Amazon loses contract with FedEx amid competition

first_imgSan Francisco: Amid increasing competition, global courier company FedEx has decided not to renew its air shipping contract with e-commerce giant Amazon. Amazon’s FedEx Express contract is in question, which according to Amazon is used for air transportation of packages and is not used for last-mile and ground deliveries, The Verge reported on Friday. “FedEx has made the strategic decision to not renew the FedEx Express US domestic contract with Amazon.com as we focus on serving the broader e-commerce market,” Carl Quintanilla, CNBC Journalist tweeted a screenshot of FedEx’s statement. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents “The decision does not impact any existing contracts between Amazon and other FedEx business units or relating to international services,” the statement added. Amazon is not FedEx’s largest customer and only 1.3 per cent of the total revenue generated by the global courier company in 2018 was attributed to Amazon.com. However, the decision did not really come as a surprise to Amazon, the report said. The e-commerce company has invested years into building its own delivery infrastructure to cut down on logistics costs. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief Currently, Amazon oversees a massive warehouse, air hub, and cargo freight logistics network in addition to its growing network of Flex personal delivery drivers, which are employed using an Uber-like contract model. “We respect FedEx’s decision and thank them for their role serving Amazon customers over the years,” the report quoted an Amazon spokesperson as saying. Since FedEx has refused to transport Amazon parcels via air, it remains unclear how Amazon would be able to keep up with its recently-introduced one-day delivery program for Prime members in the US.last_img read more

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Dattatreya to take oath as Himachal Governor on Sep 5

first_imgHyderabad: Former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya will take oath as the governor of Himachal Pradesh on September 5. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader told reporters here on Monday that he will leave for Himachal Pradesh on September 4 and will take oath as Governor the next day. He was speaking after performing ‘puja’ at the famous Ganesh idol at Khariratabad here. The 61-feet idol is the tallest among the idols installed in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ One of the new Governors appointed for five states by the Centre on Sunday, Dattatreya thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for reposing confidence in him. The 72-year-old was elected to Lok Sabha for four terms from Secunderabad constituency here. He served as Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and also in earlier Modi government. Dattatreya, who was dropped from the ministry in 2017, was also denied ticket in the recent elections.last_img read more

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Pierre Tremblay vs Pierre Tremblay two Quebec mayoral candidates have same name

first_imgMONTREAL – The next mayor of Les Eboulements, Que. will definitely be Pierre Tremblay, but voters will have to decide which one.That’s because both the candidates running to be mayor of the municipality 100 kilometres northeast of Quebec City have the same name.While the two Tremblays share a moniker, they say their visions for the area are very different.One of the candidates is the incumbent mayor, who says the 1,330-person municipality on the banks of the St-Lawrence could realize its full potential through further development.“I feel there are a lot of possibilities at the touristic level, at the agricultural level,” he said in a phone interview.“We should try to develop the advantages we have here, especially tourism.”The other Tremblay, who is currently a city councillor, thinks the town’s development should proceed more slowly.He’s concerned that people from out of town buying vacation homes are pushing up the value of land, and wants to protect local farmers from the bigger tax bills they could face as a result.“I’ve lived here all my life, I’m a person who communicates a lot with others,” he said in an interview.“The current mayor keeps things to himself, he comes to council and things have to be adopted right away, it’s too fast.”The men, who are both in their 60s, say they’re not related.Tremblay, however, is Quebec’s most popular surname, accounting for over one per cent of the population in 2006.A online search for “Pierre Tremblay” in the province’s phone listings currently yields over 1,500 results.To ensure voters can tell them apart, the two candidates are featuring their street addresses prominently on their campaign material.Since photos aren’t allowed in the voting area, the candidates’ full addresses will appear on the ballots along with their names.The city held a draw to see which candidate will be listed first on the ballot.While such coincidences are rare, they’re not unheard of.Ten of 24 candidates who recently ran for council in Trout River, N.L. all had the same last name — Crocker.And in 2016, three candidates named Vasile Cepoi ran for mayor in a town in Romania, according to The Associated Press.last_img read more

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IDRIS ELBA MARRIES CANADIAN MODEL SABRINA DHOWRE IN A BEAUTIFUL MOROCCAN WEDDING

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Idris Elba has married Sabrina Dhowre. Later, she changed into a V-neck style embroidered dress with pearls and gemstones and finished with couture lace.Guests wore black tie.The celebrations have been spread out over three days.Friends and family attended a “colours of the Souk” themed dinner the night before the wedding at the Amanjena. On April 27, they will attend an all-white party at the Mandarin Oriental, which will emulate the atmosphere of a festival.Elba met Dhowre in Canada in 2017 while filming The Mountain Between Us. Speaking about their relationship, the Brit previously told People, “Falling in love while making a movie about falling in love is pretty special.”This is the third marriage for Idris. He was wed to Hanne ‘Kim’ Norgaard, with whom he shares 17-year-old daughter Isan, from 1999-2003, and to Sonya Nicole Hamlin for a brief period in 2006. He also has a son, Winston, with ex-girlfriend Naiyana Garth.By Susan Devaney ~ British Vogue Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre are married. The couple, who got engaged in 2018, exchanged vows on April 26 at the Ksar Char Bagh hotel in Marrakesh.Dhowre wore two custom dresses by Vera Wang; while Elba wore a bespoke suit by Ozwald Boateng.For the ceremony, Dhowre wore a classic off-the-shoulder white A-line gown.last_img read more

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Identities of two Mikmaq Warriors on RCMP threat list revealed

first_img(Suzanne Patles was arrested and charged with mischief on July 9, 2013, after laying tobacco and praying the middle of a highway in New Brunswick during an anti-shale gas exploration demonstration. Photo/Suzanne Patles Faceboook)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAPTN National News has identified two of the individuals on a list of 89 Indigenous rights activists considered “threats” by the RCMP following a review of details contained in a recently released report compiled by the federal police force’s intelligence centre.The RCMP’s National Intelligence Coordination Centre compiled the list of Indigenous rights activists who posed potential “threats” during Indigenous rights demonstrations as part of an operation dubbed Project SITKA which aimed to enhance the federal police force’s intelligence gathering capacity, according to a report obtained under the Access to Information Act by two Ottawa-based researchers.While the names of the individuals on the list of 89 are redacted in the publicly released version of the Project SITKA report, several key details about possible identities managed to survive the censors.Based on these details and previous reporting on the issue, APTN can report on the identity of two of the individuals on the Project SITKA list. They are Suzanne Patles, a mother of three children who lives in Eskasoni First Nation in Nova Scotia, and Coady Stevens, who is originally from Eskasoni but lives in We’koqma’q First Nation, which is on Cape Breton Island also in Nova Scotia. Stevens is also a father but does not want to publicly reveal the number of his children because he has faced death threats in the past. Both are members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society and were arrested and charged during anti-shale gas demonstrations in Elsipogtog in 2013.“I guess you wear it like a badge of pride. You know you are doing your job right if you are on a government watch list,” said Patles, in a telephone interview from Eskasoni. “It is kind of complicated. Yes, you are being monitored, you are being watched. It is amusing, but at the same time it’s kind of scary because everything you do is being monitored.”Stevens said he feels a bit “nervous” knowing the RCMP put him on the list, but it comes as no surprise.“All the work that I have done must be getting somewhere if I am on the watch list,” said Stevens, in a telephone interview from We’koqma’q. “I see a lot of the social conditions in the community and the bad things happening to our people. Most of the things I do is for the children and the next generation. I try to do work to make their lives better than the lives of this generation.”Coady Stevens in a Facebook photo from March 26.The RCMP’s Project SITKA was launched in early 2014 to identify individuals “willing and capable of utilizing unlawful tactics” during Indigenous rights demonstrations,” according to the intelligence report which was  obtained by Andy Crosby, an Ottawa-based researcher, and Jeffery Monaghan, an assistant criminology professor at Carleton University.The National Intelligence Coordination Centre initially created a list of 313 individuals who posed a potential “criminal threat to Aboriginal public order events.” The list was then reduced to 89 individuals, both non-Indigenous and Indigenous, that met the RCMP’s criteria which was based on background, motivation and rhetoric “to have committed or commit criminal activities” in connection with Indigenous rights demonstrations.The intelligence centre’s report breaks down the list of 89 by regions. Thirty-five of the 89 individuals who made the list were from New Brunswick. British Columbia was next with 16 people, followed by Ontario with 15, Manitoba with 11, Nova Scotia with 10, one from Saskatchewan and one from Prince Edward Island.The high number of individuals on the RCMP list from New Brunswick was primarily the result of the months-long demonstrations against shale gas exploration near Elsipogtog First Nation in 2013. The demonstrations saw heavily armed RCMP tactical units raid a camp, clashes between community members and police, burning police cars and highways blocked by flaming tires. The Mi’kmaq-led fight against the exploration, which they feared would lead to hydraulic fracturing and a poisoning of the area’s water, played a role in the eventual toppling of the Tory provincial government by a Liberal opposition that promised a moratorium on shale gas exploration.The Project SITKA report said a core group of members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society travelled to Elsipogtog from Nova Scotia.The report notes that “two individuals, both from Nova Scotia and who identified as part of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society, participated in a national speaking tour” in 2014. The report identifies those two individuals as being “within the project,” meaning they were on the list of threats. The report notes the speaking tour was organized by the Council of Canadians and another individual from British Columbia who is also on the RCMP’s threat list.Patles and Stevens embarked on a speaking tour about the shale gas demonstrations in 2014 organized by the Council of Canadians and Harsha Walia, a migrant justice activist and author who is affiliated with No One is Illegal. Their tour stops matched the places described in the RCMP report.Suzanne Patles and Coady Stevens during one of their speaking tour stops in B.C. on Jan. 24, 2014. Photo//Facebook Dave GoodswimmerPatles was in the thick of the battle against shale gas exploration throughout most of the summer and fall of 2013 and she became one of the Warrior Society’s more high profile spokespeople. She was arrested three times. Patles was first arrested and charged with mischief on July 9, 2013, after laying tobacco and praying the middle of a highway. Then, on July 28, 2013, she was arrested and charged for obstruction, breaching conditions and mischief after the RCMP alleged she was involved in planning a blockade in the woods where several women chained themselves to machinery. Her last arrest came Oct. 17, 2013, during the RCMP raid on an encampment blocking shale gas exploration vehicles.Patles said she never went to trial on any of the charges. She said her charges were dropped.“It was entirely all worth it and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat, and I think we were successful in our endeavour, we were able to stop hydraulic fracturing in the province,” said Patles. “And we sent off sparks all across the world.”Stevens was one of six high-profile Mi’kmaq Warriors arrested after the Oct. 17 raid. He said he spent five weeks in solitary confinement following his arrest after the raid. He was freed on Dec. 20, 2013, after pleading guilty to five charges, including assaulting a police officer and obstructing a police officer. He was sentenced to time served.(RCMP tactical officers scope the situation during Oct. 17, 2013, raid on Mi’kmaq Warrior anti-fracking camp. APTN/File)Stevens said he is still struggling with trauma from his time in solitary confinement. He said it damaged his spirituality and still prevents him from being able to enter into a sweat lodge for ceremony because it is a confined space.“When I got arrested and I was put in the hole and with so many repeated strip-searches, I came so disconnected from my spirituality. When I got out, I wasn’t able to recover spiritually,” said Stevens. “One day I tried to go to a sweat and I was virtually in tears, I was so scared. They kind of took it away…. I have been trying to make sense of my life after those traumatic events that unfolded and what happened in Elsipogtog.”Stevens said the ongoing Native American-led demonstrations in North Dakota against an oil pipeline has again ignited a spark.“With the events unfolding in Standing Rock, with all the people rising up, it is a perfect time to get in right now because the fire is lit in the hearts of people,” he said. “More than it’s ever been.”Walia, who helped organize the speaking tour for Patles and Stevens, said Project SITKA fits a known pattern.“Canada has consistently treated Indigenous resurgence and nationhood as a threat,” said Walia. “Whether it’s ceremony or blockades, criminalization has often been an option of first resort rather than actually transforming policies that continue to sanction theft of Indigenous lands and Indigenous children.”Walia is a public supporter of the Unist’ot’en camp and Defenders of the Land.The Project SITKA report notes that the 16 individuals on the list from B.C. are linked to several groups, including the Unist’ot’en camp, which has dug in along the proposed routes of three pipelines in the province, Defenders of the Land, the American Indian Movement and No One is Illegal, among others.The report’s section on B.C. also notes two individuals on its list travelled from the province to the anti-shale gas demonstrations in Elsipogtog.Steven Kakinoosit travelled from B.C. to Elsipogtog with a group of 10 people after the Oct. 17, 2013, RCMP raid, arriving in New Brunswick in early November. There is nothing in the RCMP document to suggest Kakinoosit is on the list. However, he said it confirms what he’s always believed that Canadian authorities target those who stand up for Indigenous rights.“We are being monitored and harassed because of the fact that we are Indigenous people standing up for our rights,” said Kakinoosit, who lives in Prince George, B.C. “I would even go so far as to say they are doing this because they fear the rise of direct action and front-line workers coming from the inner cities. They realize, just as we do, they are the single most dangerous segment of our population because of the potential they have to rise up.”Elsipogtog First Nation member Brian Milliea, who was involved in the movement against shale gas exploration, said the community had no choice but to fight the prospect of hydraulic fracturing in their territory.“We didn’t choose this fight because we wanted to. We chose this fight because we had to,” said Milliea. “This movement, which the RCMP chose to categorize as violent terrorism and unlawful, was never that. Just like the movement in North Dakota was always peaceful and non-violent. The violence and brutality came when the RCMP brought in members from other districts who wanted to harm unarmed peaceful water protectors.”Milliea was visited in August 2014 by two plain-clothes RCMP officers who said they were from a special task force. The officers wanted to question Milliea about a Facebook post where he called for a protest on New Brunswick Day. The RCMP’s intelligence centre compiled the bulk of its Project SITKA report between April and September of 2014.Project SITKA reportDownload (PDF, Unknown)The Project SITKA intelligence report also focused on several groups linked to the 89 individuals on the list. Some of the main groups identified were the Unist’ot’en camp, Defenders of the Land, Idle No More, the American Indian Movement and the Indigenous Environmental Network.The Unist’ot’en camp is anchored by the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en nation. The camp has dug in over the past six years in an area along the routes of two proposed liquid natural gas pipelines and a proposed oil pipeline. The camp sits about 66 km south of Houston, B.C., and about 1,000 km north of Vancouver. It has become a pilgrimage destination of sorts for activists because of its steadfast opposition to the pipelines and its off-the-grid sustainability.Dini Ze (Chief) Smogelgem, one of the main spokespeople for the camp, said it comes as no surprise the camp is on an RCMP list.“We’ve been on similar RCMP lists for years,” he said, in an interview with APTN Investigates journalist Rob Smith. “We’ve (seen) many reports, many internal confidential reports leaked to us over the years.”Smogelgem said he’s operated under the assumption the RCMP is keeping tabs on the camp and he expects the pressure to increase in the coming spring.“We’ve known of them spying on us for years…. It is how we live,” he said. “We are expecting a big push from them in the spring to deal with us. As you know, we’re not going anywhere. This is our home.”The intelligence report also names Russ Diabo, a Mohawk policy analyst originally from Kahnawake described in the document as a spokesperson for the Defenders of the Land group. The report does not suggest Diabo is on the list of 89, but he was the only individual whose name escaped the censors.“Spokesperson Russell Diabo has described Canada as being ‘at war with the First Nations people,’” said the report.Diabo, who has tracked the evolution of surveillance by Canadian law, said Project SITKA is just the latest incarnation of the RCMP’s efforts against Indigenous rights movements.“My ideas are a threat because I am challenging state sovereignty,” said Diabo. “I am saying we have pre-existing sovereignty.”Diabo is exploring legal options against the RCMP over his inclusion in the report.The report also claims the American Indian Movement (AIM) is the dominant organization in Manitoba when it comes to Indigenous rights activism.“(AIM) is the most influential organization within the province, with a number of its members organizing or attending events,” said the report. “Several members meet the criteria for this project and are listed as either volatile or disruptive protesters.”Project SITKA included 11 individuals from Manitoba on its list.Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Terry Nelson was involved with opening an official AIM chapter in Winnipeg back in 2013. Nelson said AIM has been active in Manitoba and Saskatchewan since the 1990s.“AIM hasn’t been leading the charge, but it has certainly been working with the young people to get them ready,” said Nelson, a former vice-chair of AIM. “The attitude is different today than it was, and young people can and will take action. Look at what is happening at Standing Rock, they have really powerful support all over the world as a result of their spiritual prayer and peacefulness. Of course, if the Dakota people get killed, it would open up something they are not going to like.”Project SITKA list of groupsDownload (PDF, Unknown)In Ontario, the SITKA report names the Unist’ot’en camp and Idle No More as the two most influential organizations in the province. The intelligence report said pipelines are the main issue among Indigenous rights activist in the province and notes a railway blockade by Mohawks from Tyendinaga in March 2014 launched to call for an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women-which the Liberal government announced soon after taking power in the fall of 2015.Prominent activist Clayton Thomas-Muller lived in Ottawa in 2014-when the SITKA report was compiled-and worked for Idle No More at the time. He has also visited the Unist’ot’en camp three times and was involved in fundraising for it. He has travelled internationally on various campaigns over the years.  APTN revealed in 2014 Thomas-Muller was under RCMP surveillance.The Project SITKA report notes some of the subjects on its threat lists from Ontario have “travelled to other provinces and internationally to attend events.”Thomas-Muller said First Nation peoples are “sovereign within the settler colonial state of Canada” which means there is a jurisdictional gray area when it comes to actions on self-determination when it comes to disputes on natural resource extraction.“Canada’s economy is built on the dispossession of Indigenous peoples from their lands and the marginalization of their rights, collective rights that are enshrined in section 35 of the Constitution,” said Thomas-Muller, who is currently a Stop it at the Source campaigner with 350.org. “It is up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to honour their word, lift up the honour of the Crown and honour their legal and fiduciary responsibility.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Spanish Prime Minister: My Visit to Morocco Is ‘Very Important’

Mohammedia – Speaking over the weekend at the 26th Ibero-American summit in Guatemala, Sanchez announced his intent to visit Morocco, months after his first planned visit to Rabat was reported.Weeks after his election as prime minister in June, Sanchez requested a meeting with Moroccan counterpart El Othmani and a “special audience” with King Mohammed VI. But the Moroccan King was on a trip abroad at the time.Of today’s visit, Sanchez told journalists the date was also his request, signaling the importance Madrid accords to the “historical ties” and the “strategic bilateral relations” it enjoys with its North African neighbor. At the Guatemala summit, Sanchez spoke of his Moroccan visit as an important step towards rekindling the two nations’ partnership on “common challenges.” Asked why he had made the first step, Sanchez replied: “I made the request, full stop. That’s all I can say for now.”Later on Sunday, however, a statement from the prime minister’s office gave more details about the visit.“Head of government Pedro Sanchez will thank his Moroccan counterpart Saaddedine El Othmani and King Mohammed VI for their country’s efforts in fighting against irregular migration,” Spanish newspaper EFE quoted the Spanish government’s statement.Also important to Sanchez’s trip to Morocco is the Spanish leader’s desire to “personally reiterate his country’s unwavering commitment” to the partnership with Morocco, EFE reported.Spain Morocco’s ‘foremost EU’ AllyWhile signifying his attachment to the strategic partnership with Rabat and his acknowledgement of the “great job” Morocco has performed to limit the success of irregular migrants’ attempts to cross to Spain, EFE explained, “Sanchez will also guarantee Morocco that Spain will remain its foremost ally in the EU.”Since his election on June 2, Sanchez has established himself as perhaps the most vocal pro-Moroccan voice in the European club.When many in the EU reportedly had doubts and mixed feelings about the EU-Morocco cooperation on migration, Sanchez lobbied for more EU funds to “technically and logistically” assist Rabat’s “enormous efforts” in securing Europe’s external borders.Similarly, as the Morocco-EU fisheries agreement seemed on the verge of collapse over apparently irreconcilable differences between Rabat and Brussels (with Brussels declining to increase Rabat’s financial benefits off the deal), Madrid made it its calling to explain to other EU member states how critical it is for the European body to maintain and nurture alliance with Rabat.“Morocco is a crucial Spanish ally on many issues, including security, immigration, and economic cooperation,” Sanchez has said of his insistence on travelling to Morocco. His visit to Rabat, he added, will be “very important.”Read Also: Spanish Prime Minister: My Visit to Morocco Is ‘Very Important’Read Also: Migration: EU Agrees to Fund Morocco Border Control, Puts Nothing on Paper read more

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Zimbabwean powersharing deal sparks praise from Ban

11 September 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed today’s agreement between the Zimbabwean Government and the country’s opposition on the formation of a government of national unity. “He hopes that this agreement will pave the way for a durable peace and recovery in the country and contribute to rapid improvement in the welfare and human rights of the people of Zimbabwe, who have suffered for long,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.Mr. Ban congratulated the parties for reaching the accord in Harare, the Zimbabwean capital, and commended the mediator, South African President Thabo Mbeki, “for his tireless efforts to help them reach it.“The United Nations has been supporting the mediation process through the role of the Secretary-General’s envoy, Haile Menkerios, in the Reference Group,” the statement added.The power-sharing accord is designed to end the political crisis and resulting violence, unrest and humanitarian suffering that have engulfed Zimbabwe since the first round of national elections were held in March. In a subsequent presidential run-off round, incumbent Robert Mugabe was declared the winner after opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) dropped out. read more

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HBC reveals Saks Lord Taylor data leak lasted nine months

TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. says a previously announced security breach at its Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off 5th and Lord & Taylor stores began as early as July 1 last year, but has been contained since March 31.The Toronto-based retailer announced the breach on April 1 but provided few details at the time.These 3 Saks stores in Canada were exposed to the data breach that hit Hudson’s Bay Co.It now says the breach was caused by malware, a type of software inserted into its system to collect customer payment card information, including the cardholder name, card number and expiration date.The details released today confirmed some of the information published weeks ago by Gemini Advisory LLC, a cybersecurity firm that detected the breach after it noticed an influx of stolen credit and debit card information for sale.The firm found that three Canadian Saks locations were exposed to the breach: Sherway Gardens in Toronto, Bramalea City Centre in Brampton, Ont. and Pickering Town Centre in Pickering, Ont.HBC says it believes the breach no longer poses a risk to customers shopping at the affected stores.It also says there’s no indication that its e-commerce platforms, Hudson’s Bay and Home Outfitters stores in Canada or HBC Europe were affected. read more

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Noah Spences Ohio State career ends ruled ineligible for Big Ten play

Then-sophomore defensive lineman Noah Spence (8) tackles Penn State then-freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg during a game at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 26. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Lantern file photoNoah Spence’s career as an Ohio State Buckeye has officially ended.After multiple failed drug tests stemming from the end of the 2013 season to September, former OSU defensive end Spence has been ruled permanently ineligible for athletic competition by the Big Ten Conference, OSU vice president and athletic director Gene Smith said in a released statement Tuesday night.Smith said that Spence appealed his permanent ineligibility, but was ultimately denied.“The Ohio State University Department of Athletics had assisted Noah and his family leading up to an appeals process that took place today,” Smith said.“While we are disappointed in the outcome, we are pleased that Noah has come a long way and we are very proud of the progress he has made with regard to his health,” Smith said. “The Department of Athletics will continue to assist Noah through his pursuits and provide the academic resources necessary to help him complete his degree program.”Noah Spence walks out of OSU’s fall camp hotel Aug. 7.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorIn the minutes following the news, Spence tweeted from his Twitter account, @nspence94:Not what I wanted but now it’s time to get ready for the next level, I’ve learnt so much in the last couple months that it’s all worth it..— Noah Spence (@nspence94) November 26, 2014 Spence, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was originally suspended following a failed drug test for ecstasy prior to OSU’s matchup with Clemson in the 2013 Orange Bowl. That failed drug test resulted in a three-game suspension for Spence, but prior to his scheduled return to the Buckeyes in September, Spence failed a second drug test, this one resulting in an indefinite suspension.Spence did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment Tuesday evening. Smith declined further comment on the suspension.The Buckeyes are set to close the 2014 regular season against Michigan this Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

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New player in proximity detection for mining machines

first_imgStrata Products Worldwide has formed Strata Proximity Systems and acquired Frederick Mining Controls (FMC). FMC is a leading developer and manufacturer of proximity detection and collision avoidance systems. Proximity detection and collision avoidance systems are designed to increase personnel safety awareness while working with and around mining machinery. Areas deemed potentially dangerous are ‘marked’ by the system and, when breached, the system automatically emits warning alarms and/or disables the machinery completely. HazardAvert® is the proximity detection system developed by FMC and has become one of the most well-known and reliable systems available.“The formation of Strata Proximity Systems and the acquisition of Frederick Mining Controls is a significant step forward for both Strata Worldwide and the HazardAvert system,” said Strata Chief Operating Officer Mike Berube.  “This alliance grants Strata worldwide distribution rights for the HazardAvert system, management of other HazardAvert distributors and management of all distribution and marketing aspects of Strata Proximity Systems. The companies can now meet the growing market demand for these systems and provide the support required. Together, we have the resources to enhance the technology as well as increase production capabilities.”With the upcoming changes in US coal mining regulations concerning proximity detection, Strata Proximity Systems will be investing considerable time and resources into the development and manufacture of these MSHA-approved systems. HazardAvert has been installed underground in three major US coal mines to date. Multiple HazardAvert systems are underground and operational in coal mines in South Africa, and over 400 systems are on order.HazardAvert is available through Strata Products Worldwide through its operations in the US, South Africa, Australia, Europe and China.last_img read more

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WellDogs expanded coal gas predrainage service capability

first_imgWellDog has released the third generation of its GasMapper coal gas assessment service, extending the successful service to use in the slim boreholes used widely by the coal mining industry. The service enables coal miners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase mine safety by quickly and accurately identifying where carbon dioxide and methane occur in coal seams targeted for mining and how those gases can be drained safely and quickly prior to mining. “Developing the Slimhole GasMapper required substantial, and challenging, miniaturisation of our Reservoir Raman System tool,” said Pete Christian, Chief Commercialization Officer and Vice President of Engineering at WellDog. “However, we can now quickly and accurately measure coal gas content and permeability with one easy test in the less expensive boreholes. This will help our customers reduce their fugitive greenhouse gas emissions, increase mine worker safety, and enhance production of clean burning natural gas from coals targeted for mining.” GasMapper is a downhole technical measurement service that evaluates the carbon dioxide and methane outburst, explosive and atmospheric emission risks for coal mines and informs coal mine operators on pre-drainage of the coals in order to reduce or eliminate those risks. WellDog’s third generation service involves a miniaturised Raman sensor and improved tubing joint sealing process, allowing the measurement system to be deployed reliably in slim boreholes include ubiquitous 96 mm HQ boreholes. Commercialisation of the slimhole service follows a multi-year, multi-million dollar development effort at the company’s Reservoir Technology Center in Laramie, Wyoming. WellDog launched the GasMapper service in 2012 after a successful two year development partnership with BHP Billiton in Queensland.  WellDog notes that “outburst and explosive gas incidents occur regularly in the industry. China, for example, has averaged more than 200 incidents per year over the past 50 years. In addition, the US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that coal mines worldwide emitted 589 Mt of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gases in 2010, and that emission rate is expected to increase by 33% by 2030.” WellDog has successfully delivered the GasMapper service and related services, SweetSpotter and GasSpotter, to operators working in coals around the world including, the US, Canada, China, Australia and Mozambique. The data collected by GasMapper is regularly accepted by key stakeholders. Since 1999, WellDog has focused on providing cost effective, reliable, accurate subsurface data and data collection systems to high volume resource production operators such as shale oil and gas, coalbed methane, and coal mining operators.last_img read more

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CONTRACTS DONT PLAY HBC Nantes smash PSG Handball for the first 201718

← Previous Story Greek Olympiakos undefeated in the first European match Next Story → Sporting Lisbon VS Alpla Hard for last EHF CL ticket! HBC NantesPSG Handball The French vice-champions HBC Nantes won the first trophy in the new season “Trophy of Champions” by beating the richest club in the world of handball – Paris Saint Germain 32:26 (18:16). Absolutely the main role in fantastic win had HBC Nantes goalkeeper Dumoulin with 22 saves, while Nyokas and Claire netted five goals each for the winners.On the other side, only Nedim Remili can offer something special in roster of Zvonimir Serdarusic. Powerful right back netted seven goals.Paris-SG HB – HBC Nantes : 26-32 (16-18)Paris-SG: Omeyer 9/33 odb (27%), Corrales 1/7, Gensheimer 5/9 (3/4 pen.), Mollgaard, Stepancic 0/1, Sagosen 3/6, Kounkoud 1/4, Damjanovic, Remili 7/10, Abalo 1/4, L. Karabatic 3/4, Hansen 2/5 (0/1 pen.), Narcisse (cap) 0/1, N. Karabatic 4/6, Nahi. Nantes: Dumoulin 22/48 (46%), Siffert, Lagarde, Faluvegi, Nyokas 5/7, Claire 5/7, Buric 2/2, Klein 2/3, Pechmalbec, Tournat 3/4, Feliho (cap) 0/1, Emonet 2/2, Matulic 0/1, Lazarov 4/7, Gurbindo 6/6, Balaguer 3/6.  read more

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Beaumont Hospital Foundation charity does not pay topups

first_imgA HOSPITAL CHARITY has taken out an ad in a national newspaper to confirm that its funds are not used to pay top-ups.Beaumont Hospital Foundation took out the ad in the Irish Independent, sating that it “does not pay any salary top-ups to any hospital staff”.The ad emerged a day after the Public Accounts Committee chair, John McGuinness, had called on the Central Remedial Clinic to to make a statement after the news broke that charitable money was used to top-up the salaries of senior staff. Yesterday, the CEO of the Jack & Jill Foundation, Jonathan Irwin, said that he does not receive top-up payments, a bonus or pension.In today’s ad, the MD of Beaumont Hospital Foundation, Padraic Walsh, said that he wanted to reassure its supporters “that the funds which they generously donate to BHF are paid out to support the purchase of vital equipment, the building of a day hospital which is about to open, the renovation of patient areas and research projects”.The foundation said that the only staff costs it meets are those of its own employees, and funds donated by supporters do not pay any salary costs for Beaumont Hospital staff.Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin, has said that the government would find it ‘difficult’ to ensure salary compliance in organisations paid using public finances.The HSE’s Director General, Tony O’Brien, said on Wednesday that only seven hospital agencies were found to be compliant with public pay policy, while some top-ups for hospital executives date back to 1996.Read:Ross calls for immediate resignation of CRC Board over salary top-ups>Read: Public Accounts Committee chair calls for CRC to “come clean” on top-ups>last_img read more

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Plummeting DRAM prices mean better spec PCs in 2011

first_imgThe price of DRAM has fallen dramatically this year, and is set to continue falling well into 2011. For system builders that’s great news, but for anyone intending to buy a pre-built machine next year, don’t expect a price drop. Instead, expect a better spec of machine to be offered.Over the course of 2010 the price of DRAM modules has fallen 46% so a 2GB DDR3 module now only costs $25. As we enter 2011 that price will have fallen to $20.Usually such dramatic drops in price are met with production being cut and a quick rise in price as stocks start to dry up. But that doesn’t look like the case this time. Multiple manufacturers have actually increased output recently, meaning a glut of stock and therefore continued falling prices.For consumers the news is good, but not because vendors will be dropping prices. If you intend on buying a new PC next year then expect it to have a better spec. Instead of 2GB RAM, expect 4GB. Performance machines running 64-bit operating systems could be offered with a surprisingly high amount of memory purely because vendors want to protect their price points while enticing you to buy through the components on offer.More memory always makes a machine look better, right?Read more at ComputerworldMatthew’s OpinionI was considering buying a new laptop before Christmas, but I’m going to wait. I’d opt for a 64-bit OS, so with falling prices it’s probably going to be a lot easier to find a model with 8 or even 12GB of RAM, but without the premium price that usually accompanies it.The price of DRAM is expected to start recovering around the middle of 2011, so upgrade, buy new, or stockpile if necessary before we reach May-June. Even so, the recovery won’t be sudden and may stall again depending on how much demand and competition there is in the market.Now if only we could see a glut of processors and graphics cards on the market, that would make for a nice cheap start to the new year.last_img read more

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Cruiserweight Title shot at WrestleMania on the line on 205 Live

first_imgFacebook Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Who Are Ronda Rousey’s Top WWE Supporters? WWE 205 Live Results – 8/27/19 (Lorcan vs. Carrillo fight in a #1 Contender’s Match) A Super Music Team For A Super Bowl Much Anticipated Commercial 1 COMMENT Bayley Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR March 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm WWE 205 Live Results – 9/10/19 (Kushida debuts, 6-man tag team main event match) Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Comments are closed. Google+ Pinterest Rachel Weisz: ‘James Bond’ geht’s gut! Videos Articles WhatsApp WWE 205 Live Results – 9/3/19 (Drew Gulak aligns with Tony Nese, Lince Dorado competes) Ronda Rousey Julian Castro Rips Bernie Sanders David Wells WWE 205 Live takes place tonight in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the WWE Network.Advertised for tonight’s show by WWE is a fatal five way match featuring Austin Aries, TJ Perkins, Akira Tozawa, The Brian Kendrick and Tony Nese where the winner will advance to WrestleMania 33 to challenge Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.Wrestleview.com will have a full recap later tonight.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWho Are Ronda Rousey’s Top WWE Supporters?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adrienne Maloof Videos Articles Austin vs. Kendrick would be good! Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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Buffon admits PSG and Man United are on a par

first_imgParis Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is bracing up for his team’s Champions League clash against a resurgent Manchester United team.The two teams will try to secure an advantage in the first leg of their last 16 clash on Tuesday night before the return leg in Paris on 6 March.United head into the clash having gone 11 games unbeaten under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since becoming the interim manager in December.Here come the Men in White 👊🏾 #LAFORCE#MUPSG pic.twitter.com/eDIQP0rQEn— Presnel Kimpembe (@kimpembe_3) February 11, 2019And Buffon feels that the turnaround in fortunes for the Red Devils will make the match a lot difficult, with PSG losing their first league defeat of the season against Lyon.“Old Trafford is the temple of a great team with a very important history,” he told FourFourTwo via Sky Italia.“This tie must be confronted in a serious way and without any regrets. We’ll regret it if our way of playing isn’t expressed in the way that the match demands.“Football is strange: two months ago, at the time of the draw, everyone thought that PSG would go through.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Two months later, seeing what has happened with us and the developments at Manchester United, we are at the least on the same level now.“This makes you understand how strange it is and how certain balances can swap around in the Champions League.”🔜🔥🏟️We are ready! 👊#MUPSG pic.twitter.com/pJwJLqcEbD— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 10, 2019Buffon equally had some words for former Juventus teammate Paul Pogba who would be in action tomorrow.“Paul is a golden boy, I’m always pleased to see him because he’s an incredible champion,” Buffon said.“Of course, I hope he can bring me the respect he owes me and that he’s very calm!”last_img read more

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Redirecting the railroad in Ridgefield

first_img RIDGEFIELD — As a fire engine from Clark County Fire & Rescue sat idling, stopped at a rail crossing by a slow-moving train, plumes of smoke billowed out of the windows of a burning houseboat a few hundred yards away at McCuddy’s Ridgefield Marina.“They were just watching the house burn,” McCuddy’s manager Steve Souza said, recalling the Feb. 1 fire, “and they couldn’t do anything about it.”Souza was at the marina watching as the fire engine waited at the rail crossing for five long minutes before it could cross the tracks.Todd Brooks, a maintenance supervisor for the marina, was in a truck directly behind the fire engine, and he could tell firefighters were anxious for the train to pass and the crossing arm to lift.Firefighters were eventually able to make their way down to the marina to extinguish the blaze, but not before two dogs died. The houseboat’s resident wasn’t home at the time of the fire, which was later blamed on electrical causes. Click to enlargelast_img read more

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Trade Unions Oppose Govt Move to Tax PF Withdrawals

first_imgTrade unions on Friday opposed the government’s move to deduct tax at source (TDS) on provident fund (PF) withdrawals and said they would ask the Labour Ministry to keep the decision on hold.The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) had issued a notification on Thursday saying that it would deduct TDS on PF withdrawals starting from 1 June in cases where savings exceed ₹30,000 and employees serve less than five years in an organisation.”We will oppose the government’s move of deducting TDS (Tax Deducted at Source) at PF withdrawals. We have decided to write to the Labour Minister for keeping this notification in abeyance,” All India Trade Union Congress Secretary DL Sachdev told PTI.As per the EPFO order, the PF withdrawals come under taxable income “if the cumulative service period of a subscriber with present as well as former employers is less than 5 years.””We had opposed this move earlier also. Even the EPFO had proposed to exempt cases where accumulations were less than Rs 2,00,000. PF withdrawals should not be taxed,” said another EPFO trustee and Hind Mazdoor Sabha Secretary AD Nagpal.The EPFO circular say that TDS will be deducted at 10% ‘provided permanent account number (PAN) is submitted.'”While the government is giving so many concessions to investors and industrialists, it is injustice to workers. It’s wrong to tax PF withdrawals,” said AK Padmanabhan, President of Centre of Indian Trade Unions President and an EPFO trustee too.However, the EPFO said there will be no TDS deductions for the claimants who submit Form 15G or 15H. Form 15H is for senior citizens (above 60 years of age) while Form 15G is for claimants below the age of 60 years.According to the EPFO circular, TDS will be deducted at the maximum marginal rate of 34.608%, if a claimant fails to produce PAN, Form 15G or 15H.last_img read more

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Yaba still being smuggled in godfathers beyond touch

first_imgYaba. File PhotoA number of ruling Bangladesh Awami League leaders and their influential friends, who are officially named as ‘godfathers’ of yaba smuggling into the country through Cox’s Bazar, are  none among the 22,000 arrested during the countrywide anti-narcotics drive.Haji Saiful Karim is the one who is a government’s commercially important person (CIP), and has strong connections with high officials and the ruling party leaders.He tops the law enforcers’ list of  5-6 dealers who control illegal import of 50-60 per cent of yaba from Myanmar and its trade across the country.Mujibur Rahman, younger brother of ruling MPAbdur Rahman, Nurul Haque Bhuttu, Shahjahan Ansari, Nurul Huda and Zafar Ahmed have also been involved in yaba trading, according to law enforcement officials.The yaba tablets enter Bangladesh through Teknaf border of Cox’s Bazar before they are distributed through peddlers all over the country.More than 150 suspected drug dealers were killed apart from arrest of thousands in the law enforcers during the 55 days of anti-drug drive.The drug ‘mafias’ like Saiful, however, remained untouched.And despite the ruthless operations that drew criticism by rights groups, yaba smuggling has not yet come to a halt either.Senior officials of the police have admitted that yaba smuggling will significantly go down if Saiful Karim is arrested.However, the authenticity of crossfire that claimed many lives came under serious question when the audio record of telephone conversations of Teknaf’s councillor Ekramul Haq was revealed by his wife.Ekramul Haq was killed in an anti-drug drive on 26 May.Addressing a press conference on Anti-Drug Day home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said, “ The anti drug drive has got public support. It is underway and will continue.”Bangladesh government’s official data shows the total number of drug addicts in the country is more than 7 million and most of them consume yaba.The law enforcement agencies have recovered more than 40 million pills of yaba last year.According to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), only 10 per cent of total drugs are generally recovered in any country. By that estimate, 400 million yaba pills worth TK 60 billion are sold each year in the country.Law enforcers claim pills of around TK 100 billion are sold each year in local markets.Such a huge turnout remains an incentive for smuggling yaba despite the ‘zero tolerance’ policy by the law enforcers, said several officials of RAB and police.The ‘capital’ of yabaYaba trade has turned out to be another normal business for many in Cox’s Bazar.Many people who were fishermen or salt farmers have become rich and own luxury houses and expensive cars only by selling yaba.According to a detained drug dealer, drug mafias like Saiful Karim have their networks even in Myanmar.Once a consignment arrives in Bangladesh border, the people of the dealer help release it as they have influence on the administration.In exchange, the ‘godfathers’ cut TK 5 commission for each tablet.Four to five such consignments containing up to 1 million tablets arrive every week, according to investigation.The ‘godfathers’ make a net profit of more than TK 10 million in a week.Several deputy and additional commissioners of DMP said the profit of yaba trade is distributed at various levels, including among police and BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) members.Occasionally low quality yaba pills are confiscated through negotiated deal. The law enforcers too from time to time make ‘exhibition’ of their recovered narcotic substances that were found in abandoned places.The officials said the local administration is well aware of the identity of the yaba traders along with the top ones and their location, and the yaba transport routes.They added, if the Teknaf and Cox’s Bazar administration is not strict the smuggling will not stop.The police headquarters officials said there are cases filed against more than 15,000 drug traders across the country. About 3,000 of them are big fishes.The police have started making the lists of the traders. Already a list of about 10,000 has been finalised.There will be more drives against them once the lists are updated, the officials said.The anti-drug crackdown launched on 4 May had been conducted in accordance with compiled lists of all the intelligence agencies.It has not been made clear of how many enlisted drug dealders were detained so far.Director general of narcotics control department Jamal Uddin Ahmed said the big ones went into hide-out since the crackdown was launched. Several have gone abroad, he added.In reply to whether the ongoing drive is enough to catch the big fishes of the illicit trade, the official said, “Let the drives continue; it can be said later on.”The police headquarters officials said 22,000 drug addicts and drug traders have been arrested across the country by this time. A total of 14,933 cases have been filed against them, he added.RAB director general Benazir Ahmed said the operations will be carried out until the situation becomes normal. He said, the problem has not been created in a day, so it cannot be solved overnight.Yaba still being smuggled inSeveral law enforcement officials admitted that despite the drives, yaba tablets are being smuggled in through Naf river and sea routes. The narcotics are spreading from Teknaf throughout the country.An official said the law enforcement deployed at the border are confiscating yaba pills everyday. As the influential ones are out of touch, drug trafficking still cannot be brought to a halt, he observed.Teknaf 2 BGB deputy-commander major Shariful Islam Jamadar said BGB’s strict vigilance on the border made it possible to seize the yaba consignments. In June 151,065 tablets were recovered, he said.Teknaf model police station officer-in-charge Ranajit Kumar Barua said the inflow of true tablets is still on, but their number has come down.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat and Nusrat Nowrinlast_img read more

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