Quebec ABI smelter workers think they will be locked out for a

first_imgMONTREAL – Workers at the ABI aluminum smelter in Becancour, Que. said Friday they expected to be locked out of work for a long time.The United Steelworkers Local 9700 said the facility’s 1,030 employees were suddenly locked out at 3 a.m. Thursday, less than 24 hours after they voted against the company’s latest contract offer by more than 80 per cent.Union leaders said they think the company’s owners are looking to increase the price of aluminum.Workers picketed outside the Becancour smelter Friday afternoon.Alain Croteau, head of the Quebec section of the United Steelworkers, said the facility’s owners have a “hidden agenda.”“We think that financial interests are behind (the lockout),” he said. “When a big smelter such as Alcoa here in Becancour doesn’t produce, it takes aluminum off the market and drives up prices.”The ABI smelter, a major private employer in the region, is 75 per cent owned by Alcoa and 25 per cent by Rio Tinto Alcan.“We think the lockout will last two or three months, minimum,” Croteau said. “It could go to six, seven, eight months, maybe more, we don’t know. It’s sad for the population. It’s sad for the families and the workers here.”Local union president Clement Masse agrees his members will be out of work for a while.“Just stopping the tanks and re-started them, we’re talking about many millions of dollars,” he said. “If the employer took the decision to close two series of tanks, it’s because they don’t think they are going to settle this next week.”The union says the key issue is a company plan to introduce a new member-funded pension plan instead of a defined benefit plan.ABI said it will use management to continue one production line out of three for the duration of the lockout.last_img read more

David Suzuki Says Canada Cannot Dig Its Way Out Of The Fossil

first_imgEnvironmentalist David Suzuki recently lamented on the typical political perspective on fossil fuels.“Rather than focusing on short-term economic and corporate priorities,” Suzuki says, “politicians should first consider the long-term health and well-being of the people they’re elected to represent. When it comes to climate change and fossil fuels, many aren’t living up to that.”Canada’s national carbon pricing initiatives alone will not meet the country’s Paris Agreement commitment, and the Paris Agreement alone will not solve global warming.“It’s difficult to take a government seriously,” says Suzuki, “when it approves or supports expanding fossil fuel infrastructure and development while the world continues to break warming records with increasingly dire consequences.”Even with no new development, current oil and gas fields will take the planet beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius. And yet here’s what’s in the lineup:• A liquid natural gas project within British Columbia’s critical salmon-rearing territory (and without First Nations’ approval) • Three more bitumen pipelines to support oil sands expansion, at least one of which is likely to be approved by the Canadian government • Continued subsidies (currently $3.3 billion/year in tax breaks and handouts) to the fossil fuel industry“Saskatchewan has Canada’s best wind and solar resources, but the government focuses on expensive and unreliable schemes like carbon capture and storage,” says Suzuki. “It’s all a form of denial. Conserving energy, shifting to cleaner sources, reducing automobile use by improving transit and bike and pedestrian infrastructure, protecting and restoring carbon sinks such as forests and wetlands, and getting a handle on agricultural emissions are all possible, and would create numerous jobs and economic opportunities.“As Oil Change International says, ‘If you’re in a hole, stop digging.’”Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

100 reserve schools not safe system needs immediate injection of cash panel

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–First Nations schools need an “immediate injection” of money, says the chair of a national, three-person panel created by Ottawa and the Assembly of First Nation to study the education system on reserves.The National Panel on First Nation Elementary and Secondary Education called for immediate funding increases for K to 12 First Nation education to coincide with the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.“There needs to be an immediate injection of funds into First Nations education so that we can take the pressure off schools, off the system,” said panel chair Scott Haldane, president of YMCA Canada, in an interview with APTN National News to be broadcast this eveningThe $3.1 million panel on Wednesday released a report, titled Nurturing the Learning Spirit of First Nation Students, containing a laundry list of problems and deficiencies plaguing First Nations schools across the countryAt least 100 schools on reserves “are not safe places for learning,” according to the report.First Nations students attend schools with limited athletic and recreation programs and have no funding for teaching Indigenous languages or First Nations culture, the report found.Reserve schools lack the resources to diagnose and help children with special needs and have no ongoing assessments to pinpoint problems in students.“The panel found that there is clearly evidence of underfunding in First Nation schools,” said Haldane. “When we went to many schools we saw libraries with no books, we saw shops with no equipment, (and) we saw technology that was out of date or inoperable. We heard about teachers who are being paid 20 or 30 per cent less than provincial school teachers with the same qualifications.”George Lafond, a First Nation consultant, and Caroline Krause, a former faculty associate with the education department at University of British Columbia, also sat on the panel which conducted nation-wide consultation with students, parents, First Nations educators and leaders.While the panel called for immediate action on its recommendations, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan called the timelines “aspirational.”The report calls on the federal government to increase funding in the coming fiscal year for First Nations schools matching percentage increases for schools in provinces.The report also recommends teachers working in First Nation schools receive pay equal to what their counterparts earn in provincial schools.The report also recommends the creation of a “child-centred” First Nation Education Act within the next 18 months. The proposed legislation would enshrine the rights of First Nation children to a “quality education” and to their cultural language and identity in law.The proposed legislation would also create statutory funding for education and define the roles and responsibilities for the different levels of government involved in providing education to First Nations communities.The proposed legislation would also create a “National Commission for First Nations Education.” The commission would resemble education ministries in provinces, the report said.The commission would guide “the early implementation of the recommendations” contained in the report. It would also be involved in developing the recommended education legislation, the report said.The report also calls for the creation of regional First Nation education organization which would resemble school boards and operate under the proposed education commission.The report also calls for establishing “an accountability and reporting framework to assess improvement in First Nation education.”The Education Information System, currently under development by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department, could form the foundation for the called for accountability framework, the report said.last_img read more

Emotions run high for performers of Making Treaty 7 in Calgary

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere was a mixture of emotions in Calgary as the cast and crew gathered for a performance of the play “Making Treaty 7.”The theatre production is going ahead despite the deaths of two key players who died in a car crash earlier this year.APTN’s Chris Stewart reports.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

Steelmaking coal business helps boost thirdquarter profit at Teck Resources

first_imgVANCOUVER – Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B) saw its third-quarter profit more than double compared with a year ago, boosted by its steelmaking coal business.The mining company says it earned $600 million attributable to shareholders or $1.02 per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30.That compared with a profit of $234 million or 40 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Revenue grew to $3.13 billion, up from $2.31 billion a year ago.Teck says its steelmaking coal business was helped by strong operational performance and substantially higher prices and increased sales volumes, partly offset by higher costs.It also says it benefited from higher copper, zinc and lead prices, partly offset by the strengthening loonie and copper sales volumes lagging production levels due to timing of vessel loadings.last_img read more

NLs largestever oil spill is now impossible to clean up regulatory board

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — It’s now impossible to clean up Newfoundland’s largest-ever oil spill that leaked into the ocean last week, according to the regulatory board that oversees the province’s offshore activities.The 250,000-litre spill happened on Friday morning while Husky Energy’s SeaRose platform was preparing to restart production during a fierce storm that was, at the time, the most intense in the world.Scott Tessier, chief executive of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, said no oil sheens were spotted on the water on Monday or Tuesday, meaning the oil has likely broken down to the point that it cannot be cleaned up.The board is now focused on wildlife monitoring and its investigation into the incident. Husky said Tuesday 14 oiled seabirds have been confirmed.Operators are responsible for following their own safety and environmental plans, said Tessier, and while all operators shut down in light of the storm, only Husky Energy attempted to restart production. The board recently found Husky Energy failed to follow its ice management plan during a 2017 near-miss between the SeaRose and a large iceberg, an event Tessier said will be considered in the current investigation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New driving impairment laws are in effect

first_imgOTTAWA, ONT – Stricter Laws are now in effect for alcohol-impaired driving offences in Canada.With Bill C-46 being passed in June and taking effect on December 19th, 2018, these new changes include stricter penalties for impaired drivers and police officers now have the authority to demand breathalyzer tests from any driver they pull over. ‘A reasonable suspicion of impaired’ is no longer required for officers to ask for a breath sample. Drivers that refuse to take a breathalyzer test can be charged.Maximum penalties for many alcohol-impaired driving offences have increased in their monetary penalties and required prison terms. Mandatory minimum fines used to be;$1,000 for the first offence30 days imprisonment for the second offence120 days in jail for a third offence.Penalties now are;First offence, with a blood alcohol content of 80-119 mg – mandatory min. $1,000 fineFirst offence, with a blood alcohol content of 120-159 mg – mandatory min. $1,500 fineFirst offence, with a blood alcohol content of 160 mg or more – mandatory min. $2,500 fineFirst offence, but refuse to be tested – mandatory min. $2,000 fineSecond offence – mandatory min. 30 days imprisonmentThird or more offence – mandatory min. 120 days imprisonmentMaximum penalties for impaired driving causing no bodily harm or death – summary conviction carries two years less a-day imprisonment, indictment carries 10 years imprisonmentMaximum penalties for impaired driving causing bodily harm – Summary conviction for less severe injuries carries two years less a-day imprisonment, indictment carries 14 years imprisonmentMaximum penalty impaired driving causing death – life imprisonmentMothers Against Drunk Driving has welcomed the change and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has expressed concern that racial minorities will be disproportionately affected.last_img read more

Easter Sunday death toll goes beyond 350

The death toll from the deadly Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka has gone beyond 350.The Police said that as of this morning (Wednesday) the death toll had reached 359. Suicide bombers attacked St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, St. Sebastian’s in Negambo, Zion Church in Batticaloa, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand, and Kingsbury hotels in Colombo on Sunday.

Survey natural disasters cost insurers 65 billion last year led by Sandy

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Geir Moulson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 3, 2013 4:49 pm MDT Survey: natural disasters cost insurers $65 billion last year, led by Sandy with $25 billion BERLIN – Natural disasters cost insurers $65 billion last year, with the United States accounting for nine-tenths of the bill and Superstorm Sandy prompting payouts of $25 billion, a leading insurance company said Thursday.However, Munich Re AG said that the total insured losses worldwide were down from a record $119 billion in 2011, when devastating earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand cost the industry dear.The company said total economic costs in 2012 from natural disasters worldwide — including uninsured losses — amounted to $160 billion, compared with the previous year’s $400 billion.Sandy, which battered eastern coastline areas at the end of October, killed at least 125 people in the United States and 71 people in the Caribbean. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were the hardest-hit U.S. states.Munich Re estimated insured losses from Sandy at $25 billion and total losses at $50 billion, though it cautioned that the figures are “still subject to considerable uncertainty.” That made it the year’s most costly disaster — but several other events in the U.S. meant that the country accounted for 90 per cent of insured costs and 67 per cent of overall losses, the company said.Over the past decade the well-insured U.S. on average accounted for 57 per cent of insured losses and 32 per cent of overall costs every year.The lengthy drought that seared swathes of the United States last summer produced 2012’s second-biggest insurance bill. Munich Re said the insured losses, being picked up by a public-private crop insurance program, totalled between $15 billion and $17 billion — most of the $20 billion worth of overall crop losses.That was the biggest loss in U.S. agricultural insurance history, comparing with average insured losses of about $9 billion a year, Munich Re said.Severe storms and tornadoes in March, late April, June and July completed Munich Re’s list of the five costliest disasters for insurers in 2012, each costing $2.5 billion.Back-to-back earthquakes in northern Italy last May caused total losses of $16 billion, but only one-tenth of that was covered by insurance. Deadly flooding in China in July caused damage worth $8 billion, but only a small fraction of that — $180 million — was insured.Munich Re board member Torsten Jeworrek said in a statement that last year’s heavy losses from weather-related disasters in the U.S. “showed that greater loss-prevention efforts are needed.”“It would certainly be possible to protect conurbations like New York better from the effects of storm surges,” he added, without specifying how. “Such action would make economic sense and insurers could also reflect the reduced exposure in their pricing.”The head of the company’s risk research unit, Peter Hoeppe, said that while it isn’t possible to attribute any single event to climate change, studies suggest that Sandy and the drought are “the type of events we can expect to contend with more often in the future.”Munich Re’s main business is reinsurance, which means offering backup policies to companies that write primary insurance policies. Reinsurance helps spread risk so that the system can handle large losses from natural disasters. read more

CP Railway announces plan to eliminate up to 300 jobs

CP Railway announces plan to eliminate up to 300 jobs by Stephanie Froese Posted Jul 21, 2015 1:16 pm MDT A Canadian Pacific Railway employee walks along the side of a locomotive in Calgary on May 16, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) is planning more job cuts as the company faces lower than expected freight volumesand earnings.President and chief operating officer Keith Creel said the company plans to slash 200 to 300 more jobs this year as businessdrops.The planned cuts would be on top of the roughly 700 jobs CP already eliminated in the past year.The Calgary based company’s revenue in the second quarter ticked lower to $1.65 billion compared with $1.68 billion last year.The railway said it earned $390 million or $2.36 per diluted share in the quarter that ended June 30, up from $371 million or $2.11 per diluted share a year ago.CEO Hunter Harrison didn’t participate in today’s conference call with investors because he was recovering from a medical procedure, but in a statement he said CP is efficient and can respond to an evolving economy.(The Canadian Press) read more

Home Capital hones in on new CEO as it works to restore

Home Capital hones in on new CEO as it works to restore market confidence TORONTO – Home Capital Group says it’s narrowed down potential CEO candidates to a “short short list” and is weeks away from making an announcement, as it strives to reverse its fortunes after suffering a run on deposits earlier this year.Company chairwoman Brenda Eprile said the alternative mortgage lender is also close to identifying a new chief financial officer but will await input from the person who takes over as chief executive.“We want to make sure that our new CEO is involved in that process,” Eprile told reporters following the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Toronto Thursday. “That’s a partnership that’s critical.”The management shuffle is part of the company’s efforts to restore market confidence following allegations from the Ontario Securities Commission that it misled investors in its handling of a scandal surrounding falsified loan applications.The securities watchdog’s allegations caused customers to pull out deposits from the lender’s GICs and savings account en masse, forcing it to secure a costly line of credit from the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan to finance its operations.The company has since settled the OSC case, as well as a class action lawsuit filed by investors, and has been aggressively advertising high interest rates on its savings products in order to attract additional funds.While Home Capital says there are encouraging signs of a turnaround afoot, board member Alan Hibben said during the annual meeting Thursday that it’s “too early to declare victory.”The lender has seen inflows of deposits since it got a vote of confidence from famed billionaire Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway will invest up to $400 million in the company.The Toronto Stock Exchange has given conditional approval, as expected, for Berkshire’s initial investment of $153.2 million to acquire 16 million Home Capital (TSX:HCG) shares, or about 20 per cent of the company’s total equity.A second round of investment from Berkshire would buy a further $247.7 million worth of Home Capital stock and raise its ownership stake to 38.4 per cent. That investment requires shareholder approval at a special meeting later this year.In another effort to shore up cash, the lender also announced that it has inked a deal to sell roughly $252 million of residential mortgages to an unnamed third party. The company says it will use the proceeds from the sale to pay down debt.Home Capital also provided an update Thursday on how much its near collapse back in May has cost the lender.The company says its expenses soared $175 million above normal during the second quarter as it fought to survive a cash shortage.The estimate includes a previously reported $100 million in fees and transaction costs related to the $2 billion of emergency funding that Home Capital borrowed from HOOPP.Home Capital says it also had a loss on the sale of some of its asset portfolio and higher than normal professional, legal and interest costs during the quarter.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the incorrect name for Home Capital Group Inc. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2017 5:43 am MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chair Brenda J Eprile speaks at the Home Capital Group AGM in Toronto on Thursday June 29 , 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young read more

The Spurs And Heats Road to the Conference Finals

On Wednesday night, both the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs closed out their series in five games. Through the end of these second-round series, the Spurs have been outscoring their opponents by an average of 9.9 points per 100 possessions, the Heat by nine points per 100 possessions. Both of those marks lap the rest of the field — the next closest team in the playoffs is the Oklahoma City Thunder at +4.5. The Heat and the Spurs have been the best in these playoffs by a wide margin.Those point-per-possession metrics are important; they account for pace and average margin of victory or defeat. That means they offer a more insightful understanding of a team’s strength than its record can. And once we understand a team’s strength, we can better guess its future success.By that metric, the Spurs and Heat are converging. After a seven-game slog against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round, the Spurs had a per 100 possession point differential of +3.4. From there, they seem to have swelled, getting stronger and stronger as they dismantled the Portland Trail Blazers. The Heat’s dominance looks inverted. First, they swept the Charlotte Bobcats with a per 100 possession point differential of +10.1. But after trampling the Brooklyn Nets in the first two games of the second round, they’ve struggled to separate themselves and their point differential has been slowly creeping downward.The chart below shows the cumulative per 100 possession point differential of each team going into the second round and after each second-round game.Both teams swung upward in their two home games to start the round. But as the Spurs’ point differential has continued to climb, albeit at a slightly slower trajectory, the Heat have been trending downward from their playoff peak to meet them. Quality of competition is certainly a factor, and the Spurs’ first-round point differential is heavily influenced by having played the Mavericks, a much more successful team during the regular season than the Charlotte Bobcats. But the Spurs’ second-round opponent, the Trail Blazers, had a Simple Rating System mark of 4.44 during the regular season, sixth-best in the league. The Nets were -1.58, 20th in the league.Of course, both teams still have plenty of obstacles, but playing at such a high level bodes well for the next round (though which teams they face may matter even more). But the directions their performances have been trending implies that the Spurs might be moving on with slightly more momentum than the Heat. read more

The Cardinals Develop Young Pitchers The Cubs Dont Which Team Is Going

Nearly three years ago on a rainy November night in Cleveland, it seemed as though the Chicago Cubs were poised to begin a dynasty. But that promise is gone. The Cubs had an optimistic 69 percent playoff probability on Sept. 17, but a four-game sweep at the hands of their archrivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, all but ended their hopes, and they were eliminated from postseason contention on Wednesday night. And as the Cubs collapse, the Cardinals are headed back to the postseason for the first time since 2015.While Cubs manager Joe Maddon is oft-cited as a possible culprit, he is a useful scapegoat: There is plenty of blame to be shared. And perhaps the most consequential area separating the Cubs and Cardinals is pitching. No team has been more productive in drafting pitchers than the Cardinals have been since 2012 — and few clubs have been worse than the Cubs.Since Theo Epstein was hired to lead the Cubs baseball operations in October 2011, the Cardinals’ drafts lead baseball in pitching wins above replacement produced (29.2 WAR from 117 pitchers drafted and signed), while the Cubs rank 25th (2.2 WAR from 105 pitchers drafted and signed), according to data analyzed by FiveThirtyEight.1WAR totals include all major league WAR produced by pitchers, not just for the team that drafted the player. A significant part of the Cubs’ rebuilding strategy was to use their premium picks, the spoils of tanking, on position player prospects — and then fill in pitching gaps via free agency with their big-market dollars and through trades. But Chicago produced zero pitching WAR — or worse — to date from six of the seven drafts from 2012 to 2018, placing substantial pressure on the organization to fill the voids externally. Free agency is an inherently risky vehicle to improve a team, especially as players are getting younger, and the Cubs have the oldest collection of pitchers in the majors with an average age of 31.1 years.No club has spent more payroll dollars on pitching this year than the Cubs ($128.4 million), and with a modest return from that investment: The Cubs are just 11th in wins above replacement from pitchers. External additions of Yu Darvish, Craig Kimbrel, Cole Hamels and Tyler Chatwood each have pedestrian fielding-independent pitching marks; none has a mark better than 4.18 on the season. Epstein’s quest to “find pitching,” words he scrawled on an office white board in 2016, has also cost the Cubs treasured prospects in Gleyber Torres2Sent to the Yankees for a half-season of Aroldis Chapman. and Eloy Jimenez.3Sent to the White Sox in the José Quintana trade.Today’s model organizations don’t just tank to successfully rebuild (see the Houston Astros) — and many don’t even have to tank (see the Yankees, Rays and Dodgers). They’re creating draft-and-develop success stories. Those clubs have proven that they can draft well without having to pick near the top of the draft, and they can get more out of the big-league pitchers they acquire, like Houston has done with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.The Cardinals, with only one losing season this century, haven’t needed to resort to tanking. They’ve used their drafts to select quality arms — and the value of their homegrown pitching was on display last weekend in Chicago.On Thursday, Jack Flaherty helped St. Louis to a series-opening win with eight dominant innings. Flaherty — drafted by the Cardinals with the 34th overall pick in 2014 — has emerged as one of the best pitchers in baseball in the second half of the season, owning a 1.00 ERA over his last 15 starts. Michael Wacha, one of the Cardinals’ first-round picks from 2012, started Friday’s game and allowed one run over four innings. Then, rookie Ryan Helsley, a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft, picked up the win with a scoreless inning in relief. Helsley has a 2.23 ERA through 36 1/3 innings this season. And on Saturday, 2016 first-round pick Dakota Hudson (16-7, 3.45 ERA this season) started a wild back-and-forth affair.On the other side of that Saturday seesaw was Kimbrel, signed for $43 million in June to help Chicago’s struggling bullpen. With his team up 8-7, Kimbrel came in for the ninth inning and immediately allowed back-to-back home runs — a devastating sequence for the Cubs. Kimbrel owns a 6.53 ERA on the season.The Cubs are well aware of their homegrown pitching deficiency and have taken steps in recent years to improve their draft-and-development capabilities. Prospect Brailyn Marquez is an early success story. Darvish has been excellent in the second half of this season, though he’s expected to be an ace, given his $126 million contract. But other clubs like the Dodgers, Cardinals and Astros have gotten ahead of, or have been ahead of, the Cubs.While this group of Cubs will always be remembered for delivering a title, fans may be more focused today on the dynasty that might have been, had they followed the model of the rival Cardinals in drafting and developing pitchers.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

1234 LEFT HAND SLOVENIAN FC Barcelona Lassa without Jure Dolenec

← Previous Story Rostov Don defeated in Gyor Next Story → DHfK Leipzig without Philipp Weber next 6 to 8 weeks David MiklavcicFC Barcelona Lassajure dolenecVid KavtičnikZiga Mlakar Slovenian right back from FC Barcelona Lassa, Jure Dolenec, won’t be able to help his team-mates in upcoming weeks as he will go on surgery on Wednesday, stated Spanish champions. Dolenec will have to solve problem with meniscus in right knee, but his appearance at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia, won’t be in danger.Dolenec isn’t the first Slovenian right back who will be out of the court in the first part of the season. RK PPD Zagreb lefthander David Miklavcic had surgery on his arm and now going through the process of rehabilitation in order to get ready for the second part of the season with his team.Also, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko right back Ziga Mlakar broke his hand in Slovenia – Croatia clash in EHF week, after amazing start of the season. He is lost for the next few weeks.One of four options on right back position, Vid Kavticnik, just came back to the court after 8-9 months break since he broke knee ligaments at bronze medal match at World Championship 2017.A lot of open questions for Slovenian national team coach Veselin Vujovic, ahead of Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in the neighboorhood. read more

Poll Do you think we need more bank holidays

first_img SHOULD IRELAND HAVE more bank holidays?This week the UK’s Labour party promised that if it was elected, it will aim to create four new bank holidays – one for the patron saint’s day of each of the home nations.Although we have a bank holiday for St Patrick already, Ireland still ranks quite low on the list of countries with bank holidays: Finland, France and Germany have 11; Portugal, Poland and Sweden have 13; while Belgium has 17.Ireland, meanwhile, has nine. So we’re asking: Do we need more bank holidays, and if so, how many? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 27th 2017, 9:29 AM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 9:29 AM 105 Comments Poll: Do you think we need more bank holidays? Ireland has fewer bank holidays than a lot of our EU counterparts. Yes, we need one a month  (8224) Poll Results:center_img Image: Shutterstock/ Image: Shutterstock/ Share112 Tweet Email2 Yes, we need one or two more (7941) Short URL Yes, we need one a month Yes, we need one or two moreNo, we’ve enoughVote No, we’ve enough (3641) 31,248 Views last_img read more

Star Trek Discovery S2 Finale Recap When No One Has Gone Before

first_img Season Two of Star Trek: Discovery was a definite improvement over the first. The storytelling was more cohesive, the characters were better fleshed out, and it more consistently nailed that quintessential Star Trek feel. With its finale, it even fixed one of its most nagging issues: If it’s a prequel, why haven’t any of these characters been mentioned before? Of course in doing so, the episode itself introduces a ton of little problems and logical inconsistencies. But hey, it gets where it’s going eventually and has a great time doing it.The episodes starts with all the chaos and excitement we were hoping to get to last week. Section 31 ships, taken over by Control, have surrounded both the Discovery and the Enterprise. And yes, the moment we see Pike in the captain’s chair giving orders to his crew is what I was really hoping for last week. The first time we set foot on the Enterprise should be a big moment. This is the first time we’ve really felt it. We’re on the bridge of the Enterprise in the middle of a giant ship battle! Not often a season finale opens with something that cool.Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham. Photo Cr: John Medland/CBSBurnham, Spock, Stamets, Reno and Tilly are racing to finish the angel suit while Leland’s ships fire on them. They really did save all the excitement for the finale. The outer space shots of the ships firing on each other are truly spectacular. They also constantly remind you of what the stakes are. Better than any ticking time bomb, a raging battle that could rip the ship apart at any minute fills each scene with stress and tension. I barely took a breath for the entire hour. I get now why last week’s episode was all grand speeches and tearful goodbyes. There wasn’t any time for them this week. That doesn’t make last week’s episode any less groan-inducing, but we can at least see the logic behind it.Every character gets a moment to shine in this episode. Anson Mount is a natural commander as Pike aboard the Enterprise, and I’m so sad this is his last episode. Queen Po steals a Federation transport and flies under the battle to give Pike some much-needed information about Control’s tactics. At one point, the Discovery’s shields go down, and Tilly needs to fix them by hand, a task she’s only done blindfolded as part of a drinking game. I’ve said it before and it bears repeating here: Tilly’s the best.Burnham leaps out into space with Spock flying ahead of her to ensure she makes it away from the battle. Once they make it to a safe distance, she tries to open the wormhole, but can’t. She doesn’t have a destination in the future set yet.  Here’s where the visions we we saw whenever someone touched a time crystal really pay off. While the events play out mostly like they did, suggesting the future is indeed set, there are small differences. A photon torpedo does get lodged in the Enterprise’s hull, but it doesn’t destroy the ship. Admiral Cornwell and Number One try everything they can to defuse it, but they run out of time. Cornwell makes a heroic sacrifice, manually closing the blast doors and dying in the explosion. Yeah, that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Why can’t you close the blast door from the other side? Seems like a poor design choice. And even if that is the case, we just saw a bunch of little repair robots try to address the breach caused by the torpedo. Why can’t one of them close the door? Why even show them if they’re only around for once scene? Clearly because a season finale needs one stakes-raising game-changing death. Cornwell’s noble sacrifice might not make a ton of sense, but it does that job at least.Jayne Brook as Admiral Cornwell. Photo Cr: Russ Martin/CBSWith Spock’s help, Burnham realizes that the future she saw is only one of many possible futures. Nothing is set in stone. She also realizes that she can’t create the wormhole yet because they’re stuck in an open loop. All the signals have led them to places and people the Discovery would need to survive this battle. Including a safe place to escape to: That underdeveloped planet of people saved from war by the Red Angel. Burnham realizes that to move forward, she has to go back in time and make all that stuff happen. It’s treated like a big revelation, but it’s something the series has been strongly hinting at all season, so it comes off a little weird. Like, the only way you’d be surprised by this development is if you’d been staring at your phone with the show in the background all season. And yeah, we just watch Burnham go back and do the things we’ve already seen the Red Angel do all season. She doesn’t learn anything new or do anything differently, she just does the thing. Which is fine, but it is weird that we don’t even get a new angle or perspective on these events. That said, watching her leap through the wormhole over and over again is so cool. Like, mouth-hanging-open cool. So this part of the story has that going for it.Honestly, this episode feels a lot like the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies, in both good and bad ways. I genuinely love the 2009 movie, and appreciate it as a totally different take on Trek. Even when it’s stupid, it’s fun stupid. You see that here when both the Klingons and Kelpians arrive to blast some Control ships and save the Enterprise and Discovery. It’s a big, explosive moment that elicited a small cheer from me. It’s reminiscent of the scene from the 2009 movie when the Enterprise appears out of nowhere to save Spock from Romulan fire. That’s a good moment. Towards the end of the episode, there’s a moment that dips into the bad kind of stupid. The Star Trek Into Darkness kind of stupid.Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou. Photo Cr: John Medland/CBSLeland beams onto the Discovery while its shields are down, but he doesn’t kill everyone on the bridge, like we saw in the time crystal vision. Instead, he wounds a few people and heads straight for the Sphere data. Georgiou and Nhan follow suit, but move the data somewhere he can’t get it. Here, we get a long anti-gravity fight scene, and every part of it is just so cool. This show has some fantastic action directors on board. Georgiou’s time to shine comes when she tricks Leland into getting trapped inside the spore chamber. She magnetizes it, pulling control out of Leland’s body and killing it. With that, Control is dead. All the drone ships stop working. It’s later confirmed that all traces of Control have been scrubbed from Starfleet and Section 31. And still, Michael makes the jump into the future with Discovery behind her. So what’s the point of that? If Control is dead and can be deleted so easily, why does the Sphere data still have to be sent to the distant future? Maybe at that moment, there was still some small surviving bit of its code that could become a threat, but that’s never explained.Again, this was a decision made to get us to the next season. The show wanted to stop having to fill in the gaps caused by it being a prequel. It needed to explain why no one ever mentions the Discovery, Burnham or the spore drive after this. It needed to stop creating things it would have to explain away because of decisions made for a 1960s TV show. It wanted to send the Discovery into the far future for Season Three, and to be fair, I want to see that. Even though the show took the dumbest path to get here, I have to admit it worked. The Discovery is in a truly exciting place, and I’m sad we have to wait so long to see what it looks like.Rebecca Romijn as Number One. Photo Cr: Russ Martin/CBSDespite some pretty serious story problems, this was an overall satisfying season finale of Star Trek: Discovery. It had probably the best space battle Star Trek has ever seen, so it’s hard to complain too much. Besides, those story problems were all limited to this episode, and won’t affect the show in the future. Discovery can go anywhere it wants now, and that’s exciting. It’s a situation the show has never had before. This episode even found time for some genuinely touching character moments. That bit in sick bay when Culber puts Stamets into a coma to save him was so well done. “You’re my home,” Culber says as he comforts his husband. Yeah, that made me cry. Now I need them to survive into next season. It wouldn’t be Discovery without Stamets around.Star Trek: Discovery is available streaming on CBS All Access.Previously on Star Trek: DiscoveryStar Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 13 RecapStar Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 12 RecapStar Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 11 Recap Stay on target ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ last_img read more

Police investigating Hallandale Beach hotel robbery

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating an armed robbery of a Hallandale Beach hotel.The robbery happened early Monday morning near South Federal Highway and Davie Boulevard.Surveillance video captured the lone male thief entering the hotel, brandishing a handgun and jumping over the hotel’s counter.Police said the thief encountered the hotel manager and demanded that he open the register or he would shoot.The thief got away with $800 and fled the area on foot, police said.No injuries were reported.If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. last_img read more

14monthold killed after minor driving car rams into auto in

first_imgA 14-month-old baby killed and four others injured when a minor behind the wheel lost control over the speeding car and rammed it into an auto and two bikes here at Bowenpally on Sunday night. According to the police, the accused, 16-year-old boy drove his car in the wrong route and then rammed into an Ola auto and into two bikes at a cantonment check post near a dairy farm at Bowenpally. Of the four persons in the auto, a toddler died on the spot and other three sustained serious injuries. The injured identified as Nagamani, Mahadev, Sandhya Rani, auto driver Raju were shifted to Russh hospital. Nagamani’s condition is said to be critical. The police registered a case and launched a hunt to nab the minor who fled the spot after the incident.last_img read more

When Shahid Kapoor wanted to watch Scarlett Johansson taking a shower

first_imgScarlett Johansson, Shahid KapoorTwitter/InstagramShahid Kapoor may have been married to Mira Rajput, a girl from outside the Bollywood industry, but his affection towards this Hollywood actress has been unmatched. So if you ask Shahid, “If you are an invisible guy, which girl would you like to watch taking a shower?”, his pat response will be Avengers: Endgame actress Scarlett Johansson.In one of his old interviews, when Shahid was asked this question, he took a while to answer it and said, “Why should I only watch a girl taking a shower then? How useless would my invisibility be.” He stretched his answer thinking what to say next and then he replied while picking up his coffee mug, “I find Scarlett Johansson very hot so…”And when the interviewer further poked Shahid about his naughty fantasy with Scarlett saying, “awesome in the shower eeh”, the actor couldn’t hold back the smirk as he clinked his coffee mug.However, that was not the only time when Shahid had openly declared his love for Scarlett in an interview. While interacting with yesteryear actress and TV host Simi Garewal, Shahid had said that Scarlett was extremely desirable. When Karan Johar asked Shahid about one rumour that he would like someone to start about him, the actor replied, “that Scarlett Johansson’s marriage broke up because of me” and he repeated his answer when asked about his wildest fantasy.When Karan tried to dig deep into Shahid’s fantasy asking him what would he do with Scarlett, pat came the reply, “I would do so many things that everything in her life breaks up only because of me.”In another old interview, Shahid asked the interviewer to start a rumour about him that he was dating Scarlett Johansson. “I think she is unbelievable hot. I used to find her hot before she became a star and somebody tell her that. That she understands that my feelings are real because everybody else came in her life after she became a star,” Shahid said while expressing about his unconditional love to Scarlett.Watch the video compilation here:last_img read more

Get Insane Budget Discount On Pocophone F1 Huawei Nova 3i Nokia X6

first_imgCheap smartphones are getting good in terms of both design and performance. We know its the mid-range smartphones which cater most of the smartphone industry at this time with Android leading the way. If you’re planning to buy a new phone or just planning to upgrade from your existing one, there is a hefty discount waiting for you. That’s right, our today’s list constitutes of mid-range smartphone available at a budget price which includes the Xiaomi Pocophone F1, Huawei Nova 3i, Mi 8 Lite, OnePlus 6, Nokia X6 and much more. The discount only makes them more appealing, so let’s dig right into it.Get Massive Discount On OnePlus 6, Huawei Nova 3i, Pocophone F1, Nokia X6, Mi 8 Lite, Xiaomi Mi A2 and MoreAs we have mentioned earlier, a plethora of smartphones is available at a limited time discount. Moreover, since only a limited number of quantity is available, it would be wise to act fast to get your hands on one. Failing to do so, would result in the prices reverting back to their original model, so decide on the one you want and waste no time ordering one. Let’s get down to our list.Huawei Nova 3iHuawei Nova 3i is the company’s latest addition to its mid-range category, which has taken over the industry by a storm. Its unique design reminiscent of the Huawei P20 Pro has gathered enough traction over the past couple of days. The design of the device offers you an all-screen display with a notch and minimal bezels. The AI camera is best for taking low light selfies and is one of the main selling points of the device. If you’re up for it, the Huawei Nova 3i is available at a discount for both 4GB and 6GB variant.If you’re interested in getting it, the Huawei Nova 3i with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage capacity is available at a discount of 8 percent, dropping the price to just $289.99. Head over to this link to get it.If you’re willing to go up a notch to the 6GB variant with 128GB of storage, you will get a discount of 18 percent, dropping the price to $389.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Pocophone F1Another great mid-range smartphone which stormed in the tech world is Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1.  Known for its high-end specifications and a pretty neat design, the Pocophone F1 is a great buy if you’re a performance-hungry user. Moreover, the device is perfect if you’re into mobile gaming as it is equipped with Snapdragon 845 and comes with 6GB of RAM and two storage options. Fortunately, both storage variants of the Pocophone F1 are available at the limited time discount.If you’re planning to get the Pocophone F1 with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, you will get a discount of 23 percent, making the price come down to just $309.99. Head over to this link to get it.If you want 128GB of storage coupled with the same 6GB of RAM, you will get a discount of 19 percent, making the price drop down to just $349.99. Head over to this link to get it.Nokia X6We’re all familiar with the build quality of Nokia and how it handles its business with utmost perfection. With my personal favorite, the Nokia X6 has adopted the notch design and a high-end design with minimal bezels around the edges. The device is available at a hefty discount so be sure to take advantage of it. It features all the latest tech inside with a near stock Android software. Coming with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage you can’t go wrong with the Nokia X6.If you’re up for it, the Nokia X6 is available at a hefty discount of 24 percent making the price come down to just $189.99. Use our code: GBMPNKA to get the discount. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi 8 LiteIf you’re a fan of Xiaomi Mi 8 but can’t afford it due to its price, the Mi 8 lite is designed for you. It features near-identical features to its flagship sibling but at a much affordable price. Moreover, not that it is available at a discount, there’s no reason not to get it. The Mi 8 Lite features 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage capacity for you to work with.If you’re up for it, the Mi 8 Lite is available at a 5 percent discount dropping the price to just $329.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi A2 LiteIf we’re going ‘lite’ we can’t forgo one of the most popular handsets on the market from Xiaomi. There are basically two selling points of the device. One, its great design with an appealing notch which gives you more screen real estate and the stock Android software which we all adore. This particular model features 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.If you’re up for it, you can get the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite at a 29 percent discount for a limited time. The price is dropped to just $159.99. Head over to this link to get it.OnePlus 6The device that does not need an introduction at this stage is the OnePlus 6. Being one of the fastest Android smartphones to date, the OnePlus 6 is now available at a discount. It features 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage and comes in the sweet mirror black finish. I use the mirror black finish on my OnePlus 6 every day and the scratches are nothing to be afraid of.If you’re up for it, the OnePlus 6 is available at a massive 27 percent discount coming down to just $449.99. Use the code: GBMP12thOP to get the discount. Head over to this link to get it.Nubia Red MagicThe Nubia Red Magic is a unique smartphone with a unique design. It features a one of a kind rear side with RGB lighting and fingerprint scanner. The prism-like design is definitely neat to own. It features 6GB of RAM and 64Gb of onboard storage.If you’re up for it, the Nubia Red Magic is available at an insane discount of 22 percent, dropping the price to just $369.99. Head over to his link to get it.Xiaomi Mi A2If you’re planning to get the Mi A2, the device offers great value for the buck. It features an all-screen design and dual-rear facing cameras with surprisingly good image and video quality. It comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage capacity.If you’re interested, you can get the Xiaomi Mi A2 at a 26 percent discount making the price come down to just $235.99. Head over to this link to get it.This is all for our smartphone discounts, for now, folks. If you’re interested in a product, be sure to follow the provided link and get before the discount expires. It is a limited time offer, so do take advantage of it. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more future offers and discounts.You might also like:Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro, Mi Notebook Air, ASUS Adol, Teclast F7 And More Available At A Massive DiscountGet The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S At Just $399.99 – Limited Time DiscountGet The OnePlus 6 At Just $429 – Limited Time DiscountThis is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the discount offered on smartphones? Share your views with us in the comments. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more