AUSSIE BEACH GIRLS DRAW WITH THE MIGHTY BLUES

first_imgThe Australian Women’s Invitational Beach Footy Team recorded an upset draw against a star studded Blues line-up led by Rugby League superstar Mark Gasnier in the fourth round of the Harvey Norman Beach Footy Challenge at Sydney’s Maroubra Beach.The youthful Aussie girls caused the upset of the tournament with a stellar 4-4 draw.After losing yesterday afternoon to the Young Guns, the Aussie girls were determined to hit the sand full of running and test their games against one of the tournaments heavy favourites.The Blues team featured fleet footed Gasnier, fellow St. George Dragons champions Matt Cooper, Shaun Timmins, and Ben Hornby and Australian tri-nations Rugby league star Luke O’Donnell.The Blues scored first with a scorching try to the lightning fast Gasnier in the opening exchanges, but the Aussie girls hung tough and made some exceptional touches to keep them in the  hunt.Some quick hands by Dearne Cooper and Amanda “Skwarks” Skwarko put Belinda Hammett over in the corner.The Blues scored just before half-time.After oranges, the Blues came out and consolidated with an early touchdown, but the Women’s Team kept moving the Boys laterally and using sweeping plays to great effect.At 3-1 down Alyce “The Rat” Hulbert instinctively swooped on a loose ball and dived over to evade Matt Cooper’s attempted touch to reel the Blues back in at 3-2.The Blues scored next with a long range reply of their own and looked comfortable at 4-2 with 2 minutes left on the clock.A brilliant long-ball from Nicole Beck conjured a touchdown for Amanda Skwarko and the Women’s Team, clearly crowd favourites, responded to the enthusiastic cheering from the masses and produced a show stopping finish.A brilliant passing movement going through every set of hands on the field resulted in Skwarko snaffling touchdown number two.The full-time hooter sounded and the excited Women’s team celebrated a well-deserved 4-4 result.The Aussie girls made numerous super touches on speedsters Gasnier and Hornby with Emily Hopkin, Ash Dobins, and Belinda Hammett getting plenty of air to reel in their big name opponents with spectacular touches.The girls play their last round game at  1.30pm against a Celebrity Team led by Gordon Tallis and featuring two of the most exciting attacking players to grace a football field in recent history in Anthony Mundine and the ‘King’ himself, Andrew ‘Joey’ Johns.last_img read more

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Former College Football FCS All-American Dead At 32

first_img “My thoughts and prayers go out to Erica, the kids, Reed and the family,” Hammer wrote. “Trevyn was one of my favorite people. He will be deeply missed. God bless the glorious reunion with you and your mom, Trev. Words can’t express the sadness that I feel tonight. Rest easy, my dude, until we meet again.”Rest Easy My Dude pic.twitter.com/mdKa4Pch7B— Matt Hammer (@CoachMattHammer) July 6, 2019Our thoughts are with his friends and family.May he rest in peace. A long-shot of a Wilson NCAA football at Byrd Stadium.(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)A former standout college football player at the FCS level has tragically passed away at the young age of 32.Trevyn Smith, a star at Springville High who went onto become the all-time leading rusher at Weber State, died on July 4.The running back was one of the best players in program history, rushing for 5,029 yards, the fourth-most ever in Big Sky Conference history. He added 43 rushing touchdowns and had 6,420 all-purpose yards.Weber State linebacker coach Matt Hammer posted a tribute on Twitter.last_img read more

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Government Takes Action to Regulate Jet Ski Operations

first_img Dr. McNeill further informed that there will be strengthening of regulations for the safe use of jet skis in harbours and bays. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, announced that Cabinet has approved a six-month suspension on the importation of all jet skis for commercial use. The Government is taking action to regulate jet ski operations, which should result in a reduction of jet skiing accidents at marine recreational areas, and a clamp down on illegal commercial operators.Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, announced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, October 15, that Cabinet has approved a six-month suspension on the importation of all jet skis for commercial use.Additionally, the Ministry has consulted with the marine police, and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard, which will conduct enforcement activities to seize and detain the illegal vessels.Dr. McNeill further informed that there will be strengthening of regulations for the safe use of jet skis in harbours and bays. In consultation with the maritime authority, it has been decided that activities in all resort areas will be done beyond swimming areas, and away from ships and piers.Additionally, the Tourism Minister explained that  jet ski operators will not be allowed within a certain distance from shore, and that three ski zones, a minimum of 30 metres apart, will be introduced. These are: the swim zone, the non-motorised zone, and the general operating zone for motorised craft, including personal water craft/ jet skis.“The non motorised zone would be an effective buffer for swimmers…the recommendations will be implemented on a trial basis as agreed by all parties. It is a matter of safety…this was not arrived at lightly,” he emphasised.Dr. McNeill cited two jet ski accidents which occurred on August 17 and 21 this year, in Ocho Rios and Negril, respectively. One child died and four persons were injured  as a result of the Ocho Rios incident, while one person was injured in the Negril accident.He also noted that there are other concerns, such as solicitation, harassment, and drug peddling by illegal operators, as well as oil discharge from the jet skis, and the noise pollution associated with them.Dr. McNeill pointed out that the concerns go as far back as 1995. The Ministry at the time responded with a moratorium agreed on by a number of agencies, to regulate commercial water sport operations along the seven-mile beach in Negril, the Urban Development Corporation  (UDC)  beach in Ocho Rios, and the Black River.The moratorium restricted the number of operators and the size of the fleet per operation. This was extended in 2004 to include the entire island, and since then, no new licences have been issued to jet ski operators,  and no increase in existing fleets allowed.Under the new regime, the maritime authority will introduce specialised training and certification courses for commercial operators; and ensure that all commercial jet skis have visible identification. Operators will be required to display their licences, and no person under 18 years of age will be allowed to operate commercial jet skis, without an accompanying adult.The authorities will also be seeking to upgrade the regulations that guide the use of private jet skis. Story Highlights Two jet ski accidents which occurred on August 17 and 21 this year.last_img read more

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Acadian Lines Applies To Amend License and Fares

first_img Acadian Intercity Coaches LP and Acadian Coach Lines LP haveapplied to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board for changesto their licenses and fares. The companies are asking that their existing fare structures bereplaced by pricing based on 52 “zones of distance.” Each zonecontains 25 kilometres distance. The 52 zones will coverdestinations from 1 kilometre to 1299.9 kilometres. The fares attached to each zone are based on a calculated priceper kilometre by zone of distance, resulting in the concept thatthe more distance consumers travel the less they pay perkilometre of travel. This strategy increases the price of a number of the existingadult one-way fares, however, it also reduces the price ofseveral existing adult one-way fares under the current ratestructure of Acadian. The application says: UTILITY/REVIEW BOARD–Acadian Lines Applies To Amend License andFares Each zone will have a specific retail price attached to it; The price represents the adult one-way fare pricing, exclusive of taxes; All origins/destinations having the same distance will then have the same basic price; Fares are rounded to the nearest dollar amount; Base fares will start at $6 for an adult one-way fare and reach a maximum of $100; The zone of distance pricing structure will commence with a cost per kilometre of $0.2410 for a 24.9 km trip in Zone 1 moving incrementally down to a cost per km of $0.0769 for a 1299.9 kilometre trip in Zone 52. The fares between points in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Islandwill have the Confederation Bridge cost of $7 per crossing shownseparately. The proposed fares will result in an increase in gross revenue ofabout four per cent for Acadian, assuming existing ridershipcontinues with the same volumes. The application also says adult customers will receive a 15 percent discount when purchasing a two-way trip and that ticketswill not have an expiration date. Under the proposed fare structure Seniors Club 60 and studentswith valid ID cards will receive a 15 per cent discount on one-way trips and a further 15 per cent discount for two-way trips.Thirteen- to 17-year-olds will automatically be qualified asstudents upon presentation of an ID card and birth date. Students18 years and older will have to present a school ID card of thecurrent year to qualify for student status. Children under 5 years of age will pay a flat fee of $5 and beguaranteed a seat despite any distance they may travel whentravelling with a person paying full adult fare. Five- to 12-year-olds will receive a discount of 40 per cent on one-waytrips, and a further 15 per cent discount for two-way trips. A hearing into the proposed amendments will be held on Wednesday,June 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the Cumberland Room, Wandlyn Inns, 1539Southampton Rd. in Amherst. Anyone wishing to present evidence or to cross-examine witnessesmust file notice with the board no later than Wednesday, June 8. Members of the board will conduct telephone conference calls withanyone wishing to make comments about the proposed amendments whois unable to attend the hearing in Amherst. Conference calls mustbe arranged on or before Wednesday, June 1 by contacting theboard at 902-424-4448 and providing your name and telephonenumber. Long distance charges will be the responsibility of theapplicant. Anyone wishing to make comments about the proposed amendments mayalso do so by forwarding a letter to the Clerk of the Board atBox 1692, Unit M, Halifax, N.S. B3J 3S3; by e-mail to uarb.board@gov.ns.ca ; by fax at 902-424-3919 or by calling theclerk at 902-424-4448. Further information about the proposed amendments can be obtainedfrom: the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, public passenger division, 902-424-3588; the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board clerk’s office, 902- 424-4448 John Stringer, McInnes Cooper, 902-424-1361 or e-mail at: john.stringer@mcinnescooper.com .last_img read more

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New sergeantatarms appointed in Ottawa

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is welcoming the appointment of Patrick McDonell as the official sergeant-at-arms of the House of Commons.McDonell has been serving in the role as acting sergeant-at-arms and head of security for the House of Commons since 2015.He replaces Kevin Vickers, who shot and helped take down Michael Zihaf Bibeau, who barged into Centre Block on Parliament Hill with a rifle in 2014 after killing honour guard reservist Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial.McDonell has had a long career with the RCMP and the protective service overseeing the protection of dignitaries, including the Prime Minister and the Governor General, as well as the grounds of Parliament Hill and the Supreme Court.McDonell was chosen as the nominee for the position through the Trudeau government’s merit-based appointment process.His appointment took effect July 1st.last_img read more

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BankAlMaghrib Predicts 5 Percent Growth in 2015

Rabat – Bank Al-Maghrib, Morocco’s central Bank, has announced that the country’s economy is expected to grow by 5 per cent in 2015, up from a previously announced 4.4 per cent, and up from 2.5 per cent in 2014 because of improved economic activity and an expansion of agricultural output.The quarterly report by the Bank-Al-Maghreb released on Tuesday has revealed that the country’s current account deficit is expected to drop to about 4 per cent of GDP in 2015, from 5.9 per cent a year earlier boosted by lower energy bills. The bank’s estimates are based on $60 a barrel in the international market.Morocco’s Central Bank has also said that Bank credits expanded by 4.3 per cent in the first two months of 2015, up from 2.2 per cent in December. They are expected to continue growing to eventually reach 5 per cent by the end of the year 2015, the Bank said. Bank-Al-Maghrib said it is holding its benchmark interest rate at 2.5 per cent because inflation would remain under control and economy is improving thanks to a 45 per cent drop in energy spending.Foreign reserves are expected to cover six months of imports at the end of 2015. read more

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Burundi Security Council urges rebels enter ceasefire negotiations

In a statement to the press following closed-door consultations, the Council President, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, said the members also expressed continuing support for “the whole Arusha process” which led to the accord on Burundi, and underlined their “stern warning against any attempts by others to undermine the present coalition.”Looking forward to the high-level meeting arranged for mid-July in the region, Council members stressed the importance of early progress towards a ceasefire, the President added.Voicing “strong concern” about the current humanitarian situation and the risks for returning refugees, Council members also expressed hoped that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) could soon resume full-scale efforts for Burundi.”I talked to High Commissioner [Ruud] Lubbers about that this morning, and he is interested in making progress there but concerned about the security of UNHCR staff in Burundi,” Ambassador Greenstock said.On international assistance to Burundi, Council members appealed to donors to “deliver on their funding promises” and urged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to move quickly to provide post-conflict assistance to the country.Council members also expressed appreciation to the South African unit in Bujumbura “for their excellent work so far on security,” and for the contributions of Tanzania, Gabon and South Africa, with other regional States, to facilitate the negotiations, the President said. During their consultations on Burundi, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Kieran Prendergast, briefed Council members on the latest developments. read more

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General Assembly welcomes certification plan to stem trade in conflict diamonds

The plan, known as the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, is a negotiating procedure to establish minimum acceptable international standards for national certification covering the import and export of rough diamonds. It also includes participation by the European Community and countries that produce and trade in the stones, industry representatives and civil society.The General Assembly resolution adopted today welcomed the decision by countries party to the Kimberley Process to participate in the certification from 1 January this year. It also noted that the Process could help to ensure effective implementation of relevant resolutions of the Security Council containing sanctions on the trade in conflict diamonds.Encouraging all Member States to participate actively in the Process, today’s resolution stressed that the widest possible participation is essential and should be encouraged and facilitated.The Assembly also decided to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-eighth session an item entitled, “The role of diamonds in fuelling conflict.” read more

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Former Royal Marine attacks Lake District farmer as he tries to move

first_img 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. “There was a further exchange of words and, without warning, suddenly there was a bang to the complainant’s head and pain to the left side of his face,” Ms Faux said.Mr Taylforth went to hospital where an X-ray revealed he had fractured his eye socket in three places and had a displaced fracture to his left cheekbone. A former Royal Marine attacked a farmer whilst out walking in the Lake District after he was asked to wait while he moved his sheep, a court has heard.Karl Page, 28, left Robin Taylforth with multiple facial fractures after punching him at picturesque Patterdale, close to Ullswater lake, Carlisle Crown Court heard.Rachel Faux, prosecuting, said the victim was herding a number of ewes and lambs which had strayed on to an open pasture back to his farm.Page and his girlfriend, Gemma Pemberton, were seen to be “in the midst of an argument about their relationship”.Mr Taylforth asked the couple to wait as he took his flock across a cattle grid and told Page to “use a bit of common sense”.Page, from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, then held out his collapsible walking pole in order to stop the Mr Taylforth, who stepped behind the couple. The incident happened near Ullswater in the Lake DistrictCredit:kodachrome25center_img The incident happened near Ullswater in the Lake District The fractures were repaired during an operation under general anaesthetic.However, the farmer later reported difficulty sleeping and said he had had to employ external help to carry out work he could not do.”He describes being apprehensive when speaking to members of the public passing through the farm,” Ms Faux added.Page, a keen fell walker, gym owner and personal trainer, told police he had not heard what the farmer had shouted that dayand recalled feeling “threatened and intimidated”.”He accepted it didn’t excuse what he did. In hindsight he had done completely the wrong thing,” the prosecutor said. He admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm in the incident last May.Judge James Adkin handed Page an eight-month jail term suspended for two years. He ordered him to observe a five-month night-time curfew and pay his victim £2,000 compensation.Judge Adkin told him: “It rather looks like you didn’t like being told what to do in front of your girlfriend which, for a 28-year-old, is rather pathetic.”last_img read more

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Mentally ill held without charge for lack of NHS beds

Police and the NHS could be liable to compensation claims under human rights legislation. Police and the NHS could be liable to compensation claims under human rights legislation.Credit:RFStock/Getty Images Contributor Police are illegally detaining more than 4,000 vulnerable mentally ill people in custody a year because of a lack of NHS beds, an unpublished inquiry by the cabinet office reveals.The 4,500 arrested people who are as young as 15 and need mental health care are being held for up six days without charge, mostly in police cells, because of NHS delays in finding a bed.Officers are supposed to release or charge a person within 24 hours of arrest under the police and criminal evidence act but are having to hold them for longer to prevent them harming the public or themselves. It leaves the police and NHS open to thousands of potential legal claims for compensation for false imprisonment and breach of people’s human rights under the UN convention.The government study also lays bare for the first time the scale of the growing mental health crisis which police chiefs say is not only unlawful and a breach of people’s human rights to liberty but is also distracting officers and resources from fighting crime.  It conflicts with a pledge by Theresa May, when home secretary, who said no-one with a mental health problem should be detained by police due to lack of beds. Chief constable Mark Collins, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on mental health, said between 30 per cent and 40 per cent of demands on police time were now being taken up with mental health-related problems and crime linked to them. “Officers and staff around the country are tied up with dealing with these issues and baby-sitting people when they should be out fighting crime and providing a policing presence on the street,” he said. “The solution is investment in the mental health service. It’s an increasing area for the NHS and it’s not being adequately funded.” The cabinet office research, based on an in-depth analysis of seven representative police forces, also found about half of the people arrested with mental ill health were unlawfully detained for over 24 hours.  It is thought one of the youngest was aged just 15 and was held illegally for five days after his arrest.  Chief Inspector Michael Brown, lead on mental health for the College of Policing, said it was an “urgent” problem the NHS needed to resolve. The total could be as high as 9,000 unlawful cases. “Just being locked up can be really traumatic. It’s a violation of people’s fundamental human rights,” he said.   “It is just straightforwardly unlawful. The law does not allow for up to six days without charge pending the identification of a mental health bed. As the delays have got longer and longer, more and more officers are saying this is not right.” Mr Brown said it placed police in an impossible position: “Most officers would say they’d rather be disciplined for keeping someone safe who was an obvious risk to themselves than face the prospect of a prosecution for letting someone die when it was obvious they were likely to end their lives.” A government spokesman said an independent review of the mental health act would put forward recommendations to tackle the problems in police custody, backed by record investment in mental health services.  He said ministers had made clear it was “unacceptable” for a person with mental ill-health to be held in custody for longer than necessary. He said the number detained in police custody under section 136 had fallen by nearly 90% since 2011/12, and this year is expected to drop to 400. Two-thirds of all suicides after police contact or arrest are people with mental health problems.  Figures this autumn will show the number of people detained by police for their own safety under another section 136 of the mental health act has risen by 66% from 18,000 to 30,000 in 10 years. Up to 4,500 of those are also being unlawfully held for over 24 hours due to a lack of NHS beds.  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. read more

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Army Major sacked and imprisoned after groping students at Burns Night dance

One student, who asked not to be identified, told The Telegraph that Semple “put this girl in a choke hold, headlock thing” during a dance.“I could see the couple opposite, which happened to be Maj Semple and this girl. He was grabbing her around the neck with his arm,” the student said.  “He found it very amusing.”Later, Semple “put me in a headlock and started licking, kissing and slobbering all over the side of my face,” the student said.“I just had to take it. Eventually I managed to break free of that, and managed to scurry out of sight.”The student told how Semple would often “go out on the town” with students.“It’s was like having a teacher come to a nightclub with you,” they said.Semple is formerly of the Royal Irish Regiment, and became a reservist after leaving the regular Army. He was responsible for a year group of students at the OTC unit, many of whom were women.An Army spokesman said: “Any form of sexual harassment or assault is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated. “Anyone found guilty of those offences can expect to be dismissed.” 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. An Army Major who drunkenly groped students and licked an undergraduate’s face at a Burns Night dance has been convicted of sexual assault and discharged from duty.Gareth Semple, 41, worked as a company commander in the Edinburgh Universities Officers’ Training Corps (OTC), where undergraduates can experience military life before training at Sandhurst to become an officer in the British Army. At a Burns Night ceilidh in January 2018, Semple groped students he was dancing with and kissed and licked an undergraduate’s face, a court martial heard.The incident took place after a three-course black tie dinner at an Army barracks in Edinburgh, where around 100 kilted students read Burns poetry, gave speeches and ate haggis, neaps and tatties. The dinner was followed by traditional Scottish dancing.When the ceilidh started, Semple began to grope the female students he was partnered with, the court martial heard.He was suspended by the unit the day after the incident was reported.A jury of Army officers on Monday found him guilty of one count of sexual assault and one count of misconduct through alcohol.He was also found guilty of misconduct through alcohol at the unit’s Christmas party, which took place the previous month.Semple was taken from a military court in Catterick, Yorkshire, to be imprisoned for 30 days. read more

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Une coque suggère les formes du futur iPhone 5

first_imgUne coque suggère les formes du futur iPhone 5Alors que les aficionados de la marque à la pomme se languissent de la sortie de l’iPhone 5, on commence à en savoir un peu plus sur la future star d’Apple. Le site anglais Mobile Fun prétend ainsi avoir réussi à obtenir les plans de housses taillées pour le futur smartphone. A quoi ressemblera l’iPhone 5 ? Cette question, les fans d’Apple ne cessent de se la poser et les spéculations vont bon train autour des proportions et du design de la star des smartphones, qui devrait apparaître avant la fin de l’année. Ce jeudi, c’est ainsi une coque qui est au centre de l’attention de tous. Le site anglais Mobile Fun affirme en effet être parvenu à se procurer les plans d’une future housse conçue pour l’iPhone 5À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Dévoilée par Gizmodo, celle-ci révèlerait les formes du futur smartphone dans ses grandes lignes. D’après ce que l’on peut voir, ce nouvel iPhone aurait un écran couvrant la totalité de la façade, ainsi qu’un bouton “home” plus important qu’à l’heure actuelle. Il semble aussi qu’il possèdera un dos plus incurvé, à la façon de l’iPad 2. Reste qu’il faudra bien s’armer de patience et attendre sa sortie officielle pour être définitivement fixé. Sortie qui se fera dès septembre prochain, selon les rumeurs de plus en plus nombreuses. Le 28 juillet 2011 à 14:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Axa to introduce global parental leave policy

first_imgInsurance organisation Axa is to introduce a global parental leave policy for its 166,000 employees across 64 countries.The policy will enable employees who are the primary parent to take 16 weeks of fully paid leave, and co-parents will receive four weeks of fully paid leave.Where local laws or current benefits extend beyond the new policy, the greater benefit will continue to apply.In the UK, the new global policy increases the current paid leave entitlement by one week for primary parents and by three weeks for co-parents.The primary parent is deemed the parent that will take primary responsibility for welcoming a child into the family, while the co-parent is defined as the parent that takes responsibility for welcoming the child into the family but who will not take the primary parent leave. In cases involving the pregnancy of an employee or their partner, the pregnant woman is automatically considered the primary parent and the person who is not pregnant is automatically the co-parent.The policy applies to all staff across the 64 countries in which the organisation operates, including same-sex couples, adoptive and single parents. It will come into effect on 1 January 2017.The organisation is implementing the policy to ensure it provides a diverse and inclusive working environment for its employees, with the aim of being a preferred employer in its sector.In addition to the paid leave policy, Axa will continue to offer support for working families, including flexible-working options, private rooms for breastfeeding mothers in the workplace, extra days of leave to care for sick children, and links to local childcare.Thomas Buberl (pictured), chief executive officer at Axa, said: “At Axa, we have a global culture which supports our employees and allows them to have fulfilling professional and personal lives. Our values demand that all our employees are respected and their individual differences are celebrated. This first global policy will give all our employees, wherever they work in the world, the ability to enjoy the most precious time with the new additions to their families secure in the knowledge that Axa will support them.”Lucinda Charles-Jones, human resources director at Axa UK, added: “This policy will enhance and standardise what we offer to employees across the group and around the world. In the UK, the benefits offered, particularly relating to co-parental leave, ensure Axa is one of the leaders in the sector. We recognise that parental support is an important cornerstone of any employment offer and a significant competitive advantage in attracting and retaining the best talent.”last_img read more

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Man shot in car in Miami Gardens

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – An investigation is underway after a man was shot in Miami Gardens, Sunday.The man took a bullet while in his car near Northwest 183rd Street and Second Avenue.Bullet holes now riddle the car and a nearby business.Miami Gardens Police are now searching for the gunman.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Army to Apply New Technologies to Improve Quality of Life

first_imgThe Army is starting to take advantage of emerging technologies to improve the quality of life for soldiers, military families and civilian workers, officials said at a recent Association of the U.S. Army forum. To reduce waits by vehicles trying to enter installations, for example, the Army is considering using facial recognition technology rather than relying on a gate guard to check a common access card or having a machine scan the card, said Richard Kidd IV, deputy assistant secretary for strategic integration.Greater use of sensors will enhance facility management, said Lt. Gen. Gwendolyn Bingham, assistant chief of staff for installation management. Sensors will be able to detect when a facility or system needs attention, or when the building temperature needs to be adjusted. Big data analytics, robots and artificial intelligence also will find applications at installations, reported the Army News Service.Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Volvo Trucks electric and autonomous Vera gets its first job

first_img Share your voice The Iron Knight is the coolest Volvo you’ll never be able to buy Now playing: Watch this: Tags 2020 Volvo XC90 first drive: An improvement worth subscribing to 3:01 More From Roadshow Volvo Trucks has been working on a self-driving platform that could be used in drayage. Drayage is the industry term for short-haul trucking, typically from a ship to a rail hub or a nearby warehouse.The project is called Vera, and it’s essentially a brain, some motors, batteries and no provision for a human driver. It’s a little odd-looking, but that hasn’t stopped it from getting a job in Volvo’s home town of Gothenburg, which the company announced on Thursday.These drayage drives are repetitive and short, making them ideal for today’s autonomous vehicle technology that still has trouble dealing with the kind of complexity that most average consumers would see on, say, a drive to work.Enlarge ImageVolvo’s Vera will save tons of money and pollution by taking both combustion engines and human drivers out of the equation for short-haul trucking. Volvo Trucks Volvo’s electric Vera is then ideally situated to make its trip from a logistics center to the port at Gothenburg over and over again with minimal human interaction while also significantly reducing the environmental impact of the shipping process.Cool, right?”Now we have the opportunity to implement Vera in an ideal setting and further develop her potential for other similar operations,” says Mikael Karlsson, vice president of autonomous solutions at Volvo Trucks.The pilot program will use several Vera trucks that will be monitored remotely from a control tower to make sure that they don’t do anything untoward while on the road. Having multiple vehicles means that they can be swapped in and out as they need to be charged.Volvo Trucks doesn’t have an official start date for Vera yet, but it’s likely that there needs to be a bit more development and ironing out of kinks before it can hit the roads. Autonomous Vehicles Electric Cars Truckscenter_img 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact 12 Photos 0 Post a comment Volvo’s new self-driving truck teams up to fight inefficiency 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than ever Volvolast_img read more

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YWCA Presents 25th Annual Women of Achievement Awards

first_imgTonight in Anchorage the YWCA will present the 25th annual Women of Achievement award to 10 Alaskan women who have helped others. Some as well known news makers and others, who have quietly gone about the tasks of improving the lives of those around them, without much attention. Hilary Morgan is the YWCA’s CEO. She says the women’s advocacy organization has a theme for this year’s event of honoring the past, inspiring the future.Download Audiolast_img

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Massive fire at Churchill Chamber building in Mumbais Colaba

first_imgChurchill Chamber building fireTwitterA major fire broke out at the Churchill Chamber building near Mumbai’s Taj Mahal hotel on Merryweather Road at Colaba, on Sunday, July 21.Several people are trapped inside the building and nearly seven of them have been rescued. The reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained. Four fire engines have been rushed to the spot and rescue operations are underway.last_img

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Is Jeet Thayil all set for another feather in his cap

first_imgIt’s that time of the year again. Commonwealth Book and Short Story Prizes has announced it’s 21 shortlisted authors. Six Indian writers feature in the shortlist for the 2013 Commonwealth. And not surprisingly, Jeet Thayil has stormed in with his  much talked about Narcopolis.Apart from Thayil, Jerry Pinto (Em and the Big Hoom), Nilanjana Roy (The Wildings), Mishi Saran (The Other Side of Light) and Farhad Sorabjee (God on Every Wind).For the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Anushka Jasraj’s Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Notes from the Ruins is among the 19 works shortlisted.The Commonwealth Book Prize is awarded for the best first novel, and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the best piece of unpublished short fiction.Political, religious and social conflict runs through many of this year’s shortlisted entries, but there are also humorous stories, stories of hope, and stories full of imagination and power.The entries from 54 countries are judged within the five regions of Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific, each of which will produce a regional winner for the two prizes. These will be announced on 14 May. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe final winners will be announced at the Hay Festival on 31 May.Commenting on the shortlisted entries, chair of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, BBC journalist Razia Iqbal, said, ‘People often assume short stories are easier to write because they’re, well, short! But it takes a particular skill to establish mood, character and tone in quick strokes, and tell a story which leaves a lasting impression. These stories open windows on worlds which seem familiar but, through fiction, which is tightly written, reflect those worlds, in richer and more surprising colours.’ Chair of the Commonwealth Book Prize, Godfrey Smith, said, ‘Our five judges did an admirable job of shortlisting from a bountiful harvest of debut novels, based on originality, linguistic flair, depth, quality of writing and freshness of tone. A number of books boldly pushed the boundaries of form and explosively rebelled against the conventional structures of fiction-writing, inspiring lively and passionate debates among the judges.’last_img read more

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France puts 24 climate activists under house arrest ahead of UN talks

first_imgRelated posts:France bans Paris climate rallies due to security concerns With COP21 talks in Paris moving forward after attacks, Latin America climate-change policies remain unclear A Paris climate change talks primer for Costa Rica Latin America hands climate bill to rich world at summit PARIS – French authorities have placed 24 activists under house arrest ahead of majorU.N. climate warming talks starting near Paris next week, using the state of emergency powers declared after the Paris attacks.The Interior Ministry said Friday the measures had been taken to prevent the activists from demonstrating ahead of the COP21 conference, but their lawyers and Amnesty International accused the government of abusing the state of emergency.Three of those concerned, who are in their late 20s, are suspected of belonging to the “radical opposition movement,” according to information obtained by AFP.They are banned from leaving their hometown in western France without special police permission, they must report to a local police station three times a day and remain at their homes between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. until Dec. 12, the day after the talks are due to end.The Interior Ministry says the three individuals have caused “serious disturbances to public order” in the past.The activists’ lawyer, Marie Dose, said the state of emergency was being “misused” in their cases.“This is an attack on the right to demonstrate,” she said.Recommended: Costa Rica climate avenger Christiana Figueres takes questions on Reddit Police officers stand beside riot vehicles during a raid in Le Pre Saint-Gervais, northeast of Paris, on Nov. 27, 2015. Laurent Emmanuel/AFPIn the wake of the bloody jihadist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people on Nov. 13, the government banned all public demonstrations linked to COP21.Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the residency measures were “based on well-documented records” and those subject to them could appeal through the courts. But he denied that the state was overstepping its limits.“The state of emergency does not negate the rule of law,” he told AFP.Stephan Oberreit, head of Amnesty International France, said the measures taken by the government were “disproportionate.”“The systematic banning of all meetings linked to COP21 deprives critical voices of an essential outlet to express themselves,” he said in a statement.France’s Human Rights League (LDH) on Thursday condemned the decision to place Joel Domenjoud, a member of the legal team for the coalition of protest groups, under house arrest.U.S. President Barack Obama and China’s Xi Jinping are among more than 140 world leaders due to attend the talks, held in a heavily secured purpose-built conference centre complex at Le Bourget outside the French capital.Negotiators will try to forge a deal to cap average global warming at 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) over pre-Industrial Revolution levels. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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