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Pratt Whitney Canada Halifax Plant to Assemble Test Engines

first_imgPratt & Whitney Canada is transforming its Halifax facility into a world-class, high-technology aerospace centre. The assembly and test project, announced today, March 26, will require advanced training for about 60 employees and create up to 25 new positions. It is the second phase of a $45-million investment program to develop an engine assembly line and testing facility. The province is partnering with Pratt & Whitney Canada, providing $12 million through the Industrial Expansion Fund. “This will be the first jet-engine assembly and testing facilityto be built in Atlantic Canada, an important milestone for theNova Scotia’s growing aerospace and defence sector,” said PremierRodney MacDonald. “We are investing in a world-class facilitythat will help maintain and expand Pratt & Whitney Canada’s presence in Nova Scotia.” Starting in the fall of 2009, the new engine centre will assemble and test small to medium-sized turbofan engines. The engines feature the latest materials, fuel efficiency and environmental technologies available. “This investment to give the Halifax facility an advanced technology mandate reaffirms our commitment to Nova Scotia for years to come,” said Benoît Brossoit, senior vice-president, service centres and operations, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “It will also bring important new technologies and skill sets to the province and create exciting opportunities for the local aerospace sector. “It will position our Halifax facility as a centre of excellence in aerospace engine manufacturing while strengthening Nova Scotia’s positioning in the global aerospace industry.” The PW617 engine will be the first to be assembled and tested, when production begins. By leveraging the latest innovations in design technology, the PW600 family is opening new possibilities in business travel with the goal of saving time and money, while minimizing environmental impact. “This project will result in an even more highly skilled, well-trained and well-paid workforce in Nova Scotia,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education. “Pratt & Whitney Canada has an excellent collaborative connection with our local universities and the Nova Scotia Community College. The resulting research projects will prepare the next generation of highly-skilled aerospace workers in this province.” Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Que., is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines powering business, general aviation and regional aircraft and helicopters. The company also manufactures auxiliary power units and industrial gas turbines. The Industrial Expansion Fund is one method the government of Nova Scotia uses to support economic development in the province. It is key to helping industries involved in innovative research and technology, while contributing to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. The fund has considerable flexibility in the amount and type of funding it can provide.last_img read more

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Nexen charged after two workers at Alberta plant killed in explosion

first_imgEDMONTON – Nexen Energy is facing workplace charges following the deaths of two oilsands workers in northern Alberta.The men had been doing maintenance work in a hydrogen compressor building at the company’s Long Lake upgrader near Anzac on Jan. 15, 2016, when there was an explosion.Drew Foster, 52, of Niagara Falls, Ont., was pronounced dead at the scene and David Williams, 30, of Scotchtown, N.S., later died in hospital.Nexen Energy (TSX:NXY), a Calgary-based subsidiary of Chinese oil giant CNOOC Ltd., has been charged with eight offences.Some of the charges relate to ensuring a compressor was properly serviced and that staff in charge of the machine had read its operating manual and safety rules.Nicole Appleton with Alberta Labour says the company is to appear in Fort McMurray provincial court Feb. 14.last_img read more

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Making rational promises

first_imgHindsight is perhaps the biggest source of ascertaining credibility. This statement makes all the more sense in election times. A retrospect of Modi’s term justifies his candidature more than his promises for the future. The choice of bringing him to power, once again, largely rests on how India perceives his tenure at the helm. Were they what we expected, short of that, or more? Governance itched with ambitious welfare schemes and marred by controversies serves well in decisive matters such as the upcoming general mandate. A plethora of major welfare schemes aimed at the development of crucial infrastructure areas was initiated in the five years with ambitious targets. And, while that shaped Modi’s report card a certain way, there were controversies which blemished it. 2.84 crore homes connected to electricity grid through Saubhagya Scheme with the government claiming that 25 states have electrified all households. As per the government’s claim, the promise of electrification – an essential 21st-century infrastructure – has ‘largely’ been fulfilled. On the ground, reports may speak otherwise but even those have been timely justified by the dispensation. However, the claims of 100 per cent electrification are rather dubious owing to how they are based on slashed targets. The target fell by 81 per cent from 1.98 crore households in April 2018 to 74.4 lakh households by December 2018 in Uttar Pradesh, which is a small instance to elucidate the slashed targets. But, significant strides were indeed made to expand electricity’s outreach. Though, providing a connection is one thing and ensuring quality electricity is another with the latter being an uphill task with inconsistencies arising as far as the distribution companies are concerned. Apart from electricity, affordable housing features significantly in the infrastructure provision debate. The current dispensation announced in 2015 that by 2022, every Indian would have a brick and cement house with gas, water, electricity, and a toilet. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, which provides subsidies for building low-cost houses in both rural and urban areas, was the key to that announcement. However, slow progress in construction of houses both in urban as well as rural areas threatens to make that announcement hollow. Out of the goal to build 1 crore houses by March 2019, only 69 lakh houses have been constructed, and out of 68.5 lakh houses sanctioned in urban areas, only 18 per cent of those have been actually built. What devalues slow progress is false claims as urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri claimed in September that 50 per cent of the target had been met in urban areas. Also Read – A compounding difficulty Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana was launched to expand crop insurance – a vital agrarian issue – coverage in India. The government, while attributing the decline in coverage to an overall decline in institutional credit, acknowledged that numbers did not augur well in this. Even with compulsory sign-ups through institutional credit, coverage among loanee farmers declined by 20 per cent from 2016-17 to 2017-18, as per the Lok Sabha reply. Farmers have been unhappy and they expressed their discontent mood well in the recent state assembly elections. And, not just farmers but the educated class is also unhappy. In the predominant promises of BJP during 2014 polls, the creation of jobs attracted great attention. Condemning UPA for “ten years of jobless growth”, BJP looked all set to reverse this regressiveness. However, five years later we found out that India’s unemployment rate (for 2017-18) as per an official survey rose to its highest level in 40 years. Not just failing but concealing was the order of the day since the government withheld the release of the survey and subsequently, two members of the National Statistical Commission resigned. More than 10 million jobs were lost between Decembers of 2017 and 2018 as per a survey by CMIE. The government rallied around the Employees Provident Fund and the MUDRA scheme which are directed at improving the job situation but the gross picture, again, did not augur well for the country. The number of bank accounts doubled between 2014 and 2018 owing to the Jan Dhan Yojna. The Modi government only facilitated an enormous rise in bank accounts as the number of zero-balance bank accounts saw a massive increase in the initial year but more than half of those did not have any balance in March 2015. Experts opined on how there was no increase in the institutional credit in rural India. Financial inclusion has definitely been increased but without any gross advantage as such. Under the massive cleanliness drive initiated, the Modi government claimed to have constructed 9.2 crore toilets. It declared 5.5 lakh villages and 28 of India’s 36 states and Union Territories had become open defecation free (ODF). However, independent surveys contradict this claim. NFHS surveyors found that more than half of rural households defecated in the open. Even in states and districts which had been declared ODF by then, the surveyors found high levels of open defecation. There are more schemes that feature a ‘however’ following an ambitious promise or claim. For one, the Modi regime has spread its wings to cover all the infrastructure promises and welfare schemes. But discrepancies and lacunae evident upon insight into those steal the admiration. Of course, the Centre can have the benefit of the doubt that the five-year term is not enough to provide comprehensive development and the progress made justifies to some extent to their manifesto promises back in 2014. Taking into account how the promises have been delivered, and with respect to efficiency, there should be better identification of obstacles, and consequently, a more rational promise made to at least allow complete credibility instead of just a part of it.last_img read more

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Disclosure of collegiums info under RTI would be deleterious SC told

first_imgNew Delhi: Disclosure of highly confidential information like deliberations of collegium in appointing or elevating judges under the transparency law would be “deleterious to functioning” of the judiciary, the Supreme Court was told by its registry on Wednesday.A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi commenced hearing on three appeals filed in 2010 by Secretary General of the Supreme Court and the Central Public Information officer of the apex court against the Delhi High Court order holding that the CJI’s office comes under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Attorney General K K Venugopal, representing Supreme Court’s Secretary General, referred to the high court orders and said that first case pertained to Central Information Commission’s direction to reveal deliberations of collegium and its communications with the government on the issue of appointments of former judges H L Dattu, R M Lodha and A Ganguly in the top court in supersession of Justices A P Shah, A K Patnaik and V K Gupta. The law officer said the second case pertained to CIC’s direction on disclosure of personal assets by apex court judges. The third one was related to direction to the CPIO of the apex court to disclose the information under RTI about alleged action of a Union minister who attempted to influence a Madras HC judge. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KVenugopal opposed disclosure of information under RTI on collegium’s deliberations. He also said though the details of assets of judges constituted personal information and are covered under right to privacy, they may be provided in “larger public interest”. He, however, supported the disclosure of information with regard to attempt of the minister to influence the Madras High Court judge. “Disclosure of such highly confidential information will be deleterious to the functioning of the judiciary,” Venugopal told the bench which also comprised Justices N V Ramana, D Y Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna. Disclosure of deliberations of collegium in appointing or overlooking senior judges would open “pandora’s box” and this would adversely affect the independence of judiciary, the Attorney General said. “There is a possibility of people making frivolous complaints once a judge is sought to be elevated or a lawyer is considered for the appointment as a judge. Adverse remarks are invited just because he is sought to be elevated,” he said. He said what if an advocate, who has not applied, is being considered for appointment as a judge by collegium which later deicides not to appoint him. In that condition, if adverse findings against him were made public under the RTI, it would “ruin” his reputation, career and would result in ostracisation of his family. He said that judges perform Constitutional function as collegium members and hold “free and frank” discussions on elevation and appointment of judges and their deliberations cannot be made public as it would breach their “privilege and fiduciary” position. A High Court judge, who has been overlooked and superseded by others, would not be able function independently if the reasons for the non-elevation were made public to a third unconnected party, he said. “At this point, he (the judge who has been overlooked) is humiliated. There will be a IB report against. How can this person discharge his functions with full independence. Therefore, independence of judiciary is affected… “The public loses confidence in him, clients lose confidence with him. He is completely isolated if adverse reports of IB is put in public. That is why this should be kept in utmost confidence,” he said. Venugopal termed as “terrible” the plea for disclosure of deliberations of collegium. “There has to be total confidentiality, otherwise collegium will not be able to function independently.” The law officer extensively referred to the 1981 judgement of a seven judge bench in the judges transfer case, also known as S P Gupta case.last_img read more

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TimorLeste Ban Kimoon greatly encouraged by peaceful presidential runoff

The UN peacekeeping mission in the country, known as UNMIT, reported that “the people cast their votes in a calm and orderly manner, reflecting once again their commitment to democracy,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“The final round caps a similarly peaceful electoral campaign,” he added.Voters went to the polls yesterday to select either Jose Ramos-Horta or Francisco Guterres as their nation’s president. The initial round of polls – the first ever in Timor-Leste – took place on 9 April with eight candidates vying to lead the country.Mr. Ban “congratulates the people and authorities of Timor-Leste and trusts that the same peaceful and democratic spirit will prevail during the vote counting and tabulation process over the next few days,” the statement added.Provisional results of the election are expected to be released either tomorrow or Monday. 10 May 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he was “greatly encouraged” by yesterday’s peaceful presidential run-off election in Timor-Leste, the tiny nation that gained independence from Indonesia in 2002. read more

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Troops deployed to clear wild animals from Mattala

Sri Lanka has deployed troops and firecrackers to clear deer and wild buffalo from a sprawling airport, officials said today, drawing attention to a largely redundant vanity project built by a former president, the AFP news agency reported.Mattala airport, which services just one flight a day, was built in the home district of former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse, 250 kilometres by road from the capital Colombo, at a cost of USD 210 million. Former president Rajapakse spent lavishly on infrastructure and was criticised for ignoring feasibility studies and environmental warnings. Another aircraft had to be grounded after one of its engines was destroyed when a peacock flew into it.The airport employs 550 workers and is only used as an alternative when aircraft cannot fly into Colombo’s international airport.Faced with a huge white elephant, the authorities last year turned some of the air cargo terminals at the Mattala airport into rice storage to accommodate the bumper harvest in the region. “We used fire crackers to scare the animals and push them out of the perimeter, but it was not very successful,” he told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that a bigger operation was planned shortly.There have been no accidents involving deer or cattle at Mattala, but the first flight to land there was struck by a bird, shattering its windshield. An airport official involved in the operation said animals regularly got in the way of flights at the site, which lies in the middle of two wildlife sanctuaries and on an avian migratory path. This week some 350 troops, police and volunteers spent a day driving out about 150 deer and 50 buffaloes that had apparently become trapped when an electric fence was set up to prevent wild elephants straying into the facility. His projects included a deep-sea port, six-lane highways, an international conference centre, a cricket stadium and a dry-zone botanical garden. read more

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Mano says he got security for protection from underworld politico

Minister Mano Ganesan says he obtained special security to be protected from an underworld politician.Ganesan said that the security was provided for him and his political party members. He also said that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were aware of this. “I obtained security to secure me & my party cadres from the underworld politico of Colombo north. Both MS & RW know this,” Ganesan tweeted. He made the comment in response to reports that he had obtained a bribe in the form of special security from the President ahead of the Local Government elections. (Colombo Gazette)

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Latest Ebola outbreak in West Africa spreads to Republic of Congo WHO

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 16 cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever were detected in Gabon and 11 in the neighbouring villages of the Congo. There have been 15 deaths so far.A WHO international team was operating on both sides of the border and working closely in the field with the team from the Congolese Ministry of Health on outbreak control interventions, the agency said.

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Podcast Lonely LeBron Dominant Serena And Nate vs A 12YearOld

If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 9, 2015), we discuss whether LeBron James can continue to win NBA Finals games by himself, whether Serena Williams can set the record for most Grand Slams ever and what we’ve learned after the first batch of women’s World Cup games. Plus, a special Significant Digit — Nate Silver talks with 12-year-old Simon Bazelon (son of New York Times writer and Slate podcast host Emily Bazelon), who has some criticisms about FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Elo ratings.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss in this week’s show:Nate Silver takes on the adage, “Live by the three, die by the three.” It’s mostly not true.Neil Paine on the Cavs’ Game 2 win, in context.Williams is really, really clutch.Grantland assesses Williams’ remarkable career arc.We’re offering continually updated women’s World Cup predictions, and our latest model shows that Germany is slightly more likely to win than the U.S.Significant Digit: 11 championships. That’s the number Bill Russell’s Celtics won, in 13 years, but our Elo ratings still say they weren’t the most dominant dynasty of all time. Special guest Simon Bazelon (12 years old) debates Nate and presents his own data. Simon is the son of Emily Bazelon, who recently mentioned his analysis on Slate’s “Political Gabfest” podcast. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

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Gordon Ramsays fatherinlaw admits hacking into celebrity chefs computer to find picture

first_imgRamsay's brother-in-law Adam Hutcheson, 46, her sister Orlanda Butland, 45, and stepbrother Chris Hutcheson Jr, 37 were also charged Ramsay’s brother-in-law Adam Hutcheson, 46, her sister Orlanda Butland, 45, and stepbrother Chris Hutcheson Jr, 37 were also charged Hutcheson, who denied the claims, branded Ramsay a fame-obsessed “monste”’ in return and sued him for unfair dismissal and unpaid wages.The fallout that ensued resulted in a string of high-profile legal cases being pursued by Ramsay against Mr Hutcheson, some of which were heard at the High Court.In the latest case, Mr Hutchinson stands accused of attempting to hack into the company’s computer system in 2011, in order to discover whether Ramsay had been circulating a picture of his alleged mistress, Sara Stewart, a former employee.Mr Hutchinson, his two sons and his daughter Orlanda Butland, 45, were later charged under Operation Tuleta, a probe launched by Scotland Yard to investigate alleged computer crime directed against celebrities. Ms Butland denies the charge and the prosecution have offered no evidence in relation to her case.  Gordon Ramsay’s father-in-law has admitted he hacked into a company computer system owned by the celebrity chef in order to find a picture of his own alleged lover, a court heard on Tuesday. Chris Hutcheson, 68, pleaded guilty alongside his sons Adam Hutcheson, 46, and Chris Hutcheson Jnr, 45, after they were charged for attempting to gain access to private information held by the chef’s multi-million pound business, Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited.They now face up two years in prison – the maximum sentence that can be awarded to those found guilty of conspiring to cause a computer to access programmes and data without authority.Appearing before the Old Bailey, Mr Hutcheson’s admission comes more than seven years after Ramsay sacked him as his main business partner, amid allegations he had used the company’s finances to fund his serial womanising. Following the allegations of hacking, Tana, Mr Ramsay’s wife, sided with her husband and severed ties with her parents, whilst also discovering that her father had also been keeping a second family secret for three decades.Prosecuting, Dan Suter told a previous hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court how Mr Hutchinson’s dismissal in 2010 had “motivated” him to carry out the hack, which he is alleged to have planned through a series of email exchanges with his two sons.The prosecution said that Mr Hutchinson had been involved in civil litigation following his dismissal, and that the accused had been attempting to gain access to material that might prove useful during the legal proceedings.”At the time of the alleged conspiracy, Chris Hutcheson Snr had been dismissed by Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd. He has previously held a senior position with GRHL,” Mr Suter added.”The prosecution would say as a result of that dismissal he was motivated to access unlawfully the computer system.” Gordon Ramsay  The court also heard that Ms Stewart had complained of a breach in privacy in relation to a photograph of her, and that Mr Hutchinson had also been attempting to determine whether it had been passed on by Ramsay to a third party.”It was alleged by Sara Stewart there had been a breach of privacy in relation to a photograph that was taken. It was alleged that he had been sent that email in breach of an undertaking.”As a result of the alleged breach of privacy, it is then that the defendants tried to access the system, to determine whether Gordon Ramsay had then sent that picture on even further in breach of the undertaking.” Once Ramsay was alerted to the hack, he instructed an expert, who traced the IP addresses of the computers back to Mr Hutchinson and his children.Mr Suter added that a Metropolitan Police expert had reviewed the log files, and found that the defendants had allegedly made almost 2,000 unauthorised entries into the company accounts of Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited.All the defendants were bailed after the judge at the Old Bailey agreed to the preparation of pre-sentence reports and said all sentencing options were open.He adjourned sentencing to June 2 at the same court. 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.last_img read more

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Atlantic mackerel deal thrashed out but Iceland holds firm and doesnt sign

first_imgTHE EU, NORWAY and the Faroe Islands have signed a deal on mackerel quotas but Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says that, although he welcomes the agreement, he couldn’t support the final deal.Iceland, who have staunchly defended their mackerel fishing in the North Atlantic, withdrew from the talks and were not part of the final agreement.Iceland last year said that threatened sanctions against the country would be against international law.The five-year agreement will see Iceland given no fishing rights in EU waters but places strict fishing quotas on the EU, Norway and the FaroeseThe long-running dispute over the estimated €1 billion mackerel stock in the the North Atlantic intensified over the past six months with the EU claiming that Iceland and the Faroe Islands have increased their overall share of mackerel in the area from 5 per cent in 2005 to 52 per cent in 2013.Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says that agreement “will protect against previous dangerously high levels of fishing” but that it is “certainly not ideal”: I was disappointed with an aspect of the final outcome which gave the Faroe Islands an increased 12.6 per cent share of the stock and set aside a further 15.6 per cent for Iceland, Greenland and Russia. I consistently argued at council and throughout these negotiations that the levels being proposed for these parties were too high and on that basis I could not support the overall deal.Despite this, Coveney welcomed aspects of the deal that will see Irish mackerel quotas increase by over 60 per cent from the current 65,000 tonnes to 105,000 tonnes.The minster’s sentimemnt s were echoed by MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher, who said that it represented “good news” from an Irish perspective despite voicing concerns about how it will operate in the future.“In the long term, it is worrying that the Faroe Islands have received a share of 12.6 per cent as a result of the agreement. This share is totally unjustified and must not result in long term losses for the Irish sector. ” he said.“Iceland has once again refused to co-operate fully with the other coastal states. As such, I firmly believe that trade sanctions now must come back onto the table,” Gallagher added.Read: Iceland PM hits back in mackerel fishing row > Read: Coveney opposes EU plans on mackerel quotas >last_img read more

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Two arrested after body of 40yearold man found in wheelie bin at

first_imgUpdated 16:45TWO PEOPLE HAVE been arrested after a man’s body was found in a wheelie bin at the back of a house in Armagh yesterday afternoon.The body of 40-year-old Owen Creaney was discovered in a house in Craigavon after police in the North responded to reports of suspicious activity in the area.Creaney lived at Victoria Place in Lurgan and is described as ‘vulnerable’.The officer leading the murder investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell, said:When officers arrived they found the body of Owen Creaney. It had been placed in a wheelie bin in a porch at the rear of the house.A 27-year-old man and 23-year-old woman were in the house at the time.They are now being questioned at the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station.Detective Campbell added that “Owen was 40. In fact, he celebrated his 40th birthday last Saturday, 28 June.He was a frail and vulnerable man. Although he was only 40 he had significant mobility issues which meant he required the aid of a walking frame or stick to get about.A post-mortem is now taking place to establish the cause of death.Campbell wants to talk to anybody who saw or heard a disturbance or suspicious activity at 140 Moyraverty Court any time between last Wednesday afternoon 2 July and yesterday afternoon, Saturday 5 July.He also wants to talk to anyone who saw or spoke with Owen during that same period.Anyone with information can call the non-emergency number 101 and ask to speak to detectives at Lurgan police station.Originally posted 13:10.Read: Woman and two children threatened with knife and gun in Armagh aggravated burglary>Read: Man threatened shop staff with a knife in broad daylight in Armagh>last_img read more

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Seize the moment Minister tells businesses to make the most of Cyber

first_img 9,482 Views By Sean Murray BLACK FRIDAY IS only just behind us, and Minister Denis Naughten is urging online retailers to take advantage of the opportunities presented by Cyber Monday.While Black Friday has now become an annual event featuring sales in shops across the country, Cyber Monday is its online equivalent. Online retailers – big and small – attempt to attract business on the day.Research from Core Media suggests that today is set to the busiest ever for online shopping in Ireland, with spending expected to be around €53 million.The Minister for Communications wants Irish businesses to seize the opportunity for international sales this Cyber Monday.Naughten said: “Around the world, people are getting ready for Christmas by getting online. Irish companies offer world-class products and services, found nowhere else.“Cyber Monday is the perfect day for them to capture the interest of new customers around the world, and I encourage all our small businesses to take full advantage of this.”He added that the government’s recent budget provision for the ‘Trading Online Voucher Scheme’ can see businesses avail of grants of up to €2,500 to help them sell products online.He added that Cyber Monday is a “significant opportunity” for Irish companies with an online presence to “expand their market and create more jobs”.Core Media’s research suggests that one in eight adults will purchase something online today, while internet traffic is expected to surge 20%.According to their research, consumers are becoming “more familiar” with the concept, and this is leading to a surge in interest on the day.While Black Friday is associated with a surge of consumer spending, retailers in Ireland have been shown not to benefit hugely from the sales phenomenon.Commenting on last year’s sales, the head of Retail Excellence Ireland, Lynn Drumgoole, said: “Black Friday led to a quieter October as consumers postpone spending, and a weaker post Christmas sales period.”So, what are you thoughts? Will you be buying online this Cyber Monday? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: John Stillwell PA Wire/PA Images Nov 28th 2016, 10:30 AM ‘Seize the moment’: Minister tells businesses to make the most of Cyber Monday Research suggests Irish consumers will spend €53 million online today. Share4 Tweet Email No (946) Monday 28 Nov 2016, 10:30 AM Image: John Stillwell PA Wire/PA Images YesNoVoteRead: ‘Have they no conscience?’ Frances Black lets rip at pubs selling pints for €1Read: It’s official: Black Friday is destroying the December sales Poll Results: Yes (319) http://jrnl.ie/3106145 Short URL 12 Comments last_img read more

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Children of austerity becoming Europes lost generation

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Children across Europe are being driven into poverty by harsh government austerity and youth unemployment is soaring, threatening to create “lost generations” that could fire up a new continental crisis. Global charity Caritas said on Thursday that around three out of every 10 children in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Spain are in or have been pushed to the brink of poverty. Greece said its youth unemployment had now exceeded 60 per cent. Spain’s is above 50 per cent and Portugal has just topped 40 per cent. Think tank Bruegel said the problem extended well beyond the debt-laden peripheral euro zone economies and could come back to reverse Europe’s slow recovery from financial crisis. In a report, Caritas said euro zone countries that have received international loans – plus Italy, which hasn’t – are creating a huge class of poorly-educated and poorly-fed young people with low morale and few job prospects. “This could be a recipe not just for one lost generation in Europe but for several lost generations,” Caritas said, citing the European Union’s own statistics. While these countries’ future workers may suffer a loss of morale, qualifications and prospects, those that struggle through are likely to take their talents elsewhere. Those with qualifications are already leaving in droves to seek work elsewhere, particularly in Germany where the number of Spanish and Greek job seekers almost doubled during the first half of 2012. Bruegel economist Zsolt Darvas said the relentless rise in youth unemployment not only destroyed morale at an important age of development but also threatened to reignite an economic crisis that appeared to be easing. “This is not just a problem for these (peripheral) countries. This is a European problem,” he said. Thirteen of the European Union’s 27 member states have youth unemployment above 25 per cent. Austere governments Since 2010, Greece, Ireland, and Portugal have received billions of euros in loans from the EU and the International Monetary Fund in return for spending cutbacks and tax rises. Spain has had its banks bailed out. In all four and Italy, the increasing rate of children close to poverty coincides with the height of the crisis in 2008 and then rises. Caritas say children are becoming more impoverished due to cuts to welfare, unemployment benefits, rising value-added tax and increased fuel costs. “It has become an established fact that children are more at risk of poverty than any other demographic,” Deirdre de Burca from Caritas said. Figures from the European Commission show that in 2011 over 30 per cent of those aged 17 years or under in Spain and Greece were at risk of poverty or exclusion, a four percentage point rise since 2005. In Portugal that figure was 28.6 per cent in 2011. In 2005 Portugal had a similar number of underprivileged children but that figure had dropped to 25.5 per cent in 2006. It was linked by the charity to the change there to the growing number of families evicted for not paying mortgages. More broadly, Caritas reported a growing number of children coming to school hungry in Spain, Portugal and Greece. In 2010, 37.6 per cent of children were at risk of poverty or exclusion in Ireland and 28.9 per cent in Italy. Figures for 2011 are not available Children are defined as nearing poverty and exclusion if they live in families with 60 per cent or less the median income or have parents with little or no employment or lack basic essentials such as protein-rich foods, heating and clothes. Caritas said governments must ask themselves what these trends will mean for children in the long run. Studies show children from poor households are more likely to under perform at school and to struggle to find or keep a job. “They are looking at a future where the prospect of unemployment is stretching out ahead of them,” de Burca said. Source: Reuterslast_img read more

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Prince Charles welcomes students to St James Palace in perfect Greek

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “I am so pleased to be able to welcome you all to St James’s Palace this afternoon,” said Prince Charles, in perfect Greek, at an event held in London last week for Greek students and business people.The reception was for the Prince’s Trust International launched in 1976 to support vulnerable young people. And, since it first began, the charity has helped more than 950,000 youth get their lives back on track in the UK.Prince’s Trust International was established in Greece in 2015 to offer programmes to 18-to-30-year-old people struggling with the economic crisis. The 5-year-goal of the trust is to help 2,200 young people in cities around Greece. He said that the success of the Prince’s Trust makes it imperative for him to find ways to help young people in the crisis-struck country where youth unemployment is at 39 per cent. “It is, after all, the land of my grandfather,” he said.He concluded his speech, in the same language which he had begun. “Together, we can help the young people of Greece to build a brighter future for themselves and their country,” he said, in perfect Greek.last_img read more

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Thaïlande le risque de voir Bangkok complètement inondée estimé à 50

first_imgThaïlande : le risque de voir Bangkok complètement inondée estimé à 50%Alors que la ville commence à être touchée par des pénuries d’eau potable, la Première ministre thaïlandaise Yingluck Shinawatra a expliqué ce mercredi que les probabilités de voir le centre-ville de Bangkok totalement inondé étaient de 50%. La veille, elle avait estimé que ce risque était “hautement probable”.La capitale thaïlandaise sera-t-elle complètement noyée sous les eaux dans les jours à venir ? Le gouvernement l’ignore, et multiplie les déclarations parfois contradictoires. Pour l’heure, c’est avant tout le nord de la mégalopole de 12 millions d’habitants qui est le plus touché, mais un pic des grandes marées est attendu le week-end prochain, et l’évacuation des eaux vers le golfe de Thaïlande pourrait être rendue difficile. À lire aussiCes inondations et crues qui ont marqué l’Histoire de la FranceHier, la chef du gouvernement Yingluck Shinawatra, estimait “hautement probable” le risque de voir la totalité du centre-ville inondé, craignant que les digues ne soient pas suffisamment résistantes pour contenir l’eau. Mais ce matin, rapporte l’AFP, elle tempérait cette déclaration. “Je suis à 50% confiante sur le fait que Bangkok intra-muros ne sera pas complètement inondée”, a-t-elle affirmé. Selon elle, “le pire scénario” pourrait être de voir certaines zones de la capitale noyées sous plus d’un mètre d’eau. “Les inondations à Bangkok vont durer entre deux semaines et un mois”, a-t-elle alerté.Aujourd’hui, Bangkok commence à manquer d’eau potable mais aussi de certains produits alimentaires. Sept zones industrielles sont inondées, et nombre d’entreprises ont été contraintes de suspendre leur production dans des milliers d’usines. Paniqués, les habitants constituent d’importants stocks d’eau et de nourriture, conduisant des magasins à rationner les achats des produits de première nécessité. “Le manque le plus critique est l’eau potable”, a indiqué la Première ministre. Elle a ainsi recommandé à la population de boire l’eau du robinet après l’avoir fait bouillir. Le 26 octobre 2011 à 15:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Border gate facilities slowing Macau growth Wilfred Wong

first_imgRelatedPosts Sands China Executive Director, President and COO, Dr Wilfred Wong, says that the current border crossing facility between Macau and mainland China is holding the city back from its full potential.Speaking on a panel at G2E Asia this week examining the transformation of Macau into the global gaming powerhouse it is today, Dr Wong said that the number of people crossing from China into Macau via the border gate could possibly double if better access was provided, stating, “A better border crossing facility would certainly improve the future for Macau.“At the moment the border is a bottleneck and a deterrent for many people,” he said. “If we were to open that up I can see visitation doubling.”According to latest figures releases by the Statistics and Census Service, the number of visitors arriving through the border gate in March 2018 grew 8.5% year-on-year to 1.34 million.Dr Wong noted that hotel supply remained another ongoing concern for Macau which might prevent any significant uptick in the number of arrivals through the border gate, but that “these are important questions we need to ask for Macau going forward.”Speaking on the same panel as Dr Wong, Wynn Macau’s non-executive Chairman and the man who developed Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong entertainment district, Allan Zeman, predicted that the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge would be a “game changer” for Macau in its quest to become a World Center of Tourism and Leisure.“We’ve already seen Macau transform itself but the new bridge between Hong Kong and Macau will be a game changer as well,” he said, pointing to the MICE industry as the key sector likely to enjoy significant benefit.“When we talk about conventions, Macau has improved in this area but at the moment the convention center in Hong Kong is full. You can’t book an event there because it is booked out. But when you have a half hour bridge trip, the possibilities for Macau and Hong Kong to work together will be endless.“My prediction is that Macau and Hong Kong will become like Hong Kong and Kowloon after they built the tunnel between them. They joined up.“Macau and Hong Kong will become brother and sister and so you’ll then start to see integration between both cities. In the past, it has been difficult getting people on the ferry and then offloading them. The bridge will change all of that.” Load More Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launchcenter_img Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge helps Macau visitation climb 16.3% in July Report says MICE accounted for 22% of tourists to Singapore in 2018last_img read more

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Alaskan Native Pete Kaiser Wins Iditarod Sled Dog Race

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Pete Kaiser won the Iditarod early Wednesday, throwing his arms over his head and pumping his fists as he became the latest Alaska Native to claim victory in the iconic sled dog race. “I’ve always said that I’m very fortunate to have the support system I have, the whole community of Bethel, and the whole Kuskokwim River and all of western Alaska,” he said. It’s the first Iditarod victory for Kaiser in his 10th attempt. He said he wasn’t sure what made everything come together this year for him. Fifty-two mushers began the race in Willow. Petit was among 10 racers who withdrew during the race. Kaiser greeted Ulsom under the finish line and shook his friend’s hand. Kaiser’s winning time was 9 days, 12 hours, 39 minutes and six seconds. Ulsom finished the 1,000-mile (1,600 kilometer) race 12 minutes after Kaiser. Ulsom was about 40 minutes behind Kaiser and made up ground in the final 77 miles (124 kilometers) to Nome but couldn’t overtake him. Ulsom placed second, coming across the finish line before Kaiser could get his picture taken on the winner’s podium. Petit’s downfall came near the same spot on the Bering Sea coast where he surrendered the lead in the 2018 race after getting lost in a blizzard. He recovered in time to finish second last year. Kaiser, 31, crossed the finish line in Nome after beating back a challenge from the defending champion, Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom. This year’s race was marked by the stunning collapse of Frenchman Nicolas Petit, who was seemingly headed for victory as late as Monday.center_img Petit, a native of France living in Alaska, had a five-hour lead and was cruising until his dog team stopped running between the Shaktoolik and Koyuk checkpoints. Kaiser will receive $50,000 and a new pickup truck for the victory. Four other Alaska Native mushers have won the race, including John Baker, an Inupiaq from Kotzebue, in 2011. “Just years of knowledge gained and trying to put it all together to have a better race, better dog team this year, every little detail coming into play,” he said in a post-victory interview televised statewide from the finish line, adding that a little luck didn’t hurt either. Kaiser called that support “extremely humbling and it motives me every to perform to my best, and I just want to thank them for coming out here tonight. This is just awesome.” Crowds cheered and clapped as Kaiser came off the Bering Sea ice and mushed down Nome’s main street with a police escort to the famed burled arch finish line. His wife and children greeted him, hugging him at the conclusion of the race, which began March 3 north of Anchorage. Petit had to withdraw, and the dog team had to be taken back to the previous checkpoint by snowmobile. Petit said one dog was picking on another during a rest break, and he yelled at the dog to knock it off. At that point, the entire team refused to run. Kaiser, who is Yupik, is from the southwest Alaska community of Bethel. A large contingent of Bethel residents flew to Nome to witness his victory. Alaska Native dancers and drummers performed near the finish line as they waited for Kaiser to arrive, even though it was past 3 a.m. local time.last_img read more

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Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of November 11 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of November 11, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Paul Matthew Chisholm, 32Mary V. (Semerjian) Doherty, 86Matthew W. Goodland, 27Ava Grace Kelley & Emma Rose Kelley (Newborns)Phyllis (Zevolo) Rubino, 100Previously Lived In Wilmington:Elise Magnusson, 83William “Salvi” Woods, Jr., 51Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Patricia Marie DeRoche, 70Lawrence A. Dingle, 80Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Ava Grace Kelley & Emma Rose KelleyIn “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Jupiter stares back in ravishing Hubble portrait

first_img Jupiter looking good Share your voice Hubble snapped this view of Jupiter on June 27. NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center) and M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley) Jupiter is always a stunner. The streaky gas giant with its scenic swirls just posed for a fresh Hubble Space Telescope portrait. It looks as lovely and wild as ever. On Thursday, NASA shared the new Jupiter image, which was taken June 27.   Tags The Great Red Spot is the star of the show. It’s a massive, mysterious storm that’s been raging for hundreds of years. It has changed shape over time and currently bears a resemblance to a red eye. Colorful bands of clouds move around the Great Red Spot. These bands are kept separated by tremendous winds that can hit 400 miles (644 kilometers) per hour.NASA also shared a cool video showing Jupiter’s rotation as assembled from Hubble images.  13 Photos NASA brings our attention to the orange band near the planet’s middle. “The bright orange color may be a sign that deeper clouds are starting to clear out, emphasizing red particles in the overlying haze,” the space agency said.The Juno spacecraft is currently checking out Jupiter from orbit, giving us a closer look at the planet’s active, stormy atmosphere. Hubble’s view is from farther away, but both NASA missions contribute to an understanding of how Jupiter works. Hubble, which is a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency, takes regular looks at Jupiter in order to track changes in its colors and storms. NASA said this year’s portrait shows a “more intense color palette in the clouds swirling in Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere than seen in previous years.” It’s a beauty. Sci-Tech Comments NASA view of Jupiter looks like an infamous South Park character Dang, NASA, this Jupiter portrait is gorgeous Jaw-dropping Jupiter: NASA’s Juno mission eyes the gas giant 3 NASA Spacelast_img read more

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