Rural Maharastra can drink without hassle

first_imgThe new year has brought some good news to alcohol consumers and sellers in rural Maharashtra, as the State government has decided to allow liquor shops under gram panchayats to renew licences, a procedure that was on hold since April 2017. As per a government circular issued on January 1 and a letter sent by the State Excise Commissioner to all district collectors, except for the dry districts of Wardha, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli, the licences can be renewed in any gram panchayat which fulfils at least one of two criteria. The first is that the population under the gram panchayat should be at least 3,000 as per the 2011 census. Alternatively, the area should be located within 3 km of the limits of a municipal corporation or within a kilometre of a municipal council or municipal panchayat. According to a government official, the decision will benefit 1,500 permit rooms, and 400 country liquor and 700 beer shops. As per a Supreme Court decision of December 2016, wine shops and permit rooms within 500 m of highways were stopped from selling alcohol. Later, the move was amended to exclude highways within city limits.“A number of licence holders who still could not get their permits renewed had approached the Bombay High Court through writ petitions. In May 2018, the court directed the State government to hold hearings of these cases. Following the hearing, the government has decided to allow renewal of licences,” an official from the Excise Department said.last_img read more

Fadnavis, Chandrakant Patil on BJP’s first list of candidates

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday announced its first list of 125 candidates for the Maharashtra Assembly elections. The party declared tickets for 90 sitting legislators, while dropping 12 others in seats which are believed to free them up for deliberations with ally Shiv Sena. The two partners have confirmed they will fight the elections together. The expected names that feature on the list include Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis from Nagpur South West and State party president Chandrakant Patil from Kothrud in Pune. The BJP’s Central Election Committee had last week met under the leadership of party president Amit Shah to finalise the first list. The party also made space for several turncoats who left the Opposition ranks to join the saffron alliance ahead of polls. The prominent names from the Opposition ranks to be given a ticket include Kalidas Kolambkar from Wadala, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil from Shirdi and Harshvardhan Patil from Indapur. High profile names missing from the list were of controversial BJP leaders Eknath Khadse and Prakash Mehta. Both former ministers had faced charges of corruption during the party’s first term.Unrest in party ranksThere were murmurs of rebellion within the party ranks with the announcement of the list. Mr. Khadse held an emergency meeting with his supporters, while south Mumbai legislator Raj Purhoit landed at the Chief Minster’s residence.Mr. Khadse said, “I have filed my nomination today. My name is not in the list issued by the party, but the possibility of me getting a ticket cannot be ruled out. I do not know if this seat is going to be with the Shiv Sena or with BJP. What I know is that I have been loyal to the BJP for the past 42 years.” The list also featured the BJP’s candidate for the Satara Lok Sabha by-election, erstwhile NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale, who filed his nomination papers on Tuesday.Other opposition leaders accommodated on the list are Vaibhav Pichad from Akole, Jaykumar Gore from Man, Madan Bhosale from Wai, Ranajagjitsinha Patil from Tuljapur, Shivendraraje Bhosale from Satara and Sandeep Naik from Airoli. Notable names missing include Education Minister Vinod Tawde, Kalyan MLA Narendra Pawar, Kothrud MLA Medha Kulkarni and Mumbai MLA Sardar Tara Singh.last_img read more

Farnell: element14 now stocking Rohde & Schwarz RTC1000 and RTM3000 oscilloscopes

first_img Continue Reading Previous Renesas: MCU using advanced 28nm Embedded Flash technologyNext ROHM receives certification under ISO26262 The Rohde & Schwarz RTC1000 oscilloscope is ideal for a broad range of users from embedded developers and service technicians to educators, who are looking for professional level functionality at a great price. State-of-the-art, high-performance technology, alongside an extremely silent design for better results, enables this multi-functional X-in-one product to meet even the demanding requirements of today’s customers. The oscilloscope also includes a wide range of upgrade options, providing true investment protection for the future.The Rohde & Schwarz RTM3000 is a product that satisfies the all-important rule of investment protection at a very attractive price. More than just an oscilloscope, it includes a logic analyser, protocol analyser, waveform and pattern generator, digital voltmeter and dedicated operating modes for frequency analysis, mask tests and long data acquisitions. Users can quickly and efficiently debug all types of electronic systems.Designed as an everyday problem solving tool, the R&S RTM3000 combines the power of ten (10-bit ADC, 10 times the memory of the R&S RTC1000 and a 10.1″ touchscreen) along with a Rohde & Schwarz probe interface, which can be used with all Rohde & Schwarz probes.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Harbhajan ‘broke down crying’ while ‘apologising’ for monkeygate: Symonds

first_imgPerth, Dec 16 (AFP) Andrew Symonds says India spinner Harbhajan Singh “broke down crying” while making peace after the infamous ‘monkeygate’ episode had sent the former Australian all-rounder into a downward spiral. A decade on from the ugly incident in the 2008 Sydney Test, where Harbhajan was accused of calling Symonds a “monkey”, the Australian said they emotionally called a truce three years later. The pair buried the hatchet while turning up for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. “…He actually broke down crying, and I could just see that was a huge weight off his shoulders, he had to get rid of it. We shook hands and I gave him a hug and said: ‘Mate, it’s all good. It’s dealt with’,” Symonds told ‘Fox Sports’. Harbhajan, who at time denied any wrongdoing, was suspended for three matches. But the ban was overturned after the visiting team, feeling hard done-by, lodged a protest in what was an all-time low in India-Australia cricket relations. Reliving, Symonds said, “We go to a very wealthy man’s place for a barbecue, drinks and dinner one night and the whole team’s there and he had guests there, and Harbhajan said ‘mate, can I speak to you for a minute out in the garden out the front’. “He goes, ‘look, I’ve got to say sorry to you for what I did to you in Sydney. I apologise, I hope I didn’t cause you, your family, your friends too much harm and I really apologise for what I said, I shouldn’t have said it’.”advertisement Symonds, who was born in England with one of his parents of West Indian background, has previously recounted how his life went downhill after the incident. The burly all-rounder, who felt let down by the system, started drinking heavily and in June 2009 his Cricket Australia contract was withdrawn after he was sent home from the World T20 following the latest in a series of alcohol-related indiscretions. “I suppose this would be the moment where my whole persona to cricket changed,” Symonds, who is commentating on India’s current tour of Australia, said of ‘monkeygate’. “I didn’t realise how powerful one player, one incident, how much money was at stake and the ramifications.” PTI AHlast_img read more

Un nouveau système de sanctions met laccent sur la sécurité des travailleurs

first_imgLa Province veut sévir davantage contre les employeurs qui mettent les travailleurs en danger, et elle se tourne vers l’éducation et la prévention pour les infractions moins graves. Cette approche comporte des amendes pour les employeurs qui enfreignent des règles essentielles de sécurité au travail et pour les infractions répétées. Pour les infractions moins graves, les inspecteurs éduqueront les employeurs et les employés pour les aider à respecter les règles sur la santé et la sécurité au travail. Le ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire, Frank Corbett, a rendu public aujourd’hui, 29 juillet, un document de travail qui présente un projet de sanctions administratives qui sont des amendes imposées aux employeurs et aux employés qui contreviennent aux règles de sécurité. « Nous sommes résolus à protéger les travailleurs de la province, de dire M. Corbett. Des centaines de Néo-Écossais nous ont donné d’excellentes idées sur la manière d’améliorer le système des sanctions administratives. « Ils veulent que nous portions plus attention à la prévention tout en disant clairement aux employeurs qu’il y aura une attitude de tolérance zéro à l’égard de ceux qui mettent en danger la vie et la santé des travailleurs, et qu’il en sera de même pour les récidivistes. » La Province a entamé un examen du système des sanctions administratives après que des employeurs ont dit que les amendes étaient imposées de manière incohérente et, parfois, injuste. L’examen a mené à une approche qui garantit une sensibilisation appropriée des travailleurs et des employeurs à l’égard de la sécurité au travail et qui impose des sanctions pour les bons types d’infractions. « Nous sommes très heureux de voir l’approche proactive du gouvernement en matière de sécurité au travail en Nouvelle-Écosse, souligne Rick Clarke, président de la Fédération du travail de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Non seulement avons-nous maintenant de meilleures règles de santé et de sécurité au travail et de meilleurs moyens d’application, mais nous avons aussi maintenant un accent marqué sur l’éducation du public, ce qui est essentiel. » Les employeurs comprendront mieux les conséquences des infractions. Une grille des amendes indiquera le montant des sanctions en fonction des infractions et montrera comment les amendes augmenteront dans les cas de récidive. « À titre de coprésident du Conseil consultatif de la santé et la sécurité au travail du ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire, je représente les employeurs de la province, indique Harris McNamara, directeur de la santé et de la sécurité chez Emera. Les employeurs dépendent de moi pour garantir que leur voix est entendue. Selon ce que j’ai vu jusqu’à maintenant, il semble que le gouvernement a bien écouté et que le système sera amélioré pour être plus juste et plus uniforme. » Le nouveau système propose également un processus d’appel simplifié pour les ordonnances d’exécution et les sanctions administratives, processus qui est administré par le Conseil des relations de travail. La date limite pour présenter vos commentaires sur le document de travail est le 26 septembre. Pour consulter tous les documents nécessaires, visitez le .last_img read more

In the news today May 14

first_imgFour stories in the news for Monday, May 14———FLOOD FEARS RISING AGAIN IN SOUTHERN B.C.Flood weary residents in southern B.C. are bracing for round-two as rising temperatures accelerate the melting of high elevation snowpacks. The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary says about 3,000 residents remain under an evacuation order due to the threat of a second flood, with rivers expected to rise by mid-week to levels close to those experienced on Thursday. Premier John Horgan has said this may be a “one-in-one-hundred-years” flooding season.———CRITICS OF ’60S SCOOP SETTLEMENT WILL FIGHT ONA woman who’s spent months informing ’60s Scoop survivors about Ottawa’s class-action settlement says she’ll continue advising people to object to the deal, even after a federal judge approved the $875 million agreement. Coleen Rajotte is one of the Indigenous survivors who spoke at federal court hearings on the settlement last week. She contends the entire process was set up to ensure survivors couldn’t object to the deal.———INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S ART DISPLAYED ON BILLBOARDSArtists are reclaiming space in inner cities and on highways where many Indigenous women have suffered violence or disappeared. From June until August, the Resilience Project is putting the work of 50 Indigenous women artists on 167 billboards across the country to show Indigenous women are visible, powerful and should be celebrated.———PRICEY B.C. HOME OWNERS SAY TAX INCREASE UNFAIRLynne Kent says owning a home in Vancouver that’s valued at $4 million isn’t the blessing it may appear to be. She and her husband are among a small group of homeowners in British Columbia facing a tax bump on homes assessed at over $3 million who say they simply can’t afford it — a claim that some are questioning.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Transport Minister Marc Garneau makes a funding announcement at the Port of Montreal that will help move goods to market.— Civil liberties and prison rights groups hold a press conference in Ottawa on solitary confinement litigation.— Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor delivers opening remarks at the National Dementia Conference in Ottawa.— Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner releases the party’s election platform in Toronto.— Young entrepreneurs, aged 10 to 18, celebrate innovations at the Western Canadian Youth Entrepreneur Showcase in Vancouver.— B.C. Mental Health Minister Judy Darcy will make an announcement about addiction treatment in Victoria.———last_img read more

Western Canadian gas producers applaud BC LNG industry incentives

first_imgCALGARY – B.C. government tax incentives aimed at jump-starting the much-delayed West Coast LNG industry are being welcomed by Western Canada’s hard-hit natural gas industry as a potential path to higher prices and better markets for their products.The government said Thursday it hopes its moves will result in a positive investment decision later this year for the $40-billion LNG Canada liquefied natural gas export terminal, pipelines and infrastructure which was delayed in 2016 by proponents led by Royal Dutch Shell.“I’m pleased because it shows the B.C. government is being proactive and has come forward with some inducements for the project,” said CEO Dale Shwed of Calgary-based Crew Energy Inc., which produces liquids-rich natural gas in northeastern B.C.“We need other routes to get hydrocarbons, both oil and natural gas, out of the country and that would be a big step. And once that first step is taken, hopefully others would follow. So it’s very meaningful.”He said Friday he remains cautious about LNG prospects, pointing out that LNG Canada is still looking for relief from federal tariffs on fabricated steel modules it needs to import from Asia and adding Shell could still choose to build somewhere other than Canada.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., one of Canada’s largest natural gas producers, said in a statement Friday it is also encouraged by B.C.’s commitment to build its LNG industry.“The advancement of LNG development will enable Canada’s responsibly produced natural gas to reach global markets, creating significant value for B.C. and Canada,” it said.The natural gas investing community has been abuzz with LNG news since the announcement, said CIBC analysts in a report.“The general consensus seems to be that an FID (final investment decision) by Shell would be positive for sentiment, if not necessarily result in any material near-term shift to Canadian natural gas supply/demand fundamentals,” they wrote.Investors are now analysing where the Shell facility would get the gas it will need to generate 13 million tonnes of LNG per year from the first two of four planned “trains” or LNG units, which could be on stream in 2024 if construction starts this year, it added.Several Calgary-based companies producing gas in northeastern B.C. could be suppliers to the proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline leading to the LNG Canada project, including Crew, Canadian Natural Resources, Encana Corp. and Tourmaline Oil Corp., the report said.Thursday’s announcement will provide a fair return for B.C. gas, create jobs, make partners of First Nations and protect the province’s air, land and water, said the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers in a news release.“The global window to build LNG is closing, but these changes will help get Canada into the game,” said CAPP CEO Tim McMillan.“These changes will help ensure a level playing field for LNG proponents competing against other jurisdictions around the world.”The western Canadian natural gas business remains in a deep funk due to low prices and tight pipeline capacity, according to a National Bank of Canada Financial Markets report issued earlier this week.Transmission expansion projects won’t kick in to allow meaningful growth until after 2020, it says, and prices are expected to remain low enough to discourage exploration spending in the meantime.Meanwhile, the U.S. gas supply, up 15 billion cubic feet per day since 2010, is expected to grow by another seven bcf/d this year, which the analysts say will likely lead to more marginally profitable Canadian gas being displaced from its traditional markets in Canada and the U.S.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:TOU, TSX:CNQ, TSX:CR, TSX:ECA)last_img read more

The Latest No sign drones at London airport terrorrelated

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on London airport closure because of drones (all times local):10:45 a.m.British police say they believe the flying of drones over Gatwick Airport is a deliberate act, but there are no signs it is related to terrorism.Flights in and out of Britain’s second-busiest airport have been suspended since Wednesday evening, disrupting the journeys of tens of thousands of passengers.Supt. Justin Burtenshaw, the airport police commander, said: “We believe this to be a deliberate act to disrupt the airport. However, there are absolutely no indications to suggest this is terror-related.”Police say the first report of a drone over the airfield was made shortly after 9 p.m. (2100GMT) Wednesday and the last sighting around 8.45am on Thursday.Police from two forces, backed by a helicopter, are scouring he area around the airport south of London for the drone operators.___7:25 a.m.London’s Gatwick Airport remains shut while police and airport officials investigate reports that drones were flying in the area of the airfield.Passengers travelling Thursday were advised to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport.Gatwick first closed Wednesday night at around 9 p.m. (2100 GMT) when drones were sighted. It reopened at around 3 a.m. (0300 GMT) Thursday morning but shut down again in 45 minutes when drones were spotted.Many incoming flights have been diverted to other destinations in Britain and continental Europe. The disruption is having a ripple effect on air travel as cancellations mount.The drone sighting came near the height of the busy Christmas travel season.Gatwick is a busy airport 27 miles (43 kilometres) south of central London.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Morocco Invites Diaspora Experts from Canada to Develop Aeronautics

Rabat – Morocco will host a forum for skilled Moroccans in Canada in the aeronautics industry to involve them in the industrial development of Morocco.Morocco’s Delegate Ministry in Charge of Moroccans Residing Abroad (MCMREAM) will organize the “First Forum on the Mobilization of Skilled Moroccans from Canada in Aeronautics” on October 5, in coordination with the Moroccan Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade, and Digital Economy.The forum will receive 200 participants, including a delegation from Aero Montreal, Moroccan members of the Aero Mac, Canadian experts in the aeronautics field, investors, institutional managers, and technical and financial partners. Aero-Montreal is a strategic forum in Canada which brings together leaders of the aerospace sector in Quebec belonging to educational institutions, research centers, and professional associations. Aero Mac is a network of skilled Moroccans in aeronautics in Canada.The overall objective of the forum is to mobilize Moroccan expertise in Canada. The forum also aims to highlight investment opportunities in Morocco, particularly in aeronautics; to identify future talented aeronautical engineers; and to match them, along with future managers, with industrialists in the sector.The event will also be an opportunity to develop mechanisms for the transfer of aerospace technology to Morocco.#MCMREAM hosts 05/10/2018 #Moroccancompetencies in #Canada in #Aeronautics in coordination The #Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment, and the Digital Economy in partnership with #AEROMONTREAL & #AEROMAC#Morocco#Maroc#Aerospace— Ministère MCMREAM (@MCMREAM) September 21, 2018The forum will be part of a “business mission” by representatives from the Aero-Montreal to visit companies and training institutes in Casablanca and Tangier. The business mission will begin October 1 and end in October 5.The forum will take place on the final day of the mission, October 5, in Skhirat, near Rabat.The mission aims to promote Canadian companies’ investment in Morocco in the field of aeronautics and to strengthen the transfer of technological knowledge to Morocco through exchanges between Moroccan and Canadian universities and training institutions.MCMREAM has been working to promote the involvement of skilled Moroccans abroad in the industrial development of Morocco. The ministry has created a strategic partnership with Canada’s Aero-Montreal network in coordination with the Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade, and Digital Economy.Morocco needs aerospace engineersMoroccans residing abroad (MRE) have a high socio-economic development potential for Morocco. According to a study conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2016 of 2.6 million MREs in OECD countries, 500,000 have higher education degrees, 7,000 are doctors, and 50,000 are international students.Since the launch of Morocco’s industrial acceleration plan in 2014, employment in the sector has grown by 55 percent, local integration has increased by more than 70 percent, while the number of companies has increased by 10 percent per year.Morocco has 130 operational companies in aeronautics.Morocco’s needs for engineers to support the growth of the aerospace industry will increase in the years to come. According to MCMREAM, the aeronautical sector in Morocco currently employs 15,000 people.According to a recent briefing of the US’s, “The aerospace industry in Morocco plans to double its capacity and number of operators and create 23,000 new jobs by 2020.“Morocco boasts nearly 11,500 aviation professionals, of whom 50 percent are women.”Morocco an ideal host for aeronauticsTo achieve its ambitions, Morocco needs to attract 100 new investors.In its 2018 Investment Climate Statement, the US Department of State wrote, “Morocco enjoys political stability, robust infrastructure, and a strategic location, which are helping it emerge as a regional manufacturing and export base for international companies.”On July 17, the aviation outlet AIN listed many economic locations in Morocco which provide an important platform for Morocco’s growing aviation sector. These include Casablanca’s Aeropole Nouaceur and Midparc free zones, in addition to Tangier, Kenitra, Oujda, and Salé, which have aerospace facilities.“The Casablanca Free Zone in Nouaceur is a designated Industrial Integrated Platform (P2i) with special support for investors in the aerospace sector,” wrote the US’s’s briefing.According to Midparc, Morocco hosts many international aviation companies, such as Boeing, Dassault Aviation, EADS Aviation, Ratier Figeac, and Safran.“Bombardier’s Moroccan facility today produces wing components, slats, ailerons, winglets, flaps, fuselage parts, fuselages, nose extensions, doors, floors, nacelles, and subassemblies for various programs of regional aircraft and business jets,” a Moroccan Bombardier spokeswoman told AIN.Bombardier is the world’s third-largest aerospace and transportation manufacturer, based in Montreal. In 2014, the company built an aerospace-manufacturing facility in Morocco.According to Morocco’s  foreign exchange office, the Moroccan aviation industry’s operations reached  more than MAD 9.78 billion at the end of November, 2017, compared to MAD 8.42 billion in 2016, an increase of 16.3 percent.In late 2017, “Boeing and RAM announced orders for four 787-9 Dreamliners, worth $1.1 billion at list prices. RAM’s fleet consists of 737s, 767-300ERs, 787s, and a 747-400”, AIN reported. read more

Microsoft president is very bullish about growth potential in Vancouver

SEATTLE — Microsoft is “very bullish” on Vancouver and is lobbying the federal and provincial governments to make increased investments in what it sees as a city with a bright future as a technology hub, the company’s president said Tuesday.“We have made clear that we think of Vancouver as a second home,” Microsoft president Brad Smith said in an interview at the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference in Seattle.“We’re growing and I would hope that we’d have continuing opportunities to grow in Vancouver.”The Washington-based technology company anticipates growing beyond the 750 jobs it initially expected to create in Vancouver when it opened its Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre in June 2016, he said.The centre, now known as Microsoft Canada, currently employs 800 workers across product development, sales and marketing, and retail and office work, said a spokesman.Smith said he sees continuing opportunities to grow in the city and doesn’t see a cap to the number of jobs the company could create there.He stopped short of saying the company could open a second headquarters in the city, but said “it makes sense” for Vancouver to set it sights on wooing Seattle-based tech giant Inc. to open its proposed second headquarters there.The ecommerce giant announced this month that it is seeking to build a second headquarters in North America. Expected to be equal to its Seattle campus, the new headquarters would likely require a US$5 billion investment in construction and up to 50,000 jobs, the company said.Smith said only Amazon knows what location will work for its company, but stressed that Vancouver “is a great home for technology and technology companies.”The Microsoft president is one of the biggest proponents of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor — an agreement signed by B.C. and Washington state nearly one year ago to grow high-tech industries and strengthen collaboration across the region.In May, Microsoft hosted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Microsoft CEO Summit and raised the issue of making an innovation supercluster within Vancouver and B.C.The federal government is committing $950 million to a supercluster program that will give funding to up to five industry-led consortia in a wide variety of sectors, including clean technology, and health and biosciences.“I think the reaction from the Ottawa delegation was that they hadn’t expected to travel to Seattle and hear a pitch that was basically sounding like it was coming from the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce,” Smith said.He’s also pushing for Canada to help ease transportation between Seattle and Vancouver, hoping regular seaplane service will begin between the two cities next year.“Frankly there was little reason not to have it in place this year,” he said. “I think it’s not unreasonable to say we need to move faster in getting that done.”Longer-term, he wants to see a high-speed rail system between Vancouver and Seattle. Washington state has budgeted funds for a feasibility study and Microsoft has donated US$50,000 toward the study.“We’re hopeful that there will now be some participation in that on the B.C. and Canadian side of the border.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Italian unions shut down basic services march in 50 cities against government

MILAN – Thousands of striking workers marched Friday through more than 50 Italian cities to protest government reforms that they say erode their rights.The general strike, which has shut down basic services across Italy, is the first-ever by two of Italy’s largest union confederations against a centre-left government, which has traditionally cozied up to unions.Premier Matteo Renzi said the right to strike must be protected, but insisted his tougher line is necessary to return the economy to growth and create jobs.“The future belongs not to those who are afraid but those who have the courage and the desire to change,” Renzi told a business forum in Istanbul.In a sign of internal discord within his own party, some members of the Democratic Party joined the marches. Stefano Fassina, a former deputy economics minister, told Sky TG24 said he thought it was important that someone from the party marched alongside the workers.CGIL leader Susanna Camusso was leading a protest march in the northern city of Turin, headquarters of the Fiat carmaker and symbolic of Italy’s shrinking industrial might. Camusso said change needs to be made “with, and not against the people” and that the government should heed the voices of the protesters.Unions are protesting spending cuts and labour market reforms that will make it easier for firms to fire workers.The general strike created a patchwork of chaos as local transport, schools, ports and other services were shut down on rotating schedules. A student wearing a Santa’s costumes is pushed away by a policemen during a protest in Milan, Italy, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Thousands of union workers and students staging a general strike marched Friday through more than 50 Italian cities to protest government reforms that they say erode workers’ rights. The general strike, shutting down basic services across Italy, is the first ever by two of Italy’s largest union confederations against a center-left government, which have traditionally cozied up to unions. Premier Matteo Renzi said the right to strike must be protected, but insisted his tougher line is necessary to return the economy to growth and create jobs. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Italian unions shut down basic services, march in 50 cities against government reforms by The Associated Press Posted Dec 12, 2014 6:35 am MDT read more

Two historic golds for Scotland at Commonwealth Games as record medals tally

first_img“To walk away with the gold medal is just crazy and I would not have believed that had someone suggested it this morning.”The former George Watson’s College pupil, who won a world synchro silver with Tom Daley last year, competes again today in her favourite 3m springboard event.Meanwhile, Marshall took his tally of Games medals to five golds and one silver, overtaking the sprinter Allan Wells, with four golds and a silver. grace reid She said: “I just loved every second of that. That was unbelievable. My primary goal was to go out and actually enjoy what I do, so job done as far as I’m concerned.“Seeing as this was my third Commonwealth Games, I actually came in with quite a lot of pressure on my shoulders. “I haven’t been sleeping and eating as much as normal because I have been really nervous. But experience came into play and I went into autopilot this evening. However, it is already well ahead of its best previous overseas medal haul of 29, in Melbourne in 2006. Scotland has won two historic Commonwealth Games gold medals to help take the country’s tally to an impressive 41 medals overall.Grace Reid ended the country’s 60-year wait for a diving gold by winning the 1m springboard, while bowler Alex “Tattie” Marshall became Team Scotland’s most successful Games competitor of all time as he won a fifth lawn bowling gold.In the pool, 21-year-old Reid from Edinburgh was competing in her third successive Games and performed consistently throughout the five rounds.Her gold was the first since Peter Heatly took gold in the equivalent men’s event in 1958. Earlier this week, his grandson James followed in his footsteps to win a bronze in the 1m springboard.Reid won with a personal best score, ahead of two Australians, and was in tears when the result was confirmed. Grace Reid with her gold medalCredit:Gettycenter_img alex marshall 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. Alex Marshall, Scotland’s most successful Games athleteCredit:AFP He picked up his latest medal in the men’s fours competition with a hard-fought win over Australia.The 51-year-old from East Lothian, who began bowling when he was eight and first represented his country in 1988, said he was now looking forward to 2022.He added: “Becoming the most successful athlete was always in the back of my mind, but today was about getting another medal for Team Scotland.“It’s been a fantastic Games for the entire team and we’re so proud to be a part of that.”There were also bronze medals for the team in bowls, boxing and shooting, taking Scotland’s medal tally – already the biggest at an overseas Games – to 41. The country’s biggest total came four years in Glasgow when, as hosts, the team won 53 medals.last_img read more

Police spend millions each year on suspended officers

John Apter, the chair of the Police Federation, has called for the process to be sped up Police spend an estimated £5 million a year on officers who are suspended Police spend an estimated £5 million a year on officers who are suspendedCredit:Getty Images But there is mounting concern among rank and file officers that the disciplinary process is taking too long to complete, wasting huge amounts of money.Some officers have been suspended for a number of years before eventually being cleared of any wrongdoing.In 2012, West Midlands Police driver, Vaughan Lowe was suspended from duty after he killed a pedestrian while responding to a 999 call in an unmarked car. John Apter, the chair of the Police Federation, has called for the process to be sped up He was charged with causing death by dangerous driving but was cleared in 2015 by a jury at Warwick Crown Court.He then faced a further three years suspended from duty while he was investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) over allegations of gross misconduct.But he was eventually cleared off charges and allowed to return to work after serving a suspension of more than six years. 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. John Apter, the chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said suspending an officer should be the last option and investigations had to be substantially speeded up.”A serious concern is the length of time these investigations are taking. I understand why, for some the focus is on the cost while officers are suspended, but the emotional toll on officers and their families can be horrific and is something which must be considered by both local professional standards departments and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”He added: “It is right and proper that the actions of police officers is open to scrutiny but there must be a balance and the investigation process must be proportionate and fair.”It is in the taxpayer’s interest that these investigations are completed in a timely manner and officers should only be suspended when absolutely necessary.” According to the data obtained by the Sunday Telegraph, a total of 678 officers and staff were suspended on full pay between 2014 and 2018.Of the forces that responded, Devon and Cornwall had the largest bill, paying out £1.4 million to 42 officers.West Yorkshire Police had the most officers suspended from duty between 2014 and 2018, with 62 forced to stop working on full pay.In Greater Manchester, one officer was paid more than £40,000 while serving a 468 day suspension on suspicion of rape. Police forces are spending an estimated £5 million a year on suspended officers, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal, amid concern that disciplinary investigations are taking too long to complete.Figures obtained under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request found that almost £12 million was paid out in wages to officers who had been suspended from duty between 2014 and 2018.But only 26 of the 43 forces in England and Wales responded, with the Metropolitan Police among those that failed to provide information.Across the country it is thought the overall figure for the past four years will be in excess of £20 million, equating to at least £5 million a year.An officer can be suspended for a variety of reasons, ranging from professional misconduct to allegations of criminal behaviour. read more

Study People Still Like Their Movies On Discs

first_imgAlthough Netflix and video-on-demand services are becoming increasingly popular, the majority of consumers are still watching movies on physical disc-based media.According to market research firm NPD, 77% of consumers watched a movie on Blu-ray Disc or DVD in the first three months of 2011, the exact same as when NPD performed the same survey last year.What this means is that even though people may be watching more media through streaming platforms, they aren’t willing to give up physical formats yet. Streaming is just a complement, not a substitute. At least not yet.Via Investors.comlast_img

Baldurs Gate Enhanced Edition confirmée sur Mac

first_imgBaldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition confirmée sur MacLes fans de la série seront aux anges, surtout ceux qui utilisent Mac OS X. Ce chef d’œuvre du jeu de rôle revient sur PC, iPad et maintenant Mac.Des rumeurs couraient autour de Baldur’s Gate ces deux derniers mois grâce au site et c’est finalement un remake incluant du contenu inédit et l’extension “La Légende de l’Ile Perdue” qui va voir le jour, une partie de l’équipe originelle en étant à l’origine. La plateforme Mac OS X va donc, à son tour, accueillir ce fameux jeu sorti en 1998. Et peu importe que vous soyez sur iPad, Mac ou PC, il sera possible de jouer en multi, c’est-à-dire en plateformes croisées, une exception jusqu’à aujourd’hui. Certains aimerait d’ailleurs que les autres développeurs en prennent de la graine! Êtes-vous toujours prêts pour arpenter la Côte des Épées dès l’été prochain? Le jeu sera exclusivement disponible sur le site de Beamdog.Le 31 mars 2012 à 19:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

FDA warning might be cited in Afghan slayings case

first_imgSEATTLE — A lawyer for an American soldier set to be sentenced for killing 16 Afghan civilians may cite a new Food and Drug Administration warning about the psychiatric side effects of an antimalarial drug used by U.S. troops.On Monday, the FDA said mefloquine — known as Lariam, its brand name — can cause long-term neurological damage and serious psychiatric side effects.Attorney John Henry Browne has said he has documents indicating his client, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, took the drug while in Iraq, but medical records for his time in Afghanistan are incomplete. Browne told The Seattle Times the FDA warning was an interesting development.“We’re all over this,” Browne said.Bales pleaded guilty to the 2012 killings last month. A jury will decide in August whether the soldier is sentenced to life with or without the possibility of parole. Army officials have not commented on whether Bales took mefloquine in Afghanistan, citing confidentiality laws that protect a patient’s records.An Army sanity board already has concluded Bales suffered from no serious mental diseases or defects at the time of the killings, and that he could understand the court-martial proceedings that led to a plea agreement earlier this year. Bales, an Ohio native and father of two from Lake Tapps slipped away from his remote southern Afghanistan outpost at Camp Belambay early on March 11, 2012, and attacked compounds in nearby villages. Most of the victims were women and children, and some of the bodies were piled and burned. The slayings drew such angry protests that the U.S. temporarily stopped combat operations in Afghanistan.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Laboratory Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Associate Director (Compensation) at Charles River LabsFull-Time Sales Representative (Packaging) at VeritivFull-Time Delivery Driver at American Furniture RentalFull-Time Auto Technician at BridgestoneFull-Time CDL B Driver at LilyFull-Time Marketing Specialist at AltroFull-Time Marketing Specialist at AmetekFull-Time Systems Engineer via Davis CompaniesFull-Time Operations Manager via Michael Page USA(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Trump really didnt care about ANWR Then a friend called

first_imgPresident Trump spoke at a Republican retreat. (Image:C-SPAN)President Trump says he didn’t care about opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling – until he found out other presidents had tried to and failed.Listen now“I never appreciated ANWR so much,” Trump said, in a speech recounting his 2017 accomplishments at a Republican retreat in West Virginia. “A friend of mine called up who is in that world and in that business. He said, ‘Is it true that you’re thinking about ANWR?’ I said ‘Yeah, I think we’re going to get it but you know …’  He said, ‘Are you kidding? That’s the biggest thing by itself. Ronald Reagan and every president has wanted to get ANWR approved.’ And after that I said ‘Oh, make sure that is in the bill. It was amazing how that had an impact. That had a very big impact on me, Paul.”He seemed to be addressing House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was nearby. Trump did not identify the friend he credits with turning him around on the importance of opening ANWR.“I really didn’t care about it,” Trump said. “Then when I heard that everybody wanted it, for 40 years, everybody tried to get it approved, ‘Make sure you don’t lose ANWR.’”Trump added that he believes it will be great for the people of Alaska. He also called it “one of the great potential fields anywhere in the world.”Alaska Wilderness League Director Adam Kolton has fought for years to keep the refuge undeveloped. He said the president’s casual attitude toward a wild place millions of Americans want to protect is frustrating.“Yeah, so maybe he’s aware this was a political win he can chalk up. But does he understand the issue, what’s a stake?” Kolton asked. “I think the cavalier nature of the comments suggest that he doesn’t.”U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan was in the room for Trump’s speech. As he tells it, the president has cared about ANWR since at least last March. That’s when Sullivan and Sen. Lisa Murkowski brought Alaska maps to the Oval Office and briefed Trump for nearly an hour on state issues.“After that meeting,” Sullivan said, “Seeing him in different settings and stuff, a number of times, a number times, he would ask, ‘Hey Dan, how are we doing on ANWR? We going to get that done?’”Sullivan spoke from a chartered bus as the congressional Republicans made their way back to the Capitol from West Virginia. He said he’s not sure why Trump told the story as he did.“I don’t know. You’ll have to ask the president,” Sullivan said. “Could’ve been a playful remark, having a little bit of fun.”Congress approved opening ANWR in its tax overhaul in December. The act calls for two lease sales on the coastal plain of the refuge in the next seven years. Alaska Wilderness League says Congress should repeal the legislation, and environmental lawsuits are almost certain.last_img read more

Lightintensity exercise beneficial for older adults

first_imgFive hours a week of light-intensity exercise provide significant health benefits for people over age 65, suggests a new research.An easy walk, slow dancing, leisurely sports like table tennis, household chores and other light-intensity exercise may be nearly as effective as moderate or vigorous exercise for older adults, the study said.”You get a nice array of health benefits by doing five hours of light physical activity per week,” said co-author Brad Cardinal, professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. Light exercise is more appealing to people over 65, and such activities do not generally require the approval of a physician. The researchers examined data from the 2003 to 2006, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Older adults who participated in light-intensity exercise activities for 300 minutes or more were 18 percent healthier, overall, than peers who did not log that much light activity.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting'”These results highlight that, in addition to promoting moderate-intensity physical activity to older adults, we should not neglect the importance of engaging in lower-intensity, movement-based behaviours when the opportunity arises,” said author Paul Loprinzi, an assistant professor of exercise science and health promotion at the University of Mississippi.”For the average every-day person that is a much more palatable message than the current guidelines that emphasize moderate to vigorous exercise,” he said. The study was published in the journal American Journal of Health Promotion.last_img read more