first_imgA senior official at Uber resigned on July 10 following an inquiry into how she handled allegations of racial discrimination at the ride-hailing app firm. Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey, who headed the human resources department at Uber, was accused by anonymous whistleblowers of systematically dismissing internal complaints of racial discrimination, Reuters reported.Hornsey and Uber’s human resources department were accused by an anonymous group that claims to include employees of color at the organization, the report said. They said complaints lodged with the internal anonymous tip line at the company were either left unresolved or were dismissed, especially if they dealt with issues of race.Among the allegations leveled against Hornsey were that she used discriminatory language and made derogatory comments about Bernard Coleman, Uber’s Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, and had denigrated and threatened former executive Bozoma Saint John, who left the company in June, according to the news agency.Hornsey held the position for 18 months. The investigation into the charges against her was carried out by law firm Gibson Dunn, which substantiated some of the allegations made. A second investigation is also expected to begin following a complaint from another anonymous employee.In an email to her colleagues, which was seen by Reuters, Hornsey said that her exit “comes a little out of the blue for some of you, but I have been thinking about this for a while.”Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi praised her in an email to employees, which was also seen by Reuters, as “incredibly talented, creative, and hard-working.”Neither Hornsey nor Khosrowshahi gave any reasons for her departure.Uber told the news agency in a statement that a proper investigation was carried out into the complaints.“We are confident that the investigation was conducted in an unbiased, thorough and credible manner, and that the conclusions of the investigation were addressed appropriately,” it said.Khosrowshahi took over as Uber’s CEO in August last year from former CEO Travis Kalanick after the company was embroiled in a series of controversies. In March, the firm agreed to pay $10 million to settle a proposed lawsuit brought by three women engineers alleging discrimination against over 400 women and minorities.In December last year, Uber and a woman from Texas, who accused the company executives of accessing her medical files after she sued the firm when a cab driver in India raped her in 2014, agreed to reach a settlement for an unknown amount.The firm also issued an apology after facing criticism on the social media for being sexist in its promotional message sent to customers in Bengaluru last year. The message urged husbands to “let your wife take a day off from the kitchen” and offered a discount offer on Uber Eats food delivery service. Related ItemsUberlast_img read more

first_imgTalk about money and the Delhi Commonwealth Games was definitely the most expensive.The government had obtained 10,000 Tetra sets on rent and distributed them to 17 agencies, including the Delhi Police during the Games.And it wasn’t just about financial irregularities. The Games has also left behind an unwanted legacy in the form of thousands of Tetra communication sets.The sets, rented at a cost of Rs 100 crore, were touted as a secure communication technology of “the future”. Numbering 10,000, they were obtained by the state government and distributed among 17 agencies, including the Delhi Police, during the Games.But within days of the Games’ end, a letter from the Delhi Police to the state government on the “viability” and “reliability” of the sets raised questions about the crores of rupees spent on the technology.”We were shown the dreams of a BMW car with the latest technology. But what we ultimately got was worse than the Ambassador cars we have been using,” a senior Delhi Police officer said about the Tetra handsets. Delhi Police were given over 3,000 such sets during the Games.Sources in the state government confirmed that the police have raised concerns about the communication system.”Their letter questions the credibility of these sets. It cites instances of sets not functioning, loss of signal and at times the sets going blank and creating communication hassles. The officers also said they didn’t rely on this communication technology during the Games,” a senior state government official said.Delhi Police officers related instances when these Tetra sets failed as they were trying to use them within the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. There was sudden loss of signal causing inconvenience to the security personnel.advertisementFor the moment, the police continue to use their seasoned wireless sets while the Tetra sets worth crores have been rendered “virtually useless.” Delhi government’s IT secretary Savitur Prasad, though, downplayed the problems. “All those who involved in the Games, including the police’s venue commanders, DTC, MCD, government officials and the OC staff used these sets. We didn’t hear of any problems. These sets are perfect and the technology is one for the future. Even the Glasgow Commonwealth Games will be using this very communication system,” he said.The police brass, though, isn’t impressed with the government’s stand and is waiting for an early solution to the problem.”We will try and resolve the issue with the IT department,” DCP Rajan Bhagat said.A senior officer said: “At present, the technology isn’t even working to the standard of our existing system and so we can’t use it. The government says things will be better in future. In that case, let them come back to us with it in the future.” The entire episode may ultimately rub the Delhi Police brass the wrong way as senior government officials said the money for the sets was released after the cops gave their nod to the technology.”They may be having these problems now, but why did their brass give the nod to the technology without prior checks? Crores could have been saved had they done that,” a senior government official said.DCP Navez Mumtaz of the Delhi Police’s communication department, said: “We are only the customers. They gave us these sets and we distributed them and sent back whatever feedback we got. Now it is the service provider’s (state government) responsibility to iron out the problems.”last_img read more

first_imgNew York: Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic retired with a shoulder injury after dropping the first two sets of Sunday’s US Open last-16 match against Stan Wawrinka.Swiss 23rd seed and 2016 champion Wawrinka led Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 2-1 when the Serb quit, having received treatment on his troublesome left shoulder before the start of the third set. “It’s never the way you want to finish a match. I’m sorry for Novak. He’s an amazing champion,” Wawrinka said.Djokovic, who has won four of the past five Grand Slam events and 16 overall, had struggled with a painful left shoulder during his second-round win over Juan Ignacio Londero.He said he felt “almost pain-free” following a straight-sets defeat of Denis Kudla in round three, but the problem resurfaced against Wawrinka in the first meeting between the pair since the final here three years ago.”I want to keep my level of tonight. I think I was playing super good tennis. I’m happy to be back,” said Wawrinka, who will meet fifth seed Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals.”It helped me big time knowing I have the game to beat him on that court.”I was feeling great. When I came to practice here I was moving well, playing well. I was quite confident with the level I had but you never know when you are playing the number one player in the world.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. djokovicNovak DjokovicStanislas Wawrinkaus open First Published: September 2, 2019, 8:29 AM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgThe 2017 Camaro ZL1 is poised to challenge the most advanced sports coupes in the world in any measure – with unprecedented levels of technology, refinement, track capability and straight-line acceleration.Under the hood, the ZL1 features a supercharged LT4 6.2L V-8 Small Block engine, with intake and exhaust systems tailored for Camaro. It is rated at an estimated 640 horsepower and torque of 868 Nm.ALSO READ:Audi R8 Spyder, Toyota Prius Prime, Mazda MX-5 RF previewed at NYIAS 2016The LT4 is backed by a standard six-speed manual transmission or all-new, available paddle-shift 10-speed automatic. The 10-speed automatic has 7.39 overall ratio for smaller steps between gears. It enables the LT4 engine to remain at optimal rpm levels during acceleration, particularly when exiting corners, for quicker laps and lightning-quick responses on both up- and down-shifts.This is the first Chevrolet application of the new quick-shift 10-speed, with unique calibrations and hardware developed exclusively for the ZL1. By the end 2018, GM will introduce the new 10-speed automatic in eight vehicle models.Functionality defines the Camaro ZL1’s form, with the exterior shaped during more than 100 hours of wind-tunnel testing and on-track validation to improve aerodynamics and cooling for track use.ALSO READ:BMW 7 Series bags the 2016 World Luxury Car award at NYIASAccordingly, its exterior elements all play a part in managing airflow over, under and through the ZL1.Handling capability starts with the lightweight, stiffer structure of the all-new sixth-Gen Camaro, married with Magnetic Ride suspension and an electronic limited-slip differential.Standard technologies include Driver Mode Selector, dual-mode exhaust and advanced connectivity features.advertisementThe Camaro ZL1 goes on sale late this year. ALSO READ:Toyota Mirai wins 2016 World Green Car award at NYIASlast_img read more

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho feels that Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus is going to benefit the Serie A and make it more exciting.The United manager feels that with the arrival of Ronaldo, people will watch Serie A and it come become entertaining if teams like Napoli, Inter Milan, AS Roma and AC Milan can challenge the Old Lady, who have won the league for the last seven consecutive seasons.”The Premier League is the most competitive league right now, but a lot of people are going to be watching Serie A for Cristiano Ronaldo and Spain for (Lionel) Messi,” Jose Mourinho told TeleRadioStereo.”Serie A has now become one of the best leagues in the world. In football, anything can change. If Inter, Napoli, Roma and AC Milan change their views, as long as they don’t just passively accept that Juve are now stronger with Ronaldo, then (the league) can change in terms of quality, emotions and attention.”Also read – Cristiano Ronaldo ready for new chapter after brilliant Real Madrid story”This is why I compliment Juventus for this signing, which is great for them in terms of football, publicity and marketing.”Mourinho had coached Inter Milan between 2008 to 2010 season. In the 2009-10 season, he led the side to a historic league, cup and Champions League treble.Lui è qui. Lui è Bianconero. Lui è @Cristiano. #CR7JUVE[ Sound On] (@juventusfc) July 16, 2018Ronaldo arrived at Turin on Monday afternoon to complete his 100 million Euros move from Real Madrid and he was greeted with enthusiastic fans and teammates at the J Medical centre and training facility.Also read – Cristiano Ronaldo after Juventus move: Real Madrid has conquered my heartadvertisementThe new Juventus No. 7 spent nine seasons at Real Madrid and scored 450 goals for the Los Blancos but the Portuguese is ready to move on and is absolutely thrilled about the new chapter of his life.”My story at Real was brilliant and I thank the fans. But now I want to dedicate myself to this new phase of my life. I can’t wait to play. I am very motivated and I want to show that I am a player of the highest level. I want to leave my mark on Juve’s history. I am very happy for this challenge.”Also read – Cristiano Ronaldo gets his own ice cream flavour and pizza in Turin”Juventus is one of the best clubs in the world, it was a long-thought out move, but it was an easy decision to join the best club in Italy and a very important step for my career. “I’ve already met Allegri and I’ll start training on the 30th. I want to play on the first matchday of Serie A,” Ronaldo said at a press conference.Momentos Ronaldo (@Cristiano) July 17, 2018Ronaldo plans to get back to training as soon as possible and win more trophies in his glittering career.”Juventus have given me a great opportunity, it’s a step forward in my career. It’s no coincidence that they have won the last seven Scudetti. I feel honored that Juve thought of me, and I want to take them to an even higher level.Also read – Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid: Ramos, Bale pay emotional tribute”The Champions League is a trophy that everyone wants to win, but it’s very difficult. Juventus came close to us, but the finals are always an unknown. For this I hope to bring luck, but with tranquility. We will fight for all the trophies,” Ronaldo said.Juve fans will get to see Ronaldo when the team plays the Intercontinental Cup at the United States. They’ll play Bayern Munich, Benfica and Ronaldo’s former club Real Madrid in America.last_img read more

first_img Wan-Bissaka poses after signing for United. Photograph: Manchester United Share via Email Aaron Wan-Bissaka can shine at Old Trafford but patience will be needed Pinterest Twitter Manchester United have completed the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace in a deal that could potentially be worth £50m. The England Under-21 international, who made his first-team debut for Palace less than 18 months ago, has signed a five-year contract with United worth £80,000 a week. Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Facebook Share on Pinterest Manchester United Solskjær is targeting further defensive additions, with a central defender seen as a priority. Harry Maguire is at the top of their list – Manchester City are also competing for the England international – but any transfer seems a way off because of Leicester’s valuation, which is around £80m and based on the fee that Southampton received for Virgil van Dijk. That sort of asking price is likely to put Maguire out of United’s reach until they generate funds by moving players on. Transfer window Aaron Wan-Bissaka (@awbissaka)I can’t thank everyone at @CPFC enough. I’ve been at the club for 11 years and grown up there so I will never forget my roots and the support I’ve had from fans, players, staff. Thank you to everyone 🦅 #AWB 29, 2019 United have agreed to pay £45m for Wan-Bissaka and another £5m in add-ons, making him the club’s fifth-biggest signing. There is also an option to extend his contract by a further year.“It’s an unbelievable feeling and an honour to call myself a Manchester United player and something I know that only a small number of players have the privilege to say,” Wan-Bissaka said.“As a kid, every kid wants to play for a team like this. I’m grateful and it’s an honour to represent this club. I think I will improve every step and learn different things around new teammates. I think Manchester United is a big club, big family, big fanbase and they all stick together. I can see that I have made [my family] proud with this decision and where I’ve come from. I personally think they know what’s right for me.”Wan-Bissaka is United’s second signing of the summer, following the £15m addition of Daniel James from Swansea, and fits the profile of player – talented, young and hungry – the club are seeking to attract. Read more Ole Gunnar Solskjær, United’s manager, described the 21-year-old right-back as “one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League” and believes he has all the attributes to succeed at Old Trafford.“He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further,” Solskjær said. “Aaron is a young, hungry player and eager to learn and that’s important at his age. I am delighted he has signed with us and we look forward to continuing his tremendous development so far.”Wan-Bissaka’s move to Old Trafford completes a meteoric rise. Last season was his first full campaign at senior level as a professional footballer and he has made only 46 first-team appearances. His performances for Palace soon caught the eye, however, and he finished last season as their player of the year and with some hugely impressive statistics to his name, including making more tackles than any other defender in Europe’s elite leagues. Share on Twitter Crystal Palace Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgzoom Twenty delegates from unions representing workers at APM Terminals in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Oman met in Aqaba, Jordan this week to agree on a joint approach to achieving a set of minimum standards for workers at the region’s terminals, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).The two-day meeting (September 7 to 8) focused on topics such as the latest developments at the terminals, occupational health and safety, trade union rights, stability at work, and building a positive working relationship with the company.Yeppi Yanson, the CEO for the ACT terminal in Aqaba, attended the opening, where he welcomed the dialogue between unions and APMT across the region, and stressed the importance of more coordination.By the close of the meeting all unions had agreed on a road map on how to work closely to improve conditions and set uniform standards on issues such of health and safety.“All unions representing APMT workers in the region have decent collective bargaining agreements, and reasonably good relations with management in the five countries where APMT exists,” ITF Arab World regional secretary Bilal Malkawi said.”I am sure that with such a positive approach we will see more stable relations in the region, and these will lead to better productivity. We are looking for decent jobs, where workers can build positive industrial relations in their own workplaces. Unions representing APMT workers in this region are a great example of how unions can work in solidarity together.”last_img read more

(Update) If you won 30-million dollars, do you think you could wait two weeks to collect your winnings?. Hamilton’s newest multi-millionaire collected his big cheque at Ontario lottery and gaming’s prize office Monday. As Lisa Hepfner reports, so far he hasn’t decided how to spend his new found wealth.From hanging desperately onto the big cheque, to proclaiming his devotions.Nick Takticos, a 35-year-old man of steel from Steeltown took his new wealth and fame with a side of humour.“I just want to finish by saying, Argos suck, Ticats rule. Oskee wee wee, eat em raw.” Are you single? “I’m dating. And I’m open to a lot of options” he laughs.Nick Takticos had just gotten home from the nightshift at the Toyota plant in Cambridge, where he was a Lexus inspector. He checked his ticket several times before realizing. He could now afford to buy a Lexus.“I was pacing a little. I was by myself too. The first person I was thinking of was my mother.”At that point it was about 5am.Mom Vicky was having a restless sleep that morning:   “I was tossing and turning thinking of Tim Hortons. I wanted a coffee, and for some reason the phone rang. And he told me and I didn’t believe it so I said, I’m getting the coffee and coming over.”“I’ll never forget it, she looked up with this big smile, no stress in her face, and she said, they’re all here. I said I know, I know! We just started hugging and hugging. Total, total disbelief.”Vicky: “Our worries are going to be so different. They’ll be different worries now. You never stop worrying about your children.”Jamie Freeland is Nick’s best friend: “I went over later that night and he told me. I about fell on the floor. Honestly, it couldn’t happen to a better guy and a better family. Honestly. I really feel that way.”“Great guy, hard worker, friendly guy treats people respectfully and best friend I’ve ever had. Couldn’t be happier.”Takticos bought his winning ticket here at Royal Variety and Video. Just off of Main West in Hamilton and I’m told he’s been a regular customer here for years.Jeff To sold Nick the ticket: “I feel happy for him and his family too. So this is a lucky place to buy lotto tickets. Um. I think he’s more lucky than I laughs.”We’ll leave the last words to Nick: “Overnight, all these doors open up. It’s overwhelming.”He has “respectfully retired” from Toyota. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

OMAHA, Neb. – Warren Buffett is getting into the automobile sales business.The billionaire’s Berkshire Hathaway, owner of businesses ranging from the BNSF railroad to Dairy Queen, Geico insurance and power providers, is buying the privately owned auto dealership company Van Tuyl Group. Financial terms were not disclosed.Van Tuyl Group says it is the biggest privately owned auto dealership group in the U.S. It has 78 independently operated dealerships and more than 100 franchises in 10 states. The company will be renamed Berkshire Hathaway Automotive and be based in Dallas.Buffett, in an interview on CNBC on Thursday, said that there are huge opportunities for market consolidation in the fragmented auto dealership business.“This is just the beginning for Berkshire Hathaway Automotive,” Buffett said.This deal is one of a handful of times Buffett has applied his conglomerate’s name to one of the businesses it owns. In 2012, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services was created, and the national real estate franchise network continues adding agents at a brisk pace.A couple of insurance companies carry the name, including Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance. And earlier this year, the company’s utility division was renamed Berkshire Hathaway Energy.Originally, Berkshire Hathaway was the name of the struggling New England textile company that Buffett took control of in the 1960s. Buffett later closed the textile mills, but he has built Berkshire Hathaway into a conglomerate known for its financial strength.Van Tuyl Group’s current CEO, Larry Van Tuyl, will become chairman of the auto unit. Cecil Van Tuyl, Larry’s father, started with a Kansas City Chevrolet dealership in 1955. He was joined in the family business by Larry in 1971, according to the company’s website.Jeff Rachor will become CEO once Larry Van Tuyl transitions to the chairman position.Buffett said that Van Tuyl’s job will be to scout out dealerships for potential acquisitions and determine which ones to pursue. Buffett will provide the funding for any possible transactions.“We’ve got the capital, so we’re off to the races,” he said.Berkshire investor and biographer Andy Kilpatrick said this deal looks like it represents another long-term move into a new business for the company. Plus, it puts some of Berkshire’s roughly $55 billion cash to work.“I think it’s a major operating business,” said Kilpatrick, who wrote “Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett.”Stifel analyst James Albertine said the deal puts Berkshire in good position to take advantage of trends in the industry and acquire dealers who either need to plan for succession or need capital to invest.“We continue to believe the opportunity to consolidate the auto dealership sector presents one of the best medium-to-long term growth opportunities across retail,” Albertine said in a research note.The deal is expected to close in 2015’s first quarter. It still needs approval from major auto manufacturers.Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is based in Omaha, Nebraska.___AP Business Writers Michelle Chapman in New York and Tom Murphy in Indianapolis contributed to this story. Berkshire Hathaway buys network of car dealerships; Buffett says more car deals likely AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Josh Funk, The Associated Press Posted Oct 2, 2014 2:54 pm MDT read more

by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 9, 2017 1:49 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 10, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario reconsidering a foreign buyers’ tax to cool housing market TORONTO – A foreign buyers’ tax is back on the table in Ontario, with the finance minister saying Thursday it’s one possible option he’s looking at to cool the housing market.The average price of homes sold in the Greater Toronto Area last month rose 27.7 per cent over last year, and the average price of a detached home in Toronto is now more than $1.5 million. The latest numbers are fuelling worries of a housing bubble.Finance Minister Charles Sousa said last year that Ontario would not follow the lead of British Columbia, which imposed a 15-per-cent tax on foreign nationals buying real estate in the Vancouver area.Instead, the provincial Liberal government doubled the rebate on its land transfer tax for first-time homebuyers to $4,000 and raised the same tax on homes that sell for more than $2 million.Sousa said Thursday that he is “keenly aware” of how quickly house prices have risen over the past year.“A year ago I was thinking, ‘Let market forces prevail,’” Sousa said. “But now I’m concerned about…the ability of people to enter the marketplace. (There are) bidding wars everywhere you go, it appears, and I’m sensitive to that. I’m sensitive to the degree of fast appreciation in the short term and what will that do over the long term.”Sousa said he is considering a number of options for next steps, and “a foreign tax is just one.”In Ontario, the housing market has been heating up not just in Toronto, but across the whole Golden Horseshoe — which encompasses the western end of Lake Ontario, and regions south to Lake Erie and north to Georgian Bay — Sousa said.It’s not clear yet if foreign buyers are driving up demand or not, he said, noting Ontario has also been receiving a greater share of interprovincial migrants lately. In the third quarter of 2016, about 11,600 people moved to Ontario from other provinces, reversing a trend in recent years of more people leaving Ontario for other provinces, according to Ministry of Finance data.If measures are taken in Toronto, Sousa said he would worry about the impact elsewhere.“If there’s an appreciation happening and you start to poke a bubble, to what extent am I then implicating something with unintended consequences for other parts of the region?” he said.“If we do something in Toronto, what does that mean for Hamilton or Guelph?”The Ontario Real Estate Association has come out against a foreign buyers’ tax, saying the overwhelming majority of foreign home buyers are immigrants or permanent residents looking for a home, not speculators.“The main culprit behind rapidly rising house prices is the GTA’s unbalanced market — housing supply cannot meet demand — not foreign buyers,” CEO Tim Hudak said Thursday in a statement. “Home affordability needs to be addressed before millennials are completely priced out of the market.”“Before we pin a tax on foreigners, we need to address the elephant in the room and that’s the lack of housing supply,” Hudak said.A federal-provincial working group is still gathering data, trying to determine what factors are driving real estate prices.The average selling price for residential properties in the GTA hit $875,983 in February, while in the City of Toronto it was $859,186, an increase of 19.2 per cent. read more

first_imgThe Tongo diamond project in Sierra Leone, currently being developed by Newfield Resources, is set to benefit from DebTech’s X-ray diamond recovery technology, the diamond processing technology specialist reports.Working in collaboration with project house Paradigm Project Management, DebTech is to supply a dry unit – the CDX118CD dual wavelength X-ray sorter – to the project.“DebTech’s mature sorting technology is a dependable solution for high efficiency recovery of diamonds from a wide variety of kimberlite, marine and alluvial sources, capable of treating a material size range from 1 mm to 32 mm,” DebTech says.The unit to go to Tongo features an eight-channel photo multiplier detection system capable of identifying all types of diamonds including low luminescence, yellow and boart, the company said.Gavin Alexander, Products Manager at DebTech, said: “The appeal of the technology is its efficient diamond recovery with minimum gangue material, even at high feed rates. These rates can range from 825 kg/h with material sized between 1 mm and 2 mm, to 4.5 t/h with material of 16 mm to 32 mm in size.”Among the benefits of the system is the unique “dual wavelength” detection system and small installed footprint, the company says, adding it is capable of self-testing, while calibration can be conducted online.“Designed to be operator-friendly and straightforward to maintain, the unit offers complete operator safety due to its improved features,” Alexander says. “It is specifically designed to enhance diamond security, and the compact sorting modules can be configured for higher throughput or for a double-pass process, as required.”There are manual and automated inlet chute gate options available, with an air ejector system that ensures no loss of valuable stones.DebTech says: “Design is modular, compact and ergonomic, with left and right-hand variants available to suit. The split cabinet design features a heat exchanger-cooled X-ray generator and power supply compartment with separate control and service panel configurations. There is a single network interface for control and information, and DebTech ensures there is full maintenance support for customers, wherever they are on the globe.”last_img read more

first_imgIN WHAT HAS been described as a long-overdue overhaul of Ireland’s local governance system, Minister Phil Hogan has included measures which will see the power held by councillors in relation to planning matters curtailed significantly.“We have seen enough problems in relation to planning as articulated in the Mahon Tribunal,” the Minister told RTÉ News at One today. “Also, that power tends to be abused in a small way,” he added, referring to a councillor’s power to overturn management’s decisions or direct the executive.Hogan said his department’s intention to “accept in full” the recommendation made by the Mahon Tribunal in relation to section 140 of the Local Government Act 2001 which granted certain powers to councillors.Hogan said these powers will no longer apply. The reforms will see section 140 resolutions limited even further as they will not apply or extend to any other approval or decision which would see an individual or specific organisation benefit financially or otherwise. Legislation will be brought forward on this matter “at the earliest available opportunity”.The Mahon Tribunal – an inquiry into planning and payments to various parties – had recommended that the “power of the elected members to direct the Manager to grant planning permission in a specific case should be subject to increased restrictions” in order to combat political corruption.Fianna Fáil has criticised the coalition’s plans for not going far enough. Spokesperson Barry Cowen said he is concerned that some of the “key recommendations” from recent tribunals “appear to have been ignored”.“There appears to be nothing about enhanced transparency around planning decisions,” he added. “Critically, [Hogan] specifically refuses to create a Planning Regulator as recommended by Judge Mahon to oversee the system and act as a check on the Minister or new more powerful officials.”Hogan said the major reforms will allow for more democratic accountability and staff accountability to the democratically-elected member. It will give local councillors more influence and power on policy decisions and take control away from the management system in most other areas.“The whole tenet of my policy is to make sure there is a rebalancing of power to the democratically elected local councillor,” he told RTÉ News at One.“The city or county manager will now be a chief executive officer and he or she will have to report to councillors – as any business does to a board of directors.”More: Number of local authorities to be slashed from 114 to 31>More: How to prevent corruption in the future: Mahon’s recommendations>Read: Phil Hogan to bring local government reforms to Cabinet tomorrow>last_img read more

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Friday Theresa May’s failed gamble, DUP as kingmakers and Trump defiant. By Rónán Duffy No Comments Jun 9th 2017, 9:06 PM Get our daily news round up: Share1 Tweet Email NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND The 38th Carlow Arts Festival is running until Tuesday. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland 7,603 Views center_img Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party won the most Westminster seats in Northern Ireland.There have been appeals for witnesses after a stabbing in Carlow.Dublin City Council has issued a warning regarding the safety of rickshaws. Friday 9 Jun 2017, 9:06 PM Human remains have been discovered as part of the investigation into the death of convicted rapist James Nolan. A bizarre hoax email to councillors has claimed high-earners were exempt from €6 gallery entry fee at the Hugh Lane Gallery.Mars Ireland is recalling a number of its Galaxy products due to the potential presence of salmonella in ingredients.WORLD Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street Source: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire#UK ELECTION: British Prime Minister Theresa May will lose her party’s overall majority in the House of Commons after a disastrous snap election.#UK ELECTION: May has said she will attempt to lead a Conservative minority government with the support of the DUP.#TESTIFY: US President Donald Trump has said he’s willing to testify under oath about the nature of his meetings with then-director of the FBI James Comey.#SEPARATISTS: Catalonia is set to vote on independence from Spain in referendum that is opposed by the Madrid government.PARTING SHOT Source: The Independent/YouTubeLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn had a really good election with his party gaining seats and his own personal position strengthened. He did, however, execute what’s being called the ‘worst high-five ever’. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgFirefighters responded to a smoky, tenacious fire at an unoccupied house in Camas on Friday afternoon.The Camas-Washougal Fire Department was called to a report of a structure fire in the 500 block of Northwest Elm Street shortly before 3:30.They arrived to find a fire in a small house, and ample smoke, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.The house was not occupied, and radio traffic indicated firefighters were able to take an offensive approach and work from inside the building.It took upwards of 40 minutes until the fire was mostly under control, according to radio traffic.last_img read more

first_imgBowing to a national flood of protests, Bank of America Corp. is calling off its plan to charge customers $5 a month for using its debit cards to make purchases — a strategy that proved a public relations disaster for what once was America’s biggest bank.Analysts had believed the rest of the banking industry would follow Bank of America in imposing similar fees to make up for new rules restricting the fees banks charge merchants for accepting debit cards.But instead, the Charlotte, N.C., banking giant finds itself following the lead of a host of rivals who decided last week not to incur the wrath of the American public with debit-card fees.Bank of America lost its No. 1 ranking in asset size to JPMorgan Chase & Co. at the end of September, though it still has the most total deposits. It announced its decision on the debit fee Tuesday morning in a two-paragraph statement citing “customer concerns and the changing competitive marketplace.”“We have listened to our customers very closely over the last few weeks and recognize their concern with our proposed debit usage fee,” David Darnell, Bank of America’s co-chief operating officer, said in the statement.“Our customers’ voices are most important to us. As a result, we are not currently charging the fee and will not be moving forward with any additional plans to do so.”last_img read more

first_imgParamedics transported the victim to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.Troopers said they could not confirm whether a vehicle struck the victim after she exited the car or if the injuries she suffered were from her getting out of the vehicle while it was in motion.FHP said Miami-Dade Police’s crime scene investigators are processing the vehicle for evidence.The incident remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A woman is fighting for her life at the hospital hours after, witnesses said, she exited a moving vehicle traveling north on Interstate 95 in Miami.Florida Highway Patrol troopers were called to the scene in the northbound lanes near Interstate 195, at around 6 a.m., Saturday.According to FHP, the driver, later identified as 25-year-old Stephanie Gutierrez, said she and her friend had visited Blue Martini in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood before the incident occurred.Troopers said the victim was in the car’s backseat when she opened the door and exited the vehicle while it was in motion.According to City of Miami Police, Gutierrez was arrested after she was accused of giving false information to law enforcement. She remains behind bars at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.Investigators said they believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the incident but said they cannot confirm this at this time.A construction worker kept the victim company before rescue crews arrived. last_img read more

first_img Phil Collins Plots More U.S. Tour Dates phil-collins-says-hes-still-not-dead-yet-adds-more-us-tour-dates Phil Collins Says He’s “Still Not Dead Yet,” Adds More U.S. Tour Dates The U.S. leg of his Not Dead Yet tour in 2018 marked the GRAMMY winner’s first major shows in the country in over a decadeAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 21, 2019 – 4:01 pm Today, GRAMMY-winning drummer/singer/legend Phil Collins announced the Still Not Dead Yet, Live! 2019 U.S. tour. The British star will begin the 15-date tour leg on Sept. 23 in Dallas and finish out on Oct. 19 in Las Vegas, following the success of his 2018 North American return. News Twitter center_img He will perform at large venues in U.S. cities, including several he hasn’t been to in a decade or more. The dates include stops in Atlanta on Sept. 28, Madison Square Garden in New York City on Oct. 6 and the new Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif. on Oct. 17, before closing things out in Vegas.Before returning to the States, Collins will bring the Still Not Dead Yet, Live! to Europe in June. He announced that tour last November, tweeting; “I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing! It’s time to do it all again and I’m excited… it just feels right.”The shows follow his successful Not Dead Yet tour, named after his 2016 autobiography, which took him around the world in 2017–2018. The North American leg in Fall 2018 marked his first jaunt in the region in 12 years.He will be backed by the same band as the last tour, which includes his son Nicholas Collins on drums. The concert’s promoter has shared that fans can expect to hear some of his biggest hits over his 40-plus year career, including favorites “Against All Odds,” “Another Day in Paradise,” “In the Air Tonight” and “Easy Lover.”In October 2016, Collins celebrated the release of the autobiography and his triumphant return with a performance backed by The Roots on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.” Prior to Not Dead Yet, his last major tour was another coyly named one, The First Final Farewell Tour in 2004–2005.He has won eight career GRAMMYs, including as a founding member of iconic ’80s rock Genesis. 30 years ago, Collin’s released his fourth solo studio album, 1989’s …But Seriously. The album had four hit songs, including “Another Day In Paradise,” which earned him Record Of The Year at the 33rd GRAMMY Awards.Tickets for his 2019 U.S. tour go on sale Fri., March 30, with presales beginning the day prior; more info here.Woodstock 50 Performers: Jay-Z, The Killers, Miley Cyrus & More AnnouncedRead more Email Facebook last_img read more

first_imgA dialogue between prime minister Sheikh Hasina and AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukta Front begins at Ganabhaban on Friday evening. Photo: PIDThe dialogue between the Awami League-led 14-party alliance and the Jukta Front ended at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban Friday evening.Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina led a 14-member delegation at the dialogue while Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president and Jukta Front chairman AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury a 21-member team.UNB adds: At her opening speech, Sheikh Hasina said they want to hold a free, fair and neutral election so that people can choose their leadership. “To ensure how they will find that leadership is our aim,” she said.Mentioning that it is not possible to unleash development without the continuation of the democratic trend, the prime minister underscored the need for keeping up the trend as well as development pace on.”We continued the democratic trend after a long struggle. We’re working for people’s welfare and taking the country forward. We want the continuation of this trend.”She also said the country’s people will be able to cast their votes freely if the democratic trend continues. “We want to create this scope.”Welcoming the Jukta Front leaders to Ganabhaban, Sheikh Hasina said this is people’s bhaban (building).The other Jukta Front delegation members are BDB secretary general retired major Abdul Mannan, its presidium members Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, Golam Sarwar Milon, Abdur Rouf Mannan, Mohammad Yousuf, vice president Mahmuda Chowdhury, former MP HM Golam Reza, BLDP president Nazimuddin Al Azad, its general secretary Delwar Hossain, Bangladesh NAP chairman Jebel Rahman Gani, its secretary general M Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan, National Democratic Party (NDP) chairman Khandaker Golam Mortuza, and Janata Party president Sheikh Asaduzzaman.After the talks, the Jukta Front leaders will hold a press conference at B Chowdhury’s Baridhara residence around 11pm, BDB president’s press secretary Jahangir Alam told UNB.On Thursday night, the Awami League-led 14-praty alliance and Jatiya Oikyafront had marathon discussions at Ganabhaban over the next general election.Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina led a 23-member 14-party delegation while Gono Forum president Kamal Hossain a 20-member Jatiya Oikyafront team in the discussion.On Tuesday, prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina invited B Chowdhury to join the talks at Ganabhaban as he sent a letter to her seeking talks over the next polls.last_img read more

first_imgProtesters participate in an anti-Brexit demonstration at City Hall in central Belfast, Northern Ireland on 20 October. Photo: ReutersHundreds of thousands of supporters of the European Union marched through London on Saturday in the biggest demonstration so far to demand that the British government holds a public vote on the terms of Brexit.The protesters waved the blue and gold flag of the EU and held up “Bollocks to Brexit” banners under sunny skies to call for another referendum on the eventual deal on how Britain will leave the world’s biggest trading bloc.The march comes after another tumultuous week for prime minister Theresa May in which she failed to agree a divorce deal with EU leaders in Brussels and infuriated members of her own party by making further concessions in the talks.With just over five months until Britain is due to leave there is no clarity about what a future trade deal with the EU will look like and some rebels in May’s Conservative Party have threatened to vote down a deal if she clinches one.James McGrory, one of the organisers of the march, said voters should have the chance to change their minds because the decision will impact their lives for generations.“People think the Brexit negotiations are a total mess, they have no faith in the government to deliver the promises that were made, partly because they cannot be delivered,” he said.At the march, demonstrators carried placards saying “Brexit is pants”, “Time for an EU turn” and “European and proud.”Organisers said about 700,000 people took part in the march, which would make it the largest in Britain since a demonstration against the Iraq war in 2003.The “People’s Vote” campaign, which includes several pro-EU groups, said they had stewards stationed at regular intervals to estimate the size of the crowd. The police did not provide an independent estimate of numbers participating.Protesters originally gathered near Hyde Park and then walked past Downing Street and finished outside parliament where they listened to politicians from all main political parties.Brexit Reversed?Britain’s 2016 referendum saw 52 per cent vote in favour of leaving the European Union. But the past two years have been politically fraught as the government has struggled to agree on a plan and there are fears that Britain could leave the bloc without a deal.Some opinion polls have shown a slight shift in favour of remaining in the European Union, but there has yet to be a decisive change in attitudes and many in Britain say they have become increasingly bored by Brexit.The prime minister has repeatedly ruled out holding a second referendum. The opposition Labour party’s Brexit spokesman said last month his party open to a second referendum with the option of staying in the bloc in certain circumstances.In Belfast in Northern Ireland, around 2,000 people gathered on Saturday to oppose Brexit.Brendan Heading, a 39-year-old IT worker, said he was worried the decision to leave the EU would damage the economy and could lead to the break up of the United Kingdom.“I feel that Brexit threatens prosperity and stability,” he said. “People should have the opportunity to vote for an alternative based on what we now know.”Brexit supporters held their own rally in the town of Harrogate in the north of England.Richard Tice, Vice-Chairman of Leave Means Leave and one of the speakers at the event, described the people on the march in London as “losers” and said a second referendum would trigger a constitutional crisis.“We had a vote, we voted to leave, the idea to have a second referendum would be incredibly damaging,” he said.“People need to be under no illusions as to how people feel about what is a significant potential for a total betrayal of democracy in this country.”last_img read more