Union sues GM says laidoff workers should replace temps

first_imgDETROIT — The United Auto Workers union is accusing General Motors of violating a national contract by using temporary workers instead of employing full-timers who were laid off from its factories.The union filed a federal lawsuit in Cleveland alleging that GM has temporary workers at its pickup truck plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The lawsuit says GM has about 1,000 workers on layoff from several factories who should be working at the plant.The UAW says its contract with GM requires it to hire the laid-off workers, including 690 at a small-car plant in Lordstown, Ohio, which is scheduled to close in March.Messages were left Thursday seeking comment from the company.In November, GM announced plans to shutter five factories this year as it adjusts to lower demand for cars.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ethiopia UNbacked initiative provides livesaving treatment to millions of children

The Enhanced Outreach Strategy programme, which provides low cost and high-impact survival interventions for children and women, received almost $1 million in funding from the European Union to help people in four regions: Tigray, Oromia, Amhara and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region.Between October and December of last year, over five million children between six and 59 months of age in those areas benefited from vitamin-A supplements and nearly the same number received de-worming treatments. Around 5.2 million youngsters were screened for malnutrition and referred to the targeted supplementary food project of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). In addition to children, more than 800,000 pregnant and lactating women have benefited from the Strategy, which has also provided nutritional guidance.By the end of June, it is predicted that a further 6 million children and 1.2 million women will receive assistance in these areas thanks to the Strategy.“It is only through the continued support from our partners that UNICEF can provide vital materials and expertise to help millions of children grow into healthy adults,” said Sylvie Chamois, the agency’s Project Officer in Ethiopia, where one out of six children die before reaching their sixth birthday.In the largest project of its kind, every six months UNICEF provides almost 7 million children and 1.6 million women with six services: vaccination, micronutrient supplementation, de-worming, malaria nets and malnutrition screening. The recent surge in funding from the European Union has accelerated the number of people the Strategy’s assistance is reaching.Two regional Emergency Nutrition Coordination Units, which monitor nutrition trends and coordinate emergency responses as necessary, will be reinforced and two new facilities built with funds from the EU donation.UNICEF said the Strategy is extremely effective towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets that aim to deal with a host of social ills – including reducing child mortality – by 2015. 14 February 2007A child survival initiative backed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided millions of youngsters and almost 1 million pregnant women in Ethiopia – where two out of every five people have no access to vital health care services – with life-saving treatments, thanks to a boost in funding. read more

Toronto becomes latest city to crack down on payday lenders

TORONTO — Canada’s largest city is the latest of a host of municipalities to crack down on payday lenders with bylaws to impose restrictions on their business activities and rein in the number of physical locations.Toronto City Council adopted new interim regulations last week that cap the number of physical locations allowed across the city and require operators to be licensed. That permit will cost lenders an initial $633, plus $309 to renew it annually.The number of payday licenses will be capped at 212, which matches the number of provincially-licensed locations already operating in the city as of May 1, according to Toronto’s municipal licensing and standards department.Payday lenders are often a last resort for borrowers who would otherwise be rejected for a traditional bank loan. The crackdown is in addition to new regulations handed down by the province. The Ontario government decreased the cost of a payday loan from $21 to $18 per $100 in 2017 and dropped it again to $15 this year.The loan rates still far exceed Canada’s criminal usury rate of 60 per cent interest when expressed annually, but because the loans are meant to be used to cover short-term expenses for a two-week period, the lenders do not express terms annually. However, many users end up carrying them for far longer than their next paycheque.Toronto city councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, who has long pushed for more restrictions on payday lenders, said these businesses often prey on the most economically vulnerable and trap them in a “vicious cycle” of debt with high interest rates that make it nearly impossible to repay the loan. A licensing system will give municipal officials more control, she added.“Ultimately, what we want to do is reduce the number of payday lenders and try to cap some of the rates so people cannot be a victim of predatory lending,” she said.Last month, Ottawa city council adopted a motion to examine options to establish a cap on the number of payday loan establishments and measures to reduce their concentration.In March, Hamilton city council adopted legislation to cap the number of payday loan outlets to 15, or one per ward, while city council in Belleville, Ont. adopted a councillor’s resolution to study the possibility of limiting payday lenders’ presence to three distinct zones.But even as cities close in on physical outlets, short-term loan providers increasingly interact with their customers online.“That’s certainly the challenge that we have,” said Wong-Tam. “Much of the financing is also available online. And once it’s online, how do you regulate something that doesn’t have a physical address in Toronto?”Toronto city officials are also considering limiting distances of payday lender establishments in certain neighbourhoods as part of its consultation and research process over the next year. After one year of the interim regulations being in force, licensing officials will make recommendations on how to regulate payday lenders, including possible additional license requirements.Tony Irwin, CEO of the Canadian Consumer Finance Association, said its members understand the industry needs to be regulated, but these new rules seem like “duplication,” with additional fees on top of the provincial fees.The additional regulations could lead to store closures and fewer options for those individuals who rely on payday loans, he said.“What does that mean for the single mother who works two jobs but has a shortfall of income in a particular month and needs help?… Where will she go? The need doesn’t go away.”Irwin said most consumers typically turn to their physical locations to access payday loans, but people who don’t have access to a physical store will simply find another option online, such as an unlicensed, offshore lender out of the reach of Canadian law enforcement.The scant research available shows that individuals who have low incomes and live in poverty are more likely to go to brick-and-mortar stores for payday financing, as opposed to online, said Michelynn Lafleche, the vice president of strategy, research and policy at United Way Toronto and York Region.She said the non-profit organization, which made submissions to the city regarding payday loan regulations, is pleased that Toronto is taking initial action to make sure that these credit products are not taking undue advantage of people.“The ultimate aim is the protect the consumer… Without ending and killing the business. There is a balance that needs to be struck there somehow.” read more

CIBC expects only shortterm hit from partial loss of Aeroplan customers

CIBC expects only short-term hit from partial loss of Aeroplan customers AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 18, 2013 5:28 pm MDT MONTREAL – CIBC (TSX:CM) was willing to take a short-term earnings hit from losing about half of its Aeroplan credit card customers because of the strategic benefits from launching its own card for travel on any airline, says chief executive Gerry McCaughey.The net impact of its deal with TD Bank (TSX:TD), announced early this week after weeks of negotiation, will not only be short-term but also total less than 30 cents per share, McCaughey told a conference Wednesday.Under the deal between the two banks and Aimia (TSX:AIM) announced Monday, CIBC will receive about $312.5 million for shifting about 500,000 cardholder accounts to TD. Aimia will fund about $150 million of the payments to CIBC.Losing half the Aeroplan customers will lower CIBC’s ongoing earnings per share by about 45 cents, but renewing the contract would have cost 15 cents per share.“There was a cost to re-signing,” he said.McCaughey said retaining complete control of the “value proposition” of its own card was a critical part of its decision not to renew with Aimia, while the deal with TD gives it the best of both worlds by allowing it to continue to issue Aeroplan cards to customers who fly mainly with Air Canada.“The key element for us is that we are in complete control of the value proposition for the portion of our strategy that will be the in-house flying airline card, and that’s critical.”Tim Hockey of TD Bank (TSX:TD) told the conference later that the bank was “pleasantly surprised” by both the high spending and “nice” level of balances held by Aeroplan card members.He added that there is a certain “cache” that comes with having a relationship with a national carrier and Aeroplan holders who have been very loyal over 20 years.“That’s why the actual deal was hotly contested (and) why we’re thrilled to win it,” he said, adding that Aimia’s investment to refresh Aeroplan will improve an offering that “got a little stale” in light of the many competing cards.The Aeroplan deal also helps TD’s efforts to further tap into the U.S. market after the bank became the exclusive issuer of Target-branded credit cards to American customers, Hockey said.“When you look at our opportunities in the U.S., we think it’s just enormous not just because of our retail presence but because of the rebound in the card market and our position to be able to grow there.”Meanwhile, Hockey told the conference that while Canadian housing remains “a bit” overvalued, the chances of a major drop — or hard landing — are increasingly unlikely.“Our belief that there will any form of hard landing is actually diminishing because the industry and the government in particular has been able to show that when we see signs of that we’ll be able to implement additional steps that will put a damper on, so we’re actually feeling quite good.” read more

Cake Boss stars restaurant is denied bid for roof sign

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2016 3:02 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 15, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Cake Boss’ star’s restaurant is denied bid for roof sign BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The star of TLC’s “Cake Boss” show is running into a little trouble promoting his new Italian restaurant in Pennsylvania.The Express-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1J7mqcB ) Buddy Valastro is opening a Buddy V’s this spring at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. His other one is in Las Vegas.A casino representative asked the Bethlehem Planning Commission on Thursday for permission to erect a neon sign on the casino’s roof.But planners denied the request. They say rooftop signs aren’t allowed under city zoning laws and making an exception could set a precedent.The capital projects manager for the resort says there’s a backup plan. He says a sign would be allowed on the side of the casino.___Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com read more

Economic growth possible even while tackling climate change UNbacked report finds

“Yes, it is possible to have better growth and better climate. Yes, it is possible to create jobs and reduce poverty and at the same time reduce the carbon emissions that threaten our future. Yes, it is possible, but we need to make some fundamental changes and smart choices,” said former President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón at a UN Headquarters press conference. Launching the Better Growth, Better Climate: the New Climate Economy report alongside UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mr. Calderón said the new data refutes the idea that the world must choose between fighting climate change and growing the world’s economy. “The transition to a low carbon economy can improve the quality of growth, including the creation of new jobs, cleaner area and better health. A growing number of businesses, cities and countries are showing us it is indeed possible,” said Mr. Calderón.Chaired by Mr. Calderón, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate – which conducted the study –, comprises 24 leaders from Government, business, finance and economics in 19 countries. The year-long study was conducted by leading research institutes from Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, South Korea, the United Kingdom and United States and advised by a panel of world-leading economists. Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon called the report timely, noting that greenhouse gas emissions are at record levels and the effects of climate change are not only widespread, they are costly and consequential. “Scientists have long warned of the potential implications of climate change for economic growth. We can no longer afford to burn our way to prosperity. We must manage climate risk for sustained ¬– and sustainable – economic progress. We need a structural transformation in the global economy,” Mr. Ban said. The UN chief said he looked forward to next week’s climate summit, where leaders from Government, business, finance and civil society are expected to deliberate challenges and deliver recommendations on how to promote low-carbon growth. Simply put, eradicating extreme poverty is not possible without fighting climate change. The two agendas must be pushed simultaneously.Today’s report does just that, he said. It sets out a detailed 10-point Global Action Plan of recommendations to achieve prosperity and a safer climate at the same time. It emphasizes that over the next 15 years, about $90 trillion will be invested in infrastructure in the world’s cities, agriculture and energy systems. That is an unprecedented opportunity to drive investment in low-carbon growth and bring multiple benefits including jobs. The Commission calculates that if fully implemented its recommendations could potentially achieve up to 90 per cent of the emissions reductions needed by 2030 to avoid climate change. But this would require decisive and early action by economic decision-makers.”Today we are giving $600 billion in subsidies for fossil fuels, but only $100 billion in support of clean energy every year. We are paying to pollute. That cannot continue,” urged Mr. Calderón. The report found opportunities to achieve strong growth with lower emissions in three key sectors of the global economy – cities, land use and energy. But Governments and businesses need to improve resource efficiency, invest in infrastructure, and stimulate business innovation.Building better connected, more compact cities based on mass public transport can save over $3 trillion in investment costs over the next 15 years. Restoring just 12 per cent of the world’s degraded lands can feed another 200 million people and raise farmers’ incomes by $40 billion a year.As the price of solar and wind power falls dramatically, over half of new electricity generation over the next 15 years is likely to be from renewable energy, reducing dependence on highly polluting coal. Consistent Government policy signals are essential for businesses and investors to create low-carbon jobs and growth. By establishing a level playing field through an international climate agreement, Governments can unlock investment and innovation, states the report. read more

CARS 21 group will address European industry competitiveness

CARS 21 group will address industry competitiveness at European level Comprising members of the car sector, European Parliament, trade unions, NGOs and chaired by the European Commission, CARS 21 will present 10-year recommendations to the Commission by the end of 2005. SMMT today welcomed the launch of a group set up to improve the competitiveness of the European automotive industry. The CARS 21 group1 will propose measures which balance that goal with EU policy objectives and regulation, as well as wider aims to improve road safety and reduce the environmental impact of vehicles. SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan, said, ‘Initiatives like SMMT Industry Forum and the Foresight Vehicle programme are already delivering improvements in supply-chain productivity and in supporting research and development projects. SMMT also set up the VIPER group to establish better liaison between government and the industry so that the detail of new legislation does not adversely affect competitiveness.’ The launch of CARS 21 follows an interim report that pointed to ‘disappointing delivery’ on objectives to make the EU the world’s most competitive economy. Published in November 2004, the report suggested an overloaded agenda, poor coordination and conflicting priorities had hindered objectives set by the European Council in Lisbon in 2000. He added, ‘However, our industry doesn’t operate in a vacuum, nor within national boundaries. The drive for competitiveness across Europe must be balanced against wider policy aims, EU-driven regulation and long-term sustainable mobility requirements. A joined-up approach is therefore crucial to the health of the sector in this country.’ Notes:CARS 21 (Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st century) was announced today (13 January 2005) in Brussels in a joint press conference held by Günther Verheugen, EU Commission vice president responsible for enterprise and industry and Dr Bernd Pischetsrieder, president of ACEA.Automotive Manufacturing – the Industry Perspective is available to download from www.smmt.co.ukParticipating in the group on behalf of the automotive sector will be: Bernd Pischetsrieder (VW), Lewis Booth (Ford of Europe), Leif Johnasson (AB Volvo), Sergio Marchionne (Fiat) and Louis Schweitzer (Renault).VIPER is the Vehicle Industry Policy and European Regulation group, established in 2003 to bring together the automotive sector and officials from government departments to discuss upcoming regulation issues.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The UK boasts two of the most competitive car plants and the most competitive truck plant in Europe. This country also hosts more car makers than any other country in Europe. However, competitiveness remains a key issue, particularly for component suppliers. In a recent survey of senior industry executives, Automotive Manufacturing – the Industry Perspective, SMMT found that just 36 per cent felt their business to be competitive when compared to similar companies operating outside Europe. In the same report 95 per cent feared the burden of new legislation was likely to add significant costs to their business. read more

Football Ohio State kicker Sean Nuernberger breaks Big Ten record for consecutive

Ohio State junior kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) kicks a field goal in the second quarter in the game against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLINCOLN, Nebraska — Ohio State redshirt junior kicker Sean Nuernberger drilled an extra point with 5:39 remaining in the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Nebraska Saturday night to become the Big Ten record-holder for most point after attempts converted in a row. This extra point was the 142nd in a row.Nuernberger has not missed an extra point in his career. He has converted seven of nine field goals this season. In his career, Nuernberger has made 23 of 33 field goals.Nuernberger broke kicker Drew Basil’s Ohio State record for most consecutive made extra points last season.

SAS instructors lost control of  training exercise which left three reservists dead

A post-mortem examination ruled his death was caused as a result of the effects of hyperthermia. At 4.10pm, Cpl Dunsby was noticed to be static, having left his penultimate check point at 2.51pm.He was found unconscious at 4.52pm and an ambulance arrived at the scene at 5.18pm. Cpl Dunsby died in hospital on July 30, 17 days after the drill. “It is clear that something went terribly wrong,” Mr Mably said.”The defendants lost control of events and ended up in a position where they couldn’t account for a number of candidates.” The court martial continues. The court heard L/Cpl Maher was identified as a “slow-moving candidate” at 4.10pm, having reached the penultimate check point at 1.22pm.Mr Mably said L/Cpl Maher’s tracker revealed he had not moved “very far at all” between leaving the check point and being found.”It was two hours and 38 minutes since he had left the check point at 1.22pm,” he said. L/Cpl Maher was discovered at 4.55pm.”He was sitting upright with his Bergen on, with a half full bottle of water in one hand and a half eaten chocolate bar in the other,” Mr Mably said. Brigadier John Donnelly, director of personal services at the Ministry of Defence, reads a statement outside the Civic Suite in Solihull after the inquest  Those who voluntarily withdrew from the march, or were withdrawn on medical grounds faced being failed, which provided an incentive to “keep on going”, Mr Mably said.Temperatures reached 26.3C from midday on the day of the march and had risen to 28.3C by 4pm. Mr Mably said the first casualty to be struck by a heat-related illness took place at about 11am.L/Cpl Roberts passed a drill at the penultimate check point but was later found unconscious less than a mile from the finish by another candidate. His “man down” alarm was activated at 3.36pm, with emergency services arriving about an hour later.L/Cpl Roberts was pronounced dead at 5.10pm, with his cause of death later found to be hypothermia. The widow of Corporal James Dunsby, Bryher Dunsby, reads a statement outside the Civic Suite Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The widow of Corporal James Dunsby, Bryher Dunsby, reads a statement outside the Civic SuiteCredit: Joe Giddens/PA Two SAS instructors “lost control” of a training exercise which left three reservists dead on the hottest day of the year, a court martial heard. Lance Corporals Edward Maher and Craig Roberts were pronounced dead in a drill on Brecon Beacons after suffering heatstroke in July 2013. Corporal James Dunsby later died in hospital after he also collapsed on the Welsh mountain range in near 30C temperatures.Two other soldiers suffered non-fatal heat illnesses. Two instructors, known only as 1A and 1B, have appeared at the Court Martial Centre in Bulford, where they both deny “negligently performing a duty” by failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of candidates taking part in the exercises.Prosecuting, Louis Mably QC told the court martial that the men, then an Army captain and Warrant Officer, had “lost control” of the exercise in which soldiers marched for 16 miles.Thirty-seven reservists and 41 regular troops took part in the exercise, which was part of the aptitude phase for selection of an elite military unit. Soldiers were expected to cover almost 30km or 18.5 miles within a target time of eight hours 45 minutes while carrying a bergen and a backpack, weighing between 22 and 27kg, as well as a dummy rifle. Brigadier John Donnelly, director of personal services at the Ministry of Defence, reads a statement outside the Civic Suite in Solihull after the inquest Credit: Joe Giddens/PA read more

HACCI calls for nominees for business awards

first_imgThe Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI), is set to reward the Hellenic business and professional community with the 2010 Business Excellence Awards. HACCI is calling for nominations in the categories of business excellence, professional excellence, community services, young achiever and lifetime achievement. The awards, which have been running for over 20 years, aim to encourage, acknowledge and reward achievements of excellence in Hellenic Australian business and professional life. The Chairman, Harry Stamoulis, the President Nick Mylonas and the HACCI Committee invite nominations for Hellenic Australians who deserve to be recognised for excellence in one of the award categories. President Nick Mylonas told Neos Kosmos HACCI is purposely targetting the awards not just towards the business community, which was traditionally the case, but also towards professionals. “We want to encourage people to excel, we want to encourage people to have something to strive for. We are targeting the awards at younger people by the way of the young achiever award but also recognising people who have served the community their entire lives, which is evident in the lifetime achievement award,” Mr Mylonas said. Award winners will be announced at this year’s HACCI Gala Ball to be held this Melbourne Cup Eve, Monday November 1, at the Park Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne. Nomination forms can be downloaded from http://www.hacci.com.au. Entries for nominations close Friday 22, October. For enquiries to the HACCI Manager Mary Gekas contact: (03) 9602 2977 or email info@hacci.com.au or go to www.hacci.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

NXT Highlights The Viking Raiders defend against Street Profits Kushida takes on

first_img WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Facebook Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Seth Rollins Twitter Videos Articles Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Kurt Angle Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Now Playing Up Next Lacey Evans Shows Up In Stellar Outfit To Make Monday Night RAW Debut Cesaro Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Jon Moxley To Go To NJPW Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE posted the following highlights from last night’s NXT.last_img read more

DOnofrio reveals support from Argentinas president

first_imgRodolfo D’Onofrio has confessed that River Plate has the full support from the Argentina Government president, Mauricio Macri.Now that all the cards are on the table between Boca Juniors and River Plate, club president Rodolfo D’Onofrio revealed that his club’s intention is to play the final at the Estadio Monumental and they have the full support from Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri.The country’s leader is a renowned River Plate fan, he obviously will support the squad he supports and won’t hesitate to use his power in order to push Conmebol to organize the match at the Monumental Stadium.D’Onofrio understands that Boca Juniors has turned back on the initial agreement that both clubs reached last Saturday, in which they decided that the match would be played on the same venue after the incidents that took place.But Boca has changed its mind because they realized that they have a case against River, the idea is for the ‘Millionaires’ to get eliminated by Conmebol due to several disciplinary violations that were documented last Saturday both inside and outside of the stadium.But River Plate’s president won’t give it up that easily, he has already threatened to bust out his most powerful weapon: Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri.”Macri quiere y pretende que se juegue en #River”, aseguró D’Onofrio. ¿Será así? ➡ https://t.co/Z3n1Qe0R9O pic.twitter.com/zQD8e3xjF4— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) November 27, 2018“Our position is to play at River Plate’s stadium. A source that is very close to the country’s president let me know that Macri’s interest is for the match to be played on Sunday,” said D’Onofrio via Diario Ole.“I’m disclosing this information because my source is reliable. The second topic here is that Macri wants the match to be played at River and there will be enough security measures to play there.”“I believe that these topics are very important because we also have the G20 approaching. In this major event, Argentina will be before the eyes of the world and it is expected to be a complete success.”“The logic here is that, if we can organize a G 20 summit, why wouldn’t we be able to organize a football match? This would be the perfect way to prove that we are fully capable of fixing what took place last Saturday.”“Macri already confirmed that he will give us all the support we need in matters of safety measures. I’m not the president’s spokesman, I’m only telling you the information that I’ve received.”“I don’t think violence can beat us, if they defeat us there we are as good as lost. The Conmebol president’s posture is to play outside the country.”“They are the ones who make the call, but we have no reason not to complain why 66,000 people have to pay the consequence of what 600 did.”River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“All those people bought a ticket to watch their club and there is an obvious sports advantage.”“Then why would they be denied that opportunity? I agree with the Conmebol president, we need to dial things down because people go crazy over this,” he added.Rodolfo D’Onofrio sostuvo que “Macri nos da todo el apoyo y seguridad para que se juegue en cancha de River” https://t.co/5HR7SxtYmY pic.twitter.com/xtTKkqERuz— Agencia Télam (@AgenciaTelam) November 27, 2018“I’m not saying that River is getting stolen their chance to play as a local, they are denying 66,000 people the chance to watch their club play a final,” he continued.“This cup already lost its brightness, but what do we need? To give it the proper brightness. It’s not possible that a River-Boca match doesn’t get played because the security measures failed.”“If the proper safety would’ve been in place, none of this would’ve happened. All the crazy people who got inside the stadium would have been far away.”“Even though Dominguez gave us all a document that says the match will be played outside the country, they have only determined that it will be played on December 8 or 9.”“I think Dominguez was very hard on us, but I think he will change his mind once he sees how well organized the G 20 summit will be next weekend,” he concluded.We got a new date for the Copa Libertadores Final between River Plate and Boca Juniors.Where do you think it will be played? pic.twitter.com/gcGb4ejlrS— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) November 27, 2018Where do you think the Copa Libertadores final will eventually take place? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Morning Press County Council Oil terminal tree topping PDX carpet

first_imgZachary Kaufman/The ColumbianPort of Vancouver Commissioners, from left, Jerry Oliver, Brian Wolfe and Nancy Baker, approved a 2015 preliminary budget on Tuesday that now goes to public review. A fin al vote could be held Nov. 18. Will the fog continue through the weekend? ” Check out the forecast.Clark County Council meeting kicks off a new eraAs Clark County’s governing body convened for the first time in 2015 on Tuesday, it didn’t take long for county Councilor Tom Mielke to recognize the significance of an otherwise routine meeting.“Tonight we’re going to make history,” Mielke said.Tuesday marked the first official meeting for the group as the Board of County Councilors, which assumed new roles and titles as a result of a home-rule charter voters approved in November. The three served as county commissioners until Jan. 1, when the new form of government began to take effect.That’s not the only change. Two additional councilors will be elected this year to complete the transition from three commissioners to five councilors. County Administrator Mark McCauley also became acting county manager, a position that carries new power under the charter. The manager has executive authority over county departments, while the council sets policy. Previously, county commissioners held both executive and legislative powers.Read more about the council’s first meeting.Groups’ suit makes new claims against Vancouver portThree environmental groups that accuse the Port of Vancouver of violating Washington’s open public meetings law in approving a lease for an oil-by-rail terminal now allege port commissioners used not just one but multiple closed-door meetings to illegally exclude the public from their discussions of the project.Meanwhile, attorneys for the port are pushing back. They deny the new allegations contained in the expanded lawsuit. And they’re asking Clark County Superior Court Judge David Gregerson to limit the questions attorneys for the three environmental groups may ask commissioners during the case’s pretrial discovery phase.last_img read more

Wildlife Troopers Offer Tips for Hunters As Hunting Seasons Open Statewide

first_imgWildlife Troopers Colonel Doug Massie: “We’ll be checking in with hunters and keeping an eye out for violations of all types. One thing I can’t emphasize enough: Before heading into the field, make sure you’re intimately familiar with the hunting regulations that apply to the areas and game species you plan to hunt.”   HUNTING LICENSES. This almost goes without saying, but Alaska resident hunters, ages 18 years or older – and all nonresident hunters – must possess and carry in the field a valid Alaska state hunting license (see pages 9-11 of the 2019/2020 hunting regulations).HARVEST TICKETS. Before hunting on a harvest ticket, make sure the ticket number(s) is written on your hunting license (page 14 of the 2019/2020 hunting regulations).PERMIT TICKETS. Drawing hunt permits are not valid until signed. Carry your permit(s) with you while hunting (page 15 of the 2019/2020 hunting regulations).PUNCH YOUR HARVEST TICKET. Harvest tickets must be carried in the field and validated immediately upon killing game (page 14 of the 2019/2020 hunting regulations).TROPHIES CAN WAIT. Salvage and remove all meat from the field BEFORE or WHILE packing out the last load with horns or antlers. It’s the right thing to do ethically … it’s also the law (see page 22 of the 2019/2020 hunting regulations).EVIDENCE OF SEX. Hunters who kill a big game animal (other than Dall sheep) where the bag limit is restricted to one sex must keep, until processed for human consumption, enough of the sex organs naturally attached to a rear quarter to show the sex of the animal (page 22 of the 2019/2020 hunting regulations).WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS. Calling or texting another hunter to share the location of an animal in the field is illegal. Drones also may not be used for hunting    (page 18 of the 2019/2020 hunting regulations). Serving as the state’s primary law enforcement agency overseeing hunting and fishing regulations, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers will be busy in August and September. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Excitement is building for Alaska hunters as seasons open this month in many regions for deer, caribou, Dall sheep, moose, mountain goat and other big game species. The Alaska Wildlife Troopers will be present in full force statewide making sure everybody plays by the rules. The rules above are just a few highlights. For more information, pick up a free copy of the Alaska State Hunting Regulations booklet at any Alaska Department of Fish and Game office or at any license vendor; or view the regulations online athttps://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildliferegulations.huntinglast_img read more

Pope gives West Virginia diocese new leader after scandal

first_imgWHEELING, W.Va.: Pope Francis on Tuesday named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia diocese following a scandal over the former bishop’s sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money. The 72-year-old Brennan replaces Bishop Michael Bransfield, who resigned in September after a preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual and financial misconduct. Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us Last week, Francis barred Bransfield from public ministry and prohibited him from living in the diocese, while also warning that he will be forced to make amends “for some of the harm he caused.” Brennan will now help decide the extent of those reparations as he seeks to restore trust among the Catholic faithful. Coming on the heels of a new wave of sex abuse allegations in the U.S., the Bransfield scandal added to the credibility crisis in the U.S. hierarchy. Several top churchmen received tens of thousands of dollars in church-funded personal gifts from Bransfield during his tenure in Wheeling-Charleston, which is located in one of the poorest U.S. states. Also Read – Uganda: Traveling girl from Congo dies of Ebola Advertise With Us A press conference was planned in Wheeling later Tuesday following the Vatican’s announcement. Brennan, a Boston native who was ordained in Washington D.C., in 1976, spent time studying Spanish in the Dominican Republic and completed his theology studies at the Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was named auxiliary bishop of Baltimore in 2016 and has ministered to the city’s Hispanic community. Advertise With Us After Bransfield’s resignation, Francis asked Baltimore Archbishop William Lori to oversee the diocese temporarily and complete a full investigation. The findings, first reported by The Washington Post, determined that Bransfield spent church funds on dining out, liquor, personal travel and luxury items, as well as personal gifts to fellow bishops and cardinals in the U.S. and Vatican. Lori has said that Bransfield was able to get away with his behaviour for so long because he created a “culture of fear of retaliation and retribution” that weakened normal checks and balances in the diocese. The diocese’s vicars have all resigned and been reassigned to parish work, and Lori recently announced new auditing and other measures to ensure church funds are properly administered. Bransfield had been investigated for an alleged groping incident in 2007 and was implicated in court testimony in 2012 in an infamous Philadelphia priestly sex abuse case. He strongly denied ever abusing anyone and the diocese said it had disproved the claims. He continued with his ministry until he offered to retire, as required when he turned 75 last year. He has disputed the findings of Lori’s investigation, telling The Post “none of it is true,” but declining detailed comment on the advice of his lawyers.last_img read more

Caterpillars found to use vibrations to attract other caterpillars

first_img © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Communications Prior research had shown that the tiny birch caterpillar uses parts of its body to communicate with other caterpillars. In this new effort, the researchers found that the caterpillars use more body parts than originally thought, and use them to communicate in a number of ways.To learn more about communication among birch caterpillars, the researchers captured several specimens and brought them into their lab for study. They placed them on birch leaves and then set up microphones capable of capturing the sounds made by the insects, which are inaudible to humans, along with cameras to capture the action.In studying the resulting videos the researchers found that the caterpillars made four main types of sounds, all believed to be associated with feeding and making silk—birch caterpillars make cocoons as a group, sharing the workload. The actual sounds, the team found, were made in several ways—by rubbing or scraping mouth parts (mainly mandibles) against a leaf, by shaking their bodies or by dragging anal parts against a leaf surface.The research team has not yet figured out why the simple caterpillar needs to make such a variety of sounds, but suggest it has to do with drawing others of its kind closer and to help with working together. Some sounds may indicate that food has been found, for example, while others note problems. The team also found that on occasion, a solitary caterpillar would make a certain sound and within a couple of hours, several other caterpillars would make their way over to it. It has been noted that cracking the communications used by caterpillars could lead to developing a new kind of pesticide—jammers that prevent them from sharing feeding tips, engaging in cocoon building or perhaps from resolving differences among themselves. Explore further Study suggests virus impacts caterpillar’s phototactic response causing them to climb This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. , Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with members from institutions in Canada and Brazil has found that one species of caterpillar uses parts of its body to create vibrational noises that attract others of its kind. In their paper published in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, the team describes their study of the tiny insects and the possible impact their results could have on pesticide development. Caterpillar, Drepana arcuata. Credit: Nature Communications 1, 1–9. doi:10.1038/ncomms1002 Citation: Caterpillars found to use vibrations to attract other caterpillars (2017, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-caterpillars-vibrations.html More information: C. Yadav et al. Invitation by vibration: recruitment to feeding shelters in social caterpillars, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2017). DOI: 10.1007/s00265-017-2280-xAbstractSociality is widespread in caterpillars, but the communication mechanisms used for group formation and cohesion are poorly understood. Here, we present the first evidence that caterpillars produce complex vibratory signals to advertise food and shelter sites to conspecifics. We first tested the hypothesis that early instars of the masked birch caterpillar (Drepana arcuata) actively form groups. Larvae placed alone on different leaves of a birch twig began assembling within minutes and forming groups of 2–6 at a median time of 2 h. In Y-choice experiments, larvae joined arms occupied by conspecifics significantly more frequently than unoccupied arms. To test the hypothesis that group formation is vibration-mediated, signals were monitored in solitary residents of silk leaf shelters before and during natural recruitment events. Four distinct signal types were recorded: anal scraping, mandible drumming, mandible scraping, and buzz scraping. Anal scraping and buzz scraping were the most common in residents prior to being approached, and these signals were strongly correlated to feeding and laying silk. Signaling occurred in 100% of residents, and higher signal rates resulted in significantly faster recruitment times. As a recruit approached a resident, complex signaling interactions occurred, which may communicate information about resource quality or location. We conclude that caterpillars, similar to other social animals, use acoustic communication to advertise resources. The vibratory signaling repertoire of these tiny caterpillars exhibits a complexity rivaling that of eusocial insects. Further investigations of vibroacoustic communication are essential to fully appreciate the intricacies of social interactions in caterpillars and other juvenile insects.last_img read more

8 Inspirational Design Trends for 2018

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Design is constantly changing, but that doesn’t mean its trends are just frivolous hype. Digital design, in particular, evolves out of innovative services and improving technologies. Furthermore, design trends are a telling reflection of consumer tastes and needs at any given time. Trends come and go, but they provide a meaningful look into modern ideas about aesthetics and usability.The design team at Coastal Creative predicts that digital design in 2018 will be dominated by themes of contrast. Look out for lots of double exposure, bold and bright duo-tone images, photographs overlaid with vectors, flat illustrations come to life with subtle animations and 3D aesthetics in 2D mediums.Contrast in design is achieved by combining distinct visual elements to create visual harmony. This motif of merging distinct elements seems especially relevant in an age where the boundary between the real and digital worlds shrinks with each passing year. It’s no surprise that current trends in design play with and replicate this ever-blurring distinction through the aesthetics of contrast.To get a feel for the trends you’re bound to see more of in the year ahead, check out Coastal Creative’s Design Trends 2018 infographic below.  This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps January 17, 2018 2 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Add WebP support to Microsoft Edge

first_imgAdd WebP support to Microsoft Edge by Martin Brinkmann on June 15, 2018 in Windows – 7 commentsMicrosoft published a new application for Windows 10 that adds support for Google’s WebP media format to Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge.WebP is an image format developed by Google that supports lossy and lossless compression. Google announced the format in September 2010 and integrated support for the WebP format in the company’s Chrome browser.Google claimed that WebP offers size reductions when compared to popular formats such as PNG that do not affect the quality of the image.Google Chrome and Chromium-based browsers like Vivaldi or Opera have been the only browsers that support the WebP format up until now. Google uses the format on several of its platforms but only if a compatible browser is used; if you access the content with a browser that does not support WebP, you get PNG images served instead usually.You can test WebP support by visiting Google’s WebP sample gallery of images.Mozilla announced plans to implement WebP support in Firefox in 2016 and did for some time, but it appears that Firefox devs pulled the feature again and are still working on the implementation.Microsoft published a new application for its Windows 10 operating system today that introduces support for the WebP format; this is not the first time that the company releases applications that add support for media formats. Windows 10 users can download a HECV application to add support for the format to Windows 10, or  Web Media Extensions to add support for OGG, Vorbis, and Theora.Webp Image Extensions is an application that adds support for the WebP format in Microsoft Edge and other applications on the system.Edge displays WebP images after installation of the application but only if the site that embeds images in the WebP format does not filter by user agent or through other means. Edge displays the WebP images of Google’s sample library just fine but gets served PNG images on Google Play whereas WebP images are served to Google Chrome.Local applications like Paint 3D open WebP images just fine which means that you can edit these images now using those apps or view them in apps and programs.Closing WordsWebp Image Extensions adds support for Google’s WebP format to Windows 10. While that is certainly a good thing, support is limited to devices that the app gets installed on. The effect is that support will be fairly limited as the app won’t be installed on the majority of Windows 10 devices.Still, if you use Windows 10 and want better support for WebP you can install the application to add it to the operating system. (via Deskmodder)Related articlesConvert Images to Google’s WebP image formatHow to avoid saving images in webp format in Google ChromeHow to convert WebP images to other image formatsSummary12345 Author Rating3 based on 5 votes Software Name Webp Image ExtensionsOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/webp-image-extensions/9pg2dk419drg Advertisementlast_img read more

City workers removing 90 tons of seaweed per day

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — A group of workers from the City of Solidarity, together with volunteers and private companies, are removing more than 90 tons of sargasso per day.Municipal authorities met with the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment of Quintana Roo to address the sargasso that began to pile on beaches at the end of May.“The municipality of Solidaridad will hire 100 people through the temporary employment program to remove the sargasso from the seashore. It will be collected and transferred to an area for processing, for which we are requesting the corresponding authorizations from the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources for the protocol of lifting and treatment of seaweed,” said Mayor Samaria Angulo.The work will be carried out on more than 20 kilometers of coastline in Playa del Carmen, including the stretches of Playacar to Punta Esmeralda, in the south and from Xcalacoco to Punta Beté in the north.Each of the municipalities presented data to justify the federal resources being requested to help remove the grass from the beach areas.The director of the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone, Hugo Uribe Nicolás, reported that complementary work has begun on the various beaches of Playa del Carmen such as Xcalacoco, Punta Esmeralda, Playa 88 and Playa Caribe so the beaches are clean for the arrival of summer break tourists.Alfredo Arellano Guillermo, secretary of Ecology and Environment of the state, revealed that they have asked for 62 million peso to deal with the sargassum, hoping that it could be considered a natural disaster.He noted that Brazil and many other countries are affected by the arrival of sargasso, and warned that its presence may last for months.Concerns about protecting sea turtle nests were also addressed during the meeting by the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Solidaridad and Tulum since some hotels have been seen using heavy machinery on beach areas to remove the sea grass.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more