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Occupational Health and Safety Penalties to Help Decrease Workplace Accidents

first_imgThe province is implementing a monetary penalty system for employers and employees who break occupational health and safety laws in a move to improve workplace safety. Beginning in January, the Department of Labour and Workforce Development’s occupational health and safety division will have the ability to issue penalties when violations of health and safety laws are found in workplaces. “We take the health and safety of our workers very seriously in this province,” said Labour and Workforce Development Minister Marilyn More. “Safety in the workplace is a shared responsibility, and this initiative will work to increase compliance and better protect workforce participants in the province.” Currently, monetary penalties for employers or employees who break occupational health and safety laws are assigned by the courts. Compliance is achieved through education, promotion, enforcement and prosecution. The new system will be an additional form of deterrence. Although workplace injuries continue to decline, in 2008 there were 29 workplace fatalities and 8,000 incidents where employees were not able to go to work the next day. “If this new system saves one life, or prevents one injury, then we are one step closer to being a province that has no workplace accidents or fatalities, and that is where we strive to be,”said Ms. More. The Occupational Health and Safety division issues about 4,000 occupational health and safety orders each year. Orders are issued when violations are found in the workplace. “Workplace injuries have serious impacts on far too many Nova Scotians and their families. Both workers and employers need to be aware, and they need to take action on injury prevention,” said Chris Power, acting chair of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. “This is an important initiative and it can only create awareness and lead to safer workplaces, which is a goal shared by all of us.” Employers, supervisors and employees subject to the penalty can be appealed to the Occupational Health and Safety Appeal Panel. Penalties imposed on employers and supervisors will be larger than those imposed on employees and the penalty will increase if it is a repeat offence. Other Canadian jurisdictions such as British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick and the Yukon have penalty systems in place.last_img read more

Province Marks HIVAIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day

first_imgHealth and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey raised a flag at Province House today, Nov. 29, to mark HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day. This year’s theme, Know Your Status, highlights the importance of prevention, early diagnosis, and ongoing care and treatment. World AIDS day is Dec. 1 and also marks the beginning of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada. “To build on the important work that has been done to fight HIV/AIDS, we need to continue to reduce stigma and encourage people to know their status,” said Mr. Delorey. “Prevention, early diagnosis and treatment are key, and we are working hard to increase access to services to remove barriers for high-risk Nova Scotians.”In July, government increased access to HIV prevention medication by adding it to provincial Pharmacare programs. “The importance of early diagnosis and access to ongoing care and treatment to eliminate HIV cannot be overstated,” said Michelle Proctor-Simms, director of the Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS. “This speaks to the need for more options to reach the undiagnosed and to get them to the appropriate services and supports.” Twenty-five Nova Scotians have already tested positive for HIV this year. That’s an increase over the average annual number of 16 new HIV cases. There has been a national increase in rates of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections over the last decade. To find out how to get an HIV test, talk to your primary care provider or visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority sexually transmitted infection and sexually transmitted disease clinic website at http://www.nshealth.ca/service-details/STI%20and%20STD%20Clinic. Information on anonymous HIV testing offered at the Halifax Sexual Health Clinic or the Ally Centre of Cape Breton can be found at https://www.allycentreofcapebreton.com/services/”>http://hshc.ca/anonymous-hiv-testing/</a>.last_img read more

Single racer braves freezing temperatures to finish Yukon ultramarathon

first_imgPELLY CROSSING, Yn – It’s known as the toughest, coldest race on Earth and the ultra-marathon in Yukon certainly lived up to its reputation this year.Temperatures dipped as low as -45 C as contestants raced more than 400 kilometres in the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra, said race organizer Robert Pollhammer.The cold was so persistent that about seven contestants had to drop out to seek medical attention for frostbite, he added.“It’s billed as the world’s toughest and coldest for a reason. It’s not just marketing — that’s what it is. And unfortunately, this comes at a price. It can be dangerous,” Pollhammer said.Twenty-one people began the race in Whitehorse on Feb. 1, intending to go the entire 482 kilometre course either by foot, on cross-country skis or fat-tired mountain bikes.Another 28 racers tackled shorter routes of either 42 kilometres or 151 kilometres.South African runner Jethro De Decker, 35, was declared the winner of the longest course on Feb. 8 when he arrived at a checkpoint outside Pelly Crossing, Yukon.Organizers had to stop the race about 60 kilometres from the official finish line for safety reasons, Pollhammer said.By that time, all of the other contestants had dropped out, he added.The runner-up, a cross-country skier from the Northwest Territories, had arrived at the previous check point with a frost-bitten finger.While the race is always plagued by cold, this year’s relentless deep freeze was unusual and made conditions difficult.“From the start, that was brutal for everyone,” Pollhammer said.Snowmobiles that ride along the trail for safety had cables snap or engines refuse to start in the frozen temperatures, he added, which at times prevented race organizers from sending contestants out.Most people who can no longer get warm stop racing, Pollhammer said, but part of the adventure is overcoming both the physical and mental challenges of traversing such a long distance in unforgiving conditions.“There are a million things you need to keep in mind,” he said. “It’s just continuous problem-solving. The minute you stop solving your problems, you run into problems.”Ideally, people train in climates similar to Yukon’s to get their bodies ready for the race, and Pollhammer said he’s heard of some who prepare in industrial freezers.“In the end, really, you can’t 100 per cent prepare for it. Still, there’s always going to be lessons to be learned, even for the more experienced guys,” he said.The ultra-marathon is run every year, and every two years there’s an extra-long race of nearly 700 kilometres from Whitehorse to Dawson City.Pollhammer said that is the most popular event, drawing fields of between 30 and 40 racers.Results from last year’s event show 17 people completed the mammoth course.There’s no prize money attached to the ultra-marathon, but Pollhammer said finishers do get a medal.— Follow @gkarstenssmith on Twitterlast_img read more

Huawei espionage for Beijing would make no sense given massive risk exec

first_imgOTTAWA — A senior Huawei Canada official says the consequences would be catastrophic if the company were caught spying on behalf of Beijing.Scott Bradley, vice-president of corporate affairs, says people should think rationally about the notion of Huawei risking tens of billions of dollars by engaging in illicit activity for spymasters.In an interview, Bradley all but dismisses the idea, saying the effect on Huawei — and others in the technology sector — would be massive.Bradley stresses that Huawei has built a solid track record in Canada over the last decade, employing 960 people, conducting research and abiding by stringent security provisions.The comments come as the federal government weighs Huawei’s possible participation in the next-generation 5G wireless system.Private companies such as BCE and Telus will do the building, but the federal government could forbid them to use certain products on security grounds.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Federal government accused of withholding documents at Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

first_imgAPTN National NewsFederal justice lawyers were accused of withholding thousands of pages of documents related to an ongoing discrimination case at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Monday in Ottawa.The accusation came from lawyer Paul Champ who is representing the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS), one of the complainants in the case.“This is a surprise to us that there is a large volume of documents yet to be disclosed,” Champ told the tribunal. “We always believed there would be ongoing disclosure because the case is ongoing and new audits come up then fine, but it appears from the letter from counsel (Justice Canada) that basically there’s a large number of documents dating back to 2010 that have not yet been disclosed.”The discovery of the large amount of documents came after Cindy Blackstock, executive director of FNCFCS, became curious about the lack of information being disclosed by Justice Canada at the hearing.Blackstock filed an access to information request to Aboriginal Affairs and after waiting seven months, received nearly 4,000 documents and 30,000 pages.Download (PDF, Unknown)According to Blackstock, some of the documents she received are audits and evaluations of the government’s enhanced funding formula. It’s the program that a handful of provinces including Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and PEI have signed onto to get more money for First Nations child welfare agencies and what the government is counting on to counter claims that it underfunds those agencies.“In the documents we found there were many audits, provincial audits of those provinces that have implemented the enhanced funding approach with finding that we find quite damning by the government itself for that approach,” said Champ.The tribunal is hearing a case brought on by the FNCFCS and the Assembly of First Nations.Both accuse Canada of spending less on First Nations child welfare than what provincial governments spend for non-First Nations children.There are questions about why this information was not disclosed to parties at the hearing.Lawyers representing Canada said the parties were clear regarding disclosure before the hearings started.“The Attorney General takes disclosure very seriously,” said Justice Canada lawyer Jonathan Tarlton. “I understand that before this hearing was reconvened, it was anticipated that disclosure would go back to 2009 and as Mr. Champs’ letter states, we’ve gone to 2010.”None of the parties could recollect such an agreement.Tarlton said Aboriginal Affairs is looking at the thousands of documents and pages slated for release.“There have been a significant number of documents that are identified as being potentially relevant doesn’t mean they’re all going to ultimately be relevant but ultimately at least they’ve been through the clients due diligence. That’s an ongoing and not a simple process,” said Tarlton.In a letter dated May 7, 2013, Justice Canada stated that it will have another 50,000 documents ready to release between September and December 2013, after the hearings have wrapped up.Champ said Monday that is unacceptable.“I’m not really sure how that would work. It wouldn’t work quite frankly. We are looking for an order from the tribunal, not just a direction but an order to produce documents by June 14, 2013 to produce the remaining relevant documents,” he said.A number of meetings are planned to discuss the release of the documents. Tribunal staff are also working on what was agreed regarding disclosure prior to the start of the hearings.As for the AFN, representatives told the tribunal: “We don’t feel it’s too onerous on the Crown with respect to throwing some resources at this to get these documents produced in 30 days. We’ve seen it in other tribunals, it is possible.”last_img read more

Talk session to foster economic cultural ties between India and China

first_imgKolkata: Zha Liyou, Consul General, the Consulate General of the Peoples’ Republic of China in Kolkata felt that the sectors such as manufacturing, food processing, finance, technical training, sports, tourism and shooting films could play a major role in strengthening the bilateral relationship between India and China.He was addressing a Special Session “India-China Economic Ties: A Sub-National Perspective” organised by Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry at its office on Thursday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe also mentioned about cultural and educational exchanges and spoke about Kunming which could be a dream wedding destination for the people from across the country. Referring to age-old relationship of India and China, Liyou said that the relationship in both the state and provincial level should be fostered better as a part of bilateral relationships. He pointed out that there could be an exchange of more business delegations between Kunming and Kolkata and focus areas would be agro technology, mining, healthcare and hospitals tourism and hotels and solid waste management. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBoth the Centre and provincial governments may find business solutions to further promote economic, cultural and educational ties between two countries at the sub national level. He said that Kolkata – Kunming and West Bengal – Yunnan relationships could be taken to a new high even though India and China have different structure with India having collaborative federalism and China having strong Government at the Centre. On tourism he said that while in 2018, 8 lakh Indian tourists went to China, the corresponding figure for Chinese tourists to India was only 2 lakh, which needs to be addressed. He also urged the governments of both the countries to generate more business. Earlier, in his welcome address, Vishal Jhajharia, President of the Chamber spoke about India’s huge trade deficit with China, which has been an area of concern over the years.last_img read more

Police Arrest Couple Trafficking 2310 Psychotropic Tablets in Fez

Rabat- Drug trafficking continues to be an issue in Morocco, especially the movement of psychoactive drugs and cannabis, or hash, which are popular in the illegal drug market.The National Brigade of Judicial Police (BNPJ) sized 2,310 psychotropic tablets and 2,190 tablets of psychoactive drug known as ecstasy, as well as three mobile phones in the possession of the husband and wife.Drug traffickers typically use more than one mobile phone to carry out drug dealing operations. The police intercepted the suspects as they were driving in their car in Fez. The couple is currently under investigation, reported the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN).Read Also: Despite Passenger Complaints, Marrakech Airport Traffic up 20%In the same month, the judicial police arrested a suspect for trafficking 20,000 ecstasy tablets and 1,980 Rivotril tablets, a seizure medication in Mohammedia, near Casablanca.Customs officials in Morocco also report drug traffickers attempting to smuggle drugs to Europe, largely through Tangier Med Port.In September, custom officers at the port seized 28 kilograms of cannabis resin from an international transport truck.  The trafficker concealed the cannabis in the walls of his vehicle.Cannabis resin is one of the most exported drugs from Morocco and has continuously been seized in recent years. Morocco’s report on the implementation of criminal policy announced in July that authorities recorded 85,000 cases of drug-related crimes in 2017.Drug cases resulted in the arrest of 74,573 suspects in 2012, while 88,179 suspects of drug-related crimes were arrested in 2016. read more

Violent crime threatens development in Latin America and Caribbean – UN

“In the last two decades, Latin America’s quest for democratic governance has made great progress, with the strengthening of electoral democracy and a steady transition towards civilian and more transparent forms of governance,” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said yesterday while visiting Mexico to mark the 50th anniversary of UNDP’s presence in the country.“These achievements followed a recent past of violence and repression from authoritarian political regimes which limited citizens’ rights,” she said during a meeting with Mexico’s Interior Minister, Francisco Blake.Miss Clark cautioned that chronic insecurity and entrenched inequality could undermine hard-won gains in governance as well as development in the region.With an annual average of 25 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, Latin America is among the most violent regions in the world. Last year, more than 18,000 people were murdered in Central America alone and UNDP found that governments there spent $4 billion on security and justice – a 60 per cent increase over four years and more than what some countries receive in foreign aid.“Trans-national criminal organizations pose a huge threat to state security institutions whose mandate is limited to the national context,” she said. “Societies and States are sometimes tempted to use illegal means to fight crime, and the public debate on insecurity can become unduly polarized. More coordination is needed across borders in matters of intelligence, security, and policing to combat these gangs.”Given the scope of the challenge, the next UNDP Human Development Report for Latin American and the Caribbean will focus on people’s security. It will be coordinated by Mexican scholar Rafael Fernández de Castro, a former foreign policy adviser to Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón.“We have helped governments develop and implement regional and national comprehensive plans, promoted legal reforms and innovative local security management approaches, and supported reforms to justice and law enforcement institutions,” said Miss Clark.On Tuesday, Mexico and UNDP signed a strategic partnership agreement to boost the country’s efforts to share its experiences in social and economic development with other nations. UNDP has signed similar partnerships with Brazil, China and Turkey. 15 September 2011High levels of crime and insecurity continue to pose a challenge to social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean, despite steady improvements in governance over the past two decades, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has warned. read more

Plains Midstream buying Empress NGL for 200 million from Westcoast Energy

VANCOUVER — Westcoast Energy is selling its Canadian natural gas liquids business for $200 million to Plains Midstream Canada ULC.The deal includes Westcoast’s Empress extraction and fractionation facility, a transmission pipeline, seven NGL terminals and two storage facilities in Western Canada.Natural gas liquids products include propane, butane and ethane.The deal was announced by Spectra Energy Corp., which acquired Westcoast Energy in 2002.Why Canadian LNG projects are inching forward despite low prices, sagging interestHuge Petronas Canada LNG project runs into further delays over environmental assessment studyLast year, Spectra recorded a US$333-million impairment of goodwill assets associated with Westcoast’s B.C. Field Services business and its Empress NGL operations.Plains Midstream Canada — an indirect subsidiary of Plains All American Pipeline LP — owns 28 natural gas liquids storage facilities, 19 rail terminals and six pipeline terminals plus joint ventures in a number of plants.Both Plains All American and Spectra Energy are based in Houston. read more

Basketball Big Ten announces two more conference games beginning in 201819

The Big Ten basketball schedule will now feature 20 games for the men’s division and 18 game on the women’s side. Credit: Courtesy of Big Ten ConferenceOhio State men’s and women’s basketball teams will play two more conference games beginning next season. The Big Ten announced Thursday that its men’s teams will play 20 conference games and the women’s teams will play 18 in 2018-19. Under the current men’s format, teams play five teams twice in conference and the other eight programs once. Starting next season, teams will play six opponents twice and one game against the other seven teams.The women’s format now features five home-and-home series and eight individual games with four at home and four on the road. The schedule change doesn’t come as a surprise, given Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told ESPN in June that there were discussions about the expanded conference schedule with coaches.The Big Ten men’s is the only Power 5 conference with 20 conference games. The ACC will play 20 conference games beginning in 2019-20. Ohio State men’s basketball opens the season at home Nov. 10 against Robert Morris, with an exhibition game scheduled for Nov. 5 against Wooster. The women’s team plays Stanford Nov. 10 at St. John Arena and an exhibition game scheduled for Oct. 29 against Ashland. read more

Denver Broncos Linebacker Von Miller Arrested

Denver Broncos’ Von Miller just can’t stay out of trouble.The linebacker, who is scheduled to appeal his four-game suspension for violating the NFL drug policy, was arrested Sunday for failure to appear in court. Miller posted a $1,000 bond and was released after he failed to appear in an Arapahoe County court for a traffic citation, Sheriff Dave Walcher told USA Today Sports.Miller was cited in October for driving without a license, having no proof of insurance, and careless driving. An arrest warrant was issued in January when the 24-year-old failed to appear for that court date.The team issued a statement Wednesday indicating they were aware of Miller’s latest incident.“We have been aware of the matter involving Von Miller’s failure to appear in court for traffic violations,” the Broncos said in a statement. “It was reported to the league earlier this week and is being handled through the legal system.”The Broncos had a day off from training camp Sunday so Miller’s arrest had no effect on the team’s practice. read more

Ohio State footballs Jake Stoneburner Jack Mewhort removed from scholarships

Ohio State redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner and redshirt junior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort have been removed from their scholarships-at least until the end of the summer. In a statement released Friday night from Urban Meyer via an OSU department of athletics spokesperson, the two football players “will each be removed from athletic scholarship beginning with the summer term, and they will continue to be suspended from team activities until stipulations are successfully met.” “We are disappointed with the decisions made recently by two of our football players,” the release said, though, “(Stoneburner and Mewhort) will have an opportunity to return to the team in good standing following the summer session.” The decision comes nearly two weeks after Stoneburner and Mewhort were suspended June 3 after being arrested for obstructing justice. According to a police report from the Shawnee Hills Police Department, police said they spotted Stoneburner, Mewhort and a third person, Austin Barnard, urinating on what appeared to be an early childhood education school called The Oxford School near the Bogey Inn in Dublin, Ohio. After shining a bright light, police said the three suspects ran away. Police said they found Stoneburner and Barnard crouched between cars while Mewhort fled to a nearby wooded area before turning himself in after threatening to use a police dog. Stoneburner and Mewhort were expected to be starters under first-year football coach Urban Meyer. In 2011, Stoneburner caught 14 passes for 193 yards and had seven touchdown catches. Stoneburner was recruited out of Dublin Coffman High School. He has caught 37 passes so far in his career at OSU. Meyer listed Stoneburner after this year’s Spring Game on April 21 as one of his “top offensive playmakers.” Mewhort was a highly recruited prospect out of St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy in Toledo, Ohio. read more

Jihadi Jacks parents spared jail after being found guilty of funding terrorism

Prosecutor Alison Morgan QC said the Crown would not seek a retrial and asked for the charge to lie on file.There were gasps in the public gallery but defendants made no reaction in the dock.The court had heard how Jack Letts left the family home in May 2014 and embarked on what his parents saw as a “grand adventure” to learn Arabic in Jordan.Before his departure, a friend of the teenager had tried to warn his parents about his growing extremism and urged them to confiscate his passport.From Jordan, Jack Letts moved to Kuwait and married Asmaa, the daughter of a tribal elder, in Iraq before travelling on to Syria. A post on Facebook by Jack LettsCredit:PA Lane told jurors she was “horrified” when he rang her to say he was in Syria in September 2014.She said: “I screamed at him, ‘How could you be so stupid? You will get killed. You will be beheaded’.”John Letts begged his son to come home, telling him: “A father should never live to see his son buried.”He went on to accuse him of being a “pawn … helping spread hatred, pain, anger, suffering and violence”, jurors heard.In early 2015, police raided the family home and warned the defendants not to send any property or money to their son.Jack Letts ranted about it to his parents, saying police would “die in your rage”.In July 2015, he posted on Facebook that he would like to perform a “martyrdom operation” on a group of British soldiers, and threatened to behead his old school friend Linus Doubtfire, who had joined the Army. Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC sentenced John Letts and Lane to 15 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months “in the very special circumstances of this case”.He said: “It was one thing for parents to be optimistic about their children and I do acknowledge he is your son who you love very much. But in this context you did lose sight of realities”He told the couple: “The warning signs were there for you to see. He said that they were “intelligent adults” and set aside their suspicions to “please your son”. Jack Letts aka Jihadi Jack pictured in SyriaCredit:PA 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 parents of a Muslim convert dubbed Jihadi Jack have been spared jail after being found guilty of funding terrorism after sending money to their son.Organic farmer John Letts, 58, and former Oxfam fundraising officer Sally Lane, 57, refused to believe their 18-year-old son Jack had become a dangerous extremist when they allowed him to travel, the Old Bailey heard.They ignored repeated warnings he had joined Islamic State in Syria and sent – or tried to send – a total of £1,723 for him despite being told by police three times not to.Prosecutor Alison Morgan QC said the couple, from Oxford, “turned a blind eye to the obvious” – that their son had joined the murderous terrorist group by the time they sent £223 in September 2015.The defendants claimed their son, who suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder, was trapped in Raqqa and by December 2015 when they tried to send more funds, they were acting under “duress” fearing he was in mortal danger.A jury deliberated for nearly 20 hours to find the defendants guilty of one charge of funding terrorism in in September 2015 but not guilty of the same charge in December 2015.Jurors were discharged after they were unable to decide on a third charge relating to an attempt to send money in January 2016. When challenged by his parents, he said: “I would happily kill each and every one of Linus Unit personally… I honestly want to cut Linus head off.”Ms Morgan said it was “ridiculous” to claim the message had been posted by someone else using Jack Letts’s account, because he even knew the name of the family cat. A post on Facebook by Jack Letts At the time, Lane conceded in a message to her son it was “naive of us to believe” he was not a fighter.The defendants also consulted an academic expert who told them it was “highly improbable” that Jack Letts had not engaged in military activity, the court heard.In spite of the mounting evidence, Lane sent £223 after Jack Letts gave her his word the money would have “nothing to do with jihad”.Police followed up with a second warning, telling Lane that “sending money to Jack is the same as sending money to Isis”.But in December 2015, Jack Letts began indicating he would like to leave Syria and told of a “big misguidance in the state”.John Letts told a family liaison officer that Jack Letts was “desperate to get out” and in “danger”, and was advised he could send him money to leave.The advice was quickly corrected and the defendants were issued with a written notice stating: “The police do not endorse or authorise the sending of any monies to Jack Letts.”Lane told her son: “We know you are in danger so we feel we have no choice but to help you and send it.” But when she asked him to spell out the danger he was in, Jack Letts responded: “Define danger.”She went on to attempt two money transfers which were blocked, and the defendants were arrested.John Letts declined to give evidence, but his barrister Henry Blaxland QC told jurors the prosecution was “inhumane to the point of being cruel”.He said: “These parents have to all intents and purposes lost their son. They are having to deal with the trauma.”The jury was not told that father-of-one Jack Letts, now aged 23, is being held by Kurdish authorities in northern Syria accused of being a member of IS.Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes said the conviction sends a clear message, adding: “It’s not for us to choose which laws to follow and which not to and when it’s OK to break the law.”She said investigators had a “huge empathy” for the Letts family, adding: “Fundamentally John Letts and Sally Lane are not bad people.”It’s hard to imagine the kind of agony they must be going through because of the choices their son made.” Jack Letts aka Jihadi Jack pictured in Syria read more

Droid X360 looks like a PS Vita runs Android supports 9 different

first_imgImagine a handheld gaming console that looks like the PS Vita, runs Android, and supports 9 different emulators. A Chinese company has created just such a device and called it the Droid X360. The Droid rips off Sony’s design as well as borrowing its name from Microsoft and Motorola products. The fact you can mulate 9 games systems using it though, is sure to make it appeal to some gamers.The device runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and can play games from the Nintendo 64, original PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, NES, SNES, Sega Mega Drive, and Sega Game Gear. The graphics may not look as good as a Vita’s, but it has a 1.5GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 5-inch touchscreen to play with. As for ports, you get a HDMI out, a microSD slot (so you can save up to 32GB worth of data), a mini USB port, stereo speakers, and it even has 2 cameras: a 2 mega pixel one on the rear and a front-facing 0.3 mega pixel unit. The unit is powered by a 2800mAh battery.Everything about the PS Vita’s design has been copied, including the dual analog sticks and the PS home button. The only thing that seems to be missing is the rear touchscreen panel, with a little green Android robot appearing there instead.The price of the device has yet to be confirmed, but I will be amazed if it ever sees a release outside of China even if it sells significantly cheaper than the Vita. The company behind it may face a lawsuit from Sony before it even makes it to market.via Micgadgetlast_img read more

Arsenal show muchneeded grit and fight to come back and force a

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 2nd 2017, 6:10 PM Image: Simon Cooper Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 6:10 PM 18,485 Views ARSENAL EARNED BELEAGUERED manager Arsene Wenger a measure of respite by twice hitting back to hold Manchester City to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium.Pep Guardiola twice saw his City side go ahead, through Leroy Sane and then Sergio Aguero, but Arsenal twice responded via goals from Theo Walcott and Shkodran Mustafi.Victory would have been a welcome tonic for Wenger, who has come in for heavy criticism from Arsenal’s fans, but after four defeats in five Premier League games, the point was welcome.His side remain seven points below City, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League berth, in sixth place, but they retain a game in hand on them.City were prevented from reclaiming third place from Liverpool and eating into Chelsea’s advantage following the leaders’ shock 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace. Leroy Sane celebrates after giving City the lead after just five minutes. Source: Simon CooperBut City, who have now drawn their last three league games, will have an opportunity to close to within eight points of the summit when they travel to Chelsea on Wednesday.Wenger again faced protests from some Arsenal fans, this time in the form of an advertising van parked outside the ground and leaflets about the launch of a #NoNewContract social media campaign.City’s team featured the novelty of Jesus Navas at right-back, but there was nothing new about the huge boulevards of space they found between the members of Arsenal’s back four.It took City less than five minutes to draw blood as Kevin De Bruyne’s hopeful pass from deep inside his own half sent Sane scampering clear.The Germany winger outpaced Hector Bellerin and skipped past David Ospina — deputising in goal for the injured Petr Cech — before rolling in his eighth City goal.When De Bruyne bent a low shot against the post and David Silva forced Ospina to parry with the rebound, Arsenal looked set for a long afternoon.They worked a foothold, however, with Mesut Ozil putting a tame shot straight at Willy Caballero, Nacho Monreal lashing over from a corner and Alexis Sanchez curling centimetres wide.It took a last-ditch sliding challenge from Fernandinho, meanwhile, to prevent Sanchez applying the finishing touch to Ozil’s flick. Source: Nick PottsWenger’s men equalised in the 40th minute when Gael Clichy played Walcott onside from Mustafi’s header and the England man bundled a shot past Caballero.But in testament to Arsenal’s recent travails, parity would exist for just 131 seconds.De Bruyne’s dart into the box was halted by the sliding Laurent Koscielny, but Silva collected the loose ball and laid it off to Aguero, who crashed a low, angled drive beneath Ospina.Koscielny was forced off by injury at the break, with Gabriel taking his place, while Guardiola tightened things up by introducing Yaya Toure for Raheem Sterling and moving De Bruyne out to the right.Arsenal had threatened in first-half stoppage time, Walcott stabbing over from Sanchez’s pass, and eight minutes into the second half they levelled when Mustafi rose to head in Ozil’s corner. Source: Simon CooperWhile Wenger sent on Olivier Giroud and Alex Iwobi for Walcott and Danny Welbeck in search of a third goal, it was City who came closest to finding a winner.Ospina was obliged to save from a booming Fernandinho drive and a header by Aguero, who had also headed wide from Navas’s cross moments before Walcott’s equaliser.City wanted a penalty in stoppage time after the ball brushed Monreal’s arm as he attempted a stooping header, but referee Andre Marriner said no.© – AFP, 2017West Ham board give Bilic dreaded vote of confidence‘I will not retire, retirement is dying’: Wenger dismisses speculation Image: Simon Cooper Share Tweet Email1 44 Comments Arsenal show much-needed grit and fight to come back and force a draw with Man City In the midst of more fan protests, Arsene Wenger’s side were behind on two occasions but rallied to pick up a point. http://the42.ie/3320255 Short URL By AFPlast_img read more

Women called to lead

first_imgWhen Tammy Iliou was elected to the board of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), aged 34, she looked around for a network of women on ethnic community boards for guidance. She was surprised to find there was no such thing. Research shows that when women occupy leadership positions there are significant economic, social and community benefits.But this week, the GOCMV received state funding to establish a Cross-Cultural Women’s Leaderships Network, linking women who hold senior and leadership positions within their respective communities. At the funding announcement at the Greek Orthodox Community Centre last week, Ms Iliou said her initial consultations with other women showed there was a need for the network. “The Greek community is an established community, so what is it like for women in newer migrant communities?” she asked. She said, being one of only three women on the GOCMV board, and the first female co-chair of the Antipodes Festival, prompted her to think about the lack of women in senior positions in other migrant groups. “What’s interesting is that we all come from different cultural and religious backgrounds, but we all face the same issues,” she told Neos Kosmos. The network, which will look at mentorship and encouraging the next generation of young women, will be launched with a forum in May next year. The GOCMV is one of 24 Victorian groups to share in $350,000 for the latest round of the Brumby government’s Women’s Leadership Grants. Minister for Women’s Affairs Maxine Morand said the grants would focus on encouraging women with a culturally diverse background, as well as women from regional Victoria, to take on leadership roles. “Research shows that when women occupy leadership positions there are significant economic, social and community benefits,” she said. Other recipients included Arabic Welfare Incorporated, African Leadership Learning and Advocacy Group, and the One Hundred Percent Project. Penelope Kypurus is an organisational psychologist with the One Hundred Percent Project, who were awarded $15,000 for research into the lack of women on boards and executive teams. Ms Kypurus, who wrote a Masters thesis on women in senior roles in large Australian corporations, said there was a real need to encourage companies to increase the number of women in executive roles. “I thought we’d won this war, but obviously we haven’t,” she said. And she said there were even fewer Greek women in boards than there were in the wider community. “Not only are women discriminated against, there’s cultural discrimination,” she said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Isco out of return leg for Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid’s Isco is now likely to be absent for the side’s return leg against Bayer Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League, claims MarcaThe Spanish midfielder started for Los Blancos in the first leg against Bayern at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Wednesday but was forced to leave the pitch after 45 minutes due to sustaining a shoulder injury.Isco is expected to be unavailable for Real for a week with further tests to be undertaken by the club to properly assess the 26-year-old’s shoulder.While Real are confident that Isco’s injury will only be short-term, the same cannot be said for defender Dani Carvajal.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…The Spaniard has sustained a thigh injury and is expected to be out of action for at least three weeks.Real will be facing Leganes on Saturday in La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu with Cristiano Ronaldo also expected to be absent from the squad, as Zinedine Zidane has his full focus on securing an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League title.last_img read more

Beckingham responds in 12storey development verdict

first_img AG’s Office warns against false Registrar of Lands accusations More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Nov 2015 – Governor Peter Beckingham today issued comment in connection to the Supreme Court decision to halt construction on a 12-storey development in Grace Bay; CJ Margaret Ramsay-Hale after reviewing the evidence ruled that that the project was essentially being fast tracked and missed vital steps outlined in the Planning Ordinance. Governor Beckingham said, and I quote: “I understand that the Government are considering their next steps on this, and will be issuing a statement shortly. They will of course need to take legal advice from the Attorney General.” Approval had been given since February for construction of the building but condotel owners in the area filed a complaint and yesterday learned in that judgment handed down by the Chief Justice that they won the case against the Minister of Infrastructure and Planning, the Planning Department Director and the Governor. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp RitzCarlton sets up signs for 12-storey on Grace Bay Related Items:12 storey, attorney general, governor peter beckingham, grace bay, margaret ramsey-hale, planning ordinancelast_img read more

Morris Publishing Eyes Debt Restructuring

first_imgThe company said the restructuring agreement is “subject to the final negotiation and execution of the definitive legal documentation and other closing conditions.” It was not immediately clear when those negotiations might take place.According to Michael Alcamo, president of a New York City-based investment banking firm M.C. Alcamo & Co., the restructuring agreement is a positive move for Morris as well as its lenders. “Banks are increasingly trying to avoid a Cygnus or a Young Broadcasting scenario,” he told FOLIO:. “They have realized two things: First, that bankruptcy is a very bad outcome for a media business; and secondly, that the prospects for recovery and growth in 2010 and 2011 are excellent.”In January, Morris said it hired investment bankers Lazard Freres & Co. as financial advisor and Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg as legal counsel as the publisher explored its “strategic options” concerning the company’s capital structure. The company was said also to be exploring a sale of its portfolio of nearly 20 city magazines, including Augusta, Athens, H magazine and Savannah. UPDATE: A spokesperson representing Morris said the company “was not and is not” exploring a sale of its magazines.Morris—an affiliate of the Morris Communications Company—also publishes 13 daily newspapers. Augusta, Georgia-based newspaper and city magazine publisher Morris Publishing Group said late Friday that it has agreed with the holders of more than 75 percent of its senior subordinated notes on a debt restructuring.According to terms of the agreement, holders of Morris’ $278.5 million in outstanding notes would exchange those existing notes for $100 million in new, second lien secured notes. At the same time, Morris “affiliates” would “make capital contributions and repay indebtedness to Morris Publishing in order to cancel $110 million of its $138.75 million in existing senior secured indebtedness,” the company said.It was not immediately clear who the affiliates are. Craig Mitchell, Morris’ senior vice president of finance, did not immediately return a request for comment.Morris also said it reached agreement with holders of more than 80 percent of its senior notes to again extend two semi-annual interest payments of $9.7 million on its senior subordinated notes until October 16. The payments originally were due February 1 and August 1.last_img read more

Vulture Festival Announces New Media Partners

first_img The Earwolf partnership, however, addresses the organizers’ goals in both promotion and content creation. The producers of podcasts like “Comedy Bang! Bang!” will be on hand, recording new podcasts live from the festival, something Burstein describes as a win from multiple angles. Outdoor advertising firm Outfront Media (formerly known as CBS Outdoor), comedy venue Carolines on Broadway, and Earwolf, the comedy podcast network co-founded by Scott Aukerman, comprise the first group of media partners for the festival’s 2016 edition, slated to take place May 21-22 at Milk Studios in New York. As for this year’s Vulture Festival, Burstein is optimistic about what each of the three new partners will bring. And the Vulture Festival is not alone. New York Media now produces a series of annual events under the banners of its media brands, including the Grub Street Food Festival, New York Taste, an annual New York Weddings event, and others. Like Vulture.com itself, the festival is a chance for the legacy magazine brand to branch out beyond traditional advertising revenues. “I’m able to go to sponsors and say, ‘Hey, part of your involvement will include the exposure that we get with Outfront,'” says Burstein. “Not only will you reach the people who come into the festival or read about it online, but you will also be part of this outdoor campaign.” Says Burstein, “It’s really going to ignite our comedy program. We’ve found that comedy is one of the most popular parts of the event, and so we really wanted to put some muscle behind it.” “It’s a growing new revenue stream,” Burstein continues. “It’s not nearly as significant as advertising and subscriptions are at this moment, but it’s important, as our digital business grows, to give people a live experience. I think that there’s an interest and a demand for live experiences.” The partnership with Carolines on Broadway, one of the most recognized stand-up comedy venues in the world, is all about enhancing the festival’s content. Vulture is partnering with Carolines EVP Andrew Fox to produce the show’s comedy programming.center_img “The festival has become a very important part of the [Vulture] brand and the brand’s identity, and it’s something that’s easily scaled. If we decide to do Vulture events throughout the year, it’s the logical next step. In partnering with Outfront Media, the festival’s organizers envision not only greater exposure for the event itself, but an added sales hook for potential sponsors. Galvanized by the success of the Vulture Festival’s first two years—the 2015 event featured headliners Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Poehler, among others—parent company New York Media expects more than 10,000 attendees, many of them in the ever-coveted millennial demographic. “It promotes Vulture’s brand, it’s another reason for sponsors to get involved, it’s another reason for people to buy tickets, and it’s more content for Vulture. It works all the way around.” New York Magazine’s culture and entertainment brand Vulture.com is stepping up its third-annual Vulture Festival with a trio of new partnerships that show how a regional brand can boost event attendee and sponsor traction. Burstein says New York Media has grand ambitions for the Vulture Festival, ambitions that aren’t necessarily confined to the one annual event. Although remaining tight-lipped on any specific plans for the future, preferring to focus on the upcoming event at hand, Bursein did offer a glimpse into what the company may have in mind going forward. “Since Vulture was launched, we have had this very clear idea of who our audience is, and we felt that there was a live component to Vulture just waiting to be done,” New York Media publisher Larry Burstein tells Folio:.last_img read more