Green party targets use of tax money for political attack billboards

first_imgPochynok said the Liberals see Horgan as responsible because he hasn’t provided tax relief on gasoline. Expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline, which Horgan has opposed, could also have increased the flow of gas in British Columbia, she added.Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston said Horgan has appointed his deputy minister to explore regulatory options for relief, but he also noted the government’s carbon tax increase this year only added one cent per litre to the cost of gas.Offering tax relief may just give oil companies an opportunity to increase prices and eat up the difference, he said.Ralston acknowledged that the NDP has used its caucus fund for political purposes.“We do some political advertising with the same money but we tend to focus on the good things the government is doing,” he said.He said it would be up to an internal committee to determine if the practice should be reviewed. “The whole is worse than the sum of the parts. You have taxpayer money being used and you have incorrect information,” Weaver says.“Taxpayer money is being used to spread partisan rhetoric that’s clearly wrong. I find it disgraceful.”Liberal caucus spokeswoman Carlie Pochynok defended the ads, adding that the NDP used its own caucus fund for radio ads attacking Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson in March.“Every caucus is provided a budget to use as they see fit,” she said. “Our (ads) are basically opposition work that are more public because they’re giant billboards. Our job is to criticize government and hold them to account.” VANCOUVER, B.C. – Green party Leader Andrew Weaver is calling for a ban on the use of taxpayer money for political attack ads after the B.C. Liberals bought billboards blaming Premier John Horgan for a spike in gas prices.The digital billboards along commuter routes on the Lower Mainland say “Gas prices?” and “Spending more to commute?” followed by “Blame John Horgan.”It’s not the first time a provincial political party has used its caucus funding for partisan purposes and Weaver says that needs to change.center_img Green party house leader Sonia Furstenau will bring the issue to the multi-party Legislative Assembly Management Committee to “ensure it considers that a policy be brought in that would no longer allow taxpayer funding of partisan ads.”What that policy would look like, such as whether it would apply only to caucus funds or to any taxpayer money, would be determined by the committee if it approves the idea.There’s no law or regulation explicitly prohibiting a party caucus from using its fund for political purposes, Weaver says.“There should be, but there’s not,” he says.Weaver took aim at the billboards not only over how they were paid for but also for portraying information that’s “blatantly false.”It’s misleading to suggest the NDP government is solely responsibly for gas prices that have reached heights of $1.70 per litre on the Lower Mainland when restricted capacity at Washington state refineries is a major factor, he says.last_img read more

Under intensive UN mediation Nigeria and Cameroon sign accord ending border dispute

“The signing ceremony which has brought us together crowns a remarkable experiment in conflict prevention by Cameroon and Nigeria,” Mr. Annan said of the agreement which provides for the withdrawal of Nigerian troops within 60 days, with a possible 30 day extension, from Bakassi, which the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN’s Supreme judicial body, awarded to Cameroon in 2002.“With today’s agreement on the Bakassi Peninsula, a comprehensive resolution of the dispute is within our grasp,” he added at the ceremony at the Greentree Estate in Manhasset outside New York City. “The momentum achieved must be sustained.”Under the agreement transitional arrangements will be completed in two years for the Peninsula, which was the last of four areas to be demarcated in accordance with the ICJ decision.Before Mr. Annan spoke, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, President Paul Biya of Cameroon and the Secretary General signed and exchanged the agreements and shook hands to the applause of those assembled in the wood-panelled room. Behind them the blue UN flag was flanked by Nigeria’s green and white banner and the green, red and gold colours of Cameroon.Mr. Annan has been closely involved in the issue ever since the ICJ decision on the 1,600 kilometres border stretching from Lake Chad in the north to Bakassi in the south.The UN-sponsored Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC), chaired by his Special Representative for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has been working over the past several years to finally resolve all issues of the dispute, which has its origin in the colonial borders established in the early 20th century by Britain and Germany. Located on the Gulf of Guinea, the Peninsula had been the subject of intense, at times violent disputes between the two countries for dozens of years when Cameroon referred the matter to the ICJ in 1994. In 2002 the World Court, as it is also known, in a binding decision awarded it to Cameroon, citing a 1913 agreement between Britain and Germany.But the modalities of Nigeria’s final withdrawal had defied the efforts of the CNMC until Mr. Annan on Friday began days of intensive mediation with the two presidents.As late as last year the dispute was still claiming victims – two Cameroonian soldiers killed and another wounded.Also attending the ceremony as witnesses were the Permanent Representatives of France, Germany, United Kingdom and the United States, who will help implement the agreement.“Our agreement today is a great achievement in conflict prevention, which practically reflects its cost effectiveness when compared to the alternative of conflict resolution,” President Obasanjo said. “Its significance therefore goes much beyond Nigeria and Cameroon. It should represent a model for the resolution of similar conflicts in Africa, and I dare say, in the world at large.”“Reason and wisdom have been our main guides,” Cameroon’s President Biya added. “By signing the present agreement we have armed ourselves with an efficient instrument to implement the court’s decision bringing a definitive conclusion to our border dispute.”Mr. Annan noted the “stunning” cost effectiveness of the CNMC, which has no peacekeeping element and costs about $5 million dollars a year compared with the $200 million dollars a year annually needed for the UN’s Ethiopia and Eritrea mission.Previous agreements to finalize the ICJ’s decision have fallen through, including one which was to have seen the final transfer of authority from Nigeria to Cameroon take place between 15 June and 15 September 2004. read more

UK van sector delivers £56 billion paypacket to British workers finds new

One in 10 workers in the UK uses or depends on a van for their work, a total of 3.4 million people.New report finds vans contribute annual £56 billion to economy from wages alone – 11% of UK GDP.1UK average new van CO2 down -10.4% since 2013, highlighting the important role new vans play in reducing emissions.Industry highlights vital role Britain’s 4.6 million vans play in driving our economy and society as UK’s biggest commercial vehicle show opens.The extent British businesses depend on vans is revealed today by new research published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and management and technology consultancy, BearingPoint.2 Without a van, 3.4 million people – 10% of the UK’s workforce – would not be able to do their jobs, with an estimated 500,000 driving one as their main role.The report, Light Commercial Vehicles: Delivering for the UK Economy, highlights for the first time the vast economic and social contribution made by the 3.4 million UK van users and employees of businesses that depend on them, with a combined wage bill of at least £56 billion, equating to 11% of GDP. However, this figure only accounts for part of the contribution vans make to the economy. The UK is home to two major van manufacturing plants, as well as a thriving sub-economy of van conversion companies and a strong aftermarket sector. Around 900,000 used vans change hands every year, while the annual new light commercials market is estimated to be worth nearly £10 billion.3The UK van parc has experienced significant growth in recent years, up 59% since 2000 – almost double the growth seen in cars. The boom in online shopping, in particular, has seen a surge in demand for delivery vans. The UK is now the EU’s biggest online retail market, with 83% of consumers here buying goods and services online, compared with the EU average of 60%.4 Meanwhile, the rapid rise in the number of self-employed people, up from 3.3 million in 2001 to 4.8 million in 2017, has also been a key driver of van growth, with the trend to vehicle downsizing another factor.5As well as the vehicles registered to businesses, the report suggests that the majority of privately owned vans are operated by a booming sole trader and SME sector. The van is an essential tool of the trade for these owner-operators, who depend on them for their livelihood. The report also suggests that, despite additional costs, vans operated by sole traders and SMEs tend to be at a higher specification. Small businesses are now taking advantage of the latest innovations in safety and comfort, often as a reflection of their professionalism. New vans now offer a variety of features, including advanced driver assistance, lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking systems, all of which help to improve the sector’s already strong safety record.The report highlights the vital role vans play in delivering for society and for the economy. Almost all (96%) of these vehicles are powered by diesel, which delivers the high levels of efficiency and performance needed to transport goods over long distances. The commercial vehicle sector has invested heavily to ensure that the Euro 6 diesel vans on sale today are the cleanest in history. The development of the latest low emission technology has resulted in new vehicles that have virtually eliminated particulates and have vastly reduced NOx. Furthermore, UK average new van CO2 fell to 166.93g/km last year, down -10.4% since 2013, highlighting the important role new diesel vans play, and will continue to play, in reducing emissions.6Manufacturers are investing heavily to bring an exciting range of ultra-low and zero emission vans to market. While there is an increasing appetite for these vehicles, demand remains low, accounting for just 0.3% of the market in 2018. To increase uptake, a number of barriers must be removed, including tackling range and payload anxiety and addressing the sector’s specific charging needs.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The UK’s van fleet is the backbone of our society, driving our economy and allowing millions of workers to carry out jobs that our country relies on. Industry is supporting these businesses by responding to a changing society, developing and delivering the cleanest and safest vehicles in history. To continue to thrive, this vital sector needs policies and incentives that encourage businesses to invest in the latest technology that best suit their needs to help them deliver for Britain.James Rodger, Partner and UK&I Lead, BearingPoint, said,The data analysis and interviews that we have conducted highlight the key role that the LCV sector plays in the UK economy. The report brings the data and the qualitative insights together to paint a picture of a diverse and vibrant sector which touches all our lives on a daily basis. Advancements in technology in the sector will ensure that the LCV continues to play a pivotal role in the years to come. We hope that this report contributes to the better understanding and appreciation of the LCV sector in the UK.Around 21,000 people are expected to attend the Commercial Vehicle Show, which opens its doors today at the NEC in Birmingham. Now in its 20th year, CV Show 2019 will see 460 companies exhibiting, including some of the biggest van and truck names on the market. The show runs from 30 April to 2 May and entry is free. Find out more at www.cvshow.comNotes to editors1. Based on national minimum wage of workers who directly use a van and employees of van-dependent businesses2. Light Commercial Vehicles: Delivering for the UK Economy3. SMMT data4. Eurostat: eCommerce statistics (2018)5. Trends in Self-Employment in the UK Office for National Statistics6. UK average new van CO2 was 186.39g/km in 2013Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

UK weather Britain to enjoy miniheatwave as temperatures set to beat August

first_imgBut the warm conditions are likely to be confined to England and Wales, with Scotland and Ireland still affected by weather fronts making conditions more unsettled. But the return to summer weather won’t last for long – forecasters said there would be a return to cooler conditions by the second half of the week. North SeaIt is going to be mainly cloudy in the morning. Sunny periods later, but an isolated shower is possible too. Light north-easterly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).Northern ScotlandIt will be mostly cloudy in the morning. Brighter spells later, but with isolated showers too. A rather cloudy but dry evening. Gentle easterly winds. Max temp 16-19C (61-66F), but cooler along much of the coast.Argyll & ButeIt is going to be overcast and wet with persistent heavy rain for much of the day. Staying wet through the evening too but the rain will ease. Gentle easterly winds. Max temp 14-17C (57-63F).West Scotland/Western IslesIt is expected to be bright for a while, but with a few showers. Cloudier later with a chance of patchy light rain in places. Gentle easterly winds. Max temp 16-19C (61-66F).OrkneyA generally fine day, as it will be dry and bright with sunny spells and variable amounts of cloud. Gentle easterly winds. Max temp 13-16C (55-61F).ShetlandIt is expected to be dry with spells of hazy sunshine, as well as variable cloud. Light westerly winds. Max temp 12-15C (54-59F).Northern IrelandIt looks set to be very unsettled and thundery through the day with frequent heavy showers or more persistent rain. Staying wet during the evening too with further thundery downpours. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 16-19C (61-66F). This August has been cooler and wetter than average, with temperatures so far peaking at around 25 degrees. Weather over the Bank Holiday is set to be unpredictable, but it could be a washout, with rain forecast for much of the country.The forecast suggests that August temperatures are unlikely to break the records seen earlier this year, with a temperature of 34.5 degrees making June 21 the hottest June day for 40 years. Here’s a closer look at the weather in key regions across Britain.LondonDrizzle at first. It will then be mostly cloudy with grey skies and the small chance of a shower too. A dry but still rather cloudy evening. Light westerly winds. Humid. Max temp 21-24C (70-75F).KentIt is expected to be rather wet with rain and drizzle for a time. Becoming mainly dry during the afternoon. A dry but still rather cloudy evening. Gentle south-westerly winds. Muggy. Max temp 19-22C (66-72F). East AngliaFollowing early drizzle, it will be dry but mainly cloudy, although one or two sunny periods are likely for a time. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 18-21C (64-70F).Berkshire/Surrey/HampshireIt is expected to be dry but cloudy and overcast with little, if any, brightness expected. Warmer and humid with just a gentle south-westerly breeze. Max temp 21-24C (70-75F).EssexIt looks set to be wet and cloudy with rain from time to time, particularly in the morning. A possible isolated shower during the evening. Light south-westerly winds. Max temp 18-21C (64-70F).LincolnshireIt will be cloudy and in places wet with a chance of patchy light rain or drizzle at times. A drier but still quite cloudy evening. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).Herefordshire/Staffordshire/ShropshireIt is going to be wet and cloudy with rain from time to time, particularly in the morning. The odd shower through the evening. Light south-westerly winds. Max temp 19-22C (66-72F).Channel IslandsIsolated showers at first. Then dry with bright or sunny periods developing during the course of the afternoon. A dry evening with spells of late sunshine. Gentle westerly winds. Humid. Max temp 18-21C (64-70F).Somerset/Dorset/Devon/Cornwall Following a clear start, it will be dry with a lot of cloud, although spells of hazy sunshine are quite likely. Warm and humid with a light to moderate south-westerly wind. Max temp 21-24C (70-75F), but cooler along much of the coast due to an onshore wind. South WalesIt is expected to be mainly dry but overcast with the small chance of a few spots of rain or drizzle later. Gentle south-westerly winds. Max temp 18-21C (64-70F).North WalesIt will be wet and cloudy with rain from time to time, particularly in the morning. Moderate south-westerly winds. Humid. Max temp 18-21C (64-70F).Lancashire/MerseysideIt is expected to be cloudy and wet with patchy rain or drizzle. Most of the rain will be light, but a heavier burst is possible. A drier evening but still cloudy. Moderate south-easterly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).CumbriaIt looks set to be rather unsettled and wet throughout the day with plenty of cloud and spells of rain, some heavy during the afternoon. A wet evening too. Moderate south-easterly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).Isle of Man/Irish SeaIt will be a very unsettled day with showers or longer spells of rain, often heavy with thunder possible. The rain should begin to ease during the evening. Moderate south-easterly winds. Max temp 15-18C (59-64F).East MidlandsIt is going to be mainly cloudy with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle, particularly after midday. A drier evening but still cloudy. Light southerly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F). “On Tuesday temperatures could climb to 27 degrees, and that looks like it will probably be the peak so far this month.”The low pressure also means warm winds from the continent are reaching the UK, allowing temperatures to climb. center_img Britain will enjoy a mini-heatwave this week as temperatures reach their highest levels since the start of this month. Tropical air from Hurricane Gert and an area of low pressure mean that the south of England and East Anglia could see temperatures stretch into the high 20s, the Met Office said. Today, a grey, it will be a misty and damp start in many places but the north-east of both Scotland and England will be bright and dry for a time.There will be heavy rain in Northern Ireland which will spread to much of Scotland through the day. Any light rain in central England will slowly die out. Turning warm and bright in the south later after a damp, grey start.While it is set to be warm, it won’t be too sunny – conditions are instead inspected to be humid and cloudy.A spokesman said: “Monday and Tuesday will see a lot of warm and humid areas, with temperatures of around 23 to 25 degrees.  Yorkshire/Humberside/NorthumberlandIt will be mostly dry for a time, but thickening cloud will bring heavy rain during the afternoon. The rain will ease by the end of the day. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).Scottish BordersIt is going to be mainly cloudy with scattered light showers, mostly during the afternoon. More persistent rain by evening. Gentle easterly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).Central/Edinburgh/Fife/TaysideIt is expected to be dry for a time, but mostly cloudy with the chance of patchy light rain during the afternoon. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 16-19C (61-66F).GrampianIt will be generally dry but rather cloudy. There is the small chance of a light shower. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 14-17C (57-63F).Dumfries & Galloway/Ayrshire & LanarkshireIt is expected to be mostly cloudy with the chance of a little rain during the morning and heavier rain later. The rain will ease by the end of the day. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 16-19C (61-66F).GlasgowIt looks set to be mainly dry during the morning, but dull with light rain later. Rain becoming heavy during the evening. Light easterly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).HighlandsIt will be mostly cloudy with grey skies and the chance of a shower during the afternoon too. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 16-19C (61-66F). 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. Republic of IrelandFor eastern Ireland, following rain for a while early on, it will be overcast with thundery showers for a period during the morning. The chance of patchy drizzle in places during the afternoon. There will be a moderate south-westerly breeze. Meanwhile, across western Ireland, it is going to be unsettled and wet for much of the day with showers or more persistent rain, heavy at times with thunderstorms likely. Further evening rain. A warmer, humid day, despite the showers and a moderate southerly wind. Max temp 19-22C (66-72F), but cooler along the west coast.What will the weather be like tomorrow?Tomorrow will have showery rain in the north with heavy thundery rain possible later on in Northern Ireland. Southern areas will have sunny spells but there may be a few showers.last_img read more

Safety deposit boxes are no more at Bank of Ireland

first_imgThe majority have wills, legal documents and jewelry. Many would have stored gold in there because of the upsurge in burglaries associated with these dodgy cash for gold shops.GoldCore has launched a replacement service with partner Sentinal Vaults in a former AIB vault in Ballsbridge.Company sets-up safety deposit vault as burglaries rise and people fear banks>AIB loses money on ATM withdrawals> BANK OF IRELAND will withdraw its safekeeping facilities from its branch network, the bank confirmed today.The safety deposit boxes are “causing an unacceptable health, safety and security risk in some branches”, the bank said in a statement.The service has, until now, been provided on an ad-hoc basis throughout the branch network to customers free of charge.Bank of Ireland said that the removal will not affect customers with long-term items in storage, but those who “regularly visit the branch to view items”.Customers will have thirty days to remove the items from storage before the banks place them into archive.Precious metal broker Mark O’Byrne of Goldcore said that the boxes were often used by elderly people to store valuables and legal documents.“Bank of Ireland is removing this valuable service from their clients which it has almost certainly offered since the bank’s foundation in 1783, as safekeeping was always an important part of banking.”“This is a very important service, still used by the elderly today.”last_img read more

Debt surge daunts country

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Surging national debt levels in Greece and other vulnerable eurozone countries is piling pressure on negotiators in Athens to push through rescue deals before the country’s next major bond repayment in March. New Eurostat figures released this week show Greek debt rising even faster than expected, hitting 159.1 percent of gross domestic product by the end of the third-quarter in 2011, confirming fears that the national debt would not be sustainable without a the major new loan and debt-cancellation agreements. Greek debt rose to 347.2 billion euros, or 159.1 per cent of GDP, up from 138.8 per cent a year earlier. The European Union’s total government debt increased to 82.2 per cent of economic output in the third quarter of 2011, lower than the United States but still a burden that could take decades to pay down. For the eurozone, government debt fell slightly to 87.4 per cent of GDP, compared with the 87.7 per cent level at the end of the second quarter of last year. The 27-nation’s EU’s debt stood at 81.7 per cent in the second quarter, Eurostat said in the first release of such data, as the bloc steps up the monitoring of its debts and tries to prevent any recurrence of the two-year sovereign debt crisis. Source: Athens Newslast_img read more

ASA Biodiesel Partners Urge Trump to Ensure Rigorous Review of Argentine Biodiesel

first_imgASA joined the National Biodiesel Board and the National Renderers Association on a letter to President Trump to express concern that the U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated “changed circumstances” reviews of U.S. trade duties on Argentine biodiesel companies. The letter urged the president to ensure that Commerce undertake a rigorous, comprehensive and transparent review before considering any adjustment to the duty rates it established just this year.  The U.S. Commerce Department imposed antidumping and countervailing duty orders in January and April 2018, following investigations in which the government found that biodiesel imports from Argentina were massively subsidized and dumped, injuring U.S. biodiesel producers.last_img

BG Episcopal priest was seminary student in NY on 911

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — On his first day as a seminary student, Jeremy Lucas wrestled with God in a way he never expected.“I was struck with such a desire for revenge, I was even surprised at myself,” said the Episcopal priest. “I just wanted somebody to pay.”Lucas, the incoming priest at Battle Ground’s Church of the Holy Spirit on Northwest Ninth Avenue, was attending his first seminary class in lower Manhattan. Discussion was just starting up about a book called “Resurrection” and a section focusing on faith and forgiveness of terrorists — loving your enemies and turning the other cheek — when the whole world seemed to explode.“Resurrection” is about Irish terrorists and the occupation of Northern Ireland; when Lucas emerged from class he learned that al-Qaida terrorists had flown two airplanes into the World Trade Center buildings a few blocks away.“We didn’t know, when we were sitting in class, we were about to relive those words and questions on an intimate level,” Lucas said. He and some friends, new arrivals in the Big Apple, had visited the World Trade Center site a week earlier but decided not to bother riding the elevator to the top. They figured they’d have years to make that particular pilgrimage, Lucas said.last_img read more

Industrial development breaks ground in Vancouver

first_imgConstruction on Vancouver’s first new industrial development in more than 10 years has begun and should be finished by this summer, the project’s developers said Thursday.Dermody Properties, a national industrial development firm based in Nevada, held a groundbreaking for the $10 million project in the muddy rain on Thursday morning. Owners of the 98,400-square-foot facility near Orchards hope to draw tenants from manufacturing and the high-tech sector, said Phil Wood, the company’s Northwest regional partner.“The ideal tenant is building supply, manufacturing, small manufacturing, logistics, e-commerce,” Wood said. “We’ve had quite a bit of interest already from manufacturers that want to look at it.”They’re also open to discussion should a client want to purchase the entire facility, he said.The building, called LogistiCenter 205, at Northeast 60th Way, will have 30-foot clear height (the distance from the floor to the lowest-hanging ceiling object), a 130-foot truck court and 21 dock doors. Dermody hopes to complete the project by July 14.The company chose the location because it’s only 2.2 miles from the I-205 interchange on state Highway 500, Wood added.“This was a site that we liked,” Wood said. “We like building on the 205 corridor, there’s a little less traffic.”The market for industrial facilities in Clark County is also saturated, with a 3.7 percent vacancy rate in 2014, which shows the need for new development, Wood said.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Royal Mail Group receives 1200 orders for car salary sacrifice scheme

first_imgRoyal Mail Group has seen staff place 1,200 orders for cars after launching a salary sacrifice car scheme in March.It launched its My Drive scheme, which employees can take up at any time and is provided by Zenith, in conjunction with the launch of its flexible benefits plan, branded My Bundle.During the three-week flex election window in March, the organisation received 55,000 hits on its online reward portal, with 3% of employees making a benefits selection.The scheme is available for all 140,000 permanent Royal Mail Group employees.The flex scheme includes: dental cover, life assurance for employees and their partners, health  cash plans, critical illness cover for employees and partners, personal accident cover, travel insurance, health assessments, discounts on products, childcare vouchers and a bikes-for-work scheme.In addition, Royal Mail Group has created product bundles as part of its offering. This means that if an employee selects two products featured in a product bundle, they will receive a 10% discount on each, regardless of supplier. The product bundles comprise personal accident and travel insurance, and life assurance and critical illness cover for employees or their partners.Harry Koumourou, benefits and recognition manager at Royal Mail Group, said: “When we first [started] on this journey, we re-visited what Royal Mail provided. It was a very traditional benefits offering to all employees and it became obvious that [these] weren’t uniformly applied across the business  and the choice was quite limited.“We also wanted to develop something that aligned to and supported our strategic business initiatives, such as our cultural and behavioural agendas and, being a newly privatised company, we wanted to compete on a level playing field with our FTSE 100 peers where the vast majority offered flex, [so in order to] start attracting and retaining talent, we needed to develop our benefits proposition.“We’re mindful of [making] it a level playing field for everyone. We don’t want to segment what we offer to who.”last_img read more

Nearly 2000 pounds of cocaine seized near Puerto Rico

first_imgSAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (WSVN) — The Coast Guard made a big bust at sea on a boat near Puerto Rico.The Coast Guard intercepted nearly 2,000 pounds of cocaine after stopping a go-fast boat south of Puerto Rico on Friday.Officials managed to take three suspected smugglers into custody.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Myanmar groups blast Zuckerberg over hate speech

first_imgMark ZuckerbergMyanmar civil society groups have hit back at Mark Zuckerberg in an open letter accusing Facebook of failing to curb hate speech that has raised religious tension in the restive country.Facebook has been on the defensive against allegations its platform has helped fuel communal bloodshed in Myanmar, a mainly Buddhist country accused of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims.The joint letter was a response to comments Zuckerberg made in an interview with news site Vox published this week, in which he cited examples of both Myanmar Buddhists and Muslims spreading “sensational” messages on Facebook Messenger that warned of imminent violence from the other community.”That’s the kind of thing where I think it is clear that people were trying to use our tools in order to incite real harm,” Zuckerberg was quoted as saying.”Now, in that case, our systems detect that that’s going on. We stop those messages from going through,” he said.In their letter, the six local tech and human rights organisations said they were “surprised” to hear Zuckerberg “praise the effectiveness” of Facebook’s systems in Myanmar.The social media giant’s response to hate speech and rumours in Myanmar has been “inadequate” for years, said the groups, which have been trying to flag dangerous content to Facebook.”It took over four days from when the messages started circulating for the escalation to reach you,” the letter said.”Far from being stopped, they spread in an unprecedented way, reaching country-wide and causing widespread fear and at least three violent incidents in the process.”They called on the company to improve its tools to flag up incendiary posts, increase transparency, boost engagement with local stakeholders and draw on data and engineering teams to identify repeat offenders.They said offers to help craft broader solutions have gone unanswered.Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment but has previously touted efforts to bolster its Myanmar operations by adding staff, improving “language capabilities” and encouraging local groups to report dangerous content.In late January Facebook removed the page of popular anti-Rohingya monk Wirathu. Last year it regulated the use of the word “kalar” which is considered derogatory against Muslims.The site dwarfs all other social media platforms in Myanmar, where it has become the chief channel for communication among both the public and government ministries.But it has come under fire for allegedly helping broadcast ethnic hatred in a fledgling democracy still emerging from decades of repressive junta rule.Scrutiny has intensified in the wake of a bloody military campaign against the Rohingya that erupted last August, expelling some 700,000 of the minority to Bangladesh.In March the UN’s special rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee said Facebook had morphed into a “beast” and had incited “a lot of violence and a lot of hatred against the Rohingya or other ethnic minorities”.last_img read more

Cardinals Travel to Hawaii to Open 2019 Season

first_img Print Friendly Version Head Coach Rex EcarmaRex Ecarma is entering his 29th season as head coach of the University of Louisville. During his time at UofL, the Cardinals have won five conference championships and have made 12 NCAA regional appearances including five regional finals. He has amassed a 459-304-1 record and is one of 18 active coaches with 400 or more career wins. “We are excited to play Hawaii in a dual and Invitational format with Hawaii,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “Taking the team on a trip like this in the past helped foster a sense of unity and brotherhood that lasted throughout the season. My former players still talk about their trip to Oahu. But it is also important for us to get a lot of matches and play outdoor tennis since the National Kick-Off Tournament for us is outdoors in Gainesville. This trip is important.” The University of Louisville men’s tennis team will open the season this weekend at the University of Hawaii. The teams will compete individually on Thursday prior to Friday’s season-opening dual match which will take place at 8 p.m. (ET). Story Links Louisville returns six letterwinners from last year’s team which produced a 15-11 overall record. The Cardinals are led by two-time All-ACC selection senior Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff who tallied 19 wins and competed in the NCAA singles and doubles championships in 2018. Senior Brandon Lancaster finished the fall ranked No. 104 in singles and pairs with fellow senior George Hedley at No. 34 in the ITA doubles rankings. Federico Gomez rounds out the senior class and led the returners with 22 wins last season. Juniors Clement Filho and Fredrik Moe also look to bolster an experienced roster. The Cards welcome freshmen Sergio Hernandez, David Mizrahi, Juan Paredes, Fabien Salle, Marcus Sulen and Alex Wesbrooks to the roster.last_img read more

Wheres the TiVo integration for the Wii U Update

first_imgAs Wii U sales continue to dwindle, and hype continues to surge for competing products, it’s up to Nintendo to do whatever they can to save their next-gen console. A good place to start? Actually releasing all of the features they announced with the console.Despite being a pretty good console, the Wii-U has faltered terribly. The launch day experience wasn’t great, features were missing, and it was never really clear to the average consumer that this was a whole new console. Somewhere along the way, Nintendo lost the magic wand that sent Wii consoles flying off store shelves at breakneck pace. Unfortunately, we’ve entered the time of year where Microsoft and Sony are starting their launch campaigns and Nintendo’s latest education poster shows that things are probably going to get worse before they get better.If the Wii U is going to survive the year here in the US, there needs to be some forward momentum with the console in order to get the existing owners talking about the machine again. I can think of no better place to start than to actually deliver the finished software on the Wii U.The US launch press event for the Wii U was designed, for obvious reasons, to showcase the absolute best of the new console. This wasn’t just about offering a hands on with the hardware, it was about making sure everyone in the building had one-on-one time with the entire Wii U experience. This meant time with each of the launch games, time with all of the different hardware types, and time with the actual console features.Of those features, Nintendo TVii was by far the best kept secret. While the rest of the console manufacturers were busy trying to get all of the content stuffed into their consoles, Nintendo decided to set themselves up as the gatekeeper between you and all of your television. Acting as the smartest remote control you can own, and making it incredibly simple to flip between live TV and digital content, Nintendo TVii seemed like the perfect sleeper feature to make people want to have one in their living rooms.Unfortunately, Nintendo TVii was not ready at launch. Weeks went by without a word regarding the impressive feature coming to the console, with only a note in the OS saying that it would be available in December. When the update finally came, Nintendo TVii was functional but still incomplete. The ability to control and play content from TiVo DVRs, including features that would make it so the Wii-U could schedule content on a TiVo, are still not active on the console today.Without this feature, most of the Nintendo TVii features are useless to TiVo owners, which is one of the reasons the feature was such a big deal. To date, no third party had offered anything quite like this. Integration with TiVo, a feature that was demonstrated at the press event, was nowhere to be found. Nearly six months after first using the feature in a demo station, the Wii U remains completely oblivious to the fact that I own a TiVo Premiere XL.Neither Nintendo nor TiVo were available to comment on the feature, and whether or not it was even still to be made available in the future. Since that announcement, TiVo has announced mini set top boxes that extend their service throughout the house, which offer features very similar to what was supposed to be available on the Wii U. Nintendo has since released their Google Street View app, which was announced after the console was launched, but Nintendo TVii has yet to be updated.It’s possible that this feature is going to be part of a much larger update that Nintendo has planned for the future. Currently the Wii U only supports a single GamePad controller, but it was made clear that in the future it would be possible to use two at the same time. If the feature is still being worked on, there’s no knowing when it will be available.[Update] Nintendo of America has responded to this post with an official statement. “We’re working hard with TiVo to integrate their services into Nintendo TVii. At this point, the integration work is still in progress. We do not yet have a launch date, but we will be sure to keep everyone posted.”last_img read more

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first_img Related Content News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more The image-sharing module anonymizes selected computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-ray images and allows users to share it to social-media platforms from their reading workstations or dedicated viewing apps. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter allow the shared images to be uploaded to private healthcare and hospital social media groups in a secure and HIPAA-compliant manner. News | Information Technology | June 25, 2019 Barco Launches Smart Solution for Remote Radiology Reading Barco’s new remote radiology reading solution ensures dependable imaging when radiologists are working outside the ho read more 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 The security-focused module incorporates a preview mode to validate that images are anonymized before being posted. The tool delivers enterprise-grade security control through enabling or disabling the feature based on administrator-configured retention policy. The tool is 510(k)-cleared and is set to be a breakthrough in leveraging radiology training and lifelong teaching. “Paxeramed image sharing module allows radiologists to share images to social media for second opinion or interactive teaching purposes,” said Mohamed Shoura, Ph.D., managaing direct, Paxeramed. “Patients can also post their medical images from their patient healthcare portal (PHR) via Paxera image sharing module.” “The tool grants easy access for radiologists to share anonymized images and allows users to interact with peers, referring physicians and students for a more proactive and meaningful experience,” Shoura added. “By utilizing a powerful resource like Facebook, we empower the radiology community to access millions of medical images on the Facebook network. Radiologists can instantly learn peers’ feedback by consulting an image through social media’s likes, shares and comments.” News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | June 04, 2019 Client Outlook’s eUnity Smartviewer Selected by Duke University Health System Client Outlook Inc. announced that Duke University Health System has implemented eUnity for enterprise viewing… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | May 01, 2019 University of Toronto Partners With IMS for Emergency Radiology Simulation International Medical Solutions (IMS) and the University of Toronto Department of Medical Imaging have signed a… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more Technology | November 08, 2013 Paxeramed Debuts Industry’s First Social Media Medical Images Sharing Module November 8, 2013 — Paxeramed, a medical imaging solution developer based in Boston, has launched the industry’s first medical imaging sharing module to social media.last_img read more

EmbryRiddle Researchers Study Ways to Reduce the Spread of Infectious

first_imgEmbry-Riddle Researchers Study Ways to Reduce the Spread of Infectious DiseasesEmbry-Riddle Researchers Study Ways to Reduce the Spread of Infectious DiseasesWhen Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor Sirish Namilae travels for pleasure or for work, his eyes are focused on how people are boarding the plane and move through security and other areas of the airport.It has become second nature for the Daytona Beach Campus assistant professor of aerospace engineering and his PhD student Pierrot Derjany as part of research that could have a worldwide impact on reducing the spread of infectious diseases in congested places such as airplanes, airports and other gathering venues.Recently published reports, which have received international attention, initially show that the way passengers board a plane and the size of the plane could have an impact on their health. Boarding planes in three sections from the front to the back, for example, may pose more of a risk, compared to randomly boarding a plane in two sections.With billions of passengers passing through the world’s airports each year and the numbers rising, Namilae, the lead investigator on the ongoing studies, believes it’s important to find solutions.“The research we are doing will affect people on a broad scale,” Namilae said.Derjany, 30, who also has two master’s degrees, including one in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle, is honored to be doing this type of research for his PhD.“Human life is priceless,” Derjany said. “I hope it will have an impact and be a breakthrough in the field.”The concern over Ebola and plane travel dominated the airways in 2014 and 2015 with cases of people being diagnosed soon after flying commercially, putting an unknown number of people at risk.In September 2014, a man who flew from Liberia to New Jersey was soon found to have Ebola, marking the first case in the U.S. A nurse who cared for him also flew on two commercial flights shortly before she was diagnosed with the deadly virus.Namilae and Derjany’s research shows changing the way people board planes could reduce the transmission of such viruses.  They are also expanding their research to include analyzing pedestrian density and movement in areas such as ticketing and security; boarding at the gate and baggage claim.“We want to determine if there is anything we can do in terms of pedestrian flow that will reduce the spread of infection,” Namilae said.The Embry-Riddle researchers are looking at various perimeters such as the size of waiting areas at the gate and how they are designed. The concern is real considering the International Air Transport Association predicts 7.2 billion passengers travelling in 2035, almost double the 3.8 billion air travelers in 2016. International passenger traffic rose 6.7 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, while domestic air travel rose 5.7 percent.Namilae, the primary author on the two initial research papers that included professors from Arizona State University and Florida State University, studied the transmission of Ebola and other viruses using a multiscale, hybrid computer model. By applying mathematical models used in materials science such as molecular dynamics, passenger movement and boarding and deplaning was analyzed around a hypothetical infected passenger along with transmission rates and incubation periods for diseases.The research, funded by a $240,000 National Science Foundation grant and also included touring various airports, found that the standard boarding scenario of passengers boarding a plane in three sections presented a 67 percent chance that more than 20 new air-travel-related infections could occur per month. The findings were based on data from the 2014 Ebola epidemic in Africa.“Because of this pattern, the passageway is filled with passengers waiting to get to their seats, resulting in clustering,” the report states.However, using a two-section strategy, which divides the plane into two sections and passengers randomly board, the risk is less because passengers may be in seats that are wider apart from each other which prevents clustering. The probability of 20 new air-travel related infections in this scenario drops to less than 40 percent.The research found that smaller planes, like 50 seaters, would reduce the infection probability even further because of fewer passengers, a lower number of susceptible individuals within a given area and less time spent moving on the plane.“These problems have inherent uncertainty, and significant computing capability is needed to address this uncertainty,” Namilae said.In collaboration with professor Ashok Srinivasan of Florida State University, Namilae used the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, which allows accessing 100,000 processors at a time.Namilae and Derjany are gearing up to use the new Cray supercomputer at Embry-Riddle to understand how small changes in travel policies could also impact the spread of infectious diseases on a global scale. The studies include ensuring that any changes to reduce passenger contact doesn’t disrupt travel or cause an economic impact to airlines.“We’re trying to find the best strategy so any changes don’t effect turn time, which is the amount of time the airplane spends on the ground loading and unloading passengers and cargo,” Derjany said.Source = Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Universitylast_img read more

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first_imgAir New Zealandairlines Air New Zealand will operate five additional return A320 services between Dunedin and Auckland per week from 29 October 2018, adding around 70,000 seats annually to the route and upping seat capacity by close to 25 percent.The new flights are timed to help Dunedin business travellers get more out of their day in Auckland, as well as enable connections via Auckland to Air New Zealand’s international destinations including Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Nadi.last_img

2015 in review A Godotlike wait for the NHS

first_imgBy Evie AndreouBeing a natural born optimist, I was looking forward to some progress towards the implementation of the National Health Scheme (NHS) this year.The NHS is a requirement of Cyprus’ bailout programme. Under the deal, Cyprus was supposed to offer a national healthcare scheme by 2015. Back in 2014, the then Health Minister Petros Petrides had announced that the NHS would indeed be introduced in 2015, but it would be implemented in stages and completed in 2016.Since then, dates have been constantly pushed back, with current Health Minister George Pamporides admitting in November that he could not give a timeframe. It could be in 2017, or 2018, or maybe later, he said.A major reason for the delay is that the autonomy of state hospitals, a pre-requisite of the NHS, is still pending.“Time is not the criterion,” the minister told reporters. “It is when and how soon we can streamline state hospitals through making them autonomous.”I beg to differ with the minister. Time is of great importance for all of us who want quality health care and the ‘privilege’ of access to general physicians preferably within a day or two after we request a doctor appointment.Criminally long patient lists are not uncommon, with people waiting to see specialists for over a year. And that’s just for an examination. Should they need surgery they have to sign up to yet another list, and wait for who knows how long? So, yes, time is of the essence.In June, during a health-related press conference, a journalist more experienced in NHS reporting than I expressed the conviction that it was unlikely we would ever see an NHS. “What a pessimist,” I said to myself. “Give it a chance.”At the time, we were waiting for the bill on state hospital autonomy to be tabled in parliament. The bill will open the way for the overhaul of the state hospitals aiming to make them viable and competitive. After the bill is actually passed as law, it would still take several months for autonomy to be fully implemented.Following exhausting, eventful discussions with health professionals, who threatened all sorts of industrial action unless their demands were granted, former Health Minister Philippos Patsalis had pushed for the bill to be tabled before the summer recess in July. I was certain the bill would make it. And then, oh the disappointment! The government issued an announcement on July 1 saying the cabinet was postponing its approval of the hospital autonomy bill until mid-September to give more time for discussions with the unions, “to avoid misunderstandings and negative reactions in the future”.“Let it be clear that no other extension will be given on behalf of the government, which in September will proceed with tabling the bill to the House,” the announcement said. Oh really? It was at that point that clouds started to appear in that sunny place where the bill was kept in my mind.Patsalis, who resigned soon after this let’s call it ‘unequivocal statement’ of the government, had warned that if the bill did not reach the House before the summer recess the momentum would be lost and we wouldn’t see an NHS “not even in 40 years’ time”. Unions that had threatened a 48-hour strike before the postponement announcement, celebrated the decision and said they had pressured the president into it, a claim the government denied.Needless to say, September came and went with no bill.Pamporides, who succeeded Patsalis, was in his first few months of service fervently expressing his determination to continue his predecessor’s work and press ahead with the NHS. In September he went as far as to say that if he did not see the implementation of the NHS as health minister, “it means that I will have failed in the duty I was assigned”.Of course we shouldn’t rush the government; after all, the initial talk of an NHS only began around five decades ago. These things take time. Consideration about the plan began in the 1960s. In 1972 we had a relevant study, then another one in 1977, six in total by 1988. Then in the 1990s we brought experts from abroad to help us, four more reports, and finally, in 2001 the law laying out the NHS was passed. In 2006 we commissioned a strategic plan, then a law amendment, but we were still taking our sweet time, just to make sure we got it right. Things were on the right track until our international lenders rushed us. But we still take our time. We need to please first all unions before we can actually proceed with the initial step, which is hospital autonomy, but hey, time is of no essence!Well, I have to congratulate the government and key healthcare stakeholders as they have dampened the optimist in me. I now feel it will be long, long time before we have a decent public health system, if ever.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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