Non-Traditional High School Students Awarded for Academic Excellence

first_img Sixteen students, who attend non-traditional high schools across the island, have been rewarded for their outstanding performance in academics by the National Child Month Committee (NCMC). The students, many of whom face various challenges, were feted at the NCMC’s annual Youth Academic Achievement Awards ceremony held on Wednesday (June 27) at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. Story Highlights Chief Executive Officer of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Rosalee Gage-Grey, who addressed the gathering said it was a pleasure to celebrate with the young people, who are being awarded for academic excellence, having attained five or more subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level in 2017. Sixteen students, who attend non-traditional high schools across the island, have been rewarded for their outstanding performance in academics by the National Child Month Committee (NCMC).The students, many of whom face various challenges, were feted at the NCMC’s annual Youth Academic Achievement Awards ceremony held on Wednesday (June 27) at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.They received gift baskets and certificates, book vouchers, plaques, among other things.Chief Executive Officer of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Rosalee Gage-Grey, who addressed the gathering said it was a pleasure to celebrate with the young people, who are being awarded for academic excellence, having attained five or more subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level in 2017.“You have laboured long and hard, and now success is your reward,” she said.“These youngsters, represented here today, are a signal of hope for a better Jamaica and a clear demonstration of resilience and perseverance despite the challenges faced,” she added.Mrs. Gage-Grey said the CPFSA cares about the development of the nation’s children, and thus has remained a partner with the NCMC in the staging of the annual awards ceremony.She encouraged the students to continue to pursue excellence. “As we congratulate and celebrate with you today, I want to implore you to continue the upward mobility in ensuring that you matriculate to higher education. This can only be achieved by staying focused,” she said.Chairperson, NCMC, Dr. Pauline Mullings, said that the entity is committed to continuing the awards programme “because we are finding young people who are doing well academically. They have challenging situations, and they are involved in community service [and] giving back”.“They are from non-traditional high schools… where many persons felt that they could not achieve. We set out to prove to our nation that we have young people who are excelling, who nobody knows, and so we decided that this is the route,” she added.Britney Huie from Irwin High School in St. James and Emroy McKenzie from Kemps Hill High School in Clarendon, who were named the Top Girl and Top Boy, respectively, expressed gratitude for the recognition.“I feel real good about being awarded today. My hard work and determination has paid off,” Britney told JIS News.Emroy said he is “truly grateful for this award. I’ve worked really hard to overcome my challenges, and it feels good to be recognised”.The other students honoured are Vernal Headley from Hopewell High in Hanover; Shadia Franklin from Troy High and Ramonia Downer from Albert Town High in Trelawny; Sadiki Lindsay from Aabuthnott Gallimore High in St. Ann; Janelle Hallwood from Port Antonio High in Portland; Dacia Dixon from Yallahs High in St. Thomas; Omarie Davis from Penwood High and Anthony Higgins from Tarrant High in St. Andrew; Tyra Hepburn from Bridgeport High in St. Catherine; Toriann Ellis from Denbigh High in Clarendon; Joshoy Stephens from May Day High and Jayda Morgan from Winston Jones High in Manchester; Deandrea Green from Roger Clarke High in St. Elizabeth and Deandra Smith from the Salvation Army School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.The sponsors of the event are GraceKennedy Group, Kool Runnings Adventure Park, National Baking Company Foundation, Carlong Publishers (Caribbean) Limited, Chukka Foundation, Island Grill, and Insurance Company of the West Indies (ICWI).last_img read more

Daimler Reaches Agreement with Rolls-Royce

first_imgrolls-royce, April 16, 2014 zoom Rolls-Royce and Daimler have agreed the valuation of Daimler’s 50% equity interest in the joint venture Rolls-Royce Power Systems (RRPS).Both parties have determined the fair market value of Daimler’s shares at EUR 2.43 billion. The transaction is expected to complete within the next five months and is subject to the usual regulatory approvals.This follows the announcement on March 7, 2014 that the Board of Management of Daimler AG had decided to exercise the put option relating to its shareholding in RRPS.RRPS, which previously operated as Tognum AG, is a world leader in reciprocating engines. It is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in Southern Germany and employs around 11,000 people.John Rishton, CEO of Rolls-Royce said: “We have enjoyed an outstanding working relationship with Daimler and this agreement represents a good outcome for both of our companies. Rolls-Royce Power Systems has added scale and capability to our reciprocating engines business. It has world class technology, operates in long term growth markets and has proved a valuable addition to our Marine and Industrial Power Systems division.”Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, Daimler’s Board of Management Member for trucks and buses, added: “We are pleased to reach an agreement with Rolls-Royce in such a short period of time. This underlines the profound partnership established during the past years. Irrespective of the ownership situation, we will keep connections to RRPS based on our existing supplier relationship.”last_img read more

Yinson Holdings Bags Eni Ghana FPSO Deal

first_imgMalaysia-based investment holding company Yinson Holdings Berhad has through its wholly owned subsidiary Yinson Production (West Africa) bought the 1998-built, Very Large Crude Carrier Ulriken, to be converted into a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel for use offshore Ghana.YPWA bought the 309,996 dwt tanker from Golden State Petro back in October 2014 for USD 26.25 million.The name of the vessel was subsequently changed to Yinson Genesis and was registered with the Registrar of Singapore Ships on December 5, 2014.Yinson Genesis will be converted from a tanker into a floating production storage offloading (FPSO) unit following the award of the chartering, operation and maintenance of a FPSO contract by Eni Ghana Exploration & Production Ltd to the consortium of YPWA and Yinson Production West Africa Limited at the Offshore Cape Three Points Block (OCTP), located in the Tano Basin approximately 60 km off the coast of Ghana.The contract is for a firm charter period of fifteen years with five yearly extension options exercisable by Eni. The estimated aggregate value of the contract during the firm charter period is approximately up to USD 2.539 billion, and an estimated total aggregate value of up to USD 3.256 billion if Eni Ghana exercises all five yearly extension options.The FPSO is expected to commence operations in the OCTP block in 2017.last_img read more

Development Opportunity on Lunenburgs Working Waterfront

first_imgWaterfront Development Corporation is inviting proposals from development and business interests to partner on construction of a new facility on the former Scotia Trawler storeroom site. The agreement would also include a long-term lease for the property and wharf. The request for proposals is open until Nov. 28. “Lunenburg is one of Canada’s most historic and recognized fishing ports and commercial harbours,” said MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson. “This is an opportunity to work together to attract new business and economic activity to a key Nova Scotia location.” Located at 250 Montague St., the site is situated on the working waterfront in the heart of the UNESCO designated World Heritage site. As a result of fire in the summer of 2013, the building previously located on the site has been removed and the area is ready for new construction. “There is growing momentum on the waterfront and in the community,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development Corp. “Since 2005, we have invested over $2 million in the Lunenburg waterfront and important projects are on the horizon. This partnership opportunity will create new economic activity at this strategic site while preserving the heritage character of the Old Town.” Gerry Rolfsen, chair of the Lunenburg Waterfront Association, said the working waterfront is critical to the economic prosperity and identity of the town. “With our partners at Waterfront Development, we are seeing great progress toward achieving this vision,” said Mr. Rolfsen. “This site is a key property for the successful future of the working waterfront and we are optimistic we will find a partner who will be able to develop it to its full potential.” The site is approximately 27,000 square feet (2,508 square metres) and is centrally located on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Lunenburg is surrounded by a diverse cross-section of industries, including companies involved in aerospace and defence, manufacturing, agriculture, ocean technology, value-added food products, and energy. It is also home to several internationally-traded companies, including ABCO Industries, Clearwater Seafoods Limited, and HB Studios. Lunenburg is a seaside town among the most visited tourism destinations in Nova Scotia. Historic architecture, an active culinary scene, more than 180 shops and services, fine art, golf courses, festivals, and the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic make it an attractive location for businesses, visitors and residents. Waterfront Development is a provincial Crown corporation developing the strategic potential of waterfronts in Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg. It fosters waterfronts that drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism, provide memorable public spaces, and reflect and protect marine heritage. Visit for more information.last_img read more

Tories pan Liberal caucus proposal to decriminalize use of all illegal drugs

first_imgOTTAWA – The war on drugs may move to a new battlefield in Canada, if Liberal MPs get their way: the 2019 federal election campaign.They’re pushing the Trudeau government to go much further than legalizing recreational marijuana. In a priority resolution they hope will be adopted at the Liberals’ policy convention in April for inclusion in the next election platform, the national caucus is calling on the government to eliminate criminal penalties for simple possession and consumption of all illicit drugs.Newly-minted NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has taken a similar stance.But the Conservatives, who have opposed many elements of the plan to legalize pot by July, are signalling that they would object to decriminalizing the use of other, harder drugs even more strenuously.“The Conservatives haven’t been satisfied or in any way pleased with what they’re doing in the area of marijuana. I think it’s going to be a complete mess in this country,” Conservative justice critic Rob Nicholson said in an interview.“That being said, to expand this … to do anything that does anything except discourage people from taking opioids and strong drugs I think is a mistake,” he added.“If you’re saying it’s OK to consume this, you’re not sending out the message here that this is a huge problem that tears families apart, destroys peoples’ health, decreases the safety within this country. Because who’s going to be providing them with this? These are the criminal elements.”Many Conservatives feared legalization of pot would be just the first step towards legalizing other, harder drugs. But Nicholson said he’s frankly surprised that Liberal MPs aren’t even waiting to see how legalizing cannabis works out before starting down that slippery slope.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly ruled out legalization of drugs other than cannabis. He has not so far commented on the resolution advanced by his own caucus, which does not actually go so far as to advocate legalization of other drugs.Rather, the caucus is proposing that Canada adopt the model that has proven successful in Portugal in significantly reducing overdose deaths, decreasing illicit drug use and reducing the social cost of drug abuse.Since 2001, Portugal has expanded treatment and harm reduction services, such as safe injection sites, and eliminated criminal penalties for simple possession and consumption of all illegal drugs. A person found in possession of a drug for personal use is no longer arrested but ordered to appear before a “dissuasion commission” which can refer the person to a treatment program or impose administrative sanctions.“We see on all the metrics that matter, in terms of a public health approach, positive success stories,” Toronto Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith said in an interview.“We’re certainly not talking about legalizing all drugs here. We’re talking about a step that would decriminalize (drug use) … I think the easiest way of thinking about it is we currently use the criminal justice system to tackle drug abuse and let’s use the health system as much as possible to tackle drug abuse instead.”In a recent byelection in Toronto’s Scarborough-Agincourt, the Conservative candidate ran social media ads, one of which featured a grainy photo of a junkie injecting heroin into his arm. The ads warned voters about the Liberals’ plan to legalize pot and create more safe injection sites.“The Trudeau Liberals want to bring dangerous drugs into our community,” one ad asserted. “The Liberals are rushing to legalizing (sic) marijuana despite concerns being raised by police and health professionals. And now they want to legalize prescription heroin!”It’s not hard to imagine how much sharper Conservative attacks would become if the Liberal party adopts the caucus proposal. But Erskine-Smith said Liberals shouldn’t let that deter them.“If the Conservatives want to ignore the evidence and lash out in some tough-on-crime way, I say have at it. It hasn’t worked in the past and I don’t think it will work,” he said.“I hope we’re past the point of worrying whether Canadians are going to buy into this idea … It doesn’t matter what political stripe you are, if you care about the evidence and you care about what works, I think you’ve got to get past the politics of it and what the easy attack ad is and follow the evidence to save lives.”last_img read more

Unemployment rate now 9 percent in Northeast BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Provincial unemployment numbers for the month of April have been released.The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. saw an increase last month of 1.2 percent, up to 9.0 percent when compared to March’s rate of 7.8 percent.The estimated number of people working in Northeast B.C. for April is down by 200 to 37,500 when compared to March’s numbers of 37,700. In April 2018, the unemployment rate was 6.3 percent with an estimated 38,600 people working.Overall for B.C., unemployment remained low at a rate of 4.6 percent; the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the past 21 months in a row.Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, says B.C. saw an increase of part-time employment being replaced by full-time employment, with contributions from construction and business administration.“We saw part-time employment replaced by significant increases in full-time jobs. Overall, B.C. created 5,900 jobs with gains coming in construction and business administration. That brings us to 82,000 jobs created in B.C. over the past year, with massive gains in the private sector.”last_img read more

Bombardier shines light on Q400 with new orders launch of cargopassenger model

Bombardier shines light on Q400 with new orders, launch of cargo-passenger model MONTREAL – Bombardier announced Tuesday agreements to sell six Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft and launched a new cargo-passenger version of the popular plane at the Farnborough Airshow.Horizon Air Industries Inc. of Seattle, which operates the largest fleet of Q400 planes, ordered an additional airliner worth US$32.6 million at list prices. That’s on top of previous options for seven aircraft.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) will also oversee maintenance of the Alaska Air Group subsidiary’s existing 52 Q400 aircraft at its facility in Tucson, Ariz., the company said in an announcement on Tuesday.“We’re thrilled that Horizon Air, a well-regarded regional airline and our long-term customer of almost 30 years, continues to look to Bombardier for its regional aircraft solutions,” said Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier’s commercial aircraft division.Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi also signed a letter of intent for five Q400s, valued at US$160 million. The agreement is in addition to firm orders for three of the aircraft placed earlier in the year.The company operates a fleet of corporate jets conducting VIP charter flights, as well as helicopters serving the offshore oil and gas industry.Falcon said the addition of Q400 aircraft will support its expansion plans by giving customers a broader range of aircraft.“We are bridging the gap of aircraft and experience with new reliable equipment and helping empower operators to achieve profitable operations,” stated Mahmoud Ismael, Falcon’s chief operating officer.On Monday, it became the first CSeries customer in the United Arab Emirates by converting a letter of intent into firm orders for two CS300 aircraft, valued at about US$154 million at list prices.Bombardier also launched a cargo-passenger version of the Q400 that will be able to carry up to 3,690 kilograms of cargo and 50 passengers.Ray Jones, senior vice-president, sales, marketing and asset management for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, said the new version is suited for airlines operating routes with medium to low passenger loads, but with high cargo potential.The new variant is in addition to recently launched dual-class and extra-capacity options that can carry up to 86 passengers.Bombardier also confirmed Tuesday that Abu Dhabi Aviation was the previously unidentified Q400 NextGen customer which ordered two turboprops last April.Since last week, Bombardier has unveiled 48 new orders and commitments for its new CSeries jets valued at more than US$3 billion, though the aircraft is grounded because of an engine problem and test flights have been halted.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 15, 2014 8:34 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Deal finalized for Quebecs US1 billion investment in Bombardier CSeries

MONTREAL – After months of negotiations, Bombardier Inc. has reached a definitive agreement with the Quebec government on a US$1-billion investment in the CSeries passenger jet program.The two sides have been working out details of the agreement since the plan was originally announced in October.The Montreal-based company (TSX:BBD.B) is slated to receive the money in two instalments of US$500 million, the first June 30 and the second Sept. 1.Once the Quebec government’s investment is complete, it will own 49.5 per cent of a new limited partnership with all the assets, liabilities and obligations of the CSeries aircraft program, including larger versions of the plane beyond the CS100 and CS300 should they be developed.Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare said the investment demonstrates the provincial government’s confidence in the company’s largest aircraft.“Their investment will accelerate the momentum we’ve created, strengthen customer confidence in the aircraft and provide Bombardier with the financial flexibility needed to compete and win,” he said in a statement.Premier Philippe Couillard has said Quebec’s intervention in the CSeries was key to securing orders from Air Canada and Delta Air Lines.Air Canada said Thursday that it continues to work on finalizing a contract with the manufacturer for up to 75 CSeries planes after the Senate passed amendments giving it more flexibility on conducting heavy maintenance work in Manitoba, Quebec and Ontario.An Air Canada executive threatened in testimony before a Senate committee to walk away from its CSeries order and not create so-called centres of excellence in Manitoba and Quebec if it wasn’t given relief from obligations under the Air Canada Public Participation Act.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the federal government is continuing to negotiate potential financial support for Bombardier, which is seeking $1 billion from Ottawa.“We believe that long-term (the aerospace sector) is one of the more innovative places in the economy, so in that regard, having a leading company like Bombardier is important and we’re engaging with them to think about how we can ensure that the sector remains successful,” he told reporters after speaking in Toronto to the Economic Club of Canada.Morneau wouldn’t discuss stumbling blocks, but Ottawa has reportedly pushed Bombardier to change its voting structure, something the founding family that controls the company through multiple voting shares insists it has no intention of doing.The CSeries aircraft is two years behind schedule and has incurred about US$2 billion in cost overruns. The first plane is slated to be handed over to Swiss Airlines next week and enter into service July 15.Quebec Transport Minister Jacques Daoust said the partnership with Bombardier will ensure the employment of up to 2,500 workers along with preserving the CSeries headquarters, assembly, manufacturing and research activities in Quebec for at least 20 years.“So this is a win-win relationship that will benefit all Quebecers and the entire aviation sector,” he said in a news release.The new entity will be headed by Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. The board will contain three Bombardier nominees — former Quebec premier Daniel Johnson, who will be chairman, Bellemare and chief financial officer John Di Bert. Quebec will nominate two members.Under the revised deal, Quebec will receive warrants to purchase up to 100 million Bombardier Class B shares, or about 4.26 per cent of its total outstanding shares. That’s half as many at the same price of $2.21 per share that was outlined in the preliminary deal.Dominique Anglade, Quebec’s economy, science and innovation minister, said the new deal removes a price cap that allows the government to obtain fair market value when it eventually sells the shares.“(It) allows us to obtain the real price when the government’s shares are eventually sold in five or seven years or whenever,” she told reporters.Bombardier is still able to buy out Quebec’s investment, although details were not disclosed.Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Bombardier’s outlook to stable, saying it has enough cash to manage through 2018.“Bombardier has made important progress over the last six months,” it said in a report, adding that any federal would help extend the company’s reserve fund. Bombardier’s CSeries commercial jet takes off on its first flight in Montreal on Sept. 16, 2013. Bombardier Inc. and the Quebec government have reached a definitive agreement for the province to invest US$1 billion towards the CSeries passenger jet program.The two sides have been working out details of the agreement since the plan was originally announced in October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 23, 2016 4:23 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Deal finalized for Quebec’s US$1 billion investment in Bombardier CSeries read more

Exports drive UK car manufacturing growth in November

Click through to download the news release as a Word document.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) British car manufacturing increases 9.3% in November, with 150,084 cars built.Strong overseas demand continues to boost output, with production for export up 10.8% in the month.Year-to-date output 3.8% up on 2014 with 1,472,835 cars produced.Britain’s car makers delivered a strong performance in November as manufacturing output rose 9.3%, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 150,084 cars were built in the month, with growth fuelled by demand from overseas as export production increased 10.8%. The latest figures put year-to-date volumes 3.8% ahead of the same period in 2014.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “November’s manufacturing gains are encouraging, and put the car industry in a strong position with one month left in the year. Particularly pleasing is the recent pick-up in export production, which is proof that despite challenges in some global markets, the UK continues to build cars that appeal to consumers across the world.” read more

Events at Brock Tuesday mark day of remembrance and action on violence

Throughout the day people are encouraged to join the national conversation about the day of remembrance and action by using the hashtags #December6 #ActionsMatter and #EndViolenceAgainstWomen.* * *Along with organizing some of Tuesday’s events, students in Brock’s Women, Work and Unions class also designed a series of awareness posters about the issue. They can be found below: On December 6, 1989, 14 women studying at the École Polytechnique in Montreal were killed. December 6 is now a solemn day for remembering victims, but also a day of action against violence. It’s a day to remember the women affected and killed, and to re-commit to working for change.A series of events around the Brock University campus Tuesday, Dec. 6 will mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Two events have been organized by students in Brock Labour Studies’ Women, Work and Unions class:Information Table in Mackenzie Chown Hallway: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.A booth will be staffed primarily by male students and faculty in the Labour Studies program. All Brock community members are welcome to stop by and demonstrate their commitment to ending gender-based violence. White ribbons, a symbol of men’s commitment to working to end violence against women, will be distributed.Candlelight Vigil in Healing Garden: 5 – 5:30 p.m.A vigil will be held in the new Healing Garden outside the Cairns Complex Tuesday afternoon to honour women who have been harmed and killed by violence. Interim President Tom Traves and Brock’s Sexual Violence Coordinator Allison Cadwallader will be in attendance for some short formal proceedings.A memorial and lunch has also been co-ordinated.Remembrance Service at Isaac’s: NoonA remembrance service in honour of the National Day of Remembrance and Action will be held at Isaac’s. The event is co-sponsored by BUFA, CUPE, OSSTF & Women’s and Gender Studies. Lunch is included for the $10 ticket price, with proceeds benefiting A Safer Brock. Donations will also be accepted for Gillian’s Place. read more

Ringbow thumb controller could revolutionize touchscreen gaming

first_imgA new Kickstarter project has created the perfect compliment to touchscreen gaming. It’s called the Ringbow.Ringbow is a ring you wear on your index finger with a directional pad button that you control with your thumb, adding a new dimension to gaming and making things like navigating your smartphone and tablet easier.Gaming on phones and tablets has become so popular in recent years it’s surprising no one has thought of this idea sooner. Ringbow is the world’s first touchscreen accessory that acts as a mouse or joystick.It is designed to make any process more intuitive and efficient because it means your finger can now do much more than just touch. When playing games, it also gets rid of clunky touchscreen D-pads that take up vital screen space while at the same time keeping your fingers from covering the display.It’s not just good for gaming, Ringbow can be used for remote browsing while reading, correcting misspelled emails, as a remote control for your TV, and to answer the phone while you’re driving. The ring supports any Bluetooth-enabled device so the possibilities of what you could use it for are varied and will surely expand if it gets put into production. It also works on Android and iOS (very soon). Impressively, it has a battery that will last at least 5 hours worth of game time too.For a pledge of $45 you get a Ringbow, a micro USB cable to charge it with, and a game package which includes games made specially to support the device. For $55 a developers kit is included with 24 hour assistance from their technical team team.The creators of Ringbow, Saar Shai and Efrat Barit, plan to work with major games developers to take the device further. So far the Kickstarter has 821 backers who have raised $45,789 of the $100,000 goal. With 27 days to go, it’s very likely that this project will get funded and I won’t be surprised if we see Ringbow on sale in the near future.More at Kickstarter.last_img read more

Joe Biden says hell be more mindful in future after claims he

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP 12,604 Views Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 10:20 PM Apr 3rd 2019, 10:20 PM Short URL Share84 Tweet Email Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 3, 2019 31 Comments FORMER VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden, who is mulling a White House run, said today after coming under fire over his physical contact with women that he will be “more mindful” in the future about respecting personal space.“Social norms are changing, I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying,” the 76-year-old Biden said in a message on his Twitter account.“Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future,” he said.“That’s my responsibility and I will meet it,” said Biden, who is considering whether to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.Two women have gone public in the past week with claims that Biden inappropriately touched them years ago.“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” Amy Lappos told Connecticut’s Hartford Courant newspaper about an incident at a 2009 political fundraiser.Former Nevada state lawmaker Lucy Flores said she was “mortified” when Biden planted a “big, slow kiss” on the back of her head as she waited to take the stage at a campaign rally five years ago.Biden, in a video which accompanied his Twitter message, said that in his long political career he has “always tried to make a human connection”.“That’s my responsibility, I think – I shake hands, I hug people,” he said.“Whether they’re women, men, young, old, it’s the way I’ve always been, it’s the way I’ve tried to show I care about them and I’m listening,” he said.Biden added that he “gets” that the “boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset”.“I get it,” he said. “I hear what they’re saying. I understand it. And I’ll be much more mindful.“That’s my responsibility and I’ll meet it.”Biden has yet to declare his candidacy, but he is already the early favorite to win the Democratic nomination and challenge Donald Trump in next year’s election.- © AFP 2019  Source: Joe Biden/Twitter Joe Biden says he’ll be ‘more mindful’ in future after claims he inappropriately touched women Two women have claimed that the former vice president inappropriately touched them. last_img read more

Lautisme la grande cause nationale pour 2012

first_imgL’autisme : la grande cause nationale pour 2012Cette année 2011, c’était la lutte contre la solitude qui était la cause française à défendre. En 2012, le gouvernement a choisi de mettre en avant les difficultés de l’autisme, un handicap souvent mal compris.   François Fillon vient d’annoncer l’attribution du label de Grande cause nationale 2012 au collectif d’associations “Rassemblement Ensemble pour l’autisme”. Selon Matignon, “l’attribution de ce label se situe dans la continuité du plan autisme 2008-2010 qui a mobilisé 187 Millions d’euros et qui a d’ores et déjà permis un renforcement de la connaissance scientifique (…), une amélioration du diagnostic”, ainsi qu’une “diversification de l’offre sanitaire et médico-sociale”. Les personnes atteintes d’autisme sont encore trop souvent rejetées par la société. On a souvent tendance à les considérés comme des assistés mais il est démontré par de nombreuses études, que ces personnes peuvent mener une vie normale. La seule condition à cette insertion est le soutien des proches mais aussi celui de l’Etat. “En faisant de l’autisme la grande cause nationale 2012, le Premier ministre souhaite sensibiliser les Français à la nécessité de lutter contre les préjugés qui l’entourent encore trop souvent”, soulignent les services du Premier ministre dans un communiqué. Cette reconnaissance nationale annonce de nombreux avantages pour les associations concernées. Ce label va notamment permettre à ces associations d’organiser et de planifier des “campagnes faisant appel à la générosité publique, d’obtenir des diffusions gratuites sur les radios et les télévisions publiques”, ajoute le communiqué. “Il marque ainsi l’engagement de l’Etat à continuer de renforcer la prise en charge des personnes autistes”, explique le communiqué. Le 21 décembre 2011 à 09:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une chatte sauve la vie de sa jeune maitresse atteinte dune malformation

first_imgUne chatte sauve la vie de sa jeune maitresse atteinte d’une malformation cardiaqueUne chatte noire nommée Perla a sauvé plusieurs fois la vie de sa maitresse atteinte d’une malformation cardiaque. Comment ? En donnant l’alerte dès que le cœur de sa jeune maitresse fait des siennes.Avis aux superstitieux, les chats noirs ne sont pas tous signe de mauvais augures. Perla en est la preuve. Ce matou au pelage sombre veille sans cesse sur Maria Grillon, sa maitresse. L’adolescente écossaise âgée de 13 ans est atteinte d’une malformation cardiaque. Cette anomalie provoque régulièrement chez elle des crises, se traduisant par l’accélération du rythme cardiaque, de fortes douleurs thoraciques et des paralysies qui l’empêchent de se déplacer et de parler.Le risque d’un arrêt cardiaque pèse sur la vie de Maria. La collégienne est en effet particulièrement vulnérable, surtout quand elle dort. Pour empêcher que n’advienne un accident, Perla a développé un comportement pour le moins surprenant. La famille de la victime affirme que la chatte est capable de repérer les symptômes des attaques et de se précipiter dans la chambre d’Adèle, la mère, pour la prévenir à temps. “Perla et Maria sont inséparables. La chatte dort dans le lit de Maria et reste avec elle toute la nuit” témoigne Adèle. Elle ajoute : “Si Maria a une attaque, qui peut durer jusqu’à 40 minutes, et pendant laquelle elle souffre tellement qu’elle ne peut ni parler ni bouger, Perla viendra dans ma chambre, me sautera dessus et mordra mes orteils jusqu’à ce que je me réveille”. Perla surveille ensuite avec sa maitresse jusqu’à ce que les secours arrivent et que sa vie soit hors de danger.Une chatte miraculeusement sauvée À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Perla a été adoptée par la famille Grillon il y a trois ans, alors qu’elle n’était qu’un tout petit chaton âgé de huit semaines. Sa vie a toutefois été mise en péril une fois après avoir été percutée par une voiture. Recueillie par le personnel soignant de l’hôpital vétérinaire d’Edimbourg PDSA PetAid, elle a pu être soignée et miraculeusement épargnée. Andrew Hog, chirurgien à l’hôpital se souvient, avec ses collègues, s’être particulièrement attaché au petit animal.”Le personnel a eu un véritable coup de cœur pour elle, malgré ses blessures, elle s’est démarquée par sa personnalité”, a t-il expliqué cité par le Daily Mail. “Ce que Perla fait pour Maria est merveilleux. Nous n’avons pas souvent la chance de rencontrer des chats si intelligents et c’est formidable que Perla puisse continuer à être l’inséparable compagnon de Maria”, a t-il conclu.Le 29 novembre 2012 à 17:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mane Liverpool are not a team of chokers

first_imgSadio Mane is certain that this will be the season where Liverpool end their 29-year wait for a league title and added they will not slip upThe last time Liverpool won England’s top-flight crown came in 1990 with legends John Barnes, Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish leading the charge.Since then, the Reds supporters have been forced to endure nearly three decades of misery with Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Leicester City each claiming the league crown.Although Liverpool did come agonisingly close to ending that wait in the 2013/14 campaign, where Brendon Rodgers’ side came within just two points of winners City after losing to Chelsea and drawing at Crystal Palace across their final three games.But Mane is confident history will not repeat itself at Anfield with Liverpool currently leading City by four points in the standings after 22 games.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“This is not a team of chokers. I am sure we will be champions of England,” said Mane, according to FourFourTwo.“When I wake up, I don’t go to the training ground thinking we will not win. We are determined to show we are the best team in the league.“It is not easy to hear people accuse the team of being chokers, but we have to ignore it and focus on what is in front of us.“Liverpool had the chance to win it a few years ago and did not do it but I prefer to think it helped to bring us where we are now. This is not a team of chokers. I am sure we will win the league.”The Senegalese striker will be looking to add to his tally of eight goals in Liverpool’s next Premier League game at home to Palace on Saturday.last_img read more

Hertfordshire County Council introduces health screening

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Hertfordshire County Council has introduced salary sacrifice health screening for its 8,500 employees.The scheme was launched in June 2015 and is available through the council’s current reward package, Herts Rewards.Offered as a voluntary employee benefit through Bluecrest Wellness, the health screening will enable employees to access a range of screening options that are not currently available on the NHS, including cancer screening.Employees that opt for the service will receive a personal health report and a follow-up procedure should further treatment or diagnosis be required.Rachel Wiles, HR officer, pay and reward at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “This is the first time we have offered health screening as part of our current reward package and we are confident this new offer will support our ongoing promotion and support of wellbeing across our diverse workforce.“It is important for the council that we can enable staff to tailor their benefits programme to suit their needs and lifestyle, and by offering health screening in this way we can ensure that employees who wish to access health screening, can do.”last_img read more

Patreon Were changing our fees and services Please dont freak out

first_img Tags 1 Now playing: Watch this: Internet Services Digital Media For current creators, Patreon’s intention is to maintain the grandfathered rates for as long as this service structure exists. A new Premium tier will introduce a higher fee than Patreon has exacted before: an 9 percent charge for existing creators and a 12 percent rate for anyone who signs up after May, with a $300 minimum fee monthly. This is a new a high-touch level of service that is designed for people who earn $5,000 a month on Patreon. Patreon is also standardizing its payment processing fee, which was the source of a backlash in 2017. Essentially, the new fees are designed so that creators with really low-priced memberships don’t see as much of that money get siphoned off to cover things like credit-card processing. Right now, Patreon users give up a slice of their sales to cover credit-card process and other costs, but the rate that is charged varies. Under the new scheme, any subscriptions priced at $3 or below will have a 5% plus 10 cent fee — so if a fan signs up for $1 membership, each month the creator hands over 15 cents of it to cover payment processing. Any memberships that are price above $3 will be charged 2.9 percent plus 30 cents.”At the end of the day, I’m not ashamed of the fact that Patreon will be a better business because of these moves,” Jenkins said. “It means Patreon will be around for a while.”Originally published at 9 a.m. PT.Updated at 9:49 a.m. PT: with more details and quotes.  Commentcenter_img For a company making transformative changes to services and fees, Patreon’s main message to its current creators seems counterintuitive: Almost nothing is changing for you.Tuesday, membership site Patreon announced a major revamping of the services it offers creators who use its platform to build their own subscription membership businesses — as well as the commissions it takes from every sale. But people who already use Patreon will pay the same 5 percent cut they always have, with options for more perks, as the company grandfathers in existing users. Founded by a YouTuber, Patreon feeds off a internet-fandom trend, where people open their wallets for their favorite creators in return for a diversity of rewards. Patreon has 3 million fan “patrons” supporting more than 100,000 creators, and the company expects this year to surpass $1 billion total paid out to creators. The latest changes, in theory, are supposed to make it easier for that podcaster or artist you love to build a business, while putting Patreon on track to make more money itself. Patreon said it has done all it can to ensure it’s being fair, but it expects some people to be unhappy. “There’s always somebody who has an allergic reaction to anything that changes the prices. Some of it is this natural tension between art and capitalism,” Wyatt Jenkins, Patreon’s senior vice president of product, said in an interview last week. “My aspiration is that a creator can…see that there is a path for them from ‘Hey, I have some fans’ to ‘Hey, I have a business’ to ‘Hey, I have a company.'” Patreon Patreon is introducing three levels of service for creators, after operating with only one — a single one-size-fits-all model — for years. Its coming Lite and Pro tiers will continue all the features creators already have on Patreon (plus a few more in the case of Pro), and current creators will be charged the same 5 percent cut from their monthly sales, which is the current standard. In two months, anyone who opens a new Patreon account and wants the more robust tier will be charged an 8 percent fee. New Patreon creators will also have the option of a bare-bones service with the entry-level 5-percent fee with Lite. (Upshot: If you’ve been meaning to open a Patreon account, now would be the time to do it if you want to lock in the 5 percent fee rate for the more robust level of service.) Apple will finally reveal its $1 billion-budget TV service Share your voice 3:09last_img read more

World leaders urge restraint as India Pakistan trade fire

first_imgAn India`s Border Security Force (BSF) soldier keeps vigil during patrol along the fenced border with Pakistan in Ranbir Singh Pura sector near Jammu on 26 February 2019. Reuters File PhotoIndia and Pakistan both said they shot down each other’s fighter jets on Wednesday, with Pakistan capturing an Indian pilot a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a 1971 war, prompting world powers to urge restraint.Both countries have ordered air strikes over the last two days, the first time in history that two nuclear-armed powers have done so, while ground forces have exchanged fire in more than a dozen locations.Tensions have been running high since at least 40 Indian paramilitary police died in a 14 February suicide car bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir, but the risk of conflict rose dramatically on Tuesday when India launched an air strike on what it said was a militant training base.A senior Indian government source said 300 militants were killed in Tuesday’s strike. Pakistan says no one died.The White House condemned the intensifying conflict and urged “both sides to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation.””The potential risks associated with further military action by either side are unacceptably high for both countries, their neighbours and the international community,” a National Security Council official said on condition of anonymity.The Pentagon added to US pressure for restraint by the foes, issuing a statement that said Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan is focused “on de-escalating tensions and urging both of the nations to avoid further military action.”Pakistan’s envoy to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan, said Islamabad would like to see the Trump administration play a more active role in easing the crisis.”We would certainly like to have more, and would certainly like to see more active involvement of the United States,” he told reporters.At the same time, he said the lack of US condemnation of India’s strike on Pakistan is “construed and understood as an endorsement of the Indian position, and that is what emboldened them even more.”Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan called for talks with India and hoped both sides could de-escalate.”History tells us that wars are full of miscalculation. My question is that, given the weapons we have, can we afford miscalculation,” Khan said during a brief televised broadcast to the nation. “We should sit down and talk.”The Pakistan government’s official Twitter account released a video of a man it claimed was an Indian pilot who had been shot down.The man, whom Pakistan has named as wing commander Abhi Nandan and whose face was bloodied and blindfolded, gives his name and service number before telling a man questioning him: “I’m sorry sir, that’s all I’m supposed to tell you.”India’s foreign ministry demanded the pilot’s immediate release and said his treatment was a “vulgar display of an injured personnel of the Indian Air Force in violation of all norms of international humanitarian law and the Geneva Convention.” India has not yet named the pilot.In a second video circulating on social media, a screenshot of which was shared by the same Pakistan government account, the pilot was seen sipping tea while praising his treatment by the Pakistani military.Reuters could not independently verify the second video’s authenticity.Political PressurePakistan and India have fought three wars since independence from British colonial rule in 1947, two over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, and went to the brink of a fourth in 2002 after a Pakistani militant attack on India’s parliament.Pakistani supporters of Sunni Tehreek (ST) gather as they celebrate the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) for shooting down Indian fighter jets, during a rally in Karachi on 27 February 2019. Photo: AFPThe latest escalation marks a sudden deterioration in relations between the two countries, both of which claim Kashmir in full, but only rule in part.As recently as November, Pakistan’s Khan spoke of “mending ties” with India.The conflict also comes at a critical time for Indian prime minster Narendra Modi, who faces a general election in a matter of months.Modi’s decision to order air strikes could benefit him politically, according to analysts and pollsters, but he was accused on Wednesday by opposition parties of capitalising on conflict.Congress leader Rahul Gandhi criticised the “blatant politicisation of the sacrifices made by our armed forces,” in a joint statement by 21 opposition parties, the first time they have broken ranks with the government over the issue.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke separately with the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan and urged them to avoid “further military activity” following Tuesday’s air strike.”I expressed to both ministers that we encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost,” Pompeo said in a statement on Wednesday.”I also encouraged both ministers to prioritise direct communication and avoid further military activity,” he said.China and the European Union have also called for restraint.China’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, spoke by telephone with Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and expressed “deep concern” over the escalation in tensions, China’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.Aerial BattleMany of the facts in the latest series of engagements are disputed by the two sides.Major general Asif Ghafoor, spokesman for the Pakistan armed forces, said two Indian jets had been shot down after they entered Pakistani airspace while responding to a Pakistani aerial mission on targets in Indian-controlled Kashmir.One of the jets crashed on the Indian-controlled side of the de facto border in Kashmir, known as the Line of Control, and the other on the Pakistani side.Ghafoor said the Pakistani aircraft had carried out the strikes in response to India’s air strike the day before but had taken deliberate action to ensure no casualties were caused.The Pakistani jets had locked on to six targets, in a demonstration of their capacity to hit strategic installations, but deliberately fired into open spaces where there would be no casualties.Indian passengers listen to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel after their flight were cancelled due to tension between India and Pakistan at the Amritsar airport on the outskirts of Amritsar on 27 February 2019. Photo: AFP”This was not a retaliation in true sense, but to tell Pakistan has capability, we can do it, but we want to be responsible, we don’t want an escalation, we don’t want a war,” Ghafoor told a news conference.One of the aircraft fell on India’s side of Kashmir, while the second came down in Pakistani-held territory with two pilots captured, he added.Raveesh Kumar, a spokesman for India’s foreign ministry, gave a different account, telling a news briefing that the Pakistan air strikes on military targets had been “foiled.”India shot down one Pakistani plane that landed in Pakistani territory, Kumar said, adding that it had lost one of its own planes, not two, with the pilot “missing in action.””Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts,” Kumar said.Pakistan denies it lost a plane in the encounter.At the Pakistani briefing, Ghafoor produced photographs of weapons and identity documents he said were carried by Indian pilots.Pakistan initially said that two Indian pilots had been captured, before clarifying it only had one in its custody.The Indian air force has ordered Kashmir’s main airport in Srinagar along with at least three others in neighbouring states to close, an official said.Pakistan shut its airspace, with commercial flights in the country cancelled.Flights from the Middle East and India were also affected. Air Canada said on Wednesday it has temporarily suspended service to India, following a decision by the Pakistani government to close its airspace.In a separate incident, police officials in Indian-occupied Kashmir said that four passengers and a civilian had died after an Indian aircraft crashed in Kashmir. A partial tail number from the craft seen by a Reuters witness showed it to be an Mi17 military helicopter. The cause of the crash was unknown.Ground FireThe aerial engagement followed overnight artillery fire by both sides. Pakistan used heavy-calibre weapons along the Line of Control, a spokesman for the Indian defence forces said on Wednesday.”The Indian Army retaliated for effect and our focused fire resulted in severe destruction to five posts and a number of casualties,” the spokesman said.Five Indian soldiers suffered minor wounds in the shelling that ended on Wednesday morning, he added.Officials on the Pakistani side said at least four people had been killed and seven wounded, including civilians, with thousands evacuated and schools closed in border areas.Indian security forces killed two Jaish militants in a gun battle on Wednesday, police said.last_img

Cadillac testing Super Cruise feature for future cars

first_imgGM readily admits it still hasn’t perfected the technology. A spokesman for the company told reporters that the car will alert the driver if conditions become such that the car can no longer drive itself. That would mean snow, heavy rain, or perhaps even high wind. What’s not clear is how well such a vehicle would respond to such situations as a sudden turn that requires reducing speed beforehand, especially if it occurs just after climbing a hill, making it impossible for sensors to see it coming. In such an instance, the technology would almost certainly have to be able to read a road sign offering a warning, and GM has thus far at least, kept mum on the subject.This announcement from GM comes after news regarding the achievements of other car makers has dominated the headlines, most notably Google, which has been running several self driving cars for a few years. BMW has also made a splash with its own “highly automated” systems to help the driver avoid accidents by taking more control away from the error prone human component.Other car makers are working on their own versions of automated driving features as well, which leads to inevitable questions about if and when humans will relinquish control over their vehicles entirely, a notion that many in the auto industry see as the inevitable result of investments in such technology. Cars that drive people around, rather than vice-versa, would, according to most researchers, be far safer than those driven by people, with far fewer accidents, lower insurance rates and less time wasted by drivers who are forced to focus on the road rather than other more productive pursuits. Citation: Cadillac testing ‘Super Cruise’ feature for future cars (2012, April 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Buyers this year can already get most of what Cadillac is proposing for the future; brake assist, a blind spot alert, automatic rear braking, collision alerts, etc. What’s new will be adding technology that is able to keep the vehicle centered in the lane all by itself. When adding that to what is already offered, GM will be giving motorists the opportunity to buy a car that essentially drives itself, at least under certain conditions. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Volkswagen demonstrates “Temporary Auto Pilot” (w/ Video)center_img Explore further ( — Cadillac is reportedly joining the crowd working on features that it says should reduce car accidents by allowing the car to drive itself under optimal conditions, relieving the driver from fatigue, making road trips safer for the driver and passengers. Currently, Cadillac is already offering features that intercede on the driver’s behalf should the vehicle “sense” a dangerous situation. The new technology, which GM says likely will make it into showrooms by the middle of the decade, should make cars even safer by removing the hazard caused by human fatigue. © 2012 Phys.Orglast_img read more