Cracks Found on Another Polaris VLOC

first_imgCracks have been found aboard another Polaris Shipping-operated very large ore carrier (VLOC), the 1994-built Stellar Queen, following an inspection of the ship which was conducted in Sao Luis, Brazil.A representative of Holman Fenwick Willan Singapore LLP, speaking on the authority of the ship’s operator told World Maritime News that “two small cracks” were found on the Stellar Queen’s deck.The cracks “have been inspected by Port State Control and by Class and repairs are underway,” the representative added.Featuring 304,850 dwt, the VLOC is currently anchored off the coast of Brazil. According to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic, the vessel is scheduled to start its journey to Changdao in China on June 27.The discovery was made on the back of the March 31 disappearance of Stellar Daisy, which prompted the South Korean ship operator to launch a special program for immediate inspection of all vessels currently operated.The 266,100 dwt vessel went missing and is believed to have sunk some 1,700 miles east of the Port of Montevideo, Uruguay. The ship was sailing from the Port of Guaiba, Brazil, to China, carrying 260,003 million tons of iron ore. The 1993-built Stellar Daisy was carrying eight South Korean and sixteen Filipino sailors. Two of the sailors were rescued on April 2.The ship was converted from a crude carrier to an ore carrier, a process that has been put under spotlight as it is believed that a crack in the ship’s hull caused the splitting in half and sinking of Stellar Daisy.In mid-April, the company informed that one of the firm’s vessels reported a crack on the outer hull of a tank while it was en route to the discharge port, near Cape Town. The vessel in question is the 1993-built bulk carrier Stellar Unicorn, which was carrying a cargo of 270,000 million tons iron ore bound for China at the time. The ship was also converted from a crude carrier to an ore carrier.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

More Support for Seniors and Persons With Disabilities

first_img establishing a single entry point for programs and services, for continuing care and services for persons with disabilities launching a demonstration project to help families develop their own community-based housing solutions developing new legislation that will replace the outdated Homes for Special Care Act and provide more modern, people-centred, community-focused support for persons with disabilities, seniors, and people with mental health issues. “Living independently and being included in your community is a basic right for everybody,” Premier Dexter said. “But over the years, programs became inflexible, impersonal, and unable to respond quickly to many people’s needs. “Nova Scotia is moving in a new direction, developed by, and for, the people directly involved, that will put people first and help them lead the lives they deserve in their communities.” This past spring, Nova Scotians shared their ideas about how to improve the supports the province offers to people requiring longer-term care. The report, Putting People First: What We Heard, summarizes those consultations. At the same time, a 19-member advisory committee of government and community organizations, including advocates, service providers, frontline workers and families, developed a roadmap to refocus and improve the services and supports for persons with disabilities. Action plans to address the recommendations raised through both projects will be released in the coming months. “This is a very exciting and hopeful day,” said Wendy Lill, co-chair of the advisory committee and the parent of a child with special needs. “In order to start meeting the needs and unlocking the potential of our family members and neighbours with disabilities, we need a vision of equality and good lives in inclusive communities. “This is just the beginning and I look forward working together to realize this vision.” The actions are part of a larger strategy to change the way the province provides support for those who receive continuing care. The advisory committee has also made 10 recommendations to improve services in a report released today. Sheila Henman, whose 59-year-old sister Ellie Chisholm has Down syndrome and lives in an assisted living setting in Waverley, welcomed the province’s commitment to provide families with more community options and greater independence. “Ellie lived with us for many years. She was loved and supported at home, but as her health deteriorated and stresses on her increased, we knew we had reached a point where we had to shift from looking after her to looking out for her and we couldn’t find the right fit for her,” said Ms. Henman. “But in the end we were heard, and Ellie is now in a fantastic place in the community close me that she loves.” “It is so important that everyone with a disability and every family struggling, or looking for the right kind of support for a loved one with a disability, be heard,” said Premier Dexter. “People told us that bureaucratic and inflexible government programs don’t work. They have good ideas about the kind of care and support they need to live with independence and dignity. “While this type of full-scale change will take time and hard work to achieve, we are committed to it. We will work closely with families, advocates and our staff to ensure that our services work for the people they’re meant to help, not the other way around.” To see the Putting People First: What We Heard summary and the report from the joint advisory committee, visit Persons with disabilities, seniors and people with mental health issues will be able to choose the kinds of services and supports they need to live with greater independence in their own communities, as a result of changes announced today, Aug. 29, by Premier Darrell Dexter. The premier outlined a commitment to provide a more modern, community-focused support system that gives people from the province greater choice and control over where they live and the kind of care they receive. He also shared three immediate actions in keeping with this new direction. They are:last_img read more

Canadian trash from Philippines set to arrive in Vancouver Saturday morning

first_imgOTTAWA — Containers of Canadian trash that festered in the Philippines for years are set to arrive home just in time to celebrate the country’s 152nd birthday.The Anna Maersk is scheduled to dock at the Port of Vancouver, with the containers aboard, on Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m.The arrival will bring nearly to a close the garbage saga that led to a diplomatic dispute with the Philippines and drew attention to the growing global problem of plastic waste.One hundred and three containers of garbage from Canada arrived in the Philippines falsely labelled as plastics for recycling in 2013 and 2014.President Rodrigo Duterte recalled the Philippine ambassador and consuls general last month after Canada missed his deadline to take back the garbage by May 15.The 69 containers that are left of the original shipment eventually left the Philippines on June 1.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Up to 50 students could corroborate abuse allegations against Furlong says alleged

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhen accusations of abuse surfaced a few weeks ago John Furlong was quick to defend his reputation.The former president of the Vancouver Olympics came out swinging, denying any wrongdoing and threatening to sue a reporter that first broke the story.However, former students who were taught by Furlong in Burns Lake, B.C., stand by their allegations.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith travelled to Burns Lake and talked with two people say there’s no doubt, Furlong abused them.They say more former students may come forward.last_img read more

John Bogle Vanguard founder dies at 89

first_imgVALLEY FORGE, Pa. — Vanguard Group founder and investing pioneer John C. Bogle has died at age 89, according to the company.Bogle simplified investing for the masses by introducing the first index mutual fund for individual investors in 1976. Vanguard also shook up the industry by ending the company’s reliance on outside brokers by directly marketing its funds to investors without charging upfront fees known as sales loads.Bogle served as Vanguard’s chairman and CEO from its 1974 founding until 1996. He stepped down as senior chairman in 2000, but remained a vocal critic of the fund industry and Wall Street, writing books, delivering speeches and running a markets think-tank that bears his name.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Four lane Rs 4700 million Rajagiriya flyover declared open

The total length of the flyover is 533 meters and the total width, 21.4 meters, and comprises of total of four lanes, two lanes each way. President Maithripala Sirisena today declared open the Rajagiriya flyover which the Government says will provide a long term solution to the heavy traffic congestion in the Rajagiriya area.Even though the construction work on the flyover was scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, steps were taken under the guidance of the President to complete the construction 11 months ahead of schedule for the convenience of the public. In parallel to this project, several roads around the Rajagiriya area will be developed and an alternative road towards Narahenpita will be developed while the road towards Buthgamuwa will also be developed.The President and the Prime Minister cutting the ribbon amidst chanting of Seth Pirith by the Maha Sangha declared open the flyover. President Sirisena also unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the flyover. The construction work on the flyover commenced in the year 2016 jointly by a Spanish company and a local company and the project cost Rs. 4,700 million. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ministers and MPs including Lakshman Kiriella,Champika Ranawaka, Vajira Abeywardena, Mahinda Amaraweera, State Minister Dilan Perera  and Deputy Minister Harsha De Silva participated on this occasion. (Colombo Gazette) Addressing the gathering, the President said that the flyover can be considered as one of the most significant road development projects expeditiously completed by the present Government for the benefit of the people.President Sirisena recalled that the people of this country elected him as the Head of State on January 8, 2015 to commence a new journey ending an era where democracy, freedom, social rights and fundamental rights deteriorated. The President also said that he was able to elevated the image of  Sri Lanka internationally, while overcoming many challenges which prevented the country moving forward over the past three years.President Sirisena suggested that it is appropriate to name the flyover to honour the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, who was one of the pioneers in the January 08 revolution. The flyover, built using high standard modern technology as well as in accordance with high quality engineering, is the first flyover constructed in Sri Lanka filling concrete surfaces on metal. read more

Security concerns in northern Afghanistan raised by UN envoy

In his letter yesterday addressed to Hamid Karzai, Mr. Brahimi described the security situation in the north of the country as “serious” and drew attention to the continuing climate of insecurity.Mr. Brahimi also informed the Transitional Administration that the level of violence was affecting the security and confidence of local residents, as well as the ability of aid workers to assist them. He noted armed attacks, robberies and beatings carried out against international aid organizations and the recent “vicious” gang rape of a female international aid worker.The letter appealed to authorities in Kabul to intervene – strongly and urgently – with local parties and authorities. Mr. Brahimi, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, also explained that he would continue to raise this matter directly with local authorities and forces.Meanwhile, the Loya Jirga – the grand council currently meeting to discuss Afghanistan’s future – continued today in Kabul, according to a UN spokesman in New York.Addressing a full tent, Mr. Karzai announced that the new government would be called the Islamic Transitional Government of Afghanistan, after suggestions from delegates.Mr. Karzai also named key commissions, which he described as essential in the transitional period. Among those to be set up in the short-term are those focussing on national defence, the civil service and the judicial system. read more

Fire shuts down Labor Dept building in DC to most workers employment

WASHINGTON – An overnight fire at the Labor Department’s headquarters shut the building down for most employees early Friday, but the agency’s monthly employment report was released as scheduled.Department employees and members of the news media involved in the release of the report were allowed in the building as usual.But all other Labor employees who were scheduled to work in the Frances Perkins building received administrative leave.District of Columbia fire department spokesman Lon Walls said the fire was reported around 4:35 a.m., but the sprinkler system extinguished it before firefighters arrived. He said the cause is under investigation.Labour Department spokesman Carl Fillichio said the fire was in a cubicle on the fourth floor, and the fourth, third, second and plaza levels on the north side of the building were affected by water. Employees in the unaffected areas were allowed to return.The building on Constitution Avenue opened in 1975.The April jobs report showed unemployment hitting a four-year low, with employers adding 165,000 jobs in April and upwardly revised figures for the previous two months. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press Posted May 3, 2013 3:15 pm MDT Fire shuts down Labor Dept. building in DC to most workers; employment report issued as usual read more

Prof integrating meditation into the classroom

Health Sciences Assistant Professor Paula Gardner didn’t set out to incorporate mindfulness into her teaching practices. Rather, she stumbled into it after a particularly frantic commute through New York City.“With my heart racing, mind spinning, sweat dripping down my back and 60 undergraduate students staring at me on my first day of class as a new teacher, I thought to myself, I need a minute,” recalls Gardner.To take the minute she needed, Gardner found herself guiding the entire class through some yoga breathing techniques which she had recently learned. This began the practice of beginning all of her classes with meditation.There is a mental health crisis on university campuses across Canada as students and faculty struggle to balance the many demands of academic life.Gardner is one of five individuals who have been selected for the Brock University Chancellor’s Chair for Teaching Excellence. Her project, A Focus on Faculty: Building a Contemplative Campus One Classroom at a Time is aimed at understanding the challenges of integrating mindfulness into post-secondary classrooms.In this phase of the project, Gardner will build on feedback from students and faculty using already collected data to design a set of tools, strategies and resources to help make integrating meditation into classrooms possible.“There is a mental health crisis on university campuses across Canada as students and faculty struggle to balance the many demands of academic life,” says Gardner.“While campuses increase efforts to support those in crisis, there is a growing need for preventative approaches that build resilience and positive mental health among the campus community,” she says.Through her research and the practice of beginning each class with a short meditation, Gardner is finding the classroom environment has become more enhanced.“We often arrive in our classrooms in chaos and what the meditation practice serves to do is really bring all of us, myself included, into the classroom and remind us what we are trying to do,” says Gardner.Findings suggest the practice of meditation has a positive impact on student learning and mental health.“Mindfulness and contemplative practices assist students, faculty and staff to become more resilient in the day-to-day pressures of academia,” says Gardner.The Brock Chancellor’s Chair for Teaching Excellence provides recipients with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) funding to support projects to run for three years with an annual grant of $5,000 each year.Sport Management professors Kirsty Spence and Shannon Kerwin were also selected as Chair-holders. Their SoTL project, Assessing Sport Management Students’ Ego Development and Occupational Leadership Efficacy (OLE) is a four-year longitudinal study, which will begin its second year in September.“Being recognized as Chair-holders by the Brock community is extremely gratifying. Receiving the funding which accompanies this award ensures our research costs are covered for the remaining three years of the study,” says Spence.The findings of this research will be disseminated to help enhance students’ leadership development toward a career within the sport industry. This research has also recently received funding through the Janet B. Parks Research Grant from the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM).Brock Chancellor’s Chair-holders are individuals who have demonstrated exceptional promise of outstanding contributions to post-secondary teaching, learning, and/or educational technology and/or have established an exemplary record of achievement.In the video below, Gardner discusses mindfulness in the classroom and shows how it works. read more

The Thunders Big Men Could Stop The Warriors Lineups Of Death

9Paul | Redick | Crawford | Griffin | JordanLAC+0.21 8Curry | Livingston | Barnes | Thompson | GreenGSW+0.22 As you may have heard, the NBA’s most unstoppable units reside in the Bay Area, in the form of Golden State’s small-ball “Lineups of Death.” Assuming those lineups are intact for the Western Conference finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder will have an interesting matchup on their hands in a series being billed as a battle of big versus small. In contrast to the Warriors’ small-ball lineups, OKC’s two most common postseason units have contained the hulking frontcourt pairing of 6-foot-10 Serge Ibaka and 7-foot Steven Adams.When on the court together for the Warriors this season, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green scored the most points per offensive chance (1.26) of any five-man unit in the NBA,1Minimum 200 chances, averaged between offense and defense. allowed the 13th-fewest points (0.83), and had the best per-chance scoring margin (+0.43).And that’s only the deadliest variation of the Death Lineup. Golden State also owned five of the next 10 best lineups by per-chance point differential, all of which contained a variation of Curry, Green and either Thompson or Iguodala or both. Four of those additional lineups featured one of Golden State’s traditional centers, Andrew Bogut or Festus Ezeli, as the lone conventional big; the other was a small lineup that swaps out Iguodala for guard Shaun Livingston. 2Lowry | Ross | Patterson | DeRozan | ValanciunasTOR+0.37 11Curry | Thompson | Green | Rush | BogutGSW+0.21 With Curry injured for most of the first two rounds, those Lineups of Death haven’t spent much time fully assembled in the postseason. The Warriors’ most crucial three-man combos — Curry, Green and Thompson, and Curry, Green and Iguodala — have logged only 94 total minutes together in 10 playoff games thus far. (They still outscored opponents by 61 points in that limited playing time!) But after Curry returned for the closing two games of Golden State’s series against Portland, at least one of those trios was on the floor for 62 minutes — a total in line with the 27.7 minutes per game they spent on-court together during the regular season.All this is bad news for the Thunder because the Warriors have a history of going small to combat good teams with lumbering big men: According to the Lineup of Death’s origin story, the tactic was only fully realized last year when head coach Steve Kerr had an epiphany during the NBA Finals and moved Iguodala into the starting lineup. That’s when the record-setting Warriors really took off, first against Cleveland and then against the rest of the league. An inability to match up with the same strategy could end up being Oklahoma City’s undoing as well.But we shouldn’t assume the Thunder’s big lineup won’t be able to hold its own. During the regular season, only 19 five-man units2With a minimum of 20 chances, averaged between offense and defense. broke even against Warrior lineups containing both Curry and Green. OKC had two of them — No. 7 and No. 13 — and both were of the big variety that the team has been using extensively during the playoffs: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Ibaka and Adams, with either Andre Roberson or Dion Waiters on the wing. So in the matchup of preferred lineups, the Thunder might not be quite as outgunned as it seems at first glance.Of course, there are a bunch of caveats to tack on here. We’re talking about only 60 to 70 chances of track record from the regular season, and lineup data is notoriously noisy anyway. Plus, even though the Thunder’s big lineup did stick with the Warriors, the Dubs swept the regular-season series anyway.But as an exercise in figuring out how a 31 percent underdog could fight those odds, things might begin with Oklahoma City’s ability to slow down Golden State’s Lineups of Death. And what extremely limited data we have right now suggests that they could fare better than most.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 3Curry | Thompson | Green | Iguodala | BogutGSW+0.34 Minimum 200 average chances between offense and defense.Source: NBA Player-Tracking Data 6Curry | Green | Livingston | Iguodala | EzeliGSW+0.27 1Curry | Thompson | Barnes | Iguodala | GreenGSW+0.43 LINEUPTEAMPTS/CHANCE DIFF 10Lin | Lamb | Kaminsky | Williams | HawesCHA+0.21 7Paul | Redick | Griffin | Stephenson | JordanLAC+0.22 5Curry | Thompson | Green | Iguodala | EzeliGSW+0.30 4Lin | Walker | Williams | Batum | JeffersonCHA+0.31 The NBA’s best regular-season lineups in 2015-16 read more

Womens lacrosse Ohio State looking to right the ship against perennial powerhouse

Ohio State freshman midfielder Sage Darling receives a pass in the offensive zone against Rutgers on March 25. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (6-8) have not had the easiest path to get where it is at this point in the season, and it is not going to get any easier. The Buckeyes have three games remaining against three of the best teams in the country: No. 17 Northwestern, No. 1 Maryland and Johns Hopkins, who sits just outside the 20th spot in the Inside Lacrosse Poll.While OSU began to get its offense back on track against No. 6 Penn State — scoring 12 goals for the first time since March 7 — they will need to summon even more production in the remainder of their games. “I thought we had some good chemistry on the attack,” coach Alexis Venechanos said of the team’s loss to the Nittany Lions. “I thought we limited our turnovers in the midfield, and when you’re playing these conference games, those little details are going to matter.”Northwestern has, historically, been dominant against the Buckeyes, winning 13 of the 16 previous matchups, with OSU’s most recent win coming in a 2014 overtime game. Venechanos spent three years on the Wildcats’ staff (2004 to 2006) as an assistant, so it means a lot to her for them to be one of the big rivals in their conference. “It was a great learning experience. I learned a lot on the field and off the field,” Venechanos said. “(Northwestern coach Kelly Amonte Hiller) is a great competitor. She taught me how to compete, and I’m glad we have an opportunity to play them every year.”Hiller has led the Wildcats to seven NCAA championships, with last season being the first year that they had not reached at least the NCAA quarterfinals in 14 years. While Northwestern’s record at first glance is similar to the Buckeyes at 6-6, the Wildcats’ schedule has been stacked with great competition. The Buckeyes will still be without freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez, but they can still be capable of generating offense. Junior attacker Molly Wood and sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott have both stepped up to lead their team in scoring.“We’re working on ourselves right now,” Wood said. “We’re working on the little things, the fundamentals and to see those getting better is huge for our team.”OSU will be looking to continue its development as the season winds down, but Venechanos said they are most excited for the present. “We’ve challenged our players to get a little bit better from the previous week, the previous day and even in the drill we are doing — let’s get better this time,” Venechanos said. “We’re moving some people around, they’re stepping up.”The game is set for a 7 p.m. start time on Thursday, in what will be OSU’s first game of the season at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

ECD primary teachers introduced to STEM Math app

Over three dozen teachers from several schools along the East Coast of Demerara, were today, introduced to the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) Mathematics digital application at the Lusignan Primary School.Information Technology (IT) Technician and Co-ordinator, Ms. Karen Abrams explaining the app to the teachers.The application which was first introduced through the Science, Technology, and Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Guyana project on Monday was created by Information Technology (IT) Technician and Co-ordinator, Ms. Karen Abrams and is equipped with past examination papers and worksheets to improve each child’s performance in Mathematics.  A brief demonstration of how to use the application was given to students of the Lusignan Primary and Friendship Primary Schools yesterday.First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger who attended the event said that she believes that the introduction of the application to Grade Six teachers can be beneficial.  “This is just the first step… because I know there are four subject areas which the children have to be examined in the National Grade Six exams…I really think that it’s something that will help you, because it means that you can check your [school’s performance]…” Mrs Granger said.“I hope you will see this as a tool to help you in your teaching of Math.  You can have an impact, by giving us your comment and letting us know whether what we’re doing is working or not… I see a great possibility happening here and it will also read down to the benefit of your profession [since] technology gives us new ways, you and your students can learn something from it.According to Ms. Abrams the programme will benefit both teachers and students in the improvement of the subject area. “Your task is really a critical task, [you] have to prepare the next generation of leaders in Guyana,” Ms. Abrams said.Meanwhile, teachers were excited about the initiative and said that it came at a very opportune time since there had been a decline in Mathematics throughout the Region.Dhanpaul Persaud, a teacher at Helena Primary School said that “This is a very good initiative, but I think there should be an app for all four subject areas, and the teachers should be trained in methodology.”    Oliando Solomon of Clonbrook Primary School said that the initiative will be beneficial in this technological era and she looks forward for the improvement that is expected to come from using the application.“At this time for Grade six students, we all have a problem with Mathematics… and children will benefit, but [we must] have parental support and it will work,” Ms. Hycinth Been of Chateau Margot Primary School said. (MOTP) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEducation Ministry, STEM Guyana launch NGSA AppFebruary 12, 2018In “latest news”President hails Science fair as an important step towards innovative educationApril 2, 2016In “latest news”STEM Guyana receives $2.5M for participation at First Global Robotic ChallengeJune 22, 2017In “latest news” read more

With visas tight US resorts struggle to find seasonal help

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS moves to bar Haitians from seasonal work visasJanuary 18, 2018In “Regional”Belize reacts to US ban from temporary work visasJanuary 19, 2018In “latest news”Trump to seek changes in visa program to encourage hiring AmericansApril 18, 2017In “World” (AP) Innkeepers, restaurateurs and landscapers around the US say they are struggling to find seasonal help and turning down business in some cases because the government tightened up on visas for temporary foreign workers.”There’s going to be a lot of businesses that just can’t function on a full-time basis, and some might not even open at all,” said Mac Hay, who co-owns Mac’s Seafood on Cape Cod and has organised seasonal businesses to lobby Congress.At issue are H-2B temporary visas, which are issued for workers holding down seasonal, non-agricultural jobs.The US caps the number at 66,000 per fiscal year. Some workers return year after year, and Congress has let them do so in the past without being counted toward the limit. No such exception was passed for 2017 at the end of last year, after the presidential election.Lawmakers on Monday unveiled a government spending bill that would allow the homeland security secretary to increase the number of H-2B visas this fiscal year to almost 130,000.But there is concern that even if the measure passes, it will take weeks for visas to be processed, meaning many workers probably won’t arrive in time for Memorial Day and maybe not until after the Fourth of July.Many resorts rely heavily on foreigners on H-2B visas to work as housekeepers, cooks, dishwashers and the like, saying they cannot find enough Americans willing to take such jobs. President Donald Trump himself has hired seasonal workers at his Mar-a-Lago resort in this way.Each visa typically costs at least $1,000 in government fees, travel and other expenses, paid by employers.At the Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit, Maine, owner Sarah Mace Diment said she cut back on the number of rooms available during New England’s spring vacation week in April because she is short eight housekeepers, who are paid $10 to $12.50 an hour. None of her visa requests were granted, she said.Critics say that bringing in cheap foreign labour undercuts US workers and drives down wages and those employers aren’t trying hard enough to hire Americans. Under the H-2B rules, employers must advertise for US workers first.Diment said she hires housekeepers from Jamaica because there aren’t enough people in rural, southern Maine looking for seasonal work. Maine is at its lowest unemployment on record, three per cent. She has hired US college students, but they go back to school in August, well before the season ends in October.“I’m always going to hire an American first. I’m always going to hire someone locally first,” Diment said. “We’re not using this programme because it’s easy. It’s not. It’s very difficult and expensive, but we’re using it because we have no other options.”Landscapers are the biggest users of the H-2B program. Stephen Faulkner, who owns a landscaping and nursery business in Hooksett, New Hampshire, said he expects to turn away hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of work this season because he could not get visas for any of the six Mexican landscapers who have been with him for a decade.He said he is considering giving up the landscape division.“My company is being devastated by not having my returning workers,” he said. “I’m running out of energy and fortitude, and American jobs might be lost because of it.”The AFL-CIO says the H-2B programme enables discrimination and exploitation of workers and hurts efforts to raise wages and improve working conditions. And US Senator Bernie Sanders has questioned whether willing Americans truly are unavailable for these jobs.“We supposedly live in a supply-and-demand economy, and if employers can’t find workers to fill their jobs, they might want to raise wages,” the Vermont independent recently told The Burlington Free Press.Joseph Lieghio and his family operate hotels and restaurants in Mackinaw City, Michigan. Lieghio said he doubts he could attract Americans even if he doubled the $10-to-$11-an-hour wage for dishwashers, short-order cooks and front desk staff.“If they breathe and walk in the door, we give them a job,” he said. “There’s no one here.”He said about 130 of his visa requests were granted and 80 were not. He is cutting hours at his restaurants, raising prices and postponing the opening of a new restaurant, he said.Novelette Barnes-Chin began leaving Jamaica for seasonal work in the US at 32. Now 50, she said she is praying she will be able to work at the Beachmere Inn for at least part of the season.“In Jamaica we would say that’s our breadbasket. That’s what we look forward to every year, to go work, save and buy our food, buy our clothes and supplies,” she said. “I feel really, really heartbroken right now, really sad.” read more

ASTI If they impose further changes we will be forced to react

first_imgTHE ASTI GENERAL Secretary Pat King said that if the government imposes cuts on the supervision allowance for teachers the union will “forced to react and we certainly won’t accept it”.Speaking on RTÉ’s Prime Time last night, he said the if it comes to it and further cuts are made the ASTI will “have to react as trade unions react”.He added: On 1 July they [the government] unilaterally froze teachers pay … using the most anti-labour, draconian legislation this country has ever seen.If they further impose changes we will be forced to react and we certainly won’t accept it. If that means refusing to do the supervision that’s what we will do. Meanwhile, yesterday Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn warned teachers that the rejection of the pay deal would mean their protections and benefits would be at risk, including their security of tenure.When asked if threats of this kind and the action being taken by the ASTI might see some members leaving the union, Mr King disagreed, stating that they have seen members join the union over the action they are taken.He added that from a financial point of view there is losses for teachers with the action they are taking.Read: TUI members will not cover the work of ASTI teachers during industrial action>Read: ASTI boss: Teachers’ action is “not about pay”>last_img read more

Handwritten note about DJ Bobby Ryans disappearance found in murder accuseds house

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Eoin Reynolds Mar 12th 2019, 5:36 PM Short URL Share2 Tweet Email No Comments Farmer Patrick Quirke leaves the Dublin Central Criminal Court. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.iecenter_img Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 5:36 PM Handwritten note about DJ Bobby Ryan’s disappearance found in murder accused’s house Ryan’s body was found in an underground run-off tank on the farm leased by Patrick Quirke in April 2013. Farmer Patrick Quirke leaves the Dublin Central Criminal Court. GARDAÍ SEARCHING FARMER Patrick Quirke’s home found a hand written note relating to Mary Lowry and the disappearance of Bobby Ryan, the Central Criminal Court has heard.Detective John Walsh said he discovered the notes on an A4 sheet of paper in an office area in Quirke’s house during a search in May 2013. He read from the document: “Mary last one to see him”, “body naked, either murdered and clothes taken off or never left the house”.The words “never left the house” were underlined, the witness told Michael Bowman for the prosecution.It also contained questions including: “Why did she find the van so quickly? Why did she look for him in a place where she knew he wouldn’t have needed to go? Why didn’t she act on leads? Why did she give varying accounts of how long he was in the yard before he left for work? Two minutes? Ten minutes?”“Why was she so adamant no activity took place in the yard? How would she hear? It wasn’t always possible. Why did she rip down photos of Bobby Ryan after his family put them up? Why was she relieved after Crime Call was a rubbish programme and got no help to jog anyone’s memory?”The note also contained the comment: “V strange.”‘Nothing of evidential value’Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of part-time DJ Bobby Ryan. Ryan went missing on 3 June 2011 after leaving his girlfriend Mary Lowry’s home at about 6.30am. His body was found in an underground run-off tank on the farm owned by Lowry and leased by the accused at Fawnagown, Tipperary 22 months later in April 2013.The prosecution claims Quirke murdered Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Lowry (52).Detective Walsh further told Bowman that he seized a brown envelope inside which was a document relating to Quirke’s lease of Lowry’s land at Fawnagowan.Detective Garda Kieran Keane told Bowman that he is the exhibits officer assigned to the investigation into Ryan’s death. Following the search he took possession of a computer, two memory keys, two mobile phones, an iPad, a hard drive from one of the farm houses and a phone bill seized from the kitchen.Swabs were taken for analysis from a pair of overalls hanging in the boiler house, a cow trailer and a crew cab door. Det Gda Keane  agreed with Lorcan Staines for the defence that analyses of the overalls, cow trailer and door provided nothing of evidential value.Plumber Stephen O’Sullivan said gardaí asked him in 2013 to test whether Quirke was telling the truth when he described how water leaking from a mains pipe flowed from an old dairy farm into the tank where Ryan’s body was found. Quirke told gardai that he opened the tank because he needed water to agitate slurry and believed there would be water in it because of the leak some weeks earlier.O’Sullivan told David Humphries for the prosecution how water running from a leak in the area identified by Quirke would have made its way to that tank and told defence counsel Lorcan Staines that what the accused told gardaí was the truth. He further stated that there was evidence that pipes in that area had leaked and were repaired by a handyman rather than a professional plumber, something he said would be common on farms.While the witness carried out the test in 2013, he told Condon he was called as a witness earlier this year.‘Silt, water, debris’Siobhan Phillips is a manager at the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford. She told Humphries that a booking was made over the phone for a twin room for 6 September 2011.She said the booking was taken up and included dinner in the Michelin star restaurant. She said she can’t say who stayed there or who had the dinner but the bill, which came to €416.20 was paid by Laser on 7 September.The trial has previously heard that Lowry, who said she couldn’t remember staying at the Cliff House Hotel, had a bank record detailing a payment to the Cliff House for more than €400.Phillips agreed with defence counsel Bernard Condon that the booking was for a “top end package”, famed for its food, in a stunning location with beautiful views. Condon added: “I’m not trying to sell it for you but it’s pretty well-known.” The witness agreed.She said the booking was made under the name Patrick Quirke with an address at Fawnagowan, Tipperary. The payment was made using a Laser card which was used in the hotel and would have required a PIN. The witness said she was first approached by gardaí to make a statement in January.Under reexamination Phillips told Humphries she doesn’t know who made the phone call to make the reservation but the name given was Patrick Quirke. She also said that whoever made the booking requested a twin room and although the room in question contained a double and single bed, the guest would not have known that.Sergeant Debbie Marsh told Bowman she and a team of searchers spent three days emptying the tank where Mr Ryan’s body was found and searching through its contents.It consisted of silt, water and debris and gardaí used a soil sieve to examine the contents. Any items gathered were brought to the attention of the scenes of crime officers, she said. Due to health and safety concerns on the first day her team was ordered out of the tank and the Garda subaqua unit went in.The trial continues in front of Justice Eileen Creedon and a jury of six men and six women. Comments are closed as the case is before the courts.  Image: Sam Boal/ 27,072 Views last_img read more

Being left out motivated me to work hard – Mallik Wilks

first_imgLoan striker Mallik Wilks says that being left out gave him the motivation he needed to work as hard as he should.The 19-year-old added that it was a lesson to him, as one should never get too comfortable, or risk losing one’s spot to another. Wilks also made a scoring return to the starting line-up in the 3-3 draw with Gillingham after he was laid back at Rochdale.“I was buzzing to get on the score sheet because I got left out of the team last week so I had to prove a point,” said the Leeds United frontman via The Star.“I had to work hard in training and play well when I came on at Rochdale, and that’s what I did.“It taught me that I cannot get too comfortable. There’s always someone fighting for your spot, which is a good thing for this team.“My performances had dropped. I was careless on the ball,” he added.Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.“When I saw Alfie May score two goals [against Grimsby] I thought this is a bit scary! He’s been training well to so he deserved it.”“It was disappointing to go 2-0 down and I thought it was going to be a repeat of Fleetwood but the good thing was that none of us panicked,” he said.“We played good football and we should’ve got all three points.“We’re annoyed with the sloppy goals we’ve given away and the fact we had so many shots and only scored three.” He added:“It’s a good learning curve for us, fighting all the way to the end and showing good team spirit.”last_img read more

No breakthrough in boys kidnap case

first_imgKakinada: The police could not achieve any breakthrough in the kidnap case of four-year-old N Jasith of Mandapeta in East Godavari district.It may be mentioned here that the boy was kidnapped by two masked men at the doorstep of his residence at Vijayalakshmi Nagar in Mandapeta town in the district late on Monday evening. The boy’s parents are officers in different public sector banks in the town. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The boy’s father N Venkata Ramana is an Assistant Manager in Union Bank of India and mother is working in Canara Bank at Mandapeta. District police chief Adanan Nayeem Asmi took up the investigation personally and on Wednesday Rajamahendravaram urban SP Dr. Shimoshi Bajpai joined the investigating team, Both the SPs are supervising the investigation by camping a Mandapeta. According to SP, Nayeem Asmi, total 11 teams were sent to different places for investigation. The police are verifying the CCTV footage and call data through the mobile tower in the areas. The SP is hopeful of a breakthrough very soon.last_img read more

MintCondition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For 107K

first_img A first-edition set of Pokemon trading cards has sold at auction for $107,000.The lucky winner outbid 12 others for the mint-condition 103-card collection published in 1999.From Alakazam to Weedle, the original gang’s all there; the lot also features 26 trainer and seven energy cards.There is seemingly no limit to what people will pay for a slice of nostalgia: A similarly conditioned complete set of Pokemon cards sold for nearly $100,000 in December 2017.And someone paid more than $26,000 for a prized #4 Charizard in 2016.There is still no word, meanwhile, on whether the New Yorker who forked over $60,000 for a Pokemon playing card that got lost in the mail has received their package.The Trainer No. 3 card—given to the third-place finalist at a Japanese Pokemon tournament in 1999—sold on eBay last year. But the parcel, insured for $50,000, never completed its journey. Some suspect it was stolen by a U.S. Postal Service employee.The buyer recently opened an investigation into the matter, offering $1,000 to anyone who can help locate the precious card.Like the video game series before it, the Pokemon Trading Card Game (PTCG) followers players as they use various characters’ strengths and weaknesses to defeat opponents.A later expansion introduced cards compatible with the Nintendo e-Reader, manufactured for the Game Boy Advance console.As of May 2019, 84 different PTCG sets have been released in English.You don’t need to drop six figures on heirloom cardboard to get your Pokemon fix, though: Pokemon Sword and Shield role-playing titles are set to hit Nintendo Switch on Nov. 15.They are the first main-series games in the eighth generation of the Pocket Monster franchise, and the second to be released on a home console.More on These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’Sealed Copy of NES Cult Classic ‘Kid Icarus’ Earns $9K at Auction100 of the World’s Rarest Sneakers Are Up for Auction New Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell PunksBattle Team Rocket in New ‘Pokemon Go’ Update Stay on targetlast_img read more

Rock weathering may have led to Snowball Earth

first_imgComparison of unweathered (left) and weathered Ordovician limestone at a roadcut on the State College Bypass, U.S. Route 322. Credit: Wikipedia. Meteorite study suggests Mars’ ancient atmosphere may be locked in its rocky terrain Scientists believe that the Earth has experienced many episodes of global glaciation—where the entire planet is covered in ice, resulting in what is loosely termed, a “Snowball Earth.” To better understand climate change heading into the future, scientists look to the past. In this latest effort, the research team looked at an event known as the Sturtian glaciation—after a billion years with no ice on the planet at all, suddenly, the Earth was covered with the stuff for 55 million years. Until now, why this happened has been a mystery.To find out more, the team traveled to the Mackenzie Mountains—a part of the planet that has been found to be useful for plotting the past due to its glacial history. The researchers collected sedimentary rocks left by glacial movement along with rock samples found above and below them.The rock samples were all taken back to the lab where the researchers tested them for osmium and rhenium levels—the latter breaks down to the former over time, offering a way to determine the age of the rocks. Using this technique, the researchers were able to conclude that the Sturtian lasted for approximately 55 million years. The team also tested the rock samples for isotopes of the same two elements and that led to the discovery that carbon dioxide had been sequestered in them. This led to the development of a theory that suggests that volcanic activity prior to the Sturtian also led to the absorption of so much carbon dioxide (weathering opens up rock causing it to be more absorbent) from the atmosphere that the planet cooled until it eventually became a Snowball Earth.Moving forward, the question of whether the Sturtian was truly one long event, or if it was actually a time of many glacial increases and retreats will be further studied to better understand the mechanism behind such global extremes. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: Re-Os geochronology and coupled Os-Sr isotope constraints on the Sturtian snowball Earth, PNAS, Published online before print December 16, 2013, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1317266110 AbstractAfter nearly a billion years with no evidence for glaciation, ice advanced to equatorial latitudes at least twice between 717 and 635 Mya. Although the initiation mechanism of these Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth events has remained a mystery, the broad synchronicity of rifting of the supercontinent Rodinia, the emplacement of large igneous provinces at low latitude, and the onset of the Sturtian glaciation has suggested a tectonic forcing. We present unique Re-Os geochronology and high-resolution Os and Sr isotope profiles bracketing Sturtian-age glacial deposits of the Rapitan Group in northwest Canada. Coupled with existing U-Pb dates, the postglacial Re-Os date of 662.4 ± 3.9 Mya represents direct geochronological constraints for both the onset and demise of a Cryogenian glaciation from the same continental margin and suggests a 55-My duration of the Sturtian glacial epoch. The Os and Sr isotope data allow us to assess the relative weathering input of old radiogenic crust and more juvenile, mantle-derived substrate. The preglacial isotopic signals are consistent with an enhanced contribution of juvenile material to the oceans and glacial initiation through enhanced global weatherability. In contrast, postglacial strata feature radiogenic Os and Sr isotope compositions indicative of extensive glacial scouring of the continents and intense silicate weathering in a post–Snowball Earth hothouse. ( —A team of researchers conducting a field study in the Mackenzie Mountains in northwest Canada is suggesting rock weathering almost a billion years ago, may have led to the entire planet being encased in ice for 55 million years. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the multi-national team describes their field study and subsequent analysis of rock samples they retrieved and how doing so led to what they believe is an explanation of one of the most dramatic instances of climate change on record. Explore further Citation: Rock weathering may have led to ‘Snowball Earth’ (2013, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Google honours Urdu writer Desnavi with a doodle

first_imgNew Delhi: Known for his huge contribution towards the enrichment of Urdu language, Abdul Qavi Desnavi was honoured by search engine Google with a doodle on his 87th birth anniversary on Wednesday. The doodle showed Desnavi sitting in the middle and writing. The letters of the search engine were also given a calligraphic touch.An Indian Urdu language writer, critic, bibliographer and linguist, Desnavi, has contributed immensely towards the evolution of Urdu literature. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn his five decades of literary career, he has authored a vast body of works covering fiction, biographies, poetry and anthologies. Some of his noted works are “Sat Tehriren”, “Motala-E-Khotool”, “Ghalib” along with his writings on Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.Born in 1930 in Bihar’s Desna village, Desnavi, belonged to an erudite family. He had a strong academic background. His primary education was in Arrah. He completed his graduation and post graduation from St. Xavier’s College Mumbai.Later, he became a Professor in Saifia Post Graduate College in Bhopal. He was made the head of Urdu Department there.He was a member of several literary and academic bodies. Desnavi breathed his last on July 7, 2011 in Bhopal where he was living.last_img read more