This morning, the three most-read stories on Straight.com are all about CTV Vancouver’s decision to axe its popular 6 p.m. news anchors, Mike Killeen and Tamara Taggart.Since the story broke, the Straight website has heard from many commenters expressing their admiration for the two broadcasters.Many have also slammed Bell Media for dumping the pair, who’ve been the faces of its flagship program since early 2011. Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Late last night, Taggart tweeted that she “spent the day reading messages, texts, tweets and emails”.“I’m in a puddle of tears, overwhelmed by your kindness,” she wrote. “It’s been my privilege to have grown up with you the past 21 years. The love you have shown me is with me forever. xx” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement
TOKYO — The Latest on the arrest and investigation into alleged financial misconduct by Nissan’s chairman Carlos Ghosn (all times local):6:15 p.m.France’s finance minister wants carmaker Renault to replace its once-superstar CEO Carlos Ghosn, who is facing accusations he under-reported income at partner company Nissan.Renault will hold a board meeting Tuesday to discuss next steps after Ghosn’s arrest in Japan and planned dismissal from Nissan.Ghosn runs Renault, Nissan and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance that he helped turn into the world’s biggest car-seller last year.French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told broadcaster France-Info on Tuesday that Ghosn is not in a position to lead the Renault Group because of the accusations. He urged the board to name temporary leadership instead.Le Maire said French authorities have examined Ghosn’s tax situation in France but have found no wrongdoing.Renault officials refused further comment. Shares in Renault continued to fall Tuesday.___1:30 p.m.The arrest of Nissan Motor Co.’s chairman Carlos Ghosn on charges he underreported his income and misused company funds caused the company’s shares to tumble and shocked many in Japan who view him as something of a hero.Prosecutors said they were holding Ghosn and another Nissan executive for allegedly collaborating to falsify securities statements and underreport Ghosn’s income for five years.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday that the government was watching for economic fallout from the scandal at one of the world’s biggest automakers.Ghosn was arrested Monday and Nissan’s CEO said the company’s board will meet on Thursday to approve his dismissal. Prosecutors refused to say where he was being held in Tokyo.The Brazilian-born executive was credited with engineering Nissan’s revival over two decades.The Associated Press
A body was found inside the swimming pool of Thurstan College Colombo, the police medias unit said adding that the body was believed to be that of an old boy of the school.The police said that the initial investigations indicated that the man had committed suicide. Further investigations are underway.
OTTAWA — Ottawa’s long-awaited plan to help Canada compete with the United States for investment dollars is the centrepiece of its latest fall economic statement, which forecasts slightly deeper annual deficits over the coming years.Finance Minister Bill Morneau had faced pressure from the business community to take the big step of lowering the corporate tax rate across the board as his response to major tax and regulatory reforms in the U.S.In Wednesday’s economic update, Morneau chose a cheaper approach — but one that will still use billions worth of extra federal fiscal space to offer tax incentives for businesses that invest in Canada.Read the full Fall Economic Statement 2018Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau embraces Minister of Finance Bill Morneau following the fiscal economic update. Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld Speaking with reporters, Morneau said Canada is benefiting from “a very good situation” when it comes to the health of the economy and the labour market. After hearing from companies, however, the government decided to do more to encourage investors to open their wallets north of the border.“We know that we have to consider investments in the future,” he said Wednesday shortly before tabling the fall update in the House of Commons. “That’s why we listened to and heard the anxieties of the business sector.”As part of the announcement, a government backgrounder warned the American reforms could significantly erode Canada’s overall business-tax advantage compared to the U.S.By far, the biggest-ticket items among the proposed tax measures are changes that would enable businesses to immediately write off the full cost of some types of machinery and equipment, and allow companies of all sizes and in all sectors to expense a larger share of newly acquired assets.The new writeoffs alone are expected to lower federal revenues by about $14 billion over the next half-decade.As part of its competitiveness plan, the government also proposed about $1.1 billion over the coming years towards efforts to open new markets for Canadian exporters. The amount includes a re-allocation of close to $800 million in infrastructure funds towards improving transportation capacity — at marine ports, in particular — to boost overseas trade.Ottawa also plans to add another $800 million over five years to its strategic innovation fund, which supports “innovative” investments in all sectors.That is effectively the platform that they’re running on today — that there will be deficits foreverConservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre A stronger economy has given the government about $22 billion in extra fiscal room over the coming years, compared with what federal forecasters projected in last February’s budget. But the new initiatives will also contribute to slightly larger-than-expected annual shortfalls, beginning next year.The government is now projecting deficits of $18.1 billion in 2018-19, $19.6 billion in 2019-20 and $18.1 billion in 2020-21. After 2020-21, the annual shortfalls are expected to shrink each year to $11.4 billion in 2023-24.The fiscal update contains no timetable to eliminate the Liberals’ deficits. The government has drawn almost daily criticism from the opposition Conservatives and some economists for failing to provide a timeline back to balance, especially with the economy running close to full strength.Following the 2015 election, the Liberal government abandoned pledges to run annual deficits of no more than $10 billion and to balance the books by 2019. Instead, it has focused on reducing the net debt-to-GDP ratio — also known as the debt burden — each year.The debt-to-GDP ratio is now projected to gradually fall from 30.9 per cent in 2018-19 to 28.5 per cent in 2023-24.With an eye on the 2019 election, the Tories’ parliamentary finance critic attacked the Liberals’ economic statement.“That is effectively the platform that they’re running on today — that there will be deficits forever,” Pierre Poilievre told the House of Commons.Poilievre warned that the core of the government’s claim to fiscal responsibility — the slowly improving debt-to-GDP ratio — will come apart with the inevitable arrival of the next economic downturn. The government, he added, will then be forced to raise taxes or slash spending at a time when the economy will need the exact opposite response.“In other words, they are putting our future in a reckless state of danger by spending our tomorrow on their today,” said Poilievre, who argued the Liberals have been fortunate to benefit from positive economic conditions outside their control — such as the booming U.S. and world economies.“For Canadians to be optimistic about their future, they need to see the prospect of jobs for them, for their children. That’s what is going to keep our economy goingFinance Minister Bill Morneau Morneau was asked Wednesday if Canada will be ready for the next downturn and about concerns the government is continuing to run deficits during good economic times.He insisted the government is on the right path by investing in the economy to help create jobs and to promote growth, while at the same time lowering the debt burden. Morneau warned some critics appear to advocating an “austerity” approach.“For Canadians to be optimistic about their future, they need to see the prospect of jobs for them, for their children,” he said. “That’s what is going to keep our economy going.”Morneau’s fall economic statement also proposes additional support for the country’s struggling journalism industry by enabling non-profit news organizations to take tax-deductible donations and by creating new tax credits — all of which are part of a plan expected to reduce government revenues by $600 million over five years.The government plan also proposes $240 million towards sustaining Canada’s wild fish stocks, with a focus on Pacific salmon.Many industry stakeholders welcomed the government’s business tax changes Wednesday.One expert said the new accelerated investment writeoffs will provide a boost to business, even though he thinks Canada’s corporate tax regime was still competitive even before Wednesday’s announcement.“But I think there was a lot of pressure on them to do something in order to regain the relative advantage compared to the U.S.,” said Randall Bartlett, chief economist with the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Fiscal Studies and Democracy.
President Donald Trump is seen below as he speaks at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday, April, 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Beyond 100 days, Trump faces more legislative challenges WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump would get additional military funds, but no border wall dollars under a massive spending bill that Congress agreed to Sunday night.The $1 trillion plus spending agreement — which would fund virtually every federal agency through September — came just after Trump marked 100 days in office without any significant legislative wins. The bill does not deliver everything the White House sought, but it would be the first major piece of bipartisan legislation to advance during Trump’s time in the White House.The House and Senate have until Friday at midnight to pass the measure to avert a government shutdown.Trump has spent his first 100 days coming to terms with the slow grind of government even in a Republican-dominated capital, and watching some of his promises —from repealing the nation’s health care law to temporarily banning people from some Muslim nations — fizzle.The spending measure funds the remainder of the 2017 budget year. Aides to lawmakers involved in the talks announced the agreement after weeks of negotiations. It denies Trump a win on his oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but gives him a down payment on his request to strengthen the military and funding for additional border security measures.Despite a renewed White House effort push, the House did not vote last week on a revised bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act.After the original effort failed to win enough support from conservatives and moderates, Republicans recast the bill. The latest version would let states escape a requirement under Obama’s 2010 law that insurers charge healthy and seriously ill customers the same rates. The overall legislation would cut the Medicaid program for the poor, eliminate fines for people who don’t buy insurance and provide generally skimpier subsidies. Critics have said the approach could reduce protections for people with pre-existing conditions.But during an interview with “Face the Nation” on CBS aired Sunday, Trump said the measure has a “clause that guarantees” that people with pre-existing conditions will be covered.Trump said: “Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I just watched another network than yours, and they were saying, ‘Pre-existing is not covered.’ Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it. I said, ‘Has to be.’”Trump said during the interview that if he’s unable to renegotiate a long-standing free trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, then he’ll terminate the pact.He also spoke about tensions with North Korea. Asked about the failure of several North Korean missile tests recently, Trump said he’d “rather not discuss it. But perhaps they’re just not very good missiles. But eventually, he’ll have good missiles.”Trump also said he is willing to use the trade issue as leverage to get China’s help with North Korea. “Trade is very important. But massive warfare with millions, potentially millions of people being killed? That, as we would say, trumps trade.”And he acknowledged the presidency is “a tough job. But I’ve had a lot of tough jobs. I’ve had things that were tougher, although I’ll let you know that better at the end of eight years. Perhaps eight years. Hopefully, eight years.”Also this week, the president will welcome Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House. And he’ll head to New York City on Thursday where he’ll visit the USS Intrepid to mark the 75th anniversary of a World War II naval battle.On Sunday morning, Trump headed to Trump National Golf Club in Virginia. The White House did not immediately clarify whether he was holding meetings or golfing.Trump marked his 100th day in office Saturday with a rally in Harrisburg, where he continued to pledge to cut taxes and get tough on trade deals.“We are not going to let other countries take advantage of us anymore,” he said Saturday in Harrisburg at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. “From now on it’s going to be America first.”Trump’s rally Saturday night in Harrisburg offered a familiar recapitulation of what he and aides have argued for days are administration successes, including the successful confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, his Cabinet choices and the approval of construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.___Associated Press writer Andrew Taylor contributed to this report. by Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2017 9:18 am MDT Last Updated Apr 30, 2017 at 9:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Economic growth is being maintained in the midst of complex regional volatilities, with cities transforming into productive sectors and the middle class expanding. While rising to the challenges of globalization, the Government was also focusing on social justice and bridging social gaps,” he said, and to that end a plan is being developed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.Stressing that peace requires the rule of law, he said his Government will work towards completing the disarmament and reinsertion process, jumpstarted after Colombia signed a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) that ended the Western hemisphere’s longest-running conflictMr. Duque stressed that the peace process his Government inherited was fragile due to a lack of funds and the complex and dispersed institutional architecture, but Colombia will fulfill its commitment vis‑à‑vis those who chose to turn away from violence. “Financial support of the international community will ensure that goal,” he said, adding that the law would be enforced in an exemplary manner.“For peace to shine in Columbia, we must overturn drug trafficking,” he continued. Noting that the recent incremental trafficking increase has become a fuel for organized crime, he expressed his will to break up the transnational crime networks. Acknowledging that prevention is critical from a public health approach, he also stressed that the drug traffickers were predators. He also stressed the importance of tackling corruption in a determined manner, as it is threat to democracy, social values and institutions. “From the first day of our Government, we presented measures before Congress”, launching an ambitious initiative supported nationwide.Drawing attention to the situation of Venezuelans fleeing their country, he stressed that Colombia had opened its doors to close to a million of them. The humanitarian crisis in the region was caused by a “dictatorship that annihilates liberties”, Mr. Duque said. The international community must immediately demand the liberation of political prisoners, he continued, calling for the use of all international mechanisms to denounce, investigate and sanction those responsible for that situation.Full statement (Spanish) available here.
Four trees have been removed from Jubilee Court as part of the construction of the Niagara Health and Biosciences Research Complex (NHBRC). But they will be replaced with four new mature trees in the next few weeks.The mature maples were removed this week because they were damaged during the construction of a sanity sewer line, said David Main, senior project manager with MHPM Project Managers Inc. The sewer line work was necessary for construction of the new NHBRC. The work also corrects a problem with an existing sewer line.The initial goal was to save the trees. But an arborist reviewed the trees in Jubilee Court and determined that the survival rate of the four maples was low, Main said. Not only was soil compacted around the roots, but the trunks and numerous branches were also damaged.Due to physical limitations, the replacement trees will be smaller, Main said. But they will be mature, and the largest trees possible. Their trunks will be 10 to 13 centimetres (four to five inches) in diameter. They will be planted as soon as climate conditions allow, Main said. Cooler and wetter weather is needed to plant the trees.In addition to the new trees, a maintenance program will soon be underway for the remaining trees in Jubilee Court.
Joel Embiid, the Kansas big man considered by many to be the No. 1 overall pick in this month’s NBA Draft, has sustained a right foot injury that likely will impact his stock, his agent and his mentor both confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday.“He suffered a foot injury to his right foot sometime over the last few days,” agent Arn Tellem told ESPN. “He’s getting evaluations from various doctors and experts in the field. We’ll know more Friday.”One source told ESPN.com that Embiid “may have broken” his foot, but Tellem wouldn’t speculate on the seriousness of the injury until he heard from doctors. Tellem also said it was unlikely Embiid would be doing any more workouts before the draft, which is June 26.Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Embiid’s mentor, also was not sure of the extent of the injury.“I just heard he got hurt,” said Mbah a Moute, who is overseas.Embiid was scheduled to work out for the Milwaukee Bucks, who hold the second overall pick, later this week.The 7-foot native of Cameroon was already dealing with health questions regarding his back, which forced him to miss the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments.He worked out earlier this month for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, and sources said he fared well and that the medical testing also came back without much concern.Embiid also participated in a one-on-none workout in front of NBA teams in Santa Monica, Calif. He averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks this past season as a freshman at Kansas.Cleveland could also opt to select Duke freshman Jabari Parker or Kansas young star Andrew Wiggins.
The June quarter at Stornoway Diamonds’ Renard diamond operation in Quebec, Canada, started to show the positive results of using ore sorting technology.Commissioning of the TOMRA X -Ray transmission plant commenced in March and was completed during the most recent quarter.Among a quarter that saw lower quarter-on-quarter carat production (223,351 carats) and diamond grade (40 carats per hundred tonne) – previously expected with the transition from openpit to underground mining – the initial performance of the ore sorting plant stood out.Stornoway said: “The new ore sorting plant at Renard … has been processing ore on a consistent basis since mid-May. The volume and quality of waste segregated from the ore feed has exceeded expectations, with waste rejected representing between 15% and 30% of material sorted.”The company noted that kimberlite content in the waste stream had averaged between 1% and 2%.And, the TOMRA ore sorter has even reduced Renard’s power requirements, according to Stornoway.“Because the waste within the Renard ore is hard and difficult to crush, its rejection from the main process plant has also resulted in a net reduction in power consumption for processing even with the addition of the new sorting circuit,” Stornoway said.“Considering the highly abrasive characteristics of the ore processed to date through the plant, consisting mainly of highly diluted, low grade material, the diamonds recovered since its introduction have exhibited lower levels of breakage than observed previously with comparable feed composition.”Stornoway CEO Matt Manson said these initial diamond results were encouraging and, given the volume and quality of the waste being rejected, the company saw potential for upping processing capacity in its plant beyond the current nameplate rating.As a result, Stornoway is now thinking about developing a modified mine plan to support the accelerated mining required.Just last week, a TOMRA XRT ore sorter was commissioned at the Renison tin mine in Australia, with the operators expecting a 15-20% increase in tin production with its introduction.
23,442 Views Michael O’Leary thinks climate change talk is ‘complete and utter rubbish’ “This nonsense that we’ll have to cut back on beef consumption or all become vegans or all start riding bicycles is not the way forward.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article They remind me of these people who used to hang around the market squares 2,000 years ago, saying the end of the world is nigh.“You go back to London in the 18th century, they all thought they were going to die of smog.If you’re concerned about these issues, the obvious one is more nuclear fuel, but you ask the likes of Mary Robinson, the climate justice mob, and they recoil in horror because it’s not trendy or liberal. Short URL 143 Comments Image: DPA/PA Images By Paul Hosford O’Leary added that he felt “human ingenuity will find ways of improving the way we breed beef and the way we consume fuel”.Asked did he accept climate change existed, O’Leary said that cooling and warming had been ‘going on for years’ and he didn’t accept it was linked to carbon usage.“I don’t accept that climate change is real. I don’t accept the link between carbon consumption and climate change.“I will always be wary of these people saying the world is night.This nonsense that we’ll have to cut back on beef consumption or all become vegans or all start riding bicycles is not the way forward.Last month, the UN said that 2017 was already an “extreme” year, climate-wise.The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) warned that the drastic shifts seen in the global climate system that resulted in a range of alarming records last year appear to be continuing unabated.“We are now in truly uncharted territory,” David Carlson, head of the World Climate Research Programme, said in a release from the WMO.Read: US-led air strike near ISIS-held city kills 15 civilians in SyriaRead: ‘It was a cock-up’: Fine Gael chief whip says party messed up with water charges http://jrnl.ie/3330599 RYANAIR CHIEF EXECUTIVE Michael O’Leary has said he does not accept the link between fossil fuels and global warming.Speaking to RTÉ’s CountryWide show, O’Leary was asked about his opinions as a farmer on a range of issues from Brexit to Donald Trump.When asked about the opinion that the human race will have to cut back on beef consumption or change farming habits, O’Leary was typically robust.“I think it’s complete and utter rubbish. Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 3:14 PM Image: DPA/PA Images Share Tweet Email4 Apr 8th 2017, 3:14 PM
Méditerranée : augmentation significative du niveau de la mer L’augmentation du niveau de la mer Méditerranée a doublé ces dix dernières années. Cette constatation vient d’être révélée dans une étude menée par l’Institut Espagnol d’Océanographie (IEO).Les mesures de 1948 à 2008 le confirment : la mer Méditerranée a augmenté de 15 à 20 centimètres au cours du XXe siècle. Pour en arriver à une telle conclusion, l’IEO s’est lancé dans une vaste étude, exposée par le site notre-planete.info. Les chercheurs se sont principalement basés sur les relevés océaniques et atmosphériques auxquels ils ont appliqué un modèle d’analyse des oscillations périodiques. Les résultats montrent que l’augmentation du niveau de la mer, de trois millimètres par an, représente depuis le début des années 2000 une accélération significative. Si cet accroissement se poursuit sur le même rythme, la mer devrait avoir augmenté de 35 centimètres de plus au cours du XXIe siècle. Selon les scientifiques, les paramètres agissant sur le niveau de la mer sont : la pression atmosphérique, l’augmentation de la quantité d’eau provoquée par la fonte des glaces, et la dilatation de l’eau due à son réchauffement. Ces deux derniers paramètres sont directement liés au réchauffement climatique dont il est pour le moment, difficile de prédire l’évolution. Toutefois les experts sont formels quant aux conséquences que pourrait avoir une nouvelle augmentation d’une vingtaine de centimètres qui affecterait de façon considérable les nombreuses îles et zones côtières densément peuplées. De plus, le réchauffement de l’eau pourrait également influer sur les caractéristiques physico-chimiques de la mer et modifier sensiblement les écosystèmes aquatiques.Le 1 avril 2011 à 12:54 • Emmanuel Perrin
Mediator : des patients veulent poursuivre leur médecin traitantCertaines victimes du médicament des laboratoires Servier ont annoncé qu’elles allaient porter plainte contre leur médecin traitant si ce dernier refusait de leur donner leur dossier médical.Nouveau rebondissement dans l’affaire du Mediator. Après la mise en cause des laboratoires Servier et des instances du gouvernement, certaines victimes du Mediator souhaitent porter plainte contre leur médecin traitant si ce dernier ne veut pas leur fournir leur dossier médical. Car le fameux dossier constitue une pièce maîtresse afin de prouver qu’elles ont bien pris le médicament incriminé depuis plusieurs mois déjà. Ainsi, si l’on en croit France Soir, la première plainte contre un médecin traitant pourrait être déposée dès la semaine prochaine dans le Var. À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Le dossier médical est une pièce cruciale dans l’affaire du Mediator, car pour pouvoir être indemnisées, les victimes ont besoin de prouver qu’elles ont bel et bien pris le médicament de Servier, que cela soit comme antidiabétique ou comme coupe-faim. De son côté, l’avocate des victimes, Me Christine Ravaz, a déclaré sur Europe 1 : “Le patient a le droit d’obtenir la communication intégrale de son dossier. Est-ce que les médecins cherchent à se couvrir de leurs responsabilités ? Le Mediator était uniquement autorisé pour les diabétiques de type 2, mais des médecins l’ont souvent prescrit comme coupe-faim, sans indiquer sur l’ordonnance que la prescription était hors autorisation de mise sur le marché”. Et l’avocate de préciser qu’elle a également saisi Xavier Bertrand, ministre de la Santé. En ce qui concerne l’UFC-Que Choisir, en charge également du dossier Mediator, son responsable juridique, Nicolas Godefroy, a fait savoir au micro de la radio qu’il souhaitait “engager la responsabilité de Servier” mais pas forcément des médecins généralistes.Le 18 avril 2011 à 13:18 • Emmanuel Perrin
West Ham United have reportedly offered Samir Nasri a six-month deal that includes a weekly wage of £80,000The French midfielder has been training at West Ham since November in a bid to convince manager Manuel Pellegrini of his fitness and be awarded a contract.Nasri is currently a free agent with his last competitive outing being in August 2017 for Turkish side Antalyaspor in a Super Lig match against Yeni Malatyaspor.This is due to the fact that he’s still serving an 18-month ban from FIFA for breaching the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules in 2016.But the suspension will be lifted in January and Nasri can resume his playing career once more with West Ham his most likely destination.The 31-year-old previously played under Pellegrini at Manchester City four years ago and the Chilean has confirmed he’s interested in making a deal happen.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Now the Daily Mirror claims that a six-month contract worth £80,000-a-week has been offered to Nasri with West Ham recently being hit by the loss of striker Javier Hernandez and defender Fabian Balbuena to injuries.Summer recruits Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Carlos Sanchez are sidelined, while Manuel Lanzini remains out with a knee injury.The report adds that should Nasri impress the Hammers then they will likely take up an option to keep him beyond next summer.The ex-France international has spent the majority of his playing career in the Premier League for both Arsenal and City, where he won the title two times.After leaving the Etihad Stadium in 2016, Nasri had brief spells with La Liga side Sevilla and lastly Antalyaspor.
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council’s Select Committee on Homelessness today advised staff to move forward with a pilot program intended to increase employment for people using the city’s rapid-rehousing programs, which provide temporary assistance to those who are newly homeless or facing chronic homelessness.City leaders have dedicated millions of dollars to three temporary tent shelters for those who’ve been living on the street. For the last three to four months, it’s been a place to stay for nearly 700 people. According to new data, the goal of getting at least 65% of the tent’s occupants into housing has fallen short. Four months into the bridge tent program, the number of people moving out of the bridge shelter tents and into housing is just 12%.Councilmember Chris Ward, who is chair of the City Council’s Select Committee on Homelessness said the city’s low inventory of housing is part of the challenge of moving people from shelters to more permanent housing. The committee also heard about the need for stability and helping the tent occupants find some security and stability inside the tents.“So people aren’t getting jobs within that subpopulation, and I think that’s the missing link here that this pilot program is seeking to fulfill,” he said. “To the extent we can do that and have more people getting that gainful employment, having that steady income stream is going to help them be successful at the end of their temporary stay through the rapid-rehousing program and not fall right back into homelessness.”Lisa Jones, who is vice president of homeless housing innovations for the San Diego Housing Commission said the occupants in the tents are very vulnerable. “We have a population that is 49% chronically homeless, and another 44% have a disablilty. Many suffer from mental health issues. 37% are age 55 or older so we have a population that is considered very high need- one that really needs time to decompress and stabilize in a shelter environment where they feel safe and secure.Jones said one immediate priority would be to hire more skilled housing specialists with social work or counseling backgrounds who would help to stabilize the clients “so they remain in the shelter and reduce the numbers of exits and entries, back and forth.” Although a lot of percentages and numbers were cited at the committee meeting, one of the big questions that most at the meeting could not answer is how to create the housing that is essential to ending homelessness. Jones said she agrees that city leaders and housing advocates need to develop a broader strategic plan.“How do we best maximize the limited funding resources that we have and target them appropriately?” More funding from Sacramento could be coming soon. State lawmakers have just approved $33 million in funds to the San Diego region for housing and reducing homelessness.Pilot participants will be screened to determine appropriate employment services. Then, depending on urgency of needed services, agencies — including the San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless and the San Diego Housing Commission — will place individuals using existing relationships with employers. Staff will also work with city departments to fill chronically vacant positions, including groundskeeper, laborer and library aid roles.Staff believe the program can assist 200 households its first year and 100 its second. A household is defined as an individual or family.Total pilot costs are projected to be $3.5 million and $1.7 million for years one and two, respectively. The majority of pilot funding has already been budgeted in the form of existing rapid-rehousing appropriations and grants. That leaves funding gaps of $322,728 for each year. The Lucky Duck Foundation has committed to filling the year-one gap, Kuntz said.RELATED STORY: San Diego City Council moves forward on affordable housing initiativeNew year-one expenditures will include $72,500 to hire a pilot coordinator and $50,229 for an additional job center coordinator. The positions will improve connectivity between existing resources while allow housing and employment officials to focus on their respective specialties, Kuntz said.“We’re already doing these things, spending money on it,” he said. “How do we fill in some of those gaps to improve coordination and targeted programming? That’s what we’re funding — the gap costs are to connect these systems.”Staff will measure the pilot program’s success by tracking the amount of households able to pay stable rent at the conclusion of rapid-rehousing programs, as well as the amount of households that are stable one to two years after exiting rapid-rehousing.Tamera Kohler, Regional Task Force on the Homeless chief operations officer, said her staff will follow program outcomes to determine appropriate strategies at a countywide level.I hope that over time as we measure those we’re able to see the best referrals, intervention and coordination, and then teach and train those best practices to strengthen us overall regionally,” she said Posted: June 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo, City of San Diego trying to advance progress of homeless re-housing programs Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo June 18, 2018 Updated: 9:44 PM
37% of global employee respondents are highly engaged with their organisation, and 41% intend to stay with their employer over the next two years by choice.56% of global employee respondents think their employer should understand them as well as they are expected to understand their business customers, and 39% report that their employers are meeting this expectation.49% of global employee respondents often worry about their current financial state, and 53% worry about their future financial state.50% of global employee respondents think they are paid fairly, and 62% understand how base pay is determined.47% of global employee respondents understand how their total compensation compares to that of a typical employee in their organisation, and 44% understand how their total compensation compares to a typical employee in another organisation with a similar job role.60% of global employer respondents have a formal process in place to ensure fairness in compensation distribution.40% of global employer respondents believe base salary increases are effective at driving higher individual performance, and 55% think base salary increases help differentiate pay based on individual performance.45% of global employee respondents see a clear link between their performance and pay.Yves Duhaldeborde (pictured), director at Willis Towers Watson, said: “With today’s dynamic business environment and the changing nature of the new world of work, the need for strong, effective corporate leaders and managers working together is at an all-time high. The fact that a significant percentage of [employees] don’t believe their leaders are as effective as they can be is a concern, given that strong leadership is a key driver of employee engagement and improved performance.“Given the increasingly important role that managers and supervisors are playing in defining the work to be done, motivating [employees] and ensuring a sufficient pipeline, many organisations are taking a keen interest in how manager behaviour affects engagement and how managers can build more engaged teams.” Two-fifths (40%) of UK employee respondents think their manager makes fair decisions about how performance is linked to pay, according to research by Willis Towers Watson.Its Global findings report for the 2016 global talent management and rewards study and global workforce study, which surveyed over 31,000 full-time global employees, including 2,447 UK employees, and 2,004 employers worldwide, including 56 UK organisations, also found that 41% of UK employee respondents believe leaders at their organisation have a sincere interest in employee wellbeing.The research also found:
LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Lauderhill Police are searching for a subject after a shooting took place outside a Lauderhill party hall, killing one man.According to police, it happened early Monday morning, outside a party hall, near North University Drive and Northwest 44th Street.The victim was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the head.According to police, the victim died at the hospital. Although they are not releasing his identity, at this time, he has been described as a man in his 20s.The circumstances that led to this shooting are still unclear.If you have any information on this shooting, 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.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a girl who went missing from Homestead.The 10-year-old was last seen on surveillance video leaving her home, located in the area of Northwest Eighth Street and Southwest 162nd Avenue, at around 6 p.m., Thursday.Detectives said the child was last seen wearing a purple colored hoodie, backpack and was carrying a rolling suitcase out of her apartment complex.Officials urge anyone with information on the 10-year-old’s whereabouts to call the Homestead Police Department at 305-247-1535.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
But there are reminders of the disaster everywhere. Drive on the nearby Joban Expressway and you’ll periodically run into signs with a readout of the radiation level. The daily weather report on the local evening news contains an update on the radiation in the area. I periodically drove past fields containing hundreds of bags of radiated dirt. At the same time as my tour of Daiichi in November, former Tepco executives were in court to deal with charges of professional negligence. Despite Tepco’s efforts to clean the mess up, there continues to be mistrust of the company and of nuclear power. The Fukushima Daiichi meltdown caused a chilling effect on the use of nuclear power around the world. If it wasn’t for stepped-up production in China, the generation of nuclear energy would be down over the last few years. The entrance to the J-Village facility. James Martin/CNET In Japan, only nine of the 35 nuclear reactors have switched back on, and there remains public concern over the use of nuclear power, according to the World Nuclear Industry’s 2018 status report. It’s unlikely any nuclear reactors in Fukushima will see life again. But ridding itself of nuclear power isn’t going to reverse the damage done to Fukushima — both to the land and to its reputation. The cleanup effort could take upward of $70 billion and at least 40 years. Locals hope it doesn’t take that long for the reputation to recover.”Our message is just come and see us,” Kitashima says. “What we like them to see is that this area, which was an evacuation area, has recovered and life goes on.” Sci-Tech Share your voice 18 Photos Fukushima turns to robots to fix the future The J-Village hotel and sports complex in Fukushima was immaculate, its grand lobby welcoming us with bright lights and pristine marble floors. Several furnished conference rooms stood ready to host one event after another. There’ was just one jarring thing: the utter silence throughout the facility. Fixing Fukushima is a CNET multi-part series that explores the role technology plays in cleaning up the worst nuclear disaster in history.It was our first night in the Fukushima region, and my photographer, James Martin, and my interpreter had arrived a little after 10 p.m. Initially, we weren’t sure if this was the right location – we seemingly had the only vehicle in the parking lot, and a quick search of those conference rooms found no staff.It wasn’t until we located the reception desk, tucked out of sight from the main lobby, that we found another human. The employee noted that only 15 guests were staying in the 200-room hotel. Welcome to Fukushima. That first night proved to be one of the more memorable moments in a trip that included a visit inside one of the most radioactive hotspots in the world, a look at a massive underground ice wall and a virtual reality experience that took me to places no human could survive. It stood out because it illustrated the long way this area has to go before any semblance of normalcy can return. When reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melted down in 2011, the disaster didn’t just displace more than 160,000 people — many of whom have yet to return — it marked the region with a stigma that may never go away. I’ll never forget the scenes of the tsunami wiping away whole cities broadcast on television, or reading about the meltdown. The urge to see just how a country comes back from such devastation drove me to pursue this assignment. 4:09 “What we want to do is turn that on its head and create a positive image of Fukushima around the world,” Akifumi Kitashima, director of the robot industry promotion unit for the Fukushima prefectural government, says through an interpreter.Tepco, meanwhile, has attempted to assuage the concerns of the locals who’ve returned, including offering free dosimeters and investing in drones to scare away the wild boar that come down from the mountains to inhabit the abandoned houses and buildings. Tepco has also set up nursing care training facilities, offers home visit inspections and removes the weeds at local cemeteries. Masaaki Hanaoka, executive general manager of international affairs for Tepco’s Fukushima Revitalization Headquarters, talks about the festivals it’s sponsored and its attempt to promote tourism in the area. What we want to do is create a positive image of Fukushima around the world. Akifumi Kitashima, director with the Fukushima prefectural government 2 That it’s up and running again as a sports complex and hotel is a point of pride for locals. “For those of us from Fukushima who live here, we try to live as we did before,” says Shunsuke Ono, managing director of the facility. “For people outside of Fukushima, there’s a feeling that Fukushima is not normal.” Tepco and local government officials are pushing the concept of an “Innovation Coast” in the region through facilities like the Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology and the Robot Test Field in nearby Minamisoma. The idea is to tap into the investment already being made in the cleanup effort and create a Silicon Valley of robotics and drone technology. Tags Comments Inside Fukushima: Standing 60 feet from a nuclear disaster Now playing: Watch this: For Fukushima’s nuclear disaster, robots may be the only hope How Fukushima’s massive ice wall keeps nuclear radiation at bay Inside a Fukushima reactor: How VR gave me a scary-real experience Fukushima’s ice wall keeps radiation from spreading around the world A rare look at the meltdown inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Eight years on, there’s been little progress with the actual cleanup. While three of the six reactors have been safely decommissioned, the remaining three have proven to be such a challenge that Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, just last month finally succeeded in sending a robot down to the Unit 2 reactor to pick up some of debris in the highly radioactive core. The lobby of the J-Village hotel and sports complex. James Martin/CNET In some ways, it’s unfair to place the entire burden of the radiation scare upon Fukushima. One of the most surprising things I learned was just how massive Fukushima actually is. It’s the third-largest prefecture in Japan and is split into three regions: the coastal Hamadori, which is where Daiichi lies; the central Nakadori, an agricultural hub and home to the capital, Fukushima City; and a mountainous region in the west known as Aizu. Only Hamadori was affected by the disaster, yet everyone feels the pain. Still, I witnessed pockets of life return even in the areas close to Daiichi. J-Village, for instance, was once a national training center for the Japan football (soccer) team. But immediately after the earthquake and meltdown, it transformed into a staging area for thousands of workers dealing with the nuclear disaster and the reconstruction of the surrounding area. Fixing Fukushima Robots
3:04 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Powerful women of the Marvel universe Culture Comment Tags The Fearless Girl statue now stands outside the New York Stock Exchange. Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images Tuesday is Equal Pay Day. The topic, trending on Twitter, puts a spotlight on the pay disparity between women and men. While more attention is being focused on the inequality in pay, not every company is putting its money where its mouth is. A report published Tuesday by investment-research company Morningstar said that State Street Global Advisors, the New York company that commissioned the Fearless Girl statue, voted against a number of gender diversity initiatives. The bronze Fearless Girl statue, created by Kristen Visbal and installed in 2017, stood defiantly in front of the Charging Bull in Manhattan’s Financial District. It became a tourist attraction and was seen by some as a symbol for women in leadership. It was moved in December to the New York Stock Exchange. Morningstar’s report found that State Street’s Gender Diversity fund, known as SHE, didn’t have a voting record in line with its stated goals of “closing the gender gap” by “strengthening gender diversity and inclusion practices across corporate America.” SHE voted no or abstained on eight of the 10 gender diversity-related shareholder resolutions in a four year period, according to Morningstar. In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for State Street said that examining its voting record based on shareholder proposals doesn’t tell a complete story on how the company approaches gender issues.”We do not simply consider the topic being addressed in a shareholder proposal when deciding how to vote, rather we vote on a case-by-case basis, taking into account each company’s unique circumstances and the level of disclosure relative to our expectations,” the company said.State Street said it has been vocal about the importance of diversity the last few years and voted against directors over “1,000 times” for lack of board gender diversity. Equal Pay Day is an annual maker that symbolizes how far into a year women would have to work in order to have earned as much as men did in the previous year. So, for a white woman to match a white man’s 2018 salary, she’d have had to work through 2018 and continue on till April 2. The exact day can change every year, and it also varies depending on ethnicity. In 2019, black and Asian women reach parity in August, while Latinas don’t reach parity until November.Originally published April 1 at 11:23 a.m. PT.Update, 1:06 p.m.: Adds comment from State Street. 1