Renault working on shipping Kwid to Latin America, Africa

first_imgChennai, Oct 1 (PTI) France-based car major Renault is evaluating options of exporting its latest hatchback Kwid to various countries, following the formal debut of the car in India, a top official said. “It is a global car. Going forward, it will be getting moved into other countries in different forms. Whether CKD (as a Completely Knocked Down unit), CBU (Completely Built Unit) or anything…”, Renault India, Country Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Sumit Sawhney told reporters. Renault global Chairman Carlos Ghosn formally unveiled the car in May 2014 that will be manufactured at its facility at nearby Oragadam, set up as a Joint Venture with Japanese automaker Nissan at an investment of over Rs 5,000 crore. Stating that Kwid would be suitable for small car markets globally, Sawheny said, “We are working on certain projects like Latin American side, Africa. Because it has to be a small car market.” “We are already working on Latin American and African projects. These are different projects and there are various permutations and combinations. May be three months down the line I may be able to tell you where this car will be exported”, he said. The car, which Renault claims is the most fuel efficient petrol model in the country with a mileage of 25.17 kmpl, would hit the showrooms next week, he said. The vehicle is priced between Rs 2.57 lakh and Rs 3.53 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). “There has been phenomenal response for pre-bookings. The car will hit showrooms from October 7”, he said. Renault India currently has about 170 outlets and plans to take it to 205 by December 2015, he said. Stating that Renaults sales volumes would be driven by its Sports Utility Vehicle Duster and by KWID, he said they planned to garner five per cent market share by 2017. “We are targeting five per cent market share by 2017. We have enough capacity at our Chennai plant. With three shifts operation we can increase the capacity to 4.80 lakh units. Right now we are operating in two shifts”, he said. On the Multi-Sport Vehicle “Lodgy”, he said the company would soon roll out a seven seater variant targeting fleet customers. Renault currently retails SUV Duster, hatchback Pulse, premium sedan Scala, MPV Lodgy in India. PTI VIJ APR MRadvertisementlast_img read more

Only T20: England beat Australia by 5 runs

first_imgEngland took three wickets in a tight final over from Ben Stokes to seal a five-run win over Australia in a one-off Twenty20 international on Monday, continuing its impressive summer of results against the tourists.Set 183 to win, Australia slumped to 12-2 after 11 balls before captain Steven Smith (90) and Glenn Maxwell (44) led a recovery with a 112-run partnership for the third wicket.The Australians needed 12 runs off the final over, but Matthew Wade and Pat Cummins were run out and Nathan Coulter-Nile was caught slogging as Stokes conceded just six runs. Australia finished on 177-8.”He stuck his chest out and bowled really well,” Morgan said of Stokes, who took a flying catch in the deep to remove the dangerous Maxwell and halt Australia’s momentum.England posted 182-5 having also fought back from losing two early wickets – both to Cummins in the fourth over – as Eoin Morgan (74 off 39 balls) and Moeen Ali (72 not out) hit 10 sixes in a 135-run stand.Morgan hit seven sixes, including three in one over from Shane Watson, before getting caught inches from the boundary going for another maximum.Australia was ahead of the required run rate of 9.1 until the innings began to slow after the departure of Maxwell and Smith, who skied David Willey to Sam Billings as he moved he moved in sight of a first T20 century. He had already beaten his previous best score in this format, 34.”We were in a really good position,” Smith said, “but the middle order just couldn’t get a boundary away.”advertisementEngland beat Australia 3-2 in the test series to regain the Ashes. The teams play a five-match ODI series starting Thursday.last_img read more

Fednav’s MV Ninavik Transiting Northwest Passage …

first_imgPress Release, September 22, 2014; Image: Fednav zoom Canadian-owned Fednav announced on Friday that its vessel, the MV Nunavik sailed from Deception Bay en route to China via Canada’s Northwest Passage, with a full cargo of nickel concentrate.According to Fednav, the Nunavik will be one of the first commercial vessels to transit the Northwest Passage completely, and the first to do so unescorted with an Arctic cargo, and with Canadian expertise.The Nunavik is the most powerful conventional (non-nuclear) icebreaking bulk carrier in the world, and sails from Deception Bay, Northern Quebec year round, transporting product from the Canadian Royalties mine. The Nunavik will deliver 23,000 tons of nickel concentrate to Bayuquan in China.“The Nunavik will be supported by a shore-based team of ice navigation specialists from Fednav and its subsidiary, Enfotec. The vessel will receive regular ice charts including real-time satellite imagery in order to operate Enfotec’s proprietary onboard ice-navigation system, IcenavTM, further enabling safe and efficient transit,” the company said in a release.The route to China via the Northwest Passage is some 40 percent shorter than the traditional Panama Canal route, and as a result, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,300 tonnes.“Fednav is proud to have designed this remarkable ship and to plan the first independent commercial voyage through the Northwest Passage,” said Paul Pathy, President and co-CEO of Fednav Limited. “It is through the extraordinary capabilities of the Fednav team, the ship’s crew, and its world-leading technology that we can undertake this journey with confidence.”last_img read more

WilsonRaybould recorded SNCLavalin call out of fear it would be inappropriate

first_imgOttawa – Jody Wilson-Raybould threw another can of gas on the SNC-Lavalin fire with the revelation Friday that she secretly recorded a phone call in which she claims her job as justice minister was threatened if she didn’t intervene in the criminal prosecution of the Montreal engineering giant.An audio recording and transcript of the Dec. 19 call with Michael Wernick, the country’s top public servant, was released as part of additional written testimony Wilson-Raybould submitted to the House of Commons Justice committee, which last week shut down its examination of her allegation that she was relentlessly, improperly pressured to intervene in the case.The 17-minute recording backs up Wilson-Raybould’s version of the words spoken during the conversation, about which she told the committee on Feb. 26 during nearly four hours of oral testimony. But it doesn’t resolve the question of whether the Privy Council clerk’s words constituted “veiled threats,” as she has alleged. In her written submission, the former minister acknowledges the “extraordinary and otherwise inappropriate step” of recording the conversation. But she says she was at home alone in Vancouver at the time and was “anxious to ensure that I had an exact record of what was discussed as I had reason to believe that it was likely to be an inappropriate conversation.”“This is something I have never done before this phone call and have not done since.”Wernick declined to comment directly but his lawyer, Frank Addario, said recording the call was “inappropriate.”“A lot of the tape is her making a speech for a different audience, since she could have just told him she did not want to discuss it further. I don’t know any lawyer who records conversations with work colleagues or clients. I don’t get the covert ops program or holding on to the tape for a convenient moment,” Addario said in an email.“She was the chief legal officer for the country. She didn’t give her tape to the RCMP. She didn’t give it to the PM or the Ethics Commissioner. She didn’t even give it to the committee when she first testified. Most peculiar.”As justice minister and attorney general at the time, Wilson-Raybould was the government’s chief lawyer. The code of conduct for the Law Society of Ontario, of which Wilson-Raybould is an honorary member, prohibits a lawyer from recording a client without the client’s permission. The Canadian Bar Association code of conduct prohibits a lawyer from recording anyone without permission.Wilson-Raybould has said she believes she was moved out of the justice portfolio to Veterans Affairs in a mid-January shuffle as punishment for refusing to succumb to relentless pressure last fall from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his senior staff, Wernick and others to intervene in the SNC-Lavalin case. She resigned from cabinet a month later.In the recording, Wilson-Raybould repeatedly tells Wernick that the director of public prosecutions had decided to pursue a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin for bribery and fraud related to its work in Libya and that she would not use her power to step in to override that decision and insist upon a remediation agreement. Essentially akin to a plea bargain, such an agreement would mean the company would have faced stiff financial penalties while averting a possible criminal convictionbility.During the call, she acknowledges she has the legal right to intervene but argues it would be unprecedented and viewed as political interference in the justice system.“This goes far beyond saving jobs. This is about the integrity of the prime minister and interference. There is no way that anybody would interpret this other than interference, if I was to step in,” she says.At another point, Wilson-Raybould says she’s trying to “protect the prime minister from political interference” and if he doesn’t accept her advice “then it is his prerogative to do what he wants.” She tells Wernick several times she feels “uncomfortable” just having the conversation with him.Wernick tells Wilson-Raybould that Trudeau “wants to be able to say that he has tried everything he can within the legitimate toolbox” to head off the possibility of SNC-Lavalin leaving the country and putting thousands of Canadians out of work. He says Trudeau is “quite determined, quite firm” about this and adds: “I think he’s going to find a way to get it done one way or another. So he is in that kind of mood and I wanted you to be aware of that.”“It is not a good idea for the prime minister and his attorney general to be at loggerheads,” he says later. “I am worried about a collision, then, because he is pretty firm about this.”He tells Wilson-Raybould that Trudeau is “not asking you to do anything inappropriate or to interfere. He is asking you to use all the tools you lawfully have at your disposal.”Towards the end of the call, Wilson-Raybould tells Wernick she’s waiting for “the other shoe to drop.”“I am not under any illusion how the prime minister has and gets things that he wants,” she said.Wernick’s lawyer said nothing said by the clerk constitutes a veiled threat.“He was asking for information that only she could give. The clerk said this (remediation agreement) is a legitimate tool and why are we not exploring it here and he asked repeatedly for an explanation to pass on to the prime minister and she refused to give it. She didn’t shut the call down,” said Addario.Addario said Wernick did not know the call had been recorded until it was released Friday.In a statement late Friday, the Prime Minister’s Office said Wernick did not brief Trudeau about his Dec. 19 conversation with Wilson-Raybould and he was unaware of its full contents until the recording was released.Addario said the day after the conversation, “everyone went on holidays.” By the time they returned at beginning of January, “the first burning issue” was Scott Brison’s retirement and the consequent cabinet shuffle.“The SNC issue never made it back to the top of the discussion list. The clerk never discussed SNC again with the PM or PMO until someone leaked the story to The Globe and Mail in early February.”The PMO statement reiterated Trudeau’s previous admission that “he should have spoken directly” with Wilson-Raybould about the matter and that “he wishes she had come to him” with her concerns about improper pressure. He again attributed the controversy to an “erosion of trust” between her office and his, and tried to close the door on the fiasco, which has engulfed his government for two months, cost him two cabinet ministers, his principal secretary and Wernick, who officially retires on April 19 after concluding he’s lost the confidence of opposition parties following his combative testimony at committee.“All the facts are on the table now and everyone involved has shared their perspective,” the statement said, adding it’s time to “”move forward as a team on the issues that matter to Canadians.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Wilson-Raybould’s latest revelations are “so compelling and well documented” that they prove the need for an independent public inquiry into the whole affair.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said they represent “concrete evidence that proves Justin Trudeau led a campaign to politically interfere in SNC-Lavalin’s criminal prosecution.” Listen: Conversation between former Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould and Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernicklast_img read more

Chinese vice governor mayor fired over vaccine scandal

first_imgBEIJING, China – A Chinese provincial deputy governor and the mayor of a major city were fired Thursday as the ruling Communist Party tried to defuse public outrage over revelations of misconduct by a major vaccine producer.The officials were among four people ordered dismissed following a meeting of the party’s ruling Standing Committee led by President Xi Jinping. It ordered a criminal investigation of a fifth official, a former national drug regulator.The revelation in July that Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd. falsified production records for an anti-rabies vaccine added to a string of politically damaging scandals over deaths and injuries due to fake or shoddy drugs, food and other products.Public anger was fueled by disclosures regulators found possible misconduct by the company last year but failed to take prompt action.Dismissed on Thursday were a deputy governor of Jilin province, where Changsheng Life Sciences is headquartered; a deputy chairman of a government advisory body who was a deputy governor in 2015-17; the mayor of the drug maker’s home city of Changchun; and the party secretary and deputy director of the national drug regulator. The party ordered an investigation of a former deputy director of the drug agency.Changsheng Life Sciences’ CEO and 14 other officials were reported detained by police earlier.There have been no reports of injuries, but authorities impounded vaccines and suspended production at the company’s plant. They announced a recall of products from foreign markets but gave no details of where those were.The country’s No. 2 leader, Premier Li Keqiang, ordered a nationwide investigation of China’s vaccine industry following the disclosures.Later disclosures showed the company blended expired fluid into vaccines as early as April 2014.The government has set up a panel of experts to review vaccine safety in China’s $122 billion-a-year pharmaceutical industry.___This story has been corrected to show that the firing occurred Thursday, not Tuesday. It also has been corrected to show that one of the officials fired was a former, not current, deputy governor, and that regulators who were fired were at the national level, not provincial level.last_img read more

DCSS Athletics Director suspended for losing box of knives at school

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — A School District 59 teacher in Dawson Creek was suspended by the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch last year for losing track of a box of carving knives at the school.Richard Payne is listed as a teacher at Dawson Creek Secondary School’s South Peace campus, and according to a Consent Resolution Agreement, serves as the school’s Athletics Director. Payne was suspended without pay for two days after he left a box of 20 carving knives out where students could access it on May 3, 2017. The agreement, which was signed by the Regulation Branch on March 28th, reads, ”Students had unlimited access to the knives for approximately two hours.”That agreement states that Payne he didn’t report the box of knives to school officials after he lost track of it. The box was tracked down by the school’s principal and another teacher two hours later.  The agreement also details several other instances over the past seven years that resulted in discipline against Payne. In March 2011, he is alleged to have pulled a student from their chair before hitting them on the arm. Then in October of that year, he was sent a letter of reprimand after he was alleged to have broken a metre stick over a student’s back. Four years ago, Payne was suspended without pay for one day after grabbing a Grade 8 girl’s face and blowing on her nose.Just six days after losing track of the box of knives, Payne allowed his P.E. class to go on a run in a public park unsupervised. The agreement states that instead of accompanying his students on the run, which can last anywhere from seven to 30 minutes, or having his students join two other classes that were supervised on their run, Payne “sat on a bench at the school waiting for his students to return.”The full Consent Resolution Agreement can be read below.last_img read more

I-T dept conducts raids at dozen locations in Karnataka

first_imgBangalore: The Income-Tax Department Tuesday said it is conducting searches at about a dozen premises in Karnataka on charges of tax evasion. The raids are being conducted in state capital Bangalore, Hassan and Mandya and the department said the action is aimed against tax evaders and blackmoney generators. Official sources, however, indicated that links of these persons with respect to ongoing polls will also be a part of the investigative operation. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The searches are based on credible intelligence that certain businessmen have earned income not disclosed to tax and are in possession of undisclosed assets. “Taxpayers covered in the search operations are engaged in the business of real estate, quarrying and stone crushing, executing government contracts, operating petrol bunks, saw mill and managing cooperative banks,” the department said in a statement. These are sectors, it added, which are “prone” to generation of blackmoney. It said five residences in Hassan, one each in Bangalore and Mandya along with their business premises are being covered as part of the search operations. About a dozen premises are being searched, sources added. 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state will go to polls in two phases on April 18 and 23.last_img read more

UN envoy resumes broadspectrum talks on Iraqi political transition

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi yesterday met with new Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, as well as with a senior Sunni Arab representative in a country in which Shiite Arabs form the majority. The talks focused on the quick formation of a new Government and the constitution.Mr. Talabani was elected president earlier this month by the new Transitional National Assembly, itself chosen in elections in January, when Sunni Arabs largely absented themselves, thus securing little representation in the body that is to draft the new constitution.Ever since, Mr. Qazi has been stressing the imperative of full participation by all sectors in the process. Shiite Arabs, who voted enthusiastically, represent about 60 per cent of the population, while mainly Sunni Kurds, who also turned out en masse, and Sunni Arabs, the dominant political force in the regime of ousted Saddam Hussein, represent about 20 per cent each.Mr. Qazi briefed Mr. Talabani on his discussions at UN Headquarters last week and his meetings with senior officials in the region, Europe and the United States, and reviewed recent political developments with Harith Al-Dhari, Secretary-General of the Association of Muslim Scholars, a Sunni group.In a meeting with the Iraqi Bar Association, he discussed their concerns on the constitutional process and reiterated the UN’s readiness to assist if so invited. The Bar Association welcomed a UN role. read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 12 June 2015

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Taoiseach I dont have any objection to meeting the Priory Hall residents

first_imgUpdated 10.40pmTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said that he does not have any objection to meeting the former residents of Priory Hall.The Fine Gael leader said he wants to be clear about what government is going to do and said he needs “a little time to put that together”.Kenny was speaking at a press conference to launch Fine Gael’s referenda campaigns today when he was asked about the situation at the uninhabitable complex in north Dublin.Former residents – who were evacuated from the Donaghmede complex nearly two years ago – have asked to meet the Taoiseach and say they are in the dark about their situation amid suggestions a mediation process with banks has collapsed.Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks to former Priory Hall residents last year. File pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire“I’ve made it clear the government are going to do something about this,” Kenny said today, adding: “I don’t have any objection to meeting the residents.”This differs from the view expressed by his Cabinet colleague, Environment Minister Phil Hogan, who said yesterday that he could not meet the residents until the court process concludes.The Taoiseach said today: “I want to be very clear that when government makes a decision about this, we’re clear about what it is that we want to do in relation to Priory Hall.”Kenny said he had asked for “a little time to put that together” and noted the “tragedy” in relation to Stephanie Meehan, a Priory Hall resident, whose partner Fiachra Daly took his own life in July.Meehan has been vocal in calling for government help, she told one minister at the weekend: “I am sick to death of your excuses and your government’s excuses.”First published 1.09pmRead: Hogan still expecting report on Priory Hall, despite reports mediation has collapsedExplainer: What is happening with Priory Hall?last_img read more

Backlog at WRC means people are waiting up to 4 years for

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Pair Srinrat 9 Comments Monday 6 Mar 2017, 6:20 AM Mar 6th 2017, 6:20 AM LAURA* (NOT HER real name) worked for a company for several years before she became involved in a dispute with her colleagues.She tried to get her employer to intervene, but to no avail, and she felt quite bullied in the situation she was in.Laura made contact with a solicitor who lodged a case with the Equality Tribunal (which is under the remit of the Workplace Relations Commission – the WRC).She has since left her job but now, four years on, she hasn’t had an adjudication in her case and says hasn’t even been told when it will be brought forward.After changes were made to the how the WRC hears claims in late-2015, all new cases are processed under a “streamlined” service but there are still hundreds of cases, like Laura’s, that are left in limbo waiting years to be heard.Streamlined serviceIn late 2015, then-Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said that the streamlined service being implemented at the WRC would reduce waiting times for cases to be resolved.This service involved the effective abolition of the Equality Tribunal and now all cases that would have previously applied to that area are heard by the WRC Adjudication Service.Instead of five separate workplace relations bodies – including the Labour Relations Commission, the Rights Commissioners Service and the Labour Court – as had previously been the case, Bruton aimed to unite them all under the WRC banner to create a single body to process a claim from start to finish.All claims made to the Equality Tribunal before 1 October 2015 are now under the remit of this Adjudication Service.Among the targets proposed by Bruton was a commitment to “reduce waiting times with a target of three months from the time of complaint to hearing, with decisions issued on average within four months of complaints being submitted”.By putting all industrial relations under one umbrella adjudication service, and then to an-expanded Labour Court if a decision is appealed, Bruton said the move would reduce costs and increase times by cutting out extra layers of red tape that had previously led to delays in industrial relations cases.According to WRC figures for the 12 months to 30 September 2016, a total of 892 “legacy cases” – cases referred to the Equality Tribunal before October 2015 – are still awaiting a hearing.The WRC says in its report that “it is now taking on average between three and four months from submission to complaint to initial hearing date and an average of six to eight weeks for a decision to issue.A key early target is to halve the latter period. In terms of ‘legacy’ cases it is anticipated that these will be dealt with within a year. Laura believes that, after waiting four years already, the WRC needs to say why these cases have not been heard yet.In response to a request from TheJournal.ie, the WRC said that, since October 2015, the Adjudication Service has “processed all new employment rights and equality claims” while also “continuing the processing of the ‘legacy’ cases inherited from the former Equality Tribunal”.It added:Since 1 June 2016 to now there have been 181 hearings of these legacy Equality Tribunal cases and a total of 147 decisions have been issued. A further 66 cases were dismissed, for non-pursuit or because they were considered misconceived… The WRC intends to deal with all legacy cases in 2017.So, taking the contents of their September report (892 legacy cases) and the 147 decisions since June, there are still at least around 700 cases waiting at least a year and a half for a decision to be reached.If 147 decisions have been issued in the past nine months, it could take four years to adjudicate upon the rest of these legacy cases if they are processed at the same rate.Former Siptu official Dermot O’Loughlin told TheJournal.ie that a lot of the cases being heard by the adjudication service are quite complex, and the backlog could increase before numbers eventually go down.He said: “It’s going to get worse, with more cases piling in now on top of that backlog. We could be heading towards a chaos.”He added that the WRC may have changed how it operates, but the persistence of delays for some people showed that little had changed.It’s rebranded itself, but there’s nothing more slick going on here.Laura said she is especially frustrated at this situation given the apparent low number of cases that have actually been adjudicated upon that were filed under the now-defunct Equality Tribunal in recent times, which you can check on the WRC website.Although this is significantly higher than it may first appear, the search function of the website makes it hard to track down how many of these legacy cases have been actually heard.Negative ImpactAfter the dispute in work arose, Laura left her role with the company. She was unable to find work, claiming that many employers in the sector had switched to hiring Jobbridge interns at the time.The bank wanted my house. I had loads of debts. I’d never suffered from anxiety before, but I started to the longer this went on. I was left in the situation where I didn’t know what was going on and the uncertainty on when this case would be heard really started to negatively affect me.In terms of contact with the WRC, Laura said that she’d only received one letter from them in the past four years – and that was two weeks ago.“All the letter said was that they’ve got a backlog. That was clear already,” she said.Until the case gets heard, she said that she will not be able to close the chapter on her experience in this “toxic environment”.“Not knowing what’s going on is horrible,” she added. “You’re living with this situation every single day, just waiting for it to be resolved.I’m just lucky that I had no one depending on me. I’m sure there’s other people out there who may have been waiting as long that have children and families to provide for. It’s just not right.Read: Unions accuse Bus Éireann of ‘seeking to collapse talks’ around averting strikeRead: Mechanic who left job after employer implied he was a thief awarded €22k By Sean Murray 10,797 Views center_img Backlog at WRC means people are waiting up to 4 years for employment cases to be heard One woman has been waiting four years to have her case heard at the Equality Tribunal. Image: Shutterstock/Pair Srinrat Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3252510 Share7 Tweet Email5 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

This is just a drop in the ocean Pictures show rats and

first_img 34 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: ICHHDUBLIN/TwitterThese facilities are paid extraordinary amounts in order to to provide emergency accommodation to the those who are homeless and no person particularly children should have to stay in a unit such as this.Flynn reiterated calls for a full review of homeless services and the standards of living in units, as well as questioning the regulation and inspection of homeless services. Source: ICHHDUBLIN/TwitterConcerns over the quality of emergency accommodation were raised repeatedly during the Apollo House occupation, with reports of unclean living conditions and a lack of privacy.“This is just a drop in the ocean – there is more to come,” Flynn said.Read: Number of homeless families and children reaches new record high Source: ICHHDUBLIN/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3365744 20,127 Views Share Tweet Email ‘This is just a drop in the ocean’: Pictures show rats and mould in emergency accommodation Photographs were sent by a mother who lives with her children in the Dublin accommodation. Apr 29th 2017, 1:36 PM Conditions o the inside of an emergency accommodation unit provided for use by homeless services. Totally unacceptable. @thejournal_ie @98FM pic.twitter.com/xFl8WZKweC— ICHHDUBLIN (@ICHHDUBLIN) April 28, 2017 A HOMELESS SUPPORT organisation has released photos and videos to highlight the poor state of emergency accommodation.The videos and images, supplied by the families show rats running into holes in the wall, as well as serious dampness and mould on walls and ceilings.The photographs below were sent by a mother who lives with her children in Dublin in a room with damp walls, fungus on ceilings and leaks in a boiler closet. Source: ICHHDUBLIN/TwitterThe photos were sent to the not-for-profit organisation Inner City Helping Homeless Dublin (ICHH Dublin). Source: ICHHDUBLIN/Twitter Short URL Anthony Flynn, CEO of ICHH Dublin said that they had asked people to send in images of poor conditions to highlight that the issue is there and demand a review.“The department and homeless executive believe that these problems do not exist so we will show that they do and that the service providers who are paid a lot of money need to be regulated. Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 1:36 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Shocking revelations of emergency accommodation units are being released by Inner City Helping Homeless today!@@simoncoveney @rtenews @98FM pic.twitter.com/7YMjYZm4GS— ICHHDUBLIN (@ICHHDUBLIN) April 28, 2017last_img read more

Hibernation des tortues deau douce pas si endormies

first_imgHibernation : des tortues d’eau douce pas si endormiesPubliant leurs travaux dans Biology Letters, des chercheurs danois ont montré expérimentalement que certaines tortues d’eau douce qui hibernent au fond des lacs n’y sont pas réellement dans le coma, mais en état de vigilance ralentie en attendant le printemps.Comme beaucoup de tortues d’eau douce, Trachemys scripta (dont une sous-espèce n’est autre que la fameuse tortue de Floride, bien connue dans les animaleries) peut passer tout l’hiver immobile au fond d’un lac froid sans oxygène. L’animal est-il totalement dans le coma, ou bien son cerveau reste-t-il légèrement en éveil ? Pour le savoir, des spécialistes du Département de zoophysiologie de l’Université d’Aarhus (Danemaik) ont procédé à des expériences.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ils ont d’abord inséré des électrodes dans la tête de tortues anesthésiées, qu’ils ont placées dans des conditions similaires à celles de l’hibernation. Or, ils ont constaté que les neurones des reptiles répondaient quand même à la lumière et aux vibrations, même lorsque les tortues étaient privées d’oxygène. Dans un deuxième temps, l’équipe a placé durant 2 semaines des tortues dans de l’eau froide et dépourvue d’oxygène, dans un laboratoire sombre, pour leur faire croire que c’était l’hiver.Lorsque les chercheurs ont allumé les lumières, les tortues ont commencé à se déplacer dans leur bassin. Un réchauffement de l’eau a eu le même effet (mais pas les vibrations ni un enrichissement de l’eau en oxygène). De ces deux expériences, les auteurs concluent que ces tortues d’eau douce ne sont pas réellement dans un état comateux en hiver, mais attendent des signes du printemps dans un état de vigilance ralentie.Le 13 octobre 2013 à 16:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Tropical Storm Erika is a killer

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Aug 2015 – USA Today confirms 4 people were killed on the island of Dominica as a result of Tropical Storm Erika. Also, the heavy rain brought on calamitous flooding and landslides. Photos and video on social media showed floodwaters inundating streets causing buildings to collapse.AccuWeather.com is sourcing AP for the same info. U.S. News: is also saying that a police official in Dominica confirms that 4 persons have died as a result of severe flooding and mudslides caused by TS Erika. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Dominica, killer, tropical storm erika McAlpine defends views on Dominica, says he is simply representing the views of his constituents Post Maria: Dominica will rebuild with concrete Recommended for you 27 dead, a dozen missing in Dominica after hurricane Marialast_img read more

Police arrest 37 from underground banking syndicate in joint Macau mainland operation

first_img Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner A total of 37 people, including 21 in Macau, were arrested on Monday following a joint investigation between local and mainland Chinese police into a criminal syndicate that used mainland point of sale (POS) payment terminals to withdraw cash.According to Macau’s Judiciary Police, the syndicate had been operating an underground bank style of operation in which members supplied cash to customers in Macau using the POS terminals, which made it look like the transactions were being conducted on the mainland. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Load More The syndicate had reportedly been operating since 2016 when it began recruiting mainlanders to go to Macau. The group had since opened five accounts in an unspecified VIP room at a local casino as a source of funding. Police reportedly seized HK$24 million from the five accounts this week.According to a police spokesman, simultaneous operations were run on Monday this week in Macau and a number of mainland cities. Twenty-one people were subsequently arrested by the Judiciary Police after nine residential units were raided, with 32 mainland POS terminals seized. A further 16 people were arrested in the mainland cities of Beijing, Hebei, Hubei, Tianjin and Zhuhai respectively, with more bank cards and POS terminals seized.Authorities said that five of those arrested had admitted to conspiring with two local Macau companies to apply for Non-resident Worker’s Identification Cards with false information as well as falsifying documents.last_img read more

Guitar World Has a New Video Revenue Stream

first_img “Like any magazine, when they came off the newsstand they kind of just went into the abyss,” says Crystal Hudson, marketing manager for Guitar World. “These were great products that could be used at any time, so we decided to make a store out of them.” Swapping one platform for another may not be revolutionary (though you can still buy DVDs through the ecommerce store) but it offers alternatives aside from which screen you’re going to watch it on. Aside from price-points, they’re hoping the product will allow them to reach more international-the physical obstacle of overseas mailing is gone-and domestic players that hadn’t been exposed to the brand before. The latest iteration is Guitar World Lessons, an app and webstore launched last week that puts the distribution of instructional content in line with the consumer demands for its consumption. Users can now get those premium guitar lessons on their laptops or iOS devices, instead of by DVD. “On iTunes, you can buy an episode or a season, a song or an album,” Robbins says. “We wanted to make sure that people didn’t come in, see a $15 price-point, and say ‘forget it.'” Guitar World had only gone the traditional route for monetization—the newsstand—until 2008 when it launched an ecommerce platform for selling those videos online. The project has generated more than $1 million in sales since.center_img Guitar World has been producing instructional content for years, but how those products get bought and sold has had to evolve. “DVDs as a medium are winding down,” says Denise Robbins, vice president of audience development for NewBay Media, owners of Guitar World. “We felt we were missing a big audience.” Based on the iTunes model, Guitar World is allowing users to make micro-purchases, picking out single tracks to buy instead of an entire 60- or 90-minute lesson. At 99 cents instead of $14.99, it opens them up to a new consumer. “We do an excellent job of monetizing the customers we already have, but finding new customers through Apple’s storefront is something we’re really interested in,” Robbins says. “It’s something that happened with our magazine on the [Apple] Newsstand—some of our core readers got it there, but a majority of them were people who hadn’t subscribed to the print edition.”last_img read more

Rohingya scars testify to Myanmar crackdown they mark Eid at camps

first_imgRohingya refugees offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jamtoli refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox`s Bazar on 22 August 2018. Nearly one million Rohingya Muslims marked Eid al-Adha on Wednesday in the world`s largest refugee camp, almost a year to the day since a brutal military crackdown drove the persecuted minority from Myanmar in huge numbers. — Photo: AFPRohingya refugee Mohammad Sikander felt a flash of pain as a bullet — fired by a Myanmar soldier — tore into his shoulder.Myanmar says its military operations in Sikander’s home state of Rakhine last August were an effort to root out terrorists who had targeted police officers.But the scars and disfigured skin of Rohingya civilians — men, women and children — tell a different story.”It was a soldier who shot me,” Sikander, 37, recounted almost a year after Myanmar security forces stormed his village of Yae Twin Kyun, in Muangdaw district, on 1 September.On the back of his right shoulder is a large scar, round and concave, a thumb-sized gouge of flesh taken from his body.”I’m still in pain, I take medicine from the clinic [for it],” he told AFP. “I can’t lift heavy things.”Sikander is one of the more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims — a minority from Myanmar long considered outsiders and denied citizenship — expelled almost a year ago when security forces launched “clearance operations” after rebel attacks.Today, he lives across the border in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, where refugee camps hold more than a million Rohingya.Those who made it to Bangladesh have recounted rape, extrajudicial killings and the razing of entire villages.Myanmar has denied accusations of atrocities — apart from a solitary massacre in the village of Inn Din.It insists its operations were proportionate responses targeting Rohingya militants.But the violence written on the bodies of refugees speaks otherwise.A round tore through 60-year-old Kabir Ahmed’s left shoulder as he fled, leaving a pink arrow-shaped scar.There is the line of gnarled flesh under the bend of eight-year-old Minara’s knee, where she was shot at home in Rakhine.Mohammad Haroon, 28, has a gash at the top of his spine where a bullet hit him as he was trying to cross the border.Aid group Doctors Without Borders says it has treated more than 2,600 patients for injuries from bullets, knives and burns.The figure does not include women subjected to sexual violence.Many of the wounds have an enduring physical impact.Minara can’t walk properly and Haroon has trouble breathing.Mohammed Sultan, 30, went blind after a bullet pierced his right temple and severed his optical nerves.But his brother fared worse.”One of my brothers came to rescue me, but he was shot in the back, and he died,” he said.Rohingya mark Eid, one year after Myanmar crisis beganNearly one million Rohingya Muslims marked Eid al-Adha on Wednesday in the world’s largest refugee camp, almost a year to the day since a brutal military crackdown drove the persecuted minority from Myanmar in huge numbers.Prayers were offered in makeshift mosques across southern Bangladesh to celebrate the Islamic festival of sacrifice as cows were slaughtered in muddy fields across the sprawling camps.In Kutupalong, a gigantic hill settlement crammed with hundreds of thousands of refugees, a muezzin called the faithful to pray as children played on a wooden carousel and ran about in dirt alleyways in new clothes for the special day.For many refugees, this Eid al-Adha is the first since their violent expulsion from western Myanmar a year ago in a campaign of orchestrated violence likened by US and UN officials to ethnic cleansing.Myanmar’s military, backed by armed Buddhist militias, began sweeping through Rohingya villages in August 2017 just days before Eid celebrations got underway.Memories of his torched homeland, and misery in Bangladesh, overshadowed festivities for 19-year-old Mohammad Issa, one of the 700,000 Rohingya who fled the bloody purge.”In Myanmar we had money, we had cattle and land. Eid was happier there,” he told AFP near a row of reeking pit latrines in Jamtoli camp, a new settlement for recently-arrived refugees.- Sombre celebrations -Muslims traditionally sacrifice animals for the three-day Eid al-Adha feast, a tribute to the prophet Abraham slaughtering a lamb after God spared Ishmael, his son.Those able to make the sacrifice known as qurbani will consume some of the meat and give the rest to the poor unable to buy food.In Cox’s Bazar near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, where squalid camps host generations of Rohingya refugees expelled from western Myanmar, there is much need, and little to go around.Cows, goats and sheep flooded local markets catering to the displaced Muslims in the lead up to Eid.Some better-off families pooled whatever cash they could muster to make the Islamic sacrifice, buying shares in a cow or goat.But for most refugees — barred from legally working, and surviving hand to mouth on charity — such luxuries are wildly beyond their means.The sight of animals being fattened for slaughter taunted Mohammad Amin, a teenager who remembered the home-cooked meat delicacies and special gifts reserved for the holiest Islamic festivity back home.”But here, we don’t have any money to slaughter cows or buy new clothes,” the downcast 15-year-old told AFP.The influx of refugees delivered a bumper year for Bangladeshi livestock trader Aktar Hussain and others like him, who counted wads of cash at a busy cattle market market adjacent to the camps.”This has been my best year yet,” he told AFP, as prospective Rohingya buyers examined a sturdy brown cow in a muddy clearing.”Last year, I sold 15 cows at Eid. This year, I’ve already sold 50.”The festival differs from Eid al-Fitr, the other major festival in the Islamic calendar, which was celebrated in June in Muslim-majority Bangladesh after the fasting month of Ramadan.last_img

DMV High School Baseball Roundup

first_imgBy Daniel Kucin Jr., Special to the AFROWashington, D.C.-based School Without Walls (3-1) dismantled Paul International High School (Washington, D.C.) 12-3 on March 31. Penguins freshman pitcher Riley Marsh got the win and had seven strikeouts.Marsh was also impressive at the dish going 3-4 with three hits, an RBI and a run scored. Penguins senior Seth Montuori had three runs, and freshman Samuel Davis accounted for a line of one run, one hit, and two RBI.St. Anselm’s Abbey School (2-0) located in Washington, D.C. took down Cardozo High School (Washington, D.C.) 7-2 on March 17. Panthers junior pitcher Declan Friel earned his first win of the season after hurling a complete game and accounted for six strikeouts.Junior shortstop Carlo Pizzano was perfect at the plate (4-4) including a homerun and two RBI. Another player who stood out for the Panthers was senior outfielder Fitzhugh Elder who accounted for two runs scored and two stolen bases to help lead his team to victory.Woodrow Wilson High School (5-3) located in Washington, D.C. slipped past St. Albans School (Washington, D.C.) 2-1 on March 29. Tigers sophomore pitcher Collin Bosley-Smith only allowed a hit and a walk in five innings while striking out three batters to secure a win. Senior infielder Sam Himmelfarb had a double and an RBI while junior third baseman Alex Hill notched an RBI.Washington, D.C.-based Eastern High School (1-1) defeated Bell Multicultural High School (Washington, D.C.) 10-4 on March 30. Ramblers senior pitcher Tiyonne Robins earned the win and had five strikeouts while scoring three runs and accounted for a hit and RBI offensively.Sophomore infielder Amad Johnson scored two runs and senior catcher Michael Summers had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run as well.Scores from around the leagues (WCAC, DCSAA)St. John’s College High School located in Washington, D.C. slipped past Paul VI Catholic High School (Fairfax, VA) 4-3 on March 29. The Cadets (7-1) are riding on a seven-game win streak since falling to St. Albans in the season opener (2-1) on March 14.Theodore Roosevelt High School located in Washington, D.C. is now 3-0 after drubbing Paul International 8-3 on March 23. The Roughriders have outscored their opponents 31-12 since the beginning of the regular season.Washington, D.C.-based Gonzaga College High School recently enjoyed a 4-2 win over Springfield High School (Akron, OH) on March 26 to win its fifth game of the season.Sidwell Friends School located in Washington, D.C. took down Timothy Christian School (Elmhurst, IL) 4-3 on March 27. The win snapped a five-game losing streak as the Quakers earned their third victory of the season.last_img read more