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Fred Olsen Orders Trimaran Ferry Duo from AustalFred Olsen Orders Trimaran Ferry Duo from Austal

first_imgzoom Spanish shipping firm Fred Olsen has placed an order for two vehicle passenger trimaran ferries at Australian-based ship building company Austal Limited.Under the deal, valued at EUR 126 million (USD 147.7 million), Austal will construct the 117-metre high-speed ferries over a period of 29 and 36 months, respectively.The two new trimarans will each be capable of transporting over 1,100 passengers and up to 276 cars at speeds of up to 38 knots, with both commencing construction in 2018. The exact build location for the vessels are currently not known.Designed by Austal Australia, the aluminium trimarans will be the second and third trimarans to be delivered to Fred Olsen S.A. who already operate the world’s first and largest trimaran vehicle passenger ferry, the Benchijigua Express, designed and built by Austal in 2005.“The Benchijigua Express has become an industry benchmark for blue-water commercial ferry operations, exceeding expectations for performance, speed and customer experience in the Canary Islands,” David Singleton, Austal Chief Executive Officer, said.“This is a watershed contract for our next generation trimaran design that will deliver new levels of seakeeping, passenger comfort and efficiency, and proves the trimaran is the right tool for the job in the challenging sea conditions of the Atlantic. It is a game-changer in the market,” Ben Marland, Austal Vice President of Sales and Marketing, added.last_img read more

Paving Contract Awarded for Halifax CountyPaving Contract Awarded for Halifax County

first_imgA $1,590,695 road-paving contract for Halifax County has been announced by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The contract was awarded to Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. and involves repaving on the north bound lanes of Highway 102 from Exit 6 at the airport, north for 7.2 kilometres to the Halifax/Hants County line. The off ramps at exits 6 and 7 will also be repaved. The total amount of repaving will be 9.4 kilometres. “This is one of several projects scheduled for Highway 102 this summer,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This paving project will make driving more comfortable and safer for those traveling near the Halifax International Airport.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Province to Help Pay Travel and Accommodation Costs for PatientsProvince to Help Pay Travel and Accommodation Costs for Patients

first_imgNova Scotians who are approved to travel out of province for necessary medical care that is not available here are now eligible for some assistance thanks to the province’s new travel and accommodations assistance policy. The policy takes effect April 1. “We are meeting our commitment to help cover travel and accommodation expenses for patients who need medically insured care out of province,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “This also supports our plan to bring better health care to families, and to make the right decisions in difficult times.” Patients will need to have their specialist seek approval from MSI for the treatment. It needs to be medically insured treatment and it has to be a service that is not available in Nova Scotia. Under the policy, patients must pay for their travel and accommodations and submit boarding passes and receipts to the Department of Health for reimbursement. Patients will be eligible for up to $1,000 per round-trip and $125 per night or $1,500 per month for accommodations. A patient can use this assistance for up to 12 medical visits per year. Insured services are generally those determined by experts to have proven medical benefits for patients. This does not include cosmetic procedures, procedures still being researched, or drug therapy. The Department of Health has set aside $750,000 a year to cover these costs. It is estimated the budget will provide assistance to about 100 patients. “We want to remove the financial obstacle that some patients face,” said Ms. MacDonald. “We are doing what we can to provide a reasonable level of assistance while living within our means.” Louis Brill, president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Lung Association, said he is pleased with the new policy and is an improvement over the previous practice of ministerial exceptions, which did not cover travel costs and required patients to be out of province for more than three months. “This is clearly a good day,” said Mr. Brill. “There is no question that this support will have a positive impact on the lives of the people we serve. Where we once trailed, we will be seen as a leader in Canada. We’re going from the back of the line to front of the class.” The Department of Health will soon begin a request for proposals to seek a service provider that could eliminate the need for patients to pay costs up front. More information about the policy will be available on the Department of Health website by April 1. On that day, people can also call 1-877-449-5476 (toll free) or 424-7499 with questions.last_img read more


first_imgMONTREAL — World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma has announced he’ll give a free concert in Montreal’s subway today.The Chinese-American musician’s Facebook page says the concert in the Place-des-Arts metro station will explore connections and disconnections in contemporary lives.A spokesman for Montreal’s transit agency says Ma will take the stage at 2 p.m., following a multimedia presentation that combines music, art and technology. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Philippe Dery says the subway stations often draw strong busking talent but rarely anyone of Ma’s renown.The 63-year-old cellist’s concert is part of what his website calls a “day of action” that will explore the topic of culture and its role in humanizing technology.Dery says the concert will be free and also live-streamed on the transit agency’s Facebook page.last_img read more

What stays what goes Disney and Murdoch after the saleWhat stays what goes Disney and Murdoch after the sale

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Disney is buying a large part of Fox , but Fox News Channel and other U.S. television businesses are staying with the Murdoch family.Here’s a look at what the Disney and Murdoch empires will look like under The Walt Disney Co.’s $52.4 billion deal for 21st Century Fox:THE DISNEY BANNERBesides classics such as Mickey Mouse and Goofy, Disney already owns several iconic franchises, including the Muppets, “Star Wars” and Marvel superhero movies and comics. It operates a major movie studio and several TV networks, including ABC, ESPN, the Disney Channel and Freeform.With the deal, Disney gets the Fox movie business, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000. Fox held rights to some Marvel characters; this deal will bring Marvel’s X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool under the Disney roof. Disney will also take ownership of the “Avatar” franchise, which has already spawned a Disney theme park ; sequels are on the way.In terms of television production, Disney will get Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21, with shows including “The Simpsons” and “Modern Family.”Disney will get at least a 39 per cent stake in European satellite-TV and broadcaster Sky. Fox is hoping to acquire the remainder of Sky before the deal closes, giving Disney full control. Disney is also acquiring Star India, a major media company with dozens of sports and entertainment channels.Disney, a co-owner of Hulu, will get Fox’s share in the streaming company, giving Disney a majority control.THE MURDOCH FAMILYBefore the sale, Fox will spin off some properties into a separate company, which the Murdoch family will control. Murdoch’s new Fox will have the Fox television network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and the U.S. sports channels FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network. It will also keep the Fox studio lot in Los Angeles and an equity investment in Roku, a maker of TV-streaming devices.The publishing and newspaper businesses will stay with Murdoch, as those have already been separated into a different company, News Corp. Those businesses include the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Sun and The Times in the U.K., and book publisher HarperCollins.There’s been speculation the Murdoch family will try to combine News Corp. with what’s left of Fox, though Rupert Murdoch told investors Thursday, “We haven’t thought about combining with News Corp.”last_img read more

Ban welcomes resolution of situation in UN compound in GabonBan welcomes resolution of situation in UN compound in Gabon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the peaceful resolution of the situation “The Secretary-General commends President Ali Bongo Onbimba of Gabon for his positive cooperation with the United Nations which facilitated the peaceful and voluntary departure on 27 February 2011 of the group from the UNDP compound,” said a statement issued by the spokesperson of the Secretary-General.Mr. Ban welcomed the willingness of the people of Gabon to work together to ensure that differences were resolved peacefully in order to preserve the peace and stability.“The Secretary-General reaffirms his readiness to continue working with the Government and the people of Gabon to help bring peace, stability and prosperity to the Central Africa sub-region, particularly as the United Nations sets up the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa in the Gabonese capital, Libreville,” the statement added.Media reports said Gabonese opposition leader Andre Mba Obame left the UNDP offices today after staying there for a month after he declared himself “president.” He was accompanied by about 30 other people.Mr. Mba Obame, a former government minister, had claimed that he won the presidential elections in 2009. 27 February 2011regarding a group of people in Gabon who had been in the compound of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the country’s capital, Libreville, since 25 January. read more

UNbacked summit aims to spread benefits of information technologiesUNbacked summit aims to spread benefits of information technologies

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) will be held from 10 to 12 December in Geneva, with more than 6,000 delegates from government, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, the private sector and the media. The second phase will be held in Tunisia in 2005.The Summit is being held under the patronage of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and is being organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN’s specialized agency for telecommunications.”The commitment of so many heads to participate in the Summit is very important, as it will be the first opportunity to address in a global forum and at the highest political level the challenges that lie ahead in the Information Society,” said ITU Secretary-General Yoshio Utsumi. “There have been many benefits in the explosive development of information and communication technologies, especially in terms of creating jobs and wealth, but it is also raising legitimate concerns, such as ensuring access to information and communication technology, while preserving fundamental freedoms and human rights, security and privacy.”The World Summit will address some of these concerns by establishing a common understanding about how to capitalize on the opportunities, while addressing the challenges of the information society.”As information and communication technologies become more important in all aspects of our lives, it is important that no one should be left behind,” Mr Utsumi added. The draft action plan of the Summit proposes a commitment to connect all of the world’s villages with information and communication technologies by 2015, and to connect at least half the world’s inhabitants by that date. read more

Focus shifts to Europes economy as prime minister ends London tripFocus shifts to Europes economy as prime minister ends London trip

Focus shifts to Europe’s economy as prime minister ends London trip by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2012 2:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – While in London this week, Stephen Harper dined with his cost-cutting soulmate, British Prime Minister David Cameron.On Thursday morning, he meets another European leader cut from a very different cloth.In Francois Hollande, Harper will find someone with opposing ideas on how to best cure what ails Europe’s sickly economy.The new president of France believes in spending and investment to encourage growth. He has promised to turn on the spending taps as a way to solve Europe’s crippling public debt crisis.That view is in stark contrast to Harper and Cameron’s calls for Europe to stick to a strict austerity diet.So it seems likely Harper will stress to Hollande the need for fiscal restraint.Ahead of a meeting with business leaders Wednesday in London, the prime minister all but hinted as he would broach the subject the following day at the Elysee Palace in Paris.“As you know, a lot of attention has been paid, and will continue to be paid in the days and weeks to come, over the situation in Europe,” Harper said before his meeting.“But in Canada in the past couple of years, as the turmoil has continued in various parts of the world, we’ve tried to focus on what we can do to sustain growth in the Canadian economy over the mid- and long-term.“We have fairly aggressive plans to maintain a strong fiscal position, not just in the years to come but in the generation to follow. We’ve taken aggressive fiscal consolidation measures over the long-term.”He said Canada has been focused on sustaining its own economic growth and taking an aggressive approach to keeping costs under control.In keeping key interest rates steady on Wednesday, the European Central Bank gave no indications that it would lower the rate next month to stimulate a weakening eurozone economy, or approve more stimulus measures.Hollande’s views on how to solve the debt crisis veer off from those held by some other European leaders, including Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Hollande, the first Socialist leader of the country in 17 years, defeated incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy on a promise to renegotiate Merkel’s pact enshrining public spending limits throughout the European Union.Harper has preached austerity. In that message, he has found a kindred spirit in Cameron.It’s unclear if the two spoke at any length about Hollande or the European debt crisis more generally during their dinner at 10 Downing Street with their wives and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and his wife.The British prime minister, who was elected in 2010, instituted deep cuts to the public service after inheriting a deficit that stood at 10 per cent of GDP.Harper’s Conservative government has similarly taken an axe to federal spending.One of the business leaders who met Harper echoed the prime minister’s call for Europe to take swifter action to resolve its debt crisis.“Uncertainty is a killer for business; it means that investment can’t move forward and you’re never quite sure where the bottom is,” said Robert Brant, president of the Canada-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce and managing partner with Canadian law firm McCarthy Tetrault.“When you’re never quite sure where that bottom is, then it makes it very hard to plan anything. So a lot of business people are waiting and hoping that whichever way things go, there’s some sort of conclusion.”Back in Canada, interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae said Harper should not lecture the Europeans about fiscal integration when he has not held a meeting with all the provinces since he became prime minister.“This to me is unbelievable chutzpah on the part of the prime minister,” Rae said.“The Europeans have had more meetings in a week than we’ve had in six years and he has the gall to tell the Europeans how they’re supposed to do business? It’s outrageous.“Mr. Harper’s pretending as if somehow he can present himself as the model of how to run something. Well, if he was running Europe, the place would’ve fallen apart completely and entirely. He would run it like Louis XIV.” read more

Riverside Park Brought to Life in Green RiverElginRiverside Park Brought to Life in Green RiverElgin

Even though it is now a part of Green River, the tiny town of Elgin was founded separately. The only thing that separated the two towns was the river.When the town of Green River was established as a city, it incorporated Elgin into the city limits. “We still refer to it as Elgin just to give it its own uniqueness.” said Conae Black, Green River City Recorder.According to Black, the Riverside Park that is located in the Elgin area of Green River has been undergoing some improvements. It has received some new playground equipment and a number of trees have been planted. Members of the community are invited to visit the park and enjoy the improvements. read more

Chess World Celebrates A Sensational Move … That Leads To A ChampionshipChess World Celebrates A Sensational Move … That Leads To A Championship

87654321abcdefgh After snacking nervously with this chess idea in our heads, my parents and I emerged from a serviceless restaurant worried (or at least I was) that we may have missed the final Norwegian triumph and the de facto end of the world championship. Someone may have won! We found instead that we hadn’t missed many moves and that Caruana hadn’t bit on Carlsen’s aggressive pawn sacrifice. No devastating attack had come. The position (my phone told me) was once again level. It looked drawish.Wine store: drawish. Whole Foods: drawish. Elevator: drawish.When we arrived at last at my sister’s apartment, her boyfriend already had both the chess game and the football game on large screens, thereby forever cementing his value to the family. He’s not much of a chess player, but he did have some interesting thoughts on rook endgames. Lucky thing, too, because by that point the game looked like this. read more

VA discovers secret weapon behind Margaret Thatchers strident tones throat sweetsVA discovers secret weapon behind Margaret Thatchers strident tones throat sweets

first_imgHer voice was nothing if not distinctive, its authoritative tones forming the soundtrack to a fundamental transformation in the British political landscape.Now the secret behind Margaret Thatcher’s ability to speak with such force has been uncovered – some simple throat lozenges.Curators at the Victoria & Albert Museum, who were preparing a collection of her outfits to go on public display for the first time yesterday, discovered two small throat lozenges in a pocket of the suit jacket she wore the the 1987 Conservative Party conference, held in Blackpool.They identified these as Nipits throat sweets, a popular brand launched in 1921 with the slogan “clarifies the voice and clears the throat”. Mrs Wilcox said: “As a powerful woman in a predominantly masculine environment, Baroness Thatcher used her wardrobe as a strategic tool to inspire confidence and project authority.“Not only do Baroness Thatcher’s sartorial choices reveal important aspects about her as a person, but the context in which outfits were worn reflect significant moments of social and political history of the late 20th century, as well as life after Downing Street.”The decision to display the former Prime Minister’s outfits came only after a bitter public row last year following the V&A’s initial decision to turn down an informal offer of some of the former Prime Minister’s outfits. The throat sweets found by a V&A curator in a pocket of Margaret Thatcher’s blue Aquascutum suitCredit:Victoria & Albert Museum Lady Thatcher wearing a Deida Acero hat to the funeral of her husband, Sir Denis Thathcer, in 2003Credit:REX/Shuttersock Margaret Thatcher, wearing the blue wool Aquascutum suit, after voting in the 1987 general election Before challenging Ted Heath for the leadership of the party in 1975 Lady Thatcher underwent voice coaching to make her sound less high pitched and shrill and more dominant and firm.But less widely known was her predilection for throat lozenges as a way of soothing her voice during rounds of busy speaking engagements.Claire Wilcox, senior curator of fashion at the museum, said: “It was a such a surprise to find two tiny lozenges in the jacket pocket of one of Baroness Thatcher’s most iconic suits. At first we were unsure of what they were, but after further research, V&A cataloguer Daniel Milford-Cottam discovered that they were indeed Nipits throat sweets.”As someone who had to do a lot of public speaking – and always spoke very clearly – Baroness Thatcher would have been careful to look after her voice. The discovery gives a wonderful insight into the person behind the suit – we now know the secret behind that distinctively recognisable voice.” The menthol liquorice lozenges were found in the pocket of Lady Thatcher’s blue wool suit from Aquascutum, one of her favourite designers. Margaret Thatcher, wearing the blue wool Aquascutum suit, after voting in the 1987 general electionCredit:UPPA/Photoshot The controversy helped kick start new discussions between the museum and the family, eventually leading Sir Mark, Carol and the grandchildren a make their donation.The collection charts how the distinctive Thatcher style developed during her time in office from 1979 to 1990, adapting to developments such as the introduction of television cameras in Parliament.This prompted her to drop some patterns which did not lend themselves to television.Writing in her 1993 memoir, The Downing Street Years, Lady Thatcher  said: “I took a close interest in clothes, as most women do: but it was also extremely important that the impression I gave was right for the political occasion”. Lady Thatcher wearing a Deida Acero hat to the funeral of her husband, Sir Denis Thathcer, in 2003 Also on display is a custom-designed brocade suit and taffeta opera cape with sweeping train designed by Marianne Abrahams, for Aquascutum, which Lady Thatcher wore to the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at London’s Guildhall in 1988, along with a wool crepe suit in fuchsia-pink by Starzewski, that she wore to the Women of Achievement reception at Buckingham Palace in March 2004. The colour was a particular favourite of her husband, Sir Denis Thatcher.The black slub silk hat with feathers and velvet-flecked tulle designed by Deida Acero, that she wore to Sir Denis’s funeral in 2003, is also on display. Lady Thatcher chose to wear it again to the memorial service of former US President Reagan the following year. 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 throat sweets found by a V&A curator in a pocket of Margaret Thatcher's blue Aquascutum suit The Nipits throat sweets favoured by Margaret Thatcher The outfit designed by Marianne Abrahams for Aquascutum, which Margaret Thatcher wore to the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at London’s Guildhall, in 1988 The outfit designed by Marianne Abrahams for Aquascutum, which Margaret Thatcher wore to the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at London’s Guildhall, in 1988Credit:Peter Brooker/REX/Shutterstock She wore the same suit to cast her vote in the general election that year, which she won – her third victory in a row.It is one of three outfits and a hat worn by Lady Thatcher now on display in the V&A’s fashion galleries, part of a collection of six outfits donated to the museum earlier this year by her children, Sir Mark Thatcher and Carol Thatcher, and her grandchildren Michael and Amanda Thatcher. The Nipits throat sweets favoured by Margaret ThatcherCredit:Victoria & Albert Museumlast_img read more

Australian industrial relations still short of real flexibility and choiceAustralian industrial relations still short of real flexibility and choice

first_imgThe Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) considers that the Australian Labor Party’s (ALP) revised industrial relations policy announced August 28 represents an important shift in the ALP’s preparedness to accommodate the minerals industry’s primary requirement for a modern and progressive industrial relations system, but still falls short on real flexibility and choice. MCA Chief Executive, Mitchell H. Hooke, said, “the ALP has been consulting with business on statutory individual contracts, right of entry provisions, industrial action and compliance measures. Notwithstanding that the ALP has gone to considerable lengths to address the industry’s concerns about ‘backsliding’ on two decades of workplace relations reforms, the ALP policy will limit choice and flexibility in the full range of employment instruments – critical to cater for the vast operational diversity across the industry and to the modern workplace culture of collaborative, direct, mutually beneficial, employer/employee relationships.“The ALP policy represents important movement but falls well short in the industry’s fundamental requirement for an appropriate substitute for the abolition of Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs). We do not consider, as an appropriate substitute for AWAs, Labor’s proposal for employees earning over A$100,000 to have access to individual common law contracts that are not subjugated by Awards but are subject to Labor’s safety net test of ‘10 employment standards’ and ‘10 additional Award provisions’.“On a matter of principle – it compromises access to the full range of employment instruments and introduces an arbitrary demarcation, in effect creating two classes of employees, risking a return to conflict, undermining the hard-won culture of collaboration in workplace relationships. On a matter of practicality – this arbitrary demarcation is accentuated by the A$100,000 threshold – it is way too high to accommodate key operatives in the minerals industry who want, individual employment contracts – nearly two-thirds of industry employees would fall short of the threshold and have access only to common law contracts underpinned by Awards restricting flexibility and choice.“The ALP’s proposal of a substitute for AWAs remains a key point of difference between us. Although we have yet to fully consider the detail, we are encouraged by other key aspects of the ALP’s policy, specifically its commitments relating to:Preventing unauthorised access to the workplace in maintaining the existing right of entry provisions which prohibit any uninvited role of unions and other external third partiesMaintaining the existing anti-strike provisions prohibiting industrial action during the course of an agreement, restricted to those involved in negotiating an agreement and to matters under negotiation in an agreement, and appropriate sanctions for illegitimate, unprotected industrial action Outlawing of secondary boycotts under the Trade Practices Act Ensuring freedom to determine whether to, or not to, collectively bargain, the right to belong or not to belong to a union, and the right to choose or refuse to be represented by unions in any negotiationsMaintaining the Australian Building and Construction Commission, though we reject the ‘transitional basis’ to that policy positionRecognising the commercial and contractual requirements of observing existing AWAs and in providing a 5-year transitional arrangement, notwithstanding that we oppose such transition‘Award modernisation’ increasing flexibility, notwithstanding the enormity of this task – there are some 4,000 Awards with in excess of 100,000 employment classifications – and the undesirable prospect of increased union involvement through the “back door” via negotiations on Award changes.“Over two decades of reform by both Labor and Coalition Governments have emphasised the steady decentralisation and reorientation of Australia’s industrial relations system to the individual, the individual enterprise, and flexibility and choice in workplace arrangements.Australia cannot afford any ‘backsliding’ in workplace reform. If the Australian minerals industry is to fully capitalise on the strongest global market growth in a generation, investing with confidence, increasing productivity, and ensuring international competitiveness, it must have access to the full range of employment instruments, including statutory individual contracts underpinned by an effective safety net.“We are encouraged by the changes announced to the ALP’s industrial relations policy and we will continue to engage with the ALP for even further movement so that there is real flexibility and choice in the full range of employment instruments underpinned by a socially and economically effective safety net.”last_img read more

It doesnt matter if its the first or fifth time theyve runIt doesnt matter if its the first or fifth time theyve run

first_imgYou’d worry where they might be going to and what they might be doing – it doesn’t mater if it’s the first or the fifth time. In fact, the frequency could potentially increase the risk and that’s what we would be aware of and keep in mind. It doesn’t matter if it’s just for a short duration – it’s still not safe for the child.Tomorrow is International Missing Children’s Day and the ISPCC said it holds special significance for the charity because it is marking the first year of operating its 116 000 Missing Children Hotline. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other aspects of the service that are available include an automated text service offering support to young people who have run away, face-to-face support, and advice on the website.Read: Children can recover from sex abuse – but not if they’ve to wait 6 months for therapy>Read: Three-quarters of Irish people don’t believe slapping children works> THERE ARE MORE than 5,000 reports of missing children in Ireland each year, with some 30,000 cases if missing children reported to the gardaí since 2008.A missing children helpline set up by the charity the ISPCC received more than 500 calls in its first year, with calls coming from young people thinking about running away and parents looking for advice and support because their own child is missing.The most recent figures from gardaí show 6,615 reports of missing children in 2012 alone. Speaking to, Rhona McGinn, a regional manager at the ISPCC said children often go missing more than once and in most cases, they have not been abducted.“In our view, the most frequent aspect is in relation to running away,” she explained. “There are a couple of things to look at that might be a reason for going away from home. Something may be pushing them away or it might be the case that something is luring them or pulling them away, like an inappropriate adult perhaps.”McGinn said with children who run away frequently, they are unlikely to call gardaí for support – but that doesn’t mean they don’t need it.last_img read more

Police receive second anonymous letter in relation to murder of prominent loyalistPolice receive second anonymous letter in relation to murder of prominent loyalist

first_img Police receive second anonymous letter in relation to murder of prominent loyalist 44-year-old George Gilmore was gunned down in broad daylight in Carrickfergus in March. No Comments Jun 23rd 2017, 9:33 PM 10,894 Views This is vital in order for detectives to look into this information and take this matter forward.“I understand these people may have concerns, or may have been intimidated into not speaking with investigating officers, but I would like to reassure them that any information passed to police will be treated in the strictest confidence,” said McCartney.People in Northern Ireland can call the dedicated phone line with information to speak directly to detectives investigating George Gilmore’s murder on 028 9025 9542.Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.Comments have been disabled for legal reasonsRead: Police want to know who wrote them anonymous letter with ‘vital information’ on murder of prominent loyalistRead: ‘I can’t sit in a plane for more than an hour without being in agony’: Ivan Yates on living with chronic pain POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have appealed for information from the public after they received a second anonymous letter in relation to the murder of prominent loyalist George Gilmore.Gilmore, the former head of the south-east Antrim UDA, was gunned down in broad daylight in March while driving his car in a residential part of Carrickfergus in the same county.44-year-old Gilmore was a close friend of fellow loyalist murder victim Colin Horner, who was murdered last month in Co Down.Two men, aged 35 and 28, have since been charged with Gilmore’s murder.Police earlier this month said they had received an anonymous letter which contained information “vital” to the murder investigation.They appealed for whoever had written the letter to come forward and contact police.Today, the PSNI said it had returned to the area of the murder to speak to residents after police had received a second anonymous letter in relation to the killing.“Police have received two anonymous letters recently which contain information vital to this murder investigation and other serious crime in the area,” said detective inspector Darren McCartney.“My team and I spoke to people living in Castlemara today and delivered letters to houses in the area appealing for information and also for the authors of any of these anonymous correspondences to come forward and speak to police as soon as possible,” he said. By Cormac Fitzgeraldcenter_img Share2 Tweet Email George Gilmore Short URL Friday 23 Jun 2017, 9:33 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article George Gilmorelast_img read more

Dennis Uy merges Philippines gaming entitiesDennis Uy merges Philippines gaming entities

first_img RelatedPosts Load More The shareholders of Philippines casino operator PH Resorts Group Holdings have agreed to merge with its 100%-owned subsidiary and holding company PH Travel and Leisure Holdings Corp to improve efficiency.PH Resorts Group, the gaming and hospitality arm of Udenna Group, owned by businessman Dennis Uy, is currently planning and developing two casino resorts in the Philippines – the US$341 million Emerald Resort and Casino in Mactan, Cebu, and the proposed Clark Resort on a site covering 13.5 hectares in the Clark Freeport Zone. It also operates Donatela Hotel in Panglao. PH Resorts Group considering funding options for Philippines casino resorts Dennis Uy gaming entity delays follow-on offering to fund two new Philippines casino resorts Megawide cancels plans for casino development near Mactan-Cebu International Airport In a Wednesday filing, PH Resorts Group said it was merging the companies “to achieve greater efficiency and economy in the management and operations of both companies and for the advantage of their stockholders.”The merger deems PH Travel a redundant holding company.Uy has spent the past 12 months toying with the makeup of PH Resorts Group, formerly known as Philippine H20 Ventures Corp, which he purchased in June 2018 to complete a backdoor listing for his gaming interests.last_img read more

Fourfifths believe that the workplace impacts employee mental healthFourfifths believe that the workplace impacts employee mental health

first_imgFour-fifths (81%) of office workers in Europe believe that a well-functioning and attractive workplace has a direct impact on their mental health, and 77% state that a good working environment helps them achieve their goals.The findings from office supply retailer Staples were the result of an online survey of 7,000 office-based employees in October 2018. It was launched at a pop-up workplace happiness event, hosted by the retailer in London on 21 January 2019.The survey also revealed that 15% of employees find cramped spaces frustrating, while 20% would describe their workspace as ‘depressing‘.At the launch event, Professor Sir Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Alliance Manchester Business School, and president at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “Just last year alone, 250,000 people went of work [due to stress]. It’s costing us a fortune. Presenteeism is double the cost. Only one in three people in the workplace is actually delivering added value.”Some of the initiatives that Staples’ research found would aid employees in finding happiness at work include having an office dog (27%), having access to hammocks or sleeping pods (20%), free spa and yoga provisions (26%) and free healthy snacks (49%).“A lot of people want to work flexibly, but don’t necessarily want to work exclusively from home,” said Cooper. “So, [although] people say ‘there’s not going to be an office’, there will be. We’re human beings and we want the social contact. Offices are probably here to stay.”However, only 15% of respondents stated that they love their office, whereas 40% find the lighting in their workspace to be uncomfortable, and 31% say they are embarrassed by their work environment. Nevertheless, the majority (80%) agree that having a well-functioning office space boosts staff productivity, while 76% agree that it helps with retention efforts.“If an employer [invests] in the physical workspace, an employee will feel valued because [the employer is] saying that we care enough about you to invest some money,” Cooper explained.Jeanette Bresitz, head of merchandising, UK at Staples, added: “We know that better space leads to better work, and that better workspace leads to better performance and a more engaged workforce.“Whether entertaining clients or encouraging effective staff collaboration, we know that through ‘meet’ space, we can deliver an instant result within a business and make sure that people feel valued. This can provide staff with a chance to get some much needed headroom. Investing time and thought in non-public facing areas ensures that your staff feel valued, and speaks volumes about [an employer’s] business values, too.”last_img read more

Tainted Charter School Withdraws Request to Open Schools in DCTainted Charter School Withdraws Request to Open Schools in DC

first_imgPathways in Education (PIE) – a California-based education organization – has withdrawn its request to open a charter school in the District, a D.C. Public Charter School Board leader said on Dec. 14. Earlier this year, the organization proposed a school to serve high-school dropouts and other at-risk students in Wards 7 and 8.The withdrawal comes after the AFRO reported PIE has a history of wrongly pocketing millions of taxpayer dollars by serving high school dropouts and other at-risk students with short school days and home-based, “self-paced” computer learning.Don Soifer, vice chair of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, said the organization gave no reason for the withdrawal of its application to open up a charter school in the district. “Some of my colleagues and many members of the team had an opportunity to visit the schools,” Soifer said. “I think the work they do is important work and work with a mission that – when done well – could serve this city well.”He said irrespective of PIE’s decision to withdraw its charter application, that “maybe in the future” the company or another organization would submit an application to do “similar work that has value and need.”“I hope this is not the end of the discussion,” Soifer said.The nonprofit organization had wanted to set up five schools in the district and serve 1,500 students. “Too many at-risk students in Washington D.C. are underserved or failing to graduate and are therefore deprived of their full potential,” the organization stated an application filed with the Public Charter School Board.PIE did not respond to the AFRO’s initial report about its troubled past, but instead tried to highlight the District’s dropout problem.Two of PIE’s affiliated entities – Options for Learning and Options for Youth – received $45.4 million in overpayments from the Department of Education in California by using erroneous methods to calculate teacher hours and teacher-to-pupil ratios, according to court records. The Options schools continue to fight the case, according to records from the public charter school system.last_img read more

Depression may boost risk of type 2 diabetesDepression may boost risk of type 2 diabetes

first_imgDepression combined with obesity, high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels may significantly increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, finds a new study.The findings showed that people who suffer with depression and metabolic risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels are more than six times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.People with depression, alone, were not significantly at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. But people only with metabolic risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels and not depression were around four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Emerging evidence suggests that not depression, per se, but depression in combination with behavioural and metabolic risk factors increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular conditions,” said lead author Norbert Schmitz, associate professor in McGill University in Canada.The results, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, suggested that when depression combines with metabolic risk factors, the risk of developing diabetes rises to a level beyond the sum of its parts. For the study, the researchers analysed 2,525 participants who were aged between 40 and 69 for four-and-a-half year.last_img read more

Espionage ID theft Myriad risks from stolen Marriott dataEspionage ID theft Myriad risks from stolen Marriott data

first_img Share NEW YORK — The data stolen from the Marriott hotel empire in a massive breach is so rich and specific it could be used for espionage, identity theft, reputational attacks and even home burglaries, security experts say.Hackers stole data on as many as 500 million guests of former Starwood chain properties over four years including credit card and passport numbers, birthdates, phone numbers and hotel arrival and departure dates.It is one of the biggest data breaches on record. By comparison, last year’s Equifax hack affected more than 145 million people. A Target breach in 2013 affected more than 41 million payment card accounts and exposed contact information for more than 60 million customers.But the target here – hotels where high-stakes business deals, romantic trysts and espionage are daily currency – makes the data gathered especially sensitive.The affected reservation system could be extremely enticing to nation-state spies interested in the travels of military and senior government officials, said Jesse Varsalone, a University of Maryland cybersecurity expert.“There are just so many things you can extrapolate from people staying at hotels,” he said.And because the data included reservations for future stays, along with home addresses, burglars could learn when someone wouldn’t be home, said Scott Grissom of LegalShield, a provider of legal services.The affected hotel brands were operated by Starwood before it was acquired by Marriott in 2016. They include W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton, Westin, Element, Aloft, The Luxury Collection, Le Meridien and Four Points. Starwood-branded timeshare properties were also affected. None of the Marriott-branded chains were threatened.Email notifications for those who may have been affected begin rolling out Friday and the full scope of the breach was not immediately clear.Marriott was trying to determine if the purloined records included duplicates, such as a single person staying multiple times.Security analysts were especially alarmed to learn of the breach’s undetected longevity. Marriott said it first detected until Sept. 8 but was unable to determine until last week what data had possibly been exposed – because the thieves used encryption to remove it in order to avoid detection.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthMarriott said it did not yet know how many credit card numbers might have been stolen. A spokeswoman said Saturday that it was not yet able to respond to questions such as whether the intrusion and data theft was committed by a single or multiple groups.Cybersecurity expert Andrei Barysevich of Recorded Future said Saturday he believed the breach was financially motivated.A cybercrime gang expert in credit card theft such as the eastern European group known as Fin7 could be a suspect, he said, noting that a dark web credit card vendor recently announced that 2.6 million cards stolen from an unnamed hotel chain would soon be available to the online criminal underworld.“We will have to wait until an official forensic report, although, Marriott may never share their findings openly,” he said.Marriott said the stolen credit card information was encrypted but the hackers may have obtained the “two components needed to decrypt the payment card numbers.” It said it cannot “rule out the possibility that both were taken.”For as many as two-thirds of those affected, the exposed data could include mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and passport numbers. Also dates of birth, gender, reservation dates, arrival and departure times and Starwood Preferred Guest account information.The breach of personal information could put Marriott in violation of new European privacy laws, as guests included European travellers.Marriott set up a website and call centre for customers who believe they are at risk.The FBI would not say whether it is investigating, but said in a statement that anyone contacted by Marriott should “take steps to monitor and safeguard their personally identifiable information and report any suspected instances of identity theft to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at”Passport numbers have previously been part of a hack, though it’s not common. They were among records on 9.4 million passengers of Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific obtained in a breach announced in October.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsCombined with names, addresses and other personal information, passport numbers are a greater concern than stolen credit card numbers because thieves could use them to open fraudulent accounts, said analyst Ted Rossman of data purloining highlights just how dangerous hotels can be for people worried about their privacy.“Hotels have long been important government sources of local information for tracking foreigners: reservation systems and loyalty programs took the surveillance global and made it easier for us to give up our privacy,’”said Colin Bastable, CEO of Lucy Security.Intelligence agencies including the U.S. National Security are well plugged into the global travel industry “by fair means or foul,” he said, non-government cybercriminals now have the same hacking tools.“Consumers have become collateral damage,” he said. “And we are all consumers.” He advises providing hotels with as little information as possible when making reservations and checking in.Last year, the cybersecurity firm FireEye highlighted an effort in which Russian state agents allegedly tried to infiltrate the reservation systems of hotels in Europe and the Middle East.When its acquisition by Marriot was first announced in 2015, Starwood had 21 million people in its loyalty program. The company manages more than 6,700 properties across the globe, most in North America.Marriott, based in Bethesda, Maryland, said in a regulatory filing that it was too early to say what financial impact the breach might have on the company. It said it has cyber insurance and is working with its carriers to assess coverage.Elected officials were quick to call for action.The New York attorney general opened an investigation.Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said the U.S. needs laws that limit the data companies can collect on customers and ensure that companies account for security costs rather than making consumers “shoulder the burden and harms resulting from these lapses.” Tags: Data Breach, Marriott By: The Associated Press Espionage, ID theft? Myriad risks from stolen Marriott data Monday, December 3, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Drawing upon 30 years of successful retreats at thDrawing upon 30 years of successful retreats at th

first_imgDrawing upon 30 years of successful retreats at the Life Enhancement Center at the flagship resort in Tucson, Arizona, Canyon Ranch Wellness Retreat – Woodside presents wellness seekers with community-driven, introspective and nature-infused experiences for rejuvenation and restoration, complementing the transformative offerings found at Canyon Ranch Wellness Resorts.Guests will enjoy a fully curated program with thoughtfully chosen activities, encompassing multiple themes including (but not limited to) mind-body, joy, culinary, movement and wellness. Outdoor activities will include year-round hiking and biking adventures to nearby world-class trails. A nature trail and a challenging obstacle course are canopied by towering Redwoods.The 6.5-hectare retreat property, formerly Skylonda Lodge, will be redesigned by Cole Martinez Curtis & Associates. The new aesthetic will embrace the surrounding natural beauty and create connectivity with the outdoors throughout each space, developing a deeper sense of place.The property features inviting guest rooms, an indoor/outdoor training zone, a boutique spa, sauna, an indoor saline pool and whirlpool and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the surrounding beauty from the wraparound decks, labyrinth and grounds. Immersed among the towering Redwoods with private decks, luxury treehouses are elevated on stilts so both guestrooms ‘retreat to nature’.See back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterCanyon Ranch has announced the launch of its newest brand extension, Canyon Ranch Wellness Retreats. The maiden property will open in Woodside, California, offering guests highly sensory, personalised wellness sojourns. The property, settled above the famed Skyline Boulevard, provides three-, four- or seven-day retreats, with 14 guestrooms and 24 additional guestrooms in standalone luxury treehouses. The property is slated to open in mid-2019.“This opening marks a critical moment in the history of Canyon Ranch, with our first property in California and the introduction of a new retreat-focused endeavour,” said Susan Docherty, Canyon Ranch CEO.“The Global Wellness Institute reports the wellness industry is now a $4.2 trillion economy and wellness tourism is thriving at a 6.5% growth rate. This – coupled with trends pointing to travellers seeking shorter, more frequent and highly experiential trips – offers a perfect opportunity to launch Canyon Ranch Wellness Retreats, providing guests [with] an intentional, collective reset that embodies our philosophy.”The new division is an extension from Canyon Ranch Wellness Resorts which the company operates in Lenox, Massachusetts and Tuscon, Arizona.last_img read more