Yedlin: USA’s goal must be to win World Cup

first_imgUnited States Yedlin says USA’s goal must be to win World Cup Seth Vertelney 09:20 2/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) DeAndre Yedlin Newcastle Catherine Ivill/Getty Images United States Newcastle United World Cup The Newcastle right back was adamant that wining the game’s ultimate prize must be the ultimate target for the United States DeAndre Yedlin has said that the United States must set their sights on winning a World Cup, despite their recent failure to qualify for Russia 2018. The U.S. ended a streak of qualifying for seven consecutive World Cups when they were shocked by Trinidad & Tobago in October, falling short of the World Cup for the first time since 1986.Despite that failure, Newcastle right back Yedlin says his country should be aiming for the very top of the soccer world.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “For me, I want to win the World Cup. If that’s not the goal then I don’t think you should be playing,” Yedlin told NBC Sports. “A lot of people will say that isn’t realistic but for me, I will say, ‘Why?’ Why isn’t that realistic? Leicester City won the Premier League and nobody thought that could happen but it did.'”If that’s [winning the World Cup] not the ultimate goal then I think we should reevaluate things.”In order to win the World Cup, of course, the U.S. must qualify, and Yedlin believes his country’s recent disappointment could be a motivating factor as it looks toward Qatar 2022.”I wouldn’t call it a blessing in disguise but I think now, especially the guys that have come through it, now we feel what disappointment is like, not making the World Cup,” Yedlin said.“Now there is going to be an extra gear that is hit to make sure we make the next one but not only make it but do well in it.”With the team’s next shot at a World Cup not coming for at least four years, Yedlin, 24, believes the time is now for the USA’s younger generation to take over.“Every international career is going to come to an end you’re going to pass it down to the younger generation,” Yedlin said.”Every career comes to that point. I think they [the older generation] are happy with doing that and they know we have some talented players coming in.”Yedlin and his Newcastle United side face a tough task this weekend, with Jose Mourinho and Manchester United visiting St James’ Park.last_img read more

Auction Date Set for Malaviya Seven

first_imgzoom The crew aboard the India-flagged platform support vessel Malaviya Seven are nearing repatriation as the auction date for the ship was set in October, according to Irish auctioneering firm Dominic J. Daly & Co.The vessel, which has been detained in Aberdeen since June 2016 over unpaid wages to the ship’s crew, will be auctioned off on October 17 in Aberdeen, UK.The sale was ordered by the Aberdeen Sheriff Court in September 2017, a month after the sheriff ruled the crew had the right to sell the vessel to recoup their owed wages – agreed at USD 867,000 (GBP 672,000). However, before the ship could be put up for sale the court ordered for an appraisal of its value to be conducted first.Malaviya Seven, which already attracted some interest, has a current market value of USD 1.17 million, while its demolition value stands at USD 920,000, data provided by VesselsValue shows.A total of 24 seafarers, including some who have already been repatriated, are owed over USD 867,000 by the vessel’s owner, India-based GOL Offshore, which is undergoing liquidation. Twelve Indian seafarers that remain onboard the ship hope to receive their pay once the vessel is sold, enabling them to return home.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Diana Shipping Finds Work for Panamax Bulker

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk vessel owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Hong Kong-based Ausca Shipping Limited for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the Selina.The gross charter rate for the 75,700 dwt bulker is USD 11,750 per day for a period of minimum seven to maximum nine months.The charter commenced on July 15, 2019.This employment of the 2010-built ship is anticipated to generate approximately USD 2.47 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter, the company said.Selina previously worked for Hong Kong’s BG Shipping at a gross charter rate of USD 12,250 per day.Diana Shipping’s fleet currently comprises 44 dry bulk vessels. As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the company’s fleet is approximately 5.4 million dwt with a weighted average age of 9.28 years.last_img read more

2019 Black History Gala Night

first_imgTickets:$40 for Adults (14 years and above)$20 for Kids (6-13 years)Free for Children (0-5 years)Available at the Stonebridge Hotel lobbyFeb 2nd, 9th & 16th 1pm-3pmTo view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERETo view the Pan African Caribbean Association; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Pan African Caribbean Association is celebrating Black History Month with a Gala Night, February 23rd, 2019.This evening will be a mixture of unique cultures which you can explore through African/Caribbean cuisine, a fashion show, and music.Saturday, February 23rd 5-9pmMackenzie Ballroom Stonebridge Hotel9223 100St Fort St Johnlast_img read more

General Assembly president urges sustained momentum on climate change

The President of the United Nations General Assembly today opened its annual high-level debate with a call for action to sustain the international momentum generated by yesterday’s high-level meeting on addressing the problem of climate change. “Climate change and its dramatic effects are increasingly visible and increasingly violent. The irony is that those least responsible for it will suffer most. Yesterday, many of you reaffirmed this, and sent a strong political message that the time for action had come,” General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said, urging countries to build on Monday’s historic gathering on climate change. Convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to jumpstart international action on the issue, the daylong event attracted the participation of top officials from over 150 nations, including 80 heads of State or government. The President stressed the need to map out a way forward. “First we need to take stock – to outline the instruments we have and structures necessary to address climate change; then a clear vision of the way forward; and, finally a strategy to get us there together.” In addition to climate change, the President restated his key priorities for the current session, including financing for development; the global antipoverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); countering terrorism; and renewing the management, effectiveness and coherence of this organization, including Security Council reform. “Modernizing our management and implementing greater coherence across the system will enable this organization to deliver better results on all the priorities I have outlined,” he said, calling on all present to support the Secretary-General’s efforts to make the UN more effective. “Together, dealing systematically with substance, the General Assembly can demonstrate its global leadership on these important issues. To revitalize this ‘house’ is also to renew our faith in each other, and this Organization’s cherished values,” he said. President Kerim also pointed to a change in global dynamics. “The basic values, norms and principles of international relations world are undergoing a profound transition,” he said. Noting disparities in wealth and education, he emphasized the need to “move the world towards a sense of genuine belonging, shared opportunity and responsibility.” The General Assembly leader also urged action to address key global hotspots, calling on those present to “use all the opportunities presented to us during the course of this session to advance towards durable peace, especially in the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan and Darfur.” The General Assembly “should be more of a dialogue, not a monologue; more engaging and insightful,” he said, urging a focus on results based on a “spirit of cooperation and mutual respect.” 25 September 2007The President of the United Nations General Assembly today opened its annual high-level debate with a call for action to sustain the international momentum generated by yesterday’s high-level meeting on addressing the problem of climate change. read more

SP downgrades Scotiabank National Bank 4 others

TORONTO — Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the ratings of six of Canada’s financial institutions by one notch.The credit ratings agency cites a softening economy, low interest rates and pressure from the headwinds facing Canada’s economy.[np_storybar title=”S&P cuts outlook on seven major Canadian banks” link=””%5D Standard & Poor’s has cut its outlook to “negative” from “stable” on seven major Canadian financial institutions including Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank and Bank of Nova Scotia, attributing the change to soaring consumer debt levels and the increasingly fragile global economy.Full story here. [/np_storybar]“We believe that the Canadian banking sector is encountering incremental pressure from headwinds facing the Canadian economy, which is heightening economic risk in the banking system,” S&P said in announcing the downgrades.It added that it expects intensifying competition for loans and deposits “will lead to pressure on profitability growth, especially in banks’ retail businesses.”The firm lowered its ratings by one notch on Scotiabank to A-plus. National Bank of Canada, Laurentian Bank of Canada, Central 1 Credit Union, Caisse centrale Desjardins and Home Capital Group were also lowered one notch.The outlooks for all six financial institutions are stable.S&P also affirmed its credit ratings on the Royal Bank and TD Bank and raised its outlook to stable from negative. The agency currently rates both banks at double-A-minus.We believe that the Canadian banking sector is encountering incremental pressure from headwinds facing the Canadian economyA downgrade by a credit rating agency usually means investors will demand a higher interest rate when a company goes to raise cash by issuing bonds or other debt.In its report, says the Journal, S&P noted that loan demand was approaching a cyclical peak and expected to moderate after several quarters of robust growth.Other economic factors have also brought Canadian financial institutions under increased scrutiny from ratings agencies.Back in October, Moody’s Investors Service announced it was placing the long-term ratings of six Canadian banks under review Friday for a possible downgrade.It said high levels of consumer debt and high housing prices had left the banks more vulnerable to downside risks to the Canadian economy than in the past.The agency put Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Caisse Centrale Desjardins, CIBC, National Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank under review.Royal Bank was not included on the list.Moody’s had already cut Royal Bank’s long-term deposit rating to Aa3 from Aa1 in June as part of a move to cut the credit ratings of 15 of the world’s largest banks, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs.At the time, the agency noted that RBC had stronger buffers than many of its global peers in the form of earnings from other, generally more stable businesses.The Canadian Press read more

TSX declines as US indexes close higher on possible Syrian agreement

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market declined Tuesday, pressured by falling gold and oil prices amid signs that geopolitical tensions may soon ease after Syria agreed to hand over its chemical weapons stockpile.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 30.16 points to 12,824.48. A weakening U.S. dollar helped drive the loonie ahead 0.24 of a cent to 96.64 cents US.The Syrian government said early Tuesday that it has accepted Russia’s proposal to dismantle its chemical weapons as part of an effort to “uproot U.S. aggression.”President Barack Obama cautiously welcomed the recent developments but said he still plans to ask U.S. Congress to approve airstrikes in case Syria’s promise falls through.The possible diplomatic breakthrough drove U.S. indexes higher, as the Dow Jones rose 127.94 points to 15,191.06, the Nasdaq was up 22.84 points to 3,729.02 and the broader market measure, the S&P 500, was ahead 12.28 points to 1,683.99.However, the resource-heavy Toronto market dropped, led by a retreat in gold stocks and declines in commodities. December bullion fell $22.70 to US$1,364 an ounce, while December copper took back two cents to US$3.26 a pound. The October crude contract fell $2.13 to US$107.39 a barrel.The gold sector on the TSX was down 4.78 per cent. Nearly all companies in the sector fell, with shares in Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) down 4.32 per cent, or 86 cents, at C$19.06 and shares in Alamos Gold (TSX:AGI) down 6.29 per cent, or $1.06, to $15.80.It’s the second day of declining crude prices amid the easing of tensions surrounding Syria. Although Syria isn’t a major producer, political uncertainty in the oil-rich Mideast tends to push up crude prices.Investors have been spooked for the past few weeks as they waited to see if the U.S. would launch military action against Syria for allegedly using sarin gas against civilians on Aug. 21. The attack in a Damascus suburb reportedly killed 1,429 people.“The Canadian market isn’t doing badly when you consider this (easing of the Syrian crisis) is causing some softness in the price of gold bullion and oil prices,” said Norman Raschkowan, a North American strategist with Mackenzie Financial Corp. “Any time that you can avoid getting into an armed conflict, it’s a good thing.”Raschkowan said some of the strength may be attributed to improved economic data coming out of North America, Europe and China.Overnight, there was further evidence that China, the world’s No. 2 economy, was over its recent soft patch. Industrial production was 10.4 per cent higher in August than the year before, ahead of analyst forecasts of a 9.9 per cent increase.“Uncertainty and the anxiety tends to weigh on markets,” he said. “There has been a lot of positive news out there and the general upwards trend that we’ve seen in the last few days is probably more of a reflection on the more encouraging economic data out of China.”In corporate news, Toronto-based Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX:CG) announced a potential resolution of its difficulties with the Kyrgyz government related to its Kumtor gold project. Its shares were initially up on the news, but later reversed direction and were down 34 cents, or 5.26 per cent, at $6.13.Meanwhile, shares in smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) lost most of the gains they picked up Monday after reports surfaced Tuesday that a sale of the company was not as close as some may believe. BlackBerry shares dropped 5.27 per cent, or 63 cents, to $11.33.Investors in Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) seemed unimpressed by the tech giant’s announcement Tuesday of two new iPhone models and a new mobile operating system later this month. Apple says its next mobile operating system, iOS 7, will be available as a free download on Sept 18. Shares in Apple were down $11.53, or 2.28 per cent, to US$494.64. TSX declines, as U.S. indexes close higher on possible Syrian agreement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 10, 2013 8:39 am MDT read more

Manchester tattoo parlour that raised money for terror victims under fire after

first_imgI feel sorry for Samantha getting dragged into it because obviously she really needs the money too but they weren’t honest with people. It’s quite sad to see what’s happenedLeanne Fletcher “I feel conned… Loads of people got these tattoos in good faith that the money would help all those children and the families affected.”I rang Inkspire on the Saturday [May 27] to discuss it and they said they were so busy that they’d have to book me in for Sunday.”I turned up for my appointment at 4.45pm and didn’t get done until 7pm. That’s how busy it was. There were more people after me as well because they stayed open longer than usual to fit everyone in.”I paid £35 cash because I wanted it in colour but they were charging most people £25. It only took about 15 minutes and I got a receipt.”I’m really happy with the tattoo itself. There was a good atmosphere and they were offering cups of tea and biscuits.”Yesterday [Tuesday] I finished work and saw their post about where the donations actually went. I was fuming. I’m disgusted. It made me really angry.”I feel sorry for Samantha getting dragged into it because obviously she really needs the money too… It’s quite sad to see what’s happened.”The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which comprises several fundraising efforts set up to help victims and survivors of the bomb – including the Manchester Tattoo Appeal – has so far raised more than £10million. In a statement on Wednesday, Inkspire Rochdale – which appeared to post a screenshot proving it had paid the four-figure sum to Samantha via PayPal – said: “I would like to apologise for the misunderstanding and upset this has caused people and would like to inform you that under no circumstances did I or my staff deliberately try to deceive anyone.”As you can see from Samantha’s [statement] I have been working hard to try and resolve the situation and I thank you for your understanding in this matter.”A man claiming to represent Inkspire Rochdale, who wouldn’t give his name, said: “Charity begins at home. We have taken the initiative to provide to several charities.”We have offered contributions to Samantha out of our own generosity and goodwill to the sum of almost £1,300. That same sum will also be donated to the Manchester appeal this Friday.”No-one has told us to do this. It’s from our own goodwill. What people were under the impression of and what is factual are different. We never said we would give to the Manchester appeal.”The wording we used was to give to charity. We never stated a specific charity. At this moment we should be working together to overcome fear. Samantha Smith, a 30-year-old mother-of-two, who suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, has since received death threats despite saying she would forward the money to the Manchester fund following the “poorly handled mistake”.Leanne Fletcher, who paid £35 to get a bee tattoo on her foot at Inkspire Rochdale on May 28, said she felt “conned” by the studio’s management.However, a spokesperson for studio claimed that they never stated the money raised would go the terror attack victims, only that it would go to charity.Leanne, a 34-year-old nursery manager from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, said: “The fact of the matter is that people thought they were donating to the victims of the bomb. “That’s not to take anything away from Samantha, who has a very worthy cause that I’ve donated to in the past, but that’s not who people thought they were giving to. “We are willing and able to give to both charities and we we shall continue to do so.” Samantha Smith requires life-saving spinal surgerycenter_img In a statement on Wednesday, Samantha, from Littleborough, Greater Manchester, said: “Yesterday, Inkspire Rochdale donated £1,285 to my cause via the fundraising page.”Unfortunately, the donors believed this money was for the Manchester fund and it has caused upset for everyone involved.”Yesterday, the studio contacted me to tell me they had fundraised with the initial intention of it to go to the Manchester fund, but that a decision had been made to donate it to my fund instead.”I believed this was a collective decision. Naturally, given my situation I was very grateful.”I now understand this was not a collective decision and have witnessed the upset and anger towards the decision and towards Inkspire.”I can reassure you that when I am home I will forward the money to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.”It is my belief that the studio made a decision based on good intentions, but it has seemingly been mishandled.”I don’t believe a man should lose his business over a poorly handled mistake motivated by best intentions.”I do, however, believe that the funds should be with the people that they were donated to initially and this will happen, with evidence posted here to my page. “In addition, a member of my fundraising team has spoken with Inkspire. They have received a lot of hate and anger for their decision and feel extremely remorseful for their mistake.”Finally, Inkspire would like to resolve this matter urgently and have kindly offered to personally match the amount raised and donate it to the #SaveSamantha fund once I have forwarded the donation to the Manchester fund.”In comfort of the knowledge that this issue will be completely resolved today, I kindly ask that you allow this matter to rest once evidence of fund transfer has been posted by myself. Thanks.”In a Facebook post on Tuesday, since deleted, the business said: “So guys after careful consideration all your donations have been forwarded to Samantha Smith, a single mum who is in need of a major life-saving surgery.”Victims of Manchester: as such a huge, huge amount has been raised already for such a great cause, we thought perhaps we would also help out another of our own from Manchester/Rochdale area.”We hope this upsets no-one as we should stand united. I hope everyone understands this [is] for a great cause.”We would like to thank everyone who gave towards charity – all the artists, non-artists and the customers from all studios who worked extremely hard to achieve whatever numbers they did.” Samantha Smith requires life-saving spinal surgeryCredit:Mercury Press and Media Ltd A Manchester tattoo parlour that raised money for terror victims has come under fire after ‘passing on’ donations to a sick local mother. Dozens of people got a tattoo of a bee – a symbol of Manchester – at Inkspire in Rochdale in the aftermath of last month’s bomb under the impression that the proceeds would go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.But the studio caused uproar when it posted on Facebook to say a £1,285 donation had instead been made to a single mother who requires life-saving spinal surgery. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Babylon powers up at BHPs Mining Area C operation

first_imgAustralia-listed Babylon Pump & Power is about to mobilise its power generation team to BHP’s Mining Area C iron ore operation in Western Australia after securing a contract through ADENCO Water Management & Civil Engineering.Under the contract, Babylon will supply, install and maintain power generation equipment for the Surplus Water Pipeline project at Mining Area C. ADENCO was awarded a contract to supply all labour, plant, materials, transport, equipment, supervision and project management to complete the project and has contracted the power generation part out to Babylon.Babylon’s work is due to start immediately, with commissioning scheduled for September.The contract will run for a minimum term of 52 weeks and is expected to book Babylon some A$1.1 million in revenue in its 2019 financial year.Babylon said: “The significant contract is an endorsement of the company’s strategy in positioning Babylon as a key provider of specialty equipment rental and resource equipment maintenance services.”The scope of the Surplus Water Pipeline project, according to ADENCO (whose work is pictured above), includes the supply and site installation of the mechanical, electrical and civil works. The main components are:35km of HDPE pipe ranging from DN710 to DN315, with a significant proportion to be buriedInpit and expit bore pumps, diesel generation sets and headworks, including two inpit, trailer-mounted dewatering unitsTwo new electrically-driven transfer pump stations and associated concrete/civil worksTwo diesel-driven transfer pumps with solar powered control panelsTwo large water storage tanks and associated concrete/civil worksA number of managed aquifer recharge bores with solar powered control panelsA range of HDPE and steel fittings and assembliesAll associated air release, isolation and non-return valvesSeveral detailed civil structures and below-ground worksAll associated civil and concrete works, including land clearing, trenching, backfilling and compaction.BHP is in the process of extending its Mining Area C through the development of the South Flank iron ore project.last_img read more

EHF CL Group C and D Furious Meshkov Serbs write history

Meshkov BrestVelux EHF Champions League 1. HC Meshkov Brest220064:42(22)4 3. Futebol Clube do Porto210156:53(3)2 Three matches were played in the VELUX EHF Champions League Group C on Saturday. The best performance showed Belarrusian Meshkov Brest by beating Tatran Presov in away match – 30:20 (14:11). Nikulenkau, Vukic and Razgor netted four goals for the Bebeshko’s team, who distributed minutes among all the players.The new chapter of the club’s history wrote Serbian champions RK Vojvodina Novi Sad. Serbs beat Chekhovskie Medvedi 26:24 (12:13) for the first victory ever in the VELUX EHF Champions League! The main role had left wing Filip Marjanović who netted 11 goals from 12 shots.Naturhouse La Rioja beat FC Porto 30:23 (10:12) after weak 30 minutes. Experienced right back Malmagro was the leader of turnover with eight goals.STANDINGS: 4. Chekhovskie Medvedi210151:52(-1)2 5. Vojvodina210148:58(-10)2 2. Naturhouse La Rioja210156:50(6)2 ← Previous Story Barca’s tough job against “Orange boys” Next Story → SHOCK: Laszlo Nagy has broken hand? 6. TATRAN Presov200243:63(-20)0 RK Metalurg Skopje beat Kadetten Schaffhausen 28:24 (15:11) in the first match of Group D. Poor Swiss champions, who are obviously in crisis at the start of European campaign lost match against the average home team led by Lino Červar, but with great fighting spirit. Austrian NT right back Janko Božović netted eight goals for the Macedonians…PHOTO: SEHA read more

LOnu fait appel à Hollywood pour lutter contre le réchauffement climatique

first_imgL’Onu fait appel à Hollywood pour lutter contre le réchauffement climatiqueLe secrétaire général des Nations-Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a rencontré des réalisateurs, scénaristes et acteurs hollywoodiens afin de les engager dans la lutte qui est menée contre le réchauffement climatique.Les films hollywoodiens ont un impact mondial. C’est en partant de ce constat que le secrétaire général des Nations-Unies, Ban Ki-moon a rencontré des stars hollywoodiennes en leur faisant toucher du doigt l’urgence qu’il y a à réagir en luttant contre le réchauffement climatique, rapporteÀ lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?”J’ai vu les conséquences du réchauffement de l’Antarctique à la forêt amazonienne et au lac Tchad. Je suis sûr qu’Hollywood peut faire de bonnes histoires à partir de ça”, indique le secrétaire général de l’Onu. Face aux vedettes du cinéma, des vedettes du climat étaient conviées pour intervenir sur le sujet. C’était le cas avec Rajendra Pachauri, le président du Giec (Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat).La question du réchauffement climatique semblant désintéresser les Américains, les Nations-Unies comptent beaucoup sur le cinéma pour faire prendre conscience au plus gros pollueur du monde de l’urgence de réagir et de la gravité de la situation, notamment en ce qui concerne les gaz à effet de serre.Le 26 février 2011 à 14:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sports Direct yet to resolve back pay issues

first_imgThe Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee has released a report into employment practices at Sports Direct, which includes concerns around pay deductions and outstanding back pay.The report follows the admission of Mike Ashley, founder of Sports Direct, that staff at the organisation’s Shirebrook warehouse were paid below the minimum wage. Ashley admitted the pay errors at a Select Committee hearing in June.Workers, who are employed by agencies The Best Connection and Transline Group, were paid £6.50 an hour, 20p less than the current national minimum wage rate of £6.70.Warehouse staff in Shirebrook were submitted to searches at the end of each shift to check for stolen goods, which in turn created delays in leaving the workplace. Staff were not paid for the time spent being searched, resulting in the breach of national minimum wage requirements.Pay has since been raised to meet the national minimum wage, however, the issue of back payments to staff is still pending. The organisation is currently subject to an ongoing investigation by HM Revenue and Customs.The workers contracted by agencies Transline and The Best Connection have also been found to be subjected to further pay deductions.For staff who do not have a bank account, Transline pays wages onto a pre-paid debit card. BIS found that additional fees were being charged to the employee for using this method, such as a one-off fee, monthly management fee and extra charges for cash withdrawals, texts to the card holder and paper statements.The Best Connection offers insurance services for its workers, however, the report details that many staff members were unaware they had agreed to the salary deductions, which could cost up to £2.45 a week.Sports Direct also came under scrutiny for docking employee’s pay by 15 minutes if they are one minute late on arrival to work or when returning from a break. This practice has since been amended.Currently, a five minute rounding-up system is in place. This means that if staff are four minutes late then they will lose five minutes’ pay. The BIS report recommends that this be replaced by a rounding-down system.Iain Wright MP, chair of the BIS committee, said: “The evidence we heard points to a business whose working practices are closer to that of a Victorian workhouse than that of a modern, reputable high street retailer. For this to occur in the UK in 2016 is a serious indictment of the management at Sports Direct, and Mike Ashley, as the face of Sports Direct, must be held accountable for these failings.”A spokesperson for Sports Direct said: “We will study the contents of the committee’s report very carefully. It is our policy to treat all our people with dignity and respect. We are pleased to see that the committee has recognised Mike Ashley’s commitment to engage in addressing any shortcomings in the working practices at Sports Direct.”last_img read more

DC Protest Planners Say Restaurant Group Should not be Able to Meet

first_imgA crowd of workers and activists will be in Washington, D.C., April 29, to protest the annual convention of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) at 5 p.m., in front of the Ronald Reagan International Convention Center located at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.The purpose of the protest, organized by the Baltimore Workers Assembly, is to keep up the pressure for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 dollars and hour, and to expose the NRA’s role in trying to prevent any increase. The protest will take place while the NRA is holding an awards banquet.The National Restaurant Association’s conference this year is devoted to lobbying and strategizing against any efforts to raise restaurant workers or any other low-paid workers.The NRA is the principle organizer and financer of the anti-minimum wage increase battle both in Washington DC and in state capitals. Sharon Black, leader of the Baltimore “We Deserve Better” Workers Assembly, said, “The restaurant industry executives that dominate the RNA have assumed more responsibility than just about anyone else for waging a war against low-paid workers — and they should not be able to meet in peace…” Ms. Black continued, “We think that the reason The NRA is meeting in the Ronald Reagan International Convention Center, a federal building, is because they’re so hated they felt that their conference needed the extra protection that they’ll get from the government because of the venue.” The Rev. Grayland Hagler will also participate in the protest, along with members of the Restaurants Opportunity Center, United Workers of D.C., and Occupy D.C.The Baltimore Workers Assembly is a newly formed low-wage workers and activists’ alliance working to win a $15 minimum wage and a union in the Baltimore, Washington D.C. area.last_img read more

Gearbox reminds us Duke Nukem Forever has babes

first_imgUsually in the months leading up to a game’s release the teaser trailers start to appear to build interest. In the case of Duke Nukem Forever it’s as much to remind us that, yes, the game is seriously getting a release finally.The latest trailer developer Gearbox has released is definitely aimed at those who like the more politically incorrect aspects of the Duke Nukem universe. And this time it’s those scantily-clad babes that take center stage.There’s no gameplay in this trailer, just lots of babes in “get your attention” outfits talking in a very suggestive manner. It does little to sell the game to anyone over the age of 14, which may be a problem seeing as its a Mature 17+ rated game.Still, this should bring back a few memories for those who played the previous games, and these babes are sure to make for a nice interlude between firing your gun. We especially like the amusing comment at the end of the video which suggests washing your hands after playing. We agree, your hands can get a bit sweaty after shooting bad guys for a few hours.Duke Nukem Forever is set for a release on June 14 across PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. If you want to learn more about the game before then you can check out Sal’s hands-on preview with the PAX demo from February.via CVGlast_img read more

Israeli Scientist Invents Bomb Detector Spray

first_img The discovery of a more effective method to estimate polluting emissions from nitrogen fertilizers Explore further Professor Joseph Almog has developed a spray that can detect urea nitrate, a powerful explosive that can be created by non-professionals in relatively simple back-yard facilities. Urea nitrate is commonly used by Palestinian terrorists in Israel, as well as in suicide bombers’ belts and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York. Although urea nitrate is a colorless crystalline substance that is similar in appearance to sugar, Almog has developed a chemical color test, where a suspect´s hands are wiped with treated cotton, which will then turn bright red if the individual had recently touched urea nitrate. The test is based on the formation of a red dye in the chemical reaction between the chemical p-dimethylaminocinnamaldehyde and urea nitrate under neutral conditions.Almog and research student Nitay Lemberger, who are from Hebrew University´s Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry in Jerusalem, have added the bomb detector test to an arsenal of other forensics tests. Almog, a former Israeli Police Brigadier General and Director of the Identification and Forensic Science Division of the Israeli Police, has done previous research on color changing test fluids. His inventions include Ferrotrace, a chemical that turns dark violet when sprayed on hands that have recently held a pistol or grenade, an agent that reveals hidden fingerprints, as well as a kit that can identify a wide variety of explosives.While other methods exist to detect urea nitrate, the spray is much simpler and less expensive, and has the potential to be widely used. Another advantage is that the spray can detect minute traces of the explosive not only on hands, but also on door handles, luggage containers and vehicles. The chemical can also distinguish with a high level of accuracy between sugar or other similar white powders and urea nitrate.More information: Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry, Hebrew University Press Release Citation: Israeli Scientist Invents Bomb Detector Spray (2007, October 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A cotton swab, sprayed with a color-changing chemical, will turn red after contact with urea nitrate. (Almog) 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

Nigerian minister presents 29 billion budget

first_imgABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – Nigeria’s finance minister presented lawmakers Thursday with a proposed budget of 4.642 trillion naira ($29 billion) for 2014, saying it was lower than last year because of rampant oil theft and lower customs duties.Minister Ngozi Ikonjo-Iweala said the proposal includes capital expenditure of just 1.1 trillion naira ($6.88 billion), 27 percent of the total, with the rest going to running the government. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too The defectors cited factionalism and divisions in the party, which Jonathan is accused of fueling with an unannounced desire to run for re-election in 2015. Many in his party feel he could destabilize the country by not following an unwritten rule to rotate power between the Muslim north and Christian south.Jonathan, a Christian southerner, also is seen as mismanaging the response to an Islamic uprising in the northeast that has killed thousands. Africa’s most populous nation of more than 160 million people also confronts ongoing deadly ethnic-religious clashes in central Nigeria and renewed militancy and oil theft in the southern Niger delta. Experts estimate Nigeria is losing as much as 200,000 barrels of oil a day to thefts believed to profit some politicians.___Associated Press writer Michelle Faul contributed to this report from Lagos, Nigeria.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipes She set expected government revenue for 2014 at 3.73 trillion naira ($23.3 billion), a deficit of 1.9 percent of GDP.The budget for Africa’s biggest oil producer is based on oil selling at $77.5 a barrel, a compromise between the executive’s proposal of $74 and lawmaker’s demands for a $79 a barrel benchmark. The dispute had delayed the budget for weeks.“It’s a budget for jobs and inclusive growth,” Ikonjo-Iweala, a former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told reporters. “The budget supports policies that will continue to push agriculture, manufacturing, investment so that our youths can have modern jobs.”Last year’s budget was $29.3 billion.Despite economic growth averaging 7 percent over the past decade, the government’s own statistics show the number of Nigerians living from hand to mouth has increased since 2004.Thursday’s presentation comes the day after the ruling People’s Democratic Party lost its majority in the House of Representatives when 37 legislators defected. President Goodluck Jonathan’s party still retains a majority in the senate.It was unclear how the passage of the budget might be affected by the defections, coming the day before legislators break for the Christmas holidays. Five state governors defected last month. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Qatar Airways launches its first global sales promotion of 2018

first_imgQatar Airways launches its first global sales promotion of 2018Qatar Airways launches its first global sales promotion of 2018Qatar Airways is delighted to announce its first global sales campaign of the year, the popular Global Travel Boutique, offering passengers an exclusive selection of savings and offers to memorable places around the world in Economy and Business Class.Passengers are invited to plan their next trip with Qatar Airways and take advantage of special fares as well as the airline’s special Business Class Companion Offer, available when two to nine people travel together on the same booking. Families with children can also enjoy discounts with a kids special offer.Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ehab Amin, said: “We are delighted to usher in 2018 with our Global Travel Boutique promotion, our first sales campaign of the year. This promotion follows the success of last year’s Global Travel Boutique campaign, offering our passengers tremendous discounts on fares across all cabin classes. This promotion is a wonderful way to start 2018, and we invite all of our passengers to take advantage of the exciting discounts on offer.”Passengers will also have the chance to earn double Qmiles on all bookings made from 9-16 January 2018, with travel validity from 9 January 2018 until 10 December 2018.Passengers can now book flights to the most popular destinations on Qatar Airways’ extensive global network, with Economy Class fares from Perth* starting at $999 to Dublin, $1,119 to London, and $1,059 to Paris. Economy Class fares on our new second-daily Sydney service* start at $1,109 to Dublin, $1,199 to London, and $1,149 to Rome. Business Class return fares from Perth* start at $5,469 to Dublin, $5,679 to London, and $5,589 to Paris, with further discounts offered on recently-launched destinations.The promotion will also provide Qatar Airways passengers up to 15 per cent discounts on Al Maha Services and Lounge access, up to 10 per cent discount on RCC car rentals and a special discount of 20 per cent for up to four rides with Qatar Airways’ luxury chauffeur service partner, Blacklane.Qatar Airways will continue expanding its global network throughout 2018 by adding flights to many more exciting destinations including Canberra, Australia; Thessaloniki, Greece; and Cardiff, Wales, to name just a few.The national carrier of the State of Qatar is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world and has a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.The award-winning airline received a number of accolades in 2017, including ‘Airline of the Year’ by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which was held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition. Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including ‘Best Airline in the MiddleEast,’ ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’* Offer valid until 16 January 2018, unless sold out prior. Fares quoted above are for departures from Perth. Fares quoted above are the lowest adult return prices per person including taxes, fees, and airport charges. Perth Economy Class fares are valid for departures between 16 February – 5 April 2018, 18 April – 7 June 2018, and 27 September – 30 November 2018. Sydney Economy Class fares are valid on QR906/907 only, and are valid for departures between16 February – 5 April 2018, 22 April – 23 May 2018, and 27 September – 30 November 2018. Perth Business Class fares are valid for departures between 9 January – 8 June 2018, and 11 September – 2 December 2018. Blackout dates in either direction may apply. All travel must be completed by 10 December 2018. Other sale fares are available from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and Canberra. ‘Companion offer’ refers to a minimum of two (2) and maximum of nine (9) people travelling together on the same booking in Business Class. Fares may vary due to currency fluctuations. Seasonal surcharges, weekend surcharges, and blackout periods may apply. For all other terms and conditions please review at time of booking. Canberra flights start 12 February 2018, subject to government approval.Source = Qatar Airwayslast_img read more

RoundPoint Introduces Retail Mortgage Lending Division

first_imgRoundPoint Introduces Retail Mortgage Lending Division in Headlines, News, Origination, Uncategorized HOUSING Lending mortgage real estate Roundpoint 2017-12-18 Rachel Williams Sharecenter_img RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation (RPMS) announced that in September it launched a retail mortgage lending division. Licensed in 42 states, its mortgage lending operation is headquartered in Charlotte where RPMS is based.The new mortgage lending division, which employs 174 people, was initially launched to neutralize RPMS’s portfolio run-off. The next phase for the operation is to expand to purchase market opportunities. It offers a full suite of mortgage loans, including GSE, government, and alternative financial products.“RoundPoint’s more casual, relaxed, no pressure approach to mortgage lending is something we believe is distinctly different in the industry,” Yarbrough said. “Education and empathy are the most important qualities we can offer to borrowers, and we make sure that human beings are available at every step of the process to answer questions and provide status updates,” said Kelli Yarbrough, VP, who is heading the sales division.Founded in 2007, RoundPoint is a fully licensed agency and non-agency subservicer for commercial banks, credit unions, mortgage companies, and hedge funds. RoundPoint currently services over $75 billion worth of mortgage assets and is licensed to service loans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S Virgin Islands. December 18, 2017 593 Views last_img read more

Amazons Next Move In Real Estate

first_img Amazon brokerage Homebuyers real estate Realogy Zillow 2019-07-23 Radhika Ojha E-commerce giant Amazon has set its eyes on the real-estate lead generation business through a tie-up with brokerage firm Realogy. This program called TurnKey connects homebuyers to one of Realogy’s real estate agents when they search through Amazon.”Realogy’s great affiliated agents serve their clients during one of the most important moments in their lives, and Amazon’s services and products can transform that moment to make it rewarding in a way no one ever has before,” said Ryan M. Schneider, CEO and President, Realogy.The program is initially being offered across 15 markets. Apart from connecting buyers to Realogy agents, Amazon plans to promote its home services offerings through this program. The e-commerce behemoth will offer complimentary home services products ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 when a buyer closes on a home through a TurnKey agent.”Customers can be overwhelmed when moving, and we’re excited to be working with Realogy to offer homebuyers a simplified way to settle into a new home,” said Pat Bigatel, Director Amazon Home Services in a statement. “The Amazon Move-In Benefit will enable homebuyers to adapt the offering to their needs–from help assembling furniture to assisting with smart home device set up, to a deep clean, and more.”According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), this partnership is likely to cause some unease in the brokerage industry. It follows Amazon’s attempt to hire realtors through its site in 2017, which had caused alarm in the industry. However, Amazon told WSJ that it isn’t interested in selling real estate at least for now.So far this business was dominated by Zillow’s Premier Agent program, the WSJ report said. It drew $898 million in revenue for Zillow last year.The WSJ report also pointed out that while Realogy aims to bolster its brokerage business through this partnership, it would be “forgoing the opportunity to generate revenue from its own relationships with homeowners by selling ancillary services or referrals to local service providers.” 10 days ago 237 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Amazon’s Next Move In Real Estate Sharelast_img read more

Tristan is dropping a wheelbarrow of concrete into

first_imgTristan is dropping a wheelbarrow of concrete into the form for one of the sidewalks of the planned 10 levels of the terraced greenhouse.The crew is completing the casting of the sixth level of the terraced slope.More to come on 7/23/2012. July 20, 2012Here is more about construction of the terraced greenhouse below the guestrooms.Juliano, Jenna, Nicki and Tristan are mixing concrete.[photos: Nadia Begin & text: David Tollas]last_img