Hamilton wins thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix

first_imgBudapest: Lewis Hamilton regained the momentum in the world championship with a memorable strategic victory on Sunday when he overcame young rival Max Verstappen with three laps to go in a tense Hungarian Grand Prix. The 34-year-old defending five-time world champion started third on the grid in his Mercedes and, after stalking the 21-year-old Dutch tyro for most of a fascinating tactical contest swept into the lead on lap 67 of a stirring 70-lap contest. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt was Hamilton’s record seventh win in Hungary, his eighth this year and the 81st of his career, wrecking Red Bull’s hopes of turning Verstappen’s maiden pole position into victory, and increased his lead in the title race to 62 points before the sport’s European summer break. Verstappen, who led most of the race before his tyres faded, had no time to match Hamilton’s tactics when the Briton made his second stop, came home 17.796 seconds behind in second and clocked a record race fastest lap for the Hungaroring after a late pit-stop. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterFour-time champion Sebastian Vettel was third for Ferrari ahead of team-mate Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz of McLaren and Pierre Gasly in the second Red Bull. Kimi Raikkonen was seventh for Alfa Romeo ahead of Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas who had been forced into an early pit-stop after a first lap incident. British rookie Lando Norris was ninth in the second Mercedes and Alex Albon 10th for Toro Rosso. “What a drive, what a strategy,” said Hamilton’s race engineer Peter Bonnington. “Only you could make that work today.” Mercedes matched Red Bull’s strategy until gambling with a late additional pit-stop that left Hamilton with 20 laps to make up a 20-second deficit on fresh tyres –- a move that worked as Verstappen’s tyres faded away. “They rolled the dice and it worked for them, unfortunately,” Red Bull team boss Christian Horner told Verstappen. “But you drove your heart out.” A week after his forlorn error-riddled exit from last weekend’s tumultuous German Grand Prix, won by Verstappen, Hamilton had bounced back in style. “It feels like a new win for us,” he said. “I didn’t know if I could do it and I am sorry I doubted our strategy -– it was brilliant.” A crestfallen Verstappen admitted: “We just weren’t fast enough. I tried everything I could to keep the tyres alive, but I couldn’t.” Hamilton had earned a 1,000-euro fine for Mercedes for speeding in the pit lane before the start on a hotter-than-expected afternoon with an air temperature of 26 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

No end seen to struggle as Mississippi flood enters month 4

HOLLY BLUFF, Miss. — Larry Walls should have been out working in his fields last week. Instead, his John Deere tractor is parked on high ground, just beyond the reach of the ever-encroaching floodwaters in the southern Mississippi Delta.Four months into what seems like a never-ending flood, he’s trying to stay busy. He pressure-washed his church, and he’s been shooting the snakes that slither out of a swollen creek submerging his backyard.“The corn would have been at least waist-high right now,” Walls said.Floodwater has swamped 860 square miles (2,200 sq. kilometres) north of the Mississippi River city of Vicksburg, an area larger than the cities of New York and Los Angeles combined. Residents say it’s the worst flood since 1973. Gov. Phil Bryant last week went further, likening it to the 1927 flood that lives on in books, songs, movies and the folk memory of the Magnolia State.“1927 was a line of demarcation for most of us who lived in the Delta,” Bryant, a Republican, said. “This may replace that.”Levees and floodgates near Vicksburg were built to prevent water from overflowing into the Delta when the river rises. This year, it has been above flood stage at Vicksburg for 102 consecutive days , with the floodgate closed much of that time.The problem comes when gates are closed and it rains in parts of northern Mississippi. That water flows into the south end of the Delta region and can’t drain into the river. Trapped inside levees with nowhere to go, the water has been rising inch by inch since February in what’s called the Yazoo backwater area.The Steele Bayou gate was opened Thursday, and water has gone down about 2 inches (5 centimetres). But the gate’s likely to close again as the Mississippi River rises with runoff from heavy rains in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. Current forecasts suggest the water won’t drain significantly from the backwater area until July at the earliest.And when will all the water be gone?“Nobody knows,” said Holly Bluff Fire Chief Glen Reams. With fields and some homes under what seems like an inland sea and people boating around between the sandbags, he’s trying to raise morale in his community, but even he’s been having trouble sleeping.“I see people breaking down and crying,” Reams said. “It’s the stress.”More than 500 homes have been damaged in flooding across a region where cotton, corn and soybeans are the main crops. Farmers are resigning themselves to missing the growing season entirely. Corn and cotton should already be in the ground, and farmers say there’s no way fields will be dry enough to plant soybeans by the end of June. Even then, removing debris from the fields be a major job.A giant pumping station had been proposed to pump water from the backwater, over the levees and into the Mississippi River when the floodgates are closed, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency vetoed it in 2008, finding it would drain wetlands and harm wildlife. Bryant and other Mississippi leaders are lobbying to reverse that decision, pointing to damaged homes, roads washed out, and millions of dollars lost by farmers.Environmental advocates call the vetoed Yazoo Pumps project a $300 million boondoggle that would damage the natural ecosystem, largely to benefit industrial agriculture.Clay Adcock, who farms 3,800 acres (1,540 hectares), is helping circulate a pro-pumps petition with more than 11,000 signatures. He’s also scrambling to shore up the ring levee around his house. Last week, the earthen barrier sprang a leak, with water burbling out like a spring. Adcock’s trackhoe and bulldozer, normally used to clean ditches in fields, were traversing the muddy mess of his once-treasured backyard, piling truckloads of dirt to keep out the green-scummed water of the Sunflower River, which normally drains into the Mississippi.“I’ve farmed for 33 years, and I’ve never not made a crop,” Adcock said. “I’m not going to plant an acre this year.”Adcock constantly patrols his levee, sending countless tiny frogs scattering with each footstep. He’s making backup plans, thinking about building a second, inner ring closer to the house, and considering living upstairs if the ground floor floods.“I had a dream that I stepped out of bed and stepped in the water,” he said.Adcock’s son, married in February, is in the same boat, moving back home with his new family after his own house flooded in March.Walls, meanwhile, is a small farmer by Delta standards, renting 560 acres (225 hectares) near Louise. The 63-year-old worked for larger farmers for decades but struck out on his own in 2012. He has crop insurance, which will help pay the rent and debt on his two John Deere tractors and three 18-wheel grain-hauling trucks. Walls said he’ll survive financially, but he and his wife “won’t be able to do things we usually do.”“As long as that tractor is sitting still, I’m not making any money, and I’ve got to pay notes on it,” he said.But people are still fighting. Adcock’s brother-in-law, Jimmy Hudson, showed Reams a video he made, set to “Five Feet High and Rising,” a Johnny Cash song inspired by a 1937 flood in Arkansas. Then he went back to work, loading sandbags to shore up the levee surrounding his home.“My kids’ handprints are out in the concrete by the basketball goal,” Hudson said. “This is home. We’re going to go down swinging.”___Follow Jeff Amy at: http://twitter.com/jeffamyJeff Amy, The Associated Press read more

Security Council speaks out against deadly attack on Pakistani capital

According to media reports, more than 50 people were killed when a bomb rocked the Marriott Hotel, with foreign diplomats among the casualties.The Council, in a presidential statement read out by Ambassador Michel Kafando of Burkina Faso, expressed “its deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of this heinous act of terrorism and to their families, and to the people and Government of Pakistan.”The 15-member body stressed the importance of bring those behind the bombing to justice, calling on all States to cooperate with Pakistani authorities.“The Security Council reaffirms that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” according to the statement.On Saturday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored the attacking, saying in a statement issued by his spokesperson that “no cause can justify the indiscriminate targeting of civilians.” 22 September 2008The Security Council today strongly condemned the weekend’s terrorist attack in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, which claimed dozens of lives and injured many others. read more

Talks on RussianGeorgian conflict resume in Geneva under UN cosponsorship

11 November 2009The United Nations and its international partners chairing talks on last year’s Russian-Georgian conflict in South Ossetia today voiced concern over a number of recent detentions but noted that the overall security situation on the ground remained “relatively stable.” The eighth round of the talks, co-chaired by the UN, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), were held in Geneva.The conflict erupted in August 2008, with Georgian troops fighting Russian and separatist South Ossetian forces. Russia later recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, another separatist region in Georgia.The participants, meeting in two parallel working groups to discuss security and stability in the region and humanitarian matters, agreed to continue their talks in the same format on 28 January, according to a communiqué issued afterwards.UN Representative Johan Verbeke told a news conference that the meeting had once again been useful, if difficult, but they were here to solve problems, and it had given them the necessary material to continue. read more

Mastermind behind Sri Lanka cricket team attack arrested

The Sunni group was banned by former President Pervez Musharraf after being linked to the deaths of minority Shias. One of Pakistan’s most notorious suspected extremist leaders has been arrested in Lahore after returning from a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, according to local police.Malik Ishaq, leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is accused of inciting sectarian hatred and masterminding the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team. He was presented in court on Friday and remanded in custody for two weeks.It is understood police are investigating provocative comments he allegedly made during a religious gathering earlier this month.While in prison, he is suspected of having masterminded the attack on Sri Lanka’s team coach in Lahore, which wounded seven players and an assistant coach, and killed eight Pakistanis. However, Ishaq has cultivated a high profile addressing religious and political rallies since being released in 2011 after 14 years in prison, during which evidence against him crumbled away. Critics accuse Pakistan of turning a blind eye to militant leaders either for fear of sparking a terrorist backlash if they are arrested, or because Islamabad continues to use sectarian groups as proxies in Afghanistan and Kashmir.Earlier this year, the US State Department offered a $10m reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of Hafiz Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.Saeed continues to live in Lahore addressing followers during Friday prayers or at political rallies. (The Telegraph) read more

Prime Ministers of Finland and Sri Lanka reach energy agreement

The Finnish and Sri Lankan Prime Ministers noted the importance of sustainable, reliable and affordable supply of electricity, as well as a need for the intensified utilization of various waste fractions, e.g. municipal solid waste, for energy generation purposes.Given that both Finland and Sri Lanka have excellent potential for the development of renewable energy sources, the two Prime Ministers’ discussed possible opportunities for concrete collaboration in a sustainable, innovative and profitable way. (2) Smart Power Generation – Flexible and energy efficient technologies in power plants with oil and gas Finland and Sri Lanka said they wish to promote the development of clean and renewable energies and stressed on the importance of innovative technologies in climate change mitigation, both nationally and in the international context. “I trust that with this Joint Declaration new opportunities will be opened for Finnish and Sri Lankan companies to collaborate in the energy sector. We also talked about many other fields where Finland has expertise and technologies to offer to Sri Lanka – digitalisation, education, and health and water technologies,” Prime Minister Sipilä said. Finland Prime Minister Juha Sipilä had discussions with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Helsinki today.Following the meeting the Prime Ministers issued a Joint Declaration on closer energy cooperation between the two countries. The Finnish and Sri Lankan Prime Ministers stated that possible forms of cooperation under this Joint Statement may include(1) Sharing knowledge, expertise and lessons learned(2) Sharing experiences in making polices, regulation and standards in planning, implementation and development of technologies(3) Facilitating the identification of joint projects, pilots and partnerships through visits, meetings, workshops, co-creation sessions and site evaluations(4) Facilitating establishment of direct contacts and relations between public institutions and private companies, academia and public-private institutions in respective countries(5) Exchanging best practices through workshops and study visits for experts(6) Encouraging development of partnerships in the context of multilateral development programs and projects of international (3) Energy storage(4) Small and Medium scale LNG terminalsThe Prime Ministers agreed that a concrete showcase pilot project would be initiated in the field of wave energy and the national instruments facilitating the utility scale deployment of near shore wave energy power plants would be utilised as part of the implementation of Sri Lanka’s Energy Plan to foster the use of the country’s vast coastline and immense waveenergy resource. The two Prime Ministers noted that Finland can support Sri Lanka in its effort to acquire suitable technology from Finland to meet its renewable energy production goals and increasing demand.The two Prime Ministers agreed that Finland and Sri Lanka will continue working to identify mutual areas of interest and possible cooperation activities in the areas of (but not limited to):(1) Clean and renewable energy in power generation; wind, biomass, hydro, geothermal, wave, municipal, industrial, agro and solid waste read more

PA to the Chief Executive

Diary ManagementExternal meetings/visitsInternal meetingsConferences/events etcInput into Corporate Calendar Car Section CommitteeLiaising with members/secretariesArranging committee meetingsPreparing and circulating agendaTaking minutesUndertaking committee election process (bi-annual)First point of contact for section members Management Team meetingsArranging meetingsCollation and preparation of metrics reportPreparing and circulating agendaTaking and circulating minutes Liaising with SMMT membersLiaising and working with Management teamLiaising with Industry ForumSalary and benefits package:The package includes private medical insurance, company pension scheme, flexi time, 25 days annual leave, childcare vouchers, interest free season ticket loan (after 6 months).Deadline for Applications:15 May 2015Method of Application:Prospective candidates should e-mail jobsweb@smmt.co.uk with a CV and covering letter quoting your salary expectations.Early applications are encouraged as interviews will take place and the position offered before this date if a suitable candidate is found.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Liaising with SMMT President/Honorary Officers/SMMT DirectorsArranging meetings/visitsOrganising past Presidents meeting and dinner Company meetings/Staff meetings:Arranging meetingsLiaising with HR for staff meeting dates Corporate Strategy GroupLiaising with members/secretariesArranging meetingsPreparing and circulating agendaTaking minutes Purpose of the Post:To provide secretarial/PA support for the Chief Executive, ensuring that all meetings and events are diarised correctlyQualifications/Skills/Attributes required:Extensive secretarial/PA experienceExcellent organisational skillsExcellent diary management skillsAbility to maintain confidentialityHigh degree of accuracyProfessional approach on the telephone and when dealing with visitorsExcellent interpersonal skillsAbility to manage own timeExcellent prioritising skillsAbility to work under pressureHigh level of discretionExcellent all-round administrative skillsExcellent computer skills – Word, Excel, PowerPointDegree of flexibilityMain duties include:Full secretarial support for the Chief ExecutiveCorrespondence – dealing with incoming/outgoing letters and emails, including preparing/checking repliesContact with senior MDs/CEOs within the industry both face to face and by phone/emailFirst point of contact – phone calls and greeting visitorsOrganising meetings with stakeholders and membersAll aspects of travel (UK and overseas) including accommodationExpense claims – collating and submitting expenses claim formsMinute takingGeneral office duties read more

CUPE 4207 Unit 3 vote to ratify collective agreement

The members of CUPE Local 4207 Unit 3, which represents ESL instructors at Brock University, voted on Wednesday 18 March to ratify a tentative collective agreement that had been reached last weekend with the University.The University’s board of trustees are to hold a ratification vote on Friday 20 March.The tentative agreement had been reached on 15 March with the assistance of a conciliator. When ratified by both sides, it would replace the previous collective agreement which expired on 6 July 2014.

Greenfingered grans 16ft flower puts rivals in the shade

first_imgJohn Philips A green-fingered gran has grown Britain’s tallest garden flower – a 16ft Echium – after spotting a rival gardener with a smaller bloom claiming the title.Barbara Thatcher, 66, realised her flower could be a contender for the tallest in a domestic garden in Britain after reading about another gardener in the news. John Philips, 68, of Ilfracombe, Devon, wowed the world with his 14ft echium last week – but Barbara’s is at least 2ft taller.”I grow echium every year and have had the odd one grow tall in the past but I never thought much of it, I’ve never measured them,” she said.”When I saw that someone had grown a 14ft one in the paper I just thought, ‘I’m sure mine is taller than that.'”People do comment on it and they said, ‘Ooh, where can I get one?’ They are quite beautiful.” tallest flower A green-fingered gran has grown what could be Britain’s tallest garden flower – a 16ft Echium.Credit:SWNS John Philips thinks he has grown Devon’s tallest flower.Credit:SWNS Former secretary Barbara said: “It is amazing that these tiny little seeds can grow into such great big plants.”It took off so quickly, if you looked at it long enough you could probably see it grow.”I think this one has grown particularly tall because it’s in front of a tree. We have also got a tall hedge at the bottom of the garden.”Echium pininana, which are native to the Canary Islands, thrive in mild, maritime climates and have recently become popular in gardens in England and Ireland. She sowed the seed in a tray last spring and transferred the tiny plant into her garden when it started to sprout.The endangered Echium pininana, also known as the Tower of Jewels, survived the winter and flowered this March.Now the bright blue plant towers over Barbara’s home in Portishead, Bristol – and is taller than most giraffes at a staggering 16ft. 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.last_img read more

Prince William It would be absolutely fine by me if George Charlotte

He also spoke of being left “appalled” by the recent homophobic attack on a London bus, underlining how shocking it is that “stuff like that still happens”. Told of the prejudice experienced by young people helped by akt, he said: “I’m so sad for you guys that persecution like that is still there. Things have progressed, but not nearly as much as they need to.” Prince William and Prince Louis, who is one The Duke of Cambridge has said he will fully support his children if they were to be gay, promising it would be “absolutely fine by me”.  The Duke, who spoke as he visited a charity that helps homeless LGBT people, said his only concern would be for the additional challenges they may face as a result of public prejudice. Saying he and the Duchess had already discussed how they would approach one of their children telling them they were gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, he emphasised his only concern would be for any “hate or persecution” they would endure, particularly as a result of their public positions in the Royal Family. The father-of-three visited charity akt, the Albert Kennedy Trust, to officially open its new services ahead of the annual Pride in London parade and to mark  the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.Answering questions from young ambassadors for the charity, he spoke frankly from the position of a parent about the challenges still faced by those who identified as LGBT. His words are the most candid from any member of the Royal Family in public on the topic to date. When he is one day king, the Duke will be head of the Church of England and is likely to become the head of a Commonwealth in which, to date, 37 countries have laws that criminalise homosexuality. Afterwards, akt’s chief executive, Tim Sigswort, said:  “I was incredibly impressed. I was first impressed by his level of knowledge already but his empathy and appreciation of the struggles and challenges faced by LGBT people was incredible to me. Prince William meets akt ambassadorsCredit:Reuters Prince William unveils a plaque at akt Prince William and Prince Louis, who is oneCredit:Kensington Palace “That’s for all of us to try and help correct, to put that in the past and not come back to that sort of stuff.” During his conversation with the charity’s ambassadors, he also joked about the Attitude magazine cover he did in 2016.  “I did my Attitude magazine cover which was a good day.  But I’d seen some of the previous front covers and I was a bit nervous about what they might ask me to do,” he laughed.  “Thankfully there were no small briefs for me!”After the chat, Faz said:  “I thought his answer was so good, to hear him talk about having fears about what people might think of his children and how they might take to them, if they were identified as LGBT.   One of the young people the Duke met said afterwards: “To hear him say ‘I’d support my own children if they were in the LGBT community’ was great…To know that someone that important has your back is huge.” During his visit, the Duke spoke of how “stifling” many young people find the burden of coming out to their families and also of his concerns about young LGBT people taking their own lives.  “It’s a real pressure to live under,” he said during a conversation with Cath Hall, akt’s founder.“I’ve been looking into issues around suicide and I imagine that the figures in the LGBT community are high, because of all the barriers and stigma around acceptance.” The Duke of Cambridge at aktCredit:Reuters “And just his willingness to learn from the young people, his willingness to challenge his own perceptions and his willingness to come out in support of LGBT people in such a personal way as to refer to his children – that will make a massive difference.Mr Sigswort, who is gay, said:  “I was personally rejected by my mum, and the idea that the future monarch is saying they would support their children if they came out as LGBT is a message to the whole of society really, a message that we need to support and we need to empower LGBT people.” “So from a parent point of you, that’s the angle I worry about. “I wish we lived in a world where, like you said Faz, it’s really normal and cool. But particularly for my family and the position that we are in, that’s the bit I’m nervous about. “I support whatever decision they make, but it does worry me from a parent’s point of view how many barriers, hateful words, persecution and discrimination that might come. That’s the bit that troubles me a little bit. Prince William unveils a plaque at aktCredit:Reuters Saying he was concerned that not everyone considered being LGBT “normal and cool”, the Duke added his worries for his own children would be tied to “how everyone else will react and perceive it and then the pressure is then on them”. Prince George will one day follow in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandmother to become king, while Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are expected to grow up to be working members of the Royal Family. The Duke took part in a group discussion with several akt ambassadors: young people who have been supported by the charity and now mentor others using its services.Faz Bukhari, 28, from east London, experienced problems at home from the age of 24 when he began to identify as transgender, finding support and accommodation through the charity’s Purple Door refuge scheme. “That he recognises that, and is aware there could be a backlash, he understands the issues and hopefully with his comments we can get more awareness across to more parents of the issues.” Asked specifically how he would respond to Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, four, or one-year-old Prince Louis one day telling him they were LGBT, the Duke said he had already discussed it with the Duchess after other parents had raised the question. Saying it would “obviously [be] absolutely fine by me”, he added: “I support whatever decision they make, but it does worry me from a parent’s point of view how many barriers, hateful words, persecution and discrimination that might come. That’s the bit that troubles me a little bit.”That’s for all of us to try and help correct, to put that in the past and not come back to that sort of stuff.” Meeting young people who have faced homelessness and mental issues as a result of coming out to their families, he emphasised how important it is for parents to support their children whatever their sexuality.  Prince William meets akt ambassadors Reiterating the earlier conversation, he asked William:  “You coming here is a great opportunity and platform, what would you think about it if one your children was LGBT?”The Duke said:  “I’ve only started thinking about it since I’ve had children. It is something I’m nervous about, not because I’m worried about them being gay or anything.”It’s more about the fact I’m worried about the pressure – as you all know – they’re going to face and how much harder their life could be.  The Cambridge familyCredit:Getty Prince William and Harry learned about homelessness during visits to The Passage with their mother Diana The Duke of Cambridge at akt Prince William and Harry learned about homelessness during visits to The Passage with their mother Diana The Cambridge family Akt is the national LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity, providing safe homes and better futures for LGBTQ+ young people. Almost one quarter of the 150,000 young people facing or experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ+, and 77 per cent of those cite rejection or abuse from their families as what has led them to being so.At the end of the visit, Prince William unveiled a plaque, formally opening akt’s new services centre in Hoxton which hosts drop-in sessions for young people. read more

Unions accuse Bus Éireann of seeking to collapse talks around averting strike

first_img Share33 Tweet Email Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ieUpdated at 5.10pmUNIONS REPRESENTING BUS Éireann workers have hit out at company management for releasing a document to workers warning of increased losses at the company while talks are ongoing at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).Both the Siptu and NBRU trade unions have accused Bus Éireann management of attempting to undermine the talks after they released the document which points to large company losses being forecast for last year.The document – seen by TheJournal.ie – states that projected losses for 2016 at the company have now increased.The company states that it is looking at an estimated operating loss of €9.4 million for last year. It states that losses for last month are already in excess of €1.5 million.Talks are ongoing in the WRC this evening as both sides attempt to end the industrial impasse at the company in a dispute over workers’ pay and conditions as the company attempts to shore up its losses on its regional bus routes.Dermot O’Leary – general secretary of the NBRU – said that the company was “deliberately provoking its own staff” by releasing the document while talks were ongoing.“It’s absolutely appalling that management at Bus Éireann are playing Russian Roulette with its own staff and the public transport system,” he said.O’Leary also questioned whether the company was “determined to force its own workforce onto the streets”.Meanwhile, Siptu sector organiser Willie Noone said that the company was “looking for the breakdown of these talks”.Siptu representatives remain insistent that the issues we have raised must be addressed prior to engaging with the document.EmbattledThe embattled semi-state company has been told it needs to make massive savings in order to maintain viability.An all-out strike had initially been planned for today, however a breakthrough last Wednesday at the WRC saw both that action, and a strike ballot planned for Dublin Bus, called off.In a statement at the time the National Bus and Rail Union, which represents workers at the company, said:“The WRC have today requested that all parties, Unions and Management at Bus Éireann postpone all actions scheduled for 20 February to facilitate discussions on all issues on Friday 17, Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 February.”Whist we remain of the view that a multi-stakeholder involvement will ultimately be required to resolve this dispute, in deference to the WRC, we are prepared to engage in this process to establish if we can achieve some progress towards an overarching and sustainable resolution.With reporting from Cormac FitzgeraldRead: X-ray left in Penneys, patient’s mental health data faxed to a bank – 113 HSE data breach calamities revealedRead: Kenny’s future as Taoiseach in the balance as parliamentary party showdown looms By Cianan Brennan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 20th 2017, 5:08 PM 106 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3248524 Short URL Monday 20 Feb 2017, 5:08 PM Unions accuse Bus Éireann of ‘seeking to collapse talks’ around averting strike A strike action scheduled for today was cancelled after a breakthrough at the WRC last Wednesday. 13,121 Views last_img read more

14 flights between Dublin and London cancelled due to freezing fog

first_img 3 Comments 14 flights between Dublin and London cancelled due to freezing fog Dublin Airport is advising people to check the status of their flight with their airline. Share47 Tweet Email2 A TOTAL OF 14 flights from Dublin Airport to London have been cancelled as a result of freezing fog.Flights to and from Dublin Airport from Heathrow and London City Airports have been cancelled as a result of bad weather conditions.A spokesperson for Dublin Airport said that “adverse weather conditions” at the airports had led to the cancellations. Dublin Airport is operating as normal.The airport is advising people to check the status of their flight with their airline. Source: Dublin Airport/TwitterHeathrow Airport said that disruptions would be likely today as a result of the bad weather.The UK Met Office has issued a weather warning to do with fog. It ad advised travellers that journeys will take longer than usual as a result.Visibility is currently at just about 100m at a number of London airports.Read: Fire Brigade battles blaze at Dublin primary schoolRead: Samsung confirms faulty batteries led to exploding phones By Cormac Fitzgerald Monday 23 Jan 2017, 9:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,670 Views http://jrnl.ie/3200286 Short URL Jan 23rd 2017, 9:01 AM last_img read more

Ohrid tourist bus attacked

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece has condemned reports of vandalism against Greek tourist buses in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), claiming that is the result of anti-Greek rhetoric emanating from the government of the FYROM .The attack occurred two Sundays ago as the tourists were returning from a sightseeing visit to their coaches which had been spray-painted with the words “Macedonia,” “United Macedonia” and “Alexander the Great.”Police spokesman Stefan Dimoski in the resort of Ohrid says vandals had spray-painted offensive slogans on three Greek buses. But he denied Greek media reports that rocks were thrown or that there were attacks on Greek tourists.The mayor of Ohrid sent a letter to Greece’s representative office in Skopje, saying, “We in Ohrid do not discriminate among visitors to our city – everyone is welcome.”FYROM’s Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has condemned the incident with the Greek tourist buses, “I regret the incident. It is not something nice and I condemn the people who did it, “ said Gruevski.Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos blamed authorities in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for fueling hostility against Greece following an attack by unidentified assailants on Greek tourists in the southeastern resort of Ohrid.“Such incidents… are the visible result of the nationalism and bigotry against Greece which has been cultivated by Skopje,” Koumoutsakos said.last_img read more

OMG SMS Is Older Than Justin Bieber

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Happy (belated) birthday, SMS!The text message turned 25 on Sunday (and now you feel old).On Dec. 3, 1992, Neil Papworth used a personal computer to write and relay a short sentence via Britain’s Vodafone network to Richard Jarvis’s phone.The message simply read: “Merry Christmas.”“I typed the message on a computer keyboard and sent it to an Orbitel 901 handset,” according to Papworth’s personal website. “Those things were enormous!”He received no reply, as mobile phones at the time could not send texts. Being part of the historic moment, it seems, was thanks enough for the then-22-year-old test engineer.“I helped develop and test the software, got it working on site, and had the honor of sending the first one to prove that it was working,” Papworth said.The celebrated event even tops his list of achievements on LinkedIn.Text messaging functionality dates back to the early 1980s: The Short Message Service (SMS) concept was developed by the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) in 1984.It took nearly a decade, however, to implement the system.Following Papworth’s now-infamous text, a handful of countries (including the US) deployed SMS gateways, allowing the dispatching of notifications—usually to announce voicemail—to mobile phones.But, due to network restrictions and a lack of transmission options, the practice didn’t really take off until more people could send and receive messages and text with friends on different plans.The advent of smartphones helped, too: Based on data reported by Statistic Brain, the number of text messages sent each month in the US skyrocketed from 12.5 billion in June 2006 to 45 billion in June 2007—when the first iPhone hit shelves.Those numbers continue to grow, reaching a whopping 781 billion texts-per-month as of this summer.Now settled in Montreal with his family, Papworth—an “accomplished software designer and architect” with a taste for Formula 1 racing, beer, and curry—has been the subject of worldwide news reports, and was once featured in a Super Bowl ad and flown to London for a movie premiere.Perhaps his greatest triumph, though, is being an answer to a Jeopardy! question. Livin the dream, man.center_img Android Users: Check Your Facebook Data Archive for Call, Text LogsApple releases online tool to help you escape iMessage purgatory last_img read more

Triple H on creating NXT brands around the world Seth Rollins talks

first_img Triple H on creating NXT brands around the worldDuring WWE’s annual Business Partner Summit over WrestleMania 34 weekend, Paul “Triple H” Levesque revealed in a presentation about coming up with the term “Global Localization” and how the company wants to create NXT brands around the world.Triple H described this plan as a global territorial system, something WWE had been considering over a decade ago and never fully committed to.WWE has posted the full summit on the company’s corporate website.Paul Levesque takes credit for coming up with “Global Localization”. He explained their push to create NXT brands around the world as a global territorial system, reminiscent of the plan the company toyed with over a decade ago but never went through with. pic.twitter.com/bqgWHv1Cak— John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) April 25, 2018Seth Rollins talks return of the curb stompNewsweek is featuring an interview with WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins discussing WrestleMania 34 a few weeks ago in New Orleans.Rollins also addresses the return of the curb stomp to his matches. When asked for details, Rollins declined to provide too much back story on the return.“You know, I can’t divulge the entire story. Maybe some other time. It’ll be good for a DVD or a Network special or something like that. I will say that I was very happy to see it come back. It wasn’t a long-term plan, I knew way in advance, but I was happy to get it back. That is another thing this year that really put me on a very good trajectory. It felt good, man. The surprise in the audience and the reaction I got online was really cool, too. I’m glad to take it around the world now, it’s been a good experience.” WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Google+ 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Twitter Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) last_img read more

Army to Recognize Outstanding Community Partnerships

first_imgThe Army is launching an awards program to recognize partnerships between installations and communities that enhance readiness through installation support services.“Partnering with federal, state and local governments to find creative solutions to challenges is especially important during times of constrained resources,” according to a memo announcing the competition from Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, assistant chief of staff for installation management. The awards program will be incorporated into the Army Community of Excellence program in the future.The inaugural awards competition is open to all partnerships signed in fiscal 2015 or 2016 by garrisons, reserve centers and armories. Partnerships can include memorandums of understanding, memorandums of agreement, cooperative agreements, educational agreements, leases or licenses, mutual aid agreements or intergovernmental support agreements.Submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria:improves mission trainingprovides cost efficiency (savings or avoidance)expands capabilitycreates efficienciesimproves community relationsdemonstrates ingenuityApplications should be submitted on behalf of the Army command and the corresponding community.Nominations are due Oct. 15. For a copy of the awards application and for more information, contact Ivan Bolden at ivan.g.bolden.civ@mail.mil or (703) 545-2538, or Donna Wilhoit at donna.l.wilhoit.civ@mail.mil or (703) 545-2525. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Geek Pick LaCie Mobile Drive Offers Big Beautiful Storage

first_img Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerGeek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your Pet One of the most stunning yet underrated advancements in tech I’ve seen in my lifetime isn’t 3D printing or 4K resolution or virtual reality. It’s storage. I still remember thinking that a terabyte of space is only for astronauts and that spending hundreds of dollars for a 160GB drive was a good deal. Folks older than me have way crazier stories about jaz drives and marveling over a whole portable gigabyte.But now vast amounts of space are at our command in slim little mobile hard drives. And the LaCie Mobile Drive is one of the best, most uncompromising mobile hard drives out there when it comes to form and function. Stay on target The LaCie Mobile Drive works with both Mac and Windows depending on how you choose to format it. But right now it’s mostly available at Apple stores and is definitely targeting folks who work with huge amounts of media like video and photos on Mac products. After all, why else go to the trouble of making such a cool looking drive when it’s not much more than a rectangle with memory? It has to fit in with Apple’s aesthetic.Fortunately, the LaCie Mobile Drive is an extremely dope rectangle. It has this metallic body and finish along with diagonal edges that feel like they’re for professionals in the future. Considering it can hold up to 5TB for $160, the aluminum box feels appropriately heavy and dense. It’s a thick hard drive.It’s a good hard drive, too. The LaCie Mobile Drive shined during speed and performance tests. Again, it’s a ton of potential storage for the price. LaCie even offers its own backup and restore software you can download from their site.For more on the LaCie Mobile Drive check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And for more on storage here are the best hard drives for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.More on Geek.com: Geek Pick: Dolby Dimension Headphones Let You Actively Listen to MoviesGeek Pick: GoPro Hero7 Black Is a Radical Streaming CameraGeek Pick: Razer Blade Stealth Is an Ultraportable Dream Gaming PClast_img read more

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first_img Videos | Radiation Oncology | November 06, 2018 VIDEO: Personalizing Radiotherapy Using Genomic Markers of Radiosensitivity Genomics can be used to assess a patient’s radiosensitivity, which can be used to increase or decrease the radiation read more News | March 06, 2009 Covidien Launches Informational Web Site on Colorectal Disease News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | September 24, 2018 AngioDynamics to Acquire RadiaDyne to Expand Oncology Portfolio AngioDynamics Inc. announced an agreement to acquire RadiaDyne, a privately held medical diagnostic and device company… read more Related Content News | Radiation Oncology | February 01, 2018 ​ITN Celebrates World Cancer Day 2018 World Cancer Day takes place annually on Feb. read more News | Clinical Decision Support | October 27, 2016 New NCCN Imaging Appropriate Use Criteria Published for Eight Cancer Types October 27, 2016 — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) continues to build its library of appropriate use read more Technology | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | December 21, 2018 FDA Approves Exablate Neuro for Tremor-Dominant Parkinson’s Treatment Insightec announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expansion of the indication of… read more News | Oncology Related Products | December 19, 2016 Clinical Study to Combine Chemotherapy Drug with MR-HIFU for Recurrent Childhood Tumors December 19, 2016 — Children’s National Health System and Celsion Corp. read more Javier Torres-Roca Explains Genomics in RadiotherapyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:35Loaded: 2.47%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | Oncology Related Products | May 06, 2016 Study Finds Breast Cancer Adjuvant Therapy Benefits Vary Over Time May 6, 2016 — After breast cancer surger read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | September 12, 2016 Contrast Ultrasound Identifies Deadly Liver Cancers September 12, 2016 — Tiny microbubbles are being used to more effectively… read more Epsilon’s EchoInsight software helps analyze cardiac function by evaluating wall motion strain.  March 5, 2009 – Covidien recently launched www.colondisease.com, designed to be easy-to-use, patient-oriented Web site filled with vital information on colorectal disease, including symptoms, treatments and surgical options for various types of colon disease. This is one Covidien initiative has launched as part of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month The Web site enables patients to have direct contact with doctors in their local area via its comprehensive surgeon locator. For people who register online, Covidien also delivers e-newsletters that contain advice on managing colon disease. According to the National Cancer Institute, almost 150,000 men and women are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the United States each year. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of all U.S. cancer-related deaths, and some 300,000 surgical procedures are performed to treat colon disease.For more information: www.covidien.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Cardio-oncology | May 13, 2016 | Dave Fornell Assessing Cardiotoxicity Due to Cancer Therapy Cardio-oncology is an emerging field that combines the expertise of both cardiology and oncology to assess and treat read more last_img read more

A look at Costa Ricas tomato revolution

first_imgRelated posts:Vegetables grown near erupting Turrialba called safe to eat New venomous snake species discovered in Costa Rica A quest to prevent the extinction of Costa Rica’s blue corn Costa Rica promotes pesticide-free rice farming There’s good news about tomatoes that will help both producers and consumers – that means us.Plant engineers at the University of Costa Rica’s Fabio Baudrit Moreno experimental station in La Garita de Alajuela recently developed a sturdy ten-foot-tall tomato plant that resists common diseases, produces all year round, and has tomatoes the size of baseballs.The best part? This was achieved not through artificially modified genetics, but rather through years of natural cross-breeding, as The Tico Times learned on a visit to the station.It sounds like a crazy movie scene, but in all seriousness, this new tomato, baptized Prodigio F1, will add to the nation’s economy as well as the pockets of producers, and will offer us, the consumers, better quality all year round. Mitzi Stark / The Tico TimesTomatoes are a popular vegetable here as in many countries: We eat them in salads and cooked dishes, or sliced with a sprinkle of salt. But for growers, seeds are imported and expensive, and the plants have short life spans, victims of bacterial diseases like Ralstonia Solancearum which causes them to wither and the fruit to rot. Climate, too, affects the plants, producing short growing times and uneven distribution in the market.Carlos Echandi and Marco Moreira are the engineers who spent years trying to find just the right combination of seeds that would produce a “super tomato.”  They began their seed search in 1994 with varieties from a seed research centers in Taiwan and the University of Florida in Gainsville. Seed combinations produced numerous hybrids which were further tested through several generations to see if the new plants consistently remained healthy and produced top quality tomatoes over a longer period. Out of a combination of 20 hybrids four were selected for production.The selected plants were then subjected to field tests across Costa Rica to test their durability in different climates, and Prodigio was the final choice. But that was not the end of studying tomatoes for Echandi and Moreira, who has since retired. Convincing commercial growers to try out the new Costa Rican seeds they had to overcome skepticism and the fear of losing a year’s profits. Mitzi Stark / The Tico TimesBy planting a section with regular seeds and a section with Prodigio, it became clear that the new variety was a winner with plants that stood head and shoulders above the other types and bore “hamburger-sized” tomatoes, explained Echandi, who supervises the experimental station’s greenhouse.Along the way, Prodigio earned some important backers as the European Union and international agricultural organizations offered technical and financial support to promote its development.At the experimental greenhouse, work goes on, checking and caring for the plants and fertilizing the flowers by hand. Seeds are available for big and medium size producers in large quantities but are not yet available for home gardens.But we can enjoy eating the tomatoes which are sold in some farm markets, wholesale markets and some supermarkets. Provecho. Facebook Commentslast_img read more