Duchess Of Cornwall Pays Tribute To Elephant Family Founder

first_imgThe Duchess of Cornwall has penned an article for The Times about her brother – Elephant Family founder Mark Shand – who passed away earlier this year.“Mark’s ultimate goal was to secure elephant corridors in India and Thailand, where people and wildlife are fighting for the same space,” she wrote. “The reality of living in a basic home, close to the world’s largest wild and starving species, poses a daily threat to people and their livelihoods. Mark discovered a solution that would work for both; the project would build safe new homes and secure agricultural land for the families living there. In 2011 he secured the Kerala corridor.“Last year, when we were visiting India, he took my husband to see it. In monsoon-like conditions and, much to Mark’s fury, in the absence of any elephants at all (for every living creature, except for two cows, had been frightened off by the hoards of police) my husband was at last able to meet some of the people who had helped with, and benefitted from, Mark’s extraordinary legacy; a legacy which as co-Presidents of the Elephant Family, my husband and I will strive to fulfill.”To read the full article, click here.Source:www.princeofwales.gov.uklast_img read more

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European rail manufacturers announce deal leaving Bombardier out in cold

first_imgMONTREAL – European railway manufacturers Siemens Mobility and Alstom announced a merger Tuesday that leaves Montreal-based Bombardier Transportation facing a new “European champion” and a substantially larger rival.The memorandum of understanding announced Tuesday is described as a merger of equals with each owning half the shares of the new company to be headquartered in Paris. The Mobility Solutions business will be run out of Berlin.The combined company to be called Siemens Alstom will have US$18 billion in revenues — about double that of Bombardier Transportation — and US$1.4 billion in adjusted EBIT. Annual cost savings of US$554.2 million are expected four years after closing.The new European company with 62,300 employees in more than 60 countries will have an order backlog of US$72 billion and an adjusted margin of eight per cent.“We put the European idea to work and together with our friends at Alstom, we are creating a new European champion in the rail industry for the long-term,” Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said in a news release.He added that the global market has changed with the creation of a dominant competitor in China and digitalization.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) didn’t immediately respond to the merger of its rivals. It is also believed to have talked to Siemens.Mergers in China and Europe leave Bombardier “still looking for a dance partner,” said David Tyerman of Cormark Securities.“They lost out this time but there’s presumably going to be more consolidation,” he said, noting competitors of varying sizes remain around the world.Bombardier’s shares closed up more than six per cent to C$2.27 in Tuesday trading even though the transportation giant was expected to face bad news affecting both its commercial aircraft and railway businesses.The shares surged more than 13 per cent after a report out of China said Bombardier is close to signing orders for commercial aircraft.Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets said he expects Bombardier will remain a key player in a growing transit market.“An overall modernization of infrastructure in developed countries, and a rapid urbanization coupled with environmental concerns in developing countries will prop up rail demand for decades to come in our view,” he wrote in a report.Analyst Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said Bombardier Transportation can still succeed as a standalone company.Bombardier Transportation would be the world’s third-largest railway company with a strong presence in France, Germany and Britain. It has a four-year backlog of orders and is moving towards an eight per cent EBIT margin.Under a proposed merger with Siemens, Bombardier would have reportedly ceded control of signalling and maintained only marginal control over a separate rolling stock joint venture.“Given the cyclicality of Bombardier’s Aerospace operations, in our view, it was important that Bombardier maintained control of Bombardier Transportation,” he wrote in a note before the Siemens-Alstom merger was announced.The industry is undergoing consolidation to compete with the state-backed rival Chinese railway manufacturer CRRC that is growing its global reach.Doerksen added that the near-to-medium-term threat from the state-owned CRRC Chinese railway is exaggerated since only about 8.5 per cent of its revenues last year were outside of China and it has little presence in Western Europe.China’s cost advantage may also be limited since most buyers require significant local content, forcing CRRC to build new manufacturing facilities in major markets.last_img read more

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PC Partys Hamilton reboot

The Ontario Conservatives are re-opening nominations in a number of ridings, including one here in the Hamilton area.The party announced that the nomination for the Hamilton West – Ancaster – Dundas riding has been set aside as a result of a flawed process.Ben Levitt was announced as the winner of that riding back in may of last year, but two other candidates alleged there was ballot stuffing and asked that the nomination be looked at.Well they got their wish, and there will be a new nomination process.Back in May David Sweet announced 25 year-old Ben Levitt as the Conservative nominee for the riding, but it wasn’t long after that other candidates, Vvikram Singh and Jeff Peller alleged it was “fixed.”“There’s no question in my mind, that nomination was contaminated.” said Jeff Peller.The party re-opened nominations in three ridings, and the party admitted to the flawed process in the Hamilton West- Ancaster- Dundas riding.“I think it’s a wonderful move in the name of democracy.”“I think the party has made a decision after reviewing nominations. Doug Ford wants to bring clarity to the party come the election June 7th.” said Vikram Singh.Hamilton lawyer Vikram Singh plans to run again, and hasn’t lost faith in the process.“I’m firmly committed to the city of Hamilton. I put my name in, and it would be an honour if that opportunity came again.”Peller on the other hand, is undecided, but says something has to change.“In my opinion the present riding association is at best contaminated, but that can be resolved if another riding association does the nomination.”Regardless of whether he runs or not Peller thinks Doug Ford is the right person to lead the party.“I really like Doug, He’s not a career pig at the trough politician which I think is the problem with all three parties.”CHCH News reached out to Ben Levitt to get his reaction but he didn’t return our calls or Facebook messages.There is an investigation underway about what happened in that nomination, but Hamilton Police don’t expect to wrap up the case until likely after the June 7th election. read more

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Freedom Mobile is star of Shaws Q4 as cable internet provider transforms

Shaw Communications had a $200-million profit in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, down from the same time last year but in line with estimates given significant changes undertaken by the cable, internet and wireless service provider.The company’s Freedom Mobile wireless division was clearly the star of the quarter, as it added 85,014 subscribers — more than double the additions a year earlier — and increased its fourth-quarter revenue by 45.3 per cent from last year.Meanwhile Shaw’s cable video and internet services underperformed expectations, with total revenue generating units (RGUs) declining by 59,231, compared with a gain of 24,352 a year earlier on the strength of its internet offering.“Wireless had an exceptional year, with all of our key performance metrics moving in the right direction,” chief executive Brad Shaw told analysts Thursday in a conference call.“In 2018, we grew our subscriber base by 255,000 — or 22 per cent — compared with (fiscal) 2017, to end the year at just over 1.4 million customers.”Freedom’s subscriber growth gained momentum after the company began to sell Apple products for the first time in December. It also upgraded its network with faster technology capable of using advanced features of most devices.Shaw’s management team said they expected Freedom to continue growth, both in its established markets as well as additional cities including the B.C. capital Victoria and Alberta’s Lethbridge, and Red Deer.The larger part of Shaw’s business, providing home video products by cable and satellite and landline internet service, eked out a small revenue gain despite difficulties winning and keeping customers.“In our wireline business, we delivered F18 results that are consistent with our strategy — to focus on profitable growth and stabilize results,” Shaw said.“I’m pleased with the significant cost savings that we have achieved during the year. However, I believe we can execute better.”In particular, he said, results from Shaw’s home internet services didn’t capture “significant” opportunities during the second half of fiscal 2018, which spanned March through August.Several analysts focused on the weak wireline results, which coincided with a workforce reduction that resulted in 1,300 employees leaving voluntarily by Aug. 31, and the gradual switch to a new generation of video-internet service.Shaw president Jay Mehr acknowledged that the company’s chief wireline rival, Telus Corp. had been effective in winning customers with back-to-school promotions in August.“It’s clear in a competitive marketplace when you win a cycle and when you don’t win a cycle. And they absolutely won a cycle, so no excuses from our end,” Mehr said.Among other things, Mehr said that — in hindsight — Shaw underspent on internet promotions in the month of August.“If I had that to do over, I probably would have spent a couple million dollars more on marketing in August.”He also acknowledged that the voluntary departures, which were made available to all Shaw non-union employees, had affected results when some leaders left. But those who remained were energized and effective, Mehr said.“We’ve got a real nice business here that’s a lot simpler than it used to be. And we’re very proud of how the team is executing.”But Mehr said he doesn’t think there will be a big bounce-back in wireline RGUs going forward, because of a shift in Shaw’s focus towards containing costs and growing margins.“It’s part of how we’ve re-engineered the whole company in the (past) six months,” Mehr said. “I think you’ll see us grow revenue by small amounts on a steady basis, with decent improvement in gross margin and a significant improvement in overall consumer profitability.”Shaw’s net income for the three months ended Aug. 31 was $200 million, or 39 cents per diluted share, down from a net income of $481 million or 96 cents per share for the same quarter last year.Analysts had estimated $199 million of net income, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue for the quarter ending Aug. 31 was $1.34 billion, also in line with estimates and up from the $1.24 billion in last year’s fourth quarter.Wireless division revenue, which comes from Freedom Mobile operations in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, was $250 million — up from $172 million the comparable period last year.Revenue from Shaw’s wireline operations, which include residential cable television and internet services in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba, increased by 1.3 per cent to $1.09 billion.Business wireline revenue was up 6.6 per cent at $145 million but consumer wireline revenue was flat at $942 million as rate changes and higher internet revenue were offset by declines in video and phone subscribers.The company says it will leave its monthly dividends through to at least January 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:SJR.B, TSX:T) read more

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Traditional knowledge at core of indigenous heritage and must be protected says

UN News/Elizabeth Scaffidi | Tadodaho Sid Hill, Chief of the Onondaga Nation, gives a ceremonial welcome to the eighteenth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.“This is of particular importance in helping us follow up on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, said Mr. Rybakov.He mentioned key activities in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including, in September, the first SDG Summit for State heads since the 2030 Agenda was adopted and the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) in July to review six of the SDGs, including on quality education, economic growth and combatting climate change.“These topics are of central importance to indigenous peoples and the attainment of their human rights”, he said, saying that the Permanent Forum and its follow-up activities “demonstrably contributes” to reaching these goals.“Along with recognition comes the need to acknowledge the source, ownership and protection of traditional knowledge”, Mr. Rybakov said.Thriving for ‘millennia’The Executive Secretary of the Convention on biological Diversity, Cristiana Pasca Palma, credited her Romanian grandparents – who used traditional agricultural methods passed down for centuries, to till the soil – for nurturing her appreciation of biodiversity and related traditional knowledge.“All of our ancestors have always lived off the land and waters in one form or another”, she said. “And their traditional knowledge, often transmitted especially through women – grandmother to mother, to daughter – have enabled us as a species to thrive for millennia”.The event also enjoyed a performance by Sjisäwishék, or ‘Keeping the fire strong’ – indigenous girls of the Onondaga Nation, Haudenoasuanee Confederacy, and a ceremonial welcome by the traditional Chief of the Onondaga Nation, Tadodaho Sid Hill.The session runs from 22 April through 3 May, with regional dialogues to be held during the second week.Established by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2000, the Forum provides it with advice and recommendation on indigenous issues. The 16 independent experts of the Forum – eight nominated by UN Member States and others by indigenous organizations globally – work in their personal capacity. Noting that 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages, she said that “we have to celebrate our languages, but also take concrete action to preserve them and save those on the verge of extinction”.Ms. Nuorgam pointed out that in many countries, indigenous children are not taught in their language. Citing Article 14 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) , she recalled that indigenous peoples have the right to provide education in their own languages.“However, this needs financial and technical support from Member States and the UN System”, she stated.As studies show that children learn best in their own mother tongue, Ms. Nuorgam encouraged everyone to “make sure our children” are connected to their indigenous communities and cultures, as they are “inextricably linked to their lands, territories and natural resources”.“This enables us to protect our traditional knowledge”, asserted the chair.Indigenous issues linked to world developmentRecognizing  UNDRIP  as a “watershed moment” in 2007, General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa lamented that it still faced implementation challenges, saying that the world has a “historic debt with the indigenous peoples” and that much more must be done to overcome the implementation gap.She also drew attention to indigenous women, pointing out that while women are key agents of change for tackling poverty and hunger, they face multiple forms of discrimination and violence. In his opening remarks, Valentin Rybakov, Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), explained that the Forum’s expert advice on indigenous peoples’ issues, informs ECOSOC deliberations and decisions. Anne Nuorgam, who is a member of Finland’s Saami Parliament and head of the Saami Council’s Human Rights Unit, described the Forum as an opportunity to share innovations and practices, developed in indigenous communities “over centuries and millennia”.Indigenous peoples make up less than six per cent of the world’s population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest on earth, according to the Forum. They live in some 90 countries, represent 5,000 different cultures and speak the overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 6,700 languages.The @UN Forum 4 Indigenous Issues @UN4Indigenous, began Mon in NYC – with call for protection of traditional knowledge #WeAreIndigenous. Watch day 1 here: pic.twitter.com/Rk3d39PABf— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) April 22, 2019 read more

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Coop leads from campus to career

Graph courtesy of Council of Ontario Universities Growing up in China, Jing Wen Luo knew she wanted to attend university in North America.She also knew she wanted to go to a school that would help her gain employment experience. Today she is working for Purolator, billed as Canada’s top courier company.“A lot of schools did not provide co-op to international students but Brock was an exception,” Luo says. “That’s why I chose Brock.”The 25-year-old, who graduated in 2014 from Brock University’s Goodman School of Business, says the five work terms she did while studying at Brock opened up the world of work to her.“My resume was literally blank,” she says, noting in China she was focused on her studies.Evidence shows that having a university education leads to more employment opportunities and higher paying jobs, according to the Council of Ontario Universities (COU).In its recent report University Works, COU used Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey (Ontarians 25 and older). It found university graduates have the highest employment rates among all post-secondary education levels — 73.7 per cent for those with a bachelor’s degree and 75 per cent for those with advanced degrees, compared to an employment rate of 72.4 per cent for college graduates.“College and university grads are just as likely to get jobs, but on average university graduates make significantly more money,” says the report’s author Cecilia Brain, economist and senior policy analyst with COU.The University Works report states that, on average, Ontario university graduates earn 58 per cent more than graduates of other Ontario post-secondary programs.The 2014-15 Graduate Employment Survey — conducted by CCI Research Inc. for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities — found the Brock University graduate employment rate six months after graduation was 91.1 per cent compared to 87.6 per cent in Ontario. Two years after graduation, Brock’s grad employment rate continues to top the provincial average, at 94.6 per cent compared to 93.6 per cent.Luo said her first co-op term taught her what she didn’t know about work and employment culture, and prepared her for her next work term – at Siemens Canada in Hamilton. She stayed in the role for two terms during a time of transition for the company, which was moving the plant to the U.S.“For me it was an opportunity, because a lot of people were leaving so the manager gave me a lot of responsibility,” she says.Seeing how companies are run, the importance of efficiencies, and a supply chain in action changed the course of her life, she says.“After that placement, I decided to add another concentration to my degree — operations management.” Finance was her other concentration.After Siemens, Luo spent two work terms at Hydro One.“It opened my eyes to how different the company culture can be,” she recalls.Luo says Brock gave her the tools she needed to be competitive in the job market following graduation.“It’s dramatic. I don’t know how I would have turned out without the co-ops. I grew so much from one work term to another. Co-ops really expedited the process of the development of me.”After graduating, Luo turned down a job offer at Siemens for a role at Purolator, where they are doing a pilot project focused on developing young professionals. The job was tailored for her, after she spent the day with CEO Patrick Nangle. That was the result of winning CEO x1 Day, a highly competitive contest for university students.Hiring Brock co-op students full-time following graduation is not unusual for the Toronto accounting firm Collins Barrow, says Chief Operating Officer Rhonda Klosler.Collins Barrow Chief Operating Officer Rhonda Klosler“We continue to recruit from Brock,” says Klosler. “We are a very entrepreneurial organization and we find the students who go to Brock have a similar mindset.”Klosler knows the Brock culture well. She graduated with a Business Administration degree in 1993.She worked co-op for the accounting firm Smith Nixon, which eventually merged with Collins Barrow.“I’ve essentially been with the same firm for my entire career and it’s as a result of Brock’s co-op program,” she says. “The opportunities that are available to students in the co-op program are limitless and I’m proof of that.”Julia Zhu, Associate Director of Co-op Programs at Brock, says the University has one of Ontario’s most diverse offerings of courses that include a co-op component.“We are one of the leaders in providing co-op education,” she says.Brock’s commitment to co-op programs is about preparing students for the job market and helping them use the knowledge they learn in the classroom in the work world.“It’s a way to gain hands-on experience and test drive opportunities,” she says.Anna Lathrop, Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning, says experiential learning is one of Brock’s defining pillars, and co-op is an important part of that.“We feel that we are preparing the 21st century learner,” says Lathrop. “The co-op experience is designed to reinforce the theory in an employment setting.”Every year, Canadian employers take more than 1,000 Brock students into the workplace, and the co-op job placement rate is higher than 90 per cent.Zhu says students have to apply to take part in a co-op program while still in high school, and grade requirements are higher. As well, students are taught to get co-op work placements using traditional job search techniques, including resumes and cover letters, and interviews.“By the time they leave Brock, they will have life-long employment skills,” Zhu says.Graph courtesy of Council of Ontario Universities read more

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Ohio State wrestling places third at Big Ten championships Tomasello Snyder win

Redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello competes in a match against Arizona State on Nov. 13.Credit: Courtesy of OSUDespite two Buckeyes collecting individual titles, the Ohio State wrestling team couldn’t replicate that success across the board this weekend at the Big Ten championships, as it finished third at the two-day event hosted by the University of Iowa. Penn State ran away with the victory, while Iowa squeaked by OSU to grab second place.The Buckeyes earned top-five finishes in five weight classes but could not pick up enough points to catch the Nittany Lions. A win in the heavyweight class pushed OSU close to Iowa, but ultimately the team still came up one point short. Redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello continued his dominance in the 125-pound weight class, as the Parma, Ohio, native swept the field on his way to his second straight Big Ten individual title. Tomasello faced a familiar opponent in the finals in Nico Megaludis of Penn State. The two met in a dual-meet earlier this year when the Buckeyes traveled to State College, Pennsylvania. Both times Tomasello was able to walk away with a 3-1 win, but he needed overtime to hold onto his conference title. A strong takedown midway through the extra period gave the redshirt sophomore the win. Redshirt sophomore Bo Jordan failed to decipher his cousin, Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin, for the third time in 12 months in the 165-pound weight class. Much like the two Jordans’ previous matches, there was little action in the first. Bo Jordan scored an escape in the second, but he was on the wrong side of riding time, which made the score technically 1-1. A quick takedown late by Isaac Jordan caught OSU’s wrestler off guard, and Bo Jordan lost 3-1.Even with the loss, which was his second of the season, Bo Jordan will be representing OSU at 165 pounds in the national championships. World champion and sophomore Kyle Snyder ended the tournament with a bang for the Buckeyes against Adam Coon of Michigan. The 7-4 decision for Snyder gave the Woodbine, Maryland, native his first Big Ten title.Snyder had a dominant first two matches, picking up two technical falls. The final match was not as easy for the sophomore, as he had to go through Coon, a runner-up at heavyweight from last year’s national championship.Freshman Myles Martin had a strong showing in his first Big Ten tournament on his way to a third-place finish. After earning a fall in his first bout against Shane Shadaia of Michigan State, Martin earned an 8-2 decision win before running into top-seeded Bo Nickal of Penn State.Nickal pinned Martin, but the freshman recovered to win his next two matches and earn a third-place finish. Redshirt freshman Micah Jordan also finished in third.A No. 1 seed for Micah Jordan did not make things anything easier for the St. Paris Graham High School product. After a 5-3 decision in the first bout, the redshirt freshman dropped an overtime decision to Jimmy Gulibon of Penn State. Micah Jordan would recover in a convincing manner, picking up two major decisions, a technical fall and a fall in his next five matches. The fall came in the third-place match after Micah Jordan was trailing heading into the last period.The 157-pound weight class was a bit of a tough go for redshirt freshman Jake Ryan. After a first-round bye, Ryan was on the wrong end of a close 2-1 decision against Iowa’s Edwin Cooper Jr. Ryan won his next two matches, but he came up short against his last two opponents. The redshirt freshman ended the tournament in sixth place. The Buckeyes had two seventh-place finishers with senior Mark Martin and redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius. Neither wrestler was able to capture a Big Ten individual title in his tenure at OSU.Martin won two matches on the weekend, including the key bout to earn a seventh-place finish. The senior picked up a late takedown against Purdue’s Drake Stein, which gave Martin a 4-3 decision win. DiJulius fell to the seventh-place bracket after losing to Jordan Conaway of Penn State. Even so, the tournament ended on a high note for DiJulius with a 19-2 technical fall. The last two wrestlers from OSU finished in eighth. Both senior Kenny Courts and redshirt freshman Cody Burcher fought hard, but ultimately they couldn’t find the answer.Burcher earned a fall in his third match, and Courts picked up a major decision in his first match of the tournament.This is the fifth straight top-five finish for the Buckeyes as a team in the Big Ten tournament, and the seventh top-five finish overall for the Scarlet and Gray under coach Tom Ryan. OSU will now set its sights on the NCAA national championships in New York City. The tournament is scheduled to be held from March 17 to 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. read more

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Finsbury Park mosque attack Darren Osborne remanded in custody over terrorismrelated murder

first_imgA police officer helps a woman leave flowers near the scene of an attack where a van was driven at muslims outside a mosque in Finsbury ParkCredit:REUTERS/Hannah McKay Osborne, wearing a white T-shirt and grey jogging bottoms, was flanked by three uniformed officials during the three-minute hearing. He did not indicate any pleas to the charges.His case is further listed for another appearance at the Old Bailey on July 20. Injured pedestrians, Police and ambulance crews on the scene Traffic incident in Finsbury Park Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Unemployed Osborne, of no fixed address in Cardiff, spoke only to confirm his identity when he appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday afternoon.The suspect, who seemed to have a bruise around his left eye, will appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, June 27, for a preliminary hearing.The prosecution’s case is that Osborne carried out a premeditated attack and that he acted deliberately to maim, injure and terrify. Makram Ali, 51, from Haringey, died following the attack.Witnesses said the father-of-six appeared to suffer a medical episode moments before the collision. An initial post-mortem examination found he died from “multiple injuries”.People at the scene said Osborne was detained by local imam Mohammed Mahmoud, who helped shield the suspect from harm until the police arrived a short time later. A terror suspect accused of carrying out a premeditated attack on Muslims as they left a mosque has been remanded in custody on murder and attempted murder charges.Darren Osborne, 47, was arrested by police in the early hours of Monday after allegedly ramming his van into worshippers on Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, north London.One man died from multiple injuries while several others were injured in the attack. No details were given in court about the number of attempted murder charges. A police officer helps a woman leave flowers near the scene of an attack where a van was driven at muslims outside a mosque in Finsbury Park Injured pedestrians, Police and ambulance crews on the scene Traffic incident in Finsbury ParkCredit: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstocklast_img read more

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Tech institutes allowed to merge to form universities under new legislation

first_imgUpdated 12.42pmINSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGIES that wish to merge to form Technology Universities will be allowed to following the publication of the Heads of the Technological Universities Bill.Speaking today about the new measures, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said that the legislation will pave the way for mergers and allow for “technology universities” to be become “new higher education institutions”.The Hunt ReportFollowing recommendations made in the Hunt report, which called for the consolidation of the Institute of Technology sector and the creation of a small number of multi-campus technological universities, the minister said the publication of the Bill represents an “essential milestone in the modernisation and reform agenda for higher education institutions”.He said: Read: New rules will require colleges to merge or lose funding> I believe the roadmap for Institutes of Technologies is now clear on how they can attain Technological University Status.Through mergers they can achieve the critical mass to allow them to reach the scale and level of performance required to compete on the world stage with other similar institutions.center_img Quinn added that for first time since 1989, when University of Limerick and DCU attained university status the “prospect of new universities is now very real”.MergingThree groups of institutes of technology have expressed interest in merging and applying to become a technological university.Dublin Institute of Technology, the Institute of Technology Tallaght and the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown have expressed interest in merging, while the Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology, Tralee said they may merge.The Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow Institute of Technology are also two institutes that may combine under the new rules.A fourth group, the Connacht-Ulster Alliance made up of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Sligo IT and Letterkenny IT have indicated that they are deepening their existing alliance with a view to merge in the medium term.The Students’ Unions at the DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght said they welcomed the announcement but said it is vital that creation of new technological universities “is driven by students’ needs for better learning experiences and outcomes, not cost-cutting”.StudentsSpeaking on behalf of the three students’ unions, Glenn Fitzpatrick, President of DIT Students’ Union said the development will give students the opportunity to experience new world class universities while maintaining the ethos of the Institutes of Technology.He added:We look forward to engaging intensively with Government and the Institutes themselves to ensure that the new universities – in terms of the courses and student services they will be providing – are of the highest possible quality.All the groups interested in merging are preparing their plans which must be a legally binding memorandum of understanding between each consortium of institutions describing their consolidation into a new single institution.Following this, the institutes that have merged will then submit an application to become a technology university.The minister stressed, however, that the three groups will have to meet the exacting standards as set out to become technological universities and this will be judged independently.Read: Apprentices to pay higher fees as budget cuts kick in>last_img read more

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Poll Is it worthwhile for Ministers to travel abroad on Patricks Day

first_imgGOVERNMENT MINISTERS WILL be travelling around the world for St Patrick’s Day to promote Ireland abroad.Ministers will travel to countries including America, Japan, Australia,Saudi Arabia, India, England and South Korea for trade missions, which the government says is a key part of its jobs strategy for 2013. However some critics have dismissed the trips as junkets which provide little return and cost a significant amount of money.What do you think: Is it worthwhile for Ministers to travel abroad to promote Ireland on St Patrick’s Day? Yes (296) Poll Results: YesNoVote No (841)last_img

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Teenager Athanasakos missing in Melbourne

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Wyndham Vale teenager Chloe Athanasakos has been missing since Friday night and Victorian Police are urging any members of the public with information to contact them. The missing 19-year-old was last seen when she left a friend’s place in Hoppers Crossing, around midnight on Friday 15 March, but has not been seen since.Friends and relatives of Chloe’s have told police that her going missing is completely out of character.It is believed Chloe does not have any belongings with her.Chloe is described as Caucasian in appearance, 168cm tall with a medium build and blonde hair.She was last seen wearing grey track suit pants and a jumper. Anyone who sees Chloe is urged to call triple zero (000) immediately.last_img

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Profile Engine ou loubli du droit à loubli

first_imgProfile Engine, ou l’oubli du droit à l’oubliDisparaître totalement et définitivement des réseaux sociaux : nombre d’internautes en rêvent. Mais les données publiées sur Facebook ne sont jamais réellement supprimées. La preuve ? Le moteur de recherche Profile Engine, qui collecte et permet de retrouver toutes sortes de données sur les membres du réseau social de Mark Zuckerberg.S’il est tout à fait possible, et plutôt simple, de supprimer son compte Facebook, voir les données qui y ont été publiées disparaître de la toile l’est beaucoup moins… Voilà quatre ans qu’un moteur de recherche baptisé Profile Engine glane des informations dévoilées publiquement sur le réseau social aux 900 millions de membres, et les met à disposition des internautes.Il suffit d’entrer le nom d’une personne sur le site – la recherche peut être affinée, avec la date de naissance de cette personne par exemple – pour accéder à ces données, et réaliser que le droit à l’oubli numérique est bien loin d’être acquis. Profile Engine publie l’image de profil du membre de Facebook en question, mais permet aussi de consulter sa liste d’amis, les groupes publics dont il fait partie, ou encore les différents liens vers des contenus qu’il a partagés. Les autres photos, de même que les statuts publiés sur le réseau social de Mark Zuckerberg, ne sont en revanche pas accessibles.Au total, le moteur de recherche qui affirme agir avec l’accord de Facebook aurait récolté des données liées à quelque 420 millions de comptes et plus de 50 millions de groupes publics. Naturellement, de nombreux internautes se sont élevés contre cette pratique. En France, la Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) a reçu une plainte contre Profile Engine, a-t-elle indiqué à PcInpact, dans l’enquête réalisée par Xavier Berne. Mais le site étant basé en Nouvelle-Zélande, l’internaute furieux a été orienté vers l’autorité néo-zélandaise chargée de ce type de cas.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Profile Engine argue quant à lui être dans son droit, et rappelle qu’il est proposé aux personnes concernées de supprimer leurs données du moteur de recherche en suivant une démarche expliquée dans la rubrique d’aide du site. Mais retirer ses informations du moteur de recherche est un véritable parcours du combattant. PcInpact a réalisé un test et affirme s’être vu réclamer une copie de sa pièce d’indendité pour pouvoir supprimer ses données !Un autre site est en outre dans le collimateur des internautes, et de la CNIL. Celle-ci indique en effet avoir avoir adressé en début de semaine un avertissement à Yatedo, un moteur de recherche français réunissant des données personnelles récoltées sur divers réseaux sociaux tels que Viadeo ou LinkedIn. L’autorité affirme que ce site ne respecte pas la loi Informatique et Libertés de 1978 en matière de droit d’opposition des utilisateurs et de la mise à jour des données notamment.Le 14 juin 2012 à 15:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Brush Prairie man paralyzed apparently by falling hay bale

first_imgJuan Rubio’s family has been scrambling to secure its finances since a hay bale apparently fell on him Sunday in Brush Prairie, leaving him paralyzed.Apparently, because no one is entirely sure what happened. “He doesn’t remember much, and they said that’s probably because of the concussion,” said Lindsey Rubio, Juan’s wife.Lindsey said Juan started work at the Lagler dairy farm that day at 2 a.m. No one was around when he was hurt, and he called 911 at around 4:30 Sunday morning.Lindsey said he was moving hay bales around, and it appeared one on top of a stack fell and hit him. Some of the bales weigh around 1,300 pounds, she said.Juan Rubio, 31, broke five vertebrae in his lower back and severed his spinal cord. He’ll never walk again.last_img

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Missing Margate man found

first_imgMARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have located a South Florida man, days after, they said, he had been reported missing by his mother.Authorities confirmed 23-year-old De’Anthony Whynes was located on Monday. He had last been seen by family members in Margate on Thursday.Police said he was in good health and was reunited with his family.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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3 dead after multivehicle highway crashes in Davie NW MiamiDade

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Three people have died following two multi-vehicle collisions, one on Interstate 75 in Davie and another on the Florida Turnpike in Northwest Miami-Dade.Florida Highway Patrol troopers responded to the scene of a five-car pileup near the Sheridan Street on I-75 in Davie, just before 10 a.m., Saturday.Officials said the crash took place in the northbound lanes.“We have one semi-truck, one SUV and three compact cars,” said FHP Lt. Alvaro Feola.Two victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Yellow tarps covered their bodies.Meanwhile, paramedics treated the surviving victims.The northbound lanes were shut down near the Sheridan Street exit for hours as a result of the collision. Traffic was directed to exit at Sheridan Street or by using the express lanes. The highway was reopened just after 2 p.m.The deadly crash comes less than five hours after a crash claimed a motorcyclist’s life on the Florida Turnpike, near Northwest 106th Street, just after 5 a.m.Officials said a tractor-trailer and a motorcycle collided, which then caused a silver car to slam into a road ranger.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s technical rescue unit was able to extricate the driver out of the wrecked silver car and take them to an area hospital in unknown condition.The motorcyclist was also transported to the hospital as a trauma alert, but they later succumbed to their injuries later.Crews later towed the mangled vehicles from both scenes.Investigators have not disclosed the victims’ names or what caused the crashes. last_img read more

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Editorial Leadership Shuffle at Wiredcom

first_imgThrough a pair of tweets yesterday Mark McClusky and Evan Hansen announced a transition at the top editor spot at Condé Nast’s Wired.com. Hansen is departing and McClusky, formerly the editorial development director, will be taking over the position, a role that Hansen had filled since 2005. 

Hansen ambiguously broke the news about his departure on Twitter Monday tweeting “So long @wired it’s been fun.”  Shortly after, McCulsky followed up by tweeting, “Couldn’t possibly be more proud or excited to be named the new editor of Wired.com. Now, the fun starts.”No information has been given as to why Hansen is leaving, or who made the decision. However, a Condé Nast representative has confirmed that Hansen is out and McClusky is in. McClusky was just promoted to editorial development director at Wired.com last month.  Condé Nast also reports that Hayley Nelson will be joining Wired.com as director of product, a new position at the publication. Nelson joins from The New York Times. Both McClusky and Nelson will report to the recently named editor-in-chief at Wired magazine, Scott Dadich.last_img read more

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15 companies that have survived over 100 years in India VIDEO

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Two World Wars, the Great Depression, India’s independence struggle, the licence-permit raj, controls on foreign exchange and expansion, economic liberalisation, and the reforms of the 1990s — a list of companies in India have seen it all.These handful of Indian companies have been in existence for over 100 years; and several of them are still going strong.Here are the 15 companies in India that are still 100 years ‘young’.Watch the video to find out more.center_img Companies that have survived over 100 years in Indialast_img read more

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Mumbai Delhi Hyderabad airports named the worlds best in customer service quality

first_imgThese three Indian airports are among world’s best airportsWikimedia commonsThree Indian airports have emerged the toppers in the ASQ (Airport Service Quality) 2017 rankings in various categories when the Airports Council International (ACI) announced its awards on Tuesday, March 6. Mumbai, Delhi, and Hyderabad airports have been rated as the world’s best for customer experience in their respective categories. Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) are ranked as the world’s best airport for customer experience in the 40 million passengers per annum (MPPA) category at the ASQ Awards 2017. Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport has won the number one position in the 5-15 million passengers per year category.The categories are fixed based on the number of travelers passed through an airport.Congrats @aailkoapt, @RGIAHyd, @baliairports, #ChongqingJiangbeiIntlAirport & @CSIAMumbai on your #ASQAwards for Best Airport by Size and Region – Asia-Pacific! pic.twitter.com/hMknysSHzi— ACI World (@ACIWorld) 6 March 2018Beijing Capital International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport shared the second spot, after Mumbai and New Delhi in the 40 million passengers per year category.Many other Indian airports also figured in the top rung in their respective categories. Bengaluru, airport is the second best airport in the 15 to 25 million passengers category, while Chennai airport shared the third place with Indonesia’s Surabaya airport. In the 5 to 15 million passengers category, Hyderabad airport secured the top spot. Cochin, Kolkata, and Pune airports are in the third place.Lucknow airport made it to the topmost rank in the 2 to 5 million passengers category. Ahmedabad airport received the award for the Most Improved Airport in Asia Pacific region. Indore (IDR) airport is selected as the best airport in the region in the 2 million passengers per year category.In the ASQ Award 2016, New Delhi and Mumbai were at the second position in the category of over 40 MPPA. Both airports have bettered their performance on ASQ parameters this year. The ASQ ranking is based on 34 key performance indicators. These include airport access, check-in, security screening, restrooms, stores, and restaurants. It also considers passenger comments of their best and worst experience at the airport.Airports Council International is a global trade representative of the world’s airports and it serves 1,953 airports in 176 countries.last_img read more

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Louisville Football Tabs Holt to Coach Tight Ends and Coordinate Special Teams

first_imgPrint Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Stu Holt, a 22-year coaching veteran and one of the top special teams coaches in the nation, has been hired as the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator at Louisville, head coach Scott Satterfield announced.”I’m excited that Stu will be joining our staff at Louisville,” Satterfield said. “The success that Stu has had throughout his career leading the special teams units at Appalachian State and South Florida, in addition to his experience on the offensive side of the football, will serve us well as we build our program at Louisville.Before joining the Louisville staff, Holt spent four seasons coaching the running backs and serving as the special teams coordinator at Appalachian State, guiding the Mountaineers to three consecutive conference championships and four bowl appearances.Holt’s running backs eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in each of the last four seasons, including Darrynton Evans, who ranked in the top-20 nationally with 1,187 yards and averaged better than 6.6 yards per carry in guiding the Mountaineers to an 11-2 mark and their third straight Sun Belt title. Evans earned first team all-Sun Belt and third team all-purpose.The Mountaineers recorded 10 100-yard running games and averaged 240.3 yards on the ground, tallying 10 games of 200 or more yards on the ground.Serving as the special teams coordinator in 2018, Appalachian State tallied four touchdowns on kick and punt returns, tying for the national lead with three scores on punt returns. The Mountaineers ranked second nationally in kickoff returns, averaging 28.8 yards per return, and were fourth in blocked kicks with six. The Mountaineers also ranked in the top 20 nationally in net punting, punt return defense and punt returns.Punter Clayton Howell, who averaged 43.6 yards per punt, was named a freshman All-American by The Athletic.In 2017 behind 1,037 rushing yards from running back Jalin Moore, the Mountaineers led the Sun Belt in rushing and ranked 22nd in the country by totaling an average of 223.6 yards per game – rushing for over 300 yards in each of their last three games, including 327 yards in the bowl win over Toledo.As the special teams coach, Holt’s unit benefited from the kicking of Chandler Staton, who finished season 8-of-9 on field goals and 31-of-31 on extra points. Kick returner Ike Lewis ranked 15th nationally with an average of 26.1 yards per kickoff return. In 2016, Holt mentored the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year in Moore and the program’s all-time leading rusher in Marcus Cox, who rushed for over 5,000 yards for his career. Moore and Cox combined to be one of the most productive tandems in all of college football, as they formed one of only three duos to average over 100 yards per game apiece during the 2016 season. App State was No. 10 nationally in rushing yards per game at 250.9 and led the Sun Belt in the category for the second consecutive year.Under Holt’s leadership, freshman placekicker Michael Rubino enjoyed a sterling first year, going 13-of-13 from inside of 40 yards. Evans returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the Camellia Bowl win over Toledo.In Holt’s initial season, the Mountaineers were led by Cox, who continued his record-setting career by finishing with 1,418 yards – good for 17th in the nation and third in the Sun Belt. Cox again topped national and conference rankings with 118.6 yards per game (13th national; 3rd Sun Belt) and all-purpose yards (132.2 yards per game), ranking second in the Sun Belt and 20th in the nation.With Holt overseeing the ground game, Appalachian State finished No. 6 in the nation and second in the Sun Belt with 271.5 yards of rushing offense. The Mountaineers led the Sun Belt Conference in total offensive yards with 466.2 yards per game, good also for 20th nationally.Holt made an immediate impact on the Appalachian State special teams, improving from 128th to 25th in efficiency from 2014 to 2015. Kicker Zach Matics was named first team All-Sun Belt after going 14-of-17 on field goals and drilling the game-winner as time expired to win the Camellia Bowl. Holt came to Appalachian State after two seasons at South Florida, where he served as the Bulls’ tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. He arrived at USF as director of player personnel in 2013 before taking over as special teams coordinator prior to the 2013 campaign. He added oversight of the Bulls’ tight ends to his duties in 2014.In 2013, Holt was nominated for the Broyles Award (National Assistant Coach of the Year) after USF’s special teams improved in nearly every statistical category despite the loss of its key performers.Under Holt’s tutelage, USF’s special teams were ranked No. 3 nationally by ESPN Stats & Info. The Bulls led the American Athletic Conference and ranked No. 9 nationally in punt returns (14.44-yard average) and first-year place kicker Marvin Kloss was one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award (national kicker of the year).In 2014 Holt’s special teams unit continued be one of the team’s strengths, when punter Mattias Ciabatti set a school record with a 44.4-yard punting average. The first-team all-conference selection led the AAC with 22 punts downed inside the 20 and 18 boots of 50 yards or more.Before going to USF, Holt spent eight of the previous nine seasons at Western Kentucky, first as running backs coach (2004-09) before coaching the tackles/tight ends coach (2011-12). He also coordinated the Hilltoppers’ special teams in 2005 and 2009 before one season at Tennessee State (2010), coaching the running backs.In those seven seasons as a running backs coach, Holt has produced impressive ground attacks and individual rushers. His units ranked among the NCAA Division I FCS top 25 in rushing twice — 14th at WKU in 2004 (226.2 ypg) and 24th at Tennessee State in 2010 (190.0 ypg). Additionally, he coached two 1,000-yard rushers at WKU (Lerron Moore and Tyrell Hayden).In addition to his successful time at USF, WKU and Tennessee State, Holt’s collegiate coaching experience also includes stints at Bethune-Cookman (inside linebackers/special teams – 2001), Cumberland (defensive line/special teams – 2000), Western Carolina (graduate assistant – 1998-99) and Norwich (1996).Over the course of his career, Holt has coached 10 student-athletes that have gone on to play in the National Football League — Brian Claybourn, Jack Doyle, Mitchell Henry and Bobby Rainey at WKU, Ciabatti, Sean Price (TE), Kloss and Mike McFarland at USF, Wake Forest All-American Steve Justice at New Smyrna Beach H.S, and Marcus Cox at Appalachian State.As a successful long snapper, Holt played at North Carolina from 1992-95, going to four bowl games. He graduated from North Carolina in 1995 with degree in English and education from Western Carolina in 2000.A native of Hamptonville, N.C., Holt attended high school at Starmount and played for his father, B.W. Holt, the fourth-winningest coach in North Carolina high school football history.Holt and his wife, Kim, have three daughters — Payton, Maggie and Ann Wallace.HOLT AT A GLANCECoaching Experience1996: Norwich (linebackers/special teams)1997: Mainland (Fla.) H.S. (running backs)1998-99: Western Carolina (graduate assistant)2000: Cumberland (defensive line/special teams)2001: Bethune-Cookman (inside linebackers/special teams)2002-03: New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) H.S. (head coach)2004-09: Western Kentucky (running backs*)2010: Tennessee State (running backs)2011-12: Western Kentucky (tackles/tight ends*)2013: South Florida (director of player personnel)2013: South Florida (special teams)2014: South Florida (tight ends/special teams)2015-18: Appalachian State (running backs/special teams)* also coordinated WKU’s special teams in 2005 and 2009 and return game in 2011Playing Experience1992-95: North Carolina (LS)Alma Mater: North Carolina, 1995Hometown: Hamptonville, N.C.Birthdate: Dec. 13, 1972 Wife: KimDaughters: Payton, Maggie and Ann Wallace Story Linkslast_img read more

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