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  • Traffic Advisory Pictou County

    first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, east of Exit 27, Sutherland’s River, will be reduced to one lane for construction of a new westbound lane from Tuesday, June 26 until Friday, July 6. Traffic control on site. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 -30-last_img

  • Nova Scotia leaders hitting ridings expected to be competitive in Tuesdays vote

    first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s three major party leaders lobbied for every possible vote Sunday, targeting ridings that are expected to be highly competitive in Tuesday’s provincial election.NDP Leader Gary Burrill visited a community food centre in the riding of Dartmouth-North, where candidate Susan Leblanc is expected to mount a stiff challenge to incumbent Liberal cabinet minister Joanne Bernard.The riding is in a working-class area of Dartmouth that had been a safe NDP seat for 15 years until Bernard won it in 2013.In between pushing loads of dirt in a wheelbarrow as volunteers helped to plant vegetable gardens outside the food centre, Burrill said the party is optimistic it can make a strong showing there and in several other Halifax-area ridings that were formerly NDP strongholds.“We’ve had a strong tradition here (Dartmouth-North) for a long time,” said Burrill. “We are running a campaign all across the province, but we have some very strong candidates in Dartmouth and Halifax. We are very excited about their chances so we are putting all the effort that we can into those ridings too.”Leblanc, an actor and the co-artistic director of Zuppa Theatre, said she has found a receptive audience to the NDP’s message of investing again in people.However, she said success at the ballot box will depend on getting people to vote in a riding that has had a history of low turnout.“So we have to make sure that everyone who is responding gets to vote and that’s going to be our big focus,” said Leblanc.Bernard, who worked in the non-profit sector and established a residential facility for women prior to being elected, believes being on the government side makes a difference in a riding she says was neglected for too long.“There’s never been any investments and over the past three-and-a-half years we’ve been able to turn that around,” said Bernard. “I’ll stand on my record in this riding and let the chips fall where they fall.”Meanwhile, Premier Stephen McNeil rallied with Liberal troops on the grass outside a library in Hammond Plains Sunday morning, waving at passing cars and shaking hands with red-clad sign-holders. Supporters of incumbent Ben Jessome chanted “Ben again” over the sound of honking horns.Jessome is thought to be in a tough three-way race in the Hammonds Plains-Lucasville riding, with Tory Matt Whitman — a Halifax regional councillor and former deputy mayor — thought to be his biggest threat.But McNeil said every riding is equally important to his party in winning a renewed majority. The Liberal leader was to take his campaign to Cape Breton later Sunday, where there are also expected to be several close races.“There’s a majority government out there for the Liberal party and we’re going to go chase every vote that we can to try to deliver that,” said McNeil shortly after pulling up to the library in his campaign bus.“Every riding is key for me.”Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie made an appearance in the Cape Breton riding of Victoria-The-Lakes, where former Tory MLA Keith Bain is trying to reclaim the seat from Liberal incumbent Pam Eyking. Bain represented the riding for seven years until losing to Eyking by 303 votes in 2013.From there Baillie pushed on to Antigonish, where he held another in a series of rallies focusing on the state of health care — an issue polls have shown is a Liberal vulnerability.“We’re going for the win and are spending our time now primarily in Liberal-held ridings where people are looking for change,” Baillie said.Meanwhile, Elections Nova Scotia said just over 112,900 people voted in advanced polling that wrapped up Saturday.Spokesman Andy LeBlanc said 20,783 of those votes were cast on the final day alone.He said the higher turnout over 2013, when 100,698 votes were cast in advance polls, was in part due to increased opportunity — seven days, up from two — and people’s ability to vote at any polling station.Baillie said he’s “very encouraged” by the increased numbers and believes it is a sign of a volatile electorate.“When Nova Scotians come out early and vote in those kinds of numbers they are sending a message that they want to change the government,” he said.— With files by Aly Thomson in Halifaxlast_img read more

  • Nominations Open For The 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards

    first_imgAmerican Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today announced the official start of the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and broadcast in the fall as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel.The annual, year-long campaign seeks to identify and honor America’s bravest heroes on both ends of the leash. Beginning on January 25th, dog owners across the country are invited to visit www.herodogawards.org and nominate their heroic hound in one of eight categories. The top dog in each category will be flown to Los Angeles and celebrated at the September 16th star-studded, red-carpet awards gala hosted by Beth Stern and James Denton at the Beverly Hilton. One of the category winners will be unveiled as the American Hero Dog of the year – the most prestigious honor a canine can receive.The eight categories for 2017 are: Law Enforcement Dogs, sponsored by the K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis; Military Dogs, sponsored by the K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis and the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation; Therapy Dogs; Service Dogs, sponsored by Modern Dog magazine; Emerging Hero Dogs, a category that pays tribute to ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things; Arson Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; and Guide/Hearing Dogs. Following the nominations period, which ends on March 8th, two dozen semifinalists (the top three in each category) will be chosen in a first round of voting by celebrity judges and the public. The second round, featuring a combination of public and celebrity voting, will narrow the field to eight category finalists who will then vie for the title of 2017 American Hero Dog.Over the past six years, Americans have cast millions of votes for more than a thousand dogs, all seeking the coveted title of American Hero Dog. The program reaches more than 1 billion people each year and draws the support and participation of top celebrity dog lovers from all over the world. Hosts, judges, award presenters, and entertainment acts have included Katharine McPhee, Alison Sweeney, Victoria Stilwell, Betty White, Whoopi Goldberg, Denise Richards, Joey Lawrence, Lisa Vanderpump, Mickey Rooney, Burt Reynolds, Chelsea Handler, Martin Short, Jewel, Wilson Phillips, John Ondrasik, Carson Kressley, Miranda Lambert, Pauley Perrette, Kristin Chenoweth, Naomi Judd, Lori Loughlin, Lea Thompson, Eric Stonestreet, Fred Willard, Danica McKellar, Bailee Madison, and many, many more.Winners in each category will earn $2,500 for a designated charity partner and the overall winner’s charity partner will win an additional $5,000. Each charity partner is dedicated to celebrating the role of working dogs in our lives, and like American Humane, celebrates the importance of the human-animal bond.“Every year, hundreds of dogs vie for the coveted title of ‘American Hero Dog’ at the American Humane Hero Dog Awards,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane’s president and CEO. “Dogs do so many extraordinary things to improve and even save our lives, and this contest is our way of saluting our best friends.”“For thousands of years, dogs have protected us, comforted us in times of need, and selflessly saved the lives of those around them,” said Mrs. Pope. “We need to recognize their extraordinary achievements and heroism, and I am pleased to serve once again for the sixth year as the platinum presenting sponsor for the American Humane Hero Dog Awards. I wish all our remarkable nominees luck and look forward to reading their stories of valor and courage.”“Hallmark Channel is proud to have the American Humane Hero Dog Awards serve as the focal point of our Pet Project,” said Bill Abbott, the President and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks. “The Pet Project is our on- and off-air advocacy and awareness initiative designed to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives, shine a spotlight on the wonderful animals in shelters across the country, and promote adoption.”Key dates for the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards contest include:• Nominations: January 25 – March 8 • 1st Round Voting: March 29 – May 3 • 2nd Round Voting: May 17 – June 28 • 3rd Round Voting: July 12 – August 30 • American Humane Hero Dog Awards event in Los Angeles – September 16Nominations for 2017 Hero Vet and Hero Vet Tech Awards to Open February 2And because behind every hero pet there is a hero veterinarian or veterinary technician, the Hero Dog Awards once again will feature a second campaign – the American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards, sponsored by Zoetis. Starting February 2 at 12pm Pacific Time, pet owners and animal lovers across America will be invited to nominate their favorite animal caretakers in these two fields, with each to be honored at the Hero Dog Awards event on September 16.More information about the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, including complete contest rules and entry information, can be obtained by visiting www.herodogawards.org. For more information about the 2017 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards, please visit www.herovetawards.org. More information on sponsorship opportunities can be had by emailing Mari Harner at marih@americanhumane.org or by calling 1-800-227-4645.last_img read more

  • Anadarko, Sysco rise while Boeing, PetMed fall

    NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Monday:Anadarko Petroleum Corp., up $2.77 to $75.49Occidental revised its bid for the oil company by raising its cash portion of the offer to $59 from $38 per share.Sysco Corp., up $2.43 to $72.95The food distributor’s fiscal third quarter profit beat Wall Street forecasts.Affiliated Managers Group Inc., down $12.86 to $97.96The asset manager’s first-quarter earnings fell short of Wall Street forecasts and it named a new CEO.Boeing Co., down $4.86 to $371.60The airplane maker disclosed that it failed to disclose a faulty safety alert feature on its 737 Max plane to airlines prior to a deadly crash.Edison International, up 59 cents to $61.18The utility company was among the few gainers as investors moved to safe-play stocks as the broader market tumbled.Bausch Health Companies Inc., up $2.04 to $25.48The drugmaker beat Wall Street’s first quarter earnings forecast and raised its revenue forecast for the year.PetMed Express Inc., down $1.99 to $19.71The pet pharmacy’s fiscal fourth quarter profit fell far short of Wall Street forecasts.Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., up $15.53 to $60.48The media company is buying Fox’s regional sports networks for $9.6 billion.The Associated Press read more

  • Applications for unemployment aid rise 13000 last week to 336000 but layoffs

    AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 22, 2013 9:03 am MDT Applications for unemployment aid rise 13,000 last week to 336,000, but layoffs still low WASHINGTON – The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week after reaching the lowest level in 5 1/2 years. But the broader trend suggests companies are laying off fewer workers and could step up hiring in the months ahead.The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for first-time benefits rose 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 336,000 in the week ending Aug. 17. That’s up from 323,000 in the previous week, which was the lowest since Jan. 2008.The four-week average, which smooths week to week fluctuations, fell by 2,250 to 330,500. That’s the sixth straight decline and the lowest for the average since November 2007.At the depths of the recession in March 2009, applications numbered 670,000.Applications for unemployment benefits generally reflect layoffs. The four-week average has fallen 5 per cent in the past month. The drop suggests employers added 200,000 or more jobs in August, an improvement from the 162,000 added in July.The unemployment rate fell to a 4 1/2-year low of 7.4 per cent last month, down from 7.6 per cent in June. That’s still well above the 5 per cent to 6 per cent range associated with a normal economy.The drop in layoffs helps explain why job growth has increased this year to an average of 192,000 net jobs a month, even while overall economic growth has stayed sluggish.Net job gains show the number of people hired minus those who lose or quit their jobs. And when companies cut fewer jobs, it doesn’t take many new hires to create a high net gain.The weak economy has made employers hesitant to hire freely. The economy grew at a sluggish 1.4 per cent annual rate in the first half of the year, hobbled by tax increases, federal spending cuts and global economic weakness.Many economists foresee growth accelerating in the second half of the year to an annual rate of roughly 2.5 per cent. They expect consumer spending to pick up as the effects of the tax increases and spending cuts diminish.There have been some recent signs of improvement. Sales of previously occupied homes surged in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.4 million. That was the most in 3 1/2 years and a sign the housing recovery should continue to spur economic growth. Last week, the government said U.S. retail sales grew at a solid pace in July. read more

  • Gadget Watch Speaker using acrylic glass offers new take on crystal clear

    Gadget Watch: Speaker using acrylic glass offers new take on crystal clear sound Members of the media photograph a glass speaker called Clio during the International Consumer Electronics Show, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Las Vegas. The speaker, produced by ClearView Audio uses a single piece of curved millimeter-thick acrylic glass that sits on a dock which vibrates it in a finely tuned way so that it can play music. It works with Bluetooth streaming and with a 3.5 millimeter jack. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2014 9:28 am MDT LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Ever tried to play a tune by rubbing the rim of a crystal wine glass?One company has polished that idea so much that the phrase “crystal clear sound” will now have a different meaning.ClearView Audio has come up with a speaker made of acrylic glass. It’s called Clio.HOW IT WORKS: Clio uses a single piece of curved acrylic glass that is a millimeter (0.04 inch) thick. It sits on a dock, which holds the glass in place and vibrates it in a finely tuned way so that it can play music.CHOICE OF MATERIAL: Such a speaker could be used with any type of material, but glass produced the right sound and is thin, making future applications possible.“You can excite any material if you energize it,” vice-president and co-founder Allan Evelyn says. “What is difficult is to make it sound good.”IN PRACTICE: The speaker can receive music using a Bluetooth wireless connection or through a cable plugged into its 3.5 millimeter jack.In a demo, the glass speaker produced excellent sound when connected to a song stored on an iPhone. The sound goes in both directions — toward the concave and convex sides of the glass. Touching it, or even scratching it, doesn’t alter the sound quality, although that might harm its design esthetic.TARGET AUDIENCE: The Waltham, Mass., company is marketing the Clio to tech-lovers and home decor experts for $349. It’s expected to ship in late March.___Online:ClearView Audio: http://bit.ly/1gaFN1h read more

  • Goodman grad honoured with Beta Gamma Sigma membership

    The time Rhonda Klosler (BBA ’93) spent at Brock University set the tone for her entire career.The chief operating officer of Collins Barrow Toronto shared her experience as a former Brock co-op student during a special ceremony Friday, Oct. 13.The Goodman School of Business graduate received an honorary membership to the University’s Beta Gamma Sigma chapter and was formally inducted into the prestigious academic honours society, along with Goodman Dean Andrew Gaudes.Klosler and Gaudes accompanied a group of 49 business students who were welcomed to the society by receiving the coveted gold Beta Gamma Sigma lapel pins to signify their membership.The academic honours society recognizes students who are at the top of their class. One of just 10 Canadian chapters, Goodman’s Beta Gamma Sigma chapter has welcomed over 1,300 students since 2004 and was recently awarded the Silver Outstanding Chapter of the Year award for its efforts in engaging students on campus.Goodman School of Business Dean Andrew Gaudes and Rhonda Klosler (BBA ’93), Chief Operating Officer, Collins Barrow Toronto, were inducted into Brock University’s Beta Gamma Sigma chapter Friday. “Being inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma is a very special honour for me,” said Klosler, who came to Brock in 1989 from a small community in northern Ontario.The University’s culture and a sense of community were significant factors in her university decision. “The environment at Brock immediately felt like a great fit and I was not wrong,” she said.The choice to come to Brock is one that would end up shaping her career.“Without my degree from Brock, it would be difficult to imagine what my life would be like today. I can say with complete honesty that my degree has impacted every part of my life,” she said.Remembering a time when Brock’s co-op option was limited to 200 accounting students, Klosler celebrated the achievements of co-op programming which now reaches 1,300 students across the University. Enrolment numbers across the University have also increased by 10,000 since she was a student.“What a great story of success and growth for Brock and I’m so glad to be part of it,” she said.Klosler has been an extraordinary proponent for Brock’s co-op program as it propelled her own career forward.“Four months into university, I was off at my first work term at the employer I have now spent my entire career with — Collins Barrow Toronto,” she said. “The practical experience obtained during the co-op program, combined with the technical training from Brock, have been used in all aspects of my career and development at Collins Barrow Toronto.”Klosler’s involvement with the University did not end with Convocation. Her firm continues to recruit Goodman students and currently employs more than 40 graduates.“Your time and success at Brock is, of course, due to your efforts, but also due to many individuals that are passionate about Brock and have given back,” she told students, while encouraging them to ‘pay it forward’ so that future students, alumni and Beta Gamma Sigma members will benefit.Goodman School of Business Dean Andrew Gaudes and Rhonda Klosler (BBA ’93), Chief Operating Officer, Collins Barrow Toronto, were inducted into Brock University’s Beta Gamma Sigma chapter Friday. The pair, centre, are pictured along with business students who were welcomed to the society during the event. read more

  • Qatar and Bahrain for the Asian throne

    Bahrain handballbahrain qatar handballQatar 2015Qatar handball Qatar and Bahrain will play for the title of Asian champion at the Final match of 16th Asian Championship in Bahrain. Home team continued to play on the high level in the semi-final battle against UAE 27:20, while Qatari team had a lot of problems to break resistance of Iranian team – 23:22. This match is scheduled to commence at 7pm at the same venue.All the semifinalists of the Asian Championship will play at next World Championship in Qatar 2015.photo: Qatar 2015 ← Previous Story NEW POWER IN ASIA: Bahrain, UAE and Iran to Qatar 2015! Next Story → Alvaro Ferrer joins TSV Hannover Burgdorf read more

  • Column In our daily lives we can form powerful campaign groups to

    first_imgPEOPLE POWER HAS always been a powerful force for change in society over the course of history.Marginalised, ignored and exploited, people power poured onto the streets of Tunisia in the Jasmine revolution that heralded the Arab Spring, it ousted the Marcos regime and in Europe cracked the Soviet bloc in the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia.These are very dramatic examples of people power – but even in our daily lives we can unite to form powerful campaign groups to say: we want change.Today in the marketplace there is a new emerging force made up of individual consumers standing up for themselves by joining together in their tens of thousands to demand better.Our new consumer network carried out a survey of over 22,000 householders who signed up to our campaign – probably the biggest vox pop ever carried out in Ireland – to identify that need. The survey showed that three out of four households remain on their electricity retailer’s standard plan, suggesting that many could make savings if they switched their provider. It also found that over half of all householders under 40 years of age said they were too busy to switch.We pay some of the world’s highest electricity billsIn an international context, Irish householders are paying some of the world’s highest electricity bills, ranking fourth most expensive in Europe according to the latest EC Eurobarometer survey.It starkly showed that we are paying over twice as much as consumers in Bulgaria, Romania and Estonia. And three times more than consumers in Bosnia Herzegovina.Clearly, here’s was just one case for a campaign.This new model of market demand  is a simple but compelling idea: a powerful network of thousands of consumers, voluntarily coming together through the internet to demand and negotiate new deals. Because of their numbers and joint purchasing power, suppliers are creating packages specifically for them.This is real people power in action, advocating and winning deals on behalf of thousands of individuals and putting money back into consumers’ pockets.Householders join by adding their name, their county and their email address. Nothing more is required – it costs nothing to join and there’s no obligation. We don’t advocate for any supplier, we advocate and work for our members. There is no charge and no obligation for our members as we fund our campaigning with a commission from the company that provides the final preferred offer.The Australian exampleThe concept is so simple and compelling people ask why it wasn’t done before. It’s been tried in the past when people banded together to form buying clubs and co-ops to get better discounts and deals, but they have always been limited by the lack of technology to maximise the mechanics of organising, campaigning and switching, and also by their limited size to reach a critical negotiating mass.One Big Switch was founded in Australia by Lachlan Harris, where the potency of people power was proved: over 500,000 households became members, leading to a string of successful campaigns to win deals on a range of household bills including home energy, solar power, home insurance, health insurance and broadband.Now we’ve brought the idea to Ireland. We have harnessed the latest advances in digital technology and internet campaigning tools to forge a powerful, vocal, demanding and effective consumer network. To date over 30,000 Irish householders have joined our campaign for reduced home energy costs, exceeding our recruitment target by over 50 per cent.Our campaign provides evidence that there is a huge public appetite for a mandated consumer network to harness people power to seek out exclusive deals. I believe we are that force for positive change.Oliver Tattan is co-founder of OneBigSwitch.ie , CEO of Insurance Regulatory Capital, Co-founder GloHealth, CEO and co-founder VIVAS Health, CEO and co founder Daon, and a former CEO of the VHI and Enterprise Ireland.last_img read more

  • Investigation underway after aggravated burglary at elderly couples home in Dublin

    first_imgInvestigation underway after aggravated burglary at elderly couple’s home in Dublin The three men left the scene in a small white van. Apr 24th 2019, 6:58 PM Templeogue Road, Dublin 6 Image: GoogleMaps Share Tweet Email5 Wednesday 24 Apr 2019, 6:58 PM Templeogue Road, Dublin 6 By Cónal Thomas Short URLcenter_img GARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are investigating an aggravated burglary which occurred this morning at a house in Terenure. At approximately 10.30am, three men broke into the house of an elderly couple on Templeogue Road and restrained the man and woman, both in their seventies. The three men left the scene in a small white van. No serious injuries were sustained, gardaí have said. Gardaí are now appealing for information, in particular any motorists or cyclists who travelled today along the R137 Templeogue Road between 9am and 11.30am and who may have dash-cam footage.They are asked to contact Terenure Garda Station. 10 Comments Image: GoogleMaps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4605636 37,318 Views last_img read more

  • Rebecca Zahaus former boyfriend Jonah Shacknai takes the stand

    first_img KUSI Newsroom, Rebecca Zahau’s former boyfriend Jonah Shacknai takes the stand Posted: March 22, 2018 Updated: 6:30 PM March 22, 2018center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The boyfriend of a woman who authorities said committed suicide by hanging herself at his Coronado mansion a day after his 6-year-old son was critically injured in a fall at the home testified Thursday that it is “inconceivable” that his younger brother had anything to do with her death.Jonah Shacknai, testifying in trial of a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Rebecca Zahau’s family against 54-year-old Adam Shacknai, was asked if he had ever seen his brother be violent.“Never,” Jonah Shacknai said. “It is inconceivable.”Jonah Shacknai testified that he was at Rady Children’s Hospital visiting his son Max the morning of July 13, 2011, when he got a text from Adam asking him to call back.“He asked me if I was sitting down and he told me Rebecca had taken her life,” Jonah Shacknai testified. “I was speechless.”Jonah Shacknai said police told him not to go home to Coronado.“I couldn’t believe it,” Jonah said of Zahau’s death and his son’s fight for his life. “It was unfathomable.”After Max fell from a second-story landing at the mansion on July 11, 2011, Jonah Shacknai said he thanked Zahau for being there to care for his son after the accident.Zahau’s mother and older sister filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Adam Shacknai, alleging he confronted the 32-year-old Zahau a day after Max was injured. The boy died five days later.The attorney for the plaintiffs, Keith Greer, alleged that Adam Shacknai delivered four blows to the head of Zahau, rendering her partially or fully unconscious. Greer also alleged that the defendant sexually assaulted Zahau, tied her hands and feet, put a noose around her neck and threw her body off a second-story balcony.Greer said the plaintiffs should be awarded unspecified monetary damages for loss of companionship and emotional support.Adam Shacknai’s attorney, Dan Webb, told the jury that there was no evidence that his client — who has lived and worked in Memphis for 30 years — had anything to do with Zahau’s death. Adam Shacknai said Zahau encouraged him to come to San Diego to support his brother at his time of need.The attorney said four law enforcement agencies investigated Zahau’s death for two months and determined that she committed suicide. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Adam Shacknai, Jonah Shacknai, Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

  • Euro Contracts Services director disqualified for failing to pay national minimum wage

    first_imgThe Secretary of State has accepted a disqualification undertaking from the director of manual labour supply service Euro Contracts Services, for failing to ensure that the organisation paid farm workers the national minimum wage.The disqualification undertaking was accepted by the Secretary of State on 1 May 2018, and became effective from 22 May 2018 for a seven-year period. During this period, Shakil Ahmed, previously director at Euro Contracts Services, cannot act as a director of an organisation, be a receiver of an organisation’s property, or directly or indirectly take part in the promotion, formation or management of an organisation or limited liability partnership.The disqualification undertaking occurred as a result of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigations into Euro Contracts Services failing to pay employees the national minimum wage.The organisation acts as a recruitment service and provides manual labourers to a farm in Hertfordshire. Euro Contracts Services received a fee from the farm, which was used to pay the labourers and cover the organisation’s administrative costs.HMRC initially investigated the organisation in 2009 and found that farm workers had been underpaid by a total of £69,000. Euro Contracts Services rectified this, but then deducted the costs of transporting labourers to the farm. This once again placed labourers’ pay below the national minimum wage.This underpayment was again corrected, but a further HMRC investigation found that, between August 2010 and January 2011, Euro Contract Services paid 246 employees below the national minimum wage, equating to more than £110,000.Ahmed appealed against HMRC’s findings, but the claim was dismissed in court. HMRC then lodged a claim against the organisation in December 2015 after the most recent underpayment was not rectified. In August 2016, Euro Contracts Services entered Creditors Voluntary Liquidation, meaning that the money owed to the employees was not paid. The disqualification undertaking followed.Dave Elliott, head of insolvent investigations, Midlands and West, at the Insolvency Service, said: “The fact that Shakil Ahmed was investigated on two separate occasions, shows that this was not the case of administrative error but a wilful act on his behalf.“Shakil Ahmed fully deserves his ban after cheating his workers out of what was rightfully theirs and this should serve as a warning to other directors that they have a duty to comply with regulations or else be banned from running [organisations] for a long time.”last_img read more

  • Man suspected in Miami Gardens triple shooting arrested

    first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have made an arrest in connection to a case that involved a stolen dirt bike from Tampa and the shooting of three people.Police arrested Ismael Manzano Sunday after three people were shot in Miami Gardens.According to police, a group of seven people traveled to Miami Gardens from Tampa after they reported a dirt bike stolen.Police said the group was able to trace the stolen dirt bike to Manzano who lives in Miami Gardens.Investigators determined that Manzano opened fire and hit three members of the group when they confronted him.The victims were rushed to the hospital but are expected to be OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • The best DIY home security systems of 2019

    first_img See at Amazon Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Best Google Assistant DIY system Chris Monroe/CNET Read the Ring Alarm review Tyler Lizenby/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Honeywell Smart Home Security System Read the Honeywell Smart Home Security System review Read the SimpliSafe Home Security review See All Best smart home support Nest’s alarm system is expensive, but secure Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Best value/Best Alexa system The $550 SmartThings ADT Home Security Starter Kit includes a 7-inch SmartThings panel, two door/window sensors and one motion detector. Its optional $200 expansion kit comes with a smoke detector, a carbon monoxide detector and a water leak sensor. Unlike the other DIY systems on this list, SmartThings’ system comes with contract-free professional monitoring from ADT. It starts at $15 per month and goes up to $35 per month for full monitoring of both “life safety” and “home security” products.  Scout Alarm Home Security System CNET Smart Home • 15 SmartThings ADT Home Security Starter Kit Scroll through your options below to learn more about the best DIY home security systems available today.  Note that the products discussed here are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site The best DIY home security systems Now playing: Watch this: reading • The best DIY home security systems of 2019 Ring’s $199 Alarm Security Kit includes a base station, a keypad, a contact sensor, a passive infrared motion sensor and a Z-Wave extender. $199 is a great price compared with systems like the Nest Secure and the Honeywell Smart Home Security System. Bonus: It works with Alexa, so you can use Amazon’s voice assistant to arm your system and more.The Ring Alarm also offers professional monitoring and cloud storage starting at $10 per month. See at Amazon Enlarge ImageWatch over your castle with these contract-free home security systems. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Do-it-yourself home security companies aren’t like the ADTs and Vivints of the world. Instead of locking you into a multiyear contract, most DIY systems give you the flexibility to chose how and when you monitor your home. That usually means you can sign up for a monitoring service on an optional basis and cancel any time — without early termination fees or other hidden charges.  1:42 Best overall DIY security See at Best Buy See at Simplisafe Chris Monroe/CNET The best professional monitoring, DIY systems, video doorbells and morecenter_img Still have questions? Check out this comprehensive guide to all things home security. Best video doorbells: Which buzzer is best for your home?Best security cameras: Find the right security camera right now Ring Alarm Abode Juan Garzón/CNET Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Abode has all of the standard sensors and devices for an easy entry-level security system. It integrates with Amazon Alexa, IFTTT and Nest for voice-enabled arming and disarming, as well as other advanced automations. You can add accessories to the system a la carte. Professional monitoring is available for $30 per month and includes cellular backup. It also supports Zigbee and Z-Wave, which means you can connect the system to a wide variety of third-party devices so you can control everything from within the Abode app.I wish you didn’t have to use Abode’s web app to make custom rules and automations, but this scalable self-install system delivers reliable performance at a good value.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET Other DIY home security options The above list covers our favorite self-install home security systems, but there are other options out there. Here’s a rundown of what else is available today.  Read the Scout Alarm Home Security System review Chris Monroe/CNET Smart Home Security Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Scout Alarm security system includes a $129 hub, a $29 door/window sensor, a $49 motion sensor and a $40 water sensor — that’s $247 total. Pay $10 per month for professional monitoring, cellular and battery backup and a variety of other features. (Read more about Scout’s monitoring services.) Scout works with Amazon Alexa for arming and disarming, but it doesn’t have very many accessories to choose from.  Read the SmartThings ADT Home Security Starter Kit article SimpliSafe was one of the first DIY home security systems to hit stores and is a reasonable alternative to ADT and other professional firms. That’s due in large part to its wide variety of accessories. Its starter kit costs just $230 and underwent a hardware update recently that looks much better than before. You still have to pay at least $15 per month to access any remote security features (something that’s typically offered for free with other systems), but SimpliSafe’s impressive array of accessories and solid performance make it our top pick overall. Read the Nest Secure review CNET Smart Home See at Amazon Our favorite overall security products Read the Abode review Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected See at Best Buy SimpliSafe Home Security Honeywell Nest Wink SmartThings Share your voice The $499 Nest Secure alarm system starter pack comes with one Guard hub, two Tag key fobs and two Detect door/window/motion sensors. You can arm and disarm the system by entering a PIN code on the Guard’s integrated key pad, by tapping a paired Tag fob over the top of the Guard hub — or by changing the mode in the related Nest app for Android and iPhone. The Detect sensors are my favorite part of Nest’s Secure system, as you can temporarily disarm a single Detect while continuing to monitor the rest of your home. That way, you can open a window, grab the paper from your front yard — and more — without having to disarm your Nest Secure system.  Comments Tags See at Amazon Nest Secure Honeywell’s Smart Home Security System is a DIY kit. The system’s main hub is called the Camera Base Station; it’s equipped with 1080p high-definition live streaming, a 145-degree viewing angle and free 24-hour cloud storage (this will change to three days during a future update). You can also add to the system with an assortment of optional accessories. Professional monitoring is not available on this system.  Here’s the list of bundled kits and standalone devices, with pricing:Starter Kit (Camera Base Station, 2 Access Sensors, Key Fob) — $500Camera Base Station — $400Door and Window Access Sensors — $40Key Fob — $30Motion Sensor — $50Indoor MotionViewer — $99Outdoor MotionViewer — $199last_img read more

  • Forest Service awards new tour permits for Mendenhall area

    first_img(Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)U.S. Forest Service officials have awarded 15 companies with lucrative rights to bring tourists into the Mendenhall Glacier National Recreation Area.The Juneau Empire reports that among the companies announced Friday are Admiralty Excursions, World Cycling Tours and Alaska Weddings on Ice, which allows couples to get married on top of the glacier.The Forest Service manages the Mendenhall area to support about 465,000 tourists each year.The agency changed the way it offers its permitted “service days” to Juneau tour providers this summer by soliciting requests for its 239,000 service days. A service day is one tourist visiting the glacier for one day. The agency received almost 640,000 requests spread among 18 companies.The Forest Service selected companies based on several factors, including their past performance and application quality.last_img read more

  • Suryapet Students protest against cancellation of PG courses in

    first_imgSuryapet: With the demand to withdraw decision with regard to cancellation of post-graduate courses in degree colleges, the members of Students Federation of India, All India Students Federation and Progressive Democratic Students Union tried to lay siege to the residence of Education Minister G Jagadish Reddy in Suryapet on Monday. However, police foiled their attempt and shifted them to police station after taking them into their custody. Also Read – Jagtial will be developed on par with Karimnagar Advertise With Us Speaking to the media, district presidents of the student unions P Kiran, S Nagaraju and S Upender expressed their concern over the State government’s decision of cancellation of PG courses in government degree collages across the State. They informed that PG courses have been running in 40 degree collages in the State and as many as 25 lecturers have been working in each college. Also Read – Karimnagar is Smart City only for namesake: DYFI Advertise With Us As many as 1,600 seats in PG courses would be cancelled and about 500 lecturers would lose their employment if PG courses in 20 degree colleges were cancelled as per the circular issued by the education department for the current academic year. Student leaders V Linganna, G Ravi, Uttej, Pawan, Ranjith, Sudhakar and others participated in the protest.last_img read more

  • Trump Attacks Cummings Calls Baltimore Disgusting

    first_imgBy AFRO StaffPresident Trump on July 27 launched the latest in a series of attacks against lawmakers of color.In a Saturday morning Twitter tirade, Trump called Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who is African American, a “brutal bully” and denigrated his Baltimore district as a “rodent infested mess” and “the worst in the USA.”Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA……— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019The president’s latest rant seemed to be prompted by Cummings’ voiced concerns over the inhumane conditions at detention centers near the Mexican border.“Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous,” Trump said.The president defended the border operation as being “clean, efficient & well run” though crowded.Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md and President Donal Trump. (AP Photos)Conversely, he alleged, Cummings’ district is “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”“If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place,” he concluded.Cummings responded later, tweeting: “Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.”Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors.It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) July 27, 2019The Baltimore Democrat has been one of the more vocal opponents of Trump administration policies, including its handling of the migrant crisis. At a recent hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Committee—which Cummings chairs—he challenged Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan’s assertion that the agency was doing its “level best” to manage detention facilities.“What does that mean?” he asked. “When a child is sitting in their own feces, can’t take a shower? Come on man. What’s that about? None of us would have our children in that position.”Like Cummings, other Capitol Hill legislators of color who has criticized the White House has drawn his ire.Earlier this month, he told Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) to “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”Critics have characterized these and other statements, including the latest about Cummings’ majority-Black, as racist.Baltimore Mayor Jack Young in a statement called out Trump for denigrating Cummings and his city, saying it was “unacceptable.”“Mr. Trump’s rhetoric is hurtful and dangerous to the people he’s sworn to represent,” he said. “As the Mayor of Baltimore, I won’t stand for anyone, not even the alleged Leader of the Free World, attacking our great City or our representative to Congress.”He added, “Mr. Trump, you are a disappointment to the people of Baltimore, our country, and to the world.”last_img read more

  • WTF Wednesday Celebrate National SciFi Day With These Eerie Books

    first_img Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall Stay on target The New Year is here, which means it might be time to catch up on some good reads. Jan. 2 is National Science Fiction Day, so why not celebrate with some eerie novels?On Wednesday, sci-fi fans worldwide will celebrate the holiday, which corresponds with the birthday of Isaac Asimov, a famous sci-fi author. Asimov is known for his books the Galactic Empire Series, the Foundation Series, and the Robot Series. According to the Richard Dawkins Foundation, Asimov would have celebrated his 99th birthday today.#OTD 1/2/1920 Isaac Asimov, atheist & humanist, was born. He was a prolific sci-fi author best known the “Foundation”, “Galactic Empire”, & “Robot” book series.“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”-I.A. pic.twitter.com/nfYlgCyts1— Richard Dawkins Foundation ⚧ (@rdfrs) January 2, 2019In honor of National Science Fiction Day, we’ve rounded up the best sci-fi novels that deserve a spot on your bookshelf. From power-hungry animals to creepy climate change, here are our top eight sci-fi novels.The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)In The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, a pair of friends explore space with the ultimate squad: Zaphod Beeblebrox, a two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie, Trillian, an old romance interest from another time zone, Marvin, a clinically depressed robot, and Veet Voojagig, a former student obsessed with ballpoint pens.Buy it HereAmerican Gods‘American Gods’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)Shadow, a former prisoner, is trying to get his life back on track after a horrible tragedy. When he decides to accept employment from a stranger dubbed Mr. Wednesday, he realizes that America has another fantasy dimension. American Gods follows Shadow’s journey through a magical U.S. landscape.Buy it HereStranger In A Strange Land‘Stranger In A Strange Land’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)Valentine Michael Smith isn’t your typical young adult. Formerly raised by Martians, Smith leaves Mars and travels to Earth to learn how to be human. In Stranger In A Strange Land, Smith’s arrival stirs up trouble on the planet and might change its inhabitants forever.Buy it HereNecrotech‘Necrotech’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)Riko, a street thug, has a lot on her plate: She’s lost her memory and her girlfriend was turned into a tech-fueled zombie. Necrotech puts Riko to the ultimate test, as she has to come face-to-face with a huge conspiracy that might alter humankind with tech and flesh.Buy it HereAnimal Farm‘Animal Farm’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)George Orwell makes all our nightmares come true in Animal Farm. A pack of barnyard animals decide to rebel against their inhumane master, but they soon realize that they’re the real monsters in the situation.Buy it HereWildcard‘Wildcard’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)Sometime in the future, Emika Chen has to fight against the man she loves. When she learns about Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can’t trust his sinister motives. Will Emika and the Phoenix Riders stop Hideo’s evil plans before it’s too late? You’ll have to read Wildcard to find out.Buy it Here2001: A Space Odyssey‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)The crew of the Discovery spacecraft has the ultimate showdown with HAL 9000, an strange computer that controls their vessel in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Once they leave Earth’s borders, their intergalactic journey begins to take a horrific turn.Buy it HereBlackfish City‘Blackfish City’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)When a strange woman arrives in Qaanaaq, a floating Arctic city, she brings an orca and a polar bear with her for the ride. Will she alter humanity, which has been destroyed by extreme climate change? Blackfish City shows a hellish perspective on dramatic environmental changes.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:WTF? Wednesday: Amsterdam Cheese Museum Is a ‘Grate’ Attraction WTF? Wednesday: ‘Yuck’ Becomes ‘Yum’ at the Disgusting Food MuseumWTF? Wednesday: Feast Your Eyes on the World’s Largest Gingerbread Villagelast_img read more

  • Agent relationships key to Lufthansas success

    first_imgWinner of the National Travel Industry Award (NTIA) for best offline carrier for five consecutive years, Lufthansa German Airlines credits its Australian success to its relationship with travel agents. In a country as far away from Europe as is Australia, Lufthansa Australia general manager Kai Peters said the airline recognises the importance of the travel agent as a key promoter and as such makes a concerted effort to build and maintain its relationships with Australia’s travel agents. According to Mr Peters, the airline’s NTIA wins and subsequent entry into the NTIA Hall of Fame is indicative that the country’s tourism industry appreciates the attention. “Our promoter is the travel agent that’s why we are the NTIA best offline carrier award – because we make it easy,” Mr Peters told e-Travel Blackboard. “We really care about the agents.” “We have representatives out there visiting agents which many carriers don’t do anymore.” Lufthansa Asia Pacific vice president Uwe Mueller, in Australia to accompany the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on a specially chartered flight tour, praised the Australian Lufthansa team’s success. Himself a professional pianist, Mr Mueller pointed out that like an intricate musical composition, travelling from Australia to Europe is a complex arrangement “and scheduling can be difficult”. “No travel agent is expected to know all the ins and outs of scheduling and that’s where we come in,” Mr Mueller told e-Travel Blackboard. Mr Peters agreed, saying, “We provide agents with training and incentivise agents as individuals as a big thank you for booking with us.” The specially chartered Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 will leave for Germany tomorrow, following two and a half week tour of the Gulf region, Australia and Asia. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

  • FHFA Home Prices Nearing Pinnacle Reached in 2007

    first_img April 22, 2015 449 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News The Federal Housing Finance Agency released its February data on U.S. home prices Wednesday, and the numbers are almost back to their pinnacle.U.S. house prices overall rose 0.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from January to February, according to the agency’s monthly House Price Index report. Prices were up 5.4 percent nationwide compared to this time last year.The HPI is calculated by using home sales price information from mortgages sold to, or guaranteed by, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.The strongest region in the February report was the South Atlantic, which for the first time since December showed an increase. House prices in the South Atlantic rose 1.8 percent in February, after two consecutive months of decreases.New England was a close second, showing a 1.6 percent increase in February, after four straight months of modest growth. Each region saw house prices climb 6.4 percent since February 2014, though the largest year-over-year increase occurred in the Pacific, where house prices leaped almost 7 percent since last year, according to the report.The only region to see a drop in house prices in February was the East South Central (comprised of Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama). This region saw house prices decrease 1.3 percent, after reporting increases of more than 2 percent in each of the prior two months. Overall, the region is up 3.3 percent from last year. The lowest year-over-year figure was the 2.6 percent increase in house prices in the Middle Atlantic region.The U.S. market overall has increased steadily since September 2011, and is where it was in September 2007, just six months after the index’s all-time peak.FHFA’s data is much the same as that of  CoreLogic, which earlier this month released its latest Home Price Index. That report found that U.S. home prices were up 1.1 percent from January to February and up 5.6 percent from a year ago. It was the third consecutive year in which house price values increased. FHFA: Home Prices Nearing Pinnacle Reached in 2007center_img Federal Housing Finance Agency FHFA Home Prices 2015-04-22 Scott_Morgan Sharelast_img read more