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Costly citrus Floridas decimated crops could send prices climbingCostly citrus Floridas decimated crops could send prices climbing

first_imgVANCOUVER – The price of a mimosa at brunch or bag of oranges at the grocery store may jump in the coming weeks, experts say, after hurricane Irma left some of the state’s citrus producers completely depleted.“If you take a big chunk out of our supply, it means that prices are going to go up,” said Michael von Massow, an associate professor at the University of Guelph.Hurricane Irma led to dozens of deaths in the Caribbean and southeastern United States, and left more than one million homes and businesses without power in Florida.“It is devastating. It has decimated our industry,” said Adam Putnam, the state’s commissioner of agriculture, at a Florida citrus commission meeting last week.“The path of this storm could not have been any worse for Florida agriculture and Florida citrus, specifically.”In the state’s south-west, about 70 to 100 per cent of orange crops were lost, he said.Before the hurricane, the Florida Department of Citrus expected more than 75 million boxes worth of oranges on the trees this season, said executive director Shannon Shepp in a statement.Now, she said, they have “much less.”Last year, Canada imported nearly nine-million kilograms of oranges worth more than $10 million from Florida, according to Statistics Canada. The country also brought in about $39 million worth of orange juice, according to Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.So far, Joe Siegal has been ordering oranges from California for his company Hilite Fine Foods Inc., a Toronto-based wholesale produce supplier.But in about two to three weeks, Siegal said, he would typically start ordering the fruit from Florida and that’s when he expects citrus prices will rise.“Once we need them, then the problem will start.”Von Massow estimates the price hike will be more than five pre cent, but is likely to happen gradually.Companies won’t want to bump prices too much and tempt budget-conscious consumers to switch to other alternatives — like apples or apple juice, he said.Once people shift to another product, it’s hard to bring them back even if prices eventually fall, said von Massow, who teaches University of Guelph’s food, agricultural and resource economics department.It could be even tougher considering orange juice has been falling out of favour as a beverage of choice for some time now, he said, as lifestyle changes, for example, mean fewer people sit down for a traditional breakfast most days.Also unclear is for how long oranges and orange juice will be more expensive, as the full extent of the damage is still unknown.“We don’t know what the long-term damage to these trees (is),” said von Massow.If farmers have to replant trees, the supply shortage could extend well beyond one season, he added.For Siegal, one thing is clear as the world grapples with climate change: “The produce industry is really going to be changing.”More produce will be grown under glass, he said, adding he’s increasingly asking his tomato grower to build more greenhouses. Produce grown in greenhouses provides the peace of mind of nearly guaranteed supply and quality, Siegal said, rather than fighting volatile climates.“We just can’t keep going on like this.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Migiro warns that economic turmoil has exacerbated violence against womenMigiro warns that economic turmoil has exacerbated violence against women

9 September 2009The scourge of violence against women has worsened as a result of the global financial downturn over the past year, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today as she urged some of the world’s richest countries to lead the way in turning the many international pledges to support women and girls into concrete results. In a keynote address in Rome to a ministerial-level conference on violence against women, being held under the auspices of the Italian presidency of the Group of Eight (G8), Ms. Migiro said there is evidence that women and girls are exposed to a greater risk of violence during times of hardship.“We have seen rising levels of despair and frustration in families and communities around the world, exacerbating violence against women,” she said.“In a recent survey of more than 630 domestic violence shelters in the United States, 75 per cent reported an increase in women seeking help for abuse since September 2008, coinciding with a major downturn in the US economy. We must remain especially vigilant through these tough times.”Ms. Migiro detailed to the conference some of the steps taken by the UN to end violence against women and girls, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE campaign, which calls on world leaders to launch national campaigns aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.She noted that the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, which is nearing the thirtieth anniversary of its adoption, and several landmark Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security indicated that the international community has taken “significant” steps towards protecting women from violence.However, “we still have a long road to walk before the full meaning of these international agreements is fully transformed from words on paper to reality on the ground.”Ms. Migiro urged participants at today’s conference to put into practice two earlier recommendations calling on G8 members to enhance the rights of women.The first calls on G8 members to back programmes that promote women’s rights and make information about sexual and reproductive health widely accessible, while the second calls for support for peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations worldwide so as to emphasize security, the protection of civilians and action against sexual and gender-based violence.“Ending violence against women will not be easy. It will require sustained dedication and collaboration,” she said.While in Rome Ms. Migiro is scheduled to meet with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican and to hold bilateral discussions with Italy’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini and its Equal Opportunities Minister Mara Carfagna.She is also expected to meet with staff from the UN’s Rome-based agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). read more

As Haitis election campaign opens UN pledges security and logistical supportAs Haitis election campaign opens UN pledges security and logistical support

“Only a government that bears national consensus, armed with a vision based on the common good and determined to tackle the true causes of the current problems, can confront the challenges,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Edmond Mulet said in a statement.He cited the urgent need to resettle hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the quake and the longer-term challenge of re-establishing a fully functioning state of law with security and jobs.“The 28 November elections offer the unique opportunity to define the path to follow for the next five years,” he said of the presidential and parliamentary vote.He stressed the major importance of issuing new identity cards on time and the duty of all candidates to campaign in a calm, respectful way and to prevent their followers from resorting to violence. “A special responsibility falls to party currently in power to ensure that they do not abuse their access to State resources, which must never be used for partisan purposes,” he said.Haiti’s election commission in August published a list of 19 eligible candidates in the presidential race. The elections will take place as the country is still reeling from January’s quake, which killed an estimated 200,000 people and displaced about 1.3 million others.Mr. Mulet heads the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, which now has nearly 12,000 military and police personnel deployed around the country and has been on the ground since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest. 1 October 2010As Haiti’s electoral campaign opens, the top United Nations official in the impoverished and earthquake-devastated country today pledged full security and logistical support to ensure a successful outcome of the 28 November vote. read more

Residents fear fishery damage from oil pipeline leak into Alberta riverResidents fear fishery damage from oil pipeline leak into Alberta river

SUNDRE, Alta. — Fishing guides and local residents fear a pipeline leak into the Red Deer River could do long-term damage to one of Alberta’s premier sport-fishing destinations and are demanding ongoing monitoring to track the spill’s effects.“They’ve got to be here for as long as it takes to monitor what’s going on along that river, for sure,” guide Garry Pierce of Tailwater Drifters said Monday.“I just hope they’re not going to come in for three weeks or a month and say ’Oh yeah, we’re good. We’ve got it cleaned up, and off we go.’ That’s just not going to be good enough.”“I just hope they’re not going to come in for three weeks or a month and say ‘Oh yeah, we’re good. We’ve got it cleaned up, and off we go.’ That’s just not going to be good enough.”Kelsey Kure, who lives on about two kilometres of waterfront along the affected part of the river, agreed.“There has to be a study done to determine the effects of this. You can’t just go on pretending that nothing happened, that there are no impacts.”On Thursday night, a section of pipeline owned by Plains Midstream Canada running under the river near Sundre leaked up to 475,000 litres of oil.The company has said high river levels flushed most of the oil downstream into Gleniffer Lake, a man-made reservoir and popular recreational area.On Monday, Plains Midstream said the oil release had been stopped within booms placed on the lake. A skimmer was removing oil from the lake and absorbent pads were soaking up oil at the site of the leak. Wildlife deterrents have been placed to try and keep animals from the water.Crews were working to clean shorelines and remove contaminated debris. More than 170 people were working on cleanup and remediation, the company said in a release.But that doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences. Kure, a water resource technician for a forestry company, said oil is pooling up along the river’s margins.“(Oil) got mixed in with all the silt and sediment in the river. So wherever there’s sediment, there’s oil particles.”He also points out the affected stretch of river is highly braided.“You’re not talking about one channel. You’re talking six to seven to 10 channels. That just increases your impact area.”As well, oil is fouling a number of protected spots along the river, such as the Butcher Creek Natural Area, home to 58 bird species.Both Kure and Pierce fear the spill will kill off many insects in the water that are just now emerging from their eggs. It could also contaminate river bottom gravel, a spawning habitat for trout.They said that’s going to damage a fishery that people come from around the world to enjoy.“I got an email from one of my clients two days ago, from Denmark, who’s already heard about the oil spill and wants to know the impact it’s going to take on the rivers I guide him on,” Pierce said. “I told him what I could tell him — we got our fingers crossed that things are going to get cleaned up fast.”Phil French, head of the Red Deer River Naturalists, was at the spill site over the weekend. He said although water levels have begun to recede, it won’t be possible to estimate the damage until river flow is back to normal.“There was oil everywhere there,” he said.“It’s going to affect the ecology of that part of the Red Deer River valley for a long, long time. I’m pretty sure I’ll be in my grave and they’ll be still feeling the effects of this oil spill.”French said his group is already preparing a request to the Alberta government for long-term monitoring of the spill’s after-effects.“We are calling for that — long-term environmental monitoring of that part of the river,” he said. “We really don’t know what the long-term effects are going to be.”A spokesman for Alberta Environment was not immediately available for comment. read more

Instagram to remove number of likes on photos and videos in CanadaInstagram to remove number of likes on photos and videos in Canada

Facebook Inc.’s Instagram is considering removing the number of “likes” on posts, a move that mirrors efforts by social media companies like Twitter Inc. to make their platforms healthier places for their users.“Later this week, we’re running a test in Canada that removes the total number of likes on photos and video views,” Facebook said in a blog post Tuesday ahead of the company’s F-8 developer conference. “We are testing this because we want your followers to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get.” Instagram will now let you buy things directly through the app Instagram’s digital ad share to double despite Facebook issues Who needs the Kardashians — Meet the new breed of influencers tapping social media’s ‘gold rush’ In recent years, social media companies have come under fire for contributing to technology addiction and aiding the spread of abusive information. According to a recent study published in Psychological Science, the same brain circuits that are activated by eating chocolate and winning money are triggered when teenagers see a large number of “likes” on their photos. The teens were also more likely to click on types of photographs that had more “likes” on them.Twitter released a prototype app earlier this year that makes the number of likes and retweets less visible in tweet threads, in an effort to make the service more conversational by having people focus more on the content, rather than the number of engagements. If a user wants to see the number of likes and retweets on a reply to a conversation, the person will have to click into the individual tweets.Bloomberg.com read more

UN task forces battle misconceptions of avian flu mount Indonesian campaignUN task forces battle misconceptions of avian flu mount Indonesian campaign

Governments, local authorities and international agencies need to take a greatly increased role in combating the role of factory-farming, commerce in live poultry, and wildlife markets which provide ideal conditions for the virus to spread and mutate into a more dangerous form, the Task Force convened by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) said today.At the same time in Indonesia, where several human death cases from the avian flu have recently been recorded, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is busy coordinating a health response from the national level on down to the many districts and local communities.”We are wasting valuable time pointing fingers at wild birds when we should be focusing on dealing with the root causes of this epidemic spread which are clearly to be found in rural poultry practices, the movement of domestic poultry, and farming methods which crowd huge numbers of animals into small spaces,” Task Force observer, and director of Field Veterinary Programme of the Wildlife Conservation Society, William Karesh said.The CMS Task Force is opposed to a general policy of culling wild birds, supports tough controls on trade of wild and domestic birds, and warned against the used of uncertified vaccines. “Some have already been found to increase resistance to drugs,” said John O’Sullivan of Birdlife International.Ever since the first human case of bird flu, linked to widespread poultry outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand, was reported in January last year, UN health officials have warned that the avian flu, otherwise known as the H5N1 virus, could evolve into a global influenza pandemic if it mutates into a form which could be transmitted easily between people.Some of the key issues are lack of knowledge about how the virus is transmitted between wild and domestic birds, how it behaves in wild birds, and which migratory routes pose the most risk. The Task Force recommended that Governments and international agencies use research and risk assessment to determine the answers, act quickly when the virus appears, and cooperate with other Governments to avoid duplication.The CMS Task Force also considered a list of 36 waterbird species which are already threatened in the wild, and are considered vulnerable, including the Lesser White-Fronted Goose, Red-breasted Goose, Swan Goose, Oriental Stork and Siberian Crane, among others.In Indonesia, FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Joseph Domenech said “The bird flu is threatening to become endemic in several parts of the country.” FAO is setting up a task force with national veterinary authorities, ministries and the World Health Organization (WHO) to monitor the situation, and to create awareness among rural and suburban communities about how the virus can be spread to humans and among animals, said Mr. Domenech, noting that most big poultry producers have already managed to protect themselves with biosecurity and virus control.Animal health workers will go from house to house in search of sick birds, and will decide in conjunction with Indonesian authorities whether slaughtering, vaccination, or biosecurity measures are required.”This military-like approach against avian influenza has proved very successful in Thailand,” Mr. Roeder said, adding that FAO, with $1.5 million in funding from US Agency for International Development (USAID), will be bringing Thai experts to train hundreds of animal health technicians in Indonesia.What’s still missing is an in-the-field kit for detecting the presence of the flu. Specimens still have to be sent to a lab for results, a laborious, time-consuming process. “FAO therefore appeals to researchers in universities and biotech companies to urgently develop such an important tool,” Mr. Domenech added. read more

Arizona severs ties with private prison operator over violent July riotsArizona severs ties with private prison operator over violent July riots

FILE – In this July 4, 2015 file photo, prison inmates stand in the yard at Arizona State Prison-Kingman in Golden Valley, Ariz. Arizona is severing ties with the private prison operator over what the state says was a string of security and training lapses that led to violent riots in July. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced the action against Management and Training Corp. after the state released a scathing report about numerous issues at the prison. Ducey said what happened at the prison was “frightening, disturbing and completely unacceptable.”(Patrick Breen/The Arizona Republic via AP, File) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT – NO MAGS- NO SALES – MANDATORY CREDIT by Bob Christie, The Associated Press Posted Aug 26, 2015 7:16 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PHOENIX – Arizona severed ties Wednesday with a private prison operator over what the state says was a string of troubling security and training lapses that led to violent riots in July.Gov. Doug Ducey announced the action against Centerville, Utah-based Management and Training Corp. after the state released a scathing report about numerous issues at the Kingman prison, including a “culture of casual indifference toward staff and training” that contributed to the riots.The state said the prison completed none of the mandated supervisor training for the 2015 fiscal year and claimed the company offers minimal training in the area of communication skills and crisis intervention for its guards.“What happened at Kingman was frightening, disturbing and completely unacceptable,” Ducey said at a news conference.A report on the riots released just as the governor was preparing to speak said the private prison operator actively discouraged its employees from being truthful with state Department of Corrections officials onsite.“I think you’ll see the Arizona Department of Corrections take a look in the mirror as to how they can improve. But they were not getting information from the private prison operator,” Ducey said. “When they are not telling our monitors what’s happening, when they’re actually being encouraged by their company to not be forthright, it made it very difficult for them to do their jobs.”Ducey said none of the blame should rest on the Corrections Department, which has had heightened monitoring of MTC’s Kingman operations since three violent criminals escaped in 2010 and went on a multi-state crime spree. He brushed off questions as to whether state prisons Director Charles Ryan or any of his staff had responsibility for the breakdowns that led to the riot.“If you want to talk about accountability, here you’ve got a prison operator that is being terminated,” he said.MTC strongly refuted the conclusions made in the report in a lengthy statement.“We take significant issue with the conclusions in this report,” the statement said. “ADC took staff and inmate allegations as facts and drew conclusions from them without giving us an opportunity to respond.”The company noted that it had gotten glowing reviews from state inspectors, and there were five state prison officials assigned to the prison.“The notion that we had a “culture of disorganization, disengagement, and disregard of ADC policies and fundamental inmate management and security principles” based on one investigation that spanned a few weeks — doesn’t consider the overwhelming positive audits ADC has conducted over the last five years,” the company said.MTC spokesman Issa Arnita said the company does not plan to challenge the contract cancellation.“It’s not in MTC’s nature to do that, and we want to do what’s best for the state,” Arnita said.Ducey said the state will do an assessment of the five other private prisons in the state — including one in Marana operated by MTC. And he defended the state’s use of private prisons and a plan to contract for 1,000 new beds in the coming months.“This is the most effective way for us to provide public safety to the public in a financially responsible way,” the Republican governor said.The prison was the site of a 2010 escape in which three inmates broke out with the help of an accomplice. Two of the inmates killed a New Mexico couple.Prisons Director Charles Ryan promised after the escape that the Kingman facility would be under heightened scrutiny. But the report released Wednesday said more than one-third of the deficiencies found in the prison in 2010 still existed five years later.The unrest began July 1 in a minimum-security unit when private corrections officers tried to stop an inmate-on-inmate assault. A full-blown riot broke out the next day in the prison’s medium-security unit. It left some housing units so badly damaged that more than 1,100 prisoners had to be moved to other facilities. Nine corrections officers suffered minor injuries.The report painted a picture of a violent riot over the July 4th weekend prompted by a confrontation between a private prison guard and an inmate where the guard used “excessive and unjustified force.”Over the next 10 hours, inmates rampaged through several housing units, trashing the facilities. Efforts to use pepper spray and non-lethal crowd control projectiles failed, and order wasn’t restored until past dawn the next day.Inmates threw rocks, broom handles and liquids at a tactical response team. They shattered windows, damaged surveillance cameras, used mattresses to block officers and stormed a shift commander’s office using tables as shields.The report blamed MTC command staff for refusing to use its own tactical units or those from corrections to try to stop the riot early.The root cause of the riot was inmates rebelling against prison conditions and staff who had been treating them poorly. 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Amid dramatic climate changes UN launches plan to stepup polar weather andAmid dramatic climate changes UN launches plan to stepup polar weather and

VIDEO: This video explains the background, methods and aims of the WMO Year of Polar Prediction.Improving Artic forecastsPolar and high mountain activities are among WMO’s top strategic priorities because of the growing impact of climate change from greenhouse gas emissions. The Arctic and Antarctic are currently among the world’s most poorly observed regions. Lack of data along with limitations of models, impact the quality of forecasts while insufficient information about polar weather will also the affect quality of weather forecasts in other parts of the world. WMO therefore expects that advances in Polar prediction will lead to improved weather forecasts and climate predictions both for Polar Regions as well as densely populated countries in other parts of the world. Polar conditions are changing dramatically, impacting weather across the globe, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, launching the Year of Polar Prediction, which will aim to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic.“Because of teleconnections, the poles influence weather and climate conditions in lower latitudes where hundreds of millions of people live,” warned WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. “Warming Arctic air masses and declining sea ice are believed to affect ocean circulation and the jet stream, and are potentially linked to extreme phenomena such as cold spell, heat waves and droughts in the northern hemisphere,” he added. Scientists, with the help of data from operational forecasting centres, will observe, model, and improve forecasts of weather and climate systems to learn more about and improve the understanding of the weather changes at the poles. In light of The Year of Polar Prediction, special observing periods will be added to improve the number of routine observations, for example by weather balloon launches, and buoy deployments from research vessels to measure atmospheric and oceanographic conditions. Climate change at the PolesThe effects of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, one of the leading causes of global warming, are felt more intensely in the Polar Region as anywhere else. According to WMO, both the Artic and Antarctica are warming twice as fast as the rest of the world causing melting of glaciers and ice shelves, shrinking sear ice and snow cover. Polar wildlife ecosystems and indigenous population are already feeling the impact of climate change. “Arctic sea-ice maximum extent after the winter re-freezing period in March was the lowest on record because of a series of ‘heat-waves.’ Antarctic sea ice minimum extent after the most recent Southern Hemisphere summer melt was also the lowest on record,” explained Thomas Jung of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, and chair of the Polar Prediction Project steering committee. “The rate and implications of polar environmental change is pushing our scientific knowledge to the limits,” he warned.WMO further predicts that the noticeable changes in weather, climate and ice conditions at the poles are leading to increased human activities such as transportation, tourism, fisheries are and natural resource exploitation and extraction.“The expected increase in activity comes with its own share of risks to both the environment and society, including traditional indigenous livelihoods”, said Mr. Taalas. “Ice-laden polar seas are a challenge to navigate, whilst any oil spills could be catastrophic.” “Accurate weather and sea-ice information will thus become increasingly vital in order to improve safety management in Polar Regions and beyond,” the WMO chief concluded. read more

Ohio State mens volleyball takes 2 against Grand CanyonOhio State mens volleyball takes 2 against Grand Canyon

Freshman outsider hitter Miles Johnson (13) attempts to spike the ball during a match against Grand Canyon Feb. 21 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Jonathan McAllister / Lantern photographerThe Buckeyes were successful at their chance for revenge against the Grand Canyon Antelopes, finishing with a clean sweep.The No. 14 Ohio State men’s volleyball team took down Grand Canyon 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-20) Saturday and 3-0 (25-18, 31-29, 25-23) Friday in Columbus.The Buckeyes (7-6. 4-2) were preparing their offense all week prior to the match against the Antelopes (6-9, 0-6), said coach Pete Hanson. OSU put the offensive practice to work and averaging 45 kills during the two matches against Grand Canyon.“If the offense is producing at a very high level, it can erase some of your bad spots that you are trying to cover up … If we can get our offense to play at a steady level, we are going to have the chance to be successful night in and night out,” Hanson said.During Saturday’s match, redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous had a match-high 11 kills for OSU and finished the match with a .474 attack percentage. Freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson added nine kills and two solo blocks, while junior middle blocker Dustan Neary and redshirt-junior opposite Andrew Lutz each totaled eight kills. Freshman setter Christy Blough had a match-best 37 assists and chipped in two solo blocks and two kills.Senior middle blocker Jonathan Newton said winning the match came down to stopping the Antelopes early.“We knew that to be able to control the game, we had to stop their (Grand Canyon) momentum from the beginning,” Newton said.Lutz led the squad with 13 kills Friday, while Johnson added a career-best 11. Guessous and junior outside hitter Michael Henchy finished with nine and eight kills, respectively. Blough had a match-best 40 assists Friday night.Henchy said Saturday the Buckeyes are on the cusp of reaching the level of play they have been striving to acheive.“We are coming more and more into form and we’re not too far away from being a great team,” Henchy said.OSU is set to close out its five-match home stand as it hosts No. 13 Ball State Wednesday. The No. 14 Buckeyes and the Cardinals are scheduled to face off at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. read more

HSEs 2014 acute cuts criticised as unsustainableHSEs 2014 acute cuts criticised as unsustainable

first_imgTHE HSE HAS released its Acute Division Plan for 2014, which shows that the acute hospitals have a budget of €3.7billion.The document shows that acute hospitals will be required in 2014 to meet the full value of cost containment plans, amounting to €5om.Work will also be done on developing an “effective approach” to non-consultant hospital doctor (NCHD) recruitment, “to ensure a more sustainable focus on NCHD numbers into the future”.In addition, it will further roll out its graduate nurse employment programme that was initiated in 2013, involving the recruitment of up to 1,000 nurses on two-year contracts.Last year’s programme was criticised by the INMO, which called on graduate nurses to boycott it.There will be a particular focus on achieving full compliance with the European Working Time Directive amongst NCHDs by the end of 2014.TargetsA 2014 Haddington Road Agreement target of €60m and a reconfiguration target of €7.5m have also been applied.The HSE said that provision for an additional €50m for acute hospitals has been made in 2014, in order to meet the full year costs of the demand for services in 2013.There will be a target of saving €7.5m for reconfiguration and reorganisation plans for 2014.€80m in relation to Haddington Road will be held centrally by the HSE and will be allocated to individual services.PrioritiesThe document also sets out the key priorities for 2014, including ensuring patient safety and quality in acute hospital.It sets out a target of having 95 per cent of all attendees at Emergency Departments discharged or admitted within six hours of registration, with 100 per cent discharged or admitted within 9 hours.The plan notes that the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) predicts that a total of 22,360 people will be treated for cancer in 2014, and on average 80 per cent of these people will be treated in the public system.The Acute Hospital Division also has an allocation of €7.7m for “demographic pressures” and €38.4m for the “maintenance and expansion of critical services”.BudgetsThis table sets out the budget for a number of acute hospitals:The employment ceiling in the acute services is expected to decrease to 46,612 in December 2014. The HSE said that the continuing reduction in employment in 2014 will be pursued through natural turnover (ie retirements and resignations) and other targeted measures.There will be an additional 40 posts made available in 2014.Hospitals will be required to deliver on cost containment plans as well as improvements in income collection in 2014.CriticismSinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD described the plans as “unsustainable”.Deputy Ó Caoláin said “the bottom line is that these plans implement the cuts of at least €619 million imposed by the Government’s 2014 Budget and the HSE Service Plan”.“Already struggling acute hospitals face an average reduction of 4 per cent in their funding,” said Ó Caoláin.He described the target to reduce the delayed discharge of patients from acute hospitals by 4 per cent as “an example of how unrealistic these plans are”.Read: Health Minister calls for report into the death of babies at Portlaoise hospital>last_img read more

Bus Éireann workers vote to accept LRC plan and abandon strikeBus Éireann workers vote to accept LRC plan and abandon strike

first_imgBUS ÉIREANN WORKERS have voted in favour of accepting a package of proposals from the Labour Relations Commission aimed at permanently averting strike action.Members of SIPTU and the National Bus and Rail Union voted by a strong margin to accept the LRC’s proposals.The LRC’s proposals followed the suspension of industrial action by the NBRU, which SIPTU had set about joining, in opposition to cost-cutting plans at the bus operator aimed at helping it stem its massive losses.The NBRU opposition had resulted in a two-day strike earlier this month, which virtually shut down the entire national bus network when 1,100 of Bus Éireann’s 2,500 drivers went to the picket lines.The strike had been frozen when the LRC invited both sides to talks on how the savings could be achieved.Acceptance of the LRC’s proposals, which include contributions from the pay of top earners at the bus carrier, mean the industrial action will now cease.The deal: Bus Éireann proposals cut executive pay, restore driver premiumslast_img read more

Three smugglers of precious Hellenic and Roman antiquities arrestedThree smugglers of precious Hellenic and Roman antiquities arrested

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek police have manage to break an antiquity smuggling ring, after receiving a tip off two months ago.Operating out of Sparti in the southern Peloponnese region of Greece, three men aged 44, 48, and 57 were arrested in the town’s main square, and have been detained on pending charges of illegally trading antiquities.As a result of the arrests, police also managed to seize a marble statue believed to date back to the Hellenistic era, which the smugglers were looking to sell on the black market for €500,000. Standing at 55 centimetres tall and without a head, it is believed to represent the ancient goddess of health (Ygeia).On Friday, undercover police posing as interested buyers met with the men to negotiate the purchase.Further investigations have also been carried out of the detainees homes, revealing four other antiquities from the Hellenistic and Roman eras that have since been seized. While of lower value to the statue, which archaeologists believe could be worth a lot of money, all the objects hold great historic and cultural value.Also found on the premises and confiscated were metal detectors, pistols, flares, and pepper spray.last_img read more

Une application Facebook bientôt sur iPadUne application Facebook bientôt sur iPad

first_imgUne application Facebook bientôt sur iPad ?Mardi, le site Techcrunch a révélé avoir trouvé des traces et même avoir pu tester l’application Facebook pour iPad. Celle-ci se cachait alors dans la dernière mise à jour de la version iPhone de l’application. Attendue par tous les utilisateurs de l’iPad, l’application Facebook devrait bientôt faire son apparition. Relayé par 20 Minutes.ch, le site Techcrunch explique que la récente version 3.4.4 de l’application Facebook pour iPhone cachait en son sein la version adaptée à la tablette d’Apple. Pas encore activée par les développeurs, elle était pourtant exécutable, en modifiant quelques données du code, ce qu’a réussi un des journalistes de Techcrunch. À lire aussiIpad, sclérose en plaques et barbecue, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 30 maiQualifiée d'”excellente”, cette application Facebook pour iPad utilise un menu de navigation sur la partie gauche de l’écran. Lorsque la tablette est placée en mode paysage, la liste des amis en ligne apparaît sur le côté droit comme sur la version web classique. Au niveau des albums photos, il semble que la présentation ressemble fortement à l’application “Photos” native de l’iPad. Quant à la fonction de géolocalisation “Places”, elle prend la forme d’une carte montrant les amis se trouvant à proximité de l’utilisateur.Grâce à leur trouvaille, les journalistes de Techcrunch comme certains utilisateurs de l’iPad ont déjà pu accéder à l’application. Néanmoins, Facebook a dû avoir vent de l’astuce puisque quelques heures après cette annonce, il n’était plus possible d’accéder à l’application. Il faudra donc attendre sa mise en service officielle pour en bénéficier. Le 27 juillet 2011 à 09:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New Species of DuckBilled Dinosaur IdentifiedNew Species of DuckBilled Dinosaur Identified

first_imgStay on target Scientists Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursEgg Fossils Provide Glimpse Into Prehistoric Parenting The most complete skull of a duck-billed dinosaur discovered in Big Bend National Park turns out to be a new genus and species.Aquilarhinus palimentus, named for its beaked nose and wide lower jaw, is described in a paper published this week by the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.Texas Tech University professor Tom Lehman was a lowly Master’s student conducting research on rock layers at Rattle Snake Mountain in the 1980s when he found badly weathered bones.Some stuck together (and therefore impossible to study), the fossils were thought to be distinctive of the hadrosaurid Gryposaurus.It wasn’t until a recent analysis, though, that scientists realized the specimen was even older than either of the two major groups of duck-billed dinosaurs.The dentary of Aquilarhinus, showing the unusual upturned end of the mandible (via Albert Prieto-Marquez)“This new animal is one of the more primitive hadrosaurids known, and can therefore help us to understand how and why the ornamentation on their heads evolved, as well as where the group initially evolved and migrated from,” according to lead study author Albert Prieto-Márquez, from the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, near Barcelona.“Its existence adds another piece of evidence to the growing hypothesis, still up in the air, that the group began in the southeastern area of the US,” he added.Herbivorous duck-billed dinosaurs, also known as hadrosaurids, all had similar-looking snouts: The front of the jaws met in a U-shape to support a cupped beak used for cropping plants.Sure, some beaks were broader than others, but there was no evidence of a significantly different shape, and therefore different feeding style—until Aquilarhinus came along.Illustration of Aquilarhinus palimentus (via ICRA Art)Unlike its later counterparts, the primordial creature’s lower jaws met in a “peculiar” W-shape, creating a wide, flattened scoop, useful for shovelling through loose, wet sediment and scooping loosely rooted aquatic plants.The outsider doesn’t fit with the preeminent Saurolophidae group of duck-billed dinos, though both sported bony cranial crests of varying shapes and sizes.This discovery supports the hypothesis that all crests derived from a common ancestor with a simple humped nose.More on Geek.com:This Massive Dinosaur Skeleton Would Look Great In Your FoyerConstruction Workers Unearth Dinosaur Fossils in Denver SuburbFossil Discovery Offers Glimpse Into ‘Dinosaur-Killer’ Impactlast_img read more

Mae Young Classic Parade of Champions big names backstageMae Young Classic Parade of Champions big names backstage

first_img Now Playing Up Next So if we pick our winner based on crowd reactions, Candice LaRae and Kairi Sane are going into the final with Kairi winning. Also, Sage Beckett (the former Rosie Lottalove in TNA) looks damn good. Way better than the last time I saw her (in TNA). Tessa Blanchard and Rachael Evers are both going to be big stars in the Women’s Division regardless of outcome of the tournament. I hope they sign quite a few of these ladies after the tourney is over to bolster their divisions across all three brands. July 15, 2017 at 12:49 pm Google+ Videos Articles Twitter Shawn Michaels Breaks Down His Mid-Air Sweet Chin Music Move 6 COMMENTS TheCyberZon Videos Articles Pinterest WhatsApp Seth Rollins July 14, 2017 at 7:37 am July 14, 2017 at 8:51 am Can’t wait, I’m glad there’s no current WWE Women involved. Now Playing Up Next Marvin Washington Rousey: First UFC Fight More Important Than Wrestlemania Videos Articles Ronda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleMania Facebook Ronda Rousey sustains a gruesome finger injury on the set of “9-1-1”, underwent surgery July 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Another Top UFC fighter Is Calling Conor McGregor ‘Irrelevant’ David Wells Marvin Washington Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey July 14, 2017 at 8:23 am I’d have loved to see Mickie involved. I think she’s more than earned it. Comments are closed. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE has started taping the Mae Young Classic tournament today at Full Sail UniversityAll 32 women competitors were officially introduced in a “Parade of Champions” live stream airing on YouTube and Facebook Live earlier this evening.Triple H posted a photo from the tapings today noting that former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey was in attendance tonight. Rousey’s friend and former MMA fighter Shayna Baazler is part of the women’s tournament.The #MaeYoungClassic will celebrate and showcase female competitors from around the world. Great to have @RondaRousey join us tonight. pic.twitter.com/dQy9C1qFbH— Triple H (@TripleH) July 13, 2017PWInsider.com is reporting that WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels is also attending.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey, Sonya Deville join Total Divas Season 9 cast, will premiere on October 2 WWE RAW Results – 8/5/19 (Final show before SummerSlam, HBK and Trish Stratus appear) At 9:48, Mya Yim. Is that Jade from TNA? Andrew Renaldo Shawn Michaels Nevermind. It is. Woot. She’s awesome.last_img read more

Jeju Shinhwa World first quarter revenue nears HK1 billion after casino moveJeju Shinhwa World first quarter revenue nears HK1 billion after casino move

first_imgNon-gaming revenue for the three months to 31 December 2018 totaled HK$320 million.“From the beginning of 2018 and following the opening of the first phase of Jeju Shinhwa World, the group has taken steps to ramp up its sales and marketing efforts,” Landing said.“Among others, the group has entered into cooperation agreements with various travel agencies and online travel agencies in various key markets including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions, Japan and Southeast Asia to leverage on their respective network to promote and market the resort to their customers.”Jeju Shinhwa World, which currently incorporates Somerset Jeju Shinhwa World, Jeju Shinhwa World Marriot Resort and Jeju Shinhwa World Landing, boasts 1,400 hotel rooms and serviced apartments.The company said it welcomed over 100,000 domestic and overseas visitors to its Shinhwa Theme Park and YG Republique during the first quarter, primarily from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. Caesars slips back into loss in 2Q19 but US properties showing growth ahead of Eldorado merger Japan’s draft Fundamental Policy could be ready by November Load More Jeju gaming decline sees Landing International fall into loss in 1H19 RelatedPosts Hong Kong-listed Landing International Development Limited has announced unaudited revenue of HK$970 million at its Korean integrated resort Jeju Shinhwa World in 1Q18, including HK$650 million from the recently relocated Landing Casino.In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Landing said it had also recorded total rolling chip volume of HK$16.2 billion for the period, which included the launch of its new casino on 25 February 2018. Landing Casino had previously been located at Hyatt Regency Jeju Hotel.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF GameStop To Hold Fundraising Campaign To Benefit MakeAWish From AugustBUSINESS BRIEF GameStop To Hold Fundraising Campaign To Benefit MakeAWish From August

first_imgGRAPEVINE, TX — Below is a press release from GameStop, which has a location in Wilmington at 246 Main Street:Avid Pokémon fan, 15-year-old Make-A-Wish kid Becca has dreamed of visiting the Pokémon headquarters in Japan since she was a little girl. [On Thursday], in front of more than 3,600 GameStop store managers, at the company’s annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., Becca was told her wish is coming true. Becca’s wish reveal serves as the kick-off for GameStop’s annual fundraising campaign benefiting Make-A-Wish, which runs from August 28 – September 30 in stores nationwide and on gamestop.com. Funds raised during the campaign will help grant wishes for children battling critical illnesses, like Becca, during their greatest time of need.This year’s in-store donation campaign represents the 12th year of GameStop’s financial support for Make-A-Wish, and comes on the heels of GameStop achieving its goal set four years ago to increase its overall charitable impact on the community by raising $20 million for various charities by 2020.“Today has been a day of good news. We not only told Becca her wish to go to the Pokémon headquarters is coming true, but we also shared with our associates that we have raised $20 million for charitable causes four months earlier than planned and will continue to give back,” said Frank Hamlin, executive vice president and chief customer officer for GameStop. “We are going to raise as much as we can together to help Make-A-Wish fulfill life-changing wishes.”GameStop invites customers to donate $1, $5, $10, or “round up” their total bill at checkout at all GameStop store locations. GameStop will also be offering triple PowerUp rewards points for those who donate at checkout.With 12 years of support, $7 million raised and nearly 3,600 wishes granted, the Make-A-Wish and GameStop partnership and campaign activations continue to be a ‘game-changer’ for fighters like Becca.“Our entire family is grateful for all of the support Make-A-Wish has given Becca during her treatment,” said Becca’s mom, Betsy Burns. “Knowing that Make-A-Wish has partners like GameStop who help make sure kids like Becca can have their wish is a reminder of how many people are involved in granting wishes. We are excited to share Becca’s wish with GameStop’s employees at their annual conference.”“Over the past 12 years, GameStop has granted nearly 3,600 wishes in partnership with Make-A-Wish,” said Richard K. Davis, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “We know that the power of a wish can help a child build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. We’re grateful for partners like GameStop that make granting more wishes possible through campaigns like this.”Through the GameStop program, Wish Power, we are taking our wish-granting efforts to the next level by ensuring even more Make-A-Wish children receive epic gaming wishes. There are an estimated 27,000 children who may be eligible for a wish each year. Unfortunately, Make-A-Wish is currently only able to grant half of these. The good news. Customer donations can close this gap! Every donation helps create life-changing wishes and helps Make-A-Wish get closer to fulfilling wishes for all eligible children. Anyone can be a hero for these fearless kids by donating: during checkout in-store, in the PowerUp Rewards Center, or by donating during charity streams in support of Make-A-Wish.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedGameStop Raises $2.4 Million For Make-A-Wish Foundation During Holiday SeasonIn “Business”GameStop Partners With Autism Speaks for Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”GameStop Launches 3rd Annual In-Store Donation Campaign Benefiting Make-A-WishIn “Business”last_img read more

Quess Corp beats TCS Infosys Wipro in hiringQuess Corp beats TCS Infosys Wipro in hiring

first_imgWorkers are pictured beneath clocks displaying time zones in various parts of the world at an outsourcing centre in Bangalore February 29, 2012 (representational image).Reuters fileQuess Corp, the Bengaluru-based business services provider, could well be the silver lining in India’s layoff cloud that is hitting IT company employees in a big way. The 10-year-old firm ended up recruiting 36,700 employees during 2016-17 to take its headcount to 1,59,700 as of March 31, 2017.  The hiring dwarfs the recruitment during the financial year by the three IT services companies — TCS, Infosys and Wipro. TCS hired 33,380 employees, Infosys 6,320 and Wipro 8,650, according to the respective regulatory filings of the three firms. No wonder, shares of Quess Corp are up (at Rs. 825) despite markets trading in the red due to negative sentiments prevailing across global stock markets.The company had come out with its initial public offering (IPO) last year that was oversubscribed 144 times. The stock listed at 57 percent premium to the issue price of Rs. 317.For 2016-17, Quess Corp’s net profit rose 39.8 percent to Rs. 113.5 crore YoY, while revenues increased 21 percent to Rs. 4,157 crore. In the previous fiscal, net profit and revenues stood at Rs. 81 crore and Rs. 3,435 crore, respectively. Quess Corp office.Quess Corp Ltd. website”We are pleased with our industry leading financial results for FY17. On the back of strong topline growth, we expanded margins by 96 bps and significantly improved cash generation. We believe we are well positioned to leverage opportunities in a growing Indian market and to opportunistically make investments in international markets and related areas of Quess’ operations,” Ajit Issac, CMD and CEO of the company, said in a statement.The company also made a slew of acquisitions during the year. “Quess announced 6 acquisitions and investments in FY17 with all the transactions closing happening in Q3 and Q4 (with exception to MIS acquisition, which is expected to close in Q2 FY18). The financial results of FY17 are not reflective of these acquisitions. It is expected that the financial consolidation of these acquisitions will commence in full form in FY18,” the company said.Quess Corp has 65 offices across 34 cities in India, apart from operations in North America, the Middle East and South East Asia, serving about 1300 customers across 4 segments. Hiring and headcount details based on company filings.Quarterly results and statements.last_img read more

Koena Mitra calls Nora Fatehis Saki Saki recreated version a messKoena Mitra calls Nora Fatehis Saki Saki recreated version a mess

first_imgKoena Mita slams Nora Fatehi’s Saki SakiFacebook/YouTube screenshotWhile the makers of Batla House recently released teaser of a recreated version of popular song Saki Saki featuring Nora Fatehi, Koena Mitra appears to be highly disappointed by the remake of the track.Koena, who had featured in the original song from Musafir in 2004, in a tweet called the new version a “mess”.”My song from Musafir #Saaki Saaki has been recreated. Sunidhi, Suhwinder, Vishal, Shekhar combination was outstanding. Didn’t like the new version, it’s a mess! This song had crashed many blockbusters! Why batlahouse, why? P. S: Nora is a stunner. Hope she saves our pride [sic],” Koena tweeted.The new version of Saki Saki has been created by Tanishk Bagchi. It has been sung by Tulsi Kumar and Neha Kakkar. The tease shows Nora flaunting her curves and dance moves in a sizzling avatar. The full song video will be released on July 15. While the teaser could not impress Koena, it will be interesting to see her reaction on the full song video.Meanwhile, the trailer of Batla House received immense appreciation. Based on the real-story of a controversial police encounter, the movie features John Abraham in lead role. Batla House is slated to be released on August 15 alongside Saaho and Mission Mangal.Watch new Saki Saki teaser below:last_img read more

UPDATE Bush Airports Terminal D Cleared And Safe After False Alarm WithUPDATE Bush Airports Terminal D Cleared And Safe After False Alarm With

first_imgGoogle MapsThis file photo shows Bush Intercontinental’s Terminal D, which was partially closed on June 6, 2018, because of an incident with a passenger who claimed to carry explosives.Bush Intercontinental Airport‘s Terminal D was cleared around 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday after an incident with a passenger who claimed having explosives in a bag or backpack, according to the airport’s press office.The airport, commercially known by the letters IAH, reported in a tweet that an “impatient passenger” had made “comments” at a ticket counter that caused alarm, to the extent that the Houston Police Department’s (HPD) bomb squad was sent to IAH.However, IAH spokesman Bill Begley told KTRK-ABC 13 Eyewitness News, it was determined that the contents of the bag or backpack were “benign.” Nevertheless, according to Begley, the passenger was detained.Terminal D is cleared as safe and open following comments from an impatient passenger at a ticket counter. There are no other delays or impacts to flights at this time. #fly2houston— Houston Bush Airport (@iah) June 6, 2018IAH officials temporarily closed the ticketing area for Terminal D, according to Begley, who detailed the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Sharelast_img read more