first_imgMONTREAL – Competition is heating up for Canada’s most price-sensitive travellers as WestJet Airlines gears up to launch the country’s second ultra-low cost airline Wednesday.Swoop, an offshoot of WestJet Airlines, will make its maiden flight on its pink and white aircraft before the sun rises in Hamilton, Ont. on a trip to Abbotsford, B.C.“From my perspective coming into this fresh — I’ve been in Canada four months now — I personally believe there’s a huge opportunity in Canada,” said Swoop president Steven Greenway.Greenway is an Australian native who has worked in executive positions at airlines including Japanese low-cost carrier Peach, Virgin Blue, Virgin Atlantic and Qantas.Swoop marks his sixth airline startup.By discounting travel, Swoop, Flair Airlines and others are trying to repatriate the more than five million Canadians who cross the border to catch flights from airports in Buffalo and Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Birmingham, Wash.“From our perspective there’s the opportunity to fill a gap, there’s an opportunity to stimulate demand, there’s an opportunity to welcome Canadians back from crossing the border. We believe there’s a significant enough market to be able to thrive,” Greenway said in an interview.He expects competition will increase significantly over the next 12 months as Canada Jetlines gears up to join Swoop and Flair in offering deeply discounted fares along with charges for everything from a onboard drink to carry-on and checked baggage.Flair welcomed the extra competition.“We think that having more people in the space helps promote the fact the space exists and will work to each other’s advantage,” executive chairman David Tait said in an interview.“I don’t think Canada’s big enough for half a dozen players in this space, but there’s certainly plenty of room for two and maybe three.”Meanwhile, Tait said Flair plans to move its headquarters to Edmonton from Kelowna, B.C., over the coming months to help promote its growth.“Kelowna was a fine base for a charter operator but it didn’t really give us the scope, the potential we need as we’re growing.”Swoop is entering an area of the airline business that doesn’t have a stellar history of success in Canada: Jetsgo, Air Canada’s Tango, Canada 3000 and Roots Air have all floundered in the past.Canada is the only G7 country without a true ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) and the model has been successful in Europe, Australia and the United States, said transportation analyst Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital.“I don’t think we’ve ever seen a true ULCC model in the Canadian marketplace before so I think we’re in somewhat uncharted territory,” he said.“I think there’s also frankly some opportunities if they do it well to be successful with it.”Murray estimates the Canadian ultra low-cost market can handle 10 million passengers per year, enough to support up to 50 aircraft. The service is particularly suited to leisure flights to Las Vegas, Arizona and Florida, he added.Swoop says fares should be 30 to 40 per cent lower than a national carrier.The key will be to keep costs down from lower labour costs, cramming 189 seats into Boeing 737-800s, and stimulating demand from people who don’t normally fly because of the high cost.The carrier, however, has already had something of a bumpy takeoff.WestJet’s launch of Swoop had been a source of labour strife between the company and pilots, who were on the brink of a strike last month before reaching an 11th-hour deal.Earlier this year, the union won a Canada Industrial Relations Board challenge to the company’s proposed policy to offer pilots a two-year leave of absence if they go to fly for Swoop.A federal arbitrator recently ruled that WestJet’s unionized pilots will also fly Swoop, which means the airline can no longer outsource Swoop flying, a major disagreement in recent negotiations.Swoop will recognize the union as the exclusive bargaining agent for all Swoop pilots, who will be on the airline’s one seniority list and fly aircraft at Swoop terms and conditions.Initial one-way flights start at $49 tax included from Abbotsford to Winnipeg, $129 between Hamilton and Abbotsford and $99 between Hamilton and Halifax.The fares don’t include a range of fees, including carry-on luggage and checked bags starting at $26.25, seat selection start at $5, and $15 to contact the call centre if the service can be carried out on the website.No pets aside from guide dogs are allowed on board and any credits are only valid for 90 days. No loyalty points will be awarded.Swoop is starting with two planes, with plans to roll out six by year-end and 10 in 2019.Instead of flying from Toronto Pearson International, flights will fly out of Hamilton’s lower-cost airport. Other initial cities are Winnipeg, Edmonton, Halifax and Abbotsford.Additional destinations will be added, including international flights likely by the end of 2018, said Greenway. Flair plans to fly to Orlando and Palm Springs, Calif., next winter.While there is a real concern that passengers could feel being “nickled and dimed” by a series of ancillary fees, experience in Europe over the past 20 years suggests passengers ultimately focus on the fares, said Greenway.“It is an education process and I think people will adapt over time.”Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)last_img read more

first_imgThiruvananthapuram/Kollam: Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Minister Kadavoor Sivadasan passed away at a private hospital here early Friday, party sources said. He was 87 and was being treated for age related ailments when the end came. Sivadasan, a five-time MLA, was part of the governments headed by K Karunakaran and A K Antony and had held various portfolios including Labour, Excise, Forests and Wildlife. An active trade union leader, Sivadasan had served as secretary of Kerala Provisional United Trade Union Congress in 1977 and participated in the International Labour Organisation conference in Geneva representing the Central government in 1985. He had represented Kundara and Kollam constituencies in the Assembly. The mortal remains were taken to Kollam to enable the public to pay homage. Condoling his death, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Sivadasan had entered politics through RSP (Revolutionary Socialist Party) and had a major influence on the labour sector in Kollam.last_img read more

Rabat – The Moroccan public prosecutor of the Court of First Instance agreed to take the necessary legal proceedings against the man who burned 40 live stray cats to death, in the Western Moroccan city of Safi.The first of its kind in the history of Morocco, the legal case was brought before court following a lawsuit filed by the international animal rights non-profit Comme Chat et Chien (CCC) association (Like Cat and Dog), which appointed one of its own lawyers to the case.According to the secretary general of the NGO Youssra El Hachimi, the cat-killer used to train his dogs to attack cats, which left many cats injured and sometimes killed as a result. Read also: Man in Morocco Sets Fire to Cats Shelter, Kills at Least 25 CatsThere are legal loopholes regarding the punishment of crimes against stray animals in the Moroccan penal code. The laws that protect animal rights  concern pets and household animals. This has not stopped Moroccan authorities from taking legal measures against such horrendous acts.Adamant that justice must and will be served, the association launched a petition that called on the Ministry of Justice to investigate what it called a “massacre against poor animals” as well as calling on Moroccan citizens to sympathize. read more

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says almost 3,800 business locations were at risk of being affected by spring flooding in three of the hardest hit regions of the country.About 1,500 were potentially affected as of the end of April in the Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac region about 40 kilometres northwest of Montreal, 1,500 in the Ottawa-Gatineau region (1,086 in Gatineau and 400 in Ottawa), and 800 in the Fredericton–Saint John region in New Brunswick.The agency made the assessment after using flood extent maps produced by Natural Resources Canada from satellite data acquired by the Canadian Space Agency from April 17 to 30.Statistics Canada says small businesses, including those operating from a home, are most affected by flooding with about 85 per cent having no employees and nine per cent having one to four employees.One-quarter of the affected businesses are in real estate, rental and leasing, 12 per cent offering professional, scientific and technical services and 10 per cent in construction.Nearly 100 larger business locations with five or more employees were in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, 47 in the Montreal area region and 82 in New Brunswick. The most common industry sectors were retail and construction at 21 and 19 per cent respectively.The Canadian Press read more

16 February 2010The United Nations-backed convention banning the use of cluster munitions will enter into force on 1 August after the 30th country ratified the pact today, a move that was immediately welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as “a major advance on the global disarmament agenda.” Burkina Faso and Moldova both submitted their instruments of ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions at UN Headquarters in New York, ensuring that the pact prohibiting explosive remnants of war known as either cluster munitions or unexploded ordnance (UXO) becomes part of international law.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said the fact that the Convention was entering into forces just two years after countries adopted the treaty “demonstrates the world’s collective revulsion at the impact of these terrible weapons.”First used in the Second World War, cluster munitions contain dozens of smaller explosives designed to disperse over an area the size of several football fields, but often fail to detonate upon impact, creating large de facto minefields. They are also notoriously inaccurate.The failure rate makes these weapons particularly dangerous for civilians, who continue to be maimed or killed for years after conflicts end. Some 98 per cent of victims are civilians and cluster bombs have claimed over 10,000 civilian lives, 40 per cent of whom are children.Recovery from conflict is also hampered because the munitions place roads and lands off-limits to farmers and aid workers.Mr. Ban called on all States that have not yet ratified to become a party to the Convention immediately.“The United Nations is firmly committed to ending the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of cluster munitions and mitigating the suffering they cause,” he said. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Sep 19, 2014 2:23 am MDT China fines British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline $492 million for bribery, orders exec deported BEIJING, China – Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline was fined $492 million on Friday for bribing doctors in China, the biggest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court.The court sentenced the company’s former China manager, Briton Mark Reilly, and four Chinese co-defendants to prison but postponed the sentences for two to four years, suggesting they may never be served. The court said it granted leniency because the defendants confessed.The case, first publicized in mid-2013, highlighted the widespread use of payments to doctors and hospitals by sellers of drugs and medical equipment in a poorly funded health system that Chinese leaders have promised to improve. The fine is the largest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court.In a statement, Glaxo said it would pay the fine and had made changes in its business to remedy flaws cited by Chinese authorities. It said it would change the incentive system for employees and reduce its engagement with health professionals.“Reaching a conclusion in the investigation of our Chinese business is important, but this has been a deeply disappointing matter for GSK. We have and will continue to learn from this,” said CEO Sir Andrew Witty in the statement.While large by Chinese standards, the fine is dwarfed by the $3 billion GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay the U.S. government in July 2012 for paying doctors kickbacks to prescribe several of its drugs and for having sales representatives promote popular drugs for improper uses. The penalty is still the biggest U.S. health care fine in history, according to the non-profit group Taxpayers Against Fraud.Reilly was sentenced by the court in the central city of Changsha to three years prison with a four-year reprieve and was ordered deported, which meant he might leave China immediately. His co-defendants received prison terms of two to four years, with reprieves of two to four years.In other cases, convicts have been spared prison if they are deemed to have reformed during their reprieve.The police ministry said in May that Reilly was accused of operating a “massive bribery network.” It said Reilly ordered salespeople beginning in January 2009 to pay doctors, hospital officials and health institutions to use GSK’s products.A police investigation found that GSK employees funneled as much as 3 billion yuan ($490 million) through travel agencies and consulting firms, which kicked back some of that money for use as bribes. Police have not made clear how much was paid out in bribes.Investigators said the scheme appeared to be aimed at evading GSK’s internal controls meant to prevent bribery.Glaxo had said earlier the employees acted without its knowledge and violated its policy. In December, it said it would stop offering financial support to doctors and other health care professionals to promote its products.Such informal payments pervade China’s dysfunctional health system. Low salaries and skimpy budgets drive doctors, nurses and administrators to make ends meet by accepting money from patients, drug suppliers and others. The Glaxo case brought the flow of illicit money to international attention, but within China the practice is common knowledge.Many blame a system in which China’s hospitals nearly all are state-run but get too little money from Beijing. Most of the country’s 2.3 million doctors are hospital employees and are barred from adding to their income by taking on second jobs.The ruling Communist Party has promised higher health spending as part of efforts to spread more of China’s prosperity to its poor majority. But with a population of 1.3 billion, the cost of a full-scale overhaul will be daunting.A second foreign drugmaker, AstraZeneca, said in July 2013 that police in Shanghai were investigating one of its salespeople.In a separate case, China’s biggest drug distributor, Sinopharm Group Ltd., said in January that two former executives were the target of a corruption investigation.GlaxoSmithKline is among many multinational drugmakers that have crossed legal or ethical lines to boost sales of prescription medicines.Most cases involve promoting prescription medicines for uses that aren’t approved — and for which there is often no evidence that they are effective or safe. Some drugs have grown to become multibillion-dollar annual sellers primarily from patients taking them for unapproved uses.It was also common practice for decades for drugmakers to pay doctors in the U.S. and elsewhere “consulting fees,” send them on junkets and give them gifts, with the expectation that the doctors would prescribe more of that company’s medicines and even encourage colleagues to do so. The industry has attempted to eliminate or at least reduce those excesses under pressure from the government and others. Companies will soon begin publicly reporting payments to doctors, as required under provisions of the Affordable Care Act.____Business Writer Linda A. Johnson in Trenton, N.J., contributed to this report. read more

Displaced children and adults in Syria are seen in a vehicle after fleeing from ISIL-controlled areas in rural Raqqa to Ain Issa, the main staging point for displaced families, some 50 kilometres north of Raqqa city. Photo: UNICEF/Delil Soulaiman “I am extremely concerned about the fate of civilians as a result of the deeply alarming and chilling situation unfolding in Aleppo city,” the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, said in a statement.Intensified ground fighting and indiscriminate aerial bombardment over the past few days in eastern Aleppo has reportedly killed and injured scores of civilians, he said. “There are no functioning hospitals left, and official food stocks are practically finished in eastern Aleppo,” added Mr. O’Brien, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. At the same time, indiscriminate shelling continues on civilian-populated areas and civilian infrastructure in western Aleppo, killing and injuring civilians, and displacing over 20,000 people in recent weeks.According to initial reports, up to 16,000 people have been displaced from eastern Aleppo, many into uncertain and precarious situations. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and local non-governmental organization (NGO) partners have initiated a response to those displaced. UN humanitarian office expresses grave concerns over the “deeply alarming situation” in Aleppo, Syria…warns that thousands more civilians could go on to fall victim to the escalating conflict. Credit: UN News CentreThere are also hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped inside eastern Aleppo. The UN is present on the ground with prepositioned supplies to complement the ongoing response and ready to provide immediate assistance and medical evacuations for them. “The parties to the conflict in Syria have shown time and again that they are willing to take any action to secure military advantage even if it means killing, maiming or starving civilians into submission in the process,” Mr. O’Brien said.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), another 700,000 people are in other besieged areas across the country, mostly in rural Damascus surrounded by Government forces. “I ask all parties to the conflict to restore basic humanity in Syria. I call on them to lift sieges, ensure that they do not target civilians and civilian infrastructure, and that they allow humanitarian organizations safe and unimpeded access to bring life-saving help to those displaced or under siege,” he said, expressing hope that a path towards a political solution can be found soon for the many millions of Syrian families who tonight are hungry, sick, and fearing for their lives. Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called on all parties to the conflict to adhere to and respect international humanitarian law.OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva that the Office had received reports that opposition groups are preventing civilians from leaving areas under their control. “We call on armed opposition groups to adhere to their obligation to allow civilians who wish to flee areas under their control to do so. Any measures taken to prevent them from doing so – unless justified by a need to protect the safety of civilians – are prohibited under international law,” she said.She also expressed concerns that upon reaching Government-controlled or Kurdish-controlled areas, civilians perceived to have links or connections with armed opposition groups may be detained. “Pro-Government and Kurdish Forces must ensure that civilians fleeing the fighting are afforded every protection and are not subjected to acts of retribution due to their perceived support or affiliation to opposition groups,” she stressed. read more

Responsibility for the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi lies with “high-level officials” of the monarchy, a UN-appointed independent investigator said on Wednesday, in a renewed call for full State accountability for the crime.In a 100-page report to be presented to the Human Rights Council next week, Special Rapporteur Agnès Callamard discusses the circumstances leading up to Mr. Khashoggi’s death and considers steps that might have prevented his murder.Find our full story here. Record displacement shows ‘we’re almost unable to make peace’, warns UN refugee agency chief A record 70.8 million people fled war, persecution and conflict in 2018, UN refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi said on Wednesday, appealing for greater international solidarity to counter the fact that “we have become almost unable to make peace”.Unveiling new data indicating that global displacement numbers are at “the highest level” that the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has seen in its almost 70-year existence, Mr. Grandi noted that these were “conservative” estimates.Read our story here.South Korea sends food aid to NorthSouth Korea has sent a landmark donation of 50,000 metric tons of rice and US$4.5 million in cash to support the North Korean people, who have been hit hard by droughts and poor harvests. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) thanked South Korea for its donation on Wednesday, and pointed out that the North needs at least 300,000 metric tons of food, valued at around $275 million, to meet the country’s humanitarian needs.A food security assessment, released jointly by the WFP and UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in May, found that food production in 2018 had dropped dramatically, putting 10.1 million people at risk from severe food shortages over the coming months.Listen to our interview with WFP Spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel:  Another attack in northern Mali further jeopardizes the peace process Ripple effect of sexual violence in conflict threatens ‘collective security’, stains ‘our common humanity’, says UN chief Listen to or download our audio News In Brief for 19 June on SoundCloud: Late on Monday, unidentified armed individuals attacked the villages of Yoro and Gangafani, in the Mopti region in central Mali, near the border with Burkina Faso. Initial reports indicate that at least 38 people were killed and many wounded. The Malian defense and security forces were deployed to the area to secure the zone and investigate the attacks.“As the Secretary-General has stated repeatedly, the cycle of violence in the centre of Mali must end,” UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told the press at UN headquarters in New York, on Wednesday. “Perpetrators of acts of violence must be brought to justice and efforts to promote reconciliation between communities must be accelerated,” he stressed.Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix is currently in Mali with Pedro Serrano, the European Union’s Deputy-Secretary-General for Common Security and Defense Policy and Crisis Response of the European External Action Service. They will be in in the country until 21 June to discuss ways to enhance support by the UN and the European Union to accelerate the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement and the restoration of State authority in northern and central Mali.The delegation will meet with Government authorities at the highest level, signatory armed groups, political representatives, civil society, women groups and international partners. Sexual violence in conflict is a “threat to our collective security” and a “stain on our common humanity”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, on Wednesday.Calling the scourge “a tactic of war, to terrorize people and to destabilize societies”, he underscored that its effect can echo across generations through trauma, stigma, poverty, long-term health issues and unwanted pregnancy. He urged that survivors should be heard and their needs recognized.Read our full coverage here. Saudi Arabia in spotlight as UN-appointed independent investigator publishes full Khashoggi findings read more

first_img“For all the idiots like the one trying to ruin the Banksy there is 1000s of good people in this city who want the best for each other. Top work and I hope the council show their gratitude for this selfless act!”‎Andie Toft Cropper‎ wrote: “Earlier this evening I got so disillusioned with things that were being said about Hull – all because of the actions of some mindless idiots.“But then Jason Fanthorpe saves the day and demonstrates just what it is about Hull that will always put it head and shoulders above all other cities- in the face of adversity we join together and fight back.”Zarah Thompson added: “It’s faded now … but at least it’s been saved, rather have a faded Banksy than no Banksy at all.” Caroline Ullyart posted: “The city council really need to explain how this has happened.. it’s not impossible to have protected it … it’s jaw-dropping.”“How slow was Hull City Council here?” commented another. “Worth hundreds of thousands of pounds as an art piece … worth millions as a tourist attraction!”Sarah Rennard wrote the episode was “embarrassing for our city”.Others praised Mr Fanthorpe’s actions, Dave Kew wrote: “Thanks Jason! My faith in the people of Hull has restored. This is what being from Hull is about; pride, acts of kindness and sticking together. Hull City Council said staff would be on site this morning “applying a protective layer to the artwork to prevent further damage”.“This temporary measure will help to ensure that the public can continue to enjoy the work and prevent, where possible, further damage,” they added.The council had faced an online backlash from some local residents on the One Hull Of A City Facebook community page who accused them of failing to protect the artwork . Conservative councillor John Abbott had earlier called for the Banksy to be removed, arguing it did not compare with “real art” in the city’s Ferens Art Gallery.“I think that should be cleaned off,” he said. “It should be photographed and the photograph kept because Banksy is not without talent,” he said.The meaning of the artwork has been debated, with fans suggesting it could be a commentary on Britain’s decision to leave the EU or Hull being named the UK’s City of Culture for 2017.Banksy’s most iconic works of art -what happened to them next? A window cleaner has helped save a new mural by enigmatic street artist Banksy on a bridge in Hull after it was defaced on Sunday night.Jason Fanthorpe was getting ready for bed when he saw reports the stencilled design – of a child carrying a wooden sword with a pencil attached to the end – had been whitewashed.He headed straight to the disused Scott Street bridge with ladders and cleaning products, using water and white spirit to clean off the white paint. “I was angry, outraged,” he told The Telegraph. “Love it or hate it, there’s no need to deface it. That art was gifted to the city, it was drawing crowds in from all over.”He initially attempted to use water “tentatively on one corner” to shift the paint but found it was ineffective. “So I tried the white spirit I’d brought along. That brought it off OK, it was magic seeing the art appear from underneath,” he explains.“I just thought that I’d go to help because the paint might be still wet. There were already people there wanting to do something but I had the ladders.”The 46-year-old said he was “extremely proud” Banksy chose Hull for his latest artwork, adding: “It was great to see people talking so much about art, and flocking to see it.center_img “Our community is not represented by mindless acts of vandalism, it’s more accurately represented by the response to such acts, which in this case was overwhelmingly positive. “I hope that whoever daubed over the Banksy will realise the upset they have caused but also eventually come to appreciate art and become more productively involved in society.”The artwork – which appears alongside the text ‘draw the raised bridge!’ in white capital letters – appeared on the River Hull bridge on 25 January. 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. The “Banksy” has been defaced/erased according to the @onehullofacity facebook page. #Hull pic.twitter.com/3AMGvD8hjY— David Burns (@bbcburnsy) January 28, 2018last_img read more

first_imgEUGENE, Ore. — The U.S. Coast Guard is looking for a man and a young boy who were swept out to sea along the southern coast of Oregon.The Register-Guard reports that the names of the 31-year-old man and his 3-year-old son have not yet been released. The man is from the Eugene area.Oregon State Police say the father and son were on a beach in Curry County near Floras Lake on Sunday when a wave pulled them out to sea. The boy’s mother was also at the scene.The Coast Guard searched the area by helicopter and state troopers were on the ground looking for the victims.State police spokesman Capt. Bill Fugate says the waves were large Sunday because of an approaching storm.last_img

first_img Related Items:#girlsinict, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas May 1, 2017 At a forum in recognition of International Day of Girls in ICT on Thursday, Attorney General Allyson Gibson encouraged girls to pursue careers in ICT saying that studying ICT would leave them “never without a job.”Gibson made the remarks International Telecommunication Union forum for the internationally-recognized day. Gibson said ICT was the fastest growing sector in the world, but lamented that colleges are not producing enough graduates to meet the demand. She also pointed out to attendees that women are underrepresented in the field with only 30 per cent of ICT jobs being currently held by females.Gibson commended both the public and private sector for local ICT advancements particularly in mobile service, trade and the Registrar General’s office. She said ICT could empower young women to work in their communities. “You can pursue your dream from any Island in The Bahamas. The door to the world is open to you.”#MagnecticMediaNews#girlsinict Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Interest in archery is soaring in the Portland area, perhaps because of the popularity of the “Hunger Games” books and movie.Classes at the city’s Mount Scott Community Center are up five fold over the past two years.The owner of the Archers Afield store in Tigard, Jim Kneeland, told The Oregonian sales were up 17 percent last year and 10 percent this year so far.The founder of the Trackers Earth survival skills organization in Sellwood, Tony Deis, says he’s definitely seen a “Hunger Games” effect. The Trackers archery program expects to teach about 800 kids this summer in weekend camps.One camp will offer a version of the “Hunger Games” where kids, wearing eye protection, sneak up on each other in the woods with foam arrows.last_img

first_imgDear Fellow Residents,We encourage the Wilmington voters to support Jomarie O’Mahony for the office of Selectman. Jomarie possesses strong family values and morals. We admire particularly how she and her husband do so well in raising four great kids, being very active in their lives, coaching and volunteering, while working as attorneys. And on top of that, Jomarie dedicates her time, energy and talents to making our community better with her work in the great organization that she founded, We’re One Wilmington (WOW).In Wilmington, and regrettably, in much of society today, civil discussion, collaboration, and sometimes respectfully agreeing to disagree are in rare supply. It seems like we are at a crossroads where we can ether give up and accept that government and citizens view each other as adversaries, or resolve ourselves as a people to break that trend and get back to listening to each other and learning how to talk with each other. Jomarie exhibits that very quality, strong in her convictions and opinions, yet respectful in the manner in which she conveys them. We are confident that Jomarie will not only serve the residents of Wilmington well, but will also serve as an example to all of us of how we should treat each other.Jomarie O’Mahony has already shown herself as a leader and as someone who loves her neighbor. She is a true friend to many! Placing her on our Board of Selectmen will benefit all of us. We are excited to cast our vote for her on election day and urge all of Wilmington to do the same.Thank you,Doreen and Michael ChampouxLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shawsheen Tech School Committee’s Robert Peterson Sr. Endorses O’Mahony For SelectwomanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: O’Mahony Will Be A Leader We Can Be Proud OfIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER FOR THE EDITOR: Jomarie O’Mahony Will Be An Independent Voice Of Reason For WilmingtonIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 1:51 Tech Industry Robots Google Alphabet Inc. Boston Dynamics Handle robot is a box-stacking beast 0 Google’s robotics efforts used to be one of the most notable, if secretive, initiatives at the company. The division, called Replicant, was started in 2013 by Andy Rubin, who created the Android operating system. Under Rubin, the company snapped up several robotics startups, including Boston Dynamics, famous for its robotic creations that move in eerily realistic ways. Rubin left Google in 2014, and many of the startups, including Boston Dynamics, were sold off. Last year, The New York Times reported that Rubin had been accused of sexual assault while at Google and was paid $90 million in his departure. The news triggered a massive demonstration at Google, in which 20,000 workers walked out of Google offices around the world to protest the company.The new effort, called simply Robotics at Google, is focused on more basic robots. Google hopes to make its biggest breakthroughs with its machine-learning software. The search giant aims to teach the robots how to learn on their own and to do stuff they normally couldn’t do before. For example, a Google robotic arm could pick up specific objects and toss them into bins, or scoop up a certain amount of beans from buckets. Share your voice Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.  Stephen Shankland/CNET Google wants to bring more robots to the real world. But instead of focusing on the fanciful stuff of sci-fi lore, the tech giant is focusing on simpler automated stuff. Think robotic arms sorting through specific objects, instead of something like C-3P0. Google hasn’t said much about its robotics initiatives since the company said it was rebooting its efforts last month. But on Tuesday, Vincent Vanhoucke, the division’s new leader and a principal researcher at Google, shared some insight on what the company could be focusing on. Those areas include navigation and working on better ways for robots to interact with humans, Vanhoucke said at the Articulate conference in San Francisco. And while Google has said it’s been working a lot on developing robot arms, Vanhoucke noted that the company is also taking a look at robotic “locomotion,” or the methods robots use to transport themselves from place to place. “That’s always a crowd pleaser to have robots that could run and jump and do tricks,” he said. “It’s a very good test bed for very broad classes of algorithms.” Post a comment Tagslast_img read more

first_imgDiageo Plc, the world’s largest producer of spirits, on Monday announced opening of a new business services centre in Bengaluru. The centre, known as Diageo Business Services India (DBSI), will hire 1,000 people by the end of next year.The British company will initially build a global financing and accounting footprint, for which, it has already hired about 100 people. The centre will focus in the field of finance and accounting and plans to expand its operations in other areas such as business intelligence, analytics and data services among others.”The centre is expected to employ around 1,000 people by the end of 2017,” Diageo said in a statement.At present, DBSI is temporarily operating from an incubation centre at Karle Town Special Economic Zone in Bengaluru, before moving to a permanent facility in the same area before the end of this year. The company also said that the centre began its operations from Monday.”At Diageo, culture, diversity and inclusion are integral to our ways of working. We believe that our organisation should fully reflect the communities we work in and serve. This is particularly important in Bangalore, where we are creating so many opportunities for great talent and aiming for an equal balance of female and male employees,” Tracey Barnes, DBSI Managing Director said in the statement.Diageo is a British multinational alcoholic beverage maker company based in London. The company is the world’s largest producer of spirits and a major producer of beer. Diageo also owns the Indian liquor firm United Spirits Limited (USL), whose previous chairman was embattled businessman Vijay Mallya.last_img read more

first_imgHealth-Minister_NasimtHealth minister Mohammed Nasim on Thursday told parliament that the government is formulating guidelines regarding receiving treatment abroad by Bangladeshi patients, reports UNB.He came up with the disclosure while responding to a starred question from Enamur Rahaman, MP (Dhaka-19).The minister said some patients of the country go abroad every year mainly for four reasons — due to their economic solvency, love for treatment abroad, health tourism and in some cases for lack of suitable treatment facilities in the country.To check such tendency of people, he said, the government has equipped the country’s all medical college hospitals, specialised hospitals and general hospitals with modern machinery and technology to ensure better treatment.Besides, Nasim said, there are some modern private hospitals which are providing treatment maintaining international standards where patients from other countries are receiving treatment.Under the circumstances, he said, “The work on formulating guidelines for Bangladeshi patients regarding receiving treatment abroad is underway.”The minister, however, could not present the statistics about how many people go aboard from Bangladesh for treatment and their expenditure.last_img read more

first_imgWhile Microsoft’s Xbox marketing team is busy promoting Destiny Fragrance, the retail arm is trying to figure out how to get more Xbox One consoles flying off the shelves. We’ve said that games are the key, but we meant brand new games and new IP. For now, Microsoft has decided existing games for free is the best they can do.An announcement has been made on Xbox Wire that between September 7-13 any Xbox One console purchase will come with a choice of free game. The offers looks like it covers any and all disc-based games out there as long as it they aren’t priced above $59.99. Those title highlighted in the advertising include:Call of Duty: GhostsDiablo III: Ultimate Evil EditionMadden NFL 15Plants vs. Zombies: Garden WarfareTitanfallWatch DogsThe announcement also mentions Destiny as being eligible, though, which will be a popular choice for anyone taking advantage of this offer.It also looks as though you can double up on the included games by selecting an Xbox One that already comes with a game bundled. So, for example, you could pick up an Xbox One NFL 15 or Call of Duty console and also select another game for free.While it’s not an offer that will tempt gamers already set on purchasing a PS4, it will certainly convince a few who are sitting on the fence or who were waiting for another price drop. If you’re lucky, the retailer you visit may also have lowered the price of the console, too.last_img read more

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