Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party TNA on Friday called for allowing foreign judges and prosecutors to probe the alleged war crimes, a day after the UN Human Rights Council gave Colombo two more years to set up a credible investigation into the country’s brutal civil war. Sri Lankan troops are accused of killing at least 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians during former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime that brought an end to the three-decade long civil war with the LTTE in 2009, according to the UN. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAccording to the government figures, around 20,000 people are missing due to various conflicts including the civil war with Lankan Tamils in the north and east which claimed at least 100,000 lives. The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday approved giving two more years to the Sri Lankan government to set up a credible war crimes investigation into the civil war. M A Sumanthiran, the senior Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesman, said that they would urge for “a tribunal which is entirely international”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We will take the case to the International Criminal Court,” he said while addressing Parliament. Sumanthiran said the official position taken by Foreign Minister Thilak Marapana on Wednesday in Geneva that foreign judges cannot constitutionally operate in Sri Lanka was false. “It is false to say that constitution does not allow foreign judges to function,” he said. Referring to a case precedent in 2001, Sumanthiran, a lawyer, said that the constitutional provisions do not curtail or restrict the operation of foreign judges in Sri Lanka. He said that the UNHRC resolution adopted in October 2015, which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka, Colombo is bound to allow an international investigation. Sumanthiran said that when the government of Sri Lanka stands on one side with the militant group which fought for a separate state on the other side, only the foreign judges can ensure the impartiality of investigation. “We Tamils have no alternative but to work towards an international judicial process. We prefer a hybrid judicial mechanism,” he said. In Geneva on Thursday, the UN’s top rights body approved without a vote a resolution to postpone discussing the implementation of an official probe into crimes committed during the civil war.
CALGARY — India has issued a six-month extension allowing Canadian peas and lentils to be exported to the country without first being treated for pests.Pulse Canada CEO Gordon Bacon said the notice issued this week is a positive step, but what’s still unclear is whether Canadian exports will be exempt from a fine for not treating the shipments before export.India, the largest market for Canada’s 12,000 pulse farmers, had for years been letting Canadian shipments be treated on arrival rather than before shipping, but signalled earlier this year that the exception would end.The dispute centres around India’s requirement that pulse imports be fumigated with methyl bromide before export, a pesticide Canada is trying to phase out because of concerns it depletes the ozone layer, and which doesn’t work well in the cold.At the end of March, India issued a last-minute three-month extension to the waiver after Canadian officials met with Indian counterparts in an effort to keep open what was a $1.1-billion market for Canadian pulses last year.A spokesperson for Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said the government continues to work to find a long-term solution to the issue.
by News Staff Posted May 31, 2012 4:39 am MDT MUMBAI, India – India’s economic growth slowed to 5.3 per cent in the January-March quarter, the lowest since 2008, as the malaise in manufacturing and other sectors spread to ordinary Indians, who trimmed spending.The data, released by the government Thursday, was far worse than expected. Growth for the fiscal year through March was 6.5 per cent â€” less than the Reserve Bank of India’s forecast of 7.0 per cent.Not so long ago, Indian politicians claimed their economy could rival China’s and surge into double digit growth, lifting hundreds of millions out of dire poverty in the process.Instead, India is mired in a deepening crisis of confidence. Asia’s third-largest economy is widely regarded as performing below its potential, but hopes have dimmed that the fractious ruling coalition will be able to push through tough measures that could unlock a rebound.Thursday’s data suggest that Indian consumers, hit by stubborn inflation and a gloomy global outlook, have now fallen prey to the general malaise.“It’s beyond anything that we would have imagined,” said Samiran Chakraborty, head of research at Standard Chartered in Mumbai. “It looks to me that the consumption side of the story is now faltering.”Chakraborty blames inflation, which has averaged 9.2 per cent since the beginning of 2010.“Real wages are falling,” he said. “The consumption slowdown along with the investment slowdown has been a double whammy for the GDP number.”Inordinate delays in project approvals, energy supply, labour and land issues, and policy decisions that have frightened foreign investors have all weakened investment. India’s rising deficits and plunging currency â€” the rupee tumbled to a new lifetime low against the dollar Thursday â€” haven’t helped either.India’s combined fiscal deficit has more than doubled from 4.1 per cent of GDP in fiscal year 2008 to around 9 per cent now and the current account deficit is about 4 per cent of GDP, prompting Standard & Poor’s to threaten a sovereign downgrade.Manufacturing, a key source of jobs, fell 0.3 per cent in the March quarter from a year earlier.“India’s growth story has clearly derated,” said Citigroup economist Rohini Malkani, before the data came out. “A lot of it has been self-inflicted.”“There’s no easy way out,” Malkani said. “India clearly needs a fair amount of luck in terms of oil prices and capital flows.”The Reserve Bank of India and the International Monetary Fund, among others, have been urging the government to enact long-promised reforms that would kickstart growth and stimulate investment.A nationwide strike Thursday, organized by opposition political parties to protest a recent hike in gasoline prices underlined the difficulty of economic reform.Economists had cheered the hike as a step toward controlling India’s fiscal deficit. The 11 per cent increase was the steepest rise in a decade.Opposition parties, however, are demanding that the government roll back the increase to check inflation, dimming hopes that New Delhi will be able to trim other subsidies, such as diesel, which would do far more to balance the budget.In the financial capital Mumbai, residents, especially in the working class suburbs, stayed home, afraid of violence. Many shops were shuttered. Mobs attacked public buses, throwing stones, smashing windscreens and puncturing their tires.Trains, the lifeblood of the city, were unusually empty and Mumbai’s normally gridlocked roads were eerily clear during morning rush hour. India’s economy grew 5.3 per cent in March quarter, slowest since 2008 on flagging consumption AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
DETROIT – U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall to fix air bags on nearly 745,000 Chrysler SUVs is working properly.The company recalled older-model Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys in 2012 because the air bags could inflate without a crash, causing injuries.Chrysler installed an electrical filter to eliminate electrical spikes on air bag circuits and thought that would solve the problem.But since the recall, the company has received six reports of air bags inflating without a crash on SUVs that had the recall repairs.No crashes were reported, but owners said there were some cuts and burns, according to documents posted Monday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.The safety agency says it’s investigating whether the recall is working. Chrysler says it’s co-operating but hasn’t determined whether the recall is working.The investigation affects Libertys from the 2002 and 2003 model years and Grand Cherokees from 2002 to 2004.The company says customers with concerns can call (800) 853-1403. US probes effectiveness of Chrysler air bag recall in 745,000 older Chrysler SUVs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 2, 2014 6:21 am MDT
Every four years a sporting event comes around that unites the world for a month of fun, friends and football – or as its known in the U.S., soccer. The World Cup, coming again in 2014, is one of the most well-viewed sporting events in the world. With 32 countries worldwide taking part, it brings people together in a way no event besides the Olympics truly does. Even in the United States, a country where soccer generally takes a backseat to football, basketball and baseball, the World Cup is an event that draws many sports fans and patriots. But with an aging group of stars and a tight race in World Cup Qualifying, the status of United States soccer fandom could potentially hang in the balance this summer. Without a Confederations Cup spot this summer to help boost its reputation, like in 2009 when the United States upset Spain, 2-0, qualifying remains the only outlet for U.S. national team fans to cheer on their team. Sitting in third on goal differential in Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) World Cup Qualifying’s final round after three matches, the U.S. team’s qualification chances could be on the line when Mexico comes to Columbus on Sept. 10. But much more than that, soccer’s growth over the past few years could also be at risk in this qualification cycle. This is a country of short attention spans, and if a sport isn’t keeping its attention, it will move on. If the men’s national team fails to make it to Brazil in 2014 then it might be in danger of being forgotten. In recent years, the U.S. has reached an unprecedented level of success, making it to six straight World Cups, dating back to 1990, but the team is a state of flux. Although stars like Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan are still with the team, many players are getting older and might be participating in one of their last World Cup cycles. Without an attention-grabbing team, or even star, the U.S. could find itself in a precarious position of slipping into obscurity. Fortunately for the U.S., this is all just speculation. It is too early in the final round of qualifying to start talking about what will happen if the goal of a World Cup isn’t achieved. But once September rolls around, who knows? A win against Mexico could mean everything to the team. Will there always be a small group of loyal U.S. soccer fans? Of course, but for a sport that has been trying to break into the mainstream in this country for years, it is incredibly important not to slip up at one of its most vital moments. The U.S. is set to continue its qualifying push on a road game against Jamaica on June 7.
The veterinary nurse was later suspended and sacked from her job and the clinic contacted the Scottish SPCA over its concerns.She was charged with causing her pet unnecessary suffering, including collapse, convulsion and seizures, by injecting it with insulin on June 23, 2013.Bretman denied in court that she “took a dislike to the dog”, and claimed Florence was her “companion”. She will be sentenced next month.The charge carries a maximum penalty of a £20,000 fine or a year in jail. Her former employer Lesley Herd grew suspicious after the dog needed emergency treatment on several occasions after collapsing, twitching and vomiting. Every time, tests showed a low glucose level.Mrs Herd told the court: “The dog was fine between episodes so I really didn’t know what was going on with the dog at all, we couldn’t understand why she was having these episodes.”She added that initially Bretman did not want blood samples sent to a vet school for testing but eventually agreed to it. However, after volunteering to take the blood herself, it never arrived at the institution.Mrs Herd added: “Because of the pattern of collapse and low blood glucose on each occasion, and the fact that the dog was normal between episodes, I was suspicious insulin had been administered to the dog.”The court heard that after Bretman was given an evening off on June 2013, the dog collapsed and they came in for treatment, as Mrs Herd predicted. The spaniel was re-homed after the allegations against Bretman came to light and the court heard she had since returned to good health.Her former owner started working as a veterinary nurse in 2011 for Pet A&E, a clinic in the Kinning Park area of Glasgow which provides care for animals outside normal working hours. The spaniel has been re-homedCredit:Sprindrift An “attention seeking” veterinary nurse at a private clinic deliberately poisoned her pet dog in a bizarre case of animal cruelty that is thought to be the first of its kind to come before the courts.Georgina Bretman, 28, injected her black-and-white cocker spaniel, Florence, with insulin, which made the animal collapse and suffer convulsions and seizures.The damage was so severe that the two-year-old dog could have fallen into a coma or died.Vets at the out-of-hours practise where Bretman worked became suspicious after Florence was brought in for emergency treatment on several separate occasions, always suffering from the same unusual symptoms.Although no explanation was offered as to why she harmed her pet, Glasgow Sheriff Court was told that she was an “attention-seeker”. Georgina Bretman arriving at courtCredit:Spindrift On one occasion her employer gave Bretman an evening off, then correctly predicted that within a few hours the dog would suddenly become ill and be brought back to the surgery requiring emergency treatment.In what is understood to be the first prosecution and conviction of its kind of an owner harming their dog in such a way, Sheriff Joan Kerr found Bretman, of Giffnock, Glasgow, guilty of injecting her own dog with insulin resulting in her requiring immediate treatment to “avoid coma or death”. 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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice businessman charged with murder of fisherman in recent piracy attacksMay 31, 2018In “Court”Top Cop takes offence to remarks made by Magistrate in piracy attack caseJune 14, 2018In “Court”Alleged ring leader of pirate gang nabbedJune 8, 2018In “Crime” Accused: Alexander DenhartJust days after a Corentyne, Berbice businessman Nakool Manohar was charged with murdering a fisherman during the course of a robbery which occurred at sea, a teenager on Wednesday stood before Acting Chief Magistrate, Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and was also charged with the said murder.Nineteen-year-old, Alexander Denhart of 79 Village, Berbice had the indictable charge read to him which alleged that he murdered Tilacknauth Mohabir, called “Caiman” sometime between April 27, 2018 and May 3, 2018 at Corentyne, Berbice.The teen was remanded to prison to return on June 13, 2018 at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court.Denhart’s alleged accomplice and mastermind of the attack, Manohar was on last Wednesday refused bail when he was charged with the said offence at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court.Accused: Nakool ManoharHe was also further remanded on the two previous charges of robbery on the high seas committed in 2015 and 2016 respectively.The accused is expected to be back in court shortly to have another murder charge, for that of Mahesh Sarjoo, called “Cooba” read to him.Mohabir and Sarjoo’s bodies were the only two that were positively identified by relatives in Suriname after the attacks by pirates on four fishing boats at a place called Wia Wia Bank in the Atlantic Ocean.Reports coming out of Suriname indicated that 20 fishermen were the victims of that attack and 11 are still missing and feared dead.
Clare O’Leary [The Ice Project]TWO IRISH ADVENTURERS will fly out to Canada next Friday to begin their assault on what’s regarded as one of the most arduous expedition routes in the world.Described by renowned adventurer Reinhold Messner as being “ten times harder than Everest” — the walk to the geographic North Pole has only been completed by 132 people.Far more than that number have visited the top of the world, obviously — but to be regarded as a proper Pole walk, it’s accepted that an expedition must set out from land.And with the sea ice receding year-on-year, there’s a chance that the 780km journey planned by Kerry mountaineer Mike O’Shea and Cork adventurer Clare O’Leary could be the last ever such crossing to take place.“That’s the big thing — the ice is just getting so unstable it’s getting more and more difficult to make it across every time,” O’Shea told TheJournal.ie.“In a few years it may not be possible.” Ice floes float in Baffin Bay between Canada and Greenland above the Arctic circle on July 10, 2008 [Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press/PA Images]O‘Shea’s climbing career began at the age of 13 when he started climbing the McGillicuddy Reeks. As part of his ‘Ice Project’ missions alongside O’Leary he’s also completed a 640km trek across a frozen lake in Russia, an expedition to Kilimanjaro, and a gruelling 19-day trip across the North Patagonian Icecap.In addition to her Ice Project adventures, O’Leary also became the first Irish woman to climb Mount Everest in 2004, and has skied to the South Pole.They know what they’re doing in other words.So why the North Pole? Because it’s there, really:“I suppose the North Pole is a natural progression. We’ve been wanting to do the it for a long time – it’s a bit like the World Cup of expeditions.”It’s a second attempt at the task for the pair — they were unable to complete their 2012 trip after plans to share charter logistics with another team fell apart.Mike O’Shea [Image: The Ice Project]The issue of transport costs is also a major factor this time around — if the duo manage to reach their destination as planned in the week of 21 April they’ll be able to charter a plane out with the Russians at a cost of €30,000. If they miss that window, they’ll have to travel to a Canadian science base further along the ice — and a flight out from there would cost €100,000.O’Shea and O’Leary have been fundraising intensively ahead of take-off this Friday — and have raised enough to cover their basic costs, including a ‘food-drop’ along the projected route. However, O’Shea’s still appealing for other sponsors to come on board, as he says a second supply drop would increase their chances of making it “by 30 to 40 per cent”.(Youtube: Outsider Magazine)The pair fly into Ottowa this weekend. From there, it’s a trip the northernmost Canadian territory of Nunavik. They’ll spend a few weeks adjusting to the conditions in the region, before flying to the remote outcrop of Ward Hunt Island — from where they’ll launch their assault on the Pole.The team will burn up to 9,000 calories per day and are expected to lose up to 44lbs in weight over the duration of the journey. (The expedition is the energy equivalent of running two marathons daily for around 50 days consecutively).And all that bad weather we’ve been experiencing is good news for O’Shea and O’Leary — changes to the jet stream this year mean better conditions for the attempt, and there’s been a ”good freeze” in the Arctic Ocean in advance of the duo’s departure.“Last year no trips took place, as the ice was in such bad nick,” O’Shea said.“We got the call over three weeks ago that conditions were good for this year, that this could even be possible — we’ve been going all guns blazing ever since.”[Image: The Ice Project]The journey will take around 50 days to complete — and in addition to the cold, snow, ice (and whatever else the elements might throw at them) the pair will also be waging a frustrating battle against ‘Arctic Drift’.What’s that, you ask? The team have explained all on the expedition website:In a single day the ice can drift up to 18km away from the pole — meaning that on a day where you really push hard and walk 15 – 17km you could end up further away than when you started.The ice is moving and shifting all the time, even when we sleep. It can be very disheartening to wake up further away from your goal than when you lay your head on the pillow. The map below shows the drift of individual marker buoys on the ice over the course of a year:[Image: arctic.noaa.gov]And just how cold will it be?“Minus 50 to 55 during daylight. We don’t take the thermometer out at night — it’s just too cold.”Mike and Clare will be busy with preparations over the coming days as launch date approaches — they’re even spending the night in an industrial-sized freezer in Dublin’s Docklands on Tuesday night to check their sub-zero gear is working properly.Expect to hear a lot more from them over the coming weeks as the adventure progresses: the support team will be providing updates over at theiceproject.org.And just in case you weren’t already feeling guilty enough for putting off that Sunday morning run, you’ll pleased to learn that the intrepid pair are already thinking about future expeditions.The list includes a “full crossing of the South Pole”.So… Nothing too taxing then.Read: Irish North Pole duo forced to turn back after facing €120k billRead: Survey to give fascinating glimpse into life on barrier reefRead: So, what are the chances we’ll see an Irishman (or anybody) head to Mars?
Stay on target Twitter this week pulled back the curtain on the AI technology behind its new smart image auto-cropping function.If you’re like me, you’ve never really considered the often-truncated thumbnails appearing on your timeline; you just automatically click to enlarge the photo.Well, that’s not good enough for Twitter: The social network is ditching its face detection feature to focus on so-called “salient” image zones, or those spots at which a viewer is most likely to look.Which, unsurprisingly, boil down to faces, text, animals, and objects or regions of high contrast.Saliency prediction networks can detect puppies, faces, text, and other objects of interest (via Twitter)“This data can be used to train neural networks and other algorithms to predict what people want to look at,” Twitter’s Lucas Theis and Zehan Wang wrote in a blog announcement. “The basic idea is to use these predictions to center a crop around the most interesting region.”The firm previously used face detection to highlight the most prominent mug available. But this approach has “obvious” limitations: First of all, not all images contain faces. And those that do can sometimes elude technology; the algorithm often missed or mistakenly identified faces.“If no faces were found, we would focus the view on the center of the image,” according to the blog. “This could lead to awkwardly cropped preview images.”Enter machine learning and saliency prediction, which has improved in skill but not in speed.Images before and after changes to Twitter’s cropping logic (via Twitter)Twitter, on one hand, must process and crop every uploaded image without impacting real-time sharing. On the other hand, the network is interested only in roughly identifying the most salient regions.So, the team compromised by reducing the neural network’s size through a combination of knowledge distillation and pruning. Now, Twitter can crop media ten times faster.“This lets us perform saliency detection on all images as soon as they are uploaded and crop them in real-time,” the company said.Online and mobile tweeters should notice a different soon; the update is currently rolling out to Web, iOS, and Android users. McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, July 10, 2019:#1) Concert on the Common: Ball In The HouseThe 2019 Wilmington Concerts on the Common series kicks off this Wednesday, July 10, 2019, from 6:30pm to 8pm, with Ball in the House.Enjoy an evening of a cappella at its best! Following in the path of classic harmony groups like The Temptations and Boyz II Men, this five member veteran vocal band will move audiences with their music. A review from the Boston Globe put it very succinctly: “Ball in the House has everything you would expect to find in a successful pop/rock band…the one thing it doesn’t have is instruments.”Admission is free of charge. Bring your chairs/blankets and relax to the sweet sounds of summer. The Wilmington Band Parents Association will be selling concessions.Additional concerts will take place on July 17 (Jimmy & The Jesters), July 24 (BackTrack), and July 31 (60’s Invasion).These popular concerts are organized by the Wilmington Recreation Department.#2) Fundraiser For May Center For Autism At Tremezzo Tremezzo Ristorante (2 Lowell Street) is donating 15% of its eat-in and takeout sales for lunch and dinner to the May Center School for Autism in Wilmington on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.The event is organized by AA Premier Properties, which has selected the May Center for Autism as its “Charity of the Year.” The May Center School provides full-day, year-round educational and vocational services for children and adolescents with autism and other special needs from preschool to age 22.The flyer isn’t necessary. Just make sure to mention the fundraiser to your waiter!#3) Town Yardwaste Center OpenThe Town’s Yardwaste Center, located on Old Main Street, off of Main Street at the Woburn line, is open from 8am to 2pm.Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the Yardwaste Center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.For a complete schedule of the Town’s 2019 Yard Waste Program and other information on waste disposal and recycling, please call the Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481 or refer to the department’s website HERE.#4) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 6pm (extended summer hours). All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#5) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 31, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 24, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Academics and researchers have been meeting in Anchorage to bring together studies looking at what sustainability means in the arctic. Andrey Petrov is lead investigator and director of Arctic Frost. He has studied the arctic in Russia, Canada and Alaska for 15 years. He says there is a lot of discussion about environmental changes, but social changes in arctic communities can be even more dramatic. His work looks at human capital and community innovators.Listen now:
A group of Homer youth and adults camped out in a city park Saturday night to force a light on the often overlooked problem of homelessness in the community. The campers planned to bear temperatures slightly below freezing while sleeping in tents and cardboard boxes. The campsite was a gathering place for activists against homelessness.Download AudioA group of Homer youth and adults camped out in a city park Saturday night to force a light on the often overlooked problem of homelessness in the community. Photo: “The Triple H’s of Homer” Facebook page.The night’s campers came to WKFL Park layered in coats, gloves, scarves and head wraps. They had a fire, they had fresh homemade donuts, and hot drinks but they were still cold. And they wanted to emphasize what a similar night would be like for people who are regularly in danger of sleeping outside without those luxuries.“I have had a lot of close friends who have done the couch hopping and being a teen in between and not having a solid place to stay every night,” said Casey Marsh.Casey Marsh is a Homer High School Senior and she organized the campout for her senior project entitled “The Triple H’s of Homer.” The triple Hs stand for Homeless, Hungry and Hopeful. She wants to see the community step up to eliminate homelessness and says for that to happen the problem has to be dragged into plain sight.“I hope that with them seeing how much the youth is involved and all the different age groups we have here they’ll realize that it is a community issue and as a community we need to work together to fix it,” said Marsh.J.J. O’Rourke is with an advocacy group for homeless teenagers, Teens United for a Future, or TUFF Teens. She says it’s easy for people in Homer to overlook the homeless problem because the homeless tend to blend in.“They don’t want anyone to know. They don’t want to [be] looked down upon. A lot of kids and adults are in their cars right now,” said O’Rourke.O’Rourke says at the moment the most pressing need for homeless teens and adults are shelters. Especially for teens. The LeeShore Center in Kenai offers crisis beds for women and their children but there are no public shelters on the peninsula for kids under 18, or for families, and there’s nothing for homeless men.Jane Dunn works in Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition office in Paul Banks Elementary School. She helps homeless teens find the resources they need day to day so they can focus on school.“I have just in the Homer area from Ninilchik south about 50 kids. District wide generally by the end of the school year we have about 253 on average, but this year district wide we’re about 33 percent higher than we were last year,” said Dunn.According to Dunn numbers for the Homer area are up by 91% from this time last year and she stresses those are just the kids her office knows about.“I know there’s a lot that I don’t know about right here at the high school,” said Dunn. “And it’s not just teens most of what I’m working with right now is families. The economy is really hard. Yes there’s jobs out there but they’re not jobs that can support a family.”Some members of the Homer community are pulling together to offer some relief. Lieutenant Kristin Fankhauser is a pastor at the Homer Salvation Army and she’s a member of the Homer Homeless Action Committee, which began meeting this summer. The group has three goals.“One is getting information out to the homeless of the services that are provided in town. The other one is to setup a safe housing network specifically for youth. A place they can go and couch surf but in a safe environment,” said Fankhauser.And their ultimate goal is to establish a permanent homeless shelter. Fankhauser says they want to start with a temporary cold weather location and then build up from there. First they have to make a community needs assessment and then try opening a shelter inside the Salvation Army.“How long that’s going to take us I don’t know, but that’s our first step: to do the community needs assessment and apply for grants to fund it,” said Fankhauser.The committee meets the first Thursday of every month. There’s an email list residents can subscribe to for meeting times and locations.Casey Marsh says her project is already making some headway. Lately she’s getting emails from Homer residents willing to give teens a place to sleep.
The Central government on Monday raised the import tariff value on gold by $9 to $354 per 10 gm and on silver by $5 to $457 per kg, according to a finance ministry statement released the same day.The tariff values on gold and silver were fixed at $345 and $452 by the government on 31 December, 2015. The import tariff value is the base price at which the customs duty is determined to prevent under-invoicing. It is normally revised on a fortnightly basis.Details of gold and silver imports for December 2015 are yet to be released, while the total non-oil imports during the month stood at $27 billion in December 2015, down 7.6% year-on-year.Gold and silver prices have been on the rise since the beginning of 2016 due to a slump in stock markets globally.Gold prices closed at Rs 26,550 per 10 gm on 16 January, up from Rs 25,510 on 1 January, while silver prices increased to Rs 34,015 on 16 January from Rs 33,300 on the first day of this year.India’s gold imports have come down consistently over the years, from $56.5 billion in the 2011-12 fiscal to $53.8 billion in 2012-13 to $27.70 billion in 2013-14. It was $24.49 billion last year, and in this fiscal, the country imported gold worth $22.73 billion in the first eight months (April to November).India’s gold imports plunged 36.48% to $3.53 billion in November 2015 from $5.57 billion in the corresponding month last year on account of falling gold prices.Silver imports dropped 55% to $285 million in November 2015 from $643.71 million in November 2014.
YouTube’Virus’, one of the most anticipated Malayalam movies of the year, finally graced the big screens on June 7. The film has been ruling the headlines since the date of its announcement, and after the recently released trailer, expectations surrounding this flick reached sky high. It should be noted that this Aashiq Abu directorial is a survival thriller, and it portrays some real-life incidents which happened in Kerala last year when Nipah virus started killing humans with full fury. Interestingly, the film reached theatres at a time when Kerala is once again facing the threat of Nipah virus.Loaded with an ensemble star cast, ‘Virus’ features Kunchakko Boban, Asif Ali, Tovino Thomas, Parvathy Thiruvoth, Revathy, Rima Kallingal, Rahman, Indrajith Sukumaran, Joju George, Indrans, Soubin Shahir, and Remya Nambeeshan in lead roles.Please scroll down to read our genuine and unbiased review of ‘Virus’.A tale of survivalThe film showcases some real-life incidents which happened in Kozhikode during the Nipah outbreak in 2018. In the initial moments itself, director Aashiq Abu loudly proclaimed that he has made this movie after doing so much research. The first half of the film primarily concentrated on the beginning of the Nipah outbreak, and the fear it spread among the people in the area.There are some fine moments in the first half, and it includes a scene where Tovino Thomas who plays the role of the district collector talking to Ambulance drivers who were hesitant to drive vehicles due to the fear of getting infected. Even though the first half ended in a very interesting note, the second half failed to keep up the momentum.In the second half, the director seems a little clueless on what he was doing and at times, the script derailed from his hands. However, when the film neared the climax, Aashiq Abu once again showed his magical filmmaking skills, and the climax speech delivered by Revathy gave goosebumps to the audiences.Technical side’Virus’ can be considered as one of the most technically sound films ever produced in the history of Malayalam film industry. The cinematography handled by Rajeev Ravi and Shyju Khalid seems top notch, and the music composed by Sushin Shyam was mind-blowing. The editing was crisp, but the film would have been much more enjoyable if Saiju Sreedharan trimmed some of the unwanted scenes in the second half.Aashiq Abu as a director deserves full mark for crafting the first half of the movie in such an engrossing manner. In the second half, the film lacked cinematic elements, and at times, it felt like a documentary. The fake note sequence in the climax sequence could have been avoided, as it had nothing to do with the storyline.Aashiq Abu has also tried to convey his political ideologies in this movie by portraying a team of central government health experts under a bad light.PerformancesAll the actors have given their best in the movie. Tovino Thomas and Kunchakko Boban had more screen space in the movie when compared to other stars, and both of them did full justice to their roles. Parvathy Thiruvoth, as usual, was excellent, and Revathy once again delivered a breathtaking performance on screen. However, the surprise package in this movie was the character played by Sreenath Bhasi. The actor shined in the role of a junior doctor and is undoubtedly the show stealer in this film.Final verdict’Virus’ is a story of survival. Even though there are a few flaws in the second half, this film will make you realize what had happened in those crucial days when fear loomed an entire district in Kerala.
The General Electric logo is pictured on the General Electric offshore wind turbine plant in Montoir-de-Bretagne, near Saint-Nazaire, western FranceReutersJohn Flannery, who was appointed as the chairman and CEO less than two years ago to stem General Electric’s rapid decline, has been shown the door. Flannery had taken over the reins of the century-old company from long-time CEO Jeff Immelt in June 2017.However, as Flannery went about restructuring the multinational conglomerate, its value went below $100 billion and shares nose-dived more than 35 per cent this year, following a 45 per cent slide last year.Things haven’t looked up as GE was ousted from the Dow Jones Industrial Average this summer and shares fell to a nine-year low in September after it was revealed that the company’s gas turbines were beset with an ‘oxidation issue’ forcing the shutdown of a pair of power plants where they were being used.On Monday, GE warned that it will miss profit forecasts this year and it’s taking a $23 billion charge related to its power business.H Lawrence Culp Jr. (55), who is a member of the GE board, has taken over as CEO with immediate effect. Culp was CEO and president of Danaher Corp from 2000 to 2014 and during his stint, the company’s market capitalization and revenues increased five-fold.GE would be hoping that he can replicate the success he had at Danaher and take the company out of an 18-month decline.Flannery was unable to usher in a turnaround as desired by the board and just six months into his job he said GE would be forced to pay $15 billion to make up for the miscalculations of North American Life & Health, an insurance subsidiary.He also announced that GE would be splitting the company’s three main divisions — aviation, healthcare and power — into independent business entities.Since its finance division was hit hard during recession, GE has been selling off assets and Flannery vowed that he would give GE a more high-tech and industrial focus by energising the aviation, power and renewable energy business.Tracing its roots to Thomas Edison, who invented the light bulb, the company grew along with the American economy. When the global financial crisis started in 2008, GE was one of the biggest lenders in the US and millions of its appliances were sold all over the world. It also owned a multinational media powerhouse which included NBC TV.
Battery Life (Test Ver 2.0)1 of 5Continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits.Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2018)Dell XPS 13 9370 (2018)Microsoft Surface Pro 6Samsung Galaxy Book 2Category Average (as of 05/31/19) Operating System RAM Weight Bluetooth 5.0 8:20Minutes (higher is better) 0:00 2:30 5:00 7:30 10:00 12:30 15:00 Bluetooth Secondary Hard Drive Type 1 Advertisement 64GB Optical Drive Speed Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptopmag.com, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Display Size Graphics Card CPU Video Memory Native Resolution 9:20 Mark Spoonauer, Editor-in-Chief iOS 12 RAM Upgradable to 2732 x 2048 Battery Life (Test Ver 2.0)Color AccuracyDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 4.1Jetstream Apple likes to say that the iPad Pro is a computer, not a tablet. I beg to differ. But it is much more than a tablet.article continued belowAdvertisement Whatever you want to call it, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (from $999; $1,327 with keyboard and Apple Pencil) is one of the most powerful mobile devices ever made. The A12X Bionic processor in this slate runs circles around even Core i7-powered laptops on certain tasks, and yet the device weighs just 1.4 pounds. 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And the new Apple Pencil feels better in your hand while offering useful gestures. Oh, and the battery life is bonkers, at well over 13 hours. Is the iPad Pro a laptop replacement? Not for me. However, if you like the idea of interacting primarily via touch or Pencil, you’ll be floored by the sheer performance and versatility of this slate. This iPad Pro more than earned its spot on our Best Tablets and Best Kids Tablets page. Price and Availability The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 for the Wi-Fi model with 64GB of storage. The $129 Apple Pencil and $199 keyboard bring the price to a fairly steep $1,327. See how Apple’s smart keyboard folio compares to the best iPad Pro keyboard cases at our face-off. That’s MacBook Pro territory. Adding LTE costs $250, getting you the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. If I were spending my own money, I would pay a little bit more and get the 256GB version, which would bring the total cost with the accessories to $1,477. For our review, Apple sent us the 1TB Wi-Fi + Cellular model, which starts at $1,899 for just the tablet and costs $2,227 when you throw in the Pencil and keyboard. Gulp. Design The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is still imposing, but now that’s because of a much more immersive display and not because of the device’s sheer footprint. Apple blasted away the big bezels from the previous model to deliver something that’s almost all screen. Apple ditched the Home button while stretching the Liquid Retina display to the corners using the same techniques (such as pixel masking) the company employed on the iPhone XR. This is not an iPhone writ large, though, as the aluminum iPad Pro’s design is less playful and more industrial-chic, with perfectly flat sides and gently rounded corners. Apple blasted away the big bezels from the previous model to deliver something that’s almost all screen. This slate is smaller in every dimension than the last iPad Pro, as well as lighter. The new iPad Pro 12.9 measures 11 x 8.4 x 0.23 inches and weighs 1.39 pounds (1.4 pounds for the LTE model), compared to the 12 x 8.7 x 0.27-inch design on the 2017 model, which also weighed a heftier 1.49 (Wi-Fi) to 1.53 pounds (Wi-Fi + Cellular). The Surface Pro 6 is narrower than the iPad Pro but taller and thicker, at 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches, and heavier, at 1.7 pounds. In my hands, the new iPad Pro felt wonderfully thin, but you’ll definitely notice its weight after a few minutes. This slate is really best for using in your lap, whether you’re drawing or typing. But it’s fine for use in short stints while you’re standing. The other big (and overdue) design change on the iPad Pro 12.9 is the USB-C port, which enables users to connect the tablet to an external monitor (up to 5K), digital cameras and other devices. Some users will lament that the headphone jack got zapped as well, but many of us have already moved on to wireless headphones, anyway. Overall, I like the design of the iPad Pro, but I wish Apple had included a kickstand like the Surface Pro 6 and Galaxy Book 2 have. If your new iPad Pro looks bent, even though it just came out of the box, you’re not crazy or looking at it wrong. Apple admitted that a slight, visible curve is the result of its manufacturing process. Specifically, the bend is a result of the tablet’s metal and plastic parts cooling down. If you notice this within the first 14 days, you can exchange your iPad under Apple’s return policy. Display It would be a total waste of $999 (or more) to use the iPad Pro 12.9 just for bingeing Netflix, but damn does this screen look good. I streamed Ugly Delicious, a show about food, and this panel made a brick oven look mesmerizing. It looked so good I had to pause the frame when it showed the rich orange flames and oozy pizza cheese up close. According to our lab tests, the iPad Pro averages 484 nits of brightness, which beats scores from both the Surface Pro 6 (408 nits) and Samsung Galaxy Book 2 (350 nits). This LCD can reproduce 128.4 percent of the sRGB color gamut and registered a Delta-E color-accuracy score of 0.29 (0 is perfect). The Galaxy Book 2’s OLED display is more colorful, reaching 200.2 percent of sRGB, but it’s not as accurate (0.31), while the Surface Pro 6 produced slightly more colors than the iPad (136 percent) but with worse accuracy (0.56). MORE: Apple Reveals New MacBook Air, iPad Pro and Mac mini The display on the iPad Pro 12.9 benefits from other technologies as well, such as ProMotion. This enables the panel to scale its refresh rate automatically up to 120 Hz, depending on the task. There’s also True Tone, which can change the color temperature of the display based on ambient lighting to make reading easier on the eyes. Audio Whoa. That’s what I said to myself when I listened to Bruno Mars’ “Perm” blasting through the iPad Pro’s four-speaker audio system. Compared to what you get from the Surface Pro 6, the new iPad’s sound wasn’t just louder and clearer; the bass guitar and bottom end overall were just more present on the Apple slate. The iPad Pro also includes five microphones, which come in handy for FaceTime calls but also Siri queries. In fact, the iPad Pro heard me from several feet away in a conference room when I said, “Hey, Siri,” and asked about the weather. Apple Pencil The new Apple Pencil is now pricier, at $129, but it’s a big improvement over the original. For starters, it’s a cinch to dock this Pencil with the iPad Pro, thanks to a built-in magnet. The Pencil starts charging as soon as it attaches. I tried shaking the iPad Pro hard with the Pencil attached, and it didn’t come loose. The Pencil also stayed put after I walked a mile with the iPad Pro stuffed in my backpack, but it did come loose one time while I was taking the tablet out of my bag. The new Apple Pencil also feels better in the hand, as there’s a flat edge. Plus, you can activate various shortcuts with a double tap, such as quickly pulling up the eraser. And with a quick tap, you can go straight into the Notes app when the iPad Pro’s screen is off. The new Apple Pencil is now pricier, at $129, but it’s a big improvement over the original. I handed the new iPad Pro to our deputy director of photography, Jef Castro, who also happens to be a great illustrator, and here’s what he said: “My favorite update, as simple as it may sound, is the flat edge, which felt much better in my hand and made for a better grip. I say this as someone who gets minor hand cramps from the previous Pencil after continuous use.” Jef also liked all the improvements, from the magnetic charging to the double tap, which created a much smoother experience for him. Unfortunately, the Apple Pencil works with only the new iPad Pros; it’s not backward-compatible with previous iPad Pros. A12X Bionic: Crazy-fast performance The 7-nanometer A12X Bionic chip inside the iPad Pro is so fast we almost did a spit take when we tested the CPU in our labs. This processor packs four performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, and there’s a new GPU that promises twice the graphics performance as the A10X processor inside the last iPad Pro provided. On Geekbench 4, which measures overall performance, the iPad Pro 12.9-inch turned in a multicore score of 17,995, which smokes scores from the Surface Pro 6 with its Core i5 CPU (13,025) and even the Core i7-powered Dell XPS 13 (14,180). The Qualcomm Snapdragon 850-powered Galaxy Book 2 (3,945) is not even in the same universe as the iPad Pro. Qualcomm has announced a new Snapdragon 8cx chip for laptops and 2-in-1s, but that won’t start appearing in devices until the third quarter of 2019. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro also crushed the competition when we turned to video editing. Transcoding a 4K clip to 1080p in the Adobe Rush app took just 7 minutes and 47 seconds on the iPad Pro, while the Dell XPS 13 took 31:03 and the Surface Pro 6 took 31:54. The latest 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro completed the task in 25:53. The gap wasn’t as great when we exported 100 raw photos in Adobe Lightroom on the iPad Pro, but Apple’s tablet still came out on top. The iPad Pro took 59 seconds, while the XPS 13 took a little more than 2 minutes. The 13-inch MacBook Pro and Surface Pro 6 were in the middle, at 1:35 and 1:36, respectively. All of that A12X horsepower also comes in handy when using AR apps like Plantale. My colleagues were floored when I placed a big sunflower in the middle of the newsroom, and then the app let me zoom in on a highly detailed cross section of a leaf to see the photosynthesis process. Apps like this can change the face of education. This iPad has serious game, too, as I found when I fought as Superman in Injustice 2. This resource-intensive title loaded in less than 10 seconds, and the action never stuttered, even on a giant, 12.9-inch display as I frantically punched and kicked. MORE: New iPad Pro Beats XPS 13, MacBook Pro in Leaked Benchmarks However, that game isn’t even fully optimized for the iPad Pro. Assassin’s Creed Identity and a new version of NBA 2K19 both look impressive, but we’ll have to see if those and other titles are really Xbox One S-quality, as Apple claims. Battery Life This is impressive. On the Laptop Mag Battery Test, the iPad Pro 12.9 inch lasted 13 hours and 14 minutes. That beats the Surface Pro’s time (9:20) by nearly 4 hours. The ARM-powered Galaxy Book 2 mustered a good-but-not-great 10:41. Despite the inclusion of USB-C, the iPad Pro 12.9 inch doesn’t offer fast charging. We will update this review with full test results, but this slate took about an hour to charge to 20 percent. My biggest gripe with the iPad Pro is the short, 1-meter power cable. It didn’t even reach to my kitchen table from a very close wall. Apple sells a 2-meter USB-C cable for $19, but that accessory should have been included. iOS 12 (and iPadOS) Using the iPad Pro in iOS 12 feels a lot more intuitive and productive than you might think. This is not just a big iPhone. You can easily run two apps side by side, provided they’re optimized for the software. For example, I could easily drag an image out of Photos into an outgoing message I had composed in Mail. My biggest gripe with the iPad Pro is the short power cable. If you swipe up from the bottom of the screen, you can close an app, but swiping up slightly will show the Dock. Swiping down from the top right will display the Control Center, for tweaking settings on the fly. You can also quickly switch between open apps just by swiping from left to right toward the bottom of the screen. However, I think the keyboard integration with iOS should be better. For example, you can’t just type on the Home screen to search for apps. You have to swipe down from the top of the screen first. It’s a similar deal for the Settings menu. You shouldn’t have to tap the Search bar first when you have the keyboard attached. Later this year, though, the iPad’s operating system changes its name, as Apple releases iPadOS. Wondering how iPadOS will stand out from iOS 13? We’ve got a full guide to iPadOS’ exclusive features. And if that makes you curious enough to want to try the public beta, check out our tutorial for how to install the iPadOS public beta. Cameras You will look silly using a 12.9-inch tablet to take photos and videos, but you’ll be glad to know that the 12-MP camera on the iPad’s back takes sharp pics. And this camera uses the same smart HDR feature as the latest iPhones have to bring out more highlights. Take this photo of mums, for example. The iPad Pro delivered fairly good detail in the petal, and the pinks and yellows were rich without being overly saturated. The iPad Pro also did a good job capturing this scene in Bryant Park. The holiday lights are fairly distinct, though the trees in the background could be a little sharper. The front 7-MP camera on the iPad Pro can take Portraits, complete with the ability to tweak the depth control for a nice bokeh effect (after you shoot but not before). But for some reason, Apple didn’t give the back camera Portrait mode support. Bottom Line The iPad Pro is the quintessential tablet for power users and creative pros. It’s so fast that I imagine the likes of Qualcomm and Intel are getting nervous. This tablet wiped the floor with premium Windows laptops and 2-in-1s, in both benchmarks and real-world tests. The iPad Pro’s display, sound and battery life are also top-notch, and the improved Apple Pencil is more comfortable and easier to store. However, it’s going to take some time for developers to tap the potential of the A12X Bionic chip. For instance, a fully optimized version of Photoshop for the iPad is shipping in 2019, complete with Apple Pencil and touch support — not a watered-down Photoshop, but the real deal. If you’re looking for a true laptop replacement, the Surface Pro 6 is a better option. It’s not as speedy, but Microsoft’s 2-in-1 offers a more comfortable keyboard with a touchpad and a true desktop environment. Then again, Apple didn’t set out to create a 2-in-1. The company wanted to deliver the ultimate mobile device for those who like the idea of using touch and Pencil input most of the time. And if you’re in that target audience, nothing comes close to the iPad Pro. 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Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — An American cruise passenger was evacuated from a Carnival ship after she required immediate medical attention.The Navy of Mexico reported the evacuation of the female passenger, saying that the woman, who was aboard the Carnival Vista cruise ship, required immediate medical attention for a heart attack.The request for the medical evacuation occurred five nautical miles east of Isla Mujeres. The ship made the call for support to transport the 54-year-old passenger to hospital, who they said was suffering from myocardial infarction.Photo: La Secretaría de Marina-Armada de MéxicoMembers of the Mexican Navy, along with navy medical personnel, set out to rescue the American cruise ship passenger. She was transferred to the Puerto Juarez dock where a private ambulance was waiting.She was taken to a Cancun hospital for specialized attention. There is no update as to her status.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
But he said Colombia cannot accept “omissions, errors, excesses and inconsistencies” in the decision that separate four cays from the main islands. He says it will hurt fishermen.He announced that he would fly to San Andres immediately.Santos added that he does no rule out any measure or mechanism to defend Colombia’s rights under international law.The court’s decision is, however, binding and final.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Four benefits of having a wireless security system BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – President Juan Manuel Santos says his government emphatically rejects the International Court of Justice’s decision to declare Colombian sovereignty over a Caribbean archipelago off Nicaragua’s coast but deny it control over waters that connect some of the islands.Colombia’s president said Monday’s decision is correct in rejecting Nicaragua’s claim to the San Andres and Providencia islands and their surrounding cays. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments Share Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes
Source = Randstad Specialist recruitment & HR services provider Randstad announced it would recognise Australia’s most attractive places to work – as voted by the public – at Australia’s inaugural Randstad Awards ceremony in Sydney next month.The Randstad Awards will recognise the nation’s best places to work among 150 of the country’s largest employers (by employee size), based on the opinions of over 7,000 jobseekers in Australia.Recently appointed Randstad CEO Fred van der Tang says he is excited the Awards have arrived in Australia, after seeing first-hand their success in Europe.“The Awards provide invaluable insight into a company’s perceived attractiveness to jobseekers, based on public feedback across metrics such as salary, job security and work/life balance,” Mr Van der Tang said.“The Randstad Awards are totally unique in this market as companies cannot nominate themselves or determine categories or criteria for entry. The winner is selected by the public, making the Randstad Awards the people’s choice awards.”First launched in Belgium in 2000, the Awards have since been embraced by France, Spain and the Netherlands. This year, for the first time in a decade, the Awards will shift outside of Europe, with launches planned in 11 countries around the world including, New Zealand and Australia.Mr Van der Tang said the Randstad Awards were now so highly regarded in Europe, they had become an industry standard and were considered a powerful benchmarking tool demonstrating a company’s attractiveness to potential job seekers.“With skills shortages likely to heighten this year – particularly in the banking, mining and construction industries – a Randstad Award win could provide the competitive edge needed to help secure the best and brightest employees.” The 2011 winner will be announced on April 13th at a gala dinner at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney. The ceremony will be attended by senior executives from Australia’s largest 150 companies such as Virginblue Airlines, Woolworths, Telstra, BHP Billiton and Qantas. Comedian and corporate lawyer Anh Do will MC the event, alongside Australian social commentator Anders Sorman-Nilsson.
Elizabeth Warren has hit another hurdle on the path to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director, after a string of news reports revealed the administration is considering a former banker for the role. The buzz is that President Barack Obama and his advisers have begun to openly float Raj Date as a replacement nominee to fill the top position at the bureau. Date currently serves as a deputy under Warren and has ties to Capital One Financial and Deutsche Bank.,Obama Mulls Warren Substitute June 10, 2011 485 Views Elizabeth Warren hit another hurdle on the path to “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ director Thursday, after a string of news reports revealed the Obama administration is considering a former banker for the role.[IMAGE]The buzz is that President Barack Obama and his advisers have begun to openly float Raj Date as a replacement nominee to fill the top position at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Date currently serves as a deputy under Warren and has ties to Capital One Financial Corp. and Deutsche Bank AG.””The president is considering a number of candidates for this position and no decisions have been made,”” Jen Psaki, a White House spokeswoman, told _Bloomberg News_. A CFPB official, Jennifer Howard, declined to comment on the matter.While the story is not new ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô _Reuters_ broke the news about a shortlist for new nominees in April ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô this is the first time anyone has identified a nominee. If put forward as the new[COLUMN_BREAK]face for CFPB, analysts say that officials think the former banker will help soothe Republican senators anxious about Warren’s anti-Wall Street background and still satisfy financial industry watchdogs.According to _The Nation_, Date previously served as a board member for Prosper Marketplace, a peer-to-peer lending company, as well as for Demos, a progressive think tank based in Washington, D.C. He also founded the Cambridge Winter Center, an economic policy research firm that calls for “”regulation that limits the potential for├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª catastrophic failure”” in the financial services sector, according to its Web site.Heather McGhee, a director for Demos, called Date “”one of the most effective advocates for consumer financial protection during the debate that culminated in the Dodd-Frank Act.””Many consider CFPB a central tenet of the Dodd-Frank Act, which establishes the consumer bureau to regulate credit and financial services, calls for strict compliance measures in derivatives markets, and stipulates “”new qualifications””:https://themreport.com/articles/mortgage-bankers-praises-dodd-frank-comment-extension-2011-06-08 for lenders with securitization services for high-risk mortgage loans.With 44 Republican senators vowing to stall the confirmation process for any CFPB nominee, as reported by Bloomberg News, others wonder whether a replacement like Date will receive the votes needed to head up the consumer bureau by July 21, when the agency launches formal operations.Warren would know ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the Obama adviser and former Harvard professor is set to face her “”third hearing””:https://themreport.com/articles/due-date-set-for-warren-face-off-with-gop-2011-06-07 before the Senate in July. in Government, Origination, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Elizabeth Warren Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-06-10 Ryan Schuette Share