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Philanthropists donate 6M to Jo Brant

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The expansion and renovation of Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital has received a $6 million boost.Ron Joyce and David Braley are each contributing $3 million to the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation. Joyce is the co-founder of Tim Hortons, while Braley is a former senator and owner of Orlick Industries and two CFL teams: the Toronto Argonauts and B.C. Lions.The hospital is building a new surgical wing along with a seven floor patient tower and more than 60 additional beds at a cost of $60 million.

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Italian shipping firm fined 4M in US waste oil dumping case

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NEWARK, N.J. — An Italian shipping company must pay a $4 million fine for dumping oily waste and other pollutants at sea and then lying about it.Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say the sentence against d’Amico Shipping Italia S.p.A. was handed down Thursday. The company pleaded guilty in April to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.The charge involved the oil tanker Cielo di Milano, which visited ports in New Jersey, Maryland and Florida in 2014 and 2015.The Palermo-based company admitted the ship’s crew intentionally discharged bilge water and oily waste from the engine room into the sea.It also admitted falsifying and destroying records and to lying to the Coast Guard during inspections.The $4 million penalty includes $1 million in organizational community service payments to restore the coastal environment of New Jersey.The Associated Press read more

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Kosovo situation calming down after extra troops deployed says UN mission

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Additional troops from the United Kingdom, the United States and France have joined KFOR (the Kosovo international security force) after clashes between ethnic Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo this week have killed more than two dozen people and injured hundreds of others.UN spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters today that “their presence is being felt,” and their arrival has also been welcomed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as it tries to help civilians in the area.Mr. Eckhard said UNMIK considers the situation in Kosovo to be “extremely volatile,” but he added that while there have been reports of more clashes and continued looting, most have been on a smaller scale compared to the violence of earlier this week.Six more churches were destroyed yesterday, taking the total in the past two days to at least 16, while at least 110 houses of Serbs have been burned.UN Police report that at least 28 people died in the clashes, the worst violence since the UN assumed administration of the province almost five years ago. Hundreds of others, including 55 KFOR soldiers, have been injured.UNHCR is attempting to deliver aid to more than 1,000 members of ethnic minorities – mostly Serbs – who were evacuated from the Pristina, Gnjilane and Pec/Peja areas by KFOR soldiers. But access is now severely restricted because of security concerns.The Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees, Kamel Morjane, who was in Belgrade yesterday on a previously planned mission, had to cancel a planned trip to Kosovo today because of security concerns.In Serbia, the agency has made contingency plans to receive possible arrivals from Kosovo, while the High Commissioner for Refugees has appealed to the region’s ethnic communities to refrain from further violenceMeanwhile, Harri Holkeri, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo, is talking to politicians in Pristina and in Belgrade to urge them to play their part in calming tensions.Late yesterday the Security Council issued a presidential statement denouncing the violence and calling on authorities to ensure that the rule of law is maintained and the perpetrators of crimes are brought to justice. read more

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March marks third month of growth for bus and coach sector

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Bus and coach registrations increased for a third consecutive month in March, rising 15%.Significant growth for both purpose-built buses and coaches, as a result of the March plate change with operators investing in new vehicles.Purpose-built buses rose 111.2% to 340 units in March, purpose-built coaches 36% to 223 units.“As the third consecutive month of growth, March’s 15% increase is a positive sign for the future of the bus and coach sector. Continued economic confidence has driven a 73.2% boom in both purpose-built markets, as operators update their fleets and take advantage of March’s number plate change,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. Click through to download the full March 2015 bus and coach news release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Yellow vest protesters storm Attorney Generals office after day of chaos in

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Police were called at 1.45pm to reports of protestors inside the Attorney General’s office, The Sanctuary, SW1, Officers are on scene and dealing. No arrests at this point. Update to follow.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 19, 2019 Mr Goddard, 29, is accused of harassing MP Anna Soubry outside parliament between December 18 last year and January 8.He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded not guilty to the charges. But the hearing had to be suspended when some of his supporters began heckling and entered the dock to join him.The case resumed briefly so that Mr Goddard could be informed of his bail conditions, but the hearing descended into farce again as the defendant left the dock to address the judge. Chudasama, from Hayes, pleaded guilty last year to three counts of causing death by dangerous driving. He was jailed for 13 years, a sentence later cut to 10-and-a-half years at the Court of Appeal.Tracy Blackwell, mother of Josh McGuinness, is very active in the “yellow vests” and was understood to have been at the demonstration inside the Attorney General’s offices. Members of the public gallery again shouted “shame on you” as the hearing came to an abrupt conclusion. Mr Goddard will face a two day trial beginning on July 19.Mr Goddard, wearing a white T-shirt featuring a British flag, a logo for “The Directory Guys”, a motif of three children’s faces, and the words “our boys”, had earlier used his mobile phone in the dock as he waited for the case to begin.He briefly left the courtroom before the hearing started to talk with his solicitor after a member of the public shouted legal advice from the packed public gallery, where several of his supporters were sat on the floor.Mr Goddard asked “Why?” when told to stand for the charges to be read and gave his nationality as English, but refused to give his address due to the “vultures” in court. A spokesman for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) said: “The safety and security of all court users is our priority and we’re deeply concerned to hear of intimidating behaviour at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this morning.”We apologise to all those affected and are urgently investigating what happened. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.”Drunk driver who killed three accused of being ‘Isil terrorist’The protest inside the Attorney General’s office related to the deaths of three teenagers who were killed when a motorist ploughed into them in Hayes, West London, last year.Josh McGuinness, George Wilkinson, both 16, and Harry Rice, 17, were killed instantly when Jaynesh Chudasama, a car hire worker, hit them after clipping a kerb.The tragic case has become a cause celebre among far right activists who claim the Asian motorist, who reached a speed of 71mph, was an Islamist terrorist whose massacre was covered up by police.The authorities insist it was not terrorism because no group claimed responsibility and Chudasama is an Indian Hindu. And, while the consumption of alcohol is forbidden in the Islamic faith, Chudasama was two-and-a-half times the legal drink drive limit at the time of the crash. Addressing judge Kenneth Grant from the dock, Mr Goddard said: “It’s not illegal to heckle an MP. All of this is wrong.”Mr Grant rose and temporarily adjourned the case 15 minutes into the hearing  after several members of the public gallery began shouting about Brexit, made derogatory comments about Anna Soubry, and chanted “Shame on you”.Ms Soubry, a prominent supporter of a second EU referendum, was taunted during a television interview and then followed by a group of men as she returned to Parliament.The incident led to increased police patrols around Westminster and a debate over whether the protests near Parliament had crossed a line.’Urgent investigation’ launched into farcical hearingThe courts service has launched an “urgent investigation” after a hearing involving self-styled “yellow vest” protester James Goddard descended into farce, with supporters disrupting the hearing and sitting in the dock amid allegations of intimidating journalists.The judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court was forced to temporarily call a halt to the plea hearing after Goddard’s supporters in the public gallery began calling Remain-supporting MP Anna Soubry – an alleged victim in the Goddard case – a Nazi. The hearing resumed to inform Goddard of his bail conditions, but became chaotic again soon after as the defendant left the dock complaining to the judge that he could not get a fair trial.One female journalist, who asked not to be named, said she complained to the courts service and to the police after she was “intimidated” by supporters as she attempted to cover the case.She said Goddard identified her as a journalist who had covered the yellow vests protests, with court officials being told by his supporters not to let her into the hearing.The reporter said she was called “vile” and “scum of the earth”, and has been told by her editor that she will not cover any further cases involving Goddard due to concerns for her safety. He is expected to rely on a defence of “fair comment”. Earlier, a court hearing for self styled yellow vest protester James Goddard had to be suspended after descending into chaos at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. James Goddard was greeted by supporters at courtCredit:Ben Cawthra/LNP Yellow vest protesters storm Attorney General's office after day of chaos in court for James Goddard hearing Judge Kenneth Grant temporarily adjourned the case at Westminster Magistrates’ Court 15 minutes into the hearing after several people in the public gallery began shouting about Brexit, made derogatory comments about Ms Soubry, and chanted: “Shame on you.”Supporters chanted “Soubry is a Nazi,” commented on the perceived severity of his bail conditions by telling the judge that Goddard “is not a terrorist, you know”, and said a police officer briefly present in court would be “better off fighting knife crime”. Yellow vest protesters storm Attorney General’s office after day of chaos in court for James Goddard hearingCredit:Nick Ansell/PA Yellow vest protester James Goddard appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court for a chaotic hearing  Yellow vest demonstrators  stormed the Attorney General’s office in the latest stunt in a day of chaos in Westminster following protester James Goddard’s court appearance for allegedly abusing Anna Soubry MP. Live video posted on Facebook showed a group of protesters in yellow vests, stood on the stairwell singing “we want a new Attorney General”.They then knocked on an office door within the building, shouting: “Hello, the little people are here.”The video then showed police climbing the stairs to meet the demonstrators, who at that point sat down on the stairwell.The group sang “justice for the three” and “shame on you” as officers surrounded them and the fire alarm continued to ring out.Their chants relate to three teenage boys who were killed by a drink-driver in Hayes. The group believe this was an act of terrorism, which was covered up by the Government. But Jaynesh Chudasama was jailed for 13 years last year over the incident, and there is no evidence to suggest that he was an extremist.  Security guards for Westminster Abbey have also moved in and told protesters: “Time to make a move now please.” Protesters refused to move and continued to chant. Police were eventually called, but no arrests were made. James Goddard was greeted by supporters at court Yellow vest protester James Goddard appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a chaotic hearing  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

Poll Should the Dáil bar be regulated like other bars

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first_img Poll Results: I don’t know (100) Yes (6656) No (640)center_img THE DÁIL BAR has been the subject of some scrutiny over the past year, particularly during the debates on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.A total of €7,000 was spent in the two bars located in Leinster house on the day and night of this debate.Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been told that there are no plans to change the way the Dail bar operates.It is currently exempt from holding a licence.What do you think? Should the Dáil bar be regulated like other bars? YesNoI don’t knowVotelast_img

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Were facing a crisis if the new South Korean government acts without

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first_img Adjunct assistant professor, Trinity College By Dr Dong-Jin Kim Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13 Comments Tuesday 2 May 2017, 6:30 AM http://jrnl.ie/3363884 THE GROWING TENSION between the US and North Korea has been widely reported by the media. There have been similar moments throughout the history of the Korean conflict. So, what would be different this time?It is known that the US had contemplated using atomic bombs on North Korea during the Korean War (1950-1953). Faced by strong opposition from the European allies, who were worried about the expansion of war to Europe, the US shelved the plan and agreed to an armistice.Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsulaAt the end of the Cold War, North and South Korean high-level negotiations produced agreements for non-aggression and reconciliation, and the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula (1991-1992). During this time the US withdrew their tactical nuclear weapons from South Korea.However, the US Clinton administration soon discovered North Korea was developing a nuclear weapon, and considered bombing the North Korean facility. But the risk of North Korean retaliation directed at South Korea, a US ally, was too great.North Korea also could not risk a war with the US at a time when they had lost almost all their former communist allies. In 1994, the US and North Korea agreed that North Korea would give up their nuclear ambition in return for aid.South Korea’s Sunshine policyWith the introduction of the South Korean government’s Sunshine policy, the Korean peace process began to bear fruit by the early 2000s.Socio-cultural and economic interactions between North and South Koreans raised hopes for a “soft-landing” with the North Korean dictatorship transforming into a democracy and market economy, rather than a “hard-landing”, such as the total collapse of North Korea which would cause significant regional instability or a resumption of war.However, the peace process has suffered from multiple crises, the continuous nuclear and missile testing by North Korea, in particular.The Six Party Talks (2003-2009) among China, Japan, Russia, the US, and North and South Korea concerning the denuclearisation of North Korea were suspended. The South Korean government decided to stop most of the inter-Korean exchange and cooperation projects in 2010. Despite the assertion by the Kim Jong-Un regime that nuclear weapons will guarantee regime security, the possession of nuclear weapons is actually causing increased insecurity for the North Korean regime.All options are on the tableThe present US administration is saying that there is not enough time to prevent the development of North Korean inter-continental ballistic missiles, with nuclear warheads, capable of reaching the US mainland.President Trump and his officials claim that the US has enough power to resolve the North Korean issue unilaterally and all options are on the table. The US has begun the installation of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System in South Korea as well as sending an aircraft carrier-led strike group and a nuclear submarine.However, the priority of Washington’s North Korea policy so far seems to be toughening sanctions by putting pressure on China, rather than unilateral military action.In the midst of the tensions between the US and North Korea, there will be a South Korean presidential election on May 9. The leading candidate, Moon Jae-In, has inferred that he should be able to say “No” to a US initiative, if it is against the national interest of South Korea.Moon has been advocating the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue and economic cooperation, which would not please a US administration trying to squeeze North Korea.Trump puts less value on South Korean relationsTrump does not appear to place the same value on the US/South Korea alliance as his predecessors.During his presidential campaign, he accused South Korea of being a security free-rider and said he would pull the US military out of the Korean peninsula unless South Korea pays the full cost of US troops in the country.Would Trump be able to dismiss the security risk of South Korea when his administration considers all options on North Korea, particularly if the new South Korean government acts without the US approval? If then, the Korean peninsula may enter into an unprecedented danger.Dr Dong-Jin Kim is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. His most recent publication is Building Relationships Across the Boundaries: The Peacebuilding Role of Civil Society in the Korean Peninsula (International Peacekeeping, April 2017).Opinion: ‘What standard of living do people want? What is required to deliver this?’>Zero-hour contracts: ‘Clare has to live with her parents and can’t afford to go to the doctor’> ‘We’re facing a crisis if the new South Korean government acts without US approval’ South Korea’s leading presidential candidate advocates inter-Korean dialogue and cooperation, writes Dr Dong-Jin Kim. May 2nd 2017, 6:30 AM Short URL Share Tweet Email1 236 Views Dr Dong-Jin Kim last_img read more

Asthme les graisses saturées peuvent aggraver les crises

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first_imgAsthme : les graisses saturées peuvent aggraver les crisesGrande-Bretagne – Selon une étude présentée à l’ATS (American thoracic society) 2010 International Conference, un repas riche en graisses saturées augmenterait les symptômes d’asthme et diminuerait l’efficacité des traitements. Les chercheurs de l’université de Newcastle ont mené une étude auprès de quarante sujets asthmatiques, dont une partie devait assimiler un repas de 1.000 calories riche en graisses saturées, tandis que l’autre ne prenait qu’un yaourt de 200 calories.Dans les heures qui ont suivi la prise du repas, les chercheurs ont constaté que les sujets présentaient une forte inflammation des voies respiratoires due à une augmentation des neutrophiles (cellules immunitaires). Leur traitement à base de Ventoline était également moins efficace.Les acides gras saturés seraient en fait détectés par des récepteurs se situant à la surface de certaines cellules qui libéreraient ensuite des médiateurs inflammatoires, exactement de la même façon que s’il s’agissait d’agents pathogènes.Entre 1980 et 1994, la prévalence de l’asthme aurait augmenté de 75% indiquent les auteurs de l’étude. Une hausse qui pourrait notamment être due à certaines modifications dans l’alimentation. Le 23 mai 2010 à 12:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Redknapp lauds Wolves Conor Coady

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first_imgSky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp is full of praise for Wolves defender Conor Coady after his impressive display in their 1-1 draw at Fulham.Redknapp praised Conor Coady for a last-ditch effort that denied Aleksander Mitrovic’s shot from rolling into the net when the score was at 1-1 and he also compared him to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.“I’m gonna actually say this is a Scouser’s defense, let’s just watch, because it’s got that heart of a lion Conor Coady as can he get that…yes a brilliant piece of play and that’s what you’re looking for from your defender, he’s fantastic as you see there it looks like it’s odds against to make that,” Redknapp said, as quoted by thisisfutbol.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s so brave I don’t think the other defenders like Bony would have got that, that’s brilliant defending, Jamie Carragher used to do that all the time, the heart of a lion.”last_img read more

Twitters Anonymous Media Death Chronicler Outed

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first_imgThe mysterious founder of “themediaisdying” Twitter feed—a running compendium of layoffs and shutterings in the media industry—has been outed.  His name is Paul Armstrong, a part-time journalist and a former communications manager at MySpace. He currently lives in Britain.He wrote a column for BusinessWeek about the demise of the newspaper business:If we’re looking to affix blame, we should look no farther than to ourselves. At the most basic, we stopped “buying” it. Newer generations never grew up depending on newspapers—they’d consider it anachronistic to write the local paper a check for a subscription. At the same time, the “old media” still do not grasp the technological and sociological changes associated with this generational independence. There is a huge miscommunication between creator and consumer in terms of value propositions. Nothing has gone “wrong,” per se, it is simply a changed balance of power. Creator and consumer are no longer tied to the other. Read the full column here …last_img read more

Gearing up for Alaskas wildfire season

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first_imgFunny River fire rages in the Kenai Keys area of the Kenai Peninsula May 25, 2014Fire season has already started. The mild winter and lack of snow in Southcentral Alaska has firefighters nervous about the tinder dry conditions in and around the state’s largest urban center. Interior Alaska is also an area of high fire danger this spring. Green up is early, but how much would new growth slow a big burn?Download AudioAlaska Wildland Fire InformationAlaska Interagency Coordination CenterHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Tim Mowry, fire information officer, Department of Natural ResourcesJohn See, forester, Anchorage Fire DepartmentBeth Ipsen, public information officer, BLM Alaska Fire ServiceStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Farm economy downturn forces Cargill to restructure cut jobs

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first_imgCargill Inc [CARG.UL], one of the world’s largest privately held corporations, has launched a restructuring that includes job cuts, one company source and four industry sources said on Friday, the latest casualty of a downturn in the farm economy.The 150-year-old company, a top commodities trader, is also closing offices, two of the industry sources said.The cutbacks at the Minnesota-based company come as global agricultural companies are under pressure from slumping commodity prices, slowing demand in China and weakness in emerging markets where Cargill has significant investments.Cargill may eliminate as many as 4,000 jobs, which would represent about 2.5 percent of its employees, one of the industry sources said.The company is “working on recalibrating their business,” said another industry source, a banker.A Cargill spokesman initially declined to comment, saying “we typically don’t comment on rumours.” He later added that he had not “heard anything along the lines of the layoff numbers you mentioned or office closings.”Cargill is among four “ABCD” companies that dominate the flow of agricultural goods around the world, competing against rivals Archer Daniels Midland Co, Bunge Ltd and Louis Dreyfus Corp [LOUDR.UL].Recently, the companies have faced new competition from trading houses in Asia.”It seems like they’re trying to adapt and be a little bit leaner and faster,” one U.S. grain trader who interacts with Cargill said about the company.Chief Executive David MacLennan, who took the reins two years ago, has already taken steps to change the company. In the last six months, Cargill has sold its U.S. hog business to Brazilian meat packer JBS SA for $1.45 billion and paid about $1.5 billion to buy Norwegian fish feed maker Ewos.The company has said it will split the company’s hedge fund arm, Black River Asset Management, into three separate employee-owned firms.Other agricultural companies are cutting back and looking to consolidate to save money. Last month, Monsanto Co, the world’s biggest seed company, said it was slashing 2,600 jobs and restructuring operations.Deere & Co, the largest maker of farm equipment, also has eliminated jobs.Last month, Cargill reported a 20-percent gain in profits for its fiscal first quarter ended Aug. 31, following a loss in the fourth quarter that the company attributed in part to slowing economies in emerging markets.Cargill’s last substantial restructuring was about 15 years ago and aimed at moving employees into positions built around product lines instead of their geographic locations, said Ken Morrison, who worked for the company for 27 years until 2003.”Headcount reduction and Cargill just don’t go in the same sentence,” Morrison said.last_img read more

FBI investigating 300 refugees in US

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first_imgThe Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating around 300 people admitted into the United States as refugees for suspected terror-linked activities, a senior US official said Monday.“We are talking about 300 individuals who were admitted to the United States as refugees who are currently being investigated by the FBI for potential terrorism-related activity,” the official of the Department of Homeland Security said.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, gave the figure as part of a justification for a 120-day halt on refugee admissions to ensure they are properly vetted.He did not give any details on where the refugees came from or how many might have come from the six countries subject to a new travel ban signed Monday by President Donald Trump.“The salient fact here is that there are 300 individuals admitted and welcomed to the United States in the refugee admissions program who either infiltrated with hostile intent or who radicalised after admission to the United States,” he said.last_img read more

Barstool Sports Founder Threatens to Fire Employees Engaged in Unionizing Which Is

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first_imgDave “El Presidente” Portnoy, founder of media company Barstool Sports, says he really hates unions. Now he’s made explicit threats to fire employees who engage in union-organizing activity — which, even if Portnoy is “joking,” has drawn scrutiny of what would represent violations of federal labor laws. Portnoy, who sold majority control of Barstool to Peter Chernin’s Chernin Group in 2016, has a history of unapologetically attacking critics and rivals.On Monday, he tweeted that he had heard employees of Bill Simmons’ The Ringer wanted to unionize, and included a link to his four-year-old rant on Barstool in the wake of Gawker writers unionizing about how he hoped his company’s employees would follow suit “just so I can smash their little union to smithereens.”That elicited a reply from Live Science staff writer Rafi Letzter, who offered to provide Barstool workers info on the unionization process and explain “how little power your boss has to stop you.” Live Science’s staff is represented by the Writers Guild of America East. On Tuesday, Portnoy said he would fire anyone who attempted to contact Letzter. In response to another commenter, who claimed to be a lawyer offering pro-bono assistance to Barstool employees wanting to unionize, Portnoy wrote, “Anybody who hires this lawyer will be fired immediately and I will personally sue you for damages and back wages.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 A few Barstool employees played Portnoy’s threats for comedy. Barstool writer and podcast host Kate Mannion posted a story on the site Monday facetiously claiming she was organizing a union at the company and included a list of mock demands, like a “small, decorative tree in the ladies bathroom for ambiance, along with a couple shelves for our toiletries/curling irons/straighteners.”Meanwhile, other workers in digital media have fought hard for union representation, seeking job protections and other employer guarantees.The WGA East began organizing workers in the digital sector a few years ago, starting in 2015 with the now-defunct Gawker Media. The Guild now represents staffs at companies including Vox Media — which clinched a three-year contract with the company in June after a marathon negotiating session — as well as Fast Company, Talking Points Memo, ThinkProgress, HuffPost, The Intercept, Vice Media, Salon, Slate, CBSN, Refinery29, Thrillist, The Dodo and G/O Media (the former Gizmodo Media Group).Barstool’s employment contracts have required staffers to affirm they will not object to “offensive speech,” including conduct and speech that “openly and explicitly relates to sex, as well as race, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, religion, disability and age.” When the employment contract came to light two years ago, Barstool CEO Erika Nardini defended the policy, saying in a statement that “Barstool creates really unique comedy and the nature of that comedy means that we can sometimes easily offend.” According to Nardini, who joined the company in 2016, the purpose of the contract was to ensure everyone who works at the company is “comfortable.”center_img According to the National Labor Relations Board, it is unlawful for employers to discourage (or encourage, for that matter) union activities or sympathies “by discrimination in regard to hire or tenure of employment or any term or condition of employment.” For example, the NLRB says, companies are prohibited from laying off or disciplining employees because they are pro-union.Reps for Barstool Sports and Chernin Group did not respond to requests for comment.Is Portnoy making a “joke” with the union-busting rhetoric, or is he in fact trying to discourage Barstool staffers from contemplating taking any steps to join a union? Even if it’s just an attempt to troll company critics, make no mistake: Barstool Sports management really doesn’t want its workers to unionize.Not everyone found Portnoy’s comments funny. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), quoted Portnoy’s comment about firing pro-union employees and tweeted Tuesday, “If you’re a boss tweeting firing threats to employees trying to unionize, you are likely breaking the law &can be sued,in your words, ‘on the spot.’ ALL workers in the US have the protected freedom to organize for better conditions.” Portnoy remained defiant, replying to Ocasio-Cortez, “Hey @aoc welcome to thunder dome. Debate me” (as if there were something to debate about someone saying they’re willing and ready to break the law).The New York State Department of Labor also weighed in on Portnoy’s comments, noting in a tweet that it’s illegal “to take any unfavorable action,” including termination, against employees for union-related activities under the National Labor Relations Act. “New York is a proud union state,” the department said. “We say no way, no how to intimidation, threats and union busting.”Portnoy retweeted several posts pointing out that firing workers who are trying to unionize breaks U.S. labor laws. In response to one commenter who expressed hope that Barstool employees will form a union, Portnoy said, “Me too. Just so I can crush it and reassert my dominance.” Popular on Variety last_img read more

Curved Apple iPhone Screens Could Arrive by 2021

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first_img Apple is reportedly developing curved screens and touchless gesture control for future-generation iPhones.Considering how long the company has been rumored to be working on a curved display, consumers should take this news with a grain of salt.Citing “people familiar with the situation,” Bloomberg described a gradual arch from top to bottom—different from the distinctly curved edges of competitor Samsung’s Galaxy lineup, which use OLED technology.Unlike the inflexible LCD screens covering older models, Cupertino’s latest iPhone X embraced the organic light-emitting diode, which can be shaped or even folded.The 10th-anniversary phone does actually bend ever so slightly at the base, though the contour is invisible to the naked eye. It sounds like whatever Apple has planned for its upcoming handsets, however, will be more pronounced.Tim Cook & Co. are also allegedly designing a control feature that would let users perform certain tasks by simply hovering their finger over the screen.Sound familiar? Samsung in 2013 launched the Galaxy S4 with “Air Gesture,” which let owners move their hand over a sensor to scroll, browse, move icons, and accept calls without actually touching anything. Both iDevice elements are “still in the early research and development stage,” according to Bloomberg, which tipped a wait of at least two to three years. That is, if the company ultimately decides to move forward with either enhancement.Apple did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Cupertino last week released iOS 11.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, promising the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, as well as a handful of new features.Beta battery management settings are now visible on certain handsets; and Business Chat for iMessage is being tested with Discover, Hilton, Lowe’s, and Wells Fargo. Plus, iPhone X users can chat with friends behind four additional Animoji masks: lion, skull, bear, and dragon. iOS 13 Forces You to Make Eye Contact While FaceTimingScreenshots of iOS 13 ‘Dark Mode’ Leaked Ahead of WWDC Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Shudder action buys time for male spider from being killed

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first_img © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Stated in scholarly terms, a newly published study says research results suggest that “male web-building spiders employ a phylogenetically conserved vibratory signal to ameliorate the risk of pre-copulatory cannibalism.” Translation: A smaller and weaker male spider needs to rock the web so that the female spider won’t kill him before mating. Journal information: Scientific Reports Male black widows look for well-fed mates Explore further Citation: Shudder action buys time for male spider from being killed (2013, December 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-shudder-action-male-spider.htmlcenter_img More information: Male courtship vibrations delay predatory behaviour in female spiders, Scientific Reports 3, Article number: 3557 DOI: 10.1038/srep03557sites.google.com/site/behaviou … /marie-e-herbersteinsites.google.com/site/aewignall/media (a) Waveform of a vibration generated by an adult male shuddering in a female’s web, and (b) waveform of the same shudder in (a) played through an electromagnetic shaker. Credit: Scientific Reports 3, Article number: 3557 doi:10.1038/srep03557 The research was published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, by Anne Wignall and Marie Herberstein of Macquarie University in Australia. The paper is titled, “Male courtship vibrations delay predatory behaviour in female spiders.” Specifically, male Argiope spiders produce a “courtship” shudder-like vibration in the web, which seems to lessen their chances of being eaten, but the authors also point out that the action merely may buy some time to cause the larger female just to delay her predatory behavior. The shudder delays female aggression and risk of attack, they said, during the earliest and potentially riskiest stages of courtship. The vibration is interesting in that it solves a major problem for male web-building spiders, as they attempt to court female spiders without being mistaken for prey.The authors discussed their method: “We recorded the courtship shudders of five males in a web using laser vibrometry. To ensure that male courtship shudders would be accurately reproduced in our assays, we compared the vibrations from the original recording, and a recording from the electromagnetic shaker used to artificially generate the stimuli in the experiment. The vibrations matched well between the two sources.”Both authors have an interest in spiders as important models in evolutionary and behavioral research. Wignall, on her web site, noted her interest in understand more about spider courtship:”Male web-building spiders go through an elaborate courtship routine on the female’s web. While lots is understood about what happens after copulation in web-building spiders, there’s very little information yet about what is actually being communicated by the male during courtship, or how courtship has been shaped by the unique ecology of web-building spiders.” Similarly, Herberstein on her site noted spiders as important models in research. “For a long time spiders have been underestimated as intriguing and suitable models for a variety of evolutionary questions.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img News | June 23, 2015 First Patients Treated on Elekta Linear Accelerator with Integrated Brainlab ExacTrac X-Ray Brainlab announced first patient treatments in March on a fully integrated radiation oncology solution that combines… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | September 04, 2015 France’s Gustave Roussy Comprehensive Cancer Center Chooses Elekta’s Versa HD Gustave Roussy has awarded Elekta with an order for four Versa HD linear accelerators, replacing their existing… read more News | June 24, 2008 Radiation Therapy May Be Unnecessary for Breast Cancer Patients Videos | October 29, 2018 VIDEO: Biologically Guided Radiation Therapy Using Real-time PET Imaging Kristin Higgins read more News | October 02, 2013 Elekta Opens Global Education Center for Oncology and Neuroscience Professionals Elekta unveiled a state-of-the-art learning center at its North American headquarters, in conjunction with the 55th… read more Feature | March 24, 2015 First Patients Treated on Integrated Brainlab ExacTrac/Elekta LINAC System Brainlab announced first patient treatments on a fully integrated radiation oncology solution that combines ExacTrac… read more News | June 23, 2015 ECRI Institute Offers Guidance on Choosing a Linear Accelerator The ECRI Institute released a new techIQ brief on key factors to consider when purchasing a linear accelerator (linac)… read more News | June 11, 2014 Dutch Cancer Patients to Benefit From Erasmus Medical Center’s New Linacs June 11, 2014 — Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, announced the purchase of… read more News | June 19, 2015 William Beaumont Hospital and Elekta File Patent Lawsuit Against Varian On June 16, 2015, William Beaumont Hospital and Elekta Ltd. filed a patent infringement suit against Varian Medical… read more June 25, 2008 – Many women with breast cancer may not need six weeks of daily radiation after surgery, according to findings presented at the International Society of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy in Madrid, Spain, demonstrating that the standard radiation regimen for some lumpectomy patients, already expensive, sometimes painful, and very time-consuming, may be unnecessary,Surgeon Dr. Umberto Veronesi, founder of the European Institute of Oncology, shared for the first time the results of the eight-year randomized trial comparing his breast cancer patients’ response to two types of radiation therapy. The results so far show that women who received breast conserving surgery, followed by a single dose of intraoperative electron-beam radiation therapy (IOERT) at the time of surgery, had an equal chance of survival as women who underwent the surgery, followed by six weeks of post-operative radiation therapy.Dr. Veronesi told the cancer specialists attending ISIORT from 21 countries around the world that IOERT has “obvious advantages in terms of overall treatment time, costs, patient comfort, cosmetic results and quality of life.” He continued, “In my opinion, this will become the routine procedure for breast conserving therapy.”But while IOERT is quickly becoming the protocol for breast cancer radiation therapy in Europe, most American women are unaware this choice even exists. 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Countdown is on for Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World

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first_img Posted by Share Countdown is on for Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Tags: Disney LAKE BUENA VISTA — The launch of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios headlines a long list of new attractions and experiences at all four Walt Disney World theme parks plus Disney Springs debuting in summer 2018.Most of the festivities kick off U.S. Memorial Day weekend, May 25 – 27.At Magic Kingdom, favourite Disney•Pixar super heroes will take over Tomorrowland, including Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Edna Mode and Frozone from Disney•Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles’ and upcoming ‘Incredibles 2’, opening June 15. The super heroes will interact with guests throughout the land. The festivities culminate with the ‘SUPER’ dance party on the Rocket Tower Stage.Super Heroes take over the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot. Star-Lord and Gamora from the Guardians of the Galaxy will join an alien band, taking guests on a journey through the cosmos. The party will feature hits from Awesome Mixtapes 1 and 2 – fun and favorite tunes from the two movies’ soundtracks – building the anticipation for a new Epcot Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedDisney’s Animal Kingdom is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer with two new experiences: Donald Duck takes over Dinoland U.S.A. with prehistoric elements in a new character celebration; and Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug, from the Disney•Pixar hit film ‘Up’, discover species of birds from around the world at Explorers Meet UP! A Great Bird Adventure. Meanwhile Pandora – The World of Avatar’s ‘Avatar – Flight of Passage’, is already the top-rated attraction at Walt Disney World.Summer 2018 also marks the first summer for new offerings at Disney Springs including ‘Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire’, a Hyper-Reality Experience from Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID; and a host of new restaurants and bars. These include The Edison, a lavish Industrial Gothic restaurant and bar; Maria & Enzo’s, an open and airy Italian trattoria featuring family-friendly dishes inspired by Sicily; Terralina Crafted Italian, a new concept from James Beard award winner and Top Chef Master Chef Tony Mantuano; and Wine Bar George, the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida, brought to Disney Springs by former California Grill manager and Master Sommelier George Miliotes (opening this spring).More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesAnd at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the new 11-acre Toy Story Land will transport guests into the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard. Guests will experience two new attractions, including Slinky Dog Dash, a family-friendly coaster, and Alien Swirling Saucers. The new land also will encompass Toy Story Mania! which has been expanded to add a third track to the existing popular attraction. Woody’s Lunch Box will be a new quick-service kiosk serving meals and old-fashioned soda floats inside Toy Story Land.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Monday, February 5, 2018 last_img read more

Hemingway grandsons celebrate in Cuba 60 years after Nobel

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first_imgCOJIMAR, Cuba – Just like Ernest Hemingway used to do, two of his grandsons sailed into the fishing town of Cojimar on Monday, marking 60 years since the iconic U.S. author won the Nobel prize.John and Patrick Hemingway sailed in from the Ernest Hemingway International Yacht Club west of Havana, through the Gulf waters where “Papa” used to fish, with a group of 16 that arrived Sunday.“This is a really emotional day, being here with the people of Cojimar. It’s something personal, it’s a family thing, and I also think it is historic,” John Hemingway, 54, said in Spanish to about 200 people who gathered on the fishing town’s waterfront to greet them.About a dozen boats joined the four yachts carrying the Hemingway party in the two-hour sail over to Cojimar.Hemingway, who lived in Cuba for over 20 years, rented a home in the town. He fished enthusiastically and was inspired here to write the classic “The Old Man and the Sea.”The four yachts flew both U.S. and Cuban flags; the two countries have not had full diplomatic ties since 1961.Events like this “could contribute to some positive things between the United States and Cuba,” said John, a writer who lives in Montreal, alongside brother Patrick, 48, a photographer who lives in Vancouver.Hemingway’s close ties to CubaHemingway, who lived from 1899 to his suicide in 1961, was a journalist, author, world traveler and sportsman. In the 1940s and 1950s, he spent half the year in Cuba and would summer in Idaho.The dramatic twists were not just in his books; he struggled with mental illness and health consequences of heavy drinking even as he became an acclaimed author with a singular and strong spare style.Married four times, Ernest Hemingway had three sons — Jack, Patrick and Gregory, the latter who fathered John and Patrick.Ernest Hemingway was fascinated by game hunting and deep sea fishing, capped with drinks and some writing.The author, also known for works such as “The Sun Also Rises,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” and “A Farewell to Arms,” received the Nobel prize for literature in 1954.And it was here in Cojimar that Hemingway docked his boat El Pilar, obsessed about marlin, knocked back mojitos, and where Cuban fishermen inspired his “Old Man.”When the Americas’ only communist government took power, around 1960, Hemingway left Cuba for the last time — but not before meeting longtime president Fidel Castro.Castro, the revolutionary who became a Cold War thorn in the side of the United States, led Cuba for almost five decades after 1959. He has named Hemingway as his favorite author.So it was a touching sort of homecoming to see Hemingway grandsons hugging and chatting with locals, including kids and old-timers. Patrick and John Hemingway pose with an old fisherman in the Cojimar neighborhood of Havana, Cuba, on Sept. 8, 2014. Adalberto Roque/AFP‘I met Hemingway’Hemingway’s boat is in dry dock these days, near his Cojimar home, now a museum run by the government of Raúl Castro, 83.When the author’s local friends learned of his suicide in 1961, they gathered up pieces of anchors and bits of bronze, and had a bust of him made in his honor. It was installed on Cojimar’s seafront in July 1962.Monday, John and Patrick Hemingway laid flowers at the memorial, now under a little pergola.“I met Hemingway myself when I was very young, maybe 13 or 14, and then we became friends,” said Osvaldo Carrero Piña, now 78.Carrero Piña took part in the 1958 film version of “The Old Man and the Sea.”Rail thin, his skin craggy under the hot sun, he smiled as he recalled the party Hemingway threw for all the fishermen when the film finally wrapped.Mario Alonso, a spry 85, said that when he was a boy, he and other local kids would help Hemingway and his mate Gregorio Fuentes clean their catch.“He used to give us a [20-cent piece], one for each of us, and sometimes some chunks of fish,” he recalled on meeting the visiting kin.The Hemingway grandsons meanwhile slipped off to local seaside restaurant “La Terraza” where the author used to dine with Fuentes and his last wife, Mary Welsh.Pictures of Hemingway dot the walls, including one with Castro, now 88. They met in 1960.“His favorite table at La Terraza has been reserved for him for all eternity,” smiled local historian Gilda Rodríguez. Facebook Comments Related posts:A cultural anthropologist ponders Cuba before and after Obama’s decision As talks with US begin, Cubans anticipate changes in their lives Smitten while in Cuba? Better call the love detective before you commit Cuba marks Castro uprising anniversary with call for US embargo endlast_img read more