Icelandic Delegation Visits Nova Scotia

first_img A number of Icelandic business leaders were also part of the visiting delegation: A delegation of government and business leaders from Iceland visited Nova Scotia, Oct. 27-28, to promote opportunities for innovation in Nova Scotia’s seafood, aquaculture and biotechnology sectors. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell welcomed the group to Halifax as a followup to a memorandum of understanding signed in January between provincial Crown corporation Perennia and Matis Limited of Iceland. “Strengthening our relationship with Iceland can connect Nova Scotia companies with new technologies, knowledge and potential new markets,” said Mr. Colwell. “We can benefit from Iceland’s experience in growing its economy through innovation and I am looking forward to more collaboration as we exchange knowledge and ideas.” The delegation met with representatives of the province’s seafood industry, agricultural producers and the wine industry. “Iceland has been pursuing innovation through technology and research to grow the value of our biotechnology and agriculture and seafood industries,” said Sigurour Ingi Johannsson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture for Iceland. “We see opportunities to collaborate with Nova Scotia to promote development in these sectors.” The main purpose of the agreement between Perennia and Matis Limited is to strengthen research and development capacity in the areas of fisheries, agriculture, aquaculture, biotechnology and agri-food. It commits both parties to work together on local, national and international projects, share personnel and cross promote services. Government officials in the Icelandic delegation also included: Sturla Sigurjonsson, Icelandic Ambassador to Canada Sveinn Margeirsson, CEO of Matis Limited Kristin Thorarinsdottir of food processor Marel Bjorn Margeirsson of Saeplast, a supplier of containers to the shipping industry Jon Osmann of Martak Iceland, a leading supplier of processing equipment for shrimp exporters Helga Sigurros Valgeirsdottir, Arion Bankcenter_img FISHERIES/AQUACULTURE–Icelandic Delegation Visits Nova Scotia Perennia is a provincially owned agri-food and bio-resource development company with a mission to help farmers, fisher harvesters and food processors be prosperous and profitable. More information about its programs and services is available at www.perennia.ca . Matis Limited is a government-owned, independent research company in Iceland supporting the food and biotech industries. Information about its work is available at http://www2.matis.is/ .last_img read more

Rats are taking over Toronto The city is…studying it

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, they swarm in alleys, crawl up toilets and dig through foundations. By every measure, rats are on the rise in Toronto—and in large cities around the world. The difference between Toronto and so many of those cities? Other cities take action when homeowners report infestations. So far, Toronto has no official policy or strategy.Alberta claims to be free of mating rats. Vancouver has “The Rat Project”. New York and Chicago have extensive plans in place to corral exploding populations. So what is Toronto doing? What will happen when the study is complete later this year? And if you’ve got rats, like, right now, what can you do?GUEST: Amy Dempsey, feature writer, Toronto Star(We apologize for how often you might squirm while listening to this episode.)Audio Playerhttps://rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_06142019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

Jack Black Attends 16th Annual Renal Teen Prom

first_imgYoung people facing chronic kidney disease enjoyed a “Sea of Dreams” at Renal Support Network’s (RSN) 16th Annual Renal Teen Prom in Glendale’s Hilton Hotel Ballroom.RSN’s Founder, Lori Hartwell, who missed attending her own prom because of kidney disease, created this event so other youth struggling with kidney disease could have the chance to enjoy it. Bringing this joy to others is a great joy in itself for the many volunteers, from the drivers transporting teens to and from the prom, the hair stylists helping with hair and makeup, nurses who work with people who have kidney disease and the Notre Dame High School students who set up the decorations and socialize with the teens. And of course, movie star Jack Black was there!Many young patients return to this party year after year until they pass the age limit. Anahi Fuentes, 18, from South El Monte, came for the 4th time. Maria Curiel, 24, from Los Angeles, came for the 5th year in a row with her date Elias Anzures. Issey Hernandez, 21, said this was her 7th time attending. Each of them said they love the event and never want to miss it. They spoke as they were having their hair and makeup done by professionals. David Chandler, a stylist who travels all over the world and does many charity events, met Hartwell at a Beverly Hills kidney disease fundraiser. “She invited me here and I loved being a part of it. I’ve been coming ever since!” One excited teen, Harley Miller, arrived at the styling room and signed up to have her hair done. Miller, who had seen last year’s Prom on the internet’s YouTube.com, hadn’t been able to complete her senior year or attend her own prom in Eugene, Oregon.Joanna Galeas is one of RSN’s dedicated volunteer drivers. She heard about the prom when she was already past the cut-off age so becoming a driver was a way to get involved. “There are several drivers who bring kids from all over the area. I’ve had kidney disease since I was 15 but my kidneys lasted 10 years before I needed dialysis. I’ve been involved in RSN now for years and also help Lori connect with patients at RSN’s support group meetings.”Another volunteer driver was Richard Onibasa whose wife was a kidney patient who passed away in 2009 due to a post-surgical infection. “I got involved in RSN because I’ve seen the good work that’s been done and I want to remain a part of that.” Onibasa, who has been a volunteer driver for the past six years says, “I see some of the same young people year after year. One teen who I first met in high school has now started a college nursing program.”Professional stylist, Jacklyn Lopez, missed her high school prom due to kidney disease. Her 14-year-old daughter, Taylor, was at her side helping do makeup and was enjoying her supportive role as spokesperson, “My uncle gave my mother his kidney and she had the transplant six years ago,” said Taylor, “My godmother encouraged her to get into business as a make-up artist and even though she’s struggled with illness she’s done well. She just worked at the Golden Globes and she’s going to work at the Oscars this year too.”Her mother, Jacklyn, said she heard about RSN from a friend, and saw that they offered a lot of support. She gradually got more involved and this is her third year volunteering as a make-up artist for the prom.When Brenda Burroughs, Hartwell’s hair stylist, heard about the prom, she wanted to be a part of it.“Some of the kids are shy and some are outgoing. Last year I was the picture taker, as every kid wanted to have their picture taken with the star of the evening, Jack Black,” said Burroughs. “Jack spent time with each one of the teens. That spirit carries throughout the evening and it transforms your outlook! Through this event Lori has inspired all of us to look ahead, and to be the person who features the good things.”While Burroughs talked, a girl recently diagnosed with kidney disease arrived for a styling session. Her mother exclaimed to Hartwell, “Thank you for doing something joyful and lovely!”Lesley Holden, R.N., remembers Lori Hartwell when she was 7 years old and a patient, “Then I changed hospitals and didn’t see her for years. We reconnected several years ago when she was in sales – promoting an excellent product that helps with fluid removal during dialysis. I live in Santa Monica now and I’ve helped with every one of these proms. I also help organize the boutique where girls get to pick out donated dresses. I absolutely love being involved and helping empower these patients.”Holden was busy coordinating appointments for the nine stylists and 24 girls who had hair and makeup done, “The best part of this event is seeing these young people enjoying themselves in a completely different setting that takes their mind off their illness.”The most popular service opportunity at Notre Dame High School is looking forward to setting up and attending RSN’s annual Prom.“This event has so much buzz,” said acting chaperone Bill Lawrence, a teacher at Notre Dame. “It attracts a great cross-section of students: athletes, robotics students, drama kids, and academic superstars – they love creating a great party atmosphere for the teens!”Notre Dame Librarian, Tully Rosado, was also on hand as a chaperone. “I love the spirit of this event and so do our students. They say they enjoy it even more than their own school prom!”Notre Dame’s students have been participating in RSN’s proms since its first one 16 years ago.“The Notre Dame seniors are the secret sauce of this event,” said Hartwell. “They attend training sessions about dialysis and transplantation and I inform them about the challenges faced by young people with kidney disease. They come eager to mingle, dance and enjoy time with their peers.”Outside the ballroom was ABC News anchor Philip Palmer who donated one of his kidneys for a co-worker in 2007 and learned about RSN as a result.“You don’t have to have kidney disease to relate to this event,” he said. “It is so special to see these kids not only get to have a Prom but to be around others like them in a social, party atmosphere.”Later in the evening Palmer introduced Jack Black to the stage. Black entertained the teens, encouraged them to dance the night away, and spent the rest of the night meeting with each young guest who wanted to have a picture with him.“The general public doesn’t really know how nice a person he is,” said Palmer. “He spends time with each teen at this event and at other RSN events he supports.”In the foyer a mom who had brought her daughter was clearly enjoying the party but also used the opportunity to compare notes with other parents on finding kidney donors. Inside the ballroom another loyal volunteer had fashioned a huge paper jelly fish with long streamers and was carrying it through the crowd of dancers just above their heads. It truly was floating with them on their “Sea of Dreams!”For photos, click here.Source:Renal Support Networklast_img read more

Adityanath bats for Parvesh Verma Gautam Gambhir

first_imgNew Delhi: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath arrived in Delhi on Tuesday to campaign for BJP candidates Parvesh Verma (West Delhi) and Gautam Gambhir (East Delhi), as just few days are left before the Capital goes to polls on May 12. Banking on Gambhir’s popularity as a cricketer, Adityanath appealed to the masses, saying that the former Indian batsman had played a great inning for the nation and he would repeat that when it came to politics. Earlier in the day, Adityanath also showed his support for Verma in West Delhi, saying that while the incumbent MP rode on the Modi wave in 2014, this year he has his work to show for it. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAdityanath, of course, took the chance to attack opposition members at both rallies, which went along the same lines. He said that both Congress and AAP have failed miserably and that this time Congress is set to secure less than 44 seats in Lok Sabha. The BJP heavyweight also referred to the recent video circulating on social media, showing children shouting vulgar slogans at an election event by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Adityanath said, “The princess of Congress does not seem interested in teaching children of good work.” He said the Congress will lose because of its negative politics and that his prediction will be proved on May 23 when the results are announced. The BJP also attacked AAP for targetting its North West Delhi candidate Hansraj Hans. By alleging Hans to be Muslim, “AAP has insulted the entire Valmiki community”, a party leader said.last_img read more

Pranab Mukherjee is Indias next president

Pranab Mukherjee will be India’s 13th president, officials announced Sunday, as the former finance minister comfortably crossed the halfway mark with 558,000 votes to secure his journey to Rashtrapati Bhavan.His rival, former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma, was way behind with 239,966 votes as counting continued, Mukherjee’s polling agent Pravin H. Parikh told IANS. “He has crossed the halfway mark. He is the president-elect,” Parikh said. His candidature was backed not just by members of the UPA but also the Janata Dal-United and the Shiv Sena, which broke ranks with the opposition NDA. Besides, the CPI-M, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Samajwadi Party were among those who supported him.“I congratulate Pranab Mukherjee for this historic win. He will garner more than 70 percent of the votes. I also thank people who supported him,” union minister V. Narayanasamy said. (IANS) Mukherjee, 76, who was most recently finance minister, is one of India’s most experienced politicians. He was widely considered the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s most trusted and able strategists. Though the result was clear, votes would continue to be counted till all the ballot boxes were opened. read more

Uduwe Dhammaloka granted bail in baby elephant case

The Colombo High Court granted bail to the monk when the case was heard today. The venerable Uduwe Dhammaloka was granted bail today in the case over the illegal possession of a baby elephant.The monk was earlier indicted for having a baby elephant without valid documents.

DR Congo Annan calls for large peaceful turn out in constitutional referendum

“For the democratic process to succeed, it is essential that the Congolese people play their full part,” Mr. Annan said in a statement issued by his spokesman.The referendum “marks the beginning of the long-awaited electoral process in the country after years of conflict, turmoil and immeasurable suffering,” he added.“With the full and sustained support of the United Nations and the international community, significant progress has been made towards restoring peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With almost 25 million voters registered, Congolese citizens have clearly demonstrated their desire for their country to join the ever-growing family of democratic States around the world.”With legislative and presidential elections due before the end of the transition period on 30 June 2006, the electoral process in DRC is the largest and most expensive ever assisted by the world body, expected to cost up to $430 million. read more

Women and girls with disabilities are equal rights holders not helpless objects

Noting that national policies often tend to treat women and girls with disabilities as helpless objects of pity or allow them to be treated in that manner, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has stressed that, instead, they need to be empowered and allowed to enjoy their fundamental rights and freedoms, as any other person. “Policies for women have traditionally made disability invisible, and disabilities policies have overlooked gender,” said Theresia Degener, a member of Committee member in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “But,” she added, “if you are a woman or a girl with disabilities, you face discrimination and barriers because you are female, because you are disabled, and because you are female and disabled.” To address this issue, the Committee has issued guidance for the 166 states that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to help them empower women and girls with disabilities and to enable them to participate in all spheres of life on an equal basis with others, as set out expressly in Article 6 of the Convention.Disabilities policies have overlooked genderAccording to OHCHR, the guidance – termed as a General Comment – stresses that states need to empower women by “raising their self-confidence, guaranteeing their participation, and increasing their power and authority to take decisions in all areas affecting their lives.” The guidelines note that there are three main areas of concern regarding women and girls with disabilities:Physical, sexual, or psychological violence, which may be institutional or interpersonalRestriction of sexual and reproductive rights, including the right to accessible information and communication, the right to motherhood and child-rearing responsibilities Multiple discrimination It also details the measures the countries should take in a range of sectors, including health, education, access to justice and equality before the law, transport, and employment to enable women and girls with disabilities to fully enjoy their human rights. “Our recommendations cover practical steps, such as planning public services that work for women with disabilities, and involving them in the design of products so they can use them,” said Diane Kingston, another member of the Committee. “Think of the women and girls with disabilities who face huge and daily hurdles with regard to water, sanitation and hygiene, and how guaranteeing accessible facilities, services and products could transform their lives.” The General Comment also calls on States parties to the Convention to repeal or reform all legislation which discriminates, either directly or indirectly, against women and girls with disabilities. It also urges public campaigns to overcome and transform long-held discriminatory attitudes towards women with disabilities. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities turns 10. Members of the Committee talk about how impact of the convention and the challenges that still remain. “We hope that States parties will be guided by this General Comment to review their laws and practices to achieve greater recognition and fulfilment of the human rights of women and girls with disabilities,” said Committee Chair María Soledad Cisternas Reyes. The Committee is a body of 18 independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The members of the Committee serve in their individual capacity and not as government representatives. They are elected at the Conference of the State Parties to the Convention for a four year term with a possibility of being re-elected once. .hero-unit {padding:20px !important;}.hero-unit li {font-size:65%; line-height:25px;}.hero-unit h4 {font-size:85%;} read more

Collaborative event to focus on Experiential Education

Brock University’s leadership in the area of Experiential Education will be highlighted next week.Brock’s Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI), in collaboration with Co-op, Career and Experiential Education, will host an event on Thursday, April 27 that focuses on the many innovative experiential projects, course assignments and learning activities taking place at the University.Spring Perspectives in Teaching and Learning: Spotlight on Experiential Education aims to take participants beyond the lecture hall to engage with other members of the Brock community in a wide range of settings.CPI’s Director, Jill Grose, was quick to point out the depth and importance of experiential learning at the University.“Brock has a long history of student-centred learning, with our traditional focus on seminar and labs,” she said.“What we are now seeing represents a continued commitment to innovative teaching and learning, but we are also getting much better at incorporating authentic learning activities and assessments into the curriculum — and the students are benefitting.”Conference participants will start the day with a panel discussion before fanning out to settings more familiar to experiential learners, such as an interactive showcase, an informal discussion on reflective practice at the outdoor fire pit on campus and interactions with Experiential Education co-ordinators.Some of the areas of Experiential Education that will be presented include a new Psychology course that helps students to navigate their career path, a course that sees students learning and engaging with seniors in a nursing home and a course that lets students spend 10 days learning the skills of a field geologist.In addition to the courses on display, the showcase provides opportunities for the University community to engage with the departments who facilitate and support experiential learning at Brock.  Participation in real experiential learning practices at the conference is important to those planning the event, including Brock’s Associate Director of Experiential Education, Sandy Howe.“We have set the morning up so that people have a chance to get outside, have a conversation and move around,” Howe said. “We hope that participants come with curiosity and enthusiasm to learn about Experiential Education.”The conference, she said, is an opportunity to “learn more and think about how Experiential Education can be applied to the work Faculties do for our students throughout their studies.”Brock recently became the first Canadian university to have its definition of Experiential Education adopted by its Senate. And this high level of support is reflected in the diversity of the event’s offerings, as well as the experiential learning opportunities that exist in courses and other learning exercises throughout the University. The Spring Perspectives in Teaching and Learning: Spotlight on Experiential Education takes place Thursday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. More information on the event, as well as registration forms, can be found online. read more

Droid and My Tracks help win speeding ticket court case

first_imgDepending on where you live in the world you can get caught speeding in a number of different ways. The two most common are in a speed trap which uses a camera, or by a police officer monitoring a highway with a speed gun.Sahas Katta got pulled over by the police for speeding. He was apparently doing 40 in a 25mph zone. At the time he was too shocked to even question the speed, so he just accepted the ticket and carried on driving. But Sahas had a way of proving he wasn’t speeding that he hadn’t realized.On his dashboard sat a Motorola Droid smartphone, and running on the device was My Tracks. For those that don’t know, My Tracks allows a GPS enabled phone to record detailed statistics about time, speed, distance, and elevation travelled. Sahas checked the data his phone and app had been capturing while he drove and found he was only doing 26 when the officer logged his speed.With this new information to hand Sahas decided not to accept his speeding fine and mandatory driving attendance and instead headed to traffic court. He downloaded the My Tracks data, collected detailed information about how the GPS system and My Tracks works, cited another similar case, and confirmed with the officer during the court proceedings that there was no record of the gun he used being calibrated recently or when he last attended training for it.The risk of going to court was worth it in the end. The judge ruled in Sahas’ favor, but the reason given was a lack of evidence from the police rather than the proof offered by the GPS data.So next time you decide to go driving make sure you have an app like this running on your smartphone. You never know when the data will come in handy.Read more at Skatter Techlast_img read more

2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in Balboa Park expands

first_img2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in Balboa Park expands KUSI Newsroom April 30, 2019 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) – The Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Balboa Park is expanding to bring even more Mexican-themed music and dance performances, arts and crafts, and family-friendly activities.This year’s celebration once again features colorful horseback riders, traditional dance groups, a fashion show, strolling mariachis, hands-on activity booths for kids, authentic arts and crafts demonstrations by artisans from Mexico, food trucks, and a free concert event featuring Jarabe Mexicano, according to organizers.Celebrations begins Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. within both the historic Plaza de Panama and Spreckels Organ Pavilion.Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Set within both the historic Plaza de Panama and Spreckels Organ Pavilion.Entertainment Schedule:11:10-11:20 amOpening Ceremony in the Plaza de Panama11:20-11:40 amLa Fiesta Danzantes de San Diego: A 20-minute ballet folklorico performance in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion of the popular community-based dance group, featuring traditional dances from Jalisco, Veracruz, Chiapas, and the revolutionary period.11:25-11:40 amMariachi Victoria de San Diego: Performance of mariachi music in the Plaza de Panama before accompanying the horseback procession at 12 noon. Mariachi Victoria is part of the City Heights Music School.12 noon-1 pmEquestrian Procession: Four traditionally attired horseback riders from the Escaramuza Charra las Golondrinas and Asociación Charros Herencia Charra travel from the Botanical Building into the Plaza de Panama. The procession will be led by floreador Miguel Jr Bautista performing rope tricks.12:40-1 pmLa Fiesta Danzantes de San Diego: A 20-minute ballet folklorico dance performance in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.1:10-1:40 pmMariachi Victoria de San Diego: Strolling mariachi music in the Plaza de Panama and along the El Prado walkway.1:15-2:15 pmTraditional Mexican Dress Showcase: A fashion show in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion of traditional attire created by indigenous women from diverse regions of Mexico, including San Luis Potosi, Michoacán, Jalisco, Tlaxcala, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Chiapas, and Yucatán, all from Olga de la Vega’s “Weavers of Dreams” private collection.2-2:45 pm3:15-4 pmParis Escovedo Band: Performance of Latin-flavored jazz by the international recording artist in the Plaza de Panama.2:30-2:50 pm3:10-3:30 pmWa-Kushmá Mexican Folk Production: Performances in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion of traditional folk dances from Oaxaca, Chihuahua, Jalisco, and Baja California, featuring up to a dozen dance couples.4:45-5 pmSan Diego State University Marching Aztecs Drumline: Performance on the Plaza de Panama stage by the 20-member drumline followed by a procession to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and participation in a performance of the US and Mexico national anthems there at 5 pm.5:05-6:30 pmCinco de Mayo Concert with Jarabe Mexicano: Jarabe Mexicano performs contemporary and traditional Mexican music on the Spreckels Organ Pavilion stage. Jarabe Mexicano is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of San Diego. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Updated: 12:37 PM Posted: April 30, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Volkswagen AG cuts 11 billion from future investment plan as scandal expands

first_imgVolkswagen AG cut 1 billion Euros ($1.1 billion) from its 2016 investment plan on Friday, as its emissions cheating scandal expanded to include tens of thousands more US vehicles.Volkswagen has told US regulators that emissions issues in larger luxury cars and SUVs extend to an additional 75,000 vehicles dating back to 2009, the US Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday.The disclosure widened the scandal, which had previously focused mainly on smaller-engine, mass-market cars, and raised the possibility that engineers at both the Audi and VW brands could have been involved in separate emissions schemes.Earlier on Friday, the supervisory board of VW, Europe’s biggest auto manufacturer, said it would cap spending on property, plant and equipment at around 12 billion Euros ($12.8 billion) next year, down about 8 percent on its previous plan of around 13 billion Euros.Volkswagen (VW) is battling the biggest business crisis in its 78-year history after admitting in September that it cheated diesel emissions tests in 482,000 2.0-liter diesel cars sold in the United States since 2009.In November, the EPA and the California Air Resources Board also accused VW of evading emissions in at least 10,000 Audi, Porsche and VW sport utility vehicles and cars with 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engines. VW initially denied the findings.But during a meeting on Thursday, VW and Audi officials told the EPA that all 3.0-liter diesel engines from model years 2009 through 2016 had higher emissions than allowed.Audi spokeswoman Jeri Ward acknowledged that the 3.0-liter software at issue “meets (EPA and CARB’s) definition of a defeat device.”The new disclosure covers a total of 85,000 vehicles, the EPA said, including the diesel Audi 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, Q5, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touraeg.Analysts have said the scandals could cost the company 40 billion Euros or more in fines, lawsuits and vehicle refits.The widening scandal “slows VW’s ability to move beyond the negative headlines and start the rebuilding process,” said Karl Brauer, Senior Analyst at Kelley Blue Book.”You can’t recover from a scandal while it’s still growing. You have to reach a point where everything is on the table and no more bad news is coming — then you can start repairing the damage.”The EPA and CARB held a two-hour meeting on Friday with VW to discuss the company’s plans for the 482,000 2.0-liter cars that the automaker has admitted have illegal software that allow them to evade emissions standards.The EPA said in a statement the automaker had provided an “initial proposal” for fixing the 2.0-liter diesel vehicles and that it would be taken under review.VW said in a statement late Friday it would “fully cooperate with EPA and CARB as we work to develop an approved remedy as quickly as possible” for the 2.0-liter diesels. The automaker added that it is “committed to making things right and regaining the trust of our valued customers.”CARB and EPA plan another meeting with senior VW officials to discuss the issue in the first week of December.Chief Executive Matthias Mueller said in a statement: “We are operating in uncertain and volatile times and are responding to this. We will strictly prioritize all planned investments … anything that is not absolutely necessary will be cancelled or postponed.”The cut in capital spending is VW’s first since the height of the financial crisis in 2009.In previous years, the company has published investment plans for several years ahead. But on Friday, it only gave numbers for next year, and did not give a figure for research and development, which last year accounted for about a quarter of overall planned spending of 85.6 billion Euros for 2015-19.CUTBACKSSome analysts have long urged VW to reduce spending and become more efficient, with profit margins at its mass-market namesake brand lagging those at rivals.They have suggested the emissions scandal could provide an opportunity for management to force through changes that otherwise might have been resisted by the company’s influential trade unions, and ultimately boost VW shares.VW’s preference shares, down about a third since the crisis broke, were up 1.5 percent to 107.40 Euros at 1355 GMT.Amid fears the emissions scandal could hit sales of diesel vehicles, Mueller said VW would increase spending on alternative technologies such as electric and hybrid vehicles by 100 million Euros next year compared with previous targets.He said construction of a planned new design centre in VW’s home town of Wolfsburg was being put on hold, saving about 100 million Euros, while the construction of a paint shop in Mexico was under review.In the model range, the successor to the high-end Phaeton saloon, an electric model, is being delayed.Earlier on Friday, the European Commission gave VW until the end of the year to provide information on its overstatement of fuel efficiency in some vehicles.VW also said Mueller would temporarily take on responsibility for personnel matters until a replacement was found for Horst Neumann, who retires at the end of November. It named two new employee representatives to the supervisory board as well, to replace departing ones.($1 = 0.9362 Euros)last_img read more

2 men killed in police gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationTwo people were killed in separate alleged gunfights with police in two districts on Tuesday.  A suspected member of an outlawed party was killed in an alleged gunfight between his cohorts and detectives at Jakura Balurghat in sadar upazila in Rajbari early Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Saidul, 32, local commander of Maoist Bolshevik Reorganisation Movement (MBRM).Rajbari police superintendent Asma Siddiqa Mili in a press briefing said tipped-off the law enforcers conducted a drive when the outlaws were holding a clandestine meeting at Jakura Balurghat area around 2:30 am.Sensing presence of police, the outlaws fired gunshot on them forcing them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight, she said.At one stage, Saidul, one of the outlaws, sustained bullet wounds while his cohorts fled the scene.Later, police rescued Saidul from the spot and took him to hospital where physicians declared him dead.Police also recovered a foreign gun, 32 rounds of bullet and 23 cartridges from the spot.In another incident, a suspected mugger was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and police in Bypass Rail Gate area of Akhaura upazila of Brahmanbaria early Tuesday. The deceased is Khokon Sutradhar, 30, reports UNB.Khokon was arrested along with Tk 1.87 million looted from a private company representative on Monday afternoon, said Mosharraf Hossain, officer-in-charge of Akhaura police station.A team of police along with him conducted a drive in the bypass rail gate area around 3:00am to arrest his accomplices.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the hoodlums opened fire on police prompting them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight.Khokon was caught in the line of fire and sustained bullet injuries while his cohorts managed to flee the scene.He was taken to Akhaura Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared him dead.Khokon was also wanted in several cases, including that of mugging, the OC claimed.The law enforcement’s version of the events was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.last_img read more

Baltimores State Center Project Poised to Move Forward

first_imgOn March 27, the state Court of Appeals dismissed a lower court’s ruling that upended all-important state contracts with the developer of the $1.5 billion redevelopment of State Center, a potential economic boon for the West Baltimore community surrounding it.The State Center Project had languished for years due mainly to a lawsuit (funded partly by Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos) by the development’s opponents for alleged procurement law violations.The developers of the project, Ekistics LLC, can now move forward with the re-development of the area that could bring thousands of jobs to several impoverished West Baltimore neighborhoods. “The decision rendered by the Court of Special Appeals in terms of State Center as it relates to West Baltimore development is almost analogous to the decision rendered in Brown v. Board to open up opportunity back in 1954-55,” said Rev. Alvin Hathaway, pastor of Union Baptist Church, which is in the West Baltimore community that could be most positively impacted by the State Center Project moving forward.Hathaway, whose church is a member of the Community Churches for Community Development organization, has worked actively for about a decade to have significant input on the full scope – particularly as it relates to West Baltimore residents being hired for permanent jobs – of the State Center Project.“This now opens up economic opportunities for us, it creates for us an economic synergy and now we’ll have a community that’s integrated in a sense that now we’re in relationship with Heritage Crossing, Seton, Mt. Royal, Bolton Hill,” Hathaway explained. “The other part that’s so important is that the job opportunities will be focused upon those residents…This is going to be a tremendous opportunity,” he added.last_img read more

Texas AM thinks theyre Brad Pitt but theyre really Brendan Fraser

first_imgEvery Jim Harbaugh team has the same unmistakable identityJim Harbaugh teams all have the same identity, they’re all physically intimidating and impose their will on their opponents. His Michigan squad is no different. They just stepped on the throat of Florida and looked more like an SEC team than the Gators.It’s not a coincidence because Harbaugh has established the same dominating physical style when he coached Stanford and the Niners.In business, or in sports, the elite brands survive because they have an an unmistakable identity. In Harbaugh’s case, it’s that every one of his teams will gladly line up and unapologetically kick their opponent’s ass.Guests:Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football analyst in-studio to explain why the Texas A&M regent Facebook post calling for Kevin Sumlin’s firing infuriated him.Sam Farmer – L.A. Times senior writer is in-studio to discuss UCLA’s comeback win, and Rosen vs. Darnold as NFL prospects.Antonio Brown – Steelers All-Pro wide receiver joins the show to talk new celebration rules, the Patriots, and if he was worried about Big Ben retirement talk. Texas A&M thinks they’re Brad Pitt, but they’re really Brendan FraserFollowing Texas A&M coughing up a 34-point second half lead, a university regent called for the immediate firing of head coach Kevin Sumlin. His reasoning was that Sumlin hasn’t upheld, what he felt, is Texas A&M’s place among the elite college football programs.Today, Colin pointed out that A&M fans are delusional to think they belong among the nation’s top programs because, other than a brief period when Johnny Manziel was in College Station, the Aggies haven’t won anything of consequence for the last 20 years.“Texas A&M think they’re Brad Pitt, when they’re really just Brendan Fraser.”last_img read more

5 Tips to Avoid a SaaS Contract Nightmare

first_img 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. April 30, 2015 Your business may use 20 or more software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors to manage a variety of company functions. You may use Github for source control, Google App Engine for hosting and serving applications, Zenefits to manage employee benefits, Gainsight for client success management and more.The process to determine which one is right for your business is a long one with multiple sales pitches to hear before implementation. If you participate in these sales demonstrations, especially those for highly technical products like cloud hosting or accounting software, you might notice a disconnect between what’s sold in the sales process — when vendors tend to promise the moon — versus how the product performs when delivered.Within the context of emerging technology, buying cloud infrastructure can be confusing when it comes to sorting out the difference between the flash of a sales pitch and the reality of product performance in everyday use. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get locked into an undesirable contract before any pitfalls can be detected.Related: 6 Leaders Share the Secrets to SaaS Startup SuccessHere are five tips to help you wade through the sales pitch and discover whether what’s being offered is worth it for your company:Ask the representative conducting the sales demo to bring an engineer onto the next call. You don’t want a “sales engineer,” but someone who works on and understands the value of the core product. Companies that conduct a sales pitch that truly represents how the product performs will happily oblige.Ask for several demos right at the beginning of the call. Don’t rely on PowerPoint decks, which can depict an unrealistic, ideal world. These presentations are usually crafted by sales teams and rarely include valuable product information.Ask the sales rep for an example of their slowest deployment (not just their fastest one) to ensure they are being honest. Slow deployments aren’t necessarily bad — everyone has hiccups — but a team that’s willing to talk about it is likely one you can trust on other aspects of the sale.Beware of integrations that supposedly seamlessly connect with every technology on your stack. Historically, more than 70 percent of all enterprise software solutions have failed in this aspect, and there’s little reason to believe your situation may be different — without all of these companies accepting standard data formats or APIs.Always check references, particularly when dealing with someone who has only recent experience implementing the product. The pains of integration (not to mention what happened during the sales process) are usually forgotten by stakeholders a year into usage, so recent familiarity is important.Making sense of an over-the-top SaaS vendor sales pitch and gleaning usable information from it can be challenging. Taking the time to follow the steps above can make the difference between regretting your agreement to a sub-par contract and truly finding the right solution.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Cloud Provider Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Excel Is Much More Than a Spreadsheet Advance Your Skills With This

first_imgAugust 11, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. 2 min read If you’re only using Excel to house basic data, you’re not getting everything you can out of the program. And you’re certainly not going to impress your boss or colleagues with your skills.Whether you’re starting your own business or looking to grow into a new role, Excel can be helpful for everything from tracking profits, losses, and projections to performing in-depth data analysis. And no matter the level of your current skills, The Professional Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle is a great resource, with courses on everything from basic formulas to advanced data modeling.Over this bundle’s eight courses, you’ll learn how to enter data, make quick calculations with formulas, and visualize your results with charts and graphs. Discover how to get a handle on the customer data you collect from your social media and website by mastering Excel’s data modeling tools. Got mountains of raw data and no clue how to organize it? Pivot tables will become your new best friend after these classes.It usually costs $1,600 to take all of the classes in The Professional Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle, but you can improve your skills in Excel now for just $39 (97 percent off) with this deal. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

More drug packages found this time near Mahahual

first_imgOne package of marijuana was also seized from a Cancun beach on the same day. Police found a large pacakage of drugs washed up on Playa Delfines in the Cancun Hotel Zone. That package weighed 2.4 kilos. Photo: Secretaría de Marina-Armada de México Crew members from the Navy of Mexico were sent to retrieve a floating package that was spotted by Mahahual’s harbor master. Navy personnel from the Tenth Naval Zone set out to perform maritime patrol and surveillance as well as look for additional packages. From the call, they found 10 packages of marijuana floating at sea near a beach at Mahahual. Each package weighed approximately 1.5 kilos. The drugs were sent to the Public Ministry of the Federation of the City of Chetumal.center_img Mahahual, Q.R. — A report of a floating package by the harbor master at Mahahual has led to the discovery of drugs by the Mexican navy. Earlier in the week, several packages of marijuana were found on two Playa del Carmen beaches, also on the same day. 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)last_img read more

GitHub now supports the GNU General Public License GPL Cooperation Commitment as

first_imgYesterday, GitHub announced that it now supports the GPL Cooperation Commitment with 40 other software companies because it aligns with GitHub’s core values. According to the GitHub post, by supporting this change, GitHub “hopes that this commitment will improve fairness and certainty for users of key projects that the developer ecosystem relies on, including Git and the Linux kernel. More broadly, the GPL Cooperation Commitment provides an example of evolving software regulation to better align with social goals, which is urgently needed as developers and policymakers grapple with the opportunities and risks of the software revolution.” An effective regulation has an enforcement mechanism that encourages compliance. Here, the most severe penalties for non-compliance, such as shutting down a line of business, would be reserved for repeat and intentional violators. The other less serious failures to comply, or accidental non-compliance may only result in warnings following which the violation should be promptly corrected. GPL as a private software regulation The GNU General Public License (GPL) is a tool for a private regulator (copyright holder) to achieve a social goal. The goal can be explained as, “under the license, anyone who receives a covered program has the freedom to run, modify, and share that program.” However, if a developer wishes to regulate, the GPL version 2 has a bug from the perspective of an effective regulator. Due to this bug, “non-compliance results in termination of the license, with no provision for reinstatement. This further makes the license marginally more useful to copyright ‘trolls’ who want to force companies to pay rather than come into compliance.” The bug is fixed in the GPL version 3 by introducing a “cure provision” under which a violator can usually have their license reinstated—if the violation is promptly corrected. Git and the other developer communities including Linux kernel and others use GPLv2 since 1991; many of which are unlikely to ever switch to GPLv3, as this would require agreement from all copyright holders, and not everyone agrees with all of GPLv3’s changes. However, GPLv3’s cure provision is uncontroversial and can be backported to the extent GPLv2 copyright holders agree. This is how GPL Cooperation Commitment helps The GPL Cooperation Commitment is a way for a copyright holder to agree to extend GPLv3’s cure provision to all GPLv2 (also LGPLv2 and LGPLv2.1, which have the same bug) licenses offered. This allows violators a fair chance to come into compliance and have their licenses reinstated. This commitment also incorporates one of several principles (the others do not relate directly to license terms) for enforcing compliance with the GPL and other copyleft licenses as effective private regulation. To know more about GitHub’s support to the GPL Cooperation Commitment, visit its official blog post. Read Next GitHub now allows issue transfer between repositories; a public beta version GitHub updates developers and policymakers on EU copyright Directive at Brussels The LLVM project is ditching SVN for GitHub. The migration to Github has begunlast_img read more