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Production Growth at Amhersts SolarTron

first_imgHomegrown solar energy company, SolarTron Energy Systems Inc, is increasing production at its Amherst plant. The company is manufacturing 39 solar concentrating collectors used to provide hot water for tanks, boiler heating systems, radiant heating and air conditioning systems for residential, commercial and municipal markets. SolarTron is using a $250,000 repayable term loan provided through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). MLA Brian Skabar, on behalf of Minister of Economic and Rural Development Percy Paris, joined Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI, on a tour of the SolarTron production line today, June 29. “Clean energy is a large and growing international market and one in which Nova Scotia companies excel,” said Mr. Skabar. “This loan will help SolarTron to meet demand for its product and to increase its exports. Helping Nova Scotia companies to become more competitive is one of the priorities of jobsHere, the province’s plan to grow the economy.” SolarTron employs eight people in Amherst, and the company has distributors in Kenya, Australia, Germany, Austria, United States and Canada. Sobeys is a commercial client. The Municipality of Cumberland’s municipal building has a unit, and Halifax Regional Municipality Fire and Emergency installed a unit in May at its Knightsbridge Drive fire station. “With this loan, SolarTron has support to meet the demand for our product and become more competitive in a new industry,” said Edward Herniak, president of SolarTron. “We are committed to staying on the cutting edge of this technology and it is fantastic to see NSBI and the province are committed to helping us achieve that goal.” The collector, called the SolarBeam, uses technology that tracks the sun from morning to dusk, harvesting the sun’s energy at peak efficiency throughout the entire day. The company says its technology is up to 262 per cent more efficient than competing products. Traditional, flat-panel systems are only able to collect solar energy for two hours each day because they are stationary. “This a great example of the type of company we need to be developing in Nova Scotia,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “The people at SolarTron are doing innovative, export-based work in an emerging industry. Ultimately, that’s good news for Nova Scotians.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Des anciens journaux en français et en gaélique maintenant disponibles en ligne

first_imgLes Archives de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Bibliothèques de la Nouvelle-Écosse et l’Université St. Francis Xavier ont travaillé ensemble pour protéger une nouvelle tranche de l’histoire sociale de la province et pour la rendre accessible partout dans le monde. Trois anciennes publications d’information néo-écossaises en français et en gaélique ont été numérisées et publiées en ligne. Ils s’agit : — des 66 premières années du Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse jusqu’en 2002. Le journal a commencé en 1937 sous le nom du Petit Courrier à Meteghan River, d’où il est publié chaque semaine. Il présente les nouvelles qui intéressent les Acadiens et les francophones de la province; — tous les numéros du journal gaélique Am Bràighe (1991-2003). Le journal n’est plus publié; — tous les numéros existants de An Cuairtear Òg Gaelach, publiés en 1851-1852. Il s’agissait d’un magazine d’information sur la Nouvelle-Écosse à l’intention des immigrants écossais. « La Nouvelle-Écosse a un riche patrimoine culturel et, en tant qu’Acadiens et francophones, nous en faisons l’expérience tous les jours, de dire le ministre des Affaires acadiennes, Michel Samson. Faire appel à la technologie moderne pour protéger des documents importants relatifs à notre passé est un moyen judicieux de contribuer à la force de ces communautés. » Les publications qui sont maintenant disponibles font partie d’une initiative continue de Bibliothèques Nouvelle-Écosse, avec le soutien du gouvernement provincial, destinée à protéger le patrimoine journalistique de la province et d’en faciliter davantage l’accès, et ce, à l’intention des générations à venir. « Les journaux, les feuilles de nouvelles et les magazines ont réuni et publié les nouvelles communautaires importantes pendant plus de 250 ans en Nouvelle-Écosse, indique Tanja Harrison, coprésidente sortante de Bibliothèques de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Mais le papier est fragile, l’entreposage des journaux est encombrant et leur consultation n’est pas facile. L’archivage et la numérisation des publications protègent un document fiable sur l’histoire d’une communauté. » « Le Courrier a été un représentant important de notre communauté en relatant notre histoire quotidienne, souligne Denise Comeau Desautels, la directrice générale du journal. Les Acadiens et les francophones ont grandi dans ses pages et nous pouvons suivre le développement de la communauté et l’épanouissement de notre identité dans les articles du journal. » « C’est tout un honneur que de faire partie de ce projet important et tellement satisfaisant de voir le travail de nos auteurs et tenants de la tradition gaélique conservé et mis à la disposition des gens partout dans le monde et pour les générations à venir », ajoute Frances MacEachen, ancienne éditrice d’Am Bràighe. Les publications serviront aux chercheurs dans les domaines de l’histoire et de la généalogie ici même dans la province et partout dans le monde. Les francophones, surtout les Acadiens et les descendants d’Acadiens, et les Gaëls peuvent en apprendre davantage sur la vie et le patrimoine culturel de leur communauté dans leur propre langue. Cette réalisation est au cœur de célébrations qui se tenaient aujourd’hui 19 septembre aux Archives de la Nouvelle-Écosse à Halifax, au Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos à Pubnico-Ouest et au Musée du village des Hautes-Terres à Iona, au Cap-Breton. Les journaux sont accessibles dans le site Web de Bibliothèques de la Nouvelle-Écosse à l’adresse https://librariesns.ca/content/newspaper-digitization.last_img read more

Canadas Rising Stars 15 Newcomers Grabbing Hollywoods Attention

first_imgBiggest 2016 accomplishment: Cycling the eastern coast of Taiwan in June and landing the CP24 Breakfast Monday-Friday anchor role. The show is the crown jewel of the No. 1 channel in the city; to be steering the ship is an amazing honor and responsibility.Big break: Nailing my second audition with CP24 in 2009 after pooping the bed during my first audition the year prior. (Ahluwalia then left for a stint at TSN.)I wake up at: 2:45 a.m. At the studio by 4 a.m. On TV at 5 a.m.The first thing I do in the morning is: Steam my suit. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, 31Actor and model LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Courtesy of David Leyes/Courtesy of Subject.A product of the Canadian Film Centre’s primetime TV program, Armstrong went on to create the assisted-suicide eOne drama series Mary Kills People, which is set to debut early next year on Global Television in Canada and on Lifetime in the U.S.Biggest 2016 accomplishment: Getting the green light for Mary Kills People.Best advice: “We’re all going to die.”10 years ago, I was: Having an existential crisis.When I’m not working, I’m: Having an existential crisis.The first thing I do in the morning is: Meditate. Just kidding, I go to Starbucks. Advertisement David Livingston/Getty Images.Bowyer-Chapman hit it big as the openly gay producer Jay on the Lifetime series UnREAL and recently was seen on the big screen opposite Zac Efron and Robert De Niro in Dirty Grandpa.Biggest 2016 accomplishment: Having the Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman scholarship for LGBTQ+ Actors of Color launched in my name by the BGB Studio in Los Angeles.Big break: I had been working as an actor for nearly 10 years before UnREAL came to me. It has changed my life both personally and professionally in ways I had only dreamed of.10 years ago, I was: Working overseas as a model and just beginning my career in television and film.When I’m not working, I’m: Spending time nourishing my relationships with my closest friends and family. Also spending time nourishing my relationship with myself.I wake up at: 10 or 11 a.m. when I’m not working and have absolutely no shame about it!The first thing I do in the morning is: Meditate and drink an obscene amount of coffee..Jaime Callica, 30Actor These up-and-comers from north of the border are making a major impact at home while steadily gaining the attention of Tinseltown talent watchers.Gurdeep Ahluwalia, 33TV Anchor Courtesy of Subject.Callica can be seen in season two of Fox’s Wayward Pines, and he has a recurring role on the Canadian espionage spy drama The Romeo Section.Mentors: My ma, Deborah Callica. This woman taught me everything. Outside of her: Michael Jackson — even though he didn’t know he was mentoring me!Best advice: “Whatever that thing is that you love about yourself, love it proudly. The person who created the word ‘vain’ was insecure; don’t let them stifle your greatness.”Big break: I’m not sure that “big break” has happened just yet, but getting cast in Wayward Pines was huge for me. Super grateful for that one.10 years ago, I was: Finishing my criminology degree — intending to become a lawyer, ha! — and managing a Rogers Wireless store. A lot changes in a relatively short period of time. Facebook Courtesy of Bell Media.A former reporter on the Canadian version of ESPN’s SportsCenter, Ahluwalia now is host of the popular local morning show CP24 Breakfast in Toronto. Tara Armstrong, 33Screenwriter Twitterlast_img read more

Special MPs committee on murdered missing Indigenous women holds inaugural meeting Tuesday

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–The Liberal MP whose Valentine’s Day House of Commons motion was the catalyst for a special committee on missing and murdered Indigenous women says she hopes the work doesn’t get “hijacked” by political agendas.The Special Committee on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will meet for the first time Tuesday evening. The committee was created on a motion introduced by Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett. The motion received all-party support on Feb. 14.In a letter to the members of the committee, Bennett wrote that she hopes all the members of the committee find common ground in trying to end “this terrible epidemic” through its hearings and recommendations.“There have been concerns raised by many that this committee could be hijacked by political agendas rather than providing meaningful recommendations for ending the disproportionate level of violence experienced by Aboriginal women and girls,” wrote Bennett, in the March 25 dated letter. “I believe we can put those concerns to rest right from our very first meeting…our study must reflect the unanimous will of the House of Commons.”A Conservative official said the government is sending in its “A team” to the committee with four parliamentary secretaries expected to take a seat around the table.Justice Minister Rob Nicholson’s office is also expected to keep an eye on the committee. Nicholson’s office could not be immediately reached for comment.Greg Rickford, parliamentary secretary for Aboriginal affairs, could not be immediately reached for comment. Rickford is a member of the committee.NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Jean Crowder said she also hoped all committee members shed their partisan colours before engaging in the committee’s work.“I am really hoping we can work…in a non-partisan matter,” said Crowder. “There are a lot of hopeful words here. Perhaps we will be able to move beyond what was done in the past.”Crowder said she hoped the committee would not take away from calls for a national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women or the need for an action plan to deal with violence against Indigenous women.Prime Minister Stephen Harper told First Nations chiefs on Jan. 11 that he didn’t think a national inquiry would accomplish much, according to draft minutes from the meeting.Bennett said in an interview that the stakes are high for the committee.“Canada is watching and wants us to do a proper piece of work,” she said.The committee members are expected to elect the chair during the Tuesday evening meeting.last_img read more

Sustained efforts needed to advance action plan on ageing UN says

25 February 2008Five years after international leaders agreed to promote the opportunities and confront the challenges posed by ageing populations, the United Nations is calling on world governments to step up their efforts to advance the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. The first review of the Madrid Plan, which wrapped up at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, showed that progress has been mixed, differing from region to region and country to country.While European nations have advanced towards social services for dependent persons, States in other regions have focused on improving and amplifying health and social security coverage, and reducing poverty for older persons. And in developing countries, ageing issues appear to be only recently included in national policy planning.The review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan was concluded during the latest session of the Commission for Social Development. It was a year-long worldwide assessment that involved civil society groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government officials and older persons, and it took stock of the progress made since 2002, and identified priorities through 2012.The Commission has called on governments to strengthen their efforts to incorporate ageing issues into their policy agendas and develop the national capacity to address the priorities identified by the review. This includes reinforcing institutions, research, data collection and analysis and training of necessary personnel in the field of ageing. Delegates at the Commission session also discussed full employment, decent work and the integration of disability into the development agenda. In addition, the Commission renewed the mandate of its special Rapporteur on disability through the end of 2011. read more

Retail jobs put at risk by selfservice technology experts say

VANCOUVER — Retailers are racing to adopt new technologies, like the self-scanner Walmart has rolled out in 22 Canadian stores, to stay competitive in a challenging industry. But experts say the trend toward automation threatens more jobs in a sector that is already slashing head counts.Walmart expanded technology that allows shoppers to choose to carry a scanner that tallies up their purchases to 20 stores in B.C., Alberta and Ontario on Monday. Shoppers at those stores only need to stop by a self-checkout kiosk or visit a cashier to pay their bill.The company expects to continue adding the scanners to more of its Canadian stores. Eventually, it may abandon the handheld scanners in favour of a smartphone app shoppers south of the border use.While companies promise the trend toward automation won’t cost workers their jobs, experts say the long-term outlook for salespeople and cashiers is bleak.“I think any large company these days that’s making significant investments in technology is doing that with an eye towards reducing costs and increasing service efficiency,” said Sunil Johal, policy director at The Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto.“They’re not going to do that … if they don’t also make reductions in their workforce,” said Johal, who co-authored a 2016 report on Canada’s social policy in the new age of work.Walmart maintains the company’s objective is not to covertly kill jobs. The big-box retailer wants to help customers budget and offer a convenient checkout option, spokesman Alex Roberton wrote in an email.“To be clear this is not an initiative designed to reduce labour,” he said. “We needed cashiers yesterday, we need them today and we will need them tomorrow.”In the short-term, that may be true, Johal said, as shoppers need time to learn and adjust to new technology.When McDonald’s Canada announced it would add self-service kiosks to restaurants in 2015, the fast-food chain said it would also create 15,000 new jobs as it hired employees to greet customers and help diners navigate the new system.But in the medium- to long-term that outlook will change, Johal said, as there’s no question companies are adopting technology to benefit their bottom line.“I’d be shocked if a year from now or two years from now these types of moves to automation don’t lead to cuts,” he said, explaining that could mean a reduction in the number of employees or the number of hours they work.Retail salespeople and cashiers are among the top five jobs most at risk from automation, according to a June 2016 report by The Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.About 42 per cent of Canada’s labour force is at risk of being affected by automation over the next 10 to 20 years, the report found, including 656,000 retail salesperson and 309,000 cashier jobs.Retail is one of North America’s most competitive industries, said Sean Mullin, the institute’s executive director, and global tech titan Amazon is leading a push for companies to increase the technology components of their business.Amazon, which recently acquired grocery chain Whole Foods, opened a checkout-free grocery store in Seattle last year. Customers never see a cashier or visit a self-checkout kiosk. Their Amazon account is charged when they leave.“So everyone, I think, is very scared … that if they don’t get into this game and start to use automation and technology as an increasing part of their business, they will not be competitive in the future and effectively will be forced out of business,” Mullin said.Canadian companies operating in Alberta and Ontario face additional pressure from impending minimum wage hikes, said Johal.On Jan. 1, Ontario’s minimum wage is slated to jump from $11.60 an hour to $14 if a proposed bill passes. It would increase another dollar the following year. Meanwhile, in Alberta, the minimum wage for most employees will rise from $13.60 to $15 per hour next Oct. 1.“The natural next step for many of these stores is to look at technological solutions which might make it possible for them to reduce their wage bill,” Johal said.With automation, companies in the cost-competitive industry can gain an advantage by making themselves cheaper and passing those savings on to customers, Mullin said.While cashiers and salespeople roles may be on the chopping block, he said, technology historically creates more jobs than it eliminates. Granted, he added, the new work tends to require highly skilled workers, who are more difficult to replace with robots.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Ranil writes to MR on polls

“The situation is further aggravated by the open friction between some of the military authorities in the North and Opposition politicians. This has resulted in a loss of confidence in the ability to conduct free and fair elections in the Northern Province,” he added.Wickremesinghe has also sought for a meeting with the President to discuss issues related to the polls. To ensure a free and fair election of the Northern Provincial Council, Wickremesinghe says it is essential that several measures be implemented immediately by the Government, prior to announcing the Elections to the Northern Provincial Council.Among the measures is the the restoration of the 17th Amendment of the Constitution by repealing the relevant provisions of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, Amendment restoring the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, for the above purpose, to include an additional provision to strengthen the Police Commission on the lines of the LLRC recommendation that “Such a Commission should be empowered to monitor the performance of the Police Service and ensure that all police officers act independently and maintain a high degree of professional conduct” and the immediate replacement of the Governor of the Northern Province.He says instead of a retired military officer, a civilian accepted by all parties should be appointed as the Governor of the Northern Province.  (Colombo Gazette) However he said the implementation of the resolution will require the election to conform to Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “the will of the people shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.” UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the Northern Provincial Council elections scheduled to be held in September.In his letter, Wickremesinghe says holding the elections gives effect to the United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution of 21 March 2013, which welcomed “the announcement by the Government of Sri Lanka to hold elections to the Provincial Council in the Northern Province in September 2013”. He says the United National Party and other Opposition political parties have, in Parliament, consistently referred to a number of incidents in the Northern Province where the Government machinery has been utilized to intimidate members supporting Opposition political parties. read more

Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Waving banners and signs and chanting anti-Japan slogans, thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul on Saturday to express their anger at Japan’s decision to downgrade South Korea’s trade status amid an escalating diplomatic row.Huge crowds swarmed the streets in front of the Japanese Embassy, carrying signs that read “Boycott Japan” and “No Abe,” referring to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They shouted “We condemn the Abe government” and “Let’s end humiliating South Korea-Japan relations.”The protesters later marched to a nearby boulevard for a candlelight vigil, also calling for the Seoul government to end a military intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo and fully discard a 2015 deal between the countries over compensating South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan’s World War II military brothels.Police didn’t immediately provide a crowd estimate, but organizers said about 15,000 people participated in the rallies.The protest came a day after Japan’s Cabinet approved the removal of South Korea from a list of countries with preferential trade status, which would require Japanese companies to apply for case-by-case approvals for exports to South Korea of hundreds of items deemed sensitive.The decision followed a July measure to strengthen controls on certain technology exports to South Korean companies that rely on Japanese materials to produce semiconductors and display screens used in smartphones and TVs, which are key South Korean export products.South Korea says the Japanese trade curbs could hurt its export-dependent economy and has accused Japan of weaponizing trade to retaliate over bilateral disputes stemming from their bitter wartime history.The Japanese trade measures have stoked public anger in South Korea, where many believe Japan still hasn’t fully atoned for atrocities committed during its colonial occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945.An increasing number of South Koreans have been boycotting Japanese consumer goods and travels to Japan. Police said a 72-year-old man died on Saturday, two days after setting himself ablaze in front of the Japanese Embassy to protest Japan’s trade curbs. The incident came weeks after a 78-year-old man died after self-immolating near the Japanese Embassy, also in protest of Tokyo.South Korean President Moon Jae-in promised “stern” countermeasures against the Japanese measures, which he described as a deliberate attempt to damage South Korea’s economy and also a “selfish” move that could disrupt global supply chains. He accused Japan of retaliating against South Korean court rulings that ordered Japanese companies to compensate Korean plaintiffs for their wartime labour during Japan’s 1910-1945 colonization of the Korean Peninsula.South Korean officials have vowed tit-for-tat retaliation, including taking Japan off its own “white list” of nations receiving preferential treatment in trade. Moon’s office said Seoul will also consider ending its military intelligence -sharing pact with Japan as part of its countermeasures, saying it could be difficult to share sensitive information considering the deterioration of trust between the countries.Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press read more

Man arrested after death of pedestrian in road collision

first_imgA MAN HAS been arrested in connection with the death of a pedestrian in a road collision today.The PSNI said that a 63-year-old man has died following a one-vehicle road traffic incident shortly before 10.25am today.The incident involved a dark-coloured Audi A4 car and a pedestrian on the Monaghan Road, Aughnacloy area.A man (51) has been arrested in relation to the incident and is currently helping police with their inquiries.Motorists are advised to seek alternative main routes for their journey as police continue to attend the scene.Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone who was travelling on the Monaghan Road around the time of the incident, to contact the police on 0845 600 8000.last_img read more

All schools in Leinster and Munster to close tomorrow

first_img 27 Comments 41,566 Views Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 12:52 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3876863 All schools in Leinster and Munster to close tomorrow The schools will stay closed for the rest of the week. ALL SCHOOLS IN Leinster and Munster are to close tomorrow, the Minister for Education been confirmed.The schools will stay closed for the rest of the week.“Given disruption to transport and the safety risks arising, especially in relation to the ability to get home safely before blizzard like conditions hit Munster and Leinster, all schools, 3rd level institutions and centres of further education in red areas will be closed tomorrow and Friday,” Minister Richard Bruton said in a tweet.In relation to Connacht and Ulster, decisions on school closures will be made individually depending on the circumstances in their area. The situation in Connacht and Ulster will be kept under review. Short URL Source: Richard Bruton/Twitter He said “significant flexibility is given to schools” to make up tuition hours lost due to unforeseen circumstances. The Department’s guidance for schools in relation to making up for time lost due to unforeseen closures is set out in Circular 0009/2017 which is available at the following link- https://t.co/fq03lApYqh #beastfromtheeast #StormEmma— Richard Bruton (@RichardbrutonTD) February 28, 2018 By Daragh Brophy Schools in many areas made the decision to stay closed today after heavy snow hit the east coast overnight and moved across the country this morning – there was, however, no department directive to close today.Bruton also tweeted a link to a guidance document for schools about making up for lost time. Share517 Tweet Email9 Feb 28th 2018, 12:52 PM last_img read more

Your consumer rights could change postBrexit when you buy from a British

first_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha 48 Comments CUSTOMERS WHO BUY from British shops should check what their consumer rights, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has said.It’s also warned that ordering from non-EU businesses carries a Vat rate of €22 or more (plus shipping). You also legally have to pay import charges such as customs or excise duties on items you buy from outside the EU, which are valued at €150 or more.As part of the EU, Ireland’s consumer rights come from the Consumer Rights Directive (CRD), which means that in most cases, you can cancel your order within 14 days of delivery. We’re also exempt from tariffs and customs costs as Ireland is part of the EU’s Customs Union and Single Market.But once the UK leaves the EU, Irish customers ordering from UK-based businesses will no longer automatically have access to these rights. If the business they are ordering from is in the EU, then your rights will not change because of Brexit.If a shop in Ireland is owned or run by a UK chain, all your consumer rights will be exactly the same when you buy from a shop in Ireland despite Brexit.To check where a business is located, the CCPC advises not to rely too much on the website’s domain name (for example, .co.uk).The CCPC advises that in general when buying from a website outside the EU, it is very important to read the terms and conditions on the website, and ask: As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL Mar 3rd 2019, 11:04 AM Sunday 3 Mar 2019, 11:03 AM Image: Shutterstock/Liderina Share88 Tweet Email3 https://jrnl.ie/4520150 Your consumer rights could change post-Brexit when you buy from a British shop Ordering something from the UK post-Brexit could include a Vat rate of €22 or more. Can you change your mind about an order if you want to return it?Can you cancel an order before it is dispatched?Do you have the right to return the item and if you can return an item, who pays for the cost of returning it – you or the business?If you buy something before the 29 March, the day that the UK is due to leave the European Union, your 14-day cancellation period under the CRD may no longer be valid if you try to cancel your order. If you buy something from a UK-based business before Brexit that has a fault, or if it is not delivered, you may not have access to redress using the European Consumer Centre or the European Small Claims Procedure after Brexit.More information is available here on the CCPC website. 25,737 Views Image: Shutterstock/Liderina Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

FTSE 350 defined benefit pension deficit falls to £134bn

first_imgThe accounting deficit of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes for the UK’s largest 350 organisations fell from £145 billion at the end of April 2017 to £134 billion at 31 May 2017, according to research by Mercer.Its Pensions risk survey, which is based on projections and analysis of FTSE 350 organisations’ financial statements adjusted from their financial year end, also found that asset values increased by £10 billion, rising to £749 billion at 31 May 2017 from £739 billion at the end of April 2017.Liability values fell by £1 billion to reach £883 billion at the end of May 2017, compared to £884 billion at the end of April 2017.Le Roy van Zyl (pictured), partner at Mercer, said: “With funding levels only showing marginal improvements at [the] end of May, it is too early for any sense of relief. Indeed, at times during the month, equity markets and long-term interest rates were showing renewed signs of uncertainty. With this uncertainty likely to persist for an extended period, [for example] around the Brexit outcome and the economic developments in the US, trustees and [organisations] need to reassess whether they can continue to ‘wait for better times’, given the risk of conditions actually worsening.“The majority of risk management steps are actually more a matter of ‘when to implement’, rather than ‘should we implement’. Seen in this context, it may well be better to be more realistic about when is the right time to take action. Building a business plan around the resultant actions can then drive a significant change for the benefit of all the stakeholders.”last_img read more

Anchorage wins grant for economic development workshops

first_imgThe Municipality of Anchorage announced Wednesday it has won a competitive grant to bring a workshop focusing on the economic and fiscal health to the city.Download AudioThe grant, which comes from the national non-profit Smart Growth America, is a free, two-day workshop covering development strategies to support the local economy.Though the ground covered could apply anywhere, Chris Schutte – who is the municipality’s director of economic and community development – says it’s especially relevant in one section of Anchorage.“Downtown Anchorage has some pretty amazing potential from a residential and commercial standpoint that has not been fully realized,” he said.And through these workshops, Schutte is hoping the group can help find some answers to one lingering question.“What’s the secret sauce? What’s been missing? What are we not doing that can help facilitate the growth and the development that we have seen in downtowns across the country,” Schutte said.That national perspective is something he hopes Smart Growth America can bring to the table.Alex Dodds is the communications director at Smart Growth America.“We’ll talk about a little bit what we have learned from other communities across the country,” Dodds said. “So we’ve worked with many communities doing this kind of work and we’ll share a little bit of information about what we’ve learned and the strategies that have worked really well in other places.”Those strategies range from identifying key residential and commercial properties for revitalization, to increasing clean up efforts in order draw more visitors to new areas, to developing housing priorities.She says the first day of the two-day workshop is aimed at giving the public opportunities to ask questions, learn about the available tools, and talk about what they would like to see in the city.The second day, Dodds says, focuses on the efforts of city and community leaders.“To talk to them about what they’re working on and how development strategies, different development patterns or specific development approaches could help them achieve the work, achieve the goals that they’re working toward,” Dodds said. “So whether that’s bringing more jobs downtown, creating more housing or whatever their working working on to support the broader economy of Anchorage.”She says the selection of Anchorage is due largely to the work the municipality is already doing to move forward in its economic development.And Schutte thinks the workshops may play a key role in solidifying plans for Anchorage’s fiscal future.“There’s been sort of fits and starts in the development and redevelopment of downtown Anchorage and that presents, I think, a wonderful laboratory for this technical assistance,” Schutte said.No dates have been set for the workshops, which will take place in Anchorage, but Schutte says it will likely take place in the late spring or early summer of next year.Anchorage and six other communities around the United States were selected from a pool of 68 applications spanning 34 states.last_img read more

Was Dhoni too slow Sachin Tendulkar passes verdict on MS Dhonis innings

first_imgDespite getting off to a rollicking start in the first innings against Bangladesh, India could not finish strongly and regular strikes by Bangladesh towards the back end of the innings pulled back things considerably as India were restricted to 314 in their allotted 50 overs.MS Dhoni, who had copped a lot of criticism for his lack of intent against England, was in the midst of the slowdown as he struggled to break free in the final overs. He did accelerate towards the end, but then a lot more was desired from the seasoned campaigner. He was criticised on social media, but Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar has supported his approach and said that Dhoni did exactly what the team needed at that particular moment.”I felt it was an important innings and he (MS Dhoni) did exactly what was right for the team. If he stays till the 50th over, he can help other guys around him. He is expected to do that and he did that,” Sachin told India Today.’It is more about the team’ MS DhoniICC Twitter”For him, it is more about the team. Whatever is the need of the hour, one needs to do that and on Tuesday, he did that perfectly,” he further added.It needs to be mentioned here that Sachin had criticised Dhoni for his sluggish innings against Afghanistan and said that being a senior player in the side, it was his responsibility to hit the straps early and go after the spinners. Following this, Dhoni was also criticised for his bizarre tactics and lack of intent during a tricky chase. Indian cricket legend Sachin TendulkarNikalas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images”I felt slightly disappointed, it could have been much better. I was also not happy with the partnership between Kedar and Dhoni, it was very slow. We batted 34 overs of spin bowling and scored 119 runs. This was one area where we didn’t look comfortable at all. There was no positive intent,” Sachin said after the match against Afghanistan.India won their match against Bangladesh comprehensively in the end by 28 runs to seal their semi-final berth, but there are issues with the middle order as well as few concerns with the death bowling as Mohammed Shami has not been able to bowl as well in the latter stages of the innings.However, captain Kohli was pleased with the performance of his side and said that they had to work hard to earn the qualification tag and that he was happy with his players for performing their respective roles perfectly.last_img read more

Dhaka second least liveable city

first_imgGraphic ranking the most and least liveable cities in the world, according to a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. AFPBangladesh capital Dhaka has ranked the second least liveable city in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit annual global survey, according to UNB.The worldwide league table ranks 140 cities on a range of factors, including political and social stability, crime, education and access to healthcare.Austrian capital, Vienna, has beaten Australia’s Melbourne to be named the world’s most liveable city.It’s the first time a European city has topped the rankings of the Economist Intelligence Unit annual global survey.The others in the most liveable cities in 2018 are 2. Melbourne, Australia, 3. Osaka, Japan, 4. Calgary, Canada, 5. Sydney, Australia, 6. Vancouver, Canada, 7. Tokyo, Japan, 8. Toronto, Canada, 9. Copenhagen, Denmark, 10. Adelaide, AustraliaAt the other end of the scale, war-torn Damascus in Syria was ranked the least liveable city while Lagos of Nigeria was third, Pakistan’s Karachi in fourth and Port Moresby of Papua New Guinea was on the fifth position.The Economist said that crime, civil unrest, terrorism or war played a “strong role” in the ten-lowest scoring cities.last_img read more

Sankofa Video Books Cafe Hosts an African Convo

first_imgThe All Eyes on DC group is sponsoring a night of news and music with a discussion of reclaiming African culture. The conversation will be led by Sam P.K. Collins and will feature input from local journalists, community organizers, and residents who will engage in a discussion on African consciousness and instilling African cultural awareness in D.C. The event will take place at Sankofa Cafe, located at 2714 Georgia Avenue N.W., on May 20 from 8 p. m.-10 p. m. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged. For more information, visit  alleyesondc.com or call 202-306 -6294.last_img read more

StrapOn Helicopter Could Offer Solo Flying Experience

first_img Citation: Strap-On Helicopter Could Offer Solo Flying Experience (2008, May 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-05-strap-on-helicopter-solo.html Ever since the first human saw a bird soaring through the clouds, our species has harbored a great envy for the freedom that flying gives. Now a company from Mexico is trying to capitalize on this desire with their design for a strap-on helicopter, which is intended to be worn on the back of an individual and lift them into the air. The idea is not new, but the technology may have some novelty, although details are sparse.Technologia Aeroespacial Mexicana (TAM), the company behind the Libelula strap-on helicopter, explains on its Web site how the device is powered by two hydrogen fuel canisters. Tiny rockets at the tips of the helicopter´s rotor blades take the place of a tail rotor, a component which couldn´t be safely attached to a human body. According to the company, the Libelula would be the lightest helicopter in the world, so light that it could be strapped to a person´s body with a carbon fiber corset.”The best [part] of this technology is that [these] kinds of helicopters don´t need a tail rotor because they don´t have any torque, so with a simple vane they can turn – being the simplest form of an helicopter and the easiest and safer to fly,” the company says on its Web site.At the moment, the idea is just an idea. However, the company has a successful history of developing and fabricating a variety of hydrogen peroxide rockets, jet packs, a flying rocket belt, rocket bicycles, and other similar machines. And on its Web site, the company claims to have most of the components for the Libelula helicopter – many of which are the same as those on the rocket belt – and suggests that it is only a matter of time before embarking on a test flight.More information: Technologia Aeroespacial Mexicanavia: DVICE Technologia Aeroespacial Mexicana (TAM) has designed a strap-on helicopter. Tiny rockets on the tips of the propellers eliminate the need for a tail rotor, making it possible for the device to be worn on a human body. Credit: TAM. 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.last_img read more

Sunwing Ocean by H10 Hotels team up for luxury vacations in Punta

first_imgSunwing, Ocean by H10 Hotels team up for luxury vacations in Punta Cana, Riviera Maya Share Posted by Travelweek Group Thursday, March 21, 2019 center_img TORONTO — With direct flights to Punta Cana from 26 gateways across Canada and direct flights to Cancun from 22 gateways across Canada, it’s easier than ever to ‘Vacation Better’ at Ocean Hotels with Sunwing.Ocean Hotels create dream luxury vacations in Punta Cana and Riviera Maya with a wide range of activities, world-class service and lavish amenities, notes Sunwing. “These beautiful resorts offer amenities, accommodations and services perfect for guests of all ages and interests, from couples seeking a romantic getaway to families looking for some fun in the sun.”At Ocean Blue & Sand in Punta Cana, families can try out an archery session, take on new heights the climbing wall or enjoy some friendly competition at the bowling alley.While adults unwind by sprawling pools or on a sun lounger by the beach, mini-vacationers can take advantage of the kid-friendly programs and activities at the complimentary kids club with Nintendo Wii stations, air hockey, billiards and entertainment for children ages four to 12.After a day of fun and adventure, families can retire to spacious, beautifully decorated deluxe rooms and suites – with all accommodation options at Ocean Blue & Sand sleeping up to five guests, ideal for larger families travelling together.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthAlso at Ocean Hotels, couples can treat themselves to lavish amenities that will take their romantic getaway to the next level. At the adults-only Ocean Maya Royale, couples can enjoy romantic walks along the white-sand shores of Riviera Maya while they soak in views of the coast.Couples can enjoy unlimited à la carte dining during their stay, whether they want to indulge in delicious Italian cuisine at the oceanfront restaurant or sample authentic Mexican dishes at the poolside venue.The resort is also home to a pristine stretch of beachfront lined with luxurious Bali beds where couples can stroll hand-in-hand along the coast.Couples may also choose to stay in the adults-only section El Beso at Ocean Riviera Paradise, where they can relax by one of four sparkling pools, then sip on cocktails and dance the night away to live music at the Piano Bar.At Ocean El Faro, couples can stay in unique Junior Suite Rooftop rooms, located on the top floor of the resort with two-person Jacuzzis on the terrace where they can enjoy their favourite cocktail underneath the stars.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsClients can also take their dream vacation to the next level by upgrading to the Privilege, Rooms & Services category at Ocean Hotels.Vacationers who stay at Ocean Coral & Turquesa, recipient of the Condé Nast Traveler award for Best International Resort, can look forward to upgraded rooms such as the Privilege Junior Suite, which boasts private terraces with Jacuzzis.Guests who upgrade to the Privilege category can also indulge in lavish dining experiences at the exclusive Privilege Lounge overlooking the beach with a range of gourmet cuisine options.Guests looking to pamper themselves can enjoy a relaxing body treatment at the Despacio Spa which offers a range of indulgent treatments, from facials to massages. Tags: H10 Hotels, Ocean by H10, Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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