mendes shawn-mendes-kick-mtv-unplugged-reboot Facebook The iconic MTV series gets a fresh coat of paint, with new episodes featuring today’s stars in interesting venuesNate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 17, 2017 – 2:03 pm GRAMMY.comMTV has announced a reboot of their beloved “Unplugged” franchise for this fall. The network is not holding back on star power either, enlisting pop chart-topper Shawn Mendes for the first installment of the relaunched series.The show, originally conceived and launched in 1989 by singer/songwriter Jules Shear (who hosted the first 13 episodes) along with producers Robert Small and Jim Burns, drew on a late ’80s fad of rock bands performing acoustic versions of their hits at award shows and televised events.It soon became a staple of ’90s pop culture, hosting memorable stripped-down televised performances by the likes of Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, and many more.Clapton’s Unplugged album went on to win the GRAMMY for Album Of The Year, with “Tears In Heaven” also taking Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year, at the 35th GRAMMY Awards. Tony Bennett became the second artist to win Album Of The Year for an “Unplugged” album at the 37th GRAMMY Awards.According to Variety, the new series is looking to “mix things up this time around.””‘Let’s take it to cool locations’ was the thought,” said MTV’s Amani Duncan, who is heading the new launch. “Like where the artist played their first major show, or maybe they choose a location to make a pro-social statement, or it’s, ‘I always wanted to play Carnegie Hall.'”The reboot of “MTV Unplugged” featuring Shawn Mendes from the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles is scheduled to air Sept. 8.How Much Do You Know About Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged album? News Twitter last_img read more

Delhi HC issues notice to Centre on plea to equalise legal age

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court Monday sought a response from the Centre on a PIL seeking that the legal age of marriage for men and women be equalised. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued a notice to the Centre on a PIL which says the limit of 18 years for a woman to get married amounts to “blatant discrimination”. Men in India are permitted to get married at the age of 21. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us The public interest litigation (PIL) moved by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay claimed that the difference in the minimum age of marriage for men and women was based on patriarchal stereotypes and has no scientific backing. The court has listed the matter for further hearing on October 30. The petition claims that the difference in marriage age violates the principles of gender equality, gender justice and dignity of women. “The petition challenges a blatant, ongoing form of discrimination against women. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us That is the discriminatory minimum age limit for marriage for men and women in India. “While men in India are permitted to get married only at the age of 21 years, women are allowed to get married when they are 18. This distinction is based in patriarchal stereotypes, has no scientific backing, perpetrates de jure and de facto inequality against women, and goes completely against global trends,” the petition contends. Advertise With Us The petition further said, “it is a social reality” that married women are expected to perform a subordinate role vis-à-vis the husband and this “power imbalance” is deeply aggravated by the age difference. “A younger spouse is, therefore, expected to respect and be servile to her elder partner, which aggravates the pre-existing gender-based hierarchy in the marital relationship,” the petition states and seeks to equalise of the age of marriage for men and women.last_img read more

Market optimism trumps uncertainties in November

first_imgIndian markets saw the triumph of optimism over a host of negative build-ups in November.A week that had five successive sessions of advancing benchmark indices capped the month’s return of the bulls.The ground situation for the markets has been fraught with uncertainties. India has been in the middle of elections in five states, considered crucial for the Narendra Modi government that will enter the election year soon. The general election is likely sometime in the middle of next year.Oil exporting nations have announced a production cut that should have driven up international crude prices. But the prices have been sliding and have dipped below the psychological level of $60 a barrel.The US sanctions on Iran after President Trump tore up the nuclear deal were expected to bite this month. Once the Iranian crude evaporated from the international market, the oil prices should have shot up.However, the huge US inventories and increasing production there have kept the price suppressed. Some energy market circles also see an agreement between Washington and Riyadh behind the soft oil in an attempt to harm Tehran. The gathering trade war clouds between the US and China are also effectively suppressing an oil uptick.The situation has lowered India’s oil import bill. The Indian markets were expected to remain cautious of oil prices because of international uncertainties. But the market has ignored the uncertainties and found traction in foreign institutional investors’ (FIIs) return.The oil slide has strengthened the rupee against the dollar. The stronger rupee has helped the market to stabilise further by allaying worries of further currency sell-off.Analysts still advice caution but are happy that the net flow of FII investments turned positive after months in the negative terrain. The bloodbath of September and October saw the flight of about Rs 35,000 crore from the markets, according to some estimates. November has been a different story with foreign investors returning for juicy trades. They have pumped in at least Rs 12,000 crore over the past few weeks, estimates say.Both Sensex and Nifty posted new highs and technical experts suggest they have found new supports. Sensex closed on Friday at 36,194 and Nifty on 10,876. Having reclaimed the support of 10,800, Nifty is on way to breach 11,000, say technical experts.Technical expertsIndian optimism has fond warmth in Morgan Stanley’s overweight rating and HSBC’s upgrading to neutral from underweight.”The market ended on a positive note after a roller-coaster effect ahead of G20 meet and expectation of oil production cut in the upcoming Opec meet,” said Vinod Nair of Geojit Financial Services. “On the other hand, FIIs turned positive as fall in oil prices to bearish territory and appreciation in rupee stimulated hopes of economic growth.”FIIs poured in more than Rs 12,000 crore (Debt & Equity) in Indian markets according to SEBI data on Moneycontrol.The month distinguished itself with more than average rise of midcaps and small caps, which usually are the worst hit in an uncertain market. In the S&P BSE Small Cap index, as many as 50 stocks rallied 20 per cent to 171 per cent in November, according to Money Control. Three stocks more than doubled investors’ wealth in the same period. In the S&P BSE Mid Cap index, three stocks rose between 20 per cent and 40 per cent.Technical traders are happy that Sensex and Nifty regained crucial support levels during the month – the Sensex back above 36,000 and Nifty above 10,800. Experts feel that barring a disastrous result in the second week of December the momentum should continue.last_img read more

Report Finds Mixed Results From Electric Market Deregulation

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Roy Luck via FlickrA view of power lines near Thompsons, TX, southwest of Houston.A new report finds positive signs, but some “mixed results”, from deregulating the Texas electric market.The consumer advocacy group Texas Coalition for Affordable Power used federal government data to track Texans’ electric bills since deregulation. The report says electricity has gotten cheaper in cities where you can choose your provider, but it’s still been historically more expensive compared to cities with one provider.“I think it’s a good news/bad news story,” says R.A. Dyer, the group’s spokesperson. “I think the market is progressing.”The good news from the report is that in places where you can shop around for electricity – like Houston and Dallas – you can find better deals than in San Antonio or Austin, where there’s one provider.The bad news?“What we have seen, year after year, is prices are consistently higher in areas of the state with retail electric competition,” Dyer says.Still, the report found that gap is shrinking, and there are other positive signs. A separate study from Rice University – one that looked at different and more recent data – found that in 2016, some deregulated parts of Texas finally had cheaper electricity.“Our prices in the state are very closely linked to the natural gas price,” says Michelle Fost, Chief Energy Economist at the University of Texas’ Center for Energy Economics.So, as long as natural gas stays relatively cheap, you could expect the trend of ever-cheaper electricity in deregulated cities to continue. X Listen 00:00 /01:10 Sharelast_img read more

New Research Reveals Undocumented Immigrants Do Not Increase Crime Rates

first_img X 00:00 /00:57 Listen Immigration and Customs EnforcementICE arrested hundreds of undocumented workers in the Dallas area in a rare crackdown on workers.New analysis of nationwide data reveals that undocumented immigrants do not bring more crime to their communities.  The study, by the Marshall Project and the New York Times, looked at whether shifts in the undocumented population are connected with rates of different types of crime.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The nationwide analysis, which included data from 17 Texas cities, showed that the share of undocumented immigrants in cities is not correlated with a shift in crime rates.Data journalist Anna Flagg headed up the project, which used Pew Research estimates of the undocumented population. “Since 2007, violent and property crimes have decreased across most areas and it has decreased at similar rates regardless of whether the undocumented population has gone up or gone down,” said Flagg. In Houston, the share of the population that was undocumented decreased slightly from 2007 to 2016. Though crime rates also decreased, Flagg said it’s important to look at the big picture.“We’re seeing that overall crime rates are decreasing everywhere and they’re decreasing similarly no matter what happened with the undocumented population in that area,” she said. Houston and Dallas have the third and fourth largest undocumented populations in the country, each city with some 500,000 people. Sharelast_img read more

Here are the creeps you should be avoiding on sex and dating

first_img‘If I told you, I’d be kicked off Grindr.’I recently asked a guy I was chatting to online to share his wildest fantasies. Or was it ‘most extreme’? Either way, this was his response. Now, I asked the question. Mainly because I’m an inquisitive, sex-positive person who hates retreading time-worn conversations about sex with strangers. (After all, how unimaginative is ‘into?’).I was prepared for almost any response. He could’ve liked X, Y or Z and I wouldn’t have been shocked, wouldn’t have judged or been rude. As such, I don’t consider such questions problematic. (Or, at least, I didn’t). But what he said threw me for a loop.‘If I told you that, I’d be kicked off Grindr.’What does that even mean?For better of for worse, I’ll never know. My knee-jerk reaction was to block him. But ever since, questions have swirled in my head. Was he joking, or being serious? Was he overstating it, or was he referring to something dangerous/illegal? What might have happened if I’d met him?‘”I’m not that Berlin in my tastes”‘It got me thinking of other questionable men I’ve interacted with online in the past. Like the one who assured me he wouldn’t go ‘Jeffrey Dahmer’ on my ass. (‘I’m not that Berlin in my tastes,’ he said). Or the one who I chatted to for months, only to find him using my picture on his profile. I prefer not think about the older men I talked to after getting my first Gaydar account…at 14. In their defense, I didn’t disclose my age to many of them. But some, I did.Like bacteria in a swamp, creepy people with insidious agendas lurk and thrive in anonymous, digital spaces.On Twitter, in comment sections, on apps such as Grindr and Scruff, idiotic morons say what they want and pursue harmful, hateful agendas without fear of meaningful reprimand. Many live to provoke.‘There’s nothing wrong with casual sex – but there has to be respect’On apps, where those agendas are mixed up in sex, love and dating, with a view to meeting in the flesh, the stakes are higher. In my experience, the waters are murkiest where the context is purely physical, transactional. There’s nothing wrong with casual sex, of course – but there has to be a baseline of respect. We all deserve that, and so do our prospective sexual partners.And yet, disrespectful behavior online is endemic. Since Grindr first came onto the scene in 2009, amassing 2.4 daily users worldwide by 2016, conduct has degenerated. And what happens when that conduct is translated into the physical realm? I know the answer, but that’s another story for another time.This is about poor digital conduct. And let’s be honest, it is evident via anonymous profiles. but I wouldn’t tar them all with the same brush. I’ve met many perfectly decent people who keep their online identities secret with good reason.Besides, for me personally, the guys I’m most mindful of are the ones with the right ‘look’, the optimum set of vital stats. Some think they have a license to act reprehensibly. Or perhaps I give them a free pass to, because of how I perceive them. Either way, that license is imaginary. Guys don’t get a free pass to be racist, femme-shaming, body-shaming or generally a dick just because they’re hot. Just because I’m a gay man, my life doesn’t revolve around sexHow to find love and sex as a gay or bisexual man after 50This film sums up the hidden meaning of Grindr messages everywhereRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : So, I implore you: no matter how dateable and/or attractive you think he is, do not give a guy the time of day if he expresses any of the following attributes…1 He’s prejudicedThis is never acceptable. We all have a responsibility to be on the right side of history with this one. ‘No femmes, no fats, no Asians’ – I would laugh at such a tired cliche if it wasn’t so clearly still a reality. I see people expressing such sickness so brazenly, so regularly, that once again, I’m almost deadened to it.Stating a preference for certain body types and package sizes belongs to this realm. So he like big muscles and big dicks? Good for him. Who doesn’t? But to proudly, publicly disclose that as some sort of interesting character quirk, or an inadvertent preference isn’t acceptable. It’s bigoted. It’s abhorrent. If he doesn’t understand the concept of equality, why talk to him?2 He doesn’t respect your policy on photosMy profiles contain a picture of my person, and an admittedly abrupt ‘Face only.’ And still, I get contacted by blank profiles every single day. Then there’s the choppy waters of nude photos. If he sends one, should you feel obliged to send one back? No, and especially not if it was unsolicited. Fuck his hurt feelings.3 He never changes his pictureI have to raise my hand and admit I’ve been guilty of this one. Perhaps this shows just how desensitized to shitty behaviour I’d become.I recently returned to the world of apps after 18 months away and didn’t think twice about using the same picture as before. It wasn’t until I started writing this feature that I realized I was being (somewhat subconsciously) deceptive. So I changed it, because I’ve changed.But I’ve been living in the neighborhood for the past seven years, and some of my ‘neighbors’ haven’t changed their photo in that entire time. Hopefully that puts my dishonesty into perspective a bit. Some look amazing in their pictures; come across as nice, approachable people elsewhere in their profiles. But they’re not. They’re essentially liars.4 He won’t take no for an answerYes, it sucks when people ghost you. It sucks when people are direct with you. It sucks when they block you. But you’ve probably done most of these things yourself; thus, you have to accept it when people do it to you. Rejection is part and parcel of life; it’s inevitable, and integral we try and take it on the chin when it happens to us.But some guys can’t do that. They message over and over again, often getting increasingly abusive. This is why it infuriates me that some services only give you a limited amount of blocks per day unless you sign up for a premium service. Even then, I’ve had guys create new profiles and target me afresh.‘Don’t become immune’To be clear, I’m not suggesting every guy who acts like a dick, or sets off alarm bells, is potentially dangerous.But when we fail to call out or act on casually contemptible behaviour, we become immune to it, and what it potentially leads to. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? 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Air Canada says its new loyalty program will help to increase share

first_imgAir Canada says its new loyalty program will help to increase share price further Tags: Air Canada The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Air Canada’s move to launch its own loyalty program in 2020 will help to attract more foreign investors and narrow a gap in the value of its stock compared with its American rivals, CEO Calin Rovinescu said Monday.Air Canada is negotiating with potential credit card partners and expects to announce a decision by the end of the year, the company said. The airline served notice last year that it does not plan to renew its more than 30-year-long partnership with Aimia Inc.-operated Aeroplan when the current contract ends in 2020.Rovinescu said the company’s decision not to renew its Aeroplan partnership will deliver up to about $2.5 billion of value for investors, which could go a long way to eliminate some of the difference in how investors value the Canadian airline compared with its U.S. peers.Part of the differential is due to the higher cost of doing business in Canada because of the fee and charges that U.S. airlines don’t face operating out of its airports, he said.Chief financial officer Michael Rousseau added that the share price gap could also be narrowed as it attracts more investors from the U.S., Europe and Asia. Currently, 42% of its shareholders are from outside of Canada.Closer to home, Air Canada said it is preparing to deploy its Rouge low-cost airplanes this summer on transcontinental routes to Western Canada in order to compete with ultra-low-cost rivals, including WestJet Airlines, which is preparing to launch its Swoop ultra-low-cost airline in June.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe routes will be between Montreal and Victoria, along with Toronto to Nanaimo and Kamloops, B.C., starting in June.Air Canada is also looking to capitalize on labour woes at its rival WestJet and preparing to increase capacity if required in response to a potential strike by WestJet pilots.“We certainly don’t take any pleasure from seeing WestJet’s current challenges and woes but certainly it’s our objective that if there was a business opportunity there we’ll seize upon it as they sought to do,” Rovinescu told shareholders.Air Canada reported a smaller-than-expected loss in its first quarter as its revenue grew compared with a year ago, boosted by increased capacity and passenger traffic.The Montreal-based airline said it lost $170 million, or 62 cents per diluted share, in its slowest quarter of the year, compared with a loss of $13 million or five cents per share in the same quarter last year.Operating revenue for the quarter totalled a record $4.07 billion, up from $3.64 billion, helped by the business cabin where revenues were up nearly 14% on higher traffic and prices.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyNon-fare ancillary revenues grew 17%, mainly from seat selection and preferred seats, which were up 56%, and upgrades that were 37% higher.The strong results were achieved despite higher costs resulting from winter service disruptions, Rovinescu told analysts.“Despite these challenges, our first quarter performance demonstrates our ability to perform against headwinds and our progress towards consistent earnings and long-term sustained profitability,” he said.On an adjusted basis, Air Canada said it lost $52 million or 19 cents per diluted share compared with an adjusted loss of $63 million or 23 cents per diluted share a year ago. The improvement came despite higher fuel prices.Analysts on average had expected an adjusted loss of 44 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters.Air Canada will consider instituting a dividend as it gets closer to achieving an investment grade credit rating by the end of 2020, said Rousseau.However, based on other airlines, he wasn’t sure there is any real reward from having a dividend program. He added that most shareholders he hears from prefer the company to reduce its debt and buy back some shares. Sharecenter_img Posted by Tuesday, May 1, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more