PSA Wraps Up Acquisition of Halterm Container Terminal

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Singapore-based port group PSA International has completed the acquisition of Halterm Container Terminal in the Port of Halifax, Canada.The facility was bought from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, a fund managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), which acquired Halterm back in 2007.As informed, the completion follows formal approval by the relevant regulatory authorities from the USA and Canada.The parties have not disclosed the value of the transaction, which was unveiled in May this year.Halterm is the only container terminal in Eastern Canada that can serve mega container vessels. It operates three container berths covering more than a kilometer of quay length with a depth of up to 16 meters.The terminal is currently undergoing further berth expansion, including the delivery of a fifth super Post-Panamax quay crane, which will enable Halterm to handle two mega container vessels concurrently in 2020.“We are excited to welcome Halterm into PSA’s global family of ports, as PSA’s first coastal terminal in Canada. We look forward to working alongside the Halifax Port Authority, customers, staff and the local community, as well as key stakeholders like the International Longshoremen’s Association and Canadian National Railway Company (CN) to further enhance Halterm’s capabilities and connectivity to serve the needs of shippers in the greater hinterland of Canada and beyond,” Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO, PSA International, commented.In Canada, PSA also operates Ashcroft Terminal, British Columbia’s largest inland port facility located approximately 300 kilometers east of the Port of Vancouver.The Port of Halifax is Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway, connecting to more than 150 countries and generating CAD 2 billion in annual economic benefit from a diverse cargo and cruise business. Offering a natural, deep harbor and world-class infrastructure, the Port of Halifax can accommodate large volumes of containerized cargo, roll-on roll-off cargo and project cargo.last_img read more

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Tory senator signals plan to drop probe of ViceAdmiral Mark Norman case

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative senators are expected to drop their bid to conduct an inquiry into the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.Members of the Senate defence committee will meet later this afternoon where Conservative Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais has indicated he plans to withdraw his motion to hear from Norman and other witnesses about the case.Dagenais’s motion to examine the circumstances that led to the military’s second-in-command being suspended and charged with breach of trust was successfully adopted last month with help from fellow Conservatives as well as Independent Sen. Diane Griffin and unaffiliated Sen. David Richards.But in a letter to committee chairwoman Gwen Boniface, Dagenais says time has run out for the committee to hear from Norman, chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and others.Dagenais says Liberal senators need to agree for the committee to sit past Thursday, but that such agreement does not appear to be forthcoming.The National Post has reported that Norman’s lawyer Marie Henein also wrote a letter to the committee on Sunday, questioning the value of the committee’s planned probe given its lack of time and the complexity of the case.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Toronto music venue Hughs Room shuts its doors

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I’m basically insolvent and I’m going to be taking the next few days to figure out what my options are,” said Carson when reached by the Star.“I have not filed for bankruptcy. I would like to figure out a way to continue. I don’t know if that’s going to be possible, so I just need a few days. Right now, I don’t feel it’s fair to go on in the dire current situation that we’re in.” Carson says the business has “been a struggle for years.”“It’s difficult and I’ve got two tough businesses — a restaurant and a music venue,” he said. “Up until this last Friday, I’ve been able to sort through it and do what I can to continue on. But it really was on Friday where I called the line. I can’t continue until I can answer some questions.”center_img Advertisement One of Toronto’s most beloved music venues closed its doors over the weekend, potentially for good.Hugh’s Room, a 200-person capacity club and restaurant on Dundas St. W. that was known as Toronto’s “ best listening room” and as a hub for roots musicians both local and international was shuttered Friday — hours before a local James Taylor tribute was to take the stage.Venue owner Richard Carson says he had no choice but to make the difficult decision to put his 16-year-old business on hold, cancelling a week’s worth of shows immediately and putting the venue’s remaining future shows in jeopardy. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Atlantic City welcomes back 2 shuttered casinos

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Movie stars lent an air of celebrity glitz to a gritty seaside gambling resort Thursday as Atlantic City reclaimed two of its shuttered casinos, and more than 6,000 of the 11,000 jobs it lost during a brutal stretch of casino shutdowns.The Hard Rock, which was the former Trump Taj Mahal, held a mass guitar smashing ceremony inside its concert arena that holds nearly 8,000 fans. “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan was among those helping to christen the facility.Just as that wrapped up, the Ocean Resort Casino, the former Revel, held a ribbon cutting a few hundred yards north on the Boardwalk at which actor, singer and die-hard New England Patriots fan Mark Wahlberg had to eat crow in front of hundreds of Philadelphia Eagles fans who reminded him of the outcome of February’s Super Bowl.“I gotta say: E-A-G-L-E-S!” Wahlberg shouted out from a staircase on the Boardwalk outside the Ocean Resort. The actor and his family have one of the casino’s many restaurants.“We hope to be here at lot,” he said. “Come enjoy this beautiful place.”The mood was celebratory in a city that has had little to celebrate in recent years. After losing five of its 12 casinos since 2014, Atlantic City now has nine. The openings have generated cautious optimism for the seaside gambling resort that once was the only place in America outside Nevada with casinos, but which has struggled mightily as gambling spread in surrounding states.“We believe in Atlantic City,” said Jim Allen, CEO of Hard Rock International. “We truly believe that Atlantic City’s best days are in front of it.”The two shuttered casinos reopened ahead of schedule Wednesday afternoon after being cleared to do so by New Jersey gambling regulators. Allen said the company had spent $500 million renovating the former Taj Mahal property.“We promised you we wouldn’t just paint it and put up a guitar,” he said.Julie Herron, of nearby, Galloway Township, New Jersey, was awestruck when she walked inside the Hard Rock on Thursday.“It’s beautiful, just fantastic,” she said. “It’s really uplifting. The music is awesome, just the rhythm. Sometimes all you need is rhythm.”A few hundred yards north at the Ocean Resort, Alesia Shropshire celebrated her 51st birthday with a big win at the slots.“I played $10 for 15 minutes and won $260,’ she said. “We will definitely be back next week.”Her husband, Nate, said the redesign of the casino floor was immediately evident.“They did an amazing job making it feel welcoming,” he said.Inside the casino, the line to sign up for players’ cards stretched from the casino floor out into a lobby, but no one was complaining. Similar long lines for players’ cards were evident at Hard Rock, too.Elvis Presley’s Rolls Royce is one of the first things patrons see after they pass underneath the giant replica of a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar (cherry sunburst model) at Hard Rock casino’s front entrance.“I’ve been an Elvis fan forever,” Joe Emanuele said. Driving (very carefully, with a police escort) from a warehouse in nearby Pleasantville, New Jersey, to the casino site, Emanuele, whose vast portfolio at Hard Rock International includes securing music memorabilia, parked his derriere in the same leather seat that once supported the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”“You feel a little bit of prestige behind the wheel,” he said. “This is Elvis’ car that he picked the Beatles up in when they first came to Los Angeles.”The car is part of a vast trove of memorabilia on display at the Hard Rock. There are gowns worn by Stevie Nicks and Whitney Houston, and guitars played by Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Katy Perry. There’s a leather stage outfit worn by Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry.There’s even a New Jersey memorabilia room, including the handwritten lyrics to “Dreaming” by Blondie’s Debbie Harry, a Hawthorne native, along with stuff from Bon Jovi, Wyclef Jean, Southside Johnny, and a Western Union telegram confirming a $20,000 payment for Ray Charles to perform a concert on Atlantic City’s Steel Pier in 1978. And no one forgot the “Chairman of the Board” Frank Sinatra, who was born in Hoboken.At the Ocean Resort, owner Bruce Deifik has fixed most of what Revel’s former customers said they didn’t like about the place. It now allows smoking, will have a buffet within a few months, has a reconfigured casino floor to make it easier to get around, and glass safety barriers have been installed on the main escalator that made many patrons uncomfortable.It has a golf simulator, a restaurant where kids and their parents can order cereal at any time of day, and six swimming pools. Popular features from Revel that are coming back include an outdoor pool day club, and a rock ‘n’ roll burlesque club.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAClast_img read more

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Kolkata experiences hottest day of season burns at 375OC

first_imgKolkata: The city on Saturday witnessed the hottest day of the season with the mercury touching 37.5 degree Celsius.The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore predicted that mercury may continue to soar up resulting in discomfort for the city dwellers in the next few days. Western districts continue to burn under a scorching sun. Bankura on Saturday recorded 41.9 degree Celsius, Purulia over 40 degree Celsius and Panagarh 41 degree. It may be mentioned that the Alipore MeT office on April 25 issued a warning saying that the mercury in various South Bengal districts may rise just over 40 degree Celsius along with high humidity causing discomfort to the people by the weekend. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile the South Bengal districts are expected to face very hot and humid conditions, there is relief for the North Bengal districts as the weather office forecast thundershowers and gusty winds in several areas. “The discomfort level will remain high during the day time in South Bengal but during the night, the temperature will slightly go down. Occasional downpour and gusty winds will provide some relief to the people of North Bengal. A high humidity will continue to haunt the city dwellers and people from some other South Bengal districts as well in the next few days,” a weather official said. There has been little moisture incursion into Gangetic Bengal thereby preventing the formation of a storm-triggering system. “Temperature could continue to shoot 40-42 degrees Celsius in the next three days in the districts of Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram. In other South Bengal districts, the highest temperature may remain between 36-39 degree Celsius,” the official added.last_img read more

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Rabat Conference Encourages Innovation and SelfMotivation as Solution to Economic Troubles

Rabat – The Rabat chapter of People to People International was founded this September in an effort to impact the community through special projects and humanitarian intervention. Under the banner of “peace through understanding,” the group organized a series of talks focused on inspiring and capitalizing on the sea of successful local initiatives that tend to go unnoticed.The first talk was about “Self Employment and Initiative,” led by Adnane Bennis, co-founder of Morocco World News. Bennis shared his journey from student to self-starter. Though he faced many struggles, his hard work paid off, resulting in the successful English-language news website. His experiences serve as an example for other motivated youth.The conference emphasized the importance of leading one’s life with character standing on the pillars of persistence, sense of purpose, patience and optimism along with a healthy dose of pessimism. While the academic curriculum of young graduates provides them with the tools to tackle challenges in their fields, they should be encouraged to invest intensively in professional training, promote the culture of mentorship and seek to learn from life experiences of people who have excelled, such as Bennis. The importance of September’s conference is particularly potent, given the recent demands for reform in Morocco. However, the country’s economic takeoff can no longer rely on the public and private sectors’ efforts to create employment. Personal initiatives in the form of self-Employment or entrepreneurship are paramount to put the country on the curve of exponential growth.Self-employment can be seen as an attractive option for the risk prone individuals. For starters, it represents a means to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Moreover, it could be seen as one of the main engines of creativity and idea generation, as it offers a platform for passionate people who want to have more control over their ideas to create innovative economic solution for their communities.Though government policies provide a framework for generating income and welfare reform, unemployment and poverty can also be, in many cases quoted, symptoms of failure of imagination rather than lack of opportunities or support. read more

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Exxon Qatar Petroleum to expand LNG export plant in Texas

DALLAS — Exxon Mobil is making a big bet on the future of exporting natural gas.Exxon and Qatar Petroleum announced Tuesday that they will go ahead with a $10 billion project to expand a liquefied natural gas export facility on the Texas Gulf Coast.Exxon says construction will start before April and the plant in Sabine Pass, Texas, is expected to begin running in 2024.The oil company says the project will create 9,000 jobs during the five years of construction and more than 200 permanent jobs.Worldwide demand for liquefied natural gas is soaring, led by a steep increase in imports by China.At the same time, U.S. gas production has set records, with much of it coming from the Permian Basin in west Texas and New Mexico.The Associated Press

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Mysterious oily sheen on Alberta river spreads to Fort Chip

FORT CHIPEWYAN, Alta. — A northern Alberta Indian band says a mysterious oily sheen on the Athabasca River appears to be spreading and is lapping at the shores of Fort Chipewyan.“It’s not a huge amount,” Eriel Deranger, spokeswoman for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, said Tuesday. “But there is obviously a petrochemical of some kind in the Athabasca River system in such great quantities from upstream that it is now residing on the shores of Lake Athabasca.”None of the land users have ever heard of or seen anything like this on the AthabascaReports of dead fish are also coming in.“There are numerous reports of dead fish being found along the delta, within the lake and the river system,” Deranger said.“None of the land users have ever heard of or seen anything like this on the Athabasca.”The sheen was first spotted late Friday night, said Deranger.“A member of the (First Nation) was boating from Fort McMurray to Fort Chipewyan and just before he reached Poplar Point reserve, he started noticing that there was oil residue on the water,” she said.“It wasn’t just a small area. The sheen was shoreline to shoreline.”Crews from the First Nation responded Saturday morning. The provincial government and Alberta’s energy regulator were also notified.As a precaution, the community’s water intake on Lake Athabasca was shut down. It was still closed Tuesday.Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam and others from the band went up in a helicopter to survey the river.“He and the folks on the ground realized that the sheen was much larger than five kilometres,” Deranger said. “It wasn’t shore to shore in all places but the sheen extended more than 100 kilometres.”Teams from Alberta Environment also took to the skies on Saturday and couldn’t see anything, said spokeswoman Jessica Potter.“It landed a couple of times where they saw some darkening, but it was determined to be silt. They couldn’t see a sheen.”A sheen was clearly visible in photographs taken by band members Saturday.Water samples taken by both the government and band are being analyzed. Band officials were also collecting samples and photographs of dead fish.The government was sending a boat to the stretch of affected river Tuesday to take a closer look. Crews were to examine rocks and beaches along the river and also the location where it flows into Lake Athabasca.Energy companies in the area say they haven’t experienced any spills or releases.Potter said one possible explanation is that heavy rains recently caused an unusual amount of erosion along the banks of the river, which cuts through natural bitumen deposits. High temperatures that followed may have softened the freshly exposed bitumen and allowed more than the usual amount to seep into the waterway.Deranger said chemical analysis should be able to tell fairly readily whether the substance is natural bitumen or a refined petrochemical.Either way, she said, the people of Fort Chipewyan have health concerns.“Even if this is natural, it poses a serious health risk. The fact that the government has completely failed to do anything to remediate or clean up this film shows their lack of concern.”Potter said new, more intensive environmental monitoring on the Athabasca should eventually help in such situations.“These are the things we’re looking to differentiate — what’s the background and what’s new. That is the goal of the joint oilsands monitoring program, to really get an actual understanding of the full scope of what’s going on, rather than just compliance monitoring.”The Canadian Press read more

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Stoney Creek man struck and killed while crossing highway

Ontario Provincial Police say a Stoney Creek man has died after being struck by a vehicle while trying to cross a highway on foot.Police say the driver exited his vehicle on the side of Wellington Road 18, near Lake Belwood around 6 p.m. Thursday. The 78-year-old man attempted to cross the highway and was struck by a passing motorist.The man’s identity has not yet been released pending notification of his next of kin.OPP says the cause of the collision is currently being investigated by Technical Collision Investigators and the roadway will remain closed until further notice.Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to call 1-888-310-1122.

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In Equatorial Guinea Ban pledges closer collaboration with African Union

“We are committed to your goal of ‘an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena’,” Mr. Ban told the 23rd African Union (AU) Summit in Malabo, echoing the regional body’s vision of a transformed continent. “As you develop and implement Agenda 2063, the United Nations will remain by your side – promoting peace, human rights and sustainable development,” said the UN chief, referencing the “call to action” for all segments of African society to work together to build a prosperous and united continent, adopted by African Heads of State and Government last year on the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the regional body. Mr. Ban said that “narrative of hope” had been consolidated over the past year: “Across most of Africa, we saw stability, economic growth and continued progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). And wherever there was crisis, the African Union and regional partners took the lead in forging solutions. The United Nations is proud to be a key partner.”He also spotlighted the collaboration between the UN and the AU in the field of conflict prevention and resolution, from promoting a peaceful democratic transition in Guinea-Bissau and helping restore constitutional order in Madagascar, to the Central African Republic, where the UN is working closely with the AU to prepare for the transition from the African-led peacekeeping force to a UN operation. Regarding the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Secretary-General welcomed the commitment of sub-regional countries to remove the threat posed by rebel groups. “But many rebels and persons suspected of serious crimes escape justice by moving from one country to another,” he said, emphasizing that he counts on all signatories to the Framework Agreement for Peace, Security and Cooperation not to accommodate any person accused of crimes under international law or protect any individuals covered by UN sanctions. “Our goal in these troubled places is to restore a peace based on the rule of law, responsive institutions and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms,” he said, adding that if the foundation of peace is built in these countries, development can take root and prosperity will follow. As for the continent’s other top priorities, the UN chief said the period after 2015 must ensure that development is sustainable and beneficial to all. “We must therefore promote rapid industrialization that leads to job creation. [Africa] must export more value-added goods, develop regional markets, eliminate illicit financial flows and ensure a more efficient and responsible use of natural resources.”He also called for stepping up the fight against inequality, and improving access to social protection and basic services such as water supply and sanitation, as well as education and health care quality. The continent had made significant strides in the fight against HIV and AIDS, in boosting the health of women and children, and it is on track to eradicate polio.“A transformed Africa will also need an empowered civil society, gender equality and respect for human rights,” Mr. Ban said, commending the work of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the recent decision condemning acts of discrimination and violence against individuals based on sexual orientation or gender identity.“I welcome, too, the decision to declare 2016 as the ‘African Year of Human Rights with Particular Focus on the Rights of Women’, he said, calling for intensified efforts to protect women from violence and secure their right to fully participate in all aspects of society on an equal basis with men.Africa’s transformation and economic progress will also entail sustainable energy for all and a revolution in agricultural productivity through policy reforms and technology, he continued, explain that agriculture does not simply produce the food people need. “It is a source of employment, an engine for economic growth and a vital contributor to environmental services. It is the glue that binds rural societies.”Commending the AU on its resolve to end hunger and malnutrition by 2025, the Secretary-General thanked the 44 AU members that have so far joined the Movement for Scaling Up Nutrition, which focuses on the critical 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday.On efforts to tackle climate change, “a crucial investment in a nation’s future,” he said the African Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture is setting a global example with its goal of enabling 25 million African farmers, fishers and livestock keepers to increase productivity, adapt to climate change, and reduce emissions by 2025.The UN chief hoped to see similarly ambitious plans as part of a global alliance to be launched at the climate summit that he will convene in New York on 23 September.Finally, he noted that on this day, 69 years ago, the UN Charter was signed in San Francisco. Over the next 16 months, the Organization will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UN’s founding in 1945. Of the 51 original members of the UN, only four were from Africa.“Today, each of you is a member, including the Organization’s youngest. The issues which the UN has addressed most successfully, which include decolonization, apartheid, and development, are deeply connected to this continent,” said Mr. Ban.“And the issues where we must remain engaged are rooted here too – from eradicating poverty to promoting climate-smart development; from ending preventable disease to human rights for all; from peacekeeping to democratic nation-building,” he said urging the UN and the AU to commit to working together in common cause for the people of Africa, so they may live in peaceful, prosperous nations.Later in the day, the Secretary-General met with several African leaders, including President Salva Kiir of South Sudan. They discussed the latest developments in the country. According to a readout of the meeting, Mr. Ban urged in that regard President Kiir to resume talks with Mr. Riek Machar, in the context of the IGAD-led process, and ensure the full implementation of the 9 June Agreement signed in Addis Ababa. The Secretary-General informed the President that he had conveyed a similar message to Mr. Riek Machar, and called on the two parties to rapidly agree on the composition of the transitional government. The UN chief further called on the President to continue to fight impunity and ensure full accountability for human rights violations committed in South Sudan. He informed President Kiir of the steps taken by the United Nations to beef up the capacities of UNMISS, consistent with the relevant Security Council resolution, to enhance the protection of civilians and support the verification mechanism set up to monitor the implementation of the 9 June Agreement.Mr. Ban also met with Catherine Samba Panza, Head of State of the Transition of the Central African Republic, to discuss the latest developments in her country, ahead of the transfer of authority from the African-led peacekeeping force (MISCA) to a UN operation, scheduled for 15 September 2014. He commended Ms. Samba Panza for her leadership of the transition, reiterated the full support of the United Nations to her efforts and encouraged her to launch the national dialogue in earnest, with a view to address some of the key challenges faced by the country.In a meeting with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, the Secretary-General discussed the latest developments in that country, including prospects for the launch of a dialogue with the armed groups in the North, as well as the role of the UN mission there (known as MINUSMA) in support of the political process and stabilization of Mali. Also on the margins of the AU Summit, Mr. Ban met today with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt. The Secretary-General noted the importance of Egypt’s leadership in the region and globally. The President and Secretary-General discussed issues of Middle-East peace and security and Egypt’s domestic developments. Mr. Ban pledged the ongoing support to the UN to the Egyptian Government in helping to meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people for a prosperous, peaceful and democratic Egypt. According to a readout of the discussion, he urged President El-Sisi to use his leadership and popular mandate to promote full respect for human rights in Egypt. read more

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Master of Science thesis defence

Computer Science student Tim Ribaric’s Master of Science thesis defence will take place Tuesday, June 13 at 9 a.m. in Welch Hall 147.His thesis is titled Elliptic Curve Cryptography using Computational Intelligence.His examination committee members are Dr. Michael Bidochka, Chair; Dr. Charlie Obimbo (University of Guelph), External Examiner; Dr. Sheridan Houghton, Supervisor; Dr. Brian Ross and Dr. Joseph Brown.

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NHS bosses failed to act over scandalhit hospital where there were nearly

NHS bosses failed to act over a scandal-hit hospital where there were nearly 300 unexpected deaths, a report has found.According to the report, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), NHS England and NHS Improvement ignored warnings for more than a year.Analysts Deloitte said all three bodies failed to to deal with the crisis, either collectively or individually, at the North Middlesex Hospital.Professor Brian Jarman, an expert in hospital deaths who discovered the high mortality rate at the trust, said: “It is important that the CQC is aware of patient safety issues and inspects concerns.”Jeremy Hunt, the former Health Secretary, was also alerted to poor care on the wards at the North London Hospital, however only passed on concerns to the trust instead of regulators.The chairman of the CQC also failed to intervene when contacted by the same person.When the CQC finally carried out an emergency inspection in April 2016 it found shocking scenes in A&E including the death of a patient found in the advanced stages of rigor mortis after being left four hours unchecked in a cubicle.In 2016, the Telegraph reported that the hospital had used its tannoy system to issue a message to those in the waiting area to: Please go home unless you have a life-threatening illness.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The local Conservative MP had nearly died from a perforated appendix after lying 13 hours on an A&E trolley two days before a CQC inspectio in 2014.The report stated: “All the regulators had a significant opportunity to address quality issues at NMUH but did not take it”.In response to the report, NHS Improvement said: “The events at North Middlesex have important lessons for how oversight organisations work together to ensure that challenged trusts receive support to provide high quality care.” read more

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Cristian Ugalde in Veszprem until 2018

Spanish left wing Cristian Ugalde (27) extended contract with Hungarian best team MKB MVM Veszprem until 2018! Ex-Barcelona member came to Hungary in 2012 as many other famous players from Spain together coaching staff with Antonio Carlos Ortega and Xavi Sabate. Spanish NT member had no difficulties to show all the qualities in the new country and the team. Ugalde and Co. are on the right way to qualify for the first ever VELUX EHF F4 for Veszprem…PHOTO: MVM MKB VESZPREM WEBSITE, Zsolt Melczer cristian ugaldehandballveszprem ← Previous Story Csurgoi KK sign Mijatovic and Ostroushko Next Story → EHF CL TOP 10 scorers: Vugrinec leads, Ilic follows…

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Government awarded overall C grade in 2013 report card

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS been given a ‘C Grade’ in the Children’s Rights Alliance’s report card for 2013 – a slight drop from its C+ last year.The Children’s Rights Alliance commented:In a year that saw a Children’s Rights Referendum and key work in overhauling the child protection system, the grade will disappoint many.This year, their annual report card scrutinises the Government on its promises to children that were made in the Programme for Government 2011-2016.Top of the classThe Department of Children and Youth Affairs, under the direction of Minister Frances Fitzgerald, gained an A grade for strengthening children’s constitutional rights and an overall B- grade for steps to better protect children from abuse and neglect.An additional win is a B+ grade for the promised closure of St Patrick’s Institution – up from an F grade last year.Minister Ruairi Quinn and the Department of Education and Skills both receive an overall B- grade for solid progress, particularly in literacy, patronage and school buildings, said the Alliance.FailThe report card puts the Department of Social Protection at the ‘bottom of the class’, giving it an F grade – a fail– for child poverty.The Department of Health received an overall D grade for its work in Health, with the Alliance saying there is an under-spend in Mental Health, inaction on alcohol misuse and delays in Primary Care and the Children’s Hospital.Overall, Government has failed to support migrant or Traveller children or to address family inequalities, resulting in an overall E+ grade.Mixed bagTanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, said:Report Card 2013 is a mixed bag. Overall, Government has done worse this year, slipping down to a C grade, despite getting an A grade for the excellent work in strengthening children’s rights in the Constitution. There is also real progress in child protection, ending the detention of children in St Patrick’s Prison and in education. But children are the real losers in Budget 2013 with cuts to Child Benefit not being reinvested in children’s services and controversies and underspend in health leading to major delays in health reform.Ward said that implementation of mental health policy requires immediate redress, and the under-spend in funds needs to be addressed.The full report will be available on the Alliance website today.Column: We’ve passed the children’s referendum, but there’s more to do>Read: Government given ‘C+’ grade for children’s rights>last_img read more

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Coalition no closer to ERT agreement

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partners, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left, are to meet at 8.30 p.m. for the third attempt in less than a week to resolve a dispute sparked over the closure of state broadcaster ERT after a three-and-a-half-hour meeting Wednesday failed to yield a compromise.In statements delivered from their respective party headquarters after the talks with Samaras, the junior partners both repeated their demands for ERT to reopen immediately and for its signal to be restored so that broadcasting can resume. They also called for a reassessment of the basis of the tripartite administration’s policy program agreement.“It’s important that an agreement is reached for the immediate enforcement of the court’s decision and the restoration of broadcasting,” Venizelos said. He was referring to Monday’s ruling by the Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court, demanding the restoration of the state broadcaster’s signal. The PASOK leader also emphasized the need for any agreement reached by the coalition leaders “to provide a boost to the government with a revised policy program,” he said.Kouvelis covered similar ground in his statement, insisting that the state broadcaster start airing immediately while also calling for an overhaul of governance. “The three-party government must express the common position of all three parties,” he said.The fact that neither Venizelos nor Kouvelis said the word “ERT” – they both referred to “the public broadcaster” – was broadly seen as a concession toward the stance of Samaras, who wants a transitional service to operate before the new broadcaster is set up.There was little comment from ND’s camp after the talks Wednesday, with government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou describing the meeting as “a complex discussion that will continue tomorrow.”Earlier Wednesday, both PASOK and Democratic Left had pursued a very tough line on ERT, insisting that it must reopen before any restructuring can be carried out and that the majority of the broadcaster’s staff be rehired. Meanwhile aides close to Samaras scrambled to draft alternative scenarios for a “transitional service” to replace ERT until the new broadcaster is set up with a reduced staff.As the coalition leaders met at the Maximos Mansion, some 3,000 demonstrators gathered outside ERT’s headquarters in the northeastern suburb of Aghia Paraskevi for a peaceful demonstration organized by the country’s two labor unions.The leader of the leftist opposition party SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, was at the rally. “Let them understand that there can be no compromises while there are barbaric layoffs and black screens,” Tsipras said, referring to the coalition leaders.On Thursday the Council of State, which ruled on Monday that the government had the right to shut down ERT but not to cut the broadcaster’s signal, is to convene in the wake of varying interpretations of its decision by politicians as well as legal experts.At the behest of the court’s president, Constantinos Menoudakos, the court’s “suspensions committee” is scheduled to convene at 4 p.m. today to reassess the closure of ERT. The court is not expected to issue its decision until Friday at the earliest.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Tourism and ecommerce boosts demand for smaller Athens stores

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The demand for small retail store spaces in central Athens has been increasing over the last 12 months, reflecting a shift in retail practices, as more and more tourists arrive in Greece, and the appeal of online shopping becomes larger, according to a survey by the Arbitrage Real Estate consultancy firm.The demand reported in this period almost exclusively concerns prime properties in the most busy and popular spots in Athens, as opposed to the markets in secondary areas which are slowly declining and not showing signs of improvement.The analysis by the Arbitrage shows that the rise in e-commerce combined with the ever-growing use of social media in promotion of retail products has resulted in a decline in demand for large retail stores and spaces. This has led to larger stores and businesses turning more regularly to online marketing for publicity, and wanting smaller-spaced land near the busier and more tourist-filled areas of Athens.last_img read more

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Nick Philippoussis child rape charges dropped following stroke

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The charges against Nick Philippoussis, the father of Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis, who had been accused for child rape have been dropped, a California judge ruled.The Australian tennis coach has been deemed “completely incapacitated” after suffering a massive stroke in jail that nearly cost him his life.Nick Philippoussis, 68, was facing life imprisonment having been accused of repeatedly raping two nine-year-old girls he trained in San Diego.Last year the court hard ruled a $US9.2m ($A12.7m) bail following his arrest which he had been unable to present until he suffered the stroke in November 2017.“The doctor essentially said he is a step above a vegetative state,” the deputy district attorney Garret Wong said after Wednesday’s hearing in San Diego.“He can stay in this condition indefinitely, but he did not have a very optimistic prognosis for his survival. The doctor was pretty clear he did not anticipate Mr Philippoussis making any meaningful recovery,” Mr Wong said explaining that the accused has been bedridden since, unable to communicate and being fed via a tube.“At this point just given the fact he is completely incapacitated and incompetent, we didn’t want this hanging over the head of the victims. So that was our reason to dismiss the case today.”Philippoussis’ lawyer Ryan Tegnelia had initially asked for the case to be dismissed six months ago but Judge Daniel Goldstein agreed with prosecutors’ request to wait until Wednesday’s hearing to make a decision. Mark Philippoussis and his family were happy to have the charges dismissed, The Guardian reported“They are glad there is some sense of closure and now he can just move on with his final days instead of the court process hanging over him,” Tegnelia said.Prosecutors could refile the charges if Philippoussis “somehow miraculously comes out of this coma and is competent”.last_img read more

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Raspberry Pi NES console is better than Nintendos Classic Mini

first_imgThe Nintendo Classic Mini will be released this fall and comes preloaded with 30 old-school Nintendo Entertainment System titles. While this is great news for anyone that is into classic gaming, the game count of this mini system is admittedly on the small side, especially considering how large the NES library is. The official mini Nintendo wasn’t good enough for one man who took it upon himself to create something better from scratch.A creator by the name of Daft Mike used a Raspberry Pi computer and a 3D printer to make his own fully functional mini NES. Unlike the Classic Mini, this mini NES’ cartridge slot actually opens. It even has a pair of mini NES controllers. In the video below, Daft Mike explains how he created this ingenious little console.The console itself is unable to play games off the mini cartridges since they don’t actually have anything on them. The cartridges have an NFC tag on them. When they are inserted into the system, the mini NES reads the tag, and if the game is stored in the Raspberry Pi’s memory, it will boot it up. The cartridges don’t have to be married to a specific game either. New tags can be written on the cartridges to have them boot up different games — even ones that weren’t on the NES.Seeing this user-created console sort of makes the official a little disappointing in comparison. If you have the means and the technical know-how to create your own Raspberry Pi powered, 3D printed mini Nintendo, why not give it a shot? Follow this link to see a more in-depth look at how this mini Nintendo was made. Game & Watch TiiVii1/19Wearables are the next big thing. That is, if you ignore virtual reality, augmented reality, and literally everything else that is more interesting than wearables. Which means the Nintendo NX is surely a wearable watch screen with a stylus that unwraps into a TV controller.Photo Credit: Neogaf.<><>last_img read more

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Variety Goes on the Block

first_imgReed Business Information [RBI] today announced that is putting Variety up for sale. The company has spent the last three years divesting its U.S. magazine properties.  This announcement follows rumors of a possible sale that circulated in 2010.London-based Reed Elsevier cut ties with business-sector magazine publisher RBI in February 2008. In April 2010, 23 RBI titles (including Building Design + Construction, Graphic Arts Blue Book and Professional Builder, among other) shuttered. At the time of the closures, an RBI spokesperson told FOLIO: the publisher intended to keep Variety, Marketplace and 411 Publishing, Reed Construction Data and the Buyerzone lead generation business intact. RBI CEO Mark Kelsey said of the sale, “With RBI’s increasing focus on data services, and the sale of our other US print magazines, it now makes sense for us to sell the business. Variety has an incredibly talented team who have successfully innovated and expanded the franchise in industry news and analysis. I have no doubt the business will continue to thrive under new ownership.”Check back here for updates.last_img read more

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