Certain Pacific oysters recalled due to threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

first_imgThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced a recall of certain Pacific oysters due to a marine biotoxin which causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.The oysters were processed by Union Bay Seafood Ltd. and Intercity Packers Ltd. with a harvest date of July 14, 2019.They were sold in five dozen packages in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.Consumers who purchased the oysters should either return them or throw them out.No reports of illness have been linked to the product, however, in severe situations Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning can cause difficulty walking, muscle paralysis, respiratory paralysis and even death.last_img read more

Update – Stolen Range Rover located in Edmonton

first_imgThe investigation is still ongoing in this matter.To view the original story, CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – UPDATE, RCMP are thanking the public for their assistance in sharing information which has helped locate a stolen Range Rover.A media release put out on April 17, 2019, was shared by media outlets and the following day, a member of the public updated that they believed they had observed the vehicle at an address in Taylor, BC.The vehicle was eventually located in Edmonton, Alberta by Edmonton Police Services on April 21, 2019.  Efforts are being made to return the vehicle to the rightful owner.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,355.58, up 74.36 points):Potash Ridge Corp. (TSX:PRK). Miner. Up half-a-cent, or 2.22 per cent, to 23 cents on 5.4 million shares.Red Eagle Mining Corp. (TSX:R). Miner. Down 2.5 cents, or 8.93 per cent, to 25.5 cents on 5.36 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 0.99 per cent, to $11.27 on 5.1 million shares.Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX:WEF). Up 12 cents, or 5.45 per cent, to $2.32 on 5.08 million shares.Sandvine Corp. (TSX:SVC). Telecommunications. Up 35 cents, or 8.95 per cent, to $4.26 on 4.8 million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Down 22 cents, or 5.93 per cent, to $3.49 on 4.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up four cents, or 1.66 per cent, to $2.45 on 3.4 million shares. The Quebec-based company may have to wait an extra two months to find out if its CSeries commercial jets will be hit by punishing U.S. duties. Boeing has requested that the U.S. Commerce Department delay its preliminary determination on its petition until Sept. 25 from July 21. In April, Boeing alleged Bombardier has been selling CSeries planes in the U.S. below cost thanks to public subsidies in violation of trade rules.Obsidian Energy Ltd. (TSX:PWT, OBE). Oil and gas. Down eight cents, or 4.60 per cent, to $1.66 on 2.6 million shares. Two days after changing its name and vowing to put its scandal-tainted past behind it, the former Penn West Petroleum is being hit with charges by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC charges allege the Calgary-based oil and gas firm and three of its former finance executives participated in a “multi-year accounting fraud” where hundreds of millions of dollars were mislabelled to improve the appearance of its operating metrics. None of the allegations against the company — which officially changed its name to Obsidian Energy Ltd. on Monday — have been proven in court.Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B). Telecommunications and media. Down 10 cents, or 0.33 per cent, to $30.14 on 1.3 million shares. The company’s third-quarter revenue was $1.31 billion, up 2.8 per cent from last year. Net income was down 81 per cent to $133 million or 27 cents per share, mostly because of gains Shaw received last year from asset sales. Shaw said the rollout of a new generation of cable services has gotten off to a strong start, and helped the company to deliver its first growth in video subscribers in nearly seven years. read more

Maple syrup groups seek action on questionable food labels

Maple sugar producer Burr Morse, left, is joined by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., center, and Roger Brown, of Slopeside Syrup, right as they talk about a request by maple producers that the Food and Drug Administration crack down on food producers who use “maple” in their labeling when there isn’t any syrup in their products, during an event Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Richmond, Vt. In a letter to the FDA, Vermont producers were joined by maple associations from Maine to Wisconsin who want the FDA to take enforcement action to either remove the maple branding from the products or have the companies add maple syrup to them. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke) MONTPELIER, Vt. – In the maple-rich areas of New England and the upper Midwest, producers don’t approve of fakers.Last week, industry groups from Vermont to Michigan sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration protesting food labeled as maple that doesn’t contain the real thing.They say products ranging from oatmeal to ice cream are misbranded in violation of FDA regulations because they don’t contain maple syrup, derived from heating sap from maple trees.They want the FDA to take enforcement action to either remove the maple branding from the products or have the companies add maple syrup to them.The FDA said it is reviewing the letter and will respond directly to the petitioners. by Lisa Rathke, The Associated Press Posted Feb 16, 2016 12:45 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Maple syrup groups seek action on questionable food labels read more

How FiveThirtyEights March Madness Bracket Works

In contrast to the parity of the recent past, this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament has a clear front-runner: the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats. FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness Predictions give the Wildcats a 41 percent chance to win it all and finish 40-0. Kentucky’s chances are well ahead of a group of teams — Villanova, Arizona and Wisconsin — that have about a 10 percent chance each.I’ll have a longer take on the Wildcats and this year’s top-heavy bracket on Monday morning. But for now, we wanted to be sure you saw our numbers as soon as they were ready. You can find our interactive here, including the probability of each of the 68 teams invited to this year’s dance advancing to each round of the tournament.The methodology behind our forecasts is largely the same as in past years. Our forecasts have done reasonably well — “calling” the winner of the tournament correctly in two of the past three years. And they’ve been well-calibrated historically, meaning the teams we’ve listed as (for instance) 70 percent favorites have in fact won about 70 percent of the time. We don’t see a lot of reason to mess with our system.At the core of the forecasts is a power rating for each team estimated from a composite of five computer-generated power rankings and two human rankings. By nature, our rankings are pretty conservative since they blend information from several different systems together.1You might consider deviating from them when filling out your bracket so as to have less duplication with others in your pool. These are the five computer systems we use:ESPN’s Basketball Power Index (BPI). (Specifically, we use the variant of BPI called PVA, which translates team ratings into point spreads.)Ken Pomeroy’s pythagorean ratings.Jeff Sagarin’s “predictor” ratings.Joel Sokol’s LRMC ratings.Sonny Moore’s power ratings.The two human rankings are:The selection committee’s 68-team S-curve — that is, how it ranked the teams from 1 to 68 before placing them in the bracket.Preseason rankings from the Associated Press and the coaches poll.2The AP and coaches polls are weighted equally. The seven systems are weighted equally and adjusted to be on a common scale.3Specifically, they’re normalized to have the same mean and standard deviation. Here are how the various systems rated the North Carolina Tar Heels as of Sunday evening,4The Sonny Moore power ratings had not been updated to reflect Sunday’s play as of our publication deadline on Sunday night. We used Saturday’s ratings instead and adjusted them to reflect Sunday’s games based on the change in each team’s Sagarin rating from Saturday to Sunday. for example:While all of the Tar Heels’ ratings are pretty close, their worst one is from where the committee placed them on the S-curve, 13th, suggesting that they were slightly underseeded. Their best rating comes from their preseason ranking, by contrast. We know it might seem unusual to blend preseason rankings with six other systems that rank a team’s current form, but there’s a long history of teams reverting to preseason expectations in the postseason. That included last season, when UConn and Kentucky, who were rated highly before the season, overcame a middling regular season to meet each other in the national championship as No. 7 and No. 8 seeds. Maybe North Carolina can do something similar this year.The ratings are then adjusted for two factors:Injuries and other player absences. For instance, Louisville’s rating is harmed by the absence of Chris Jones, who was dismissed from the team after police charged that he raped two women. (He has pleaded not guilty.) Teams will also get credit in our system if they have key players back for the tournament who missed part of the regular season. (The adjustments are based on Sports-reference.com win shares.)Travel distance from the team’s home campus to the tournament site. A team that has to travel across the country to play a tournament game can face the equivalent of a 2- or 3-point disadvantage against one playing close to home. Essentially, it’s playing a road game.We’ll be updating the bracket at the conclusion of every batch of games. You may also see some minor changes before the First Four tipoff in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday night, based on the availability of new injury information and power ratings.Teams’ power ratings also change at the end of each game. If a No. 13 seed upsets a No. 4 seed, that’s a sign the team was underestimated originally, and our program will boost its rating for the rest of the tournament. If a No. 2 seed needs overtime to get by a No. 15 seed despite being a 30-point favorite, its rating will go down.However — this is a new feature this year — you’ll be able to “rewind” the bracket to see what our forecast said about each team at the conclusion of each day of play.Anything else new this year? The big news is that we’re going to be forecasting the women’s tournament for the first time. Those numbers will go up Tuesday morning.On the men’s side, there are a couple of methodological changes, but they’re very minor:In calculating the effect of injuries, win shares are now adjusted for a team’s strength of schedule. So our program won’t assume a player was a monster just because he was scoring 20 points a game against the likes of Abilene Christian and Austin Peay State.If a team wasn’t ranked at all in the preseason poll, we now estimate its strength using last year’s Sagarin rating, regressed to the mean.5Specifically, we regress to the mean of unranked teams. It almost always helps a team to have been ranked somewhere — even in the “also receiving votes” category — instead of receiving a mean-reverted Sagarin rating instead. Much more to come Monday and over the next three weeks. Happy bracketing!Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.CORRECTION (March 16, 2:20 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misidentified ESPN’s Basketball Power Index as the “basketball percentage index.” read more

Ponting slams Kohli boos as disgraceful

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAustralia and India play down Kohli v Paine banterDecember 17, 2018In “latest news”Virat Kohli achieves double honour as Wisden 2019 is publishedApril 10, 2019In “latest news”How Virat Kohli rules T20 cricketMay 6, 2016In “Sports” Virat Kohli wore colours fitting of the Pink-day Test (Getty Images)Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has slammed the reaction Virat Kohli got from the Sydney crowd as “disgraceful”. Kohli walked out to a mix of cheers and loud boos from the SCG crowd on Thursday. He was subject of “Kohli is a w***er” chants in Melbourne, and was booed in Perth.“If it was booing then it’s absolutely disgraceful,” Ponting said on Seven. “I said that in the Perth Test as well. Show some respect.”Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts wasn’t too happy with it either: “I don’t like seeing that,” he told SEN Radio. “We talk about making Australians proud, we talk about the fact our goal is to win but our non negotiable expectation is to compete with honour and I’d urge our fans to support the game with honour. It’s bigger than all of us, respect our visitors, give them the best possible experience of our country, hopefully beat them on the field, but in all seriousness we need to go about this with respect whether we are a player, administrator, fan, broadcaster. Respect is a really core foundation of the game and hopefully we can see that evident.”Commentator Tim Lane was more scathing of the crowd. “I must say I thought the reception he was given as he came out was poor and it was graceless in that he is the captain of a visiting team,” Lane said on Macquarie Sports Radio. “To welcome a visiting captain like that … is classless. He has not done anything wrong, he has just been too good…“We should be better than that as a nation. I didn’t like it. All Kohli has been guilty of is leading his country in Australia and winning. If the people don’t like it, they should at least recognise it and applaud it.”Kohli has always polarised opinion, in Australia more than any country. On his first tour of the country, Kohli was photographed flipping the bird to someone in the crowd, which led to an ICC sanction. On his last tour of the country, he won over the crowds with four centuries and as co-captain of a side that gracefully made last-minute adjustments to schedules in the wake of Phillip Hughes’ tragic death. Even in this Test, Kohli was so supportive of the Glenn McGrath foundation that he wore pink gloves; his bat had a pink grip on to go with the pink MRF sticker as well.Kohli, though, has also been mindful of the crowds in Australia. In the lead-up to the Test, he spoke of how much they get behind the home team. “It’s not only the team you are playing against, it’s the whole nation because they get behind the team so well,” he said. “When you walk in to bat, you feel there are 40,000 people who want your wicket, not just the 11 guys on the field. So we understand as cricketers how difficult it is and purely just to take that challenge on, we want to win here.” (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Germans give revenge to Poland

← Previous Story Danish disappointment as Argentina steals a point! Next Story → Swedish defensive power, Kim Andersson: A lot of good things could happen… germanQatar 2015qatar handballg In the very first game of group D Russia beat Saudi Arabia 27:17. Saudi Arabia was able to keep up with Russia only at the beginning; Russian team struck and left their opponents behind leading 17:9 at the halftime. In the second half Russia kept their distance and in the end won 27:17.In the second match Germany defeated Poland 29:26. The game began quite tightly; the teams did not have the best time in defence but in attack they hardly failed. After 10 minutes Germany took 2-goal-lead and coach Biegler called for a time-out. When in 20. minute Pekeler was sent for 2 minutes on the bench, Poland managed to equalize at 10:10. However, the Polish joy was short-lasting as Germany got on the lead again. Poland stopped with 5 minutes to go and let their rivals left the court with 4-goal-lead (17:13).Poland took the better start in the second half but even though Germans started making mistakes, they were unable to catch up. In 36. the situation of Poland seemed to be quite bad when both Grabarczyk and Rojewski ended up with 2-minute- suspensions almost in the same time and Germany played in a double powerplay. Surprisingly, mostly thanks to Wyszomirski in the goal, they reduced the gap by 1 goal during this period. Polish defence started working better than in the first half and Poland again managed to equalize (20:20, 42, minute) but the scenario was the same as before – Poland equalizes but Germany soon takes back the lead. The second half was much better for the goalkeepers – Carsten Lichtlein replaced Heinevetter and became one of the heroes of the German team; Wyszomirski also did much better than Szmal, he was able to save much more throws, including Gensheimer’s penalty throw. Polish hopes got up once again in 54. minute when Michał Jurecki scored for 25:25 but wasted chances in attack allowed Germany to get back. By the end of the game atmosphere on the court heated up when during one of Poland’s scoring attempts Gensheimer, upset about Michał Jurecki’s actions, jumped on him with pretension. The quarrel was soon brought under control but both were sent off for 2 minutes, together with Bartosz Jurecki. Germany maintained the lead until the end and won by 3 goals.Third game of the group D between Denmark and Argentina ended with quite a surprising result as Argentina stood up to the favourite and gained 1 point after the 24:24 draw.TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA read more

Michal Jurecki two months out

← Previous Story BYE BYE Tomasz Rosinski Next Story → Pick Szeged win Kanjiza Cup 2016 Bad news for Vive Tauron Kielce and Polish national team as well. The EHF Champions League winners announced that their best scorer Michal Jurecki will be out for next two months due injury of peroneal tendon of right leg. The powerful shooter has to go on surgery which will keep him out from the first actions of the season 2016/2017.Jurecki will be out in the first couple of matches of the EHF Champions League, while depends on reha-process, he will or not will be able to help his team-mates at the start of qualifications for the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia.Poland will play in early November against Serbia in Gdansk and Romania (away).Jurecki got injured during match against Egypt at Men’s Olympic tournament in Rio, where his team-mate Kus felt on his foot… Michal JureckiVive Tauron Kielce read more

Launch of project to involve communities in emergency response

first_imgA COMMUNITY RAPID response project is to be launched today, with volunteer medical professionals attending the scenes of serious, life-threatening incidents to support emergency services.Irish Community Rapid Response (ICCR) has been operational in West Cork for five years and more recently in East Cork and today marks the commencement of a national expansion of the service.Local communities fundraise to provide the necessary equipment and training required for the project. Medical professionals then volunteer their time to support the cause and work alongside frontline state services such as the Ambulance Service, Fire Service and gardaí at the scene.ICRR teams have responded to over 300 call-outs, dealing with approximately 500 patients to date.CEO John Kearney said that the value of these services has been proven and the project has “developed a model through which skilled medical professionals can help members of their local at their times of greatest need”.“The project involves human and financial resources, but also encompasses medical governance and oversight, communications, partnership and team-work,” he said.Earlier this month, the project was honoured in the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards, receiving a €200,000 prize.As part of the launch today, a number of activities and workshops will take place at Nemo Rangers GAA pavillion in Cork from 2.30pm today.Read: Blood Bikers zoom in to help patients in the West>Read: Warm summer saw RNLI lifeboats launched 571 times>last_img read more

Apple Opening Mac App Store January 6th

first_imgApple will be kicking off the new year in style, with the launch of its much anticipated Mac App Store, a desktop-based counterpart to its ultra-successful iPhone and iPad stores. The new storefront will be available in 90 countries and will feature applications from a wide variety of categories, including Games, Productivity, Utilities, Education, Design, and Lifestyle.Said CEO Steve Jobs in an announcement that went out this morning, “The App Store revolutionized mobile apps. We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on January 6.” Note the use of the word “PC.” Aw, how the times have changed.The Mac store will offer most of the familiar features, including download charts, ratings and reviews, and one-click purchasing. Once downloaded, apps can be run on multiple Macs when signed into your account. The store is available as a free update to Mac owners with Snow Leopard installed.Apple is offering up 70 percent of download revenue to developers.last_img read more

ASA Shares Farmers Concerns with EPA Administrator and USDA Secretary

first_imgFarmer leaders of the American Soybean Association (ASA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), the National Sorghum Producers (NSP), USA Rice Federation, and National Cotton Council met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack at EPA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss recent court and EPA actions that cause ASA and soybean farmers concern.”ASA is concerned by recent court and EPA actions that could negatively affect U.S. farmers’ competitiveness, hinder their ability to produce safe and abundant food, add needless regulation, and expose farmers to increased liability,” said ASA Chairman Johnny Dodson, a soybean producer from Halls, Tenn.The meeting was a result of discussions by ASA, NCGA, NAWG and NSP farmer-leaders with Secretary Vilsack at Commodity Classic earlier this month in Anaheim. In response to that discussion, Secretary Vilsack offered to put together a meeting of commodity group leaders with EPA Administrator Jackson and himself to further explore the concerns being expressed. Leaders representing the nation’s cotton and rice farmers also participated in today’s meeting to collectively express concerns on issues that would impact more than 90 percent of the crop planted area in the United States.”ASA appreciates both Secretary Vilsack’s and EPA Administrator Jackson’s interest in understanding farmer concerns,” said Dodson. “We also are very appreciative of Secretary Vilsack’s efforts to facilitate this meeting to allow USDA, EPA, and commodity group leaders to engage in discussions on how EPA regulations and procedures can affect farmers and their ability to produce safe food using modern farming practices.”Among the topics discussed at today’s meeting was the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling [National Cotton Council vs. EPA], that held that agricultural pesticide applicators, state pest controllers and others who spray pesticides on or near water will no longer be exempted from having to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, even if they follow all label and application requirements. EPA estimates that the ruling will apply to some 5.6 million annual pesticide applications for 365,000 applicators. The court granted EPA a two-year stay to April 2011, to give it time to develop a permitting program. EPA is expected to propose a rule in April 2010, and finalize it in December 2010.”ASA believes that EPA must take great care in crafting a rule to minimize needless regulation and avoid forcing farmers to obtain permits for applying fully-approved crop protection products according to label directions,” commented Dodson. “Adding new regulatory and permitting steps would decrease the ability of U.S. farmers to produce safe and abundant food. This entire direction taken by the court also opens up the possibility that producers would incur huge costs defending against nuisance citizen suits.”ASA and other commodity group leaders also expressed concern about EPA’s proposed regulation that would add new language to pesticide labels. Current pesticide labels include the statement, “Do not apply this product in a way that will contact workers or other persons, either directly or through drift.” The EPA’s Draft Pesticide Registration Notice of Nov. 4, 2009, would add new language to pesticide labels stating, “In addition, do not apply this product in a manner that results in spray [or dust] drift that could cause an adverse effect to people or any other non-target organism or site.””EPA should maintain FIFRA’s risk-based standard of ‘no unreasonable adverse effects’ and remove the vague, unenforceable, and unmanageable concepts of ‘could cause’ or ‘may cause’ adverse effects or ‘harm’ from the Drift Pesticide Registration Notice,” Dodson said. “The agency should also continue to acknowledge that some small level of pesticide drift is unavoidable in many common application situations, and does not pose an unreasonable adverse effect.”A final key topic that was discussed was the pesticide re-registration and review process carried out by EPA.”ASA and the agricultural industry strongly believe that the process must be governed by sound science, including science-based assessments and decisions,” said Dodson. “Additionally, there must be certainty that once a science-based review is completed, another review won’t be arbitrarily initiated. Farmers and the crop protection industry need increased confidence and certainty that the re-registration process and decision-making will be based on peer-reviewed science.”last_img read more

EU upholds that employees are entitled to 50 of pension if employer

first_imgThe Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has upheld a ruling by its Advocate General, confirming that all employees are entitled to at least 50% of the total value of their accrued workplace pension savings in the event that their employer becomes insolvent.The case, Grenville Hampshire v The Board of the Pension Protection Fund, concerns Grenville Hampshire, who worked for manufacturing organisation Turner and Newall between 1971 and 1998, and was a member of their supplementary occupational pension scheme. In 1998, at the age of 51, Hampshire retired with a pre-tax annual retirement income of £48,781.80, with an annual increase of at least 3%.Turner and Newall became insolvent in 2001. In 2006, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) opened its assessment concerning the takeover of the organisation’s pension scheme. This assessment found that Hampshire was entitled to £19,819 of PPF compensation a year before tax, as he had not reached the normal age for Turner and Newall’s pension scheme in 2006, and was therefore subject to the statutory compensation cap. This amount was also not predicted to be adjusted for inflation, because Hampshire’s employment was primarily before April 1997. If the organisation had not become insolvent, he would have received £60,240 a year in 2006.Therefore, Hampshire’s pension entitlement was reduced by 67%.Hampshire and 15 other former employees sought application of the review mechanisms for the PPF valuation under the Pensions Act 2004. They subsequently appealed against the decision ruling in favour of the valuation, citing the EU’s Article 8 of Directive 2008. This directive requires all EU member states to take necessary measures to protect the interests of employees in respect of their rights to retirement benefits in the event of the insolvency of the employer.The Court of Appeal referred questions to the CJEU in July 2016. These include whether the aforementioned directive requires member states to ensure that every individual employee receives at least 50% of the value of their accrued pension savings in the event that the employer becomes insolvent, and whether it is sufficient for a member state to have a system of protection where employees usually receive more than 50% of the value of their accrued pension, but where some employees may receive less than 50% if they are subject to a financial cap, or to rules limiting the annual increases in compensation paid or the annual revaluation of their entitlements prior to pension age.The Advocate General handed down an opinion in April 2018, which stated that the directive was to be interpreted that every individual employee is entitled to compensation of at least 50% of the total value of their accrued retirement savings if their employer becomes insolvent. The Advocate General further ruled that it was therefore insufficient to have a system of protection that facilitated employees to receive less than this required 50%.The CJEU yesterday (Thursday 6 September 2018) published its consequential ruling, which concurred with the Advocate General. It further stated that the directive has a direct effect and may be invoked before a national court by an individual employee in order to challenge a decision of a body, such as the board of the PPF.The Court document stated: “Member states have considerable latitude in determining both the means employed for purposes of that protection and the level of protection provided, which does not include an obligation to guarantee in full. However, the Court has held that provisions of domestic law that may, in certain cases, lead to a guarantee of benefits limited to less than half the entitlement accrued cannot be considered to fall within the definition of the word ‘protect’ used in that provision.“The purpose of that directive, which is to provide each employee with a minimum level of community protection in the event of their employer’s insolvency, would be seriously undermined if, in the absence of any abuse of rights by the employee within the meaning of article 12 of that directive, the member states could discharge their obligations under article eight of the directive without granting each individual [employee] such minimum protection.”A spokesperson at the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) said: “The vast majority of PPF and Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) members will already receive compensation in excess of 50% of their accrued old age benefits and we expect the number of members affected by this ruling to be very small.“We have been working with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about the changes that may result from this judgment. For those members affected, we will work to implement the judgment as quickly as possible.“We now need to consider the ruling carefully to understand what action we can take prior to legislative change and/or the conclusion of UK court proceedings. For FAS, this will involve working particularly closely with DWP colleagues. We will update on our approach in due course and will write to affected members as soon as we are able.”Tom McPhail, head of policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, added: “For now at least, the European Court continues to exert control over the UK, something for which some pension scheme members may now be grateful.“It is to the credit of successive UK governments that we have a robust and reliable lifeboat scheme in place to protect pension scheme members in the event of their employer going bust. The PPF’s healthy surplus means it can take this hit without materially weakening its funding position.”last_img read more

Order on noconfidence motions in Zia Charitable case Wednesday

first_imgKhaleda ZiaThe special makeshift court in the abandoned central jail will deliver its order on Wednesday on no-confidence applications filed by two accused in the Zia Charitable Trust Graft case, reports UNB.On Monday, two accused — Ziaul Islam Munna and Monirul Islam — surrendered before the Special Judge Court-5 on expiry of their bail and filed their petitions expressing no-confidence in the judge of the special makeshift court.Lawyers of the two accused had also said they would also file no-confidence petitions with the High Court seeking a transfer of the trial to another court.Meanwhile, the court extended the bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia until Wednesday after her lawyers filed a petition seeking extension of her bail in the case.Earlier on Monday, Khaleda’s bail was extended for one day until Tuesday in the case.On 20 September, the court extended Khaleda’s bail until 24 September.The BNP chairperson is now in the abandoned central jail on Nazimuddin Road, serving five years’ rigorous imprisonment as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 8 February last.On 4 September, the makeshift court of Bakshibazar was shifted at the abandoned central jail to hold the trial of Khaleda in jail.On 8 August 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon police station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.last_img read more

Political Roundup New Bills Becoming Law And Joint Primary Voting

first_img Share X 00:00 /09:22 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: In our weekly political roundup, local experts discuss new bills becoming law after the Texas Legislature, Harris County considering joint primary voting by the 2020 election, Jon Stewart’s testimony about the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, and other stories.In the audio above, host Craig Cohen gets insights on those and other stories from Renée Cross of the University of Houston and Mark Jones from Rice University. Listenlast_img read more

WATCH Top HS prospect Zion Williamson had the freakiest chasedown block in

first_img Here’s the video. Watch it a thousand times in a row: LeBron James’ chase-down block in Game 7 of the NBA Finals may go down as the greatest single defensive play in NBA history. Not only was it a stunning display of The King’s all-time athleticism, it came at the biggest possible moment, in a Game 7 of the NBA Finals with the season and a title on the line. It will always be the greatest chase-down block in basketball history.With all due deference to The King, Top high school junior prospect Zion Williamson may have pulled of the nastiest chase-down block that has ever taken place on a basketball court.In a recent game, he tracked down some poor, unsuspecting high school baller that that was sacrificed at the altar of his highlight reel. At the point where he blocks the shot, his shoulders are both roughly even with the rim.Just, daaaaamn. This kid is a junior, so it’ll be a year before he starts for Kentucky. Advertisementlast_img read more

Game On

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Vital Stats: Lanny Morton, 37, and Deena Morton, 38, of Sportscloseouts.comCompany: A sporting goods retailer in Phoenix2006 Projected Sales: $4 millioneBay User ID: ArizonaswedeBottom of the Ninth: Lanny Morton knows what it means to get down to the wire. He was broke in July 2002 when his then girlfriend, Deena, suggested he parlay his love for sporting goods into cash by selling sports equipment online. “I bought 20 bats for $40 each. I sold them on eBay and made $500 [profit] in a week,” recalls Lanny. “My brain kicked in and said, ‘If you can turn product that fast, you could really build wealth quickly.'” Rookie Season: “I didn’t think of it as a business at first,” says Lanny. “The idea wasn’t to turn it into a big company.” But after six months of stellar sales, the pair developed www.sportscloseouts.com.Nothing But Net: Features like Buy It Now helped the Mortons turn over product quickly. The challenge was keeping up with customer demand and becoming more efficient at one point, for example the pair had so many customers they had to stop writing shipping labels by hand and find faster ways to create their listings. Salary Cap: Growing so quickly provided a few scares, however. “We were growing to a level of volume that we didn’t have cash reserves for,” says Lanny. But the pair got better at managing their inventory levels and structuring their listings to maximize profits. Today, they have seven employees.The Crowd Goes Wild: The biggest reward for these sports-minded entrepreneurs is the jubilant response from customers. Says Lanny, “I love it when we sell somebody a bat and they e-mail us [saying], ‘Oh my gosh! My kid hit a home run! We love that stuff.” Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min readcenter_img October 31, 2006 Register Now »last_img read more

Staff support family fun day on Agar FieldStaff support family fun day

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) held their annual Family Fun Day at Egerton Primary School’s Agar Field on Saturday morning (November 17).The staff brought along their families for a lovely day of mingling and having lunch together.A jumping castle was put up and clowns were hired to keep the young ones occupied and entertained, while the adults relaxed and socialised.A braai was enjoyed by all who attended and there was plenty to drink to cool off in the scorching heat.Music blared out, adding to the festive atmosphere.A fun and entertaining day was had by all who supported the occasion.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

airlinesearlybirdspackagesTahiti

first_imgairlinesearlybirdspackagesTahiti Tahiti’s latest visitor figures show that in the first five months of 2017 young travellers (15-34), and those aged around the baby boomer bracket (55-74), each accounted for around a third of visitors to the Islands of Tahiti, and the month of May saw a 26 per cent year-on-year increase among 15 to 24-year-old travellers.Air Tahiti Nui Regional Manager Australia New Zealand, Alan Roman, puts the increase in appeal to these different markets down to the freedom and value afforded by rental homes and family-run pensions, attracting more holidaymakers to the Islands. “Tahiti is an incredibly diverse destination, combining stunning natural beauty with a year-round tropical climate, an ancient culture and myriad activities on land and at sea. What we’re seeing is groups of friends hire out homes and rent a car so they can see the islands DIY-style, as well as baby boomers totally immersing in the destination at rustic B&B type accommodation.“Young Aussie travellers are also realising that the ultimate getaway is closer than they think with Tahiti only a hop and a skip across the Pacific – about the same travel time as other millennial hot spots such as Hawaii and Thailand.”In conjunction with Tahiti Travel Connection, Air Tahiti Nui is offering pension packages starting from $1999* per person including return economy airfares and five nights in a pension on Tahiti. Air Tahiti Nui is also offering return economy flights from Australia from $1219*, on sale until 30 November 2017. *Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Airfare is on sale until November 30, 2017.last_img read more

Rep García recognized for exceptional community leadership

first_img01May Rep. García recognized for exceptional community leadership Categories: Garcia News GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce recognized community leaders at the J.W. Marriott on April 30 during the Center for Community Leadership Annual Fundraiser. State Rep. Daniela García, R-Holland, was recognized for her community contributions by peers from the chamber’s Leadership Grand Rapids program, which has connected local leaders from business, non-profits and government for 30 years.Legislator honored as a community trustee in 30th annual celebrationState Rep. Daniela García last night was honored by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce for being one of 30 vibrant leaders making a positive impact in the West Michigan community.“I’m so humbled to receive this honor alongside so many extraordinary individuals,” said Rep. García, R-Holland. “The passion for our community is astounding, and I’m so glad to see tremendous support for the cultivation of leadership and investment in our region.”As a graduate of the nine-month program, Rep. García said she is grateful to the businesses, organizations and community members who routinely invest in the region’s emerging leaders.“Leadership Grand Rapids fosters community leadership with comprehensive vision, uncovers opportunity amidst challenge, and illuminates how important connecting with the people of our communities is because they have entrusted us with our leadership roles,” Rep. García said. “We have every reason to be proud of our communities, and I’m excited to continue my service through my new role as state representative of the 90th District.”According to the chamber website, dynamic individuals spark greatness within the heart of the community, and without community trustees like Rep. García, West Michigan wouldn’t be as flourishing as it is today.“We need to keep fueling the growth of our entire region,” Rep. García said. “The more we give of ourselves to this community, the stronger it will grow and the prouder we’ll be to call West Michigan our home.”last_img read more

Rep Iden Action plans emphasis on voc ed is crucial

first_img Increased focus on vocational education and jobs training stood out to state Rep. Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo, during a news conference to announce the release of the 2017-18 House of Representatives’ Action Plan Thursday at the Capitol.“Vocational training is paramount to training the next generation of workers in Michigan,” Iden said. “There’s a growing demand across our region for skilled trade employees. Giving high school students the option of a building trades or car mechanic course will go a long way towards developing career interests for many students.“There are many items in this Action Plan that will keep Michigan moving forward in a strong and stable direction. Improving educational options and accessibility in vocational and jobs training will set an incredible foundation for a healthy Michigan economy.”The Action Plan also addressed key issues pertaining to infrastructure investment, tax reform, and economic development. A full copy of the Action Plan can be accessed online at: http://gophouse.org/best-way-forward/##### Categories: Iden News,News 17Feb Rep. Iden: Action plan’s emphasis on voc ed is cruciallast_img read more