Alberta government helping new methanol plant with 80M in royalty credits

first_imgThe NDP government has been announcing financing as part of a made-in-Alberta strategy to support diversification in the energy sector.Calgary-based Nauticol announced last fall plans for the new plant, with support from the Western Cree Tribal Council.Methanol is used in making products such as paint, plastic, electronics, shoes and furniture and is used widely in energy applications such as biodiesel.“Nauticol’s major investment in the Peace region means thousands of good jobs and more upgrading of our raw resources into the products the world needs right here at home,” Notley told a news conference in Grande Prairie on Wednesday.“By seizing these opportunities today, we’re making sure our kids and grandkids have new opportunities in a stronger, more diversified energy sector.” GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Alberta is giving $80 million in future royalty credits for construction of a new methanol plant in the province’s northwest.Premier Rachel Notley says Nauticol Energy is to start construction on the $2-billion plant near Grande Prairie next year with an opening set for 2020.She says the project is expected to create 3,000 jobs.last_img read more

Algeria Outlaws Burqas Niqabs for Women at Work

Rabat – On Thursday, Algeria passed a law banning the wearing of full face-veils, called burqas or niqabs, for women at work. The bill asserts that the garment obstructs authorities from properly identifying women.The Algerian government released a statement saying that women “are obliged to respect the rules and requirements of security and communication which is at the level of their interests, and requires the recognition of their identity in an automatic and permanent manner, especially in the workplace.” The majority of women in Algeria do not wear the niqab, although the decision is expected to upset those in the country who adhere to the Salafi branch of Islam.Read Also: Morocco Prohibits Sale of BurqaAlgeria joins countries such as Spain, Denmark, and Niger, which have all passed full or partial bans on women wearing the garment.The stricter Wahhabi school of Islam, which has its roots in Saudi Arabia, has traditionally promoted the wearing of the niqab. Saudi Arabia has been influential in spreading the niqab’s use throughout the wider Islamic world, including parts of West Africa. In Morocco, women are allowed to wear full-face veils, but it is illegal to produce, sell, or buy them. read more

Senate passes bill meant to combat robocalls

NEW YORK — The Senate has passed a bill that aims to combat the illegal robocalls torturing Americans .Though the measure wouldn’t eliminate all unwanted calls, it would give regulators more tools to go after scammers. It would also push phone companies to adopt new technology to combat fake phone numbers popping up on caller ID.The Senate passed the bill 97-1 on Thursday. It’s not clear what will happen in the House, where Democrats in charge have their own anti-robocall proposals.The bill has support from the telecom industry and consumer groups, a rare combination.As scam call volume rises, the Federal Communications Commission is trying to nudge phone companies. The nation’s communications regulator will vote in June to allow carriers to block scam calls by default for customers.Tali Arbel, The Associated Press read more

Amid growing insecurity time to reassess UN peacekeeping presence in Mali Security

The peacekeeping chief noted that Prime Minister Maiga convened a Cabinet meeting dedicated to addressing insecurity in the central region while the national coordination body of the integrated plan for security for the region is now operational.Turning to the operationalisation of the G5 Sahel joint force, comprising Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, to combat terrorism and transnational organized crime in the restive region, he welcomed the launch of its second operation, as well as the establishment by the G5 Sahel Secretariat of a coordination cell to provide political oversight to the operations of the joint force. Security Council Press Statement on Mali hereMeanwhile, consultations for the conclusion of the technical agreement between the G5 Sahel, the UN and the European Union (EU) are progressing, Mr. Lacroix said, noting that the UN is working closely with the EU and the African Union on a joint resource mobilization strategy, ahead of the donors conference of 23 February in Brussels.Development partners are also stepping up their efforts. Since October 2017, the Peace Building Fund launched four projects focused on Mopti and Sÿgou regions for a total of $8 million. These projects aim at enhancing the participation of women and youth in reconciliation efforts and prevent inter-community conflicts, including by restoring traditional conflict mediation mechanisms.However, most of these initiatives remain in the inception phase and are yet to produce significant changes on the ground, he said, stressing that the upcoming presidential elections will mark the beginning of a new chapter in the stabilization of Mali.The Secretary-General appoints Members of the International Commission of Inquiry for Mali here “Looking forward, central Mali is likely to command sustained attention and to become an increasingly prominent feature in peace and reconciliation efforts,” said Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefing the Security Council, and noting that Mopti region has the highest number of terrorist attacks documented.Describing the situation as “a race against time,” with growing insecurity claiming hundreds of civilian lives in the north and centre of Mali, Mr. Lacroix said the human rights and humanitarian situation is worsening as well, with aid workers estimating that 4.1 million Malians, or 22 per cent of the population, possibly facing food insecurity in 2018 – a proportion that could reach 30 to 40 per cent of inhabitants in the north and centre. The goal now must be to create conditions conducive for elections and, going forward, the peace process, he said. The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013, following an uprising by armed groups earlier that year. The Mission supports the transitional authorities of Mali in the stabilization of the country and implementation of the transitional roadmap.We believe the time has come to reassess the assumptions that underpin MINUSMA’s presence, review its key mandated tasks against achievements on the ground and reexamine the Mission’s layout through a comprehensive strategic review USG Jean-Pierre Lacroix“Five years after the Mission’s establishment and two years and a half after the signature of the peace agreement, we believe the time has come to reassess the assumptions that underpin MINUSMA’s presence, review its key mandated tasks against achievements on the ground and reexamine the Mission’s layout through a comprehensive strategic review,” he said.Recalling the Council’s request to develop a mission-wide strategic plan for a phased implementation of mission mandate and a transition plan that would hand over relevant tasks to the UN Country Team, Mr. Lacroix said that “it would be important that these two plans be informed by the findings of the strategic review to be conducted in the next weeks.”In the meantime, MINUSMA continues to focus on core mandated tasks with notable achievements in its good offices and ‘protection of civilians’ efforts, he added. He said that despite persisting capability gaps, including for crucial assets such as helicopters, MINUSMA has pursued its efforts to project the robust posture mandated by the Council, noting that since the beginning of the year, peacekeepers repelled three attacks against advance positions in Kidal region and one ambush in Mopti region, while three improvised devices exploded against Mission vehicles.While these attacks resulted in only minor injuries to two peacekeepers, the review on peacekeepers fatalities recently conducted by General Santos Cruz highlighted the need to further enhance efforts, such as ensuring that all peacekeepers receive the training and equipment necessary to operate in such hostile conditions. “We are currently working with MINUSMA to take all necessary measures to implement the recommendations of the report,” Mr. Lacroix said. Senegalese UNPOL Officers patrol the streets of Gao, Mali (file). Photo MINUSMA/Marco Dormino read more

Column JobBridge isnt about helping people its about padding unemployment figures

first_imgLAST SATURDAY, a group of activists gathered at Daunt Square in Cork to picket a major city centre business which we believe has been attempting to engage in the use of free labour through JobBridge. Organised by the Scambridge Cork campaign, an initiative by young members of the Socialist Party, we placed this shop on our “Wall of Shame” where it – along with other Cork businesses – will stay so long as they continue to exploit the unemployed through the free labour scheme devised by Labour and Fine Gael.The purpose of the picket was to highlight the displacement of real, paid jobs by businesses nationwide by labelling them as ‘internships’. For nine months, companies who apply to join JobBridge as a host organisation profit from the labour of an intern without having to contribute a single cent for the work they provide.Wall of ShameThe latest business featured on our Wall of Shame has advertised for six positions so far – and is just one example among many in a culture where unpaid Labour is now a state backed programme under JobBridge. A quick look at the JobBridge website will show that the majority of positions offered are not internships but real jobs, with positions being offered for car valets, butchers and receptionists for example. JobBridge is also being used widely to circumvent the recruitment ban in the public sector, with Cork City Council taking on 64 staff through JobBridge since July 2011.Our protest got huge public support, with people of all ages signing our petition and sharing their experiences of the JobBridge scam. The national scambridge.ie website, initiated by Paul Murphy MEP, has been deluged by accounts from those who have suffered exploitation on so-called JobBridge internships.JobBridge is not real job creation scheme. In reality, it allows the government to massage the unemployment figures while giving the appearance to take action. The Government have trumpeted figures from the Indecon study on JobBridge claiming to show a majority of JobBridge interns have subsequently gotten paid employment. The reality is that the study showed that only 19.5% got employment with the host organisation, but crucially that 29% of employers using JobBridge said they were highly or fairly likely to have hired paid staff even in the absence of the scheme. JobBridge actually prevents jobs from being created; why pay someone when a company can get free labour subsidised by the state?Portraying those on the live register as being idle and lazyThere has been a great effort in recent years by the government to portray the 450,000 people currently on the live register as being idle as a result of laziness, or inertia or a lack experience or training. This was the message from Labour and Minister Joan Burton in particular, when in the latest budget they introduced huge cuts to the social welfare of 66,000 unemployed people under the age of 25. Labour TD Eamonn Maloney referred to young people being “at home watching flat-screen television seven days a week”.The reality is much simpler; there are simply not enough jobs. There are 32 unemployed people for every job vacancy (NERI, Quarterly Economic Facts: Autumn 2013). The Government’s desperate efforts to paint unemployed as being responsible for their own situation, is a cover for their own lack of any real strategy to deal with unemployment.JobBridge is not about creating jobs or helping the unemployed, it is about padding the unemployment figures bailing out business, and normalising unpaid labour.This isn’t good enoughYoung people, and all unemployed, should not accept the choice the government is trying to offer us between emigration or life on the dole and in unpaid work. We need an end to JobBridge with a real jobs programme, based on state investment in education and real training and to create the jobs which the private sector is incapable of providing.We at Scambridge will continue to expose companies that are attempting to profit off the desperation of the unemployed through this disgraceful scheme. We will picket a Cork city centre business again this Saturday at 1pm and draw attention to their unethical use of free labour. Scambridge and other groups are also planning to organise a series of protests nationally to highlight this scandal.More information visit the Scambridge.ie or the Scambridge Cork Facebook page.Kevin Coughlan is a 22-year-old special needs assistant and youth activist who’s a member of the socialist party. Read: 58 teaching positions have been filled on JobBridgeRead: Protest planned against extension on JobBridge schemeslast_img read more

Aaron McKenna We need to pay for our pensions to remove the

first_imgWORK HARD ALL your life, pay your stamps and retire with your hard earned state pension… right? Wrong. By the time the youngest of us reading this column come to retirement, near enough or at 70, there will be far fewer taxpayers per retiree who will have to be paying their stamps to cover both themselves, us and the most needy on welfare benefits in their time.As it is, our pay related social insurance is only covering 36 per cent of all social spending today. All the PRSI paid by everyone in the state and their employers is bringing in enough to pay for pensions and about half of the child benefit bill. Each year that more people return to work, we will also have more people retiring as our demographics shift into a more continental European norm of an older population with the increased bills that are associated with retirement.People are not saving enough for their retirementsA time of ever-increasing taxation, mass unemployment and economic dilapidation is a depressing one in which to tell people that they’re not saving enough for their retirements and will need to stump up more cash in future for their golden years. The OECD report into the area commissioned by Minister Joan Burton and released this week met almost cheerfully with the inevitable howls of scorn and derision at its keystone recommendation that we all be forced into pension schemes that will eat up 15 per cent of our incomes.The idea that any sane government would make such a suggestion official policy at a time like this is of course out of the question. But so often the recommendations in these reports are a part of the careful construction of choice architecture, where the cutting edge policy is used to inoculate one to think that a less expansive one is a good compromise.Of compulsory enrollment into pension schemes there is no doubt. It is coming government policy. Next will be the haggling over how much goes in, who contributes it and what comes out the far end. The policy debate will doubtlessly be framed in long-term thinking, with the higher contributions falling further into the future to be paid by those who are young today. It doesn’t hurt when protecting the entitlements of those already far along the road that the older one gets, the more likely one is to vote.17 per cent gapJoan Burton is correct to say that despite the tough times, we cannot put this issue on the long finger. We can argue about percentages, but you can’t haggle with demography. The OECD report reckons that there is a 17 per cent gap between what we’re paying today and what we need to pay in the future to get the same benefits without having to unfairly raise taxation on our children, who at that point will be trying to battle for adequate funding to school their own children and protect themselves from economic troubles and all the rest.The government, in all its wisdom, runs a pay as you go system. You and I pay our taxes over our lifetime, with one of the promises being a state pension at the far end. But it uses our taxes to pay its current obligations and it intends to use the taxes of somebody else, perhaps not even yet born, to pay for ours. This is fundamentally wrong, removing both choice and fairness from our pensions system.So too would it be wrong to force every citizen into strictly controlled pension arrangements, essentially controlling what people do with their own money and their own destiny. But, on the flip side of this, it would also be wrong for the state to subsidise those who refuse to make the sound financial choices necessary to prepare for retirement.A means-state pension systemI believe that the way forward to ensure the long term prosperity of our retirees without burdening our children with unfair taxes is to create a state backed – rather than entirely state funded – pension system that is means tested.We should all be obliged to pay what we can towards our retirements. From the time we begin working to the time we retire, our incomes are tracked by revenue. This data should be used to create a lifetime means test: if you earn more, you should be entitled to less in state benefits come your retirement and the onus is on you to make up the difference.Depending on ones earnings, one could be entitled to zero pension, half a pension, or a full state pension. The government can have opt-out pension schemes for workers, but essentially it should be down to ones own intelligence rather than the stifling wisdom of the nanny state as to what to contribute, invest into or not.Support and greater choiceThis would be fair and in the spirit of the welfare state, rather than a state pension system one can avail of regardless of anything. People can also make choices and perhaps choose to take bets or play it safe. Investing 15 per cent of our income into a forced state run system seems like a good way to stifle people who want to bet on different investments, start their own businesses or make trade offs against their retirement for their lifestyle today.This is a paradigm shift away from universal benefits, into a private pension system that the state implicitly guarantees by protecting those who cannot pay into it or where things go awry, as they did for so many in 2008. Those who cannot afford their own pensions will be looked after, while those who can must take personal responsibility for themselves; with the upshot being greater choice in how they do so.The idea of universal social benefits paid to everyone is a vote winner, not the purpose of a welfare state. The purpose of a welfare state is to offer a hand up to those who are down and would otherwise be counted out. It has been the corruption of the welfare state by politicians seeking power that has led to the arithmetically impossible to sustain system we have today and which will only get worse in future, where there are more people on the wagon than there are pulling it.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for TheJournal.ie. He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at aaronmckenna.com or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.last_img read more

Most Irish people support the work of online paedophile hunters here poll

first_img Monday 26 Feb 2018, 11:35 PM http://jrnl.ie/3873805 Most Irish people support the work of online paedophile hunters here – poll The actions of some anti-paedophile vigilante groups have come to international prominence in recent months. Feb 26th 2018, 11:35 PM 81 Comments By Cianan Brennan Source: Shutterstock/IcsnapsA MAJORITY OF Irish people support the work of online paedophile hunters according to a new poll.The survey, conducted on behalf of RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live by Amárach Research, suggests that 57% of those polled agree with the actions of such vigilante groups within the Republic of Ireland.20% of respondents said they don’t support such work, and 23% said that they don’t know.The poll question was put to 1,000 Irish adults, all aged 18 or over.Such online groups have become increasingly prominent in recent months due to a number of stings that have been reported upon in national and international media.Last December, RTÉ producer Kieran Creaven was intercepted at Leeds Airport in the UK by the vigilante group Predator Exposure which alleged it had used a fake Facebook account to draw his attention.Creaven subsequently pleaded guilty to sex offences at Leeds Crown Court.More recently, in Northern Ireland, a trio of self-proclaimed paedophile hunters were ordered by the courts to desist from such activity, after confronting a BBC journalist who had in turn sought to interview them about their actions.Earlier this year, the PSNI warned that the actions of such groups ‘could have a detrimental impact on the criminal justice process’.Read: Dublin school teacher loses €75,000 case against McDonald’s after teenagers insulted him in restaurantRead: Stores seek to reassure customers about bread supplies ahead of Storm Emma Short URL 15,097 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share99 Tweet Email last_img read more

So many questions whats happening with water charges

first_imgSo many questions… what’s happening with water charges? Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are at loggerheads over water charges… again. 13,795 Views He said he wanted a “fair outcome” for all – but one that is legally sound. Sources within the Fianna Fáil party have indicated that this move by Coveney could be a breach of the agreement.Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen said today if the government does not abide by the confidence and supply agreement with his party on the issue of water charges, it could bring down the government.When asked last night if Fine Gael was gearing up for a possible early summer election, Coveney said he didn’t think that was the case.“I hope not.”Read: Coveney says he will not legislate for water charges abolition as it would be illegal>Read: Leo v Simon: TV3 ‘very interested’ in hosting a Fine Gael leadership debate> Short URL “I will not introduce legislation that potentially exposes the country to very severe penalties and fines from the European Commission – I won’t do that,” Coveney told reporters.Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen had words to say about that – speaking to Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1 described Coveney’s intervention as “extraordinary intervention”, which “undermined” the work of a committee put together to deal with the issue.He also rejected charges of populism, saying that his party clearly stated in its party manifesto that water charges should be abolished.Why was the committee set-up in the first place?The 20-member Joint Committee was set up after government formation talks last year.Water charges was one of the main issues that could have prevented Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael signing up to the confidence and supply agreement (which basically keeps the current minority arrangement ticking along).Ultimately, an agreement was reached and an expert commission was established to make recommendations to allow for a ‘sustainable long-term funding model for the delivery of domestic water and wastewater services by Irish Water’.It delivered its report in November and recommended that “the vast majority of consumers will not have to pay direct charges for water”.The cross-party committee was then established to discuss the future of water services, with a commitment that a report be delivered in March.TDs will meet again today to discuss its final recommendations for the future funding of domestic water services.There are still many questions to be answered… so we’ve taken a look at what is likely to happen. Will there be future charges for households? It’s unlikely there will be water charges for all. With Coveney’s late intervention last night, a compromise might have to be reached to avoid the government being brought down.While the idea of people paying for excessive water usage was previously floated, critically yesterday, Fianna Fáil indicated they are opposing any charges.Coveney believes this is a complete U-turn by the party. As it stands, Fine Gael’s position is that there should be consequences for those who use excessive amounts of water, namely a charge of some kind.This would tick a box for the European Commission, ensuring the State would not be in breach of any EU law. That would, in turn, mean Ireland avoids any fines from Europe.Last year, the European Commission said Ireland will be in breach of European law should it remove water charges completely. (Once introduced, the EC says water charges cannot be discontinued.)Yesterday, the AAA-PBP was optimistic but cautious about the committee’s final report, noting there were concerns about Fianna Fáil backtracking on its position.Barry said the party’s policy has not always been consistent and he was wary of possibly deals being struck with Fine Gael. So, does this mean refunds for those that have already paid?This has been the big question since the suspension of water charges – and the cessation of Irish Water bills. Should those who paid be refunded or those who boycotted be chased for payments?As of last night, it’s understood the majority of the committee is in favour of refunds but the method of doing so has not been decided. http://jrnl.ie/3264146 Share133 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 1st 2017, 7:35 AM FactCheck: Has Fianna Fáil’s position on water charges really been “consistent”?  Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 7:35 AM Water meters are not the new e-voting machines – they cost us a lot more> Scrap water charges or an election. Your choice @simoncoveney. pic.twitter.com/dun3RIThBu— Paul Murphy (@paulmurphy_TD) February 28, 2017 Water committee over, no agreement. Will have new draft report on Monday night to be discussed Tuesday and Wednesday. R2W mtg at 6pm today.— Paul Murphy (@paulmurphy_TD) March 1, 2017 Source: Paul Murphy/Twitter On the offensive following Coveney’s late night remarks, Paul Murphy issued a statement saying the Minister has declared he will not introduce legislation to scrap water charges even if the majority of the Dáil votes in favour of it. If Coveney follows through on his threat not to pass anti-water charges legislation, he’s in breach of confidence& supply agreement. #ge17 pic.twitter.com/fWDOEgwqsG— Paul Murphy (@paulmurphy_TD) February 28, 2017 Source: Paul Murphy/Twitter Is it the end of the water meters programme? This report could certainly mean the end to household water meters as there is a clear majority on the committee in favour of halting the domestic installation programme.O’Dea indicated his party favoured a district metering system, rather than household meters – something Murphy agreed with.He claims it would cost a further half a billion euro to complete the current water meter installation programme. To date, they have cost €500 million.The AAA-PBP TD said the committee heard overwhelming evidence from water service providers in other jurisdictions, such as Scotland, that district metering was a better option over household water meters. Source: Paul Murphy/Twitter Coveney says he will not legislate for water charges abolition as it would be illegal > 158 Comments Source: Paul Murphy/Twitter Updated 8pm Anti-water charges protester. Source: Rollingnews.ieIS IT THE end of water charges? Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit (AAA-PBP) members think so, but Fine Gael isn’t giving up without a fight.“We are on the brink of a historic victory,” TD Mick Barry told reporters yesterday.We are in the last 10 minutes of the cup final now. Our team, the Anti-Water Charges team, holds the lead but we’re not in the slightest bit complacent on this and we will fight like men and women possessed over the month of March to ensure that when the final whistle goes, we will be the winners.Yesterday, members of Fianna Fáil stood with their colleagues in the Future of Water Services committee who are seeking the abolition of all domestic charges – including those mooted in cases of excessive use.In a private meeting, TDs discussed the committee’s draft report, with Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and AAA-PBP agreeing that there should be no re-introduction of charges.The committee has made no formal decision on the matter and there was a twist late last night when Housing Minister Simon Coveney stamped out any celebrations of the AAA-PBP group by stating that he would not be legislating for the abolition of the water charges regime, claiming to do so would be in breach of EU law. By Christina Finn Fine Gael has been left in an isolated position. The party believes the recommendations from the expert commission should be followed.Coveney dug in his heels last night while admitting that this is a “difficult political issue to resolve”.However, looking back again at the confidence and supply agreement, it states that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil “reserve their right to adopt differing positions on any consequent legislation or resolutions being debated by the Oireachtas”.This could spell trouble ahead if they can’t reach a compromise.The agreement merely states that the government will “facilitate the passage of legislation” for the implementation of the recommendations in relation to domestic water charging (whether it be abolition, a reformed charging regime or other options).This line was put to the minister yesterday evening and he was asked what would happen if the Oireachtas approved and voted in favour of the abolition of the water charges regime.“Facilitating is not the same as introducing,” he clarified.“What I am saying is I cannot introduce legislation that I regard as effectively illegal.” Murphy believes the €162 million collected by Irish Water should be refunded.This figure does not include what it would cost to administer the refunds, though some are speculating the easiest and most straight-forward way of giving people their money back is through a tax rebate.Coveney told the media last night that Fine Gael is willing to compromise on some issues, such as refunds, but not on the issue of charging for excessive use of water – an indication that refunds could be on the way.What about the €100 water conservation grant?Fianna Fáil has insisted that people who received the water conservation grant should have that deducted from their refunds.However, speaking to the media yesterday, Murphy said it was time to draw a line under the water conservation grant.I don’t think we should go after the conservation fund – it is what it is.It’s understood more than 800,000 customers applied for the €100 payment.Will Irish Water still exist?“Irish Water will be retained as a single national utility in public ownership responsible for the delivery of water and wastewater services.”This is the first line in the FF-FG agreement on water services. So, it has always been the case that Irish Water will continue to exist in one form or another.What next?Another private meeting was held today, and still there was no agreement. In fact, by all accounts it was rather heated, with the meeting having to be adjourned at one point.This argument is going to roll into next week. Clear majority in water committee against any charges and for refunds. If this holds, it will be a victory for anti-water charges movement.— Paul Murphy (@paulmurphy_TD) February 28, 2017last_img read more

Man arrested on suspicion of murder by Gardaí investigating fatal Tallaght assault

first_img Short URL Aug 28th 2019, 10:04 AM Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 10:04 AM No Comments Flowers at the scene of Vincent Parsons’ assault. Source: Eamonn FarrellGARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE death of Vincent Parsons following a fatal assault in Dublin on Saturday have arrested a 24-year-old man.Clondalkin resident Parsons (34) was pronounced dead at Tallaght Hospital on Monday following the assault in Tallaght on Saturday.The man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and he is currently being detained at Tallaght Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.Gardaí said that investigations into the death are continuing. Parsons was discovered with head injuries by passers-by in Killinarden Estate on Saturday.It’s understood he had sustained a number of head injuries during an incident in and around a nearby pub where he’d been socialising. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4785250 13,900 Views Man arrested on suspicion of murder by Gardaí investigating fatal Tallaght assault Vincent Parsons died at Tallaght Hospital on Monday following the assault in Tallaght on Saturday. Share4 Tweet Email By Ceimin Burkelast_img read more

Certificat médical et si la Sécurité Sociale ne remboursait plus

first_imgCertificat médical : et si la Sécurité Sociale ne remboursait plus ?France – Les directeurs des Caisses primaires d’assurance maladie (CPAM) montent au créneau pour réclamer l’application de la loi, qui ne prévoit pas de remboursement pour l’établissement d’un certificat médical.A chaque rentrée, les formalités sont les mêmes : pour pratiquer une activité sportive dans un club ou une association, on doit présenter un certificat médical d’aptitude. A cette occasion, une consultation chez le généraliste s’impose. La grande majorité des médecins établit une feuille de soins sans spécifier que la visite concerne une personne bien portante, qui vient juste pour obtenir un droit. L’assuré peut alors se faire rembourser au tarif en vigueur. À lire aussiAssurance maladie : une réforme pour économiser 2,2 milliards d’eurosCependant, la loi stipule que la Sécurité Sociale a pour rôle de rembourser les actes et les soins pour les personnes malades. Le certificat médical ne rentre pas dans ce cadre, et des directeurs de CPAM viennent de s’insurger contre la pratique généralisée du remboursement, qu’ils considèrent comme une “fraude” de la part des médecins.L’Assurance Maladie devrait communiquer à ce sujet dans les prochains mois en rappelant la loi. Dans les faits, le texte risque d’être bien difficile à faire appliquer. Le 6 octobre 2010 à 10:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Kroos adds to Madrids injury woes

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has been ruled out of action for around three to four weeks with an adductor problem.Kroos injured his adductor in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Real Sociedad and further compounded the club’s woes with other key players equally facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.“Following tests carried out on our player Toni Kroos today by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a grade 2 tear of the adductor muscle in his left leg,” the club revealed in a statement on Monday.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“His recovery will be monitored.” according to quotes cited via the Evening Standard.The German midfielder is set to miss the Liga games against Betis, Sevilla and Espanyol, as well as the two-legged Copa del Rey last-16 tie versus Leganes, but he should be back for the knockout stages of the Champions League next month as Madrid face Ajax home and away.Other players missing out of action are Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz and Marcos Llorente.last_img read more

Off Beat Twin Towers slogan eerie in retrospect

first_imgNew York was a dream trip for a teenage country girl, as was a first ride on a commercial airplane.So in 1982, shortly after high school graduation, I jumped at the opportunity for a trip to New York. It was a chance to see the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, ride the subway, shop on Fifth Avenue, spend an afternoon in the American Museum of Natural History and, of course, take an elevator ride to the top of the World Trade Center. Nine years after the dedication of the Twin Towers in 1973, it was a typical touristy thing to do in a relatively innocent world. I picked up a Port Authority brochure advertising the World Trade Center as a tourist destination. It was a free addition to my souvenir collection.Then, as people often do with souvenirs, I tossed it in a box and forgot about it for nearly 30 years. Sometimes it pays to be a souvenir saver, and sometimes it becomes a little spooky — like when I found the brochure a couple of months ago. When I saw what the graphic designer had done with the brochure, I got chills.The photo on the front is a bird’s-eye view of the towers, with the rest of New York in the background. The slogan? “The closest some of us will ever get to heaven.”— Ruth Zschomler‘Um … um …’It was our son’s first day of first grade and we were nervous about sending him to school.last_img read more

Childish Gambino Wins Record Of The Year For This Is America 2019

first_img 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Email Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Facebook Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Donald Glover takes home Record Of The Year at the 61st GRAMMY Awards Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 8:56 pm Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover just won Record Of The Year for “This Is America.” It is the fourth win of the night for Glover, as the track also won Song Of The Year, Best Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Performance.Ludwig Göransson, who co-produced the album with Glover, along with engineers Derek “MixedByAli” Ali, Riley Mackin and Mike Bozzi also earned a win for their work on the track with Glover.In the artist’s absence, Ali and Göransson accepted the award and spoke on the group’s behalf.”No matter where you’re born or what country you’re from, you connect with ‘This Is America,’ it speaks to people, it connects right to your soul. It calls out injustice, celebrates life and reunites us all at the same time,” Göransson said in his powerful speech.Göransson, a Swedish-born, Los Angeles-based songwriter and producer is a long-time collaborator of Glover’s, having worked on all three Childish Gambino studio albums, including the last LP, 2016’s GRAMMY-nominated Awaken My Love.Glover earned his first GRAMMY win at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Redbone,” from Awaken, My Love! He  received his first GRAMMY nominations for Best Rap Album for his sophmore LP, Because The Internet, and Best Rap Performance for “3005,” from the album, at the 57th GRAMMY Awards.The big track beat out fellow Record Of The Year nominees: Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin (“I Like It”), Brandi Carlile (“The Joke”), Drake (“God’s Plan”), Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (“Shallow”), Kendrick Lamar and SZA (“All The Stars”), Post Malone and 21 Savage (“Rockstar”), Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey (“The Middle”).2019 GRAMMYs: Full Nominees And Winners List Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Childish Gambino Wins Record Of The Year childish-gambino-wins-record-year-america-2019-grammys Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Read more Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYscenter_img H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images 61st GRAMMY Awards 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Twitter Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Prev Next BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Childish Gambino Wins Record Of The Year For “This Is America” | 2019 GRAMMYs Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images News Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Homecoming season 2 on Amazon wont star Julia Roberts

first_img Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See it Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It 50 Photos Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Tags $60 at Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET See It $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $520 at HP 0 Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read DJI Osmo Action preview See at Turo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 $210 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comments JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Expresscenter_img Read the AirPods review TV and Movies $6 at Tidal Post a comment See at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview $155 at Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. The Cheapskate Rylo $999 Boost Mobile Apple iPhone XS Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET $299 at Amazon See It $59 at eBay Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 7 Share your voice Julia Roberts in Homecoming. Amazon Prime The first season of Homecoming left us with a lot of questions. And some of them might remain unanswered forever. Julia Roberts won’t play caseworker Heidi Bergman again, according to an exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter. She will still act as an executive producer of the Amazon Prime Video show, however, THR reports. The news might come as a surprise since Roberts got a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the thriller. The first season of Homecoming, based on a Gimlet Media podcast, was directed by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, who might have already hinted about this departure in a recent interview.”We’re working on a second season, but we have a very different trajectory for our show,” Esmail told The Hollywood Reporter. “I think when I signed on, I had only listened to the first six episodes of the podcast, which is the first season, and then from there we deviated completely. The show starts out fairly close to the podcast, and in the back half of the season we really start to see the major shifts and differences from the podcast.” So, what will happen to Walter’s memories now that there won’t be any Heidi to bring them back? TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sprint 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Share your voice Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Angela Lang/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Amazonlast_img read more

Freak hail and flooding creates summer icebergs in a Mexican city

first_imgHigh temperatures in Guadalajara have been in the 80s F (around 30 C) the past few days, so all that hail certainly has a short street life.  Hail storms in summer are not particularly unusual, especially at high elevations. Guadalajara sits at roughly the same height as Denver. In fact, as Swain points out, similar events have happened to the north in the high desert plains of New Mexico as well. So while an event like this might not technically be unprecedented, you’d likely have a hard time telling that to residents of Guadalajara who are unlikely to forget this past Sunday anytime soon.  Tags There are numerous documented reports of very deep hail drifts due to transport by floodwaters. A spectacular example occurred in desert of New Mexico in summer 2003. During that event, flash flooding washed hail into “glaciers” 15 feet tall! https://t.co/DGYmRHhSIe #NMwx (3/n) pic.twitter.com/pxan96sCIM— Daniel Swain (@Weather_West) July 1, 2019 Share your voice 1center_img …these enormous #hail drifts are almost certainly the result of an urban flash flood during hail-producing thunderstorm, which washed huge volumes of hail ice from around city into culverts & low-lying areas. Ice floats, so it can go wherever floodwaters do. (2/n) #Guadalajara— Daniel Swain (@Weather_West) July 1, 2019 Water, slush and ice piled up to six feet (1.8 meters) high in the middle of the Mexican summer on Sunday. Viral videos and photos have been circulating online of buried cars and the residents of Guadalajara, a large city in central Mexico, digging out of icy muck. Despite some reports that six feet of hail actually fell from the sky on Sunday, meteorologists online have been pointing out that the ensuing flooding after the intense storm more likely transported the precipitation to low points where it reached depths of up to six feet.  “These enormous #hail drifts are almost certainly the result of an urban flash flood during hail-producing thunderstorm, which washed huge volumes of hail ice from around city into culverts & low-lying areas. Ice floats, so it can go wherever floodwaters do,” climate scientist Daniel Swain wrote on Twitter.  Comment Sci-Techlast_img read more

AMP test targeted in prefiled bill

first_imgRepresentative Jim Colver of Palmer has pre-filed a bill that would do away with the one-year-old Alaska Measures of Progress exam.Just months after AMP’s first run in schools last spring, it started to get a bad rap.Because the test raised the bar significantly, scores came back significantly lower than previous years’ assessments. And unforeseen challenges had the test vendor rolling out those scores several weeks later than expected this fall.But the issue that has Representative Jim Colver calling for the death of AMP? The test scores, he says, don’t give educators “usable” information about their students’ progress.“I think it represents a failed experiment of top-down education when we gear up for a mandate, and spend a lot of precious time that could be used in the classroom to take a test and then find out we can’t determine from that test if there’s any learning occurring, or what a student needs to improve on because of the way the test is administered and scored,” he said.Colver’s legislation would prohibit the state from administering the AMP test, which was developed for Alaska by the Kansas-based Achievement and Assessment Institute under a $25 million contract.Instead it calls for a “research-based” test with results that “teachers can use to inform individual student instruction” and to compare their students to national norms.For this alternate test, Colver points to the MAP, or Measures of Alaska Progress test, which is already used as a benchmarking tool in many Alaska schools.“The beauty of the MAP test is it gives instantaneous results, and it creates a learning plan. … it creates a learning plan. It pegs them nationally to where they’re at, for instance in reading or math, with other students around the country,” he said. “But more importantly, it gives good valuable data, and it’s frequently administered in some districts several times a year to chart progress.”If passed, Colver’s bill would require the state to implement MAP or a “substantially similar system of assessments.”Dropping AMP would likely leave schools without a standardized test for spring 2016; in that case, the state would need to seek a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to be able to skip testing for a year.The legislative session begins Jan. 19. The Joint House and Senate Education Committees will meet to discuss AMP testing on the 20th.last_img read more

NKDA offers green tokens to successful planters

first_imgKolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) will give green tokens to those who have successfully maintained the saplings that were given to them in 2017 as part of its massive afforestation drive jointly with the state Forest department.Those who can obtain two out of the three green tokens will be given T-shirt and other gifts to encourage them to grow plants with care. Five young mothers and their daughters were given saplings under the Sabujshree project at a function held near the Clock Tower in New Town on Saturday afternoon. The unique project is an initiative of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee where young mothers and their daughters are given saplings. The family is supposed to grow the tree and when the girl child attains the age of 18 years, the family can sell the tree to help her study further. The NKDA will distribute a pack of 25 saplings among schools, colleges and other institutions in New Town as part of the drive. It has also taken steps for avenue plantation. All those who attended the function were given two saplings. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe NKDA will set up an urban pocket garden near the Clock Tower and senior officials will plant saplings for the same.New Town is coming up as a green city and various measures have already been taken in this regard. There is waste water recycling and the recycled water is being used to water the roadside plants. LED lamps have been installed to bring down pollution levels.Bicycles have been introduced as part of the cycle sharing scheme. Electric air-conditioned buses have been introduced and e-cars will soon be launched. Eco Park has also been developed as the biggest urban park in eastern India.last_img read more

Survey Half of Chinese like US ideas on democracy

first_imgAssociated PressBEIJING (AP) – People in China are increasingly worried about corruption, inequality and food safety, according to a survey that also found that about half of Chinese like American ideas about democracy.Chinese citizens have become far more concerned about domestic quality-of-life issues over the past four years, the Pew Global Attitudes Project report on attitudes in China found.The new attitudes highlight the challenges China’s new leadership will face when it assumes power in a once-in-a-decade transition next month. China’s runaway growth in recent decades has led to a yawning gap between rich and poor and worsening pollution. The Communist Party has said repeatedly that pervasive corruption threatens its hold on power. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Pew said the survey was based on face-to-face interviews with 3,177 respondents between March 18 and April 15. It gave a margin of error of 4.3 percent. The poll represents approximately 64 percent of China’s adult population, and the sample was disproportionately urban. China prohibits foreign polling organizations from surveying Chinese directly, so Pew obtained the poll data from Horizon Research Consultancy Group, a respected Beijing-based polling company.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Most Chinese say they are better off financially, according to the Pew survey, but inflation remains their top concern, with 60 percent saying it’s a “very big problem,” though that figure was down from 72 percent in 2008.Half of the respondents said corrupt officials are a major problem, up from 39 percent four years ago. The gap between rich and poor was the third biggest concern, with 48 percent of respondents citing it, up from 41 percent in 2008.Concerns over the safety of food and medicine have increased the most. In 2008, 12 percent said food safety was a major problem; this time, after numerous food scandals involving products from baby powder to pork, the number more than tripled to 41 percent.Quality of life issues are coming to the foreground in China as average incomes rise and leisure time increases, said Steve Tsang, a professor of contemporary Chinese studies at the University of Nottingham, who wasn’t connected to the survey.“People have to live with them on a daily basis,” he said. “When one was too busy making a living to get bothered by them in the past, less attention was paid to them. Now that the overall standard of living has improved and individuals have more scope to slow down and reflect a bit, the poor quality of life becomes more of an issue.” The survey released Tuesday indicated a small increase in the embrace of U.S. democratic ideas _ up to 52 percent, from 48 percent in 2007 _ though it was unclear whether that reflected a real increase, because the difference was smaller than the poll’s margin of error.A decrease in the number of people rejecting American democratic thought was more dramatic, down to 29 percent from 36 percent in 2007.Joseph Cheng, a political scientist at the City University of Hong Kong, said tightening state control over dissidence in the past five years has prompted many Chinese to become frustrated with their political system, but he doesn’t think they are ready to press for Western-style democracy.“While the appeal of Western democracy has been enhanced, Chinese people have no intention and they haven’t the political will to challenge the existing regime,” Cheng said. “Chinese people understand that their living standards have been improving in the past 30 years and more and they still expect further improvements in the coming decade.”The research by the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Research Center also found that a growing number of Chinese are concerned about China-U.S. ties. A quarter described the relationship as hostile, up from 8 percent two years ago. Meanwhile, confidence in President Barack Obama to do the right thing in world affairs slipped from 52 percent to 38 percent. Comments   Share   center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

ShangriLa Hotels and Resorts has announced that i

first_imgShangri-La Hotels and Resorts has announced that its second hotel in Harbin, Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin, is scheduled for a December 2016 opening. Occupying a prime position on the edge of the Songhua River’s north bank, the 344-room property will offer surrounding river and city views.The property will grace the skyline of Songbei’s business district that is in the heart of the city. Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin will feature 33 executive serviced apartments, created with the modern traveller in mind, and is conveniently located a five-minute drive from Harbin’s ice festival at the Ice & Snow World, and close to local attractions namely the Sun Island Garden, Siberian Tiger Park and Harbin Great Theatre. The international airport and Harbin West Railway Station are 40 minutes and 30 minutes away respectively.Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin will accept room reservations from November 2016.Surrounding guests with a high level of comfort and privacy are guest rooms and apartments ranging from 42 to 178 square metres, all encompassing views of the city and river framed within the floor-to-ceiling windows. Mood lighting, quality linen and luxury amenities will be available in addition to a Horizon Club Lounge and dedicated guest floors to offer personalised concierge service and benefits.Dining options include Shang Kitchen, an upscale Chinese restaurant for Peking roast duck, earthen casserole dishes and regional specialties. Café Song, an all-day dining restaurant is a theatre concept of open kitchens serving Asian and Western favourites, while Grab & Go will provide a selection of gourmet pub food for take away.  The Lobby Lounge will serve classic high tea and refreshments throughout the day and De Drunk’n Pig will be perfect for entertaining with live music in the evening.Catering to conferences and banquets are the hotel’s extensive meeting facilities including Songbei’s largest pillarless ballroom, which covers 1616 square metres and seats up to 1000 guests for receptions. An additional ballroom at 408 square metres and two function rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology.Providing a place of calm for guests is the spa and indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and fitness centre complete the wellness options at Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin.last_img read more

New York NY – Reported by Elite Traveler the pri

first_imgNew York, NY – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineOrient-Express, which unites a collection of 49 internationally renowned luxury hotel, river cruise and rail experiences across 24 countries, is bringing its rarefied world to life via a new digital advertising campaign comprised of nine short films. The eight week brand recognition campaign will introduce the enticing experiences to be found at selected properties using rich media placed on a variety of lifestyle and travel websites. These will link to microsite www.orient-express.com/journeylikenoother.The iconic brand worked with Chandelier Creative and Swedish film-maker, Kalle Gustafsson, who is celebrated for his stylish fashion photography and work with luxury brands. The Orient-Express films, reminiscent of a Wes Anderson feature in their vintage wash and enchanting cinematography, are set to commissioned music with narration by distinguished British actor Bill Nighy.The films follow the travel experiences of an elegant family of four on a worldwide journey. Real staff members were filmed from the diverse properties. Representing the brand are a romantic journey from Paris to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train, a celebratory visit to Hotel Cipriani in Venice, a vacation at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, and a trip to Cuzco, Peru, to explore the delights of Hotel Monasterio, Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, and the Hiram Bingham train.Chandelier’s creative director, Richard Christiansen, said, “Orient-Express’ authentic travel experiences go beyond the generic ‘luxury’ tagline and take their guests on a journey of discovery, so our concept engages this audience and piques curiosity. We are identifying luxury consumers through targeted placements and then exposing those users to video heavy ‘rich media’ showcasing experiential brand cues rather than simply bookable functionality. This is what defines the campaign in contrast to the mindset of many travel advertisers.”This awareness advertising campaign is the latest activity in a rebranding strategy by Orient-Express. Orient-Express is currently ranked first in its competitive set of 12 global luxury hospitality brands in the areas of service and emotional intelligence by Leading Quality Assurance.www.orient-express.comYouTube Vimealast_img read more