first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Dry bulk demolition has significantly decreased in 2018, dropping by 71.6% to only 4.2 million dwt scrapped by mid-December, according to BIMCO.A major factor behind this fall has been an almost total halt in Panamax demolition, which accounted for only 3%, while demolition in every ship segment decreased.In 2017 Panamax ships accounted for 23% of total dry bulk demolition. This year only two ships totaling 144,485 dwt were demolished. Panamax demolition was previously at such a low level in 2007 when the total came to 141,479 dwt.“Historically, better freight rates lead to a decrease in demolition and with average earnings in the dry bulk market at their highest since 2011, owners are more likely to keep their ships sailing,” Peter Sand, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, said.During 2018, there was not a month when dry bulk demolition was over 0.8 million dwt, compared to last year in which ten months saw demolition above 0.8 million tonnes. January saw the highest levels this year at 748,666 dwt, while April was the lowest month with only one Supramax ship demolished.Small ships live longer livesThe average age of dry bulk ships being demolished has risen to reach 28.1 years, up from 24.7 years in 2017, BIMCO cited Clarksons. The highest average age of demolished ships was observed in May, peaking at 31.7 years.The average age for demolished Capesize ships over the course of the year was 23.8 years old, and Panamax ships were on average demolished at 21.6 years of age. The smaller ship sizes had a higher average age at demolition of 29.8 years and 31.9 years for Handymax and Handysize ships, respectively.last_img read more

first_imgCANCER CARE N.S.–Cape Breton’s Palliative Care Education aSuccess Cape Breton area residents are receiving improved palliative careservices from better trained health-care workers thanks to CancerCare Nova Scotia’s Palliative Care Front-Line Education Program,says an evaluation released today, March 31. One-hundred-thirty-nine health professionals from across CapeBreton District Health Authority completed an evaluation aftertaking the three-day program. All feedback was positive. Theevaluation indicates that the program content was appropriate,meaningful and applicable to the daily work of health-careproviders. Through pre- and post-testing, participantsdemonstrated both an increase in and retention of knowledge. “Palliative and supportive care is an essential component of ahigh-quality cancer system,” said Dr. Andrew Padmos,commissioner, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “The Palliative CareFront-Line Education Program has significantly increased thelevel of palliative care expertise available to Nova Scotiacancer patients and their families. It is providing healthprofessionals with the knowledge they need to more skilfullymanage the unique needs of their patients.” By covering such topics as pain management, spiritual andcultural considerations, and grief and bereavement, thePalliative Care Front-Line Education Program addresses thephysical, emotional, social and spiritual impacts of dealing witha life-threatening illness. It is designed to provide front-linehealth-care workers with the education they need to deliver high-quality palliative care. “This initiative helps build confidence among healthprofessionals throughout the province — and patients ultimatelybenefit from their enhanced knowledge,” said Health MinisterAngus MacIsaac. The Palliative Care Front-Line Education Program encouragescollaboration and the development of community partnerships byincorporating an interprofessional, team approach to education.To build on the program’s success and further enhance the qualityof palliative care services in Nova Scotia, Cancer Care NovaScotia will provide continued support to districts that offer thethree-day program. “The Palliative Care Front-Line Education Program was offered intwo locations in our district and was well received in both,particularly by the volunteers and the continuing care staff,”said David MacIver, vice-president of community and continuingcare for Cape Breton District Health Authority. “The programallowed members of the interdisciplinary palliative care team toparticipate in a structured education program, which is anopportunity that many may not have had otherwise. We definitelywant to offer this program again in the near future.” Diane Leblanc, who was just starting her role as palliative careco-ordinator when she completed the program, said it offerssomething for everyone. “The Palliative Care Front-Line EducationProgram is extremely valuable, especially to volunteers without aformal education in health care,” she said. “I see a particularneed for this program in rural areas of our province. I’mcurrently working with two other palliative care nurses fromBaddeck and Inverness, and we hope to have the program availablelater this year in Margaree.” The Palliative Care Front-Line Education Program was developed inresponse to a needs assessment and a Palliative Care Roundtablehosted by Cancer Care Nova Scotia. It was modelled after theRural Palliative Home Care Project, a federal health transitionproject conducted in 1999 and 2000. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, familiesand the health-care system through prevention, screening,education and research.last_img read more

first_img Land inspections, more water quality testing and new regulations are some of the actions government is taking to address water quality in the Carleton River Watershed. The Department of Environment released a report today, Oct. 6, outlining the state of 10 lakes within the Carleton River watershed in Yarmouth and Digby counties. “In the interest of making life better for people who live in these areas, government is committed to doing what it can to improve the health of these lakes,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “This is a long-standing concern and it will take time and co-operation with industry and communities to see results.” Residents have expressed concern with persistent blue green algae blooms in several lakes along the watershed. Blue green algae is naturally occurring but excess nutrients in the water, such as phosphorus, makes it worse. The nutrients can come from poor waste-management practices, fertilizers and faulty septic systems. The Department of Environment began a water-quality sampling program in 2008 to better understand the health of selected lakes in this watershed, which includes nearly 100 lakes and rivers. The report, available at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/surface.water/ , includes analysis of September and October 2009 samples taken from more than 50 sites in 10 lakes. The 2008 report, released last year, is also available on the website. The 2009 report said nutrients are increasing overall and water quality has been deteriorating since the mid-1980s. Six of the 10 lakes: Nowlans; Placides; Hourglass; Parr; Ogden; and Fanning had the poorest water quality. Provost, Porcupine and Vaughan lakes showed moderate levels and Sloans Lake had near pristine water quality. This year, the department began auditing potential nutrient sources. Mink farms were recognized as nutrient sources, so the departments of Environment and Agriculture partnered to conduct land inspections at eight mink farms, identified based on risk factors such as size and how close they are to water. Seven deficiencies were found on five of the eight farms inspected, including three requiring immediate action. All seven deficiencies have been addressed. Environment inspectors spoke with farmers about the best ways to manage waste and protect water sources. In May, Environment Canada also conducted 10 inspections of area mink farms and collected samples, which were shown not to be harmful to fish. As a result, no enforcement actions were taken under the federal Fisheries Act. Environment Canada will continue to share information and sample results. “With good farm practices and solid regulations, I believe the fur industry can be successful while being good stewards of the environment,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “Government brought in legislation for the fur industry last spring. The regulations we are drafting will make sure the mink industry better manages its waste in an environmentally sustainable manner.” The Department of Environment will continue to conduct water-quality tests in the Carleton River Watershed area and visit more mink farms and other sites that may be contributing excess nutrients to the lakes and rivers. Residents can reduce health risks by avoiding contact with water where there is an algae bloom as well as not drinking, swimming, bathing, or brushing teeth with the water. People should avoid eating the internal organs of fish caught where blue green algae blooms occur. A fact sheet on blue green algae is available at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/surface.water/ . NOTE TO EDITORS: Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau and Agriculture Minister John MacDonell, and technical staff from the Department of Environment, will be available for media interviews today, Oct. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fifth floor, 5151 Terminal Rd., Halifax. Phone interviews can be arranged in advance.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The result of the first round of counselling of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) students was announced by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Board on Wednesday. The successful candidates will have to present themselves between July 4 and 7 at 23 centres set up in Bengal and Agartala to verify their documents. The students can opt for the institutions where they have been allotted or can wait for the subsequent counselling round to upgrade their position.last_img

first_imgKolkata: Senior cabinet ministers in the state on Thursday sharply reacted to the Centre’s privatisation move in which various public sector units are being handed over to private companies.The ruling party in the state moved a motion in the Assembly, protesting against the decision taken by the Centre. The leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Abdul Mannan and CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty also supported the move and echoed the voice of the government on the Centre’s stand. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersState Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said that as many as 26 PSUs have been liquidated by the Narendra Modi government in the last five years. Many others will either be liquidated or shut down by the Centre in the course of time. “What Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on privatisation is a dangerous trend. He said the government’s job is to run the government and it will not do business. Selling out PSU units is an attempt by the Centre to hide their failure. There have been attempts to sell out Navratna and Miniratna companies as well,” Chattopadhyay said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe also criticised the decision taken by the Vice-Chairman of Niti Aayog on the issue of privatisation. Foreign investments are being encouraged at the cost of state public sector units. He also criticised the Centre for changing the labour law, thereby infringing upon the rights of the workers. The workers have been denied bonus and gratuity. Even the right to strike for the workers has been withdrawn. Speaking on the issue, Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said in the Assembly that various Centre owned units are being sold at a lower price and unemployment is gradually going up in the country. He also said that the matter would be discussed with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “The Centre had promised to bring back black money from foreign banks. But in reality the Centre is selling out its profitable units. There have even been attempts to hurt the sentiments of people in Bengal. The rail budget for Bengal has been slashed down drastically. They are also trying to financially bankrupt the state,” Partha Chatterjee said. The state government would urge the Centre to dissuade from selling out the profitable units after the motion taken up by both the ruling party and the oppositions gets passed in the Assembly.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday arrested a 23-year-old man with his girl associate who used to honey trap old men with wealthy background and extort money from them.The accused committed five such incidents within a month in city. Police identified the accused as Parminder Singh and one co-accused girl, who were nabbed by the staff of Hari Nagar police station.Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Monika Bharadwaj said that on April 1, the complainant reported that his friend has been held captive by a racket of persons at a house and the said persons have already taken money from them and one of the alleged persons is standing at the Jail Road, Hari Nagar for taking more money from the complainant. “He stated that one girl befriended him through WhatsApp and asked him to meet. On the regular persuasion of the said girl, complainant along with his friend went to meet the girl who came with one more girl to meet them,” said DCP West . Thereafter, the two girls took complainant and his friend to one rented accommodation in Tilak Nagar on the pretext of enjoyment. The second girl took friend of the complainant in a room and the first girl locked the room from outside. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDCP further stated that at the same time, three men and two ladies entered the house and threatened the complainant to implicate him and his friend in a false case of rape.They also threatened that they would defame the complainant and his friend by leaking their video to their relatives and society. The accused persons took Rs 10,000 from the complainant and further demanded Rs 20 lakh from the complainant. Thereafter, friend of the complainant was held captive in the same house and complainant along with one accused was sent to bring more money. Thereafter, complainant on the pretext of arranging money asked the accused person who came along with the complainant to wait near Jail Road and came across with the police team. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe police team first arrested accused Parminder Singh from Jail Road and conducted raid at the premises where complainant’s friend was held captive by the accused persons, but the said premises was found locked. Further investigation revealed that after releasing the friend of complainant, all the accused persons escaped away from the premises. The police team conducted several raids and one co-accused girl has also been arrested. DCP West further revealed that Parminder has committed more than five incidents of extorting people through honey trap in the last one month with the help of his racket. His racket comprises 4-5 ladies and 3-4 men. Accused persons mainly target old men of wealthy background.last_img read more

Taroudante – German lawmakers have voted on a proposal to add Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia to a list of “safe countries of origin,” in a bid to reduce the number of asylum-seekers in Germany.According to Germany’s international broadcaster DW, 422 German lawmakers in the lower house of parliament voted on Friday in favor of a law classifying the three North African countries as “safe countries of origin.”The law, which needs to be approved by the Bundesrat – Germany’s upper house of parliament – before it can be implemented, will allow German authorities to proceed in sending asylum-seekers from those countries back to their homes of origin. The move was strongly criticized by human rights associations and some political parties, including Germany’s Greens.“Human rights in the Maghreb are in a bad way,” Greens foreign affairs expert Jürgen Trittin told the German newspaper “Saarbrücker Zeitung” on Friday.“These are not safe countries of origin. Period,” Trittin argued, urging German states with Green representation to vote against the proposed change when it comes before the Bundesrat.Leaders from Germany’s biggest social organizations, including the Gay and Lesbian Federation also expressed their disapproval for the new law.Diakonie President, Ulrich Lily, said “Classifying these three countries as safe countries of origin and deciding in future on the asylum applications with a fast-track procedure affects the core of the fundamental right to asylum – the right to individual examination.”North African migrants have been a subject of concern in Germany, ever since members of a crowd of “mostly North African men” allegedly committed hundreds of sexual assaults and petty thefts against women during the New Year’s celebrations in Cologne. read more

In a new report to the Security Council, UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix “welcomes Iraq’s willingness to discuss issues related to inspections in Iraq.” The next round of UN-Iraq talks is scheduled to be held in Vienna on 4 and 5 July.The report also provides information on Mr. Blix’s input during the first two rounds, held in New York on 7 March and from 1 to 3 May. Among other points, the Chairman “explained how UNMOVIC planned to operate in Iraq.” He also mentioned how the Commission’s expert staff was proceeding with work to identify unresolved issues as a basis for the later definition of “key remaining disarmament tasks.”On what Iraq would need to do to complete those tasks, the Chairman outlined the kinds of additional clarification that UNMOVIC might seek, stressing the need for full clarity about Baghdad’s cooperation on a number of practical issues before inspectors are deployed to Iraq. “It would be unfortunate if UNMOVIC inspectors were to encounter practical problems when they started to work in Iraq,” Mr. Blix writes.In light of the possibility of resuming the inspection work begun by its predecessor, the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM), UNMOVIC is increasing its readiness by recruiting more staff for posts at Headquarters that had previously remained unfilled. A number of new posts have also been established to cover the additional work given to the Commission under the Security Council’s latest resolution on the oil-for-food programme, which allows Iraq to use a portion of its petroleum revenue to purchase humanitarian relief. read more

In a joint press conference in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, with President René Préval, Mr. Annan said he has asked the Security Council to extend the mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) by 12 months, instead of the usual six, as a signal of his belief that many difficulties lie ahead for the country.“We have achieved a lot, but much more remains to be done… Nation-building is a long-term proposition. It does take time, it is hard, it is difficult and it requires everyone to play his or her part,” he said.The Secretary-General identified security as a crucial issue for Haiti, where kidnappings are relatively common and crime rates are high, and he called for the judiciary and penal system to be strengthened and the police to be professionalized.To further that aim, Mr. Annan urged UN Member States to back his plan for a year-long extension of MINUSTAH’s mandate and to appoint additional trainers to assist the national police force.But he congratulated the country for staging free and fair elections earlier this year and establishing a broad-based government. Haiti’s 18-member cabinet includes representatives from seven different political parties.Mr. Annan praised the work of MINUSTAH during a meeting with mission staff, and he also held talks with officials of the UN police in Haiti and the national police.After his visit to Haiti, Mr. Annan travelled to Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, where he and President Leonel Fernández took part in a forum on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The Secretary-General is scheduled to give a speech to a gathering organized by the Global Foundation on Democracy and Development and then attend a state dinner with Mr. Fernández. read more

John Marries Rwangalinde was admitted to the hospital on Sunday with an injury to his arm which the UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB) reports is not life-threatening. In a statement, the UN strongly condemned the violence against innocent civilians in Burundi. The attack took place in the commune Ngagara in Bujumbura, ONUB reported in a press release, calling on all concerned to respect human life. Last month, citing “factors of instability,” the Security Council extended ONUB’s mandate through the end of the year. The mission was established in May 2004 as Burundi emerged out of 12 years of civil war. read more

VANCOUVER – An Indigenous women has filed private charges in 2014 collapse of the tailings dam at the Mount Polley mine, days after British Columbia’s government announced that provincial charges would not be laid.Bev Sellers has filed court documents alleging that Mount Polley Mining Corp. polluted the environment when a tailings dam burst, sending 24 million cubic metres of mine waste into local waterways.Sellers was the acting chief of the Xat’sull First Nation, located near the gold and copper mine in B.C.’s Cariboo region, when the dam collapsed on Aug. 4 three years ago.The 15 charges, filed in Vancouver provincial court under both the provincial Environmental Act and the Mines Act, come after the newly elected NDP government announced Wednesday there would be no provincial charges laid by Friday’s three-year deadline.Sellers said in a news release that she couldn’t let the alleged pollution go.“In my culture, we have a sacred responsibility not only to care for the land, waters, animals, and people living today, but also for the next seven generations to come,” said Sellers, whose legal action is being by supported by MiningWatch Canada, West Coast Environmental Law, the Wilderness Committee and the First Nation Women Advocating for Responsible Mining.“I could not bear to witness B.C. simply stepping aside and giving-up on its own responsibility to protect our shared environment and waters.”An investigation into the dam’s collapse is ongoing by the B.C.’s Conservation Officer Service, but earlier this week the agency’s deputy chief Chris Doyle couldn’t say what stage the probe was at.B.C. Premier John Horgan said Friday he was shocked to learn that provincial charges were not being laid.“To have three years pass without any consequences is disturbing to me personally and, I think, disturbing for all British Columbians,” he said.However, Horgan said the federal government is very much engaged in the investigation and the province will work with federal investigators to ensure there are consequences for the events that took place.Horgan, who was sworn in last month, said the Conservation Officer Service is limited in its resources and his government will get to the bottom of why more resources weren’t brought in“We don’t have an answer to that question today,” he said Friday, adding the lapse of the deadline was “profoundly unfortunate.”Attorney General David Eby said the service is working with the federal government in relation to possible violations of the Fisheries Act, which has a five-year deadline for charges to be laid.Two reports, by B.C.’s chief inspector of mines and an independent panel of engineering experts, found the collapse involving the mine operated by Imperial Metals Corp. (TSX:III) was caused by a poorly designed dam that didn’t account for drainage and erosion failures.The federal NDP issued a statement Friday pinning the blame on Ottawa.“It is simply ridiculous that no charges have been laid. It’s time for the Liberal government to live up to their promises and restore protections for fisheries and bring real improvement to the Fisheries Act,” the NDP said in a statement.Amnesty International also issued a statement expressing its disappointment with the lack of provincial charges, in which it accused the B.C. government of playing “Russian roulette” with citizens’ futures.Imperial Metals did not immediately comment on the private charges.Citizens can pursue private prosecution if they believe an offence has been committed, but in B.C., the court can decide not to proceed with them if it believes there is no reasonable prospect of conviction.Last fall, MiningWatch Canada filed private charges alleging tailings pond collapse at the Mount Polley Mine violated the Fisheries Act.The charges were shelved in March, with Crown Counsel Alexander Clarkson saying the private prosecution was not in the public interest because the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada were already investigating.The Mount Polley mine went back to full operations last year. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 4, 2017 3:37 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2017 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Contents from a tailings pond is pictured going down the Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake near the town of Likely, B.C. on August, 5, 2014. British Columbia Premier John Horgan says he was shocked to learn that no provincial charges will be laid in the 2014 collapse of the tailings dam at the Mount Polley mine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward B.C. woman files private charges over Mount Polley tailings spill read more

first_imgEmployees should be allowed ‘breathing breaks’ throughout the day to increase their productivity and happiness, a leading expert has said.Author and happiness guru Max Strom, who offers lunchtime breathing workshops for office workers in central London, claims that calming the breath can have a huge impact on well-being. International Day of Happiness was founded following the UN Conference on Happiness in 2012. It is a campaign cooridinated by Action for Happiness, which brings together groups for, 160 different countries to improve well-being. Max Strom  Max Strom  “The problem is 90 per cent of human communication is not done through words, it’s visual,” he added.“You can’t tell tone of voice, or see facial expressions. So when you communicate using text or email, you’re having 10 per cent of a relationship. We now have to rely on emoticons to get the true meaning across.“The internet is the new white sugar. The more you use it, the more you want to use it, and the worse it is for you. People waste so much time on technology and what they don’t realise is that time is lifespan. When you kill time, you are killing yourself.” Max Strom teaching Max Strom teaching yoga in London “In the western world there are probably around 40 per cent of people who are suffering from anxiety or depression, because happiness is plummeting. 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.center_img Max teaching delegates at the World Government Summit in Dubai his Inner Axis breathing technique Ahead of the United Nations International Day of Happiness day he argues that while smokers are allowed regular breaks outdoors, non-smokers are often forced to sit at their desks for long periods of time when they should be having regular trips into the fresh air.“Pregnant women are taught to breathe because it is so beneficial when coping with physical and emotional distress, but nobody else is,” he said.“So when smokers go out for their break, the rest of the workforce should be allowed to follow them out, to go and breathe in the fresh air. It would have such a big impact.“Happiness is something we all want, and yet nobody is educated about how to achieve it. Nobody really thinks what makes them happy, they just think about what gives them pleasure. It’s not the same thing. We should teach happiness in schools. Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness said: “We urgently need a change in priorities.“Ultimately we want to help create a society that puts people’s overall happiness first, rather than focusing just on economic growth. We want to encourage people away from self-obsessed materialistic and unfulfilling behaviour towards a more collaborative and loving way of living.”Mr Strom said people could take the first step by demanding that technology simplifies life, not complicates it. He also suggests working out what makes them happy, and then telling family and friends.“Some technology is good. The washing machine has hugely freed up time for people, for example” he said.“But it’s important to define happiness at the deepest level. If you never go on this journey and learn what makes you happy, you will never find it.” Max teaching delegates at the World Government Summit in Dubai his Inner Axis breathing technique Max Strom teaching yoga in LondonCredit:Karen Yeomans Max Strom teaching “And it’s largely driven by the rise of technology. People are more connected than ever, and yet they have never been more isolated. People are now starving for intimacy.”Mr Strom, author of the book ‘There Is No App For Happiness’, claims the advent of air conditioning, the television and the internet are the three worst technological culprits for breeding loneliness.Air conditioning or central heating has allowed people to feel far more comfortable in their own homes, meaning they need to venture out less. Likewise, television and the internet have allowed people to communicate without ever meeting.last_img read more

first_imgA disappointed customer wrote on Facebook: “Sorry Blenheim. This really wasn’t good enough. It should have been incredible; a blaze of colour and smells from the multiple food stalls. It should have been like walking around a Chinese food fayre. There should have been incredible drumming and music, not just one poor pa system with one speaker in the corner timidly offering something as an excuse for it. The event was advertised  as having “a traditional Double Guan Yin Chinese Lion dance accompanied by a drummer” and organisers promised “delicious Chinese street food from a variety of stalls in the Great Court.”Promotional material for the event said: “Don’t miss out on special photos and meet-and-greet opportunities with the lion, then venture into the Palace to warm up and discover the magnificent Great Hall festooned with strings of Chinese lanterns.” Sorry, Blenheim, but this event was an embarrassment…. Nothing like what was implied in your advertising. Not worth the time or money. Street food stalls were lacking.. there was one!!! pic.twitter.com/YI6eEt8mdJ— DeeDee (@little_bakeneko) February 17, 2018 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. Look at the vibrance! You really captured the spirit of the Chinese New Year!No idea what parties you’ve been to, but 1 noodle van, 2 tatty dragons, 3 bored-looking musicians, 3 martial artists? Not your best work. pic.twitter.com/pbujrcqpbW— David Montrose (@MontroseCreate) February 17, 2018 Another commented: “Blenheim Palace should be ashamed of this pathetic event which the advertising totally misrepresented. We expected to find the Great Court full of food stalls and other Chinese related offerings. One rather shabby ‘Chinese’ noodle bar with no prices on display and a constant queue of 30 or more people was a disgraceful way to serve the hundreds of people who attended, many probably having traveled long distances.”If you looked really hard there were a couple of posters with a timetable of ‘events’ but there was nothing on offer between them for visitors to focus on. Goodness knows what the Chinese people who attended thought of this farce.”Blenheim Palace wrote on Facebook: “We are very sorry for everyone’s disappointment today. This was our first year delivering this event and were overwhelmed by the amount of visitors and were let down by several food vendors first thing this morning. Attendees of the £26-a-head Chinese New Year event at Blenheim Palace said it was a rather bleak affair, with food served from one lone noodle van, painfully long queues and sparse entertainment.The Palace has apologised after angered customers branded the event “a farce”,  “shambolic”, and “insulting”.Some visitors said they had managed to claim refunds after being disappointed by the festivities.One visitor complained the lanterns “looked like they were from Poundland”, and another agreed, saying they had held better events in their back garden.The main complaint was that there was just one vendor selling food, an offering of noodles and chips, after there were promises of a Chinese feast from multiple stalls.The UNESCO World Heritage Site claimed this was because they were “let down by several vendors”. Oh dear @BlenheimPalace your website said there would be a range of street food vendors but to just have one burger style van with 45 minute queues means I’m getting takeaway tonight! Poor traffic management, poor parking, poor facilities! pic.twitter.com/FIN3NltmPT— Ben Dales (@dales_ben) February 17, 2018 So much for #ChineseNewYear that was shocking! Very disappointed in #blenheimpalace 1 food stall that looked like a kebab van, wouldn’t know authentic if it bit it in the arse pic.twitter.com/0VzaXhVCFF— Toni Delli-Compagni (@Toni_DelliC) February 17, 2018 “The lanterns looked no better than something you would find in Poundland. We were SO looking forward to this and SO disappointed by it. Luckily we had an annual pass but even so, we didn’t hang around. Such a shame and a wasted opportunity. I hope this feedback is taken as constructive criticism which may help in the future. We love Blenheim and want to support you in your events.” “We will be reviewing how we can make big improvements for next year knowing there is so much interest. We hope everyone will use their Annual Passes to return and receive our usually high quality visitor experience at one of our many other events. Many thanks for your understanding.”last_img read more

first_imgApple : une ONG lance un audit dans les usines de FoxconnApple a annoncé lundi qu’une ONG de défense des droits des ouvriers avait entamé un audit sur les conditions de travail imposées aux employés de ses sous-traitants chinois, et notamment Foxconn. Une promesse que le géant de Cupertino avait faite le mois dernier.Après la publication par le New York Times d’une enquête accablante, Apple a décidé de respecter ses promesses. Comme la firme l’avait annoncé, la Fair Labor Association (FLA), qui défend les droits des ouvriers, va mener une enquête sur les conditions de travail imposées aux employés de ses sous-traitants chinois, comme le géant Foxconn dont les pratiques ont une nouvelle fois été dénoncées ranimant la polémique.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nous estimons que les ouvriers partout dans le monde ont droit à un environnement de travail sûr et juste, et c’est pourquoi nous avons demandé à la FLA d’évaluer de manière indépendante la performance de nos plus gros sous-traitants”, affirme le directeur général d’Apple Tim Cook dans un communiqué. L’association “conduira des audits spéciaux des usines d’assemblage de ses sous-traitants, y compris les usines de Foxconn à Shenzhen et Chengdu en Chine” précise-t-il. Et de souligner que les “inspections en cours sont sans précédent dans l’industrie électronique”. Des milliers d’employés seront interrogés sur leurs conditions de vie et de travail, affirme Tim Cook.Les résultats de ces enquêtes devraient être publiés dès le mois de mars sur le site Internet de la FLA (lien non disponible). Puis au printemps, d’autres audits seront menés dans les usines des sous-traitants taïwanais d’Apple, Quanta et Pegatron. Au total, les usines où sont assemblés plus de 90% des produits d’Apple auront fait l’objet d’une inspection, assure le géant de Cupertino avant de rappeler que “plus de 40 audits des usines Foxconn” ont déjà été réalisés par le passé.Le 15 février 2012 à 09:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgAfter knowing the Copa America groups during this Thursday’s draw, Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni expressed hope of having Lionel Messi back.Now that some time has passed after Argentina’s heartbreaking World Cup performance last summer with Messi as their leader, the Barcelona star is seriously considering on coming back to play for his country once more during 2019.The Copa America draw was held this Thursday and the Argentina national team got Group B, where they will face Paraguay, Colombia, and Qatar as one of the two invited nations to the tournament.Group A has Brazil hosting the tournament and sharing the stage with Peru, Venezuela, and Bolivia.And last but not least we have Group C, which includes Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, and Japan as the second nation that got invited to the tournament that will take place in Brazil during the summer.All the nations are hyped for what’s coming for this new competition, that will return to its traditional 12-squad format that got modified back in 2016 when the Copa America Centenario was played in the United States.We believe that all the major stars will accompany their respective national teams, Brazil will hopefully have a Neymar who is completely recovered from his most recent metatarsal injury and lead the hosting duties.Estos son los resultados para el choque de los verdaderos titanes. ¡Que el mundo sienta la vibración sudamericana ¡Así se jugará la CONMEBOL Copa América Brasil 2019! #CopaAmerica2019 pic.twitter.com/Wa65qhHBxL— Copa América (@CopaAmerica) January 24, 2019Uruguay will hopefully have the Suarez/Cavani duo, Chile will have Alexis Sanchez, Colombia will have James Rodriguez, and the list could go on and on.But the major question we are all asking is as follows: will Leo Messi make the decision to finally return to his national team and give a major tournament another crack to see if he can retire from international football with one trophy?That is the million dollar question for everybody, but manager Lionel Scaloni hopes that having the best player in the world is a major possibility for Argentina.“We will speak with Leo in the days before the March list. When the time is right we will speak,” said the Argentina manager via Goal.“I hope he can be here but more than that, we want him to be happy. I have a good feeling.”FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Brazil manager ‘Tite’, also talked about the reason he wants all the best players to visit his country and compete to win this new edition of the Copa America.“I want Messi and all the best athletes to come to Brazil. A team, to be the best, have to win with competition and overcome high-level opponents, which is why we expect Neymar, Messi, [Chile forward Alexis] Sanchez and [Uruguay star Luis] Suarez to come… And also [Peru’s Paolo] Guerrero.”¿Estará #Messi en la #CA2019Telemundo? Lionel Scaloni, DT de la @Argentina respondió al respecto…. pic.twitter.com/nBPbvetfZ1— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports) January 25, 2019The table is set for Lionel Messi to finally make his decision about his future with Argentina, certainly having Cesar Luis Menotti to guide him during his final years in the squad will be a great motivation that will bring Leo back for one last attempt to win the big trophies.The World Cup in Qatar is still far away for the Argentine to worry, he needs to take care of what’s coming this year first and then go step by step in the following years to see if he can get there while still playing at the highest level of competition.Odds are that Messi will still be a great player by the time that the next World Cup comes, but he will have to take extreme care of himself if he wants to give it another chance.The upcoming Copa America in Brazil will be a perfect measure for Messi to see how motivated he really is to keep going, winning the tournament could be a huge confidence boost that may push him all the way to Qatar.However, losing yet another major competition might be the final nail on Lionel Messi’s coffin that has the Argentina flag stamped on it.What happens this year during the summer, will determine which path Messi will take during the next three years.Scaloni no pierde la esperanza y hablará con Messi https://t.co/cEonhfYuHG pic.twitter.com/0PTgPIutJa— Fabian Ortegano (@Fabian_Ortegano) January 25, 2019Do you think Lionel Messi should go back to play for Argentina or do you think his time has passed? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 10th 2017: NASSAU: Rawson and Parliament Squares in the city centre bubbled with Bahamian pride in celebration of the 44th Bahamas Independence Anniversary National Pride and Flag-Raising Ceremony on Friday.   Bahamians of all ages gathered in “the square” dressed in their Bahamian colors to enjoy the formalities, sights, sounds, and fanfare.  The House of assembly and all of the surrounding area was also adorned in the national colors: black, aquamarine and gold.  There could be no confusion as to what all the celebration was about: The delicious smell of Bahamian dishes on sale was not easy to pass by.  Both local residents and tourists alike were captured by the sweet aroma of Bahamian food.  Even homemade ice cream was crafted in the Bahamian national colors.  There was also an array of festive Bahamian-coloured garments on sale along with unique accessories and trinkets to choose from.Story Courtesy: Sydnei Isaacs, Bahamas Information Services Moderated by eloquent child speakers Sara Williams, Reio Darling, Reanno Todd and Anthony Eccleston, the opening ceremony of National Pride Day was gracefully and effortlessly facilitated.  Elegantly styled in an aquamarine Bahamian Androsia print gown, Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling delivered beautiful and encouraging remarks on behalf of the event. She reminded all, “National unity is the awareness of a common identity and purpose among the citizens of a country” and that, “Much more work remains to be done for nation-building is an endless task.” The magnificence of young Bahamian talent was sufficiently showcased as participants and audience enjoyed cultural musical selections by The Bahamas National Youth Orchestra and The National Boys Choir. It is indeed an endless task as new generations of Bahamians will continue to shape the bright future of The Bahamas.  As The Governor General commented, “They too must share in the process of continuing the building of our nation, and it is our duty to pass on to them the established values and principles of our Nation.” In closing, Dame Marguerite, in the company of the young Bahamian moderators, was ceremoniously greeted by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Royal Bahamas Police Force carrying the Bahamian Flag.  Together, they hoisted the Flag in the centre of the square.  Everyone in attendance then sang the National Anthem. As Bahamian pride filled the atmosphere, Dame Marguerite advised, “We must fully commit ourselves to maintain this precious land as a free and Independent nation where we live together in love and unity.”  She ended by heartily wishing The Bahamas a happy 44thIndependence Anniversary. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_img Carlos Amezcua Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter Carlos Amezcua, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMonday, Carlos Amezcua met with Omar Passons in studio to discuss the upcoming election and the San Diego County Supervisor position.Omar Passons is an attorney and youth advocate seeking to replace termed-out Ron Roberts as the 4th District representative. Updated: 10:57 PMcenter_img Posted: May 14, 2018 Race for San Diego County Supervisor May 14, 2018last_img read more

first_imgStaff employed by public services organisation Serco Environmental Services, based at its Bridge Road depot in Haywards Heath, have voted to accept a new pay deal, mitigating strike action that was due to take place yesterday (Thursday 5 September 2019).The deal, negotiated with trade union GMB and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), includes a one-off, non-consolidated £250 payment, an improved sickness policy, access to local collective bargaining from October 2019 and a pay award in conjunction with the National Joint Council for Local Government Services (NJC) rates.In addition, Serco Environmental Services will also bring forward its pay review date, from August 2020 to April 2020.GMB members employed at Serco Environmental Services conducted strike action on Thursday 29 August 2019 after their request for a 15% pay increase was declined by the organisation. A second day of industrial action was scheduled for Thursday 5 September 2019, but this was cancelled once the deal was agreed between all parties.The dispute related to Serco Environmental Services tying its employees’ pay rises to the NJC pay awards; GMB members wished to retract from the NJC because of the government’s austerity policy, which includes pay freezes and lower-than-inflation pay reviews. GMB members were concerned this would greatly reduce their pay in real terms, according to the trade union.GMB also stated that Serco Environmental Services did not provide financial information in line with The Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations.Serco Environmental Services took over the waste contract in mid Sussex in July 2007.Declan Macintyre, regional organiser at GMB, said: “Members are pleased that they are able to accept the improved offer and bring this dispute to an end.“The members are still saddened to be placed in to a situation of having to cause disruption to the residents of mid Sussex and are apologetic to all affected. Members are looking forward to working with improved pay and conditions as a result of their action.”A spokesperson at Serco Environmental Services added: “We were pleased to reach an agreement with the GMB meaning that the planned industrial action on 5 September did not go ahead.“We worked very hard to minimise the disruption of the previous day of strike action. Only two vehicles did not go out on their rounds and missed collections were completed with the next few days.”last_img read more

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Police released surveillance video, Tuesday, of a trailer theft from November.The video shows a man in a white T-shirt and baseball hat breaking the lock off a $2,000 trailer, then attaching it to his pickup truck.He drove off with the trailer from a home in Miramar, on Southwest 66th Terrace and Miramar Parkway.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more