Albertas spending problems overlooked for too long says Premier Jim Prentice

CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jim Prentice reaffirmed Tuesday that his government will stay the course in an effort to right its financial ship and maintain the province’s strong credit rating.“The truth is that the cracks in Alberta’s fiscal foundations run deeper than is generally acknowledged,” Prentice said in a speech to the Calgary Rotary Club.“Yes, we have a revenue problem, but we also have a spending problem. It has been overlooked for too long.”The cracks in Alberta’s fiscal foundations run deeper than is generally acknowledgedPrentice has not revealed a specific date to deliver the next budget, which he has said will also include a 10-year plan to insulate the government’s revenues and day-to-day spending against wild swings in oil prices.He is forecasting a $7-billion hole in the coming fiscal year, given that oil prices have been cut in half from a high of more than US$100 a barrel last summer.In recent weeks, Prentice and members of his cabinet have floated several ideas to raise revenue and cut spending, but have only committed to not increasing corporate taxes or raising oil royalties.Jim Prentice’s channelling of Ralph Klein has Alberta public-sector workers mulling wildcat strikesAlberta budget will be so radical it will likely trigger an election, says Premier Jim PrenticeAt this point, despite dire predictions about Alberta being plunged into a recession, Prentice believes the province’s pristine credit rating is safe.“I’m not worried about it in the sense that if we do what we are recommending, we will be fine. If we pursue another path which involves doing nothing, running up $7-billion deficits … this province will lose its triple-A credit rating very quickly,” he said.“Bank analysts have told me that and I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.“Nobody should be under any doubt that we’ve gone from the highest growth rate in Canada to somewhere near the bottom, so it’s going to be a tougher year for all of us.”Prentice said Monday he is also looking to overhaul how the province bargains with public-sector workers and to review legislation that prevents civil servants from striking.A working group is to come up with a collective bargaining approach that avoids lucrative, one-off settlements based on immediate pressures.And a recent Supreme Court decision affirming the right to strike means Alberta needs to review a ban on public-sector walkouts that dates back to the Peter Lougheed era, he said. read more

OSC and Manulife reach settlement deal after clients wrongly paid excess fees

OSC and Manulife reach settlement deal after clients wrongly paid excess fees TORONTO – The Ontario Securities Commission says it has reached a preliminary settlement deal with Manulife Securities Inc. after a number of clients were inadvertently charged excessive investment fees.According to a statement of allegations, Manulife notified the provincial financial regulator in June 2015 that it discovered “inadequacies” in its payment systems that led to certain clients directly or indirectly being billed excess fees.The extraneous fees, which were paid from 2005 and into 2007, went undetected by the company.The statement says that Manulife has taken “corrective action” and has since implemented additional controls and monitoring systems to prevent the inadequacies from occurring in the future. It also told the OSC that it plans to pay appropriate compensation to those affected clients.The commission staff says in the statement that it has not found any evidence of “dishonest conduct” by Manulife.The OSC has scheduled a hearing to approve the no-contest settlement agreement on July 13. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 11, 2017 9:36 am MDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Prince Harry follows in Dianas footsteps with visit to HIV charity 26

first_imgPrince Harry looks at photographs of his mother, who visited the charity in 1991 The Prince also spoke frankly about HIV and the need for further education, telling campaigners: “It cannot be acceptable that the first time young people know what HIV is is when they catch it.”Hearing about the importance of testing, he said: “Even if you are nowhere near an at-risk group you should get tested, to show everyone it’s OK.”Prince Harry was greeted by Jenny Hand, chief executive of LASS, as well as trustees David Rowlands and Evernice Tirivanhu, who lost her sight eight years ago and told the Prince she still pictured him “as a young man”. Mrs Walker, who trained as a volunteer at the centre with her late husband Eric, told the Prince how far attitudes had come, when people were frightened to speak about HIV. Prince Harry walks past a picture of his mother at Leicestershire Aids Support Service Prince Harry has followed in the footsteps of his mother, visiting an HIV charity 26 years after Diana, Princess of Wales helped to raise awareness of the illness there.The Prince was shown a signed photograph of his late mother from her visit to the Leicester Aids Support Service (LASS) in November 1991, and a wall of tributes she had launched honouring those who died from the disease.One volunteer, who recalled Diana’s visit, said of her son’s appearance: “It shows he’s got a good heart, like his mum.” Prince Harry speaks to trustee David Rowlands  Prince Harry speaks to a volunteer at the Leicestershire Aids Support ServiceCredit:Justin Tallis/PA Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Prince Harry speaks to staff and volunteers on a training course at the Leicestershire Aids Support Service Prince Harry speaks to a volunteer as he arrives at the Leicestershire Aids Support Service Prince Harry helps kitchen workers serve food to service users and volunteers Prince Harry speaks to staff and volunteers on a training course at the Leicestershire Aids Support ServiceCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP Amdani Juma, who works for the African Institute for Social Development, said: “This visit is very important in raising awareness. He’s a royal and he can help bring these messages to the places we cannot reach.”Princess Diana was here in 1991 and then Harry was here: it’s very special, it’s very important and emotional.”Prince Harry then served food – spicy rice, Cajun chicken and creamed spinach – to tables of volunteers. They are now no longer used, as survival rates improve drastically and the charity focuses on helping people live lives to the full. Prince Harry helps kitchen workers serve food to service users and volunteersCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS /AFP Prince Harry walks past a picture of his mother at Leicestershire Aids Support ServiceCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP Prince Harry speaks to trustee David Rowlands Credit:Justin Tallis/PA Prince Harry looks at photographs of his mother, who visited the charity in 1991Credit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP Prince Harry was then shown the history of the charity, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, provides information and advocacy for those affected by HIV/AIDS and raises awareness among the African communities in the East Midlands.He was also inadvertently introduced to a game of “sperm and ladders”, after spotting a large canvas board game in the reception.The game mimics the format of snakes and ladders to educate players on their sexual health, with the unfazed Prince admitting “I haven’t played snakes and ladders for a long time” as he asked how it worked.He was then taken to a private meeting with LASS service users, before walking upstairs – past a black and white photograph of Diana in the corridor – to observe workshops about the charity’s work. He was then shown a memorial wall covered with pouches, each representing someone who had died from HIV/Aids and contained a special memento commemorating their life.The panels were launched by Diana in 1991, in an era where the stigma surrounding the disease was such that many of those who died had only disclosed their HIV to LASS volunteers. “Medicine has come a long way since then,” the Prince agreed. Mrs Walker said afterwards: “He was very easy to speak to. We talked about how it used to be; how awful it was.”It was something nobody liked to talk about. I think he’s great. Princess Diana wanted to know all about it when she visited too. “It shows he’s got a good heart, like his mum.”After lunch, Prince Harry unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit to LASS and the centre’s 30th birthday, before being entertained by a short burst of African drumming as he left the site.On the same day, Prince Charles went on a tour of Dewlay Cheesemakers of Garstang during a visit to Lancashire. One, octogenarian Betty Walker, showed the Prince a photograph of her meeting his late mother, telling him she recalled her opening the door and calling “cooee” when she arrived in 1991.”She was very good at breaking the ice,” said Prince Harry. Teresa Jacques, who used to be a cook and receptionist at LASS, told him: “If I may say so Sir, so are you.”last_img read more

Royal wedding flowers designed by floral mastermind Philippa Craddock

The couple chose a high society florist to design their day, using plants and flowers from the Crown Estates and Royal Parks chosen particularly for their pollinator-friendly properties. When planning a wedding, any bride and groom would hope to please their friends, their family and themselves. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle went one step further in announciing the spectacular flower arrangements for their big day, as they aimed to tie the knot and save the bees at the same time. Aisles, pews, tables and halls were to be lined with plants from wildflower meadows, picked to “provide a great habitat for bees and help to nurture and sustain entire ecosystems by promoting a healthy and biodiverse…

Wilbek Hansen is the worlds best player

Ulrik Wilbek, praised his player Mikkel Hansen ahead of the upcoming European Championship in Serbia, and after Hansen was voted behind Nagy in the’s poll in which more than 4500 handball fans around the globe took part. For Ekstra Bladet he said that Hansen is without doubt the best, and that his qualities are unmatcheable, and he proved that with his skills this season. ← Previous Story Tomasevic to Zajecar! Next Story → RK Bosna BH Gas to cease to exist?

Which Leinster stadiums have a chance of inclusion in a 2023 Rugby

first_imgWE’RE STILL 10 years away from the 2023 Rugby World Cup but if Ireland is serious about hosting the tournament, we will need to show we have the stadiums to do so.Yesterday we too a look at six of the major candidates in Munster and today we turn our attention to the east of the country. Leinster has a number of quality stadiums, with Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium standing out as the two obvious choices.The GAA can provide a range of options across the province, so here are six of the strongest options in Leinster:O’Moore ParkThe Portlaoise ground has a capacity of 27,000 and is home to the Laois football and hurling teams. With one stand under cover, O’Moore Park is a little more exposed to the elements than others but the pitch is regarded as excellent. Changing facilities have also been met with approval in recent times.The stadium is just an hour away from Dublin, making it ideal for teams who are located in the capital.©INPHO/Morgan TreacyRDS ArenaLeinster’s home ground is an obvious choice for pool games, with a capacity of 18,000 meaning the lesser-profile games would fit here comfortably. The Grandstand was rebuilt in 2006, with a sloping roof added for the 2008/09 season. Plans were announced last year to boost the Arena’s capacity to 23,000 as well as to sell the naming rights to the highest bidder.Located in Ballsbridge close to Dublin’s city centre, the RDS would be an excellent World Cup venue.©INPHO/Dan SheridanNowlan ParkThe famous home of many a Kilkenny hurling victory might be opening its doors to rugby in 2023, given the 24,000 capacity. Nowlan Park has already hosted some huge concerts in recent years, including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and James Taylor.There is currently seating space for 17,000 people, but plans are afoot to increase the capacity of the Kilkenny ground to 40,000.©INPHO/Ryan ByrneAviva StadiumIt hasn’t been a happy home for Irish rugby since 2010, but the Aviva would play a key part in any Irish bid. With a fully-seated capacity of almost 52,000, as well as world-class facilities for teams and media alike, the Lansdowne Road address would be a strong candidate to host the highest-profile pool games, as well as a quarter-final or two.Whether Ireland would want to play their own games at the Aviva remains to be seen.©INPHO/Cathal NoonanWexford ParkWith a current capacity of 25,000, the Clonard stadium would be another of the GAA’s donations to the World Cup bid. However, in its present state, Wexford’s home would need some redevelopment and a set floodlights. Still, if it is size of stadium that Ireland’s bid is concerned about, Wexford Park could fit the bill.©INPHO/James CrombieCroke ParkThe pièce de résistance in Ireland’s potential bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. With a capacity of 82,300, Croke Park is the fourth largest stadium in Europe. It would be the venue for the final and semi-finals if Ireland are successful in their bid. The fact that the capital-based stadium is the home of GAA would give an extra power to the unifying effect of a World Cup in Ireland.A world-class stadium that deserves to be seen by the rest of the world.©INPHO/Cathal NoonanTomorrow will examine the stadiums in Ulster that may be included.What Munster stadiums could be included in a 2023 Rugby World Cup bid?GAA wanted to ‘put the country first’ by backing 2023 World Cup bidlast_img read more

Lots of British people just found out Mrs Brown is actually a

first_img Hang on, Mrs Brown is a MAN?! #grahamnorton— Rachel, LDN (@rachel_london) June 20, 2014 I can’t be the only one who didn’t know Mrs. Brown was a man!? D:— John (@JohnRederHnger) June 20, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Julie/Twitter Mrs Brown’s Boys has been a huge success on UK TV – with more than 10 million people tuning in for some episodes. So the revelation of her real gender came as even more of a shock. OMG Mrs Brown is really a man!— Julie (@FatBoysKeeper) June 20, 2014 I never knew mrs brown was a man what even 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂— jen ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ (@MidnightJen) June 19, 2014 Source: The Prime Of Miss/Twitter I hate seeing Mrs.Brown as a man. Grown to love this funny old woman then I found out she’s a man— Marie (@M_rielaa) June 20, 2014 Source: RTÉ/BBCBRENDAN O’CARROLL WAS on The Graham Norton Show last night, ahead of this year’s release of Mrs Brown D’Movie.And it turned out a surprisingly large number of British people had never realised Mrs Brown was a man.It was a difficult moment on Twitter. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: John/Twitter Source: Rie/Twitter Some people were downright angry with Brendan O’Carroll for being a man. Source: jenna// PLEASE 5SOS/Twitter Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Sorry, Britain. Here’s Brendan O’Carroll, who is a man, talking about the show: Source: BBC/YouTubeMore: RTÉ’s World Cup analysis took an unexpected turn last night>More: Paul Rudd had a run-in with Seamus Coleman’s dad on a recent trip to Killybegs>last_img read more

An Irish medtech firm has raised over €2m to help cut down

first_img 4 Comments Take me to Fora 11,556 Views Share Tweet Email1 Short URL Image: Shutterstock/napocska Feb 18th 2017, 7:45 AM Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 7:45 AM An Irish med-tech firm has raised over €2m to help cut down on needless chemo OncoMark’s test would make it easier to work out which breast cancer patients require the treatment. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: By Fora Staff Image: Shutterstock/napocska Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article AN IRISH MED-TECH firm has raised €2.1 million in new funding to commercialise a test that could reduce the number of cancer patients that go through unnecessary chemotherapy.OncoMark, based in NovaUCD, was set up in 2007 by UCD researcher William Gallagher and Steve Penney. Since then, it has been focused on finding better-tailored therapies for cancer patients.It has developed a test, called OncoMasTR, which can chart the likely prognosis of patients with breast cancer based on genetic markers associated with the condition.While a sizeable majority of patients don’t require chemotherapy after initial surgery, it can be difficult for doctors to identify that contingent.OncoMark aims to deliver a more accurate prognosis to decrease the number of patients undergoing unnecessary treatments.Speaking about the new investment, OncoMark chief executive Des O’Leary said the company plans to launch the test on the market in mid-2018.“In the absence of accurate tests, the majority of early-stage breast cancer patients are treated with chemotherapy despite many not benefiting from the treatment,” he said.“This exposes individuals to severe side effects and results in significant costs to healthcare systems worldwide.”The firm currently has 14 employees on its books and the latest injection of funding will also go towards increasing the firm’s headcount. Oncomark researchers and investors Source: Nick BradshawBackersKernel Capital, through the Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Venture Fund, is one of the firms behind the €2.1 million investment.Previous investments by Kernel Capital include Irish startup success story FeedHenry, which was bought for €63.5 million in 2014, and space radar developer Arralis.Other investors in the deal include the Galway HBAN MedTech syndicate and Irrus Investments syndicate. A number of private investors and Enterprise Ireland also contributed.The latest announcement is the second significant funding deal to be announced by OncoMark in the past two years.In 2015, the company secured €2.7 million from the Horizon 2020 SME investment scheme. This funding was used to clinically validate the OncoMasTR test ahead of the move to commercialise the test next year.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ielast_img read more

Kim Dotcom devra vivre avec 60000 dollars par mois

first_imgKim Dotcom devra vivre avec 60.000 dollars par moisEn plus de l’avoir libéré sous caution, la justice néo-zélandaise a débloqué une partie des fonds de Kim Schmitz, alias Kim Dotcom. Pourtant, le fondateur de Megaupload n’aura à sa disposition “que” 60.000 dollars néo-zélandais (37.000 euros) par mois. Or, il estimait ses besoins mensuels pour vivre à 220.000 dollars néo-zélandais (135.000 euros).Petite consolation, il sera autorisé à disposer de sa Mercedes comme il le souhaite, précise le New Zealand Herald.À priori, 20.000 dollars (12.200 euros) proviendrait des intérêts sur les 10 millions de dollars (6,13 millions d’euros) que Kim Dotcom a investi dans des obligations de l’État néo-zélandais. Le reste, 40.000 dollars (24.500 euros), seraient disponibles chaque mois depuis un des ses comptes en banque, contenant 301.000 dollars (190.000 euros), rapporte le Nelson Mail.Mais, ce n’est pas si mal pour un homme accusé de violation des droits d’auteur et qui pourrait encourir 20 ans de prison aux États-Unis.Kim Schmitz a été interpellé le 20 janvier dernier, dans sa villa à Auckland. D’abord incarcéré, les autorités ont ensuite accédé à sa demande de liberté sous caution.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ses avoirs, estimés à plusieurs millions de dollars, ont été gelés en attendant l’examen de la demande d’extradition des États-Unis, qui doit se dérouler le 20 août prochain, explique Europe 1. Ces derniers accusent les responsables de Megaupload d’avoir causé un préjudice de 500 millions de dollars aux détenteurs de droits d’auteur, en mettant en ligne des copies de films, de programmes télévisés, de musique, de livres…La justice kiwi a également accordé 9.166 dollars (5.600 euros) néo-zélandais par mois à Bram van der Kolk, le co-accusé de Kim Dotcom.La femme de ce dernier recevait déjà 32.650 dollars (20.000 euros) par mois pour ses dépenses quotidiennes et de santé, affirme The Australian. Le 22 mars 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Deux girafes meurent de stress dans un zoo en Pologne

first_imgDeux girafes meurent de stress dans un zoo en PologneDans le jardin zoologique de Lodz en Pologne, deux girafes sont mortes le week-end dernier effrayées par des vandales qui se sont introduits durant la nuit.C’est un drame qu’a annoncé le jardin zoologique de Lodz situé en Pologne. Lundi, le directeur adjoint M. Stanislawski a expliqué que deux de leurs girafes étaient mortes. Cause de leur décès : elles n’auraient pas résisté au stress provoqué par l’intrusion de deux vandales dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche.  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon la direction du parc animalier de Lodz, les vandales s’en sont pris à des panneaux d’orientation, des bancs et des sculptures. Ils ont ensuite lancé des débris vers les animaux. Une première girafe est morte quelques heures après l’incident tandis que la deuxième a été trouvée morte lundi matin. Cité par l’AFP, le directeur adjoint a indiqué : “l’autopsie de la première girafe, une femelle de 3 ans, a permis de constater la fissure d’une valvule et des ecchymoses au coeur, qui témoignent d’un grand stress. La deuxième, une femelle de 6 ans, était légèrement malade avant ces incidents. Le stress a pu l’achever”.Néanmoins, “les girafes sont extrêmement farouches. Chaque stress provoque chez elles une réaction de fuite. Elles réagissent de la même manière à chaque bruit inhabituel”, a ajouté M. Stanislawski. Malheureusement, les gardiens de nuit n’ont pas remarqué la présence des perturbateurs et le zoo ne possède aucune caméra de surveillance. Ainsi, les vandales n’ont pas pu ni être attrapés, ni être identifiés. Le 15 mai 2012 à 13:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Tony Stewart will not face charges in deadly crash

first_imgCANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will not be charged with the death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, prosecutors said Wednesday in disclosing for the first time that the victim had enough marijuana in his system the night he died to impair his judgment.Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said a grand jury decided against charging Stewart with either second-degree manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide in the Aug. 9 death of Kevin Ward Jr., who was struck and killed as he walked down the track in an apparent attempt to confront the NASCAR veteran after their cars got tangled up one lap earlier.“There is toxicology evidence in the case relating to Kevin Ward that indicates that at the time of operation he was under the influence of marijuana,” Tantillo said. “The levels determined were enough to impair judgment.”Tantillo also said two videos — one from a fan, the other from the tiny track in this New York hamlet, had been examined and enhanced. Both showed Stewart did not do anything wrong and that there was no “aberrational driving.”The decision came nearly seven weeks after Stewart’s car struck and killed Ward, sending shock waves through the top racing series in the United States. The brash and popular NASCAR driver known as “Smoke” spent three weeks in seclusion following what he called a tragic accident before quietly returning to the Sprint Cup circuit. One of the biggest stars in the garage, Stewart has 48 career Cup wins in 542 starts but is winless this year and did not make the championship Chase field.last_img read more

NRI dies during bike ride at Hyderabad outskirts

first_imgA Non-resident of India Aravind Pichai was killed during a bike ride at a resort in Vikarabad on Tuesday. The mountain four wheeler bike which Aravind was riding at Hills and Valley Adventure Resort at Vikarabad has tumbled down during the ride. His death was instant. It is learned that the mishap occurred as Aravind rode the bike without the supervision of a guide. The police registered a case and took up an investigation.last_img

Britain votes in shadow of terror

first_imgA woman leaves after casting her vote at the Hove Museum and Art Gallery near Brighton, in southern England on 8 June, 2017, as Britain holds a general election. Photo: AFPBritons streamed to the polls for the third time in two years on Thursday after a campaign overshadowed by terror attacks and the uncertainty of Brexit.Prime Minister Theresa May called the vote in April, when opinion poll ratings for her and her centre-right Conservative party were sky high, presenting herself as the strong leader to steer the country through tough negotiations to leave the EU.Although she is strong favourite to keep her job, Islamist attacks in London and Manchester have put her under pressure over her six years as interior minister, while campaign missteps have dented her reputation as a safe pair of hands.Labour opponent Jeremy Corbyn, an anti-war campaigner deemed unelectable by a majority of his own lawmakers, has run an energetic campaign, promising change and an end to austerity.Security was high as millions of voters cast their ballots in polling stations ranging from schools and public buildings to churches, pubs and even a windmill and a launderette.An exit poll at 2100 GMT will give an indication of the outcome, although final results will not emerge until early Friday.Pollsters wary -Polling experts—many of whom failed to predict the historic referendum vote to leave the European Union last year—are now wary of calling the outcome.But predictions of her expected margin of victory vary widely, and one shock forecast model even predicted May could lose her majority of 17 in the 650-seat House of Commons.While May has been touring target seats around the country, delivering slogan-heavy speeches to small groups of hand-picked activists, Corbyn has drawn large crowds to open-air rallies.The 60-year-old vicar’s daughter has presented herself as uniquely qualified for the Brexit talks and said her 68-year-old rival would be “alone and naked in the negotiating chamber”.“Get those negotiations wrong and the consequences will be dire,” she said on a final campaign stop on Wednesday.Corbyn, a veteran socialist who has never held ministerial office and defied the odds to win the Labour leadership two years ago, urged supporters in Glasgow to think big on his last day of campaigning.“Wouldn’t it be great if on Friday we woke up to… a Labour government that will be a government for all of our communities across the whole of the country,” he said.‘Little confidence’ -It is the third time Britons have been called to vote since 2015, twice for a general election and once for the EU referendum, and voter fatigue appeared to be an issue among some.“I have little confidence in anybody,” said voter Simon Bolton, 41, in east London. “I think we lack quality in terms of who we can choose, it is very limited.”The election is May’s first since taking office after Britons voted by 52 percent to leave the European Union after four decades of membership.“I want another five years of stability, and a stronger hand in Brexit negotiations,” said Dave, 29, in the London neighbourhood of Hackney.“The main issue for me is getting along with Brexit,” added Fabrizio, 42, in the wealthy London district of South Kensington.But the Conservative government’s record on cutting funding for health and education have also featured strongly in the campaign, to the benefit of Labour.The Conservatives were also damaged by a manifesto plan for elderly care that would see some pay more.“The cuts that have been happening, the austerity on education and the National Health Service, it weights on my vote,” said Saskia Green 39, a voter in north London.The campaign was hit by a suicide bombing at a Manchester concert on May 22, which killed 22 people including seven children, followed by Saturday’s knife and van attack in central London, which left eight dead.Campaigning was twice suspended in the aftermath of the attacks, which May blamed on “evil” Islamist ideology.Uncomfortable questions -The Conservatives are traditionally strong on defence and security, and have sought to exploit Corbyn’s anti-nuclear stance and his alleged past support for Irish paramilitaries.But May also faced uncomfortable questions over cuts to police numbers during her time as interior minister.Security on election day was reviewed following the London attack, with the city’s Metropolitan Police force implementing a “specialist and highly flexible operation” which it said could be deployed as needed.May and Corbyn both cast their votes in their respective constituencies of Maidenhead, southern England, and Islington, north London.In a frequently ill-tempered campaign, there was light relief as thousands of voters brought their pugs, poodles and other pets to the polling stations, posting their pictures on Twitter using the hashtag #dogsatpollingstations.A final poll by YouGov on Wednesday put the Conservatives seven points ahead of Labour, while ICM gave May’s party a 12-point lead over its rivals.Such predictions stand in stark contrast to a Monday poll by Survation, which gave a narrow one-point gap.last_img read more

Mayor RawlingsBlake New Workforce Training Center to Open in Baltimore in Late

first_imgMayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announces a new workforce development center, slated to begin training Baltimore residents for careers in welding and CNC machining on April 27. (AFRO Photo/Roberto Alejandro)Baltimore City will soon have a new workforce development center in the Park Heights neighborhood to prepare residents for careers in manufacturing.Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the new center on April 1; it will be called the Jane Addams Resource Corporation(JARC) of Baltimore. The mayor was joined by Jason Perkins-Cohen, director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, and Regan Brewer Johnson, associate director of the Jane Addams Resource Corporation of Chicago, which will oversee the new center on the former campus of the Magna Baltimore Technical Training Academy.“JARC Baltimore will replicate the success of the careers and manufacturing center programs that have garnered praise across our nation,” said Rawlings-Blake. “Since 2006, these programs have average 90 percent rates for completion, placement, and retention.”The mayor said that the Jane Addams Resource Corporation’s previous success in other parts of the country was important because she wanted to make sure the city’s investments yielded real results for Baltimore residents.The center will train individuals in computer numerical control machining and welding, Brewer Johnson said, calling them “two career paths that are currently in high demand here in the Baltimore area.” She said the careers generate entry level wages of between $13 and $14 an hour, with many of the Chicago program graduates earning closer to $20 an hour within a year of completing the program.The center is slated to begin its training programs on April 27, and will also offer remedial education in reading and math for applicants who require it. Orientation programs are available every Wednesday at 9 a.m., for interested applicants.“Folks can come in to 4910 Park Heights Avenue, at our facility and apply. They fill out an application, they have a basic math and reading screening at that time, and they’ll come back probably a week later or so for an interview process,” said Brewer Johnson.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

The Real Brian Banks Speaks Out On Prison Injustice Reform

first_imgBy GARY GERARD HAMILTON Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — When Brian Banks’ home was a prison cell due to a crime he didn’t commit, he never imagined his life would be the subject of a film. He was only concerned with clearing his name and regaining his freedom.Now, seven years after he was exonerated on a rape allegation, Banks hopes the film detailing his fight for justice helps move along reform.In this Thursday, May 24, 2012 file photo, Brian Banks weeps after his rape conviction was dismissed in court in Long Beach, Calif. Banks, 34, was a standout high school football player who many believed had a shot at the NFL, until his dreams were derailed when he was falsely accused of rape in 2002. Now, seven years after he was exonerated of a sexual assault allegation, Banks hopes the film detailing his fight for justice helps move along reform. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)“What I want people to take away from this is that what I went through was unacceptable, what many others have gone through is unacceptable,” he told The Associated Press.“For those that are currently behind bars, or no longer behind bars but have experienced wrongful conviction, I want you to know that you’re not alone, that you haven’t been forgotten, that there are people working on trying to fix these wrongs, and as a person who’s been through it, I’m one of them,” he added.Banks, 34, was a standout high school football player who many believed had a shot at the NFL, until his dreams were derailed when he was falsely accused of rape by a high school classmate in 2002. He was only 16, took a plea and served nearly six years in prison. He spent an additional five years on parole with a mandatory ankle bracelet as a registered sex offender, until he was exonerated in 2012 after his accuser recanted and with help from the California Innocence Project.The film, “Brian Banks,” recently opened and stars Aldis Hodge as Banks and Greg Kinnear as Justin Brooks, co-founder of the innocence group. Sherri Shepherd plays Banks’ mother, Leomia Delaney.Brooks hopes the film will motivate viewers to join the criminal justice reform fight. Once Banks was cleared and Hollywood came calling, the two said their goal was to make a “justice movie,” not a football movie.“I want people to walk out of this movie theater and remember this movie next time they’re sitting in jury duty, that maybe this person in front of them is innocent,” Brooks told the AP. “And next time they go into a voting booth to not vote out of fear because politicians have been making people afraid for a long time. The only way reforms can happen is if people are thinking straight.”Since his release, Banks has worked as a life coach and public speaker. His book, “What Set Me Free,” came out in July.The film follows the release of “When They See Us,” the Emmy-nominated Netflix limited series that tells the stories of the Central Park Five, a group of New York teens who spent six to 13 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of raping a female jogger in 1989.“I know those guys — those are friends of the Innocence Project network. We get together on a yearly basis and share our stories,” Banks said.He had a hard time sitting through parts of the series that was created, co-written and directed by Ava DuVernay.“I have only watched half of that series and that’s because the second half was just a little difficult for me to watch because I can relate,” Banks said. “I know what it feels like. I know what they went through. And so once the court proceedings of that series kind of came to a conclusion and they were found guilty and the whole prison experience began, I had to tune out, man.”last_img read more

Morphite is No Metroids Sky

first_img If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Considering it only came out last year (and arguably still hasn’t reached a finished state), it’s kind of crazy to me how many games have already ripped off Hello Games’ massively hyped and ultimately pretty good No Man’s Sky. But considering the game was in the public eye for so long, apparently that gave games like Lego Worlds and now Morphite plenty of time to figure out how to emulate its infinite, procedurally generated, minimalist planet-hopping sci-fi exploration.But calling either of those games a rip-off isn’t totally fair. Lego Worlds has an extensive brick-building system along with the space travels. Meanwhile, Morphite’s other major influence will be very familiar to Nintendo fans who play the game on Switch. Until Metroid Prime 4 actually becomes a real game, this is the closest you’ll get to a new first-person Samus adventure.Let’s start with the No Man’s Sky comparisons, since they are a little more obvious. Morphite lets you fly around a universe landing on any number of planets. The trippy, pastel, angular geometric art style ensures that the creatures and plants and rock formations you find still look cool even though they are being created on the fly by math. Occasionally you’ll find a village of natives with a side mission to complete like racing around the canyon on the back of a giant snake or roasting some marshmallows. But your primary task on each planet is to take in the scenery and scan as many new things possible.You can then take those scans to your local space station and trade them for various upgrades. Common scans will earn you straight-up cash, which you’ll need for smooth exploring. Traveling to farther planets burns up more fuel, and while fuel slowly regenerates, you can also pay to immediately refuel. You’ll also occasionally engage with enemy ships and can pay to upgrade the guns and defenses on your craft.With rarer scans, though, you can upgrade your character for better exploration on the ground. Increase your heat resistance to land on hotter planets without instantly dying. Increase your scanner speed to scan more hostile, erratic animals. You can upgrade your guns, too, for when it’s time to just go all Metroid II on a planet.Exploring planets and working towards these meta goals make for some pretty fun loops if you choose to engage with them. It just kind of sucks when the game forces you to return to the more randomized content in order to progress when you’re in the middle of the scripted campaign. But it is nice knowing you always have this endless material to return to.Besides its less-than-elegant interplay with the game’s open-ended nature, the campaign itself is a surprisingly cool casual shooter. It’s not just scanning that brings back Metroid Prime memories. The planets you visit for the campaign are all handcrafted, and they are moody isolated alien environments where nature has taken over once-great civilizations. There’s a lot of platforming as well, made tolerable by floaty jumps that make sense for the space setting.Like Metroid, Morphite also features a bunch of puzzle-solving that makes use of various new guns you discover. Along with standard plasma pistols and auto-rifles, you can use a grapple gun, a charged laser beam, ion grenades, and even a robot dog turret. Using these tools is satisfying, even if the game is never too tough during a puzzle or boss fight. An unfortunate exception is a staff that conjures temporary platforms beneath you. It’s a clever idea but the late-game jumping puzzles that require it are easily some of the worst sections in the game.Morphite’s campaign has a fair amount of story and it’s kind of a mixed bag. I like that it’s fully voiced, particular the performance of the player character Myrah Kale. Plus, your sassy feline robot Kitcat is great in an Interstellar kind of way. But something about the tone of the storytelling seems childish in a way that undercuts the atmospheric vibe of the gameplay and genuine sense of mystery surrounding Morphite itself, a powerful living mineral like Metroid’s Phazon.Morphite may not be the most original game, but being a modest imitation of something as ambitious as No Man’s Sky or masterful as Metroid Prime means that Morphite is still a pretty good game. It’s a nice surprise in a holiday season already packed with too many fantastic Switch games. But seriously, where’s Metroid Prime 4?Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. Morphite is a sci-fi shooter on Switch that’s like a casual combination of No Man’s Sky and Metroid Prime.2. Fly across an infinite universe of procedurally generated planets.3. Or tackle the story mode full of puzzle-solving and boss fights.4. The scripted and randomized portions of the game don’t always come together elegantly.5. But considering the quality of its influences, Morphite still ends up being a pretty good game and a nice surprise.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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Researchers in Spain to attempt to clone extinct mountain goat

first_img Kashmir scientists clone rare cashmere goat The bucardo (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica) was a sub-species of mountain ibex that lived in the Pyrenees—its numbers had been dwindling for years due to a number of factors, including a changing environment and hunting by humans. The last known survivor was a goat named Celia—she was killed by a tree falling on her—but not before researchers took tissue samples and froze them in liquid nitrogen. The hope was that as technology improved, eventually, cells from the samples could be used to clone new goats and thus resurrect the species.The first attempt to clone a new burcardo was tried in 2003, but failed. Just one goat survived to term and it died of lung complications just after birth. In this new effort, the researchers plan to try to clone several of the goats, and if successful, to consider reestablishing the species. If successful it would be the first “de-extinction” of any organism.In this new attempt, (to be paid for by the hunting club) the researchers will remove the nucleus of the DNA from several of the frozen tissue cells, and then insert them into embryos of a close goat relative (after its nucleus has been removed). The embryo, if viable, will then be implanted in the womb of a female goat, and hopefully carried to term.There is a question as to whether cells that have been frozen (at -321F) for 14 years are still viable. There is also the problem of how to bring back the species if the cloning works out as planned—all of those born would female. One approach might be to mate such a female with a close ibex relative and then over successive generations, breed in burcardo traits, while breeding out the other goat traits. Another approach might be to use a bio-engineering technique that causes female embryos to grow into male offspring—a technique that has met with some success in test mice. Citation: Researchers in Spain to attempt to clone extinct mountain goat (2013, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Plate 22 (Spanish Tur) from the book ‘Wild oxen, sheep & goats of all lands, living and extinct’ (1898) by Richard Lydekker. From a sketch by Joseph Wolf in the possession of Lady Brooke. The ram in the foreground was killed in the Val d’Arras. Credit: Joseph Wolf / Wikipedia Explore further © 2013 More information: via BBC ( —A team of researchers in Spain, with the Centre for Research and Food Technology of Aragon, has signed an agreement with the Aragon Hunting Federation (which they announced to the press) to begin testing the possibility of cloning a mountain goat that went extinct back in 2000. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

New Technology Developments in IOT Market to Grow during Forecast year

first_imgIOT analysis is provided for the markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development statusThe IoT market has witnessed growth from USD XX million to USD XX million from 2014 to 2019. With the CAGR of X.X%, this market is estimated to reach USD XX million in 2026.The report mainly studies the size, recent trends and development status of the IoT market, as well as investment opportunities, government policy, market dynamics (drivers, restraints, opportunities), supply chain and competitive landscape. Technological innovation and advancement will further optimize the performance of the product, making it more widely used in downstream applications. Moreover, Porter\’s Five Forces Analysis (potential entrants, suppliers, substitutes, buyers, industry competitors) provides crucial information for knowing the IoT market.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ players in the global IoT market include:Bosch Software Innovation GMBHGeneral ElectricHewlett Packard EnterpriseSAP SEGoogle Inc.Amazon Web ServicesInternational Business Machine (IBM) CorporationIntel CorporationOracle CorporationPTC Inc.Cisco Systems Inc.Microsoft CorporationOn the basis of types, the IoT market is primarily split into:SoftwareHardwareServicesPlatformOthersOn the basis of applications, the market covers:IT & TelecomRetailHealthcareManufacturingAutomotiveConnected LogisticsOthersGeographically, the report includes the research on production, consumption, revenue, market share and growth rate, and forecast (2014-2026) of the following regions:United StatesEurope (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland)ChinaJapanIndiaSoutheast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam)Central and South America (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia)Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria)Other RegionsChapter 1 provides an overview of IoT market, containing global revenue, global production, sales, and CAGR. The forecast and analysis of IoT market by type, application, and region are also presented in this chapter.Chapter 2 is about the market landscape and major players. It provides competitive situation and market concentration status along with the basic information of these players.Chapter 3 provides a full-scale analysis of major players in IoT industry. The basic information, as well as the profiles, applications and specifications of products market performance along with Business Overview are offered.Chapter 4 gives a worldwide view of IoT market. It includes production, market share revenue, price, and the growth rate by type.Chapter 5 focuses on the application of IoT, by analyzing the consumption and its growth rate of each application.Chapter 6 is about production, consumption, export, and import of IoT in each region.Chapter 7 pays attention to the production, revenue, price and gross margin of IoT in markets of different regions. The analysis on production, revenue, price and gross margin of the global market is covered in this part.Chapter 8 concentrates on manufacturing analysis, including key raw material analysis, cost structure analysis and process analysis, making up a comprehensive analysis of manufacturing cost.Chapter 9 introduces the industrial chain of IoT. Industrial chain analysis, raw material sources and downstream buyers are analyzed in this chapter.Chapter 10 provides clear insights into market dynamics.Chapter 11 prospects the whole IoT market, including the global production and revenue forecast, regional forecast. It also foresees the IoT market by type and application.Chapter 12 concludes the research findings and refines all the highlights of the study.Chapter 13 introduces the research methodology and sources of research data for your understanding.Get a discount on this research report @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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