LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook The students at Degrassi Community School are about to get shaken up with news that probably sounds very familiar.In the newest season of Degrassi: Next Class — debuting Monday at 10 p.m. on Family Channel — Belgium is rocked by a terror attack. Within days, student Goldi has her hijab ripped from her head while walking home.Meanwhile, T-shirts in solidarity with Belgium pop up around the school. Saad, a Syrian refugee, tries to explain why he doesn’t feel comfortable putting one on. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement “When I read the script, a lot of these things were just right on the news,” says Soma Bhatia, 19, who plays Goldi. “I’d wake up in the morning before I’d go to set and I would see it there.”Bhatia says it can be helpful to show audiences what it looks like for people to cope with difficult situations instead of turning away from them.READ MORE Twitter
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[np_storybar title=”China, India: Meet the economic giants of tomorrow” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2012/11/09/china-india-meet-the-economic-giants-of-tomorrow/”%5D China’s economy is likely to overtake the eurozone’s this year, India is leapfrogging Japan and by 2030 the Asian pair will be bigger than the United States, euro area and Japan combined, the OECD said on Friday.In a crystal-ball exercise to tease out long-term trends in the global economy, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said the combined gross domestic product of China and India was likely to exceed that of all the current Group of Seven rich economies by around 2025.Read the full story here. [/np_storybar]OTTAWA — The 21st century may not exactly belong to Canada, but according to a major world economic body the country is going to do pretty well.In fact, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development sees Canada among the world’s leading economic lights over the next 50 years.In issuing its long-term view of how it expects world economies to unfold, the OECD says Canada will continue to lead the Group of Seven industrialized economies in average annual growth over the next half century.And it will also be near the top on a per-capita basis — possibly a truer measure of success — with only Japan sneaking ahead.The economic research organization, which represents most of the world’s biggest industrialized economies, predicts Canada’s real gross domestic product will average 2.2% growth in the next half century.Of the other G7 nations, only the United States and the United Kingdom with 2.1% average advances come close.[np-related]That doesn’t mean Canada will beat all industrialized nations, however. Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Norway — whose economies are too small for admittance to the G7 club — are projected to experience even stronger average growth rates.In part, Canada’s superior growth rates are based on expectations that its labour force will continue to grow, although more slowly in the age of retiring baby boomers. Some countries, like Japan and Germany, are likely to experience outright contraction, which is why they do well on the per capita measure.“For Canada, it’s a fairly young population, fairly well-educated workforce and you have all these natural resources that give you higher growth than other countries,” said Matthias Rumpf, a spokesman with the organization.The OECD cautions that the projections should be taken with a grain of salt, given the extended timeline horizon, but Bank of Montreal economist Doug Porter says in some ways long-term forecasts are more reliable. Time tends to smooth out short-term shocks, he explains.Porter said nothing in the OECD overviews strikes him as being unrealistic.“I don’t have a huge quarrel with the conclusion, I think we can or will likely lead the G7, but it’ll be a horse race with the U.S. in particular,” he said.“I’m not sure I would be as positive on a per-capita basis. Canada hasn’t seen that kind of per capita gain in the past 30 years and I’m not sure we can really ramp it up in the next 30 to 50 years,” he added.The OECD per capita income expansion implies strong productivity improvements, Porter said, not just for Canada, but many other nations as well.Overall, the OECD believes the world will unfold pretty much as it has during the past decade with the emerging nations, particularly China and India, continuing their march to dominance as economic superpowers.China, currently representing 17% of global output, will by 2030 be the unchallenged economic leader with 28% of global gross domestic product. The U.S. drops to number two at 18% and by 2060 will drop to number three at 16%. In 50 years, India will have surpassed it with 18% of global GDP.That doesn’t mean Chinese and Indians will be wealthier than Americans or Canadians — the size of their economy is largely a product of there just being more of them.The current gap in relative living standards will have closed considerably, but not all the way given how far behind those nations are today.“China will see more than a seven-fold increase in per capita income over the coming half century, but living standards will still only be 60% of that in the leading countries in 2060,” the report estimates.“India will experience similar growth, but its per capita income will only be about 25% of that in advanced countries.”The OECD says emerging nations and even some industrialized countries like Greece, Korea and Italy can markedly improve their growth prospects by making structural changes, such as increasing the flexibility of their labour markets and adopting other market liberalizing policies. Canada won’t gain as much, the organization says, because it is already at or near “best practices” in terms of economic efficiency.The Canadian Press read more
SLFP Ministers, including Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera and Ministers S.B. Dissanayake and Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, voted for the no-confidence motion. (Colombo Gazette) The United National Party (UNP) has officially informed President Maithripala Sirisena it cannot work with some Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Ministers, Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said today.The UNP has said it wants the SLFP Ministers who voted against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe removed from the unity Government.
by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 11, 2016 6:11 am MDT Last Updated Feb 11, 2016 at 7:33 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline proposal, TransCanada Corp., says it had a $2.5-billion net loss in the fourth quarter — mostly because of the stalled project.The Calgary-based company (TSX:TRP) says it recognized a $2.9-billion non-cash expense related to the impaired value of Keystone XL — which has been blocked by U.S. President Barack Obama.The net loss also included a number of other smaller items, partially offset by an increase in revenue to $2.85 billion from $2.62 billion.The net loss didn’t prevent TransCanada from announcing a dividend increase for the 16th year in a row. The quarterly payout to shareholders will increase to 56.5 cents per common share, or $2.26 annually, up nine per cent.TransCanada’s “comparable earnings” without the writedowns fell to $453 million or 64 cents per share — down from $511 million or 72 cents per share — mainly because of lower contributions from its Canadian power and pipeline businesses.In addition to operating one of North America’s largest networks of oil and gas pipelines, TransCanada is part owner of the Bruce Power nuclear electricity business in Ontario as well as other power generating operations. TransCanada Keystone XL writedown pushes TransCanada to $2.5 billion loss read more
% change-6.1%6.5%-16.6%7.3%-16.3%3.3%-1.5% Ã¯»¿SMMT forecasts for 2011 and 20122011New car registrations: 1.93 million units, down 5% on 2010.Diesel penetration: 49.7%, up from 46.1% in 2010.New LCV registrations: 257,300 units, up 15.4% on 2010.2012New car registrations: 2.006 million units, up 3.9% on the 2011 forecast.Diesel penetration: 48.8%, down from 49.7% forecast for 2011.New LCV registrations: 259,700 units, up 0.9% on the 2011 forecast.UK AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING NEWS Recent announcements from UK automotive companies in 2011: 2 February 2011 – McLaren Automotive – First McLaren MP4-12C high-performance sports car entered into production at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking. 2 March 2011 – Jaguar Land Rover – Supply contracts in excess of £2billion for the new Range Rover Evoque awarded to over 40 UK-based companies. 24 March 2011 – Opel/Vauxhall – Confirmed Luton as the manufacturing site for the next generation Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro light commercial vehicle, which will enter into production in 2013. 28 March 2011 – Tata Motors – Announced engineering and technology expansion plans at its Tata Motor’s European Technical Centre (TMETC) in Warwickshire – Facilities at the centre are expected to increase by 40% by 2013. 11 April 2011 – Aston Martin – Announced new city car, the Cygnet, will be produced at its Gaydon facility in Warwickshire, creating approximately 150 new jobs and more within the UK’s supply chain. The Cygnet is the 11th major new production car that Aston Martin has bought to the UK facility since it was founded in 2004. 13 April 2011 – MG – Announced new MG6 GT sports fastback will be designed, engineered and finally assembled at its UK-based production facility in Longbridge, Birmingham; 400 jobs safeguarded. Further announcement expected that a second model, the MG6 Magnette four-door sports saloon will also be designed, engineered and finally assembled in the UK. 29 April 2011 – Jaguar Land Rover – £490 million investment in its Solihull manufacturing plant to build C-X75 all-hybrid supercar; 4,500 jobs created; 85% UK sourced parts.5 May 2011 – Optare – Unveiled its new manufacturing facility in Elmet, Yorkshire with the capability to manufacture approximately 1,200 buses annually and 400 jobs safeguarded. The facility will be the first new bus assembly plant to open in the UK in almost 40 years.6 June 2011 – Aston Martin – Four-door Rapide sports car will commence production at its facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire, from the second half of 2012.7 June 2011 – Toyota – Installed the world’s first large-scale solar panel array for mass vehicle production at its Derbyshire plant. The panels will generate sufficient electricity to manufacture 7,000 cars and save 2,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. The panels will be used in the manufacture of the Auris hybrid, Auris and Avensis models at the UK plant.8 June 2011 – Nissan – £192 million investment to design, engineer and build the new Qashqai in the UK; 6,000 jobs safeguarded and 43% UK sourced parts. Additionally, £420 million confirmed investment in Sunderland plant for the production of the Nissan LEAF from 2013 and for a new stand-alone facility to produce lithium-ion batteries for Renault and Nissan vehicles from 2012.9 June 2011 – BMW – £500 million investment in new facilities and equipment at the Oxfordshire assembly plant, the engine plant in Hams Hall, Birmingham and the pressings plant in Swindon. 5,000 jobs safeguarded with announcements that MINI CoupÃƒ© from 2011 and MINI Roadster from 2012 will both be built in the UK.27 June 2011 – UK Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) based at the University of East Anglia (UEA) invested £400,000 in new automotive technologies designed to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.17 August 2011 – The Schaeffler Group – several million euros invested into its engine components manufacturing plant in Llanelli, South Wales. 230 jobs safeguarded. 19 August 2011 – MIRA – Awarded ‘Enterprise Zone Status’ at its West Midlands development facility, creating over 2,000 jobs over the next 10 years and facilitating global R&D operations from its UK base.31 August 2011 – MINI announced production of its two millionth MINI at its Oxford plant. 5 September 2011 – Jaguar Land Rover – Announced 336 new graduate recruits will join its training programme to develop technical and engineering expertise for careers in UK automotive. 9 September 2011 – Nissan announces 25 years of manufacturing at its UK Sunderland plant. Production of the new Qashqai will take Nissan’s total investment in its UK manufacturing base to £3.3 billion.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 44.3%54.6%1.1%47.1%48.1%4.8% Supply chain At present, about 80% of all component types required for vehicle assembly operations can be procured from UK suppliers.The UK automotive supply chain typically generates £4.5 – £5bn of added value annually.Around 2,350 UK companies regard themselves as ‘automotive’ suppliers, employing around 82,000 people (42% tier one, 19% tier two, 34% tier one and two).It is estimated that every job in UK vehicle assembly supports 7.5 elsewhere in the economy.Of all UK suppliers, over 70% manufacture their products in the UK.Business environmentThere is an industry-wide desire to source more components locally, particularly components in high technology, low carbon and electric vehicle areas.Government is investing £50 million over the next three years to support UK manufacturers, improve productivity and international competitiveness.The UK is internationally recognised for its ability to use workforce flexibility to manage efficiently fluctuation in production levels.The Automotive Council is a collaborative industry and government body that is working strategically to shape the future of UK automotive. The UK automotive industry is Europe’s fourth largest producer of cars and a major international producer of engines and components. The country is a global leader in low carbon technology with significant investment being made in its R&D, engineering, design and production expertise by multinational automotive companies.The key facts and figures below demonstrate the scale and scope of UK automotive:EconomyUK automotive represents around 3% of total GDP.Automotive manufacturing turnover accounts for two thirds of the UK’s total for the sector.Typical UK automotive turnover is around £50bn.Typical net value-added to the economy in excess of £8.5bn.The industry employs over 700,000 people.Automotive accounts for over 10% of total UK exports.The UK industry invests more than £1 billion each year in R&D.ManufacturingThe UK is home to:Seven volume car manufacturers.Six commercial vehicle manufacturers.11 bus and coach manufacturers.More than 10 niche and specialist vehicle manufacturers.Eight Formula One teams.Strong premium brands – second only to Germany in global market share. Over one million vehicles and two million engines are produced in the UK each year.Automotive manufacturing levels are set grow to pre-recession levels by 2014.More than 75% of vehicles manufactured in the UK are exported. Year-to-dateTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness 20101,300,413576,625709,75314,035613,091625,43461,888 Mkt share ’10 50.3%48.5%1.2%42.1%52.9%5.0% 20111,220,618613,866591,69315,059513,346646,29260,980 Eco credentialsSince 2000, CO2 emissions of new cars registered in the UK have fallen by over 20%.The next 20 years will see over £150bn invested low and ultra-low carbon vehicle technologies.Emissions from the entire UK car parc have fallen by 7.8% since 2000.The UK government has committed over £450 million towards placing the UK at the global forefront of the development, demonstration, manufacture and use of ultra-low carbon vehicles.Latest market informationUK new car registration figures: Mkt share ’11 read more
Urban Meyer is already among the top five winningest active collegiate football coaches, and as of Feb. 1, he became one of the top five highest-paid coaches as well.After he amassed a 24-game regular season winning streak to start his tenure at Ohio State, Meyer received a raise of almost $330,000, according to a report from USA Today.In addition to reporting the nearly eight percent raise in salary for Meyer that officially took effect on Feb. 1 of this year, USA Today also revealed that the package was recommended by OSU vice president and athletic director Gene Smith and was approved by former OSU interim President Joseph Alutto.Smith confirmed the raise and said it was nothing out of the ordinary.“It was part of the normal evaluation process we have each year,” Smith said in an email.Meyer’s initial contract at OSU was signed as a six-year, $24-million deal, but has since undergone various revisions throughout his time with the Buckeyes.In 2012, the OSU Board of Trustees approved changes to Meyer’s contract that included bonuses of $50,000 for any Big Ten Leaders Division championships. Meyer’s initial contract also included bonuses of $100,000 for a Big Ten Championship, $150,000 for a non-national championship BCS bowl game and $250,000 for a National Championship Game appearance. read more
A man has been praised for stepping forward to tackle the flames engulfing a London bus armed with nothing but a fire extinguisher from his workplace.Passers-by filmed the bus as it burned, billowing thick black smoke after the fire broke out on a main road in West Hampstead.There was a “loud bang”, according to witnesses, as the vehicle burst into flames. He took on the blaze The bus was the 113 service on Finchley Road, outside Finchley and Frognal station, and set on fire last night.A security worker from a nearby office rushed out, armed with a fire extinguisher from his workplace, to tackle the flames.He was praised by witnesses as he ran towards the burning bus, dressed in a suit and tie.A witness said: “He wasn’t wearing a mask or anything like that, he just ran out and did what he could. He is a hero. At one point he was so close to the flames, people were shouting at him to get back.”A Transport for London spokeswoman said: “There were no injuries sustained by the passengers or driver and investigations as to the cause of the incident are under way”. 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. read more
The marksman also told the hearing he felt “very vulnerable” when navigating through Borough Market searching for the attackers.He said: “There was just myself and (a colleague), lots of openings and exits, lots of corners… The fear was the terrorists could be anywhere within the vicinity.”The terrorists were killed in a hail of gunfire, with one stray bullet hitting and injuring pub-goer Neil McLelland in the head.The inquest has heard Butt, 27, Redouane, 30, and Zaghba, 22, were in “attacking mode” when they ran towards armed officers on the evening of June 3 2017.The inquest continues. Earlier, BY5 had recounted firing three shots at ringleader Khuram Butt, “until he stopped moving”. Police marksmen who thought injured London Bridge terrorists would kill them by detonating suicide belts have described firing shots until they “stopped moving”.Metropolitan Police officers, known only as BY5 and E59, told the Old Bailey they feared for their lives and explosives would have killed them if set off.E59 said he came across Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba lying on Stoney Street, both of whom had already been shot, with Zaghba in a “crucifix-type position”.The officer, a firearms specialist since 2009, told the attackers’ inquest: “I saw Redouane start to move… it looked to me as if he was reaching around to the strap with his right hand toward that strap.”I thought the strap was part of his IED (improvised explosive device) and I believed he was making efforts to detonate that IED… I thought we would die.”I then fired shots at Redouane. I fired four shots. They were fired in fairly quick succession.”The three attackers wore fake explosives belts as they carried out the 10-minute van and knife rampage which left eight people dead and 48 injured. The armed policeman, who had 11 months’ experience in the role at the time, said: “He (Butt) was sort of laying face down.”Immediately I was concerned that I was within the blast radius of the device. He made a significant movement trying to get up from the prone posture.”I believe I was shouting at him to remain still. I was shouting at the top of my lungs repeatedly. Unfortunately he’s still moving so I took a number of shots in his direction.”I believed he was going to try to detonate the device around his body.” 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. read more
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWindies arrive in Zimbabwe to kickstart qualification bidFebruary 19, 2018In “Sports”Stuart Law resigns as WINDIES Head CoachSeptember 24, 2018In “latest news”Lewis, Roach looking forward to World Cup experienceMarch 27, 2018In “latest news” Windies coach Stuart LawHARARE, Zimbabwe (CMC) — Head coach Stuart Law has dedicated West Indies’ successful World Cup qualification to Caribbean fans, and said they had been had the forefront of the players minds throughout the tournament.The Caribbean side ensured their place at the 2019 showpiece in England next year by edging Scotland by five runs under under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern, after rain washed out their final Super Six match of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers at Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.“There are a lot of people who support us back home and wishing us very well and this is for them,” Law said following the triumph.“The boys have worked extremely hard to get where they are. They don’t like missing out on practice, they don’t like doing less work – they like to work and that’s essentially paid off in this tournament.“They’ve spilt blood for the people back home and I’m really happy we can celebrate something when we get home.”West Indies struggled in One-Day Internationals last year, winning just three times in 23 outings to miss out on automatic qualification for the World Cup.Favourites to win the qualifying tournament here, West Indies navigated a few tough moments during the preliminaries to finish unbeaten. They were stunned by Afghanistan in their opening Super Six match to leave their qualification bid in peril before pulling out the stops to beat hosts Zimbabwe in a dramatic run chase to remain on course.“The journey we have been on for the last year, we have had some bad times, some reasonable times,” the Australian recalled.“We came here to qualify for the World Cup, and we have played some pretty good cricket along the way. Today, we were pushed by Scotland, credit to them, they fought hard.”West Indies knew they had a fight on their hands when impressive seamer Safyaan Sharif (3-27) struck twice with the new ball to reduce the Windies to two for two in the third over.But opener Evin Lewis (64) and veteran stroke-maker Marlon Samuels (51) added 121 for the second wicket to repair the damage and help get the two-time former World champions up to 198.Seamer Kemar Roach then also got early wickets to reduce Scotland to 25 for three in reply and though they recovered to be 125 for five in the 36th over, they were still short of the DLS par score of 130 when heavy rain ended the match prematurely.Law praised his players for the way in which they had fought back after finding themselves behind.“For Marlon Samuels to come in at two for two and put on 121 runs was crucial once again. It would have been nice if Samuels or Evin Lewis had gone further into the innings, but they absorbed pressure and managed to get enough on the board,” he explained.“Credit to Scotland. They fought hard too, and we were lucky enough to pick up a couple of wickets. [Ashley] Nurse, Kemar Roach and Jason Holder bowled their hearts out. All round [I am] very happy with where we are.”He added: “We can now sit down and plan for the Cricket World Cup which is good. We can get this out of the way and go home and start thinking about what we are going to do and how we are going to play in English conditions.” read more
Following 15 years of business development in Indonesia, South East Asia’s largest nation, leading international resource industry consultancy, CSA Global, has opened a new full-service facility in Jakarta to assist clients in a variety of gold, nickel laterite, tin, base metals and coal projects. “Our investment is significant and long-term and reflects the dynamic growth and importance of the Indonesian minerals and energy sectors to our company and clients,” said Jeff Elliott, Managing Director, CSA Global, who was visiting Indonesia for the official opening. “Our corporate focus on international standards assists management of increasingly complex local projects as well as adding an important level of comfort to international and domestic investors and financiers,” added Jakarta-based President Director of PT CSA Global Indonesia, John Bishop. CSA Global is committed to the international resource audit program known as the JORC-code and has worked with Indonesian geologists and mining engineers to encourage its formal institutional adoption by Indonesian industry bodies and stock exchange.CSA Global’s wholly-owned Indonesian subsidiary provides in-house expertise backed by a network of local and international experts who are highly experienced in exploration, resource evaluation, mine geology, data management and mine development. Reflecting Indonesia’s position as the world’s leading coal trader, the team includes coal geologists and mining engineering professionals with the knowledge to explore for and develop coal mines.“While we have access to the leading international experts, we are also recruiting the cream of Indonesia’s resource professionals to secure our business,” Bishop explains. “Our investment is as much about people as offices and equipment and we expect that Indonesian members of our team will enhance their expertise and take up international opportunities through the CSA Global network.”CSA Global is a leading resource industry consultancy providing innovative and practical geological, mining and management solutions. With more than 25 years of international experience in minerals exploration and mining, the company has current projects in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Core services include independent expert reports, valuations, mineral resource and ore reserve estimates (JORC), exploration project management, mining project consulting, training and database/GIS management. CSA Global’s service divisions are exploration and evaluation; data management and mapping; resources and mine geology; mining and projects; and community development and sustainability. read more
Just a few weeks after he decided to finish playing career, the legendary left wing of Orlen Wisla Plock, Adam Wisniewski, became a president of the club! The Polish “eternal runners-up” behind Vive Tauron Kielce, made a change in the most important position in the club, when Artur Zielinski stepped away on July 10.Orlen Wisla Plock are stable members of the “upper part” of VELUX EHF Champions League – Group A and B. ← Previous Story Wael Jallouz extends at Barca until 2021 Next Story → Handball goalkeepers’ Mecca in Omis has seventh edition!
CarTrawler offers a truly unique proposition to its online travel partners, enabling them to optimise the revenue potential from car rental through offering end customers access to an unrivalled breadth of rental options across many suppliers.Tooth added that CarTrawler’s management team has been “truly visionary in building the technology platform”.CarTrawler was set up by Niall and Greg Turley in 2004 and in 2012 the pair made a reported €90 million between them when they sold their shares to ECI Partners.The company employs 180 graduates at its Dundrum base and is one of Ireland’s leading technology employers recruiting from universities.Read: 75 new jobs announced in Irish tech firm >Read: 30 new jobs at Cork tech firm > IRISH ONLINE CAR rental firm CarTrawler has been bought out by a multi-billion euro investment fund.The terms of the deal have not been disclosed but BC Partners are set to take a majority stake in CarTrawler from the company’s founders, ECI Partners and other shareholders.Established in 2004 and headquartered in Dublin, CarTrawler provides a platform for car rental providers and works with over 1,000 partners in 174 countries.Some of their partners include major airlines such as Aer Lingus, Emirates and Gulf Air among others and rental companies like Avis and Budget.CarTrawler says that BC Partners has an “impressive track record” in the travel industry and the deal will allow the company to grow further internationally.BC Partners has investments in a number of well known global brands such as Phones 4U and Intelsat.“We are very excited to be partnering with the management team at CarTrawler, with a view to fully maximising the company’s growth potential on a global scale,” said BC Partner’s Matther Tooth. read more
The Command & Conquer franchise has long been a staple in the RTS gaming world. Variants of the game have been around for years, constantly trying to find new ways for friends to summon massive armies to destroy one another. Titles like Red Alert 2 and Generals have been the highlight of LAN parties the world over.Remember that time Command & Conquer made a first person shooter? The brand has survived the good titles and bad, such that most gamers have a favorite and often dispute which one was the best (it’s Yuri’s Revenge, by the way). With the all new Command & Conquer due out next year, EA Games has decided to release a 17 game Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection to help us on our trip down memory lane.The Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection features all of the major titles from the last 17 years, including titles from the Tiberium, Red Alert, and Generals storylines. This includes the original Command & Conquer all the way through Generals Zero Hour, even the lovable mistake that was Renegade.The collection will cost you $49.99 through the EA Origin Store. You can buy a physical copy of the games, but there are complaints because EA has decided to just include a code in the box for you to download the games–you don’t actually get physical copies of each title. That’s a heck of a lot of data to download, and fair warning, having all 17 games installed will require at least 41GB of storage on your system. You can choose which ones to install, though. The games are Windows-only like the originals, but have all been updated to support Windows Vista and Windows 7.Considering that the overall goal of the upcoming Command & Conquer title is expected to eventually pull from all of the previous storylines, this Ultimate Collection is a great way for hardcore C&C players to brush up on their tactics and re-immerse themselves in the gameplay that helped shape the RTS experience.To make the deal even sweeter, anyone who purchases this collection will have early access to the 2013 Command & Conquer release, as well as a collection of the music scores from many of the Command & Conquer titles in the collection.See you on the battlefield, Commander!More at C&C read more
Keelings and a group of workers have fallen out over a crackdown on sick days The fruit firm’s logistics arm has been accused of taking a ‘blanket approach’ to absenteeism – a claim it denies. 32,406 Views Image: YouTube THE LOGISTICS ARM of fruit provider Keelings has been accused of cracking down on absenteeism in a ‘blanket fashion’ – even when workers were out with heart problems and broken bones.However the firm denies misusing the ‘attendance control programme’, and insists that it gives due weight to the reasons for employees’ absences.The Labour Court recently ruled that a facilitator should be appointed to settle a long-running dispute over the scheme in operation at Keelings Logistics Solutions’ Ballymun site. The 230 workers were represented by trade union Siptu.Keelings Logistics Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Keelings group.The programme includes a series of triggers that prompt the monitoring of employees’ attendance for certain periods. If a worker is absent for an unacceptable length of time, they could be on the receiving end of disciplinary action.Missed targetKeelings told the court that the current scheme for controlling absence levels at the north side facility was insufficient because it has never achieved its 3% target. Instead, average absenteeism levels double that figure.It said that, since 2013, four employees have been dismissed, while two others were excluded from the sick pay scheme for 12 months because of their poor attendance levels. Take me to Fora 9 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3460224 Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: By Fora Staff Image: YouTube Short URL Jun 24th 2017, 6:00 AM A Keelings factory Source: YouTubeIn its argument, Siptu said the company was not operating the ‘attendance control programme’ fairly.It submitted to the court cases of employees with heart problems, broken bones and other medically certified absences not being properly considered by Keelings.Siptu said that many of those cases were judged too harshly and that the company demonstrated a high level of inflexibility.In a statement to Fora, Keelings Logistics Solutions denied claims of applying the rules in a ‘blanket fashion’ – adding that it was “committed to fulfilling its legal obligations relating to employment, health and safety, equality and welfare”.ResistanceKeelings said the current programme is “not capable of addressing high absenteeism levels and looks forward to adhering to the recommendation of the Labour Court”.The Siptu organiser representing members at Keelings Logistics Solutions, Kieron Connolly, said the workers have accepted the facilitation process – although it was resisting moves to tighten up the programme.“There are times when we feel the company should be operating it in a more favourable way,” he told Fora.Connolly said he accepted there was a high absenteeism rate at the Ballymun site but added that the rate had been reduced.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Clarification: This article has been edited to clarify the relationship between Keelings Logistics Solutions and the wider Keelings group.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Share19 Tweet Email1 Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 6:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article read more
Geek Pick: Juku 3Doodler Create+ Is A 3D Printing Pen SetWatch: Rocker Tries to Break World’s First 3D-Printed, Smash-Proof Guitar Scientists have successfully 3D printed a miniature human heart.Chicago-based biotech firm Biolife4D recently took a significant step toward its goal of producing a full-sized human heart viable for transplant.The mini milestone, led by Chief Science Officer Ravi Birla, boasts the structure of a standard-sized heart—including four internal chambers.It’s the closest anyone has gotten to producing a fully functioning heart through 3D bioprinting, according to the company.“We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished, from the ability to 3D bioprint human cardiac tissue last summer to a mini heart with full structure now,” Birla said in a statement.“We believe we are at the forefront of whole-heart bioengineering, a field that has matured quickly over the last year,” he continued. “And well-positioned to continue our rapid scientific advancement.”The complicated technique involves a proprietary bioink and unique bioprinting algorithm, as well as some other cardiovascular components my non-technical brain can’t quite wrap itself around.What I can understand, though, is the significance of this breakthrough, which could one day play a huge role in treating heart disease and other cardiac impairments by improving the transplant process and eliminating the need for donor organs.“We began this journey with an end goal of developing a technology that has the potential to save lives, and we are a step closer to that today,” CEO Steven Morris said. “We will continue our work until we are able to 3D bioprint full-sized hearts viable for transplant, and change the way heart disease is treated forever.”“Today is an exciting day, but we continue forward earnestly toward the end goal of 3D bioprinting whole human hearts,” Birla added.In April, researchers at Tel Aviv University unveiled the world’s first 3D print of a heart with human tissues and vessels.More on Geek.com:Rocker Tries to Break World’s First 3D-Printed, Smash-Proof Guitar3D-Printed Transparent Skull Offers Glimpse Into Mouse BrainVatican’s Swiss Guards Now Wear 3D-Printed Helmets Stay on target read more
Washington State Patrol is investigating after a motorcyclist was hurt in a hit-and-run crash Sunday night in Vancouver.Troopers were called to state Highway 500 near Northeast Andresen Road at about 9:30 p.m. for a reported crash.They arrived to find an ejected motorcycle rider, identified as Daniel Rowe, 41, of Vancouver, Washington State Patrol reported.The other driver involved in the crash, however, had fled the scene, troopers said.Rowe, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center where he was listed in satisfactory condition.Detectives with state patrol are continuing their investigation.
Peter Stoger has confirmed reports that loan star Michy Batshuayi “could be out for a long time” after sustaining an injury in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 defeat to Schalke 04 on SundayThe Chelsea loanee was forced to leave the Veltins-Arena on crutches and will undergo further scans to determine the extend of his injury with Batshuayi now reportedly fearful that it may spell the end of his hopes of making the Belgium World Cup squad this summer.The 24 year-old has enjoyed a superb start at Dortmund, since arriving on the final day of the January transfer window on a loan deal from Chelsea, and has scored seven goals in his 10 appearances in the Bundesliga.But after sustaining the injury in a challenge from Benjamin Stambouli, it is feared that Batshuayi has broken his ankle.Report: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“He is in great pain,” confirmed Stoger, according to Sports Mole.“It looked like he could be out for a long time. I hope it’s not that bad.”Dortmund’s 2-0 defeat to Schalke proved to be a costly blow to Stoger’s side with the club now four points behind their rivals in the battle for second place in this season’s Bundesliga. read more
— MPIO Mike Jachles (@BSO_Mike) September 18, 2017Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — In the wake of Hurricane Irma, humans weren’t the only ones happy to see aid arrive.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue officials came across a thirsty Key deer in Big Pine Key. #Update there’s more to the story of the thirsty buck – it was Lt. Nick Johnson giving the H20, Chief Williamson took the📸#keysrecovery pic.twitter.com/1YDpJ2kBdj It IS @BrowardSheriff #FireRescue Lt. Nick Johnson with the thirsty buck. Found in a totaled house in Big Pine Key, came right up to him pic.twitter.com/A2SY58xKxD— MPIO Mike Jachles (@BSO_Mike) September 18, 2017Cellphone video showed the friendly animal slurping water right out of the bottle held by a BSFR lieutenant.Officials said they found the buck sleeping in a badly damaged house when it came right up to them. read more
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect until 4am on Thursday for East End Road near Homer. The advisory is for the East End Road near Homer. Mile marker 8 to the end of the road until 4am on Thursday. A Winter Weather Advisory for blowing snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. For the latest road conditions call 5 1 1 or visit 511.alaska.gov. Blowing snow expected with additional snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches, with localized amounts up to 3 inches, are expected. Visibilities reduced to one half mile or less at times in blowing snow. Plan on slippery road conditions. Expect reduced visibilities at times. Winds will be gusting in the 20 to 30 mph range, causing areas of blowing and drifting snow.