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Delhi govt to allow distance edu students to attend classes

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 29 (PTI) Delhi government today said that students pursuing distance education from its open-learning schools, can attend regular classes.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, said the government will give these students school uniforms, scholarship, reading material and sports facility, which a regular school student is availing.”Students who failed twice or thrice usually move towards distance learning education, but they dont get quality education. We will ask distance learning students to attend regular classes from Monday to Saturday with regular students,” he told reporters here.He also said the government will not prevent these students from appearing for exams being held by the distance learning schools.”We will give distance learning students uniform, scholarship, reading materials, sports facilities and others as a regular school student is availing,” he said.Sisodia said if a student fails class IX twice, government will offer the student to take admission to other school as most students feel stigma and then, leave schools after making unsuccessful attempts to pass examination.On being asked about sufficient space in schools, he said the government is constructing more classrooms and ensured that there will be no shortage of space. PTI CORR BUN KND RG NSDlast_img read more

November 25, 2019 0

nVent SCHROFF: new 3D configurators cover complete cabinet series

first_imgnVent SCHROFF is launching additional 3D configurators for supporting the user in the design process. Now, users can configure custom SCHROFF Varistar electronic cabinets online. The Varistar configurator covers the complete cabinet series consisting of electronic, network, and seismic cabinets. This wide range of options, functions and accessory parts is supported by the corresponding library of selections.If the user starts a configuration, he/she is guided through a series of dialog boxes and asked to specify options. Selecting the various parameters determines the basic attributes of the 3D model. For example, when configuring a “Varistar” cabinet, the user is asked to specify the height, width and depth. These pieces of information define the frame. Based on this 3D model, the remaining components are added via drag-and-drop. Plausibility checks during the online configuration ensure that the selected individual parts fit together and that no specifications are missing in the configuration.As of recently, the user can select his/her desired color from a wide palette of colors and will see this color immediately in the graphic image of the configurator. If the product has been completely configured, the 2D and 3D CAD data can be generated and uploaded to a CAD system. In addition, it is possible to establish a connection to a 3D printer, enabling users to have their configured products created by a 3D printer directly from the configurator as prototypes or models. To send a request to nVent SCHROFF, you also have the option to create a 3D PDF data sheet including graphics and a parts list.From the beginning of next year, the SCHROFF EuropacPRO subrack will also be available online. The configurator for subracks also provides a variety of individual components and possible assembly options with respect to size or EMC shock and vibration requirements. nVent is also working on an improved connection for series production. As a result, the configurator is capable of supplying the data in exactly the format in which it is used in production, ensuring a streamlined process up until the product is manufactured.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Vecow: expandable GPU computing system with NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphicsNext ept: HighSpeed SMT edge card connector with 0.8 mm pitchlast_img read more

November 18, 2019 0

IAS officer Ashok Khemka transferred for 52nd time in 27-year career

first_imgThe Haryana government on Sunday issued transfer and posting orders for nine IAS officers with immediate effect, including 1991-batch senior bureaucrat Ashok Khemka.Ashok Khemka, principal secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs Department has been posted as principal secretary of Science and Technology Department, where he had been posted earlier as well.The 1991-batch IAS officer had first been mentioned by the media in 2012 when he had cancelled the mutation of a land deal between Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality and major real estate developer DLF.The IAS officer, who was posted for nearly 15 months in the Sports and Youth Affairs Department, headed by Minister Anil Vij, has been transferred over 50 times in his career so far.The other IAS officers transferred include Amit Jha, additional chief secretary of Medical Education and Research, advisor to Haryana Saraswati Heritage Board and additional chief secretary of Science and Technology Department. He has been posted as additional chief secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs Department and advisor to Haryana Saraswati Heritage Board, an official release said here.Siddhi Nath Roy, additional chief secretary of Forests and Wildlife Department, has been given additional charge of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department as Additional Chief Secretary.Rajeev Arora, chief resident commissioner of Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi and additional chief secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department, has been given additional charge of Medical Education and Research Department.Apoorva Kumar Singh, principal secretary of Town and Country Planning and Urban Estates Department, has been given additional charge of Faridabad Metropolitan Development Authority as its chief executive officer.advertisementAmit Kumar Agrawal, Excise and Taxation commissioner and Excise and Taxation Department secretary and nodal officer of International Gita Mahotsav, 2018 has been given additional charge of Haryana Medical Services Corporation Limited as managing director.Wazeer Singh Goyat, secretary of Finance Department, has been given additional charge of Development and Panchayats and Rural Development as director general and secretary of Development and Panchayats Department.Chander Shekhar, secretary of Haryana Secretariat Establishment and Cooperation Departments has been posted as secretary of Haryana Human Rights Commission.Vijay Kumar Siddappa Bhavikatti, director of Development and Panchayats and Rural Development and additional secretary of Development and Panchayats Department has been posted as additional secretary of Finance Department.Special Coverage | Lords of the filesRead | Ashok Khemka ready for work after 51st transfer, says he’s prepared for everythingRead | DLF land deal: Khemka blasts Khattar govt for giving plum posting to controversial retired IAS officerWatch | Khemka shunted out from Haryana again, figures in EC poll duty listlast_img read more

November 16, 2019 0

10 Thoughts From a Texas Fan

first_imgNCAA Football: Texas at MississippiPhoto Attribution: US PresswireAn anonymous Texas fan emailed me yesterday to let me know what he thought about Stillwater. Hope you guys enjoy.1. Crazy how nice the people are, coming up to my group all day asking how we liked Stillwater, how our drive was, where we were staying. And it’s such a small town. The guy who was selling cheese fries at the Eskimo Joe’s tent before the game remembered me several hours later at a bar. Such great hospitality.2. Old School Bagel has the best breakfast sandwich I’ve ever had, though I was sad to learn there was one in Norman. Boo.3. The Strip was a pleasant surprise, though the whole “can’t go in until somebody goes out” rule is silly. I get why it’s in place and that there’s really nothing the bouncers can do about it, but it’s a drag standing in line for 15 minutes to get into a bar. And no yellow cabs?4. Speaking of the Strip, how good is the limee at the Copper Penny? Wow.5. Probably wouldn’t do Shortcakes again.6. The tailgate scene is as good or better than UT’s. Eskimo Joe’s seems to have a monopoly in the area, so if you can’t get in it’s tough to find another sit-down, sports bar place, but the beer was cheap ($2 ?!?) and just about every inch of asphalt and grass near the stadium was covered with tents, TVs, grills, cornhole, kegs, lawn chairs.7. No, I could not get a table inside Eskimo Joe’s.8. That was the second best football atomsphere I’ve experienced, right behind the 2008 Texas-Oklahoma game at the Cotton Bowl. Texas needs fans like yours. And you guys have a horse? What?9. Lots of fun to drive in Stilly. Minimal traffic, big, open roads. Got lost Saturday morning and wasn’t upset about it one bit.10. Stillwater >>>>>> Norman. I’m coming back in 2014.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

November 16, 2019 0

Ranieri looking for another job after Nantes exit

first_imgNantes My motivation is intact – Ranieri open to offers following Nantes exit Patric Ridge 23:41 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ranieri - cropped AFP – Getty Images Nantes Ligue 1 Following his departure from the Ligue 1 club, the former Leicester City boss says he is eager to continue in management. Claudio Ranieri has reaffirmed his intention to carry on coaching after his spell at Ligue 1 club Nantes came to an end.Ranieri took over at Nantes in June 2017, guiding them to a ninth-placed finish this term, but announced on Thursday that he would be leaving the club by mutual consent.The former Leicester City boss had previously talked up as a possible candidate to take over as Italy coach, although Roberto Mancini has now taken that role. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And Ranieri, whose parting gift to Nantes was a 1-0 victory over Strasbourg on the final day of the Ligue 1 season, is eager to continue his 32-year managerial career if the right opportunity comes along.”Nantes has been a positive spell, I have known fantastic supporters who deserve a lot,” the 66-year-old told L’Equipe.”Now, let’s have a vacation by the sea! I have nothing planned for next year. I am free and I want to coach. Waldemar Kita : “Nous remercions Claudio Ranieri et son staff pour tout le travail effectué cette saison et leur souhaitons beaucoup de réussite dans leurs prochains projets.”#GrazieMister— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) 17 May 2018″In any case, I have passion, my motivation is intact. I have to rest and see if there is a good project.”last_img read more

November 9, 2019 0

Teachers Pension Plan to be Strengthened

first_imgThe government of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union(NSTU) have reached a tentative agreement designed to strengthenthe Teachers’ Pension Plan. “We have reviewed the performance of the Teachers’ Pension Plan,and it has done quite well overall,” said Finance Minister PeterChristie, trustee of the plan under the Teachers’ Pension Act.”However, various factors point to a need to improve fundinglevels in a way that is reasonable for both teachers andtaxpayers.” “Proposed changes to the plan’s structure and governance aredesigned to strengthen the plan,” said NSTU president Mary-LouDonnelly. “Ultimately, it is in the best interests of our membersthat the plan continue to perform at a level that guaranteesretirement benefits well into the future.” The Teachers’ Pension Partners Board undertook a review ofpension plan performance and governance in 2003, 10 years after amajor restructuring of the plan in 1993. The partners board hasequal membership from government and the NSTU. The review found that, while pension plan investments performedwell overall in the last decade, less favourable marketconditions from 2000 to 2002 put pressure on the funding levels.This is consistent with the experience of other large pensionplans in Canada. At the same time, the plan is experiencinghigher costs as more teachers retire. Actuarial reports show that the plan’s funded liability ratio was81 per cent at the end of 2003. Based on the number of teachersexpected to retire, along with revised estimates of investmentperformance, this funding ratio is considered too low. Pensionplans are generally required to have sufficient funds coming into cover current and future liabilities. Details of the proposed changes to the plan will be released inJanuary, when information sessions will be held for pension planmembers. The NSTU is recommending ratification of the proposal byits members in a provincewide vote scheduled for Jan. 25. Members of the Teachers’ Pension Plan include the province’spublic school teachers, some community college faculty andprofessional support staff. As of Dec. 31, 2003, the Teachers’Pension Plan reported 13,065 contributing members, with 8,815pensioners and survivors receiving benefits. The agreement does not affect the province’s other major pensionplans, such as the Public Service Superannuation Plan, which aregoverned separately.last_img read more

October 22, 2019 0

10 years after Cougar chopper crash families stress issue of workplace safety

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Every March, Lori Chynn makes the same journey across Newfoundland, travelling from her Deer Lake home on the island’s west coast to lay a wreath by a stretch of fence in St. John’s.Ten years ago, it was the last place Chynn’s husband, John Pelley, set foot before boarding a helicopter meant to carry him and his colleagues to a three-week stint on the SeaRose offshore oil platform.It was a routine trip for all 18 people who left behind their homes and families for the tough three-weeks-on, three-weeks-off work schedule on the rigs.But for Pelley and nearly all his colleagues who boarded Cougar Flight 491 on the morning of March 12, 2009, the short trip would be their last.The helicopter experienced a loss of oil pressure and crashed into the North Atlantic, killing 17 of the 18 people on board.The following weeks and months brought harrowing searches, first for the missing helicopter and missing bodies and then for answers as to how and why the awful tragedy occurred.An inquiry into helicopter safety heard from experts and relatives like Chynn, who found themselves unexpectedly thrust into advocacy work for workers’ rights and safety.Now 10 years on, the tragedy of Cougar Flight 491 is burned into the collective memory of the small province where everyone has a close connection to the ocean industries that give many their livelihoods, but have claimed lives nonetheless.An annual service in St. John’s honours the victims of the crash every March 12.Cougar staff wear memorial pins in the days leading up to the anniversary, which chief operating officer Hank Williams says is a day of reflection for himself and other staff members and a reminder of the dangerous conditions they work in.  Others take the morning to visit a memorial statue by Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John’s, designed to represent the first rotary-type flying machine designed in the 15th century. The steel structure is engraved with 23 names: the 17 killed in 2009 and six other workers who died in a Universal helicopter crash on March 13, 1985. For Chynn, her personal healing has taken many forms.She’s formed bonds with the other wives and families who lost loved ones, and thrown herself into advocating for helicopter and workplace safety — something Chynn says she felt compelled to do in the spirit of her husband, a medic who always looked for the solution to any problem. “I felt that I had to continue with that, because he didn’t have a voice, and he would want answers,” Chynn said.A high-school counsellor, Chynn now plans to transition into bereavement counselling after her heartbreaking loss forced her to confront the different, individualized faces of grief.As time goes on, she says her annual trip to the former Cougar site gives her an important moment of reflection at the place where her husband left the island.“I feel compelled to go there,” Chynn said.“Even though Cougar doesn’t fly out of there anymore, that’s something I’ve done from the first anniversary and I continue to do … it has been part of my healing, it’s part of where I feel I need to be.”Relatives and friends of those lost in the crash say the impact on families should not be forgotten and the fight for greater safety is as urgent as ever.St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen lost his brother Peter in the crash, and says the event and the awful months that followed feel both far away and immediate.Breen said people still approach him to offer condolences and talk about how much they enjoyed getting to know Peter. Workers spend weeks aboard the rigs and often become like a second family to each other. “People come up and say, ‘Look, I knew your brother, really sorry, we had a great time together, I really enjoyed him,’” Breen said.“He left a mark on a lot of people and that’s something that I still hear 10 years later.” Breen said he hopes the issue of safety in the ocean industries doesn’t lose momentum as the years pass.“Those people were like everybody else — they got up in the morning and went to go to work. It’s just that they went in a different mode, and a much more dangerous form of transportation,” Breen said.“It’s important to remember that these (things) can happen and we should have the utmost safety for people working in the offshore at all times. We need to be ever vigilant about that.”The inquiry into helicopter safety, led by retired judge Richard Wells, resulted in a number of recommendations to improve safety in Newfoundland’s offshore industries — where Wells wrote conditions are “probably the harshest in the offshore world.”The recommendations have yielded significant changes and greater emphasis on helicopter safety, and information sharing between offshore industries.But some of Wells’ recommendations still have not been met — most glaringly, establishing an independent safety regulator for the province’s offshore industry, as those in Norway, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States have done.Lana Payne, Atlantic regional director for Unifor which represents about 700 offshore oil workers on the Hibernia and Terra Nova rigs, said the fight for safety is more important than ever as the province plans expand the industry into deeper, farther and harsher waters.Payne says other close calls show how safety in the industry is sometimes considered after profit.In 2017, the SeaRose was not disconnected as a large iceberg approached and nearly hit the vessel with 84 people and 340,000 barrels of crude oil on board.An investigation into the incident by the offshore board found the Husky Energy did not follow its ice management plan during the incident.  Another investigation is ongoing into a November 2018 oil spill of 250,000 litres into the ocean — considered the largest in history of the province’s offshore industry — when the Husky restarted production on the SeaRose platform during a fierce storm.Payne says while the culture of talking about safety in the offshore industries has changed, there is still “chill” that prevents workers from bring their concerns forward, showing a culture shift is still needed.As production moves farther afield, Payne stressed that safety should be considered before, rather than after another tragedy occurs.“Working people can no longer be giving their lives in order to make workplaces safer,” she said.Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 17, 2019 0

The 2017 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

first_imgBlack Enterprise hosts its 12th annual Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit on Thursday, March 9th to Sunday, March 12th at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.The Summit, hosted by ADP, is the leading executive development conference for women and annually welcomes more than 1,000 mid- to senior-level power players and C-suite executives from across the country.This year’s conference highlights include: • The Women of Power Legacy Awards dinner honoring those who blazed trails and redefined the standard of success for women of color. This year’s recipients are Ursula Burns, Chairman of Xerox Corp.; Phylicia Rashad, Tony Award-winning actress, singer, and stage director; Pastor Shirley Caesar, Grammy Award-winning singer; and gender and race activist Marcia Ann Gillespie. • Ursula Burns, the first black woman to become CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and Ann Fudge, former chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Advertising, will talk candidly about the clearest paths to corporate power for black women, the realities of life at the top, and what they wish they’d known then that is crystal clear now. • 45-minute Executive One-on-One coaching to sharpen attendees winning edge • From the Corner Office: Kaiser Permanente Chairman & CEO Bernard Tyson will be interviewed by Black Enterprise President and CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. Their discussion will engage and inspire Women of Power attendees and is sure to assist them in developing their own actionable plan to carve out their path to the corner office. • The Women of Power Concert & DinnerNow in its 12th year, the Women of Power Summit features influential speakers and one-on-one keynote sessions with top executives — many of whom are women of color themselves. In addition, the Summit offers more than 20 hours of lifestyle, leadership, and professional development workshops with countless opportunities to network with like-minded peers. Attendees will be empowered, inspired, and equipped with the necessary tools to implement a strategy for success beginning the moment the conference concludes.“Every year, the Summit offers plenty that’s new: speakers, sponsors, topics that tap into emerging issues, and the unique challenges we face,” says Editorial Director of the Women of Power Summit Caroline V. Clarke. “What never changes is our commitment to this audience’s success and their need for greater connection with each other. This event is relevant, resonant, and unparalleled, and we are so excited about this year.”Confirmed speakers and awardees include:Ursula Burns, Chairman, Xerox Corp. Phylicia Rashad, Award-winning Actress Pastor Shirley Caesar, Grammy Award-winning Singer Marcia Ann Gillespie, Gender and Race Activist Audra Bohannon, Senior Partner, Korn Ferry Valorie Burton, Author, Founder, The CaPP Institute Debra Ann Chase, Producer, President, Martin Chase Productions Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer, Levo Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Managing Director, RSR Partners Michelle Fisher, Founder & CEO, Blaze Mobile Ann M. Fudge, Former Chairman & CEO Young & Rubicam Brands Cheryl Grace SVP, U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, Nielsen Jamila Hunter, SVP, Comedy Development, ABC Entertainment Elisa Leary, VP, Human Resources, Macy’s Dee Marshall, Certified, Trainer, Coach, Consultant, Raise The Bar L.L.C. Candace Matthews, Regional President – The Americas, AMWAY Christina Norman, CEO, Water Cooler Group Bozoma Saint John, Head of Global Consumer Marketing, Apple Music and iTunes Sandra Sims-Williams, Chief Diversity Officer, Publicis Groupe Birame Sock, President & Chief Operating Officer, Function(x) Inc. Lauren Wesley Wilson, President, ColorComm Inc. Elaine Welteroth, Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue 
Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman & CEO, Kaiser Permanente Maya Harris, Senior Policy Advisor for Hillary ClintonThe host sponsor of the 2017 Women of Power Summit is ADP. Presenting sponsors include AT&T, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Dell, Macy’s, PepsiCo, Walmart and The Walt Disney Co. Platinum Sponsors are Southwest Airlines and State Farm; and Corporate Sponsors are The Islands of the Bahamas, Carnival Corp. & PLC, and FedEx Express.The Summit begins Thursday, March 9 and concludes Sunday, March 12. To register and find out more information, visit and follow @BlackEnterprise on Twitter.last_img read more

October 16, 2019 0


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment From WGCWe mourn the passing of longstanding WGC councillor, screenwriter, and friend, Denis McGrathToday the WGC joins the screenwriting community in mourning Denis McGrath, a longstanding WGC councillor. Denis passed away yesterday at St. Joseph’s hospital in Toronto.Denis worked tirelessly for the betterment of Canadian screenwriters, as a councillor since 2008, and as a fierce negotiator through the last two rounds of IPA bargaining. He was a sharp, outspoken advocate for screenwriters through social media, and his blog, Dead Things ON Sticks. Denis took on the powers-that-be in the industry, questioning assumptions and challenging ill-informed rhetoric. Denis never gave up a fight.His professional accomplishments include winning the WGC Writers Block Award for service to Canadian screenwriters (2015), and he was nominated for a Gemini and won a WGC Screenwriting Award for his miniseries, Across the River to Motor City. He was a valued screenwriter on shows including X Company, Continuum, Bitten, The Border, and many others.Denis was also a teacher and a mentor. He served as the Executive Producer in Residence and Showrunner Mentor for the Prime Time program at the Canadian Film Centre; taught students at Ryerson University, and gave generously of his time to both his peers and screenwriting newcomers.Denis famously loved baseball, and knew a hell of a lot about it. He also was passionate about politics, science-fiction, and many kinds of music. But today what we remember most about Denis is his quick wit, his irreverence, and his wonderful deep laugh, a laugh that made us want to laugh along with him. We did, and we thank him for that. His loss is immeasurable.SOURCE:  WGC – WRITERS GUILD OF CANADA Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

October 15, 2019 0

Gaza and Middle East peace among issues discussed by Ban and Israeli

7 July 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met today at United Nations Headquarters in New York, where they discussed a number of issues including the Middle East peace process and the situation in Gaza. The UN chief has welcomed the additional measures announced this week by Israel in increasing the scope and quantity of materials allowed into Gaza, and said he hoped they will lead to an improvement in the situation of the 1.5 million Palestinians living in the territory. He and other UN officials have repeatedly called for ending the blockade against Gaza, which Israel imposed on the territory for what it called security reasons after Hamas, which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, ousted the Fatah movement in the Strip in 2007.Mr. Ban and Mr. Netanyahu also covered, among other topics, Lebanon and Security Council resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 conflict between Israel and Hizbollah. Their meeting also included a one-on-one discussion, according to the Secretary-General’s spokesperson. read more

October 11, 2019 0

Sri Lanka to witness monsoon onset from Monday

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Western, Southern, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces.Several spells of light showers will occur in North-western province. South-west monsoon conditions will establish over Sri Lanka from Monday, the Department of Meteorology said today.The Department of Meteorology said that there is a high possibility of enhanced showery conditions being experienced in the South-Western part of the island from 03rd June. Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Uva province and in Batticaloa and Ampara districts after 2.00 p.m.There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. read more

October 8, 2019 0

27M water main repair approved

Major repair work in Port Rowan this summer could be highly disruptive to the town’s annual influx of cottagers and tourists.Jason Godby, Norfolk’s manager of public works administration, is aware of that and told Norfolk council he will work with area residents to ensure big events such as Bayfest are affected as little as possible.It’s a delicate balancing act because public works has determined that long sections of iron water main installed 30 years ago has deteriorated unexpectedly. Tests have concluded that it must be replaced as soon as possible to avoid a catastrophic failure.“This is something we can look at and co-ordinate with them (Bayfest organizers),” Godby said. “It’s not unusual for us to lay water pipe in September. It’s definitely something we will keep in mind.”Godby wouldn’t commit to postponing the work till after the Labour Day weekend. It’s entirely possible, Godby said, that the county can get this work done by the end of August — before the big Bayfest celebration.“We could be in and out of there prior to that,” Godby said.At issue is seven kilometres of iron water main installed by the former Haldimand-Norfolk Region in 1991.The region overlooked that the soil in the construction zone is acidic. As a result, sections of pipe that were expected to last 75 years are in danger of failing. Were that to happen, Port Rowan and St. Williams could be left without tap water or hydrant fire protection.The county realized how serious the problem is in 2017 when a main failure came within half an hour of emptying the Port Rowan water tower. Had that happened, Port Rowan and St. Williams would’ve lost pressure and run dry.Water main tests have determined that 12 segments of pipe have lost more than 30 per cent of their original thickness. The loss for another 30 segments ranges from 10 per cent to 30 per cent. Eleven segments have less than 10 per cent deterioration.Godby recently said the mains should have been backfilled with benign soil trucked in for that purpose. Instead, the county is looking at an unexpected repair that will cost an estimated $2.7 million.“We understand the difficult position Jason is in,” said Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele. “We need to get this project done as soon as possible.”Norfolk council Tuesday approved the expenditure. The money will come from the county’s water replacement reserve fund.“You can have the best laid plans, but problems do come up,” said Delhi Coun. Mike ColumbusThe repair will involve the following sections in the following neighbourhoods:Front Road from College Avenue in Port Rowan to Ellis Street ($270,000) Bay Street from Ellis Street to Church Street in Port Rowan ($345,000) Wolven Street from Erie Avenue to East Quarter Line Road ($935,000) Front Road from East Quarter Line Road to a point 1.2 kilometres east ($720,000). read more

October 7, 2019 0

Gildan entering Mexico with US110 million purchase of Alstyle Apparel

MONTREAL – Gildan Activewear is expanding its low-cost manufacturing presence by entering Mexico with the acquisition of the apparel division of Ennis Inc. for US$110 million.The Montreal-based company said Wednesday it has signed a deal to buy the equity interest of Alstyle Apparel, which makes T-shirts and fleece products largely sold under the Alstyle brand to screenprinters and mass marketers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.Alstyle operates a large textile facility along with cutting and sewing operations in Mexico, as well as distribution centres across North America.Gildan (TSX:GIL) says the acquisition, which is slated to close the end of June, broadens its position in the Western United States where Alstyle has a strong presence.It also enhances the company’s competitive retail position in Mexico and allows Gildan to take advantage of trade agreements that provide duty-free access to market in South America.Gildan says Alstyle will be integrated into its printwear business and realize cost savings after being aligned with its own operations.Alstyle generated about US$19 million in pre-tax profits on US$183 million of revenues in the last fiscal year.Meanwhile, Gildan says its net profit increased 12.9 per cent to US$63.2 million in the first quarter despite lower sales.Adjusted income for the three months ended April 3 was US$69 million or 28 cents per share, up from US$57.5 million a year ago.Revenues fell 6.7 per cent to US$593.3 million.Gildan says it continues to expect to post US$1.50 to US$1.60 per share in adjusted earnings on more than US$2.6 billion of sales with branded apparel piercing US$1 billion.Gildan makes T-shirts, fleece, underwear, socks and other apparel products at large manufacturing facilities in Central Ameria, the Caribbean Basin, Bangladesh and the United States that employ more than 42,000 employees. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 4, 2016 3:26 pm MDT Last Updated May 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gildan entering Mexico with US$110 million purchase of Alstyle Apparel read more

October 3, 2019 0

Guterres expresses support for UN agencys work assisting Palestine refugees in Middle

According to a statement issued by his spokesperson, the UN chief also expressed his support and admiration for UNRWA’s role in delivering essential services and protecting the rights of millions of Palestine refugees across the Middle East. “UNRWA operates in the front lines of difficult conflict situations and provides education for half a million refugee girls and boys, teaching them human rights and tolerance. Its education and relief activities contribute critically to stability in the region,” read the statement. It added: “The Secretary-General calls on all [UN] Member States to continue their support to the Agency in order for UNRWA to be in a position to fulfil impartially and efficiently its essential role and to implement its humanitarian mandate to serve Palestinian refugees until a just and durable solution to their situation is found.” The statement also noted that UNRWA is mandated by the UN General Assembly whose Members have repeatedly acknowledged its unique contribution to peace and security in that region.Meanwhile, the UN agency reported last Friday that it discovered part of a tunnel which passed under two adjacent UNRWA schools located in the same premises in the Maghazi camp in Gaza Strip. The discovery was made during the summer vacations when the schools were closed and in the course of construction work in one of the school buildings. “Following a thorough inspection of the site, [we] can confirm that the tunnel has no entry or exit points on the premises nor is it connected to the schools or other buildings in any way,” read a statement issued by UNRWA, in which it condemned such tunnels in the strongest possible terms. “It is unacceptable that students and staff are placed at risk in such a way,” UNRWA added, noting that it has robustly intervened and protested to Hamas in Gaza and informed them that it intends to seal the tunnel under its premises, as an immediate priority.It also noted that the presence of tunnels also violated international law, which provides that UN premises shall be inviolable and underscored that the sanctity and neutrality of UN premises must be preserved at all times. read more

October 2, 2019 0

Success at the new Eurotire training centre for surface mining personnel

first_imgThe Eurotire Training Center has officially opened its door in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. This facility will act as an educational facility for Eurotire employees and customers alike. Training will include technical, safety, commercial, and industry instruction. The aim of Eurotire’s training center is to further education in the mining industry regarding all OTR related matters. Jack James, a long-time OTR veteran and experienced OTR instructor, has been named Director of the center.In March 2011, the Eurotire Training Center successfully graduated the first official Eurotire Certified personnel. The training included technical, commercial, and safety instruction, a visit to the Eurotire Ukrainian Factory, and a two-day mine site visit. Eleven Eurotire sales representatives from Ghana, Brazil, Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine attended training. As part of the practical training program, mine site visits were undertaken to large scale mining operations located in the region. During the site visit the trainees were given the chance to apply classroom instruction on safety and technical matters to the real world of mining. Additionally, attendees were given an extensive factory tour of Eurotire’s Ukrainian manufacturing facility.“Everyone left the course with a better understanding of the OTR Industry and Eurotire’s method of selling” stated James.last_img read more

September 24, 2019 0

Google avoids major fine by striking deal with EU regulators

first_imgIf the terms are accepted, local and search results will display competitors alongside traditional advertisements on both desktop and mobile devices.(Images: European Commission will discuss the changes with Google’s competitors first before it decides whether the agreement should be made legally binding.Read: EU report fails to find conclusive evidence linking pylons with health risks >Read: If you’re for voting rights for Irish abroad, the EU is on your side > My mission is to protect competition to the benefit of consumers, not competitors. I believe that the new proposal obtained from Google after long and difficult talks can now address the Commission’s concerns.Without preventing Google from improving its own services, it provides users with real choice between competing services presented in a comparable way; it is then up to them to choose the best alternative.This way, both Google and its rivals will be able and encouraged to innovate and improve their offerings. Turning this proposal into a legally binding obligation for Google would ensure that competitive conditions are both restored quickly and maintained over the next years. THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION announced that it has reached a provisional agreement with Google that could end an antitrust investigation which lasted three years.The company, which was accused of squeezing out competitors from its search results, will now display search results from three of its competitors alongside its own results and mark them in a way that is clear for users to see.If the deal isn’t confirmed, Google risks being fined more than $5 billion, or ten per cent of its annual worldwide turnover..The proposal would not only apply to existing services but also to design changes of those services and any new services Google introduces in the future.Other concessions that Google will make include giving content providers an extensive opt-out from the use of their content in its specialised search services if they wish, without being penalised, removing exclusivity requirements in its agreements with publishers for the provision of search advertisements and removing restrictions on the ability for search advertising campaigns to be run on competing platforms.Speaking about the proposal, the Commission Vice President in charge of competition policy, Joaquín Almunia, said:last_img read more

September 22, 2019 0

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know before you hit the road.1. #DEATH CERTS: The introduction of short-form death certificates has been defended by the Tánaiste Joan Burton who said they will in “no way” impact on the Register of Deaths.2. #DRIVE SAFE: The number of dangerous driving matters dealt with by the courts has almost halved over the past eight years.3. #FIRE: A family of five escaped an arson attack on their home which police are now investigating.4. #NEW BUILD: Microsoft has got planning permission for a new 120,000 square foot office block in Dublin.5. #CORK: The body of a man has been recovered from the water at Roaringwater Bay in Cork. It is believed he had been swimming in the bay this afternoon.last_img read more

September 22, 2019 0

Guardiola makes World Cup pledge to Man City stars

first_imgSixteen members of the Premier League-winning squad are heading off to Russia this month, more than any other club in world football as Pep Guardiola says he will be available for talks about anything Manchester City players wish to talk during the World Cup, according to Manchester Evening News.England defender John Stones thanked Guardiola for improving his game and plans to take up the manager’s offer this summer.“I think the thing for me is how he has made everything so simple. He has taken my footballing brain to another level,” he said.“Everyone thinks they know football and different systems but when I turned up at City and trained with him it was like a new door opening that I never thought would be there.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“I will definitely speak to him in the tournament. He’s very open. He said we can call him or text him whenever we need to, 24 hours a day.“I was a big part of that. I didn’t come back how I was before [after a November injury] and that was upsetting from a personal point of view. Then I came away with England and got injured. I was concussed, then was ill and then got injured again. It was like a chain effect.“But everyone was brilliant with me, and the title success was good to be a part of. I was always pushing and fighting, and sometimes you have to bide your time. That is what I did and, even when I wasn’t playing, I still wanted to be a positive influence for the team. That is what the senior pros have done in the past.”last_img read more

September 18, 2019 0

Texas Homeless Youth Slip Through Cracks Of Disjointed Support System New Report

first_img Share But homeless youth are also more vulnerable to becoming victims and experience higher rates of sexual and physical assault. According to the report, 34 percent of youth surveyed experienced child abuse or neglect, 23 percent experienced sexual assault and almost 17 percent had been physically or sexually assaulted on the streets.Kemp said he feels lucky to have avoided jail during his years of homelessness and doing “shady stuff” — he has seen his peers fall into that system.“I’ve known a couple people to become homeless or stay homeless because they went to jail,” Kemp said. “The juvenile justice system, foster care system and education system have a ways to go in terms of restorative treatment and prevention.”When Kemp’s family became homeless, he dropped out of school and worked to help support them while they lived in a hotel. Since then, he’s obtained his GED and hopes to apply to a global studies program at the University of Texas.“I feel like a phoenix. I was like a gutter punk kid,” Kemp said. “Now I have my stuff together.”Disclosure: Texas Appleseed has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors is available here. The report concluded that while a network of advocacy organizations serves many homeless youth across different parts of Texas, a lack of central authority or a single definition of homelessness means youth can cycle through the child welfare system, education system and juvenile justice system — jumping between being labeled a victim or an offender, eligible for resources in one system but not in another.“The big picture here is that we’ve got all these state systems that intersect with this issue and they’re all experiencing challenges because of this issue, because Texas hasn’t really brought resources to serve this population to the table,” said Texas Network of Youth Services Executive Director Christine Gendron. Policy recommendations in the report include initiating a statewide task force, led by the Department of Family and Protective Services and the Department of Housing and Human Affairs, to identify funding strategies and increase resources for transition centers, guaranteeing that homeless youth have assistance when they are victims of crime and increasing intervention for runaways.Homelessness and educationGendron pointed to the public education system as a bright spot in easing access to resources for homeless youth.“Schools are on the front lines when it comes to the opportunities to identify young people who are homeless,” she said.Administrators from schools in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey say their resources are being especially stretched after a sharp increase in homeless students because of the storm.Wanda Bamberg is superintendent of Aldine ISD, located in Harris County north of Houston. She said the number of homeless students in her district grew from 478 last year to 1,146 this year — but that school resources and staff are based on 2016’s numbers.“You’ve got these kids living in substandard conditions and their parents are out of a job, things are topsy-turvy at home. If they had a library, it’s gone,” Bamberg said. “Our kids have been traumatized, and so have our staff members.”A statewide count of homeless students following Harvey is not yet available, but in the 2014-2015 school year, 113,000 students were identified as homeless according to the Texas Homeless Education Office, an organization funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Texas Education Agency to ensure educational opportunities for homeless youth.Schools may be best equipped to be a point of contact for homeless youth, the report said, but that doesn’t mean those students won’t still struggle. According to the report, 1,000 homeless students repeat a grade and 1,400 drop out each year, and homeless students are 10 times more likely to drop out of school. They’re twice as likely to be referred to in-school suspension and five times more likely to be referred to alternative education.Homelessness and crimePart of the reason homeless youth are more likely to end up in the criminal justice system is that they have nowhere to go, the report said. Breaking curfews and running away can often result in detention for “delinquent conduct.” Each year in Texas, around 2,000 youth are referred to the juvenile probation system for running away, according to data from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department listed in the report.center_img Alexandra Arriaga/The Texas TribuneGage Kemp spent four years homeless when he was a teen. He now is an advocate for other homeless youth.Gage Kemp was 17 when he first became homeless.“The home I grew up in, there was a lot of drug abuse and violence, and I got bullied a lot,” Kemp said. “My parents were on hard drugs, and my dad told me to get out. It was in that moment I realized I was free, in a sense.”Over the next several years, Kemp spent his days in Dallas hitchhiking and finding work while spending nights on streets or under bridges — relying on the charity of others for food and supplies.Now 23, Kemp lives in affordable housing adjacent to LifeWorks in East Austin, a shelter and support organization. He spends his time now as an advocate for others going through what he went through.“It’s ridiculous that it took me four years to find out that I could get transitional living, counseling, housing,” Kemp said.Homeless youth in Texas like Kemp are inadequately supported due to a spotty system of programs and resources, according to a new report released Wednesday by Texas Appleseed and Texas Network of Youth Services.last_img read more

September 2, 2019 0

Political Roundup FBI Investigates Kavanaugh Allegations and Replacing NAFTA

first_img X Listen 00:00 /19:41 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: From the latest on the FBI investigation into allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to a New York Times investigation into the Trump family’s taxes, to the Trump administration tentative trade deal with Canada and Mexico to replace NAFTA.Our experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.We also check in with News 88.7’s politics and government reporter, Andrew Schneider, about developments at Houston City Council.Joining host Craig Cohen for this week’s discussion are Jay Aiyer from Texas Southern University and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast, and Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder.  Sharelast_img read more

September 2, 2019 0