Erring Belga fined, suspended

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRain or Shine center Beau Belga has been slapped a P17,500 fine and a one-game suspension following his ejection on Sunday.Already charged with a technical foul early in the game, the burly big man was whistled with a flagrant foul penalty one after a skirmish with Kia center Jason Ballesteros midway through the third quarter which led to his ouster.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NCAA: Perpetual Help extends Arellano’s slide It was already Belga’s sixth flagrant foul and seventh technical foul for this season.The Sorsogon native will serve his suspension on the Elasto Painters’ game against TNT on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars View commentslast_img read more

Rabeh Al-Hussaini grateful for another chance at Blackwater after going AWOL

first_imgAl-Hussaini was also a vital piece in the team’s win scoring 11 points with four rebounds.The 6-foot-7 big man said he went into the game against the Dyip with a positive mindset.“I guess I have a different approach, because this is different from before I left,” said Al-Hussaini. “I changed everything, even the small changes counted because I see things differently now.”ADVERTISEMENT In his return, the Elite also snapped their four-game skid holding off Columbian 106-100 to get to a 2-6 record Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Elite will not tolerate Rabeh Al-Hussaini’s absence from teamFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAl-Hussaini was grateful for Blackwater head coach Bong Ramos for accepting him back to Elite despite the problems he caused during the offseason.“I’m really thankful to coach Bong because he gave me another shot, regardless of what happened in my personal life,” said Al-Hussaini in Filipino. Mac Belo breaks out of slump to rescue Blackwater MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Rabeh Al Hussaini returns. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It took some time but Rabeh Al-Hussaini is finally back in a Blackwater jersey in the PBA Philippine Cup.Al-Hussaini went off the Elite’s radar without a word a few weeks before the start of the 2019-2020 season but the beleaguered big man is now again ready to help the team.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Long Beach Port Bent on Modernization

first_imgzoom Desmond Bridge Replacement RenderingThe Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a USD 858 million budget for the Port of Long Beach in the upcoming fiscal year, with two-thirds of the spending set aside for building and modernization program. For the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, 2014, the Harbor Department plans to spend USD 579m on capital projects as a part of a decade-long, USD 4bn investment in port upgrades and efficiency improvements.The ongoing Desmond Bridge Replacement Project and Middle Harbor Terminal Redevelopment will continue to be the port’s largest construction projects.The budget was unanimously approved by the Commission and will be presented to the Long Beach City Council for approval.Port operations are supported by income from terminal leases and fees charged to terminal companies and shipping lines for moving cargo through the port.Middle Harbor Terminal Redevelopment RenderingThe budget projects operating revenue of USD 346.8m.The approved budget adds 28 new full-time positions, which include 20 in engineering to support ongoing capital improvements, and six to enhance port security operations.The budget also includes funding of more than USD 30m for environmental programs and projects such as technology-advancement demonstrations of a barge-based pollution-control system for ships at berth and an electric truck overhead “catenary” system.With 140 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the port handles USD 180bn in trade annually.Press Release; July 16th, 2014last_img read more

Positions for Adjudicative Agencies Boards and Commissions

first_imgThe government of Nova Scotia has launched its bi-annual campaign to attract qualified applicants for various adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions. Adjudicative boards are required to receive evidence, make findings of fact and law, or make decisions that can affect a person’s liberty, security, or legal rights. On Saturday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 4, The Chronicle Herald and the Cape Breton Post will carry an advertisement listing the adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions that currently have vacancies or will have vacancies in the near future. The ad will run in upcoming editions of the Mi’kmaq Maliseet Nations News and le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse. The call for applications will also be available for a limited time on the government website at www.gov.ns.ca . The province advertises opportunities to serve on its agencies, boards and commissions every spring and fall and makes appointments as vacancies arise. Positions are advertised to ensure fair notice is given to potential candidates. Departmental advisory committees screen potential members, according to a process introduced in 2003, to ensure that every member of each board is well qualified. Each committee provides a list of three to six qualified board applicants to the minister of the department concerned. The five-member committees are chaired by a human resources professional appointed by the Public Service Commission and include two other government employees and two members of the public, who are also selected in a competitive process. Descriptions have been prepared for all adjudicative board positions. These descriptions detail the qualifications needed, the selection criteria used and remuneration. All documents are available on the Executive Council website at www.gov.ns.ca/exec_council/adjudicativeABCprofiles.asp . Information is also available by calling toll free, 1-866-206-6844 or 424-4877 in Halifax Regional Municipality.last_img read more

Ontario to spend 20M on sprinkler overhaul for small retirement homes

first_imgTORONTO – Small retirement homes that can’t afford to install automatic fire sprinklers, mostly in rural Ontario, can now apply for provincial government funding to get the life-saving systems in place before new fire code rules that were prompted by a number of deadly fires go into effect.The Liberal government pledged $20 million on Wednesday to help small homes with under 49 beds and homes in rural communities overhaul their sprinkler systems before the Jan. 1, 2019 deadline.In 2014, Ontario became the first province to make sprinkler retrofits mandatory in licensed retirement homes — a move that followed a coroner’s inquest into a fatal 2009 blaze at an Orillia, Ont., retirement home that did not have sprinklers.The coroner’s report called for retroactive installation of sprinkler systems in vulnerable occupancies like retirement homes. Before that, only facilities built after 1998 were required to have sprinklers.But that move worried some operators in the industry who voiced concern that they might not be able to afford the upgrades, which could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.Minister of Seniors Affairs Dipika Damerla, who made the funding announcement, said that after consultations with small and rural home operators, it was clear some were struggling with the costs to upgrade.“We’ve given the industry some time to phase this in,” she said. “Some homes are able to financially manage those costs. With some homes it became apparent cost-sharing would be the right model.”In all, the government says that 20 per cent of Ontario’s retirement homes — about 150 of 730 licensed retirement homes — do not yet have full automatic sprinkler systems.“The end goal is the safety of our seniors,” Damerla said. “What we wanted to make sure was that by Jan. 1, 2019 every home does have a sprinkler.”Forty-eight people have died in retirement home fires in Ontario between 1980 and 2013.Laurie Johnston, CEO of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association, said that group has been working with the government since 2012 to ensure sprinklers were upgraded in every home across the province. The cost of the upgrades ranges from $100,000 to $300,000, she said.“Right from the get-go we knew that there would be certain operators that would have difficulty in fulfilling that requirement,” she said.Johnston said this program will help operators in small towns where the homes are often an important part of the community.“When you think about small towns in rural Ontario, the importance of having a residence for seniors, even if it’s only 10 suites, to that community it’s a very critical piece,” she said. “Otherwise, seniors would have to move to another town.”NDP legislator Paul Miller, who has been pushing for tougher regulations around fire safety in retirement homes, said he would have liked to have seen compliance come faster in the sector. He’s also skeptical about how the fire code rules will be enforced in 2019 to ensure all of the small home operators are compliant with the new rules.“They’ve had half a decade to get this right,” Miller said. “It’s just too long. My opinion is that no retirement home, regardless of the size or geographic location, should be without proper fire protection. It’s our parents, our grandparents, we have to do this right.”last_img read more

Halifax lawyer who argued he was singled out disbarred for misconduct

first_imgHALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has disbarred Lyle Howe in a disciplinary panel ruling that says the high-profile defence lawyer lied repeatedly to the courts.The penalty was announced Friday following a July decision that the Halifax lawyer had committed multiple acts of professional incompetence and misconduct.Howe has also been ordered to pay the society $150,000 in costs for his lengthy hearing before he can reapply to regain his status as a lawyer in five years.“Mr. Howe’s dishonesty and lack of integrity, as continuous and repetitive as it was, leaves us with no option but to rule disbarment is necessary. His other proven behaviours only strengthen that conclusion,” panel chair Ronald J. MacDonald wrote.Howe, who is black, had argued he was singled out over the 40 different allegations that included him missing court appointments, booking himself into multiple courts at the same time, and misleading the court about a client’s absence or other issues.The discipline committee found the society tried to assist Howe and recommended counselling, but he failed to attend meetings or take its advice, and his repeated dishonesty to the courts remained a grave concern.The decision says, “Mr. Howe grew up in circumstances that place him squarely in line to feel the impacts of systemic and historical racism,” and that led him to distrust the barristers society and some judges and Crown prosecutors.It also notes that his race played a role in how he was dealt with by some members of the Crown, without specifying in the decision how that occurred.However, the ruling concludes his behaviour can’t be excused on the basis of any discrimination he may have experienced.“While there were some examples of unfairness, the actual evidence of this was not significant when considering Mr. Howe’s entire practice. Indeed, most of the direct evidence on this point showed that persons did not treat Mr. Howe differently because of race, but did treat him differently because of his behaviours regarding court commitments,” says the decision.“He was characterized by some as being the worst offender in this regard.”The panel’s decision can be appealed to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal on the basis of any questions of law.Howe was unavailable for comment.last_img read more

Rallies planned for protesters arrested while blocking work on BC pipeline

first_imgHOUSTON, B.C. — Dozens of rallies are planned in British Columbia, across Canada and as far away as Europe to support pipeline protesters arrested in northwestern B.C.Fourteen people were taken into custody Monday at a blockade southwest of Houston, B.C., where members of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation had set up a camp to control access to a pipeline project across their territory.An RCMP statement says the arrests came after officers realized a resolution was unlikely, even though they had spoken with camp members about removing the blockade and set up a meeting between hereditary chiefs and the pipeline company.Police say a temporary exclusion zone is now in place along the remote road and will be consistently re-assessed.TransCanada subsidiary Coastal GasLink obtained an injunction ordering removal of obstructions in area as preliminary work gets underway on a pipeline carrying natural gas from northeastern B.C. to Kitimat. A social media message posted early Tuesday on a site supporting the Gidimt’en says “we are now preparing for a protracted struggle.”LNG Canada announced in October that it was moving ahead with its plans for a $40-billion pipeline and liquefied natural gas export facility in Kitimat.Construction on the $6.2-billion, 670 kilometre pipeline connecting gas producers in the Dawson Creek area with the Kitimat export plant, is scheduled to begin this month.TransCanada says it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the route but demonstrators argue Wet’suwet’en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given consent for work through their territories. Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Moroccan Women Residing Abroad: Prospects of Legal Protection under the Moudawana

Rabat – On the occasion of the 10 years of the reformed Moroccan family code,  KVINFO, the Danish Centre for Research and Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity, in cooperation with ARPA International and the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at Copenhagen University organized an international conference, under the theme: Caught between Family Laws: Gender, Law and Religion – Experiences from Denmark and Morocco, on December 4-5th, 2014.The two day Conference, the first of its kind in Denmark, provided an unprecedented opportunity to take stock of the impact of the implementation of the Family Code reforms outside Morocco; and provide an assessment of the barriers restricting women of the Diaspora’s ability to exercise their rights under the family law, 10 years after its passage. The program was met with strong interest, hosting over 100 participants representing civil society organizations, women’s rights advocates, lawyers and judges, academics, and Moroccan and Danish policy makers.The 2004 updating of the Moudawana is a positive step but hurdles still face Moroccan women who reside in Morocco and also abroad, in seeking justice remedies with respect to family matters. That is why a central focus of the Conference, especially Day I [Balancing between family laws across borders] was to advance the discourse on whether women experience access to justice differently than other women because of how the family law is written and/or executed in practice, with a main objective focusing on discrepancies of women’s access to justice between Moroccan women in Morocco and those residing abroad. Other panels focused on the experience of Morocco with mediation and reconciliation in the area of family disputes. A large delegation of Moroccan judges participated in this interactive program with Moroccan civil society organizations of the Diaspora. For this occasion, a Stocktaking Note Access to Justice for Moroccan Women Residing Abroad through the Lens of Family Law was published following the program by Leila Hanafi, President and Chief Counsel of ARPA International, the co-sponsor of the program and the keynote speaker for the Opening Day. It can be accessed here.Finally, it is important to note that as the world celebrates International Migrants Day on December 18th, we reflect on the position of our Moroccan Diaspora- in relation to their family lives and use of the Moroccan family law- which remains vulnerable in legal terms.Photo Credit:  Jens Juul© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

The Latest: Belgian students march in climate protests

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Latest on student climate protests (all times local):3:20 p.m.More than 10,000 teenagers in Belgium have skipped school for the fifth Thursday in a row and demonstrated in several cities in an attempt to push authorities into providing better protection for the world’s climate.Police said that in central Leuven alone more than 10,000 students gathered and authorities had to change the planned route to accommodate the marchers. Many thousands more protested in the capital Brussels and other provincial towns throughout Belgium as the youth movement spread further across the country.The protests have kept a focus on climate change as a political pressure point before national and European Union elections, after 70,000 demonstrators held a climate march through Brussels last month.___11:05 a.m.Thousands of students are skipping classes to join a march in support of more ambitious climate policies in the Netherlands.The demonstration Thursday by Dutch students follows similar marches in recent weeks in neighbouring Belgium that have drawn thousands of protesters.Organizers say they want to send a wake-up call to politicians in the Netherlands who are wrestling with how best to rein in greenhouse gas emissions.The Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency said in a report last month a court-set target of reducing emissions by 25 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020 is “out of reach.”A group of about 350 scientists and researchers published an open letter in support of the march, saying it is “high time for tough measures to quickly and drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”The Associated Press read more

ExTreasury chief unelected people pushing nodeal Brexit

LONDON — The man who was Britain’s top finance official until three weeks ago has broken his silence on the new administration, saying “unelected people” are pushing the government toward a damaging no-deal Brexit that isn’t backed by Parliament or the voters.Philip Hammond, who stepped down as Treasury chief before Boris Johnson became prime minister, says the government is making demands that are bound to wreck talks with the European Union because they are unacceptable to the bloc.Writing in the Times of London on Wednesday, Hammond says: “It’s time for our government to demonstrate a commitment to a genuine negotiation with the EU to achieve a deal that will maintain Britain’s trade with its nearest neighbours, protect British jobs and ensure our future prosperity.”The Associated Press read more

Idaho tribal casino temporarily stripped of license after hosting racy allmale revue

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Regulators have temporarily suspended an American Indian casino’s liquor license after determining the Idaho venue hosted an all-male revue that featured simulated sex acts and outfits that were too revealing.The Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel is prohibited from serving alcohol for 10 days after holding “HUNKS The Show,” a travelling performance that includes stripping and dancing. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe, which operates the resort, also must pay a $25,000 fine.“Dancers with the show ‘Hunks’ created the problem, not with nudity but apparently with dance moves the Idaho liquor control board considers excessive,” casino spokesman Bob Bostwick told The Spokesman-Review.Bostwick said the dance group broke a state law that bans performers from simulating sex acts. The tribe in September agreed with the Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control Division to the license suspension and fine.“The dance group violated their contract, which stipulated that they would keep the show within the bounds under Idaho liquor laws,” Bostwick said. “Still, it is the seller who is penalized.”Carl Disonell, booking agent and owner of the eight-man show, said the group does 250 performances a year around the country. He was surprised the January event in northern Idaho resulted in the casino’s liquor license being suspended.“It’s a normal show,” he said. “What people don’t understand is it’s really up for interpretation. If a guy pops his hips one time — ‘Oh, that’s a sex act.’”He said Idaho was the only place the show caused problems for a venue.“It’s like we’re in the 1940s,” he said. “It sounds to me like (inspectors) went there looking to fine the casino.”Idaho State Police spokeswoman Teresa Baker said there was no full nudity, but performers pushed the boundary too far and violated state law by showing too much buttocks.As for simulated sex acts, she said, “anything is a matter of interpretation, but if you look at the statute it is clear.”The show is billed as the country’s “hottest” all male revue with choreographed production numbers that include acrobatics, costume changes and vocal performances.“The guys are good-looking and fit, and they are extremely personable,” Disonell said.Bostwick said the hotel-casino has served alcohol for about 20 years and has never before had a problem with its liquor license.“We are always careful to ensure our guests are of legal age, and our staff is trained to monitor consumption,” Bostwick said.The suspension lasts from Nov. 1 through Nov. 10. During that time, guests must keep alcoholic beverages in their hotel rooms. “We will simply make the best of this temporary suspension,” Bostwick said.In a separate case in June, state officials penalized three Lewiston bars with a $10,000 fine and 15-day liquor license suspension against their parent company, Weber Inc.In that case, two undercover officers acted as patrons at an event advertised as the “Ultimate Males Las Vegas Style Strip Show,” according to police documents. The officers reported witnessing activities that are prohibited at establishments licensed to sell beer, wine or alcohol.___Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com by The Associated Press Posted Oct 19, 2015 3:47 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 19, 2015 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Idaho tribal casino temporarily stripped of license after hosting racy all-male revue read more

Sri Lankas President tells UN Assembly post2015 agenda must address structural obstacles

“It is vital that we also address structural obstacles and political barriers that prevented the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals, such as unfair trade and investment rules,” he said. Consistency of standards is required across the board without any perception of selectivity or discrimination. Human rights must be recognised by all as a moral and ethical concept rather than as a political tool which is sure to have destabilising effects. “Post-conflict Sri Lanka has also become an unfortunate victim of ill-conceived agenda of some in the Human Rights Council, who pay scant regard to the substantial progress achieved by [the country’s] reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation within a short span of five years,” Mr. Rajapaksa said. He added that for multilateralism to remain relevant, the UN must be de-politicized and stop being held hostage to different forms of funding. Mr. Rajapaksa also expressed support for an independent State of Palestine, an end to the financial embargo against Cuba and welcomed partnerships between Asia and Africa. As a country that has suffered at the hands of terrorism, Sri Lanka looked forward to the early adoption of a UN comprehensive convention on international terrorism to help counter terrorist financing, piracy, and all forms of international organised crime. Mr. Rajapaksa also highlighted his country’s achievement of most MDGs with the adoption of a national strategy “Vision for the Future” in areas of agriculture and literacy. Listen to speech read more

This Is The Greatest Sports Day Of The Year

Oct. 21, 1973Sun1 (WS Game 7)1235 NUMBER OF GAMES Oct. 30, 2016Sun1 (WS Game 5)1178 Nov. 1, 2010Mon1 (WS Game 5)133 Oct. 17, 1971Sun1 (WS Game 7)1236 Oct. 12, 1980Sun1 (NLCS Game 5)1348 Nov. 1, 2009Sun1 (WS Game 4)1274 Oct. 27, 1985Sun1 (WS Game 7)1315 Oct. 14, 1973Sun1 (WS Game 2)1235 Another sports equinox is in the booksDates on which all four major U.S. sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL) had at least one game Oct. 14, 1979Sun1 (WS Game 5)1337 With nine NHL games, three NBA games, an NFL game and an MLB playoff game — made possible by the Chicago Cubs’ victory in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday — Thursday is your (first) sports equinox of 2017.What’s a sports equinox? As my former colleague Reuben Fischer-Baum wrote on a couple of occasions, it’s when all four major U.S. sports leagues — the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB — play at least one game on the same day. Historically speaking, it doesn’t happen often. There have only been 17 sports equinoxes in history, including Thursday: Oct. 19, 1980Sun1 (WS Game 5)1336 DATEDAYMLBNFLNBANHL Oct. 15, 1978Sun1 (WS Game 5)1355 Oct. 15, 1972Sun1 (WS Game 2)1236 Oct. 22, 1972Sun1 (WS Game 7)1235 Nov. 2, 2009Mon1 (WS Game 5)153 Nov. 1, 2015Sun1 (WS Game 5)1275 Amazingly, there was a 15-year period without a single sports equinox, between 1985 and 2001. And after 2001, seven more years passed without it happening. But sports equinoxes have occurred much more frequently in recent years — six have happened in the nine years since 2008. They might become even more common in the future, thanks to Thursday-night NFL becoming a fixture, the World Series often running later than usual, and a new NBA scheduling policy this season that moved the season’s opening night up by a week and a half.If the Cubs can force Game 7 in the NLCS, Sunday will be another sports equinox. As will Oct. 29, if Game 5 of the World Series takes place. But even if those do happen, Thursday’s equinox will be the only one this season with the added bonus of college football — there are two FBS games tonight, including No. 25-ranked Memphis at Houston (A “Super Equinox”?). Good luck finding enough screens to watch it all! Oct. 19, 2017Thu1 (NLCS Game 5)139 Nov. 4, 2001Sun1 (WS Game 7)1374 read more

Mexique louragan Dora élevé en catégorie 4

first_imgMexique : l’ouragan Dora élevé en catégorie 4Localisé il y a quelques jours dans le Pacifique, l’ouragan Dora continue sa progression le long des côtes mexicaines. Les services météorologiques mexicains et américains ont évalué la force des vents à une vitesse allant jusqu’à 185 kilomètres par heure élevant ainsi la catastrophe naturelle à la catégorie 4. Depuis quelques jours, la tempête Dora progressent le long des côtes du Pacifique. Ses vents toujours plus forts, ont évolués mardi soir en ouragan estimé de catégorie 4. Dans un communiqué, le Centre national américain des ouragans de Miami (NHC) a indiqué que le cataclysme représentait à présent “le second principal ouragan de la zone du Pacifique et de la saison”. Localisé mercredi à 350 kilomètres au sud-ouest de la ville côtière de Lazaro Cardenas, Dora se dirige à présent dans un sens ouest-nord-ouest parallèle à la côte. Mais sa progression estimée à une vitesse de 26 kilomètres par heure inquiète les autorités. Selon les prévisions émises par le NHC, l’ouragan pourrait bientôt atteindre la station balnéaire mexicaine de Cabo San Lucas située sur la péninsule mexicaine de Basse Californie.Afin de prévenir les risques relatifs à la catastrophe, le service météorologique du Mexique a lancé des alertes de tempête tropicale sur sa côte sud du Pacifique. Les autorités mexicaines se préparent désormais à faire face à des dégâts majeurs sur leur territoire, notamment des glissements de terrains provoqués par les violentes averses.Un cataclysme lourd de conséquencesLe bilan provisoire des dommages humains et matériels établi au cours des derniers jours reste quant à lui préoccupant. Selon celui-ci, les inondations provoquées par l’ouragan auraient fait près de 200.000 sinistrés et cinq morts. De lourdes répercussions qui s’ajoutent aux ravages causés par le premier ouragan de la saison, Arlene. Selon les autorités, celui-ci aurait au début du mois, provoqué la mort de seize personnes et affecté 280.000 autres dans plusieurs Etats du pays, dont l’Oaxaca.Pour le Mexique, 2010 représente une année record en terme de précipitations. Les tempêtes tropicales et les ouragans ont provoqué des inondations dont les conséquences ont été estimées à 125 morts et à près de 2,4 milliards d’euros de dégâts matériels. Le 21 juillet 2011 à 10:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Google dénonce une campagne hostile contre Android

first_imgGoogle dénonce une “campagne hostile” contre AndroidMercredi, le géant américain a vivement dénoncé une “campagne hostile” organisée par Microsoft, Oracle, Apple et d’autres contre son système d’exploitation Android par le biais d’une guerre de “brevets bidons”. Selon le géant d’Internet Google, le système d’exploitation Android serait victime d’une “campagne hostile” menée par Microsoft, Oracle, Apple et d’autres par le biais de “brevets bidons”. Plus concrètement, sur le blog de la firme, le directeur juridique du groupe David Drummond s’en prend vivement à ses adversaires qu’il accuse de “se battre à coup de procédures au lieu d’une concurrence basée sur de nouvelles fonctionnalités ou de nouveaux appareils.” Il explique alors : “Un téléphone multifonctions peut entraîner jusqu’à 250.000 revendications (largement discutables) liées à des brevets, et nos concurrents veulent imposer une ‘taxe’ avec ces brevets douteux, ce qui rend les appareils sous Android plus chers pour les consommateurs”.À lire aussiCes deux modèles de smartphones sont maintenant interdits en France, voici pourquoiA titre d’exemple, M. Drummond évoque l’achat récent de quelque 6.000 brevets de l’équipementier Nortel par un consortium associant Apple et Microsoft, deux groupes plus connus pour leurs affrontements que pour leurs liens. Mais le directeur juridique parle également de Research in Motion, Ericsson, Sony et EMC, rapporte l’AFP. Il dénonce en outre, les poursuites lancées contre des fabricants de smartphone fonctionnant sous Android tels que HTC, Motorola ou Samsung.De son côté, Microsoft n’a pas régi officiellement aux accusations. Néanmoins, le conseiller juridique du groupe, Brad Smith, a publié sur Twitter: “Google dit que nous avons acheté les brevets de Nortel pour les empêcher de les obtenir. Ah bon ? Nous leur avions proposé de les acheter en commun, ils ont refusé”. Alors que la bataille des brèves fait encore rage et qu’Android équipe désormais la moitié des smartphones, il faudra donc attendre encore un peu avant de connaitre les dessous de l’affaire… Le 4 août 2011 à 19:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Taxes a problem with pot

first_imgA new tax snag that has hit marijuana stores could cause delays in new openings, higher product prices, and even closures of newly opened stores.It looks like stores — and by default their customers — will end up paying a federal tax on the excise tax that already goes to the state, something that many were unaware of until recently.“It’s quite possible that this makes retail business untenable,” said Brian Budz, one of the owners of New Vansterdam in Vancouver. “There just wouldn’t be enough revenue. It could create a really big issue for smaller stores.”Main Street Marijuana manager Ramsey Hamide said the problem could mean his store will owe upwards of $80,000 in federal taxes for its first month of sales, which would be a heavy burden for him and other small retailers.“This system is a lot more broken than people think it is,” Hamide said. “I don’t know that it’s even viable at this point.”last_img read more

53 of employees do not think that they are paid appropriately

first_imgMore than half (53%) of respondents do not think that they are currently paid appropriately, according to research by search engine Indeed.Its report, which surveyed 2,502 employees across Europe, also found that a larger salary is not always a primary goal with only 12% of those interviewed citing it as the most important driver of job satisfaction. In comparison, almost one-quarter (24%) see enjoying their job as having the most value.Approximately one-fifth (21%) of respondents put most store in having positive relationships with their fellow employees, and over half (52%) claim to have a best friend at work.Despite so many workers feeling underpaid, 55% of those included in the survey say they would consider turning down a pay rise, if it meant shifting into a work environment they disliked, or working with employees they did not get on with. In the same vein, 34% of respondents would turn down a job offer if they heard negative reports about the organisation from peers.Bill Richards, UK managing director at Indeed, says: “Job satisfaction or fulfilment is a complex idea to pin down, and for each [employee] it’s invariably driven by a mix of factors. Yet it’s striking to learn that the vast majority of Britons are not motivated primarily by how much a job pays. Many of us spend more time at work than we do with our friends and families, so it is vital that our environment and [fellow employees] help create a positive and stimulating atmosphere.”last_img read more

Federal Judge Permanently Blocks Trumps Sanctuary Cities Order

first_img Share  A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick rejected the administration’s argument that the executive order applies only to a relatively small pot of money and said Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.The judge had previously made the same arguments in a ruling that put a temporary hold on the executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities. The Trump administration has appealed that decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.“The District Court exceeded its authority today when it barred the President from instructing his cabinet members to enforce existing law,” Department of Justice spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement late Monday. “The Justice Department will vindicate the President’s lawful authority to direct the executive branch.”Orrick’s ruling came in lawsuits brought by two California counties, San Francisco and Santa Clara.San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said the ruling was “a victory for the American people and the rule of law.”“President Trump might be able to tweet whatever comes to mind, but he can’t grant himself new authority because he feels like it,” he said in a statement.A lawyer for the DOJ argued during a hearing before Orrick in April that the executive order applied to only a few grants that would affect less than $1 million for Santa Clara County and possibly no money for San Francisco.But the judge disagreed, saying in his rulings that the order was written broadly to “reach all federal grants” and potentially jeopardized hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to San Francisco and Santa Clara.He cited comments by the president and Attorney General Jeff Sessions as evidence that the order was intended to target a wide array of federal funding. And he said the president himself had called it a “weapon” to use against recalcitrant cities.The Trump administration separately has also moved to withhold one particular law enforcement grant from sanctuary cities, prompting a new round of lawsuits that are pending. AP Photo/Mark LennihanPeople hold anti-deportation signs during a rally, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in New York. last_img read more

Abhishek takes dig at BJP over fake news on Panchayat members

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee lashed out at BJP for circulating fake news over the induction of some of the Panchayat members of Trinamool Congress to their party fold. “It is a party that survives on giving false information,” he said, while addressing a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.It may be mentioned that BJP leader Mukul Roy has claimed on Wednesday that members of Champadanga Gram Panchayat and Talpur Gram Panchayat in Hooghly have joined BJP. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataRefuting Roy’s claim, Banerjee presented the members whom BJP had claimed to have joined the saffron party and said: “Spreading such false information among people has become a habit of BJP.” He said Panchayat members like Archana Pal, Rupali Chang, Sanjoy Biswas, Dipali Saha, Bulu Barui, Madhuri Maity and Belal Hossain Mondol had never joined BJP and so the question of their coming back to Trinamool does not arise. “By giving false information Roy is actually trying to keep the bosses at Delhi in good humour,” Banerjee said. He maintained that many councillors in North 24-Parganas who have joined BJP are keeping in constant touch with Trinamool and they will come back to the party soon. Meanwhile, at Balurghat in South Dinajpur, a Panchayat pradhan of Balurghat block who recently joined BJP from Trinamool, came back to her old party on Wednesday. The newly appointed district Trinamool chief Arpita Ghosh welcomed Mousumi Roy, pradhan of Boaldar Gram Panchayat, back to the party fold and later handed over the party flag to her.last_img read more

Two assessed by paramedics after accident on A523

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo people were assessed by paramedics following an accident on the A523 Macclesfield Road this morning. Police and paramedics were called to the two-vehicle collision, near the turning for Rudyard between Leek and Rushton Spencer shortly after 9.30am today (Wednesday November 7). Neither of the patients required hospital treatment – with Inrix, the traffic data company, reporting the road had been completely cleared by noon. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called just after 9.30am by the police to a two vehicle RTC. “One ambulance, a paramedic officer and a community first responder attended. “We assessed two patients. Both suffered minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.” The accident comes just days after three people were taken to hospital following a head-on crash on the A523 in Waterhouses on Sunday afternoon. The accident today took place near the Rudyard turning (Image: Inrix) Read MoreMoorlands Heroes: 70 years of scouting earns 77-year-old an award nomination West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances and a community first responder to the scene of that collision – with an off-duty paramedic who was in the area at the time also offered assistance. A spokesman said: “We received a call at 4.11pm to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles on the A523 in Waterhouses. “Two females and a man were treated for injuries at the scene and then transported to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment. “Considerable damage was sustained to both vehicles.” Fire crews from Leek and Ipstones were also sent to the incident on Sunday. A spokeswoman for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called to the incident at 4.20pm on Sunday, November 4. “Crews from Leek and Ipstones attended. There were two vehicles involved in a head-on collision. “There was smoke and steam coming from the vehicles, but luckily, no one was trapped. The incident was near to the junction of A523 and Waterfall Lane.” Want the latest news from across the Staffordshire Moorlands?For the very latest news from across the Staffordshire Moorlands, visit our dedicated homepage at Leek-news.co.uk, like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LeekNews. If you’re interested in news from a particular town, we have dedicated channels for Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph – as well as a number of smaller villages including Cheddleton, Wetley Rocks, Endon, Rudyard, Brown Edge, Bagnall, Cellarhead, Werrington, Knypersley, Alton, Tean, Stockton Brook, Blythe Bridge and Caverswall. For the latest news from Alton Towers, you can visit the theme park’s dedicated channel – as well as our Staffordshire Moorlands District Council page for the latest local authority news and planning applications.last_img read more