Demandes acceptées au Programme de bons pour la productivité et linnovation

first_imgLes entreprises de la Nouvelle-Écosse peuvent stimuler l’innovation et la productivité grâce à l’expertise et aux services des universités et des collèges de la province. Le Programme de bons pour la productivité et l’innovation, désormais géré par Innovacorp, accepte maintenant les demandes des petites et moyennes entreprises. La date limite est le 3 juillet. « Une entreprise en démarrage a peut-être besoin d’aide pour construire un prototype, une jeune entreprise a peut-être besoin d’une analyse d’un nouveau débouché ou encore, une entreprise cherche peut-être à améliorer l’efficacité de ses processus de production », souligne Stephen Duff, président et directeur général d’Innovacorp, la société de capital de risque au démarrage en Nouvelle-Écosse. « Nos établissements d’enseignement ont une expertise et des solutions techniques considérables à offrir. La commission One Nova Scotia nous demande de doubler le nombre de partenariats en recherche et développement entre les entreprises et les universités et collèges communautaires. Nous souhaitons que ce programme renforce les liens entre les chercheurs et l’industrie, et améliore la capacité des entreprises à faire concurrence sur le marché global. » Le programme de bons est offert en deux séries. La première série offre des bons ou des crédits, pouvant s’élever à 15 000 $, aux demandeurs admissibles qui n’ont jamais reçu de bon auparavant ou qui présentent un nouveau projet. La deuxième série offre des bons pouvant s’élever à 25 000 $ pour poursuivre le travail effectué grâce à un bon accordé dans le cadre de la première série. Les services admissibles incluent la recherche appliquée, les services d’ingénierie, le prototypage, la conception de produits et les essais sur le terrain. Les universités et les collèges qui participent au programme sont l’Université Acadia, l’Université Cape Breton, l’Université Dalhousie, l’Université Mount Saint Vincent, l’Université Saint Mary’s, l’Université St. Francis Xavier, l’Université Sainte-Anne, le Nova Scotia College of Art and Design et le Nova Scotia Community College.Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Bakers grocers met to reach deals on bread prices competition watchdog alleges

first_imgOTTAWA – Newly released court documents related to an alleged industry-wide bread-price fixing case show the Competition Bureau believes at least seven companies, including Canada’s three major grocers, committed indictable offences under the Competition Act.The previously sealed information to obtain documents explain the Competition Bureau requested search warrants to enter and search the premises and records of seven companies because it had reasonable grounds to believe they committed multiple offences.The watchdog alleges bread wholesalers Canada Bread Company Ltd. and George Weston Ltd.’s senior officers directly communicated with one another and agreed to increase prices.It claims the suppliers met with their retail customers _ Loblaw Companies Ltd., Walmart Canada Corp., Sobeys Inc., Metro Inc. and Giant Tiger Stores Ltd. _ to get their approval for the price hike.In December, Loblaw and George Weston admitted they sparked the investigation when they approached the watchdog after becoming aware of an allegedly industry-wide arrangement to co-ordiante retail and wholesale prices of some packaged bread products from late 2001 to March 2015.The two companies received immunity in exchange for their co-operation. The remaining five companies have previously saidthey’re co-operating with the investigation, and some have outright denied any wrongdoing.last_img read more

Need to keep composure under pressure Kohli

first_imgMumbai: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli believes his side needs to keep a calm head during pressure situations and take on the half chances to secure victory in the remaining games of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. RCB were on Monday handed their seventh defeat in the ongoing IPL as Mumbai Indians beat them by five wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. After winning the toss and opting to bowl, MI restricted the visitors to 171-7 and then chased down the runs in 19 overs. Speaking at the post-match presentation, Kohli rued the fact that his bowlers didn’t perform well in the first six overs. “We played a pretty good game I guess. With the ball, we weren’t that great in the first six overs but the guys fought hard in the middle overs and came back well.” RCB pacers once again came with a below par performance. In fact such was their performance that spinner Pawan Negi was preferred over the likes of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini, to bowl the penultimate over of the match with MI needing 22 runs of the last two overs. However, the ploy didn’t work for the RCB as the left-arm spinner was taken for a toll with star all-rounder Hardik Pandya collecting two sixes and two fours to win the match for his team. Kohli though backed his decision to hand the ball to Negi in the penultimate over. “At the end, we had to take the risk with the left-arm spinner, with two right-handed batsmen. Giving pace was risky, especially with a bit of dew. Unfortunately, it didn’t come off.” The RCB skipper was also full of praise for England all-rounder Moeen Ali, who along with AB de Villiers (75 off 51), scored a superb fifty to propel the team to 171/7. Ali also picked up two wickets and kept his side in the hunt to secure their second win of the season.last_img read more

Canadian lumber producers face average 27 per cent duties with second wave

A worker tidies up the wood pile at a lumber yard Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Montreal. Canada’s softwood lumber industry faces average duties of about 27 per cent after the U.S. Department of Commerce slapped it with an additional 6.87 per cent in preliminary average anti-dumping tariffs. The new anti-dumping duty will overlap for about two months with average preliminary countervailing duties of 19.88 per cent announced in April that are set to expire Aug. 27.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2017 3:54 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian lumber producers face average 27 per cent duties with second wave MONTREAL – Canada’s softwood lumber industry faces average duties of about 27 per cent after the U.S. Department of Commerce slapped it with an additional 6.87 per cent in preliminary average anti-dumping tariffs.The new anti-dumping duty will overlap for about two months with average preliminary countervailing duties of 19.88 per cent announced in April that are set to expire Aug. 27.Final combined duties will be applied around the end of the year when all determinations have been made.Resolute Forest Products (TSX:RFP) was assessed Monday with the lowest duties of 4.59 per cent while Canfor (TSX:CFP) gets the highest at 7.72 per cent.Two other mandatory respondents, West Fraser Timber (TSX:WFT) and Tolko, were tagged with 6.76 and 7.53 per cent duties, respectively.The rates are below the average 10 per cent forecast by industry analysts.West Fraser will have the highest combined duties at 30.88 per cent, followed by Canfor at 27.98 per cent and Tolko at 27.03 per cent. All other producers will face combined average duties of 26.75, with the exception of Resolute at 17.41 per cent and J.D. Irving at 9.89 per cent.The duties will continue to be collected until a final decision by the U.S. is issued later this summer.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced separately that an internal investigation has determined that it was appropriate to exclude Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador from softwood lumber duties as requested by the U.S. industry and Canadian officials.Jerome Pelletier, chairman of the New Brunswick Lumber Producers, said the anti-dumping duty will put “significant pressure” on producers in the province.“New Brunswick should be granted the historic 35-year Maritime exemption from any duties on softwood lumber shipments to the U.S.,” Pelletier said in a statement Monday. “We’re market-driven and have the highest Crown stumpage rates in Canada.”He added that forest products in New Brunswick contribute more to the provincial economy than forest products in British Columbia.“No other industry impacts as many communities in New Brunswick as forestry and forest products,” he said.In a joint statement, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said they are “deeply disappointed” with the U.S. decision to impose what they call “unfair and punitive anti-dumping duties.”The two cabinet ministers said the penalties are based on a “flawed rationale that is damaging to workers, communities and consumers in Canada and the United States” and that Canada will “vigorously defend” the forest industry through litigation.They added that while consultations on exclusions for Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador represent “significant progress” in the dispute, Canada will continue to press the U.S. to remove duties for all provinces. Carr and Freeland also said they would welcome a U.S. Department of Commerce commitment to consider an exclusion for New Brunswick.Canada’s share of the U.S. softwood lumber market was 27 per cent in May, down from 31 per cent a year earlier, according to monthly Canadian government reports. That represented a $165-million loss in exports for the month, including $105 million in B.C. and $18 million in Quebec.Final duty rates have been lower than preliminary tariffs in the past. But Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said that could change because the U.S. Lumber Coalition is pushing for a tough response to the Canadian government’s $867-million financial support for the industry, mainly through loans and loan guarantees.The U.S. Lumber Coalition applauded the announcement Monday, saying Canada has distorted the softwood lumber market with billions of dollars in support national producers.“The 350,000 hard working men and women in the U.S. lumber industry deserve a level playing field,” spokesman Zoltan van Heyningen said in a statement Monday. “We encourage the Department to continue strongly enforcing U.S. trade laws to respond to these unfair practices that have harmed U.S. companies and their workers.”But, the president of the British Columbia Lumber Trade Council said the duties are being felt by American consumers in the form of significantly higher prices.“That’s what constraining the market does,” Susan Yurkovich told a teleconference call.“The duties are a direct result of the actions taken by the protectionist U.S. lumber lobby whose sole purpose it to create artificial constraints on Canadian lumber to drive up prices for their benefit at the expense of American consumers.”B.C. is the largest Canadian exporter of softwood lumber to the United States at well over 50 per cent.This is the fifth time the U.S. has accused Canada of unfairly subsidizing its softwood industry. The government says Canada has always prevailed against the accusations before the World Trade Organization or under the North American Free Trade Agreement.A negotiated settlement on softwood with the U.S. expired in 2015, triggering the latest round of tariffs. The previous settlement took more than four years to negotiate.Canada can’t file an appeal of the tariffs until early next year after the final determinations from the U.S. government are issued.The Conference Board of Canada has said U.S. softwood lumber duties paid at current export levels will cost Canadian producers $1.7 billion a year and cut about 2,200 jobs until a softwood settlement is reached.After the countervailing duties were announced, Resolute said it would cut shifts at seven sawmills and delay the start of forest operations that will affect 1,282 workers. read more

Environmentalists prepared to fight new oil and gas regulations in Quebec

MONTREAL – Opponents of oil and gas development in Quebec say they’re prepared to ramp up their fight amid expectations that the provincial government could release new regulations on resource extraction in the coming weeks.At the end of last year, the government passed legislation to enable production of oil and natural gas. In May, Natural Resources Minister Pierre Arcand said rules governing that activity would be released a month later and since then, both industry and opponents have been eagerly waiting for them.Carole Dupuis of the Regroupement vigilance hydrocarbures Quebec, which opposes oil and gas development, said her group will take their battle to communities in an effort to prevent an energy industry from taking off in the province.“If our politicians aren’t there to defend us, the public will defend itself,” said Dupuis.Patrick Bonin, a climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace, said the push towards fossil fuel development runs counter to the province’s global commitment to combat greenhouse gas emissions.“If the government was serious about its intention to respect the Paris Accord, then obviously there wouldn’t be any project to get the green light,” he said.While the province may be better known for its wealth of hydroelectricity, it has plenty of natural gas. According to both the Quebec Oil and Gas Association and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, it’s believed to have enough natural gas to meet its needs for at least a century.About 15 per cent of the estimated 176.7 trillion cubic feet of gas mainly in the Utica Shale formation along the St. Lawrence River is believed to be recoverable, the Canadian Energy Research Institute says. A similar proportion of the 43.6 billion barrels of oil is recoverable primarily beneath Anticosti Island, though on Friday the government announced an end to drilling there.The regulations will permit fracking — which has riled some — but questions remain over where drilling will be allowed.A de facto moratorium on fracking has been in place since 2012, but the law passed in December will allow for it as long as companies secure authorization under the Environment Quality Act and social licence (though it’s still unclear what constitutes social licence).Arcand was unavailable for comment, but a spokesman said the government’s goal is to have the strictest legal framework on energy development in North America.Pierre-Olivier Pineau, a professor specializing in energy at the University of Montreal HEC business school, said the government can’t politically afford to have regulations that aren’t stringent, even if the chances of widespread production are slim.Junex (TSX-V:JNX) and Petrolia (TSX-V:PEA) are seeking to extract oil and gas in remote regions of Gaspe, and Pineau said he believes they won’t face much opposition, partly because they’re in economically stressed areas.Neither energy producer responded to requests for comment.Michael Binnion, CEO of Calgary-based Questerre Energy Corp. (TSX:QEC) and president of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association, said he hopes the regulations will be strong enough to gain public confidence that their water, air and land will be protected.It will then be up to energy companies to secure social acceptance from communities, something Binnion concedes is largely lacking. Questerre Energy has drilled test wells on about 405,000 hectares it holds in the Utica Shale formation.“We don’t think the regulations by themselves are going to open a floodgate at all,” he said. “We think the regulations could open the door to a discussion about the benefits and impacts.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. Environmentalists prepared to fight new oil and gas regulations in Quebec by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Yemen As food crisis worsens UN agencies call for urgent assistance to

The UN refugee agency has mobilized assessment teams across displacement sites in Hudaydah, Ibb and the district of Maqbanah in Taizz, where recently displaced people are being hosted and began deliveries of emergency assistance, including basic relief items and emergency shelter. As of 1 February 2017, UNHCR had received only $738,303 of the $99.6 million needed for the refugee agency’s operational response in Yemen this year. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that extremely worrying reports have emerged about the impact on civilians of the fighting over the past two weeks, in the southwestern port of Al Mokha in Taizz Governorate. Credible reports indicate that Houthi-affiliated snipers shot at families attempting to flee their homes in Houthi-controlled areas – suggesting the use of civilians as human shields. “Civilians were trapped and targeted during the Al Mokha fighting. There are real fears that the situation will repeat itself in the port of Al Hudaidah, to the north of Al Mokha, where air strikes are already intensifying,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a news release. “The speed at which the situation is deteriorating and the huge jump in food insecure people is extremely worrying,” said the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Representative in Yemen, Salah Hajj Hassan, in a news release. “Bearing in mind that agriculture is the main source of livelihood for the majority of the population, FAO is urgently calling for funds to scale up its agricultural livelihoods support to farmers, herders and fishing communities to improve their access to food in 2017 and prevent the dire food and livelihood security situation from deteriorating further,” he added. Of the 17.1 million food-insecure people, about 7.3 million are considered to be in need of emergency food assistance, according to the preliminary results of the Emergency Food Security and Nutrition Assessment, which attributed the rapid deterioration of the conditions to the ongoing conflict. The UN and humanitarian partners has recently launched an international appeal for $2.1 billion to provide life-saving assistance to 12 million people in Yemen in 2017 – the largest-ever humanitarian response plan for the war-torn country. The joint assessment was conducted by FAO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) in cooperation with the authorities in Yemen. It is the first national, household-level survey conducted in the country since the escalation of the conflict in mid-March 2015.Even if they survive, these children risk not fulfilling their developmental potentials Rates of acute malnutrition were found to have passed the “critical” threshold in four governorates, while agricultural production is falling across the country. “We are witnessing some of the highest numbers of malnutrition amongst children in Yemen in recent times,” said UNICEF’s Country Representative, Meritxell Relano. She warned that children who are severely and acutely malnourished are 11 times more at risk of death as compared to their healthy peers, if not treated on time. “Even if they survive, these children risk not fulfilling their developmental potentials, posing a serious threat to an entire generation in Yemen and keeping the country mired in the vicious cycle of poverty and under development,” she said. Source: OCHA 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen VIDEO: UN agencies call for urgent assistance to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen warning that about 17.1 million people are experiencing food insecurity. Credit: UN News Stephen Anderson, WFP Country Director, also sounded the alarm. “The current level of hunger in Yemen is unprecedented, which is translating into severe hardship and negative humanitarian consequences for millions of Yemenis, particularly affecting vulnerable groups.” “Tragically, we see more and more families skipping meals or going to bed hungry, while children and mothers are slipping away with little to sustain themselves,” he said. WFP is urgently calling for support to provide food for the seven million people who are severely food insecure and may not survive this situation for much longer, he added. Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that fighting in the coastal districts of Al Mokha and Dhubab in the western governorate of Taizz is spreading to the inland districts of Al Wazi’iyah and Mawza. “A result is that more than 34,000 people have fled their homes,” UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler told reporters in Geneva. read more

Leading electronic technology development for safer mines

first_imgHaving secured the foremost market position with its Pedestrian Detection System (PDS), Booyco Electronics has launched its fully integrated Asset Protection System (APS) for surface equipment. Anton Lourens, Managing Director, says that the APS represents latest generation technology and facilitates effective communication between surface vehicles. “Visitors to the Booyco Electronics stand at Electra Mining Africa 2016 will be able to experience first-hand how we have leveraged this electronic technology to enhance vehicle and operator safety in surface mining operations,” Lourens says.He explains that as a leading supplier of reliable innovative mine safety related products, Booyco Electronics combines its in-depth understanding of conditions in both underground and surface mining operations with best practice engineering and manufacturing expertise to produce a line-up of technologically proficient solutions. “The APS was developed, in addition to our underground VLF system, and it has been optimised for both the detection of pedestrian movement and more accurate detection of fast moving machinery in relation to each other,” he says. The Booyco Electronics APS transfers information between users via the company’s unique Human Machine Interface and because it is able to process large amounts of data rapidly it meets the critical requirement for vehicle to vehicle proximity detection. Communication with operators is done using easily recognisable icons making it simple to understand and avoiding any issues through poor literacy levels. Another option is pre-recorded messages in any language and this encourages adoption and prevents alienation of the system. Booyco Electronics only deploys its proximity warning solutions following application and situation specific risk assessments. This, Lourens explains, ensures appropriate fit-for-purpose deployment of its PDS and APS solutions which is essential for the reliable provision of information to facilitate safety interventions. When pedestrians or other vehicles are detected, the PDS and APS deliver specific application appropriate alerts which could include an initial warning, controlled slow-down zone of the vehicle and a stopping zone. Technology use allows the system to create narrow band zones in close proximity to the side of the vehicle and determine zone shaping to meet specific operational requirements. The PDS and APS incorporate full self-diagnostics, which are visual and voice display activated in the case of a warning or system failure. In addition, the systems are supplied with testing equipment for both the surface and underground areas to ensure maximum functionality. Various downloading options are available for recorded data, including wireless when at an access point. The system is also IS-compliant meeting the safety requirements of fiery mines.BEAMS software is used as a reporting tool to ensure that PDS and APS events can be analysed and used as a change-in-behaviour tool.Also on display on the stand will be the Booyco Electronics Biometric Control System. This innovative system, developed specifically for the operating environment in the mining sector, uses fingerprints to facilitate access to restricted areas and to validate licensed machine operators. Use is made of personalised smart cards on which an individual’s fingerprints and other relevant data such as licensed capabilities and expiry dates are stored. This provides the ideal solution allowing controlled access to moveable items such as earthmoving and mining equipment, blasting boxes and carts, as well as conveyor starter panels. Booyco Electronics has also established itself as a provider of reliable sensors capable of providing accurate information and optimising safety, both on surface and underground. The locally manufactured products are engineered to withstand the harsh conditions in a mining or petrochemical environment.The ESI Smart Sensor for fixed locations and the handheld Sentient Sensor will be on display at Electra Mining Africa 2016. The compact ESI Smart Sensor, weighing only 1.8 kg, has the ability to measure one of 15 different gases from a single controller. This feature sets the instrument apart from other such units currently available. The device’s information display makes it simple to use, and it can also accommodate other sensors with analogue outputs, such as air velocity sensors or smoke detectors. Gases that can be monitored using this EXia T4 Intrinsically Safe gas sensing instrument include oxygen (02), carbon dioxide (CO2), flammable gases such as methane (CH4) and combustible gases such as carbon monoxide (CO). The instrument also carries SANS IEC 60079 Part 0:2005, SANS IEC 60079 Part 11: 2007 and IEC 60529 (IP code) approvals and offers ingress protection to IP56.The Sentient is a handheld multi-gas sensor specifically developed to improve safety in confined spaces. This low maintenance device is operated using an innovative “tap” sensor and does not have any buttons on it. This ensures the instrument remains watertight.Another unique feature is its ‘drop protection’ capability that automatically switches the device off should it be dropped. The Sentient, which also measures relative humidity as a standard offering, is IP68 rated and available with Fire Patrol capabilities. The Fire Patrol Sentient unit has a bright red seal and is inserted into outstations located in specific areas underground or on surface. The device then records date, time, gas and humidity measurements at that specific location.last_img read more

Microsoft Kinect un kit professionnel pour lannée prochaine

first_imgMicrosoft Kinect : un kit professionnel pour l’année prochaineKinect va élargir sa vision au-delà du jeu vidéo. Microsoft veut faire de son accessoire une nouvelle interface homme-machine, utilisable dans de nombreux secteurs professionnels.Avec 10 millions de caméras Kinect vendues pour son lancement, qui en fait l’appareil high-tech le plus vendu en 60 jours, Microsoft a réussi à séduire les familles autour du concept de reconnaissance de mouvements. Si les titres exploitant le procédé restent très familiaux et ont eu du mal à intéresser les joueurs les plus exigeants, le concept décolle grâce à des jeux plus “sérieux” et intégrant mieux les possibilités offertes par Kinect, comme le jeu Forza Motorsport 4.Sur cette lancée, le projet de l’entreprise n’est ainsi plus de limiter sa technologie au seul jeu vidéo mais de l’intégrer dans des secteurs divers comme la médecine ou l’éducation. C’est à cette intention que la firme de Redmond, selon Clubic, a annoncé la mise à disposition pour 2012 d’un kit de développement pour Kinect. Cet outil existait déjà mais était limité à un usage non-commercial. Cette fois, les entreprises vont pouvoir réaliser différentes applications tirant parti de la reconnaissance de mouvements, mais aussi faciale et vocale qu’offre Kinect.Pour vanter les usages possibles par le biais de la caméra, Microsoft a mis en ligne un clip assez court, mais illustrant parfaitement les secteurs potentiellement adaptés à intégrer Kinect. D’exposés interactifs pour les étudiants à des pratiques médicales, Kinect pourrait devenir la prochaine étape dans l’interface homme-machine.À lire aussiWindows 8 : Microsoft annonce 40 millions de licences venduesCe kit sera payant mais Microsoft n’a pas encore donné de détails à ce propos. On sait toutefois que certaines entreprises ont déjà pu avoir l’outil entre les mains comme Toyota qui a développé un showroom interactif, ou Tedesys, un groupe espagnol ayant mis au point une application permettant aux médecins d’afficher et de consulter le dossier d’un patient en pleine opération, par le simple biais de gestes. Les possibilités semblent multiples et n’attendre que la créativité des développeurs.Découvrez les possibilités offertes par Kinect en vidéo sur Maxisciences.Le 31 octobre 2011 à 17:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Man in court in beatings of wife her boyfriend

first_imgA Vancouver man is accused of beating his wife and her boyfriend after the boyfriend apparently walked in on the married couple when they were in bed together, according to court documents.Christopher D. Reichel, 39, appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of two counts of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree domestic violence assault, felony harassment and fourth-degree domestic violence assault.Vancouver police responded at about 9:50 p.m. Saturday to a tavern in Rose Village for a reported assault. The victim, Kevin Bradbury, had blood all over his face, right ear and the front of his shirt, according to a probable cause affidavit.He told police he was unable to get in touch with his girlfriend after she told him she wasn’t feeling well. He drove to her home in the 3100 block of Bridge Street, he said, and entered her house with his key. There, he found her in bed with Reichel, the affidavit states. Court records say she is Reichel’s wife.Reichel jumped out of bed and began punching Bradbury in the head and pushed him down the stairs, according to court documents. Reichel allegedly told Bradbury he wasn’t going to let him leave and threatened to kill him. However, Bradbury managed to get to his car, left and called 911, the affidavit said.last_img read more

McAlpine defends views on Dominica says he is simply representing the views

first_img Recommended for you Post Maria: Dominica will rebuild with concrete Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 3, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Frederick McAlpine is now the subject of scrutiny following his remarks in the House of Assembly last week about what should or should not happen as it relates to the students of Dominica, which The Bahamas has pledged to help.   The Member of Parliament for Pineridge shocked the PM and FNM Party Leader with strong words discouraging the move to have the Dominicans in the country; words which many say in reflection seemed to be ignorant of the plan laid out by the Prime Minister Minnis.However, the speech, which was promoted on McAlpine’s Facebook page was one not to be missed, came hours after an impassioned plan, tearfully explained by the country’s leader and which is now being widely accepted as reasonable, though unprecedented for The Bahamas.    It is strongly intimated in at least one write up that pastor McAlpine is embittered because he was not included in the FNM Cabinet of Hubert Minnis, and while the MP admits to being disappointed, he defended that he was not rebuffing the prime minister or rebuking the prime minister but representing the views of his constituents.#McAlpine is quoted saying, ‘the Prime Minister has ears, I came to speak for Pineridge.’   Yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis visited #Dominica, which last month decimated the island nation leaving even the Prime Minister homeless.#MagneticMediaNews Bahamians applaud MPs for standing up for constituents Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 27 dead, a dozen missing in Dominica after hurricane Maria Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #McAlpine, Dominicalast_img read more

More than 500 new flu cases reported season likely to last several

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Flu cases remain widespread in San Diego County, with medical officials confirming more than 500 new diagnoses, county health officials announced today.The county confirmed 564 cases last week, down from a revised total of 692 confirmed cases the week before. County officials have identified influenza A H3N2 as the season’s primary strain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the county’s Health and Human Services Agency both issued advisories last week, reminding doctors to consider influenza as a possible cause of respiratory issues in patients.The county received only one report of a resident dying due to flu-related causes last week. The county has confirmed 55 flu deaths and 8,470 flu cases this season, a far cry from the 325 deaths and 20,097 cases reported at this time last flu season.“Given the elevated level of influenza activity, the flu season is likely to last several more weeks,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “If you have not gotten a flu shot, do it now, especially if you’re part of the groups at higher risk of developing complications.”County health officials and the CDC strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, especially in demographics with a heightened risk of serious complications, such as pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with chronic conditions.Flu shots are available at doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county’s public health centers. Residents can also call 211 or visit the county’s immunization program website,, for a list of county locations administering free vaccines. Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom More than 500 new flu cases reported, season likely to last several more weeks Posted: April 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Lyft Now Easier to Use on Camp Pendleton

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Starting Friday, service members and their family members requesting a ride from or within Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., using ride-hailing company Lyft will be matched only with drivers who have self-identified as cleared to make pickups and drop-offs on the base. The new “Base Mode” feature — being offered under a yearlong collaboration between Lyft and Marine Corps Community Services — will only appear to riders within the installation, reported the San Diego Union-Tribune. The new feature, which Lyft says is the first of its kind, is intended to avoid the need for riders to cancel trips if the driver they are matched with does not have base access.Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Drake Nickelslast_img

Ferrari F8 Tributo oneups the 488 in Geneva with 710 hp

first_img 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Now playing: Watch this: reading • Ferrari F8 Tributo one-ups the 488 in Geneva with 710 hp Geneva Motor Show 2019 Ferrari Review • 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB: As good as it gets Ferrari F8 Tributo is a 710-hp replacement for the 488 See All 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar 2020 Audi R8 first drive: Improving an already fantastic supercar 0 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s 67 Photos Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8scenter_img More From Roadshow Ferrari Geneva Motor Show 2019 3:19 Share your voice Exotic Cars Performance Cars Coupes The Ferrari 488 GTB was introduced in 2015 as the replacement for the 458 Italia. Now, the 488 is being replaced, but Ferrari’s changing up its nomenclature a bit — and adding more power, natch. Tags Post a comment Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US More about 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB The Ferrari F8 Tributo was unveiled last week, just ahead of its proper debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The 488’s successor builds upon an already excellent supercar with more power and a newer, flashier look. It still has a V8, but now it’s been tuned to put out about 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, 50 hp more than the 488 GTB and about the same as the limited-edition 488 Pista, which debuted at Geneva last year.While the middle bit of the F8 Tributo might not look all that different from the 488, every other part of the body has been given a serious once-over. The nose looks longer and sleeker now, with some complicated ductwork in the lower part of the front bumper. Out back, the car clearly drew some inspiration from the larger 812 Superfast. As always, there’s a monstrous rear diffuser surrounding the tailpipes. There’s also a new polycarbonate engine cover that pays tribute to the hallowed F40.Enlarge ImageHard to believe it’s been almost five years since the 488 GTB debuted. Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow Ferrari says that the new bodywork contributes to a 10-percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency. At the same time, the car is some 88 pounds lighter than the 488 it replaces, which means the car should seriously hustle. According to the automaker, the F8 Tributo will reach 62 miles per hour in just 2.9 seconds, continuing on until it reaches its top speed of 211 mph.The cabin’s been given a pretty hefty refresh, too. Ferrari says the dashboard, door panels and transmission tunnel have all been redesigned, and they look every bit as exotic as you’d expect from Ferrari. There’s also a new steering wheel, which has a smaller diameter than before, but it retains Ferrari staples like the “manettino” mode switch and the turn-signal buttons that replace the usual stalk. To keep passengers busy, there’s a 7-inch touchscreen display for them to fiddle with.While Ferrari hasn’t yet given a price for the F8 Tributo, for context’s sake, a 488 GTB retails around $250,000 before options and personalization. Odds are, buyers will probably spend a fair bit more than that.last_img read more

Forbid CocaCola from using groundwater demand Varanasi villagers

first_imgAlarmed by the massive usage of groundwater by the Coca-Cola bottling plant which has led to water scarcity in the area, as many as eighteen village councils in PM Modi’s constituency Varanasi are demanding the soft drink maker be forbid from drawing groundwater.The villages in Mehdiganj area of Varanasi district claimed that they have been seeing water shortages since the plant started its operations in 1999.”Elected village council heads represent the voice of the people, and they are clear that Coca-Cola is not welcome in Mehdiganj. It is time for Coca-Cola to pack up and leave,” said Amit Srivastava of the California-based India Resource Center, which is supporting the village councils in their cause.”Coca-Cola paints a pretty picture of itself internationally as a responsible user of water, but the reality in India is that it exploits groundwater at the expense of the poor, the women, children, farmers and livestock who have to live with less water because Coca-Cola mines groundwater in a water scarce area for profit,” Reuters quoted Srivastava as saying.As Mehdiganj is mainly agrarian, villagers in the area depend on groundwater for most of their requirements.  Coca-Cola, which uses groundwater for production purposes, competes with local people for water, according to environmentalists.Srivastava said the 18 village councils had written to the State Pollution Control Board, which gave a licence to Coca-Cola to open the plant, asking the officials to prevent the company from “extracting any more groundwater in the area.”The Central Ground Water Authority had declared Arajiline block, where the Coca-Cola bottling unit is located, as “over exploited” in 2011, he pointed out.However, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages said that a study undertaken by the Central Ground Water Board in 2012 did not find any evidence to prove that company’s groundwater usage had led to drying up of ponds, wells and hand pumps.”The Central Ground Water Board observed that this depletion was not due to withdrawal of ground water by Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd (HCCBPL) plant,” said a company statement.last_img read more

Kader Siddiqui quits Oikya Front

first_imgQuader Siddiqui speaks at a press briefing at Jatiya Press Club on Monday. Photo: Prothom Alo. Kader Siddiqui-led Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) on Monday quit Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front ‘as the alliance has become inactive after the 11th parliamentary election’, reports UNB.Kader came up with the announcement at a press conference at the National Press Club.”There is no visible existence of Jatiya Oikya Front after the national election. It has also failed to focus on any national problem,” he said.Kader Siddiqui said also that their party will now start a new journey and stand beside people.KSJL formally joined Jatiya Oikya Front on 5 November, 2018 aiming to ensure an acceptable national election in the country.last_img

HC imposes status quo on 9th wage board gazette

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Tuesday imposed a status quo for two months on publishing the gazette notification for implementing the recommendations of ninth wage board for journalists and employees of newspapers and news agencies, reports news agency BSS.An HC division bench comprising justice Obaidul Hassan and justice Mohammad Ali passed the order after holding hearing on a writ filed by Newspapers Owners Association of Bangladesh (NOAB).Advocate Eusuf Ali moved the writ for NOAB while deputy attorney general Yasmin Begum Bithi stood for the state at the court.last_img

Their head held high

first_imgI was alone, I was a woman, I was in one set of clothes for seven days and I had no way to inform my family in Delhi that I was alive. I spent an entire week taking refuge in one place after the other till I managed to reach the airport.  It was a harrowing experience which will forever remain etched in my memory.I could not save anything, not even my suitcase packed with clothes nor my bag. It all happened within a flash. I was not prepared for it. In fact no one was. My heart skipped several beats as I pushed through the crowds to find my way to the front. Water was gushing down the road where my home is located as if a dam had burst open. I could see the water forcing its way vehemently inside the lane, pushing through people and breaking through gates. It was stronger than the strongest currents I have witnessed in Pahalgam. I had only heard about floods causing devastation, of uprooting homes, families and lives. It was the first time I was a witness to it with my own eyes. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceI stood still, watching the boundary wall break and the waters violently fill up every inch of the lawns, slowly climbing upwards. I was helplessly left standing there watching everything being snatched away before my very eyes, not able to do a thing about it. My mind had stopped functioning. All of a sudden, I had been rendered homeless in Srinagar. Even until half an hour back I could never have imagined this. All around people were scrambling for safety-driving towards undecided destinations, running helter-skelter. Pandemonium had broken out. The entire city seemed on its way to getting submerged. My mind was not registering anything. I just could not get over the sight of my home getting washed away in front of my very eyes. I just wanted to shut off that view which kept playing on my mind over and over. I had only read about such calamities in newspapers or watched them on television. That morning I realised the enormity of destruction a calamity of this nature has on humans. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeIt took me six nights and seven days to find my way to the airport. I survived it all in one set of clothes which were on me and had nothing else apart from my purse and a laptop. But I will remain indebted all my life to everyone who lent me a helping hand on this never ending and arduous journey. I had nothing to offer anyone in return. There was helplessness all around. The streets were full of people in distress-homeless, uprooted, angry, stranded and deserted. I have never seen so many people looking so lost together. There were people looking down from buildings, people looking out of windows, people wailing, people sitting on sidewalks, people squatting on roads, people queuing for food, for shelter, for water. Everywhere I looked around I saw anguish and suffering. It made me feel weary and added to my torment and misery. I saw lifeless faces on listless bodies-as if they had given up on hope or had nothing but hope to cling on to.  And in the midst of that chaos, I saw a ray of hope in the warmth I received at every corner from people known and unknown, the helping hands which stretched out to lend support in times of despair. I would never be able to forget the man who ferried me across to from Bemina to Qamarwari on a dark night, with the help of torchlight and neither will I forget the young boys who helped me alight the kishti when the boat touch landed and carried my bag, refusing to leave me alone till the time they could manage to get me a lift from a relief van. How could I not be grateful to those in the van- visibly tired and weary with relief work all through the day yet who did not leave me in the middle of nowhere, not once losing patience as I took them from lane to lane trying to locate my friend? I owe gratitude to those countless nameless faces which helped me cross barrier after barrier-someone offering me a lift on his car, another guiding me with directions, a third walking alongside me till I could find my way and yet another refusing to charge me for services rendered. Yes, it felt unfair when I switched on the television set and browsed through the national dailies when I reached Delhi after a week and found it all splashed with the heroic deeds of the Armed Forces and their magnanimity as they airlifted flood victims. ‘Where was the army when I was there on the streets at night?’ I thought to myself. I remembered then. I had seen innumerable choppers in the skies engaged in sorties all day long. The sky was full of them.They were in the air, not in the waters. It felt strange that there was no mention of those young local volunteers out in the streets wading through deep waters, rescuing people all day and night. They had no work timings, they were not being paid for it, it was not expected of them neither were they bound to do so. Yet they were out there, risking their own lives to save others. Did anyone care to mention gratitude towards these unsung heroes without whom the casualty would have skyrocketed into mind boggling figures? One has often seen the symbolic image of a boy from downtown, face covered with a keffiyeh holding a stone in his hand. I wonder when we shall see the image of that very boy from downtown splashed across the same dailies- wading through neck deep water as he recues a baby or carries an ailing old man on his back.The state administration lay paralysed and defunct, the police was largely in their homes with families (barring an odd few) and nobody seemed ready to take responsibility at the helm of affairs. There was no one to take charge of the crisis and each man had to fend for himself. In a nutshell, the state was conspicuous by its absence. The communication system was facing the biggest possible breakdown in recent times in the history of the nation- it was a complete blackout. There was no electricity, no internet, no telephone lines working and the water supply as well came to a halt. Nobody could contact anybody. Kashmir was cut off from the world. The Indian Army’s movements were largely restricted Between Gupkar and Raj Bhawan (VIP zones). Perhaps there may have been an odd intervention here and there but I, for one did not see their presence anywhere. How can I write about something I did not see? I did expect them to be playing a much more active role in the rescue operations. Was it wrong to expect so? I wonder why and when the Indian media turned into PR machinery for the Indian Army. It does not come as a surprise to me to see anger simmering on the streets of Kashmir-like a live bomb ticking away. Yes, I do not deny and neither can anyone else that the army and the air force have played a crucial part in the evacuation of stranded people. Then where does the problem lie? Why are Kashmiris angry? The problem lies with the fact that it is only the Army which is being projected as the saviour of the flood victims? Were they not already supposed to be doing that? Is it not a part of their duty and responsibility? Was it not that the numbers in need of immediate rescue far greater than the ones who received help? Maybe if the state and the Indian army had given out a statement of apology for not being able to attend to as many people as they should have and expressed regret at the same owing to lack of resources or manpower or whatever their challenges were, there are chances that the fury against them would be far less in comparison, and perhaps, not any at all. Perhaps they would even have won over some hearts in the process. Unfortunately, when the numbers risking their lives out there in the waters are far greater in magnitude compared to the ones who claim credit for it, then one has to be prepared for sharp criticism. It is not ethical to rescue people and then boast about it and similarly it is not rational to expect sanity from people who are watching their life long earnings getting washed away, their children starving and their aging parents not being able to run for safety.Had it not been for my friends calling me and sending me messages all night, I would not have been awake. Had it not been for my landlord who kept banging on my door and window and made sure I did not fall asleep, I would not have been alive. Had it not been for those strangers who did not leave my side while I kept losing my track, I would have been stranded. Had it not been for those friends who opened up their homes and hearts to me, I would have been homeless. Had it not been for the friend who stopped his car when he saw me walking wearily under a hot, scorching sun, I would never have been able to connect with my family. Had it not been for the large heartedness of the hotel owner who gave me shelter without charging me a single rupee, I would have been penniless. Had it not been for the young boy who saw my desperation to get to the airport and volunteered to ferry me across muddy waters on a stranded boat in the wee hours of the morning, I would never have made it to Delhi. Yes, lastly had it not been for the armed forces, I would not have managed to get airlifted to the airport but then again, had it not been for the person who drove me till there and insisted that I be evacuated immediately on a priority basis, I would have been standing in queue for what seemed like eternity to me. But it took a lot to get till there and while the Indian army and the air force gets its credit, its fame and kudos, the others do not get as much as a mention even on the last pages. Is it fair? Who, apart from God should I be thankful to? It is for you to think. I already know my answers.last_img read more

GOG begins Summer Sale 2018 with free Xenonauts giveaway

first_imgGOG begins Summer Sale 2018 with free Xenonauts giveaway by Martin Brinkmann on June 04, 2018 in Games – Last Update: June 04, 2018 – 1 commentSummer is here, at least according to GOG. The company’s annual Summer Sale started a moment ago and the company promises more than 1300 deals with discounts of up to 90%, free games that any Gog user can grab, and additional bonus games when your purchases hit certain thresholds.You can claim the game Xenonauts right now if you have an account or create one. The game, which is available for about $20 usually, is available for Windows, Mac and Linux devices.It is an X-Com like game in which you control a multi-national military organization that tries to defend Earth from an alien invasion. If you like turn-based strategy games with some simulation elements added to the mix you probably will like the game.To claim the game click on the “get for free” button on the GOG homepage. You are asked to sign in or create an account if you are not signed in already. The game is added to your account automatically and you can download it to your device or use the GOG Galaxy client to download and play it.GOG customers get two games as bonuses when their purchases cross the $5 and $20 mark. Sunless Sea is available when you spend at least $5, and RiME! is there for the taking if you buy games for at least $20 during the Summer Sale.The Summer Sale offers the usual range of discounted games. While you should not expect that all games are discounted by 90%, there are quite a few good ones that are.Here is a short selection of great games that you can snag for cheap during the Summer Sale. All games are discounted by 50% or more.Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Edition — Dragon Age is a classic 3D roleplaying game that offers lots of content for the price. Classic Bioware game.Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition — arguably better than Bethesda’s own Fallout 3 game, New Vegas is a must play for gamers who love Fallout and never played New Vegas before.Monkey Island I and II special editions — classic adventure games that anyone can enjoy.Panzer Corps Grand Campaign — A Panzer General type game that you play from the German perspective starting in 39 and ending with 45 in East and West. You can grab addons to play in Afrika, as the US, Allied or Soviet Corps as well.Shadow Warrior 2 — If you like classic shooting games then you will love Shadow Warrior 2 as it delivers all that madness in modern graphics.Tyranny Commander Edition — a good roleplaying game in which the armies of Evil have won the war against good.And, the obscure game that no one ever heard of but should play because it is great:Master of Magic — the 4x fantasy game is epic.I suggest you use the search to find games of interest or browse the available categories. You find plenty of classic games that will run on modern machines on GOG; great for buying them on the cheap and replaying them or playing them for the first time depending on your age.While many of the classic games don’t offer great visuals anymore, they often offer great gameplay, game mechanics and value for the money.Now You: any games that you can recommend?SummaryArticle NameGog begins Summer Sale 2018 with free Xenonauts giveawayDescriptionSummer is here, at least according to Gog. The company’s annual Summer Sale started a moment ago and the company promises more than 1300 deals with discounts of up to 90%, free games that any Gog user can grab, and additional bonus games when your purchases hit certain thresholds.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | November 19, 2014 Radcal Releases first WiFi Device to Help Counter Common System Issues New technology will help transmission stability, data quality and range connection Images courtesy of RadcalNovember 18, 2014 — Radcal Corporation announced the release of its first WiFi device, the Nugget, which will be unveiled at the 2014 RSNA trade show, along with the new Accu-Dose+ ion chamber based diagnostic meter, Accu-Gold, to replace the legacy dose meters.The Nugget is a unique “snap-on” enhancement to any of the Accu-Gold meters. Recognizing that the system display and X-ray sensors are often widely separated, wireless capability eliminates the need to be tethered by a cable.  In order to address transmission stability, data quality and range issues characteristic of other vendor’s Bluetooth solutions, Radcal has designed a WiFi (IEEE 802.11) wireless connection.  The Nugget is compatible with all past or present Accu-Gold meters.In addition to the Nugget WiFi solution, Radcal is releasing the new Accu-Dose+ diagnostic X-ray meter for dose measurements.  The new Accu-Gold digitizer based device connects directly to any past or present Radcal ion chambers as well as Radcal Dose Diodes for individual or simultaneous measurements.  Utilizing the provided Accu-Gold Software, measurements of dose, dose rate, exposure time, pulse count, dose/pulse, pulse frequency and dose rate waveforms are shown after each exposure. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Freddie Mac Lessons Learned from the Crisis

first_imgFreddie Mac: Lessons Learned from the Crisis Freddie Mac Mortgage Crisis Mortgage Servicers 2016-07-11 Seth Welborn July 11, 2016 654 Views in Featured, News, Secondary Marketcenter_img The mortgage servicing industry has become stronger and more efficient in a post-crisis world due to the efforts of servicers to delegate authority to make modification decisions and to offer modifications with more favorable terms to borrowers, such as step rate mortgages and principal forbearance, according to Yvette Gilmore, VP Single-Family Servicer Performance Management with Freddie Mac.Gilmore stated that Treasury’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) has played an important role in helping borrowers by setting industry standards to assist in a unified way.Nearly eight years after the crisis, the five lessons Gilmore said Freddie Mac has learned from the crisis are as follows:Lower paymentsEarlier borrower engagementReduced documentationSimpler programsMore feedbackPayment relief drives ongoing modification performance and is the biggest predictor of long-term success for borrowers, Gilmore said. And the earlier servicers can engage with a borrower, the better the chances of completing a modification and the greater chance it will perform better over time.“Together with our servicers we have helped nearly 1.2 million struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure since the crisis began in 2009,” Gilmore said. “Our serious delinquency rate—the percent of borrowers who are 90 days past due or in foreclosure—is at its lowest level in seven years. And an improving housing market and economic picture bode well for many homeowners who are underwater or struggling.”Freddie Mac is currently preparing for the “new normal” in mortgage servicing for 2017 and beyond, Gilmore said. The current outlook is for fewer underwater borrowers, rising mortgage interest rates, and “more localized patterns of booms and stress in the housing market and the economy as a whole.”The new normal includes making sure that loss mitigation programs continue to be effective for borrowers, which includes planning for a world without the government’s HAMP and Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), both of which are set to expire at the end of the year.These are important considerations we’re thinking through with our regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the industry,” Gilmore wrote. “However, I think it’s important to note that the majority of modifications we complete today are through our proprietary programs.”Also to be considered in the era of the new normal, Gilmore said, is how to determine borrower eligibility—for example, when to require documentation and when a streamlined process is necessary. Sharelast_img read more