Labor Secretary Acosta resigns amid Epstein deal scrutiny

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is stepping down following criticism of his handling of a plea deal with a wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.Trump announced the news with Acosta by his side at the White House as Trump left on a trip to the Midwest.Acosta says stepping aside was the right decision.He was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw a 2008 nonprosecution agreement with Epstein. Epstein avoided federal charges and served 13 months in jail.Similar charges recently filed against Epstein by federal prosecutors in New York had put Acosta’s role in the 2008 deal under renewed scrutiny.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Kylie Minogue Performs At An Unforgettable Evening For Charity

first_imgOn Thursday, May 2, 2013 The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) Women’s Cancer Research Fund Honorary Chairs Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, along with EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund co-founders Kelly Chapman Meyer, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie and Jaime Tisch welcomed guests to An Unforgettable Evening presented by Saks Fifth Avenue benefiting the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund at the Beverly Wilshire hotel.Hosted by Chelsea Handler, the evening included cocktails, dinner and an awards presentation. Grammy Award-winning artist Kylie Minogue accepted the 2013 Courage Award for her fight against breast cancer and dedication to raising awareness for the disease. The Nat King Cole Award was presented to renowned fashion designer Carolina Herrera for her charitable works and contributions to the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund, including her participation in the 2012 Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure campaign. Honoree Herrera also dressed many of the evening’s notable attendees including Rita Wilson, Kate Capshaw, Kyle Minogue, Chelsea Handler, Julianne Hough, and Angie Harmon.The evening closed with a special musical performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Bruno Mars who sang a five-song set including hits “Runaway Baby,” a medley of “Money,” and “Billionaire,” along with “Locked Out of Heaven,” and “Just The Way You Are.”Additional guests in attendance included Kobe & Vanessa Bryant, Kirk Douglas, James Ferragamo, Vanessa Getty, Crystal Lourd, Mitch Glazer & Kelly Lynch, Angie Harmon, Tommy & Dee Hilfiger, Julianne Hough, Lisa Kudrow, Monique Lhuillier, Ron Meyer, Gelila Puck, CEO and Chairman of Saks Fifth Avenue Steve Sadove, Joel Silver, Steve Tisch, Amber Valletta, and more.The event marked the 16th anniversary of the Women’s Cancer Research Fund which continues to raise support for innovative cancer research, such as the Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project and recognize remarkable individuals for their commitment to the cause. The Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project is working to identify and verify biomarkers that will lead to the development of a blood test for the detection of breast cancer at its earliest and most curable stages. The Women’s Cancer Research Fund is also funding research being conducted at prestigious, National Cancer Institute (NCI)-accredited medical institutions, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.last_img read more

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NBA Cares Combats Childhood Cancer During Hoops For St Jude Week

first_imgSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is once again teaming up with NBA Cares for Hoops for St. Jude Week March 20 – 27 to raise awareness and support for the hospital’s lifesaving mission.Greg Monroe of the Milwaukee Bucks shares a special moment with St. Jude patient Colton during a recent team visit to St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalCredit/Copyright: Peter Barta/2015 St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalEach year NBA stars, coaches, broadcasters and fans rally behind St. Jude, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.Regardless of the final score, the kids of St. Jude get the “w” during Hoops for St. Jude Week, when NBA teams and players shine a light on the work and successes of St. Jude through online, social media and in-game promotions, in addition to hosting local patients in-arena. NBA coaches also will wear St. Jude lapel pins during games to show solidarity throughout the week. St. Jude NBA ambassadors who make regular visits to the hospital will encourage fans to join the fight to save the lives of children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.2016 Hoops for St. Jude Week Ambassadors: • David Lee, Dallas Mavericks • Greg Monroe, Milwaukee Bucks • Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers • Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies • Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies • Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls“We are deeply appreciative of the continued support of the NBA Family, fans and our ambassadors year-round,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Hoops for St. Jude Week provides a national platform to celebrate their efforts and further highlight how we are truly making a difference in the lives of kids everywhere.”NBA support stretches beyond Hoops for St. Jude Week, with player and team visits throughout the year that never fail to brighten the day for St. Jude patients. Just this season, the hospital has hosted on-site visits by players, coaches, broadcasters, owners and staff from the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies and Washington Wizards.Thanks to support generated through campaigns like Hoops for St. Jude Week, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.For more information, visit stjude.org/hoops.last_img read more

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Oscars Record Six Black Actors Nominated Diversity Improves After Controversy

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement After last year’s nominations spawned #OscarsSoWhite, all eyes were on the Academy Award nominations this morning – and in stark contrast to 2016, this year proved to be a much stronger year for diversity, both in front of and behind the camera.While no actors of color were nominated the last two years, this year saw every acting category recognizing a person of color. A record-tying (with 2007) seven minority actors were recognized, including a record-setting six black actors.In best actor, Denzel Washington landed his seventh nomination for “Fences,” extending his record as the most nominated black actor. His co-star Viola Davis was nominated in supporting actress, which also saw Davis’ “The Help” co-star Octavia Spencer nominated for “Hidden Figures” and Naomie Harris for “Moonlight.” With three nods, Davis is now the most nominated black actress. Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Chiefs wary as they prepare for meeting with Harper

first_imgAPTN National NewsSeveral First Nations chiefs from across Canada met in Winnipeg this week to discuss what they want to bring to the table at the Jan. 24 First Nations-Crown gathering.APTN National News reporter Todd Lamirande went to gauge what chiefs expect from this meeting with the prime minister and his cabinet.last_img

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Hundreds of refugee women visit firstever UNbacked free clinic in Malaysia

18 September 2007A free clinic backed by the United Nations refugee agency – the first of its kind – recently drew over 300 women at a community centre in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur. Most of those attending the half-day clinic, which was organized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and funded by the private Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia and the IS Puvan OBGYN Foundation, were refugee women.“We were taking aback. We’d never seen his before at any of our other clinics,” said a volunteer. “It was only 6 a.m. and at least 50 refugee women were already there.”The clinic offered services such as pap smears, breast examinations, blood glucose and blood pressure tests, HIV testing and counselling and consultations and referrals. Those visiting the clinic also received advice on pre-natal care, sexually transmitted diseases and birth control.Women comprise almost one third of the 37,000 people registered with UNHCR as refugees and asylum seekers in the country, and most of them could never afford to visit either public or private hospitals.“[The] cost of health care [and] fear of meeting doctors because of language barriers all play a part in preventing refugee women from getting treatment,” said Susheela Balasundaram, UNHCR senior programme assistant for health. “This is why the clinic is so important.”Many women who went to the clinic were young mothers or pregnant women who were seeking advice on health care for themselves and for their babies during pregnancy and after delivery.“My son was born six months ago, but he hasn’t been well,” said Sui, an ethnic Chin refugee from Myanmar. “My husband earns only 15 ringgit [$3] each day working at a market. This is not enough for the hospital bills. Our friends lent us money for my son’s treatment because we cannot afford it.”On top of her son’s medical problems, Sui herself has been suffering from abdominal pains for several months, but could not afford to see a doctor for herself. The free clinic provided her a much-needed opportunity to consult with a gynaecologist.“We tend to only see the women at the later stages of illness,” Dr. Balasundaram noted. “They don’t see a doctor until they can’t avoid it any more.”Volunteer Kavitha Ramachandran, who works as a staff nurse at a local hospital, said that prior to working at the free clinic she did not realize that there were refugees in Malaysia.“The refugee women said they are scared to see doctors; I think they are scared that the doctors might report them,” she said. “This is a safe space for them to get treatment.” read more

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UN human rights chief voices concern about abuses in Iran Sri Lanka

4 March 2010The top United Nations human rights official today voiced deep concern about the violent crackdown on dissent in Iran and the marred prospects for peace in Sri Lanka, where journalists, human rights defenders and other critics of the Government are being mistreated. “I am convinced that Sri Lanka should undertake a full reckoning of the grave violations committed by all sides during the war, and that the international community can be helpful in this regard,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said today, presenting her annual report to the 47-member Human Rights Council in Geneva.In May last year Government forces in Sri Lanka defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), ending a civil war that had lasted more than two decades. UN officials have urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to keep his commitment, set out in a joint statement with the world body last year, “to ensure full accountability for any crimes against international humanitarian law or abuses of human rights.”On Iran, Ms. Pillay said she is deeply concerned about the “deteriorating” human rights situation there, including the arbitrary arrest of demonstrators, rights activists, journalists and prominent political figures. “Many have been given harsh sentences, including capital punishment, for their role in post-election protests after questionable trials,” she noted, adding that she has discussed these issues with Iranian officials and has suggested that the authorities allow her office to visit Iran.Turning to Africa, the High Commissioner said she met with representatives of Sudan throughout 2009 to expressed concern about death sentences and executions in that country.Responding to recent report of fighting between rebel troops and government forces in Jebel Marra in the Darfur region of Sudan, Ms. Pillay called on all parties to “make the protection of civilians their utmost priority” and encouraged armed movements “to enter into dialogue for peace and to respect the right to life.”On Guinea, Ms. Pillay praised the “excellent cooperation” between the UN, the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in investigating the 28 September security force crackdown on unarmed demonstrators, in which at least 150 people were killed and many others raped. Acting on one of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry which resulted, the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) may establish an office in Guinea. In her wide-ranging speech, Ms. Pillay reiterated her call from earlier this week for the Egyptian Government to immediately order its security forces to stop using “lethal force” against migrants trying to enter Israel through the Sinai Desert. There have been some 60 fatal shootings over the past two and a half years, she noted.The High Commissioner also cited her office’s priority for combating discrimination against migrants and minorities in Europe, such as Roma, who appear to be living in deteriorating conditions in countries such as Slovakia and the Czech Republic.Ms. Pillay said she planned to raise the issue of discrimination and attacks against Roma and other migrants with Italian authorities during her visit to that country next week.In May, she plans to visit Russia where attacks against human rights defenders too often go unpunished, she stated.Offering praise to Mongolia, Ms. Pillay noted that President Tsakhia Elbegdorj had announced a formal moratorium on the death penalty. She also highlighted the work of several Member States that are addressing this issue in the Asia-Pacific region, where more executions take place than in the rest of the world combined. read more

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Norfolk introduces interim CAO

Norfolk County has hired an interim CAO with extensive experience at the regional and metropolitan level.Harry Schlange, 61, was the head bureaucrat in Niagara Region from 2013 until he accepted the top administrative job in the City of Brampton in 2016.Last December, new Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown announced that his city council had decided to “part ways” with Schlange.Schlange takes over from former Norfolk CAO David Cribbs, who left Governor Simcoe Square in mid-January. His appointment takes effect Monday.“Interest in municipal politics is at an all-time high in Norfolk County,” Mayor Kristal Chopp said Thursday in a news release.“Residents have spoken loud and clear in favour of change. Schlange is just the kind of authentic leader we need to help deliver that change and modernize the corporation.”The mayor added that Schlange will help Norfolk compete “for talent, ideas and innovation.”“He understands how communities like ours need to differentiate themselves and eliminate any and all barriers to progress,” Chopp says. “That’s what makes him the right leader for this community.”Appointing an interim replacement took on some urgency in recent weeks after senior staff warned they are spreading themselves too thin.Last week, division managers reported that a CAO has knowledge of county files that they do not. As such, the recent routine of appointing general managers to wear the CAO hat on a rotating basis was not working.Staff told council March 26 that important items and issues were sitting idle and multiplying due to the increased workload. During an in-camera session at the same meeting, council opted to hire a CAO on an interim basis.Schlange has had a bumpy ride in recent years. The St. Catharines Standard reported three years ago that he survived an in-camera confidence vote at Niagara Region shortly before he accepted the CAO position in Brampton.Before Schlange left Niagara Region, his resignation letter to council was leaked to the media.In the letter, he said the region’s leadership was too timid and that some council members did not bring a constructive mindset to the table. Schlange said his job had become more difficult than it needed to be.“I have observed actions and behaviours at the leadership level that run contrary to these efforts and inhibit my ability to continue to deliver on the commitments I have made to you,” he said.“Instead of feeling empowered to take bold steps, we are beginning to find ourselves in an organization that is overwhelmed by the threat of strong repercussions and fearful to take even the most calculated risks.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Latest car price report continues to highlight tax

Although new car prices in Britain continue to fall, according to independent sources like the Alliance and Leicester, the latest pricing survey once again shows that varying taxation systems are the primary cause of new car price differences across Europe.The survey, published by the European Commission, points to reductions of more than five per cent in nine UK models compared to the previous six months. It also highlights wide differences in new car prices between countries like Germany and Denmark, which has the highest sales tax in Europe.SMMT Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan said ‘While tax systems vary so wildly across Europe we will continue to see reports like this. It’s a simple fact that if you want a truly single market with transparent prices then you have to remove the variables that distort the market place.’As well as tax differences, the EC report confirms that some of the additional cost of certain models in the UK is due to higher specifications than in other European markets. It also recognises the other key variable affecting prices in the UK – the continued strength of Sterling.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Aintree course feared to be wettest since 2001 when only four horses

first_img“We’ve just had similar conditions at Cheltenham where six horses died, so understandably we have worries.”The latest going report today had the Grand National course as soft and heavy on the Canal Turn fence. Only two Grand Nationals since 2001 have been run on going any slower than good-to-soft  Only two Grand Nationals since 2001 have been run on going any slower than good-to-soft but with some rain likely in the last 24 hours leading up to the race, the ground seems likely to be soft. As a result, the betting could change significantly as punters latch on to runners with low weights and proven form on heavy ground.Aintree’s clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch told the Guardian: “We were due a couple of millimetres on Monday night and a couple more early morning, but unfortunately we got a lot more than that.  The Grand National course is feared to be one of the wettest since 2001 when just four out of 40 horses finished, prompting calls from an animal welfare campaigner to cancel the race.Leading up to tomorrow’s race the field has been “heavy in places” and was yesterday expected to remain soft after excessive rain fell in the days leading up to the event. The conditions have prompted concerns from an animal welfare campaigner after Lilbutluso had to be put down on Thursday after racing on the course, where the ground was reported as soft. Horses will be required to exert much more stamina and therefore endurance on soft ground – a particular problem at the Grand National which is more than four miles and includes 30 fences.Horse racing consultant from Animal Aid Dene Stansall said: “If it wasn’t the Grand National and conditions were bad and there was the same level of risk, the race wouldn’t go ahead – but there’s too much money involved. The ground for the infamous 2001 Grand National was extremely heavy. Although just four out of 40 of the competing horses finished, remarkably no horse or rider was injured. The race was the second to be run on heavy ground in a four-year period, following Earth Summit’s win in 1998 when six of 37 starters completed, including one that had been remounted.Despite the conditions expected tomorrow, Gold Present was the only horse withdrawn from the race at the final 48-hour declaration.The Grand National takes place tomorrow at 5:15pm. Bookmakers have the odds stacked at 10-1 for favourite Anibale Fly, closely followed by Tiger Roll, Total Recall and Blaklion.CLARIFICATION: This article, now amended, originally stated that Animal Aid is a charity. Although its campaigning arm is a registered charity, Animal Aid itself is a not-for-profit limited company. Moreover, the British Horseracing Authority has stated that statistics do not support the claim that soft or heavy ground is more likely to cause injury or death to horses. We are happy to put its position.  Only two Grand Nationals since 2001 have been run on going any slower than good-to-soft Credit: ANDREW YATES/ REUTERS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The latest going report today had the Grand National course as soft and heavy on the Canal Turn fence The ground for the infamous 2001 Grand National was extremely heavy The ground for the infamous 2001 Grand National was extremely heavyCredit:David Davies/PA “It’s time to put the horse first rather than economics if we don’t want to see dead horses.“This is historically the most dangerous horse race in the world and if the owners really loved and cared for their horses they wouldn’t make them race.” The latest going report today had the Grand National course as soft and heavy on the Canal Turn fenceCredit: Peter Byrne/ PA “But having said that, temperatures haven’t really got up much. It feels more like autumn than spring, it’s significantly colder than yesterday and, if it had just gone up a couple of degrees with a bit of sunshine, that would have helped. But that’s Mother Nature for you.”According to Mr Stansall, soft or heavy ground means competing horses have to jump as much as six additional inches in places, which, coupled with the length of the race and the number of horses involved, creates a “perfect storm” and “a recipe for injury or death.”He added: “I think it’s time that jockeys use their common sense and don’t push the horses so much if conditions are clearly dangerous, don’t whip a clearly tired horse, especially if the ground is going to be heavy or soft.last_img read more

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Suspicious package in Glasgow linked to dissident letter bomb campaign in London

The crude devices were understood to be similar to those sent to army recruitment offices in January 2014, prompting concern of a fresh campaign by the dissident group, the New IRA. A suspicious package delivered to the University of Glasgow is the fourth in a series letter bombs believed to have been sent by the Real IRA, police confirmed tonight.Police Scotland revealed that the package delivered on Wednesday is now being linked to the investigation being carried out by Metropolitan Police into three small devices sent to addresses in London on Tuesday.Students at Glasgow University had to be evacuated when staff became concerned following the receipt of a parcel. Specialist officers carried out a controlled explosion on the package in Glasgow and Police Scotland confirmed they were liaising with counter terrorism colleagues based in London.On Tuesday three incendiary devices were sent to Heathrow Airport, City Airport and Waterloo railway station from the Republic of Ireland.Assistant chief constable Steve Johnson, of Police Scotland, said: “There are similarities in the package, its marking and the type of device that was recovered in Glasgow to those in London. “Therefore we are now treating it as being linked to the three packages being investigated by the Met in London and both investigations are being run in tandem”.  Two men, aged 35 and 46, and two women aged 44, and 21, all from Londonderry, were arrested in connection with that alleged plot five years ago, but nobody was ever charged.The dissident Republican group, which split from the Real IRA in 2012, has been stepping up its activities in recent months.Nobody was hurt in the latest round of incidents, but the device sent to Heathrow Airport did detonate and burst into flames when it was opened.Security sources said the packages had not been designed to kill or maim, but could have caused injury to anyone handling them. He said: “While this was not the most sophisticated device, someone had put together a viable incendiary device that has managed to remain viable through the international post and then ignite when it was opened, which is exactly what it was designed to do.”Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, the senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism policing, said there was still no clear motivation behind the incidents.He said: “We are talking to our Irish counterparts but at the moment there’s nothing to indicate motivation of the sender or ideology, so I cannot confirm at the moment if it’s connected to any Ireland-related terrorist groups.”Police have also warned there could be more parcels and urged vigilance for those handling mail.Commander Clarke Jarrett, head of the Met’s Police Counter Terrorism Command, said: “We have issued extensive advice to transport hubs and mail sorting companies to be vigilant for and report suspicious packages to police, as always we encourage anyone who sees something suspicious to report it.” The parcels were received by three transport hubs across London Tensions have been rising in Northern Ireland in recent months over continuing uncertainty over the future of the border after Brexit.Philip Ingram, a former senior intelligence and security officer, said despite the crude nature of the devices, the seriousness of the matter should not be underestimated. Glasgow university was cordoned off by police after a suspicious package was received Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Glasgow university was cordoned off by police after a suspicious package was received Counter-terror police in the Irish Republic confirmed they were assisting Scotland Yard with the investigation after it emerged the parcels each bore Irish Republic stamps and even had Dublin addresses marked on the envelopes.The stamps appeared to have been issued by the Irish postal service for Valentine’s Day 2018, featuring a heart motif and the words “Love Eire N”.The senders’ addresses were given as Dublin, with the one addressed to Waterloo appearing to add the transport company, Bus Eireann.While no group had claimed responsibility for the devices, sources said they bore the hallmarks of packages sent by the New IRA. The parcels were received by three transport hubs across London read more

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Automated rough mine road detection

first_imgModular Mining Systems says to respond properly to rough roads, awareness is essential. Operators recognise bad road segments, and they can use an option to indicate such locations via manual input – but this has safety concerns for operators and reliability issues for management. In response to this dilemma, the company has released the Road Roughness module, consisting of a rugged accelerometer that can be installed on any haul truck to solve the detection problem. The accelerometer is an effective, low-maintenance and purpose-built device that reliably detects road conditions without the need for operator input.Continuing with news that could not be included in the published surface haul trucks feature, the company explains, “Some may say that the problem of detecting road conditions has long been solved by payload sensors. However, onboard payload measuring systems are not available on all equipment and few mines have all of their trucks equipped with these systems,” according to Modular. “Though open pits have technology they can use, there are still issues with detection systems. More importantly, few tools exist to adequately respond to detected events.”As with any on-board sensor, a fleet and/or maintenance management system is also required to transform sensor readings into meaningful events and to assign resources that can address the problem. The Dispatch system’s Auxiliary Task module, for example, provides a production cycle for auxiliary equipment that differentiates the time to ‘travel to a workplace’ from the time spent ‘performing work’. A Road Work task type can be assigned to graders and/or other road dressing equipment, which appears in a schedule with the equipment’s other tasks. Dispatchers, shift supervisors, and upper level management can allocate tasks based on priority, considering the travel distance of each grader before assigning the work.Providing auxiliary operators with on-board software tools is critical to improving response time. Work performed by auxiliary equipment is different in nature from haulage. Auxiliary work should be managed holistically – there are many factors to consider before a grader operator is assigned to fix a detected rough road section. Technical details, such as the size of the job, location, travel time, and estimated repair time need to be evaluated. Higher level perspectives of all the work required by that machine should be considered, such as the possibility that an operator might need to operate another piece of equipment in that same shift. The right dispatching technology should provide equipment operators and other personnel with the means to account for all of these factors, and the ability to address them in real time.Closing the loop in rough road detection using automated technology, without increasing manpower requirements, requires a substantial IT infrastructure: sensors on haul trucks, fleet management hardware on auxiliary units, wireless communication networks, and experienced control room staff. Most importantly, all software and hardware systems must be architected to work together. This list of requirements may seem high, but by leveraging the investment already made in a fleet management system, such as Modular’s Dispatch system, real productivity gains can be realised with relatively small additional investment. Integrated solutions can address complex problems like haul road maintenance, smoothing the way to increased production.last_img read more

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Women CL Gyor and Buducnost in the semifinal

← Previous Story Polish Cup Final Four in Kielce Next Story → Gyori one step to the final, Andrea Lekic: “I am too happy” Today’s matches of the main round brought us the first semi-finalists. Buducnost Podgorica snatched a 1-goal win in Ljubljana against Krim with 27:26, and along with Gyor that beat Midtjylland with 29:24 in Denmark are the first semi-finalists, as both teams are with 4 wins out of 4, and are assured one of the top two places. Should Oltchim win tomorrow against Metz, they will be very close to the semi-final, while in the other group it’s all open, Larvik, Midtjylland and Itxako are separated by 1 point each of them. buducnostchampions leagueEHFGyorwomen read more

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The Greeklish Project

first_imgAlo dali mou. It’s a phrase so familiar to the thousands of Greek Australians, but not so much in the general Greek or Australian population. It’s ‘Greeklish’: a beautifully blended combination of Greek and English that has come from years of living in a predominately English speaking nation. Almost all migrant communities have these special blended phrases, but now, a group of Greek Australians are hoping to document and celebrate the phenomenon. The Australian Slang Project (TASP) is embarking on a project to eventually create a Greeklish dictionary (or as many would say, an alfavitario). TASP founder and SBS Greek radio presenter, Kyriakos Gold, says the group is in the process of establishing an online database, much like the popular Urban Dictionary website, that will allow Greek Australians to contribute their favourite Greeklish words. As a test run, Mr Gold and a group of volunteers have been contributing words to TASP’s social media platforms, amassing national interest. Phrases like, shurap william (shut up will ya?) and words like roufi (roof), chopia (pork chops) all have made the list. Mr Gold says it’s time to celebrate Greeklish rather than ridicule it. “The Greeks from Greece look at the language here and sometimes frown upon it. They look at Greeklish as cannibalising the original language,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “But I don’t see it like that, I see that there’s a hybrid here, that’s it’s evolving on its own and it’s got merit.”He admits one of his favourite Greeklish words is booti, meaning ‘car boot’ but also meaning ‘thigh’ in Greek. Already in the works are two Greeklish events, including a spelling bee and a debate. The Greeklish Bee – to be held on the weekend of July 25 in Melbourne – will be the soft launch of the project and is being set up to include live music and trivia contests.The debate, to be hosted later in the year, will welcome prominent Greek Australian academics to discuss Greeklish and our culture’s identity. Those wanting to contribute before the events can follow The Greeklish Project on social media and post their own favourite terms or phrases. TASP is also calling for volunteers and can apply through contacting the administrators via their social media networks. Facebook.com/greeklishprojectTwitter: @greeklishtweets (greeklish project)Instagram: greeklishprojectHashtags: #greeklish #greeklishtweets #greeklishproject Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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What does the automatic exchange of financial account information between Australia and

first_imgWith increasing fiscal leakage due to tax evasion and tax avoidance, the OECD and its member states which includes Australia and Greece continues to focus comprehensively on global strategies to reduce the incidence of tax evasion and tax avoidance and restore government revenue by preventing fiscal leakage. In particular, the OECD’s work in developing the Global Forum on Tax Transparency and Automatic Exchange of Information, in conjunction with their work on base erosion and profit shifting, reflects a global effort to bring the rules of international tax into the 21st century.In these circumstances, a wealth of work has been advanced in recent times by the OECD and its member states. In the context of Greece, a recent convention was signed which included the signatories of Greece and Australia relating to the Mutual Administrative Assistance program in Tax Matters, which enables both of these countries to work more closely together to combat tax evasion and or tax avoidance. In addition, Greece has now advanced its tax protocols with the assistance of the OECD by entering into a Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on the automatic exchange of financial account information to enable both Greece and Australia and other tax jurisdictions to combat tax evasion and or tax avoidance.What changes? Greece signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters on 22 February 2012. This is a multilateral agreement that was established jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD and is open for signatures to all countries. The Convention promotes international co-operation in the assessment and collection of taxes.As taxpayers increasingly function on a global basis, tax authorities are moving from bilateral to multilateral co-operation and from exchange of information on request to more effective forms of collaboration. The Convention is an effective and hands-on instrument to help tax authorities in their everyday work. At a time when Greece was looking to shore up its economy with other European countries and other participants, the Convention allows Greece to work more closely with other countries, such as Australia to combat tax avoidance and evasion.So far signatories to the Convention are: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Russian Federation, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.In these circumstances, to further attack offshore tax evasion and tax avoidance, Greece’ parliament has implemented Greek legislation relating to the automatic exchange of financial account information which will further strengthen its ties between the Australian and Greek governments and other competent tax jurisdictions worldwide. Accordingly, in order for Greece to bring its tax rules in line with OECD standards, Greece’s legislators have recently implemented Greek legislation to incorporate the OECD’s Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement relating to the automatic exchange of financial information. What this means for non-residents living outside of Greece Law 4428/2016 incorporates into the Greek legislation the OECD Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (‘the Agreement’) on the automatic exchange of financial account information.The automatic exchange of information constructed within the body of the agreement means that the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is the single global standard for the collection, reporting and exchange of financial account information on foreign tax residents. For example, banks and other financial institutions will collect and report to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) financial account information on non-residents. The ATO will exchange this information with the participating foreign tax authorities of those non-residents in Greece. In parallel, the ATO will receive financial account information on Australian residents from other countries’ tax authorities, such as Greece. This will aid to ensure that Australian residents and Australian non-resident Greeks with financial accounts in other countries are complying with Australian tax laws and with other international tax laws and act as a deterrent to tax evasion and tax avoidance. Generally, the CRS requires financial institutions in each CRS contributing country including Greece and Australia to request the tax residency status of their taxpayers and provide information to their local tax authority about any accounts held by tax residents of other countries. The CRS describes the information that will be exchanged, the different types of accounts and account holders, the financial institutions that will be required to report, and procedures that financial institutions must monitor to identify reportable accounts. The CRS applies to most financial accounts held by individuals and entities, including bank accounts, both in Australia and in Greece. After June 30, 2017, taxpayers opening accounts with an Australian financial institution generally will be required to provide their tax residency status and tax file number for all countries in which they are resident for tax purposes. In addition, applications for accounts held by certain entities may require disclosure of the entity’s directors and shareholders who are tax residents of countries other than Australia. If, for example, an Australian resident has a reportable financial account in another country, such as in Greece, that has agreed to exchange information with Australia, the financial institution in that country will be required to report information to their local tax authority, which will then exchange that information with the ATO.If the account is reportable, the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) requires financial institutions to provide specific information to the local tax authority (e.g. Greece’s tax department or to the Australian Tax Office).Information that Greece and Australia can request via automatic of exchange of information is as follows: – Account holder’s name – Address – Date of birth (for individuals) – Tax file number or their identification number (if applicable) – Country (countries) of tax residence – Account number – Account balances or the closure of the account – Amount of interest, dividends, gross proceeds and other payments made or credited to the account (if applicable) – Other countries partaking in the CRS may require additional information to be reported to their local tax authorities (such as the account holder’s place of birth)In total, 101 countries/jurisdictions have been committed to implement the CRS (as per the latest information of the OECD on 26 July 2016). In particular, 53 (including Greece) will implement the first automatic exchange of information in the year 2017 (2016 income), while 31 counties in the year 2018 (2017 income). The remaining 17 countries have already committed on the automatic exchange of information, however, they have not signed yet the Agreement. The present law is effective as of 1 January 2016. For the calendar year 2016, the automatic exchange of information shall be effected up to 30 September 2017. However, a ministerial decision will be issued determining a list of the countries/jurisdictions with which Greece intends to automatically exchange information by virtue of the Agreement, which will no doubt also include Australia. Likewise, the dates of entry into force of the Agreement on bilateral basis will be determined by ministerial decisions.Further implementations of automatic exchange of information standards − country by country reporting between Greece and Australia Further to the OECD’s Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (‘the Agreement’) on the automatic exchange of financial account information, we will also see Greece enter into another phase of further strengthening their tax system by implementing the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on Country by Country Reporting standards with other tax jurisdictions, including Australia. According to the OECD release, the 31 countries signing the MCAA are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.What this means for Australia, Greece and other participating countries is that through country-by-country reporting, tax administrations are able to access information where a company operates and is able to get aggregate information annually, starting with the 2016 accounts, relating to the global allocation of income and taxes paid, together with other indicators of the location of economic movement within the multinational enterprise. It will also cover information about which entities do business in a specific tax jurisdiction and the business activities each entity participates in. The information will be collected by the country of residence of the multinational group, and will then result in an exchange of information supported by such agreements. The first exchanges will commence in 2017/2018 concerning the 2016 financial year. However, in the context of Greece, ministerial decisions determining the list of countries/jurisdictions with which Greece intends to automatically exchange information by virtue of the Agreements on a country by country basis, which most likely will include Australia as one of its participants, will be outlined in 2017 when Greece’ parliament resumes. In these circumstances, taxpayers who have become aware that their tax affairs are not compliant either need to seek proper financial and legal advice or will need to make a voluntary disclosure. There is absolutely no doubt that their level of tax non-compliance will eventually be detected and if so, they run a real risk of being prosecuted and even incarcerated for substantial periods of time depending upon the nature of the offences committed. Accordingly, what the ATO is targeting, among other things, is conspicuous consumption, low salaries, substantial assets, glamorous cars, luxurious holidays, expensive homes, children at elite private schools and significant business and other overseas dealings.In closing, defrauding the Commonwealth of its revenue is a very serious crime in Australia and most other parts of the world and attracts significant terms of imprisonment, as well as substantial penalties. The ATO has plenty of time and resources to catch out taxpayers who defraud the Commonwealth of its revenue and the longer they delay, the greater the contribution the taxpayer(s) will have to make to the revenue, when they are caught.* Tony Anamourlis is an international tax lawyer and tax academic. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Saharan dust covers Atlantic and stymies hurricanes

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Jul 2015 – We are getting some of that Saharan dust too here in the Turks and Caicos according to Bahamas Met Officer, Wayne Neely. Neely, who is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, hurricane specialist and educator said: “This is the same dust in the atmosphere that prevented significant tropical cyclone development for the last two years over the North Atlantic.” He said the haze may not be great for health, but it helps to stymie hurricanes and tropical storms.”The haze actually is Saharan dust that drifted more than 4,000 miles from Africa, and abnormally heavy concentrations currently are blanketing the main region of the Atlantic where storms develop.The dust, which peaks this month, denies the systems of their lifeblood – heat and moisture.” The haze was evident on Long Bay Hills Beach on Sunday during the 8th annual Windvibes watersports day. Additionally, TCI shares in the drought conditions with The Bahamas and South Florida. Rainfall has been abnormally low, though Providenciales did see some bands of rain today… in South Florida rainfall is down as much as 13 inches for areas like Ft. Lauderdale. TCI Disaster Office launches Hurricane Prep Month Related Items:atlantic, hurricane, saharan dust, wayne neely Recommended for you TCI participates in CDB sponsored disaster strategy workshop TCI Governor issues Salt Cay evacuation order Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Lampard buzzing after Derbys comeback win

first_imgDerby County manager Frank Lampard is in seventh heaven after his side scored two late goals to win 4-3 at Norwich City on Saturday.Norwich were 3-2 ahead with just nine minutes to go, but Florian Jozefzoon’s 87th-minute goal pulled the game level before Jack Marriott netted in stoppage time to complete the comeback for Frank Lampard’s side.The game was delayed by 25 minutes after a fuse box problem caused a section of the stadium to lose power after Norwich had gone 3-2 up.“It was a game which had everything and I don’t think I have been involved with one like that before,” Lampard told Sky Sports.“I have certainly never gone back to the dressing room and then come back like that before and as a manager, I have never been involved in a game with two late goals like that.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I think the delay worked in our favor because Norwich had just scored their goal and the momentum was with them.It was bad timing for them and good timing for us because it gave us the chance to reorganize things and I thought David Nugent did a superb job when he came on, playing a part in both our goals.“Norwich will be saying they deserved something from the game, and they would have [deserved] a point to be fair, but I think we deserved this for the way we came out after the delay.“The players deserve so much credit for coming away from a tough place like this with three points.”last_img read more

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Hundreds of Sherman Heights residents against homeless storage warehouse

first_imgHundreds of Sherman Heights residents against homeless storage warehouse March 16, 2018 Posted: March 16, 2018 Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsHundreds of people in Sherman Heights are organizing for a fight against City Hall.The issue is a warehouse in their neighborhood that may become a storage facility for the belongings of over 1,000 homeless people.KUSI’s Dan Plante was LIVE with the story. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Dan Plante, last_img read more

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BIA settlement closes Alaska tribal groups net 100M

first_imgThe enormous $940 million class-action lawsuit against the BIA on behalf of tribes cleared the last court hurdle today in New Mexico. The case stems from decades of short-funding tribal contracts. More than $100 million will be awarded to tribal organizations in Alaska. (A full list of the settlements is online here.)Download AudioThe settlement is similar to one reached with the Indian Health Service last year, that also found tribes had agreed to contract amounts for tribal services but were then shorted the funds, or in some cases, not awarded any money at all for the signed contracts with the federal government.The Ramah Navajo tribe started the suit which eventually became a class-action for hundreds of tribes and tribal organizations across the nation. The suit covered BIA tribal contracts from 1994 until 2013. After the tribes won, notices went out to them laying out the settlement.Lloyd Miller is one of the attorneys working the case for tribes. He says a November deadline for tribes to object to the settlement terms passed with no disagreement.“Which was stunning to us, a settlement that involves this kind of money, people are experienced with Cobell, which was controversial, not here and these are tribes able to get a lot of money. None objected to anything.”Although no tribes objected to the amounts or the terms, Miller says, they did hear from tribes that had been missed.“And the database the BIA used to develop the master list was incomplete. So we found another database. And from that database we picked up another 55 tribes and tribal organizations — many of them Alaska. So now we have a total of 699 Alaska Native villages, American Indian tribes and intertribal organizations.”He says the incomplete lists were the result of software changes within the BIA over the course of the 20 years the litigation has been ongoing.“We were tasked with trying to combine software from many different sources and produce a master database that we could use in the case. We needed to use that software to do a statistical sampling of the whole class — of all 10,000 contractors, contract years that were at issue in the case. I hope that the BIA takes this to heart. We can’t get them ordered to do record-keeping in a certain way, but I think they’ve learned a sobering lesson in finding out that they missed 55 tribes.”Miller says today’s hearing was the last check in with the court after the additional tribal groups had been included in the settlement. He says Judge James Parker should issue his final orders in the case within two weeks. Payments ranging from tens of millions to tens of thousands will be issued toward spring. Miller says 209 tribes in Alaska will receive more than 123 million dollars.last_img read more

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