first_imgThe new curricula for Grades 11 and 12 along with the revised B.C. Graduation Program will be implemented next September. VICTORIA, B.C. – All Grade 10 students in B.C. will officially be learning the Province’s new curriculum for that Grade level this year, marking the second of three steps in which that the new B.C. school curriculum will be implemented.In a press release today, the Ministry of Education announced that the introduction of the Grade 10 curriculum this school year follows the implementation of the new K-9 curriculum in September 2016. Consistent with the K-9 curriculum, the new Grade 10 curriculum also includes Indigenous content and perspectives across all subjects.“Teachers and students are already experiencing the benefits of the personalized, flexible nature of the new curriculum up to Grade 9,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “The new Grade 10 curriculum offers opportunities for teachers to engage their students in new and innovative ways of learning and to foster creativity. It truly is an exciting time for education in B.C. and I look forward to the positive impact this will have on student success.”last_img read more

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Last year the Government had taken a policy decision that international and private schools functioning in Sri Lanka facilitating general education (between 5-18 years of age) following local and foreign curricula should be monitored by the Ministry of Education. Speaking in Parliament while presenting the 2017 budget today, the Finance Minister said that the Ministry of Policy Planning and Economics Affairs will monitor the operations of private schools under the proposed new legislation. (Colombo Gazette) The Government is to introduce new legislation to monitor private and international schools in the country.Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that the new legislation was required to ensure quality education at private schools. read more

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Under new SEC rule, companies will have to reveal pay gap between CEOs and employees by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Aug 5, 2015 12:23 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2015 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This June 19, 2015 photo shows the seal of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at SEC headquarters, in Washington. The Securities and Exchange Commission is scheduled to vote Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, to formally adopt a rule compelling public companies to report the ratio between their chief executive’s annual compensation and the median, or midpoint, pay of employees. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) WASHINGTON – Federal regulators have approved a long-delayed rule requiring companies to reveal the pay gap between CEOs and their employees.The Securities and Exchange Commission voted Wednesday to order most public companies to disclose the ratio between their chief executives’ annual compensation and median, or midpoint, employee pay.The 3-2 vote, with the two Republican commissioners dissenting, culminated years of heated public debate over one of the most controversial rules the agency has put forward in recent years. The SEC received more than 280,000 comments on the issue since it floated the proposal two years ago, and lobbying by business interests against the requirement was intense.The SEC acted under a mandate from the 2010 law that reshaped regulation after the financial crisis. Outsize pay packages — often tied to the company’s stock price —were blamed for encouraging disastrous risk-taking and short-term gain at the expense of long-term performance.Public reporting of the gap is unlikely to result in a rush to cut executives’ pay packages or boost employee salaries. The numbers could pack a symbolic punch, though, and nudge company directors as watchdogs to push back on executives’ excess, supporters of disclosure say. The information also could be useful to shareholders casting advisory votes on executives’ pay packages, which they’ve been entitled to do since 2011.A chief executive made about 205 times the average worker’s wage last year, compared with 257 times in 2013, according to calculations by The Associated Press using earnings statistics from the Labor Department.Companies will be required to report the ratio in their annual financial reports for their first fiscal year starting on or after Jan. 1, 2017.Taking into account objections by business groups, the SEC built some flexibility and exceptions into the ratio requirement.For example, companies can use estimates or sampling to determine the median employee pay.Smaller public companies — those with less than $75 million in total shares held externally or less than $50 million in annual revenue — are exempt from the disclosure. So are emerging growth companies and investment companies. Companies can exclude from the median pay calculations up to 5 per cent of their employees outside the U.S.“These are good and reasonable changes that should reduce costs for many companies” while still meeting the financial overhaul law’s mandate, SEC Chair Mary Jo White said before the vote.Business groups have argued that the pay information will be costly and time-consuming for companies. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce maintains it will cost U.S. companies more than $700 million a year, compared with the SEC’s estimate of about $73 million.Daniel Gallagher, one of the two Republicans voting against the action, called it “a nakedly political rule” serving no purpose other than “naming and shaming” CEOs. He suggested the rule may violate the Constitution.Reaction from the business community and conservative Republican lawmakers was swift and sharply negative.“At best, pay ratio is a misleading, politically inspired, and costly disclosure that fails to provide investors with useful, comparable data,” the Chamber of Commerce said in a statement.For example, it said, a domestic company might have a narrower pay ratio than a multinational company because of legal, currency or cost-of-living differences. That would be “like trying to compare baseball to basketball stats,” the group said.On the other side, Sarah Anderson, analyst at the left-leaning Institute for Policy Studies, praised the SEC’s decision.“We finally have an official yardstick for measuring CEO greed,” she said. “This is a huge victory for ordinary Americans who are fed up with a CEO pay system that rewards the guy in the corner office hundreds of times more than others who add value to their companies.” read more

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“We now have an opening to develop a serious and substantial political initiative to achieve the negotiated two-State solution that we all hope for and that will best serve the interests, rights and aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians alike,” Robert Serry, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said in his briefing to the Security Council.“The months ahead will not be easy,” he warned. “Both sides will now have to demonstrate political will and determination to make progress, and concerted action by the international community, including the region, will be needed to support their efforts.” He noted that with people in the Middle East facing a period of “extraordinary challenges and turmoil,” establishing the groundwork necessary for a credible Israeli-Palestinian peace process remains a core priority for the UN. The visit by United States President Barack Obama to the region last week marks an important opportunity to reinvigorate efforts towards a two-State solution, he added.Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated their commitment to the two-State solution as essentially the only prospect for the future of Israelis and Palestinians, “while they undeniably differ on its terms, and on how to attain it,” said Mr. Serry.“It is incumbent upon us as the United Nations, and the international community, to help them bridge those differences,” he stated. “Much work lies ahead. We should not underestimate the difficulties, but neither should we belittle the real possibility to overcome them. “It is now time for all of us to come together in concerted action and support a serious international initiative, including through a revitalized Quartet that engages more broadly with key Arab partners, regional and other stakeholders,” he added, referring to the diplomatic grouping bringing together the UN, the European Union, Russia and the US. Mr. Serry remarked that efforts currently underway offer the chance for a new beginning and renewed push for serious political progress. “Therein lies the opportunity – but we worry that it will not last if the volatile situation on the ground is not urgently addressed at the same time. Both parties should undertake constructive steps and work to reverse negative trends.”In this context, he noted that there were no new settlement announcements during the past month and three structures in settlement outposts were demolished on 18 March. The period also registered fewer incursions by Israeli security forces in the West Bank, as well as a decrease in demolitions of Palestinian structures.“It is now our hope that these initial signals of reversing the negative measures on the ground will take hold and create a conducive environment for a meaningful political process to take shape,” he stated.Overall, the levels of violence remained high, Mr. Serry said, noting that several clashes took place during protests, including in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners; settler violence against Palestinians continued, injuring six; and Israeli security sources have reported an increase in stone throwing, including against settlers, injuring a total of 10 during the past month. He also voiced concern about the situation of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody, as well as the “serious setback” caused by rocket firing from Gaza into Israel for the second time since last November’s ceasefire. read more

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The benefit of reduced mortality extends to women screened at age 70–74 years, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). A summary of the assessment carried out by the group, which considered emerging technologies, clinical breast examination, and breast self-examination, was published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine. It provides a critical update to the landmark2002 IARC Handbook on Breast Cancer Screening in light of recent improvements in treatment outcomes for late-stage breast cancer and new data on screening practices and their outcomes. “Careful consideration of both the benefits and harms of mammography screening shows a net benefit from inviting women 50–69 years old,” Dr. Lauby-Secretan, an IARC scientist and the Responsible Officer for the Handbooks Series, said in a news release.“The significant reduction in breast cancer mortality observed in this age group outweighs the effects of overdiagnosis and other adverse effects,” she added.An evaluation of data from studies conducted in high-income countries (in Australia, Europe, and North America) showed that women 50–69 years of age who attended mammography screening had a reduction in breast cancer mortality of around 40 per cent. “Providing early access to effective diagnosis and treatment in developed and developing countries is critical to reduce breast cancer mortality globally,” said Dr. Christopher Wild, the Director of IARC. “The IARC Handbook on breast cancer screening provides the most up-to-date evaluation of the scientific evidence. This provides a foundation on the basis of which governments can implement the best intervention strategies in order to save more lives.” However, evidence for the effectiveness of screening women in the younger age group of 40–49 years was considered limited. The most important harms of early detection of breast cancer by mammography screening are false-positive results, overdiagnosis, and radiation-induced breast cancer. Among the group’s conclusions is that there is sufficient evidence that mammography screening detects breast cancers that would never have been diagnosed or caused harm if the women had not been screened. There is also sufficient evidence of an increased risk of radiation-induced breast cancer from mammography screening in women aged 50 years or older but that risk is substantially outweighed by the reduction in breast cancer mortality.Evaluation of the current literature also showed that there is sufficient evidence that clinical breast examination is associated with the detection of smaller and earlier-stage tumours. However, no data were yet available for an evaluation of the effect of this screening technique on breast cancer mortality. For breast self-examination, most studies did not show a reduction in breast cancer mortality. Numerous studies have investigated the beneficial effects of screening modalities other than mammography. However, none of the emerging technologies, either in addition to or as a replacement for mammography, had sufficient evidence of a reduction in breast cancer mortality. Breast cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer in women worldwide, the second leading cause of death from cancer in women in high-income countries, and the leading cause of death from cancer in low- and middle-income countries, where a high proportion of women present with advanced disease, which has a poor prognosis.Established risk factors for breast cancer include age, a family or personal history of breast cancer or pre-cancerous lesions, genetic predisposition, reproductive factors, hormonal treatment, alcohol consumption, obesity, and exposure to ionizing radiation. read more

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first_imgA big thank you to the doctor’s in Rio and to the exceptional NHS and all the wonderful staff at St James for literally saving my life.— Charlie Webster (@CharlieCW) September 9, 2016 Hey, guess who?! After 5 weeks, I’m out of hospital, alive and finally recovering (even my kidneys have started to slowly improve)!— Charlie Webster (@CharlieCW) September 9, 2016 The former Sky Sports presenter has now spoken about her diagnosis, saying: “I went into shock. Words can’t describe the pain I was in.” One doctor even told her: “We don’t know what is wrong yet, but we need you to know that you are dying.”She was placed om an induced coma in the Rio hospital to improve her chances of survival. Speaking to the Sun, she said she had a “conversation with Death” and at first gave into it because she felt: “I’m happy to die because I just couldn’t do it any more.” But she quickly decided to fight. “The last thing I thought was that I haven’t made a will, I need to make sure my money goes to my family,” she said.  Credit:Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA She had contracted a rare form of malaria, but it took some time for doctors to realise what was wrong with her. The presenter, who used to date actor Downton Abbey actor Allen Leech, is still yet to regain full kidney function.But she described her recovery so far as a “miracle”. A TV sports presenter who was hospitalised with malaria in Brazil has spoken about how medics told her she was dying of a mystery illness.Charlie Webster, 33, was taken ill during the Rio Olympics opening ceremony after contracting the mosquito-borne disease. She had recently completed a 3,000 mile charity bike ride from London to Rio. After a stay in intensive care in Brazil she was flown back to the UK at the end of August, where she remained in a serious condition at hospital in Leeds, before eventually being released last Friday night. Webster with her ex-boyfriend Allen Leech “I also remember a promise I made to my mum that I wouldn’t leave her, weirdly enough, before I set out on the cycle ride. She had a feeling that something was going to go wrong before the race. “So I said, ‘I’ve only come so far in the mission of what I want to complete in my life. I’ve got to do this. I’m not dying. No chance’.”She added: “The doctors said they’ve never met anyone with such fight and that my heart was a perfect heart, that’s what kept me alive.” 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

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first_imgSouthern Palace Group of Companies through its subsidiary Genrec Engineering, has put in motion ambitious plans to position South Africa as a leading hub for mining solutions research and development (R&D), as well as manufacturing. Renowned industrialist, Sello Mahlangu, is the founder and Executive Chairman of Southern Palace Group of Companies, a black owned and managed holding company that oversees a diverse industrial portfolio comprising, among others, prominent participants in the infrastructure, steel fabrication, automotive manufacturing and technology sectors of the economy.It recently acquired Genrec Engineering, one of Africa’s few remaining large-scale engineering companies with a state-of-the-art factory in Wadeville, which is now undergoing significant upgrades to also manufacture sophisticated mechanised mining technologies for the local and export markets.Among the suite of technologies that will be manufactured in Wadeville are a number of variants of cutting-edge ultra-low profile (ULP) modular mobile platforms and a hybrid locomotive that were co-developed by a local technology specialist, CMTI Group.These, together with integrated brake-testing technologies, were developed in partnership with gold and platinum-group metals (PGM) miner, Sibanye-Stillwater, and were designed according to international standards to serve the greater local and international mining industry. Southern Palace owns a majority stake in CMTI Shared Services, which was established in 2011 to assist South African gold and PGM underground mines launch into a new mechanised era that replaces out-dated drill-and-blast methods.“CMTI Group’s technology has undergone extensive testing in some of South Africa’s most challenging underground environments for many years, while also receiving support from the Department of Trade & Industry and the Department of Science & Technology’s Technology Innovation Agency during the development cycle. The outcome is home-grown innovation that has overcome all of the limitations of imported ‘off-the-shelf’ machines that have long hindered the successful implementation of continuous mining operations in the country.”“Moreover, the company’s solutions are facilitating mining at lower operating heights and at greater depths, as well as in previously inaccessible areas, such as remnant pillars and barred panels, and being used to clean back ends. Importantly, the company’s technologies also support the mining industry’s drive to create safer operations by removing people from these dangerous and unpredictable working environments. Its machines are operated remotely by trained operators, while additional skilled employment prospects will also be created in a controlled factory setting where these solutions are now being manufactured.”These will also be complemented by the many specialist technical training and apprenticeship opportunities that will also be required to support Genrec’s growing equipment population in South Africa and other prominent mining regions of the continent.  Importantly, Leslie Ntloko, CEO notes that Southern Palace’s large investment into Genrec is also in line with government’s focus on resuscitating the country’s beleaguered manufacturing sector, which shrunk by more than two percent in the first quarter of 2018 due to general economic malaise.“In his inaugural State of the Nation Address earlier this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa also acknowledged that South Africa had to urgently undergo a Fourth Industrial Revolution to bolster its ability to compete globally and, in so doing, develop vibrant and robust local black industrialists as part of the state’s Radical Economic Transformation agenda,” Ntloko says.This strategy will be driven by a special Digital Industrial Revolution Commission, which will also incorporate critical insights from prominent participants from the private sector. Dr Danie Burger, founder of CMTI Holdings, says that the new manufacturing line at Genrec’s factory will aim to establish the benchmark, in terms of various Industry 4.0 themes in the country. “Smart manufacturing, robotics and artificial intelligence are just some of the digital technologies that will be harnessed by Genrec to manufacture solutions faster and at a consistently high level of quality. This large investment by Southern Palace will also greatly assist CMTI Group’s ability to proactively design increasingly complex solutions to provide more value to our many existing and future clients as they also transition into this digital era. This is in line with our mantra of ‘engineering the future’ as a leading innovator in this sector,” Burger says.Alex Fenn, Sibanye-Stillwater’s Technology Portfolio Manager, says that the mining house is extremely excited and proud of this development as a long-standing client of CMTI Group. “We have viewed CMTI as a technology partner since we started working with the company in 2013, and are very pleased with what they have been able to achieve in this period. This is a significant step forward for technology development and manufacturing excellence in South Africa. We are proud of the part that we have played in it, and certainly look forward to driving the commercial adoption of this technology to enhance our sustainability.”Importantly, those MT3500X/NX and MT950 ULPs that have been working at its various gold and PGM operations have also been identified as primary projects at the Mandela Mining Precinct, a collaborative industry initiative that aims to advance the mining clusters through research and development. Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American; Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater; and Nick Holland, CEO of Gold Fields, are among the many captains of industry that continue to back the accelerated mechanisation of the local mining industry. They are all members of the Minerals Council of South Africa, which warns that production in the South African gold mining industry risks almost dying out completely by 2033 if it continues to rely on mining methods that are over 100 years old.The council notes that more than 200,000 jobs are at stake in an industry that now only employs 480,000 people compared to some 600,000 people in the 1970s when South Africa’s gold mining industry was at its peak and produced 1,000 tonnes annually. Meanwhile, at least one South African PGM producer has already made known its intentions of retrenching about 13,000 people, which includes employees of contractors, over the next two years as it embarks on a turnaround strategy in an extremely challenging economic environment.“Worryingly, the mining industry experienced its second consecutive quarter of economic decline and is, therefore, now in a recession. Production slumped by just under 10% in the first quarter of 2018, following a decrease of 4,4% in the fourth quarter of last year, with lower production in gold and PGMs mainly contributing towards this grim scenario. This is on the back of declining safety levels in both underground gold and PGM operations, which remain the deadliest mines in the country, accounting for more than 80% of all fatalities in the industry in 2017, according to the Department of Mineral Resources.”The mining authority, therefore, also supports modernisation and mechanisation efforts to save lives, as recently reiterated by Ramaphosa when he noted the need for all stakeholders to collaborate more closely to make the industry safer for its many employees.“One mining fatality is one too many,” the President said, while emphasising the large role that this “sunrise” industry still had to play in growing the local economy under his New Dawn. There is also general consensus among policy and decision makers that traditional mundane underground mining jobs need to be replaced with skilled and higher paid positions in factories. More recently, Minister of Trade & Industry, Rob Davis, also recently emphasised the need for all economic sectors to embrace advanced technologies to boost South Africa’s competitiveness on the global stage.Southern Palace, Genrec and CMTI are also committed to working closely with all stakeholders, including the unions, to create this “job-neutral” scenario – a term coined by Dr Paul Jourdan, a distinguished resource-development strategist and staunch proponent of mechanised mines.However, Genrec and its innovation partner are also increasingly fielding enquiries from international mining houses, which are similarly preparing to undergo their Fourth Industrial Revolution to harness the power of digitally-enabled hardware tools to perform or improve activities that have traditionally been undertaken manually. This is in addition to using connected mobility, as well as virtual and augmented reality to empower field, remote and centralised workers in real time.The findings of a study undertaken by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has shown that the Fourth Industrial Revolution has the potential to unlock well over $400 billion of value for the international mining and metals industry, customers, society and the environment over the next decade.This is the equivalent to between three to four percent of the industry revenue during the same period, while the mining sector is expected to directly benefit from about $190 billion and the metals sector approximately $130 billion from these “disruptive” technologies.“Just as importantly, is the giant leap forward that the global industry will take, in terms of creating safer working environments. According to the WEF study, about 1 000 lives will be saved and 44 000 injuries avoided through the widespread adoption of many of these digital themes. This is about a 10% decrease in lives lost and a 20% decrease in injuries in both sub-sectors. Can the industry really afford to stall any longer?” Burger concludes.last_img read more

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first_img100% des aliments importés du Japon contrôlés par la FranceLa France a décidé de maintenir son contrôle sur la totalité des aliments d’origine animale et des produits frais provenant du Japon. Des mesures plus strictes que celle imposées par l’Union européenne.Alors que la situation est toujours aussi inquiétante dans la centrale de Fukushima, dans le sol de laquelle a été décelé du plutonium (voir notre article), la France maintient ses très strictes mesures de contrôle, qui concernent tous les produits frais et aliments d’origine animale importés du Japon, rapporte le Figaro.À lire aussiAu Japon, un homme vient de se “marier” à un hologrammeAfin de s’assurer que les aliments n’ont pas subi de contamination radioactive, l’Union européenne réalise deux niveaux de contrôle, en fonction de la proximité géographique entre le lieu de production et la centrale de Fukushima. Ainsi, tous les produits venant des douze préfectures les plus proches sont systématiquement testés au Japon avant d’être exportés. Lorsque les produits arrivent sur le sol européen, de nouveaux contrôles sont réalisés sur certaines cargaisons, choisies au hasard. “Cette mesure permet à chaque Etat membre d’adapter le taux de contrôle au niveau qu’il souhaite”, expliquent dans communiqué les directions de la consommation, des douanes et de l’alimentation.En France, le contrôle sera donc réalisé sur tous les aliments, et non au hasard. Aujourd’hui, le pays importe 8,9 milliards d’euros de produits du Japon, dont 1% seulement sont des denrées agricoles et agroalimentaires. Comme le précise le communiqué, il s’agit en grande partie de produits “très spécifiques”, tels que le boeuf de Kobe.Le 29 mars 2011 à 15:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgTen hours of gillnetting in the lower Columbia River will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday.The Columbia River Compact on Tuesday adopted a season allowing the commercial fleet to fish from Beacon Rock downstream to the mouth of the river at Buoy No. 10.Biologist John North of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the commercials are expected to catch 2,200 chinook, 2,500 coho and 400 white sturgeon.last_img

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first_img A Vancouver woman suffered serious injuries today after the car she was driving collided head-on with a pickup truck on Highway 26 west of Madras, Ore., according to Oregon State Police. Two passengers in her vehicle, one a Vancouver man, sustained minor injuries in the crash.Police said a 2011 Chevrolet Aveo driven by Alexis Bennett, 27, of Vancouver was traveling west on Highway 26 at about noon when an eastbound 2000 Ford pickup crossed the center line and struck Bennett’s car. Bennett was transported by air to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Ore. She was listed in critical condition this evening. Her two passengers, 40-year-old Timothy Weeks of Vancouver and 26-year-old Katherine Perdue of Simi Valley, Calif., were driven by ambulance to St. Charles Madras.The driver of the pickup, Danielle M. Thompson, 39, of Redmond was checked at the scene for minor injuries, police said. OSP troopers from Madras and Bend are investigating the cause of the crash. A 27-year-old Vancouver woman was seriously injured Sunday in a two-vehicle, head-on crash on Highway 26 near Madras, Ore., according to police. (Oregon State Police)last_img read more

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first_imgAfter a quick 5 minute stop in Unalakleet, reigning Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey took the lead and is on the way to Shaktoolik.Aaron Burmeister departed Unalakleet just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday – about an hour and 20 minutes behind Seavey.As of 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King remain in Unalakleet.last_img

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first_img European aerospace giant Airbus has weighed into a debate about Britains future in Europe, warning of job losses and huge economic risks if the country votes to leave the European Union in a referendum to be held by 2017.A decision to quit the EU would raise doubts about Airbuss long-term future investments in the country, the companys top UK representative said, although the time needed to transfer manufacturing skills meant it could not easily shift its current operations. Airbus employs 16,000 people in the UK.Paul Kahn, president of Airbus Group UK, aired his concerns to a Welsh business leader during a speech.We look for a stable competitive economic environment to operate in, and we are a successful integrated European company. So we work with France, Germany, and Spain in particular and we want to work as efficiently as possible across those borders. So anything which disrupts that is a concern to us, he said.Currently no referendum date has been set, but British Prime Minister David Cameron has just pledged to hold one by the end of 2017. The potential for more than two years of uncertainty is an issue for Kahn.Business never likes uncertainty and I would share that view. What I would say is we are continuing with our investment. We announced £100m [$156m] of investment at the end of last year and we are continuing with that. Thats not going to be disrupted, he said.Airbus, the worlds second-largest plane maker after Boeing, makes wings for all its passenger jets at a £2bn factory in Broughton, north Wales. It gets £6bn of revenues a year in the UK as a whole.The warning came as Britains largest business lobby group urged bosses to defend membership of the European Union by telling voters it is the best guarantee of prosperity.Vodafones chief executive has said the UK ought to remain a member. On the other hand, JCB chief executive Graeme MacDonald says it would not make much difference in trade with the rest of Europe.Darren Sinden from Admiral Markets isnt convinced by all the concerns over possible Brexit.Airbus trades all around the world. Its not constrained to just dealing within the EU. In fact the majority of customers are probably outside of Europe. So these businesses are international. There will be plenty of people stepping up on both sides of the in or out debate. I suspect its not terribly helpful unless youve got a massive core of people on one side or the other, he said.Airbus is one of the first industrial companies to speak out in favour of EU membership since this months UK election, which saw Camerons Conservatives win a majority.Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britains ties with Europe and then give voters a referendum on whether to leave the EU by the end of 2017. Closelast_img read more

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Nach Baliye 9 Raveena Tandon lashed out at Madhurima Tuli for her

first_imgThis season of the popular dance show, Nach Baliye, has been making every day and how! From scintillating performances, exceptional judges, injuries, fights, exes being brought on board to surprising eliminations; Nach Baliye 9 has been the most volatile show this year.And a large contribution of giving the show many headlines has been exes Madhurima Tuli and Vishal Aditya Singh’s equation. From fighting with each other to lashing out at each other on-stage, the duo left no stone unturned in their battle of mudslinging.Now, the latest we hear is that when Madhurima Tuli refused to perform with Vishal Aditya Singh, Raveena Tandon allegedly gave her an earful. A Pinkvilla report states that ever since a video of the two performing and getting into a nasty fight during rehearsals made its way to the social media, Madhurima has been reluctant in performing with Vishal further. Tuli had even said that she would rather get eliminated than perform with him. The report states that Raveena lost her cool with Madhurima’s behaviour and scolded her. It further states that Raveena even told her that her behaviour and attitude wouldn’t take her far.It all started when a nasty fight had broken out between the two during rehearsals and in a fit of rage, Madhurima ended up slapping Vishal in the presence of their choreographer team. A CCTV footage of the incident from the rehearsal room has also been doing the rounds. However, as per a report in PinkVilla, Vishal pushed Madhurima and that was when the latter slapped him. The report also said that the actress apologised to Vishal later. Coming to the footage that went viral online, the two could be seen engaging in a verbal spat and soon after the actress stormed off to a corner and was followed by Vishal. In the very next moment, the actress slapped Vishal in front of their entire team.last_img read more

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Dengue takes two more lives

first_imgTwo more people died of mosquito-borne disease dengue in Khulna and Faridpur districts on Monday morning, reports UNB.The deceased were Mizanur Raham, 40, son of late Md Akher Ali of Rupsha upazila in Khulna and Delwar Hossain, 35, a khadem of a mosque and son of Sheikh Shafiuddin of Faridpu Sadar upazila.In Khulna, Mizanur was admitted to the hospital with dengue fever on 15 August and died at 7:00am today, said Sailendranath Biswas, resident medical officer of Khulna Medical College Hospital.At least 20 new patients were admitted to different hospitals in the district in the past 24 hours till Monday morning while 69 patients are undergoing treatment.In Faridpur, Delwar Hossain died around 10:00am after being diagnosed with dengue at Faridpur Medical College Hospital, said Kamda Prasad Saha, director of the hospital.Delwar’s father Sheikh Safiuddin said they admitted Delwar to Faridpur Sadar Hospital with dengue and shifted him to Faridpur Medical College Hospital on Sunday night.At least 57 new patients were admitted to different hospitals in the district in the past 24 hours till Monday morning while 346 patients are undergoing treatment.At least 1,706 new patients were hospitalised in 24 hours till Sunday morning across the country, according to Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).The number of dengue patients was 1,460 on Saturday, 1,719 on Friday while 1,929 on Thursday, 1,880 on Wednesday, 1,201 on Tuesday and 2,097 on Monday last.The rate of new infections fluctuated around the last week even though it showed a slight fall on Friday and Saturday but increased again on Sunday.Meanwhile, the number of new infections in district level also increased in the last 24 hours from Saturday’s 839 to 972 on Sunday.The government has so far confirmed 40 deaths although unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.Currently, 7,168 patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics, less by 7 per cent than Saturday. Of them, 3,668 are hospitalised in the capital and 3,500 around the country.last_img read more

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Lots Of Turning Vehicles Can Make Walking Especially Challenging For Houstons Pedestrians

first_img– / 11Like many parts of Houston, Gulfton has a lot of traffic. And it’s not just cars.The neighborhood on the southwest side has a large immigrant community and a lot of people get around on foot. They share the streets with vehicles that are turning in all directions. That creates what’s known as conflict points. Listen 00:00 /03:53 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img One of the people who walks in Gulfton is Norma Delgado. She told us about a frightening encounter with a turning vehicle when she was walking her kids home from school one day.They were on the sidewalk, crossing the driveway of an apartment complex when a driver made a fast and abrupt turn that missed them by only inches. Delgado said she had to grab her kids and pull them out of the way.The Gulfton mom told us they’re a lot more cautious now. But what about when a pedestrian is actually hit by a turning vehicle? We head to another neighborhood where a lot of people walk and that’s the Texas Medical Center.It was at the busy intersection at University and North Main where Rachel Fairbank was struck along with three other pedestrians back in 2010.When that crash happened, Fairbank was a grad student at Baylor College of Medicine. She was on her way to school that morning.“And we’d stopped in the middle to let the ongoing traffic clear off a little bit when I looked to my left and I saw a car about a yard away from me,” explained Fairbank.That car was up on the median and Fairbank said it was coming straight toward her. Before she knew it, Fairbank was lying in the crosswalk, bleeding and in pain, while police directed traffic around her.She now thinks the elderly man who hit her may have mistaken the median for a turn lane.“I was very lucky to make a full physical recovery,” said Fairbank. “But it was three years before I could see a car coming at me and not panic.”These kind of crashes can have even worse consequences. Local writer Polly Koch was killed last year by a vehicle making a turn at Richmond and Mandell Street.To learn more about why these collisions happen, we talked to Alan Clark, Transportation Planning Director for the Houston-Galveston Area Council.“Many of our roads were built for a whole lot less traffic than what we have today,” said Clark.And Clark added that it’s not just a matter of more cars on the road. It’s also the kinds of development that come with a growing population.“Now that there are lots of businesses along the road you have people going across medians, going from one store to another, making many more turns in and out of these businesses,” Clark continued.But even at well-marked pedestrian crossings, there could be other factors. Robert Benz is a Research Engineer with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. He says in a car-centered city like Houston, some drivers simply aren’t looking out for pedestrians.“If you come up on an intersection every day and you never see anybody then you’re not going to expect them,” said Benz. “But if you come up to that same intersection every day and you always see a pedestrian, you’re going to be on the lookout for them.”And one of those pedestrians you might see is Rachel Fairbank.Back in the Med Center, Fairbank said that despite being the victim of a horrific crash, she’s still out there walking.“It keeps me sane, it keeps me healthy,” said Fairbank. “I want to live in a Houston where we have safe options for walking but the only way that is going to happen is if people take that first step.”And experts say that even though Houston’s roads may not be perfect for everyone right now, that first step is looking out for everyone who uses them. Sharelast_img read more

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TwitchCon Expands to Europe in 2019

first_img“TwitchCon was created to celebrate and inspire everyone who plays a role in the Twitch community,” said Kate Jhaveri, Chief Marketing Officer, Twitch. “It’s a vibrant, growing, and global community and we’re excited to bring TwitchCon to Europe for the first time. While there will be a lot of familiar elements to anyone who has ever attended TwitchCon in the US, we’re taking inspiration from the location and distinct cultures across the region to ensure the experience is relevant to all the audiences.”The company hasn’t yet announced the timing or location of next year’s U.S.-based TwitchCon. TwitchCon is headed to Europe next year, doubling the number of Twitch-focused conventions the streaming company puts on in 2019.TwitchCon Europe will run from April 13 to 14 at Berlin’s CityCube. The location was selected, Twitch said, because of it’s centralized location and Germany’s status as “one of the top performing countries in terms of both streamers and viewership. Berlin is also ideal based on proximity to attractions and accommodations, and its accessibility to those traveling from out of the country,” according to Twitch.Additional TwitchCon Europe details will be shared in the coming months, including ticket sales, calls-for-content, Partner appearances, exhibitors, programming schedule, and more.The annual TwitchCon is meant to be a celebration of the Twitch community. This year’s US TwitchCon was held in San Jose in October and sold out with tens of thousands of visitors, according to the company. TwitchCon Europe will feature many of the same elements tailored to the region, including an exhibitor-packed expo hall, industry and community-driven panels, meet-and-greets with top streamers, and more. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Even with the recent increases, benefit applications, which are a proxy for layoffs, remain at low levels that reflect a labor market that has been posting solid employment gains. The four-week average for claims, which smooths out some of the volatility, rose to 279,500, up slightly from 275,000 the previous week. It was the highest level for the four-week average since early May.One of the states posting a large jump was Michigan, home to many U.S. auto plants, which typically see plant shutdowns in the summer to retool for a new model year.Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said that for a few weeks, the jobless claims data would be distorted by the temporary auto plant shutdowns.“We have no reason at all to think that the underlying trend in claims has changed and once the shutdowns are over we’d expect claims to revert to 280K or so,” he said in a research note. “In the meantime, anything can happen over the next couple of weeks.”The number of people receiving benefits stood at 2.33 million for the week ending June 27, up from the previous week but 9.9 percent lower than a year ago.The government reported last week that the unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent in June, while employers added 223,000 jobs. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Other labor market indicators have not performed as well — a fact that Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen often cites in explaining why the central bank has not yet begun raising interest rates. In June, wage growth stalled, with hourly wages up just 2 percent over the past 12 months.And the unemployment rate fell for the wrong reason: Many people out of work apparently got discouraged and gave up looking for a job. The government doesn’t count people as unemployed unless they are actively seeking work.The Fed released minutes of its June meeting on Wednesday. They revealed that the central bank officials were seeing signs that the U.S. economy was recovering from its winter slump. But at the same time officials were concerned about lingering weakness at home and the threat of troubles overseas including weaker growth in China and a stalemate in the Greek debt negotiations.Given that those problems have gotten worse in recent weeks, many analysts believe that the Fed’s first rate hike won’t happen until December.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since late February. But the increase likely reflected temporary auto plant shutdowns rather than any underlying labor market weakness.The number of people filing applications for unemployment benefits rose by 15,000 to 297,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That is the highest weekly total since 327,000 applications were filed in the week of Feb. 28. Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist How men can have a healthy 2019 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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