The Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides, will get some extra attention this year. New Brunswick is joining forces with Nova Scotia’s tidal energy program to assess the potential impacts of the new technology on the Bay of Fundy. “We welcome New Brunswick’s involvement in tidal energy development,” said Energy Minister Bill Dooks. “A lot of work needs to be done before demonstration turbines can be put in the water, and New Brunswick is helping us move that work forward.” “This is an initiative we are very pleased to take part in,” said New Brunswick Energy Minister Jack Keir. “This is an important step forward in developing future tidal projects which could benefit both of our provinces.” Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have committed to complete strategic environmental assessments of the Bay of Fundy. The assessments consist of two main parts; an environmental and socio-economic impact assessment report and extensive feedback and consultation with interested parties. Each province is investing up to $75,000 to complete the environmental and socio-economic report, which will look at issues such as marine-life impacts, energy security, energy cost, greenhouse gas levels, compatibility with other marine activities, and economic development. This work is being done through Nova Scotia’s Offshore Energy and Environmental Research association, and is part of Nova Scotia’s $250,000 commitment to complete the strategic environmental assessment. Research from the U.S.-based Electric Power Research Institute identifies the Bay of Fundy as, potentially, the best site in North America for large-scale, grid-connected tidal-energy generation.
Vicky Doucette has been appointed a Crown attorney in Amherst. Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions, announced the appointment today, Nov. 28. “Ms. Doucette’s broad legal experience and her prosecutorial skills make her a welcome addition to the Public Prosecution Service,” said Mr. Herschorn. A native of Edmundston, N.B., Ms. Doucette graduated from the Université de Moncton in 1999 with an honours bachelor of arts in psychology and in 2002 with a bachelor of laws. Ms. Doucette articled with the firm of Clark Drummie, now Cox and Palmer, in Moncton and in 2003 was appointed an associate focusing first on corporate and tax law and then turning to litigation. She has prosecution experience acting as an agent for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. Ms. Doucette is fluent in both official languages. She volunteers as an instructor for New Brunswick bar admission courses and is active in the figure skating community as a volunteer official.
TORONTO – Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford has appointed candidates in nearly a dozen ridings ahead of the upcoming provincial election, and they include the son of a former premier.With Ontarians set to go to the polls on June 7, the PCs released a statement Saturday announcing 11 appointees for ridings where a nomination meeting hadn’t been scheduled.They include Mike Harris Jr., the son of former Ontario premier Mike Harris, who led a Tory government in the province for nearly seven years from 1995 to 2002.Harris Jr. has been appointed to represent the PCs in the riding of Kitchener-Conestoga — a seat currently held by a politician with a strikingly similar name.Michael Harris — no relation to Harris Jr. — announced earlier this month he would not be running for re-election due to medical reasons.He was later booted from the Tory caucus amid allegations of harassment from a former intern.Another candidate selected by Ford on Saturday was Doug Downey, who was appointed to run for the Tories in Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte.The party’s former leader, Patrick Brown, had been nominated to run for the Tories in that riding, but the party’s nominations committee announced in March that he would not be eligible to run.Brown stepped down as the party’s leader in January amid allegations of sexual misconduct, plunging the Tories into turmoil and leading to Ford’s successful leadership bid.Meanwhile, former PC leadership contender Tanya Granic Allen won the party’s nomination to run as the Tory candidate in Mississauga Centre.Granic Allen is social conservative whom the Ontario Liberal Party accused in a Saturday release of having “an addiction to hateful rhetoric.”Ford’s appointments were met with criticism by some within his own party.“After nearly two years of campaigning for the Ontario Progressive Conservative nomination in London West, I learned this morning that another candidate had been summarily appointed,” Jake Skinner wrote in a statement on Twitter. “Frankly, I’m in a state of shock. I am deeply disappointed for our members.”The province’s Tories were plagued by controversial nomination battles in ridings across the province, including allegations of vote-stuffing that predated Ford’s leadership.The party reopened several races shortly after he was elected leader.Ford also issued a statement Saturday, saying the PCs are “only 47 days away” from defeating the Liberals under Premier Kathleen Wynne.“Help is on the way,” Ford said. “We have a strong team of candidates who are committed to delivering change that works for the people.”
OTTAWA – If money equals momentum, the federal Conservatives appear to be chugging along with a strong head of steam heading into next year’s federal election.New fundraising numbers show the Tories raked in nearly twice as much cash as the Liberals during the first three months of 2018 en route to one of the best first quarters by a federal party in a non-election year.The Conservatives raised more than $6 million from 40,000 donors between January and March, far outpacing the 29,000 donors who gave $3.3 million to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.The federal New Democrats came a distant third with nearly $1.4 million raised from 16,000 donors followed by the Greens at $533,000 from 7,393 donors.The Bloc Quebecois, which is in disarray under embattled leader Martine Ouellet, reported having raised only $101,000 from fewer than 1,000 donors.While money is essential for a modern political campaign, fundraising numbers are also seen as a rough way to gauge how much support a political party enjoys.The latest figures come as some polls have suggested the Liberals are in a mid-mandate slump, thanks in part to Trudeau’s disastrous trip to India, anger over the Kinder Morgan pipeline and steep deficit spending.“My guess is the Conservative party was able to tap into the public mood of frustration that was evident in the polls during the first quarter of 2018,” said political strategist Tim Powers, vice-chairman of Summa Strategies.The result also represents good news for Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, who took the helm last May and has now posted two strong quarters on the fundraising front, though the party is still off its record in terms of total donors.The Tories reported nearly 42,500 donors in the first quarter of 2017, which remains the high-water mark since the Conservatives’ election defeat in October 2015.Not that it was all bad news for the Liberals, as the $3.3 million raised by governing party between January and March represented a $500,000 increase from the same period last year.The party also saw consistent growth from one quarter to the next through all of last year, unlike the Conservatives who saw a strong start and finish to 2017 with declines in the middle. The Tories still raised more than the Liberals during those quarters despite the declines.But one cause for concern among Liberals, aside from the fact the Conservatives continue to raise more money, is the fact that there were fewer donors during the last quarter than at any point in the last three years.Liberal spokesman Braeden Caley played down such worries, saying the donor numbers were consistent with where the party sat at the same time leading up to the 2015 federal election.“And we’re encouraged to see further growth from last year’s (first quarter) after being the only party to see growth in fundraising support from one quarter to the next throughout 2017,” he added.Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, meanwhile, appears to have stopped his party’s slide into fundraising purgatory as the $1.4 million raised between January and March was $450,000 more than the same period last year.It was the third straight quarter in which the NDP raised more than $1 million.The party similarly saw more donors, with more than 16,000 people having contributed during the first quarter of 2018 compared with nearly 13,500 last year, the same number as in early 2016.Yet former NDP national director Karl Belanger said the party has a long way to go before it catches the Conservatives and Liberals, a task made all the more important with the looming election and the party’s $3 million debt from the last election.“This is a good sign. Turning things around is important and the fact they’re going up and in the right direction is encouraging,” Belanger said. “But there’s still a lot of work to do if they want to compete for government in 2019.”– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.
MONTREAL – Dannick Lessard feels victimized by the justice system.In October 2012, the Quebec man took nine bullets outside a bar in an attempt on his life.Earlier this year, his alleged attacker, who was already serving life for another murder, was granted a stay on the charge of attempting to murder Lessard.The reason for the proceedings being dropped: a 2016 Supreme Court ruling that sets strict time limits on criminal cases getting to trial.Lessard said he’d anticipated the outcome and had accepted the Quebec Superior Court decision that ended the case against Ryan Wolfson.“He wouldn’t have been given more time, so for me I would have liked to have brought it to a close: the person who (allegedly) attacked me is in jail, I’m moving on to other things,” Lessard reasoned.But his feelings began to change as he considered the absurdity of the outcome.“I thought that it makes no sense that I took nine bullets and the person who (allegedly) assaulted me can get out of it so easily,” Lessard told The Canadian Press.“Yes, I know he’s still in prison, but you can’t absorb nine bullets … and come out of it with a stay of proceedings.”None of the allegations in the case have been proven in court.Lessard, who turns 39 later this month, says he has nothing against the Supreme Court ruling dealing with court delays — but he doesn’t believe it should apply to more serious, violent offences.Now, Lessard is on a personal crusade of sorts “so that victims aren’t victims a second time.”“When you commit a serious crime against a person, if it takes six years for the case to be heard, then it takes six years,” he said.Lessard had finished playing in a semi-pro hockey game for the now-defunct Cornwall River Kings on that fateful day in October 2012 and had been dropped off in Mirabel for his other job at a bar.Hours later he would be fighting for his life after a masked figure attempted to gun him down outside his workplace.How he escaped remains a mystery to him. Lessard said he had just enough time to arch out of the way as the first volley of bullets came his way.He was shot three time in the right shoulder, three in the chest and one each in the thigh, elbow and lower back before he found cover inside the bar.During the attack, he even had the wherewithal to rush his aggressor, destabilizing him in the process.As he sat bleeding, Lessard’s thoughts drifted to his parents who’d both died in accidents when he was young. He asked them to give him strength to carry on as his own son was due in two months’ time.When ambulances arrived, Lessard was able to walk to a stretcher under his own power.He would spend 10 days in a medically induced coma and, upon waking up, was told by Quebec provincial police they had made arrests.Lessard, who was released from hospital in December 2012, said he feels victimized by the judicial system but is happy the Crown has appealed the court’s decision to stay the case against Wolfson.Lessard is also suing the federal government as Wolfson was allegedly on the lam from a halfway house at the time of the shooting.After the decision in his case, he wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, among others.Conservative MP Luc Berthold, who represents the Quebec riding that encompasses Lessard’s hometown of East Broughton, sponsored Lessard’s petition on the House of Commons website calling on the federal government to provide additional judges in Quebec.“It’s not normal that people are freed from criminal accusations because of delays,” Berthold said. “I think it’s the responsibility of elected officials — federal as well as provincial — to make sure these types of things don’t happen again.”Lessard hasn’t worked since the attack. He’s still under the care of doctors and health professionals, having had his latest surgery in June.“I will live with scars for the rest of my life: I lost half a lung, I lost use of my arm, I’ve lost my health, I suffer from post-traumatic stress,” he said.“Being the victim of a criminal act is a full-time job.”— Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter
SHERBROOKE, Que. – Would-be asylum-seekers need to understand it isn’t easy to get refugee status in Canada, Quebec’s premier said Saturday.Philippe Couillard said it’s important that anyone who is considering joining the surge of people who have been crossing the United States border into Canada in recent weeks know what they’re facing.“We can’t take people’s hope away, but people must be presented with a real picture of the situation, especially people who are still in the United States and may be tempted to do the same thing,” he said outside a meeting of his party’s youth wing in Sherbrooke, Que.“Arriving in an army camp isn’t exactly a comfortable experience.”In the first week of August, 1,798 people crossed the Canada-U.S. border to claim refugee status.As of Friday, 1,200 people were waiting to be processed at the Lacolle border station, some staying in the dozens of tents that were hastily erected by the army earlier this week.Many of the new arrivals are Haitian nationals who fear they could be deported if the U.S. lifts a program that granted them so-called “temporary protected status” following the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010.Canada already lifted its own stay on deportations to Haiti last year.Couillard pointed out there are strict rules governing who gets political asylum and historically only about half of the applicants from Haiti are approved.In 2016, Quebec accepted 207 of 412 refugee applications from Haitian nationals.There have been reports that many of those arriving in recent weeks were motivated by false rumours that getting into Canada would be easy.Couillard said he was ready to go to the media to set the record straight.
MONTREAL – For the second time in two days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was confronted on Sunday by a protester during a visit to Quebec to coincide with the Fete nationale holiday.A woman approached Trudeau at a family celebration in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, west of Montreal, and called him “a traitor.”“Happy Fete Nationale,” Trudeau said in response, as he continued to greet members of the crowd.A day earlier, a man confronted Trudeau at an event in his riding and suggested the prime minister had come to speak English and taunt Quebecers in their home.The incidents were blips in an otherwise pleasant weekend of meet-and-greets the prime minister attended at a number of public events organized to mark the June 24 holiday.Trudeau’s visit will wrap up Sunday afternoon following a visit to a circus festival in the company of his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.Trudeau’s brief encounters with protesters were downright tame when compared to the angry reception his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, received exactly 50 years earlier at Montreal’s annual St-Jean-Baptiste parade in 1968.In what would be remembered as one of the most politically charged moments in Quebec history, people tossed bottles in his direction and the event degenerated into violent clashes between police and protesters. As those sitting near him tried to drag him to safety, the elder Trudeau stood his ground and refused to leave the stage.The next day his Liberals easily formed the government.The leaders of the other major federal parties were also in Quebec for Sunday’s holiday, which is also known as St-Jean-Baptiste Day.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s agenda included stops in at least four municipalities, ending with a Fete nationale celebration in Quebec City.In Montmagny, an hour’s drive east of the provincial capital, Scheer highlighted his party’s recent successes in the province, which include the recruitment of a former Bloc Quebecois leader as a member and a victory in a federal byelection on June 18.Conservative candidate Richard Martel captured 52.7 per cent of the vote in a federal byelection held in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord, more than 5,000 votes ahead of Liberal Lina Boivin, who took 29.5 per cent.In a Sunday morning speech broadcast on his YouTube channel, Scheer referred several times to Martel’s victory, blasted Trudeau’s Liberals and spoke of Quebec’s “undeniable” importance to Canada.“Without (Quebec), Canada would be quite simply not be the same,” he said. “Quebecers form a nation that gives Canada its colour.”Scheer said he and his MPs were holding roundtables around the province to devise a political strategy that is by, and for, Quebecers.“Our goal is to make a political offer that responds to the aspirations and ambitions of Quebecers,” he said.Jagmeet Singh is scheduled to be in Montreal’s Rosemont neighbourhood on Sunday afternoon, where he’ll join the celebrations alongside NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice.“On the occasion of St-Jean-Baptiste, we accompany Quebecers to celebrate the rich culture of Quebec and share this beautiful French language that makes Quebec such a formidable place,” Singh said in a video published on his Twitter account on Sunday morning.
APTN National NewsA First Nations family in a small Northern Saskatchewan community is unhappy with the treatment they’ve received from police after their daughter was found dead in an RCMP jail cell.The family is desperately trying to find out what happened to Adelle Morin, 39, that night of Oct. 6.Morin was arrested for public intoxication and causing a disturbance around 4 p.m. that day.By 8 p.m. she was dead.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf visited the family in Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan.
Ms. Santra was a correspondent in Howrah, West Bengal, for the Hindi-language weekly Julm se Jang, according to a news release issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She was killed on 26 September by a mail bomb that she opened in her home, the Paris-based UNESCO said. Her husband was severely injured in the blast. Family members reportedly said that she often received threats in connection with her reporting.“I condemn the murder of Chaitali Santra and urge the authorities to investigate this crime,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “Killing and intimidating media workers constitute an unacceptable attack on the basic human right of freedom of expression and on the media’s democratic right to work without fear or hindrance,” she stated. “It is therefore essential that the perpetrators of such crimes be brought to justice.”The latest killing brings to 11 the number of journalists murdered in India since 2008, according to UNESCO.
Greece’s culture ministry says a millennia-old pottery vase in a southern museum has been damaged after a visitor who lost her balance tried to hold onto the exhibit and crashed down with it.A ministry statement says the prehistoric, Minoan-era vase, which had been broken in antiquity and restored after excavation, is being repaired and should be back on display on Friday.The accident occurred on May 23 at the Museum of Iraklio, on the island of Crete, and the visitor suffered a minor leg injury, the ministry said Wednesday.It said that the accident damaged the section of the vase that had already been restored in the past.Source: AP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Robots are awesome and all, but there’s one important thing they haven’t mastered that’s a huge requirement: The sense of human touch. Maybe that’s something that’s a long way off, but it looks like researchers are at the very least getting closer if this awesome new robot hand has anything to do with it.Researchers in robotics at Cornell University have created a hand that can actually touch delicate items and sense the shape and texture of items it happens to come in contact with. That may sound a little creepy, sure, but it’s great news for the things we can create going forward. For one, having the kind of tech that can sense texture and softness could go a long way when it comes to bettering prosthetics for the folks out there who need them, or even when dealing with programming robots to help out with fragile objects or other similar situations.The field is known as soft robotics, and it’s utilized by robots that interact with people or work in warehouses when handling fragile items. Huichan Zhao, lead author of the soft robot hand research article, attests that the hand just needs to be made out of material that can conduct light to be further improved. This would allow light signals to guide the robot with data on whatever it’s currently touching to further improve its function. It would also make the manufacture of the hands cheaper going forward.Unfortunately, this soft robot hand at Cornell hasn’t been given an established connection to the brain yet either, so that’s another area of improvement researchers are looking to tackle going forward. Regardless of its shortcomings now, however, it’s looking to be an important piece of tech going forward. Giving robots the power to feel (beyond cognitively) would be a major boon for several industries. Stay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower
AS Roma have blocked out all news relating to Malcom on Twitter, according to ESPN.The Italian club ensured they’ll be free of all news relating to Malcom on Twitter as they prepare to face Barcelona in the International Champions Cup in the United States. Match day pic.twitter.com/VcxxnXcC1n— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) July 31, 2018The young Brazil international appeared all set to sign for the Eternal City club from Bordeaux with the club also announcing that an agreement had been reached to bring the player to the Stadio Olimpico.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.However, Spanish giants Barcelona made an 11th-hour bid to hijack the deal from Roma and they were successful with their attempt.The Catalan club stole Malcom from the Giallorossi much to the dismay of the Italian club and its fans.The AS Roma English Twitter account posted image of them muting any Malcom related news.This is the latest in the long line of hilarious tweets posted by the club’s account since their quarter-final victory over Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League last season.Roma will face Barcelona in the ICC later on Tuesday as they continue their preparations for the upcoming Serie A campaign.Francesco Di Eusebio will be hoping to lead his team to one better after they finished third on the table last season.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp(London, UK) – Monday, December 4, 2017 – Hon Akierra Mary Deanne Missick, Member for Leeward and Long Bay ED5, Providenciales, TCI is taking part in a 4-day commonwealth workshop to examine the government’s spending of public money and prevent tax avoidance and to promote tax transparency in the Turks and Caicos Islands.The 2017 Westminster Workshop for Public Accounts Committees (PACs) will bring together over 60 chairs, members and clerks of PACs from across the Commonwealth to offer practical, interactive sessions from 4-7 December in the Houses of Parliament of the United Kingdom. Hon. Missick is the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Assembly.The skills-based workshop, which has been organized by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK), is aimed at further building the knowledge and capacity and will include a Tax Transparency Workshop by the OECD. CPA UK is providing partial funding for the attendance of Hon Missick as the House of Assembly’s international travel budget was recently frozen by the Ministry of Finance. Hon Missick will be a panel expert at the workshop presenting on the topic “Commonwealth Public Accounts Committees in Action – the TCI context”.Hon Missick said “it is unfortunate that Hon John Phillips and Deputy Clerk Lydia Butterfield could not attend this workshop as planned due to the recent decision to freeze the House of Assembly’s travel budget. This workshop is invaluable for the development of an effective PAC in the TCI and building capacity for the House of Assembly staff.I am grateful to the CPA UK for providing me the opportunity to engage other PAC chairs and clerks on best practices for an efficient and effective PAC through this workshop. Ensuring the ‘People’s Money’ in TCI is used in the manner intended as budgeted, procedures for expenditure are followed and ensuring there is value for money in Government spending is the PAC’s overarching concerns.”The final day will be dedicated to the 1st Annual Conference of the Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees (CAPAC), a committee designed to strengthen good governance.Chair of the UK Public Accounts Committee, Meg Hillier said:“The 2017 Westminster Workshop provides a unique opportunity for public accounts committees to discuss common challenges and experiences.“I am pleased to see so many commonwealth PACs working together to strengthen and improve their Committee so taxpayers get the best value for money of public spending.”Deputy Director of the OECD, Grace Perez-Navarro said:“Good governance requires a good use of public money which is why I am pleased to be a part of the 2017 Westminster Workshop on Public Accounts Committees.”Strengthening Commonwealth Public Accounts CommitteesThe Workshop follows on from a series of recent programmes to strengthen PACs in Commonwealth countries including Ghana and Montserrat will also have representatives participating in the Workshop.Public Accounts Committees are aimed at examining public spending to ensure taxpayers money is spent effectively and efficiently.After the agreement of the 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), parliamentarians and policymakers nationally and internationally have become increasingly focused on strengthening tax policies and frameworks as a key means of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.CPA UK has supported the establishment of the Association throughout its initial formation period and has run the CAPAC Coordinating Unit (CCU) until January 2016. Currently, the CCU is hosted by the Parliament of Malta.For further information, please contact:Hon Akierra M D Missick, ChairPublic Accounts CommitteeHouse of AssemblyGrand Turk
The state Department of Labor & Industries said Wednesday it has fined a Battle Ground plastic bottle manufacturer a total of $86,800 for major safety violations after a worker’s hand was caught in machinery and had to be amputated.Andersen Plastics was cited for one willful violation — a penalty of $58,500 — and six serious violations. The company has appealed L&I’s decision to the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.The company did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday. In a news release, L&I said its investigation found several problems with the company’s “lockout/tagout safety program,” which refers to the deliberate process of shutting down machinery to prevent accidental startup.Failure to prevent machinery from accidentally starting puts workers at risk of serious injuries, L&I said, “such as the amputation that occurred in April when a worker was performing a routine task.”In an email to The Columbian, Elaine Fischer, a spokeswoman for L&I, said she doesn’t have any information about the injured worker. “All claim information is confidential,” she said.
The BBC will introduce a new minimum salary of £20,000 from 1 August 2018, and will modernise its terms and conditions, in a new deal negotiated by The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union (Bectu), the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Unite.This landmark agreement includes a three-year pay deal, simplification of contractual arrangements, and a fresh approach to organisational flexibility and work-life balance.The pay deal will be backdated to August 2017, and will include a 2% pay increase for 2017 through to 2019. For 2019 to 2020, the amount will be set at either 2.5% or the licence fee settlement percentage, if higher.A simpler pay and grading structure will also be introduced, with a greater focus on transparency and governance.BBC representatives will work alongside Bectu, NUJ and Unite members in a joint working group, set up to investigate how the organisation should recognise weekend working.The ballot closed on 11 June 2018, with 77% of Bectu members and 59% of NUJ members voting in favour. Unite is due to report its results at a later point.Noel McClean, assistant national secretary at Bectu, said: “There were a number of big and significant issues that needed to be addressed in this deal. Our members engaged with us on an unprecedented level to make sure that we were negotiating the best possible deal for them. Without that level of engagement we would not have been able to get this result.”Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary at the NUJ, added: “There is still a lot of work to be done on terms and conditions, particularly on night working and on weekend working, which we plan to ensure will deliver further improvements to working patterns and conditions for NUJ members at the BBC, particularly those who routinely work unsocial hours. It’s now time for the BBC’s commitments to better working conditions and greater work-life balance to be put into action. The new pay structure still requires collective effort to make it work, but it is a structure that will provide greater transparency and assist in holding the BBC to account on pay parity now and in the future.”Anne Bulford, deputy director-general at the BBC, said: “We welcome this ballot result and the news that members of the NUJ and [Bectu] have voted in favour of simple, fair and consistent proposals which are an essential part of modernising the BBC. Throughout the past 18 months we have been engaged in a collaborative process with the unions and these changes will benefit staff, the BBC, and most importantly the audiences we serve.”
Soty 2 vs De De Pyaar DeYouTube ScreenshotTiger Shroff whose film, Student Of The Year 2 had released a few days back, successfully raked in a total of Rs 56.83 crore in its first week at the box office.Interestingly, trade experts touted Tiger’s film’s collections as mild in terms of box office collections.On the other hand, Ajay Devgn whose film, De De Pyaar De released a few days back has been collecting similar moolah at the box office but it is being called a hit. Also to be noted is the fact that Tiger has been in the industry for a shorter span of time in comparison to Ajay which makes it even more interesting.The film has collected Rs 50.83 crore by the end of five days (including paid previews) and the trade experts have touted the figures as a strong number in terms of box office collection.As a matter of fact, Tiger, who has a lesser screen age in comparison to Ajay yet, has scored almost same numbers with SOTY 2. Although it has slowed down now at the box office, it managed to earn Rs 63.45 crore by the end of its 12th day at the domestic market, and is still running in theatres.De De Pyaar De might cross the lifetime collection of SOTY 2 in coming days, but the latter is not likely to remain too far behind in terms of collection, despite Ajay having much bigger stardom than Tiger.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday warned that action will be taken if anyone wants to play with the share market.”… if anyone wants to play (with the market), obviously we’re taking action and will take so,” she said while giving her winding-up speech in the second session of the 11thparliament.The prime minister said the government has taken many steps to keep the share market stable. “Those who are going to the market should know that there’s the possibility of both profit and loss. When you make profits, you’ll be happy but when you incur losses, you’ll shift the blame on the government. This is not fair,” she said.She said the government is taking steps whatever necessary for the capital market. “We’re giving protection; we’re providing all types of facilities for the market.”Sheikh Hasina also mentioned that the government wants the stock market to run with stability. “We don’t want the market to suddenly go up and down. We’re taking appropriate measures to control it,” she added.Noting that the share market is like gambling, Hasina said, “You can make profits as well as you can incur losses. Those who will go the capital market have to consider it.”The prime minister asked the investors to look into all the related aspects before going for investing in any company’s share.”The investors should make their own decision,” she said, adding that no one will take their responsibilities.Hasina assured that there is nothing to be worried about the capital market as the government is taking steps for its betterment. “I’ll say there’s nothing to be worried. I’ve already had a meeting with the stakeholders a couple of days back in parliament to find out the way to fix the market,” she said.
00:00 /09:19 Share X Photo/Brenda Ruiz/ Houston Public MediaThere are sports – baseball, football, basketball, soccer, hockey – and then there are extreme sports: rock climbing, parkour and surfing, for example.Then there’s a TV show you may have come across: American Ninja Warrior, which challenges contestants to beat a physically-grueling obstacle course that combines running, climbing and leaping, and recreates many of the challenges extreme sports enthusiasts face — all at once.In the audio above, Houston Matters’ Brenda Ruiz spoke with Daniel Gil, a local American Ninja Warrior, who’s appeared on the past five seasons of the show. He says though some of the obstacles can seem daunting, and nearly impossible, they’ve fascinated him since he was a child. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
“We got lucky on this one,” Pitino told Terry Meiners of News Radio 840. “I had an AAU director call me and ask me if I’d be interested in a player (Bowen) I saw him against another great player from Indiana. I said ‘Yeah, I’d be really interested.’ They had to come in unofficially, pay for their hotel, pay for their meals. We spent zero dollars recruiting a five-star athlete who I loved when I say him play. In my 40 years of coaching this is the luckiest I’ve been.”Pitino hasn’t been charged with any wrongdoing by the NCAA or otherwise as of today, but given his past recruiting scandals, this all seems bizarrely timed, to say the least.Here’s the audio of ‘lucky’ Rick Pitino talking about the 5-star recruit that ‘fell’ into his lap. The relevant part starts at 16:30. Advertisement This morning, the news broke that four college basketball assistants have been indicted on federal fraud and corruption charges in a scandal that involved the funneling of money from sports apparel companies to high school basketball recruits.Jim Gatto, the director of global marketing for Adidas, was also arrested and stands accused of funneling $100,000 to a recruit who been identified in court documents as “All-American high school basketball player” who committed to an Adidas school in June.As reported by CBS Sports, the only All-American prospect who committed to an Adidas school during the time frame in question was 5-star prospect Brian Bowen, who committed to Louisville, even though the Cardinals and Rick Pitino had not been previously mentioned as a destination during Bowen’s recruitment.In an interview following the surprise commitment that will now come under more scrutiny, Pitino said it was the luckiest he’s been in 40 years of coaching, even luckier than his Kentucky Derby win. He strangely added Louisville had spent ‘zero dollars’ in his recruitment.
August 17, 2018 Coming-of-age technology, known as artificial intelligence, is blowing a heavy wind across the world, raising dust in various spheres and generating intellectual discourse among scholars about the fate of humanity. The assertion that “robots are taking over” is a bitter pill to swallow as it creates panic among employees. The 2017 McKinsey Global Institute Report reiterates this assertion, revealing that, by 2030, a good number of people will be forced to acquire new skills because their jobs will be performed by machines.Findings from WorkMarket’s 2020 In(Sight) Report: What AI and Automation Really Mean for Work reveal that employers may not be bothered, on the contrary, if they are open to the prospects of artificial intelligence in the workplace. Seventy-eight percent of business leaders believe that 360 hours can be saved annually by the input of automation through artificial intelligence. The report also reveals that while only 29 percent of employees are interested in automation at the workplace, 52 percent of employers are keen on it. These numbers are based on the perceived effects of artificial intelligence on both parties.Related: What Will the Future of Work Look Like After the Robot Revolution?Here are five reasons more than half of employers are interested in artificial intelligence.1. AI will result in fewer employee expenses.Organizations spend a lot of resources on staff welfare. In 2016, companies in the U.S. spent more than $70 billion on employee learning and development. They also strive to offer a competitive employee benefits package such as health insurance, dental insurance, flexible spending accounts, paid vacation and additional paid time off, among other things. These commitments are made in order to empower employees for better performance and productivity, but often times, results are below the investments.Having robots execute some tasks performed by employees means a reduction in the number of employees. That ultimately cuts down employee expenditure budget, saving up company resources for other productive pursuits.2. AI erases wasted time.According to the 2017 Productivity in the Workplace Report by Red Letter Days for Business, employees in the U.K. spend more than 400 million days a year on time-wasting tasks. Similarly, a workplace study by AtTask and Harris Interactive shows that employees in the U.S. spend only 45 percent of their time executing their primary duties. What happens to the other half of their work hours? They are spent on “other things” that aren’t beneficial to the organization. This means employers are paying their staff for not working as much as they should.Related: Robots Are Our Friends — How Artificial Intelligence Is Leveling-Up MarketingWith such realizations of negligence by employees, any means to resolve this waste of company resources is a welcome development to bosses. Enter artificial intelligence. Routine tasks can be automated. This way, employers don’t have to worry about their workers not doing what they are supposed to do. Once programmed, machines execute tasks by following the stipulated standards and guidelines.3. AI makes good decisions.Successful businesses thrive on good decisions. Accurate business data informs good judgment. Tony M Fountain, founder of NOW Entertainment, explains that “an organization’s decisions are based on available operations data. When data is inaccurate due to errors, it’s only a matter of time before things come crashing down.”Organizations with huge data sets are at a higher risk when data collection is in the hands of employees. There’s always the possibility, no matter how little, for inaccuracies. Employers can avert this problem by using artificial intelligence for business insights and data collection.4. AI helps minimize errors.Human errors are inevitable. That’s more reason why they should be prevented. Human errors in the workplace can ruin an organization’s finances and reputation. Employees can easily be distracted by physical and emotional situations, causing damages that are sometimes irreparable.Fewer employees in the work process mean fewer errors. Using artificial intelligence for work creates an enabling environment for quality management, executing tasks by strictly following specified guidelines and closing gaps of inaccuracies caused by inevitable human errors. It synchronizes the process chain, smooths handoffs and prevents clogs often experienced in manual processes.Related: Why AI Is The Next Revolution In Customer Service5. AI gives good customer service delivery.Customer relations is an integral part of a business, and providing excellent customer service is an absolute must.Rising to the occasion promptly can be overwhelming for the customer support unit especially when dealing with a large customer base. For better customer service delivery, employers can make use of artificial intelligence to enhance customer experience. With the use of high-tech applications, customers can register their problems and receive a response in real time.Conclusion.At the end of the day, everyone wants better results. Despite negative claims about artificial intelligence, it’s only logical to be receptive to it if it favors you. By the looks of it, bosses will have fewer things to worry about as their business will function better with artificial intelligence. Listen Now How Success Happens Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 5 min read