MONTREAL – Visible minorities, particularly Arabs and West Asians, feel less safe walking alone in their neighbourhoods after dark than do other Canadians, according to a Statistics Canada survey released Tuesday.The study was conducted with data collected in 2014.Forty-four per cent of respondents who identified themselves as belonging to a visible minority group said they felt “very safe” walking home alone after dark, versus 54 per cent for other Canadians.Stats Can noted that the majority of visible minorities in the country live in large cities, “where feelings of safety are relatively low.”“Yet even after taking into account where they lived, visible minorities remained less likely to report feeling safe than their non-visible minorities counterparts,” the agency said.Out of all the visible minority groups in the country, Arab and West Asian respondents were the most likely to say they felt unsafe.Fifteen per cent of Arab respondents said they did not feel safe walking alone as did 16 per cent of West Asians.“This marks a change when compared with perceptions of personal safety 10 years earlier, when the sense of safety felt by Arabs and West Asians was comparable to that of other visible minorities,” the report said.
WASHINGTON – The House on Thursday passed a $4.1 trillion budget plan that promises deep cuts to social programs while paving the way for Republicans to rewrite the tax code later this year.The 2018 House GOP budget reprises a controversial plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-like program for future retirees as well as the party’s efforts to repeal the “Obamacare” health law. Republicans controlling Congress have no plans to actually implement those cuts while they pursue their tax overhaul.That’s especially so in the Senate, where the Budget Committee on Thursday gave party-line approval to a companion plan.Instead, the nonbinding budget’s chief purpose is to set the stage for a tax overhaul plan that is the party’s top political priority as well as a longtime policy dream of key leaders like Speaker Paul Ryan.The White House issued a statement saying the House plan is a key step toward “Making America Great Again.”The House measure, passed by a near party-line vote of 219-206, calls for more than $5 trillion in spending cuts over the coming decade, promising to slash Medicaid by about $1 trillion over the next 10 years, cutting other health care costs, and forcing huge cuts to domestic programs funded in future years by Congress.“It’s a budget that will help grow our economy, and it’s a budget that will help rein in our debt,” said Ryan, R-Wis. “It reforms Medicaid. It strengthens Medicare.”But Republicans are not actually planning to impose any of those cuts with follow-up legislation that would be required under Washington’s Byzantine budget rules. Instead, those GOP proposals for spending cuts are limited to nonbinding promises, and even a token 10-year, $200 billion spending cut package demanded by tea party House Republicans appears likely to be scrapped in upcoming talks with the Senate.Instead, the motivating force behind the budget measures is the Republicans’ party-defining drive to cut corporate and individual tax rates and rid the tax code of loopholes. They promise this tax “reform” measure will put the economy in overdrive, driving economic growth to the 3 per cent range, and adding a surge of new tax revenues.“In order to pay for these huge tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, this Republican budget makes savage cuts to the life and death programs that mean so much to ordinary Americans,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.Passing the measure in the House and Senate would provide key procedural help for the tax measure because it sets the stage for follow-on legislation that can’t be filibustered by Senate Democrats. Republicans used the same so-called reconciliation procedure in their failed attempt to kill “Obamacare,” including its tax surcharges on wealthy people.“Through reconciliation, our budget specifically paves the way for pro-growth tax reform that will reduce taxes for middle-class Americans and free up American businesses to grow and hire,” said Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., who chairs the House Budget Committee.Eighteen Republicans opposed the measure, including several from high-tax states like New York and New Jersey who are concerned that the upcoming tax effort would repeal the deductions for state and local taxes.Democrats blasted the sweeping spending cuts proposed by Republicans — more than $5 trillion over 10 years in the House plan and somewhat less in the Senate GOP measure — as an assault on middle-class families and the poor.“Is it a statement of our values to take a half-trillion dollars out of Medicare to give a tax cut to the wealthiest people in our country?” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.The Senate Budget Committee’s companion plan approved Thursday differs in key details — but would still result in a deficit of $424 billion in 2027, according to the Congressional Budget Office.The House measure assumes the upcoming tax bill won’t add to the deficit; the Senate version, however, would permit the measure to add $1.5 trillion to the $20 trillion-plus national debt over the coming 10 years. The final version is likely to stick closely to the Senate measure in key respects. A final House-Senate agreement won’t come until November, Black said, but she anticipated conflict over the Senate plans.“That is certainly going to be a very lively discussion,” Black said of House-Senate talks. “Our members are concerned about (budget) balance and they’re also concerned about the debt and deficits.”The real-world trajectory of Washington, however, is for higher deficits as Republicans focus on tax cuts, a huge hike in the defence budget, and a growing disaster aid tally that is about to hit $45 billion.“The train’s left the station, and if you’re a budget hawk, you were left at the station,” said Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C.___This story has been corrected to change the amount in the first paragraph to $4.1 trillion, not billion.
LAS VEGAS — Caesars Entertainment Corp. gave few clues Thursday as to the status of its talks with billionaire Carl Icahn, who has taken a large stake in the casino giant and says he wants fundamental changes in the company.In a conference call following Caesars’ fourth-quarter earnings report, President and CEO Mark Frissora reiterated an earlier statement that the company expects to continue a “constructive dialogue” with the activist investor.Pressed by analysts, Fissora did provide a small insight into the company’s search for a new leader, which Icahn wants a say on.“We intend to carefully evaluate Mr. Icahn’s suggestions, including his request for board representation and will provide updates in due course,” said Frissora, who will leave Caesars in April.A securities filing on Tuesday revealed Icahn has a 10 per cent stake in the Las Vegas-based company. His filing showed he believes Caesars’ stock is undervalued and the best way to boost it would be to sell the company.Caesars reported fourth-quarter earnings of $198 million. The company said it had net income of 25 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to 18 cents per share.The results did not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 10 cents per share.The casino operator posted revenue of $2.12 billion in the period, topping Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.1 billion.Icahn this week also revealed he wants to weigh in on who will replace Frissora, who joined Caesars in 2015 and then shepherded it through bankruptcy reorganization. Frissora was scheduled to leave the company this month, but his departure was postponed until the end of April.The outgoing CEO on Thursday told analysts the search for his replacement is “far along in the process,” and candidates have been interviewed. He said the board is looking for a seasoned executive who has worked through “turbulent times, adversity and been able to be tested.”“Someone that has experience in hospitality/gaming and related verticals that we participate in,” he said. “Someone that, you know, would have a great reputation with investors.”Caesars, which operates more than 35 casinos in the U.S., exited an $18 billion bankruptcy in October 2017.For the year, the company reported net income of $303 million, or 41 cents per share, swinging to a profit in the period. Revenue was reported as $8.39 billion.Through the close of trading Thursday, shares in Caesars are up 39 per cent since the beginning of the year. They were up 15 cents, or 1.6 per cent, to $9.58 in extended trading following the release of the earnings report.___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNORegina Garcia Cano, The Associated Press
In Mexico heavy rainfall from the hurricane has affected 50,000 people in the state of Tabasco, while nearly 43,500 others have been hit by flooding in Guatemala, where almost the entire country has been affected, with 1,700 families already losing their homes and the rains forecast to continue for the next two to three days, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a news release.A UN emergency technical team has been activated and is in communication with authorities in Nicaragua, where nearly 5,500 people have been affected and over 1,000 houses damaged.In El Salvador, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the regional arm of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), has joined the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in carrying out an assessment of the most crowded shelters. Over 2,200 people are already in emergency shelters.In Honduras and Costa Rica damage has so far been limited, with some people cut off and few in emergency shelters, OCHA reported.Flooding has also engulfed southern Haiti where UN peacekeepers have evacuated hundreds of families from their homes and placed them in temporary shelters as waters have risen after days of torrential rain. 14 October 2011Some 100,000 people in Mexico and Central America are facing flooding as Hurricane Jova and a tropical depression unleash torrential rains over the region, the United Nations reported today as it activated emergency and assessment teams in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
“Quite clearly neither the signatories nor the national mediation team are satisfied with the slow pace of implementation,” said Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). “This slow pace is difficult to understand and it is undermining the whole process, particularly the setting up of joint patrols,” he explained.Presenting the Secretary-General’s report on major developments in Mali since the end of March, he said that although the peace agreement was a package, for some time now, the process had been reduced to discussions about the establishment of an interim administration, which had been slow to occur.He added, however, that he was pleased with the compromise reached earlier this week, on the side lines of the ninth session of the Agreement Monitoring Committee. MINUSMA remained fully engaged and was ready to use its good offices to help support immediate implementation of the interim authorities.“However, it is obviously clear that it is incumbent upon the parties [to] honour their commitments. It is for them to make the Peace Agreement and reconciliation a reality,” the envoy emphasized.Mr. Annadif went on to say that since the 15-member Council’s visit to Mali in early March, the situation on the ground had been troubling, with security having deteriorated in the past weeks. “Since its deployment in 2013, MINUSMA has faced the deadliest threats of any United Nations mission ever deployed,” he said, recalling that 19 peacekeepers had died following terrorist attacks between February and May 2016, 12 of them in May.The Mission had lost a total of 26, plus a United Nations contractor, when counting deaths due to accidents and disease. The numbers were even more distressing when one added losses resulting from the Barkhane operation and those among Mali’s security, defence and civil forces. “Enough is enough,” he emphasized. “We cannot continue to accept the unacceptable.” Most of the deaths could have been avoided if the peacekeeping contingents involved had been better equipped, particularly with armoured vehicles. The 29 May attack on a MINUSMA convoy illustrated the terrorist threat in central and southern Mali, the envoy said, warning that the trend could spread and should not be forgotten. Despite scepticism, however, there are signs of hope that the situation had improved since 2012, Mr. Annadif stated. Since the signing of the peace accord, all signatories to the ceasefire had demonstrated unwavering compliance and made dialogue a priority. Moreover, efforts are under way to establish a sound juridical and institutional framework, he said, describing the 18 May draft agreement to create a council on security-sector reform, under the Prime Minister’s office, and the adoption of a decree establishing a disarmament, demobilization and reintegration commission as significant steps forward. He also told the Council that eight cantonment sites had been set up to allow the disarmament process to begin, noting that the integration of former combatants and the management of violent extremism were also positive steps. Mr. Annadif stressed the importance of reinforcing trust and confidence among the signatory parties, pointing out that the lack of effective control on the ground by other parties in the north had led to a spike in terrorism, organized crime, banditry and intercommunal tensions. The slower the peace accord’s implementation, the more likely the peace process would capsize, he said, underlining that MINUSMA’s future mandate should take those challenges into account.In light of the deadly attacks, the recommendations of the strategic review called for strengthening MINUSMA’s personnel and air capacity in order to save lives, he said, adding that authorizing proactive operations would ensure that the Mission could fulfil its responsibilities and protect its staff. It could not do so alone, however.“Only a surge on the part of Mali’s defence forces can tackle such challenges,” continued Mr. Annadif, stressing that it must be part of a regional strategy in which various actors, such as the Group of 5 for the Sahel (G5 Sahel), the Nouakchott process, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and others would play a leading role. The situation in Mali impacted the whole of West Africa, he said, adding that recent attacks in Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso demonstrated the fluidity of terrorist groups and the interdependence of States in the struggle against terrorism. “I remain an optimist, a moderate one though,” he said, while emphasizing that the status quo played into the hands of the enemies of peace. “The worst is behind us, but we must not forget that time is against us.” Calling on all Malians to increasingly take ownership of the peace agreement, Mr. Annadif noted that people who had protested the accord in Kidal a year ago were today celebrating in Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu, and calling for its implementation. Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Manuel Elias
“Despite the end of hostilities since 2011 and the respite brought by the gradual stabilization, instances of rape, mainly committed by individuals,” noted a press statement issued yesterday by OHCHR. It added that the prevalence of rape was probably exacerbated by years of conflict in the country, “which fostered a culture of violence due to the general climate of insecurity and which were marked by persistent impunity due to the lack of systematic prosecution.”The report documents 1,129 cases of rape in the country between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2015, noting that some 66 per cent of the victims were children.It highlights some progress in the judicial response to these crimes but stressed that it remains clearly insufficient. But it points out that although investigations were opened in 90 percent of rape cases documented in the report, less than 20 percent of them resulted in a conviction.The report also stresses that all 203 cases that ended in a conviction were “reclassified,” a common practice of judging rape as a lesser offence and for which the sentencing is less severe. Although seen as a way for victims to access justice and facilitate a prompt judgement, this practice, according to the report, “minimizes the gravity of rape.”It further notes that slow procedures and court decisions, and various shortcomings in the conduct of investigations are also major obstacles in the fight against rape, as well as the stigmatization of victims, many of whom do not lodge complaints.“Côte d’Ivoire in recent years has recorded significant progress in terms of human rights, but the persistence of rape and impunity towards their perpetrators remain of serious concern and requires urgent action,” said Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in the press statement.“Through the efforts they already deployed, Ivorian institutions have demonstrated that they are fully aware of the scale of the problem, but they must further strengthen their efforts to fight against sexual violence, particularly by implementing the National Strategy against Gender-based Violence, with the support of UN agencies,” said Aïchatou Mindaoudou, Special Representative and head of UNOCI.As part of its conclusions and recommendations, the report stressed the importance of the National Strategy and its implementation and called for urgent and targeted action to prevent abuse of children.The report further recommends that the Ivorian authorities “ensure that all victims of sexual violence have access to justice, in particular by providing them with free legal aid” and “consider holding special sessions of the Criminal Courts (Cours d’assises) on rape crimes in order to effectively and promptly fight against such crimes.”Regarding capacity building, the report recommends to the Ivorian authorities that they “organize and intensify national information and awareness-raising campaigns, including on the prevention and response to cases of rape, in particular against children and in rural areas; engage with community leaders and prefects on the fight against crimes of rape to outlaw amicable settlements and punish those who are involved in such practices.”The full report, in French, is available here.
Now that the MLB All-Star Game is over — with hometown favorite Shane Bieber winning MVP (despite not even being the most valuable pitcher on his own team) — the baseball world can finally turn its attention toward the stretch run of the season, in games that actually count. 2019 has given us some interesting twists already: For all the division races that have gone mostly according to expectations, there are several others that definitely haven’t, and the same goes for unexpected breakout players cropping up among the old standbys. So with a little help from our MLB Elo ratings and probabilities, let’s take a look at the important questions that will be answered in the second half:Can Cody Bellinger hold off Mike Trout?A healthy Mike Trout is usually a strong pick to lead the majors in WAR. From the Los Angeles Angels outfielder’s first full MLB season in 2012 through 2018, Trout finished first among hitters in WAR four times in seven chances. The only exceptions were 2015 (when Bryce Harper rattled off what looks like one of the all-time fluke seasons), 2017 (when Trout was injured for a big part of the season) and 2018 (when both happened — Trout was hurt and Mookie Betts also had an all-time great campaign). The 27-year-old Trout has already passed numerous Hall of Famers in career WAR, so it makes sense that it would take either an injury or a historic rival season to dethrone him from his customary spot atop the league leaderboard.This year, Trout is healthy, which is a big part of the equation. He’s also having one of his best-ever seasons at the plate. But this time, the rival performance is an all-time great one being served up by Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger, who is on pace for 10.8 WAR by season’s end (which would rank among the top 30 or so seasons by a batter in MLB history). Bellinger streaked ahead of Trout relatively early in the season and hasn’t looked back — though maybe he should start checking the rearview mirror. With a .476 weighted on-base average to Bellinger’s .303 over the past 14 days, Trout has now pulled within 0.07 WAR of his Dodger counterpart on the season. And on top of his stellar numbers, Trout is also one of the most consistent players in baseball history, so he’s likely to get to his usual (astronomical) WAR level by the end of the year. The real question is whether Bellinger can continue to keep pace with this crazy career year of his own.Can the Twins hang on to the AL Central?The Minnesota Twins have easily been the most surprising team of the season thus far, staking themselves to the majors’ third-best record (56-33) and a 5½-game lead over the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. Before the season, our model thought Cleveland had the edge in talent over Minnesota, even if the Tribe had allowed their gap over the rest of the division to narrow since 2018. But that gap ended up being much smaller than anyone imagined — perhaps even nonexistent! In addition to its superior record, Minnesota has vastly outperformed Cleveland in terms of run differential (+116 to +27) and total wins above replacement1Averaging together the two versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. (31.3 to 19.6).Even so, our Elo ratings think the Indians are gaining on the Twins recently, especially after Cleveland trimmed Minnesota’s division lead from 11 games on June 15 to half that in a little over three weeks. Our model still gives Minnesota a 78 percent chance of resisting a Cleveland surge, and some of the Tribe’s problems aren’t going away soon. Injured ace Corey Kluber hasn’t pitched in months, and fellow starter Carlos Carrasco recently announced that he had been diagnosed with leukemia. But it’s also fair to wonder whether third baseman Jose Ramirez — an MVP candidate in 2018 — will continue to be one of baseball’s most disappointing players in the second half, as well as if some of the most unexpectedly good Twins (Jorge Polanco, Mitch Garver, Jake Odorizzi, etc.) will stay as hot going forward. If the teams play more to the form our model had originally predicted, this could be a very intriguing battle.Who will win the National League Central?At the All-Star break, the NL Central is baseball’s only division with a leader up by five games or fewer. (It’s only the second case since the six-division era started in 1994 where just one division was within five games at the break .) The FiveThirtyEight predictions make it even clearer how tight this division is: the Chicago Cubs lead with just a 42 percent probability of winning the Central — making them the only current division favorite with less than a 70 percent chance to win — and four teams have a double-digit probability, including Chicago, the Milwaukee Brewers (26 percent), St. Louis Cardinals (14 percent) and Pittsburgh Pirates (11 percent). (Even the cellar-dwelling Cincinnati Reds still have a 7 percent shot at the division title.)The Cubs would seem to have the edge in the second half, however. They have a +55 run differential, while two of their four division rivals have actually been outscored this season. (The Brewers have a -17 scoring margin, and the Pirates have one of -36; the closest competitor to Chicago is actually Cincinnati at +27, even though the Reds have the worst record of all four Cub rivals.) The Brewers have the best individual player of the division in right fielder Christian Yelich (on pace for 8.8 WAR), and they sent five players to the All-Star Game, tied for the second-most of any MLB team. But they’ve also seen their share of letdowns, headlined by Lorenzo Cain and Travis Shaw. Whichever NL Central teams lose out on the playoffs, one thing’s for sure: they will be disappointed, given how close they were with two and a half months left in the regular season.How wrong was I about Washington?About a month ago, I wrote that the NL East race — which once looked like a four-team battle between the Washington Nationals, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies — had been winnowed down to just the Braves and Phillies. Well, one of those teams has kept winning: Atlanta is 11-6 since June 18. But Philadelphia promptly went 8-11 over that same span, while Washington has gone 14-4 and increased its Elo rating by 8.4 points, sixth-most in baseball behind the Pirates, Giants, Athletics, Yankees and Orioles.As a result, the NL East race has shifted — if slightly.It still looks like a two-team race, and the Braves are still at the top. In fact, Atlanta’s odds of winning the division have only gotten even better over the past month, rising from 59 percent to 72 percent. But the Nationals now have the second-best chance of winning the East, at 19 percent, with the Phillies dropping down to 9 percent. Washington is also now likely to make the playoffs (58 percent), while Philly has just a 38 percent chance of getting into the postseason. The teams are separated by just a half-game in the standings, but there’s no question Bryce Harper’s old team has played better than his new one in the first half of 2019.2Washington has the superior run differential and WAR tally, in addition to a 16-point edge in Elo. The degree to which Washington can threaten the Braves depends on how much they keep proving me wrong.How top-heavy can baseball get?Our model currently predicts that four teams — the Yankees, Dodgers, Astros and Twins — will finish with at least 98 wins (with three of those cracking triple-digits). If that happens, it would be the most 98-win teams in a single season since 2002, when five teams broke that barrier. At the same time, five teams are projected for 98 or more losses (including four tracking for triple-digit defeats). If that holds up, it would tie last season for the most such teams since 1977.This kind of thing is nothing new in the modern world of MLB, where the tanking trend has led to a bunch of bottom-feeders waving the white flag while a bunch of powerhouses destroy them. But even by those recent standards, the 2019 season could break new ground in top-heaviness. It might make for some less-than-compelling regular season contests down the stretch, particularly once rosters expand in September — but it could also lead to multiple titanic postseason matchups between teams with gaudy records, particularly in the AL.Will the home runs ever let up?If the 2019 season is remembered for anything, it seems likely that it will go down as the Year of the Home Run. (Until the next Year of the Home Run, that is.) So far this season, 1.37 balls have left the yard on average every game, which would shatter the all-time record (set in 2017) by nearly 9 percent if it holds up in the second half. 25 of 30 teams have hit at least 100 homers before the All-Star break, while 35 different players hit at least 20 bombs, and nine have hit at least 25. Overall, the 3,691 home runs smashed so far are, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, the most in a first half in baseball history. (The previous record was 3,343 in 2017.)With August, traditionally one of the most homer-heavy months, still remaining to be played, it seems likely that the all-time record for most dingers in a single MLB season will be obliterated. Love or hate the homer-centric style of baseball being played in today’s game — let’s ask Justin Verlander what he thinks — the long ball is more fundamental to the fabric of the sport than it’s ever been, and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.Will the champs even make the playoffs?The Boston Red Sox have turned things around some since their abysmal start to the season, winning 18 of their past 30 games (a 97-win pace per 162 games). Although staff ace Chris Sale continues to struggle (5.96 ERA in the last month), the 2019 Sox have at least mostly begun to resemble the fearsome team that dominated MLB essentially from wire to wire a season ago. But is it too little, too late?According to the FiveThirtyEight model, Boston has less than a coin flip’s chance (47 percent) to make the playoffs heading into the season’s home stretch. That number includes almost no chance of winning the AL East (6 percent), both because the rival New York Yankees have played so well and because the Tampa Bay Rays have exceeded expectations (again) and are on pace to win 92 games according to our model. That leaves the Red Sox in a numbers game for the AL’s other Wild Card slot, which is looking like it will go to the Indians — who themselves have been squeezed by the upstart Twins. In other words, some quality AL team will be left out of the postseason, and right now that team is looking like the defending champs, thanks to their early season World Series hangover.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
Rajant Corporation has announced plans to unveil its new BreadCrumb LX5 Portable Wireless Mesh Network Node at the CIM 2014 Convention in Vancouver, taking place May 11-14 and being attended by IM. The Rajant BreadCrumb LX5 is the latest in a line of multi-radio nodes in the BreadCrumb family that, when paired with other Rajant products, “create a rugged and reliable mesh network” for mining operations.The LX5 supports the use of IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n protocols to enable data, voice and video applications through up to four radio modules and six external antenna ports employing any combination of the 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, 4.9 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands. Up to three radio modules in an LX5 can be configured for multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) use. The LX5 provides faster routing and gateway processing relative to Rajant’s previous models, and is designed to be backwards compatible with previous BreadCrumb models to ensure an easy migration path for current BreadCrumb users.“The BreadCrumb LX5 represents the next generation of Rajant’s rugged and reliable BreadCrumb family of wireless mesh nodes,” said Bob Schena, President and CEO of Rajant Corporation. “As with all nodes in the BreadCrumb LX series, the LX5 was designed to stand up to the rigours of environments found in the mining, military and oil & gas industries. It is necessary for all of our equipment to be rugged and reliable so that clients know that, even in the harshest environments, their communications networks will always be available.” Rajant’s patented InstaMesh software allows BreadCrumb wireless nodes to provide continuous and instantaneous routing of wireless and wired connections. InstaMesh technology is used in demanding operations to provide networking for voice and data communications, video feeds and remote monitoring.
PADDY BARNES HAS countered the verbal jabs thrown his way by Minster for Sport Michael Ring.The Minster defended the funding allocated to the Irish Amateur boxing after Barnes had suggested he could be forced to turn professional because of funding and 1970s style training facilities.Indeed Ring went as far as to suggest Barnes should be grateful for the money he received from the Irish ‘taxpayer’ before wishing the Irish amateur legend and IABA fighter best of luck in his pro career.“When I came into office in 2011 the government allocated €1.2 million to make sure facilities could be upgraded nationwide,” the minister said.“This year boxing received an additional €1 million apart from the money it receives from the Irish Sports Council.”“Moreover, I hope he does as well as a professional boxer as he did with the Irish Sports Council, because he has received a substantial amount of money from taxpayers.”He might be a puncher of note, but Barnes didn’t take the criticism on the chin and the outspoken Belfast fighter hit back in typical fashion.“If Minister Ring is saying the IABA are well-funded and we have training in a 1970s unhygienic gym then someone needs to ask questions,” Barnes said. Minister Michael Ring hasn’t a clue. I haven’t went professional and amateur boxing gets terrible funding, typical bull*****er! What a clown!“You’re right I have received a lot of taxpayers’ money for the sport I’m in, you have received more than me though and you have nothing to show for it. I’ve two Olympic medals, all you have is a clean suit and a big bank balance!”*Reproduced with permission from irish-boxing.com – you can follow them on Twitter@irishboxingcomVIDEO: Check out ESPN SportsCenter’s top 10 plays of 2013Former Vikings kicker claims he was cut by ‘bigot’ coach for supporting gay rights
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Vatican Leader announced on Thursday that he will make a lightning trip to Lesvos, the Greek island on the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis.”Accepting the invitation from his Holiness Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and the president of the Greek Republic, his Holiness Francis will travel to Lesvos on April 16, 2016” where he “will meet with refugees,” the Vatican said in a statement.Francis, who has made the defense of the world’s downtrodden a cornerstone of his papacy, will visit the Aegean Sea island for a few hours to draw the international community’s attention to the suffering of asylum seekers, many of them on the run from a devastating war in Syria.Greece’s islands are the point of first arrival in Europe for hundreds of thousands of men, women and children who make the perilous boat journey from Turkey.“It’s very clear that the pope recognizes that there is a significant emergency going on,” said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi.“Just as he went to Lampedusa, which was then the front line of the Mediterranean route, now that there is this difficult, dramatic situation on the Aegean front, he naturally wants to be present to show a sense of solidarity and responsibility.”Lombardi said the pope’s trip to Lesvos was “a joint initiative” that will “show that various Christian churches are united when faced with great emergencies”.The pope, who will set off from Rome mid morning and return at the end of the afternoon, will visit a refugee centre before making a stop at the port of Lesvos, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told the press.Pope Francis in 2013 visited the Italian island of Lampedusa, where large numbers of migrants were arriving from conflict-hit Libya.In March, the EU signed an accord with Turkey setting out measures for reducing the continent’s worst migration crisis since World War II, including the shipping back to Turkish territory of migrants who arrive in Greece.But on Thursday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the EU that Ankara would not implement the key deal if Brussels failed to fulfil its side of the bargain – which included six billion euros in aid for Turkey for the over 2.7 million Syrian refugees it is hosting.The first transfer of over 200 migrants from Greece took place on Monday but the process has been stalled by a last-minute flurry of asylum applications by migrants desperate to avoid expulsion.Sources: AFP, Kathimerini, Reuters
The majority (92%) of respondents are falling behind on their retirement savings targets, according to research by Aegon UK.Its UK readiness report, which surveyed 4,000 UK adults, also found that 22% of respondents are unaware of how many pension pots they have.The research also found:More than a third (37%) of respondents have more than one pension pot.59% of respondents are unaware of the benefits of pensions consolidation.68% of respondents have never considered consolidating their pension.15% of respondents believe that pensions consolidation would have a negative impact on their retirement savings.A quarter (25%) of respondents believe pensions consolidation will reduce pension management fees, and two-thirds (66%) of those between the ages of 45-65 are unaware of the benefit pensions consolidation could have on fee costs.Mark Till, managing director at Aegon UK Direct, said: “With 92% of the UK working population still falling short of their retirement targets, the need to consolidate multiple pension pots is more important than ever before. By not doing so, people incur multiple management fees from the different pension providers.“Consolidation also makes engagement more efficient. It is nonsensical for people to have consumer packages such as broadband, or utility packages in their daily lives, but not want the same for their pension. When pots are spread widely it can stifle engagement and lose [savers] money [they] didn’t know [they] had, so in a sense, more pension consolidation in the country can help drive up engagement and awareness with pension provisions. The way forward for the government and industry alike is digital engagement.”
Leicester City Council is to increase pay for 1,800 employees in line with the voluntary living wage increased rate of £8.75.The living wage rate was raised on 5 November 2017 to £8.75 an hour for employees working across the UK. In December, approximately 1,800 of the council’s low-paid workers will receive the voluntary pay increase.The increase will mean full-time staff receive an additional £600 in their pay packet each year and will cost the council approximately £400,000 annually.For example, school staff, who are currently paid £8.45 per hour, will see their pay rise by 30p per hour.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. It is paid on a voluntary basis by employers and is updated annually. The living wage rate is currently set at £8.75 an hour for employees working across the UK, and at £10.20 an hour for staff that are based in London. The higher London living wage rate is to reflect the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national minimum wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national minimum wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.The council adopted the living wage in April 2013 and became an accredited employer in 2015. It is actively encouraging all of its suppliers to do the same.Peter Soulsby (pictured), mayor of Leicester, said: “We remain fully committed to the real Living Wage at Leicester City Council. It is is an important part of efforts to tackle low pay in Leicester and I would like to see all local employers adopting it.”
Related posts:Villalta’s rise and Araya’s fall could upset 50 years of political dominance in Costa Rica In last presidential elections, polls overestimated Libertarian Guevara’s support and underestimated PAC’s The Tico Times to publish live election results starting at 8 p.m. Live Costa Rica election results A second round of voting in April in Costa Rica’s presidential race could turn the dynamics upside-down, as current third-place candidate Otto Guevara would be favored.This is according to the latest poll released by the daily La Nación, the first time a public poll has examined scenarios if no candidate succeeds in getting more than 40 percent of the vote in the first round.The poll ran three scenarios between the top polling candidates – the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN) nominee Johnny Araya, the progressive Broad Front Party candidate José María Villalta, and the Libertarian Movement Party’s Guevara.Guevara likely would defeat both Villalta and Araya – if Guevara makes it to the second round – while Araya would lose to Villalta, La Nación’s poll predicted.“I am profoundly grateful for this massive and growing support from Costa Ricans,” Guevara said in a statement. “Our message is honest and transparent and the people have understood it.”Guevara has benefited in recent months from receiving support from former and current members of the formerly dominant right-of-center Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC).Costa Rican elections go to an automatic runoff if no candidate wins more than 40 percent of the vote. This has only happened once, in 2002 when Abel Pacheco of PUSC won 38.6 percent of the vote in the first round. He went on to win 58 percent in the runoff over PLN candidate Rolando Araya.The likelihood of a runoff in this year’s Feb. 2 election has grown if the polls are accurate. No candidate has received more than 40 percent of the likely vote since Araya garnered 45 percent from a Gallup poll in November. Even that poll has appeared to be an outlier with Araya’s support hovering between 20 percent and 28 percent in multiple polls between September and November.In the hypothetical matchups, between 30.8 percent and 26 percent of respondents either refused to pick a candidate or said they did not know.Polling took place Jan. 6-12 according to La Nación, and had a margin of error of 2.2 percent. Facebook Comments
Childish Gambino’s new video tackles racism, gun violence by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2018 4:58 am PDT Last Updated May 8, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Childish Gambino’s “This is America” video tackles racism and gun violence, complete with blood splatter.Gambino is the Grammy-winning alter-ego of Donald Glover. His new video has gotten a lot of attention on social media since its weekend debut. A smiling, shirtless Gambino dances throughout most of the video, but that image is juxtaposed with that of him shooting a hooded black man in the head and gunning down a black choir.He sings: “Yeah, this is America/ Guns in my area/ I got the strap/ I gotta carry ’em.” At other points in the song he addresses a black man’s place in the world.At the video’s end, he appears to be chased by a white mob.Glover’s Emmy-winning FX show “Atlanta” has its Season 2 finale Thursday and he plays Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” in theatres on May 25.
Kristen Stewart to lead Elizabeth Banks’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Kristen Stewart is set to star in Elizabeth Banks’ reboot of “Charlie’s Angels.” Sony Pictures on Thursday says Stewart’s fellow Angels will be played by Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska.Banks is directing, producing, co-writing and starring as Bosley in the new incarnation of the Angels saga.Banks says in a statement that “Charlie’s Angels” is one of the original brands to celebrate the empowered woman. The statement says this film will introduce a new era of modern and global Angels.Sony Pictures will release the new “Charlie’s Angels” in North American theatres in September 2019. FILE – In this May 14, 2018 file photo, Kristen Stewart poses for photographers at the premiere of the film “BlacKkKlansman” at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France. Stewart is set to star in Elizabeth Banks’ reboot of “Charlie’s Angels.” Sony Pictures on Thursday says Stewart’s fellow Angels will be played by Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 26, 2018 1:38 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows Sasaki Miyu, left, and Jyo Kairi in a scene from “Shoplifters.” (Magnolia Pictures via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The idea of family as a simple, straightforward concept is challenged by the provocative but oddly touching “Shoplifters,” the Palme d’Or winning film from Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda.Kore-eda puts his lens on a poor, multi-generational family, living on the seeming brink of homelessness in a tiny apartment somewhere in Tokyo. They sleep two and three to a mat and they’re about to add yet another mouth to feed to their cramped settings.Shoplifting is a way of life for the Shibata clan, who we are introduced to in a rather exciting and realistic little heist in a local grocery store between father, Osamu (Lily Franky) and son, Shota (Kairi Jo). Osamu feigns actual shopping with a basket in hand, while the tiny and crafty Shota works his magic fingers and perfect timing to drop microwavable udon bowls into his backpack. This is dinner for the whole family, mom Nobuyo (Sakura Ando), aunt Aki (Mayu Matsuoka), and grandmother, Hatsue (Kirin Kiki) included.Their rationale? No one owns the thing yet when it’s in a store. And if it’s not sending said store into bankruptcy, why not? And it ends up being a kind of bonding experience between father and son, in addition to making sure they don’t starve.On their way home, in the freezing cold, they spot a very young, and underfed girl who is outside without a jacket. Osamu gives her food and takes her back with them. They discover marks on her arm and figure that this must be abuse. Her name is Yuri (Miyu Saski) and everyone takes to her like a little injured bird.Walking back to the structure where they found her, they overhear Yuri’s parents in a heated argument that only makes it clearer that this is not a home that has any love in it and is certainly not a place to return to.“This is kidnapping,” Nobuyo tells her husband Osamu. “No,” he explains, “It’s not, because we’re not asking for ransom.”And, with that, this new, very tenuous chapter begins with Yuri as the newest Shibata family member. Shota has complicated feelings about this, feeling both protective of Yuri and also jealous that she’s now part of this little shoplifting crew (in a great scene we see Yuri thinking fast and unplugging the tackle shop’s metal detector, so Shota can run out with the merchandise). Suddenly shoplifting is not just something he and Osamu do, although you suspect that more is going on here when it’s revealed that Shota refuses to call him dad for reasons we won’t learn until later.Things are getting more complicated, and this unstable situation becomes even shakier with every passing day. Yuri has been reported missing to the cops and is now a fixture on the local news. Osamu gets injured and can’t even do his day labour job anymore. Shota is growing up. And Nobuyo’s employment is uncertain as well.And then a local shop owner plants a seed of doubt in Shota, telling him not to involve his sister, Yuri, in his shoplifting ways, and you realize everything is about to come crashing down. How it does is actually quite surprising and will challenge everything you thought you knew about this family.Despite some odd choices (like having Aki work at a sex shop that recalls “Paris, Texas”) that are never quite fleshed out in a satisfying way, “Shoplifters,” overall is a slow but captivating burn that may leave you questioning your own hard-set ideas of right, wrong and family.“Shoplifters,’ a Magnolia Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for “some sexual content and nudity.” Running time: 121 minutes. Three stars out of four.___MPAA Definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Nov 21, 2018 9:08 am PDT Review: An unlikely meditation on family in ‘Shoplifters’
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