enable enforcement officers to inspect employers at any time work is being performed make recognized associations who register apprentices on behalf of employers and dispatch workers to job sites subject to enforcement provisions clarify the authority of the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency when issuing compliance orders or stop work orders and introduce administrative penalties provide for appeals of compliance orders and administrative penalties through the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board make it an offence to breach an order issued by an enforcement officer raise the maximum penalty from $5,000 to $10,000 for the first offence and from $10,000 to $50,000 for a second offence. Legislation introduced today, Feb. 28, will better ensure skilled trades work is performed safely by trained and certified tradespersons. It will also ensure a level playing field for all companies and improve safety for skilled tradespersons. Amendments to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualification Act will give the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency additional tools and authority to enforce certification requirements in the compulsory certified trades. The recommendations came from a working group comprised of industry representatives. “Most employers ensure that work in the skilled trades is being performed safely by properly trained and certified workers. But there are some who do not, and they need to be held accountable,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “With these changes, we are strengthening the province’s apprenticeship system, and giving peace of mind to tradespeople and consumers who pay for their expertise.” The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency is the regulatory body for 13 compulsory certified trades under the act. A trade is regulated as compulsory when there are issues of public and worker safety and consumer and environmental protection within the industry. To work in a compulsory certified trade, an individual must possess a valid Certificate of Qualification, be a registered apprentice or possess a valid temporary work permit. The proposed amendments, recommended by industry stakeholders, will: In addition, students enrolled in a recognized pre-apprenticeship training program will be registered with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. This will help ensure their smooth transition to apprenticeship and ensure they are aware of the requirements to complete their program. “Working in these trades comes with risk, and we want to ensure the safety of Nova Scotians is protected,” said Sandy Bonvie of Bonvie’s Sheet Metal Fabrication Shop in New Glasgow. “Having the right enforcement tools and processes in place will help create a more level playing field for trades employers and a safer work environment for all apprentices.” Nova Scotia’s apprenticeship system prepares people for jobs in the skilled trades. The agency is focusing on improving the number of apprenticeship opportunities in the province and helping apprentices complete their journey to certification.
MONTREAL – The framework for a 10-year softwood lumber agreement between Canada and the U.S. could be reached in the coming weeks, says an industry analyst, citing discussions with unnamed trade contacts.In a report released Thursday, Hamir Patel of CIBC World Markets said a deal setting quotas on Canadian softwood exports could be acceptable to the U.S. lumber industry if Canada drops several demands. That would include withdrawing a request that New Brunswick be excluded from any softwood agreement restrictions, Patel said.“We now believe there is a greater than 50 per cent probability that the two sides could announce an agreed-upon framework by the end of August,” he wrote.He said the U.S. Lumber Coalition could be encouraged by the Trump administration to sign a deal that would gradually reduce Canada’s share of the U.S. market to 27 to 28 per cent over several years from its 31.9 per cent share last year.A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland declined to comment on “rumours until a deal is reached that is favourable to both sides.” The U.S. Lumber Coalition also said it wouldn’t comment on speculation.U.S. producers would likely demand that they keep all duty deposits paid to date as compensation for 18 months of free trade since the past softwood agreement expired in 2015, Patel said. Canadian producers received back 80 per cent of their deposits in the 2006 softwood lumber agreement.The quota would likely be divided among provinces based on their historical share of the U.S. market, Patel added.A similar deal rejected by the industry about 10 days ago would have capped Canada’s share at 31 per cent in the first six months, with that falling to 29 per cent over the next 12 months until it were to reach 28 per cent in early 2022.A source close to the negotiations said the two sides were on the verge of a deal until some elements in the U.S. industry balked.The person who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the talks said there is little chance now of a softwood deal in place before NAFTA negotiations begin next month, with the Canadian and U.S. governments now eyeing September as the earliest date for a softwood deal to be finalized.Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said information that there was a deal in the works is credible, based on his discussions with contacts in the sector.“But until you get a deal it’s all just talk,” Quinn said from Vancouver.“I’m more in the camp that it’s going to be longer than earlier,” he said. “If they don’t get anything done by Aug. 16, really this sits on the back burner until they get NAFTA done.”— With files from Mia Rabson in Ottawa
An Open Letter to Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Home Office Minister, has been signed by a host of politicians, scientists, academics, animal welfare experts and celebrities.The letter calls on the UK Government to set up an independent inquiry into the appalling animal suffering and wrong-doing uncovered at Imperial College London, one of the UK’s leading universities.Support for the letter and the BUAV comes from Joanna Lumley, Bill Oddie, Morrissey, Chrissie Hynde, Moby, Jenny Seagrove, Martin Shaw, Mark Carwardine and Twiggy. Other individuals to sign up include RSPCA Chief Executive Gavin Grant, Jonathan Porritt, Peter Tatchell, Chris Packham, and Michaela Strachan, as well as leading academics such as Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, Professor Roger Crisp, Professor Janet Radcliffe Richards, Professor Robert Gardner and Dr Richard Ryder. Politicians include Caroline Lucas MP, Graeme Morrice MP, Adrian Sanders MP, Penny Mordaunt MP, Henry Smith MP, Jim Dowd MP and Kerry McCarthy MP.The call comes following an investigation carried out by the BUAV at one of the animal laboratories at Imperial College which documented a catalogue of shortcomings that caused even more suffering to the animals in its care than was allowed in the experiments.Findings included: breaches in and lack of knowledge of UK Home Office project licences; staff incompetence and neglect that resulted in animal suffering and distress; unsupervised researchers – with little experience – anaesthetising and carrying out surgery on animals; a failure to provide adequate anaesthesia and pain relief and the controversial use of a guillotine to carry out live decapitation.The UK Government and research industry repeatedly claim the UK has some of the highest welfare standards in the world for animals in laboratories, yet the secrecy surrounding animal research means we are unable to judge for ourselves. The BUAV investigation lifts the lid on this secrecy with a chilling insight into the day to day reality for animals in a UK laboratory with staff admissions of their own wrong-doing and incompetence.BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew states: ’Our investigation raises significant and far reaching questions about animal research in the UK.Despite claims by the Government and research industry that the UK has the best system of regulation in the world, we have shown that the reality for animals is very different. Standards at this leading UK University were poor, with breaches of the regulatory regime and inappropriate licensing and enforcement by the Home Office. A full independent inquiry must be carried out’.People can show their support by signing the BUAV petition here.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A cancer researcher says he’s cautiously optimistic about an East Coast ocean technology company’s apparent discovery of properties in seaweed off Newfoundland and Labrador that inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells, but warns the company still faces many hurdles.Oceans Ltd. announced Wednesday it has been studying the seaweed’s potential commercialization in pharmaceutical products for seven years, and has sampled about 70 seaweed species in Newfoundland and Labrador’s coastal waters.It said studies that used an extract from the seaweed on mice have “conclusively” demonstrated effectiveness in inhibiting the growth of breast cancer cells.Dr. David Hoskin, a professor of pathology at Dalhousie University who was not involved with the company or its research, said the product appears promising, but added there have been many natural products that have inhibited growth of human cancer in mice.“To the best of my knowledge, none of them have made it to the clinic,” said Hoskin, who researches natural products for treatment of breast cancer.“I tell my students, ‘I guarantee if you bring me a mouse with cancer, I can cure it.’ It’s pretty easy to cure cancer in a mouse. In a human, that’s a whole new ball game. That’s where a lot of the disappointments in the development of new cancer treatments have arisen from.”Oceans Ltd. president and CEO Judith Bobbitt said Wednesday its unique molecule has already undergone laboratory and animal testing at the National Research Council Canada, in accordance with Ottawa’s drug protocol.She said there are patents pending, and the company is now looking to partner with pharmaceutical companies to fund further research.“This is significant,” said Bobbitt in an interview. “It’s a novel molecule we found in a natural environment that nobody knew existed.”Hoskin said Oceans Ltd. will have to convince a company that its product is more effective and more economical than anything else the company has coming down the pipeline, and get it to agree to fund extensive clinical trials.“The only entities with deep enough pockets to fund those trials are big pharmaceutical companies,” said Hoskin, who is also the endowed chair in breast cancer research at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Atlantic Region.Oceans Ltd. said following treatment, the mice showed no obvious abnormalities related to metastasis, including in internal organs with high potential for metastasis such as livers, lungs, axillary lymph nodes and diaphragms.It said the molecule structure has been dubbed GorgonaDosi, and it is now being synthesized in a research lab for pharmaceutical development.Bobbitt said the molecule comes from a rare species of cold-water seaweed, and because Oceans Ltd. has defined the molecular structure, it is now able to make the seaweed synthetically.Oceans Ltd. has not yet shared the research with medical journals, as patents are pending.Hoskin said he hopes the research is submitted at some point so its scientific validity can be assessed.“Obviously a company has a vested interest in putting the best possible spin on the potential product,” he said.Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation Christopher Mitchelmore was on hand for the company’s press conference Wednesday, and praised the initiative.Oceans Ltd. is comprised of meteorologists, physical oceanographers, biologists, biochemists, chemists, and engineers who investigate the marine environment and its applications, with offices in Halifax and St. John’s.(The Canadian Press, VOCM)
TORONTO — Conrad Black says he has reached a settlement with the Canada Revenue Agency after it placed liens on his Toronto home due to claims that he owes $15 million in unpaid taxes.“It has been resolved to the shared satisfaction of the parties involved, and I will have no further comment on it,” the former media baron said in an email Tuesday.Black had originally asked for an emergency hearing with the Federal Court, arguing that the tax liens, which were placed on his mansion last month, were stalling the sale of his property. He withdrew that request late Monday.In May, the CRA placed two liens against the estate, alleging that Black owes in excess of $15 million in taxes from 2002, 2003 and 2008.Black said in the email that he considered the matter private and will not be discussing it further through the media.His lawyer, David Nathanson, said he was not at liberty to discuss the terms of the settlement.Black had agreed in March to sell the nine-bedroom, 11-bathroom home in Toronto’s ritzy Bridle Path neighbourhood to multimillionaire businessman Harold Peerenboom for $14 million.One of the conditions of the sale would permit Black and his wife Barbara Amiel-Black to continue living in the home by paying rent as part of a lease-back deal.In court documents, Black said Peerenboom wanted the sale to close by this Thursday or he would not purchase the 23,000-square-foot property.Black said in the court documents that he was willing to agree to a number of conditions if the sale were to go ahead, including putting the proceeds in a trust account pending the outcome of the tax dispute.The CRA was not immediately available for comment.
The plane, which was about 10 kilometres out of the airport and at an altitude of 15,000 feet, was hit in one of its engines, a UN spokesman told the press in New York. “Although badly damaged, the crew managed to regain control of the plane and landed it safely at Luena,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. “WFP is conducting an investigation and has suspended air operations into Luena, at least for today.”Luena is one of the many towns in Angola that WFP can only supply by air, the spokesman said. “Right now, WFP tells us that they have supplies in Luena to cover the next four to five weeks.”
In his latest report, delivered to both the General Assembly and the Security Council, Mr. Annan recommended that the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) – which expires on 24 March – be extended for a further 12 months.“Afghanistan continues to face enormous challenges in the areas of security, governance, rule of law and human rights, sustainable economic and social development and combating the illegal narcotics industry,” Mr. Annan said, highlighting security as the “foremost” among these.“If the State is to gain credibility and enjoy the support of the population, it is imperative that meaningful progress in each of these areas be achieved,” he said, adding that while the Government must lead this process, considerable support from the international community would be needed for “some time to come.”Mr. Annan stressed that it was essential that a “credible national Government” deliver on promises to reconstruct the country and convince the population that a democratic State is the best option.“Regardless of the causes of the conflict in Afghanistan – continuing insurgency and terrorism, factional violence and disputes over resources that State institutions are still too weak to address and a thriving drug economy that provides fertile ground for criminal networks and corruption – the concept of a democratic State will only take root if the people of Afghanistan become convinced that what is on offer is better than any alternative.”Despite these problems however, the Secretary-General said that there had been a “remarkable transformation” in Afghanistan’s political landscape over the past four years, highlighting in particular the inauguration in December of a fully elected National Assembly.He also said that the Afghanistan Compact, a multi-billion dollar UN-backed blueprint for international engagement in the development of the war-torn country over the next five years, provided an “unprecedented opportunity” for reconstruction, but would also present challenges.“The implementation of the Afghanistan Compact will put the country and its international partners to many tests. In addition to the challenge of security, it will remain vital to ensure that development occurs at a pace and in a manner that meets the aspirations and harnesses the potential of the Afghan people.”“In order to carry out its responsibilities, and to justify the confidence placed in the United Nations, UNAMA must continue and, as circumstances permit, expand its outreach to the Afghan population,” he said.Concluding his report, Mr. Annan said he was “increasingly concerned” over the safety of UN staff in the country, highlighted by the recent attacks on schools and teachers in Afghanistan, adding that the implementation of UNAMA’s mandate would depend on increased security.Tom Koenigs, UNAMA’s new chief, arrived in Afghanistan last month, saying that following the adoption of the Afghanistan Compact at a conference in London in January, his priorities would be human rights and development.“I will work to orient our action to these two directions which does not mean I will neglect anything else,” Mr. Koenigs added. “I think these two topics are the two major driving forces in all human development all over the world and the United Nations has been established for bringing forward these two elements.”
What has happened thus far in 2017Northwestern started off the season strong with a 31-20 victory against Nevada. The Wildcats were tested more than expected, but junior quarterback Clayton Thorson added two late rushing touchdowns in the final 5:29 of the game to seal the comeback victory. The following week, the Wildcats were defeated by Duke in dominating fashion, losing 41-17. The Blue Devils scored 20 unanswered points to put Northwestern away in the second half.Impact PlayerThe offense relies on star senior running back Justin Jackson. Jackson ran for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons, and earned a first team All-Big Ten spot last season by the media. Jackson reached personal highs in yards per carry, total yards and touchdowns last year. He also is just 229 yards away from breaking Northwestern’s all-time rushing yard record (4,485). Jackson has had a slower start this year, with only 127 rushing yards on 37 carries and one touchdown through two games, but he will still be expected to carry the offense if the Wildcats are going to repeat the success they had in 2015.StrengthsJackson is a clear strength on offense, as not only has he performed well every season since his freshman year, he has played in every game for the past three seasons. Thorson has shown glimmers of greatness, like when he completed 28-of-38 passes for 352 yards against Nevada in Week 1, and the Wildcats will need more games like that if they are to succeed in the Big Ten. Northwestern had a strong defense last year that ranked 12th in the nation in scoring, and was led by now-Indianapolis Colts linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. The Wildcats have the potential to continue that success this season with senior safety Godwin Igwebuike showing the most promise to lead the defense, as he racked up 108 tackles last season.WeaknessesConsistency is a big weakness as the first two games of the 2017 season have shown how different this Northwestern team can look on any given night. Four starters are back for Northwestern’s offensive line, but they gave up 39 sacks and 95 tackles for loss last year, so they will need to be much improved to help Thorson find more of a rhythm this season. Northwestern Wildcats running back Justin Jackson (21) evades Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Chris Worley (35) in the first quarter of their game at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 29, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Courtesy of TNSBig Ten preview: Northwestern WildcatsLocation: Evanston, Illinois2016 Record: 7-6 (5-4 in Big Ten)Head Coach: Pat Fitzgerald2017 Record So Far: 1-1All-time record vs. OSU: 14-61
SEVEN YEARS AGO when the Celtic Tiger’s asset price bubble began to grind to a juddering halt, the government of Ireland owed its creditors €44bn.Today that number is €206bn, equivalent to 124 per cent of GDP.Today, December 15, may be the day we recover a part of our lost sovereignty. It is a good day indeed.But we are still accountable in many ways to external forces. And the problems we face are bigger than ever before.Just how sustainable is our programme of debt management? Right now global interest rates are on the floor and, after years of tight management and austerity, the government can borrow long term capital at an interest rate of under 4%. But there is no guarantee that this will remain the case.Either way the burden of servicing existing debt means that next year we will pay our creditors €8,190m in loan interest. This is more than four times the interest bill of €2,000m which we incurred in 2007.State revenue earmarked for interest paymentsFor the foreseeable future a large part of government revenue is going to be earmarked for interest payments even before it is collected. And that ignores the whole question of capital repayments.Like any sensible borrower the government has been doing its best to string out the process of repaying the sovereign debt.The ‘average maturity’ of loans provided to us by the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF) under the bailout programme is 21 years, for example. The NTMA will go on trying to push out the date on which capital repayments are made, rolling the debt forward where possible.But ultimately our capacity to repay our debts must depend on the extent to which we grow our economy.The recent growth record is not good.Ireland’s economy contracted by 2.2% in 2008, by 6.4% in 2009 and by a further 1.1% in 2010.After growing by 2.2% in 2011, it began to contract again: by 0.2% in 2012 and again by an estimated 0.2% in 2013.The government hopes that the country will grow again by 2% next year. But there is no guarantee that this will be so. Among our sixteen partners in the Eurozone only the Germans are growing at a respectable pace. And our economy is hugely reliant on exports as a source of growth.Setting the scene: The early 1990sIn previous periods such as the early 1990s we were lifted out of the mire by a combination of lower taxes and cheap credit. The government brought down the top rate of income tax from 65% to 40% while, for the first time, borrowers had access to a flood of cheap European capital. This created a buoyant local economy in which jobs were plentiful.Today we are back where we were in tax terms, taxing modest incomes at marginal rates of 52% or even 55%. And the banking system, which we rescued at a cost of €64bn, has largely shut down as an engine of credit creation for ordinary households and therefore of growth in domestic demand.Finance Minister Michael Noonan signalled Friday that the tax issue is now his top priority.Asking single workers on €33k a year gross to pay 52% in PAYE, PRSI and USC is clearly daft. It is also sending out all the wrong signals to overseas investors who will be sending key executives to work in Ireland and seeking to recruit skilled staff from other countries.So it is vital that he finds the resources to pay for a very big widening of the standard rate income tax band.Deadbeat banking systemBut the real sickener for Noonan and for his cabinet colleagues lies in our deadbeat banking system. Instead of lending more to business and to households, the banks are lending less and less. They don’t think small firms are a good risk. And, apparently, they don’t think that mortgage loans should be given to ordinary people either.Into the future they may be thinking of a completely different type of banking model.Consider the following. At some of our biggest banks the rate of default on existing buy-to-let (BTL) mortgages is currently approaching 30%.You might imagine that this horrific, almost unprecedented, bad debt experience would scare banks away from BTLs altogether. Yet in recent days banks have begun cutting the rate charged for BTL loans as they drum up new business. Simultaneously there are reports that global capital funds are creating new lending vehicles for Ireland which will specialise in BTL lending.Have the banks taken leave of their senses? Again?Vulture funds and global property investors have also been snapping up blocks of apartments in Greater Dublin.Why is this happening? Have the banks taken leave of their senses, again?Clearly the banks and the professional investors believe that there is a big future in the rented property market in Dublin and other urban centres. If young people, especially those in fixed contract employment, are not going to get mortgage loans in the future then they must, by definition, become permanent renters.Already rents are rising sharply in Dublin. The BTL market may actually be the place to be for the banks and capital providers of the future. If the borrower is affluent enough to put up a substantial part of the cost of a property in cash, then the risks in new BTL lending are acceptable.Similarly, the pillar banks are beginning to offer new five-year interest-only credit to property purchasers provided they can put up half the cost of a property in cash. The target borrower in frequently a high net worth individual living overseas.‘Professional’ investors v owner-occupiersThe view in the top echelons of banking seems to be as follows. The banks have gone through a terrible time losing pots of money on tracker loans. The 12% default rate on ordinary home loans has pumped up average loan losses. But there has to be a future in lending for bricks and mortar provided you de-risk the lending sufficiently.This means much lower loan to value (LTV) ratios, completely flexible lending rates and much more rapid methods of dealing with default. This in turn may mean a bank chooses to deal with ‘professional’ investors in property as opposed to owner-occupiers.If, in the process of changing the lending strategy, you pump up the price of the existing stock of property then so much the better. Ultimately, you may recover some of the capital you thought was lost during the boom.This may be one of the most important legacies of the boom and the crash. The banks haven’t gone away. They may simply re-invent themselves as property lenders in ways that alter human behaviour quite significantly.As regards lending to small business, well that’s another day’s work altogether.Read Damien Kiberd’s columns for TheJournal.ie here>
Microsoft put together a huge marketing budget for Monday’s launch of their new smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 7, but so far, it doesn’t look like the public has been wooed: despite strong preorders and even some early sellout, it looks like Microsoft may have only managed to sell 40,000 Windows Phone 7 devices when it launched earlier this week on November 8th.The shockingly low number comes courtesy of the Street, which is naming a “market research source who tracks phone sales” for the data. To put that number in perspective, Apple’s iPhone currently sells about 270,000 units a day, and Android sells about 200,000 a day.Of course, the iPhone and Android have a buzz and momentum that has taken years to accrue, and neither sold nearly that volume when they launched. Even so, another metric still makes the Windows Phone 7’s launch seem ridiculously meager: keep in mind that Microsoft is giving all 89,000 employees a Windows Phone 7 device and you can see that demand so far has been low.Microsoft’s not in this for the short term, though. Windows Phone 7 is getting strong reviews, but it needs to gain traction. One thing that is probably hurting Microsoft here is that it’s three years late to the smartphone wars, and most people who would buy a smartphone are already locked into either the iOS or Android platform. Microsoft’s got a hard task ahead of it then: it needs less to win first-time smartphone buyers than convert existing users. Only time will tell if Microsoft can manage to do that.Read more at TheStreet
CO2 : feu vert pour un règlement européen sur la vente aux enchères des quotas Europe – Le 14 juillet dernier, les 27 États membres de l’Union européenne ont voté à l’unanimité en faveur du projet de règlement communautaire sur la mise aux enchères de quotas de CO2, pour la troisième période du système d’échanges européen, de 2013 à 2020.Ce texte prévoit qu’à partir de 2013, plus de la moitié des quotas d’émissions jusqu’à présent alloués gratuitement aux sites industriels et aux installations de production d’énergie seront vendus aux enchères par les États. Des recettes de l’ordre de 15 milliards d’euros par an sont attendues aux cours actuels.Ce vote ouvre la voie à une adoption définitive du règlement européen des enchères en Europe. Une adoption prévue pour l’automne prochain, après une période d’examen de trois mois par le Conseil des ministres et le Parlement européens. En cas d’adoption de cette loi, les professionnels du secteur industriel devront payer pour polluer.Visant à réduire les émissions globales de CO2, ce système communautaire d’échange de quotas d’émissions (SCEQE), met en place une limitation des gaz à effet de serre à émettre. Un marché du carbone permettra à chaque entreprise d’acheter des quotas, ou de vendre son droit à polluer en cas de surplus. Ce marché devrait être régulé conjointement par l’Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) et la Commission de régulation de l’énergie (CRE).Le 28 juillet 2010 à 18:42 • Emmanuel Perrin
US-based Mexican restaurant chain Illegal Pete’s has raised its minimum starting wage for tipped, hourly paid employees to $15 (£11.77) an hour, effective from January 2019.This equates to a $6 (£4.71) pay rise since Illegal Pete’s last increased its minimum starting wage in 2015 to $9 (£7.06) an hour.The pay increase will mean that tipped, hourly-paid employees that join the organisation can earn an additional $1,000 (£784.40) a month or an extra $12,000 (£9412.80) a year on average.The restaurant chain, which employs 450 staff across two sites in Arizona and nine in Colorado, has also raised its other wage levels in line with this pay increase, including salaried management pay.The chain’s living wage initiative means that its employees are paid above local state minimum wage levels; this is set at $8.08 (£6.34) an hour in Colorado and $8 (£6.28) an hour in Arizona.This increase in pay will be delivered in conjunction with the existing benefits package at Illegal Pete’s, which includes medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401(K) pension scheme, paid time off, paid sick leave, food and drink and an organisation average of $4.72 (£3.70) in tips. Illegal Pete’s believes its benefits package brings the minimum annual compensation of a tipped employee to the equivalent of $46,000 (£36,082.39).Pete Turner, founder and president at Illegal Pete’s, said: “We began our living wage initiative in June of 2015, and we’re proud to say that we’ll hit our goal starting in January of 2019.”
WORCESTER, MA — On Sunday, May 13, Assumption College awarded 617 degrees during its 101st Commencement exercises held at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, MA, in which speaker The Most Reverend Robert E. Barron, S.T.D., auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and evangelist who uses various forms of media, in particular social media, to share the Gospel message and one of the most-followed Catholics on social media, delivered the Commencement address.Wilmington graduates included:Michael CurtisBrian Pickett Nicole PotcnerBishop Barron is founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic faith, which is now a nationally syndicated series. His website, WordOnFire.org, attracts millions and he is followed by more than 1.5 million on Facebook. According to Bishop Barron’s YouTube channel, his videos, which have been viewed more than 25 million times, provide “brief and insightful commentaries on faith and culture” that complement his weekly sermons podcasted at WordOnFire.org.In his speech, Bishop Barron shared a cautionary tale of actor Don Johnson at the height of his fame in the 1980s; all of his dreams had come true-he was rich, honored, and full of power-yet he was miserable. “We human beings can experience all the good the world has to offer-wealth, pleasure, honor and power-and still feel unsatisfied and restless,” he said. “It’s because we were made for more than that The satisfaction of the restless heart is in God.”Bishop Barron spoke of St. Augustine, whose restless heart led him to God, and that “filling ourselves with God means filling ourselves with love” and “the desire to do good of the other.”“There isn’t the slightest thing wrong with money, power, pleasure and professional accomplishment, as long as you don’t make them the center of your lives,” he said, sharing one of St. Augustine’s most memorable quotes: ‘Love God and do as you please.’ “If willing the good of others is at the center, off you go Providing that all these endeavors are expressions of love, then when you find wealth, you will know what to do with it. Then, if you’re honored, it will be for the right reasons. Then, if you acquire power, you will use it to enhance the lives of others.”Because of his considerable social following, Bishop Barron is well known beyond the halls of academia and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “When I had a chance to interview His Excellency he expressed concern that some people have stopped going to church, making it necessary for the Church to do more reach out to them in new ways,” said Noor Kawmi ’18, this year’s salutatorian in her introduction of the 2018 Commencement speaker. “Evangelization via social media allows the Church to proclaim the Gospel to the world beyond the walls of churches and cathedrals. In this increasingly secular age, Bishop Barron believes that the Church must be proactive and creative in spreading its message.”Bishop Barron has served as a keynote speaker at many conferences and events across the world, and is a bestselling-author on Amazon, having published 15 books and written many articles on theology and the spiritual life. Bishop Barron regularly appears on CNN, EWTN, FOX 1News and NBC News offering clarity from a Catholic perspective on significant issues.In addition to delivering the Commencement address, Bishop Barron received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Honorary degrees were also conferred upon Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., is president and co-founder of The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, who received a Doctor of Humane Letters; and John Agresto, Ph.D., former president of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, who received a Doctor of Humane Letters. The recipients were honored for their dedicated work to community service and living the Assumption College mission.During the ceremony-in which 406 Bachelor of Arts degrees; 180 graduate studies degrees (Master of Arts and Master of Business Administration) and certificates; and 31 Continuing and Career Education degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, and associates) were awarded-Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., president of Assumption College, urged graduates to continue to live the College’s mission in their future endeavors.“The College’s mission statement states that Assumption ‘strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service.’ These are qualities that will serve you well in both your personal and professional lives,” he explained. “In a time of competing world-views, agenda-driven narratives, social media, and the lack of clarity as to what information is or is not true, critical intelligence will allow you to reason carefully, to recognize the complexities and paradoxes of the human condition and to recognize that you should not accept everything you hear or read at face-value, that there are different sides to consider in every situation, and that the goal is to arrive at the truth. Thoughtful citizenship will require you to speak and act with wisdom, engaging in your civic responsibilities in a way that will advocate for the vulnerable in our society, keeping at the forefront the dignity of all human persons. Compassionate service will distinguish you as an Assumption graduate – as a young man or woman who has a burning desire to take what you have learned so as to contribute to the common good.”Raysa Guerrero ’18, Class of 2018 valedictorian, encouraged her classmates to celebrate the moment, but also to look back in gratitude for what each of them has learned over the last four years, including lessons in failure, the ability to think critically, and how to rely on a support system.“The words ‘to commence’ mean ‘to begin.’ Today we mark the beginning of a new chapter in our lives,” said Guerrero, who received a standing ovation after her speech. “Our Commencement Day also designates the end of our four years together at Assumption College. At this celebratory moment, we look forward in hope towards our futures, ever mindful of the opportunities that an Assumption education has made possible for us When we leave this arena, we will walk different paths As we look forward in hope to the good that is still to be done in this world, we must be grateful for the opportunities we’ve had and the opportunities that will be presented to us in the future.”About Assumption CollegeFounded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption in Worcester, Mass., Assumption College is a Catholic liberal arts institution that offers undergraduate students 41 majors and 48 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies; as well as master’s and continuing education degrees and professional certificate programs-each through an educational experience that is grounded in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition. The curriculum enables students to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that leads to professional success and personal fulfillment. Students-whether on the Worcester campus or at the College’s Rome, Italy, campus-become engaged participants in Assumption’s classic liberal arts education, exploring new ideas and making connections across disciplines. To prepare for the workforce, students learn cutting-edge theory and best practices, conduct innovative research, and develop excellent communication and critical-analysis skills. Assumption graduates are also known for their thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service to their community. For more information about Assumption College, please visit http://www.assumption.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Assumption College.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. 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Amazon is now offering suggestions for potential legislation on facial recognition tech. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon said it’s joining a push for legislation on facial recognition technology.The online retail has been offering its facial recognition software, called Rekognition, for the past two years. In that time it has become a poster child for the controversies surrounding the tech because it provides Rekognition to some law enforcement agencies in the US.Michael Punke, Amazon Web Services’ vice president of global public policy, suggested in a blog post Thursday guidelines for potential legislation or rules around facial recognition software. His comments follow repeated calls by fellow tech giant Microsoft, which also develops facial recognition tech, to create legislation for the software.”New technology should not be banned or condemned because of its potential misuse,” Punke said in the post. “Instead, there should be open, honest and earnest dialogue among all parties involved to ensure that the technology is applied appropriately and is continuously enhanced.”Amazon’s statements offer an apparent softening of its position. Until now, the company has often defended its work on facial recognition when challenged, mentioning its value in finding missing children and more quickly solving crimes. The company has faced a constant barrage of criticism for the technology, with civil rights groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union raising concerns about the potential for misuse of Rekognition, excessive surveillance and bias against certain races or groups.In New York City, where Amazon is planning to build a major new headquarters, city council members have often called out Amazon’s marketing of Rekognition to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a business connection Amazon has declined to confirm exists.In less controversial settings, facial recognition tech is also used to unlock Apple iPhones using the Face ID feature and to check travelers’ identities at government kiosks at US airports.In Thursday’s blog post, Punke said the company came up with a legislative outline after discussing facial recognition with customers, researchers and policymakers over several months. The technology shouldn’t be used to make fully automated and final decisions when used in law enforcement, he said, and should instead require a human to review the results. In cases of policing, Punke said, authorities should use a 99 percent confidence score, which is a measure of how sure a facial recognition system is that it found a match.Also, he said, there should be a notice posted if video surveillance is combined with facial recognition in any public or commercial setting. In several states, that combination is already illegal.”Our communities are safer and better equipped to help in emergencies when we have the latest technology, including facial recognition technology, in our toolkit,” Punke said.In response to Amazon’s post, Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU’s senior legislative counsel, disputed several of Amazon’s claims. For example, she said a 99 percent threshold “does nothing” to prevent law enforcement from using facial recognition from keeping tabs on public protestors, immigrants and communities of color.”Amazon’s framework rings woefully hollow, underscores the company’s refusal to properly address the dangers of its technology in government hands,” Guliani said, “and reinforces the urgent need for Amazon to get out of the surveillance business altogether.”First published at 10:20 a.m. PT.Updated at 11:45 a.m. PT: Adds comments from ACLU.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.Fight the Power: Take a look at who’s transforming the way we think about energy. 0 Share your voice Post a comment Amazon Facial recognition Security Tags
The first bill to come out of the Legislative special session may be one that streamlines handling of children in state custody.Download AudioSen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, at a Senate Majority press availability, Feb. 22, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray, 360 North)All the testimony Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee supported passage of House Bill 200.The bill sprang from a lawsuit involving a grandmother in the southwest Alaska village of Tununuk who testified in court that she wanted to adopt her granddaughter with the understanding her testimony would give her standing under the Indian Child Welfare Act. ICWA gives preference to the relatives, family, or tribe of Native children in custody and adoption cases.However, after a 2013 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled a petition to adopt filed by a non-Native family outweighed the grandmother’s verbal statement. Office of Children’s Services director Christy Lawton said HBl 200 would provide an easier first step.“So this bill really provided that consideration that we have something less formal than a written petition for adoption that really is not necessary at the beginning of the case, but that all people would eventually have to file if they became the adoptive identified parent,” Lawton said.Tribes say filing a petition to adopt in state court is hard to accomplish in remote villages, and requires the services of an attorney. Lawton said filing a proxie would be easier.“All they have to do is let us know, they can do that via email, via fax, they can stand up in court, at a meeting,” said Lawton. “And that will then begin a process by which we will formally notify the parties and assess them. And the court will recognize them as relatives and that will be preserved on the record.”In their testimony, people described delays as children’s cases move from one court to another requiring subsequent judges to become educated about a child’s situation. Carla Erickson is the Child Protection Services supervisor in the Alaska Department of Law. She said HB 200 would put several legal procedures before the same judge.“We’ve been calling this kind of the one judge one family notion, rolling in the adoption, and guardianship proceedings, and civil custody proceedings as well,” Erickson said.Tribal Administrator Lawrence Armor of Klawock was one of several people who said it’s important to keep Native children close to their roots.“By making it easier for a family member to let the court know that they are willing to raise their relative, and by leaving it with one judge that has been following the case, I think it will help people save money and help keep children close family, community and culture,” Armor said. “It’s just really difficult to see people in our small communities, people that we love, struggling to keep their families whole.”Sen. Peter Micciche of Soldotna said it took his family a year and a half to adopt a child abandoned at birth, so he doesn’t want to be overly lenient to absent or deadbeat parents, but he asked OCS director Lawton if a streamlined process would still protect the rights of parents. She replied House Bill 200 would have no effect on parental rights.“Us discussing, y’know, potentially this relative coming forward and saying ‘I’m interested I would be willing to be the temporary and permanent placement’ doesn’t change anything for the parent,” Lawton said. “Because we’re still required by law to give them every opportunity to work their case plan to be successfully reunited. So this doesn’t expedite us moving towards a goal other than reunification any differently than we are now.”House Bill 200 puts emergency regulations issued last year by Governor Bill Walker into law, and clarifies that proxies can be used in cases of adoptions by non-Natives as well as Natives. Judiciary Committee Chair Lesil McGuire said she expects HB 200 to quickly move to the Senate floor for consideration.
Akash Vijayvargiya said that he had a really good time in jail.Twitter/ANIHours after coming out from jail, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Akash Vijayvargiya defended his action of attacking Indore Municipal Corporation’s (IMC) zonal officer Dhirendra Singh with a cricket bat.Clarifying the fact that he was not embarrassed at what he did, Akash Vijayvargiya prayed to god, hoping that he should not get another chance to repeat his actions. “In a situation, when a woman was being dragged in front of police, I couldn’t think of doing anything else,” the BJP leader said.”I am not embarrassed at what I did. But I pray to God ki vo dobara ballebazi karne ka avsar na de [I pray to God that I do not get another chance to bat like that],” Akash Vijayvargiya stated.After Akash Vijayvargiya was granted bail on Saturday (June 29), his supporters resorted to celebratory firing in front of Indore BJP office.Akash Vijayvargiya was garlanded by his supporters after he came out of jail. Here are the pictures and video:Indore: BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya who was granted bail by Bhopal’s Special Court yesterday,released from jail. He was arrested for thrashing a Municipal Corporation officer with a cricket bat on June 26. #MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/AvPb1HsWhP— ANI (@ANI) June 30, 2019Madhya Pradesh: Celebratory firing outside BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya’s office in Indore after he got bail in an assault case. (29-06) pic.twitter.com/d1j2d03hLY— ANI (@ANI) June 30, 2019Akash Vijayvargiya said that he had a really good time in jail. “I spent a good time in jail. I will keep working for the betterment of the region and public,” the BJP leader said.The 35-year-old BJP MLA was arrested after a video of him assaulting municipal officer Dhirendra Singh with a cricket bat went viral on social media.Akash Vijayvargiya, a first-time MLA, represents Indore-3 Assembly segment. He was sent to judicial custody till July 7 but was granted bail in both the cases-beating up a government official and demonstrating a protest in Rajbara, Indore, over power cuts in the state. He was asked to furnish a personal bail bond of Rs 50,000 in the case of assault and of Rs 20,000 in the other case.
Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (38) is hit by New Orleans Saints defensive back Delvin Breaux (40) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact When Andre Ellington went to the ground without contact in the fourth quarter of the Arizona Cardinals’ 31-19 win over the New Orleans Saints Sunday, it was natural to fear the worst. After all, many of the NFL’s worst injuries — ACLs, Achilles tendons, etc. — occur under those circumstances.It appears that is not the case here, however.“Andre has a mild sprained PCL, there’s no timetable because it is so individual, it could be a week, it could be three weeks,” head coach Bruce Arians said Monday. “He’s a very tough guy, we know that. Last year he played with a lot worse. It actually happened on the play before when he slammed his knee into the ground. Then when he went to make the cut he knew it wasn’t right.” Arians said he won’t rule him out for the game in Chicago just yet.If Ellington is not able to go Sunday in Chicago, Chris Johnson would get the start.The sprain was first reported earlier Monday by ESPN’s Josina Anderson. Top Stories Source: Cardinals RB Andre Ellington has a Grade 1 PCL Sprain. Estimated return to play 2 to 3 weeks.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 14, 2015After the game, Arians said the team thought it was a PCL injury and that Ellington himself said he was feeling pretty good. Then, Monday morning, before the running back underwent an MRI, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM the team was optimistic it would not be a bad injury.After the game in Chicago, the Cardinals host a pair of division opponents — the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams.Ellington ran for 69 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries before leaving the game Sunday. He also caught one pass for seven yards.Johnson ran for 37 yards on 10 carries Sunday. – / 21
by The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2019 1:33 pm PDT PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellers AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bestselling Books Week Ending 5/11/19HARDCOVER FICTION1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Della Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)2. “The 18th Abduction” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown)3. “Blessing in Disguise” by Danielle Steel (Dell)4. “Redemption” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)5. “Sunset Beach” by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin’s Press)6. “The Big Kahuna” by Janet Evanovich and Peter Evanovich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)7. “Storm Cursed” by Patricia Briggs (Ace)8. “Neon Prey” by John Sandford (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)9. “The Road Home” by Richard Paul Evans (Simon & Schuster)10. “The Guest Book” by Sarah Blake (Flatiron Books)11. “Lost Roses” by Martha Hall Kelly (Ballantine)12. “Fire & Blood” by George R.R. Martin (Bantam)13. “Someone Knows” by Lisa Scottoline (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)14. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides (Celadon Books15. “Normal People” by Sally Rooney (Hogarth)HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. “The Pioneers” by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster)2. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama (Crown)3. “The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook” by Gina Homolka and Heather K. Jones (Clarkson Potter)4. “Girl, Stop Apologizing” by Rachel Hollis (HarperCollins Leadership)5. “It’s the Manager” by Clifton/Harter (Gallup)6. “The Moment of Lift” by Melinda Gates (Flatiron Books)7. “The Rational Bible: Genesis” by Dennis Prager (Salem Books)8. “The Latte Factor” by Bach/Mann (Atria Books)9. “Every Tool’s a Hammer” by Adam Savage (Atria Books)10. “The Greatest You” by Trent Shelton (Thomas Nelson)11. “The Second Mountain” by David Brooks (Random House)12. “The Path Made Clear” by Orpah Winfrey (Flatiron Books)13. “Let Love Have the Last Word” by Common (Atrai Books)14. “You Are Next” by Samuel Rodriguez (Charisma House)15. “Furious Hours” by Casey Cep (Knopf)MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS1. “Past Tense” by Lee Child (Dell)2. “The Mueller Report” (Melville House)3. “Field of Bones” by J.A. Jance (William Morrow)4. “Spymast” by Brad Thor (Pocket)5. “Sweet Vengeance” by Fern Michaels (Zebra)6. “Texas Skies” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)7. “The Gray Ghost” by Cussler/Burdell (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)8. “The Fallen” by David Baldacci (Vision)9. “Come Sundown” by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s Press)10. “Red Alert” by Patterson/Karp (Vision)11. “They Called Him Preacher” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)12. “The Good Fight” by Danielle Steel (Dell)13. “Swan Point” by Sherryl Woods (Mira)14. “Springfield 1880” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)15. “Blackberry Summer” by RaeAnne Thayne (HQN)TRADE PAPERBACKS1. “The Mueller Report” by The Washington Post (Scribner)2. “The Mister” by E.L. James (Vintage)3. “Not Forsaken” by Louie Giglio (B&H)4. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng (Penguin Books)5. “The Tatooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris (Harper)6. “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn (William Morrow)7. “The Mueller Report” by Robert S. Mueller III (Skyhorse)8. “The Death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware (Scout)9. “Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts (Griffin)10. “Dark Sacred Night” by Michael Connelly (Grand Central Publishing)11. “A Dog’s Journey” (movie tie-in) by W. Bruce Cameron (Forge)12. “There There” by Tommy Orange (Vintage)13. “The Lost Girls of Paris” by Pam Jenoff (Park Row Books)14. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles (Penguin Books)15. “The 13-Minute Murder” by James Patterson (Grand Central Publishing)Copyright 5/8 2019 Publishers Weekly, powered by NPD BookScan 5/8 2019 NPD Group.The Associated Press