Freezing Rain warning issued for Alberta Peace

first_imgUPDATE – The freezing rain warning has ended.GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB. – Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for parts of the Alberta Peace.The warning covers Beaverlodge, Hythe, Demmitt, Sexsmith, La Glace, Grande Prairie and Wembley. An area of rain will move through the Grande Prairie and Grande Cache region this morning. Temperatures are near or slightly below zero giving local freezing rain. Freezing rain will end this morning.For updates on highway conditions in Alberta, visit 511.alberta.caIssued at 2019-04-06 12:26 UTC by Environment Canada:Freezing rain warning issued for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and Demmitt, Alta. (077111)Co. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La Glace, Alta. (077112)Co. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and Wembley, Alta. (077113)Current details:Freezing rain is expected or occurring.An area of rain will move through the Grande Prairie and Grande Cache region this morning. Temperatures are near or slightly below zero giving local freezing rain. Freezing rain will end this morning.Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #ABStorm.More details on the alert are available here.last_img read more

Large power outage in Fort Nelson

first_imgCrews are headed to the outage, but there is no estimate on when power will be restored.  The cause remains under investigation.For updates on the outage, visit UPDATE – Power has been restored.FORT NELSON, B.C. – A large power outage is affecting most of Fort Nelson.According to B.C. Hydro, the outage is affecting 2,313 customers in the community and started at about 3:43 p.m.  The interruption covers most of the community, including the airport and industrial area as you enter the community.last_img

A look at the winners and losers across Canada as the loonie

Two women chat while waiting for their turn at shuffleboard on the courts in Pass-A-Grille Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 in St.Petersburgh, Fla. The loonie fell below the 70-cent U.S. mark Tuesday for the first time in 13 years. In its wake, the rapidly dropping dollar is leaving a roster of winners and losers in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/The Tampa Bay Times, Lara Cerri TAMPA OUT; CITRUS COUNTY OUT; PORT CHARLOTTE OUT; BROOKSVILLE HERNANDO TODAY OUT by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 12, 2016 11:11 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The loonie fell below the 70-cent U.S. mark Tuesday for the first time in 13 years. In its wake, the rapidly dropping dollar is leaving a roster of winners and losers in Canada. Here’s a look at who is benefiting — and who is hurting:Winner: The film industry. Hollywood North, whether it be Vancouver, Toronto, or some of the up-and-coming markets like Calgary, is booming. Peter Leitch, president of North Shore Studios and chairman of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of B.C., says American studios are increasingly heading to Canada to take advantage of the low dollar.“That does make Canada one of the top choices of places to come to,” said Leitch. “A few years ago when it was at par, it was quite a challenge to attract business.”He said the boost to the film industry is helping fill some of the gaps from the resource sector.“It’s a great alternative when other parts of the economy are struggling. I mean, we’re hiring people from the oil and gas industry to help rig some of our sets.”Loser: Snowbirds. Canadians planning their winter escape to the southern U.S. will be feeling the pinch as their money won’t stretch as far.Evan Rachkovsky, director of research and communications at the Canadian Snowbird Association, says so far members don’t seem to be cutting down on the duration of their visits to the U.S., but they will likely be spending less on everything from meals to rounds of golf.“What I would say is happening is a reduction in discretionary spending,” said Rachkovsky.Winner: The cattle industry. Canada exported about $1.5 billion in beef products to the U.S. last year. Brian Perillat, senior analyst at cattle market research outfit Canfax, says the high U.S. dollar has helped keep Canadian beef prices up even as the U.S. market has started to retreat.“As the (Canadian) dollar goes down, it certainly helps our prices relative to the U.S.,” said Perillat.“Basically every time the loonie drops a cent, on average our calf prices go up about five cents a pound, holding all other things consistent.”Loser: Pro sports teams. If you think buying a pair of shoes in the U.S. hurts, try signing a multimillion-dollar contract with an NHL, NBA or Major League Baseball star.When the dollar was last in a slump and hitting sports teams in the late 1990s, Ronald Corey, then the president of the Montreal Canadiens, offered the following to a parliamentary subcommittee: “It costs us $300,000 extra whenever the Canadian dollar loses one cent.”Winner: Tourism. Canada’s tourist hotspots are getting a boost from Americans heading north of the border as well as Canadians opting to take so-called staycations.“We’ve got a lot of drive traffic coming across the border,” said Sarah Morden, a spokeswoman for B.C. ski resort Whistler Blackcomb. “It’s just kind of a no-brainer really. We’re not that far from Washington state and we’ve got great snow and a low Canadian dollar.”The Conference Board of Canada says overnight travel from the U.S. increased about seven per cent last year and is expected to rise another 3.3 per cent this year.Loser: Consumers. Be prepared to pay more for anything imported, including food. The University of Guelph’s Food Institute estimates the average Canadian household spent an additional $325 on food in 2015 and is expected see an additional increase of about $345 this year because of the low dollar.Winner: The mining sector. Vancouver mining company Teck Resources credits the low Canadian dollar for helping the company weather the downturn in commodity prices, with the company able to sell its copper and coal at U.S. prices while pay operating costs in Canadian. A look at the winners and losers across Canada as the loonie continues nosedive read more

London conference on UN peacekeeping sharpens focus on planning pledges and performance

Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support. UN Photo/Mark Garten Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. UN Photo/Manuel Elias “We have to make sure we also prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead and are able to respond rapidly with the right set of capabilities, leadership and support, wherever we are mandated to go,” he added. We have to make sure we also prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead and are able to respond rapidlyMr. Ladsous highlighted the progress made on registering and deploying the pledged capabilities, noting it was more than many had expected. “This rapid pace of follow up and implementation shows how sincere both your and our commitment is, and how determined we all are to turn pledges into better capabilities and real impact on the ground,” he said, stressing the need for a multi-year effort to sustain this level of commitment and determination over time. The peacekeeping chief also emphasized the need to draw on political momentum and global partnership. “The high level meetings and your pledges have been crucial in galvanizing and sustaining member state support and driving our reform efforts,” he said. “Only the UN can draw on such a wide range of countries and capabilities, and the legitimacy and strength of UN peacekeeping is greatly enhanced by the truly global partnership all of you represent.” Mr. Ladsous pointed out that “we are still falling short, unfortunately by a large margin” in increasing the number of women in military and police components, welcoming the communique’s call for national action plans aimed at increasing the number of women in national armed forces and police institutions. The spread of violent extremism, enduring local or regional conflicts and the growing impatience of populations for change, fuelled by technological advances, places ever greater pressure on governments and the international system, he said. Yet, he noted, peacekeeping operations that are UN-led or logistically supported by the UN can help to preserve, restore and foster international peace and stability. “They are part of a broader range of solutions that must be considered, employed and strengthened wherever appropriate,” he said, adding that the meeting had only strengthened these beliefs, he added. According to the UN Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support, head by Mr. Ladsous and Mr. Khare respectively, the UN leads or supports 36 peace operations on four continents in thirty countries, of which 17 are pure peacekeeping missions. Of the UN Secretariat’s $12 billion budget, peace operations account for over 75 per cent, and of $3 billion in annual UN procurement spending, 85 per cent is for such operations. “We understand that the success of the UN and the success of peacekeeping is intertwined,” Mr. Khare said. He asked the representatives of Member States to go back to their capitals and help the UN design cost-efficient budgets, provide quick funding, and invest in triangular partnerships with other nations. He also asked them to work with the two UN departments on registering more units with the Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System. “International and regional peacekeeping operations that are UN-led or supported must be able to act rapidly, effectively, efficiently and responsibly,” he said. On the performance of UN peacekeepers, he said this was a collective responsibility of all, and when individual peacekeepers or units fail to perform their most fundamental duties, there must be consequences. “I cannot overemphasize the importance of effective pre-deployment training in this context, including on the protection of civilians and the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse,” he said. The UN official said the UN needs better intelligence capacity to protect civilians and its own personnel, adding that the first-ever policy on intelligence in UN peacekeeping will be presented to all Member States later this year. He also underlined the importance of partnerships and collective responsibility, citing new and innovative partnerships, such as the rotation system for C-130 transport aircraft in Mali established by a group of five European countries and spearheaded by Norway. The rotation system will deliver a predictable supply of this asset for years to come, he added, while also noting that the possibility of creating the same type of shared arrangement for helicopters was to be discussed on the sidelines of the gathering in London. Concerns over ability to respond to conflictsAddressing the closing session of today’s meeting, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Atul Khare, said that “there is justified concern that changes in the types of conflicts we are seeing may be outpacing our ability respond to them.” In the outcome document, which centred on the so-called “three Ps” of peacekeeping – planning, pledges and performance, the governments that signed on to the communique declared that they “must always strive to ensure that peacekeeping is as effective as possible, and evolves to meet today’s challenges, and the challenges of tomorrow.” “Modern peacekeeping demands improved political and military planning throughout the mission lifecycle, with clear and sequenced mandates. It needs Members States to pledge well trained and equipped personnel that give missions the capability to deliver those mandates. And it needs high levels of performance from civilian and uniformed peacekeepers, underpinned by effective and accountable leadership,” the communique stated. The outcome document was adopted at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial, which was hosted by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence in London and brought together defence ministers from 80 countries – those collectively responsible for the resources promised for UN peace operations. The conference is a follow-up to the Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping hosted last September by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States President Barack Obama on the margins of the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York. Some highlights of the outcome document are:“We welcome the commitments of Member States at the London Ministerial to make their military and police units available for rapid deployment, and encourage others to come forward with similar units that are deployable within 30, 60 or 90 days.” “We urge the Secretary General to prioritise the appointment of more women in senior UN leadership positions and to double the numbers of women in military and police contingents of UN peacekeeping operations by 2020.” “We urge the [UN] Secretariat to consider a range of methods to adequately encourage troop- and police-contributing countries to maintain rapidly deployable stand-by units. We urge all troop- and police-contributing countries to streamline their deployment processes and call on the Secretariat to facilitate the process of pledges moving to higher states of readiness.” “We call upon the Secretary-General to ensure that mission planning and assessment fully integrates the military, police and civilian parts of the mission, and takes into account other partners including the host government and regional actors, to accomplish the mandated tasks, and that mission planning and assessment considers from the outset how missions will complement the work of existing UN staff in-country.” “All UN personnel deployed in UN peacekeeping operations must be committed to the highest standards of conduct. We underscore our commitment and support to the Secretary-General’s zero tolerance policy on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and commend and support the comprehensive initiatives in his enhanced programme of action to protect against sexual exploitation and abuse as set out in the report to the General Assembly A/69/779 and A/70/729 of February 2015 and 2016 and we are committed to taking serious and concerted action to combat SEA.” Progress on deploying pledged resources “None of us know when and where the next peacekeeping mission might be deployed. But it is probably quite safe to assume that it will not be a calm and easy deployment,” the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, said at the opening of the gathering today. The Chinese Battalion of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on a daily patrol of the area. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine read more

Wrestling Joey McKenna sidelined daytoday with undisclosed injury

Ohio State No. 2 senior Joey McKenna celebrates after defeating Michigan’s No.5 Kanen Storr by tech fall, 18-3, in the 141-pound bout. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternAfter suffering its first loss of the season, the Ohio State wrestling team might be without one of its senior leaders.Ohio State announced that senior Joey McKenna, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. “The medical staff said it wouldn’t be in his best interest to wrestle this weekend,” Ohio State assistant coach Tervel Dlagnev said.Dlagnev noted McKenna will face Cornell sophomore Yianni Diakomihalis, the No. 1 wrestler at 141 pounds, on Feb. 22 and did not give any timeline for his status moving forward.This season, McKenna is undefeated with a 14-0 record. He owns a career record of 93-8.According to the depth chart, Ohio State redshirt sophomore Clay Ragon would be next in line if McKenna is unable to go this weekend. Ragon is 6-6 on the season with two wins by technical fall under his belt. Ohio State will face Illinois on Friday in Champaign, Illinois and Northwestern on Sunday in Evanston, Illinois. read more

Young Offenders star Chris Walley wins Olivier award

first_img Apr 8th 2019, 8:39 AM G’wan the Walley!!!— Alex Murphy (@Alexmurphy_97) April 7, 2019 Chris Walley with the Best Actor In a Supporting Role, for the The Lieutenant Of Inishmore at the Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Image: Ian West/PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 8 Apr 2019, 8:39 AM Short URL Share68 Tweet Email 24,875 Views center_img Source: Alex Murphy/Twitter Image: Ian West/PA Wire/PA Images Young Offenders star Chris Walley wins Olivier award The Cork native scooped the award for his role in Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore. 9 Comments Chris Walley with the Best Actor In a Supporting Role, for the The Lieutenant Of Inishmore at the Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. CHRIS WALLEY, STAR of The Young Offenders, has won the best supporting actor gong at this year’s Olivier awards. The 24-year-old Cork native scooped the award for his role in Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore, which ran in London’s West End last year. Walley is best known for his role as Jock O’Keefe in the RTÉ comedy series The Young Offenders, alongside Alex Murphy. Walley won the Olivier award for best actor in a supporting role – regarded as the Tony awards of British theatre – for his portrayal of Davey in the revival of Martin McDonagh’s Lieutenant of Inishmore, alongside Poldark’s Aidan Turner.McDonagh’s black comedy, set in Galway as the Northern Ireland peace process gets underway, follows Padraic whose methods prove too extreme and violent for the splinter group of the IRA he is part of. Walley’s Young Offenders co-star, Alex Murphy, tweeted “G’wan Walley” in support of his friend’s big win last night.   By Adam Dalylast_img read more

Apple Sneaks out Support App in the App Store

first_img iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Stay on target Apple has always offered support for devices in its many retail locations, which is one of the ways it got the iPhone into so many hands early on. Now, it’s maybe looking for a slightly more hands-off approach. The company has quietly released a support app in the App Store on election day. So hey, maybe you can try to solve the problem yourself before you bother a genius in real life?The app includes help articles and tips for your device, I assume in hopes that people won’t come into an Apple Store every time something goes wrong. It’s not only for your iDevice, either. All Apple hardware registered on your account is accessible and eligible for support.The help articles are just the first step. The app also has a live chat feature, allowing you to get 1-on-1 help from an Apple rep. That’s probably good enough to figure out many software issues, and it’s still cheaper for Apple than in-store support. If the chat option fails, there’s the option to schedule a phone call with a support rep. And yes, if you don’t want to use the app’s built-in support services, you can schedule an appointment in the nearest Apple Store. The app is thus far only available in English, but it’s popped up in a few App Store catalogs around the world.I’d be on the lookout for this app to be a pre-load in a future version of iOS. Hopefully, you’ll have the option of removing it, though.last_img read more

Fiscal Balance Remains Strong

Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, May 5 (JIS): The country’s fiscal balance remains in good standing, with the deficit at $7.8 billion at the end of the 2014/15 financial year in March.The figure is $3.6 billion better than the target of $11.4 billion, and can be credited to the lower interest payments on Government of Jamaica (GOJ) bonds, and cuts in expenditure for the period. “What this means is that the Government has to borrow less in order to meet all its expenditures including the payment of interest, and so that is good, because it reduces (the) debt build-up,” said Co-Chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), Richard Byles.He was speaking at EPOC’s monthly press briefing in Kingston on Tuesday (May 5), where an assessment of the country’s economic performance as at the end of March was provided.Mr. Byles also informed that the country “comfortably” met the Net International Reserves (NIR) target, which stands at US$2.3 billion, which is almost double the target of US$1.4 billion. “So, we passed that target very comfortably I would say,” he noted.Meanwhile, the Government collected 98 per cent of its budgeted tax revenue for March. The EPOC Co-Chair said a total of $52.2 billion of the targeted $53.3 billion in taxes was collected.The shortfall in tax revenues was a result of underperformance from company taxes and General Consumption Tax (GCT) on local purchases. Mr. Byles told journalists non-compliance remains a serious issue in the collection of taxes. “Non-compliance continues to be a challenge for us, and we probably have not met the target we set because of compliance,” he noted.“We have to get tougher in respect of tax compliance. We can’t be going down to the wire, every quarter and just barely meeting the tax targets or missing the tax targets and having to recover by cutting on the expenditure side; it can’t continue,” he noted further. Recommended for you Related Items:Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), fiscal balance, richard byles, strong Epoc Expects Positive Review From Imf Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp EBOLA SCANNING MACHINE FOR SANGSTER AIRPORT read more

JAMAICA Bauxite on growth path says Minister Henry

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 15, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, says Jamaica’s bauxite and alumina industry is on a growth path, driven by the reopening of the Alpart plant in Nain, St. Elizabeth, by Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO) Limited.The company has proposed to invest some US$3 billion over a three-year period in the upgrading of the 1.65-million-tonnes-per-annum plant, which opened in June.This will expand production capacity to two million tonnes per annum by the end of 2020, the Minister said.   He was addressing a press conference held at the Ministry’s Maxfield Avenue offices in Kingston on Tuesday (November 14) to provide an update on projects under his portfolio.Other aspects of the investment by JISCO include construction of a new US$500 million, 230-megawatt (MW) liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant and a new aluminium foil/stainless steel plant; a new sheet plant; a new welding rod plant with other aluminium hydrate products.The project also includes redevelopment and expansion of Port Kaiser to accommodate mega ships, housing and support infrastructure for workers/investors as part of the special economic zones, and a greenhouse agricultural demonstration project to begin at the end of the second quarter of 2018.Meanwhile, the Mining Minister informed that in another few weeks, ground will be broken for the construction of a new 120MW LNG power plant at the Jamalco refinery in Clarendon.“This will improve efficiency, reduce operating costs and increase (the plant’s) profitability,” he said.He argued that the growth and development expected to come from the proposed investments in the alumina industry offer a unique opportunity to radically transform the economy of the south central section of the island and increase growth throughout the wider economy.“The forthcoming investments in the wider minerals sector, including metallic mineral exploration and the industrial minerals industry, will generate some 2,300 new direct and full-time jobs after the construction phase.   Additionally, over 22,000 new indirect jobs are to be created by the sector over the next three years. I am excited to see these come to fruition,” he said.Between 2014 and 2016, the mining and quarrying sector accounted for 50 per cent of the country’s domestic export earnings with the bauxite and alumina sub-sector responsible for 97 per cent of this amount.This averaged approximately US$663 million for that period. Only tourism generated more foreign earnings than this sector. Related Items:last_img read more

A Request From The Pope Lift Up Your Hearts Put Down Your

first_imgVincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty ImagesIn his weekly audience, Pope Francis called for followers to put down their cellphones during Mass, and be more engaged in the Eucharist. The pontiff is pictured here arriving in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square last year.Pope Francis has a request for his followers: Put away your phones during Mass.At a certain point in every service, Francis noted, “the priest says, ‘Lift up your hearts.’ He doesn’t tell us to lift up our cell phones to take pictures.”The remarks were part of his weekly teachings and readings to a crowd of some 13,000 people on Wednesday at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.The subject is a personal one for Francis.“It is a very ugly thing,” he went on in Italian, according to a translation by Catholic News Service. “It pains me greatly, when I celebrate Mass here in the square or in the basilica to see so many cellphones raised.”And it’s not just the laity that do this, the pontiff said, “but some priests and even some bishops. Come on!”“The Mass is not a spectacle,” Francis continued. “It is going to the passion and resurrection of the Lord.”Some in the crowd applauded his message. Others presumably had their hands occupied by their cellphones.Francis has discussed the effects of technology before.In his “Amoris Laetitia” last year, Francis shared his advice on relationships, including his opinion that phones and other media “cannot replace the need for more personal and direct dialogue, which requires physical presence or at least hearing the voice of the other person. We know that sometimes they can keep people apart rather than together, as when at dinnertime everyone is surfing on a mobile phone, or when one spouse falls asleep waiting for the other who spends hours playing with an electronic device.”His comments were part of a new series in which Francis reflects on the Eucharist.He noted that many Catholics think of Mass as boring.“Is the Lord boring?” Francis said, according to Vatican Radio. “No, no, it’s the priest. It’s the priests? Then the priests must convert!”In other news, the pontiff decreed that beginning next year, the Vatican will no longer sell cigarettes.“The reason is very simple: the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people,” Vatican press office Director Greg Burke explained in a statement. “Although the cigarettes sold to employees and pensioners in the Vatican at a reduced price are a source of revenue for the Holy See, no profit can be legitimate if it puts lives at risk.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers Rights

first_imgMark Wilson/Getty ImagesPeople wait in line to enter the U.S. Supreme Court last month. The court sided with businesses on not allowing class-action lawsuits for federal labor violations.In a case involving the rights of tens of millions of private-sector employees, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, delivered a major blow to workers, ruling for the first time that workers may not band together to challenge violations of federal labor laws.Writing for the majority, Justice Neil Gorsuch said that the 1925 Federal Arbitration Act trumps the National Labor Relations Act and that employees who sign employment agreements to arbitrate claims must do so on an individual basis — and may not band together to enforce claims of wage and hour violations.“The policy may be debatable but the law is clear: Congress has instructed that arbitration agreements like those before us must be enforced as written,” Gorsuch writes. “While Congress is of course always free to amend this judgment, we see nothing suggesting it did so in the NLRA — much less that it manifested a clear intention to displace the Arbitration Act. Because we can easily read Congress’s statutes to work in harmony, that is where our duty lies.”Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the four dissenters, called the majority opinion “egregiously wrong.” She said the 1925 arbitration law came well before federal labor laws and should not cover these arm-twisted, “take-it-or-leave it” provisions that employers are now insisting on.The inevitable result, she warned, is that there will be huge underenforcement of federal and state statutes designed to advance the well-being of workers.“[T]he edict that employees with wage and hours claims may seek relief only one-by-one does not come from Congress,” Ginsburg writes. “It is the result of take-it-or-leave-it labor contracts harking back to the type called ‘yellow dog,’ and of the readiness of this Court to enforce those unbargained-for agreements. The FAA demands no such suppression of the right of workers to take concerted action for their ‘mutual aid or protection.’”She urged Congress to correct the court’s elevation of the arbitration act over workers’ rights.Notably, Ginsburg’s dissent is five pages longer than the majority’s opinion. And Gorsuch spends time in his opinion to respond point by point to the minority’s arguments.The ruling came in three cases — potentially involving tens of thousands of nonunion employees — brought against Ernst & Young LLP, Epic Systems Corp. and Murphy Oil USA Inc.Each required its individual employees, as a condition of employment, to waive their rights to join a class-action suit. In all three cases, employees tried to sue together, maintaining that the amounts they could obtain in individual lawsuits were dwarfed by the legal fees they would have to pay as individuals to bring their cases under the private arbitration procedures required by the company.The employees contended that their right to collective action is guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act. The employers countered that they are entitled to ban collective legal action under the Federal Arbitration Act, which was enacted in 1925 to reverse the judicial hostility to arbitration at the time.A study by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute shows that 56 percent of nonunion private-sector employees are currently subject to mandatory individual arbitration procedures under the 1925 Federal Arbitration Act, which allows employers to bar collective legal actions by employees.The court’s decision means that tens of millions of private nonunion employees will be barred from suing collectively over the terms of their employment.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Houston Cyclist Turns Misfortune Into Good At Tour De France

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Lawson Craddock crashed in the first stage of the Tour de France, leaving him with a bad cut above his eye and a fractured shoulder blade.He is now dead last, but instead of giving up, the Houston native announced that for each stage he completes, he will donate $100 to go toward the Alkek Velodrome in west Houston, where he used to train. The facility was damaged during Harvey.He also set up a GoFundMe page to raise matching donations and so far, people have given more than $105,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.Craddock’s former youth cycling coach at the Velodrome, Carl Jones, said the money will be put to good use.“The thing that we lost mostly was our storage, our storage containers were in about four or five feet of water for about three or four days,” he said. “We lost a lot of bicycles, we lost a lot of other equipment, support equipment that helps us run races and take care of the track.”The Tour de France has 21 stages with a total of 2,082 miles. It ends on July 29 in Paris. Listen Xcenter_img GoFundMeHouston native Lawson Craddock suffered cuts above his eye and a fractured shoulder blade after crashing in the first stage of the Tour de France. 00:00 /00:48 Sharelast_img read more

Geek deals Dell Optiplex 3020 Micro dualcore desktop PC for 389

first_imgNeed more space on your desk? Does your old work PC sound like a jet taking off? If so, it’s time to upgrade to something more modern, and the Optiplex 3020 Micro desktop from Dell is just what you’re looking for. It’s tiny, efficient, and surprisingly affordable with today’s coupon in play.Dell Optiplex 3020 Micro dual-core desktop PC for $389 (Starting price: $698.57 — Coupon code: DELL$100) Inside, this model sports a fourth generation dual-core 3.1GHz Intel Core i3-4160T CPU, integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4GB of DDR3 RAM (1600Hz), and a 500GB 7200RPM hard drive. It doesn’t offer any built-in Bluetooth or WiFi support, but it has an ethernet port, two USB 3.0 ports, and six USB 2.0 ports. If you need additional storage or wireless communication, adding those externally won’t be particularly expensive or difficult. And since it comes with both a VGA port and a DisplayPort, you’ll be able to attach it to a wide range of displays.Because this PC is so small, you’ll have plenty of options for mounting it. Over on the Dell store, you can find a variety of stands, enclosures, and mounts to fit nearly any situation.Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) comes installed by default, but a license for Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) comes along for free. Of course, it’s completely up to you which OS you prefer to use. If you need legacy support, you can stick with Windows 7. And whenever you’re ready for Windows 10, the upgrade process is a snap.Normally, it retails for $698.57, but Dell is selling it directly for $489. Use coupon code “DELL$100” in your cart, and you’ll save an additional 100 bucks off your order — a total discount of 44%. And when you sign up for Dell’s Advantage Rewards program, you’ll get two-day shipping at no additional cost.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Successful Ecommerce Brands

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Whether you run a brick-and-mortar business or are thinking of starting a digital-based company, there is much to learn from the success of large ecommerce firms around the world. No matter what the industry, online businesses have shaken up the way people buy and sell, communicate, share and learn in all corners of the globe.Related: 4 Fundamental Strategies for Launching a Successful Ecommerce StartupWhile there is no one single way to guarantee success, ecommerce companies provide a raft of insights into new ways of starting, operating and growing businesses that are built to last. Here are three:1. Turn constraints into innovation.Successful ecommerce companies worldwide know how to turn constraints into innovative ideas. In fact, getting creative in order to solve a problem is often the identifying factor that leads to success, as it opens up whole new markets or completely new ways of doing things.Companies like BuildDirect thrive because they’ve discovered ways to ship large and heavy items in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Netflix, too, disrupted the entertainment industry by swapping out physical products (DVDs and VHS cassettes) in favor of digital ones.For entrepreneurs, there are many benefits to addressing constraints creatively. Before you give up, when you’re faced with your next big business obstacle, spend some time instead looking at the problem in different ways to find an innovative solution ripe for the picking.2. Utilize dataSuccessful ecommerce businesses also spend plenty of time gathering, tracking and utilizing data to come up with new product ideas or service offerings. For instance, food subscription service NatureBox leverages big data to power its snack-recommendation engine to deliver customers products they will truly enjoy.Companies that collect customer information more easily identify effective ways to attract new customers, convince more shoppers to buy or entice clients to repurchase. No matter what type of business you run, it’s important to focus on metrics. The common saying “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it” is certainly true, and in this digital age is a key element to running a successful business long-term.There are a number of different indicators to keep a watch on. These include: average daily, monthly and yearly sales, cost per acquisition for each new customer, website and landing-page conversion rates, average order value, customer lifetime value, repeat purchase rate and average number of visits before a purchase is made.You can use all of this information to operate your business more effectively. For example, if you know your conversion rate is low, you can test out multiple strategies to increase it. Alternatively, if your cost of customer acquisition is prohibitively high, you can focus on lower-priced marketing techniques.Keep testing and measuring every element in your business over time and you will be able to radically improve your bottom line.Related: The 4 Elements of a Winning Ecommerce Ad Strategy3. Seek feedback.Another thing popular ecommerce brands do really well is seek feedback from their customers. This is a crucial business practice that all firms should employ, yet many either don’t, or fail to do it well. So, connect with clients on a regular basis to find out what is working well in your business, and where things could be improved. The best time to ask them is immediately after they complete a purchase.Customers who have already spent money with you are more likely to give their opinion because they are invested in helping your company succeed. In fact, many buyers actually love the idea of having a say in co-creating products or services with brands they admire.To gather customer feedback, send out email questionnaires, conduct quick surveys on your website, host polls on social media, call customers, send letters and so on. Questions might include:What is one specific thing we could be doing better?Was there anything in particular — positive or negative — that stood out from your experience shopping with us?What was it that ultimately made you decide to buy from us?What is the number one thing we should never stop doing?Would you recommend us to your friends and family members? If so, why? If not, why not?No matter what type of business or industry you are in, there are plenty of strategies you can emulate from ecommerce concerns in order to improve your own company’s operations and offerings.If you get stuck for ideas at any stage, seek inspiration from some of the biggest ecommerce brands around. Related: The 7 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Launching an Ecommerce Startup Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now January 22, 2016last_img read more

OpenSSL 30 will have significant changes in architecture will include FIPS module

first_imgOn 13th February, the OpenSSL team released a blog post outlining the changes that users can expect in the OpenSSL 3.0 architecture and plans for including a new FIPS module. Architecture changes in OpenSSL 3.0 ‘Providers’ will be introduced in this release which will be a possible replacement for the existing ENGINE interface to enable more flexibility for implementers. There will be three types of Providers: the “default” Provider will implement all of the most commonly used algorithms available in OpenSSL. The “legacy” Provider will implement legacy cryptographic algorithms and the “FIPS” Provider will implement FIPS validated algorithms. Existing engines will have to be recompiled to work normally and will be made available via both the old ENGINE APIs as well as a Provider compatibility layer. The architecture will include Core Services that will form the building blocks usable by applications and providers. Providers in the new architecture will implement cryptographic algorithms and supporting services. It will have implementations of one or more of the following: The cryptographic primitives (encrypt/decrypt/sign/hash etc)  for an algorithm Serialisation for an algorithm Store loader back ends A Provider may be entirely self-contained or it may use services provided by different providers or the Core Services. Protocol implementations, for instance TLS, DTLS. New EVP APIs will be provided in order to find the implementation of an algorithm in the   Core to be used for any given EVP call.  Implementation agnostic way will be used to pass information between the core library and the providers.  Legacy APIs that do not go via the EVP layer will be deprecated. The OpenSSL FIPS Cryptographic Module will be self-contained and implemented as a dynamically loaded provider. Other interfaces may also be transitioned to use the Core over time  A majority of existing well-behaved applications will just need to be recompiled. No deprecated APIs will be removed in this release You can head over to the draft documentation to know more about the features in the upgraded architecture. FIPS module in OpenSSL 3.0 The updated architecture incorporates the FIPS module into main line OpenSSL. The module is dynamically loadable and will no longer be a separate download and support periods will also be aligned. He module is a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic module that contains FIPS validated/approved cryptographic algorithms only. The FIPS module version number will be aligned with the main OpenSSL version number. New APIs will give applications greater flexibility in the selection of algorithm implementations. The FIPS Provider will implement a set of services that are FIPS validated and made available to the Core. This includes: POST: Power On Self Test KAT: Known Answer Tests Integrity Check Low Level Implementations Conceptual Component View of OpenSSL 3.0 Read the draft documentation to know more about the FIPS module in the upgraded architecture. Read Next Baidu Security Lab’s MesaLink, a cryptographic memory safe library alternative to OpenSSLOpenSSL 1.1.1 released with support for TLS 1.3, improved side channel securityTransformer-XL: A Google architecture with 80% longer dependency than RNNslast_img read more

Club Med is rewarding all travel agents who help t

first_imgClub Med is rewarding all travel agents who help their clients to enjoy some well-deserved island therapy, in the Maldives or Mauritius, with 20% commission on bookings; the highest commission ever released by Club Med.Agents who book a premium all-inclusive holiday in the Maldives (Club Med Kani, Club Med Finolhu Villas) or Mauritius (Club Med La Plantation d’Albion or Club Med Albion Villas) before 11 May 2018, for travel between now and 30 April 2019, will earn 20% commission. The limited offer is also available for group bookings made by 31s May 2018. Club Med has also put together a client facing campaign, complete with sales tools, to assist with bookings. agentsClub Medcommissionlast_img

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Drew Stanton, Cardinals quarterback Prior to agreeing to stay in Arizona, the 31-year-old stated in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio that he was looking for shot to start somewhere. Ultimately, Stanton decided the desert is where he belonged.“I think, selfishly, this is the best place for me,” Stanton said. “Getting the chance to be with Bruce Arians for four years now, learning this offense and being entrenched in it, I love what it can provide for myself selfishly, but also the weapons we have here are exciting. It’s always talked about as far as the backup quarterback is concerned, you’re an insurance policy until they need you. I think getting that opportunity when it presents itself, we have so many weapons here and hopefully I can find other ways to help this team win like I’ve done in the past.”Stanton has gone 5-3 in eight starts with the Cardinals. After seeing former Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler get a four-year, $72 million deal from the Houston Texans with only seven career starts, Stanton believed he’d find a starting opportunity, but it never came to fruition.“The opportunity didn’t present itself this time, but it’s not going to deter me from trying to accomplish that goal,” Stanton said. “I think that is ultimately what I’m working toward, is being able to lead a franchise, be the undoubted starter for a team for an entire season.” Stanton explained there were teams interested in his services, but staying with the Cardinals proved to be too good to pass up.“There were definitely some opportunities to go to different places,” Stanton said. “It’s a fluid thing in free agency, especially in the backup market. When teams are trying to hit home runs, we had some teams that were definitely interested, but they made a big splash in free agency and ran out of cash. Then there were other teams that jumped into play that I didn’t even know were going to be interested. I think when it came down to it, there were a hand full of teams, but it was going to be tough to beat this kind of situation and everything that we have going here in Arizona.”Heading into 2016, the situation in Arizona will hopefully end with a trip to Houston in February. While Stanton’s end goal is to lead a franchise, being Carson Palmer’s insurance policy works fine for him.“None of us want to see Carson get hurt, I think there’s a misconception about the backup. I have a great relationship with Carson, I want to see him go out, win the MVP and win a Super Bowl this year. If I need to step in, I have the utmost confidence that I can do it and I think I’ve proved to everybody in that locker room and in this city that I’m capable of doing that as well.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Two more years of dancing Drew Stanton.The Arizona Cardinals addressed one of their biggest offseason needs, re-signing the backup quarterback to a new two-year contract Tuesday.center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact So thrilled to be back in AZ for two more years! It’s an honor to play for this amazing organization and city! #GoCards— Drew Stanton (@drewstanton) March 9, 2016“I’m thrilled,” Stanton told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday morning. “I’m excited to stay here. As everybody can see what we’re building here is something special, and I wanted to be a part of it.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img read more

Marty Hackel Fashion Director of golf digest fea

first_imgMarty Hackel, Fashion Director of golf digest, featured the Ernst Benz Mario Batali Limited Edition 47mm Chronograph during a segment on the Golf Channel’s coverage of the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf CourseThe Ernst Benz Mario Batali Limited Edition series is available in three sizes, with 250 numbered pieces in each size. A portion of the proceeds from sales of each watch benefits Food Bank For New York City.last_img

R Kelly case spotlights abuse of girls in the era

first_imgR. Kelly case spotlights abuse of girls in the era of #MeToo NEW YORK — The arrest of singer R. Kelly on charges of sexually abusing girls as young as 13 has focused the lens of the #MeToo movement on young victims.Studies show that 7 in 10 girls are sexually harassed by age 18, and 1 in 4 are sexually abused. Experts believe the rates are higher for girls of colour.The national non-profit Girls Inc. has launched a #GirlsToo campaign to ensure that young survivors are included in the conversation around #MeToo. Public policy director Lara Kaufmann says it’s challenging for younger victims to come forward because they fear they’ll get in trouble or be ostracized.In Brooklyn, Girls for Gender Equity runs a program called “Sisters in Strength” to help girls heal. The curriculum teaches how to build healthy relationships.By Maryclaire Dale And Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press by By Maryclaire Dale And Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Mar 17, 2019 9:03 pm PDT A survivor of sexual assault adjusts her hood as she poses for a photo in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Thursday, March 14, 2019. The young woman said that she was assaulted by someone she knew but never reported it because she feared she wouldn’t be believed. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more