APTN National NewsDesigners and models were strutting their stuff at the annual fashion show in Akwesasne.The show is becoming an annual tradition at Christmas.More than 1,000 people came out to watch the action on the runway.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette was there to check out the latest fashions.
The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,712.31, up 9.62 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 36 cents, or 3.48 per cent, to $9.98 on 19 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up 12 cents, or 6.22 per cent, to $2.05 on 16.4 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Down $1.27, or 9.03 per cent, to $12.80 on 11.2 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down eight cents, or 3.74 per cent, to $2.06 on 7.4 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Down three cents, or 0.17 per cent, to $17.50 on 6 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Down 28 cents, or 7.63 per cent, to $3.39 on 5.2 million shares.Companies reporting:Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Up $1.09 to $82.66. Tim Hortons and an association representing some of its frustrated franchisees are close to reaching a settlement in two class-action lawsuits the group filed against the coffee-and-doughnut chain. The first lawsuit, filed in June 2017, alleged Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Tim Hortons, improperly used funds from a national advertising fund. The second lawsuit alleged RBI subverted the franchisees’ right to associate. RBI also denied these allegations and they were also not proven in court.Bombardier Inc. — Bombardier can rest a little easier after European antitrust authorities blocked a plan by manufacturing giants Siemens and Alstom to merge their rail operations, analysts say. The scuppered merger would have given the combined company a “dominant position” in Europe and left Bombardier’s passenger rail operations a “distant third” globally, said analyst Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial. Bombardier said it was “pleased” with the European Commission ruling on the merger.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Up 26 cents to $43.76. Suncor is calling on the Alberta government to make an earlier-than-planned exit from the oil curtailment program it enacted on Jan. 1 because of its “unintended consequences.” CEO Steve Williams said the program designed to draw down crude storage levels and free up space on export pipelines has worked too well, reducing local price discounts to the point that shipping crude by rail into the United States is no longer financially sustainable. The criticism came as Suncor reported a $280-million net loss in the fourth quarter of 2018, in part due to the very price discounts the curtailments are designed to reduce. Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). — Aphria Inc.’s board has formally rejected a hostile takeover bid by Green Growth Brands Inc., saying it “significantly undervalues” the company and would have “negative repercussions.” The all-stock offer of 1.5714 shares of Green Growth Brands (GGB) for each Aphria share is “inadequate” and not in the interest of shareholders, the company’s independent board chairman Irwin Simon said. Negative repercussions include a delisting from the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange, he added.
TORONTO — The International Monetary Fund expects Canada’s economy will improve compared with last year, but not as much as the Bank of Canada predicted last week following unexpectedly robust growth on several fronts.[np_storybar title=”Suddenly, Canada has one of the world’s fastest growing economies — but is it real?” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/suddenly-canada-has-become-one-of-the-worlds-fastest-growing-economies-but-is-it-real”%5DAlmost out of nowhere, our economy is running hot, but still caution prevails. Here are three reasons policy makers fear growth might not stick around. Read on [/np_storybar]The Washington-based organization continues to estimate Canada’s gross domestic product will grow by 1.9 per cent this year, unchanged from its previous forecast.By contrast, the Bank of Canada projects the economy will expand by 2.6 per cent this year, up from its previous estimate of 2.1 per cent growth.The central bank cautioned, however, that Canada’s economy might be unable to maintain the pace set in early 2017.The Bank of Canada also lowered its estimate for next year to 1.9 per cent, below the IMF forecast of 2.0 per cent.The International Monetary Fund’s most recent world economic outlook provides little analysis of Canada’s performance but notes that it stands to benefit this year from improved commodity prices and a stronger outlook for the U.S.Suddenly, Canada has one of the world’s fastest growing economies — but is it real?If you want to blame someone for Canada’s housing bubble (and you will), blame Mark Carney‘Not good news’: Bank of Canada warns of economic threat from U.S. trade protectionismThe IMF’s global growth estimate is 3.5 per cent for this year and 3.6 per cent for 2018, up from 3.1 per cent last year.“The expected growth improvements in 2017 and 2018 are broadly based, although growth remains tepid in many advanced economies, and commodity exporters continue to struggle,” the IMF says in a report released Tuesday.Among the G7, the U.S. has the highest projected growth, with increases of 2.3 per cent this year and 2.5 per cent in 2018, unchanged from the IMF’s outlook in January.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A look at 11 executives, companies and business stories to watch in 2013:Research In Motion and Thorsten HeinsThe future of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) is riding on the launch of its new smartphones and the BlackBerry 10 operating system, set to debut on Jan. 30. RIM faces an uphill battle against the latest iPhone and Android-powered devices, including Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and the HTC Droid. While the initial reports of the new BlackBerry system have been positive and the stock has more than doubled since hitting its lows of the year, the launch is widely considered a make-or-break for the company.———The fight for the Canadian shopping dollar is expected to intensify in 2013 as big U.S. discount retailer Target moves in and starts opening locations in March, luring shoppers with its cheap and chic merchandise. Canadian retailers such as Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC), Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC), Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A) and Loblaw (TSX:L) have upped their game, but not since the arrival of Walmart have they seen such a competitor open up shop. The arrival of Target and the big red bull’s eye follows the opening in Canada of stores by Ann Taylor, J.Crew, Kate Spade and Microsoft. And in 2014, high-end retailer Nordstrom is expected to start opening its first four stores in Canada.———CP Rail and Hunter HarrisonChief executive Hunter Harrison was brought in to replace Fred Green in a bid to improve efficiency at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) after a bitter proxy fight. The cuts have already started with a plan to cut about 4,500 including 1,700 by the end of 2012, but those aren’t the only changes going on at the railroad. The former CN chief executive is also looking to sell surplus real estate, the Delaware and Hudson line in the U.S. Northeast and is moving CP’s head office in downtown Calgary to its Ogden Yard by 2014.———BCEInvestors will be watching BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) and chief executive George Cope as they await the CRTC’s decision on their revised plan to buy Astral Media Inc. (TSX:ACM.B). The federal broadcast regulator rejected an earlier proposal after a week of hearings in 2012 over concerns about the control the deal would give BCE over television broadcasting. Analysts have suggested that if the deal doesn’t go ahead, BCE will have to look for other acquisitions to continue to grow its dividend, a view Cope has rejected.———CarneyBank of Canada governor Mark Carney heads across the pond to take up the top job at the Bank of England. He has been widely lauded for his job at Canada’s central bank during the financial crisis, but the former Goldman Sachs investment banker had it easier than most with a strong domestic banking sector here at home. The story isn’t the same at the Bank of England and the job will be far more challenging as he takes over a central bank in a country faced with an uncertain economy.———AgriumJana Partners LLC and management at fertilizer company Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) appear headed for a showdown as the U.S. investment fund looks to replace five directors of the company’s 11-member board. Jana wants Agrium to spin off its retail business, which supplies products such as fertilizer to farmers, from the part of its business that makes those products, but chief executive Mike Wilson has shown no sign of backing down and remains committed to the current strategy. Both sides will vie for shareholder support ahead of a vote in 2013.———Air Canada and WestJetBoth Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) and WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) head into the new year with plans to launch new airlines and move beyond their traditional bases. Air Canada is aiming at grabbing a share of the holiday travel market with its new discount airline Rouge by offering flights to the Caribbean and Europe, while WestJet is launching its regional airline, called Encore. The Air Canada plan follows Tango and Zip, both earlier attempts at breaking into the discount business.———PipelinesThe battles over Enbridge Inc.’s (TSX:ENB) Northern Gateway and TransCanada Corp.’s (TSX:TRP) Keystone XL are expected to continue in 2013 as pipeline companies seeking approval to build new capacity out of the oilsands clash with those worried about the dangers associated with piping the thick bitumen and heavy oil found in Alberta. Kinder Morgan has also proposed to expand its TransMountain pipeline from Alberta to the Vancouver area, while Enbridge is looking at expanding some of its pipes in the Great Lakes region and reversing the flow of a pipeline that currently runs from Montreal to southern Ontario.———Housing DebtThe pace of home sales has slowed and many think a soft landing has been achieved as prices have held relatively firm, but not everyone agrees. Canadians are loaded with record levels of debt and are vulnerable to increases in interest rates or an economic shock. If U.S. lawmakers fail to reach a deal to avoid spending cuts and tax hikes and the fragile U.S. economy heads back into recession, Canada could be in trouble too.———Oilsands dealsWith its decision to allow the takeover of Nexen (TSX:NXY) by China National Offshore Oil Co., Ottawa also all but slammed the door on any future takeover deals in the oilsands by state-owned enterprises. The deep pockets of so-called SOEs have been a source of cash for the industry as it develops its expensive projects, so new sources of funding will have to be found. A joint venture between Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) and PetroChina subsidiary Phoenix Duvernay Gas may be a sign of things to come as the Chinese firm acquired a 49.9 per cent stake in the project.———SNC-LavalinSNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC) named American Robert Card as its new chief executive in 2012 as it worked to try to put investigations into the company and millions in payments to undisclosed agents behind it. However, since then, former chief executive Pierre Duhaime has been charged with fraud along with another former top executive by Quebec’s anti-corruption squad and investigations remain ongoing. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 31, 2012 5:00 am MDT 11 executives, companies and business stories to watch in 2013
Former Buckeye Dominique Alexander picked up 31 ground balls and tallied 3 goals and 4 assists in his 2nd MLL season in 2014, helping the Ohio Machine to its first playoff apperance.Credit: Courtesy of the Ohio Machine / Getty ImagesDominique Alexander answers to two names. On the lacrosse field, teammates call him “Big ‘Nique.” At New Albany High School, his students know him as Mr. Alexander.Alexander plays Major League Lacrosse for The Ohio Machine, but during the week, he teaches health at New Albany and attends graduate school at Ohio State, where he spent his collegiate playing career. Like many professional players in his field, he knows lacrosse cannot pay the bills.“There’s only a handful of guys able to make some sort of living off it,” Alexander said. “And everyone else is just playing because they enjoy it, being on teams and staying a part of the game. Even if you look at the top players, what they’re making, it’s not enough to make a living,”The term “professional athlete” for sports like football, hockey and basketball typically means multimillion-dollar annual contracts, but Alexander knows the professional paycheck for lacrosse looks much different.A 2012 article in The Wall Street Journal revealed that a professional lacrosse player typically earns between $10,000-$25,000 per season, a salary that requires him to work one or more additional jobs.Balancing a lacrosse career with a full-time teaching position and graduate school has been admittedly hectic, Alexander said. But his decision to continue his lacrosse career came with both an understanding of those complications, and more importantly, their inability to outweigh his love for the game.“For so many guys, lacrosse ends in high school or in college,” Alexander said. “So to be able to extend my career, keep putting on those pads and keep playing, it means a lot.”And while many second-semester college seniors approach graduation and the inevitable “real world” with job interviews or graduate school applications, OSU men’s lacrosse captains Jesse King and David Planning are preparing differently, by following Alexander down the professional path.On Jan. 23, the senior midfielders were each selected in the 2015 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, getting a chance to continue his lacrosse career as a professional following his final season with the Buckeyes.King became the second-highest draft pick in OSU history when Rochester chose him during the first round with the sixth overall pick. And despite inevitable obstacles, King said he accepted without any hesitation.“Obviously it is more difficult to have a career that supports you being a professional lacrosse player,” King said. “Honestly, I didn’t really have a plan for my future until about a couple months ago. All I know is that I definitely wanted lacrosse to be involved.”King, who grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, begins his senior season with a resumé of 77 collegiate goals and a gold medal from 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in Denver.He has been playing the sport since age 7, and said lacrosse has become much more than a game to him.“Lacrosse has taught me many life lessons, including honesty, trust, leadership and the meaning of family,” King said. “And that carries on to the next level professionally.”So what exactly does that next level entail? Professional lacrosse differs from college level lacrosse in that it requires diversity and flexibility on the field, but more importantly, self-discipline off of it, said Bear Davis, vice president and coach for the Ohio Machine.“In college, these guys have strength-conditioning workouts in addition to weekly practice,” Davis said. “But the biggest difference in the pros is that you have to do your own workouts. Our guys practice Friday night, Saturday morning and play Saturday night, so the whole week leading up to that, they’re on their own.”Making the transition from collegiate to professional lacrosse means letting go of structure and accepting a more costly level of pressure, Alexander said.“If you think of a professional, you think of someone who is about their craft and always working on it,” Alexander said. “You have to motivate yourself to get up, go workout, shoot around and hit the wall in the gym to always try and get better. It’s on you. And whether you continue dressing for games depends on how you perform.”Planning, who was drafted No. 57 in the eighth round by the Machine, has started in 31 of 42 games with the Buckeyes, and possesses both the physical versatility and the mental discipline required at the professional level, Davis said.“We can only field 12 guys on gameday,” Davis said. “And David has a lot of different skill sets. He can play defense, he can play offense, so he could fill a lot of those spots.”Planning grew up dreaming of taking the field with the Buckeyes, never imagining his lacrosse career would extend beyond college, and instead planned to pursue a career in politics, he said.But when the offer came from the Machine, Planning said he did not hesitate.“Growing up, I always dreamed of playing Division I lacrosse,” he said. “Pro lacrosse was so far removed from my thought process that it never even occurred to me. The chance to play lacrosse at the professional level, especially for the Ohio Machine, is an honor and a blessing.”While King and Planning admit a career in lacrosse rarely paves a road to fame and fortune, each player said he could not imagine a greater privilege than taking the field on the professional level.Before officially turning the page to the professional chapter, though, the graduating seniors must first finish the college one.“For now, I am focused on my senior season,” Planning said. “There is nothing I want more than to bring some shiny hardware back to Columbus at the end of this spring.”Planning, King and the rest of the Buckeyes started their regular season on Saturday 9-8 loss to the Detroit Titans on the road.
I think they could do an awful lot worse than show a little bit of humility and engage with the people’s representatives. I think that should happen, that is a matter for the bank, but that is my personal view.Harris said Minister Donohoe had a “constructive” meeting with Fianna Fáil’s Finance spokesperson Michael McGrath about a new Bill, due to be introduced next week, which seeks to regulate the vulture funds.He said the government wanted to work with all parties on the issue.Minister says the loans have not been sold The health minister said there is time to tackle the issue as the loans have not been sold and the finance minister has not been consulted yet. “There will be time to engage,” he said.However, Harris said people listening to the debate may get worried when they hear statements like: “The train has left the station.”He maintained a decision on the sale has not been made nor has a decision been made about the potential buyer.“Please don’t scare people,” he told Doherty. Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty says the selling of long-term loan products to vulture funds who have short-term interest should not be allowed. Source: Oireachtas TVThe Sinn Féin spokesperson said that it was time to “insert some honesty” into the debate.While he said he is in favour of regulating the vulture funds, it will not be the “magical solution”.‘Vulture funds don’t do long-term solutions’Even if vulture funds are regulated, long-term loans should not be sold to them under any circumstances, he insisted.“They are only interested in the short-term turnaround and the quick turnaround,” said the Donegal TD, who said unlike banks they do not have a public persona or reputation to keep up.Citing Central Bank figures, Doherty said 120,000 home mortgages were restructured by the end of September 2017 – with the vast majority (87%) of these accounts meeting the terms of the restructured arrangements.However, he told the minister all of these deals done with customers were done by regular banks, not vulture funds.He said vulture funds don’t offer the suite of options mentioned above, because they don’t have to.“They [vulture funds] don’t do split mortgages, they don’t do interest only, they don’t do arrears capitalisation,” he said.Doherty told Harris that families at home and renters in the buy-to-lets due to be sold “are hoping and praying that you will stand up to the vultures and stop this sale”.The Sinn Féin TD said the government must tell PTSB that it is not allowed to sell long-term family products to vulture funds who only have a short-term interest.If you sell long-term products to companies that have a three or five-year interest, it will only end in one way and that is repossessions, that is people being evicted, that is more homelessness and we cannot stand here as legislators and pretend that there is some sort of magic solution. You own 75% [of the bank]. Lift the phone, tell Jeremy Masding [PTSB CEO] the government refuse to stand idly by while you are about to throw your customers to the wolves just because you didn’t get your act in order over the last three years and work those mortgages down the way that you should have.Harris said he is conscious that some homeowners are “concerned” and “worried”.He said the government would work towards providing “maximum security, clarity and assurance” to mortgage holders.Read: Minister concedes homeowners who engaged with PTSB may not have deals honoured>‘Many have made no payments at all for years’: PTSB defends controversial €3.7 billion mortgage sell off> Image: Oireachtas TV Health Minister Simon Harris says PTSB should appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee next week. 18,505 Views Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 4:02 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Christina Finn Feb 22nd 2018, 4:02 PM Short URL I think PTSB should go before an Oireachtas committee. I think it is time to see a little bit of humility from our banks – banks that the taxpayers of this country have supported through very, very difficult times. Share121 Tweet Email “I THINK IT is time to see a little bit of humility from our banks,” said Health Minister Simon Harris when asked about the €4 billion mortgage sale by Permanent TSB today.The statement from the minister comes a day after a Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting in which members raised concerns that the government is coming across as the “spokespeople for the banks”.PTSB, which is 75% State owned, has been defending its plan to sell off a book of non-performing loans known as Project Glas.The proposed sell-off of 18,000 properties, including 14,000 private dwelling homes, has become the subject of a political battle in recent days.Yesterday, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe conceded that even homeowners who engaged with the bank could find their mortgage arrangements with PTSB are not honoured by the buyer.Speaking about the issue today, Harris said the government had to “find a balance” whereby they protect mortgage holders, but also ensure there is a stable banking system.Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said PTSB has been invited to appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee next Tuesday.Doherty told the Dáil the bank has informed the committee that it has already entered into “confidentiality clauses” with interested parties and would be restricted in speaking about certain issues. A formal invitation has been issued to the bank today.“The train has left the station – these are vulture funds,” he said, referring to the interested parties.‘Time to see a bit of humility’ Harris said PTSB should appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee: Harris on PTSB home loan sale: ‘It’s time to see a bit of humility from our banks’ Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said the bank has been asked to appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee next week. Health Minister Simon Harris says PTSB should appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee next week. Image: Oireachtas TV https://jrnl.ie/3866279 91 Comments
Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tom Hardy catches ‘motorcycle thief’ after chase in London The actor is known for his roles in action films such as Mad Max. 28,235 Views 18 Comments Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3358472 Apr 25th 2017, 10:28 PM Tom Hardy ACTOR TOM HARDY helped catch a man who had allegedly stolen a motorbike in London, police have said.A Richmond Police spokesperson confirmed the incident took place on Sunday, telling BBC News two males on a stolen motorcycle drove through a red light and crashed into another vehicle.“The males ran off and one was detained by Tom Hardy. Both suspects were initially taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” they said in a statement.Witness Arun Pullen told the Sun it was like Hardy “switched to superhero mode in an action movie”.“He went off like a shot in pursuit and looked furious. I asked Tom what happened and he told me he chased him through my back garden and caught him around the block.”Read: Ivanka Trump defends father at women’s summit, gets laughed atRead: Thai man murders child and kills himself on Facebook Live Share308 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 10:28 PM Tom Hardy Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire/PA Images By Órla Ryan
Share183 Tweet Email By AFP Short URL Damage to the right side of the USS Fitzgerald Source: AP/PA ImagesSEVEN AMERICAN SAILORS are missing and their ship’s captain injured after a US Navy destroyer collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan early this morning, leading to the badly-damaged ship being partially flooded.Aerial television footage showed one sailor lying on a stretcher and a rescuer being pulled up to a helicopter that was hovering above the USS Fitzgerald, its right side partially crushed.Three sailors were injured in the pre-dawn collision, including the guided missile destroyer’s commanding officer Bryce Benson.“Two sailors, in addition to the commanding officer, have been medically evacuated from USS Fitzgerald to US Naval Hospital Yokosuka for lacerations and bruises,” the navy said.There are seven sailors unaccounted for; the ship and the Japanese Coast Guard continues to search for them.The accident between the Fitzgerald and Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal happened around 2:30am local time off the coast off the Izu peninsula southwest of Tokyo, the US Navy and Japan’s coastguard said.The area is a busy shipping channel near major container ports in Yokohoma and Tokyo.“The volume of ships is heavy in this area and there have been accidents before,” coastguard official Yutaka Saito told Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. Damage to the ACX Crystal container ship Source: AP/PA ImagesIt was not immediately clear what caused the collision, but NHK said the massive 222-metre container ship made a sharp turn around the time of the accident.Japan’s coastguard, which is probing the incident, has sent five vessels, two planes and a team of specially trained rescue personnel to help in the search for the missing crew, a spokesman said.The USS Dewey and two Navy tugboats were helping out in the search and rescue, the US military said, while Japan’s Self-Defence Forces also joined the operation, sending three ships and several aircraft.‘So worried’The 154-metre Fitzgerald – which was commissioned in 1995 and was deployed in the Iraq war in 2003 – is based in Yokosuka and operates in the Pacific and the Sea of Japan.The accident happened 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, the navy said.“My daughter is on the Fitzgerald,” a parent wrote on the 7th Fleet’s Facebook page.So worried. Just need to hear she is ok. Thinking of all of our sailors and their families!!US chief of naval operations Admiral John Richardson said in a statement: “As more information is learned we will be sure to share it with the Fitzgerald families and, when appropriate, the public.”All of our thoughts and concerns are with the Fitzgerald crew and their families.Video by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK showed heavy damage to the right side of the Fitzgerald just ahead of the control tower, and that the ship had taken on water.An orange hose was visible on the ship’s deck, with many crew members seen checking the damage. The damaged USS Fitzgerald sailing for port in the wake of the collision Source: AP/PA ImagesThe destroyer, piloted by two tugboats, was sailing to Yokosuka.“The USS Fitzgerald suffered damage on her starboard side above and below the waterline. The collision resulted in some flooding,” the Navy said.The Fitzgerald was still under its own power “although her propulsion was limited”, the navy said. It is not in danger of sinking and is headed back to port on its own power.The footage meanwhile showed relatively light damage to the ACX Crystal.Twenty crew members were aboard the container and none was injured, another Japanese coastguard spokesman said, adding that the vessel was separately sailing back to a Tokyo port.“We are now investigating the case as further details, including the weather conditions at the time, are not available,” the spokesman said.The ACX Crystal is a commercial container ship that, according to marine tracking websites, was on its way to Tokyo.The ship carries a Philippine flag but is listed as owned by Japanese shipping giant NYK Line.© – AFP, 2017Read: Carrie Fisher’s death caused by sleep apnea and ‘other causes’, coroner saysRead: Gardaí have filled just a fraction of counter-terrorism roles they promised at the start of the year 40,110 Views Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 10:36 AM http://jrnl.ie/3449436 Seven US sailors missing after destroyer rammed by cargo ship The circumstances that led to the collision are currently unknown. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 17th 2017, 10:36 AM 69 Comments
A motion co-sponsored by Nick Xenophon has demanded an urgent senate inquiry into controversial foreign investment deals in Australia, including the 99 year lease of the Port of Darwin to a Chinese company.The terms of reference for the inquiry ask for a sweeping examination of the Foreign Investment Review Board and national interest issues. It will specifically look at the Port of Darwin deal, the blocking of the Kidman property sale and the proposed sale of electricity assets in NSW.“There’s a real sense of urgency with this inquiry, given concerns that our current foreign investment framework is full of loopholes (particularly in relation to state and territory assets) and a lack of clarity of the national interest test and how it applies. This inquiry will give a timely opportunity to deal with these issues,” said Senator Xenophon.“In particular, the Port of Darwin deal deserves special scrutiny, given concerns expressed by our key strategic think tank, the Australians Strategic Policy Institute.”Further details of the Darwin deal emerged this week, including that the Port of Darwin Corporation’s 2014 Annual Report refers to it as a “strategic defence port” and listed more than 100 visits by navy vessels in the 2013-14 financial year. It has also been confirmed that Defence Minister Marise Payne only heard about the planned sale hours before the Northern Territory government announced it publicly.“The details emerging around the Darwin deal show what a shambles the whole process has been. How on earth this deal got waived through without due process is beyond most Australians,” said Xenophon. The inquiry is due to report by early February. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Researchers have long been looking for clues about one of our closest evolutionary relatives — Neanderthals. Our now-extinct kin has shifted from a presumed earlier form, to a close cousin, to… well still a close cousin, but one that we got a little too close to. Still, even though a good portion of scientists who study the topic now consider neanderthals and humans sister subspecies, there’s still a lot of differences between the two. The brain, in particular, is of prime concern as it… y’know, is kind of the whole thing with us apes. So, to learn more about the development of the Neanderthal brain, as well as what it was actually capable of, scientists have done the truly unbelievable — grown miniature brains of our ancient family.As Science Mag reports in an exclusive, the unity of three bleeding-edge fields — including CRISPR, organs built from stem cells, and the fully sequenced Neanderthal genome — has allowed Alysson Muotri and her lab to pull off an exceptional feat. The work has yet to be published, but it was presented earlier this work at a conference for the University of California, San Diego, where Muotri is a geneticist. In essence, the team used stem cells created with neanderthal into small, pea-sized organs that resemble the cortex, or outermost layer of the brain. The hope is that the team will understand how different regions of the Neanderthal brain fit together, and how they would affect its cognition. This is done by comparing the structures to similar mini-brains made with human DNA to understand where and how they differ.“We’re trying to recreate Neanderthal minds,” Muotri says.To be clear, this is quite far from a full brain. We aren’t (probably) making conscious minds in Petri dishes. These organoids represent a very early stage of brain development, far from anything that could be expected to actually produce thought. Others, including Svante Paabo, director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and one of the researchers that first sequenced the Neanderthal genome, noted that even the genetics of the project has plenty of hurdles to overcome. “Organoids are far from being able to tell us how adult brains function,” Paabo said, noting that there could be plenty of unintended mutations. “There are lots of control experiments to do, and then I’m quite hopeful we’ll overcome those doubts.”On a much creepier note, though, Muotri, in time, hopes to jack mini human brains into crab-like robots and pit them against robots run by Neanderthal organoids. So… that’s a sentence.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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This weekend’s closure of a section of state Highway 500 in Vancouver has been canceled due to forecasted rain.Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation had planned to remove the stop lights at the intersections of Northeast 42nd Avenue/Falk Road and Northeast 54th Avenue/Stapleton Road and replace them with right-in/right-out interchanges.Crews were set to close the highway in that area starting on Friday at 11 p.m. That’s no longer the case because of the fall weather.“The weather forecast changed significantly overnight and there is not enough of a dry window to complete the work this weekend,” the transportation department said in a tweet.The work will be rescheduled to a later date.Heads up…This weekend’s closure of SR 500 between St Johns and Andreson is canceled. The weather forecast changed significantly overnight and there is not enough of a dry window to complete the work this weekend. The work will be rescheduled at a later date. pic.twitter.com/BQgJdHI7OE
Inter manager Luciano Spalletti, expects a very difficult match despite Lionel Messi’s absence and wants his squad to take Group B’s top spot.Looks like Inter manager Luciano Spalletti is motivated because of Lionel Messi’s absence at FC Barcelona on Wednesday, the Catalan club won’t have their best player for this Wednesday’s match at Camp Nou stadium in Catalonia.The Inter manager is aware of the big opportunity his squad has for this and the next match, he obviously has told his players repeatedly how important a win could be for them against this club.“They could be three fundamental points for us and we have a great chance against an impressive squad, one of the strongest in world football,” said Spalletti via Diario Sport. “We have dreamt of coming to play here and make the squad take a step forward. We have to be ambitious and have the desire to perform well in a match of this nature, we require a great level of self-esteem and confidence. We also need to be organized and try to keep the ball.”Spalletti also spoke about his former player Rafinha, who played for Internazionale Milano last season and helped the Nerazzurri reach this competition with his football.“I will take this opportunity to greet him and thank him for everything he did for us last season in order to reach this spot in the Champions League, he was a fundamental player for us,” added Spalletti about Rafinha.Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“I would love it if he could play against us, but he will create a lot of problems if he does because he has the quality of a player who knows our squad very well.”Luciano also explained why Rafinha didn’t stay at Inter last season: “His loan period came to an end and we knew that we weren’t able to make any new transfers during the summer.”“We could only work on exits from Inter, but Barcelona wasn’t interested in any of our players. We will try to make Rafinha understand that we have a good thing going in the squad,” he concluded.🎙️ | #Spalletti: “#BarcelonaInter? A possible three points will be fundamental. We’ll treat it as a key game, hugely important.” #UCL #BarçaInter #FCIM pic.twitter.com/G9Y4CJghys— Inter (@Inter_en) October 23, 2018
Current ECG staff from its marketing, design and content teams will also work with Smart Market clients on campaigns. Allain says 1105’s main play in the growing marketing services sector is its IT expertise. “1105 ECG has the largest media footprint in the Microsoft developer, IT professional and channel partner community. We are also in the virtualization arena, which is one of the fastest growing segments in enterprise computing. We also have a deep dive emphasis in enterprise computing and developments such as the data center, cloud computing and Java development.”Smart Markets will not limit number of client partnerships. “Our goal with Smart Markets is to help maximize the dollars advertisers and marketers are spending on campaigns, be it branding, demand generation, product launches, or lead generation,” says Allain. “We know the better a clients’ campaign performs, the more they will spend with us. Simple as that. We are in this to maximize the results of our clients spend and to make our customers successful.”1105 joins publishers like Penton, Hanley Wood, UBM, Hearst, Northstar Travel Media, Summit Media Group and Meredith in the marketing services push. Largely depending on publisher wallet size and staff bandwidth, the industry’s content marketing sector is developing through both organic growth and acquisitions. 1105 Media’s Enterprise Computing Group [ECG] launched Smart Markets, marking yet another publisher move into marketing services. The new division will provide content, strategy and design services to the IT sector ECG serves.Henry Allain, president of 1105 ECG, says Smart Markets was born of client interest. He tells FOLIO:, “We have been doing more and more of this type of work and we felt the need to formalize a program so that not only can we react in a more efficient way to these requests, but to also get our clients thinking about the many other services we are able to provide.”Smart Market offers website creation, lead-gen programs, advertising creative, brand building and product launch support, according to the company. A trio of executives spearhead the new division: Doug Barney will act as vice president, new content initiatives; Michele Imgrund is senior director of marketing and audience engagement; and Scott Shultz is tapped as creative director, media and events. 1105 ECG publishes Redmond, Visual Studio Magazine, Redmond Channel Partner, MSDN Magazine and Virtualization Review.
Musk says Starship will act more like a sky diver than an airplane. SpaceX This week, Elon Musk’s rocket company could light up Falcon Heavy, the biggest rocket currently in its stable, as well as its next-generation Starship, designed to eventually take passengers to Mars. So-called static or “hold down” test firings of both rockets could take place as soon as Sunday for a Starship prototype and Monday, April 1 for Falcon Heavy, but it’s no April Fools’ joke. We haven’t seen Falcon Heavy in action since its successful demonstration flight in 2018 that sent Musk’s red Tesla toward Mars, but SpaceX has been planning to use Heavy to launch payloads for paying customers for several months now. Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship 13:31 Sci-Tech Watch SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket make its first test… While a lot of people are distracted by a Raptor in Texas, 27 Merlin 1Ds are hoping to attract your attention in Florida.KSC goes into Critical Support from 20:30 Local (March 31) to 20:30 Local (April 1), meaning rollout to 39A likely on Sunday and then Static Fire on April 1. pic.twitter.com/nXUtGIiKsJ— Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) March 27, 2019 Meanwhile, the single-engine “hopper” prototype of Starship has been working up to a test firing at the company’s test facility at Boca Chica, Texas. Musk has said the first test won’t see the rocket get very high off the ground, if at all, but the FAA still issued an airspace closure for the area this past Monday through Thursday. The same closure will also be in effect this Sunday and Monday.Over the past few weeks, multiple periods of gas venting from the Starship prototype were observed on webcams pointed at the big, shiny cone. Reports from local media indicated SpaceX was testing the rocket’s fuel tanks and other systems in preparation for the main event. Tags 1 Share your voice Comment 16 Photos Now, after some delays, a Falcon Heavy could launch communications satellite Arabsat 6A into orbit from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center as soon as April 7. This configuration of Falcon Heavy will be made up of three “Block 5” Falcon 9 rockets, the final version of the SpaceX workhorse rocket meant to be reused up to 100 times. But first Heavy needs to undergo a successful static fire test, currently set for Monday. Now playing: Watch this: The company itself has been quiet about what exactly is happening at Boca Chica. SpaceX but did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Regardless, the odds are looking pretty good we’ll see fire beneath one big SpaceX rocket or another sometime in the coming days. Originally published March 29.Updated March 31: Adds new test timeframes. Elon Musk Space SpaceX
A flurry of briefs was filed by the June 30th deadline with the Alaska Supreme Court in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s ongoing lawsuit challenging the State of Alaska’s requirement that local governments earmark a certain amount of property taxes for public education.Download Audio:A 2015 property tax bill from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough includes a break-out of how much a homeowner pays toward the state’s required local contribution for public education. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)“I’ll go out on a limb and say I’m absolutely confident that we are correct in this matter,” says Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst.He knows the borough has a good case. They won the first round, after all, when Superior Court Judge William Carey ruled in January that the state’s required local contribution for schools violates the Alaska Constitution.The question is: Will the Alaska Supreme Court uphold Carey’s decision?State attorneys didn’t waste any time filing an appeal with the high court, and Carey’s decision was put on hold pending that appeal.Borough officials also filed an appeal because, while winning the main point, they didn’t get everything they wanted. Judge Carey ruled against the borough’s request for a refund of the previous year’s required local contribution – about $4 million.The most recent filings with the high court allowed each side to argue why the justices should rule against the other side. The borough relied on a prior case, State v Alex, which in the 1980s, challenged a required tax, which went directly from commercial fishermen to regional aquaculture associations.In that case, the Supreme Court ruled that the tax violates the Constitution’s prohibition against dedicated funds.The borough’s brief focuses on similarities between Alex and the current case.“It absolutely hits it, every point,” Bockhorst says.Borough Attorney Scott Brandt-Erichsen adds: “One of the lynchpins of the arguments that the state makes is that, if the money doesn’t hit the state treasury, there can be no dedication and you don’t have to appropriate the money. But in the Alex case, the money never hit the state treasury.”He explains that the Constitution stipulates that public funds can’t be dedicated, or earmarked, by the state – revenue has to be appropriated on an annual basis by the Legislature.The state counters that the required local contribution isn’t state revenue, and that the statute only requires local funding – not necessarily a local tax. But Bockhorst says the only realistic way a local government can raise the mandated millions of dollars every year is through taxes, and that those local taxes are a back-door way for the state to fund schools.“The state is able to fulfill its Constitutional obligation to adequately fund schools by forcing us to levy what amounts to state taxes,” he says. “We get the blame and they get the benefit.”The borough didn’t win the refund issue because Judge Carey ruled the state wasn’t enriched by the required local contribution. The Legislature can choose to reduce or increase school funding each year, and the mandatory local contribution doesn’t necessarily factor in to that process.The borough, though, contends that the state is, indeed, enriched.“If we’re compelled by the Legislature to spend a chunk of money in furtherance of their responsibility, then that money is being spent for their benefit, whether they’re required to fully fund or not,” Brandt-Erichsen says.With this latest set of briefs filed with the Alaska Supreme Court, each side now has until July 28 to respond in writing. After that, the next important date is Sept. 16. That’s when oral arguments are scheduled with the Supreme Court in Anchorage.“And the Supreme Court has signaled in the past that they plan to rule promptly,” Bockhorst says.An exact timeline for a decision is not known, but ideally a ruling would be announced prior to the next legislative session. That way, everyone would know before lawmakers convene in Juneau whether or not the state needs a whole new education funding system.
Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Satya Nadella addressed the employees at the company’s India Development Centre (IDC), in Hyderabad on Monday.Nadella, who is on a hush-hush visit to the city, shared his vision during the address at IDC, the biggest campus of the software giant outside its headquarters at Redmond in the US.A company official said that the CEO visited the IDC campus located at Gachibowli in the morning. Nadella later held a closed-door meeting with the top officials of the company at IDC, set up in 1998.There was no official word about Nadella’s other engagements in the city. He is likely to leave for New Delhi later in the day and attend a few programmes in the national capital on Tuesday before returning to the US.For Hyderabad-born Nadella, this is his first visit to India after taking over as the CEO.He arrived in the city on Sunday and met Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. The visit was kept a closely guarded secret and the media was not informed.There was no official statement about the meeting. Even pictures were not taken during the meeting. Sources described the half-an-hour long meeting as a courtesy call.Nadella reportedly spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu over phone. It was not clear if Microsoft CEO will meet Naidu, who is in Visakhapatnam to inaugurate a technology incubation centre.An alumni of Hyderabad Public School (HPS), Nadella, 47, is son of former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer B.N. Yugandhar. His wife is the daughter of another retired IAS officer K.R. Venugopal.
A microbus driver and a passenger were killed and six other people were injured as a vehicle hit it on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Bakulnagar area of Raipura upazila on Monday morning.The deceased were identified as driver Mohsin Miah, 30, and its passenger Jewel, 35.Kawser, officer-in-charge of Bhairab Highway Police Station, said an unidentified vehicle hit the Narayanganj-bound microbus from Akhaura in the area around 7:00 am, leaving duo dead on the spot and six others injured.On information, police recovered the bodies.
Comilla Univ VCLeaders of the Comilla University teachers’ association on Sunday came up with a 14-point demand, including resignation of the proctor and a halt to illegal appointment of the university teachers.The association leaders submitted their demands to the university registrar M Mujibur Rahman Majumdar following a meeting.The association leaders also said the vice chancellor M Ali Ashraf of the university will be barred from entering to his office if the demands are not met by Monday afternoon.The 14 demands of the teachers’ association also included return of the additional allowances paid to the VC back to to the treasury, resignation of the proctor, returning the evening MBA fee, investigation into irregularities and corruption during the construction of Bangabandhu’s mural in the university, withdrawal of show cause notice to seven teachers of the university, and more.Speaking about the allegations, VC Ali Ashraf said, “I am out of Comilla on some personal work. I completed the recruitment process in keeping with the rules and regulations.”Read MoreComilla University VC’s irregularities at every step!
After unionizing in 2004, employees for the Hudson News stands in BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport gained employer sponsored healthcare and a pension. The Hudson employees union, which has been without a new contract since October 2013, are now in negotiations with Hudson, fighting to preserve the benefits won against the company’s efforts to roll them back.Hudson News Airport Newstand.Employees at the BWI Hudson stores, which include a bookstore and newsstand, are organized under UNITE HERE! Local 7, a union representing workers in various industries including the hotel, food service, and airport industries, according to their website. Sara Benjamin, a committee leader with UNITE HERE! and a Hudson Group employee since April 2013, said that of the approximately 50 cashiers currently working for Hudson at BWI 44 have signed in support of the union’s efforts and 30 are active members. “There [are] a lot of people that are afraid, and we’re fighting for job security but there [are] a lot of people that don’t want to fight because they’re afraid … they don’t want to get fired,” said Benjamin.Hudson employees are currently the only group of unionized concession workers at BWI airport. Other employees at the airport work directly for the Maryland Aviation Administration, are unionized, and have a minimum salary set at $13.45 per hour. Employees at airport concession stands are hired directly by the companies they work for and earn, on average, $9.01 per hour in the case of non-tipped workers, with a median wage of $8.50, according to a survey of BWI concessions workers released in February 2014 by UNITE HERE!.Hudson employees currently start at $9 an hour, a higher starting salary than many other concessions workers, and enjoy pension and health insurance benefits that other concessions workers at the airport do not receive. “The employers (Hudson) look at that and say, ‘Look, why are we giving a retirement plan,’ or ‘why are we giving health insurance if these other employers aren’t?’” said Tracy Lingo, an organizer with UNITE HERE! Local 7. “And so it’s a very pivotal piece of the fight at the airport for those workers to continue to move forward.”The Hudson employees are fighting to preserve their gains on healthcare and retirement funding, as well as push for greater wage increases. Without a new contract since October 2013, the union put on demonstrations three times this year – May 1, May 22, and June 19 – in their attempts to force Hudson to the negotiating table and to meet some of their demands.Craig Johnson, the Hudson negotiator, refused to comment on the state of the talks when contacted by the AFRO.The original healthcare agreement between Hudson and the union stipulated that Hudson cover 79 percent of the cost of insurance, with employees contributing the remainder. Benjamin said the union wants to preserve the approximately 80/20 split, but wants to eliminate language allowing Hudson to unilaterally change the formula and pass any resulting cost increases to employees.Hudson wanted to eliminate the employee pension, citing the high turnover rate for employees, according to Benjamin. Currently, Hudson has offered to keep the pension on the condition that it is presented as an employee opt-in 401K retirement plan.On the wage front, union and Hudson negotiators have agreed to raises of $0.45 after the first year of a three year employment contract, and $0.30 after each of the subsequent two years. Negotiations have hit a snag, however, over the issue of retroactive raises.Because the union’s contract with Hudson expired October 2013, employees due a raise have yet to receive it. Union representatives have asked for a $280 bonus for current employees to make up for the lost wages related to the contract delay. Hudson countered with $100, and has since raised that figure to $125. “That’s still not acceptable,” said Benjamin.