McCormack’s Mariners departure confirmed

first_imgRoss McCormack has officially left the Central Coast Mariners in another blow for the struggling A-League club.Fresh from being thumped 5-2 by Sydney FC on Friday night , the Mariners released a statement on Saturday announcing the on-loan Scottish striker’s recall to parent club Aston Villa.McCormack  was sent back Villa for specialist treatment on a knee injury earlier in December, but was expected to be back for the Mariners’ clash against Perth Glory on New Years Eve. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However  the 26-year-old was spotted watching former club Motherwell play after when he was supposed to return to Australia  – in a clear sign he wasn’t coming back Down Under.— Del Sommerville (@Del1589) December 29, 2018 ​”I would like to thank the Central Coast Mariners and the fans for welcoming me on the Central Coast with open arms. Although I was only there for a short period, everyone made me feel very welcome from day one.” McCormack said.”The opportunity for me to return to the UK is something that I couldn’t turn down and will allow me to see my children more, which is something that is very important to me.”I wish the playing group and coaching staff all the best for the rest of the season.”McCormack scored one goal in five appearances for the Gosford-based club – a long way short of the 14 he struck for Melbourne City last season.The Mariners have had the worst start in A-League history and remain rooted to the bottom of the table with no wins and only two points from their 11 matches.last_img read more

Notre Dame Coach Raves About Surprising Position Group

first_img “Owusu was recruited to play Rover,” Lea said. “He’s the first true Rover that we’ve had. He really embodies what that position is meant to be. His length, his athleticism, his ability to cover…even more than [former linebacker Drue] Tranquill.“Tranquill was a Buck linebacker playing Rover. Asmar was a Mike linebacker playing Rover. Wu is a Rover. He’s 217 pounds now and I’m really excited about him. He had a really nice spring.”Notre Dame has developed some solid NFL linebackers recently. Along with Tranquill, who now plays for the Chargers, the team has developed Manti Te’o and Jaylon Smith.Great years by the linebackers have tended to follow great years by the team overall.If this group is all Lea has it cracked up to be, perhaps another trip to the College Football Playoff may be in the cards. A general view of Notre Dame's football stadium.SOUTH BEND, IN – AUGUST 31: A general view of Notre Dame Stadium as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Temple Owls on August 31, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Temple 28-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame is coming off a 12-0 regular season and a trip to the College Football Playoff. But after a quick exit at the hands of Clemson, the Irish will be looking to finish the job next year. One Notre Dame coach identified a position that could help lead them there.Per Irish Illustrated, Notre Dame defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Clark Lea spoke glowingly about his linebacker corps. He noted that despite their lack of experience, it’s one of the best-looking groups he’s coached.“It’s as talented, athletic, long a group as I’ve coached…  When you think about the squad in 2017 and the movement and the speed and the range compared to now, I think it’s night and day. I think we’ve really come a long way.”This year’s group of linebackers is projected to consist of Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Asmar Bilal, Jack Lamb, Jordan Genmark Heath, and Shayne Simon. The latter four were all four-star prospects coming out of high school.But Lea had his best reviews for Owusu-Koramoah, who referred to him as “the first real Rover that we’ve had.”last_img read more

Unemployment Falls to Record Low of 8.4 Per Cent

first_img STATIN said the decline is mainly attributable to an increase in the number of persons employed and a simultaneous reduction in the number of persons in the labour force. The country’s unemployment rate has fallen to a new record low of 8.4 per cent, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) Labour Force Survey for July 2018. The country’s unemployment rate has fallen to a new record low of 8.4 per cent, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) Labour Force Survey for July 2018.This out-turn is 1.3 per cent lower than the 9.7 per cent recorded for the April 2018 Survey. It is also 2.9 percentage points lower than the rate of 11.3 per cent for July 2017.STATIN said the decline is mainly attributable to an increase in the number of persons employed and a simultaneous reduction in the number of persons in the labour force.The Institute noted that the July 2018 out-turn reflects a fall in the rate for males, down 2.2 percentage points to 5.8 per cent, and females, down 3.8 percentage points to 11.4 per cent.Additionally, STATIN said the unemployment rate among youth, aged 14 to 24, decreased by 5.3 per cent to 22.2 per cent, relative to the 27.5 per cent out-turn recorded in July 2017.This, the Institute noted, was influenced by a decline in the number of young people in the labour force.The agency indicated that the rate for both genders declined by 5.2 per cent in July 2018, with the figure for males falling to 17.4 per cent compared to 28.1 per cent for females.The agency pointed out that the number of unemployed persons declined by 27.7 per cent to 111,800.This reflected a 28.6 per cent decrease in the number of unemployed males to 41,800 and a 27.2 per cent fall in the number of unemployed females to 70,000. The total number of unemployed youth decreased by 14,600 persons to 45,200.Meanwhile, STATIN said the overall number of employed individuals rose to 1,226,400 as at July 2018, representing an increase of 12,800 persons.A breakdown of the figures shows that the number of males employed increased by 5,900 to 681,800, while female employment rose by 6,900 to 544,600.STATIN advised that the total labour force stood at 1,338,200 persons, a decrease of 2.2 per cent in July 2018, compared to the corresponding period last year.“Accordingly, the participation rate declined from 65.5 per cent to 64 per cent. The male labour force, which comprised 723,600 persons in July 2018 decreased by 1.5 per cent relative to July 2017 while the female labour force decreased by three per cent to 614,600 persons,” a STATIN statement outlined. Story Highlights This out-turn is 1.3 per cent lower than the 9.7 per cent recorded for the April 2018 Survey. It is also 2.9 percentage points lower than the rate of 11.3 per cent for July 2017.last_img read more

October Cargo Volume Rises at Port of Long Beach

first_imgzoom The second-busiest container port in the United States, Port of Long Beach, continued its winning streak with a 6.3 percent rise in October cargo volume compared to the same month last year.A total of 619,983 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) moved through the port in October. Imports were down 0.8 percent to 307,995 TEUs. Exports increased by 6.5 percent to 128,308 TEUs.“We had an early peak in July and August, with much of the inventory for the holiday shopping season coming early. On the export side, we’ve seen increases for the past two months, as shipping lines choose Long Beach for its reliability and service,” said Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup. “Year to date, we’re up more than 5 percent, so 2015 is shaping up to be one of our best years ever.”Empty containers, sent back overseas to be refilled with goods, continued to rise 20.8 percent to 183,681 TEUs.The National Retail Federation has forecast that retail sales in November and December would increase 3.7 percent from last year. Through the first 10 months of 2015, Long Beach cargo was up 5.4 percent overall compared to the same period last year.“Volume is reaching pre-recession levels of trade and demonstrating the ability of Long Beach industry stakeholders to handle high amounts of cargo,” the port said in its monthly report.According to the port, this is its best October in eight years, and the top quarter in the port’s 104-year history.last_img read more

Modec Issues USD 11 Bn in Bonds to Refund FPSO in Brazil

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: MODEC Japanese supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms Modec has issued USD 1.1 billion in bonds to refinance a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit in Brazil.The company said that the bond would fund the FPSO, chartered to the TUPI consortium led by Petrobras, with the aim of strategically diversifying its financing sources for Modec’s entire FPSO charter business.The company explained that the move was made due to the expansion of the number of FPSO charter projects simultaneously executed by Modec in recent years, while the scale of financing for these projects is also increasing.“In response to these changes in the business environment, the aims of issuing the project bond are to enhance Modec Group’s financial stability by diversifying its financing sources for FPSO projects, as well as to secure financing flexibility for the future growth of the Modec Group,” the company noted.This project bond was issued for the FPSO Cidade de Mangaratiba MV24 which has been deployed and is currently in operation at the Iracema Sul oil field in the “pre-salt” region offshore Brazil.The FPSO is chartered by a consortium formed by Petrobras (65%), Royal Dutch Shell plc (25%) and Petrogal Brasil S.A. (10%) under a fixed-price charter contract that extends until 2034.The FPSO achieved the first oil production in October 2014 at which time, the 20-year charter of the FPSO began.“This transaction marks the first project bond for an FPSO project sold in the Regulation S/Rule 144A market, and was sold to a broad range of international investors outside Japan, mainly in Europe and the United States. Total investor demand for the issue was approximately 2-times the issue amount of the USD 1.1 billion project bond,” Modec added.Modec is currently carrying out 11 FPSO charter projects simultaneously all over the world, and four more FPSOs are currently under construction.last_img read more

Raj Thackeray to appear before ED MNS withdraws Thane bandh

first_imgMumbai: MNS chief Raj Thackeray will appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering probe and has appealed to the party workers not to protest over the issue, a party spokesperson said on Tuesday. The MNS has also withdrawn its proposed bandh in the neighbouring Thane district on Thursday, he said. The ED has summoned Thackeray to appear before it on Thursday in connection with its probe into the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) scam. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The agency is probing alleged irregularities relating to loans and equity investment worth over Rs 450 crore by IL&FS in Kohinoor CTNL Infrastructure Company, which is developing Kohinoor Square tower in Mumbai’s Dadar area. MNS spokesperson Sandeep Deshpande on Monday warned that the “party will protest on streets if the government takes any action with prejudice against Thackeray”. The party also proposed a bandh in Thane on Thursday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Thackeray held a meeting with party office-bearers at his residence here on Tuesday to discuss the issue and future course of action. “Raj saheb will appear before the ED on Thursday. He has appealed to the MNS workers not to hold any protests which may cause problems to the public,” Deshpande said after the meeting. He said the party has also withdrawn its call for a bandh in Thane. “Raj Thackeray does not want people to be affected due to the bandh,” Deshpande said. He alleged that the ED was issuing notices only to leaders from the opposition parties. “It is political vendetta and not any serious inquiry,” he said. Former Maharashtra chief minister and senior Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi’s son Unmesh Joshi was also summoned by the ED in the same case. He deposed before the central agency here on Monday and his statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), officials said.last_img read more

2017 Quebec tornado cluster among largest recorded in Canada researchers say

first_imgMONTREAL – A cluster of tornadoes that knocked down trees and tore the roof off a home in southern Quebec last June was one of the largest ever recorded in Canada, according to new research from Western University.The findings suggest the extreme storms are more common in the country than previously thought.As part of a pilot project to detect previously unreported tornadoes, Western researchers found that a record-setting 11 tornadoes touched down in Quebec on June 18, 2017, rather than the four that were previously recorded.That’s the most ever recorded in the province.To reach their conclusion, the team used aircraft to fly over areas that had produced weather ”super-cells,” then worked backwards using images of the damage to estimate the wind speeds, according to an engineering professor who worked on the study.“Basically, we think that the tree-fall pattern — the proportion of trees that go down and also the patterns of the trees — gives us an indication of how strong the tornado will have been,” Gregory Kopp said in a phone interview.Kopp said the most powerful tornado to hit southern Quebec that day was a 200 km/h twister that damaged a 30-kilometre swath near Ste-Anne-du-Lac, north of Montreal.“There was a house there that was completely destroyed, so the roof and the walls were sucked away, all the contents were hundreds of metres downwind,” he said.According to Environment Canada, about 60 tornadoes are observed in Canada each year, most of them in the Prairies and southern Ontario.But weather models suggest the true number is closer to 200, according to meteorologist Alexandre Parent.Parent said the federal agency usually depends on reports from observers on the ground in order to confirm a tornado, which means that those in remote areas can be missed.He said the study suggests tornadoes are much more common in Canada than experts previously believed.“There are many that last only a few minutes, or that measure only a few dozen or a few hundreds metres wide, so they’re touching very, very local sectors,” he said.Because Western’s study is new, Parent says it’s too soon to say how it could be used in the future.Kopp, however, believes the added information could help authorities better identify tornadoes as they form, thus improving the effectiveness of the early warning system.He said it could also lead more builders to adopt tornado-proof building standards, at a cost of only a few hundred dollars more per home.News of Quebec’s record-breaking June tornado cluster came as no surprise to one amateur storm chaser who has travelled across North America in the pursuit of the elusive storms.Jean-Francois Massicotte said he was looking at weather data that day and saw the most volatile conditions forming in areas that were too hard to chase.“We were seeing all these big thunderstorms up north that we just couldn’t reach, we couldn’t get to them, so I’m not surprised that somebody made a study and found there were many more tornadoes on that day,” said Massicotte, a member of a group of self-described “weather nerds” that calls itself Quebec Vortex.Massicotte, 34, says tornadoes move quickly, don’t last long and don’t always follow the roads, which makes them hard to catch.But that hasn’t stopped him from trying, by using weather models, satellite images, radar, and weather reports and then racing to likely sites in the hopes of getting lucky.“The most spectacular thing you notice is the clouds, how they’re all racing towards the point where it will form,” he said.While he’s come close a few times, he says his ultimate goal is to get close enough to get that perfect photo, looking straight up into a powerful storm.last_img read more

Ontario alarmist over federal powers if carbon pricing law stands court hears

first_imgTORONTO — The federal government says Ontario is being “alarmist” in its fight against Ottawa’s carbon pricing law.It says there is no merit to the province’s claim that Ottawa will gain vast new powers.A provincial lawyer on Monday told Ontario’s top court the law is unconstitutional because it strays far into provincial powers.He said the federal government could be able to tell people when to drive or where to live if the law stands.Today, a lawyer for the federal government disputed that notion.She says Ottawa’s only aim is to curb dangerous climate-changing emissions, which do not respect provincial boundaries.In her submissions to the Ontario Court of Appeal, Sharlene Telles-Langdon stressed the urgency in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to stop global warming scientists say will be catastrophic. The provinces, she said, simply can’t do it on their own.“There is a gap in Canada’s ability as a nation to meet the challenge as it now faces,” Telles-Langdon told the five-justice panel. “The federal power is directed toward a national measure, one that cannot be adopted by the provinces. This act is on the right side of that line.”At issue is the validity of federal legislation that kicked in on April 1 and which imposes a charge on gasoline and other fossil fuels as well as on industrial polluters. The law applies in those provinces that have no carbon-pricing regime of their own that meets national standards.Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government under Premier Doug Ford has denounced the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act as an illegal tax grab that will force up the price of gasoline and heating fuel.Telles-Langdon, however, argued the act respects provincial jurisdiction and recognizes the validity of provincial systems in relation to local industry regulation.“It’s the same throughout Canada,” Telles-Langdon said. “What it does is ensure a national system.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Earth Hour 2014 Is A Huge Success

first_imgThe entire world witnessed the Earth Hour phenomenon sweep across the planet in its eighth year as Earth Hour 2014 broke all records of mass participation across the world as hundreds of millions of people became everyday super-heroes for the planet.Earth Hour 2014Earth Hour 2014, proved the movement is now stronger than ever with the event observed in over 162 countries and over 7000 cities, creating magical lights off moments in every continent of the world. The symbolic hour has grown into the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, with beyond the hour activities and initiatives happening throughout the year.“It’s always extraordinary to see cities and landmarks involved in the ‘lights off event’, but the most exciting thing about Earth Hour this is year, is seeing the amount of projects and campaigns that are taking action beyond the hour. From crowdfunding to campaigns to protect The Great Barrier Reef or The Amazon, Earth Hour is harnessing the power of the crowd far beyond the hour”, said Andy Ridley, CEO and Co-Founder of Earth Hour.Last year alone saw thousands of Argentineans petition to pass a senate bill to protect a marine area 28 times the size of New York City and WWF-Uganda began the fight against the 6,000 hectares of deforestation that occurs in the country every month by creating the first ‘Earth Hour Forest’. In 2012, Russians also petitioned to get legislative change protecting the country’s seas from oil pollution and now are striving to protect an area of forest twice the size of France.These Earth Hour success stories illustrate the movement has become a global collaboration to show what can be achieved for the planet.Here is how Earth Hour was celebrated across the world in 2014Earth Hour began its journey setting off celebrations, in New Zealand, where community events were held all over the islands. Moving across to Fiji where islanders hit Earth Hour fever, and the country held a fundraising dinner, hosted by President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.The hour of inspiration went back to its humble beginnings where Earth Hour once again hit the shores of Australia bringing to light the plight of one of the greatest natural wonders on the planet – The Great Barrier Reef. This iconic wonder is under great threat due to climate change and the recently approved government decision to develop a mega coal and gas ports that would cause dredging and dumping of millions of tonnes of seabed and rock in its Marine Park.To drive action and support, a new documentary “Lights Out for the Reef” was screened across many famous locations including Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, as well as engaging people around the world to add their voice and use their power to protect this iconic wonder.Continuing to the home of Earth Hour, Singapore celebrated the event empowering the crowd with the message that people are the true every day super-heroes of the planet. Using none other than Spider-Man to join the global flagship event, and the stars of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx inspired a fired up crowd to take a stand to protect the planet.“To witness Earth Hour from Singapore, the home of this WWF organised event, makes a powerful impression on me,” said WWF Director General Designate, Dr. Marco Lambertini from Singapore. “To see people united in a single purpose of making our lifestyles less impactful on the planet, inspires me immensely. Right now, Earth Hour is moving across the globe, following the setting sun, sending billions of people around the world a message that each of us has the power to make a difference. Each of us can be a Superhero for the planet.”In China Earth Hour drew attention to the “Blue Sky,” and the need to reduce air pollution and smog. The public were encouraged to send in ideas in order to inspire change towards healthier air.The lights off event then swept across the east gaining momentum and switching off lights such as Lotus temple in New Delhi, and The Gateway of India in Mumbai. Earth Hour in India kicked off a year long educational project that will take place in 15,000 schools across the country, which will help to reduce carbon footprints by recording carbon output, whilst educating children on the value of efficient energy use.As participants across the United Arab Emirates were encouraged to make the switch to energy efficient lighting which has been an outcome driven focus in the lead up to the event, the worlds tallest building – the Burj Khalifa and Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque switched off.Showing that the movement reaches all corners of the globe, an event in front of the Khaju Bridge in Isfahan – Iran, will drive action and support about the plight of the famous Zayanderud River, where there has been no continuous water flow for the past few years due to climate change and other factors.WWF-Russia called on people around the world to help support field projects that are working to save five key species of animals in the region, including the critically endangered Amur Leopard. By a decision of the Presidential Administration, the Kremlin, the official residence of the Russian President, and Red Square turned off lights during Earth Hour for a second time.“Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin has also recorded a message from the International Space Station, reminding the world that whilst the planet looks amazing and beautiful from space, it also looks fragile and therefore people should do their part to protect it”.Earth Hour then made its way over to Africa as the Great Pyramids of Giza switched off in Cairo alongside other key landmarks in Egypt.As the lights of the majestic Table Mountain switched off in Cape Town the city also celebrated being awarded WWF’s Global Earth Hour Capital 2014, being recognised for its ambition and pioneering actions to combat climate change, in its effort to bolster quality of life for its citizens.Where East meets West, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) in Istanbul switched off for Earth Hour for the first time, alongside the Hagia Sophia and Bosphorous Bridge that connects Europe and Asia.Lights out footage from famous European landmarks across Europe including the Acropolis in Greece, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and Brandenburg Gate featured on the offical instagram account generating hundreds of thousands of likes as Earth Hour further expands it’s digital presence.In the UK, a live stream event featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor took place as lights went off across landmarks such Big Ben, tower bridge, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliment and Westminster Abby.Moving onto the South Americian continent, just a day before Earth Hour, National Senator Ernesto Sanz submitted a bill into the Senate of Argentina. A massive crowd gathered at the Planetario Galileo Galilei in Buenos Aires, for Earth Hour celebrations in support of a law which aims to replace ignition water heater systems with efficient electric systems, to avoid the passive consumption of gas equivalent to powering 800,000 homes in the country for one year.One of the most iconic statues in the world, the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro switched off, as Victor Civita Square in São Paulo held the site of the official switch off event in Brazil. More than 142 cities across the country took part in Earth Hour.The momentum stretched out to the United States of America where some of the most well loved and historic landmarks did the big switch off from Times Square, UN Headquarters and Empire States Building in New York.Even the lights of the Las Vegas Strip plunged into darkness as Earth Hour finished it’s journey in the Americas finally wrapping up in Tahiti and the Cook Islands, the last places to celebrate Earth Hour, and some of the most vunerable places in the world due to sea level rise caused by climate change.In tandem with the crowd’s enthusiasm at events across the world has been Earth Hour’s massive digital presence. The recently launched Earth Hour Blue is a key example of global digital engagement. The revolutionary platform for the planet allows anyone in any country to use their voice or their dollar to take action and support projects of their choice across the globe, encouraging participants to use their favourite social platforms to engage in their favourite crowdfunding and crowdsourcing projects.As a newcomer to the crowdfunding scene, Earth Hour Blue has launched with WWF projects from Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Nepal, India, Russia, Uganda, South Africa, Madagascar, Canada and Columbia which are now all live on the crowdfunding platform powered by Crowdonomic. The platform is already a success, Singapore having already raised enough money from its project to start new efforts to fight wildlife crime in Southeast Asia.last_img read more

Congress Moves To Help Lab Monkeys

first_imgCongress has taken action to put cruel psychological experiments on infant monkeys at the National Institutes of Health and other NIH experiments under the microscope, following pleas from Dr. Jane Goodall, Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell, and TV icon Bob Barker.The House Appropriations Committee passed language — championed by California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard — in its spending bill mandating that NIH undertake, with input from outside experts, a critical assessment of the agency’s ethical-review policies related to all experiments on monkeys and other primates.Unlike studies on humans and chimpanzees, NIH currently does not subject experiments on monkeys to formal ethical review or risk-benefit analysis. Last year, PETA exposed controversial experiments at NIH in which monkeys are bred to be prone to depression, taken from their mothers at birth to induce trauma, locked alone in small cages, and then subjected to years of experiments designed to measure the babies’ severe fear, depression, and anxiety.“I’ve had productive discussions with offices on both sides of the aisle about this issue, and I applaud Congress for acting to ensure more stringent and independent oversight of taxpayer-funded experiments on monkeys,” says Barker, who stars in a new TV spot calling for an end to the experiments.Cromwell adds, “I’m proud to have been involved with Rep. Roybal-Allard on this bipartisan effort to secure some much-needed ethical scrutiny of controversial experiments on vulnerable infant monkeys.” Cromwell co-hosted a congressional briefing on the cruelty of the experiments, their inapplicability to human health, and the superior non-animal research methods available to study mental illness.Other prominent figures who’ve teamed up with PETA to speak out against the experiments and call for reform include celebrity psychotherapist Dr. Jenn Berman, conservative strategist Mary Matalin, other members of Congress — including Reps. Sam Farr, Dina Titus and Eliot Engel – and more than 250,000 citizens.Source:PETAlast_img read more

Zoe Saldana And Rachel Zoe To Take Part In Fifth Annual Moms

first_imgIn celebration of Mother’s Day, hundreds of advocates, experts and every day moms and dads will gather on May 4 in New York City to share ideas, exchange best practices and inspire action for a healthy planet and happy families.One of the most joyful moments in a parent’s life should be the moment when they hold their new baby for the first time. However, everyday 830 women die due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth. What’s more, every year, 16,000 children die before their fifth birthdays, mostly from preventable causes.Hosted by the United Nations Foundation and Johnson & Johnson, the fifth annual Moms +SocialGood is a one-day event where moms and their families are the focus of the conversation. The health and well-being of families around the world will unite hundreds of passionate experts and advocates to share ideas and inspire action to tackle some of the world’s most critical challenges for families.To date, speakers include: Zoe Saldana, Award-winning Actress Rachel Zoe, CEO, Rachel Zoe, Inc. Dr. Vanessa Kerry, CEO and Co-Founder, Seed Global Health Catalina Escobar, Founder, Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation, 2012 CNN Hero Kimberly Chandler, Journalist and Philanthropist The Harlem Gospel Choir Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children Gwen Zwanziger, Flu Prevention AdvocateThere is no greater power than when families, from all backgrounds and geographies, come together for a healthier and more equal future for all. Moms +SocialGood will leverage the power of social media to connect these passionate experts, advocates and parents with others around the world, making it a truly global event.“If you care about healthier families and communities, join us and raise your voice with ours to highlight the global issues impacting the health of moms and children around the world, and how we can do our part to solve them” said Kathy Calvin, President & CEO, UN Foundation. “Thanks to our partner, Johnson & Johnson, you can hear from UN leaders, be inspired by young activists, and share your own ideas for improving the lives of women and children around the world.”The event, hosted at the AXA Event & Production Center, will be followed by Dads +SocialGood on June 13 at the Times Center in New York, and Families +SocialGood on June 15 in London.“Johnson & Johnson’s long-standing partnership with the UN Foundation is helping to make deep strides in improving the health of moms and children worldwide,” said Michael Sneed, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Johnson & Johnson. “Still, there is much work to be done. Our goal through the Global Mom’s Relay initiative is to inspire action that continues to improve the health and wellbeing of mothers and children everywhere. By leveraging the power of social media, we encourage moms, dads and families everywhere to join us in making a difference.”Moms +SocialGood will also kick off the Global Moms Relay, a digital storytelling and fundraising campaign. Launching in time for Mother’s Day, the Global Moms Relay celebrates the lifesaving work of Girl Up, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, UNFPA, Shot@Life and Nothing But Nets.The Global Moms Relay will begin just before Mother’s Day and run through Father’s Day, from May 3 to June 16. Featuring 25 voices including public figures, activists, nurses, artists, mothers, fathers and more, the relay asks participants to share a personal story answering the question, “What do you wish were true for every family, everywhere?” and then passes the baton to the next contributor. This one-of-a-kind digital relay encourages audiences to read the inspiring stories and share them with friends on social media networks. For each social media share, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per action up to $500,000) to help improve the health and wellbeing of moms and kids worldwide through Girl Up, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, UNFPA, Shot@Life and Nothing But Nets. Through the Donate a Photo mobile app, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 per photo, up to another $40,000 to Shot@Life, UNFPA, Girl Up, U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Nothing But Nets, bringing the total goal to $700,000.last_img read more

COP22 Could Be Decisive Moment in Climate Governance History Le Monde

Paris – The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22), scheduled for November 7-18 in Marrakech, could be a “decisive moment” in the history of climate governance, writes French daily ‘Le Monde’ in its Sunday issue, noting that “in all likelihood, the entry into force of the Paris climate agreement will take place in Morocco.”The paper, which recalls the fact that the European Union has given green light to ratifying the Paris Agreement, says that one year after the COP21 Summit, the Marrakech Conference could be a decisive moment in the history of climate governance.This hypothesis has gained some traction, especially with the adoption, on Friday, by the Council of European Environment Ministers in Brussels of a draft decision confirming the ratification of the EU of the said agreement, adds the paper, noting that the document also authorizes Member States to individually join the Paris text. read more

Manitoba offers money but no details to help town hurt by rail

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he is willing to put up provincial money to help the northern port town of Churchill.But Pallister is offering few details of his plan, and says some of the $500 million over 10 years would be to continue existing programs.Churchill lost its only land link to the outside world this spring when flooding caused severe damage to the rail line that was used to transport goods and people.Since then, prices have jumped sharply for food and other items that must now be flown in.The rail line is owned by Denver-based Omnitrax, which has said it cannot afford the $20 million to $60 million in repair costs.Pallister says the province won’t fund repairs because rail service is a federal responsibility, but the province is willing to spend money on economic development, social services and other infrastructure work.“I’m not talking about infringing on areas of federal responsibility,” Pallister said Friday.“We’re talking about investing in other areas that are our responsibility. Areas such as health services, social services, economic development, protection, infrastructure.”He refused to provide further details.Omnitrax had been in negotiations to sell the rail line to a First Nations consortium, but there have been no developments on that front in recent months.Pallister said he had hoped the federal government would have found a solution by now in terms of getting the rail line fixed and under stable ownership.“There has not been satisfactory progress to date,” Pallister said.The federal government said Omnitrax has legal obligations to repair, operate and maintain the rail line and it has formally demanded the company live up to those terms in an agreement signed in 2008 that saw the federal government give the railway $18.8 million.“The government is willing to look at all options, including exploring the possibility of working with a new owner toward the repair of the rail line,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said in a statement late Friday.“To this end, senior government officials are engaging to find a solution on rail track repairs, ensuring a continuation of rail service for Churchill and surrounding communities.” read more

Call for nominations – Presidents Distinguished Service Awards for Staff

Nominations are being accepted for the annual President’s Distinguished Service Awards for Staff.The awards recognize individual permanent staff members who consistently provide outstanding contributions to the working environment at Brock at a level significantly above normal expectations.The award will be awarded to a maximum of four recipients (two to support/technical/maintenance employees and two to administrative/professional employees) and will include a certificate of recognition and $500. The awards will be presented at the President’s Annual Holiday Celebration in December.Eligibility: Staff members should be active ongoing employees with at least 10 years of service at the University. All permanent employees with benefits entitlement are eligible, excluding staff reporting directly to the president or a vice-president.Employee should have excelled in one or more of the following: Demonstrated exemplary service and/or have made a significant contribution in his/her unit Did something exceptional to advance Brock’s reputation Made a significant contribution to the University and/or community Provided a valuable service to the broader community at Brock outside his/her own unitAdministration: Application forms and endorsement forms are available from the Office of Human Resources and Environment, Health and Safety or at Nominations must include a completed application form from the nominating person along with three additional endorsement forms of support. Any member of the Brock Community may submit or support a nomination. (Nominators/referees should nominate or support only one person in a year).Selection committee: A committee comprising of six members made up of at least: one OSSTF member, one CUPE 1295 member, one BUFA member, one SAC member and one member of the administrative/professional staff group will review the applications and make recommendations to the president. The manager of Human Resources or his/her designate shall chair the committee. The committee will meet in November to review applications for the awards and make recommendations to the president based on the criteria established and referred to in the nomination form. The committee will also solicit feedback from the staff member’s immediate supervisor and division head.Please forward nomination and endorsement forms to Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 in a sealed envelope marked “Confidential — Distinguished Service Award Nominations.” Direct any questions to 905-688-5550 x3808 or read more

Cyber Monday is scammers favourite time of year BBB

by News Staff Posted Nov 30, 2015 3:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cyber Monday is a favourite day for shoppers, but that’s also the case for scammers trying to get your money online as well.For example, a new phishing scam called ‘Canadian Delivery Express’ has popped up with an email asking you to send your personal information to have your shipment sent. \It even happened to a 660 NEWS sales agent.Better Business Bureau Vice-President of Marketing and Communications Cammi Laird said now is the time to be diligent.“It’s the scammers favourite time of year right now, because people have their wallets out and their credit cards ready and that’s when they want to catch you when you’re stressed and hurried and vulnerable,” she said.She said you should never give your credit card information to anyone that you haven’t ordered from.“Make sure you’re not on a phishing-type website,” she said. “They’re pretty sophisticated and look like almost exactly like an eBay or Amazon, you want to be really clear on what the URL is, that’s the address at the top of the screen.When you are doing an online order, make sure the URL has HTTPS, with the “S” standing for secure. Related Stories Break out the credit cards: it’s Cyber Monday Cyber Monday is scammers ‘favourite time of year’: BBB read more

ABB to supply drive systems for 105 Mlby Copper Mountain project

first_imgABB has been awarded a contract valued at over $19 million by Copper Mountain Mining Corp, to deliver energy efficient drive systems for the Copper Mountain project in Canada. Located in southern British Columbia, the Copper Mountain mine had produced 1,700 Mlb of copper before it closed in 1996. Copper Mountain is building a new mill and re-opening the mine, with production expected to begin in 2011. Annual output is estimated at 105 Mlb of copper in the first five years.ABB’s scope of supply for the project includes three variable speed drive systems for a dual pinion SAG mill and two ball mills. Each low speed drive system has power of 2 x 6,340 kW at 200 rpm. ABB is also providing MV ACS6000 multidrives, motors and transformers as well as an E-house including motor control centre (MCC) and control systems for the mill auxiliary, and related project and engineering services.Variable speed operation optimises the grinding process and is ideal for ores with varying grinding properties. This leads to significant optimisation potential for the plant design, as well as for its operation. Variable speed drives use less electricity, providing significant energy and operating cost savings, as well as high system efficiency and high system availability.“Innovative energy saving ABB technologies, such as our variable speed drive systems, combined with our industry knowledge and experience, provide our minerals and mining customers with the solutions and support they need to significantly improve their productivity, energy efficiency and process reliability,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division.ABB’s variable speed mill drives use direct torque control (DTC) to deliver precise and strong torque control during start up and during cascading of the material. DTC technology extends gear life up to 30%, by reducing wear and tear. ABB’s dedicated mill control system allows for smooth starts, reducing stress on the equipment and features critical monitoring during the starting period, protecting the mill against damage by the dropping of a frozen charge. Torque and load sharing between motors is adjusted, as needed, 40,000 times per second, minimising backlash.last_img read more

Government commits to ending homelessness by 2016

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS tabled proposals to end long-term homelessness by 2016.“Homelessness is an affront to every value that we assign to the concept of citizenship,” junior minister with responsibility for housing Jan O’Sullivan said today at the launch of the government’s Homelessness Policy Statement.“In a real republic there is an onus on us all to ensure that all citizens have a place they can call home.”She said the coalition had set 2016 as the target date to end all long-term homelessness across the country, noting the date coincided with the 1916 Rising centenary.O’Sullivan explained that her “housing-led” philosophy is at the centre of policy in the area as it provides “better outcomes for people”.“The idea behind the policy is that people are provided with long-term, stable housing as early as possible. It moves away from the traditional ‘staircase’ model which sees individuals and families move between various stages, including emergency accommodation, before eventually securing an appropriate place.”This approach allows those affected break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, according to policy makers.“By moving away from over-reliance on expensive emergency accommodation the “housing-led” strategy can also provide better value for the significant amount of public money invested in homeless services.” The dignity and equality of people has always been a fundamental political principle for me.  I strive, in all my political activity, to have that principle at the heart of my thinking, and this is particularly true when dealing with homelessness.  The challenge we have set in this Policy Statement is ambitious, and I look forward to working with all partners in the sector to ensuring that we achieve our goal.Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan and Assistant Secretary Michael Layde at today’s launch. (Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)The policy statement has been welcomed by the Peter McVerry Trust, a charity focused on reducing homelessness in Ireland.CEO Pat Doyle said the group would be working closely with the new oversight committee. He said they support the emphasis on the housing-led approach and the “strong prevention strategy”.He revealed that about eight new people are presenting as homeless in Dublin every day.last_img read more

LG has a 72inch LED 3D TV ready to ship

first_imgConsumer model TVs usually top out in the size department around the 60-inch mark. To be honest, I doubt many homes could seriously consider having anything bigger on the wall. But LG has decided to go bigger with its latest model.The LG LZ9700 is a 72-inch LCD TV that includes many of the latest features you’d expect from a high-end TV. This huge display has full LED back lighting, it’s 3D capable, and has a processing rate of 400Hz ensuring super-smooth images even with a screen full of action.On top of being a great viewing experience for both 2D and 3D output, LG has included its Home Dashboard interface for allowing easy access to premium content. There’s also a range of TV apps that can be downloaded and used, such as games and language learning apps.The LZ9700 is set to get its proper unveiling during CES 2011 next week. We will then hopefully find out how much LG expects us to pay for this premium TV.Read more at the LG press releaselast_img read more

Favre hopes Reus will recover quickly for Dortmund

first_imgBorussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre hopes Marco Reus’ injury isn’t too serious after coming off in their DFB-Pokal defeat to Werder Bremen on Tuesday.The BVB captain was withdrawn at half-time with an apparent injury problem after just equalising with a free-kick for Dortmund to cancel out Milot Rashica’s early opener at Signal Iduna Park.Replacing Reus was super-sub Paco Alcacer, but the Spanish forward couldn’t get on the scoresheet with the Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic instead rising to the occasion by putting Dortmund ahead in extra-time of their last-16 clash.But 40-year-old Claudio Pizarro put Werder back level before Achraf Hakimi made it 3-2 in Dortmund’s favour.However, Werder mounted a late fightback against the Bundesliga leaders with Martin Harnik’s header in the 119th-minute proving to be too much for Dortmund’s debutant goalkeeper Eric Oelschlagel to handle.Florian Kohfeldt’s side then went on to claim a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win to progress to the last-eight of the DFB-Pokal.But, for Favre, the main concern now is on Reus’ availability for Saturday’s Bundesliga game against Hoffenheim at home.The Germany international has been in sensational form for Dortmund this season and he’s already been named the Bundesliga’s Player of the Month three times.“We hope, but we don’t know yet,” said Favre on Fox Sports, when asked if Reus will be available for the Hoffenheim game.“I can’t answer that definitely. We will have to wait some days and examine him again.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“[Wednesday] will be too early so we will have to wait a day longer, but we hope.”Reus has managed 17 goals and 11 assists in 27 appearances for Dortmund across all competitions this season.BVB will hope to quickly put their DFB-Pokal cup exit behind them and claim victory this weekend to maintain their seven-point over Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga table.Favre’s side will also return to Champions League action on Tuesday, where they will take a trip to Wembley to face Tottenham in the first leg of their last-16 tie.Full-time! ⏱️An unbelievable game ends with #Pavlenka performing some heroics to see @werderbremen beat @BlackYellow in a penalty shootout 😱#DFBPokal #BVBSVW 3-3 (4-2)— The DFB-Pokal (@DFBPokal_EN) February 5, 2019last_img read more