The London Stock Exchange index closed on Wednesday at 7,447.79, down 24.92 points.
The London Stock Exchange index closed on Wednesday at 7,447.79, down 24.92 points.
The UK Government says there is no change in the UK Government’s assessment of the level of threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka. The military conflict between the Government and the LTTE ended in May 2009. In 2011 the State of Emergency and the Emergency Regulations were lifted, but there remains a heightened level of security in some parts of the country. In April 2014, the Sri Lankan military shot dead three alleged LTTE operatives in Nedunkerni (Vavuniya). “You should be vigilant. Avoid military areas and High Security Zones. Always carry formal photographic identification with you. Stop and show your ID when asked to do so. The Sri Lankan Prevention of Terrorism Act permits prolonged detention without charge or trial. If you’re detained, you should ask the authorities to contact the British High Commission,” the Foreign and Commonwealth office said.There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. (Colombo Gazette) Terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka cannot be ruled out, the British Foreign and Commonwealth office said in an updated travel advise on Sri Lanka.The advise on Sri Lanka was updated following a review of the way in which the UK Government describes the threat from terrorism in travel advice for all countries and territories. read more
TORONTO — Ontario will cap minimum wage at $14 an hour until fall 2020 as part of a rollback of labour reforms introduced by the previous Liberal regime, the Progressive Conservative government announced Tuesday, drawing praise from businesses and criticism from unions and anti-poverty advocates.The government said new rules — which will link future minimum-wage increases to the inflation rate and reduce the number of personal leave days — will help cut red tape and encourage business investment.“The previous government brought in a tsunami of new burdens and regulations that have imposed significant unnecessary costs on businesses and stifled economic growth,” said Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson as the government detailed its proposed labour legislation.Ontario’s minimum wage increased from $11.60 to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, and was set to rise to $15 an hour next year as a result of the Liberals’ labour laws. Under the government’s new legislation, it will remain at $14 until October 2020.Labour Minister Laurie Scott said the government will be using an “economically sound metric” to decide the rate of future increases.“Ontario workers and businesses deserve a minimum wage determined by economics not politics,” she said.The government’s labour bill, if passed, will also cut two paid personal leave days for workers, bringing their total to eight — three for personal illness, two for bereavement leave and three for family responsibilities.The legislation keeps provisions brought in by the Liberals that granted workers up to 10 days of leave if they or their child experiences domestic or sexual violence. It will also maintain regulations that grant Ontario workers three weeks of paid vacation after five years of service.But a number of scheduling provisions will be scrapped under the Tory bill, including a minimum of three hours pay in the event a shift is cancelled 48 hours or less before it was scheduled to begin.“We will reverse the needless scheduling restrictions and give back employers the flexibility to have the right staff at the right time,” Scott said.The government’s moves on the labour file were applauded by some in the business community who had argued against the minimum wage increase and labour reforms when they were brought in last year.Jocelyn Bamford, of the Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers, said the wage hike was “too much too soon.”“This legislation will go a long way to maintaining the viability of small and medium businesses in the province and will help us save jobs,” she said.Others, however, said the government was undoing measures that had made life easier for families and vowed to push back.“We’ve known for a long time that Doug Ford is no friend of workers,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “With today’s announcement he’s proven exactly that.”Pam Frache, of the advocacy group Fight for $15 and Fairness, said by rolling back Liberal labour reforms, Ford was breaking a campaign pledge to stick up for regular Ontario residents.“What Mr. Ford has announced today is not a government that is for the people but a government for the corporate elite,” she said.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she was skeptical about whether the Ford government will actually follow through the pledge to increase the minimum wage in 2020.“We’ll have to wait,” she said. “What we know for sure is that Ontario workers are being dragged backwards so Mr. Ford can hand out the goodies to his friends in the business community.” read more
In an address to the Diplomatic Academy in Warsaw, the Deputy Secretary-General highlighted some of the challenges faced by the international community, including terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, the crimes of genocide and other violations of human rights, migration and poverty.”On balance, I still believe that globalization offers more opportunities than dangers. But what is clear is that it presents us with a massive agenda of challenges, and that our response to most of them has so far fallen well short of what is needed,” she said.”The fundamental choice that faces us, is whether we address these challenges together, as a world community, taking collective decisions in common institutions, or whether countries attempt to tackle them each in its own way, as separate nation states – or in some cases as regional groups, like the European Union.”In making the case for multilateralism, Ms. Fréchette stressed the need to ensure that it actually delivers. “We must recognize that, if some States do seem impatient with it today or inclined to go their own way, that is because too often it is not responding adequately to the challenges,” she said.The Deputy Secretary-General also underscored the importance of recognizing – and speaking about – the many ways in which multilateralism has made the world a safer and better place for states and peoples alike. “We need to advance the understanding of the many instances today in which the global interest is the national interest; how the individual interests of states are often more effectively pursued in concert with others; and how a rule-based international order will provide each member with greater security and greater prosperity,” she said. read more
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 9, 2014 10:44 am MDT An iPhone screen displays Twitter and Facebook apps in Washington Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Sometimes the distance between a customer complaint and the perfect resolution is just a tweet away. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Evan Vucci TORONTO – Sometimes the distance between a customer complaint and the perfect resolution is just a tweet away.At Via Rail, that’s the objective as the railway strives to resolve any onboard dissatisfaction before travellers step off the train.It’s also one of the many ways that social media is taking a lead role in how businesses interact with their customers.Even though Facebook and Twitter have been around for years, there’s still plenty to be learned for companies who want to engage with the people who pay for their products or services.“As it evolves, we’re trying to adapt to what customers want in terms of platforms to communicate with us,” said Sylvie Bourget, the chief marketing and sales officer at Via Rail.“We want to be the more human way to travel for Canadians, and that really inspires the whole approach.”Whether it’s a refreshment shortage or a problem with the Wi-Fi connection, a quick message to Via’s Twitter account gets customer service representative’s attention, Bourget said.The goal is to answer tweets within 10 minutes during Via’s operational hours and, if the matter is urgent, Via will call the train’s service manager to ensure the passenger’s concern is handled at their seat, she added.Sincere and personal interaction are major challenges for some businesses, suggested Patrick Tomasso, associate director of creative content at Grip Ltd., a company in Toronto that creates content for corporations to use on social media.He said some companies forget that social media was designed for friends to engage with each other, and not just to post advertisements hoping that customers will respond.“A human voice is so key to social, it shouldn’t be robotic,” he said.“A lot of businesses just take that as the essence of ‘Let me just make a Facebook page’ … and then all the sudden they’re talking about the weather.”Tomasso suggests companies rethink how they promote their brand on social media and treat it as a form of creative entertainment, rather than the latest product launch.“You’ve got to loosen it up a bit,” he said. “Advertisers have a duty to not ruin the experience.”One of the most common mistakes companies make is falling back on their public relations department to craft answers to customers.Those constantly recycled responses clog up their Twitter feeds and make companies look lazy, said Sidneyeve Matrix, a media professor at Queen’s University in Kingston.“There’s a worry about reputational damage that can happen in an instant online and that stems from the fact that companies have to give up a lot of control over the conversation,” she said.And sometimes, business should learn to control themselves, especially when it comes to timing their social media posts during a PR crisis.During the holidays, Porter Airlines was criticized for sending out seasonal greetings while dozens of travellers struggled to get answers about their misplaced baggage.Ezra Hansen, a Toronto resident whose luggage was lost for several days, said his opinion of Porter was soured when a “Happy New Year” message was posted by the company on Instagram with its cartoon mascot holding a glass of champagne.“They continued with other communications that neglected the fact that they’re facing this issue,” he said.“It’s a little insulting.”Also, companies need to think beyond Facebook and Twitter for ideas. Many alternatives can offer more appealling visual components for customer interaction, such as the photo sharing website Pinterest and microblogging website Tumblr.Mobile photo messaging app Snapchat is one of the latest programs to make waves at smaller businesses experimenting with how to engage their customers.The app allows a business to send an image or 10-second video to recipients who can view the “Snaps” for a limited time before they disappear forever.“Visual content marketing is such a big trend right now,” Matrix said.“Ephemeral qualities for certain target markets (are) perfect.”It’s easy for businesses to get swept up in the array of social media options, but inexperienced users should keep it simple and strategic.Via Rail has six customer service employees across the country who answer Twitter questions on a rotating schedule along with other responsibilities. Another team is responsible for editorial content of social media, like advertisments and special offers, said Bourget.Each week, the Via Rail team convenes to discuss the successful posts and any mistakes made along the way.“It’s a bit daring as a way to do it, versus having social media experts only,” she said.“But we’re finding extreme satisfaction.” Ways that businesses can make their customers feel first class on social media read more
LONDON – Britain’s Lloyds Banking Group said Thursday it plans to eliminate 3,000 jobs and close 200 branches — the first big cuts announced since Britain voted to leave the European Union.Lloyds is expanding its cost-savings program because of changing consumer behaviour and the expectation that interest rates will now remain lower for a longer period than previously expected as a result of the vote, the bank said. The cuts, which are equivalent to about 4 per cent of Lloyds’ workforce and almost 10 per cent of its branch network, come in addition to previously announced reductions and are expected to save an additional 400 million pounds ($528 million) annually.“Following the EU referendum, the outlook for the U.K. economy is uncertain and, while the precise impact is dependent upon a number of factors including EU negotiations and political and economic events, a deceleration in growth seems likely,” CEO Antonio Horta-Osorio said in a statement.The weaker economic growth is expected to push the central bank, the Bank of England, to cut interest rates next week or provide more stimulus to bring down market borrowing rates. Low interest rates put pressure on banks’ profits by reducing their margins — meaning trouble for firms like Lloyds.Some analysts have predicted the economy will grind to a halt or even contract after the vote, which has seen business activity take a substantial hit.A survey of executives in the services and manufacturing sectors carried out in the wake of the vote and published last week was dire. It showed manufacturing companies were cutting jobs and that confidence in the services sector had plummeted as businesses saw output and new orders drop. Overall, it indicated that Britain’s economy was probably shrinking at the fastest pace since early 2009.Business activity may stabilize somewhat after the initial post-vote shock captured by that survey, but experts agree that the economy is in for a period of turbulence and uncertainty.“Lloyds is one of the stocks that has been hardest hit by the decision to leave the EU because it is so heavily plugged into the U.K. economy, and the Brexit vote has raised a dust cloud of uncertainty around the future economic prospects for the country,” said Laith Khalaf, a senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.Lloyds announced the cuts even as it released what Horta-Osorio called “robust” earnings for the second quarter, a period that mostly predates the vote. Underlying profit fell 4.4 per cent to 2.1 billion pounds as the bank made progress on its streamlining program, Lloyds said. Net income jumped to 1.8 billion pounds, compared with a loss of 21 million pounds in the year-earlier quarter. Lloyds cuts 3,000 jobs as Brexit fears take shape by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2016 1:45 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2016 at 3:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
The world’s poorest countries need more international support to help them alleviate the consequences of rising food and energy prices, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, told the United Nations General Assembly today.Linking the price increases to climate change, Prime Minister Hasina said they had “dangerous implications” for UN-designated Least Developed Countries.“They need greater international support for socio-economic security,” she said, adding that what is important to them is gaining duty-free and quota-free market access for their products, seeing donor countries fulfil their official development assistance commitments, being given an “equal voice” in institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and being allowed free international movement of labour for their respective workforces.“We should also ensure documentation and safe migration, and protection of the rights of migrant workers, especially women and children, as a shared responsibility of sending and receiving states within the WTO (World Trade Organization),” she said.The Prime Minister said Bangladesh’s progress on development had been “hindered by the unjust climate change developments like increasing poverty, property loss, human displacements, and consequent terrorism.”“The inevitable sea level rise would create mass movements of displaced migrants,” she said. “A new legal regime ensuring social, cultural and economic rehabilitation of climate migrants… must be put in place.” She noted that she had called for such a regime during the 64th session of the General Assembly three years ago.Prime Minister Hasina stated that her country had managed to advance economically despite the obstacles before it, citing a 10 percent reduction in poverty, in addition to other favourable economic statistics. “Our achievements have earned us global recognition,” she said.In her statement to the Assembly, the Bangladeshi premier also mentioned the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, terrorism and the need for UN reform.Prime Minister Hasina is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more
“Languages are how we communicate, and they are inextricably linked to our cultures, histories and identity”, the UN chief said, noting that 2019 also marks the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Indigenous languages are disappearing at an alarming rate, each one taking with it a cultural and intellectual heritage.We must protect languages under threat of extinction. #IndigenousDay pic.twitter.com/GaHSKc6OKN— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) August 9, 2019 When Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed took the podium, she zeroed-in on the “pivotal role” of education for indigenous people to “enjoy and preserve their culture and identity.“Intercultural and multi-lingual education are necessary to prevent irreparable loss”, she said. “Failure to provide multilingual and inter-cultural education puts indigenous peoples at a disadvantage, threatening their very survival”.Ms. Mohammed accentuated that more must be done to enable indigenous languages to flourish, “so we may retain the wealth of knowledge and cultures that are part of the world’s rich diversity”.“On this International Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to work together to realize the rights of indigenous peoples”, she concluded.Symbols of identityThrough a video message, General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa called indigenous people “the bearers of millenary knowledge systems” where ancient and distinct languages are central. UN Headquarters in New York celebrates the 2019 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, which is being dedicated to indigenous peoples’ languages. (9 August 2019), by UN News/Elizabeth ScaffidiMore than a means of communication, they also provide “unique ways to see and understand the world” she stated. “They are symbols of identity and belonging; they are vehicles of values to transmit culture and connecting the indigenous peoples with nature”.And these languages are all vulnerable, many “seriously endangered” or “on the brink of extinction”, according to Ms. Espinosa. “Others, unfortunately, have already been lost forever, taking the wisdom of their peoples with them”, she lamented.Painting a picture of indigenous languages as “a priceless heritage and a vehicle of ancestral knowledge” on culture, medicine and astronomy , which is “vital to reach the goals of the 2030 Agenda”, she stressed that “we must defend” their rights and respect their way of life as it is “closely linked to the survival of their languages”.Linking biological and cultural diversity For her part, Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Secretariat chief of the Convention on Biological Diversity, highlighted that although they constitute a relatively small part of the world’s population, indigenous people represent “the largest portion of linguistic and cultural diversity on Earth and their traditional lands and waters overwhelmingly contain the greatest remaining reserves of biodiversity”.She maintained that the International Day draws attention to their powerful contribution to preserving biodiversity: “It allows us to tell the story of how these communities…have been stewards of biodiversity for millennia, responsible for preserving and even increasing biodiversity through their traditional management practices”, she acknowledged.The colourful tapestry of life is fading like watercolours in the rain — Cristiana Paşca PalmerLinking biological and cultural diversity, she spelled out that the resilience of human communities and ecosystems are under “grave threat”.“The colourful tapestry of life is fading like watercolours in the rain”, she bemoaned. “The loss of indigenous, traditional and local languages is closely related to biodiversity loss”.Moreover, she stated that their local and traditional communities’ languages are “representative of diverse world views, value systems and cultural expressions”.“Let us commit ourselves to restoring indigenous languages as the vibrant colours of the tapestry of life”, she urged.In closing, Ms. Palmer emphasized the “centrality of traditional and indigenous languages in strengthening the links between biological and cultural diversity for attaining the global 2050 vision of humanity living in harmony with nature”. He pointed out that almost half of the world’s estimated 6,700 languages, which are mostly indigenous, risk extinction. “With every language that disappears, the world loses a wealth of traditional knowledge” said Mr. Guterres.Noting that a significant proportion of the estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world today “still lack basic rights, with systematic discrimination and exclusion continuing to threaten ways of life, cultures and identities”, the UN chief stressed that this contradicts the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, “with its promise to leave no one behind”. Offering the UN’s support to realize “the rights and aspirations of indigenous peoples”, the Secretary-General concluded: “I count on Member States to engage and support indigenous peoples in determining their own development through policies that are inclusive, equitable and accessible”. Education ‘pivotal’As part of this year’s commemoration, the UN organized an event at its Headquarters in New York featuring expert panels and innovators on indigenous languages and technology. But it opened with a ceremonial call to order by Chief Howard Thompson of the United States’ Mohawk Nation.“People listen for a few moments”, he said. “This is our way when we gather anywhere to give thanks”.He began by first acknowledging that everyone had “arrived safely and are healthy” before giving thanks to Mother Earth, Grandmother Moon, the stars and the creator, saying “we give thanks daily because it may not be here tomorrow”. read more
The vast majority of these – some 2,000 men, women and children travelling third class – were crammed below decks, far from the mahogany-lined luxury enjoyed by Benjamin Guggenheim and Lady Astor above.Unusually, the ship was even reversed into its berth in Southampton to prevent passengers from seeing the marked side, Mr Molony will claim in a documentary, Titanic: The New Evidence, to be broadcast on Channel 4 on New Year’s Day.Mr Molony said: “The official Titanic inquiry branded [the sinking] as an act of God. This isn’t a simple story of colliding with an iceberg and sinking. It’s a perfect storm ox extraordinary factors coming together: fire, ice and criminal negligence. 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. “Nobody has investigated these marks before. It totally changes the narrative. We have metallurgy experts telling us that when you get that level of temperature against steel it makes it brittle, and reduces its strength by up to 75 per cent.“The fire was known about, but it was played down. She should never have been put to sea.”There are also suggestion that, despite warnings of icebergs, the Titanic was travelling faster than was advisable as stokers and firemen sought to dispose of burning coal by putting it in the only place available to to them – the furnaces powering Titanic’s massive engines.“There are aspects of this saga that have never been adequately explained,” Mr Molony said.David Hill, former secretary of the British Titanic Society, told The Times: “There certainly was a fire. It set sail on Wednesday and they didn’t get it out until the Saturday, so it must have been a big one.“Was it a life-changer? It’s my personal opinion that it didn’t make a difference”. The claim was made by journalist and Titanic expert Senan Malony, who has spent more than 30 years researching the disaster.He used little known photographs taken by the Titanic’s chief electrical engineer before it left Belfast shipyard to identify 30ft-long black marks along the front right-hand side of the hull.Mr Malony said: “We are looking at the exact area where the iceberg stuck, and we appear to have a weakness or damage to the hull in that specific place, before she even left Belfast”. A photograph of the Titanic berthed in Belfast, taken by engineer John KempsterCredit:Steve Raffield/Kempster Archive/Channel 4 Experts subsequently confirmed these were likely to have been caused by fire damage, as a result of hundred of tonnes of coal catching fire due to “self-heating” in a three-storey-high fuel store behind boiler room six.Twelve men battled to bring the resulting conflagration under control, but it was still raging days later – as temperatures of between 500 and 1000 degrees Celsius.Ship’s officers were reportedly under strict instruction from J Bruce Ismay, president of the company that built the ship, not to mention the desperate situation to any of the Titanic’s 2,500 passengers. The Titanic makes it’s way out to seaCredit:Raffield/Kempster Archive/Channel 4 Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in James Cameron’s 1997 film The sinking of the largest ship ever built, the Titanic, may owe as much to a enormous fire onboard as it did to a gigantic iceberg, it has been claimed.The doomed vessel, which measured more than 880ft long and 100ft tall, went down with the loss of more than 1500 lives on April 15, 1912 during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.However fresh evidence that the Titanic’s hull may have been crippled by a massive blaze that burned unchecked for almost three weeks immediately behind the spot where it was later pierced. A poster advertising the RMS Titanic before its fateful first voyage read more
Family breakdown is leading to a growing number of “paupers’ funerals”, funeral directors have said. Figures from the Royal London, an insurance firm, show that the overall number has increased by 12 per cent over five years. “Public health funerals” are held when a person does not have a family who can organise a funeral, so the funds and organisation must be provided by the local authority. In some cases the family cannot afford to pay the fees and in others the deceased person does not have a family member available to organise the funeral. The insurer said FOI data from 260 local authorities showed there were 3,784 public health funerals across Britain in the financial year 2015/16, a 12 per cent rise since 2011. The total cost to local authorities was £4m. Royal London said the total cost of public health funerals to councils across the UK had increased by more than a third over the past five years.Alison Crake, president of the National Association of Funeral Directors, said: “People becoming estranged from or outliving relatives can be a factor leading to a public health funeral being required.“In fact this is one of the saddest aspects of public health funerals; the individual who has died is often not only without money, but without mourners of any kind too. Louise Eaton-Terry, funeral cost expert at Royal London, said: “With an increasing number of people living alone, for a variety of reasons, it’s not surprising that some public health funerals may be carried out because the deceased has no family to arrange a funeral. “In these cases, local councils take on the responsibility of paying for a funeral and it’s evident that councils are facing increasing pressure to accommodate the rising number of public health funerals in the UK.” “Quite often NAFD members will actively seek to find individuals to come and pay last respects – perhaps those who have in some way cared for or come into contact with the person during the last years of their lives. “However, in the absence of any mourners attending a funeral, many funeral directors will pay respects to the deceased person themselves, often accompanied by a representative of the local authority that has arranged the funeral.” read more
Watch Dogs looks to be one of the first games to pick up on next-gen consoles, but it’s also being released on the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Wii U. And while you may have already decided which platform to buy the game for, you now have another choice to make–do you buy the standard or limited edition?Ubisoft has announced that a Limited Edition Pack version of the game will be made available across PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, and PC (the Wii U isn’t mentioned). Unlike the standard game, which is expected to cost $60, the Limited Edition will be $130.That’s a high price to pay, especially if you’ve just shelled out for a brand new next-gen console, but in return you get the following items:Watch Dogs game disc in collectible steelbook featuring DedSec artHardcover 80-page book full of concept art for the gameSoundtrack from composer Brian Reitzell9-inch Aiden Pearce statue including gun and glowing smartphoneAiden Pearce vigilante maskThe image of the pack Ubisoft has released suggests the statue is of a very high quality. If that remains the case for the statue that ships in the box, then this is quite a good selection of items, although a $99 price point would have been more realistic.Both the standard and Limited Edition Pack will be available when the game launches on November 19. However, we don’t yet know the launch dates of the PS4 and Xbox One, so the Watch Dogs launch may be delayed or brought forward for those platforms. read more
Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 6:02 PM I would encourage anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI.SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has said that “a dark cloud has been cast over Newry today”.Councillor Michael Savage said that it had “sent shock waves across our city and has left many local people unnerved”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Glin Ree Court Image: Google Maps 124,050 Views Updated Mar 7th 2019, 6:02 PM DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING THE discovery of three bodies at an address in Newry this afternoon have said that they are “not currently seeking anyone else in connection with the deaths”. The bodies of a man (38), a woman (37) and a 15-year-old girl were found at a flat at 11am today.Officers were called to attend the scene at an apartment in Glin Ree Court, close to the centre of Newry.Detective superintendent Jason Murphy of the PSNI said: “The bodies of an adult male, an adult female and a teenage girl were discovered at around 11am this morning.“The circumstances of the deaths will now be subject to investigation and post mortem examinations will take place in due course.“At this time the three have not been formally identified and cause of death has not been established.”ReactionLocal Sinn Féin Councillor Charlie Casey has said that the community in Newry is “in shock” and has asked anyone with information to contact police. “My thoughts and sympathies are with all of those involved in this incident and their families,” Casey said in a statement today. “Details are still emerging and a police investigation is underway and that should be allowed to proceed”. Mar 7th 2019, 2:04 PM Police ‘not looking for anyone else’ after bodies of three people found in Newry The bodies of a man (38), a woman (37) and a 15-year-old girl were found at an apartment this morning. By Sean Murray Image: Google Maps Glin Ree Court 51 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4528649 Share65 Tweet Email Short URL read more
By Pat Flynn File photo 45 Comments Aer Lingus flight forced to return to Dublin Airport after crew report ‘smell’ on board The flight landed safely in Dublin at 9.05am and was met at the terminal by ground crews and engineers. File photo Image: PA Archive/PA Images Friday 30 Aug 2019, 9:54 AM https://jrnl.ie/4788618 Share41 Tweet Email2 65,959 Views Aug 30th 2019, 9:54 AM Image: PA Archive/PA Images AN AER LINGUS flight was forced to return to Dublin Airport this morning after the crew reported a ‘smell’ on board.Flight EI-776 from Dublin to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, departed at around 7.50am and was about 30 minutes into its journey when the flight crew advised air traffic controllers that they would need to return to Dublin.The crew had been in contact with the airline’s operations centre and advised them that the cabin crew had detected a smell in the passenger cabin.The flight crew reported that no one had displayed any signs of being affected by the smell but that they would monitor the situation for a while.Soon afterwards, when the Airbus A320-200 jet was about 100 kilometres south of Cork, the flight further advised air traffic control that cabin crew members had reported experiencing some side effects.It’s understood that while the flight attendants were not feeling unwell, they were experiencing ‘watery and itchy eyes’. As a result, the pilot opted to return to Dublin to have the issue investigated. It’s not known whether any passengers were affected.The pilot also told controllers they believed the smell may have originated in the plane’s air conditioning system. The crew did not declare an emergency and confirmed they would not require any services on arrival at Dublin.The flight was cleared to a lower altitude to allow the crew burn off aviation fuel to ensure the flight touched down within safe landing weight limits.While a comment has been sought from Aer Lingus, an airline source confirmed there was an issue with a smell on board and that the crew decided to return as a precaution.The source added that one passenger complained of feeling ‘nauseous’ which ‘may not have been linked to the odour’. Ambulance paramedics were requested to meet the aircraft on arrival as a precaution, the source said said. ”Aer Lingus flight EI776 from Dublin to Lanzarote departed Dublin at 07:28 local time and was required to turn back shortly after take-off due to a technical issue. The aircraft landed safely at Dublin Airport at 09:06,” an Aer Lingus spokesperson said.“Guests are being re-accommodated on a different aircraft with a new departure time of 13:00 local time, arriving at Lanzarote at 17:00 local time. Guests have been issued with meal vouchers,” they said. “Subsequently the returning EI777 has been delayed with a new departure time at Lanzarote of 17:50 local arriving into Dublin at 21:55 local time.”The spokesperson said guests in Lanzarote have been advised of their new departure time by text and email, and guests at the airport provided with meal vouchers.“Aer Lingus would like to apologise for the delay to affected guests,” they said.The flight landed safely in Dublin at 9.05am and was met at the terminal by ground crews and engineers.The passengers are expected to resume their journey later today. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article read more
Samsung et la LPDDR3, la mémoire haute performance des futurs smartphonesSi aujourd’hui, l’une des différences majeures entre l’informatique de bureau et l’informatique mobile réside en la performance de leur mémoire, elle est amenée à s’estomper, et ce très rapidement. C’est du moins ce qu’affirme Samsung, évoquant l’arrivée prochaine, dès 2013, de la mémoire LPDDR3.Lors de la conférence annuelle Qualcomm Uplinq, Samsung est venu vanter les mérites de sa mémoire LPDDR3. Développée pour les smartphones et tablettes de prochaine génération, elle fera son arrivée sur ces terminaux dès l’année prochaine, nous promet la firme coréenne.Ubergizmo s’est entretenu avec des représentants du constructeur, afin d’en savoir plus sur cette mémoire qui, selon Samsung, aura raison des lacunes actuelles en matière de performance, qui différencient l’informatique de bureau et l’informatique mobile. La LPDDR, aussi connue sous l’appellation de “DDR mobile”, est, rappelle le site, un type de mémoire capable de consommer dix fois moins d’énergie lorsque le terminal est en veille que la mémoire PC DDR3. Un atout de taille, les smartphones passant le plus clair de leur temps en veille.Aujourd’hui, nombre de terminaux mobiles utilisent une mémoire LPDDR2. Mais le principal avantage qu’apportera la prochaine génération réside en la bande passante bien plus élevée qu’elle offrira. Les processeurs graphiques (GPU) des smartphones sont très gourmands en matière de bande passante, les écrans des terminaux ne cessant de s’agrandir et de gagner en résolution. En quelques années seulement, souligne Ubergizmo, les mobiles sont passés de 76.000 pixels à 1.3M pixels. Des résolutions amenées à augmenter encore sensiblement dans les mois et années à venir. Or les vitesses théoriques de fonctionnement de la mémoire DDR actuelle se cantonnent à 533, 667 et 800 mégahertz, et s’avèrent donc incompatibles avec la haute définition qu’afficheront les terminaux mobiles de demain.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Pour l’heure, les puces équipées de cette nouvelle mémoire sont encore en phase de test et d’adaptation. Samsung a fourni des échantillons aux constructeurs de puces afin qu’ils puissent les expérimenter, les évaluer, et s’atteler à rendre leurs produits compatibles avec la LPDDR3. Une fois cette phase achevée, dès lors que les fabricants seront prêts, Samsung lancera la production de masse de ces nouveaux dispositifs. La firme coréenne espère ainsi voir la prochaine génération de smartphones embarquant sa mémoire haute-performance commercialisée dès l’année prochaine.Puis dès 2014, une deuxième version de la la mémoire LPDDR3, baptisée LPDDR3 Wide IO, est prévue au programme. Elle élargira alors la bande passante à 17 GB/s, nous promet Samsung.Le 1 juillet 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambert read more
Related Items:#LeandraGarland, #magneticmedianews, #workpermitboardsecretaryterminated Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 7, 2017 – Grand Turk – Government has decided to revoke the appointment of Leandra Garland to the work permit review board for Zone 1, which is the Grand Turk arm. Garland’s appointment as Secretary was just eight months old, and she was announced as a replacement when both Sheba Wilson and Arthur Lightbourne resigned due to being candidates in the 2016 General Elections.New appointees were announced in November 2016, Ms. Garland was among them. Cabinet made the announcement in recent notes from its June 30th meeting, the revocation took effect since July 1st.Meanwhile, on a completely different board, there is a new addition. Ashwood Hall joins the Middle Caicos district board, with effect since the start of the month.#MagneticMediaNews#workpermitboardsecretaryterminated#LeandraGarland read more
As PDF/ X-1a workflows near ubiquity for some publishers, Hearst Magazines has become the first to implement a new system based on the PDF/X-4 standard, according to Ken Pecca, Hearst’s director of premedia imaging.PDF/X-4—what Pecca calls the “Smart PDF”—is a layered file that supports live transparencies without flattening artwork or converting the file to PostScript. Unlike the PDF/X-1a, the file contains the searchable metadata it needs to be easily repurposed through a digital asset management (DAM) system. Images remain in RGB format throughout the pre-press process and the heavy lifting of color management isn’t handled until the last stage. To implement its PDF/ X-4 workflow, which Hearst began using in February, the publisher adopted Kodak’s Prinergy InSite system. The switch took an initial investment of less than $200,000 in production tools, Pecca says, and has resulted in a 30 to 35 percent increase in efficiency. “Our production staff has taken on new projects. Promotions, collateral work—anything sent outside we’ve brought in house,” he says. By a “very conservative” estimate, Pecca says he projects the system is equivalent to two to three people. Pecca sees the system as an enterprise solution, allowing Hearst’s production staff to communicate with each other, proof and approve pages in real time from anywhere in the world through an Internet connection and a simple log-in process. Right now, Hearst is using the PDF/X-4 system exclusively for its editorial and advertorial pages. For advertising pages, using the system at this point would be a “huge liability,” according to Pecca. “We haven’t even explored how this would work.” In the future, though, he says, “This is a workflow that everybody is going to end up adopting for everything. I just don’t see any way around it as people see that there’s a better, easier, smarter way to digitally manage your files. But to put a time frame on it, it’s still uncharted territory.” read more
Federal scientists said summer Arctic sea ice shrank to its fourth lowest level on record this month, dispelling faint hopes of a recovery.The National Snow and Ice Data Center announced Tuesday that the Arctic hit its summer minimum last week with 1.7 million square miles of sea ice, down 240,000 square miles from 2014.Summer minimum sea ice has shrunk by about 38 percent since satellites started measuring in 1979. It reached an all-time low of 1.3 million square miles in 2012 and went back up to 1.95 in 2013 and staying near there in 2014.Data center scientist Julienne Stroeve said data shows no recovery of Arctic sea ice. Instead, she said global warming shrinks ice cover over the long term, with yearly variations for weather.
A Drowzee on the road in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney, KTOO)From the Aleutian chain, to the Tongass National Forest, to the base of Denali, Alaska is filled with pocket monsters.Since last week, the new “Pokemon Go” game has exploded in popularity, and Alaska is no exception.Listen nowIn Anchorage, crowds of people float around parks and city streets at all hours, their eyes glued to their phones as they try to collect creatures.The game draws on nostalgia for a craze that started almost two decades ago. And it has caught on in places one might not expect at first. Like a military base.“Almost everybody in my platoon has it,” said Private First Class Dylan Carter, standing outside the soldier’s chapel at Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson, phone in hand. Carter is 23, and like a lot of people downloading the new game, he first got into Pokemon when he was a kid. Now, he and his wife, who recently gave birth, have been playing it on long walks.A Magikarp ready for battle in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney, KTOO)Carter is in an airborne Army unit. When asked, he denied there’s any contradiction between jumping out of a low-flying plane, and a videogame that basically turns you into a sci-fi animal catcher. One could be enthusiastic about both.“Everybody’s got to be a man to do the job,” Carter said of airborne work. “But in all reality, it goes back to the nostalgia thing. I mean, I have a Pokeball tattoo. There’s a kid in everybody.”But the game’s popularity hardly ends in Anchorage. This raises a few interesting questions about how Alaskans in totally different corners of the state, with totally different internet infrastructure, are dealing with the new technology.So we checked in with reporters from across the Alaska Public Radio Network to find out what issues are being raised.“Pokemon Go” gets players off the couch by overlaying features from the game over the real world. Downtown Talkeetna, for example, has about ten “Pokestops,” areas where players gather supplies to use in the game, set up around parks, monuments, and buildings — including the KTNA radio station. But there are plenty outside of town, too.“Where we work there’s about five or six of them just in a small little area,” said aspiring Pokemaster Jason, who was in the downtown area on a recent evening with his girlfriend, trying to find Pokemon.A low-level Rattata appears before the Talkeetna River, with Denali in the background. (Photo by Phillip Manning, KNTA – Talkeetna)Pokestops and similar location-based features were chosen by the game’s developer, Niantic, Inc. They mirror the spots built into an earlier game released by Niantic a few years ago called Ingress that used the same augmented reality structure.Once players gather supplies like “Poke Balls” from spots, Jason showed off how to use them for capturing the actual Pokemon, like a winged creature named Pidgey floating across a smartphone screen.“There’s an aiming reticle on there, too, so depending on how well you aim, you have a higher chance of catching it,” he explained. A few flicks of the thumb later and the Pidgey was imprisoned inside a red and white orb.The game is integrated with Google Maps and uses the GPS coordinates on a player’s phone to alert him or her if there are any digital monsters nearby. That can mean walking around for stretches of time, hunting.“It’ll come up and tell you if anything’s nearby, and you just kind of wander around until it appears on your map,” Jason explained.Jason’s girlfriend and hunting partner Jasmine sees it as a major benefit that the game coaxes people outdoors for fun physical exercise.“It’s definitely a nerdy FitBit,” she said.The game takes for granted that your phone can get online while you’re out and about. But for huge sections of Alaska with little to no network coverage, that’s not always available.In Unalaska, for example, the internet is slow – think dial-up speeds. If you’re lucky you might be able to watch YouTube. But you’ll have to wait for it to buffer.A Squirtle squares off against KTOO reporter Matt Miller in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney, KTOO)But that’s not stopping 17-year old Faizar Cayron from playing. He’s got an AT&T phone with mobile data, a rarity on the island. He’s even getting up four hours earlier than normal to take advantage of better playing conditions.“So then the bad weather won’t catch up to me,” he laughed. “It’s just the better weather in the morning, and you can go around where it’s not like wet grass and it’s going to be hard to catch Pokémon there.”Although Cayron prefers the morning, there are kids playing all day long. But many of them don’t have data, and instead are using an island wide network of Wi-Fi hotspots provided by another company, Optimera. Which can be expensive. — just ask Felica Tungul whose daughter plays.“In a matter of a day she used up three gigabytes of our internet,” Felicia Tungul said of a recent Poke-spree by her daughter. “It’s a lot. It’s almost $80 worth of internet.”Now, here’s the catch: the “Pokemon Go” app doesn’t actually use that much data—around 10 megabytes in a half hour of play, a lot less than an app like Facebook, which racks up about two megabytes a minute. But according to Optimera CEO Emmet Fitch, your gaming costs could come down to how your smartphone is configured.“Most phones, by default, are set up to automatically download updates for all the applications that you are running while you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network because everywhere else in the Lower 48 Wi-Fi is essentially free,” Fitch explained.Users can adjust those settings to stop unnecessary downloads. And Tungul is laying down the law with her daughter, insisting she turn off the app when she’s not playing. But that’s really the only restriction.“It keeps her active. It’s get all the kids everywhere. If you see a kid running in the street they’re chasing Pokemon,” Tungul said.But what about trying to reign in gaming in a more formal, educational setting? Because the game’s release coincided with summer vacation, there are only a few places where school is in session. One is the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, which is getting a preview of how educators are responding to a game students can’t seem to put down.A Voltorb awaiting capture Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney, KTOO)Autumn McCumiskey is SFAC’s director of students, and says the explosion in phone-use is a problem, because phones generally aren’t allowed during class time.“Every time I went into the counseling office, it was ‘Pokemon this,’ and ‘wiggly hoo-haa is doing this thing.’ It just felt like it was something that was taking over every conversation,” McCumiskey said.“It felt like instead of talking about ‘what did you paint today,’ or ‘how did your dance class go,’ or ‘did you finally stick that mount in partner acrobatics,’ it was ‘have you seenthat Orthodox Church Gym? Isn’t that funny?’”The other issue popping up is when students walk across town from campus to the Performing Arts Center every night, sending hundreds of young people weaving in and out of traffic.“It was mostly a safety concern,” said Cecilia Wehde, a counselor who had to start confiscating devices. “Everyone wanted to have their phone out to catch Pokemon and Pokestops and hatch eggs. A lot more yelling at them to put their phones away.”Wehde thinks this might have been because last weekend was still the “high school” camp, which is a bit more relaxed. And that hasn’t been the case this past week during the intensive musical theater session.According to student Jack Hale, everyone is buckling down for the camp-wide production of Guys and Dolls.“I downloaded it, and it took, like, an hour,” Hale said. “There’s been a lot of opportunity to play it, but then again you’re constantly in rehearsal, doing stuff.”Hale explained that when it comes to musical theater at the Sitka camp, everyone feels a sense of devotion. “You don’t want to waste time on your phone.”But the kids aren’t the only ones trying to strike a balance between responsibilities and summer fun.“I’ve seen a few teachers playing it,” Hale said. “Everyone sort of knows what it is, and when they recognize what you’re doing, a light bulb clicks.”Whether the Pokemon craze will last through the summer and linger into the school year remains to be seen.Alaska Public Media’s Zachariah Hughes contributed additional reporting for this story. read more
Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Hopper’s ‘Stranger Things’ Cabin Is Now an Escape Room Stay on target Game of Thrones is over, however, there is another show that will take over your binge-watching sessions soon: Stranger Things is returning for its third season on Netflix on July 4, and the series’ latest trailer shows a hunky Billy Hargrove, who is major eye candy for all the moms who hangout at the Hawkins pool.Hargrove is known for being mean to many kids in Hawkins, Indiana, but all the women who spend their summer days at the town pool think otherwise: Karen Wheeler, Mike Wheeler’s mom, rallies up her girlfriends who are chilling poolside whenever Hargrove walks by. Of course, she’s especially flattered when Hargrove compliments her new color block swimsuit.There aren’t many plot details in the short clip, however, it’s clear that Hargrove is heating things up at his community pool. Even though he’s kind of a jerk to a kid who runs across an area, Hargrove wants everyone to know that this summer spot is his turf. And, the ladies are all in for it.Stranger Things Season 3 takes place in the summer of 1985, so it’s unknown what type of force will screw up Hawkins, Indiana this time. There might be a dark entity coming for the town, but Hargrove will remain the hottest lifeguard until then.More on Geek.com:‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Trailer Teases a Retro Teenage Wasteland‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Will Premiere on July 4Lego’s Massive ‘Stranger Things’ Set Will Turn Your World Upside Down read more