Montreals transit workers vote 99 per cent in favour of pressure tactics

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal bus and subway drivers have voted 99 per cent in favour of pressure tactics that may include a general strike as their union and the city’s transit company work toward a new contract.Their union, which is affiliated with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, had urged the 4,500 members to support their bargaining committee with a strong mandate in negotiations to replace contracts that expired in January.The union says the key issue in the talks are what it calls “completely unrealistic” schedules for bus drivers.Union president Renato Carlone says “poorly planned trips” are stressing passengers who are passing their frustrations on to the drivers and this is creating workplace health and safety issues.The management of sick employees and pensions are other sticking points in the negotiations.The Societe de transport de Montreal (STM) posted a message on its website saying the union vote does not trigger a strike and that bargaining sessions are ongoing and frequent.The STM also notes that advance notice of seven working must be given before a possible walkout begins.Maintenance employees have already voted to refuse to work overtime next week, unless there is progress in their negotiations.last_img read more

Northern tanning camp takes over downtown Yellowknife

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsThe smell of fire and the sound of scraping hide is back in Somba K’e park.It’s the fourth annual Urban Hide Tanning Camp in downtown Yellowknife hosted by Dene Nahjo, a local Indigenous not-for-profit.Shirley Drybones from Behchokǫ̀ grew up watching her mother work on hides in the summer.“It is natural I know what I’m doing. I don’t really need to ask,” Drybones said.Now she is handling a caribou hide, something she hasn’t done in years.“It is a different type of job with variety. Taking the hair off, taking the skin off, trying to make it smooth, dye it, tan it,” she said.“It’s a lot of work.”For ten days each year the camp sets up shop, bringing together community members to witness and learn skills from elders and master tanners.According to participants it’s a long process that pays off.“I want to get it done. Get all of this off and get it done,” Drybones laughs as she readjusts her hide and sharpens her scraper.For Stephanie Poole of Łutselkʼe said she goes to any and all hide camps she’s invited to.“I enjoy spending time with other hide tanners and just have time away from other responsibilities to work on hides together is really fun,” Poole said.She practices her Dene tradition as a way of exercising her sovereignty.“It’s also really important for me to keep our relationship with the land, the water and all the animals in our territory. I think that’s part of our responsibility as Dene and Indigenous people,” she said.Each day the camp tours two classrooms of kids. Poole shares her expertise with Indigenous and non-Indigenous guests.“I like hosting all the school kids here. They will often bring their families back after hours or on the weekends,” Poole said.The camp runs until May 21, 2019. Dene Nahjo will also offer a new mentorship hide tanning camp in  Whatì June 24 – July read more

In Burundi UN Special Adviser urges all parties to engage in talks

At the conclusion of his two-day visit to Burundi, Adama Dieng, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, warned of increased tensions and the risk of further violence, unless all parties engage in open dialogue to resolve the crisis and calm tensions. “He urged the Government to guarantee respect for human rights, including freedom of opinion and expression, noting that the absence of independent voices through non-State media was contributing to tensions,” said a statement released from Burundi’s capital of Bujumbura. During his visit to East African nation, Mr. Dieng held meetings with the President of Burundi and senior government officials, political party leaders, civil society, representatives of the media and other key actors. They discussed escalating tensions in Burundi in the pre-electoral period and the risk that what has been primarily a political crisis could escalate to a level that would pose a high risk of atrocity crimes being committed. Leaders have also gathered in Tanzania for an East African community summit over the weekend in hopes to reinforce dialogue among the Burundian parties amid concerns raised by UN agencies that the current political instability could lead to a humanitarian crisis.“Given Burundi’s history of ethnic violence and in light of ongoing fears of attacks based on ethnicity, the Special Adviser strongly encouraged Burundian parties to use their influence to prevent any action that could increase the risk of violence against individuals or groups on the basis of their identity, including political affiliation, religious and ethnic identity,” the note said. Special Adviser Dieng emphasized the critical importance of ensuring respect for fundamental human rights and the rule of law, particularly during periods of tension, in accordance with international human rights obligations. He also recalled that the primary responsibility for protecting populations from atrocity crimes lies with the Government of Burundi and warned that those responsible for serious human rights violations and atrocity crimes would be held accountable by national and international judicial bodies and if need be, by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Mr. Dieng also reiterated the continued commitment of the international community, including regional actors, to support Burundi to secure peace and create conducive conditions for free and transparent elections. read more

Commentary Major League Soccer should adopt European scheduling system

There have been recent talks that Major League Soccer could be adopting a schedule similar to that of its European counterparts.Currently, the MLS season begins in March and regular season play ends in October, with playoffs beginning soon afterward. If the league decided to convert to the schedule most European soccer leagues use, teams would begin their seasons in August and play until May, with a short break in December and January.Some of the most successful leagues in the world, including the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A and the German Bundesliga, use this type of schedule. If MLS changed its schedule, it would be more in accordance with these leagues. But what exactly would this schedule change mean for MLS?For starters, this alteration of the schedule would result in more competition in viewers and attendance, which MLS seems to be struggling with already.With its current schedule, the only other major league sport MLS has to compete with during the summer is baseball. If the league decides to go through with the change, it would be competing with the NHL, the NFL and NBA at some point during the season.If the league does change its schedule, weather would also prove to be a difficult issue in regards to attendance. With the change, MLS play would run during the winter months, and in certain cities where winters are harsh, this could cause a problem. The 2012 season set a record for MLS’ highest attendance since its first games in 1996, with an average of 18,807 spectators. Would attendance still increase or even be maintained during these cold months?In addition, some people might feel that MLS should not have to change its schedule or rules to match that of the European league. Unlike the European leagues, whose seasons end after regular season play, MLS has a playoff system, similar to that of other American sports.On the other hand, changing the schedule would align MLS to European leagues and FIFA. During the summer, there are an abundance of international games played because of it being the offseason for most leagues — but not for MLS. Players in MLS are always called up for international duty during the summer, causing them to miss many games and often become fatigued from all the back and forth travel they endure. This could easily be avoided by a change of schedule. And what of the World Cup, which takes place in the summer? The MLS will most likely take some time off, similar to what the teams have done in the past, but the league does not postpone its games for the entire length of the World Cup. MLS’ current schedule does not cater well to the needs of international players.So what does this all mean? Should MLS adopt a European-style schedule? In my opinion, it would be beneficial for MLS to alter its schedule to be more in accordance with the European leagues. Since MLS attendance has been rising in recent years, I have no doubt that soccer fans will not abandon the sport for football, basketball or hockey. The popularity of soccer in this country is growing, which can be seen through the EPL signing a huge $250 million dollar TV package with NBC here in the states. The change would also make it easier for the players, especially the players who serve international duty during the summer — they will no longer have to miss regular season games for international games.It is time for the MLS and the its to abandon its old ways, and come round to the idea of a new schedule. One thing is for sure, though; the transition, while necessary, will most likely not be an easy one. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State guard Asia Doss to miss Big Ten championship

Ohio State senior guard Asia Doss has a walking boot on and will not play in the Big Ten championship game against Maryland on March 4, 2018. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorINDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State women’s basketball team advanced to the Big Ten tournament championship game without senior guard Asia Doss, and now it will be forced to take on Maryland in the title game without her.Doss, who suffered a sprained ankle in the last game of the regular season, will miss her third game in a row Sunday night. She had never previously missed a game, having played 134 in a row.After win against Rutgers in the quarterfinals, Doss said she felt 95 percent healthy, but was being held out for precautionary reasons. McGuff said the team held her out to ensure she is ready for the NCAA tournament.In Doss’ place, senior forward Alexa Hart picked up her first two starts of the season in wins against Rutgers and Minnesota. She had 10 points and six rebounds in the quarterfinals against the Scarlet Knights and picked up eight points and six rebounds in the semifinals win versus the Golden Gophers.McGuff said he felt the loss of Doss hurt the Buckeyes’ transition defense in the win against Minnesota. The Golden Gophers racked up 19 fast-break points.Doss averages eight points and 2.7 rebounds per game. She shoots 33.6 percent from the field and has hit just 26.3 percent of her 3-point attempts. read more

Rise in women over the age of 65 getting married to avoid

first_imgHowever, Andrew Newbury, partner at Hall Brown Family Law, said: “These figures underline how women appear to be the driving force behind marriage.”One thing which a number of men and women in their fifties and sixties have mentioned to me while going through a divorce is the degree to which their social lives have been dependent on their partners’ circle of friends or business colleagues.“When that’s taken away, they notice how lonely their lives have become.”Gay marriage was legalised on March 29 2014, and 4,850 same-sex couples married during the year.Religious ceremonies continued to decline in 2014, falling 0.8 per cent from 2013 among opposite-sex couples.There were only 23 religious ceremonies among same-sex couples, accounting for 0.5% of marriages.  Debora Price, Professor of social gerontology at Manchester University said: “Over the past 20 years we have seen divorce growing in popularity among younger women, so many more women are ageing as divorced women. “There is therefore more variation in the sort of women who are remarrying later in life.”There are also many more opportunities for divorced people to go out and meet each other.”However, while the gap is closing, marriages rates were still considerably higher for older men. Women aged over 65 are still four times less likely to get married than their male counterparts. More women are getting remarried late in life to avoid spending a long retirement alone, experts say.Increasing life expectancy means women are shunning 30 years of widowhood and searching for a partner to enjoy a later-life romance with. The marriage rate for over-65s increased by 56 per cent among women and 41 per cent among men from 2009 to 2014, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics. Overall marriage rates rose by 2.7 per cent between 2013 and 2014, a figure which was driven by more older couples tying the knot. This is partly due to increased life expectancy. A woman aged 65 could expect to live for 20.8 years more in 2010 – now she can expect to live for 21.5 years. Women also live two-and-a-half years longer than men on average – meaning many are left without a partner in the last years of their life. The biggest decrease in marriage was among the under-20s. Rates were down by a third for men and 27 per cent for women from 2009 to 2014. In 2014 the number of marriages among women aged over 60 was the highest it has been since 1980. Among divorced women aged over 60, there were 6,759 remarriages in 2014 – more than in any year before. Marriage rates among older women have historically been much lower than among older men, as men tend to marry women who are significantly younger. This is changing as more women are still sociable and independent following divorce or bereavement. 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

Church can keep comfortable chairs even though heritage groups say they are

first_imgA church has won a battle to keep its new comfortable chairs despite the objections of heritage groups who say they are “cheap” and “dumpy”. St Nicholas Church in Fundenhall illegally spent £3,053 on 50 “crude” chairs which are made of brown faux leather with brushed gold-coloured frames, last September. The church council had been allowed to remove the church’s pews as part of a much-needed refurbishment, but did not have permission to buy the chairs.Now it has been allowed to keep them for ten years after a church court found that it would take too long to fundraise for new ones.The Victorian Society criticised the decision, saying the court had enabled “unjustified harm to historic churches”.  Objecting to the new chairs, the Society said they were similar to those used as a “banqueting chair in marquees”. It added: “The design of the frame is crude, with the extruded aluminium sections lacking any elegance, and the simple large radius curves of the design having a child-like quality.  The pews before they were removed “The thick upholstered seat pads, and the way in which they curve down at the front of the seat, make the chairs appear very dumpy.”The matt-‘gold effect’ finish is a cheap one in a church with a palette of high-quality natural materials.” The pews before they were removedCredit:Victorian Societycenter_img 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. In her judgment the Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich, Ruth Arlow, said she had learned of the church’s decision to buy the chairs with “concern and disappointment”. But she said parishioners “like their appearance and the comfort that they afford” and had made an effort to choose chairs of “high durability and wipe-clean finish of an appropriate shade”. She also praised the work of the council in repairing the church and said it had been on the brink of ruin before the refurbishment took place.Following the ruling the Society said it would have appealed the result but for the “excellent work” done by the parish in rescuing the church.Director Christopher Costelloe told the Telegraph: “This is not the first occasion in we have intervened in a case in which the parish has ignored court rules, and the response of the church court has been to allow them to get away with it.  “The legal reasoning in the judgment for accepting the parish’s damaging choice of chair seems gossamer-thin.”last_img read more

Usain Bolt Mo Farah and Sir David Attenborough picked out in new

first_img 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. Paddington Bear’s boots are visible in December looking to the East Credit:University of Birmingham Beth Elgood, Director of Communications at EngineeringUK, who organise The Big Bang Fair, said: “Stargazing is a great way to spark young people’s interest in the universe and inspire them to find out more.”Inspiration is at the heart of The Big Bang Fair, where young visitors, their teachers and parents have the chance to get hands-on with engaging STEM activities, workshops and shows and discover where science and maths could take them in the future.” Paddington Bear's boots are visible in December looking to the East  A description of the stars used for Usain Bolt Astronomy experts have picked out a new set of constellations representing stars of sport, literature and science to encourage more youngsters to look up at the night sky.The University of Birmingham created new star alignments in honour of Usain Bolt, Sir David Attenborough and Mo Farah among others.The boots of Paddington Bear and Harry Potter’s glasses have also been captured in the heavens.The new constellations were created after research showed that the traditional classical star formations, based on the zodiac and characters from ancient mythology are failing to inspire children today. The new constellation Attenborough can be viewed in AprilCredit:The University of Birmingham  Usain Bolt can be seen in November looking into the Eastern night sky in the Northern hemisphere, the peak of his finger picked out by the star Tau Tauri  Credit:University of Birmingham The new constellation Attenborough can be viewed in April Seven out of 10 children said they had never looked up into the night sky to pick out a constellation, and 29 per cent were not able to pick out a single constellation when showing diagrams of the most well known.Emma Willett, who led the University of Birmingham research team, said: “We really hope these new creations will help people of all ages develop their interest in space and astronomy, working to inspire the next generation of astronomers to take an interest in the field.”There are currently 88 existing constellations officially recognised by the International Astronomical Union.The new creations include well known stars to make it easier to find them in the night sky. Harry Potter’s glasses, for example include the star Izar, a binary star in the official constellation of Bootes. Paddington’s boots contain the star Bellatrix, Betelguese and Mintaka, all of which lie in Orion. Sir David Attenborough has been represented by a whale, and his constellation includes stars which are also found in Ursa Minor, or the little bear. Other new shapes include a tennis racket for Serena Williams, a spacecraft for British astronaut Tim Peake, and a book in honour of Malala Yousafzai. Sir Mo Farah meanwhile has been immortalised in the form of an ‘M’ shape constellation after his renowned ‘Mobot’ celebration, with Usain Bolt is also celebrated through a pattern of stars that resembles his own celebratory lightning-bolt stance, most of which are found in Taurus.Although they are not official, children are still invited to attempt to pick them out.  The new constellations are the work of experts at the University of Birmingham’s Astronomy Society.The process of developing the new constellations involved a careful analysis of star maps for different regions of the sky by researchers.They were developed alongside The Big Bang Fair, an annual festival designed to encourage children to take an interest in science and engineering.last_img read more

Berkeley Energia signs 120 million investment to bring Salamanca uranium mine to

first_imgBerkeley Energia has entered into an investment agreement with the sovereign wealth fund of the Sultanate of Oman agreeing to invest up to $120 million to fully fund the Salamanca mine into production. The investment will position the fund as a long term strategic investor in the company as well as a potential offtake partner.Managing Director, Paul Atherley, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Oman’s sovereign wealth fund as a long-term strategic investor in the company and look forward to working closely with them to realise the full potential of the exciting Salamanca project.“The Salamanca mine is one of the only major uranium mines in development in the world today at a time when spot uranium prices are at a decade low.“The project benefits from a rare combination of low up front capital cost and very low operating costs and due in part to its location in the heart of the European Union we are able to contract supply at prices well above the current spot price.“The fund’s interest in matching our future off-take contracts will further enhance our revenue stream.”Tim Keating, Private Equity Manager for Mining and Resources, State General Reserve Fund commented: “The Salamanca mine matches our investment criteria of being a long life, low cost mine development opportunity with outstanding economic fundamentals. We are excited to partner with the Berkeley Energia team to unlock the full potential of the Salamanca project.”In July 2016 Berkeley published the results of a definitive-feasibility study confirming that the Salamanca project will be one of the world’s lowest cost producers, capable of generating strong after tax cash flows through the current low point in the uranium cycle. It has an NPV of $531.9 million  with an IRR of 60% based on a discount rate of 8%.The DFS reported that over an initial ten year period the project is capable of producing an average of 4.4 Mlb/y of uranium at a cash cost of $13.30/lb and a total cash cost of $15.06/lb at steady state. UX Consulting’s current published price is $20.50/lb (August 21, 2017) and that of TradeTech at $19.90/lb (August 18, 2017).The company says that “with operating costs almost exclusively in Euros and a revenue stream in US dollars the project is expected to continue to benefit from the effects of deflationary pressures within the EU.” The project benefits greatly from the well-established EU funded infrastructure in the region with an initial capital cost of only $93.8 million which is low by international standards for a project of this size.Canaccord Genuity London acted as corporate finance advisor to the transaction. The investment is structured as:An interest-free and unsecured convertible loan of $65 million which can be converted into ordinary shares at £0.50/share resulting in the fund owning approximately 28% of the company; andThree tranches of options convertible at a weighted average price of £0.85/share contributing a further $55 million towards the later phases of the company’s development of the Salamanca mine resulting in the fund holding a further 9% of the company.The investment is binding on the parties and is subject to approval by the company’s shareholders.The fund will have the right to appoint a non-executive director to the Board and has the right to match future uranium off-take transactions on similar commercial terms subject to certain limitations on volume.last_img read more

7 important features an Irish social media site would need

first_img Source: www.shutterstock.comFor when you disappear on a night out and you need to convince everyone you were just “outside having a chat”.4.  Hiberno-English spell checker Source: Hitone.ieAs ‘banjaxed’ and ‘eejit’ are perfectly sensible words and should not appear underlined in red every time you write them.5.  Irish-only trending topicsIf it isn’t the weather, Love/Hate or the government, it isn’t spoken about on social media in Ireland.  So, this feature narrows down trending topics so nobody gets confused.6.  FaceBlur Source: EmbarrassingIrishNightlifePhotosWhen your friends tag you in that 3am photo in the middle of Coppers dance floor, you don’t have to untag yourself, just simply blur your worse-for-wear face out. Job done.7.  In-direct messages I said, do you like GAA? Source: ShutterstockWe all know that Irish people can’t speak their mind, especially in the matters of love. This feature lets you awkwardly dance around any topic until the person you are messaging finally gets the picture.Twitter stock grew by 73 per cent on a ‘spectacular’ opening day>Meet the Twitter billionaires. (Hint: There’s actually only one.)> AS ANOTHER SOCIAL media website is floated on the New York stock exchange, we decided to take a look at what would make a truly great Irish social network.Here’s what it would need:1.  No friend requestsNo need for this, sure we all know each other anyway. You’re Martin’s cousin, aren’t you? Source: INPHO/Cathal Noonan2. Event invites without timesBecause who actually turns up to an event on time in Ireland? Yep. I’m pretty late, all right. Source: www.shutterstock.com3.  A ‘fake check-in’ buttonlast_img read more

No new Manolada trial court rules

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Supreme Court has decided that four men who stood trial earlier this year for shooting 28 migrant workers at a strawberry farm in Nea Manolada in the Peloponnese should not be retried.Supreme Court deputy prosecutor Constantinos Paraskevaidis found that there was no basis for asking for a retrial after his superior, Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani had asked for the original decision, issued by a court in Patra, to be reviewed.There was an outcry from rights groups and politicians in July after the owner of the strawberry farm where the mostly Bangladeshi migrants were shot in April last year was cleared of any wrongdoing along with one of his foremen. Two other foremen were convicted of aggravated assault and illegal use of firearms. One was handed a jail term of 14 years and seven months, while the other received a sentence of eight years and seven months. Both appealed and were freed.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Le U32U le 133 pouces dAsus

first_imgLe U32U, le 13.3 pouces d’AsusAsus sort en France un nouvel ordinateur portable 13 pouces (33 cm). Il fonctionne avec un processeur AMD E-450 et semble assez bien équipé. Il pèche toutefois par l’absence d’internet Gigabit et une webcam plutôt minimale.Le processeur est bon, l’autonomie devrait être correcte, le chipset intégré tient la route. Il a 4 Go de mémoire, un Windows 7 Familial en 64 bits, un réseau WiFi rapide et de l’USB 3.0.Le clavier n’a rien d’original, mais est de bonne qualité pour un portable, lisible et avec une belle finition. On notera la sortie HDMI et la gestion de la vidéo HD. L’écran par contre ne monte qu’à 1366×768, mais rien de choquant pour cette taille.La mémoire semble toutefois un peu légère, seulement 320 go. Suffisante pour transporter un peu de musique et des photos, mais les films en viendront vite à bout. Mais c’est aussi sans doute ce qui permet au U32U d’Asus de ne pas coûter trop cher, vu le prix des disques durs. L’appareil pèse tout de même son poids, 1,7 kg contenu dans 328 mm de large x 238.5 mm de profondeur x 24 mm d’épaisseur. Dernier défaut, la webcam, qui plafonne à 0,3 mégapixel, un standard digne des années 2000. Cet appareil n’est pas sans rappeler le Lenovo E325, qui propose sensiblement la même qualité pour 341,99 euros.  Le U32U d’Asus sera commercialisé en France à partir de 449,90 euros. Le 14 février 2012 à 10:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Facebook présentera til un smartphone le 15 janvier

first_imgFacebook présentera t-il un smartphone le 15 janvier ?Facebook a convié la presse à une présentation mystère mardi prochain, le 15 janvier. Le réseau social préparerait un événement majeur, qui serait peut-être bien son propre smartphone, selon les rumeurs qui circulent. “Venez voir ce que nous construisons”. C’est l’énigmatique invitation que Facebook a envoyé à la presse US pour une Keynote qui aura lieu mardi 15 janvier, 19 heures heure française, à son siège social en Californie. En plein coeur du CES 2013 qui se déroule à Las Vegas, cette annonce intrigue. Quel nouveau produit Mark Zuckerberg va t-il présenter ? C’est un mystère, mais les rumeurs vont bon train. Sans surprise, cet événement relance les rumeurs de développement d’un smartphone par le réseau social. En mai dernier, le New York Times publiait en effet un article révélant le projet de l’entreprise : cette dernière aurait engagé des ingénieurs connus dans l’univers de la téléphonie mobile. L’agence Bloomberg a ensuite affirmé que Facebook serait en partenariat avec la firme taïwanaise HTC pour la conception d’un smartphone.Mark Zuckerberg a démenti dans un premier temps ces rumeurs, affirmant en juillet dernier que “cela ne ferait aucun sens”. Cependant, depuis, d’autres rumeurs sont venus s’ajouter, ce qui invite à ne pas complètement exclure l’hypothèse d’un Facebook Phone. En effet, grâce à la multiplication de la publicité sur les téléphones, le réseau social pourrait bien tirer sa carte du jeu en s’imposant avec sa publicité ciblée sur le marché très encombré des smartphones. Un moteur de recherche en opposition à Google ? Mais certaines rumeurs évoquent d’autres hypothèses. Il est ainsi possible que Facebook annonce le lancement de son moteur de recherche “social”. L’entreprise américaine avait déjà évoqué ce projet en septembre dernier lors d’une conférence organisée par TechCrunch : “Nous sommes dans une position unique pour répondre aux questions des gens. A un moment ou un autre, nous le ferons. Nous avons une équipe qui travaille dessus”. Là encore, ce serait un véritable défi pour le réseau social de s’imposer sur le marché face à l’omniprésence de Google. Pour y parvenir, Facebook pourrait s’associer avec Microsoft et le moteur de recherche Bing, les deux étant farouchement opposé à Google. D’ailleurs, ce ne serait pas leur première collaboration puisque la firme de Redmond a investi en 2007 dans Facebook, rappelle streaming musical ou VOD ?  À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Quant aux autres rumeurs qui circulent autour de la Keynote mystère de Facebook, certaines mentionnent la création d’un site de streaming musical, à l’image de Spotify, ou encore de streaming de vidéos sur demande en partenariat avec Netflix. Il pourrait également s’agir d’une simple modification du site ou de l’inclusion d’Instagram sur Facebook, mais difficile d’y croire lorsque cet événement fait autant de bruit dans le monde. En attendant de découvrir ce que Facebook a révélé, l’action en bourse du réseau social a grimpé de 5% ce matin, dépassant ainsi les 30 dollars. Le 11 janvier 2013 à 12:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Guardiola rules out a move for Juventus star Pjanic

first_imgJuventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic will not be approached for a move in this summer’s transfer window by Manchester City, confirms Pep GuardiolaThe former Barcelona boss had been keen on signing Jorginho from Napoli this summer but was left flabbergasted after the Italy international eventually opted to join Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea instead.With Jorginho now officially off the market, Guardiola is left to ponder his next move with the Catalan still keen on signing a new central midfielder this summer.Recent reports have emerged suggesting that Pjanic may be the next target for Guardiola with the Bosnian likely to leave Juventus before the end of the transfer window.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.But Guardiola has now revealed that City have no interest in the 28-year-old.“No, he’s a player for Juventus. We are not interested – he’s a top player but we are not interested in him,” said the City boss, according to MEN.City will face Liverpool on Thursday at the MetLife Stadium in New York as part of the International Champions Cup.last_img read more

48 do not have an employee wellbeing strategy

first_imgAlmost half (48%) of UK employer respondents do not have an employee wellbeing strategy in place, according to research by Close Brothers Asset Management.Its latest Business barometer, which surveyed 850 UK employers, also found that less than a quarter (23%) of respondents that do have a staff wellbeing strategy in place have specifically considered addressing financial wellbeing within this.The research also found:Around a third (35%) of respondents already have an employee wellbeing strategy in place, and 16% are planning to introduce a staff wellbeing strategy or are currently developing one.49% of respondents that have a financial wellbeing strategy address financial wellness via their financial education programme, 22% through access to a financial adviser, and 29% provide support through a debt counselling service or employee assistance programme (EAP).44% of respondents in the manufacturing sector have a wellbeing strategy in place, compared to 29% of respondents in the recruitment industry, and 29% of those in the construction sector.Jeanette Makings (pictured), head of financial education at Close Brothers Asset Management, said: “Employers play a central role in ensuring staff are well informed about how to make the most of their workplace benefits and financial options, so it is disappointing to see that financial wellbeing is not being incorporated in more wellbeing strategies.“Financial wellbeing is becoming even more important with the rise of defined contribution pensions, increasing longevity and the increased responsibility this places on all individuals to plan for their finances today and for their future. It needs to be a key focus for organisations that want to make a difference to their employees and to their overall business, helping growth and retention over the long term.”last_img read more

UPDATE US House Rejects Immigration Bill That Included Pathway To Citizenship For

first_img Share Haley Samsel/The Texas TribuneU.S. Rep Will Hurd, R-Helotes, center, speaks to reporters about an effort to force a debate on immigration legislation in the U.S. House, on May 9, 2018.The U.S. House resoundingly rejected a major immigration bill on Wednesday.Despite a massive push from House GOP leadership, members of the Republican conference were unable to square away differences on a bill that would have provided funding for a border wall and a pathway to citizenship for recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as “Dreamers.”The vote failed by a lopsided 121-301.President Donald Trump – after well over a week of flip-flopping on the legislation – backed the bill Wednesday morning.“HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II, IN THEIR AFTERNOON VOTE TODAY, EVEN THOUGH THE DEMS WON’T LET IT PASS IN THE SENATE. PASSAGE WILL SHOW THAT WE WANT STRONG BORDERS & SECURITY WHILE THE DEMS WANT OPEN BORDERS = CRIME. WIN!” the president tweeted.HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II, IN THEIR AFTERNOON VOTE TODAY, EVEN THOUGH THE DEMS WON’T LET IT PASS IN THE SENATE. PASSAGE WILL SHOW THAT WE WANT STRONG BORDERS & SECURITY WHILE THE DEMS WANT OPEN BORDERS = CRIME. WIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2018House GOP leadership put forward the bill in an attempt to tamp down a revolt from the moderate wing of the party. In an end-run around their leaders, Republican moderates, like U.S. Rep. Will Hurdof Helotes, spent the early summer deploying an obscure procedural tactic called a discharge petition in order to force a vote on several immigration bills.Most of the 36-member Texas delegation voted against the bill, including all the Democrats. Only Republican U.S. Reps. Joe Bartonof Ennis, Kevin Brady of The Woodlands, Mike Conaway of Midland, Bill Flores of Bryan, Jeb Hensarling of Dallas, Michael McCaul of Austin and Mac Thornberry of Clarendon voted for the bill. Hurd voted against the bill.Last week, a more conservative bill also failed on the House floor. House leaders had originally intended the compromise vote to take place on the same day. Amid concerns that the more moderate bill might not only fail but do so spectacularly, they kicked the vote back to this week, hoping to shore up support.While Republicans called the measure a “compromise bill,” the dealmaking occurred solely among members of the GOP. Democrats were not a part of the process and unanimously opposed the bill.The debate over this legislation began weeks ago, long before the immigration crisis on the border involving the separation of families exploded into the national consciousness – but it has no doubt been affected by the controversy.Despite all of the effort, the bill’s would have faced trouble in the U.S. Senate had it passed out of the House. Few Capitol Hill insiders believed the House compromise version had any shot in the upper chamber.last_img read more

Mobile Crane Market – Industry Outlook Size Share Growth Prospects Key

first_imgMobile Crane Market is expected to grow US$ 9.82 billion by 2025 from US$ 8.32 billion in 2016.The constantly growing population has resulted in increased investments in the infrastructure and construction sector of various economies. Also, government initiatives for up gradation of existing infrastructure of the developed economies has resulted in increased demand for heavy construction machinery.Mobile cranes are extensively used in various applications including construction, oil & gas, shipping, etc. Furthermore, increased investments in the construction of power plants has also influenced the market growth particularly, in developing nations.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ use of mobile cranes in construction sector is predicted to account for the highest share during the forecast period. The construction sector of all the regions are experiencing a huge growth particularly, in the emerging economies worldwide.Also, the governments of developed nations are investing in renovation of their ageing infrastructure. For instance, the US president announced an initiative named as ‘Rebuild America’ to reconstruct the old infrastructure including roads, airports, rails and ports.Mobile Crane market by crane type is segmented into All-Terrain Cranes, Crawler Cranes, Truck Cranes, Rough Terrain Cranes and others. On the basis of applications, the mobile crane market is segmented into construction, oil & gas, power & utilities, shipping & port building and others.The mining industry utilizes this massive equipment for the extraction of raw materials in an open cast mining environment. Despite of the sluggish growth of this industry in past few years, it is predicted to showcase some growth in its development in the following years. The growth in mining industry is highly influenced by the collaborations and partnerships initiated in this industry.The overall market size has been derived using both primary and secondary source. The research process begins with an exhaustive secondary research using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the market. Also, primary interview was conducted with industry participants and commentators in order to validate data and analysis.The participants who typically take part in such a process include industry expert such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers and national sales managers, and external consultant such as valuation experts, research analysts and key opinion leaders specializing in the Mobile Crane industry.Get 10% Discount on corporate user license @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452Email: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

RayStation Selected for Indias First Proton Center

first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content February 1, 2018 – Apollo Hospitals, Asia´s foremost integrated healthcare provider, has selected RayStation for a new proton therapy center in Chennai – the first such facility in India. The center will be equipped with IBA’s Proteus PLUS treatment delivery system in a multi-room configuration. The setup will comprise two gantry treatment rooms and one fixed-beam treatment room, each fitted with advanced pencil beam scanning and cone beam computed tomography (CT) technology.Following an extensive review of the leading systems available, RayStation was selected as the treatment planning system for the new center, which is scheduled to treat its first patients in September 2018. The choice was motivated by RayStation’s comprehensive functionality and support for all major treatment delivery systems, and RaySearch’s position in proton therapy treatment planning. An important goal for Apollo Hospitals is to unify the treatment planning workflow. The agreement includes modules for deformable registration, dose tracking, adaptive therapy and multi-criteria optimization. Preetha Reddy, vice chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Groups said, “Our resolute commitment is to make cancer conquerable and the Apollo Proton Cancer Center in Chennai underscores this ethos. Over the years, we have continuously introduced the most advanced cancer care for our patients and Apollo has been honored with the trust of individuals from over 140 countries.”“Innovative technologies have been a hallmark of our cancer care protocols with RayStation reaffirms our continued investments into the best available care for modalities for our patients,” Reddy added.For more information: News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more center_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | February 01, 2018 RayStation Selected for India’s First Proton Center RayStation was selected as the treatment planning system for the new center in Chennai, India, for its comprehensive functionality and support for all major treatment delivery systems. News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

Win a free cruise with TravelBrands NCL

first_imgWin a free cruise with TravelBrands, NCL << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img MISSISSAUGA — A new contest from TravelBrands Cruises by Encore Cruises and NCL gives agents the chance to win prizes based on bookings made May 14 – 25.Prizing includes a free seven-night cruise for two aboard Norwegian Bliss and multiple sets of $50 in Loyalty Rewards points. To participate in the contest, agents will receive one ballot for every NCL booking made by phone and two ballots for every booking made online during the contest period.Members of the ‘Your TravelBrands BDM’ Facebook group will earn double ballots. Agents who answer Norwegian trivia questions on the ‘Your TravelBrands BDM’ Facebook group throughout the contest will receive one extra ballot for participating.Trivia questions will be asked by TravelBrands and Norwegian employees, including Frank DeMarinis, President & CEO of TravelBrands. A few lucky agents will receive $50 worth of TravelBrands Loyalty Rewards Points. The TravelBrands Loyalty Rewards program allows agents to collect points and redeem them for a multitude of rewards.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksTravelBrands is also offering a consumer incentive when booking an NCL cruise. Clients booking any 2018 seven-night+ sailing in a balcony stateroom or above will receive free chocolate dipped strawberries which will be delivered to their stateroom during the sailing.Travel agent partners can join the TravelBrands Facebook group to take part in this interactive contest (search ‘Your TravelBrands BDM’ on Facebook). Travel agents can also visit to learn more about the giveaway and to make their bookings. Tags: Contest, Encore Cruises, Facebook, NCL, TravelBrands Posted bylast_img read more

Watch for a new Regional Director Canada for the JTB this spring

first_imgWatch for a new Regional Director, Canada for the JTB this spring About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Kathryn Folliott (see all) “They need to go where the bucks are”: Agents on ACTA partnership – April 18, 2019 As the cost of doing business climbs, host agencies, retail groups say they have options – April 4, 2019 As of 2021 Europe-bound clients will need to apply online for a visa waiver and pay a fee – April 3, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Jamaica, JTB Posted by This story originally ran in the January 31st, 2019 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here.TORONTO — Now that Philip Rose has packed away his toque and taken up residence in sunny Fort Lauderdale as the Jamaica Tourist Board’s new Regional Director of Tourism, Northeast USA, the trade is wondering who will succeed him as the JTB’s new Regional Director for Canada.Dan Hamilton, the JTB’s District Sales Manager, says the target timeline for announcing the new Regional Director for Canada is early spring and specifically by April 1.For now Hamilton is keeping things under control by doing double duty as the JTB’s Acting Regional Director – Canada.Year over year Canadian arrivals to Jamaica came in just less than flat for 2018, making it almost equal to record-breaking 2017, when Jamaica welcomed 405,000 Canadian travellers. Worldwide arrivals to Jamaica topped 4.3 million.Looking back on 2018, the JTB’s Director of Tourism, Donovan White told Travelweek that arrivals remained strong despite a few challenges, not least of which was public perception following the State of Public Emergency (SOE) declaration for St. James Parish, including popular Montego Bay.The SOE freed up extra funds to get more police into the area in response to escalating crime and was seen as a positive and proactive move by the industry, however consumer media coverage prompted more than a few calls to the JTB from concerned travellers.Steady support from Jamaica’s tour operator partners, and a calm, level-headed response to the situation from the JTB itself, kept visitor numbers on an even keel.Back in October Jamaica had announced it was extending the SOE for St. James Parish until Jan. 31.“There’s a level of confidence for Canadians travellers with what to expect from Jamaica,” says White. “Jamaica is a tried and tested destination for Canadians.”Not only does Canada punch above its weight when it comes to visitor arrivals to Jamaica, it also has a return rate of about 42%.The priority now, says White, is to keep the experience fresh by emphasizing the island’s attractions, food, entertainment and culture. “Jamaica has experiences you can’t have anywhere else, from Chukka (with its long list of excursion options) to river rafting down the Martha Brae.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”And what about Jamaica’s hotels? As reported on Jan. 25, Both H10 Hotels and Princess Hotels & Resorts are coming to Jamaica, with a combined 3,000 new rooms set to open on the Caribbean island by 2021.Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett made the announcement at FITUR in Spain in late January. The total investment from the two hotel companies is worth US$750 million.H10 Hotels will construct 1,000 new rooms in Trelawny at a value of approximately US$250 million. H10 currently has more than 55 hotels in 18 destinations.Princess Hotels and Resorts, meanwhile, will construct 2,000 new rooms in Hanover, at a cost of US$500 million.The value of this latest investment from H10 and Princess “cannot be overstated as it will transform our tourism product and allow for heavier marketing of the destination,” said Bartlett.“More rooms mean more visitors and more visitors mean more foreign exchange earnings and ultimately more economic growth, which is in line with our 5x5x5 growth strategy.”Jamaica has made no secret of its goal to significantly boost its room stock.Currently Jamaica has about 32,000 rooms. As part of the Ministry’s 5x5x5 growth strategy, Jamaica is looking for 5 million visitors and $5 billion in revenues over 5 years. Jamaica also wants 15,000 additional rooms by 2022.The H10 and Princess mega projects “are ready to go”, adds Bartlett. “Funding is in place, lands have been purchased and development ready to begin following the requisite approvals being granted.”H10 will officially break ground on Feb. 6 and Princess Hotels will follow suit by mid-February.Other big-name resorts already opened or in the pipeline as part of Jamaica’s room stock surge are Excellence Oyster Bay and the new S Hotel Jamaica, now open on the site of the former Breezes Montego Bay.Meanwhile Sandals Resorts – practically synonymous with Jamaica and its stellar tourism product – is working on retrofits and refurbishments of its many properties on the island. Sandals Resorts International’s partnership with Marriott International to manage a new 220-room AC Hotels by Marriott property in Jamaica’s capital is moving ahead, with construction on the $50 million AC Kingston well underway. The hotel is currently eyeing a summer 2019 launch.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesOther new resort projects include a Hard Rock Montego Bay and a 5,000-room commitment from Karisma. RIU continues to bolster its Jamaica resort lineup, and Playa Resorts is now one of Jamaica’s largest resort owners thanks to its 2018 agreement with Jamaica’s Sagicor Group.Jamaica will need a lot of new rooms if it’s going to keep up with demand, and all the extra lift it’s getting. For this 2018-19 winter season Jamaica has more than 40,000 new seats out of Canadian gateways.“We believe we have to expand,” says White. “We want to expand the product and also diversify the product. And we want to achieve our objective of 50,000 rooms in the next few years.”Jamaica recently welcomed the world as host of the 2019 Caribbean Travel Marketplace, along with the Caribbean Hotel Tourism Association (CHTA) in collaboration with co-hosts the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, the Jamaica Tourist Board and the Jamaica Ministry of Tourism. The event brought 576 supplier delegates from 147 companies to Montego Bay and also saw the official launch of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre. The centre is designed to help vulnerable states across the world to recover quickly from natural disasters. Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Kathryn Folliott last_img read more