PARIS — The Latest on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to France (all times local):6:20 p.m.China has signed a deal to buy 300 aircraft from European plane maker Airbus during Chinese leader’s Xi Jinping state visit to France.A statement by the French Presidency says China Aviation Supplies Holding Company ordered 290 Airbus A320 and 10 Airbus A350. Further details and financial sums were not specified.The A320 deal alone is estimated to be worth around $18 billion at list prices, though buyers often secure discounts.Fifteen business deals on energy, the food industry, transport and other sectors were signed in the presence of Xi and French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday at the presidential palace, in addition to other bilateral agreements.___12:30 p.m.Chinese President Xi Jinping is on a state visit in France where he is expected to sign a series of bilateral and economic deals on energy, the food industry, transport and other sectors.Xi will be welcomed Monday by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, before a meeting and a state dinner at the Elysee presidential palace.The Chinese leader, who previously visited Italy and Monaco, arrived in France on Sunday evening where he had a private dinner with Macron in the resort town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, on the French Riviera.He will also meet in Paris on Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.Europe wants to increase trade with China but on European terms, especially amid U.S.-China trade tensions.The Associated Press
He noted that in other South Asian counties, Government officials dress according to their culture and to suit the environment.The President said that Government officials wear a coat and tie as a result of a circular issued by a former President. President Maithripala Sirisean today asserted that Government officials will not be required to wear a coat and tie for events, unless it is really required.The President said that the local environment must be taken into consideration when dressing for state events. However, he says, as the current President he has decide to recall that circular. (Colombo Gazette)
OTTAWA — Canada’s national unemployment rate was 5.7 per cent in August. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 13.1 per cent (12.8)— Prince Edward Island 8.9 (8.4)— Nova Scotia 7.9 (7.4)— New Brunswick 8.6 (8.5)— Quebec 4.7 (4.9)— Ontario 5.6 (5.7)— Manitoba 5.6 (5.8)— Saskatchewan 5.1 (5.4)— Alberta 7.2 (7.0)— British Columbia 5.0 (4.4)The Canadian Press
Nokia handsets unit being bought by Microsoft sees further drop in sales FILE – In this Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 file photo, Stephen Elop, chief executive officer of Nokia, speaks during a conference at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain. Nokia reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File) by Matti Huuhtanen, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2014 4:39 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HELSINKI – The Nokia handsets business that Microsoft is due to take over saw sales continue to slide in the fourth quarter as its Lumia smartphones failed to draw business away from larger competitors like Apple and Samsung.Shares in Nokia Corp. slumped Thursday after the company said it suffered a net loss of 25 million euros ($34 million) in the October to December period, with smartphone sales plunging 29 per cent.Nokia stock closed down more than 10 per cent at 5.11 euros in Helsinki.The devices and services unit, which will be transferred to Microsoft Corp., saw sales fall to 2.6 billion euros from 3.7 billion euros a year earlier. The unit recorded an operating loss of 198 million euros compared with a profit of 97 million a year earlier.Nokia sold 30 million Lumia handsets in the full-year 2013, about twice as many as in 2012. It also unveiled several Lumia models, including its first large screen smartphones and its first tablet, the Lumia 2520.But it failed to pose a challenge to the leaders in the lucrative smartphone sector, Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics.Neil Mawston from Strategy Analytics said the results were disappointing for the former industry bellwether, which has seen a steady decline since it commanded a 40 per cent global market share of mobile phones in 2008.“It was a bit of soft performance for Nokia in its final show,” Mawston said. “The operating loss was the main surprise of the result.”In a strategic shift, Nokia teamed up with Microsoft Corp. in 2011 hoping to turn the downward trend but it has been further hit by competition from the lower end, by cheaper producers of mobile phones in Asia and China.Last year, it agreed to a 5.4 billion-euro ($7.2 billion) sale of its ailing handset unit to Microsoft. Shareholders overwhelmingly approved the deal in November and it is expected to be closed during the current quarter, subject to regulatory approval.Nokia chairman and acting CEO Risto Siilasmaa described the fourth quarter as a watershed for the Finnish company, which will focus on the smaller divisions it will have left after the Microsoft deal.“While the first quarter of the year is seasonally weak for our continuing operations, we continue to expect the closing of the Microsoft transaction to significantly improve Nokia’s earnings profile,” Siilasmaa said.The company expects growth in its networks division, especially in in China, Africa and possibly the Middle East, but gave few details.Nokia gave scant information about the handset unit and did not say who would succeed Stephen Elop as Nokia CEO. Elop, who left Microsoft in 2010 to become Nokia’s chief executive, has stepped down to be executive vice-president of devices and services before he rejoins Microsoft once the acquisition of the unit closes.Nokia did not say if it would pay a dividend to shareholders pending the closing of the transaction with Microsoft, when the company’s other strategies would also be disclosed.Nokia’s continuing operations, including its solutions and networks unit, HERE mapping services and advanced technologies saw sales slump to 3.4 billion euros in the fourth quarter, down 21 per cent from a year earlier.The company’s continuing operations employed 55,000 at the end of the year, down 16 per cent from 2012.——Jari Tanner contributed to this report from Tallinn, Estonia.
The Golden State Warriors beat the brakes off of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday in a 126-91 win. Basketball fans are fairly well trained not to extrapolate too much of the regular season to what will happen in the postseason, but with a walloping this thorough it’s natural to wonder if the Cavs have any chance in the Finals.But after two Warriors-Cavs games this season, we likely still haven’t seen what the teams will look like if they meet for the third Finals in a row this June.Basketball matchups aren’t really between teams, they’re between lineups. Fans are familiar with the famous five-man units, like the Warriors’ Death Lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes, or the Megadeath Lineup, which swaps out Barnes for Kevin Durant. But the ramifications of more minor adjustments can be profound: In last season’s Finals, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Richard Jefferson, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson outscored opponents by 26.9 points per 100 possessions in 66 minutes; but when they swapped out Thompson for Iman Shumpert for 14 minutes, the Cavs were outscored by 16 points, or 56.6 points per 100 possessions.So lineups matter. And during the regular season, the Cavs’ and Warriors’ Finals lineups don’t play each other very much.The Cavs’ five most-favored lineups against the Warriors during the regular season have played a combined two minutes against them in the Finals. Two minutes! Obviously, injuries have been a factor: Kevin Love missed all the 2015 Finals, and Kyrie Irving was injured in Game 1 and did not play again in the series. But considering the most-played lineup against Golden State in 2016-17 includes DeAndre Liggins, and neither J.R. Smith nor Kyle Korver appears in a top-5 lineup, it’s a safe bet that we haven’t seen Cleveland’s preferred lineups against Golden State.The Warriors haven’t been much more consistent. In 2014-15, the five lineups that played most161 percent of available minutes. against the Cavs in the Warriors’ regular season games played 45 percent of available minutes in the Finals, anchored largely by the Death Lineup, which played 24 percent of the minutes (most of any lineup in that Finals) and outscored the Cavs by 21.8 points per 100 possessions.Last season, however, an injury to Bogut and a slump from Barnes threw the Warriors into disarray, as their five most favored lineups against the Cavs from the regular season played just 15 percent of available minutes in the Finals. Plus, the Death lineup didn’t play the Cavs enough during the regular season to crack the top five (and it was outscored by 12 per 100 possessions in 53 minutes anyway).All of which is to say that while the Warriors have reconstituted their roster since blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cavs in the Finals, it’s likely both teams will shuffle things again between now and June.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Oladipo’s red-hot corner-threesUnderstandably, Russell Westbrook’s torrid flirtation with a season-long triple-double has been the only topic of conversation when it comes to the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. Yet guard Victor Oladipo has quietly been putting together a solid season since coming to OKC in exchange for Serge Ibaka.Specifically, he’s become a lights-out shooter from the corner, and his shot selection has become more precise. Oladipo, who took just 10 percent of his threes from the corner as a rookie, has increased his share of 3-point shots from there every season (from 21 percent to 26 percent, and now to nearly 31 percent). His accuracy from that spot has markedly improved, too, from 30 percent as a rookie to 34 percent in 2014-15, 41 percent in 2015-16 and 52 percent this season.Westbrook, the best and most explosive table-setter that Oladipo has ever played with, has a ton to do with that. Oladipo receives 14 passes a night from Westbrook, up from the 9.5 passes he got from Elfrid Payton in Orlando last season. The roll men in the middle of the floor, Steven Adams and Enes Kanter, also keep defenses honest and help open things up for Oladipo.The next step is for Oladipo to return to the playmaking ability he showcased in Orlando. His assist percentage and free-throw rate are both down considerably, in part because of how much Westbrook does on offense. But it’d be better for both Oladipo and Westbrook if the scale were a bit more balanced going forward, if only to provide relief for the overburdened MVP candidate.Check out our latest NBA predictions. If there’s a downside to the breakneck pace of the NBA season, it’s that there’s too much basketball for even a full-time basketball watcher to keep up with. (A wonderful problem to have, I know.)The Four-Point Play is my attempt to keep it all straight. During the season, I’ll regularly piece together four statistical trends that are happening around the league and lay out what they tell us about where a team’s been or where it’s heading. Find a stat you think should be included here? Email or tweet me at email@example.com or @Herring_NBA.In the meantime, here is this week’s edition of The Four-Point Play.The Mavs’ improved spacing, Deron Williams’s cross-court passesIt may be a bit too soon to talk about the possibility that Dallas may sneak into the playoffs. That thought would’ve sounded crazy a little over a month ago, when the Mavericks owned the worst record in all of basketball, but it isn’t as far-fetched now. The team is just four games back of the eighth seed despite its 15-29 record and has played the NBA’s third-toughest schedule to this point.The club’s offense, fourth-worst for the first two months of play, came to life after Andrew Bogut hurt his hamstring on Jan. 9. Since then, the team has moved Harrison Barnes to power forward and Dirk Nowitzki to center, and the results on offense have been great. Dallas has averaged 111.6 points per 100 plays since implementing a five-out lineup two weeks ago, ranking sixth in offense in that span. (Speaking of — why do Bogut’s teams seemingly always find lineups that work once he goes down?)In particular, the Mavs have gotten great production recently out of Deron Williams, the three-time All-Star who experienced a sharp decline when chronic ankle injuries sapped his agility a few years ago. He’s taken advantage of the space provided by the lineup change, driving 6.8 times per game since Jan. 10, up from 4.8 times previously. The Mavericks have been solid from deep lately, connecting on 40.7 percent of their 3-point tries since Jan. 10, third-best in the league. (Those makes have boosted Williams’s assist totals: He’s averaging 9.3 dimes during this hot streak, up from 6.7 before that.)One other Williams note: The Mavericks have been lethal when he gets a step on his defender and then fires a cross-court pass to a spot-up shooter this season. There aren’t exact stats for this situation, but one hint of how good they’ve been is their efficiency when taking shots immediately after Williams passes that travel 30 feet or more. As of last week, they’d shot 21-of-28, according to an analysis run by SportVU. The Mavs have a whopping 107.1 percent effective field-goal rate off those looks — far higher than the league average of 59.6 percent off such passes.Otto Porter’s emergence as a star role playerThe Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, whose play has begun to live up to his Greek Freak nickname, will almost certainly run away with the season’s most improved player award. But Washington’s Otto Porter has emerged as one of the league’s best role players and deserves a look, too.Porter takes such a back seat to John Wall (who’s having a career year) and Bradley Beal that even some of the best defensive teams don’t make him a focal point of their game plan. That may be the wrong strategy: The 23-year-old and his shot opportunities appear to be a bellwether of sorts for the resurgent Wizards.His long-range attempts, particularly on corner threes, are a sign of Washington’s vitality on offense. When Wall is breaking down defenses and getting deep paint penetration and Beal is aggressively coming off screens, it creates disarray on defense and encourages ball movement. And when the ball gets to Porter, good things follow.Washington is just 6-11 when Porter, who leads the league in 3-point percentage with 45.6 percent, takes three or fewer triples but is 8-3 when he launches six attempts or more from outside. (It’s telling that seven of the 10 games in which Porter’s gotten at least six attempts have come within the last month, a span in which the Wizards have jumped from 10th place in the East to fifth.)With Beal and Wall on the court, Porter has shot 57 percent overall and 48 percent from three, but with just Wall and no Beal, he has shot 48 percent overall and 33 percent from deep, according to NBA Wowy, which shows how teams play with different lineup combinations. Having a healthy Beal alongside him is part of the reason that Porter has been so much more effective as a cutter, scoring on more than 80 percent of such plays, according to Synergy Sports Technology. Porter still can’t create his own looks consistently, but when both of his teammates are flying around at full strength, defenses are going to occasionally lose sight of him.Milwaukee’s defense has crateredAs I wrote earlier this month, the Bucks’ franchise has made enormous strides the past few years on the strength of its unusual versatility on defense. But in recent weeks, Milwaukee — now 19th in defensive efficiency after being tied for 10th in the category earlier this month — has shown the pitfalls and limitations that stem from that style of play.All season, the Bucks have allowed teams to take a higher-than-average number of 3-pointers. But because they’ve contested an NBA-best 87 percent of opponent’s threes, teams haven’t always been able to capitalize on those attempts.That’s changed a bit over the past three weeks, a span in which opponents have hit 39 percent of their threes against Milwaukee, the fifth-highest mark in the NBA. And it’s worth wondering whether some of that stems from a couple of offense-minded bench players getting more playing time lately.Where the Bucks’ starters are long, interchangeable and annoying to shoot over, some of the team’s reserves aren’t as disruptive and don’t move nearly as well or as quickly. Jason Terry, Michael Beasley and Greg Monroe just aren’t as agile or long as Antetokounmpo, Tony Snell and John Henson.Because of that, the team’s defensive ideas don’t work nearly as well with the bench unit — Beasley and Monroe in particular — seeing an increase in minutes as of late. That partly explains why Milwaukee has been playing well to start games but struggling in second quarters. (It’s anyone’s guess — whether it’s a lack of adjustments, fatigue or something else — as to what on earth is happening in third quarters, when the Bucks have been getting blasted lately.)But the Bucks are younger than most teams, and this latest stretch, in which they dropped five straight before knocking off Houston, may be nothing more than a regression to the mean for the time being. Still, it’s worth keeping tabs on whether their defensive quirks prevent them from being able to perform as consistently as they’d like. Wait, Are The 76ers Good Now? Related: Hot Takedown
The Clink at HMP Brixton 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. A three-course meal costs £29.95-a-head, and diners are not allowed to consume alcohol or leave tips.The Clink at HMP Brixton is rated London’s fourth-best restaurant of more than 18,000 eateries on TripAdvisor.Reviewers gush about the food and top critics including Giles Coren have described it as fantastic. Graduates, who gain NVQs in food preparation, food service and cleaning, are often taken on by top eateries and hotels on their release, with former inmates now working at Wahaca, Carluccio’s and luxury hotels, including the Lancaster London.The IMB report stated that mobile phones smuggled into HMP Brixton allowed inmates to arrange drug deliveries, collect debts and “maintain control of criminal enterprises”. The Clink, an acclaimed restaurant staffed by inmates at Brixton Prison, is being used by criminals to smuggle mobile phones and drugs into the jail, a report has found.Diners at the 120-seat restaurant, which has won rave reviews for the quality of its food, have been taking advantage of the access it provides to inmates to pass contraband inside.Inspectors from the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) said in its 2017 annual report, published yesterday (FRI): “Possession and use of mobile phones remained a significant problem.”Known sources of drug, phone and sim card importation include visitors, including to The Clink restaurant for a time, mail, and throw-overs.”The Brixton restaurant was set up in the old prison governor’s house in the middle of the main courtyard, which dates back to 1819, and is surrounded by the six jail wings which can house up to 798 prisoners.Opened in 2014, it features barred windows and walls lined with panic buttons. The Clink at HMP Brixton HMP BrixtonCredit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Europe The restaurant was the third to be opened by the Clink Charity, which launched the project with the aim of providing inmates with valuable skills required to work in top restaurants, in the hope that it may in turn prevent them from reoffending.The project has been backed by Lady Edwina Grosvenor, the second daughter of the 6th Duke of Westminster, and chefs including Giorgio Locatelli and Antonio Carluccio and had recorded some impressive reductions in reoffending.In 2011, graduates from the first two Clink restaurants in HMP High Down and HMP Cardiff recorded reoffending rates of just 12.5 per cent compared with an average of 47 per cent. It said: “Prisons would be safer places if they could be deactivated. Phone providers, who have the necessary information, could be encouraged to do this, if this were a Government priority.”Inspectors found that when a temporary-release scheme ended in January, the amount of contraband dropped. But they said that because profit margins were so huge, inmates soon found other ways of getting drugs and phones into the jail.HMP Cardiff, HMP High Down in Surrey and women’s prison HMP Styal in Cheshire also have Clink restaurants.A Prison Service spokesperson said: “We are taking unprecedented action to stop illegal contraband entering our prisons.“All visitors are thoroughly searched before entry, and those caught smuggling contraband will face the full force of the law.“HMP Brixton has recently stepped up intelligence led searches, as well as investing in new sniffer dogs and dog handlers.”A Prison Service spokesperson said: “We are taking unprecedented action to stop illegal contraband entering our prisons.“All visitors are thoroughly searched before entry, and those caught smuggling contraband will face the full force of the law.“HMP Brixton has recently stepped up intelligence led searches, as well as investing in new sniffer dogs and dog handlers.” The cutlery is plastic and diners, who must book online in advance and are security screened, are required to leave their phones at the door.Dishes on offer include roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding and gravy, confit duck leg with black pudding and homemade ice cream.
Peak Resources has entered into an option agreement for the long term lease of the land for the proposed Teesside rare earth refinery and separation plant in the UK.Peak and its partners are developing the Ngualla project in Tanzania into a low cost next generation rare earth project that is strongly aligned to the high value, expanding high-tech magnet metal market. It has tailored its processing flowsheet to focus on the production of neodymium and praseodymium, which are the key enabling raw materials, the heart, that power low carbon technologies such as electric (e) mobility, clean energy and automatisation/robotic technology. With a distinctly different development approach backed by the advantages of a large high quality deposit and demonstrated process, the company is well positioned for growth through the expanding demand for magnet metals in the green technology sector.Peak’s strategy for growth is to rapidly develop Ngualla into a long term producer of neodymium (Nd) and praseodymium (Pr) rare earth mixed oxides through its lower quartile capex and opex.The project is now substantially technically de-risked with a large, high confidence mineral resource base, demonstrated low cost metallurgical process and robust project economics demonstrated by the recently published BFS.Following a Heads of Terms agreed with the UK’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in 2017 Peak has signed a two-year option for a 250 year lease on a 19 ha parcel of land in Teesside for a rare earth refinery and separation plant. The agreement also includes the ability to extend the option for a further 12 months if required. The site will be home to a rare earth refinery and separation plant designed to process 32,700 tonn/y of beneficiated ore from the proposed Ngualla mine and processing plant. The refinery will produce high purity rare earths including in particular 2,800 t of mixed Neodymium (Nd) and Praseodymium (Pr) oxide.The Teesside plant is a key differentiator between Peak and other rare earth development companies as Peak is the only current developer who is planning to produce saleable rare earth oxide products in-house enabling the company to sell its products directly to end users and manufacturers. The plant will also significantly add value to the project as the separated rare earths will command a higher price than a less refined concentrate or a mixed carbonate.“Peak invested a significant sum of money and time into developing and piloting the leaching and separating of the rare earths for our feasibility study. This pilot work, supplemented by extensive first-hand experience of processing rare earths, means that Peak is one of only a handful of companies outside of the current producers to have the required knowledge to produce high purity rare earth oxides. As a result we will not be reliant on Chinese or other 3rd party refineries for toll processing our material and thus we will be in a position to maximize the value of our products.” Commented Rocky Smith, Peak’s CEO.The plant site is in an existing industrial park with “plug and play” utilities. It is adjacent to the Uk’s third largest port, rail and road networks, with access to bulk low cost chemicals and a highly skilled workforce.Located in the Wilton International Site in Tees Valley, near the town of Middleborough in the UK, the site is in a large industrial park. The site also offers an existing effluent disposal system and is close to a number of solid waste management facilities. The large (19 ha) size of the parcel of land will allow space for future expansions that the company is considering which include the doubling of production as well as allowing for potential metal making facilities and acid making plants.The picture shows Teesport looking toward the Wilton International site.
WITH A RANGE of smartwatches from Samsung, Sony and other third-party manufacturers failing to set the world alight, and Google Glass still making its way through the beta stages, a team in India has decided that the future of wearable technology should come in the form of a ring.The Smarty Ring lets you control your iPhone or Android device and provides you with updates on your finger.Through Bluetooth 4.0, it alerts you to emails, calls, messages as well as updates from Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Google Hangouts, and claims to have a 24 hour battery life.The ring has physical buttons on the back of it, allowing you to receive or make calls to preset numbers, and control music from your phone.More companies have been developing smartwatches although nobody has created an essential one. Deveices like the Pebble smartwatch, which raised more than $10 million on Kickstarter in 2012, have had some success, but they have yet to hit the mainstream.The Smarty Ring has raised just over $200,000 on Indiegogo, surpassing its original goal of $40,000. Those who backed the project will find out whether it lives up to its claims on April 2014 when the first batch arrive. Read: Smartphone users are 33% more likely to fall victim to identity fraud >Read: Meet Ireland’s Lonely Beast who teaches children their 123s >
Updated at 8.17amA POST-MORTEM EXAMINATION will take place this morning on the body of a man in his 40s shot dead in an apparent gangland-related killing at the weekend.The body of Michael Devoy — a career criminal from Ballymun — was discovered off the Foxhill Road, Bohernabreena at aound 10.45pm on Saturday night after detectives from Tallaght Garda Station came upon the scene while on routine patrol. The hunt for two men seen escaping the area is ongoing.The officers had initially stopped to investigate a car parked suspiciously on the road, but as they arrived alongside it, two men jumped into the vehicle and sped away, Garda spokesman Superintendent Dave Taylor told reporters yesterday afternoon.An ambulance with the body of the shooting victim leaves the scene [Photocall Ireland]Gardaí were unable to turn their vehicle around in time to pursue the other car, but carried out an extensive search of the area, Taylor said. On returning to the original scene they found the victim with “obvious wounds to the upper body”.The man’s body remained at the scene as preliminary tests were carried out in the area, and was removed to Tallaght Hospital early yesterday afternoon.Taylor said the post-mortem examination being carried out this morning would help determine the course of the investigation.Violent deathsSuperintendent Taylor was also asked to comment on the recent spike in violent deaths since the start of the year — eight people have lost their lives in a violent manner in the past 20 days.He said that “all murders are to be condemned” and noted that “people are either charged or before the courts in a significant number of these cases”.[Image: Photocall Ireland]Originally posted, 6.30amRead: Mother of Edinburgh toddler charged over deathRead: Co Derry resident among 21 killed in Kabul suicide attack
Feb 14th 2017, 8:57 PM By Cliodhna Russell THE GOVERNMENT HAS agreed to set up a Tribunal of inquiry into allegations of a smear campaign against Maurice McCabe.During Leaders’ Questions this afternoon, Kenny said the inquiry will find out the truth as to whether there was a smear campaign against garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.What is a Tribunal? Tribunals are set up to examine specific matters of urgent public importance. At its end, a report will be submitted to the Oireachtas – which may contain recommendations.In many cases, a tribunal of inquiry will also give recommendations with a view to preventing the same problem happening again. It also has the power to include suggestions for law reform.However, the tribunal’s function is purely investigative and fact-finding. Therefore, if the findings of a tribunal give rise to criminal investigation, the admissions made within cannot be used in evidence against a person in those proceedings.As the Department of the Taoiseach states: Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 8:57 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL It is not a function of Tribunals to administer justice, their work is solely inquisitorial.What is a Commission of Investigation?Commissions of investigation are less expensive and a speedier method of investigating matters of public importance. They are also intended to be less adversarial.They have become more popular in recent years as opposed to holding tribunals and are set up by a government order which must be approved by the Dáil and Seanad.The terms of reference are set by the government or by an individual minister.The commission makes a final report on its findings to that minister who is then obliged to publish the report. If the minister considers that publication would prejudice any criminal proceedings that are in progress, they can apply to the High Court for directions.What have they been used for? A Commission of Investigation was established to investigate the main causes of the banking crisis in 2010.In 2006, a Commission of Investigation looked into the handling of complaints of child sexual abuse involving Catholic priests attached to the Archdiocese of Dublin and, in 2005, one was set up to investigate the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings.Tribunals are something Ireland are extremely familiar with – namely how long and expensive they can be. Remember Mahon? And Moriarty? And Morris?This was originally meant to be a Commission of Investigation, right? Correct.So, why not now? Sergeant Maurice McCabe released a statement yesterday evening calling for a full public inquiry into the allegations made against him, saying that “there is no reason to have any secret or private inquiry”.Evidence in Commissions of Investigations is generally given in private – something that McCabe was opposed to.Calling for the public inquiry and noting that Health Minister Simon Harris said that they were entitled to “truth and justice”, McCabe and his wife Lorraine believe they wouldn’t countenance having to wait 18 months for the findings of a private inquiry.What powers does a Tribunal have? Tribunals are vested with the powers, privileges and rights of the High Court.Tribunals are usually chaired by judges or senior lawyers and they can make orders to force witnesses to attend and give evidence.The High Court can order a witness to give evidence and hold them in contempt of court until they cooperate. It is a criminal offence to refuse to give evidence or to co-operate.A tribunal can also order a person to pay the costs of another person appearing before the tribunal or the costs of the tribunal itself, if it considers that there is sufficient reason to do so.This may happen if a person fails to co-operate with the tribunal or gives false or misleading evidence.How much do they cost? The duration and costs of tribunals have been seen as problematic. The tab is usually picked up by the State and can run into the millions.The Mahon Tribunal, which was established in 1997 to investigate allegations of corrupt payments to politicians regarding political decisions around planning permissions and land rezoning, lasted 15 years and cost an estimated €200 million.The Comptroller and Auditor General published a Special Report into Tribunals of Inquiry in December 2008 which gave an estimate of the costs involved in the more recent Mahon, Moriarty and Morris tribunals.It stated, “Overall, the likely cost to the State of the three tribunals based on the pattern of costs experienced to date is estimated to be in the range of €336 million to €366 million.”Critics of the process say that they are lengthy, costly and have no real power.We know that the public inquiry will look at the central question, ‘Was there a deliberate smear campaign waged on Maurice McCabe?’However, we don’t yet know the terms of reference, who will lead it and how long the tribunal will have to report back.This evening, another garda whistleblower, Keith Harrison, demanded that his case be included in the upcoming tribunal.Read: Another garda whistleblower says Tusla investigation also opened in his case> Share99 Tweet Email2 Image: Laura Hutton Image: Laura Hutton 11,814 Views https://jrnl.ie/3239678 73 Comments Explainer: What exactly is a Tribunal of Inquiry? And how does it differ from a Commission of Investigation?
Emissions de méthane : le secret des wallabies révéléLes scientifiques peuvent désormais expliquer pourquoi les marsupiaux produisent moins de méthane dans leurs flatulences que le bétail. Une étude parue dans la revue Science suggère qu’une bactérie présente dans leur estomac réduirait l’émission de ce gaz.Les marsupiaux à la rescousse des gaz à effet de serre. C’est ce que suggère une étude tout juste publiée dans la revue Science et qui élucide le mystère des flatulences des wallabies. En effet, les scientifiques ont constaté que certains de ces animaux herbivores émettaient bien moins de méthane dans leurs flatulences que le bétail. D’après l’étude, ceci s’expliquerait en fait par la présence d’une bactérie dans l’estomac du wallaby de l’île d’Eugène (Macropus eugenii) qui transformerait la nourriture ingérée sans produire de méthane.Le méthane est, comme le CO2, un gaz à effet de serre. Si son influence sur le réchauffement climatique est moins importante que celle du dioxyde de carbone, elle reste tout de même préoccupante dans la mesure où il possède un potentiel de réchauffement global (PRG) 23 fois plus élevé que le CO2. Il est ainsi considéré comme le troisième gaz responsable du dérèglement climatique (après le dioxyde de carbone et les fréons). A l’échelle mondiale, l’élevage contribuerait à hauteur de 18% aux émissions totales de gaz à effet de serre dans le monde. Le processus digestif du bétail est tel qu’on lui attribue même près de 75% des émissions de méthane produites par des animaux. Une vache produirait ainsi chaque jour 400 à 600 litres de méthane (et 600 à 900 litres de CO2), rejetés dans l’atmosphère par éructation, au rythme de 4 rots toutes les 5 minutes. Or, le méthane a une durée de vie dans l’atmosphère de seulement douze ans comparé au CO2 qui lui, est éliminé en moyenne en cent ans. La réduction des émissions de méthane pourrait ainsi avoir un impact rapide sur le changement climatique.Une bactérie au rôle précieuxÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Contrairement aux vaches, le wallaby de l’île d’Eugène ne produit presque pas de méthane quand il digère son alimentation. Ce petit marsupial se retrouve dans certaines régions d’Australie Occidentale et sur certaines îles au large de la côte. Or, une étude précédente a montré qu’en s’alimentant, il produit environ un cinquième de ce que les vaches produisent en méthane alors que le wallaby digère la cellulose de la même manière que le bétail. “L’estomac des wallabies et du bétail ont évolué pour supporter la présence d’un mélange complexe de microbes, nécessaires à la pré-digestion des végétaux avant que la nourriture ne soit entrée dans le processus de digestion”, explique Mark Morrison de l’Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).Mais en analysant les différents composants du mélange, les scientifiques ont alors découvert qu’une bactérie isolée ne produisait non pas du méthane, mais un gaz composé de carbone, d’hydrogène et d’oxygène. En plus de produire une quantité bien inférieure de méthane, digérer la nourriture de cette façon semblerait ainsi plus efficace en matière d’assimilation, les éléments nutritionnelles des plantes étant mieux absorbés.Plus intéressant encore, cette bactérie est présente dans de nombreuses plantes consommées habituellement par le bétail. Les scientifiques tentent donc maintenant de comprendre pourquoi cette bactérie, une fois ingérée par les vaches, n’empêche pas chez elles aussi, la production de méthane.Le 1 juillet 2012 à 12:41 • Maxime Lambert
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Dec 2015 – The Sparkle Gala ball, where women in sports are honored is again being held this holiday season; this time however, the event will be staged in Grand Turk at the Carnival Cruise Center. Rita Gardiner, who was this year inducted into the TCI Sports Hall of Fame will be honored at the event on Saturday evening.Guest speaker is Bahamas Golden Girl and Olympic medalist, Pauline Davis Thompson. Related Items:Pauline david thompson, sparkle gala ball SPARKLE GALA HONOURS TCI’S SONIA BIEN AIME, FIFA EXECUTIVE Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
MIAMI (WSVN) – A Miami Police officer and another driver were injured after colliding in Miami.According to City of Miami Police, the officer was responding to an emergency call when she crashed into another car near Northwest Second Avenue and 75th Street, at around 12 p.m., Tuesday.Both the officer and the driver of the other car were transported to the hospital in unknown conditions.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Other marketers that have dropped spending with YouTube over the scandal include Disney, Epic Games, Hasbro, McDonald’s and Nestlé.Google and YouTube reps, asked to comment about the advertiser spending freezes, did not address them directly. A company rep provided the same statement YouTube released previously, which said in part, “Any content — including comments — that endangers minors is abhorrent, and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube. We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling comments on tens of millions of videos that include minors.”YouTube said in the 48 hours after Watson’s video posted, the service terminated over 400 accounts and channels that violated its policies and shut down the comments section on tens of millions of videos. YouTube also said it reported illegal activity to National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to work with law-enforcement authorities.AT&T was among the advertisers that pulled its ad spending from YouTube in March 2017, after the revelation that YouTube was serving ads against terrorist video and other hate speech. Last month, the telco said it planned to resume buying ads on YouTube. AT&T brand chief Fiona Carter told the New York Times the company felt YouTube had taken adequate measures to ensure the platform was “brand safe” again. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety AT&T, one month after it thought it was safe to advertise on YouTube again, said it is pulling all advertising spending from the world’s biggest video platform. The telco joins a boycott by marketers alarmed by the discovery that a secret group of child predators has been using YouTube to make sexual comments about kids.In a statement, an AT&T spokesman said, “Until Google can protect our brand from offensive content of any kind, we are removing all advertising from YouTube.”The issue — the latest “brand safety” scandal for YouTube — was exposed by vlogger Matt Watson in a Feb. 17 video. Watson discovered that YouTube’s algorithms enabled child predators to secretly connect across a series of videos with young girls engaged in everyday activities like gymnastics, stretching or hanging out at home. In those videos, members of what Watson called a “soft-core pedophilia ring” made sexualized comments about the girls tagged with timestamps identifying moments in the videos when the kids were in certain poses. The users in some cases traded child pornography in the comments section, he claimed.
Japan Sends Satellite Into Space to Deliver Artificial Meteor ShowerQuadrantids: Watch 2019’s First Meteor Shower Stay on target People in downtown Los Angeles were mystified by what appeared to be a flaming fireball streaking across the sky during Wednesday night’s supermoon, but the “meteor” turned out be a team of daredevil wingsuit skydivers.As the third and final supermoon of 2019 illuminated the sky, skydivers from Red Bull Air Force leapt from a helicopter 4,000 feet above Los Angeles and swooped into downtown at more than 120 mph.For the “flaming fireball” effect, skydivers Jon DeVore, Mike Swanson, and Andy Farrington donned wingsuits outfitted with LED lights and sparkling pyrotechnics that lit up the night sky as the sun set and the supermoon rose.AdChoices广告Traveling three feet forward for every one foot down, the daredevils’ southwestern one-mile flight took them into downtown, where they soared through skyscrapers, including the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel, the tallest building west of Chicago.The wingsuit divers donned suits outfitted with LED lights and pyrotechnics, as seen here on Jon Devore. (Photo Credit: Andy Farrington/Red Bull Content Pool)The team pulled their parachutes at 1,000 feet, marking the first-ever wingsuit jump into downtown Los Angeles.The Red Bull Air Force is known for their highly coordinated aerial jump demonstrations. Previous stunts have included jumps at the famous archaeological site Petra, Jordan and a world record attempt at Idaho’s Perrine Bridge.The team leapt from a helicopter 4,000 feet above Los Angeles and swooped into downtown at more than 120mph. (Photo Credit: David Clancy / Red Bull Content Pool)As baffled residents wondered on social media if they actually saw a meteor, the Los Angeles Police Department had to reassure the public with a tweet.“PSA: A meteor did not crash into Downtown Los Angeles, and no, it’s not an alien invasion… just a film shoot. This is Tinseltown after all,” the LAPD posted.More on Geek.com:2019’s Super Blood Wolf Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in PhotosNASA Detects Giant Meteor Explosion Over Bering SeaPolice Dash Cam Captures Meteor Shower Ahead of Geminids Peak
February 25, 2015 3 min read The BlackBerry Classic, which will be available to Verizon Wireless customers on Thursday, suddenly looks like a really sweet deal.Most people have forgotten about BlackBerry, the phone company that was left behind when Apple and Google introduced iPhone and Android and their touchscreens. BlackBerry bet that its keyboard would be better than typing on a screen — it bet wrong. BlackBerry now has only a 1.7% share of global phone sales.But the new BlackBerry Classic does three things that might get a lot of attention:Android apps will now be available on the phone via Amazon’s app store. Previously, BlackBerry offered only a skeletal number of BlackBerry apps to choose from. (Customers generally want the apps, not the specific phones that carry them.)It’s incredibly cheap: The phone is being offered free or for as little as £30/$50 on some carriers.And it has the classic BlackBerry real keyboard, which heavy phone users — particularly those who carry them for work — still love and miss.For some people this is going to be a winning combination: the BlackBerry Classic has all the best features of the old BlackBerry smartphones, it’s cheap, and it’s now also an Android (kinda).BlackBerry Classic was first announced before Christmas and received largely positive reviews. Business Insider ranked it No. 16 on its list of the best smartphones. Some people have developed a crush on BlackBerry’s big, weird, square-shaped Passport phone, too.The model harks back to the smartphone’s glory days, with a similar design to that of the Curve or Bold. It features the QWERTY keyboard from the original BlackBerry phones, which is great for anyone who misses pushing buttons on a keyboard. The phone operates on a 4G network and allows users to access apps from BlackBerry World and Android apps from Amazon’s app store.”BlackBerry loyalists and keyboard fans will feel right at home with the new BlackBerry Classic,” the company said in a press release. “The familiar design and iconic keyboard return for those who have 10 minutes to type 10 emails before moving onto their next task. QWERTY fans, this is for you,” The Classic is a fresh take on the old BlackBerry phones. There are features such as BlackBerry Hub, which puts all conversations (such as BBM, email, and so on) in one place. And it has 16GB storage, so it can hold a lot more than work emails and a few snaps of the family dog. It includes an 8-megapixel camera and the BlackBerry 10 web browser. In addition, it offers 22 hours of battery use through BlackBerry’s “Power Optimization” function — 50% longer than the Bold — and is made of sturdier material than that of many of today’s smartphones.The Classic is available for $99.99 (£63) in the US with a two-year contract and a $50 rebate. In the UK it is already available on O2, Vodafone, and EE. On a lot of the contracts it is free, and plans start at under £30.So far in the UK, the reviews are mostly positive. It has a five-star rating on O2 customer ratings.”Classic is about productivity and getting things done,” BlackBerry writes. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Business Insider
in Headlines, News, Servicing October 24, 2015 673 Views First Guaranty Mortgage Corp National Servicing Director virginia 2015-10-24 Staff Writer Share First Guaranty Mortgage Hires New National Servicing Director First Guaranty Mortgage Corp. (FGMC), a Virginia Corp., has named Jane Gershman as its National Servicing Director.Prior to her new role, Gershman was SVP of Servicing Operations at SUNTRUST. In addition, she also served as Prior SVP, Loss Mitigation Division, ServiceLink; EVP, Loan Servicing Operations, CITI Residential Lending (formerly AMC Mortgage Services), where she also held the positions of SVP, Loan Servicing, President, AMC Insurance Agency, and President Town & Country Trustee Services; and Countrywide Home Loans, where she also held the positions of First VP, Risk Asset Management, First VP, Loss Mitigation, VP Loss Mitigation, VP Investor Compliance, Bankruptcy, and Field Services; and Call Center & Collections Operations Manager.“We’re absolutely delighted to have attracted Jane Gershman to FGMC,” said Andrew S. Peters, CEO, First Guaranty Mortgage Corp. “She’s an industry veteran that brings valuable strategic leadership and depth of experience to our national servicing platform.”Ms. Gershman has served as a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Loan Administration Advisory Committee; Mortgage Advisory Board, Black Night Financial Services; Advisory Board, MERS; and, Advisory Member, CoreLogic Escrow Advisory Council.Jane Gershman received her Bachelor of Science degree–Business Administration, from California Lutheran University. Additionally, she has completed notable executive leadership programs such as Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Leadership Program–Organizational Change and Renewal.
RelatedLoganair expands flights networkLoganair will be expanding its flight network with the launch of three new routesEdinburgh Festival Fringe 101: A first-timer’s guideEvery August, Edinburgh transforms from being Scotland’s prim and proper capital to the eclectic, eccentric and downright crazy city that hosts the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the biggest arts festival in the world.Flybe introduces new summer scheduleRegional airline Flybe has launched its 2010 summer schedule More people are expected to book flights to Edinburgh this month as travellers head to the city’s famous Fringe festival.Regional airline Flybe has reported a strong demand for flights to the Scottish capital this summer, with nearly 95,000 passengers expected to make the journey during August.This is an eight percent increase from the same period in 2008.Flybe chief commercial officer Mike Rutter said that the carrier’s flights to Edinburgh were also popular because of the onward connections to the Sheltand and Orkney Islands, which are offered by franchise partner Loganair.”Our seasonal passenger numbers clearly indicate that people are determined to enjoy a UK summer and by seeking out the most convenient and affordable way to travel especially to the really big annual events such as the Edinburgh Festival,” he commented.Flybe offers 226 flights a day into and around Scotland in partnership with Loganair, with recent figures from the Civil Aviation Authority confirming that the airline was the UK’s largest domestic carrier.Flybe said last month that more people were booking domestic flights to London from Yorkshire following the government’s takeover of the East Coast Mainline.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
The big and the beautiful, the wierd, wonderful, futuristic and fun: marvel at our collection of pics of the best airport interiors around the world.1. Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok, ThailandAncient meets modern minimalism in the main concourse of Bangkok‘s Suvarnabhumi Airport, designed by Helmut Jahn. Suvarnabhumi – ‘the airport of smiles’ – has the proud claim to fame of the world’s tallest free-standing control tower (123m/434 feet if you were wondering).More: 10 best things to do in Bangkok 3. Chicago O’Hare, USAMoving walkways are cool, but colourful moving walkways, like this one in Chicago, are cooler. Along with going on the monorail back and forth between terminals, jumping off the end of ‘travelators’, as they’re sometimes called, is one of the most fun ways to spend your time at an airport.More: 10 great things to do in Chicago 5. Dubai International, UAETerminal 3 at Dubai International Airport is, you guessed it, the single largest building in the world by floor space. It’s Dubai, what do you expect, small and subtle?More: Skyscrapers, seven-star hotels, souks and skiing: 10 best things to do in Dubai 11. Ronald Reagan Washington National, USAThere’s no mistaking which country you’re in, however jet-lagged you’re feeling. The Reagan’s classical style, redolent of tearful goodbyes in a 1920s railway station, eschewts the futurism of most major international airports. 9. Charles de Gaulle, ParisIf, like the author, you missed your flight home from Paris because you were toasting your engagement with a bottle of champers on a bench outside Charles de Gaulle, then spent five hours drinking gin, slumped staring at the ceiling, this view will be familiar. 8. Munich, GermanyHorizontalators don’t come much more D.I.S.C.O. than this example at Munich Airport. They really should pump out _Stayin’ Alive. _You’ll catch Saturday night fever even if it’s Monday morning. 4. Singapore ChangiThe departure lounge at Singapore‘s Changi airport looks like it was modelled on an imaginary retro-futuristic fast food oulet. Or Universal Studios. Or maybe a flying saucer landed on the first floor food court? Check the matching floor and ceiling too.More: 10 best things to do in Singapore RelatedThe future is now: 11 modern airports you need to visitFrom Los Angeles to Singapore, discover the most high-tech airports in the world and learn what’s to come in the future.10 tech tools and futuristic features set to improve your airport experienceFrom digital bag tags to waterfalls, 10 cool things coming to an airport near you that will make your journey better.10 tips for dealing with flight delays and cancellations10 practical tips to help you make the best of the situation if you flight gets delayed or, even worse, cancelled. 6. Lyon St. Exupery, FranceIf you arrive at Lyon‘s St. Exupéry Airport by TGV or the Rhône Express from the cirty centre, it’s a long walk to check-in, especially if you’re laden down with bags and you’re leaving from Terminal 3. But do look up to appreciate the architecture. 2. Beijing Capital International, ChinaBeijing‘s Terminal 3, built in time to cope with the extra millions of passengers coming for the 2008 Olympic Games, is the second largest airport terminal in the world after Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3 (more of that later).More: 10 best things to do in Beijing: a local’s guide 10. Shanghai Pudong, ChinaAsia boasts some of the world’s most architecturally-exciting airports, and Shanghai Pudong International is no exception. The exterior of Terminal 1 is shaped like waves, while arrival by escalator feels like an ascent into a sci-fi flick version of heaven. 7. Madrid–Barajas, SpainIf you can get over the sensation that you are under attack from a swarm of alien jellyfish, and that you have landed in Madrid in 1968, appreciate the wonder of the arrival hall at Barajas, which looks like an unused set from 2001: A Space Odyssey. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map