APTN National NewsA British Columbia judge granted an injunction to Kinder Morgan last week to remove activists from Burnaby Mountain.The protesters are trying to stop Kinder Morgan from starting survey work needed to twin an existing pipeline.The deadline for protesters to leave passed with no arrests, but as APTN’s Tina House reports this can happen at any moment.
APTN National NewsA city councillor in Morden, Man. is pushing a local junior hockey team to change its name.She said it’s offensive to Indigenous people.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – With new options and conveniences, there’s never been a better time for shoppers. As for workers … well, not always.The retail industry is being radically reshaped by technology, and nobody feels that disruption more starkly than 16 million American shelf stockers, salespeople, cashiers and others. The shifts are driven, like much in retail, by the Amazon effect — the explosion of online shopping and the related changes in consumer behaviour and preferences.As mundane tasks like checkout and inventory are automated, employees are trying to deliver the kind of customer service the internet can’t match.So a Best Buy employee who used to sell electronics in the store is dispatched to customers’ homes to help them choose just the right products. A Walmart worker dashes in and out of the grocery aisles, hand-picks products for online shoppers and brings them to people’s cars.___Editor’s note: This story is part of Future of Work, an Associated Press series that explores how workplaces across the U.S. and the world are being transformed by technology and global pressures. As more employers move, shrink or revamp their work sites, many employees are struggling to adapt. At the same time, workers with in-demand skills or knowledge are benefiting. Advanced training, education or know-how is becoming a required ticket to the 21st-century workplace.___Yet even as responsibilities change — and in many cases, expand — the average growth in pay for retail workers isn’t keeping pace with the rest of the economy. Some companies say that in the long run the transformation could mean fewer retail workers, though they may be better paid. But while some workers feel more satisfied, others find their jobs are just a lot less fun.Bloomingdale’s saleswoman Brenda Moses remembers the pre-internet era, when the upscale store was regularly filled with customers ready to buy. These days, department stores are less crowded and the customers who do come in can make price comparisons on their phones at the same time as they pepper staff with questions.“You tell them everything, and then they look at you and say, ‘You know what? I think I will get it online,’” she said.Moses has seen her commission rate rise to 6 per cent from a half a per cent, but her hourly wage dropped from $19 as low as $10 before it came back up to $14. Depending more on commissions means her income fluctuates, and she’s competing with her colleagues for each sale.“Now,” Moses said, “you have to fight to make your money.”The same could be said for the retailing industry, overall. In 2017, 66,500 U.S. retail jobs disappeared (not taking into account jobs added in areas like distribution and call centres). In the past decade, about one out of every seven jobs have vanished in the hardest-hit sectors like clothing and consumer electronics, says Frank Badillo, director of research at MacroSavvy LLC. Though department stores have suffered the most, smaller businesses also have struggled to compete with online sellers.Many of the survivors are rushing to adapt. Of the retail jobs that remain, over the next decade as many as 60 per cent will either be new kinds of roles or will involve revised duties, says Craig Rowley, senior client partner at Korn Ferry Hay Group, a human resources advisory firm. He estimates the number is about 10 per cent now.How fast retail jobs will change and what they’ll look like depends on three factors, Rowley said: the pace at which online shopping advances; the speed at which robotics and other technology progress; and shifts in the minimum hourly pay.“Jobs for workers will get more interesting and be more impactful on the company’s business,” Rowley said. “But the negative side is that there will be fewer entry-level jobs and there will be more pressure to perform.”Some retail workers at the vanguard of the changes — like Laila Ummelaila, a personal grocery shopper at a Walmart in Old Bridge, New Jersey — speak glowingly of their new responsibilities.Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, has scrutinized every job in its stores as it looks to leverage its more than 4,000 U.S. locations against Amazon’s internet dominance.The company now has 18,000 personal shoppers who fill online orders from store shelves, and 17,000 check-out hosts whose responsibilities are more extensive than the greeters of old, including keeping the area clean and making sure registers move efficiently. The company has also shifted workers from back-room clerical jobs and eliminated some overnight stocker positions in favour of more daytime sales help. The customers like the changes, company officials say, pointing to more than three years of sales growth at its established U.S. stores — a contrast with other, suffering retailers.Ummelaila became a personal shopper after joining the company three years ago. To meet her store’s goals, she must pick one item per 30 seconds. If she can’t find something, she has to quickly get a substitute that’s as good or better.“You start to get to know the customers, you know what they like,” she said, “how they like their meat … and how long they keep milk in the fridge.”Best Buy, meanwhile, has begun a free service in key markets where salespeople will sit with customers in their own homes and make recommendations on setting up a home office to designing a home theatre system. Best Buy said shoppers spend more with a home visit than they do at the stores. The project follows Amazon, which reportedly has been testing a program that sends employees to shoppers’ houses for free “smart home” recommendations.At Steve Frederick’s townhouse in Chicago, Billy Schuler offered advice about speakers that can be adjusted from a smartphone. Schuler, who had previously worked at Best Buy for 14 years, returned to the company to take on the new role.“Customers are more relaxed when they are in their home,” he said. “We can do a walkthrough of the house and see their needs.” He likes to “break the ice” by calling the person and chatting a day or two before the visit.Frederick, who’s spending close to $20,000 on the equipment, describes himself as “old-school” and says he needed a lot of help. He thinks it was worthwhile.“When you are spending that kind of money, you want to have someone come in and explain it,” he said.Schuler declined to give specifics but says he is well compensated. Ummelaila says her pay went up to nearly $12 per hour from $10 when she became a personal shopper.Target credits its strategy of assigning dedicated sales staff in areas such as clothing, consumer electronics, and beauty for helping increase sales, and says having visual merchandisers create vignettes like shoppers would see in specialty stores inspires people to buy. “You are making an outfit and telling a story on each rack,” says Crystal Lawrence, who works at a Target store in Brooklyn, New York. She likes the variety in her new job, and Target says it plans to keep paying higher wages for those specialized roles.But a survey of nearly 300 retail workers — conducted by the Center for Frontline Retail and Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center — found that of those workers whose job responsibilities have changed, more than 40 per cent said they hadn’t received pay increases to reflect that.Wages for hourly retail workers have risen less than 9 per cent since 1990, compared with 18 per cent for overall workers in the private sector. There has been some progress recently; some of the biggest retailers, like Walmart and Target, have made moves to increase pay in the face of low unemployment and competition for workers.“For a long period, these retail jobs were just terrible on average,” said Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute. “Retail stores have been following one strategy: high turnover, low wages. That strategy is no longer viable.”Mandel sees hope in technology, which he says has historically created more and better-paying jobs than it has eliminated.The National Retail Federation trade group points to government data showing that even in large supermarket chains where self-checkout has become standard, the number of employees per store has held steady over the 15 years through 2014. And the demand for grocery cashiers increased in the past few years, says Burning Glass Technologies, a company that analyzes labour market data.McDonald’s says the self-serve kiosks it has been rolling out won’t result in mass layoffs, but will mean that some cashiers shift roles to accommodate changes like offering table service.But a report prepared by Cornerstone Capital Group for the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute predicts that more than 7.5 million retail jobs are at risk of being eliminated by automation over the next several years.Amazon is testing a grocery store in Seattle without cashiers, using cameras and shelf sensors to keep track of the items that shoppers grab and charge them. Eatsa, an automat-style restaurant in San Francisco, lacks cashiers as well — diners order at kiosks and workers prepare the food behind an opaque wall, with virtually no interaction between them.Labour groups are trying to address some of the new issues. Under a contract reached last May between Bloomingdale’s and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Moses and other members who work at the flagship store in Manhattan can also get commissions from some online sales.And a labour group representing 1.3 million grocery and food workers is trying to combat automation by highlighting that workers’ specialized skills — like the care they take in icing a rose on a wedding cake, or arranging flowers, or the ability of human workers to recognize spoiled food — provide a benefit to shoppers.“Separating progress for the consumer, for the worker, for the economy versus the stockholders … those are completely different things,” says Erikka Knuti, a spokeswoman for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.Others say automation and happy workers are not necessarily incompatible.Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon foresees fewer sales associates at his stores, but they’ll be better paid and better trained. Walmart has trained 225,000 supervisors and managers on topics like new apps and better customer service. It says managers who go through the academies have better retention rates than those who do not. Workers who report to those managers stay longer. And entry-level workers who complete a new training program are more likely to remain.It’s a shift retailers may have to speed up. Government figures show the rate of retail workers quitting their jobs in 2016 was at its highest since 2007.Alfredo Duran, who started as a sales associate at Gap and worked at six retailers over 15 years, left the industry two years ago. As a manager at clothing chain Mango, he was making $75,000 a year. But once the store closed, he had trouble finding another job in retail because no one wanted to pay him for his experience.“It’s gone down. One person is doing three jobs. And you can’t move up,” said Duran, 38, of Queens, New York.He’s now a concierge at a Manhattan hotel, making half of what he used to earn — but happy he left retail.___AP Video journalists Terry Chea in San Francisco and Teresa Crawford in Chicago contributed to this report.___Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzioThis story is part of Future of Work, an Associated Press series that explores how workplaces across the U.S. and the world are being transformed by technology and global pressures. As more employers move, shrink or revamp their work sites, many employees are struggling to adapt. At the same time, workers with in-demand skills or knowledge are benefiting. Advanced training, education or know-how is becoming a required ticket to the 21st-century workplace.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday directed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to disclose information on its annual inspection report of banks under the Right to Information (RTI) Act unless they are exempted under law.A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao also directed the federal bank to review its policy to disclose information relating to banks under RTI, saying “it is duty bound under the law”. The bench, which did not go ahead with contempt proceedings against the RBI, made it clear that it was giving a last opportunity to it to comply with provisions of the transparency law. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe bench said it would have taken a serious view to the refusal of the RBI to part with information under RTI. “Any further violation shall be viewed seriously,” the bench said. In January this year, the top court had issued contempt notice to RBI for not disclosing annual inspection report of banks under RTI. Earlier, the apex court and the Central Information Commission, both had held that the RBI could not deny information to an information seeker under the transparency law unless the material is exempted from disclosure under the law. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe RBI, in its defence, had said that it could not disclose information as the annual inspection report of the bank contained “fiduciary” information as defined under the transparency law. The bench was hearing a contempt petition filed by RTI activist S C Agrawal against the RBI. Agrawal had sought complete information including related documents from RBI on the imposition of fines on some banks for violating rules. He had also sought the list of banks and the default for which show cause notices were issued to them before the fine was imposed. Despite the apex court’s judgement for disclosure of such information, the RBI had issued a “Disclosure Policy” under which it has listed certain information as being exempted from being disclosed of the RTI Act. “It is to be noted that this specific information is similar to what was held not to be exempted by the Supreme Court,” claimed the plea. The RBI had refused to disclose such information on the grounds of economic interest and holding such information in a fiduciary relationship with these individual banks. “Such reason is in direct contempt with this court’s judgment. The information titles which are in contempt belong to the Department of Banking Regulation, Banking Supervision, Cooperative Banking Regulation/Department of Cooperative Banking Supervision and Consumer Education and Protection Department. “This exempted information under the policy was held to be not exempted by the Supreme Court. Thus, this exemption leads to contempt of this court’s order,” the plea has said. The Supreme Court had in 2015 held that RBI should take rigid action against those banks and financial institutions which have been indulging in “disreputable business practices” and said it could not withhold information on defaulters and other issues covered under the RTI Act. It had further clarified that RBI cannot withhold information under the “guise” of confidence or trust with financial institutions and is accountable to provide the information sought by the general public.
WASHINGTON — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland postponed her marquee United Nations speech Saturday as negotiators on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border continued their full-court press for a breakthrough on a North American free-trade deal.Officials in Freeland’s office say the minister, who had been scheduled to deliver Canada’s address to the General Assembly, exchanged her slot with another country and will instead speak on Monday.That’s an important date in the NAFTA calendar: Congress has declared an Oct. 1 deadline for Canada to join an existing agreement between the U.S. and Mexico in time for a vote on Capitol Hill, and it’s also the day voters in Quebec go to the polls.Quebec, which is home to half of Canada’s dairy industry, has become an important political fulcrum in the talks, particularly if Canada agrees to concessions that would improve access to the country’s dairy market for U.S. producers.And despite the fact that dairy remains a popular talking point for people like U.S. President Donald Trump and his trade ambassador, Robert Lighthizer, sources familiar with the talks say it’s no longer a hurdle.Other sources say Freeland took part in a lengthy conference call Friday night with negotiators and their U.S. counterparts in Washington, who have been taking part in intensive talks all week.“The U.S. knows what they need to do to get a deal, so it’s really up to them,” said one, speaking on condition of anonymity given the sensitive nature of the talks.“We’re focused on the substance, not the timetable.”The most contentious issues continue to be preserving Canada’s cultural exemption and Canada’s insistence on preserving Chapter 19, which allows for independent panels to resolve disputes involving companies and governments.Canada also wants assurances it will no longer be subject to heavy American tariffs on steel and aluminum exports, as well as autos — a weapon Trump has made clear in recent months is his preferred cudgel for beating up on trade partners he believes are mistreating the U.S.As of now, Canada appears content to conduct the negotiations via conference call — a departure from its earlier strategy, which saw Freeland racking up the frequent-flyer miles as she jetted back and forth between Washington and Ottawa.In an eyebrow-raising news conference Wednesday at the UN, Trump hinted at personal animus between Lighthizer and Freeland when he claimed that he rejected a Canadian request for a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — a request Ottawa flatly denied making.“We’re very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada,” Trump said. “We don’t like their representative very much.”The formal text of the U.S.-Mexico deal must be released by Sunday so it can be presented to the U.S. Congress by the end of the month, fulfilling a 60-day notice requirement that would allow lawmakers to approve it by Dec. 1 before the newly-elected Mexican government takes power.Fears have persisted that Congress would be willing to press ahead with the bilateral agreement if Canada can’t get a deal done. Mexico’s new president-elect, however, said in an interview Friday that he has agreed to push the American side to make a deal with Canada.Mexico and the United States announced their own bilateral deal last month, sparking a renewed round of negotiations between Washington and Ottawa to bring Canada into the NAFTA fold.One source says Chapter 19 has not survived the Mexico-U.S. deal, but Chapter 20, the government-to-government dispute settlement mechanism, has been preserved in its entirety.Mexican ambassador Dionisio Perez Jacome said his country still wants Canada to come on board, regardless of congressional deadlines.“Hopefully Canada can be included already in the text. If not, then the process gets more complicated, but it’s also possible to come in … some days after.”Sources say Mexico is fine with the Trudeau government waiting past Monday’s Quebec election because it understands any concession it might be willing to make on allowing greater U.S. access to dairy would be a political bombshell in the final days of the provincial campaign.There’s no guarantee Congress would allow Trump to move forward with a two-country deal that excludes Canada because it originally granted him the authority to negotiate a three-country pact.Trump says he will pursue a trade deal with or without Canada, and has repeatedly threatened to impose punitive tariffs on Canadian automobiles if a trilateral deal can’t be reached.Trump has already imposed hefty steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, using a section of U.S. trade law that gives him the authority to do so for national security reasons.The Trudeau government has branded the 232 tariffs illegal and insulting given the close security relationship between Canada and the U.S., including their shared membership in Norad, which defends North American airspace.— With files from Mike Blanchfield in Ottawa.
A group of Regina residents is gathering at City Hall today to show support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, who have been demonstrating for more than two months to stop a proposed extradition bill and implement dual universal suffrage for Hong Kongers.The gathering is set to begin at 1 p.m.The protest is in conjunction with gatherings in six other major Canadian cities, as well as across the world.“We ask the people of Canada to stand with us in solidarity to safeguard the core values we both share,” said Hong Kong activist and Haligonian Joshua Wong in a statement.Protesters are asking Canadians to call on their own MPs to press Britain and China to follow the Sino-British Declaration on 1984, to condemn police brutality and maltreatment of dissidents, and to urge the Hong Kong government to meet the five demands Hong Kongers have put forward. This includes withdrawing the proposed bill, the government to not use the word “riot” in relation to protests, the unconditional release of arrested protesters and dropping charges against them, an independent inquiry into police behaviour, and the implementation of genuine universal suffrage.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The protests have been going on in Hong Kong since early June.
by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2014 11:51 am MDT T-Mobile paying at least $90M, mostly in refunds to customers, for unwanted text services AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – T-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million, mostly in refunds, for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn’t order, under a settlement with federal regulators.The Federal Trade Commission announced the agreement Friday with T-Mobile over billing for unauthorized charges, a practice known as “cramming.” T-Mobile, the fourth-largest U.S. cellphone company, is paying at least $67.5 million in refunds to affected customers plus $18 million in fines to the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and $4.5 million in fines to the Federal Communications Commission.The FTC sued T-Mobile in July, accusing it of billing customers for subscriptions to text services like $9.99-per-month horoscopes, ringtones, “flirting tips” or celebrity gossip updates that they didn’t want or authorize.T-Mobile collected 35 per cent to 40 per cent of the charges, even after being alerted by customers that they were bogus, the FTC alleges. That earned the company hundreds of millions of dollars, the agency said.“We learned during this case that T-Mobile was in bed with the crammers,” said Travis LeBlanc, head of the FTC’s enforcement bureau. He was referring to the third-party companies that put charges on phone bills for text services. Many consumers aren’t aware that third-party companies can do that, the regulators say.Officials told reporters on a conference call that the $90 million was a floor, not a maximum, for the amount that T-Mobile could end up paying. “It could be well north of $100 million,” said Bill Sorrell, the attorney general of Vermont.A T-Mobile spokeswoman said the company had no immediate comment on the settlement. T-Mobile began a refund program in July and has said it has notified current and former customers. The company didn’t provide an estimate of how much it has paid in refunds to date.T-Mobile US Inc., based in Bellevue, Washington, is controlled by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG. It’s the No. 4 U.S. cellphone carrier after Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint.The settlement must be approved by a federal court in Seattle, where the FTC filed its lawsuit.Under the settlement, T-Mobile must provide full refunds to all its customers affected by the “cramming,” and the amount it pays in refunds and fines must reach at least $90 million. If the payout doesn’t reach that amount, the difference between what T-Mobile pays and $90 million will go to the FTC for additional relief to consumers, consumer education or other uses.T-Mobile also must contact all of its affected customers, both current and former, to tell them about the refund program and how they can make a claim. That must be done in a “clear and conspicuous way,” the FTC said. Going forward, T-Mobile must get customers’ explicit consent before putting third-party charges on their bills. The company must clearly indicate any third-party charges on the bills.The settlement with T-Mobile came two days after another federal regulator, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, sued rival Sprint Corp. for alleged cellphone “cramming.” The CFPB is seeking an unspecified money penalty against Sprint.The T-Mobile agreement is the second-largest settlement for the government over mobile cramming. In October, AT&T Mobility agreed to a $105 million settlement with the FTC. Officials said that with the two settlements, about half of all U.S. cellphone users now will be protected from abusive third-party charges.“Mobile cramming is an issue that has affected millions of American consumers, and I’m pleased that this settlement will put money back in the hands of affected T-Mobile customers,” FTC Chair Edith Ramirez said in a statement Friday. “Consumers should be able to trust that their mobile phone bills reflect the charges they authorized and nothing more.”__Refund site for T-Mobile customers: http://t-mobilerefund.com/
C.J. Jackson (3), Jae’Sean Tate (1) and Keita Bates-Diop (back) will be three players head coach Chris Holtmann will count on in the 2017-18 season. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorFor the first time in nearly eight months, Ohio State’s men’s basketball team will take the court as the new-look Buckeyes will take on Wooster in an exhibition at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Schottenstein Center.Uncertainty surrounding the team derives from a myriad of new faces, from the coaching staff to the transfers to the freshmen. Although fans might not know what to expect from the Buckeyes talent-wise, senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said those in attendance will witness an energetic team. “I think you guys are gonna like what you see — just the energy, the excitement,” Tate said Friday. “You’re gonna see a lot of guys just having fun out there.”Ohio State finished the 2016-17 season with a 17-15 record, including a disappointing 7-11 record within the Big Ten and a first-round Big Ten tournament loss to Rutgers. The Scarlet and Gray return a few players from last season, including Tate, redshirt senior guard Kam Williams and junior point guard C.J. Jackson. The Buckeyes also welcome back redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, whose season ended early due to surgery on his left shin. Tate described Bates-Diop as the best all-around player on the team and said the opportunity to play with him was one of the biggest reasons he initially came to Ohio State. Bates-Diop returned to the court in last week’s closed scrimmage against Xavier and said it felt amazing to finally compete against another team again. The soft-spoken forward compared the 2017-18 team to last season’s team by emphasizing the increase in intensity.“Just comparative maybe — if you look at last year’s team — the passion, the consistent effort is out there all the time,” Bates-Diop said. “I hope you’ll see us just giving it our all — there’s nothing held back just for 40 minutes.”With the exhibition against Wooster on the horizon, Holtmann emphasized the necessity to play as a team.“I just want to see us share the ball and move the ball offensively. We’ve been working on that,” Holtmann said. “I want us to continue to understand how we expect to play offensively.”Holtmann has continually reiterated the importance of defense during the offseason. Last Sunday’s closed-door scrimmage against Xavier opened his eyes to certain issues.“Defensively, I want to see how committed we are on that end and how connected we are on that end,” Holtmann said. “I think we were good at times, in terms of being connected and committed last week [against Xavier], but we didn’t always execute real well — we fouled too much.”Holtmann wants the team to be “connected,” but what does that actually mean?“I think when you see a connected team, you see guys giving appropriate help defensively,” Holtmann said. “You see guys having an awareness of both their man and the ball, and a willingness to respond appropriately defensively. You see guys picking up a teammate when he takes a charge.”Offensively, Bates-Diop said he primarily wants to see unselfishness from the Buckeyes.“Moving the ball around — good ball movement — just good offense in general,” Bates-Diop said. “We work on that a lot, so we’d like to see that come to fruition Sunday.”Holtmann said he’s treating the scrimmage as another practice, but Tate envisions the game as the first chance for the team to make an impression.“Just being able to play together,” Tate said. “It’s a scrimmage — but when you can be able to play in front of all the fans in the Schott — there’s just no feeling like it. And we haven’t had that in a while. We haven’t had it at all with all the faces we have.”
Also reviewed in the July IM issue, Peru’s Overprime Manufacturing SAC, as part of the products it has been manufacturing since 2016, offers two narrow loaders for narrow-vein mining operations; the XLH05D of 0.5 m3/ 0.75 yd3 and the XLH12D of 1.20 m3/1.50 yd3 of load capacity. Both at the level of their structures and their components, the LHDs are designed to withstand the demanding work of narrow vein operations, as well as demanding temperatures. The main components (engine, pumps, valves, electrical systems) are recognised brands for work in underground mining operations. They are 100% hydrostatic driven and their engineering design allows easy access for periodic filter change, lubrication, pressure regulation, as well as maintenance of the main components.The configuration of the equipment used in the design (engine power/pressures/hydraulic flow) allows for a high torque performance, load capacity and therefore productivity in different work environments such as in high altitude above sea level and steep gradients.Overprime and GHH Fahrzeuge have agreed to form a strategic alliance, promoting the sale of their machines in the areas of influence of each of the companies in the world. This alliance will allow technical and commercial synergies, shared knowledge of markets, and new technical adaptations of the machines based on the requirements of each market, enabling comparative advantages of after sales support, efficiency and productivity.
John Deere Power Systems says it will showcase its proven electrification solutions in addition to a range of new engines at the upcoming Bauma fair in Munich, Germany, on April 8-14.The company’s 644K (pictured) and 944K hybrid wheel loaders have collectively logged more than 1 million operating hours in the field, it said. “This level of real-world experience is key as more OEMs look to John Deere Power Systems for technologies to reduce emissions, improve fuel economy, and enhance machine performance and reliability.”This milestone follows the announcement that the John Deere family of Stage V engines recently received official certification, the company said.John Deere said it was among the first to introduce electric drive technology in off-highway equipment, producing the 644K hybrid loader in 2013 and the 944K hybrid loader in 2015. This saw John Deere Power Systems join forces with John Deere Electronic Solutions to “successfully design and implement fully integrated electric drivetrain systems”, it said. This concept was first introduced at Bauma 2016.While off-highway equipment manufacturers continue to explore and evaluate hybrid and electrification solutions for their respective markets, the demands of the end customer for reliability and productivity continue to increase, according to the company.“In response to this, John Deere is developing technology to meet manufacturers at various phases of implementation and development,” it said.Darren Almond, Drivetrain Product Planning Manager for John Deere Power Systems, said the company is working closely with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to understand their application needs in the field of electrification. “Exceeding 1 million operating hours shows that John Deere has an in-depth understanding of how to make hybrid drivetrain systems work in the field,” he said. “We can use our expertise to discover innovative ways to develop reliable, efficient, cost-effective alternatives to traditional drivetrain systems.”The OEM electrification approach of John Deere seeks to offer integrated solutions that address the interfaces between the electrical generator and/or motors, power electronics, and mechanical interfaces, according to the company. To accompany its hybrid solutions, John Deere Power Systems will showcase new engine options at the upcoming Bauma fair. The new 13.6 litre engine from John Deere will be part of the Stage V line-up for industrial and generator set markets. In addition to the 13.6 litre engine, John Deere will display its 4.5 litre EWS engine for the first time. “The 4.5 litre EWS engine serves both the 80 kVA and the 100 kVA markets and expands the non-EGR engine generator drive lineup for Stage V from John Deere,” the company said.
Of all the video game publishers out there, EA is the one that pushes regular new releases of its most popular games the hardest. Sports games in particular almost always get a new version on a yearly basis, and somehow manage to offer up enough features to tempt us into buying the next game.The only problem with these annual game updates, apart from the cost to the gamer, is it usually involves the player starting again in the game. All those hours spent building up a character or a team are lost, and you have to do it all over again. For the most part that may be enjoyable, but if you just purchase to get the most up-to-date names and rules, then it soon becomes a chore.AdChoices广告That problem is now set to solved according to EA Sports president Peter Moore. During a talk at the MI6 video game marketing conference, he discussed plans to introduce persistent profiles for particular game series, and rewards for playing multiple games in a given series.What that means is, if you buy a FIFA 11 or Madden 11, for example, any work you do with a team or individual characters will be stored in the cloud rather than just on your console’s hard drive. Then, when you buy FIFA 12 or Madden 12, the new game recognizes you have previous game data to use. This could give you a head start in the game, and also reward you because you are a loyal player.At the moment there is no time scale for implementing this system, but EA won’t take too long to get it working otherwise they wouldn’t be talking about it. I bet it will appear very quickly if they can tie it in to Project Ten Dollar somehow.Also, don’t think this will just be limited to sports games, as sequels of any game may benefit from such persistence. If not for gameplay, then at least for rewards in the form of DLC or unique virtual items.via Joystiq
However, in 2015, Rehab Group had to inform the PPSG that it was no longer able to provide these donation grants as the funding derived from the Charitable Lottery Fund had ceased.The spokesperson said that the cessation of this fund had a “significant impact” on Rehab’s funding stream and it could not continue to make those donations as “financial sustainability is a key pillar of our long-term strategic plan”.The charity has been subject to much controversy in recent years, over the fallout from that culminated in the resignation of its chief executive Angela Kerins in 2014.In 2016, Rehab’s income totalled €151 million and its spending amounted to €154 million.The organisation received HSE funding of €63 million under the headings of training, support and employment, along with day activity and day care services.Also in 2016, Rehab supported more than 17,000 people across its care, learning and employability services.Rehab also provided over 197,000 hours of home support hours, while over 7,800 vital respite bed nights were provided to adults and children with disabilities.‘Let down’Polio survivors have said that Park House is no longer being used for the benefit of polio survivors.The campaign group said in a statement: “Polio survivors are no longer receiving services and feel abandoned by the organisation they funded and founded.”They said that the needs of polio survivors are increasing as they age, especially with post-polio syndrome, a condition that exacerbates their original disability and causes chronic fatigue and pain. Source: Andres PovedaThey welcomed the offer of a meeting with Rehab following their protest during the week but expressed fears that it may take some time to secure what they’re seeking.“As this issue has already dragged on for three and a half years, we are concerned that this process could drag on for much longer,” they said.Given our age profile, time is not on our side.Also critical of the use of Park House that was “paid for by polio survivors and their families”, they said this asset is no longer being used to benefit them.ProgressThe Rehab spokesperson said that it is still working with polio survivors to try to provide support, and denied that Park House was no longer being used to support them.They said: “While we have no legal obligation to provide funding to Polio Survivors Ireland, we are continuing to hold constructive discussions with them in relation to a way forward for this fellow charity.For example, we also provided €35,000 towards the cost of a Development Officer and offered our assistance, expertise and guidance to the PPSG on a number of specific projects. Image: Andres Poveda Justice for Polio Survivors campaign group outside Rehab’s premises in Sandymount Image: Andres Poveda Why polio survivors say they’ve been ‘abandoned’ by the charity it says used to support them Rehab uses the former grounds of the Polio Fellowship, after it merged in the 1980s, but campaigners say they no longer receive support. THE CHARITY REHAB has said that losing a crucial funding stream in 2015 is the reason why it could no longer make donations to Polio Survivors Ireland.Campaign group Justice for Polio Survivors organised a protest earlier this week outside Rehab’s premises in Sandymount over what it called Rehab’s “refusal to support or help people with disabilities arising from polio”, and this was supported by Polio Survivors Ireland.Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal disease, which can cause paralysis and permanent disability.Although diagnosis of polio is nowhere near as widespread as in previous years, it is estimated that there are around 7,000 survivors of polio in Ireland today.Following its protest earlier this week, Rehab agreed to meet with the campaign group Justice for Polio Survivors but the latter were critical of a refusal to commit to a negotiation.HistoryThe Polio Fellowship of Ireland was the first organisation set up for people with polio in Ireland in the 1950s, at a time when polio was commonly diagnosed and supported care for people with disabilities arising from the disease.The Rehab Group also offered such services, and the PFI merged with Rehab in the 1980s.The PFI’s main centre at Park House, acquired in the 1960s and covering 3.5 acres in Stillorgan, became part of the group.The Post-Polio Support Group, which would later become Polio Survivors Ireland, was set up in the early 1990s.Through funding it had received, Rehab provided support to this group.A spokesperson for Rehab told TheJournal.ie: “Rehab was one of a number of charities that was a beneficiary of the former Charitable Lottery Fund which came into existence in 1997.It was from these funds that donation grants were made to the Post-Polio Support Group (PPSG) (now called Polio Survivors Ireland) by Rehab totalling €583,000 since 2000. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 18th 2018, 8:31 PM Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 8:30 PM Short URL By Sean Murray 12 Comments 12,538 Views http://jrnl.ie/3850904 Park House provides person-centred service that caters to the individual needs of the people who use them, this would of course extend to people with post-polio syndrome should an individual be referred to our services. The people who attend Park House generally speaking would have acquired physical/sensory disabilities. Our programmes change and evolve based on the demand from the people who use them.Fran Brennan, CEO of Polio Survivors Ireland, told TheJournal.ie that Rehab agreeing to meet is one thing, but negotiating is another.He said the group had had a number of meetings with Rehab since its funding was cut to no avail.“We had a charity and advocacy group for people with polio providing this support and these services, and then we had to start all over again,” he said.Brennan said a lot of their members would have had “varying degrees of disability from polio” but they become less mobile and less independent as they get older, and his charity want to be in a position to provide them with supports.“We want some of that funding restored,” he said. “But even if we couldn’t get all of the things we wanted, we could adapt and find a way.It’s not just about the [Park] House. Polio Fellowship was the main charity for polio survivors. After the merger, polio survivors had to start all over again without the resources and of assets of the Polio Fellowship. When you consider what Rehab Group gained from the merger, what polio survivors are asking for is not unreasonable.Read: Rehab Group to drop its name and spend up to €40,000 on rebrandingRead: Angela Kerins wins big chunk of legal costs due to ‘exceptional’ importance of her failed case Justice for Polio Survivors campaign group outside Rehab’s premises in Sandymount Share55 Tweet Email2
Fine Gael TD insists he is not linking Sinn Féin deputies to Brian Stack murder Alan Farrell said he was merely calling on Sinn Féin deputies to make a statement. Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 10:57 AM 9,854 Views Explainer: The conflicting words between Gerry Adams and the son of a murdered prison officer > Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Dec 8th 2016, 10:57 AM Subscribe for more videos A FINE GAEL TD has said that he was not accusing Sinn Féin TDs of anything when he named them in the Dáil yesterday in relation to a Garda investigation into an IRA murder.Under pressure from other party leaders, Gerry Adams yesterday made a statement to the Dáil about information he had received in relation to the murder of prison officer Brian Stack in 1983.Stack was shot by members of the Provisional IRA as he left a boxing match in Dublin. No one was ever convicted for his murder.In his speech, Adams reiterated an earlier assertion that names he had provided to the Garda Commissioner in relation to the case were given to him by Austin Stack, the son of the murdered prison guard.Adams said he never described these people as “suspects” and that Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin had previously “misled the Dáil” in saying he did.Following Adams’ speech, Farrell stood up to raise “a point of order”. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube The Fine Gael TD said:I think it appropriate given that Deputy Adams has been afforded the opportunity to explain to the house his involvement and/or his discussions with individuals relating to this case, that the other individuals who are members of this house who he himself has named and which are already in the public domain, that deputies Ellis and Ferris be given an opportunity to address this house.The TDs in question named by Farrell yesterday under Dáil privelige were Dessie Ellis and Martin Ferris.Speaking today on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Alan Farrell clarified his comments saying that he had been “led to believe” that Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams had passed on the names of Ferris and Ellis to the Garda Commissioner last year in relation to the investigation.Farrell further clarified his statement by saying he was not linking the deputies with the murder of Stack – nor was he implicating them in the events – but was merely requesting that they make a statement.“I think it should be stated very, very clearly here, I implicated nobody,” said Farrell.I made a statement requesting two members of the house… to make statements in regards to the inclusion of their names in correspondence.Adams has said previously that he had passed on names in relation to the murder of Brian Stack to the Garda Commissioner.He said that these names were given to him by Brian Stack’s son, Austin Stack, who has been campaigning for justice for his father. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeAustin Stack, however, has denied that he provided Adams with these names. Share19 Tweet Email Speaking on Morning Ireland, Alan Farrell said information around Adams’ correspondence with the Garda Commissioner had been given to him by a “confidential trusted source” and that he was confident the information was given in good faith.“I wasn’t offering accusation of wrongdoing either,” he said.I did not in any way infer that either deputy had done anything wrong. I simply wished that they be given an opportunity to address to Dáil in the same way Deputy Adams did.In response to Farrell’s comments in the Dáil yesterday, both Ferris and Ellis defended themselves vehemently.“I’m not going to have people put my name out there on something that I have nothing to do with,” said Ellis.I refute any allegations. For the information, the man in question claims to be a solicitor, I was actually in jail for the period. In Portlaoise and before that in America so you should check your facts. You’re a disgrace.Kerry TD Ferris said he had already met gardaí in relation to the murder and that “he had nothing to answer for”.“On the record of this house. In 2013 I met with gardaí at their request regarding the death of Brian Stack,” said Ferris.I co-operated fully with them and I have nothing to answer for, and it’s a disgrace what you have come in here naming. You should be ashamed of yourself.Read: Gerry Adams says he asked a Sinn Féin member about Brian Stack’s murder >Read: Gerry Adams: I’ve been given the names of Brian Stack’s alleged killers > http://jrnl.ie/3126999 By Cormac Fitzgerald 154 Comments
82 Comments By Associated Press Mar 9th 2017, 10:13 PM Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 10:13 PM A MAN WAS arrested after injuring five people with an axe at Dusseldorf’s main train station late this evening, police said, correcting earlier police reports of two arrests.A spokeswoman for Dusseldorf police Anja Kynast told The Associated Press that the man arrested was also injured.“People travelling were injured by the assailants’ axes,” the police said, adding that it was unclear exactly how many attackers were involved.Those injured were not in a life-threatening condition, the police spokesman said.Rail traffic was stopped at the station as helicopters scoured overhead and police were deployed in the area of the attack, the Bild daily reported.German authorities have been on the alert for terror attacks, especially since an attack claimed by the Islamic State group in December when a hijacked truck ploughed into a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people.According to German security services, there are about 10,000 radical Islamists in the country, of whom 1,600 have suspected links to terror groups.With reporting from AFPRead: Assange accuses CIA of ‘devastating incompetence’ and warns he has a lot more info to leakRead: Woman who was sacked when six months pregnant to receive €30,000 21,934 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email1 File photo Image: Boris Roessler/DPA/PA Images File photo Image: Boris Roessler/DPA/PA Images Five injured in axe attack at Dusseldorf’s main train station in Germany One man has been arrested. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3279935
Windows Messenger sur iPhone : le succès est au rendez-vousFrance – Proposé depuis à peine deux semaines sur l’App Store, Windows Messenger bat des records sur iPhone. L’application a déjà été téléchargée plus de 400.000 fois.Windows Live Messenger fait une entrée fracassante sur les appareils Apple. 2,3 millions de personnes utilisent l’application de Microsoft sur iPhone, iPod Touch ou iPad. En France, l’outil servant à “chater” a été téléchargé plus de 400.000 fois sur l’iPhone. Ce succès, Microsoft le doit certainement à quelques petites améliorations, adaptées aux envies de l’internaute actuel : à partir du compte Windows Live, l’utilisateur peut en effet afficher le statut de ses amis sur Facebook ou MySpace, ou encore regarder des vidéos sur Flickr ou YouTube.Le 12 juillet 2010 à 13:21 • Emmanuel Perrin
Kolkata: Six persons were killed after being struck by lightning in three separate incidents in the districts of Nadia, Bankura and Howrah. The incident took place on Wednesday morning when a thunder shower lashed various South Bengal districts. Lightning struck four persons including two brothers in Nadia leading to their deaths. While in separate incidents of lightning, two persons were killed in Bankura and Howrah each.According to Nadia police, the victims were all working in a field at Noamile in Nadia on Wednesday morning when the thundershowers started. The victims are Kalachand Seikh (60), Kamal Seikh (50), Najizul Seikh (30) and Azizul Seikh (25). Najizul and Azizul were two bothers. In another incident, a 58-year-old Kartin Soren was ploughing in Bankura’s Sarenga when he was struck by lightning. The third incident occurred in Howrah’s Panchla. The victim has been identified as Urmila Mondal (42) who was returning home from field work. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe district administrations took prompt action to restore normalcy following the incidents. There was heavy rainfall in some districts for hours causing water logging. Some of the roads became inundated. Nadia and Murshidabad witnessed a storm accompanied by moderate to heavy rainfall causing inconvenience to the commuters. It started raining from 11 am in some districts. The rain accompanied by storm, however, provided relief to the people in these districts as it brought down the temperatures by a few notches. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe sky remained overcast in North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas and also in the city in the morning hours. The city also received light rainfall on Wednesday morning.According to the weather office, a cyclonic circulation formed over the state that caused rains in the districts. There is also a possibility of thundershowers in the South Bengal districts during the evening in the next few days, the Met department predicted.It may be mentioned here that rain lashed some parts of North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Nadia, Hooghly and Kolkata on Wednesday evening. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted that it may rain in the city and adjoining areas, accompanied by storm in the next 24 hours. According to a weather expert, a strong moisture-laden wind which is blowing from the sea, turned the conditions favourable for a storm.
Kolkata: State Consumer Affairs minister Sadhan Pande said that his department has initiated the process of seizure of properties of the persons who have been arrested by the police in connection with the carcass meat row.”I had written to the Kolkata Police Commissioner as well as the state Director General of Police, seeking details of the case in connection with the carcass meat issue. The Kolkata Police has forwarded details of 30 cases, while the Bidhannagar Police has sent details of eight such cases. A team of my lawyers are examining the nitty gritties and we will be initiating civil cases against them. The common people will be happy when they will see that we have been able to seize the properties belonging to the persons involved in this case,” Pande said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that some of the persons who have been arrested by the police in connection with the carcass meat row, own substantial properties including cars that they have managed to procure through the illegal business. “The criminal case will be looked after by the police and we will be starting civil cases,” Pande said.It may be mentioned that on April 20, three men were arrested in Budge Budge in South 24-Parganas, suspected of transporting carcasses from dump yards. Six days later, the police raided an ice factory in Kolkata’s Rajabazar area, recovering over 18,000 kg of rotten meat, packaged and ready to be sold. The police have arrested as many as 13 persons in connection with the case. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAddressing a query from a Congress MLA on cheating of consumers over handing over apartments on the floor of the state Assembly, the minister said that people are moving to the High Court against consumer department’s order for compensation against such frauds. “I have written to Ram Vilas Paswan, Union minister for Consumer Affairs, over this issue and we have moved the Supreme Court seeking a verdict on specifying the role of the High Courts in cases of consumer affairs. If there is interference of High Court in consumer matters then the consumer courts’ existence is being put under question,” the minister said.
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December 13 , 2018 USDA seeks comments on proposed Chinese citrus imp … South Africa: Maluma Symposium to draw larger inte … Blueberry uptick drives Camposol’s strong performa … South Africa: Citrus volumes could end up lighter … You might also be interested in Wild bees could be used to obtain larger and better blueberry yields, producing plumper, faster-ripening berries, according to new research by Vermont University.The study found that wild bees have significant benefits for berry farmers, including greater berry size, quantity, size consistency, and earlier harvests by two and a half days, the university said.“Other studies have explored bees’ effects on blueberry yields, but this is the first to show that pollinators can improve the quality of crops as well,” says Charles Nicholson, who led the study as a Ph.D. student.The research that involved nine berry farms showed that wild bees could boost production up to 36%, or roughly US$136,000 per year, on one mid-sized berry farm alone. On other farms, researchers determined wild bees’ potential benefits to production as roughly 6% on average.“This study highlights the undervalued work that wild bees do,” said Nicholson. “Without them, farmers need to find pollination somewhere else, by paying high rental fees to bring in honeybees, for example.”The team hand-pollinated blueberry plants in all nine research sites – using electric toothbrushes to mimic the buzz pollination of bumblebees – and then “painted” the collected pollen on over 5,000 blueberry flowers with small brushes.When comparing production on these flowers, one with artificial pollination, and one with natural pollination, they noted that the difference between the two conditions revealed each farm’s “pollination deficit” and the amount by which production could be improved with an increase in wild pollinators.“Many farmers don’t realize they can be limited by not enough pollinators just like they can be limited by water or nutrients,” said Nicholson.“This study shows, yet again, that protecting wild bee populations offers important benefits to our agricultural economy,” said co-author Taylor Ricketts, Director of UVM’s Gund Institute for Environment.“Maintaining healthy ecosystems can be as important as providing fertilizer or water.”The UVM team found that maintaining a high proportion of natural bee habitat around farms can help, as well as using fewer pesticides.
Troy HillCBShoulderFullFullFull— John SullivanCNot Injury RelatedDNPLimitedFull— Andre EllingtonRBQuadricepLimitedDNPDNPQuestionable Jared VeldheerTKneeLimitedLimitedFull— Mark BarronLBThumbDNPDNPLimitedQuestionable The Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams travel across the Atlantic Ocean for an NFC West showdown at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 22.Below is the official NFL Week 7 injury report for both teams. Cody DavisSThighDNPDNPDNPDoubtful Connor BarwinLBNot Injury RelatedDNPFullFull— Robert NkemdicheDLCalfLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Xavier WilliamsDLKneeDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Corey PetersDLKneeLimitedLimitedFull— Daily Practice Designations:DNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)Game Status Designations:Out-Will not playDoubtful-Unlikely to playQuestionable-Uncertain if player will play Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 27 Comments Share Olsen PierreDLAnkleDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Karlos DansbyLBHamstringLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Lamarcus JoynerSHamstringFullFullFull— Patrick PetersonCBQuadricepLimitedLimitedFull— Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Andrew WhitworthTNot Injury RelatedDNPFullLimited—