• Search continues for Neskie Manuel

    first_imgAPTN National NewsIn British Columbia the search continues for a 30 year-old Nesconlith man missing since last Sunday.Neskie Manuel was on a family camping trip in the mountains north of Kamloops. He apparently just walked off into the bush.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has more.last_img

  • Delhi Bar Council orders big 4 audit firms to refrain from practicing

    first_imgNew Delhi, MDelhi Bar Council orders big 4 audit firms to refrain from practicing lawThe Bar Council of Delhi, in an interim order on Friday, directed four big accounting firms — E&Y, Deloitte India, Price Water House Cooper’s and KPMG — to refrain from practicing law until further orders from the lawyers’ body. The Bar Council has also asked these firms for a list of all advocates enrolled across all their offices, in any capacity. The Bar Council action came on a complaint by senior advocate Lalit Bhasin alleging that though all these firms were accounting firms originally, they were engaged in law practice, which was not legally permissible. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles Bhasin, who is also the President of the Society of India Law Firms, said that the accounting firms have been encroaching into legal practice and their practice of hiring law graduates to provide non-litigation legal solutions was in contrast with the Advocates Act. While Chartered Accountants are governed by the Chartered Accountants Act, legal practice is governed by the Advocates Act. “The Council is of the view that in the meantime, all the firms… refrain themselves from indulging in any such practice until further orders,” said a statement from the Delhi Bar Council. As per media reports, in November 2018, an expert panel constituted by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs suggested amendment to the Advocates Act to allow audit firms to offer legal services. The Bar Council of Delhi will hear the matter next on July 12.last_img read more

  • New local media outlets crop up as traditional community papers close

    TORONTO — Dave Bidini asks “what if” a lot.As in, what if the mainstream press didn’t care about George Clooney building a house on Lake Cuomo? Maybe, just maybe, he says as he sprinkles in a few profanities, communities would be better off.Next month, the prolific musician, author and general man-about-Toronto, will be trudging door to door delivering his most recent creation: a 20-page broadsheet newspaper called the West End Phoenix. It will be a community rag, served without advertisements every month or so, with a focus on a few west-end neighbourhoods.“We used to have a whack of really, really great community papers, but they’re all glorified flyer-mobiles now,” Bidini says, his voice rising.“Goddammit, we’re in Toronto, we’re in this amazing city and we’re in this catchment in the west end where there are so many stories and we need a paper that will focus on the community. And you know what, the lane is wide open for us.”Bidini is betting on the community where he lives to respond. He has budgeted about $300,000 for the first year for eight to 10 issues and says he’s raised about 40 per cent of the funds needed. The money comes from a mixture of what he calls patrons, those who have shelled out $500 to $25,000. Count artists Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel and Serena Ryder among the donors.He says he has about 1,100 subscribers thus far and is hoping for 5,000 within a year. He’s going local.“We, as of a society, have to punch open those front doors and roll open those garages,” Bidini says. “In our times, it’s important for us to better know each other.”There is a paucity of community newspapers in Canada, according to research by a Ryerson University journalism professor. April Lindgren runs the Local News Research Project that puts numbers to the mass extinction of news organizations. Her research has led her to dub the situation across Canada as “local news poverty.”Since 2008, 194 news organizations have closed in Canada, either outright or due to mergers, her research shows. Only 62 new ones have popped up over the same time period. She is continually updating the numbers, she says.“News is becoming a luxury item for a community,” Lindgren says.Someone like Bidini finds himself in the perfect position to launch a newspaper, she says.“You need money, education, background and contacts,” Lindgren says.Bidini can tick off some of those boxes and is using his contacts to find money.“I’m having dinners and coffees with potential patrons trying to shake the trees,” he says.Lindgren points to American research that shows people who live in more affluent communities tend to have more access to more local news than people who live in poorer communities.Yet she’s excited for any new news outlets, especially if it’s local.“Research shows the availability of local news is as important to a well-functioning community as a functioning sewer system, good roads, public health services and good schools,” she says.Nearly 700 kilometres north of Toronto, Jeff Elgie speaks of his burgeoning local news empire from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. He runs Village Media and his crown jewel is SooToday.com, a digital-only news organization based in the northern Ontario city.They have news sites in four other Ontario cities: North Bay, Barrie, Timmins and Guelph, and they’re expanding. They’ve built their own publishing software that powers their sites and they also license it to other news organizations in Sudbury and Thunder Bay where they take a cut of digital sales, he says.Elgie is bullish on local news. He says on an average weekday, SooToday.com sees about 90,000 hits and 42,000 unique visitors, totalling about 15 million hits a month. This from a community with a population 73,368, according to the 2016 census.He says about 97 per cent of traffic is from local stories.“What we’re just doing is what a community newspaper did 20 years ago,” Elgie says. “It’s not that brilliant, really, we’re just focusing on local.”He says he won’t go anywhere near Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver, but is targeting small- to medium-sized cities with populations from 40,000 people to 200,000. He also targets areas that have their own distinct persona, learning from their struggles in Barrie, Ont.“Barrie seems to act a little differently and in some ways behaves a bit more like (a) commuter community where there is not as much interest in engagement in purely local news, so we struggle there,” he says.Another important factor is the competition. He’s looking for places with a weak media landscape. He points to Guelph as a good example. They had already planned to go in there because it fits the profile, but when the local paper, the Guelph Mercury, closed in early 2016, they raced to enter the market and opened up shop eight days later with two former Mercury reporters in tow.The next experiment is to test an even smaller market: Elliot Lake, Ont., with a population of 10,498.They’ll leverage SooToday’s site since it’s so close and they’re already covering issues like crime and health care. He says he already has commitments from companies to buy ads that have nearly covered the new operations launch costs.Like newspapers of yore, his company is making money off obituaries, which they post for free but make advertisement dollars off of their popularity, and classifieds.“In the Soo, we have more used vehicles than Auto Trader does,” Elgie says.Back in Toronto, Bidini already has a few shoestring budget stories to tell. An old high school friend “who’s done very well” will cover printing costs. There is no rent for the newsroom space because they are considered artists in residence at the Gladstone Hotel.He’s pumped for the first issue, which will feature “massive photos and massive illustrations” to go along with both short and long stories.“We do whatever we want to do,” Bidini says.Then it’s back to the what ifs. What if the West End Phoenix is no different than the scores of news outlets that died?“Who knows, maybe we’ll be that, man,” he says, “but we’re gonna try.” read more

  • Six killed in Train – 3 wheel accident

    The group travelling in the three-wheeler were from Biyagama. Six people were killed when a train collided with a three-wheeler in Ambanpola this morning, the police media unit said.police media spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody said that the accident took place at the Kirimetiyawa railway crossing. He said that the Yaldevi train which was heading to Vavuniya from olombo, collided with the three wheeler killing six people who were in the vehicle.Among the victims were women and a child and two men, the police spokesman said. Another woman who was injured in the accident is in hospital.

  • BCE gets summertime boost from Pan Am Games as users tap into

    Summertime weather and the Pan Am Games inspired tourists to whip out their smartphones, helping telecom provider BCE Inc. deliver an extra boost in quarterly profits.Chief executive officer George Cope said Thursday that an influx of visitors to Toronto for the Games drove a spike in usage at the wireless provider.“The summer season for sure, Pan Am Games, people travelling into Toronto that we hadn’t seen,” Cope said as he listed off the reasons why Bell’s wireless division saw broad improvements.“We clearly have a summer effect in Canada on average revenue per user,” he added. “We’ll have to see next summer whether we see this incredible increase in usage again or not.”While Cope didn’t quantify it, tourists roaming on Bell’s networks would have helped increase the performance of its wireless division, as they posted images captured on their phones from Pan Am events and made phone calls using Bell’s wireless towers.Revenues in the wireless business grew 9.3 per cent to $1.77 billion, as the company added 77,655 new wireless postpaid subscribers and lost 19,112 prepaid subscribers.Overall, BCE’s entire operation reported net earnings attributable to common shareholders rose 23 per cent to $739 million from $600 million a year ago.The Montreal-based company (TSX:BCE) said revenue grew 2.9 per cent to $5.35 billion from $5.2 billion.In its high-speed Internet division, Bell added nearly 58,000 net subscribers and 67,900 customers to its IPTV (Bell Fibe) television service. It lost nearly 42,000 subscribers to its satellite TV service.—Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 5, 2015 11:13 am MDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2015 at 12:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BCE gets summertime boost from Pan Am Games as users tap into data plans read more

  • SMMT guides UK auto suppliers to success in China

    Note to editors:Currently around 2.3 million engines are built in the UK each year. This is expected to rise to 3.5 million by 2005.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT is to bring automotive suppliers to key business contacts in the world’s fastest growing auto market. Two powertrain seminars have been organised in China this week that will give five companies the chance to promote their products and services to a specially invited audience of 150 potential long-term partners.Taking place in Shanghai and Beijing on 23 and 26 February, the SMMT seminars involve Lotus Engineering, PSM International, Volex Wiring, Ultraseal International and Froude Consine. The five will fly the flag for the UK, presenting expertise across the board, from powertrain design and manufacturer through to product testing.Mark Norcliffe, SMMT’s Head of International Trade commented, ‘British expertise in engine manufacture is acknowledged the world over and in China’s competitive market this is increasingly important.‘Through these kinds of events, SMMT aims to ensure that the UK motor industry is fully represented on the international stage, presenting the right companies to the right audience, and using our experience to help develop partnerships.’SMMT’s international department has been active in China since the mid 90s, fostering business relationships for UK companies. The experience of the team has also helped companies navigate through some of the challenges of working in an emerging market.On March 23 the opportunity to hear more about latest developments in China will come to the UK at a meeting of the SMMT International Business Group. The Birmingham Chamber of Commerce will host the event which takes place at the same time as the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC. While China will be the focus of attention, the meeting will also review the potential of other key global markets. read more

  • Aibot copter to improve speed and efficiency of surface mine survey

    first_imgThe tachymeter survey instrument has long been used by mapping and survey specialists for photogrammetry and initial measurement of points to determine horizontal directions, vertical angles and slants. However, the new Aibot X6 from Aibotix in Kassel, Germany, may change this approach in future. The Aibot X6 is a hexacopter built on an intelligent copter platform, distinguished by easy handling and a high degree of robustness. It was developed “in order to fit highest requirements of industrial inspections and surveys.” Due to the accurate management of the camera resolution and the control of speed, direction and position, the Aibot X6 captures a cartographic area through reinterpretation of the conventional photogrammetry hence 3D-models and orthophotos will be of the highest quality.The advantages of the Aibot X6 were tested by Asker Oppmaling AS in Norway at a quarry near Oslo with a size of 33 ha. Asker compared the ground control points which were measured conventionally with the ones taken by the Aibot X6. The outcomes of this test were impressive and should make the work of surveyors much easier and time efficient according to Aibotix. “We can control the Aibot from a central location which saves us the laborious walk through the cavern,” said Magnus Myhre, General Manager, Asker Oppmaling AS. With a conventional survey method with the survey done by the Aibot X6 it quickly becomes clear that the copter will be well-established in the industry. Taking this quarry example just the normal survey time would take three to four weeks. The surveyors have to walk through the mine on foot in order to collect the data. Muddy or unstable areas are very hard to access, so most of the time they cannot be measured so some data gets lost. This is compared to the method with the X6 where all data can be collected.The copter has a width of 1.05 m and a height of 0.45 m and can reach areas which are usually difficult to access without problems. It is also able to carry an additional payload of up to 2.5 kg and has, due to its extremely light CPR frame, a weight of only 2,555 g. The consequence of this size and weight is enormous flight stability which enables it to get results even with strong winds. The symbiosis of six rotors and the powerful motor guarantee strong lift and a stable flight altitude. The copter reaches a climb rate of 8m/sec and a speed of 60 km/h. In addition the Aibot can be controlled from a central location.The workflows of mapping with the Aibot X6 are simple. In the preparatory stage the requirements have to be defined. The ground resolution is practicable from 1 mm up to 4 mm. Parameters like flight height, speed, overlapping and distance of the trigger position can be planned in very short time using the flight planning software AiProFlight from Aibotix. The project requirements of Asker added up to an area of 33 ha and a pixel size of 22.7 mm. After the requirements have been set the actual flight plan is constructed in order to collect the data. The flight planning is done with AiProFlight. Flight direction, resolution, height, route and stereo overlapping are defined and inserted in the mapping device. The flight plan will be constructed and saved by mouse click. At any waypoint extra requirements like camera position or dwelling time can be inserted. As soon as the flight plan is transferred to the Aibot X6 (wireless) it can operate 100% automatically. In a normal surface flight the pictures will be taken at a 90° vertical down angle (nadir). One of the unique features of the Aibot X6 is the rotatable camera mount which generates a very detailed resolution of the vertical quarry walls at an angle of 45° (oblique). Picture-based 3D-modelling software like AgiSoft or Enso then uses geo-referenced pictures and builds the texture of an orthophoto or a 3D-model. A cost-intensive camera calibration is not necessary.last_img read more

  • New software for underground 3D laser scanners

    first_imgRenishaw has launched new 3D laser scanning software to speed underground mapping and modelling operations. The new software, Cavity Profiler, allows users to progress projects faster, by enabling quicker deployment, more efficient scanning and rapid data visualisation, editing and processing. The software is available in two versions, to support either the Renishaw Void Scanner – a specialist, boom-deployable underground laser scanner — or the Renishaw C-ALS® — a slimline, borehole-deployable laser scanner. Void Scanner and C-ALS are two of the most widely adopted underground 3D laser scanners, popular because of their robust nature and ability to accurately gather data in previously inaccessible areas. As the use of 3D laser scanners expands, Renishaw says it is “committed to ensuring its customers benefit not only from unique deployment abilities, giving access to potentially dangerous underground voids without risk to workers, but software that supports business efficiencies.” The Cavity Profiler software replaces all earlier versions and both Cavity Profiler – C-ALS and Cavity Profiler – Void Scanner are being made available by Renishaw to all existing customers, free of charge.Martin Carr, Business Manager, Mining Systems, says: “Our new software offers customers many efficiency benefits. Training needs are reduced through intuitive design and guided workflow. Successful scanning is supported by better visualisation of the probe and live viewing of incoming point data.“We’ve also introduced one-click surfacing and volume calculation for on-site modelling and ensured easy integration with third-party processing software packages. These changes make it quicker and simpler for our customers to capture accurate data, even in remote voids, and make it possible for them to use the data captured in their mine mapping software system.”Renishaw launched the new software at the Electra Mining Show in Johannesburg, South Africa, this month.The Renishaw C-ALS® and Void Scanner enable laser scanning of air-filled voids in order to create geo-referenced 3D models of subsurface conditions. The C-ALS is designed for narrow borehole deployment as a cost-effective, comprehensive and accurate alternative to wide-scale drilling.last_img read more

  • Tánaiste Dept of Foreign Affairs has stopped buying expensive wines

    first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Foreign Affairs has ended “the practice of purchasing expensive wines,” the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs said today.Eamon Gilmore said his Department “maintained a stock of wine for use in relation to State and official hospitality”, and that -following a review of purchasing policy – he had given an instruction in March 2012 “that any wine bought should be reasonably priced, and that every care should be taken to ensure that the cost of State and official hospitality would be kept to a minimum”.“This is now Department policy and is reflected in the significantly reduced amount spent on wine in 2012,” he said.Gilmore added that “the majority of the higher value wines stored by the Department were bought prior to 2010, when the previous Government was in office”.Gilmore’s comments were in response to an article in the Irish Daily Mail today regarding the Department’s purchase of wines.According to figures supplied by the Tánaiste, the cost of restocking the Department’s wine cellar was €7,834.66 last year, compared to €29,541.99 in 2005.last_img read more

  • Turn your iPhone into a cuddly interactive kids toy with Ubooly

    first_imgIf you are one of the many parents that cringes each time your child grabs your iPhone or iPod Touch, there is a new Kickstarter project that you might want to check out and support. Called Ubooly, it consists of a plush sleeve that goes over your device for protection, and turns it into an interactive toy for kids. Depicted in the video above, the plush cover along with the accompanying app will give your child hours of enjoyment, with new content being released each month to keep it fresh.Developed by Colorado resident Carly Gloge and her husband, Ubooly was created to provide parents with a better alternative for their kids than playing Angry Birds over and over again. Using the voice recognition technology that resides in iOS, kids can now go on adventures to pretend creatively or learn to think critically about numbers and letters. Watching the Ubooly in action on its Kickstarter page, the Gloges have created a pretty cool little toy that combines the worlds of play and technology.With over four hours of content included with the app, your child should have a good amount to do with the toy before it gets old. With the ability to customize the Ubooly’s face that appears on the phone, as well as an online laboratory where you can train the Ubooly to speak new languages and play games, I would say that there is enough there to justify the purchase. As mentioned above, the developers plan on producing monthly content releases on the App Store that will range from $1 to $3.The initial purchase price looks to be about $50 if the support levels posted on the project’s Kickstarter page are any indication. Honestly not a bad deal, especially since the Ubooly also doubles a soft case to protect your expensive device from harm.To read more and support Ubooly, you can go to its Kickstarter page.last_img read more

  • RTÉs Tony Connelly says Boris Johnson has a lot to answer for

    first_imgRTÉ’s Tony Connelly says Boris Johnson has a lot to answer for on how the EU was ‘caricatured’ RTÉ’s man in Brussels spoke to us about deteriorating Anglo-Irish relations, the influence of the British press, and how journalists cover the EU. But with Brexit, when you suddenly rip the UK out of this system, people start asking ‘Well, how come we can’t just have that?’ Well because you’re not in the Single Market. ‘What is the Single Market?’ They’re learning all this too late.So what are the challenges of broadcasting Brexit, when you have to relay complicated political procedures, various industries and how they are connected to one another, and not a lot of time to instantly understand – or factcheck – what you’re reporting on?“During the referendum, there were lots of claims made in the UK that were clearly unfounded, and presenters on news programmes repeated them, especially on the BBC. They didn’t know the ins and outs, and weren’t able to check the claims being made. Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 11:00 AM It was only after Brexit that they could look at it in more detail, and after the vote that I realised the effect it would have on Ireland. There was an awful lot of stuff about Single Market and Customs Union that I didn’t understand I had to look this stuff up after Brexit. In the autumn of 2016 I began to acquire a certain level of knowledge and insights that began to stick. In an interview with TheJournal.ie, we asked about what the UK was like as a participant in the EU before it voted to leave, the strain the Brexit vote has put on Anglo-Irish relations, and how Boris Johnson’s journalistic career contributed to the UK’s swelling Eurosceptic views over decades. Boris back in the dayBefore the UK voted to leave the EU in 2016, it had gone through several decades of debate on how it would fit into the ‘European movement’.When the UK and Ireland joined the EU-precursor, the European Economic Communities (EEC) on 1 January 1973, it did so without asking its population first – and only held a referendum on the issue after, which it won by a two-thirds majority.In the run up to that referendum, the Tory and Labour parties were split on whether they should work without or within the European collaboration, with Labour out-right opposing the EEC membership.But as a member of the EU, the UK was an active, energetic participant, Tony Connelly says. “The UK was seen to have a very professional civil service, that was not as political as those in other European countries. Officials would write up very detailed dossiers, and the Irish government appreciated those efforts,” Connelly says.  18 Comments But Britain was frustrated at the slow pace of things, at the French always protecting their farmers, and Britain was extremely in favour of enlargement, but didn’t want the EU going as deep.A VoteWatch analysis of European Parliament votes indicated that of the votes that the UK took part in, Britain was the country that was on the losing side of votes the most – but it was on the winning side in 92% of votes, which indicates an active member state, but also, perhaps, an increasingly frustrated one. A decade after the UK joined the European Union, Boris Johnson had started as The Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent, writing articles that have been credited with  strongly influencing the growing Eurosceptic sentiment at the time.“It was Boris Johnson’s ‘style of reporting’ in the Telegraph that started it,” Connelly says, “but other British tabloids started to copy it – portraying the EU as this caricatured, overbearing enforcer.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article HOW DO YOU explain the Brexit backstop or checks on the border in a three-minute broadcast?The intertwined global economy, the gentle diplomatic ties between previously warring European states, and the complexities of EU bureaucracy were enough of a mouthful without piling on the never-ending, constantly unfolding Brexit drama.Tony Connelly has been RTÉ’s Europe Editor since 2011, but has built up a Europe-wide profile in the past three years with his authoritative and impeccably-sourced Brexit briefings.He’s broken Brexit stories internationally much to the ire of some, who argued that British journalists should be briefed or leaked to first – and that leaking to the Irish was another slight by the EU against the UK.  As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: https://jrnl.ie/4807448 32,384 Views Short URL The headlines were about ‘Britain going to do battle’, ‘Britain up against the wall’… That was the framing of Britain’s membership. I think that has spilled into the way negotiations have been reported, you have all these delusions that the UK will get X, Y and Z.He also mentions an academic study that found the reason why there was a Remain vote in Liverpool was because of the boycott of The Sun (which happened after their coverage of the Hillsborough disaster), and that had a direct impact on the way people voted.In the 2016 Brexit referendum, 58% of people in Liverpool and 51% in Merseyside backed staying in the EU. Authors argued that the vote on Merseyside would have been about 60% in favour of Leave without the boycott of The Sun.Anglo-Irish relationsAs a result of Brexit – and notwithstanding the recent “constructive” meeting between Johnson and Varadkar in Dublin – relations between Ireland and the UK have deteriorated. “In Europe,” Connelly says, “there’s been a steady retreat from the Brits – they’re not contributing the way they used to, they’ve said they’ll stop sending officials over.” Sat 11:01 AM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Added to that is that the EU has no competence over income tax, health, education, or other hot-button issues that voters get anxious about.“Ironically Brexit has heightened awareness of all of this. In the normal run of events, EU process happens under the radar, they all work away on files and follow procedure… Share27 Tweet Email1 The EU Single Market works because countries all sign up to the same rules, and can trust each other if they play by the rules equally, under the legal oversight of the European Courts of Justice. If you’re out of that system, then you can’t have it. Once you understand that, it all falls into place.Connelly says that it’s “challenging” to know it all, but aims to know as much of the detail as is important, and to know it accurately.You might have a night like when the 585-page-long Withdrawal Agreement was released – an international treaty with lengthy protocols, articles, and treaties written in legalese – and Connelly might be going on the Nine O’Clock News 20 minutes later to explain it.“I can’t expect to pronounce it chapter and verse, so you might say we’ve just gotten this and we are going through it. Then you’d call your contacts and ask ‘What does this protocol mean? Where do we find the bit about the backstop?’ You have to have a huge bank of your own notes to rely on.”So – while, we’re here – what’s next?“The Northern Ireland only backstop is a possible landing zone for Boris Johnson,” Connelly says. “If he’s sticking to his promise to leave the EU by 31 October, his choice is to do a deal or to break the law. So he’s got very few options.”“If there’s some way to make the backstop less ‘anti-democratic’, that might be a way to get Boris Johnson to climb down from his tree.” BREAKING: EU and UK negotiators have agreed a text on how to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, which will form part of the Withdrawal Agreement, @rtenews understands— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) November 13, 2018 I might call my editor up and go, look there’s this proposal in front of a committee that they’re due to discuss, and they’ll go ‘I’m not interested in that, I want to know when it’s going to happen’. So it’s hard to cover the incremental month-to-month progress of EU legislation. There’s also been the perception that Britain has found it difficult to adapt to the idea that Ireland is a sovereign country within the EU.“At the beginning, there was a worry that the UK would try to peel Ireland off,” he adds – there have been numerous reports of the British cabinet and officials briefing against Ireland in other European capitals which “wouldn’t be forgotten easily” in Dublin.Added to this is the “deepening lack of trust” after the UK reneged on the promises that were made in the 2017 Joint Report that lead to the “weatherproof” Irish backstop – which was ultimately aimed at preserving peace in Northern Ireland.   Understanding the EUSince the Brexit referendum, EU officials have been working to inform the citizens of member states about how the EU works, and the various goals and objectives it has. Some MEPs have accused journalists of ignoring EU issues, and as a result people don’t know what’s happening in Europe and disengage from its work. Does Connelly feel that is fair, or is it that people don’t have an interest in the EU, so journalists tend not to cover it?“There are a number of problems. One is, the way the EU operates is it covers 27 or 28 countries and the way in which those countries agree to new legislation is complex.“The decision making process is difficult to understand, and it might take 18 months for legislation to be processed and become law. So at what stage do you cover that legislation? Source: Tony Connelly/Twitterlast_img read more

  • Some English teams upset about small transfer window

    first_imgThe Premier League will talk in September about changing the transfer window back to that of its Europeans counterpartsThe transfer market for the English Premier League will close in two days, making some clubs very upset about not having enough time to buy new players.At least, this is what Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore told Sport 360 today.The transfer window will close on August 9th, over three weeks sooner than in the rest of the big European leagues.This leaves English clubs with less time and less room to manage for new signings.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It wasn’t a unanimous decision at the time. In some clubs, the managers don’t like it and the executives do, it’s mixed”, he told Sport 360.“I speak to clubs who say: ‘This is fantastic, we knew what the deadline was and we’ve worked to that,’” he said.“But there are other clubs who say they haven’t got time and wish we hadn’t decided to do it.”The Premier League chairman said the competition will decide on a change this September after the window is closed.last_img read more

  • JeanPierre Rivère rules out contract extension for Mario Balotelli

    first_imgItalian footballer Mario Balotelli is set to leave French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice at the end of the season after the club’s president Jean-Pierre Rivère revealed he is unlikely to be offered an extension.Balotelli has failed to score this season after 10 appearances this season and this seems to have opened the exit door for the Italian who scored 33 goals in his first two seasons with the club.On the possibility of a new deal, Rivere told RMC Sport as quoted by Daily Mail: ” An extension? No I think it will be over.’“Mario, for us, was leaving [last summer] so he missed his preparation.’Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.‘I think every player that misses his preparation suffers for the first part of the season.”“Now he has recovered his physical aptitude, but he’s not in luck (in front of goal). So the poor guy is frustrated.”‘But Mario didn’t lose his talent (overnight). The day one goes in, then the goals will keep piling up. Let’s not have any regret.”Nice are seventh placed on Ligue 1 table with 25 points.last_img read more

  • 20122013 Leadership At Its Best Class Will Travel to DC

    first_imgThe 2012-2013 Leadership At Its Best (LAIB) class will travel to Washington, D.C., March 10-12, to participate in Part 2 of their leadership development training. LAIB participants will work on communicating with Congress, developing key messages on legislative issues and advocacy training. This will prepare them to go to Capitol Hill on March 12 with their states to represent agriculture and policies that affect the American soybean producer.Members of the 2012-2013 class are: Colt Clemmons (Ala.), Bill Raben (Ill.), Tom Griffiths(Ind.), Jeff Jorgenson (Iowa), Brice Bunck (Kan.), Jed Clark (Ky.), Dan Keenan (Mich.),Belinda Burrier (Mid-Atl.), Paul Freeman (Minn.), Nathan Dorn (Neb.), Ryan Richard(N.D.), Mark Klepper (Tenn.) and John Simon (Wis.).For more information, please contact ASA Corporate Program Manager Michelle Siegel at 314-754-1328 or msiegel@soy.org.last_img read more

  • Group of ASA Recruiters Enjoy Savannah Hospitality and History

    first_imgA group of 18 people participated in the 2014 Recruiter Reward Trip, a four day/three night trip to Savannah, Ga. The group is seen here on a dinner cruise on the Savannah River Queen.The 2014 ASA Recruiter Reward Trip to Savannah, Ga. took place Nov. 18-21. The trip was a reward for high achievement by volunteers in membership recruitment. Participating volunteer recruiters and their guests were Jerry and Mary Lou Bambauer (OH), Mark and Bonnie Brown (MN), John Buck (OH), Jim and Jan Miller (NE), Harvey and Mary Morken (ND), Robert and Sallie Nelsen (MN), and Doug and Stacy Schroeder (IL). Also participating were Chairman of the ASA Membership & Corporate Relations Committee Bob Worth and his wife Gail, and ASA staff Farris Haley, Chris Merlotti and Jill Wagenblast.The agenda included a trolley tour of old Savannah, tour of the landmark Owens-Thomas House, visit to Tybee Island Light House, a ghost tour of haunted Savannah, tour of the historic Green-Meldrim House, visit to Pin Point Heritage Museum, and visits to Savannah Bee Company and Byrd Cookie Company. Delicious southern cooking and fresh seafood were highlights during meals at Huey’s Southern Café, The Pirates’ House Restaurant, The Crab Shack, Pacci Italian Kitchen and Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room. On the final evening the group participated in a dinner cruise on the Savannah River Queen.To be eligible for the Recruiter Reward Trip recruiters had to sign up at least 30 members between Oct. 1, 2013 and Aug. 28, 2014. There were 20 recruiters who met that criteria and their names were entered into a drawing where seven names were pulled to participate in the trip to Savannah.  The seven recruiters whose names were drawn recruited a combine total of 416 members.The 2015 ASA Recruiter Reward Trip will be to Asheville, N.C. and the Biltmore Estate. Find out more about all recruiter incentives by clicking here.last_img read more

  • AKQA engages employees with retirement planning through onetoone support

    first_imgWith a predominantly younger workforce, generating interest in, and engagement with, pensions and retirement income can be a challenge for digital agency AKQA.The agency, which employs 400 people in the UK but has 17 offices globally, offers a contract-based defined contribution (DC) group personal pension scheme, into which employees are auto-enrolled. The organisation, which has worked with Lemonade Reward since 2011, very much focuses its pensions financial education around face-to-face communication.Naomi Cameron, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) payroll and benefits manager, says: “Younger employees are less likely to think or worry about the future; they are often quite happy to pay their 1% auto-enrolment contribution and not opt for anything higher than that. Older employees, by comparison, we find will be more likely to opt for a higher rate.“Even with higher earners, however, [we] can find people do not properly calculate what they will need to live off in retirement and just opt for the minimum rate. For example, [they] have to factor in things such as health costs and inflation, as well as basic likely living costs.”AKQA runs presentations every quarter, as well as offering one-to-one in-depth discussions with employees and all new joiners about what they want when they retire.Cameron says: “People do want advice, especially when it comes to pensions. We do have an online tool where [they] can check [their] pension. But we tend to find face-to-face is the most effective.“If you sit [employees] down in front of someone and have a proper conversation, then it is much more likely to work, in our experience. The feedback we have from employees is that they love the advice and find it valuable.”last_img read more

  • ATTs Galaxy S10 5G comes to business buyers on June 17

    first_img Comment Now playing: Watch this: Abt Electronics 8:44 $999 How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus Review • Galaxy S10 Plus braces for Galaxy Note 10 impact See Galaxy S10 5G’s jaw-dropping real-world speeds Notably, AT&T’s 5G network is currently limited to a single Netgear mobile hotspot. Unlike Verizon and Sprint, AT&T hasn’t yet invited journalists to test its fastest network with live devices.The S10 5G shares the same core features as the standard Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, with a larger, 6.7-inch screen and additional depth-sensing front camera and rear cameras. In addition to it being available on AT&T and Verizon, both Sprint and T-Mobile have announced plans to carry the S10 5G. You can follow along with AT&T and other carriers’ 5G network rollout using a map from Ookla that updates weekly.Update, June 13: Adds AT&T comment on capping 5G speeds.  $999 See it Business users will be the first to get AT&T’s Galaxy S10 5G. Juan Garzon / CNET AT&T will soon have its first 5G phone. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will come to the nation’s second-largest network on June 17, but with a catch. Samsung’s 5G phone will only be available for business customers. The phone, previously an exclusive to Verizon, will work with AT&T’s millimeter wave 5G network (what the carrier calls “5G+”), which is currently live in certain parts of 19 cities. The Galaxy S10 5G (256GB) will cost $1,000 on AT&T for what the company said is a limited time, the same price as the 4G LTE (or “5GE”) Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB). Businesses will need to be on the AT&T Business Unlimited Preferred plan to tap into 5G+, which starts at $90 per month for a single line with AutoPay. AT&T will also cap 5G speeds at 2Gbps. “As we roll out the smartphone it helps provide a consistent experience for businesses and early adopters,” an AT&T spokesperson told CNET when asked why the company was capping speeds. “But just as important, this doesn’t limit AT&T from introducing faster speeds in the future.” It’s unclear when AT&T will make the S10 5G available to consumers. Galaxy-s10-5gAT&T’s Galaxy S10 5G comes in silver. Samsung Carries are rushing to deploy their 5G networks in a race for dominance that they hope will translate into more subscribers signing on to 5G. The faster data networks promise to eventually bring people 10x data speeds for much faster downloads. 5G will also pave the way for new uses on and off mobile phones, like real-time AR experiences and lag-free video calls. The networks hope that by beating their rivals to build out the largest coverage area with the fastest peak 5G speeds will give them an advantage over their competitors.”Today we’re bringing our first 5G smartphone to businesses seeking to be on the cutting edge,” AT&T said in a statement provided to CNET when asked about a consumer launch. “We’re providing the device to select developers in the AT&T Developer Program to help identify, define and unlock new 5G experiences. As the ecosystem evolves we’ll introduce new 5G experiences and devices to consumers.”AT&T plans to launch its 5G+ mmWave network in at least 30 cities, though this network is different than the larger 5G network — which will use a technology known as “sub-6” spectrum. The Galaxy S10 5G won’t be able to tap into this network, though AT&T has announced plans for a second 5G Samsung phone later this year that will work with both mmWave and sub-6 versions of 5G.  See It Tags $833 See Itcenter_img $999 Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curve 1 64 Photos Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB, prism black) Mobile Phones News • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to be used to film entire Tonight Show episode Sprint See It Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 5G 4G LTE AT&T Samsung Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Best Buylast_img read more

  • Hurricane Relief Effort Led By ExUS Presidents Raises 41M

    first_imgPhoto via Twitter @Montz2940In this Oct. 21, 2017, file photo, former Presidents, from left, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama during a hurricane relief concert in College Station, Texas.A hurricane relief effort led by five former U.S. presidents that included a Texas concert with rock star Lady Gaga has raised more than $41 million.A statement Wednesday from One America Appeal says the money benefited hurricane recovery in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Spokesman Jim McGrath says more than 110,000 donors gave $41.3 million.Hurricane Harvey made landfall Aug. 25, 2017 in South Texas. Hurricane Irma later hit Florida. Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama attended the Oct. 21 fundraising concert at Texas A&M University in College Station.Donations went to a special account through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Share OAA has concluded fundraising with over $41 million raised from over 110,000 donors assisting hurricane relief efforts in TX, FL, PR and USVI. Fmr Presidents Carter, Bush (41), Clinton, Bush (43) and Obama thank each donor who contributed. More info at: https://t.co/Ou1cyTCMOX pic.twitter.com/rpdZ1n6GZx— One America Appeal (@AmericaAppeal) January 24, 2018center_img Delighted to join my distinguished colleagues in thanking each donor who, out of the goodness in their hearts, helped our fellow Americans. Your kindness and support has made a difference. One America Appeal Concludes Fundraising with Over $41 Million https://t.co/YX0U1NBkNV— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) January 24, 2018last_img read more

  • People are More Honest When Speaking in a Foreign Language

    first_imgStay on target File this in the category of things that are surprising when you hear them, but start to make sense when you mull it over. Researchers have no found that people tend to be a bit more honest when they’re speaking a non-native language. “When individuals have a chance to profit from dishonesty with no risk of being caught, their instinctive tendency is to cheat, while they refrain from cheating when they have time to deliberate, Yoella Bereby-Meyer, co-author and professor of psychology at the Ben-Gurioun University of the Negev in Israel told Medical Press. “There is a natural temptation to lie in these situations,” she added.The study followed native speakers of English, Hebrew, Korean, and Spanish while they played a dice game. Participants were paid based on their results and had plenty of opportunities for fudging numbers and profiting from the deception. That’s the key, Bereby-Meyer says. People will naturally want to give themselves a little boost, but it doesn’t seem through moral filters as many times when it’s a native language. As we mull over our answers, though, we’ll tend towards being honest.“Even though there wasn’t much language involved, just being in a foreign language mindset made them more likely to resist temptation,” Sayuri Hayakawa, a University of Chicago graduate student who helped with the study said.Because cheating is often an impulsive behavior for many people, as people have the time to bring their frontal lobe and other higher brain functions to bear on the thought processes, it becomes easier to disengage that initial desire and behave more ethically.This is also interesting because in many cases those with accents are perceived as being more duplicitous, according to a bevy of studies. This research suggests the opposite on top of having important implications for the future of research in ethics and morality. It could also indicate that all one needs to do to be more moral is to think about your choices more. That’d definitely explain folks like Trump.Learning a new language can be fun, especially if it comes from one of your favorite fandoms. Read how to learn High Valyrian from Game of Thrones or Klingon from Star Trek. And Duolingo is an excellent source with updates all the time.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Watch: ‘Fighting’ Male Pythons Spotted By Australian Snake CatcherHubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous Glow last_img read more

  • Security beefed up in city ahead of IDay

    first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has made elaborate arrangements regarding security on Independence Day. To prevent any untoward incident, Howrah and Bidhnannagar Police have also joined in the efforts.Kolkata Police informed that during Independence Day celebrations, several measures will be taken up to secure the city. Senior police officials have been instructed to supervise security across the city, throughout the day. According to senior police officials, during the Independence Day parade at Red Road, special security layers will be set up. There will be six watchtowers from where police personnel with advanced sniper rifles will be keeping watch on the whole area. 10 bunkers have been set up in and around Red Road and other adjacent roads. Three Quick Response Teams (QRTs) will be there at strategic points to act quickly in case of urgency. There will be 10 police assistance booths for the spectators who would come to enjoy the parade. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataApart from security in Red Road and its adjacent areas, there will be 10,000 police personnel deployed across the city. Red Road along with seven other adjacent roads will be made ‘No Entry’ zones from 10 pm on Wednesday, until the parade gets over. Some other roads will also be made ‘No Entry’ zones from 5:30 am on Thursday. Security has also been intensified in South Dinajpur. BSF jawans were seen patrolling the areas close to the India-Bangladesh border including Hili International checkpost. According to a BSF source, the BSF jawans and police are jointly conducting search operations. A high alert has been sounded to all the sensitive areas covering Hili, Raghunathpur, Patiram, Gangarampur, Rampur, Tapan and Buniadpur. Passengers traveling in long distance buses and trains are being checked and interrogated thoroughly, while vigil is being maintained at bus depots, railway platforms and public places.last_img read more