After starting out as a family business in 1982, PepsiCo. has announced the Spitz sunflower seed plant in Bow Island will shut down, leading to over 50 people losing their jobs.In a statement, the company said it made its “difficult decision” on Thursday.“This facility will close later this year and Spitz production will be moving to an existing contract manufacturer partner in the US.,” the company said in a statement. “This was a business decision based on an extensive evaluation of the long-term viability of this site and its ability to meet our increasing volume requirements for the brand, which will continue to play an important role in our North American portfolio.“We are committed to assisting our impacted associates with financial support, access to financial counselling and job placement services.”Spitz sunflower seed plant in Bow Island is shutting down, leading to over 50 people losing their jobs. It was founded in 1982 in Bow Island and bought by PepsiCo in 2008. In a statement, company points to “long-term viability” and “increasing volume requirements” #abmoney pic.twitter.com/yrZR8VbmmV— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) February 16, 2018Spitz International was founded in 1982 by Dutch immigrants Tom and Emmy Droog, eventually becoming a leading sunflower seed producer and was bought by PepsiCo. in 2008.“We hope you get out there and enjoy all our delicious flavours and taste the Spitz® difference for yourself!” the Spitz website still said on Friday. “And when you do, think of the folks in Bow Island, who couldn’t be prouder.”While the company’s statement made no mention of politics, the area’s MLA and UCP Finance Critic Drew Barnes blames the NDP.“Many companies are going to vote with their feet, they’re not going to provide jobs, they’re not going to create wealth here in Alberta, and until a government change or a new direction, we’re going to be feeling the pain for it,” he said. “You look at our ever-increasing electricity rates, you look at our minimum wage changes, you look at our oil and gas people not working in Alberta.“They didn’t make their decision only in this vacuum, but I’m sure when I’m talking to the people in Bow Island in the coffee shop tomorrow morning, they’ll be feeling the current NDP government’s a big part of their decision.”
Come in costume or come as you are, to scrutinize evidence and figure out whodunnit while enjoying a fantastic feast. After the murder has been solved, there will be a DJ to help us celebrate.Doors open at 6 pm, dinner and show to start at 7:00.Sponsored by the Fort St. John Curling Club, the FSJ Oil Wives, and Stage North Theatre Society. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Join the Fort St. John Curling Club will hold the second night of a night of intrigue and murder March 10. The first show on March 3 of Bordello of the Damned Murder Mystery sold-out in just days and due to demand, the Curling Club has added a second show this Saturday.Stage North Theatre Society will once again perform the dinner theatre murder mystery starting at 7 p.m. The doors open at 6 p.m.Tickets are $65 plus fees and available at Systems Sound Source or online at Energetictickets.ca. There are only 88 tickets available for this Saturday’s event.
Rabat- Association Internationale pour L’éducation en Débat (IDEA) Middle East and North Africa is set to organize its first Regional Youth Forum (RYF) which will take place from 22 to 27 December 2014 in Tunis, Tunisia.Young people aged 18 to 28, stakeholders and experts from the MENA countries are expected to be part of the event which aims to “rethink the future of the region through viable public policy options in the framework of a debate and policy competition.”The forum will be composed of a debate competition and a policy competition, in addition to workshops and a public discussion panel. Two languages tracks, Arabic and English, are available for participating teams. The teams in each track will compete for two titles: ‘best debating team’ and ‘best public policy proposal’. “The objective of the MENA Regional Youth Forum is to promote youth participation in the democratic process, specifically engaging young people in national and regional decision making processes, and building the capacity of young people in argumentation and debate techniques,” said Radhouan Mejri, Executive Director of IDEA MENA in a press release.12 teams from five members of the MENA region have been selected to participate in the forum. Participants represent ten nationalities from ten institutions (universities or associations) present in eight countries in the region.In the first phase of the program selected teams from each country will attend a debate and public policy training session in their country of residence. Following this training session the teams will draft a policy brief on an issue of their choice that affects youth in the region, as preparation for the Regional Youth Forum in Tunisia.IDEA is a global network of organizations which consist of entities located in the following countries: The Netherlands, the United States, The United Kingdom, Belgium, Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
Rabat – Swiss flavor and fragrance company Givaudan announced it inaugurated Thursday a new $1.22 million “flavours technical and commercial centre” in Casablanca.The center “is part of the Company’s 2020 high growth markets strategy and demonstrates its ongoing commitment to the Maghreb and West Africa regions,” Givaudan said in a statement.The president of Givaudan’s Flavour Division, Louie D’Amico, said: “Our new centre in Casablanca will enable Givaudan to meet the evolving needs of our food and beverage customers for innovative taste and flavour solutions.” With the new center’s strategic location, the Swiss flavor manufacturer will increase its presence in Africa and the Middle East.Read Also: Flavors of Moroccan CuisineFor the first time in Morocco, Givaudan said it “will offer in one location a full range of flavour application capabilities.”The 600-square-meter facility will serve customers in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Malta, Cote d’Ivoire, and Guinea, “in the savoury, beverages, sweet goods, dairy and snacks segments.”The center includes “application labs with specialised technologies, along with commercial spaces for customer taste and smell experiences,” according to the company’s statement.“Through our local presence, customers will benefit from a faster response as well as access to a wider range of Givaudan’s global capabilities in flavours and extracts,” D’Amico stated.Givaudan is a manufacturer of flavors, fragrances, and active cosmetic ingredients. The company was first established in 1895 in Lyon, France, and moved to Geneva in 1898. In 2008, Givaudan became one of the world’s largest companies in the flavor and fragrance industries.Headquartered in Switzerland with over 100 local locations, Givaudan employs 11,700 people and had a revenue of $5.19 billion in 2018.
ANAHUAC, Texas — Authorities have been searching a bay off southeast Texas for clues about what caused a Boeing 767 cargo plane carrying Amazon packages to nose-dive into the shallow water, killing all three men on board.A north wind aided searchers by exposing more of the three-quarter-mile debris field left Saturday when Houston-bound Flight 3591, which Atlas Air was operating for Amazon, disintegrated on impact in Trinity Bay, about 35 miles (55 kilometres) east of the city, a sheriff said Sunday night.Crews using airboats and helicopters circled the crash scene, where white chunks of fuselage could be seen above long grass. The muddy landscape has made the process “painstaking,” National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwal said. Deputies and investigators from the FBI and NTSB have been gathering human remains and looking for the plane’s black box, which records flight data and voices in the cockpit.Emergency workers recovered two bodies on Sunday and sent them to a medical examiner’s office for autopsies.A statement from Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne says he was notified Monday evening that the bodies have been identified as those of Conrad Aska, the 44-year-old first officer and co-pilot of Atlas Air Flight 3591, and Sean Archuleta, a 36-year-old jump-seat passenger.Archuleta, a captain with Mesa Airlines, had been getting a lift back to his home in the Houston area, his friend told the Houston Chronicle . The 36-year-old was a new father and weeks away from starting his “dream” job flying for United Airlines, Don Dalton, Archuleta’s roommate, told the paper.Archuleta’s wife lives in Colombia and was “devastated” by the news of his death, Dalton said.Atlas Air said in a Sunday statement that it has established a program to support the families of the dead and that it has a team, including CEO Bill Flynn, at the crash site to assist investigators.The last previous crash involving a large cargo plane in the United States was in 2016, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. The landing gear of a FedEx flight collapsed after touching down at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, causing the left wing of the McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10F to catch fire. The plane was badly damaged, but the two crew members were able to evacuate, the spokesman said.___Associated Press writer Bleiberg reported from Dallas.Jake Bleiberg And John L. Mone, The Associated Press
With only 24 hours to go before the scheduled end of the historic United Nations climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced optimism that a new agreement will be reached.Mr. Ban acknowledged that negotiations have been proceeding slowly in “one of the most complex and complicated and most difficult processes that you can imagine,” but emphasized to journalists that he believes “we can seal the deal, still,” in the Danish capital.All the major players have made important commitments for mitigation and all of the key financial elements needed for a new agreement are on the table, he noted.With over 130 heads of State and government gathered in Copenhagen, “if they can’t seal the deal, who can?” the Secretary-General asked, exhorting the leaders to use their common sense, courage and ability to compromise to ensure a new accord is reached.“We do not have any more time to waste,” he underlined.In response to a reporter’s question, Mr. Ban welcomed today’s announcement by United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the nation would help to raise $100 billion annually by 2020 to assist developing nations combat climate change.“I am sure it will have a very important political dynamic in our current negotiations,” he said, noting that he has issued repeated calls for leaders to make firm mid- and longer-term pledges beyond the commitment made to provide $10 billion a year until 2012.Negotiations resumed today in Copenhagen after they had stalled over divisions between States, and the Secretary-General met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the sidelines of the talks as part of his efforts to overcome the divisions.He also took part in talks with leaders from Australia, Bangladesh, Denmark, Indonesia, the Maldives, Mexico, Norway, Viet Nam and the United Kingdom, and is scheduled to later meet with the leaders of Gabon and Israel, as well as the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority.Likening the negotiating process in Copenhagen to climbing a large hill, Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told journalists at a press conference at the summit today that, after the announced resumption of work, “the cable car is moving again.”Contact groups have been set up to address outstanding political issues, and the UNFCCC official said that these bodies must take stock of progress achieved in their meetings by this evening.Pointing to this as an “encouraging” sign, he said that “we now have clarity on the process, we have clarity on the docs that will be the basis for work, [and] we have clarity that the process will be transparent.”Yesterday, the Secretary-General said that emissions reductions and financing remain the key issues in the talks on a new agreement.The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found that to stave off the worst effects of climate change, industrialized countries must slash greenhouse gas emissions by 25 to 40 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020, and that global emissions must be halved by 2050.“I hope that the developed countries should come out with more ambitious mid-term target by 2020 against the 1990 level,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Copenhagen.He also called for “sufficient financial and technological support for the developing countries, particularly the most vulnerable States.”In a related development, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has underscored that helping to expand climate science is just one of the contributions it is making in the fight against climate change.“Thanks to its interdisciplinary capacities, UNESCO can render a unique contribution to mitigation and adaptation to climate change through distinct action in education, the sciences, culture, communication and information,” Director-General Irina Bokova announced yesterday in Copenhagen.In particular, she said, UNESCO can assist in expanding the knowledge base of climate science through its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), in close collaboration with the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), to better understand and forecast climate phenomena.UNESCO also seeks to further education on climate change though teacher training, educational strategies and curricula revision, among other actions, as part of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development.Further, the agency will promote cultural and biological diversity, as well as deal with the various ethical and social dimensions of climate change, including migration issues. 17 December 2009With only 24 hours to go before the scheduled end of the historic United Nations climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced optimism that a new agreement will be reached.
A former Sub Inspector (SI) of the Sapugaskanda Police Station and a former security assistant were today sentenced to 20 years and 6 months of rigorous imprisonment by the Colombo High Court over the alleged abduction and rape of two women in February 2003.The court also ordered that a fine of Rs 70,000 each and compensation of Rs 200,000 each be paid to the two victims. The two women had been abducted in Bambalapitiya and were later raped.The suspects were found guilty and the sentence was delivered today. (Colombo Gazette)
Speaking in Marrakesh, where over 160 Governments signed up to the first-ever global migration pact on Monday, UN chief António Guterres said that the Compact is an important step towards safety and dignity for millions of people which “sets out in practical terms how Member States and other stakeholders can respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of all migrants, in line with the Universal Declaration.”The UN Chief was followed by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, reinforced Mr. Guterres’s comments, reminding the audience that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was forged in the crisis of the post-war period as a guide to leading societies away from “conflict, inequality and turmoil,” which is a “a living document, just as powerful and valid today as it was in the ashes and rubble of global destruction.”President of the General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, also speaking at the conference, referred to the context in which the Declaration was drawn up, mentioning that she had, just a few weeks earlier, placed a wreath before the “Wall of Death” in Auschwitz, a moment that, she said, she is unlikely to ever forget:”This sentiment, I imagine, was shared by the original architects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Having borne witness to the atrocities of the Second World War, they, like those who crafted the Charter of the United Nations, understood that human life and human dignity had to be protected, everywhere and at all costs.”Nevertheless, the fight for human rights is far from over: the Secretary-General said it “saddened” him that the global human rights agenda seemed to be losing ground, noting a rise in authoritarianism, xenophobia and intolerance. “Egregious human rights violations” such as torture, extrajudicial killings, and detention without trial, still persist, he added.New risks to human rightsThreats to human rights were also being highlighted at UN headquarters in New York on Monday, where charities, non-governmental organizations and members of civil society were joined by Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, for a discussion about the ways that modern challenges, unforeseen 70 years ago, are impacting rights.The talk covered digital technologies, which have led to many benefits, but also brought about new risks which could replicate, and even exacerbate existing threats to human rights; and climate change, which risks making much of the planet uninhabitable.Defending human rights in conflict zonesUpholding human rights in challenging situations is one of the key roles of the United Nations peacekeeping missions, which share a 70th birthday with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the UN peacekeepers and staff working in these challenging environments have been celebrating the occasion in a number of ways.In Afghanistan, the UN Assistance Mission (UNAMA) renewed its call for human rights and fundamental freedoms to be respected in the country, welcoming breakthroughs such as the work of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, new laws empowering the media, a new Penal Code reflecting the country’s commitment to promote fundamental freedoms, and the presence of women in civil service positions and in the private sector. Meanwhile, in South Sudan, commuters in the capital, Juba, got the chance to see their military in a different light on Monday: as athletes.Hundreds of military personnel – as well as police and prison officers, fire-fighters and members of the wildlife services – took part in a 10-kilometre race around the streets of the capital, organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), to promote awareness of human rights and the need for peace in the conflict-affected country.Speaking on Monday, David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS, said that “the only way that South Sudan is going to recover is by having peace and respect for human rights. If respect for human rights is there, then there is peace. If there is peace, it involves respect for human rights and people’s ethnicity and political persuasion. The two things go hand in hand.”You can read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and find stories, videos, and archive audio about the document, here.
Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein (65) blocks during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen Urban Meyer first came to Ohio State in late 2011, he made it clear that he was not a fan of redshirting players.Now, three years later, he might be changing his tone slightly.“Those days (of redshirting) are certainly here (but) if you are a good player, play ‘em,” Meyer said Tuesday during the Big Ten teleconference. “That is going to be our philosophy to continue moving forward.”The Buckeyes currently have 34 players on their roster that have been redshirted at least once.One of those players is OSU starting quarterback J.T. Barrett, along with three of the five starting offensive lineman.Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein said his redshirt year helped him get used to the college game.“It definitely benefitted me a lot,” he said Monday. “My freshman year, just being on scout team going against (Johnathan) Hankins and (John) Simon and transitioning to this level of play (helped a lot).”Specifically, Elflein said his time on the scout team and not being afraid to make mistakes were what made his redshirt year in 2012 so beneficial.“You can kind of just go out there and play (on scout team) and kind of get acclimated to this level of football and I got so much better doing that,” Elflein said. “It just transferred over to learning the offense after that and it all just came together.”For Elflein, it paid off as he made his first career start on a big stage in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game, when he said he thought he performed admirably.“We fell short last year, and that still hurts,” he said. “I played well that game, but we want to get back there and win the Big Ten.”Defensively, the Buckeyes currently have three redshirt players in the starting lineup, including redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple, who was one of two players Meyer singled out when discussing the benefits of a year off.“(Redshirt-freshman linebacker) Darron Lee and Eli Apple are two guys off the top of my head … Will Eli Apple be here five years? No. My guess is if he continues to improve, that he may move on,” Meyer said.Lee is one of six players who has started each game on defense and is second on the team in tackles for loss for loss with 9.5.Apple, who has started all but one game this season, said watching from the sidelines last year was beneficial, adding that he learned a lot from veteran players at his position.“When I first got here, I definitely had my little struggles. I feel like that redshirt year really helped me a lot just watching guys like (Bradley) Roby, watching guys like (current senior) Doran (Grant), see how they handle their business and picking up stuff from them,” Apple said Monday. “When I came in this year, I really wanted to take an approach — take things serious, work on my technique, work on all aspects of my game and it has really helped out.”Already with two interceptions under his belt, Apple said that with each game comes more assurance in his abilities.“I feel like my confidence has grown after each game,” Apple said. “It’s just great being a starting corner, playing opposite of Doran Grant, somebody that just takes the game so serious. It’s one of those things where you have to raise your game up a notch every week because you got somebody like him who just goes so hard and has great preparation.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
Aberdeen, Wattisham in Suffolk and London are all tipped as likely locations for the highest temperatures, with the east of the country broadly enjoying the best of the warmth.The rise could make parts of the UK among the hottest locations in Europe, following bouts of snow and freezing temperatures that took hold on the continent earlier this month. 🚨 IT’S TURNING MILD 🚨 Feeling more like #Spring? 🌼 Well here’s why! We could see 17C in the south on Monday! pic.twitter.com/PRA6CDeq8e— Met Office (@metoffice) February 17, 2017 MeteoGroup forecaster Tom Whittaker said: “Generally speaking, it’s going to be close, but we may see temperatures of 15C (59F), which could be higher than places like Palma in Majorca, and parts of southern France.”It’s likely to be warmest in the east, south east and eastern parts of Scotland, to the east of the Highlands.”The hottest February on record remains that of 1998, when temperatures hit 19.7C (67.5F) in Greenwich, south east London. Despite bringing British temperatures above the average 4-7C (39.2F-44.6F) for this time of year, the expected rise will not be record-breaking by official measures. Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: “In terms of temperatures there may be isolated locations where temperatures reach 16C to 17C (60F to 62F) but more broadly it will be mild, with some of the warmest areas being the east and north east of the country. Crocus bulbs in full bloom at Royal Victoria Park, Bath, as a blast of Caribbean hot air is set to push UK temperatures higherCredit:Ben Birchall/PA Temperatures in eastern Scotland could exceed those in parts of the Mediterranean next week as a blast of warm air hits the UK.The air mass is making its way over the Atlantic Ocean from Florida and parts of the Caribbean and is set to bring highs of up to 17C (62F) on Monday, the Met Office said. “Although obviously above average, it’s not necessarily unusual.”In February 2012, around 50 stations recorded temperatures of 17C (62F) and over and we’re not expecting that many to record the same next week.”MeteoGroup said temperatures may only reach highs of 15C (59F), although this is likely to be enough to push the UK above parts of southern Europe, including the Balearic Islands and Sardinia. 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. Dawn in AmpleforthCredit:
Every morning TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1.#SYMPHYSIOTOMY: A couple whose baby was delivered stillborn still don’t know where their child is buried, the report into symphysiotomies has revealed.2.#FRANCE: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been charged with corruption and peddling influence. He was questioned yesterday for 15 hours.3.#OFF TO LONDON: A Sinn Féin delegation will meet British Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street today, the first time the party has met the leader of Britain since he took office.4.#CRASH: A cyclist has died after hitting a bollard on a busy Cork street yesterday evening. The man hit the bollard on Shandon Street at around 5.40pm.5.#MISSING: More than 4,000 people have gone gone missing in Ireland so far this year, new figures show. Missing in Ireland Support Service (MISS) says that more detailed statistics are needed.6.#PALESTINE: A Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and executed in an apparent act of revenge for the murder of three Israeli teens. The boy is believed to have been 16 years old.7.#IT’S ON: The National Children’s Hospital has moved one step closer to being built. The cabinet officially signed off on the blueprints for the site, with Health Minister James Reilly saying the plan was “hugely important”.8.#MEDICAL CARDS: Calls have been made to extend emergency medical card time limits for dying patients. The Irish Hospice Foundation says that patients should have longer than the current six months without a means test.9.#WEATHER: It’s glorious out today, but don’t start planning your weekend trip to the beach just yet.
Remember those videos of a purported UFO hovering above Jerusalem that had the Web all a twitter last week? It’s probably not a shocker to suggest that they were completely fabricated. But what if I told you that they were actually posted in order to promote an upcoming movie? Irritating, right?That’s the latest theory. The videos, which created a sensation after being posted to YouTube (one is currently at 1.7 million views), may actually be promotional material for the upcoming film, Battle: Los Angeles. For starters, they appear to be manipulated, digitally. They’ve also been used in material to promote the film.News.com.au also points out the fact that the company charged with promoting the film launched a Website for the fake Worldwide Assessment of Threats Concerning Humankind over the summer in order to promote the movie.Video/movie promotion after the jump.
You may not have heard of BitCoin, but you’re probably going to start hearing about it a whole lot more often now that a major theft has taken place. The decentralized digital currency has gained prominence in geeky circles because of its privacy-protecting nature. Like the Dollar, Pound, Yen, or indeed any traditional currency, the market value of a BitCoin can fluctuate. Recently, BitCoin’s value had skyrocketed, up to nearly $30 US from $5 in a span of about a month.That got investors interested in BitCoin, and where there’s high-profile investing going on you can bet there’ll be some spear phishing as well — especially in an online community which has gained a reputation for being frequented by malicious hackers and cybercriminals. It’s also no difficult task to locate possible targets, thanks to the availability of information like this list of wallets with balances of 20,000 coins or more. BitCoin Wallet information isn’t encrypted when stored on a user’s hard drive, so access — such as that provided by a successful phishing exploit — is all that’s required. Once the .DAT file has been retrieved, the deed is done and a criminal needs only to find willing buyers for his or her ill-gotten coinage.Interestingly, because of the way BitCoin works we’re actually able to take a look at the theft of funds which shifted more than 25,000 BitCoins — valued at around $20 each at the time. Any personally identifiable information is hashed, however, so the perpetrator remains anonymous at this point — though the victim has come forward on BitCoin forums seeking help.Lawmakers had already been hollering for access to actual data from BitCoin in the wake of Wired’s article about Silk Road — an online drug trading community which exclusively accepts its virtually currency for user transactions. Those shouts will likely grow louder, particular if those who lost the giant sack of money in this incident are at all well-connected.More at TNW
Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 8:00 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news. Jimmy Loughlin, who died after an assault in Sligo town yesterday, was described today as a popular and well respected young man. Source: Facebook IRELANDA post-mortem examination was carried out on the body of a 20-year-old Jimmy Loughlin who is believed to have been the victim of a violent assault in Sligo.Additional emergency beds have been opened up to accommodate rough sleepers during the cold snap over the next week.Tributes were paid to a 14-year-old boy who died after sustaining an injury during a Gaelic football match.Homes in Blanchardstown were evacuated after the discovery of a suspicious device.A 13-year-old girl was left waiting 50 minutes for an ambulance after having a neurological attack.A recruitment drive for 1,600 taxi drivers was launched.Dealz has been ordered to shutter one of its Dublin stores. By Michelle Hennessy Share4 Tweet Email Short URL Get our daily news round up: School bus driver Pearlie Corker is hugged by school board member Dr Rosaline Osgood. The driver was the first to pull up to the school during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where teachers and school administrators returned today for the first time since the massacre. Source: Mike Stocker/PAWORLD#SYRIA: Air raids continued in the town of Douma, in Eastern Ghouta, despite a UN Security Council demand for a ceasefire.#FRANCE: A 13-year-old boy died after falling from a cliff in the French Alps.#JAPAN: An American man is being questioned in Osaka after a decapitated head was found in an apartment.PARTING SHOTHollywood star Ashley Judd has visited a Rohingya refugee camp where she met a number of women, some of whom had been raped or whose family members had been killed or died trying to escape persecution. Her video diary for Sky News can be found here. Feb 25th 2018, 8:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/3871945 15,310 Views Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday The Sligo murder investigation, preparations for this week’s severe cold weather and continued air strikes in Syria… No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Jose Mourinho has made some significant changes to his Manchester United squad for the Premier League showdown against Newcastle.Mourinho who is under intense scrutiny desperately needs three points today at Old Trafford in their last Premier League clash before the International break.The Portuguese boss has had spats with a number of his star players in recent times, including Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly, but both start the game.And following the club’s abysmal start to the campaign, reports suggested the former Madrid man was set for the axe irrespective of the Newcastle result.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Manchester United have quashed those rumours but Mourinho simply cannot afford another loss and has named a strong side on paper for the visit of Rafa Benitez’s struggling Magpies.MANCHESTER UNITED VS NEWCASTLE LINEUPSMan Utd XI: De Gea, Young, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw, McTominay, Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku, MartialNewcastle XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Muto
To all the residents of the great town of Wilmington, Massachusetts,Yes, I said “great town of Wilmington” and I and you all should want to keep the town going in the positive direction it has been going for the past several years.This is the reason I feel I need to write this letter and I’m asking for your support of two great volunteers in town, Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel, both have been caring about this town for so many years. Recently I spent two years on the Board of Selectman with both, where they are both respectful and professional, not only to me, but all citizens.Greg and Kevin care for everyone in town by being fiscally conservative and keeping all our services without fees.Both are hard workers for you. Please join me and my family in voting for both Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel on April 27th.PLEASE GET OUT THE VOTE ON APRIL 27TH.Thank you,Ed Loud Sr.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bendel & Caira Are Trustworthy & Keep Their Campaign PromisesIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Selectman Mike Newhouse Endorses Bendel & Caira For SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”
2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 7 Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Car Industry 71 Photos GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. More From Roadshow Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Tags Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Comments 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Holy hell Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 81 Photos 10 Photos Comments 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 69 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 52 Photos Share your voice Car Culture Car Industry,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 18 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 68 Photos 26 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Share your voice 12 Photos More From Roadshow 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 49 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 3 North American Eagle Racer, television personality and general badass Jessi Combs died Tuesday, after crashing her jet-powered land speed record car in the Alvord Desert in southeast Oregon, according to a local news report. She was 39 years old.Combs earned the title of “fastest woman on four wheels” after setting a land speed record of 398 miles per hour in 2013. In 2018, she drove her jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger to 483 mph during a shakedown run.Her death was confirmed on Instagram by a teammate on Wednesday morning.A skilled fabricator, Combs was well-known for her appearances on several TV shows, including Overhaulin’, All Girls Garage and Mythbusters. Combs was also a skilled off-road racer.”I knew Jessi from around the off-road scene, though we never actually raced against each other,” writes Roadshow’s own racer, reviews editor Emme Hall. “I always looked to her career path as a model for my own, and seeing how she was able to earn a living by just being the knowledgeable and quirky Jessi Combs has always been inspiring. She will be missed terribly by all who knew her.””Jessi was the most fearless person I’ve ever met,” writes Executive Editor Chris Paukert, who worked closely with Combs on Autoblog’s series The List: 1,001 car things to do before you die. “I can’t even say she was the bravest, because it’s almost like fear wasn’t an emotion that ever really registered with her. If it had any impact at all, it was fuel, a motivator. She wanted to see and do everything anyone could do related to metal, power and speed. Jessi had an unquenchable energy and drive, and she managed to be that intense while still being immensely fun to be around — a trick that most hyperfocused and accomplished people somehow never manage.””It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire,” Combs said of herself on Twitter earlier this month. “Those who are willing are those who achieve great things. People say I’m crazy. I say thank you.”Correction, 5:47 p.m. PT: A previous version of this story said Combs was 36. She was 39. Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura
Kolkata: A woman who had killed her husband, a local Trinamool Congress activist of Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas, after conspiring with her boyfriend, attempted suicide inside the police lockup on Sunday morning.Victim’s wife Madhumita Mistri had been under police custody since she was arrested by the police on April 19. She has been kept under observation.According to police, she attempted suicide by cutting her hand and throat with a blade. A question has, however, been raised on how she got a blade inside the police lockup. Some of the policemen posted outside the lockup found the injured victim with her hand and throat bleeding profusely. She was immediately treated by doctors. The woman conspired with a person with whom she had an extra marital affair and killed her husband. The incident took place on April 9. The matter came to light after the woman’s boy friend admitted his guilt before the investigators after his arrest. Both the accused have been arrested on April 19. The victim, Samir Mistri, a local Trinamool Congress was shot dead by the accused Chandan Mondal. According to the investigation, police came to know that victim’s wife Madhumita had developed an illicit relationship with Mondal around two-and-a-half year ago. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBoth the woman and her boy friend admitted their relationship before the police and the hatched plan to kill Mistri. The incident took place when the victim was having his dinner inside his house. The front door of their room was kept open by the woman to help her boyfriend to carry out the crime. According to the investigation, police said that there was a quarrel between the couple after the victim came to know about the relationship. The accused might have committed the crime as the victim had opposed their relation.
Finding it difficult to join a cardiac rehabilitation centre due to rigorous workouts or financial constraints? Take heart, practising Tai Chi – a form of ancient Chinese martial art – may help patients for whom physical exercises can be unpleasant, painful and impossible, researchers suggest. Tai Chi is characterised by slow, rhythmic and meditative movements, which enables the performer to find peace and calm within the mind and heart. It has many different styles. Each style may subtly emphasize various Tai Chi principles and methods. There are variations within each style. Some styles may focus on health maintenance, while others focus on the martial arts aspect of Tai Chi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It might be a good option for people because you can start very slowly and simply and, as theconfidence increases, the pace and movements can be modified to increase intensity,” said Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, Assistant Professor at the Brown University, Rhode Island in the US.”Tai Chi exercises can reach low-to-moderate intensity levels. The emphasis on breathing and relaxation can also help with stress reduction and psychological distress.” It puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is a low impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise. You may also find tai chi appealing because it’s inexpensive and requires no special equipment. You can do it anywhere, including indoors or outside. It can be performed alone or in a group class. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAlthough Tai Chi is generally safe, women who are pregnant or people with joint problems, back pain, fractures, severe osteoporosis or a hernia should consult their health care provider before trying it. Modification or avoidance of certain postures may be recommended. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, however, found that Tai Chi was safe, with no adverse events related to the exercise programme.The research was conducted over physically inactive heart disease patients, both men and women, among whom 58.6 per cent of the total had earlier experienced a heart attack and procedures to open a blocked artery. All the participants had denied cardiac rehabilitation and therefore developed high-risk characteristics at present, including smoking (27.6 per cent), diabetes (48.3 per cent), high cholesterol (75.9 per cent), overweight (35 per cent) and obesity (45 per cent). The Tai Chi programme did not raise aerobic fitness but led to an increase in the weekly amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity at the same time. The benefits of Tai Chi are generally greatest if you begin before you develop a chronic illness or functional limitations. Here’s some advices before you start practicing it:Consult a Doctor – If you have a limiting musculoskeletal problem or medical condition or if you take medications that can make you dizzy or lightheaded — check with your doctor before starting Tai Chi. Consider observing and taking a class – taking a class may be the best way to learn tai chi. Most teachers will let you observe the cases first to see if you feel comfortable with the approach and atmosphere. Instruction can be individualised. Dress comfortably – Choose loose-fitting clothes that don’t restrict your range of motion. You can practice barefoot or in lightweight, comfortable, and flexible shoes. You’ll need shoes that won’t slip and can provide enough support to help you balance, but have soles thin enough to allow you to feel the ground. Agencies
March 1, 2010 – “Meaningful use” is poised to be the major driver of healthcare information technology (IT) spending in 2010, in addition to other supporting factors, such as recovering economy, suggests results of the 21st Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Leadership Survey.Although criteria for meaningful use won’t be established until later this year, nearly four-fifths (59 percent) of the 398 respondents to this year’s survey say they plan to make additional investments to position themselves to qualify for the incentives.Driven by meaningful use incentives and a rebounding economy, nearly three quarters (72 percent) of respondents said they expect their IT operating budgets to increase, bringing that response back to the levels of two years ago. Last year, only 55 percent of respondents expected an increase in their budgets. Nearly half (49 percent) who said their budgets would increase this year reported that meaningful use would be a driver. Another 45 percent reported the increase would be due to an overall growth in the number of system and technologies at their organization.Asked to identify their single IT priority during the next two years, 42 percent of respondents identified meeting meaningful use criteria. Many likely will be doing so by implementing clinical systems: when asked to identify their organization’s primary clinical IT focus, 35 percent said it would be ensuring their organization has a fully functional electronic medical record (EMR) in place and 27 percent said it would focus on installing a computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system.Meaningful use was reflected in other answers throughout the survey. For instance, more than one-third (38 percent) said government issues were the business issue they felt would have the biggest impact on healthcare in the next two years, whereas last year, only six percent thought that was the case. This year’s response reflects compliance with new regulations regarding meaningful use, as well as coding upgrades and claim processes impacted by ICD-10 (the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases) and the updated version of HIPAA (5010). Financial considerations (such as demand for capital and finding new revenue resources) was identified as the top business issue last year, chosen by 54 percent of respondents. This year, 23 percent identified it as the top business issue.Two-thirds (66 percent) expected to increase the number of IT staff, which is consistent with 2008 data, after dipping to less than half a year ago.Security concerns continue to remain consistent. One third of respondents (34 percent) said an internal breach of security was their top security concern, and nearly one-quarter (23 percent) said their organization had a security breach in the past year. Thirty percent said their major security concern was compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) security regulations and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) security audits.Healthcare organizations continue to make progress on EMR adoption. Nearly half (48 percent) said they have a fully operational EMR in at least one facility, compared to 41 percent last year. Nearly a quarter (22 percent) said they have a fully operation EMR throughout their entire organization, up from 17 percent last year. Almost a third (32 percent) have begun to install an EMR in at least one facility.Asked about what area of patient care they felt IT could have the most impact, more than a third (37 percent) said it could improve clinical and quality outcomes. Another quarter (28 percent) felt the biggest impact would be in reducing medical errors and improving patient safety. The 2009 survey identified the same top two items, with the order reversed. Additionally, nearly all (95 percent) said clinicians play a role in the IT process at their organizations.Other findings of the 21st Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey include:- Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) said lack of adequate financial resources/lack of budget would be the most significant barrier to successful healthcare IT implementation at their organization.- Nearly half (43 percent) of respondents said their organization participates in a Health Information Exchange (HIE): 37 percent in their area and seven percent in the state-mandated HIE.- The level of integration between IT and overall organizational strategies encouragingly remains strong, with 87 percent answering affirmatively this year, compared to 84 percent last year. Nearly half (47 percent) said the IT plan is a component of the organization’s overall strategic plan, an increase from 2009, when 38 percent said that was the case.The self-administered Web-based Leadership Survey included 398 participants between Dec. 14, 2009 and January 29, 2010. Those surveyed represent nearly 270 unique healthcare organizations and nearly 700 hospitals throughout the United States. The average bed size of the hospitals was 235 and the median bed size is 128. 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