Youth Returning From Costa Rica

first_imgYouth from Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador will return from Costa Rica with more knowledge, experiences and enthusiasm to make a difference in environmental stewardship thanks to the Environmental Leadership Program. The program is designed to provide leadership opportunities, environmental education experience and cultural awareness to youth age 19 to 25. “It is important for the next generation of leaders to see first-hand what other countries are doing to promote environmental awareness,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour.”When youth return from Costa Rica they will volunteer in local communities to promote stewardship through projects with community environmental groups.” While in Costa Rica, participants live with a host family for eight weeks and receive training in language, culture and local environmental issues. “The experiences that I have had in Costa Rica will help me to look at things in a different context,” said Magan Polichuk, program participant. “When I return to Canada, I will apply my knowledge and experience to my work here and hopefully make a difference.” The Environmental Leadership Program is a partnership between the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps, Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada World Youth, and Association Ambiental VIDA in Costa Rica. For more information on the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps or the Environmental Leadership Program, see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/youth .last_img read more

Government Monitoring Gas Shortage Situation Looking at Prevention

first_imgService Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey said today, Aug. 31, government is monitoring the current gas shortage and re-stocking efforts in the province, and looking at how it can be prevented in the future. “We know this is concerning, disappointing and frustrating for Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Furey. “While this may be an anomaly with supply management, government expects industry to address and correct this swiftly, and to take measures to ensure it does not happen again in the future.” Government regulates the cost of gasoline in Nova Scotia, but does not regulate supply. Oil companies are responsible for supply management. However, government will be implementing a gas tracking system in the coming months which will provide data that will help industry and government better monitor marketplace supply and demand. “Industry needs to improve communication with government so we have a better warning system in place,” said Mr. Furey. “If such a shortage occurs again, industry must have a plan in place to ensure Nova Scotians can prepare in advance.”last_img read more

Embracing the change

first_imgAfter creating a separate fan base with her youth-centric roles in various web series, Mithila Palkar is now exploring versatile characters. In an interview with Millennium Post, the Chopsticks actor talks about her journey of choosing different characters, understanding the expectations of her audience, experience of working in web projects and much more…Your recent film Chopsticks on Netflix is doing really well and people are appreciating your performance. How did you come across the project and what made you take it up? Also Read – An income drop can harm brainChopsticks is getting an overwhelming response from all over the world, which is extremely sweet and I am very grateful to my audience. We wanted to make a really sweet film and we are so happy that people all across the world are connecting with it. I got the opportunity to work in this film through a team of Vinyard and Exceed. I read the script and met Sachin Yardi sir (writer and director). I told him that I absolutely loved the character, and moreover, I had never done such a thing in the past. The roller coaster journey of Nirma (my character in the film) is what made me excited to take up this role. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award In Chopsticks, and other projects you have shared screen space with some renowned actors. How was your experience working with them, have you ever felt left out or inferior? My experiences with co-actors like Irfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan, Vijay Raaz and Abhay Deol have been fantastic. It was a wonderland for me because I have never been to an acting school, so whenever I got the opportunity to work with other actors, I have always put my best foot forward. Also, I have never ever felt inferior or left out, in fact, they have always been welcoming and have always made sure that I never feel out of place at all. As you got fame through web, what do you think about web as a platform for actors and directors to expand their horizons? . I have been advocating the internet since I have started working with the industry. I wouldn’t have known it any better if I wasn’t completely into it. I started working with ‘Filter Copy’ in 2015 and then things started picking up from there in 2016. That is when I realised that web is something that is going to boom very soon and that is what exactly happened in the last three years now. There is so much content that is being made for the audience. More than convenience and accessibility, as an artist, it is extremely liberalising as one gets to explore so many genres and languages. Over the years, the web has escalated in terms of content, viewership, and competition as well. Do you have a fear of lagging behind? What is your strategy of sustaining here? For me, the internet is a true definition of art as it doesn’t restrict anything. And most importantly, now there are no specific heroes or heroines, they all are characters, who are focusing to elaborate the story in their best possible way. Every actor has their own favourite character. Which one is yours, and according to you in what kind of role does the audience enjoys you watching? I actually don’t know what my favourite character would be because every character that you play is special for different reasons. But I would say that I have played the role of chubby bubbly girl so far, and the audience has taken it well. But when it comes to entertaining the audience via a different role, Chopsticks gave me a hint that I could be accepted in other roles too. Share one difference and similarity in Bollywood and web platforms? I personally feel that every experience varies with the audience and content. Even in terms of the number of days of shooting, it varies. I shot Karwaan in fewer days than I shot for ‘Little Things’. So, there is no such difference of the platform, it depends on the project.last_img read more

Kristen Bell Donates Baby Items To New Mothers

first_imgKristen Bell has donated $91,500 worth of Bravado nursing bras and Medela breast pumps to mothers in need.The announcement was made during an event for Baby Buggy earlier this week.“I understand the importance of having the essential tools necessary to provide for a newborn,” said Bell, who was unable to attend the event due to her own pregnancy. “Greater still, I am aware of the immeasurable value of having support systems in place to ensure success on this journey of motherhood. Anything I can offer in support and care to new moms in need remains a huge priority to me.”Read more here.Source:ABCNews.comlast_img read more

Notley disappointed Alberta out of running for new Amazon HQ

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says it’s disappointing the province won’t be home to Amazon’s second headquarters.Toronto is the only Canadian city to make the short-list for the e-commerce giant’s new North American office.Notley says her office spoke with the Seattle-based company and was told the Calgary bid was particularly exciting and reflected well on Alberta.She says the exercise underscored that the province needs to up its game when it comes to developing mass transit systems.Notley says Alberta is as big an economic centre as British Columbia and Ontario, but investment in transit lagged under previous governments.She says diversifying Alberta’s economy away from oil and gas won’t happen overnight and the Amazon bid was a good learning experience.“There’s no question, it’s unfortunate. It would have been great to have gotten that deal,” Notley said Thursday.“In the meantime, we are certainly going to continue our work that is focused on diversification. We have a province where there was a lot of talk of diversification for many years, but not a lot of work going on about it.”Notley said over the last 2 1/2 years the Alberta government has made a lot of investments to turn that corner.last_img read more

Fort St Johns Family Friendly Coalition changes their services

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) created a new Early Years Framework that is changing the way early years services are offered across the province.With this change, funding from the MCFD will be allocated to the community through MCFD regional offices being directed to agencies and services in the community. As a result of this change, posted to their FB Page, ‘As of March 31, 2019, both Success by 6 and Children First will cease to exist as funding initiatives.’ shares FSJ’s Family Friendly Early Years.The Family Friendly Coalition went on to share they were thankful to community partners for all the amazing years of collaboration and community programs that had been provided from these initiatives. The FSJ Early Years Centre was a member of the Family Friendly Coalition, which provided families, caregivers, teachers and anyone involved with children with information on local activities, events, resources and programming.The Family Friendly Coalition was an Early Childhood Development Initiative dedicated to providing all children with a good start in life. By helping to ensure children ages 0-6 developed the emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills they needed as they enter school.Crystal Kalas shared through a FB Post on the Child Development Centre’s Page, “It has been a pleasure to work in this community as the Early Years Centre Coordinator for the past 3 years. I have enjoyed being a part of the Family Friendly Coalition and supporting the community initiatives that have been implemented in our community and getting to connect with you and your family at these events. While my role at the CDC will be changing I am relieved that you will still be able to find Family Friendly Events in our community via “FSJ’s Family Friendly Early Years” and fsj.familyfriendlycommunity.org.”Kalas goes on to say, “Hopefully, some of the initiatives that the Family Friendly Coalition has worked so hard to bring to the community will continue and we will be posting about them on these sites!”last_img read more

Afghanistan Security Council welcomes elections

In a press statement issued following a briefing by Assistant Secretary-General Hédi Annabi on the situation in Afghanistan, the Council called the parliamentary (Wolesi Jirga) and provincial council elections on 18 September, “the final milestone of the Bonn Process,” the accord agreed to at the international conference in Germany in 2001 that set up the country’s transitional phase after the ouster of the Taliban regime.“The members of the Security Council hope that the ballot counting and certification process will be conducted peacefully in the coming weeks,” the statement said.Through the statement, the Council also commended the work of the group that oversaw the polling, the Joint Electoral Management Body, all other international and domestic participants, as well as the people of the country for their “determination to rebuilding their state through a democratic process.” read more

Beckham explores her roots Tracy Reese honours Detroit

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from the runway designs to the celebrity-filled front rows. Here are some recent highlights:___TRACY REESE HONORS HER DETROIT ROOTS WITH FILMDescribing her hometown as a phoenix, Reese said she wanted to look back at her childhood but also capture the excitement of today’s Detroit in the short film she presented with a collection of clothing that harkened back to a 1930s speakeasy.Directed by Ali Nassar, with original music by Regina Carter, the film titled “A Detroit Love Song” follows a stunning young woman as she shows off the new clothes from Reese in far-flung spots, from the front steps of a modest wood house to the legendary Red’s Jazz Shoe Shine Parlor, where our ingénue takes a high seat for a special shine on her black lace-up ankle boots.Our muse roams in leg garters attached to her high socks and presses her hand against the glass of a taxi as she cruises Detroit. Reese honours her late mother, who was a dancer, with a scene in a dance studio, where she spent lots of time growing up.After the film, Reese took her guests from the screening room of The Roxy Hotel downtown into a barroom nearby decked out like a speakeasy, piano player and all, as off-screen models stood still in some of the designs shown in the film.“It’s a city that is so rich in culture,” Reese said of Detroit. “It has such amazing people who have stuck with that town through thick and thin. We’re sort of at an interesting juncture where the city is changing a lot and there is a lot of new interest and a lot of new blood. People are moving to Detroit because they know they can be a part of creating something amazing.”Her clothes, too, pay tribute to her hometown. Like Detroit, a cultural melting pot with many layers adding depth, she used intricate beading, embroidery and crochet lace to bring her dresses and other looks alive. To mimic Detroit’s strong manufacturing roots (Reese’s late father worked for one of the car companies) she added masculine suiting in herringbone and plaid.This being a cold-weather collection, she threw in some coats of fur and zebra stripes. To honour Detroit’s rebirth, Reese worked in earthy colours of peat, moss and pond blue.As for the shoe shine shop, Robert from Red’s appears in the film shining up those boots for Reese’s muse, a young model who lives in Detroit who caught the designer’s eye.“I just felt like that was so Detroit,” she said of the shine. “Every grand building in Detroit has an old-school shoe shine shop in the basement. He does it the old way. He dabs on salve, he whips the towel, he gets out the double brushes. It’s something we hardly ever allow ourselves to enjoy. I think more women should be going to get shoe shines.”—Leanne Italie___VICTORIA BECKHAM SHOWS WHAT VICTORIA BECKHAM WEARSBeckham wants us to know this: Her personal style is always changing yet remains constant in key ways.There’s a feminine strength with what she calls “boyish undertones” in the collection of layers that included soft boned bustiers reminiscent of her very first corset dresses, knits and prints of strong greens and earthy reds and oranges. While not everybody will run for the balloon volume she put in some skirts, her coats were solidly wearable — and sellable. Some appeared layered but were not, with knit sleeves sewn on for effect.“Everything’s quite light. We need to take into consideration the different territories where we’re selling clothes,” she said of her fall/winter looks that did not scream frigid temperatures like those that greeted her guests Sunday morning in Manhattan’s cavernous business district downtown.There’s no fear here of leaving seasonal boundaries behind. She put out bare shoulders in the dead of winter, along with cozy knit leggings, most worn with pointed flats and chunky rocker boots.Coats are great, Beckham said, and she put out a few, but “It’s nice to show what’s going on underneath. … I just wanted to look at what I’ve worn and what I love and just rework those pieces to make them feel new and fresh and just show how my personal style has evolved.”Among her more unusual touches were loose threads of wax cording that fluttered down the runway.Ken Downing, a trend watcher for Neiman Marcus stores, had a smile on his face after the show.“I love the unpretentious, relaxed elegance of the collection and being able to touch on all the important ideas for fall,” he said. “Menswear, flats, but done in a feminine way, and that sexiness of a bustier that really becomes a pivotal item, done in satin and layered under a little dress, or becomes a knit that layers over another knit but grounded with a great boot or pointed toe. The shoes were fantastic.”In terms of commerce, Downing said, Beckham has it right.“It feels like fall but you can wear those clothes any time, and that’s actually where the customers’ mindset is right now,” he said. “It’s the idea that you can buy it now, wear it now, and it did not feel overtly winter. It’s just chic clothes.”As usual, Beckham’s hubby David Beckham and the kids were sitting front row.—Leanne Italie___FRENCH INFLUENCE REIGNS AT BANANA REPUBLICWhen the Banana Republic design team looked for inspiration for their fall collection, they turned to one place: France.“We really were cultural tourists and took tons of photographs,” Michael Anderson, senior vice-president of design said. “We went to these old vintage places. We went to these old mills and these old print houses. We took a wealth of knowledge back to the studio with us.”That wealth of knowledge translated into classic pieces for men and women filled with pops of colour including orange, red, maroon and blue. Those brightly colored pieces are meant to be layered with neutral palettes which are a Banana staple.Imagine a long, flowing dress taking centre stage next to turtleneck sweaters, peacoats, plus leather gloves and jackets.“We were looking at how French men and women dress,” Anderson explained. “There is a certain style they have: casual and tailored, high and low. Ultimately it’s just beautifully feminine. We wanted to celebrate that beautiful feminine look.”The budget-friendly looks were styled in a way that seemed effortlessly chic, which is exactly what the brand intended.“The sweet spot is to have a beautiful versatile product that you can wear day in and day out,” Anderson said.—Alicia Quarles by The Associated Press Posted Feb 14, 2016 11:50 am MDT Last Updated Feb 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Beckham explores her roots, Tracy Reese honours Detroit Victoria Beckham appears on the runway after her Fall 2016 collection was modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) read more

Youth the missing peace to tackling global challenges UN envoy tells Security

Do not demonize or patronize the youth – study authorSpeaking alongside the UN youth envoy, Graeme Simpson, the lead author of ‘The missing peace: independent progress study on youth and peace and security,’ also called for tackling stereotypes, debunking assumptions and policy myths associated with the younger generation.“It necessitates a new culture and new societal norms, that do not demonize, romanticize or patronize youth,” he said.“The interests of young people and the work they do, naturally traverses the pillars of peace, development and human rights, and they make it clear that protection and prevention are inseparable.”The open debate was convened by Peru in its capacity as the President of the Security Council for the month of April. It comes ahead of a high-level meeting on peacebuilding and sustaining peace convened by the President of the General Assembly, 24-25 April, at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Mark GartenJayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, speaks at the Security Council open debate on youth, peace and security. Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, underlined three critical areas – supporting youth’s peace efforts; prioritizing their political participation; and partnering with them.“I will not ask you to let young people lead, as they are already leading. But they need inclusive and safe spaces and enabling environments to succeed,” she said, speaking at an open debate of the Security Council on youth, peace and security.“Recognize [their work], fund it, scale it up, protect it.”Ms. Wickramanayake also called for dispelling misconceptions surrounding youth, citing studies that illustrate only a small minority of young people ever engage in violence.Yet, she added, they face suspicions and undue restrictions, including when it comes to travelling across borders and many had difficulties in obtaining travel permits to be at today’s meeting.“My generation represents promise – not peril. We should be seen as an asset – not a problem.”In her remarks, Ms. Wickramanayake also called on all concerned to fully engage with young people in electoral processes and political party structures and not to consider them “too young to run” for Public Office.Include young people in political, civic and economic life, she urged. read more

The Mystery Sabermetrics Still Cant Solve

We did everything we could.That was the sentiment coming from the Miami Marlins in the wake of this week’s devastating news that Jose Fernandez, the team’s brilliant 21-year-old ace, would likely be out for the remainder of the year with a torn elbow ligament requiring Tommy John surgery.“We’ve protected him,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Monday. “We’ve been consistent in how we’ve used him, with his workload. We’ve given him extra days. [The injury is] a question I don’t think anybody has the answer to.”Redmond is right. Fernandez hasn’t been abused in the traditional sabermetric sense of the term: He’s seldom been allowed to throw more than 100 pitches in his starts and has only crossed the 110-pitch threshold once. (He’s also never started on fewer than four days of rest.) Miami pulled the plug on Fernandez as soon as data on his fastball speed removed all doubt that something was wrong.For all the progress made by science and mathematics in countless areas of baseball, the prediction and prevention of injuries — particularly those to pitchers like Fernandez — remain a frustrating mystery. In a game where everything is dissected with painstaking rigor, not even sabermetricians have been able to make much headway in reducing the rate at which pitchers get hurt. They’ve been at it for more than a decade, and they’re as stymied as the rest.Fernandez is just the latest ace felled by an arm injury, leading Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci, for one, to say there’s an “epidemic” of lame arms sweeping the game. In addition to the Marlins’ phenom, former All-Star hurlers Matt Moore, Patrick Corbin and Josh Johnson were sidelined earlier this season with similar ailments, adding to a growing list of victims that’s included big-name pitchers such as Stephen Strasburg, Matt Harvey, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Scott Baker, A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker (among others) in recent seasons.Bleacher Report injury expert Will Carroll reported last summer that a staggering third of all current major league pitchers have undergone Tommy John surgery at some point in their careers, and the procedure has been performed more than ever before in recent years.1It should be noted that it’s unclear how much of the upward trend is because of increased injuries and how much is due to a combination of better diagnostic tools and the procedure becoming more widespread. And the spate of pitching injuries this year is causing the sports-media equivalent of a moral panic. It’s only mid-May, yet professional baseball has already seen Tommy John surgery claim 31 pitchers,2According to data compiled by Jon Roegele and Jeff and Darrell Zimmerman. a pace that threatens the record of 65, set in 2012. The most common month of the season for the surgery — June — is yet to come.3January is the most common overall month for TJ surgery among pitchers.As Bill James, the godfather of sabermetrics, has repeatedly noted, starting pitcher injuries haven’t really increased in recent seasons, despite our perceptions of the contrary.4Back in March, James wrote:“The durability of starting pitchers today is essentially in line with historic norms, but has trended downward slightly with the end of the steroid era. The durability of starting pitchers right now is essentially the same as it was in 1967, less than it was in the 1970s, and very slightly less than it was in the heart of the steroid era. The durability of starting pitchers now is distinctly greater than it was in the 1940s and 1950s.” But they aren’t decreasing, either.Sabermetrics has been able to solve a lot of baseball’s mysteries, but it can’t quite crack the pitcher injury question. As recently as a decade ago, the prevailing hope was that hurlers would see a significant reduction in injuries as more teams implemented data-driven policies for monitoring their starting pitchers. Now that suggestion sounds like a hopelessly naive relic of a different time.The most definitive early sabermetric attempt to solve the puzzle of injured pitchers was conducted at Baseball Prospectus in 1998 by Rany Jazayerli. His Pitcher Abuse Points (PAP) framework, which was later expanded upon by BP’s Keith Woolner, centered on a simple hypothesis: “Throwing is not dangerous to a pitcher’s arm. Throwing while tired is dangerous to a pitcher’s arm.” To quantify this effect, Jazayerli and Woolner set up a scale to separate ordinary starts5That is to say, those under 100 pitches. from high pitch-count outings that put tremendous strain on the arm, with a stress factor that compounds as more pitches are thrown.Whether MLB front offices were directly influenced by Jazayerli’s work or not, the underlying concept behind PAP has had a profound impact on the way teams treat their pitching staffs. For example, the 130-pitch outing — once a staple for major league starters — has all but disappeared from the game over the last decade-plus. Clearly, the behavior of teams has changed when it comes to their prized investments on the mound, but it’s not clear this change in attitude has translated to greater pitcher durability.Relatively recently, both Jazayerli and James offered some evidence that promising young pitchers are indeed burning out less frequently in the era of meticulous pitch-count management. But studies revisiting the predictive value of PAP itself, with the benefit of a decade’s worth of new data, have been inconclusive. In “Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers”, Corey Dawkins reported a failure to find any significant correlation between PAP and either short- or long-term future pitching injuries, while BP’s Russell Carleton could only find compelling support for the notion that eliminating 130-pitch starts reduces the probability of future injuries.Of course, pitch counts are a blunt instrument at best. They represented the most granular data available to Jazayerli and his Prospectus comrades in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but the installation of Sportvision’s PITCHf/x cameras in every MLB stadium during the mid-to-late 2000s promised much greater things. PITCHf/x can measure an array of details about any given pitch, including its velocity, movement, spin and release point. Armed with better tools, a new generation of analysts were eager to find correlations between these state-of-the-art data points and pitcher injuries.The newer, more data-rich models tended to settle on two factors as important predictors of a future injury: sudden, unexplained declines in a pitcher’s fastball velocity and increased variation in his release point. Not coincidentally, both elements aligned with existing biomechanical theories about the effects of fatigue and what puts pitchers at risk, and fit in with prior research like PAP. (As the hypothesis goes, tired pitchers — like those who have accumulated more abuse points — find it harder to maintain consistency in their release points.)But there’s hardly a consensus among analysts that PITCHf/x is providing useful data.6From a community knowledge perspective, it doesn’t help matters that some of the best practitioners of PITCHf/x analytics have since been swallowed up by major league front offices, their research never to be seen by the public again. Again writing in “Extra Innings,” Dawkins expresses a major concern about any findings that rely on PITCHf/x’s release-point data because there’s a large degree of measurement error inherent to the system. Attempts have been made to adjust for these kinds of inaccuracies, but only so much can be done about the fact that PITCHf/x is unable to precisely track balls before they cross a threshold 50 feet away from home plate. And after analyzing the data himself, Dawkins was unable to replicate a statistically significant relationship between velocity or release-point data and future injury risk.As BP’s Carleton found in a separate analysis, perhaps the most significant predictor of a pitcher getting injured in the future is simply whether he was injured in the past. On its face, that’s not especially useful,7Except to prove the old axiom true: “There are two types of pitchers — those who are injured now, and those will be injured soon.” but it plays into another old hypothesis that might be worthy of new life: the “injury nexus,” formulated by Carroll and FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver way back in 2003. The idea of the injury nexus is that pitchers are especially vulnerable to catastrophic damage during a very specific, formative time in their careers, before they hit the age of 24. One big medical theory as to why: Pitchers’ bodies aren’t completely mature until roughly that age, putting them at greater physical risk of injury.But there’s also the possibility that survivorship bias is at work.8As was acknowledged by the authors at the time. Pitchers who have bad mechanics (or any other flaw that would put them at greater risk of seeing their careers end early via injury) are automatically weeded out of baseball at a young age, leaving behind only the group of pitchers who made it through that initial checkpoint.If a pitcher like Fernandez was going to get hurt, it would be at this stage of his career, when the largest possible pool of pitchers is facing its first test of injury resistance. Keep pitching without incident, though, and Fernandez’s odds of future ailments would be significantly reduced, simply because the biggest test — whether he can handle a major league workload — would already have been passed.Of course, that’s just one theory. But when it comes to predicting pitcher injuries, theories are still all anybody has, despite mountains of research and nearly two decades of work from baseball’s brightest minds. And while they test those, Jose Fernandez will be recuperating somewhere, just as Harvey, Strasburg, Medlen and others before him. read more

ASGCO expands vulcanising press line with EZ Series

first_imgASGCO – “Complete Conveyor Solutions,” a leading manufacturer, distributor and service provider, has announced the successful addition of the EZ Series to its line of Vul-Con vulcanising presses and equipment. The new EZ100 (100 psi) and the EZ60 (60 psi) expand the line of vulcanising equipment offered by ASGCO to “allow the customer flexibility, depending on the application, to choose the correct press for their requirements.”The EZ line offers a lightweight unit which enables the customer to easily set up and then dismantle once the splice is complete. The presses are capable of vulcanising conveyor belts between 24 in and 60 in wide. Both EZ press units offer either the internal control unit or the optional external control box which can also have a data logger option, to provide important splice information via a USB port. ASGCO has over 40 years of experience in vulcanising/splicing of rubber, PVC and urethane conveyor belts for the bulk material handling industry. Knowledge gained from professional belt splicing technicians helped ASGCO engineers design the new EZ press series to meet strong demands that are required in the tough mining industry environment. “We are excited about the addition of the EZ Press line for ASGCO and feel this is a natural fit with our long term focus on providing our customers with quality products and unmatched service,” said Jeff Jurasits, VP Business Development at ASGCO.last_img read more

Fascinating Web Summit startups you need to hear about

first_imgTHE STALLS AND displays of Web Summit 2013 were packed up last night, and the hundreds of start-ups who had travelled to Ireland for the conference began heading home.However before that, TheJournal.ie visited the technology gathering to speak to those behind some unique business ideas.dwaWe brought you five companies yesterday, and promised you more. Here are some of the other start-ups we spoke to.ChoremonsterThis app encourages children to help out around the house by introducing a game and real-life award system.Children can pick a chore to do on the app, for which they earn a certain about of points that contribute to a reward such as a new toy or trip away, pre-arranged with their parents. They can also collect monsters which help them through the app.Choremonster animator Justin Boh gave us a demonstration:Elephant Smart BusinessThis Irish start-up introduces cloud-based HR services into the workplace. It streamlines payroll services and even sends texts to employees if they haven’t clocked-in on time.The system is already on trial in several retail companies, and Elephant Smart Business IT Director Sunil Kumar explains below how it works.ZazzyZazzy allows you to create customised jewellery online.After completing a few quick steps on their website, your order is placed, and a 3D printer is used to create your design.The printing process as demonstrated by Co-Founder Martijn Van Der Veen, sped up several hundred percentage (Image Credit: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ie)Lock8Lock8 say they have created the “world’s first smart bike lock”.It doesn’t use a traditional lock and so doesn’t require a key, has a built-in alarm, and even GPS in case your bike gets stolen. It simply relies on an app on your smartphone, which connects via Bluetooth to the lock to open it.They are currently half-way to their £50,000 Kickstarter target,KnokSimilar to Airbnb, which recently opened its European headquarters in Dublin, Knok allows you to find somewhere to stay on holidays without using a third-party.However, all accommodation on Knok is free. Users can either arrange house-swaps and use Knok credits, earned by putting people up in your own home for free. Sheera Gendzel explains more below.SetLifeA relatively simple app, SetLife allows you to post status updates containing several different elements, meaning you can share the exact quality of any “perfect moments” you experience.Adele Savarese describes the process of posting a SetLife update (including a real life example):JobinasecondThis program automates the process of having to ring around to find someone to cover a sudden sick day. Jobinasecond allows a manager to contact employees automatically to see if they are available to fill an absence, or even contact freelance workers who match a certain profile.Derek Frer told us more:FoodCloudAnother start-up which aims to automate a labourous process is FoodCloud, which aims to cut down on food waste and is already on trail in some Tesco stores.When a shop or business is closing, food that would otherwise be thrown out is logged, and a text sent to charity to see if they are able to collect it.Co-founder Iseult Ward explains:SimilarwebSimilarweb provides analytics on different websitesHead of Brand and Business Strategy Daniel Buchuk explained that it is a free way for anyone, including other start-ups, to benchmark their own company against others, and to use this information to grow themselves.Over the past 18 months, the company has grown over the course of 18 months from eight employees to 40, based in both London and Tel Aviv.Some of the information available for Facebook.com using Similiarweb (Image Credit: Screengrab/Similarweb.com)Be-BoundEver been lost in the middle of no where, desperately trying to find your way on Google Maps only to find you have no data connection on your phone?Be-Bound allows you to access services that would usually require a 3G data signal by sending and receiving highly compressed data via SMS messages.We spoke to five other start-ups from the Web Summit, see them here >last_img read more

The power of the Greek diaspora

first_imgWhile many people throughout Greece’s history have migrated abroad for one reason or another, it would seem that for a large portion of them, their homeland has continued to hold a special place in their hearts. So in times of crisis the vast Greek diaspora has stepped up to play a significant role in helping and supporting communities in Greece, which is explored in a recently published book by Professor Matoula Tomara-Sideris, the founder of the Society for the Study of the Hellenic Diaspora at Panteion University.Titled Benefaction in Modern Greece: Theory and History, the book delves into the history of Greek communities receiving assistance from the 18th century on wards, with the diaspora making a particularly significant contribution to the formation of the modern Greek state.Eminent entrepreneurs have acted as benefactors in undertaking works of common interest, substituting for the official state, collectives and institutions.The author puts forward a thorough analysis of the history, ideology, personal and social mechanisms underlying the practice of benefaction.Meanwhile also included are all the major foundations and institutions in Greece and the contribution they have made in various sectors of society, including the Onassis Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Bodossakis Foundation, the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation, and a host of others. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Fortnite season 7 week 7 challenges and how to destroy flying X4

first_img 17 Photos Tags Post a comment The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 Video Gamescenter_img 0 The Modern Mercenary set turns you into an elite specialist and is currently available in the item shop. Epic Games As we move towards the end of Fortnite: Battle Royale season 7, the snowy orb floating over Polar Peak continues to remain a mystery. Just like the end of nearly every season in this game, the mystery grows until an event takes place where you’ll need to be online to see the next part of Fortnite’s story unfold. There are still a few weeks left, but it’s easy to assume more big changes are on the way to our favorite little island.With only a few weeks left, it also means you’re going to have to buckle down and complete challenges if you want to get through more tiers of your Battle Pass. This week’s challenges are pretty standard and most should be easy to get through quickly.If you haven’t finished last week’s challenges, hit up our season 7, week 6 challenges guide here.s7w7challenges Jason Parker/CNET Free:Visit all Expedition Outposts (0/7)Use a rift or Rift-to-Go in different matches (0/3)Pistol eliminations (0/3) – HardBattle Pass:Stage 1: Land at Salty SpringsSearch chests at Loot Lake or Frosty Flights (0/7)Destroy Flying X-4 Stormwings (0/1) – HardStage 1: Damage opponents in a single match (0/200) – HardHow to visit all Expedition OutpostsThe Expedition Outposts, easily identifiable by their big red tents, have been around all of season 7 and we’ve seen other challenges with them before. For this one, you’ll only need to visit all seven of them to get credit, but if you haven’t finished the Eliminate Opponents at Expedition Outposts challenge from the Season 7, week 4 challenges, you can kill two birds with one stone. Here’s where all the Expedition Outposts are on the map: forntiteexhibitionoutpostsmap Jason Parker/CNET How to use a rift or Rift-to-Go in different matches  This one tough because you never know whether rifts will spawn at their usual locations. But if you hit up the usual suspects, like the hills above the Paradise Palms desert area or up near the haunted castle in the northwest part of the map, you’ll find some before long. I have been finding Rifts-to-Go pretty frequently, though I admit it might have been luck. I think as long as you keep your eyes open and make sure to use rifts and Rifts-to-Go when you see them, it shouldn’t take too long to get the three required for credit.How to get pistol eliminations  Pistols are not usually most players’ weapon of choice, but they’re effective as long as you’re within range. Don’t forget you can also use the dual pistols for this challenge, and the new scoped revolver will come in handy as well. With only three eliminations to get credit, just remember focus on getting eliminations whenever you find a handgun and you’ll be done pretty quickly.scopedrevolverWith this bad boy added to the arsenal, you won’t have to rely on getting up close and personal to complete this challenge. Epic Games How to do stage 1: Land at Salty SpringsFor this challenge, you can either drop in to the location at the beginning of a match as usual, or land an X-4 Stormwing to get credit. The remaining four stages, in order are Happy Hamlet, Wailing Woods, Junk Junction and Paradise Palms. I would wait a couple days before starting this one if you want to avoid getting into too many firefights.How to search chests at Loot Lake or Frosty FlightsWe’ve been seeing these optional location challenges for some time now and this one is no different. If you want to take this one out quickly, just focus on it for a couple of matches and it shouldn’t be too hard to find seven chests.How to destroy flying X-4 StormwingsFlying aces, rejoice: there’s finally a challenge just for you. But by Epic making this a challenge, it means everyone is going to be searching for planes around the map early in the week, making it a bit more difficult. Don’t forget if you land at Frosty Flights, you could also take out the previous challenge by searching for chests before you take to the air. Wherever you decide to land, you only need to down one plane to get credit, so it should be pretty easy, even if you decide to take them out with a turret or any other weapon from the ground.How to do stage 1: Damage opponents in a single matchThere’s been no shortage of damage-dealing challenges this season, but this one is a little different. All three stages require you to deal damage to opponents, but the point requirements are raised for each stage. Stage 1 is 200 damage, stage 2 is 300 and stage 3 is 400, each of which must be completed in a single match. Depending on whether you’re a run-and-gun player or someone who likes to avoid firefights will determine how long it takes you to complete this one, but if you focus on it, you’ll be done in only a few matches. Share your voicelast_img read more

Astronomers discover 83 supermassive black holes at the edge of the universe

first_img Tags After identifying 83 potential candidates, the team used a suite of international telescopes to confirm their findings. The quasars they’ve plucked out are from the very early universe, about 13 billion light years away. Practically, that means the researchers are looking into the past, at objects formed less than a billion years after the Big Bang.”It is remarkable that such massive dense objects were able to form so soon after the Big Bang,” said Michael Strauss, who co-authored the paper, in a press release.Scientists aren’t sure how black holes formed in the early universe, so being able to detect them this far back in time provides new avenues of exploration. Notably, the researchers discovered a quasar with a much lower brightness than they expected. The features of that particular quasar, HSC J124353.93+010038.5, were reported in The Astrophysical Journal Letters in February. “The quasars we discovered will be an interesting subject for further follow-up observations with current and future facilities,” said lead researcher Yoshiki Matsuoka in a statement. Now playing: Watch this: 5:33 This is what happens when you fall into a black hole (pictures) null Life in microgravity is a lot harder than you thinkcenter_img NAOJ A team of international astronomers have been hunting for ancient, supermassive black holes — and they’ve hit the mother lode, discovering 83 previously unknown quasars.The universe is full of supermassive black holes, monstrous versions of the humble, everyday black hole, containing masses that are millions or billions of times that of our sun. These huge cosmic beasts generate mammoth gravitational effects, so you often find supermassive black holes hiding out at the center of galaxies, orbited by billions of stars. That’s exactly what happens in our home galaxy of the Milky Way.To find them lurking out in the distant parts of the universe, you need to study the light of accreting gases that swirl around them. Because we can’t see a black hole, but we can see the light, we designate these powerful light sources “quasars.” Down the eyepiece of a telescope they might look more like stars — they are extremely bright — but scientists mostly believe their light comes from gases falling toward a black hole.The Japanese team turned the ultra-powerful Hyper Suprime-Cam, mounted to the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, toward the cosmos’ darkest corners, surveying the sky over a period of five years. By studying the snapshots, they’ve been able to pick potential quasar candidates out of the dark. Notably, their method of probing populations of supermassive black holes, similar in size to the ones we see in today’s universe, has given us a window into their origins. Share your voice 0 18 Photos Sci-Techlast_img read more

ProBNP female lawyer injured during scuffle with police

first_imgA female lawyer on Thursday was injured during a scuffle with law enforcers while pro-BNP lawyers were staging agitation in front of the High Court mazar gate area in Dhaka centring the verdict of a graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, reports news agency UNB.During the agitation, the scuffle ensued between female members of police and female pro-BNP lawyers around 10:00am.Police forcibly pushed them to inside the mazar gate around 10:30am.Moreover, police detained three BNP activists from Kakrail intersection around 11am.Another BNP activist was held from near the High Court mazar gate area.Leaders and activists of Chhatra League, student wing of ruling Awami League, riding on around 100/150 motorbikes, were seen staging a showdown in the High Court, Dhaka University campus, Shahbagh, Jatiya Press Club areas.A court here is set to deliver its verdict on Thursday in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and five others.The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 3 July 2008 with Ramna police station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, who is now living in the UK, and four others of misappropriating over 2.10 crore that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.last_img read more

Study On Labor Standard Violations Reports Misclassification Of Workers In Texas

first_imgHouston Public MediaAccording to a study by the Migration Policy Institute, construction is one of the industries in which misclassification of workers –which is problematic in Texas— is prevalent.The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released a study Thursday, March 15th, that analyzes systemic wage underpayment and misclassification of workers in industries that employ significant number of immigrants. The study found that such misclassification –which entails classifying certain workers as independent contractors to avoid paying workers’ compensation— happens in Texas and has negative consequences for the state.The study, titled “Strategic Leverage: Use of State and Local Laws to Enforce Labor Standards in Immigrant-Dense Occupations” explains that immigrants –who represent 17 percent of the United States labor force— are twice as likely as native-born workers to be employed in industries where violations of core labor standards are widespread.Construction, transportation, cleaning and food preparation are some of the industries where these violations occur.The study, which also includes research about payroll fraud, notes that an investigation by McClatchy Newspapers reported in 2014 that misclassification of construction workers in Texas resulted in the loss of $1.2 billion in state tax revenue.Andrew Elmore, who works at the New York University School of Law and is the study’s principal author, underscored Texas has made some progress through, for instance, a 2011 state law that allows for criminal prosecution for wage theft, as reported by Construction Citizen, but added there are other “strategic initiatives that other states have engaged in that Texas may want to consider, initiatives including using stop work orders.”Stop work orders can shut down a business until it complies with the law it is breaking. Sharelast_img read more

Airbnb v Uber Sharing economy gets a mixed reception in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Uber starts service in Costa Rica Friday afternoon New bill would OK ride-sharing services beyond Uber in Costa Rica Solís administration proposes bill to cancel tax debts for some tourism businesses Uber rival Cabify coming to Costa Rica The night that Uber started offering its ride-hailing service in Costa Rica, vandals – reportedly taxi drivers –smashed the windows of one of the company’s cars in protest. Traffic police impounded two Uber vehicles earlier that same night.Airbnb, however, another staple of the so-called “sharing economy,” has been operating quietly in Costa Rica without incident for years.Countries around the world are scurrying to update their laws to address disruptive services like Airbnb and Uber, but the response from the government here has been mixed. The Solís administration has declared Uber’s service illegal and threatened to fine chauffeurs caught driving passengers. But the administration so far has ignored Airbnb, a service that allows private citizens to rent out their homes to guests.That could change if the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels can convince the Finance Ministry to go after home-share hosts for tax evasion.Uber might only be in San José so far, but Airbnb listings are all over the country. Steve Andrews rents a one-bedroom apartment through Airbnb and FlipKey, a similar service offered by popular travel website TripAdvisor, in the Pacific beach town of Tamarindo. Andrews said that he and his wife started listing the property in March and have been booked nearly every night since.“It’s a good service. It helps us with the bills every month,” Andrews said. “We didn’t think we’d like it at first, but it’s nice having guests in.”Andrews said he plans to report any income from Airbnb, but other hosts contacted by The Tico Times would not comment about the service because they did not want to pay taxes associated with it. Andrews said he intended to meet with a tax lawyer about what his obligations — if any — would be as a host.Airbnb tax obligations? Anyone?The question over what tax obligations sharing economy participants owe is not well defined in Costa Rica. Gustavo Araya, president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels, told The Tico Times that hotels don’t oppose Airbnb, VRBO or other home-sharing services.“In comparison with the taxis, we here at the Chamber [of Hotels] are lovers of the free market. We can’t oppose an innovation that has already arrived and arrived to stay,” Araya said.Araya said that the chamber position is that hosts should be able to keep using these services, but any income should be subject to a sales tax, the same 13 percent that hotels must pay.“Airbnb is a private company that charges commissions, and the owners of these condominiums get profit too,” Araya said. “Any business needs to pay taxes.”Airbnb charges a value-added tax on its service fees in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and South Africa. Costa Rica is not one of those countries, but the Finance Ministry here has yet to request it, according to Taxation Director Carlos Vargas.Vargas told The Tico Times that the Finance Ministry is reviewing how and what it would tax Airbnb, and possibly Uber, too. Vargas said the Finance Ministry is still mulling over whether it would ask hosts or Airbnb to withhold the tax.“The point that needs to be clarified is who generates the income that needs to be taxed and in what form they would need to pay those taxes,” Vargas said.The director said the government did not share the Hotel Chamber’s assessment that Airbnb and other services were guilty of tax evasion. He said that a crime like tax evasion would have to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and he could not comment on all users.One major difference between Airbnb and Uber is that there is no law limiting the number of hotels in Costa Rica. The transit law restricts the number of registered taxis to 13,000 in the San José greater metropolitan area. Hotels and motels are supposed to register with the health and finance ministries, as well as their local municipality, but anyone with the means and the proper authorization can legally operate a hotel.Smaller hotels also have taken to listing their rooms on Airbnb alongside hosts like Andrews, something that taxi drivers cannot do with Uber. Hotels or hostels might not be the desired hosts for home-sharing services, but in the meantime, they have found a way to use the service instead of fighting it. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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