Dianas Board Clears Purchase of Three Vessels

first_imgzoom Board of directors of the Greek owner of dry bulk vessels Diana Shipping has approved the acquisition of three vessels, the company said.The approval follows closing of the company’s previously announced underwritten public offering of a total of 20,125,000 common shares, par value USD 0.01 per share, at a price of USD 4 per share.The offer includes the full exercise of the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters to purchase up to 2,625,000 additional common shares. Following this offering, the company has 106.1 million common shares outstanding, par value USD 0.01 per share.As part of the offering, entities affiliated with Simeon Palios, the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, executive officers and certain directors, purchased an aggregate of 5,500,000 common shares at the public offering price.The gross proceeds from the offering were USD 80.5 million, all of which is expected to be used to fund the acquisition costs of additional dry bulk vessels, including two 2013-built Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels and one 2013-built Kamsarmax bulker.Any net proceeds from the offering not used for the vessel acquisitions will be used for general corporate purposes, the company added.As of April 26, 2017 the company’s fleet consists of 48 dry bulk vessels, featuring a combined carrying capacity of approximately 5.7 million dwt with a weighted average age of 7.9 years.last_img read more

Monday deadline for residential school common experience payment

first_imgAPTN National NewsSurvivors of Canada’s Indian Residential School system have until today to get their paperwork together to apply for a common experience payment.The payment is part of the federal government’s settlement agreement.Social service agencies are working hard to get its clientele registered or risk being left out.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

Kanesatake ceases controversial talks with mining company

first_imgtfennario@aptn.ca Tom Fennario APTN National News The Mohawk council of Kanesatake has stopped talking with a mining company about reopening a niobium mine on their territory.They say emerging evidence proves they were lied to by the company, but the company isn’t the only one facing accusations in the community.last_img

In the Shadow of the Dam the failure of reconciliation at Muskrat

first_imgNalcor Energy was granted the injunction in October 2016.It was an attempt to quell the rising momentum of Indigenous-led resistance to the Muskrat Falls project.Innu and Inuit wanted key concerns around health and safety addressed. One of the safety concerns is Methylmercury – a naturally occurring toxin that is created when trees and topsoil decompose in the reservoir when flooded.A Harvard study in 2015 predicted the impacts would reach further downstream than first thought.Another fear focused on an area of the dam called the North Spur.The soil in the area consists of what’s called quick clay and many in Labrador worry it won’t support the weight of a full reservoir and could flood communities downstream if the dam gives way.“This issue was and still is way too important to be swayed by a court injunction,” said Marjorie Flowers.The Inuk woman is among dozens facing criminal and civil charges for breaking the injunction.Flowers is one of four land protectors who spent several days in jail after refusing to promise a judge they would obey the court order to stay away from Muskrat Falls.“I am an Inuit woman that lived off the land and continue to live off the land and my lifestyle that sustains me is now threatened. And I’m not allowed to speak,” said Flowers. “And it’s so frustrating. It is so hurtful. It is so painful. It is so despairing.”(Pictured here on July 31, 2017, the three Labrador land protectors had just been released from jail.)Over the last year, it’s been a seemingly endless series of court dates for land protectors in Labrador.Cole, who is also facing charges for breaking the court order, called the injunction “a very heavy-handed tactic to get us back under control.“It says basically that the interests of a crown corporation are way more important than any Indigenous rights,” said Cole. “A right to traditional foods in a safe way. A right to our sacred spaces.”Marshall only came on as Nalcor Energy CEO in April of 2016.Premier Dwight Ball was in opposition when Muskrat Falls was approved and has pointed out numerous times that he voted against the project. In September, he announced a public inquiry to look into the Muskrat Falls fiasco.But the 2016 court injunction happened under the leadership of both Marshall and Ball.(The interim court injunction obtained by Nalcor Energy in October 2016 is still in place a year later. Dozens of people in Labrador have been charged with breaking it during ongoing protests last year.)“I haven’t seen a lot of proof, I suppose, that the government is really into reconciling with Indigenous people,” said Flowers.“In fact, it’s the very opposite. It’s the very antithesis of what reconciliation is.”Bill Gallagher, a lawyer and author of Resource Rulers; Fortune & Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources, agrees.“If you are relying on lawyers and their legal toolbox to put everyone back in their place you’re going in the opposite direction of reconciliation,” he said.Gallagher has a long history of work as a strategist and legal expert in the resource sector, from Voisey’s Bay mine in Labrador to Alberta’s oil patch.He’s been paying close attention to the Lower Churchill project.“You don’t have to speculate on what went wrong with Muskrat Falls,” said Gallagher. “Nalcor is relying on lawyers to do it the hard way. And that makes sense. No schedule. No budget. Lots of lawyers. That’s a perfect formula for a boondoggle.”Gallagher said the resource sector can be the easiest place for reconciliation, as long as governments and corporations follow the right road map; one that includes consent, Indigenous rights, and revenue-sharing.And not addressing Indigenous rights is a big mistake.“[First Nations] have amassed the biggest legal winning streak in Canadian legal history,” said Gallagher. “At the time we’re doing this interview, they’ve won 247 high-level court cases in the resources sector. And so I call them resource rulers.“Because if you’re trying to bring a megaproject online in Canada today in the face of native opposition, it’s probably not going to happen.”He points to Rexton, New Brunswick and the Mi’kmaq-led fight against fracking near Elsipogtog in 2013.“Keep doing it the hard way and you’ll lose every time. All sorts of injunctions get won by corporations. South Western Resources. SWN won all its injunctions in Rexton,” said Gallagher.“You see any projects happening in Rexton?”U.S. energy giant SWN Resources may have packed up and left New Brunswick, but the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has said the billions of dollars tied up in contracts make Muskrat Falls unstoppable.(The Lower Churchill project at Muskrat Falls is still under construction. The dam will be up and running in 2020. It will produce 834 megawatts of power.)The federal government has backed the project with close to $8 billion, with $2.9 billion of the federal loan guarantees coming from Trudeau’s Liberals in 2016.“The federal interest in this is pretty significant when they are trying to use a project like Muskrat Falls to try and justify a green energy plan,” said Cole. “So in helping the provincial government in a financial way is to hurt Indigenous people in a healthy way, and in a cultural way.”Cole said money talks louder than buzzwords around reconciliation. And that the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission goes much deeper than residential schools.“We’re talking about the justice system. We’re talking about how communities are treated. We’re talking about how resources projects are handled,” said Cole. “And Muskrat Falls for me is the biggest example of that because, of course, it’s right in my backyard.”Gallagher said Canada has been a “slow learner” when it comes to incorporating Indigenous rights and interests in the resource sector. And he said Indigenous leaders called the decade of Harper’s Conservatives ‘dark days’ for good reason.“But [Harper] sets the stage for Trudeau’s so-called ‘sunny ways,’” said Gallagher. “Which obviously are a lot of platitudes. But that heartfelt sentiment he brought in in his first two years had to happen. First Nation leaders had to hear a prime minister say those things as they’re starting to acknowledge and factor in the empowerment of First Nations through these court cases.“They still have a long way to go – but that’s the unfinished business on the road to resources.” Trina RoacheAPTN Investigates On an early morning in late September, Denise Cole led a group of land protectors to Nalcor Energy’s head office in St. John’s to keep workers out – to send a message to the corporation and the province.“To Dwight Ball, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as to Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall,” said Cole, standing at Nalcor’s doors, drum in hand. “It’s not okay to poison people downstream with methylmercury.“It’s not okay to try and bankrupt this province, and it’s certainly not ok to put people in fear of drowning downstream.”Nalcor Energy is the provincially-owned corporation in charge of the Lower Churchill hydro project – a controversial dam under construction at Muskrat Falls in Labrador.Famously called a “boondoggle” by Marshall, the cost of the project has doubled to $12 billion.The land protectors blocked the building’s entrances for a couple of hours. Cole wanted to talk with Stan Marshall. That didn’t happen. Nalcor called the police instead – no one was charged. Nalcor communications manager promised Cole a future meeting with the CEO and after several weeks, she was given a date. On November 29, Marshall will join a sharing circle with the Labrador Land Protectors. Before the group left, Cole read a statement from the land protectors – a sample of what she wanted to say to Marshall face to face.“Drop the court injunction peaceful protectors in Labrador,” said Cole. “Stop acting like you cannot.”last_img read more

RCMP investigate theft of a white Chevrolet Cavalier

first_imgWhen the owner returned a short time later, the vehicle was gone.The vehicle is described as:white4 doors2003 Chevrolet CavalierCst Chad Neustaeter, of the Fort St. John RCMP, says it is always a good idea to lock your car in order to deter theft.“Locking your vehicle, whether it is running or not, is always a deterrent for thieves who are looking for easy targets, such as the vehicle itself or the items inside.”RCMP say no other reports were received for additional vehicles from that area at that time.The Fort St John RCMP wish to remind drivers to take all measures to secure your vehicle.  A fine can be issued under the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act for Unsecured Motor Vehicle with a penalty of $81. The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and ask anyone who may have information in this matter to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. UPDATE; Tuesday, March 12, 2019 – Frontline Dawson Creek RCMP members located the 2003 White Chevrolet Cavalier On March 6, 2019, that was stolen on March 2 in Fort St John, BC. The car was held for examination by the Fort St John Forensic Identification Services Unit.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St John RCMP received a report of a stolen 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier from the Totem Mall parking lot at approximately 8:30 p.m. on March 2.The Fort St John RCMP believe this was a theft of opportunity as the vehicle was left unlocked with keys inside while it was warming up.last_img read more

Cops bust students gang of bike thieves

first_imgKolkata: Police arrested seven persons, including five juveniles, allegedly for stealing motorcycles here on Thursday. These youths were studying in schools and colleges and they confessed that learnt the techniques of stealing motorcycles on the YouTube.Two accused persons have been produced before the Barasat Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court and were remanded to police custody for five days while, the five juveniles have been produced before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in Salt Lake and were sent to a home. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe youths confessed that they stole the motorcycles to meet their expenses. According to a source, since the past few months Baguiati police station received several complaints of bike thefts from the area. While probing these cases, police officers interrogated several bike thieves. During one of the interrogations, a bike thief gave some lead to the police about a new gang operating in the area. Based on the information provided by him, police officers identified a man and kept him under observation. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPolice officers found a gang comprising students of schools and colleges were stealing motorcycles. On Wednesday night, police raided their homes and arrested all seven of them. During interrogation, they said they learnt about bike stealing techniques on YouTube. According to the police, Aditya Gupta and Ajay Mallick, who are college students, were the prime accused in the case. During interrogation, Gupta told the police that he had no idea about stealing motorcycles and he learnt on internet how to start a bike without ignition key and the trick to break the handle of bar lock without drawing attention. Before stealing the motorcycles these youths made sure no one was looking at them and one of them sat on the bike as if he owned it and quickly broke the handle bar. After that the wire to the ignition was cut off and joined to the battery to start the bike. The parents and family members of these students said they had no idea that their children were involved in bike thefts. The father of one of the accused persons said: “My son worked as a delivery boy at an organisation that delivered food to people. He returned home late and complained about work the pressure. We had no idea what he was doing.” Police suspect that some persons more are involved with the gang. They are interrogating Gupta and Mallick in this regard. Cops still don’t know where these students sold the stolen bikes. On Thursday, three stolen bikes were recovered by the cops.last_img read more

Japan finance minister Aso sorry for criticizing childless

TOKYO — Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso has reluctantly apologized for saying childless people are to blame for the country’s rising social security costs and its aging and declining population.Aso said Tuesday that he apologized if some people found his remarks “unpleasant.”The gaffe-prone Aso, who is 78, is among conservative lawmakers in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government who have at times blamed the elderly or childless for long-term demographic trends.Abe himself has acknowledged that lack of access to affordable child care, excessively long working hours, elder care and other realities of life, especially in Japan’s biggest cities, are major factors behind the country’s low birthrate. But promised labour and other reforms to help alleviate the burden on families that discourage couples from having more children have made limited headway.The Associated Press read more

Annan attends inaugural session of African Union holds talks with continents leaders

Mr. Annan, who had addressed the OAU final summit in Durban, South Africa, yesterday, was among dozens of African leaders and thousands of people participating in a three-hour extravaganza held at a stadium to mark the birth of the African Union. The festivities included a flyover, parachute landings, performances by Zulu dancers in traditional dress carrying spears and shields, and the launch of the Union’s theme song – called “Unity Afrika.”According to a UN spokesperson, the Secretary-General watched as the presidents of the African Union walked into the stadium behind their national flags and heard the crowd give a huge welcome to former South African President Nelson Mandela. The crowd, which waved miniature flags of the member States, also cheered when the Senegalese and South African soccer teams were brought in.Afterwards, Mr. Annan met with Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa before holding talks with the presidents of Djibouti, Togo, Nigeria, Somalia and Equatorial Guinea, as well as with the Prime Minister of Guinea and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, spokesperson Hua Jiang said.The Secretary-General’s programme on Tuesday included a meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Congolese President Joseph Kabila to discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to Ms. Jiang. read more

Security Council seeks to send strong and unanimous message to Iraq President

Speaking to the press after closed-door consultations on a draft resolution presented by the United States and the United Kingdom, Ambassador Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon said the members had proposed “wording that will lead us to a consensual text.” “The Council remains determined to achieve the disarmament of Iraq,” he stressed. “And for that, the Council wishes the prompt return of the inspectors.” He added that the Council “wishes to give a mandate which is clear and precise to the inspectors.” Asked about the lifting of sanctions against Iraq, Ambassador Belinga-Eboutou said the issue had been thoroughly discussed, with some suggesting that the draft resolution incorporate “positive aspects of reconsidering the sanctions in the case of full cooperation given by Iraq.” read more

Presidents Golf Tournament raises funds for student athletes

Golfers joined President Jack Lightstone at Legends on the Niagara in Niagara Falls yesterday for the ninth annual President’s Tournament in support of Brock Athletics.This year’s tournament, led once again by David Howes, chair of the President’s Tournament and immediate past chair of the Brock Board of Trustees, raised $75,000 which goes exclusively to awards and financial support for the University’s student athletes.“The proceeds from this event make the difference in helping some of Canada’s smartest young athletes fulfill their university studies and become key contributors to society,” Howes said.Brock has a tradition of athletic excellence. In its 44-year history, the Badgers have captured 28 national and 56 provincial championships. It currently offers 26 varsity sports, which includes 14 men’s and 12 women’s programs.“Brock athletes not only excel in sport, but also in academics,” said Lightstone. “In addition, they are active members in the Niagara community. Athletes who benefit from these awards maintain a high academic standing, all the while juggling athletics, studies, part-time jobs and volunteering.”Sodexo was the tournament’s presenting sponsor. read more

5 things to watch for in Ohio States game against Buffalo

Lantern file photoThen-sophomore Braxton Miller tosses the ball during a game against Nebraska on Oct. 6, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-38.The Lantern sports editors share their insight on what fans should know about this weekend’s matchup against Buffalo.1. Who will step up at running back?What was supposed to be one of the strongest positions for the Buckeyes heading into the year is now one of its biggest question marks. The suspensions of Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith, the two guys expected to be at the top of the depth chart, have left the backfield in disarray. Although Jordan Hall is still with the team and has been named the starter for the season opener, he may take on more of a hybrid role rather than the traditional pro-style running back. True freshman Dontre Wilson has been a standout during fall practice, using his blazing speed to work his way up the depth chart and will start the game as the backup H-back behind senior wide receiver Chris Fields. Players like sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt-freshman Warren Ball will also be hoping to take advantage of the suspensions when noon rolls around on Saturday.2. Changes to the front sevenThe most buzz coming out of Urban Meyer’s first recruiting class for the Buckeyes was focused around the defensive line, particularly sophomore defensive ends Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington. The duo showed off their potential during the Ohio State spring game on April 13, totaling seven sacks, and will make their first collegiate starts Saturday opposite of each other. Junior nose tackle Joel Hale, junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett, junior middle linebacker Curtis Grant and sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry all have either limited or no experience as a regular starter for the Buckeyes. With only junior linebacker Ryan Shazier returning in the front seven, the new guys will have to step up their game to live up to the legacy left behind by players like John Simon and Jonathan Hankins.3. How Doran Grant matches up with Alex NeutzDespite finishing 4-8 last season, one bright spot for Buffalo was wide receiver Neutz. The then-sophomore led his team with 1,015 yards, 65 receptions and 11 touchdowns last year. With starting cornerback Bradley Roby also suspended for the Buckeyes, it will be on junior Doran Grant to cover the Bulls’ top weapon. Grant only has one start in his career, last season against Alabama Birmingham, and is forced into a tough spot against Buffalo. Sophomore Armani Reeves will also be getting the start at cornerback and could take some time lining up against Neutz, but most of the time it will be Grant trying to shut down Buffalo’s top receiver. It remains to be seen how Grant will hold up when matched up one-on-one with a No. 1 receiver during an actual game.4. Braxton MillerDespite the negative storylines this offseason (Hyde, Roby, Smith suspensions) and the questions about the defensive front, there is still one reason for fans to be confident. Miller is back and, in year two of Meyer’s spread offense, is more capable than ever. Throughout much of the fall practice, Meyer and offensive coordinator/QBcoach Tom Herman have been raving about the strides that Miller has made in terms of his fundamentals. When you add that to his already potent athletic ability, a recipe for success seems to be in place for the Buckeye signal caller. Although he may not be the nation’s top quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville) or it’s most explosive player (De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon), Miller’s ability as a dual threat quarterback will put him into the Heisman conversation and help the Buckeyes pursue their championship expectations.5. Cameron JohnstonAfter Ben Buchanan graduated, OSU was left in a tough situation at punter. Buchanan spent four years punting for the Buckeyes and finished his career as the eighth best punter in school history, averaging 41.2 yards per punt. But after his replacement made a last second switch, decommitting from OSU on signing day, things looked bleak. In steps Australian-born Johnston. After discussions with special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs, Johnston committed to the Buckeyes and is listed as the starting punter Saturday. If called upon with the rest of the punting unit, Johnston will face immense pressure in his first time at Ohio Stadium with the Buckeye faithful counting on him to succeed. read more

Filmmakers apologise after complaints over allergy scene in Peter Rabbit movie

first_img Short URL Feb 12th 2018, 1:25 PM By Associated Press 70 Comments 31,782 Views PETER RABBIT FILMMAKERS and the studio behind it have apologised for insensitively depicting a character’s allergy in the film.Sony Pictures said yesterday in a joint statement with the filmmakers that “food allergies are a serious issue” and the film “should not have made light” of a character being allergic to blackberries “even in a cartoonish, slapstick way”.In Peter Rabbit which was released this weekend, the character of Mr McGregor is allergic to blackberries. The rabbits fling the fruit at him in a scene and he is forced to use an EpiPen.The charity group Kids with Food Allergies posted a warning about the scene on its Facebook page on Friday, prompting some on Twitter to start using the hashtag #boycottpeterrabbit. Filmmakers apologise after complaints over allergy scene in Peter Rabbit movie The scene involved a character who has fruit thrown at him and has to use an EpiPen. Share60 Tweet Email1 center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Source: Kids With Food Allergies Foundation/FacebookThe group said that allergy jokes are harmful to their community and that making light of the condition “encourages the public not to take the risk of allergic reactions seriously”.A petition against the scene has garnered almost 10k signatures.Kenneth Mendez, the president and CEO of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, wrote an open letter to the studio on Saturday asking for the opportunity to educate the company and the film’s cast on the realities of food allergies and urged the studio to “examine your portrayal of bullying in your films geared toward a young audience”.The studio and filmmakers say that they, “Sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologize.”Read: Food intolerance testing kits ‘don’t work’> Image: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Monday 12 Feb 2018, 1:25 PM https://jrnl.ie/3847972 last_img read more

FactCheck Is Richard Bruton right to say housing starts are on the

first_img 22 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article …It is encouraging to see, at last, in Dublin and in other parts of the country, we’re seeing housing starts showing considerable growth.The FactsThe chart below shows the number of private residential units commenced in Ireland each month between January 2014 and November 2016 (the most recent month where figures are available).A commencement is an administrative notification sent by a house-builder to the relevant authorities, to let them know they are about to start construction.Commencement notices are sometimes known as “starts” – the term Richard Bruton used – and are one of the primary measures of housing construction.The other primary measure of housing construction is housing “completions”, which track when a newly-built house is connected to the electricity network. Source: For a full-size version of this chart, click hereAs you can see, housing construction rose in 2016.Between January and November there were 11,320 commencement notices – that’s a 46.5%% increase from the same period in 2015, when there were 7,727.In response to FactCheck, Richard Bruton’s spokesperson cited the same data, and specified that in his Dáil remarks, the Minister was referring to the last year.He correctly pointed out that in the last 12 months (December 2015 to November 2016) there had been 11,681 commencement notices – 44.8% more than in the previous 12 months (December 2014 to November 2015).It is true, as noted on Twitter, that the number of commencements declined in November 2016, the most recent month for which data is available.But it’s important to note that they declined from 1,759 in October (the highest monthly rate since February 2014), to 1,324 in November (the second-highest monthly rate since February 2014).Let’s take a broader view, and look at commencement notices over the past 12 years.Since we only have figures for January to November last year, we’re comparing that number to January-November in every previous year, as far back as 2004. Source: For a full-size version of this chart, click hereAs we’ve already shown, housing starts rose significantly between 2015 and 2016.But this chart shows that commencement notices in 2016 were also significantly higher than in every year between 2009 and 2014.The number of housing starts has also risen every year since 2012. The figures are not even close to what they were between 2004 and 2006, but in 2016 they were the highest in eight years.ConclusionRichard Bruton’s claim was: “We’re seeing housing starts showing considerable growth”.In 2016, housing starts (commencement notices) increased by 46.5% over 2015, and were the highest in eight years.While there was a month-to-month decrease between October and November 2016, this constituted a fall from the highest monthly rate in almost three years to the second-highest monthly rate in almost three years.On the whole, the trend is clear – there has indeed been “considerable growth” in housing starts in the last year, compared to the year before that, as specified by Richard Bruton in response to FactCheck.We therefore rate Richard Bruton’s claim TRUE. As our verdicts guide explains, this means: “The claim is accurate, and is not missing any significant details or context”.This is the third claim by Richard Bruton that we have fact-checked. Previously, we gave him verdicts of FALSE and UNPROVEN. You can read his FactCheck File here.To download a spreadsheet of data on housing starts from March 2014 to November 2016, click here. To download a spreadsheet of data on housing starts from January 2004 to February 2014, click here. Find more FactChecks here http://jrnl.ie/3209336 IN THE FACE of questions about the government’s housing strategy in the Dáil this week, Education Minister Richard Bruton noted what he called “considerable growth” in the number of new private houses being built.Several readers contacted us on Twitter to bring our attention to the claim, and some argued it was mistaken.So we’ve had a look at the numbers, and reached a verdict.(Send your FactCheck requests to factcheck@thejournal.ie, tweet @TJ_FactCheck, or send us a DM).Claim: The number of new private houses being started is increasingWhat was said:   You can watch a short clip of Bruton’s remarks, along with a breakdown of the basic facts, in a video below.For our purposes, this is the statement we’re most interested in, which was made as the Education Minister took Leader’s Questions on behalf of the government, on Thursday. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Feb 1st 2017, 8:30 PM Share Tweet Email center_img By Dan MacGuill 12,141 Views Follow TJ_FactCheck on Twitter FactCheck: Is Richard Bruton right to say housing starts are on the rise? The Education Minister made the claim during Leaders Questions last week – our readers asked for it to be tested. TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here.For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here. Short URL Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 8:30 PMlast_img read more

Xenophon seeks cut to weekend penalty rates

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Unions have lined up against a bill being introduced by independent senator Nick Xenophon which would seek cuts to weekend penalty rates paid by small businesses. Under the bill, penalty rates would only apply where an employee has worked more than 38 hours in a seven day period or more than 10 hours in a day. The exemption would apply to businesses with fewer than 20 workers. The South Australian secretary of the Shop Assistants Union, Peter Malinauskas told the ABC the bill would create a divide in the jobs market. “We’re really concerned with the Nick Xenophon bill because what it does is it creates two classes of worker,” Mr Malinauskas said, “those people who get acknowledged for their work on a weekend and those that don’t. We think it’s a very dangerous precedent to set.”last_img read more

Brewing tax reform with Herrera Beutler

first_imgCraft brewers met with U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler on Thursday to make their case for a bill that would cut their federal taxes and allow them to grow faster.The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, co-sponsored by Herrera Beutler, would reduce federal excise taxes brewers pay on their first 60,000 barrels a year. The tax would drop from $7 per 31-gallon barrel to $3.50.Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, held a roundtable at Vancouver’s Ghost Runners Brewery with a handful of brewers to hear about taxes, which she said seemed to disproportionately impact small operators.“It seems like a fairness issue,” she said. “You’re starting a business and growing it; it’s capital intensive, especially something like this. They’re taxed on a higher scale than those who produce more. So why not give them the ability to reinvest the money on the front end so they can grow and be big, and pay more in the end?”That point was echoed by local brewers. Trimming federal taxes, they said, would save them thousands of dollars annually, which could then be invested into their businesses, creating jobs and raising wages.last_img read more

Man wounded in shooting at Oregon yard sale

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — A man was wounded in a shooting at a yard sale Sunday afternoon in a Springfield neighborhood.Police Sgt. Dick Jones says the victim tried to intervene in a fight between the husband and wife holding the yard sale.Officers say the husband went to the second-story of his house and started shooting through the screen window with a .22-caliber rifle.KVAL reports the victim suffered multiple wounds. He was reported in stable condition.Police say the suspect jumped from the second story window before he was arrested.last_img read more

Star lodges development application for new RitzCarlton hotel tower in Sydney

first_img Hoiana golf course to welcome first players from 23 September Load More The Star is partnering with Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook and Far East Consortium on the project.Acclaimed architects FJMT, led by Richard Francis-Jones, won a Design Excellence Competition in December 2016 to secure the rights to design the tower. The Ritz-Carlton hotel will include a Sky Lobby complete with a publicly-accessible signature restaurant with harbor views and a rooftop terrace.The new development will sit wholly within the existing footprint of The Star Sydney and bring further facilities to the burgeoning Pyrmont-Darling Harbour-Barangaroo precinct. It will also support the new Sydney International Convention Centre – home to this week’s Australasian Gaming Expo – and help connect Darling Harbour to the Sydney Fish Market and The Bays Precinct.“This country is experiencing significant growth in inbound tourism, an upward trend which shows all the hallmarks of continuing well into the future,” said Star Entertainment Group CEO Matt Bekier. “Forecasts suggest Australia’s current visitation of around 8.3 million international visitors per annum will rise to 15 million a year inside a decade.“To cater for that demand, we need the necessary tourism infrastructure. Sydney lacks sufficient high-end hotels to meet this wave of international tourist demand, led by the rapidly expanding wealthy Chinese middle-class demographic.“By moving to close the shortfall in supply, we can ensure we don’t miss an opportunity that offers considerable economic benefit to this city and this State.“Bringing a world-renowned brand like The Ritz-Carlton to The Star Sydney will further embed our reputation as a tourism and entertainment destination of global appeal.“It will also help bolster Sydney’s position in a highly-competitive regional and international market and provide national impetus as well. Australia currently attracts just 1% of China’s international outbound travelers.“We look forward to receiving the necessary approval, allowing us to proceed with Chow Tai Fook and Far East with whom we’re already partnering on transformational projects at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane and The Star Gold Coast.” Domestic growth pushes Star Entertainment Group forward despite reduced spend by International VIPs Suncity Group cites “high costs” and “lack of demand” as Australian VIP Clubs closed RelatedPosts Australia’s Star Entertainment Group has lodged a development application with the NSW Department of Planning for its new AU$500 million Ritz-Carlton hotel tower in Sydney.The proposed hotel and residences tower at The Star Sydney complex, together with works in a connected ribbon development, will include new resort amenities, significantly more food and beverage offerings and a neighborhood center, the company said in a Wednesday morning announcement.last_img read more

Arte Público Press Author Interview Manuel Ramos

first_imgArte Público PressThe Golden Havana Night: A Sherlock Homie Mystery by Manuel Ramos Arte Público PressManuel Ramos, author of “The Golden Havana Night: A Sherlock Homie Mystery.” In the new novel by Manuel Ramos The Golden Havana Night: A Sherlock Homie Mystery, Gus Corral has moved on from his former life of crime.  His new career as a private investigator has thus far been limited to  delivering court notifications and digging up uncomfortable histories for divorce cases.  This situation changes when Joaquin “Kino” Machado walks into Gus’ office.  Kino is a Cuban born star of American baseball. Although he has earned  great popularity (and quite a bit of money) in the United States, events from his past life in Cuba continue to haunt him and his family.  Kino requests that Gus fly to Cuba and personally pay off a debt that is owed by Kino’s brother. Although this is a difficult, risky and possibly an illegal task, Gus agrees to take the assignment. As Gus is preparing to leave for Cuba, a homeless ex-cop named Leo Hudgens  enters his office and asks Gus for help. Hudgens reveals that he was involved in a case of police brutality years ago and that episode has ruined his life. Hudgens wants Gus to help track down his ex-partner and bring him to justice.More information available at www.artepublicopress.comHouston Public Media’s Eric Ladau spoke with Manuel Ramos.   00:00 /21:06 X Sharecenter_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

7 Great Collaboration Tools for Your Business

first_imgJuly 29, 2019 7 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. There’s a reason why Silicon Valley firms fret so much about talent: the best business ideas in the world have no chance of being successful without the right team behind them to execute.But hiring the right people is only part of the story; businesses also need employees to be able to work seamlessly together. Collaboration is arguably the secret sauce of successful businesses. A collaborative culture attracts the best team members and inspires the best within them — and helps a team get more done on a higher level at a faster pace. A Stanford University study found that those companies that promote collaborative workplaces were five times as likely to be high-performing.Here are seven solutions to empower collaboration at your organization.1. Project management: QuireGood project management creates a sturdy foundation for increased creativity, improved brand messaging, enhanced employee confidence and supports operational innovation. Current technologies help maximize project team performance in all of these areas by optimizing workflow and promoting productivity.Quire is a collaborative project management software, a simple, straightforward yet powerful tool that facilitates good project management.Pros: While teams can lose control and focus while tackling endless to-do lists, Quire spurs dynamic workflow by organizing action items into a nested task list that breaks ideas down from big goals to digestible tasks. A Kanban board gets team members focused on crucial tasks of the day and its visualization functionality makes for simplified task supervision. Teams can view tasks either in list view or the Kanban board, making it easier to manage tasks.In addition to streamlining to-do lists, Quire’s sync feature delivers real-time collaboration by allowing team members to work anytime, anywhere and track progress instantly.Cons: Quire lacks private chat, which limits its use as a full-fledged project management solution for some teams. It also would be useful for the service to have more theme options for custom branding and a visual layout more customized to the needs of a given team.Related: 10 Simple Ways to Build a Collaborative Work Environment2. Communication: SlackFrom business as usual to special project management, startup teams must communicate to get work done. When you’re a very small startup  —  just two or three people  — ad-hoc communication can work. Still, it’s never too early to be proactive and organize the way your team handles communications. Slack provides teams with a single location for all their communication needs.Pros: Offering real-time messaging, searching and archiving capabilities, the platform also integrates with several external services and third-party apps including MailChimp, Google Drive and Zendesk. Slack also comes with native Android and iOS applications allowing users on-the-go access to direct and group messaging. Being able to access team members anywhere, anytime cuts the need for endless meetings and emails.Cons: At times, the platform encourages real-time interaction when more asynchronous solutions such as email might actually be better. While Slack has created a whole new category of collaboration software, its focus as a chat board can sometimes create false urgency.3. Collaborative funding: CoBudgetPerhaps the most difficult thing to discuss, startup or otherwise, is money. Typically, the chief financial officer bears the burden of gathering and validating information from multiple sources. Then it’s onto piecing together a spreadsheet and applying formulas and macros to make projections.Budgeting can be a much better and more collaborative process, however. The open-source online tool, CoBudget, turns budgetary decision-making into a participatory activity for all members of a startup.Pros: It works like an internal crowdfunding app that uses shared resources. Members can propose ideas for funding, and discuss and improve upon those ideas before they’re approved. Each member can then receive a portion of the funds from the shared resources and allocate to the projects that support the startup’s mission and goals.Cons: This participatory budgeting isn’t right for every team — sometimes airing out budgets to all members of a team is a little too transparent and collegial.Related: Why Collaboration Is Essential to Entrepreneurship4. Content creation: Creativity 365Every business is in the media business now. Customers want businesses that tell a story. And even if storytelling is not a high priority for a company, standing out among the competition certainly is important. That means content — and lots of it.But coming up with content on a consistent basis can be hard. Designed to produce and cultivate team-generated ideas, Creativity 365 offers a wide range of content solutions, whether you are creating original video or making interactive marketing presentations. There are so many options and capabilities, playing around with it will invariably spark new ideas.Pros: Easy to use, tons of creativity-sparking options to play with, and supports iPhone, Android and iPad as well as machines operating on Windows and Mac.Cons: Some creatives might hesitate at using a platform they aren’t familiar with if they’ve worked with more well-established video editing platforms.5. Crowdsourced decision-making: LoomioCreativity means nothing without action, and action is fueled by effective decision making. Collaborative decision-making is about arriving at the best possible solution — and those don’t always come from the boss.Pros: The Loomio app democratizes decision making by displaying a discussion with deliberation and conclusion presented side by side. Any disagreement is visualized with a pie chart that can not be ignored so that concerns can be addressed and resolved. Cons: While this tool gives everyone a voice in decisions that affect them by recognizing the unique value and significance in every perspective, it also gives a clear picture of when your opinions or ideas are not being used.Related: Entrepreneurship Is the New Engine of Global Collaboration6. Writing together: Google DocsHands down, the best tool for document collaboration is Google Docs. This free app makes it easy to create and share documents in real-time whether those documents are notes, spreadsheets or presentations. Pros: The app allows your team to access documents from anywhere, and control the version of the document on which your team is working. Collaborators can be added and removed at will with all users being able to access and edit the same document simultaneously. Users also can see who else is in the document and making changes.Cons: Google Docs struggles with document management; it lacks meaningful tagging, which help with search, and its file organization is peculiarly weak. Some teams also avoid Google Docs because file ownership can become an issue when team members leave.7. Collective Knowledge: ProProfsWhether your startup is focused on internal improvement or customer care, actionable knowledge is key. As a centralized platform that gathers, organizes and stores information, ProProfs knowledge base software makes information accessible to anyone.Pros: The knowledge management software employs a comprehensive approach to constructing and managing private wikis. In just a few clicks, everything your team members need to know is available. Organizations also can use ProProfs to develop FAQs, manuals, and self-service knowledge bases for customer access.Cons: The downside of ProProfs is that it doesn’t always play nice with certain business systems. While it is great for internal teams, you’ll want to check its integration with your existing business systems before using it with customer-facing interactions.The power of collaborationFor any business — whether a startup or multinational mainstay — collaboration is the key to sustainable growth and longevity. Connections formed with others, especially among team members with a shared vision, will help your business operate like the global corporations do. Thanks to modern tools and technology, creating these powerful connections within your organization doesn’t have to take forever. And it doesn’t require a global corporation’s budget. That should be plenty of motivation to get in the team spirit and check out these tools today. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Related Content News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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September 15, 2008 – Syntermed unveiled ReconTools, a software package that performs image reconstruction, quality control and correction for degraded image quality in myocardial perfusion SPECT images, at the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) 2008 annual meeting in Boston, Sept. 10-14. The solution runs on stand-alone PCs enabling use in labs seeking to upgrade and or refurbish their existing workstations at a cost savings. ReconTools provide reconstructed data sets that can be analyzed by many quantitative platforms. It works with the Emory Cardiac Toolbox (ECTb) as an integrated, complete software solution for myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging.ReconTools feature eight functions that can be bundled together or customized as plug-and-play modules to meet customer needs. One such feature is the deconvolution approach to compensate for degraded images caused by imaging agents such as I-123 and use of low-energy collimators. The software reportedly offers automatic iterative motion correction, improving image quality, speed and processing power. The software bundle also includes an automatic reorientation program and correction function that improves the quality of the attenuation maps, produces more accurate images, and aids diagnosis by reducing the number of false positives.For more information: www.syntermed.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more last_img read more