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Canadas Kaetlyn Osmond wins Olympic bronze medal in womens figure skatingCanadas Kaetlyn Osmond wins Olympic bronze medal in womens figure skating

first_imgGANGNEUNG, South Korea – Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond has won a bronze medal in women’s figure skating at the Winter Olympics.The reigning world silver medallist from Marystown, N.L., skating to music from “Black Swan,” scored 152.15 in her long program for a combined score of 231.02.She was also third after the short program.Osmond’s medal is historic as it boosts Canada’s total in Pyeongchang to 27, an all-time high for the country at the Winter Games.Russia’s Alina Zagitova, just 15 years old, scored a combined 239.57 to capture gold. Teammate and reigning world champion Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia won silver with 238.26 points.Osmond, 22, who almost quit skating after breaking her leg in a training accident in 2014, nailed her long program, landing seven triples jumps. Her only mishap was a slight bobble on a triple Lutz.Canada hadn’t won an Olympic medal in women’s singles since Joannie Rochette claimed bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Games just days after her mom died of a heart attack.It was a disastrous day for Gabrielle Daleman, who was seventh after the short program. The 20-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., fell three times — on her opening triple toeloop-triple toeloop combination, her triple Lutz, and triple flip.Daleman, who won bronze at last year’s world championships, was deducted 4.00 points for the fallsOsmond and Daleman will be looked to as leaders of Canadian team that will have to rebuild after these Olympics. Among those retiring are ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who won double gold in Pyeongchang, three-time world champion Patrick Chan, and two-time world pairs champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who captured bronze.Osmond and Daleman, along with the retiring veterans, claimed gold in the team event to open these Games.last_img read more

VARIETY MAGAZINE – Maureen Ryans 20 Best TV Shows of 2017VARIETY MAGAZINE – Maureen Ryans 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

first_img Twitter Half of the showrunners of the programs in the list below are women. Women are 51% of the population of this country.This is not boring math. What’s finally occurring in TV is a long-overdue revolution.A decade ago, I would have been hard-pressed to find a single female showrunner within shouting distance of my end-of-year best-of list. Not because there weren’t women who had stories to tell and the skills to bring them to life. There have always been plenty of those women around. But the precincts of ambitious, adventurous TV —and all too often, huge sections of regular, meat-and-potatoes TV — were pretty much a dude-fest. (It’s still usually this way in TV; look at the stats.) Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment But as I perused my very long list of possible Best TV contenders, it was heartening to see that women were not only making a lot of incredible, funny, gripping, provocative programs, but also that female characters predominated in so many of the shows. READ MORE Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Countries must reform pension programmes World Bank saysCountries must reform pension programmes World Bank says

Rising divorce rates, increased budget deficits and people living longer overall should spur countries with pension programmes to reform them by diversifying their investments and taking into account real budgetary costs, the World Bank says in a new report.”This report shows us that while pension reforms in most countries initially are driven by the short-term budgetary woes of keeping costly public systems afloat, the more important longer-term problems of worldwide aging and social change, along with changes in our global economy, are equally important to the debate,” the Bank’s Robert Holzmann says.The report, “Old-Age Income Support in the 21st Century: An International Perspective on Pensions and Reform,” provides a “multi-pillar” framework of solutions, such as diversifying pension systems into public elements that would maintain minimum living standards and adding privately managed and funded components.Actual budget costs must be calculated in a comprehensive and transparent manner, it says, and those who create pension schemes must understand the standard actuarial principles of longevity involved.Most public pension schemes have not been designed to deliver current benefit levels when confronted with present major demographic and economic changes, the report says.To keep existing systems afloat many governments have chosen to cut public spending on keeping people healthy and educated, or to reduce pensions drastically for the succeeding generations of elderly, it says.Current problems include having to cover more single elderly people who have been affected by higher divorce rates and who are getting lower pension payments, as well as more women with interrupted careers earning both lower wages and lower pensions.With competition from globalization, workers have been moving in and out of formal, full-time employment to work part-time, temporarily, or to be self-employed, and have not qualified for full pensions, the report says.If problems like these are not solved, falling economic growth and greater poverty may be the end result, it says. read more

BlackBerry launches new security platform to help companies manage connectivityBlackBerry launches new security platform to help companies manage connectivity

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 8, 2016 2:52 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 8, 2016 at 5:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BlackBerry launches new security platform to help companies manage connectivity WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry revealed its latest security offering on Thursday intended to help companies reliably manage their current and future connectivity needs.The company’s new platform, BlackBerry Secure, is designed to help businesses keep tabs on all their devices to transmit sensitive data to keep people, information and goods safe.It builds on BlackBerry’s current offerings and integrates all of the company’s recent acquisitions, including Good Technology and WatchDox, into one platform.CEO John Chen said in a statement that the platform is compatible with BlackBerry’s current products and third-party software, and will work with future applications and cloud-based systems.BlackBerry (TSX:BB), once a leader in smartphone hardware development, recently abandoned the hardware business to shift focus to its more profitable software operations.BlackBerry Secure will be available in January 2017. read more

AP Exclusive Price tag of North Carolinas LGBT law 376BAP Exclusive Price tag of North Carolinas LGBT law 376B

AP Exclusive: Price tag of North Carolina’s LGBT law: $3.76B RALEIGH, N.C. – Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” isn’t hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis.Over the past year, North Carolina has suffered financial hits ranging from scuttled plans for a PayPal facility that would have added an estimated $2.66 billion to the state’s economy to a cancelled Ringo Starr concert that deprived a town’s amphitheatre of about $33,000 in revenue. The blows have landed in the state’s biggest cities as well as towns surrounding its flagship university, and from the mountains to the coast.North Carolina could lose hundreds of millions more because the NCAA is avoiding the state, usually a favoured host. The group is set to announce sites for various championships through 2022, and North Carolina won’t be among them as long as the law is on the books. The NAACP also has initiated a national economic boycott.The AP analysis ( ) — compiled through interviews and public records requests — represents the largest reckoning yet of how much the law, passed one year ago, could cost the state. The law excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide antidiscrimination protections, and requires transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings.Still, AP’s tally ( ) is likely an underestimation of the law’s true costs. The count includes only data obtained from businesses and state or local officials regarding projects that cancelled or relocated because of HB2. A business project was counted only if AP determined through public records or interviews that HB2 was why it pulled out.Some projects that left, such as a Lionsgate television production that backed out of plans in Charlotte, weren’t included because of a lack of data on their economic impact.The AP also tallied the losses of dozens of conventions, sporting events and concerts through figures from local officials. The AP didn’t attempt to quantify anecdotal reports that lacked hard numbers, or to forecast the loss of future conventions.Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan — who leads the largest company based in North Carolina — said he’s spoken privately to business leaders who went elsewhere with projects or events because of the controversy, and he fears more decisions like that are being made quietly.“Companies are moving to other places because they don’t face an issue that they face here,” he told a World Affairs Council of Charlotte luncheon last month. “What’s going on that you don’t know about? What convention decided to take you off the list? What location for a distribution facility took you off the list? What corporate headquarters consideration for a foreign company — there’s a lot of them out there — just took you off the list because they just didn’t want to be bothered with the controversy? That’s what eats you up.”Other measures show the country’s ninth most populous state has a healthy economy. By quarterly gross domestic product, the federal government said, North Carolina had the nation’s 10th fastest-growing economy six months after the law passed. The vast majority of large companies with existing operations in the state — such as American Airlines, with its second-largest hub in Charlotte — made no public moves to financially penalize North Carolina.Shortly after he signed the law, Republican then-Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement assuring residents it wouldn’t affect North Carolina’s status as “one of the top states to do business in the country.”HB2 supporters say its costs have been tiny compared with an economy estimated at more than $500 billion a year, roughly the size of Sweden’s. They say they’re willing to absorb those costs if the law prevents sexual predators posing as transgender people from entering private spaces to molest women and girls — acts the law’s detractors say are imagined.Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest issued a statement Monday accusing the AP of “another attempt to mislead and confuse the public through a bogus headline.” Forest questioned the tally and said even if true, it would represent only a sliver of the state’s economy.Forest, who declined an interview request to discuss AP’s analysis before its publication, recently told Texas legislators considering a similar law: “Our economy is doing well. Don’t be fooled by the media.”He has said that a global equestrian competition coming to North Carolina in 2018 despite HB2 is projected to have an economic impact bigger than the sporting events that have cancelled. The Swiss-based group behind the event estimated its spending poured about $250 million into the French region of Normandy the last time it was held — 2014. The organization said the figure came from a study by consulting and accounting firm Deloitte, but the Federation Equestre Internationale declined to release the report.Meanwhile, the state’s governor — Democrat Roy Cooper, who has long opposed HB2 — responded to AP’s story by saying: “We now know that, based on conservative estimates, North Carolina’s economy stands to lose nearly $4 billion because of House Bill 2. That means fewer jobs and less money in the pockets of middle class families. We need to fix this now.”And AP’s analysis shows the economy could be growing faster if not for projects that have cancelled.Those include PayPal cancelling a 400-job project in Charlotte, CoStar backing out of negotiations to bring 700-plus jobs to the same area, and Deutsche Bank scuttling a plan for 250 jobs in the Raleigh area. Other companies that backed out include Adidas, which is building its first U.S. sports shoe factory employing 160 near Atlanta rather than a High Point site, and Voxpro, which opted to hire hundreds of customer support workers in Athens, Georgia, rather than the Raleigh area.“We couldn’t set up operations in a state that was discriminating against LGBT” people, Dan Kiely, Voxpro founder and CEO, said in an interview.All told, the state has missed out on more than 2,900 direct jobs that went elsewhere.Supporters are hard-pressed to point to economic benefits from the law, said James Kleckley, of East Carolina University’s business college.“I don’t know of any examples where somebody located here because of HB2,” he said. “If you look at a law, whether or not you agree with it or don’t agree with it, there are going to be positive effects and negative effects. Virtually everything we know about (HB2) are the negative effects. Even anecdotally I don’t know any positive effects.”An analysis by the state Commerce Department shortly before HB2 was enacted shows state officials expected the PayPal expansion to contribute more than $200 million annually to North Carolina’s gross domestic product — an overall measure of the economy. By the end of 2028, the state expected PayPal to have added $2.66 billion to the state economy.The same analysis of the Deutsche Bank project estimated a total impact of about $543 million by the end of 2027. The economic model has been used for more than a decade — with some updates along the way — when the state offers major discretionary tax breaks to attract jobs.State officials said they didn’t run the same financial analysis for CoStar, Voxpro and Adidas, so losses attributed to them were calculated using payroll numbers and other figures from the companies or state documents.Meanwhile, cancelled conventions, concerts and sporting events ranging from the NBA All-Star Game to a Bruce Springsteen show have deprived the state of more than $196 million. The number was compiled through email exchanges and interviews with local tourism officials.All told, the state will have missed out on more than $3.76 billion by the end of 2028. The losses are based on projects that already went elsewhere — so the money won’t be recouped even if the law is struck down in court or repealed.By the end of 2017 alone, the lost business will total more than $525 million.Tourism officials in several cities say the numbers they report represent only a fraction of the damage the law has done. They typically track large conventions but don’t have firm numbers for when groups or tourists cancel smaller deals — or rule out North Carolina before booking.“The biggest impact is how many times our phones are not ringing now,” said Shelly Green, CEO of the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau.When Green’s bureau sought to tally cancellations, it was able to count several large sporting events and conventions that backed out, depriving the city of more than $11 million, she said. But officials found hotels and meeting planners were tight-lipped about other events.“There are a lot more meetings that have cancelled, but we don’t have data on them,” she said.Elsewhere, tourism setbacks range from an estimated $100 million lost when the 2017 NBA All-Star Game moved out of Charlotte to $36,000 in spending taken elsewhere when the Lutheran Financial Managers Convention backed out of Fayetteville. Seven hundred part-time workers at Raleigh’s PNC Arena lost at least $130,000 in wages because of cancellations by Pearl Jam, Cirque Du Soleil and others.Other financial signals of disapproval have been more symbolic than clearly harmful.More than two dozen cities and states, from Honolulu to Vermont, have banned taxpayer-funded visits to North Carolina because of HB2. Most said they couldn’t estimate the money not spent on business travel. But in Providence, Rhode Island, officials refused to spend even the remaining $495 to send three city employees to a Charlotte conference after sponsors picked up most of the costs, city spokesman Victor Morente said in an email.Dozens of investment firms have urged North Carolina to repeal HB2, but most of those contacted in recent weeks, such as John Hancock and Morgan Stanley, wouldn’t discuss any financial measures they took to penalize the state. Trillium Asset Management, which manages more than $2 billion for wealthy families and foundations, had dozens of clients request that their holdings exclude bonds issued by North Carolina state or municipal governments, Chief Executive Officer Matt Patsky said in an interview.What impact did selling off several million dollars of municipal bonds have? Impossible to measure, Patsky said.In September, despite the law, Asheville’s Chamber of Commerce announced that biotech company Avadim was adding 550 jobs. Local officials call it the biggest single job creator in area history.But HB2 jeopardized another project of similar size for the left-leaning mountain city. Chamber CEO Kit Cramer said last year that another company considering bringing 500 technology jobs was balking because of HB2, adding: “That’s a loss that would be incredibly hard to swallow.” Cramer said in an email in March that the company hasn’t made a decision. She didn’t give further details; that potential loss wasn’t included in AP’s count.Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest city, has lost projects totalling 2,000 jobs because of HB2, Chamber of Commerce research director Chuck McShane said via email. According to separate documents obtained through public records requests, the majority were in the PayPal and CoStar projects.CoStar, a real-estate research firm, was entering final negotiations to bring 732 jobs to Charlotte in September when its board backed out because of negative publicity over HB2, according to an email between a chamber executive and a city official. When the company picked Virginia, the reversal cost North Carolina at least $250 million in economic impact over the next six years, according to figures from both states.“I fear this will be an epidemic outcome for many projects we are still in the running for at this time,” Jeffrey Edge of the Charlotte Chamber wrote in the September email exchange first reported by The Charlotte Observer.Economic losses also hit smaller towns, such as those surrounding the University of North Carolina. When the San Francisco Symphony pulled out of two concerts scheduled for April 2017, the move had a ripple effect totalling about $325,000, according to Patty Griffin, of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.“Memorial Hall will be empty those two nights and see no revenue for tickets or concessions, and no employees will work,” she said via email. “The attendees for most of them who have dinner, drinks and desserts either before or after the performance will not come out, which impacts local restaurants.”Green, the Durham tourism official, said, “When you think about it, this whole thing is just such a Dumpster fire, and nobody wants to go near it.” In this Jan. 25, 2017 photo, Brian Moynihan, Chairman and CEO of Bank of America, speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Moynihan, who leads the largest company based in North Carolina, said he has spoken privately to business leaders who when elsewhere with project or events because of the controversy associated when the state passed the HB2 bill. The Associated Press has determined that North Carolina’s law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) by Emery P. Dalesio And Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2017 1:05 am MDT Last Updated Mar 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

As deadline slips in South Sudan UN chief urges African partners toAs deadline slips in South Sudan UN chief urges African partners to

“He encourages the (East African) Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and African Union (AU) member States to seize the opportunity of the forthcoming African Union summit to address the political impasse that is impeding the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity,” a statement issued by his spokesman said.IGAD, the AU, the UN, China, Norway, United Kingdom and United States sponsored a peace agreement which President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Riek Machar signed in August to end the bloody conflict that erupted between their factions two years ago, killing thousands, displacing over 2.4 million people, and endangering the food security of 4.6 million.Senior UN officials have warned that repeated ceasefire violations by both the Government and opposition, with tens of thousands of additional people fleeing their homes, threaten to undermine the peace process in the country, which only gained independence in 2009 after breaking away from Sudan, its northern neighbour.“The Secretary-General expresses his concern over the parties’ deadlock over the issue of the establishment of 28 states, and their failure to meet the 22 January deadline to establish the Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan,” today’s statement said. “He stresses that the formation of the Transitional Government is an essential step in implementing the peace agreement and laying the foundation for peace and stability in the country… “The Secretary-General reaffirms that the United Nations will continue to do all it can to support the people of South Sudan who continue to be subjected to unimaginable suffering and human rights abuses, as they have been since the beginning of the conflict over two years ago.”Just last month, the Security Council increased the UN peacekeeping level in the country by more than 1,000 to a ceiling of 15,000 troops and police, citing protection of civilians “by all necessary means” as its top priority amid “reasonable grounds to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity” have been committed.The Mission currently has some 12,500 uniformed personnel on the ground. read more

Despite positive atmosphere Government of Yemen suspends participation from joint peace talksDespite positive atmosphere Government of Yemen suspends participation from joint peace talks

“We understand the reasons that lead to this decision; however we urge all the parties to engage in good faith and demonstrate wisdom in their participation in the talks, Yemenis are counting on them,” said UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, in a statement. “We believe that all difficult issues should be discussed at the negotiating table in a transparent manner, in order to reach a comprehensive agreement which will put an end to this kind of incidents. We are not underestimating the importance of what happened or what is happening,” he stressed, adding that the only path to a solution is through a peaceful dialogue with full adherence to Security Council resolutions. Mr. Cheikh Ahmed further noted that the UN is in constant contact with the De-escalation and Coordination Committee (DCC), and through it with the local committees, to investigate and halt all breaches of the cessation of hostilities. On 10 April, both parties had committed to adhere to its terms and conditions, which the UN envoy had presented. After communicating extensively with the delegation of the Government of Yemen and meeting the leaders of Ansar Allah and the General People’s Congress delegation this afternoon, the envoy confirmed that he had received assurances from the parties regarding their commitment to resolve the outstanding issues without convening joint sessions. According to the statement, United Nations political experts are currently reviewing the documents presented by the two delegations in order to identify common ground between them; the world body hopes to resume the talks and build on the tangible progress achieved during the past two days. Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and thanked him for his country’s constant support to the UN in the Middle East and for hosting the peace talks. read more

JLR commits extra £1 billion to UK suppliers and creates 300 newJLR commits extra £1 billion to UK suppliers and creates 300 new

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced that it will be spending an additional £1 billion with UK automotive suppliers over the next four years, thanks to continued global demand for the Range Rover Evoque. The company has already sold more than 60,000 Range Rover Evoque models globally.JLR’s £1 billion spend with the UK automotive supply chain over the next four years is in addition to the £2 billion supply contracts that it awarded to more than 40 UK suppliers in March 2011. These suppliers provide components, facilities and services to support the Range Rover Evoque production line at Halewood on Merseyside.In a separate announcement, the company confirmed that a new logistics facility in Ellesmere Port will open this summer to support the success of both the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander 2 models, creating around 300 new jobs. JLR’s logistics provider, DHL, will manage the purpose-built site to enhance its existing operations at the Halewood plant. Details of how to apply for the new roles will be released by DHL in the near future.Dr Ralf Speth, CEO Jaguar Land Rover, said “Today’s announcements demonstrate JLR’s strong products and clear ambition for continued growth. The demand we have seen across the globe for the Range Rover Evoque means we are able to significantly increase what we spend with our suppliers, which is great news for the UK economy, and the thousands of jobs JLR supports in its supply chain.  Our commitment to the North West will also be enhanced with the new logistics facility and this will support the future success of both our Freelander 2 and Range Rover Evoque models.”Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Manufacturing is continuing to lead our economic recovery with automotive at the forefront of long-term growth opportunities. The major investment commitments made by global vehicle manufacturers to their UK plants and facilities are now beginning to create more jobs and stronger growth in the supply chain.”Paul Dyer, Managing Director of DHL Supply Chain’s automotive services in the UK and Ireland, commented: “We are delighted to continue our support for JLR’s ever-growing expansion plans. As the UK’s North West region is fast becoming a major supply chain hub for the automotive industry, this new facility will greatly enhance the next stage of the company’s development and future success.”In April 2012, JLR announced that more than 35,000 candidates had applied for 1,000 new jobs at its Halewood plant, which will support production of the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander 2. This recruitment campaign will take the workforce at Halewood to almost 4,500 – trebling the number employed there compared to three years ago – as the plant moves to three shifts and 24 hour production.Find out more about recent investment announcements by UK automotive companies.Read about SMMT’s ongoing commitment to driving growth in the supply chain.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Review scheduled for research management servicesReview scheduled for research management services

Faculty and librarians are invited to attend a feedback session as part of an external review of Brock University’s research management services. The session takes place on Monday, Nov. 6 between noon and 1:30 p.m. at Pond Inlet.Initiated by interim Vice-President, Research Joffre Mercier, the review will examine all services under the purview of the Vice-President, Research including:The Office of Research ServicesThe Office of Research EthicsInnovation and Commercialization ServicesAnimal Care“Given the quickly-evolving nature of research administration and the complexity of managing the research enterprise, the review was launched to identify our current capacities and to seek expert advice on how to move the research enterprise at Brock forward,” Mercier said.The external review committee is comprised of:Sandra Crocker, Chair, Associate Vice-President (Strategic Initiatives and Operations), Carleton UniversityRachel Scarth, Member, Associate Vice-President Research Operations, University of VictoriaDiane Dupont, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, Brock UniversityThere is a list of questions that attendees are asked to consider when coming to the consultation. These are listed on the Office of Research Services’ OneBrock internal site homepage.If you are interested in attending, please go to ORS’s OneBrock page.To RSVP, e-mail the Office of the Vice-President, Research, at by Wednesday, Oct. 25. read more

Most parents are having to cook multiple meals per evening because of riseMost parents are having to cook multiple meals per evening because of rise

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. Three in four parents are having to cook multiple meals per evening because more people have dietary requirements, research has found.It comes as almost a third (30 per cent) of Brits now have special dietary requirements or intolerances. Three quarters (74.5 per cent) of Brits now cook more than one meal every evening due to dinner table demands, A Co-op study found.Victoria Attwood, product developer at Co-op, said: “The evening meal is one of the most important times to socialise and relax after a busy day, bringing all the family together around the dinner table. With an increased awareness of sourcing, nutrition, and dietary options this naturally impacts a change in personal choices and is shifting the way we eat together.”Statistics show that Brits’ diets are increasingly in flux with dairy, gluten and meat-free diets growing in popularity. Almost two thirds (59.5 per cent) of Brits agree that food restrictions have impacted their eating habits within the last 12 months.The rise in intolerances may also be responsible for anti-social eating, as almost one fifth (18.2 per cent) of Brits choose to eat alone to avoid having to cater to different diets.Once households do sit down to enjoy a meal together, enjoying each other’s company and catching up on the day are most valued.Almost two thirds (57 per cent) of respondents cited dinner as the meal they are most likely to enjoy as a household.Over a quarter (28.2 per cent) of British households aim to eat at least one meal together every day but for over 80 per cent (81.4 per cent) their menu is shaped according to dietary needs. read more

Finlands MSK acquires major mining cabin manufacturer MatecFinlands MSK acquires major mining cabin manufacturer Matec

first_imgThe Finnish industrial conglomerate MSK Group has acquired the entire share capital of Matec GmbH, a cabin manufacturer operating in Germany and Slovakia. With the acquisition, Matec’s plants in Döbeln and Lipany become part of MSK Group. Matec manufactures cabins for machinery of many major mining OEM brands, such as Volvo CE, Liebherr and Komatsu including those on models such as the Liebherr R 9200 and Komatsu PC4000 hydraulic excavators.The acquisition is part of MSK Group’s strategy with which the group takes a confident step toward its goal of being the leading system supplier of safety cabins for mobile machinery in Europe. “The acquisition is a significant step for the company and the entire region. The Central European expansionwill not replace the Finnish operations but will supplement them, further strengthening MSK Group. We will continue to handle the Nordic, Baltic and Russian markets from Finland, while Matec will concentrate on customers in Central Europe. Supplemented with the expertise of MSK Plast, particularly in manufacturing plastic parts for mobile machinery, we will be one of the largest contract manufacturers of mobile machinery in Europe,” says Timo Lehtioja, President of the Group. He adds that the family business has a genuine will to develop its operations at all sites. “In accordance with our values, we want to provide our customers with exceptional quality, reliability and partnership while taking care of the well-being, safety and development of our staff.”“We are enthusiastic about the Matec’s new industrial owner that is a world-class leader in cabin manufacturing. We believe that Matec can reach a new operational and turnover level as part of MSK Group,” says Matec GmbH’s CEOs Carsten Prilop and Stefan Thieme. Matec’s operative management will continue with their duties, reporting to MSK Group’s President, Timo Lehtioja.last_img read more

Motor Zaporozhye qualifies for the Champions League group stageMotor Zaporozhye qualifies for the Champions League group stage

besiktasBrest MeshkovconstantaEHF Champions LeaguehandballMotor ZaporozhyeTatran Presov The first team to qualify for the Champions League group stage is Ukrainian Motor Zaporozhye! The team had no huge trouble in the final against Porto. Controlling the lead from the early stages of the game, the team from Zaporozhye in the end scored a 30:26 (17:12) victory. In the third place game, Alpla Hard defeated Junior Fasano with 35:26.For Ljubomir Obradovic‘s team Burka scored nine goals, while Shevelev and Onufriyenko each contributed six goals. Ferras was Porto’s best with eight goals.The other two teams that will qualify for the Champions League group stage will be known after today’s games between Brest Meshkov and Tatran Presov, and Constanta against Besiktas. ← Previous Story IHF SUPER GLOBE 2014 begins in Doha Next Story → SEHA: Metalurg defeated by RK Vardar in the regional derby! read more

The 9 at 9 ThursdayThe 9 at 9 Thursday

first_img EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #STORM: A status red snow-ice warning is in place for the entire country as forecasters predict that the nation will be hit with blizzard-like conditions. We’ll be posting live updates here.2. #TRANSPORT: Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann, school and private bus services are all cancelled, here’s what you need to know about transport services affected by the bad weather.3. #HEALTH: HSE staff will not have to make up the hours they take off this week due to the bad weather, Health Minister Simon Harris has said.4. #THE BEAST: The so-called Beast from the East and Storm Emma are causing the bad weather but are two different things.5. #WHITE HOUSE: Hope Hicks, one of Donald Trump’s top aides, is resigning as the US president’s communications director.6. #BREXIT: The European Commission has published the draft Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK, ahead of Britain leaving the EU next year.7. #LEICESTER: Three men have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over a deadly fire at a shop in Leicester in the UK’s midlands.8. #BLIZZARD: The bad weather is affecting many plans but people who are due to get married this week are having a particularly stressful few days.9. #TERRY WOGAN: A much-maligned statue of the late Sir Terry Wogan in Limerick cost almost €60,000 to erect, new figures reveal. Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 8:45 AM Image: Shutterstock/Evgeny Atamanenko Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Evgeny Atamanenko 1 Comment Mar 1st 2018, 7:44 AM By Órla Ryan Share3 Tweet Email The 9 at 9: Thursday Here’s all the news you need to know as Ireland braces itself for blizzard-like conditions. 14,402 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Samsungs latest smart thing is a beltSamsungs latest smart thing is a belt

first_imgWELT comes in a variety of colors and styles, and it’s actually priced about the same as a “dumb” belt from Coach, Armani, or Hugo Boss. You can pledge $99 and secure the WELT Casual and it will ship to you in January — assuming things go according to plan. Samsung’s working on a new wearable, and it can do something none of their smartwatches or fitness bands can do. It can keep your pants from falling down.Yes, fellow geeks, Samsung is preparing to expand their wearable offerings by introducing a smart belt. Rather than simply packaging it up as something like the Samsung Gear Belt and shipping it off, though, they’re running a crowdfunding campaign for it as a separate company. That company’s name is WELT, and an according to Samsung it’s a contraction of the words wellness and belt.So, why a fitness-tracking belt? Not everybody wants to wear a bulky smartwatch on their wrists, and not everyone wants to slap on a fitness band with limited functionality either. Hiding those functions in something you need to wear anyway — like in the buckle of a belt — clearly makes sense to a good number of people. WELT has already attracted more than 450 backers.There’s another reason that these folks might want a tracker built into a belt: it can keep tabs on their waistlines, which is something that no smartwatch, band, pendant, or phone can do. A magnetic sensor can track your waist in real time — which might seem a bit silly, but it does allow WELT to keep tabs on your eating habits.Not only can WELT tell when you’ve been overindulging, but it can else tell when you’re in need of a movement break. Sit for too long, and the companion app will remind you to get up and stretch your legs.last_img read more

John Cox takes High Road wishes Newsom wellJohn Cox takes High Road wishes Newsom well

first_imgJohn Cox takes “High Road,” wishes Newsom well Updated: 11:21 PM Posted: November 6, 2018 Sampson Ochotorena November 6, 2018center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Republican gubernatorial candidate for California John Cox contacted Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday evening. Cox conceded the race, but also extended his assistance in effort to help the people of California. KUSI was live Tuesday night at the US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel, with John Cox’s concession speech.RELATED STORY: Democratic Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom of CA elected Governor, defeating John Cox Sampson Ochotorena, Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018, John Cox FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Rep Beto ORourke Launches Bid to Unseat Sen Ted Cruz in 2018Rep Beto ORourke Launches Bid to Unseat Sen Ted Cruz in 2018

first_imgOffice of Congressman Beto O’RourkeU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX 16th District)As expected, Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke has announced he’s running against Senator Ted Cruz in 2018. The third-term House member and former punk rock guitarist officially kicked off his campaign at the Alcantar Sky Garden in his hometown of El Paso.“Friends, vecinos, paseños, tejanos [neighbors, El Pasoans, Texans], I’m running to represent the great state of Texas in the U.S. Senate,” O’Rourke said.O’Rourke recently gained publicity from a cross-country road trip with Republican House colleague Will Hurd. His bid is widely viewed as a longshot. Cruz finished second to Donald Trump in last year’s crowded GOP presidential primary field. He remains powerful in Texas, which hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.But the 44-year-old O’Rourke insists Cruz is beatable. He said the state needs, “a senator who’s not using this position of responsibility and power to serve his own interests, to run for president, to shut down the government, when there are so many people who pay taxes into or served in uniform for this government to work for them.”Before challenging Cruz, though, O’Rourke will have to win the Democratic senate primary. That primary race could feature fellow Congressman Joaquin Castro, who might be favored because of stronger name recognition. Sharelast_img read more

The Joan of Arc Impostor who Fooled Everyone – Even the KingThe Joan of Arc Impostor who Fooled Everyone – Even the King

first_imgJoan of Arc is adored and venerated in France. There are statues of her throughout the country, especially in places like Paris, Rouen, Orléans, and Reims. Although condemned by the Catholic Church and publicly burned at the stake in Rouen in 1431, such was her revered status as a military and religious figure that it was not long before people started believing that she had somehow miraculously survived. And a few people, most notably Claudes des Armoises, took full advantage of this.About five years after Joan’s execution, Claude met with Joan’s real brothers, Pierre and Jean, and convinced them that she was indeed their sister. According to the Chronicles of the Dean of St. Thibaud de Metz (La Chronique du Doyen de Saint-Thibault de Metz), Claude, who also went by Jeanne (or Joan), arrived in Metz on May 20, 1436, and “on that day her [Joan of Arc’s] two brothers day came to see her, one of whom was a knight called Messire Pierre, and another, ‘petit Jehan’, was a squire. And they believed that she was burned, but as soon as they saw her, they recognized her and she them.”A 1903 engraving of Joan of Arc by Albert Lynch featured in the Figaro Illustre magazineContemporary sources note that Claude looked remarkably like Joan, so it is possible that the brothers believed her; however, as Anatole France, a 19th century French writer, put it, “They believed, because they wished to believe.”Another scenario is less wholesome – the brothers went along with Claude because all three of them thought they could make some money from the scheme.Regardless of their reasoning, the brother’s took Claude to see Nicole Louve, who had witnessed the coronation of King Charles VII with Joan in 1429. Also believing her to be the real Joan of Arc, Louve gave her a horse, a hooded cloak, and a sword. That she could ride a horse well was remarkable, and lent more credibility to her story; most peasants at the time were not experienced horsemen or horsewomen.Jeanne des ArmoisesLike Joan, Claude wore her hair short, in a men’s style, and had already posed as a soldier in the army of Pope Eugene IV, where she allegedly did away with two men during a rebellion in Rome in 1435. She spoke almost exclusively in Christian parables, which enabled her to cloud certain facts and contributed to her mystery.Together with her “brothers” and two more nobles provided by Louve, Claude and her entourage traveled across north eastern France to Arlon and the court of Princess Elizabeth of Luxembourg, whose husband had fallen in the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.Statue of Joan of Arc in Orléans, by Denis Foyatier, 1855. Photo by Croquant CC BY-SA 4.0The princess lavished the party with gifts. It was here that Claude also became embroiled in a dispute over the investiture of the bishopric of Trier. Ruprecht compte de Virnebourg, who had fallen in love with “Joan”, supported one of the contenders, Ulrich von Manderscheid.Related Video: Joan Of Arc Ring Returned After 600 YearsHe put Claude/Joan in charge of a mercenary military unit, which was to be sent to the German city of Cologne to support Manderscheid, who ironically had once been excommunicated. And, according to the chronicles of the city of Cologne, the “maid of France” arrived on August 2, 1436.Joan of Arc miniatureHowever, while in Cologne, Claude drew the wrong kind of attention, especially from Johannes Nider, an inquisitor of witchcraft. Sometime around 1435-37, he wrote the “Formicarius” which mentioned Claude: “There was a young woman, who from time to time took on the behaviour of a male, and who was running around armed and with wildly flowing clothes, as soldiers in the pay of a nobleman do. She also let herself be seen dancing with men. And she used to drink and to carouse …There were two rivals who fought then, to the regret of the inhabitants, for the bishopric of Trier. The young woman boasted that she could enthrone one of them, like The Maid Joanna did with Charles, the king of the Franks, whom she helped to grow stronger in his kingdom. What’s more, did she at the same time not claim to have been that Joanna from that time, whom God allowed to rise again?”Joan of Arc depicted on horseback in an illustration from a 1504 manuscriptAnother inquisitor, Heinrich Kalteisen, also took notice of Claude, and noted that she had been seen performing magic. As Nider wrote, “In the presence of the authorities she performed unusual things that were almost in the realm of magic. The Inquisitor has sent her a call together with a public demand to subject herself to a serious investigation.”Sensing that it was time to leave, and fast, Claude returned to Arlon. Kalteisen nevertheless excommunicated her for witchcraft, wearing men’s clothes — as did the real Joan of Arc — and supporting the “wrong” candidate for the bishopric.Letter written by Joan of Arc, 1429Back in France, Claude enjoyed relative safety. She married a knight by the name of Robert des Armoises, with whom she had two children. But, in 1439, Claude began to sense that her time as an impostor was coming to an end.While in Orléans, at a lavish dinner in honor of the actual Joan’s good deeds for the city, Claude left in a hurry, having met Jean Luilier, who had made the real Joan of Arc’s clothing in 1429. As one contemporary source noted, “Possibly the false Maid fled from misgiving as to an encounter with her tailor, who of all men would have been able to detect an imposture.”Joan of Arc ChapelA few months later, Claude was called to meet Charles VII himself, whom the real Joan had helped put on the throne. Rightly suspicious, Charles devised a plan: he would send someone in his stead to meet Claude, claiming to be the king.But Claude knew, likely from royal gossip among the nobles with whom she had spent so much time, that the king wore a soft boot on one of his feet as a result of ulcers. Noticing that the man she faced did not, she called his bluff and went to Charles VII himself. Astonished, he said, “You are welcome back, in the name of God, who knows the secret that is between us.” He was not referring to his foot, however.Charles VII by Jean Fouquet, 1445-1450Claude did not, in fact, know of the secret between Joan and the king (to this day, no one knows exactly what it was) — she fell to her knees before him and confessed to being an impostor.Fortunately, neither Claude nor Joan’s brothers were punished for their fabrications. Claude returned to her husband and lived a relatively uneventful life until her end in 1449. Her epitaph refers to her as both “Jehanne du Lys”, as well as “Jehanne du Lyss – La Pucelle de France” – a reference to the real Joan of Arc.Read another story from us: When Joan of Arc Relics Turned out to be From an Egyptian MummyThat people knew she was an impostor and still had a hard time letting go is not unusual. When a historic (or famous) person dies suddenly, it can be very hard for the public to let go. And in medieval France, in the throes of the Hundred Years War, it is not at all surprising that people wanted to cling to something, anything, to believe that their beloved Joan of Arc was still with them.Joan of Arc was given a posthumous retrial in 1456, which declared her innocent and annulled her sentence. She became a saint in 1920.last_img read more

President says states sargassum issue not very seriousPresident says states sargassum issue not very serious

first_imgRiviera Maya, Q.R. — Residents around the region were dismayed to hear remarks from Mexico’s president who downgraded the state’s sargassum issue as “not very serious”. She said it would be very worrying if there are no resources to address the issue, which she hopes will flow during their negotiations, adding that they hope that over the next weeks they can find a better plan since the Secretary of the Navy presented a strategy and the issue now focuses on financing.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The comment came after state Governor Carlos Joaquín González said that every day, about 1,000 tons of sargasso is collected on public beaches in Quintana Roo. Despite multiple requests, the López Obrador government has not channeled federal resources to address the problem, instead, ordering the Navy to support the combat tasks, which up until now, has been of little success. It was the only reference López Obrador made on the subject in his speech. In a Twitter message, elected deputy Chanito Toledo criticized the remark saying, “The most serious thing is to hear from Pdte @lopezobrador_ that #Sargazo is a minor issue for #Turismo and #QRoo; Occupancy on the downside, hotel rates of shame, no tourists on the beaches, no strategy, no plan to combat it. Today’s photo #ElSargazoSiEsGravisimo,” said the deputy.center_img However, the State Secretary of Tourism, Marisol Vanegas, said that the issue of sargassum is a very serious matter for Quintana Roo and that is why a strategic master plan is being worked on to face the contingency. “We will continue to support the issue of sargasso. I have not talked much about that because I do not consider it, as some argue, very serious. No no. We will solve it. I already gave instructions to the Secretary of the Navy and they are going to build up special vessels to pick up the sargasso and put an end to that problem,” Andrés Manuel López Obrador said during his visit to Quintana Roo. The remark was made by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in his recent speech regarding the the arrival of sargassum to the coasts of the Mexican Caribbean. While he did say the government will continue to support the issue, he also referred to it as not serious.last_img read more

WATCH Costa Ricas Bryan Ruíz scores beautiful goal for Sporting Lisbon inWATCH Costa Ricas Bryan Ruíz scores beautiful goal for Sporting Lisbon in

first_imgRelated posts:Bryan Ruíz scores another golazo in Portugal Cup Watch Bryan Ruiz’s historic goal against Italy from 3 different angles 3 things to watch in La Sele’s Copa América prep against Venezuela Costa Rica’s La Sele stays on World Cup track with 1-1 tie against Honduras While Thanksgiving celebrations up north are so often synonymous with watching pigskin, the other kind of football rules supreme in Costa Rica.And an absolute golazo on Thursday from Costa Rican captain Bryan Ruíz for his European club gives Ticos everywhere reason to be thankful for the 30-year-old forward. Ruíz gave his team Sporting Lisbon from Portugal an early 2-1 lead over Lokomotive Moscow in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League by chipping in a gorgeous side volley in the 38th minute of the match at Lisbon’s José Alvalade Stadium. Lisbon won 4-2 over Moscow, which currently leads Group H of the Europa League. Lisbon’s win gives it seven points in group play, just behind Turkey’s Besiktas which is in second place with eight points. The two teams meet on Dec. 10 in a game that Sporting Lisbon needs to win in order to advance to the elimination stages.The captain for Costa Rica’s men’s national team also scored in his last appearance for “La Sele,” a crucial 2-1 World Cup qualifying win last week over Panama, when he hammered home a 65th minute goal that led the Ticos to the top of CONCACAF’s Group B in the qualifying rounds. The score was Ruiz’s 18th for his country and today’s goal marks just his second score for Sporting Lisbon after joining the club in July. Facebook Commentslast_img read more