Shareholders Give Nod to HHIs SplitUp

first_imgzoom Shareholders of the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) approved on Monday the firm’s plan to reorganize its businesses into separate companies with the aim of improving its financial status. Following the shareholders’ approval, HHI will be split into four sectors – shipbuilding, electronics, construction equipment and robotics. The new companies are expected to be formed in April 2017, the company confirmed in a listing on Korea Exchange.As a result HHI has announced trading suspension of its stock, scheduled for March 30-May 9, 2017.Announced in November 2016, the plan is part of the HHI’s self-rescue scheme to reduce indebtedness. The company said in November it will split into six units – Hyundai Robotics, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems,  Hyundai Construction Machinery, Green Energy, and Global Services. The service department and green energy were already set up in December last year.The decision to restructure HHI’s businesses comes despite a series of protests from unions. HHI employees have organized strikes as the restructuring could bring job insecurity for relocated workers as well as for some 13,000 unionized employees to be left behind.In 2016, the shipbuilder implemented a number of revamping measures to bolster its competitiveness including a management improvement plan.These measures helped HHI return back to profit as the shipbuilder reported a net profit of KRW 682.3 billion (USD 596.6 million) for the full year of 2016, compared to a loss of KRW 1.36 trillion (USD 1.18 billion) seen in 2015.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a new bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Howard Bridge Howard Bridge on Fountain Road, 700 metres west from Route 307, is closed for repairs until Friday, Dec. 30. A detour is in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from about 5.5 kilometres east of Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, upgrading and paving until Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Clyde River Bridge, Highway 103 Traffic on the Clyde River Bridge on Highway 103 near Exit 28 is restricted to one lane for bridge repairs. Traffic is being controlled by traffic signals. Work will be completed in January. Motorists should drive with extra caution in the area. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be reduced to one lane to build a bailey bridge. A detour will replace the bridge until Aug. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 -30-last_img read more

Moguls Monsters and Madmen An Uncensored Life In Show Business – Barry

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Avrich is also the author of three marketing books and winner of the 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2008, Avrich built the Daniels Hollywood Theatre, the world’s first movie theatre in a hospital, at Sick Kids.In his memoir, Moguls, Monsters, and Madmen Avrich takes readers from his early days, shaping his brand as a creative ad man to his acclaimed documentaries.  Avrich spares no one as he details his relationships with various Hollywood legends, such as Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones, Larry King, Mick Jagger, and Lauren Bacall.“I am fascinated with a mogul’s life trajectory in that these are people drawn to something more than money. Once they have achieved wealth and a lifestyle that is incomparable, they need more and they are willing to take unbelievable risks for power that ends up costing them their legacy, with a great fall from grace. Barry Avrich wrote Moguls, Monsters, and Madmen An Uncensored Life In Show Business, published last May for his 12-year-old daughter with a message: live your dream and achieve anything you want in your lifetime.Avrich’s creativity and chutzpah propelled him to foster a career in advertising and filmmaking.For over three decades, Arvich, a consummate storyteller, created a repertoire of work, having directed documentary films such as The Last Mogul:  Life and Times of Lew Wasserman; The Harvey Weinstein Project and Showstopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Darfur blue helmets to take robust defensive action if attacked says UNAU

Last week, two Egyptian soldiers serving with the mission, known as UNAMID, died when their convoy on routine patrol was attacked by about 20 unidentified armed gunmen in a remote area of South Darfur state.“[As] UNAMID we are going to be very strict in terms of a robust position so that people will be discouraged from even attempting to attack us,” Ibrahim Gambari, head of UNAMID and the AU-UN Joint Special Representative in Darfur, said in an interview with UN Radio.“We also want to make it clear that an attack on international peacekeepers is a war crime, a violation of international criminal law,” Mr. Gambari added.He said the Sudanese Government, as UNAMID’s host, bore the primary responsibility of protecting the mission’s staff and curbing the criminal activities that had led to attacks on peacekeepers by arresting the perpetrators and bringing them to justice.“The Government has assured us that they will do their best to enhance the security of our staff,” Mr. Gambari said.The protection of blue helmets serving in Darfur was high on the agenda of the latest talks between the UN, the AU and the Sudanese Government, which took place yesterday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The meeting of the so-called Tripartite Mechanism also focused on the continued implementation of UNAMID’s mandate.Mr. Gambari said there was no alternative to a comprehensive ceasefire agreement between the Sudanese Government and one of the leading insurgent groups in Darfur, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), through the Doha peace process. He urged both parties to return to the talks in the Qatari capital, and pledged UNAMID’s readiness to continue facilitating the political process aimed at ending the conflict.In February the Sudanese Government and JEM signed a Framework Agreement in Doha, paving the way for a final resolution of the conflict in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes since violence erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and their allied Janjaweed militiamen. The agreement included a provision for a truce.The agreement has, however, faltered in recent weeks with fresh clashes erupting between the two sides’ forces, and belligerent rhetoric reportedly coming from the two parties. 11 May 2010The head of the joint African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur said today that peacekeepers there will be more robust when defending themselves from attacks, while recognizing that the primary responsibility for protecting staff lay with the Sudanese Government. read more

SecretaryGeneral views Holocaust deniers as bigots says spokesman

Responding to a question at the regular press briefing about whether Mr. Annan would raise the subject of Iran’s cartoon contest on the Holocaust during his expected upcoming visit to the country, Stephane Dujarric reiterated that Mr. Annan condemns all forms of anti-Semitism.Mr. Dujarric said that while he would not pre-judge any of the issues to be discussed, Mr. Annan has already made his views clear and has brought up the matter during previous discussions with Iranian officials.He also said that the Secretary-General, as he did during the row earlier this year over the Danish cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad, affirms the universal right to free expression while insisting it must be used responsibly, and not as an incitement to hatred against anyone or any group.Mr. Annan is likely to visit Iran as part of his trip to the Middle East and Europe, starting later this week, in which he aims to strengthen the situation in Lebanon and Israel following the formal cessation of hostilities there in the wake of the recent Security Council resolution.Asked about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reported threats against Israel, Mr. Dujarric also noted that Mr. Annan has spoken out against them before and his position has not changed.Last December Mr. Annan issued a statement expressing shock following media reports that Mr. Ahmadinejad had cast doubt on the truth of the Holocaust, in which the Nazi regime in Germany murdered one third of the world’s Jewish people during World War II, along with countless members of other minorities.He also called on UN Member States to combat Holocaust denial and to educate their populations about the well-established facts of the subject.A month earlier the General Assembly passed a resolution which rejects “any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or in part.” read more

Bill Belichicks Call Wasnt Entirely Stupid

DRIVES INTO OVERTIMEGAMESRECEIVEKICKSTILL TIED Every so often, Bill Belichick seems to get a little too cute in a high-leverage situation for his own good. At a glance, Sunday’s loss to the Jets, in which the Patriots won the coin toss and elected to kick off to begin overtime, seems to be a major example. But although the execution (and, certainly, the result) were about as undesirable as could be, it wasn’t exactly a major blunder, because the decision to kick or receive in overtime is more minor than it appears.From the jump, the move was snakebit. After receiving his marching orders from Belichick (in quadruplicate!), special teams captain Matthew Slater mistakenly phrased the call so that New England chose to kick — not which goal to defend. Belichick says he was playing for field position, so the wind, which reached 18 mph at times, was pretty clearly a factor. By electing to kick in the first place, Belichick was already going off the reservation: It was only the 13th time in NFL history1The NFL didn’t adopt sudden-death overtime until 1974. that a coach had won the overtime toss but did not choose to receive the ball first, practically inviting second-guessers. But to make the move and then have the NFL’s Byzantine rulebook begin parsing parts of speech at the precise worst time, well, that’s just piling on.Still, although the numbers say Belichick’s strategy to kick would have been ill-considered even if Slater hadn’t misspoken, it wasn’t as big a mistake as it might have seemed.For one thing, getting the ball first in OT doesn’t give the receiving team a huge advantage. Since the NFL adopted its current regular-season overtime rules in 2012, teams that win the toss and receive the ball first have gone on to win only 51.5 percent of the time. That’s a bit lower than ESPN’s modeled probability of 53.8 percent, but a drive-based model also suggests that getting the ball first is not of earth-shattering importance. Since 2012, teams receiving the ball to start OT have scored an opening-drive touchdown (thereby winning the game while denying the opponent a possession) about 16 percent of the time. They’ve also failed to score at all 64 percent of the time — and those failed drives can have a big effect on the outcome of the next drive.Conditional on how its opponent’s previous drive ends, the average team kicking at the start of OT can have a pretty good opportunity to quickly counter-attack and end the game. Although a team that allows an opening touchdown by definition loses 100 percent of the time, and a team that allows an opening field goal loses 69 percent of the time, the kicking team scores a game-winning touchdown or field goal on 49 percent of drives that follow a zero-point opponent possession to begin overtime. (One big reason? Such drives start roughly 11 yards closer to the opponent’s goal line than drives after an opponent field goal.) If the kicking team can force a stop on the first drive of OT, it briefly finds itself very well-positioned to win the game. BASED ON DATA FROM PRO-FOOTBALL-REFERENCE.COM 2nd exchange25474113 Estimated probability of winning overtime, 2012–15 1st exchange6730%31%39% FIRST TEAM TO … 3rd exchange752444 After the first “exchange” of possessions,2For our purposes, an exchange includes two teams alternating possessions, as well as cases in which the game ends before the second team’s possession because the original receiving team has a walk-off score. things start to go poorly for the team that kicked off at the beginning of OT. Because sudden-death rules take over, the team has to rely on joint probability — the odds of getting a stop and the odds of scoring — to win after any given pair of possessions. Its opponent, meanwhile, can strike first and end the game then and there. So to maximize its odds of winning, the original kicking team must capitalize on the brief window of opportunity it has at the end of overtime’s first exchange of possessions.Belichick must have believed his Patriots could do just that. You can kind of see the grumpy old wheels turning: His defense had allowed fewer points through the end of regulation than the league average, and the Jets have basically been an average offensive team this season, so a defensive stop may have seemed more likely than the baseline NFL rate of 64 percent. And despite the furious pass rush Tom Brady faced much of the day, New England probably would have had a better-than-average chance of answering a potential zero-point possession with a game-winning drive, particularly if the wind had been on the Pats’ side.In a sense, that’s all abstract odds-making. In reality, Belichick, Slater and the coaching staff botched the coin-toss decision, and the Jets orchestrated a brilliant series of big plays against the New England defense en route to the winning touchdown. Amid all that, the choice to kick is drowned out by all the other noise once overtime play starts.Read more: FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State falls to Indiana and Purdue this weekend

Ohio State’s women’s volleyball starting lineup stands together prior to the game against No. 5 Minnesota on Oct. 18. Credit: Rebecca Farage | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team fell to both Indiana and Purdue in back-to-back matches on the road this weekend. These losses put the Buckeyes at a 12-10 overall record and 3-7 within the Big Ten.The Buckeyes fell to Indiana on Friday night in three straight sets (25-15, 25-19, 25-22). The Hoosiers left the match with a 13-7 record and 4-5 in Big Ten play.Senior outside hitter Audra Appold notched 13 digs against Indiana as libero, her third appearance in that role. Ohio State had 48 digs while Indiana had 44 while the Hoosiers had seven blocks to the Buckeyes’ two. The Buckeyes fell in straight sets (25-17, 25-22, 25-13) to No. 17 Purdue on Sunday. The Boilermakers now stand at 17-4 overall and 6-4 in Big Ten play. Ohio State suffered 23 errors compared to Purdue with nine. Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Witte and junior outside hitter Bia Franklin led the offense with eight kills each. Franklin also had seven digs, two service aces and one assist.Ohio State will head back home to face Nebraska on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. read more

Attlees greatnephew suspended from Labour over CameronHitler image

first_imgPostwar Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee  “It is absolutely clear to me it is because of my support for Corbyn.”The post they are referring to was put up over a year ago so it is extraordinary to use it now.”Someone has got paranoid and thought I am describing the Labour bureaucracy as fascist. They are making a big mistake.”I would never describe the Labour Party as fascist.” John Macdonald says he was informed that he was suspended as a result of abusive comments on social media The great-nephew of former Prime Minister Clement Attlee has been suspended from the Labour Party after he posted a picture on social media of David Cameron with a Hitler moustache.John Macdonald, a longtime Labour member who supports Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership, uploaded the image of Mr Cameron in August 2015.Superimposed on the picture was a quotation from Mein Kampf, in which Hitler outlines how to take total control by taking “a little of their freedom at a time…until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed”.Mr Macdonald’s suspension, which occurred last Friday, came immediately after he publicly backed Mr Corbyn’s latest campaign. Mr Macdonald only discovered that he had been suspended when he contacted the party HQ to find out why his voting papers had not arrived.He is now calling for an investigation into the conduct of those who are overseeing what some are calling a “purge” of the Labour Party.A Labour Party spokesman said: “Officials in the Scottish Labour Party are consulted and informed regarding any action of this kind.”In addition, the NEC includes a Scottish member.”Ultimately, these decisions are not taken by the political leadership of the Labour Party, but by the NEC who are elected by members across the country.” John Macdonald says he was informed that he was suspended as a result of abusive comments on social mediaCredit: Deadline News Postwar Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee Credit:Deadline News And Mr Macdonald, from Dunfermline, Fife, claims the old Facebook post is being used as an excuse to rid the party of prominent Corbyn supporters.He said: “Even if the allegation, which I refute, was proved to be true it is highly suspicious and self-evidently underhand to suspend a member during an election for the party leader, therefore invalidating their vote in the contest – particularly in such contentious times. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Dramatic moment lorry driver stops out of control van after driver fell

first_imgOther motorists are then shown getting out of a car slowing behind Mr Dagless and joining him to give the unconscious driver first aid on the two-lane road.Police said he saved the trucker’s actions saved the driver’s life who had lost consciousness after suffering a bleed to the brain.It won him one of the highest awards from the Royal Humane Society for putting his life on the line on the A47 near Dereham, Norfolk. Vehicles trying to stop lorry “That’s made me feel very very humble – yes, I’m the one who got on and done it but I would like to think that anyone who would be in the same position would have done similar.” “The two guys who were following us were first aiders, they obviously knew more than first aid than myself and at that point I stood back.”Just after that a fireman turned up who had better first aid training and five minutes after that a young lady turned up who was an off-duty paramedic.” “This guy was seriously, seriously, lucky for the people who were around him.”He was already up against the barrier when I came across him, there was several cars in front who undertook the incident and disappeared which then allowed me to pull up beside him.”He was absolutely collapsed, his head was down below the steering wheel on the driver’s door. The van veered onto the central reservationCredit:SWNS Hero is a very, very strong wordMr Dagless Members of the public helped the driverCredit:SWNS The middle-aged van driver was given first aid for 30 minutes before the painter-decorator was taken to hospital by ambulance.Mr Dagless said: “He could have died. I’m not going to go on the band wagon and say what we did absolutely saved his life but between all of us what happened definitely improves his chances of survival.”Hero is a very, very strong word, I just had the right leg on at the exact right point.”It’s very nice to have recognition for what you do when I was first told about it I thought it would just be a certificate, I didn’t realise the enormity of the award I was being given. This incident could have resulted in carnage but instead no-one was hurtDick Wilkinsoncenter_img This is the moment an heroic lorry driver used his vehicle to save the life of a motorist who he spotted had passed out at the wheel.Russell Dagless, 53, used his HGV to trap the driver’s van against a central reservation after seeing him slump over the wheel.The dashcam footage taken by another lorry driver shows the quick thinking father-of-one positioning his trailer in front of the van as it was bouncing along the safety barrier. Members of the public help “The guy had to be brought to halt – what you see on the video was the last part of it – when we first came across him he was travelling a lot faster. He will receive its Testimonial on Vellum award with his heroism being described by the charity as “like a scene from an all-action movie” showing “incredible courage”.Mr Dagless, from Norwich, said he reacted instinctively and added: “Something had to be done, looking back at it, it just seemed the natural thing to do at the time, so the dangerous side didn’t really fall into my mind. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Van comes to a stop He was due to receive the bravery award, a framed plaque printed on vellum signed by Princess Alexandria, next March.Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the Royal Humane Society, said: “This was like a scene from an all-action movie. It showed incredible courage and resourcefulness to instantly assess the scene and take the action he did.”This incident could have resulted in carnage but instead no-one was hurt and only two vehicles were involved, thanks to the amazing action of Mr Dagless. He richly deserves the award.”Mr Dagless has also been praised by his workmates at Ben Burgess plant and machinery hire.”When I went to the Norwich depot, they were all standing in line and applauding as I got in but it was just a bit of banter – any of them, most of the guys who I work with would have all have done exactly what i did without a moment’s hesitation,” said Mr Hagless.Managing Director Ben Turner said: “When Russell told us what he had done we were all pleased and said well done.”Once we received the video footage, it was clear to see just what a fantastic job he did.”With the assistance of the other drivers that stopped, he helped save a man’s life and everyone in our company is very proud of him”. The van finally stopped when it was stuck behind the HGVCredit:SWNSlast_img read more

NovaGold and Teck Cominco form partnership to build Galore Creek mine

first_imgNovaGold Resources and Teck Cominco have formed a partnership that will invest $2 billion to build the Galore Creek copper-gold mine in northwestern British Columbia. On closing of the transaction, NovaGold and Teck Cominco will each hold a 50% interest in the partnership. To earn its 50% interest, Teck Cominco will fund approximately $478 million in construction costs, with each company responsible for its pro rata share of funding thereafter. In addition, NovaGold will receive up to $50 million of preferential distributions once Galore Creek is fully operational, if the project exceeds certain agreed upon minimum revenues in the first year of commercial production. Galore Creek is expected to produce 192,000 t of copper, 341,000 oz of gold and 4 Moz of silver annually for the first five years of production. With over 540 Mt of reserves and approximately 1,000 Mt of resources, there remains considerable potential to increase annual production and extend the mine life beyond 20 years. Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse, NovaGold’s President and CEO: “This partnership is another key milestone for NovaGold and great news for the people of British Columbia.  NovaGold chose Teck Cominco as its partner not just because of Teck’s size and expertise, but also because of its corporate culture and a shared commitment to responsible mining. Together, we are ensuring Galore Creek will be developed as a world-class mine that will bring outstanding benefits to the Tahltan Nation, local communities and the shareholders of both NovaGold and Teck Cominco for decades to come.”  Don Lindsay, President and Chief Executive Officer of Teck Cominco: “Teck Cominco is pleased to be working with NovaGold, in consultation with the Tahltan Nation, to develop one of the world’s largest mining assets right here in British Columbia.  Our investment in the Galore Creek partnership is aligned with our growth strategy and will significantly expand our copper and gold resources and production to create long-term value for our shareholders.”  Teck Cominco’s investment of $478 million is equal to NovaGold’s expected $128 million in construction and pre-construction expenditures incurred up to the effective date of the agreement plus $350 million of anticipated project expenditures. NovaGold will contribute all of the Galore Creek project assets to the partnership and NovaGold and Teck Cominco will establish a joint operating company, Galore Creek Mining Corp (GCMC), to direct all aspects of project construction and operation. Joint management, finance and technical committees will provide decision-making, oversight and control of the partnership. NovaGold will second its existing Galore Creek project and construction team to GCMC in their existing roles. Teck Cominco will second construction and operating staff and provide marketing expertize and other resources to GCMC to support the project. Teck Cominco will co-operate in arranging NovaGold’s $500 million of project debt financing during 2008. An aggressive programme of exploration and technical studies during construction will be aimed at increasing the value of the Galore Creek project by optimizing the additional approximately 1,000 Mt mineral resource in the Galore Creek Valley that is not currently included in the Galore Creek Feasibility Study completed by Hatch in October 2006. Galore Creek construction will continue in accordance with NovaGold s previously announced timelines and budgets to achieve production by mid-2012. NovaGold has completed significant pre-construction activities at Galore Creek in anticipation of receiving key provincial and federal permits and authorizations. These pre-construction activities include mobilization of personnel and equipment, establishment of the staging and laydown areas and the necessary infrastructure to support the construction effort and initial construction camps that will support road and access construction activities. The project has received all required Provincial permits during the last month, which now include the Special Use Permit and an offer for a Surface Lease for the area to be occupied by the tailings facility and other mine-related infrastructure. Federal permit approvals, particularly for bridge construction, are still pending but are anticipated to be received shortly to allow for the construction of several key bridges this season. Galore Creek construction has been planned in two phases. Phase 1 construction will focus on providing road access to the Galore Creek Valley. Significant activities during Phase 1 include the construction of the mine access road and tunnel, bridges, concentrate and diesel pipelines and a power transmission line from Bob Quinn on Highway 37 to the Galore Creek Valley. Phase 1 construction is anticipated to take 24 months, with access to the Galore Creek Valley in the second half of 2009. Phase 2 construction will focus on mine facilities and earthworks, including construction of mine infrastructure, a tailings dam, open pit stripping and process plant facilities. Mine production start-up is anticipated to begin in mid-2012 after three months of commissioning. Located in northwestern British Columbia, Galore Creek is one of the largest undeveloped copper-gold projects in the world. As envisioned, the Galore Creek deposit would be developed as an open-pit mine at a 65,000 t/d processing rate over a minimum 20-year mine life. The project is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs during the construction phase and approximately 500 full-time jobs during operation. The Feasibility Study estimated construction costs at $2 billion. NovaGold has an option agreement with Copper Canyon Resources on the adjoining Copper Canyon property, under which the company is earning up to an 80% interest. NovaGold also has an option on the adjoining Grace properties with Pioneer Metals, under which the company is earning a 60% interest. This option agreement is currently the subject of litigation between NovaGold and Pioneer.last_img read more

Heres who took home the awards as Irelands silver screen stars had

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy 24 Comments Monday 10 Apr 2017, 12:43 PM Here’s who took home the awards as Ireland’s silver screen stars had their big night There were both Irish and international winners. Short URL center_img Apr 10th 2017, 12:43 PM A DATE FOR Mad Mary picked up two awards at the Iftas last night with two Irish Oscar nominees also picking up awards in their homeland.The IFTA Film and Drama Awards were held in the Mansion House in Dublin and celebrated film and TV productions that are Irish or have Irish connections. Com Meaney at last night’s awards ceremony. Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieIrish comedy drama A Date for Mad Mary won the major award of the night when it scooped Best Film. Charleigh Bailey also won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.Elsewhere, Ruth Negga won the award for Actress in a Lead Role while fellow Oscar nominee Consolata Boyle won the award for Costume Design for her work on Florence Foster Jenkins.Colm Meaney won the award for Actor in a Lead Role for his portrayal of the recently deceased Martin McGuinness in The Journey. Amy Huberman picked up an award last night. Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieOn the TV side, the Irish-filmed History Channel show Vikings won the award for Best Drama. In doing so, it beat competition from Game of Thrones and The Fall among others.In the TV acting awards, Cillian Murphy won the Best Actor award for his role in Peaky Blinders with Amy Huberman taking the Best Actress award for legal drama Striking Out. Mattress Mick was there to see the documentary about him win an award. Source: Sam BoalThe George Morrison Award for best Feature Documentary was presented to Dave Clarke and Ciarán Deeney for their film Mattress Men.The documentary tells the story of how Michael Flynn turned his struggling mattress business into a success by creating his eccentric ‘Mattress Mick’ persona.The full list of winners and nominees is available on the IFTA website.Read: Ireland’s biggest movie stars all nominated for this year’s IFTAs >Read: Here are all the gorgeous gúnas from the IFTAs on Saturday night > Share16 Tweet Email 25,054 Views last_img read more

GoogleFacebook le duel vu par un ancien cadre des 2 sociétés

first_imgGoogle-Facebook: le duel vu par un ancien cadre des 2 sociétésSelon un ancien salarié de Facebook et de Google, le moteur de recherche n’aurait aucune chance de lutter contre le réseau social, qui ne cesse de grandir malgré les polémiques sur les données personnelles.Il y a quelques temps, le réseau social le plus populaire du monde annonçait que la barre des 500 millions d’utilisateurs avait été franchie. Il semblerait donc que les controverses et procès à répétition autour de la protection de la vie privée n’aient eu aucun impact quant au succès de Facebook. Un constat important pour Paul Buchheit, ancien employé de Google et aussi du réseau social fondé par Mark Zuckerberg en 2004. Celui-ci met en garde : si le moteur de recherche ne parvient pas à placer la barre haute face à Facebook, le site pourrait devenir imparable, rapporteÀ lire aussiSéisme, Google et chargeur, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 22 juinPaul Buchheit est le mieux placé pour parler de cette “guerre” entre les deux géants américains, ayant travaillé pour eux par le passé en tant qu’ingénieur. Il a fait partie de l’équipe qui a créé Gmail à l’époque. Il a ensuite quitté la société pour créer FriendFeed, qu’il a presque immédiatement vendu à Facebook pour 50 millions de dollars (38 millions d’euros). Il a fini par quitter l’équipe du réseau social en novembre. Depuis, l’ingénieur peut parler de ses expériences de manière libre. Et notamment des difficultés de Google à concurrencer Facebook, qui créeraient des tensions au seins des équipes. Paul Buchheit déclare à : “Je m’attends à ce que Google trouve plus de succès avec sa voiture sans conducteur (…). Il faut noter que les deux plus grands concurrents de Facebook, Twitter et Foursquare, ont été créés par des personnes qui viennent de chez Google et qui n’avaient pas vraiment permis au géant américain de décoller”. Il conseille à son ex-société de suivre la stratégie suivante : “Imaginer quelque chose de totalement différent de Facebook”, mais il estime que Google n’a “probablement pas” les personnes qu’il faut pour travailler sur un tel projet. “A chacun sa force”, explique-t-il, avant de conclure : “Les gens qui sont en train de créer le prochain Twitter ne sont pas forcément les mêmes qui seront à l’origine du prochain BigTable (système de gestion de base de données développé par Google, ndlr)”.Le 22 décembre 2010 à 12:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Admiral sees over 200 staff take up eyecare evouchers under new

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Insurance organisation Admiral has seen more than 200 employees receive eyecare e-vouchers following the introduction of a new eyecare benefit for its 6,300 UK-based employees.The new eyecare benefit, provided by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, was introduced in April 2017. In order to inform staff about the new benefit, Admiral held a series of wellbeing events, together with the provider, in May 2017. These events were designed to promote the eyecare scheme, inform employees about how they could access the benefit, and what they were entitled to under Admiral’s eyecare policy.The eyecare scheme, which is available to all employees, helps Admiral fulfil its statutory requirements by providing staff with a free eye test as well as glasses if they are needed solely for display screen equipment (DSE) use. The scheme also includes an additional £20 contribution on glasses from specified ranges. Employees can put this towards glasses or sunglasses of their choosing, which do not have to be for DSE use. Employees can also share up to three e-vouchers a year with their friends and family.During the wellbeing events, staff were able to book optician appointments online and e-vouchers were electronically issued to employees requiring eyecare. Staff from local Specsavers stores also attended the wellbeing events held at Admiral’s sites to answer any technical eyecare questions.The eyecare benefit is also promoted on the staff intranet, and new joiners to the organisation will be told about the scheme during the induction process.Heather John, HR administrator at Admiral, said: “We are aware of how important it is to communicate regarding the benefits we provide. The wellbeing events Specsavers has held for us have been very useful in providing a personal touch and [it] has also contributed to our internal magazine to ensure that the information reaches far and wide.”last_img read more

Burglars drill hole into Costco steal items

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Burglars broke into a North Miami Beach Costco, Tuesday morning, by drilling a hole into its back wall.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene, near Northeast 146th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, where workers were seen cleaning up the mess made by the burglars.The subjects reportedly gained entry to the Costco by drilling a hole in the back of the store, near a dumpster. Once inside, the burglars stole an unknown amount of items.Police have begun their investigation.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Texas Companies Tie Worker Shortages To Immigration Fears

first_imgThough construction is in high demand in Texas’ booming capital city, Oscar Martinez’s drywall company is suddenly struggling.One-third of the approximately 20 employees Martinez uses to build new homes and commercial spaces have recently fled the state, spooked by a combination of a federal immigration crackdown by the Trump administration and a tough anti-“sanctuary cities” law approved last month by Texas’ Republican-controlled Legislature.“I took a big hit since my workers started hearing crazy stories about being deported, and they panicked,” said Martinez, who relies on immigrants in the U.S. illegally for labor and has failed to find replacements for the physically grueling, precise work.“The Americans I hire can’t last in this job more than half a day,” Martinez said.Similar fears have sent shockwaves through many sectors of the U.S. economy. In most cases, demographers and economic experts say it’s too early to quantify the full impact of workforce shortages fueled by immigration fears, but anecdotal evidence is widespread.“I’ve heard from growers, construction, and the service industry about a destabilization of the workforce in Texas and around the country,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a Washington-based immigrants’ rights advocacy group. “It’s definitely happening more in states that are considering major immigration enforcement policies.”The issue is particularly pronounced in Texas because it’s a conservative state and has one of the largest populations of immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally. Texas’ new law has exacerbated more general fears among immigrants about immigration policies becoming stricter nationwide under President Donald Trump.Opponents have dubbed it the “show me your papers” law because it allows police to ask about the immigration status of anyone they stop and requires them to turn over immigrants to U.S. immigration authorities upon request. Sheriffs and other police officials who don’t comply could see their departments fined and could personally face criminal charges and be booted from office. The law is aimed at so-called sanctuary cities — a term with no legal definition that loosely refers to jurisdictions where police have traditionally refrained from enforcing U.S. immigration law.The biggest industry to take a hit from the immigration crackdown is construction. About half of that industry’s workers are in the U.S. illegally, according to the immigrant rights organization Workers Defense Project.“Projects are coming in late because we don’t have enough labor,” said Frank Fuentes, chairman of the U.S. Hispanic Contractors Association, based in Austin. “When paranoia hits this segment of the community, it truly affects the industry as a whole.”Fuentes said he “gets calls of concern on a daily basis” from states including California, Georgia, and Florida about staffing shortages. But Texas’ new law has triggered an extreme crisis, said Fuentes.“It’s funny because they know these workers are needed,” Fuentes said of state lawmakers. “Yet they don’t want them.”Faced with the labor deficit, Martinez has recently lost contracts with two big clients. One of his workers was deported; others told him they were moving to Mexico, California, and other states with more forgiving immigration policies.“It just breaks my heart when they have to leave because of the situation,” said Martinez, whose employees typically work 15-hour days and six or seven days a week. “It’s not fair.”Immigrant fears have also rattled other industries.“Everyone’s on pins and needles,” said Craig Regelbrugge, vice president of horticulture industry group AmericanHort, noting that farms were already in need of more employees.Hotel and restaurant owners have also reported losing workers, said Cathy DeWitt, a spokeswoman for the Texas Association of Business. But she said the bigger economic impact could be from the loss of customers.“We’re more concerned about the buying power of this population,” she said, pointing to the estimated 1.1 million people in Texas who are living in the U.S. illegally, second only to California. “When you have over a million people not feeling welcome they’ll move somewhere they are welcome.”Texas for many years led the nation in job growth, though its economy has slowed more recently, in part due to a slump in oil prices. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has defended the new law, and the measure’s author, state Sen. Charles Perry, said it’s key to ensuring security in the state.“Banning sanctuary cities is about preventing those who commit terrible crimes from being released back into our community while affording protections to undocumented victims and witnesses of crime,” said Perry, a Republican from Lubbock.Steven Camarota, director of research for the conservative Center for Immigration Studies, said businesses may suffer, but U.S. citizens and other workers living here legally should benefit.“The poorest American workers may see an increase in wages and employment,” Camarota said.Randy Capps, director of research for U.S. programs with the Migration Policy Institute, a bipartisan think tank based in Washington, predicted that most immigrants ultimately would remain in the state.“I think, as long as the economy is strong in Texas, you’re less likely to see that impact,” he said.Martinez, for one, desperately hopes that’s true.“At the end of the day, we need these people,” he said. 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After Straus Announcement Several Bids Emerge For Texas House Speaker

first_imgMARTIN DO NASCIMENTO/KUTSpeaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus before the opening of the special session on Jul. 18, 2017.Texas House Speaker Joe Straus’ decision to not seek re-election prompted another retirement announcement – and several bids to run for House speaker.Shortly after Straus’ announcement Wednesday, House State Affairs Chairman Byron Cook of Corsicana said he won’t run again. Weatherford Republican Phil King was already planning to make a run for speaker. And after Straus’ announcement, Republican John Zerwas of Richmond said he’s also filed paperwork to run. Dallas Democrat Eric Johnson said he’s exploring a campaign as well. Sharelast_img

CSX Freight Train Derails in Baltimore Tunnel No Injuries

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Authorities say it appears that a mechanical problem caused a freight train derailment in a tunnel in Baltimore, but the specific cause is under investigation.CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle said at least 13 cars derailed early Monday in the Howard Street tunnel, but there were no injuries or hazards to the public.Doolittle says the 124-car train was headed from Philadelphia to Cumberland, Maryland, with eight locomotives. He says one derailed car contains acetone, a flammable solvent. Rail traffic was stopped in the area.Fire department spokesman Samuel Johnson says no poisonous substances were released and no chemicals leaked out of the derailed cars. He says other chemicals on the train include butane and liquefied petroleum gas.last_img

Dropzone is the game League of Legends wishes it could be

first_img <> I, unlike many of my friends, never caught the fever for MOBAs, but I’ve always liked the idea behind them. I’ve been a strategy game nut my whole life, and I’m all for compressing the experience of a grueling RTS into a smaller package. But between the notoriously toxic communities, the dearth of strategic options, and matches that can drag on for 45 minutes or more, League of Legends and its sisters didn’t fill the void I’d hoped.Jason Coleman, project lead on Dropzone, said that he and the rest of his team had the same problem with MOBAs. “We all love strategy games, but as we got older we noticed that we never had the time to play them anymore.” Part of that, Coleman says, is that the strategy game genre has split into a few major clusters. There’s hardcore deep strategy games like Crusader Kings, there’s slightly less time-consuming 4X games like Civilization, and then there’s MOBAs.While the latter might not revolve around campaigns that can last dozens of hours, they rely on matches that often cross the 45-minute mark. Mix in a notoriously toxic community and a dearth of deep strategic options, and it’s easy to see why, despite its massive success, some people still haven’t warmed to the children of DotA.AdChoices广告Coleman and the rest of the team at Sparkypants believe they have a solution, though. Dropzone seems, at first pass, to be just like any other MOBA. You’ve got several characters on screen that each farm enemies to build up experience, learn new skills, and go head-to-head with an opposing team. But one you dig into it, it’s clear that Dropzone is special.First, each game is capped at 15 minutes with sudden death overtime if it comes to that. Second, there’s a maximum of two players on a given team. This is a great idea for tons of reasons, not the least of which is an effect that even League developer Riot has noted in its own attempts to curb the negativity in its community: when you add in more players, the odds of you ending up with at least one troll increases exponentially. League and its siblings typically pack their matches with ten players, compared to Dropzone’s four.Dropzone also uses a points system instead of focusing on capturing territory. It’s a lot more like basketball, where players will destroy buildings or kill computer-controlled enemies throughout the level to collect “power cores.” Once you have one, you can take it back to the center of the field and attempt to score. The process takes ten seconds though, and other players can try to interrupt the process by attacking. And that’s where things get really interesting.In Dropzone each player controls three mechs called “rigs.” There are several different types, pilots, and plenty of great gear that all have different abilities and bonuses. With them, you can balance out your team, or you can help you coordinate strategies with a friend and specialize your rigs for specific tasks.In either case, managing three characters is always a tactically complex choice. If your speedy mech has a power core, you could run it to the center and leave some heavy hitters behind working on another objective. If it gets into trouble, you can ambush the attackers with the big guns and catch your foe off guard. But that’s just one option. While capturing power cores is the main goal, there are a few optional objectives around the field that you can pursue as well. If you get too ambitious and rack up loads of points with cores, your opponent will have unchecked control over the rest of the field and can easily match or surpass your score. It’s a brilliant system that falls back on the classic Sid Meier adage that a great game is a series of interesting choices.Before a match even begins, you need to think about how you want your trio of rigs to work together, while still leaving them adaptable enough to handle any number of counter-strategies. Then, in-game, you have to coordinate them. You can focus your force in one area and crush everything in front of you at the cost of mobility, or you can try to keep your mechs constantly working on different tasks around the field, or anything in between.I got to play three games at PAX and I’ve since played another few in the closed beta at home, and I’m really excited to see where this goes. The depth and breadth of options, the quick pace of it all, and the tight focus on letting players approach problems from one of several angles is revolutionary for a genre that is, at times, painfully monotonous. It’s impossible to say if Dropzone will be the next “big thing,” but it’s got an incredible start.last_img read more

Cleveland is a champion Trump dumps campaign manager Corrupt NYPD cop roundup

first_imgRight now in Cleveland— Khanh (@nqkhanh27) June 20, 2016 #BREAKING: @FBI releases partial transcript/explanation of shooter’s contact during Pulse attack. @FOX13News— Evan Lambert FOX 13 (@EvanLambertTV) June 20, 2016 Advertisement Corrupt NYPD cops arrested on federal corruption charges. (NY Daily News)Three NYPD officers arrested as part of federal municipal corruption probe— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 20, 2016 All bad press is great for @realDonaldTrump, but slip in polls and buh-bye. #NeverTrump— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) June 20, 2016 Rome elects first female mayor. (Sky News)Rome just elected this 37-year-old as its first female mayor— (@TIME) June 20, 2016 e 4th the moment cleveland won our first championship in over 50 years, 19 years of being loyal finally paid off ??— patrick stepanek (@patrickstepanek) June 20, 2016 MVP.— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 20, 2016 Donald Trump axes campaign manger Corey Lewandowski. (NY Times)BREAKING: Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski fired— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 20, 2016 Cleveland celebrates its first championship in 52 years.Tomorrow’s Plain Dealer front page:— Henry J. Gomez (@HenryJGomez) June 20, 2016 911 transcripts released in Orlando shooting. (Orlando Sentinel)Timeline con’t. 2:08 a: officers make entry to #Pulse, engage shooter; 2:18 a: OPD SWAT call out initiated.— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 20, 2016last_img read more

Windows Firewall Control Tips

first_imgWindows Firewall Control Tips by Martin Brinkmann on March 06, 2018 in Security – 18 commentsWindows Firewall Control is a standalone program for Microsoft Windows PCs that extends the functionality of the built-in Windows Firewall and improves manageability significantly.A free version is provided but you need to donate to the developer to get a lifetime license for the registered version which adds a notification system for outbound connections and an option to create temporary rules.Check out our Windows Firewall Control review to find out more about the functionality of the application, and our Windows Firewall Control 5 article.Windows Firewall Control requirementsWindows Firewall Control is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, and the server versions Server 2012 and Server 2016.The program requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.5 or newer. Windows Firewall needs to be enabled and the same is true for the DNS Client service.Windows Firewall Control TipsThe Connection LogYou access the connection log with a click on the “View Windows Firewall connections log” icon on the left side of the program’s footer toolbar.A click on refresh list or a tap on F5 on the keyboard loads the last 100 blocked connections on the device sorted in chronological order by default.You may use it to list blocked or allowed connections, and use filters to customize the output.The table lists date and time, process ID, name of the program and path on the system, the source and destination address, and more information.This gives you an overview of the blocked processes on the Windows PC; handy, if you noticed that a program won’t connect to the Internet. A right-click on an item displays options to allow or block it, to run verification checks, and to create a custom rule for it.The verification options give you options to check the file on Virustotal, to run a Whois query (using, or verify the target IP address (using IP Void).You may use filters displayed in the sidebar if you get a large number of blocked connections. The filters allow you to change the number of blocked connections the program displays, restrict the data to inbound or outbound connections, use a text filter to list specific programs, ports or IP addresses, or switch the display from blocked to allowed. Note that you do need to refresh the listing after making changes to the available filters.The connection log gives you an overview of allowed or blocked connections. This is useful for troubleshooting connection issues and to verify connections.Windows Firewall Rules PanelThe rules panel lists all firewall rules when you open it. Click on the leftmost icon in the application’s footer to start it.Each rule has a colored background that indicates allowed (green) or blocked (red) connections. Rules list application names and paths, and parameters such as local or remote ports, addresses, and the network location.Here is what you can do on the screen:Delete rules with a tap on the Delete key.Use the “show invalid rules” option to only list rules that are not valid, e.g. rules for programs that are no longer installed.Use the “show duplicate rules” option to show dupes.Change the action from allow to block and vice versa.Edit rules.Open file location or verify file on Virustotal.Import or export rules.NotificationsOnly the registered version supports notifications which list outbound connection attempts. Windows Firewall Control supports three different notification settings:Display notifications to prompt users whenever outbound connections are blocked.Learning Mode which allows outbound connections for digitally signed programs but displays notifications for unsigned applications.Disabled which turns off notifications.The notifications interface lists additional preferences. You may define programs or folders for which you don’t want notifications to be displayed by Windows Firewall Control, and define for how long the notification is displayed. The time limit for temporary rules can be changed in the preferences as well.Temporary rules are useful if you want to allow or block a connection temporarily. The notification prompt displays the three permanent options as text and the temporary options to the right as icons only. It is easy enough to overlook the temporary options.While you can left-click to perform the temporary action right away, you can right-click to set a custom period for the temporary rule.SecurityThe most recent version of Windows Firewall Control supports three security settings which protect against tampering and may block connections during shut down or boot.Secure Boot changes the profile to High Filtering (block anything) at system shutdown and system start until you switch the profile manually.Secure Rules protects rules against outside tampering.Secure Profile protects the Windows Firewall state against tampering as firewall rule imports and filtering mode changes are only allowed through the application.ToolsA click o tools displays links to native Windows administrative tools like the Event Viewer or Resource Monitor, and options to run various checks using online services.You may use the tools for the following tasks:Check the reputation of an IP using one of three integrated services.Scan a file based on its SHA256 hash using one of two different antivirus scanning services.Run a whois query using one of four integrated whois services.Check port information.Now You: Did we miss a tip?SummaryArticle NameWindows Firewall Control TipsDescriptionWindows Firewall Control is an excellent security program for Windows that gives you greater control over Windows Firewall. Check out our tips to get the most out of the security program.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more