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first_imgIn New York, more than 3,000 gathered in a city park and carried signs that said, “OK Google, really?” In Dublin, dozens filled a sidewalk. And in Silicon Valley, thousands poured out of office buildings into a common outdoor area and chanted: “Stand up! Fight back!”Similar scenes played out in other cities around the world — from Singapore and Hyderabad, India, to Berlin, Zurich, London, Chicago and Seattle — as Google employees held a wave of walkouts Thursday to protest the internet company’s handling of sexual harassment.The backlash was prompted by an article in The New York Times last week that revealed Google had paid millions of dollars in exit packages to male executives accused of misconduct, while staying silent about the transgressions.“I am here because what you read in The New York Times are a small sampling of the thousands of stories we all have,” Meredith Whittaker, a Google employee who helped organize the walkout, said to a crowd of colleagues in New York. After she called out the company’s “pattern of unethical and thoughtless decision-making,” protesters chanted, “Time’s up.”The walkouts capped a turbulent week for Google. After The Times article was published, the company revealed it had fired 48 people for sexual harassment over the last two years and that none had received an exit package. Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, and Larry Page, a co-founder of Google and the chief executive of its parent company, Alphabet, apologized. And one of the executives whom Alphabet continued employing after he was accused of harassment resigned, with no exit package.But employees’ discontent continued to simmer. Many said Google had treated female workers inequitably over time. Others were outraged that Google had paid Andy Rubin, the creator of the Android mobile software, a $90 million exit package even after the company concluded that a harassment claim against him was credible.That led some Google employees to call for a walkout. The organizers also produced a list of demands for changing how Google handles sexual harassment, including ending its use of private arbitration in such cases. They also asked for the publication of a transparency report on instances of sexual harassment, further disclosures of salaries and compensation, an employee representative on the company board, and a chief diversity officer who could speak directly to the board.Pichai, who spoke at The Times’ DealBook conference in New York on Thursday, said: “It’s been a difficult time. There is anger and frustration within the company. We all feel it. I feel it, too.”He said Google had not lived up to the high bar it set for itself. It has since “evolved as a company,” Pichai added, and he expressed support for the employees who participated in the walkout. He promised that Google would take steps to address the issues they raised.The walkouts, which started in Asia and spread across continents, were planned for around 11 a.m. in local time zones. Many employees — both men and women — posted photos on social media to chronicle their experiences. The images showed dozens of people gathered in different locations, chanting slogans and displaying signs. One read: “What do I do at Google? I work hard every day so the company can afford $90,000,000 payouts to execs who sexually harass my co-workers.”Brenda Salinas, a Google employee in London, did not go to work on Thursday because of an injury but expressed her support for the walkout.“Last week was one of the hardest weeks of my yearlong tenure at Google, but today is the best day,” she said. “I feel like I have thousands of colleagues all over the world who, like me, are committed to creating a culture where everyone is treated with dignity.”Salinas also said contract workers were included in the demands from the organizers of the protest. “That doesn’t get talked about enough in tech,” she said.Claire Stapleton, a product marketing manager for YouTube, which is owned by Google, who helped call for the walkout, said the number of employees who had turned out at protests exceeded her expectations.“We’re optimistic that we’ve opened a conversation about structural change here and elsewhere,” she said.Google employees participate in a walkout at the 14th Street Park near Google’s New York headquarters, Nov. 1, 2018. Employees at Google offices around the world held a wave of walkouts on Thursday to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment. Photo: John Taggart/The New York TimesIn New York, elevator-loads of workers emerged from the company’s Chelsea office and congregated in a nearby park. Some carried “Time’s Up” signs, a reference to Hollywood’s movement against sexual harassment.“There’s a time where the rubber meets the road, and showing up to something that’s this important and meaningful has impact,” said Nick Strohecker, a recruiter at Google who volunteered to help with crowd control.At the park, a spillover of people gathered in an adjacent street. Protest leaders stood on chairs to address the crowd through a megaphone.Demma Rodriguez, a leader of the Black Googler Network, an employee resource group, said that when Google wasn’t a place of equality for women, minorities and people with disabilities, “that means the company is failing everyone.”“I am fed up,” she told the cheering crowd. “We will bring the consequences.”In Seattle, hundreds of people crammed into a plaza near Google’s offices. Bundled in hoodies and Patagonia puffer jackets with Google product logos, they held posters with messages like “Not OK, Google” and “Don’t be evil,” which was once the company’s motto.Alice Lemieux, a Google software engineer, encouraged employees to keep organizing and providing feedback internally. “Laws and policies change because of people like us,” she said.One of the largest turnouts was at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Several thousand employees assembled in a common outdoor area with signs like “Don’t be evil, protect victims, not harassers.” Then many of the employees marched off campus, chanting: “Stand up! Fight back!” It was unclear if they returned to work.Karen Weise, Adam Satariano and Raymond Zhong contributed reporting.c.2018 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

first_img Since you’re here… Share on Facebook In the 50 days since Hakeem al-Araibi has been held in a Bangkok jail, global events for Olympic sports have continued. The Hockey World Cup and the World Swimming Championships were held and the Handball World Championships, football’s Asian Cup and tennis grand slam the Australian Open have begun. The Winter X Games and Super Bowl will also be under way soon.Yet one of our fellow Australian athletes, Hakeem al-Araibi, a former international footballer, remains in jail, awaiting the worst fate of any asylum seeker or refugee: extradition back to the country that persecuted him, the country he fled in fear for his life. Support The Guardian Share via Email At first glance, I am just like Al-Araibi. I am an international athlete. An immigrant to Australia. An activist. I speak and write about bad governance in sport, human rights violations and injustice in the world of sport and beyond. The difference is that I am free to speak out, whereas Al-Araibi has been tortured for doing the same. Even today, as I continue to write and speak out against corruption at the highest levels of world sport, Al-Araibi faces extradition to Bahrain where he risks torture for trying to realise those same freedoms.Will the Olympic movement allow a fellow athlete to languish in jail, or worse be sent back to his country of birth to be tortured? Or will the International Olympic Committee (IOC), its member sporting federations, countries and its Olympians act now to ensure that the Olympic values are upheld?The complexity of Al-Araibi’s position involves not just Asian Football Confederation president, Fifa vice-president, and member of the ruling Bahraini royal family, Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa, a man who wants to be Fifa president, but the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and major television rights and deals for Fifa. Over the past three years, Fifa has taken serious steps to improve its human rights policies and practices. But Olympic membership is a privilege that can and should be withdrawn when violations of essential human rights and the Olympic charter occur. Fifa’s test of its human rights policy is upon us, but so too is that of the Olympic movement.While Fifa and the football family have the first responsibility to seek to have the Thai authorities free Al-Araibi, the IOC has claimed to be a “voice for athletes” and yet has been silent in this egregious case. The IOC controls the Olympic movement, in which Fifa and all of world football play a part – from Olympians to grassroots players. But the system of international federations, regional bodies, all of it has bred corruption and bad governance for decades because it all remains separate and apart from the rest of society, choosing to apply the rules of “sport governance” instead of the rule of law.Meanwhile, athletes are finding their voices, speaking out increasingly to say they don’t want to be party to human rights abuses when they play.The Olympic movement must stand up in support of Al-Araibi knowing it is backed by international law. Al-Araibi’s arrest was unlawful under Australian and international law and Australia’s foreign minster, Marise Payne, issued a strong statement calling for his return to Australia. Football Federation Australia (FFA) has also made public its support.The IOC would be well advised to do the same and apply any leverage it has to support Al-Araibi – not only because is it the right thing to do, but because they have an obligation to do so under the Olympic charter, which calls upon everyone in the Olympic movement to “place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity”.The freedoms I enjoy – swimming, travelling freely, the act of writing this article – are things I do not take for granted. I will not simply watch from the sidelines as a fellow athlete, a fellow Australian immigrant, a fellow activist, is denied the rights and freedoms I enjoy every day. Share on LinkedIn Rahaf and Hakeem: why has one refugee captured the world’s attention while another is left in jail? Bahrain Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. 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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. comment Topics Minky Worden Opinion Football politicscenter_img Olympic Games Share on Twitter Read more Helen Davidson Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Hakeem Al-Araibi’s case is a true test of Fifa’s new human rights policy Read more Fifa As an Olympian, a human rights and immigration lawyer, I take my responsibility to uphold the law and the Olympic values seriously and I have a clear duty to stand up for Al-Araibi and ensure my fellow Olympians do the same.Standing up to Gulf repression is not easy, but the IOC did it in 2012 when leaders told Qatar and Saudi Arabia they had to send women to the London Olympics if they wanted to compete.In the same way Olympic athletes must play by the rules, it is time for the IOC to step up and remind Fifa of its obligations under the Olympic charter and as a member of the Olympic movement.• Nikki Dryden, a human rights and immigration lawyer based in Sydney, is a two-time Olympic swimmer Hakeem al-Araibi Share on Pinterest Thailand Refugeeslast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: I know Beckham’s a fanby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed David Beckham is a fan of his team.Beckham told Pochettino he wished he was playing for Spurs after watching them demolish Crystal Palace 4-0. “I was talking with Beckham after the game and he said he wished he still played and that he played for Tottenham because this stadium is amazing,” said Pochettino in quotes reported by The Sun.”We haven’t played many games here and it’s important to make this our house.“With time we will be at home here and then it will become very difficult for opponents to win here.” last_img read more

first_imgQuadree henderson runs with the football during the Military Bowl.The Military Bowl is off to a rousing start on ESPN. Pitt’ freshman wide receiver Quadree Henderson took the opening kickoff at the goal line and jetted 100 yards for a touchdown, giving his team the early lead against Navy. Speed kills. Pitt starts the #MilitaryBowl with a 100-yd kick return for a TD.— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 28, 2015The touchdown is Henderson’s first kickoff return TD and the second for the Panthers this season. Navy has already tied the score, so it seems like Henderson’s touchdown will be the first of many scores in this contest.last_img read more

first_imgIndia vs Oman football live stream: When and where to watch FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifierFIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: India begin their AFC Second Round campaign in a Group E opener against Oman in Guwahati on Thursday. Here’s how you can watch the football match live on TV, online.advertisement India Today Web Desk GuwahatiSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 5, 2019 19:09 IST India vs Oman football live stream (IANS Photo)India will open their campaign against Oman for their first encounter of the qualifying campaign for the FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup, China 2023.The hosts have never won against the visitors in a FIFA-recognised match.”We have to play together as a team, and without fear. Getting off to a good start will be really important,” Gurpreet was quoted as saying by last time the two teams faced off in a friendly game was in December 2018 where the match ended in a goalless draw in Abu Dhabi. Taking a trip down the memory lane to that match, Gurpreet admitted the team drew a lot of positives from the result, but at the same time, it is vital to “focus on the job ahead”.”Of course, it is good to keep in mind what happened when we last faced Oman. However, it is also important to focus on the job ahead of us. We need to make sure we put on a good show in front of our home crowd in Guwahati,” he said.India proceed to the match on the back of a preparatory camp in Goa which kicked-off on August 20. The team has also played five international matches as build-up to the tournament since head coach Igor Stimac took over.When will the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier between India and Oman begin?The FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier between India and Oman will be played from 7:30 PM IST on Thursday, September 5.Where I can watch FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier between India and Oman live?advertisementThe FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier between India and Oman will be telecast on Star Sports Network.How can I watch FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier between India and Oman online?Hotstar will provide live streaming for the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier between India and Oman.Where will the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier between India and Oman be played?The FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier between India and Oman will be played at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.Also Read | I just have to be good example for players: Sunil ChhetriAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow India vs OmanFollow FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Nextlast_img read more

first_img The Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) is reporting positive results from the trials of the prototype of its ocean-cleaning device dubbed ‘Jambin’. “It is a reinforced household bin; a floating device, which is attached to a dock or jetty in the sea around the CMU,” explained Vice President of Global Affairs and Executive Director of the Blue Economy centre, Ambassador Joachim Schmillen. An innovation out of the CMU’s recently established Centre for Blue Economy and Innovation, the device is designed to collect debris from the sea. The Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) is reporting positive results from the trials of the prototype of its ocean-cleaning device dubbed ‘Jambin’.An innovation out of the CMU’s recently established Centre for Blue Economy and Innovation, the device is designed to collect debris from the sea.“It is a reinforced household bin; a floating device, which is attached to a dock or jetty in the sea around the CMU,” explained Vice President of Global Affairs and Executive Director of the Blue Economy centre, Ambassador Joachim Schmillen.“In our case, we are using an air pump and PVC pipes to produce a suction effect, so that every piece of floating debris… around the waste bin will be sucked in,” he said.The bin is partially submerged and contains a mesh to catch debris, which can then be emptied once full.On February 22, in a test of the efficacy of the air pump to produce sufficient eddy to pull water into the bin, the Jambin prototype caught its first piece of debris.Ambassador Schmillen told JIS News that “on that day, we had very harsh wind conditions and high waves around the CMU and in the marina (Royal Jamaica Yacht Club) but the prototype sucked in the debris against the conditions”.“The challenge of wind and waves is not so difficult. It is not a technical problem in itself; it is because of the resistance level of the material. The biggest challenge we have at the moment is finding the material that can, for a long time, withstand the harsh conditions of the sea. We would like to use material like fibreglass to construct a more resistant waste bin,” he said.The Jambin technology was adapted from the ‘Seabin’ invented in New Zealand to remove debris, particularly plastic bottles, from the sea.Mr. Ambassador Schmillen noted, however, that the local innovation goes further.“The original ‘Seabin’ uses a water pump, but we are using an air pump because we would also like to use Jambin in our oyster project later. The air pump is producing something called nanobubbles, which are enriching the water around it with oxygen, and this stimulates sea life,” he explained.More than 30,000 oysters will be used to clean and improve the water quality of the Kingston Harbour under a pilot project being undertaken by the CMU Centre for Blue Economy and Innovation.Oysters are natural purifiers and a single adult oyster can cleanse about 50 gallons of water per day.Since 2014, oysters have been employed to rebuild oyster reefs in the waters surrounding New York City. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgGovernment will continue to support Celtic Colours to promote, celebrate and develop Cape Breton’s Celtic culture through music, dance, storytelling and more. Pam Eyking, MLA Victoria-The Lakes, on behalf of Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, announced today, March 13, a provincial commitment of $375,000 over the next three years, with an additional $45,000 this year for Canada 150 initiatives. “Celtic Colours, and everything it entails, aligns with Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan,” said Ms. Eyking. “The festival brings our communities together, celebrates creativity, innovation and cultural diversity, all while driving our economy forward.” Celtic Colours is an international festival that hosts performances and exhibitions in venues across Cape Breton Island, drawing tens of thousands of visitors from more than two dozen countries. This year, with support through the Forward 150 Fund, the festival will be able to expand its programming to more communities with a focus on celebrating the province’s rooted population, First Nations, and our own Scottish Gaelic lineage. Celtic Colours will bring in artists from across the country, honour cultural ambassadors, and plant maple trees for every ticket sold for 2017. “Celtic Colours is the perfect opportunity for Nova Scotians and visitors to experience our province’s vibrant culture and celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation,” said Ms. Eyking. The festival runs Oct. 6 to 14. Details are available at Culture contributes $949 million to Nova Scotia’s economy and provides almost 14,000 jobs, representing 2.7 per cent of the provincial gross domestic product and three per cent of all jobs in Nova Scotia. To read Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan, visit read more

first_imgBishkek: Twenty people were hospitalised in Kyrgyzstan following a skirmish between employees of a Chinese-owned mine and villagers living close to the gold deposit, officials said on Tuesday. Nineteen employees of the Chinese company that operates the Solton Sary gold mine in the central province of Naryn and one villager had been hospitalised after a conflict on Monday, a health ministry spokeswoman said. Around 300 villagers had gathered at the mine Monday to demand that the Chinese company cease work there, the interior ministry said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Both sides threw stones at each other” during the clashes that followed, the ministry said in a statement. Zhong Ji Mining won a license for the Solton Sary gold field in 2012, shortly after a popular uprising that saw an uptick in conflicts between mining companies and local communities in the ex-Soviet country. Pastoral farmers regularly accuse mining companies of causing ecological damage, accusations the companies deny. Some of the biggest clashes in recent years have occurred in the eastern Issyk Kul province where a mine owned by Toronto-listed company Centerra Gold accounted for 8.5 percent of GDP in 2018. Kyrgyzstan, a mountainous majority-Muslim republic of six million people in Central Asia, is the second poorest of the 15 countries which achieved independence after the Soviet collapse.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Nearly half the Canadians who seek to have decisions denying them access to Canada Pension Plan disability benefits are successfully appealing the rulings — a statistic that is giving experts cause for concern.The figures illustrate what has happened in the year since Canada’s auditor general excoriated the government for its handling of CPP disability appeals, which provides stipends to Canadians who are unable to work due to disability.Michael Ferguson’s February 2016 report on the $4-billion disability benefits system found that some one-third of applicants who were originally denied benefits were later found to be eligible, based on the initial evidence.Two-thirds of those who took their appeal to the social security tribunal ended up winning, raising questions about why they were denied in the first place.Figures provided to The Canadian Press show that in the last fiscal year, which closed at the end of March, 44.5 per cent of appeals were upheld when federal officials took a second look at the files — an increase from the figures identified in Ferguson’s report, which examined a longer period of time.Among those that took their case to the tribunal, about 45 per cent ended up being successful between April 2016 and March 2017, based on data provided by Employment and Social Development Canada.Experts involved in the system say the data suggest there is an adjudication issue within the department that the federal government needs to address.“That tells me the adjudication process is seriously flawed,” said Allison Schmidt, a Regina-based pension disability case manager and a vocal critic of the system.Schmidt said she has seen a number of cases where medical adjudicators — those responsible for deciding whether someone is eligible for the benefit — make decisions without all the information, simply to meet deadlines.The department said there could be a number of reasons for the high rate of appeal, including extra information that wasn’t available when the initial decision was made, or changes to a person’s medical situation.“The key priority is to ensure that the most appropriate decision is made,” the department said in a statement.The concern that Schmidt and others now have is the pace at which change is going to come to the department.ESDC promised in the wake of Ferguson’s report to create a quality assurance framework to ensure officials are making decisions based on the same criteria.An overturn rate of between 10 and 20 per cent would be understandable, Schmidt said.The department said it is piloting new tools this year to ensure there is consistency nationally in how applications are assessed. The tools will then be rolled out nationwide next year, but won’t be fully implemented until 2019 at the latest.Changes to the paper application itself, which Ferguson said was overly complicated and lengthy, will be tested later this year. A web-based application won’t be online until September 2019.The department has also made other changes aimed at more quickly making decisions on applicants with terminal illnesses to ensure their files are handled within five days of arrivals, and 30 days for those with grave medical conditions.last_img read more

first_imgHarry Potter stars James and Oliver Phelps recently visited one of Teenage Cancer Trust’s units at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham to celebrate its third birthday.James and Oliver Phelps With Teenage Cancer TrustCredit/Copyright: Teenage Cancer TrustAs well as meeting patients and joining in the celebrations, the brothers presented the young people with an Arcade Machine as a special present.James said: “We’ve been supporting Teenage Cancer Trust for a while now because they’re such a great charity. It was great to see this unit today and celebrate this milestone with the unit, the young people and the charity.”Oliver adds: “Teenage Cancer Trust know that teenagers don’t stop being teenagers just because they have cancer, so we thought an arcade machine was a great way to keep them occupied during long stays in hospitals. We’ve certainly enjoyed playing on it today, and we hope the young people do too!”The twelve bed unit took the charity four years to develop and opened to patients in 2010. The unit cares for patients aged 13 to 18 with bone and soft tissue tumours from the West Midlands as well as across the UK. Teenage Cancer Trust recently opened an additional space for 18-24 year olds in the same hospital.The unit, which includes two six-bed bays, all equipped with TV and DVD/CD playing facilities and a parent’s recliner chair/bed, provides a home from home for many young people and their families. Unlike ‘ordinary’ hospital wards, it has a conservatory with a lounge area including a pool table, digital jukebox and gaming zone, a kitchen with built in appliances, an outside patio as well as access to media facilities such as the internet, TV and music.Source:Teenage Cancer Trustlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai: An Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft overshot the main runway while departing from the Mumbai airport on Tuesday night, an official said. Due to the incident, aircraft movement was diverted to the secondary runway, the official of the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) said on Wednesday. “We confirm that an Air Force aircraft departing from the Mumbai airport had runway excursion at 11.39 pm on Tuesday,” the official said. Further details are awaited. The city-based Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, the country’s second busiest airport after New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, has two crossing runways — 0927 (the main runway) and 1432 (the secondary runway) which together handle a little over 1,000 arrivals and departures per day. A large part of the operations is carried out from the main runway.last_img read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock market closes higher, lawmakers meet to try to avoid fiscal cliff by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 16, 2012 4:54 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market advanced Friday after top U.S. congressional leaders struck a conciliatory pose as they got together to discuss a resolution to a looming fiscal crisis that has the potential to seriously disrupt the American economy.The S&P/TSX composite index registered its first positive close all week, gaining 66.34 points to 11,877.72.“It’s not unreasonable for people to be thinking about the worst case and fear is driving (the market) at the moment. But we don’t think the worst fears will be realized,” said Robert Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“There’s going to be a lot of drama. But at the end of the day, the consequences of this are so well-known, and so severe, that we think there will be some accommodation.”The TSX Venture Exchange was ahead 12.64 points to 1,235.34.The Canadian dollar added 0.03 of a cent to 99.9 cents US.U.S. markets also closed higher with the Dow Jones industrials ahead 45.93 points to 12,588.31, the Nasdaq up 16.19 points at 2,853.13 and the S&P 500 index up 6.55 points at 1,359.88.Following a morning meeting at the White House, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell both said they offered higher tax revenue as part of a deal. Boehner said he outlined a framework that is consistent with Obama’s call for a “balanced” approach of both higher revenue and spending cuts.North American markets have nosedived over the previous seven sessions as the results of the U.S. election deepened pessimism that politicians can avoid a “fiscal cliff” — a series of tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect at the start of 2013.Some economists estimate that if the current automatic measures aren’t changed, about five percentage points will be cut from U.S. growth — plunging the world’s largest economy into recession and damaging an already fragile global economy.The TSX has tumbled 3.9 per cent since the election as worries about a sudden slowing of economic growth would be bad news for a resource heavy market like Toronto’s, since a lessening of demand for oil and metals would put pressure on mining and energy stocks.The Dow industrials has fallen five per cent as investors worry about higher dividend and capital gains taxes.Traders also took in data showing that superstorm Sandy depressed U.S. industrial output in October.The Federal Reserve says industrial output fell 0.4 per cent last month, after a 0.2 per cent gain in September. Excluding the storm’s impact, production at U.S. factories, mines and utilities would have been up about 0.6 per cent.Tech stocks led advancers as Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) ran ahead 43 cents or 4.89 per cent to $9.23.The gold sector was up about 0.85 per cent as December bullion edged up 90 cents to US$1,714.70 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) was ahead 49 cents to $33.77 and Kinross Gold (TSX:K) gained 18 cents to $9.51.Financials also strengthened during the afternoon as Royal Bank (TSX:RY) ran up 54 cents to $55.62.The telecom sector was positive after a report that BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) was planning to make a new takeover offer for broadcasting and advertising company Astral Media Inc. (TSX:ACM.A). The CRTC killed a $3.4-billion deal last month, saying it wasn’t in the best interests of Canadians. The Globe and Mail said the new deal seeks to overcome regulatory opposition with a plan to auction off a number of Astral’s English broadcast assets. BCE shares were ahead 61 cents at $41.99 while Astral shares ran ahead $2.14 to $44.40.The TSX energy sector drifted 0.35 per cent higher even as December crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved up $1.22 to US$86.67 a barrel as investors monitored fighting between Israel and militants in Gaza and its potential impact on supplies. Canadian Oil Sands (TSX:COS) climbed 41 cents to $20.47.The base metals sector was slightly higher as December copper fell one cent to US$3.45 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) gained 22 cents to $9.15.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Hostess Brands says it is going out of business, closing plants that make Twinkies and Wonder Bread for the U.S. market and laying off all of its 18,500 workers. The company says a nationwide worker strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products at several locations.Hostess had warned employees that it would file a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to unwind its business and sell assets if plant operations didn’t return to normal levels by Thursday evening. read more

Peacekeeping ‘no longer the appropriate tool’Mr. Lacroix said the mission’s leadership was doing its utmost to maintain normal contacts with the authorities, but in Darfur itself, the “political process is in a stalemate”. A prolonged humanitarian crisis means 1.5 million continue to live in camps, and the combined challenges means that a “comprehensive approach beyond peacekeeping” is needed, he added, noting that conventional peacekeeping “is no longer the most appropriate tool”, requiring UNAMID “to appropriately adjust its posture.”He said the latest UN and AU report on the mission and its mandate, pointed to the continued drawdown of UNAMID in 2020, “reflecting the current realities”, subject to a review this November.“We call upon the Security Council members to carefully consider the options for the drawdown and liquidation of UNAMID”, he concluded. Many rights abuses ‘invisible and under-reported’: GilmourThe UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, told members that though violence between militias had decreased, the human rights situation overall had got worse, “with increased reports of killings, abduction, sexual violence and other violations.”The “ripple effect” from the killings and abuse in Khartoum was real, he said, noting that 47 had been killed, with 186 injured in various parts of Darfur in the past three months of national upheaval. In the last two months, 163 civilians had been arrested and detained in relation to protests in Darfur, and the Human Rights Section of UNAMID “has received accounts of intensified harassment of civilians and looting of houses and livestock by Rapid Support Forces”, noted Mr. Gilmour.“We believe that many cases in Darfur remain invisible and under-reported due to lack of access to some parts of the region”, he said, adding that in “an atmosphere of violence and uncertainty, upholding the priorities of the protection of civilians and of human rights in the mandate of UNAMID, is of paramount significance”.A strengthened civilian presence in the mission “will have a positive impact on protection of civilians” he asserted, and it was vital to keep “positive collaboration” with national rights institutions intact.Agencies race to ramp-up aid to Darfur UN humanitarian aid coordinating agency OCHA, cautioned on Friday at a briefing for journalists in Geneva, that needs remain at crisis levels in Darfur.“There is still a humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region which is impacted by what is happening,” said spokesperson Jens Laerke.Violent communal attacks, destructive flooding, along with a civil disobedience campaign and the disruption of internet services and phone networks have all hampered operations in the vast western region, the OCHA spokesperson maintained.On Tuesday, he said that a team from UNAMID visited Deleij in central Darfur, following reports of “tribal fighting”. UNAMID “verified that 17 people had been killed, 15 (were) injured, and more than 100 houses (had been) burned,” Mr. Laerke explained, following reports that the fighting involved clashes between nomads and residents angered by price increases at the local market. In northern Darfur, meanwhile, humanitarian partners have provided support to people affected by flooding in Tawilla, which has totally or partially destroyed some 1,300 households and affected hundreds of latrines, constituting an immediate health hazard.According to the World Food Programme (WFP), more than 70 per cent of planned prepositioned food has already been delivered to different states across Sudan. This will enable the UN agency to deliver lifesaving humanitarian aid to some 740,000 people in inaccessible locations during the rainy season, which usually ends around September.As WFP and other UN agencies and partners respond to ongoing needs, OCHA’s Jens Laerke said funding for Sudan was well below where it needed to be at this mid-year point.“Overall, the whole of Sudan and the humanitarian operation there is struggling with lack of funding,” he said. “We are asking for a total of $1.2 billion to the response across the country. Now halfway through the year, we are just a little more than 22 per cent funded.” Briefing the Security Council on Friday, UN Peacekeeping chief, Jean Pierre Lacroix, said that the bloody 3 June military crackdown in the capital Khartoum, had highlighted the central role of the Darfur-linked Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which are reportedly made up largely of former Janjaweed militia, which has been accused of serious human rights abuses.During the Darfur conflict between the Government and their militiamen allies, and rebel groups, which began in 2003, the UN estimated that around 300,000 were killed, and around 2.7 million forced from their homes. Former president Omar al-Bashir  was indicted for war crimes including genocide, nine years ago.Mr. Lacroix said that the ruling Transitional Military Council, which led the violent break-up of pro-democracy protests in the capital earlier this month, had decreed on 13 May, that UNAMID “hand over all ‘camps’ to the Rapid Support Forces, which is in contravention to the UN rules and proceedures.”“Give these developments, we have had no choice but to suspend the handover of UNAMID sites to the Sudanese authorities until the TMC decree is rescinded”, he told members. read more

An innovative project to bring fully-automated, driverless vehicles to the streets of Milton Keynes is the winner of the 2015 Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Automotive Award for Innovation, announced at the 99th SMMT Annual Dinner in London last night.The LUTZ Pathfinder project, from the Transport Systems Catapult, has developed pioneering two-seater electric ‘pods’ that will provide public transport along pedestrian routes, for example between train stations and city centres. This real-world trial will significantly boost the UK’s international reputation for R&D while bringing fully autonomous vehicles one step closer.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The quality of entries was extremely high and judging was tough but we were agreed that Transport Systems Catapult should be recognised for its work in helping put Britain at the forefront of connected and autonomous vehicle development. Technologies such as these represent a huge area of growth for the UK’s automotive industry, with the potential to deliver 300,000 new jobs within the next 15 years. The LUTZ Pathfinder trial is not only an innovation in itself but will provide invaluable data, experience and learning for the whole sector.”Steve Yianni, Transport Systems Catapult CEO, said, “This is a massive honour for the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) and for our project partners at Milton Keynes Council, RDM and Oxford Mobile Robotics Group. The TSC only began its operations in 2013, so to have already won such a prestigious national innovation award is a great tribute to the ground-breaking work that our people are carrying out together with our partners in the field of Intelligent Mobility.”Now in its sixth year, the Award – in partnership with the Advanced Propulsion Centre, sponsored by GKN, and supported by The Times – rewards UK-developed technologies that have the potential to benefit the UK’s automotive industry. In 2014 alone, £2.4 billion was invested by UK automotive in R&D, an increasingly important measure of the industry’s competitiveness – and a key attraction for inward investment. Research commissioned earlier this year by SMMT found the development of connected and autonomous vehicles could deliver huge benefits, with a £51 billion boost to the UK economy and a reduction in serious road traffic accidents of more than 25,000 a year by 2030. Crucially, the KPMG report for SMMT1 also forecast the UK as a global leader in the production of this next generation of vehicles.This year the Award also recognised two highly-commended entries demonstrating exemplary R&D technologies. These innovations came from extreme ends of the size spectrum: a fuel-saving chassis for 12-tonne vehicles developed by Leyland Trucks; and Oxford Advanced Surfaces’ molecular bonding agent which will assist the introduction of more advanced and lightweight materials in the manufacturing process.Ian Constance, CEO of the Advanced Propulsion Centre, said, “Congratulations to the Transport Systems Catapult and its partners for delivering a truly innovative project – a worthy winner amid some very strong competition. The standard of this year’s entries has been remarkable, and together they showcase advanced engineering and innovation in the UK.”Rob Rickell, President of Group Technology, GKN plc, said, “Congratulations to Transport Systems Catapult for the LUTZ Pathfinder Pods project. Automated and connected vehicles offer an exciting future, enabling more efficient movement of people and goods, as well as improving road safety. It is pleasing to see a UK firm playing an active role in the evolution of the automobile, and this project is an important part of the journey towards fully automated cars on the road.”For more information on the Award, shortlisted entrants, judging panel and partners, please visit: to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Brock will be saying bienvenue to high school French students on Wednesday.The students, from Niagara and in grades 11 and 12, will be on campus to participate in the 37th annual Brock-Niagara French Contest, also known as le Concours Brock-Niagara.They will compete in one of three categories: core French; intensive French for students who study several subjects in the romance language; and Francophone for French first-language students. Particpants take part in five language activities designed to test their proficiency.Pride isn’t the only thing up for grabs in the contest. Major category winners will also receive cash prizes, thanks to donations from the University, local school boards, and local businesses and community organizations that represent Niagara’s Francophone community.Contestants will also tour the campus with French student monitors from the University to gain insight into campus life. After lunch, they will attend of French performance by Sultans of String.For more information on this year’s Brock-Niagara French Contest/le Concours Brock-Niagara, please contact Julie Stapleton, Nigel Lezama or Astrid Heyer. read more

first_imgExecutive leadership, elected officials and hundreds of Milwaukee-area employees celebrated on May 8 the official launch of Komatsu Mining Corp, a global mining equipment and services company operating as a subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd, based in Japan. Komatsu America Corp, a subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd completed its $3.7 billion acquisition of Milwaukee-based Joy Global Inc on April 5, 2017, and at that time announced its intention to rename the company Komatsu Mining Corp. The official ribbon cutting ceremony at the company’s office and manufacturing facility on National Avenue marked the launch of Komatsu Mining Corp and kicked off the integration process to align the organisation and operation for optimal customer support.Speakers at the event included Komatsu Ltd President and CEO Tetsuji Ohashi, Komatsu Mining Corp President and CEO Jeffrey Dawes, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, West Milwaukee Village President John Stalewski and Japanese Consulate representative Keizo Shirakura. “Uniting our global teams brings endless opportunities for our customers, employees and the industry,” Komatsu Mining Corp President and CEO Jeffrey Dawes said during the ceremony. “We couldn’t be more pleased to commit to keeping the headquarters of Komatsu Mining right here in Milwaukee. This has been a great home to us through the years, and it will continue to be, as we move forward together as part of the Komatsu organisation.”Komatsu Ltd’s Tetsuji Ohashi commented: “We know true success comes from creating value for our customers; by helping them improve their safety and productivity. This acquisition was an important means of rapidly expanding our ability to create enhanced value for our customers. The P&H, Joy and Montabert products align perfectly with existing Komatsu offerings, allowing us to provide customers with a full set of solutions. But it is the people behind the product lines that will truly make our integration a success. We are very excited to welcome more than 10,000 employees with deep knowledge and understanding of the mining industry, and a commitment to service and safety. This brings great opportunity for us to expand upon the direct service approach and, together, bring products to market faster, fully appreciated by customers.”As Komatsu Mining Corp the company says it will continue to promote and invest in the P&H, Joy and Montabert product brands. Komatsu remains committed to directly servicing the global mining industry and through its products, services and technologies is focused on helping customers improve productivity and safety in their operations worldwide.last_img read more

first_imgIn its Q2 2018 results just announced Teck states that at Highland Valley Copper in British Columbia “an autonomous haulage pilot is on track to have six trucks operational by the end of the year and after a successful trial of shovel-based ore sorting technology over the last six months, we are now planning to fully operationalise the technology with installations on the rest of the main shovel fleet.” The Highland Valley Copper (HVC) operations are located approximately 17 km west of Logan Lake and about 50 km southwest of Kamloops in British Columbia. Teck has a 100% interest in HVC.The autonomy project is with Caterpillar and has been cited by Teck as the world’s first autonomous fleet in a deep pit mine. For Highland Valley Copper Teck estimates >C$20 million annual savings and Teck-wide there is potential for >C$100 million annual savings. Practically it brings in a deep mine the potential to steepen pit walls and narrow road widths; this reducing environmental footprint. The main current fleet consists of 793s so it is not clear if the new autonomous trucks are retrofits or new 793F CMD models ie new autonomous models.These moves are indicative of the new technologies that are really now seeing traction in the market – with mining truck autonomy programs now in North America at Suncor, Barrick Gold and now Teck at HVC. The ore sorting technology news is also interesting, especially based on the shovel. The shovel-mounted sensors separate ore from waste and the commitment follows a 2017 pilot – Teck says this is the first ever use of ore sorting technology on a shovel. The company says it is also assessing Red Dog deployment in 2018 with the opportunity to replicate and scale up across operations. It means increased grade to mill, the potential to add significant free cash flow at HVC alone and reduced energy use and tailings; with improved sustainability performance.last_img read more

Helpful Garda Pic of the Day

first_imgWHILE MANY PEOPLE are out doing their last minute shopping, others are working away like any other day.Not only are there extra gardaí out patrolling our busy shopping streets, some in plain clothes, keeping shops and shoppers safe from opportune thieves, they are also on hand to capture some of our special Christmas moments.The gardaí tweeted today that there are plenty of “characters” celebrating the Christmas spirit in Dublin, with this garda only too happy to help spread the Christmas cheer by taking a photo of these people out enjoying Christmas Eve.(Twitter/@GardaTraffic)Happy Christmas right back at you lads!Read: This video of Dublin at Christmas is magical>Read: Which disastrous Christmas present shopper are you?>last_img read more