FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has decided to defer a decision on whether or not to proceed with building a dog park and its associated amenities in Toboggan Hill Park after the lowest tendered bid for the project came in over $200,000 over budget.In a report to Council, staff said that the City received three bids for the dog park project, all of which came in well over the City’s $500,000 budget for the project.Knappett Industries’ bid totalled $705,947, while bids from S. Young Enterprises and DGS Astro Paving totalled $1,060,034 and $1,275,862.11 respectively. Staff had recommended to Council that the tender be awarded to the lowest bidder – Knappett – and that Council approve an additional $368,000 from last year’s capital budget reserve for the project to cover consulting fees, contracting costs and contingencies.Councillor Byron Stewart stated that he was at first surprised to hear about the large sticker price tag, but that after looking at the scope of the work to be done, said that the price wasn’t necessarily overblown.However, councillor Trevor Bolin expressed concern about the large increase in the budget, and said he wasn’t able to support the recommendation until a breakdown of the costs for the project was given.Mayor Ackerman also asked about the City’s capital reserve, which contains funds from projects that come in under the budgeted amount.Finance Director Shirley Collington said that currently, the City’s general reserve contains an estimated $40 million, though a large amount of those funds are earmarked for other projects, including the new RCMP detachment.Council voted in favour of tabling the motion until the next council meeting on August 13th, when staff will be presenting a breakdown for the costs associated with the features of the new dog park, as well as a breakdown of earmarked funds in the City’s reserve.
The country has witnessed renewed violence between the troops of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), backed by the Ethiopian Army, and the anti-government insurgent forces. “The use of heavy weaponry into areas where civilians are concentrated left reportedly 81 civilians dead and more than 100 wounded,” Ghanim Alnajjar, the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, said in a statement issued today in Geneva.Mr. Alnajjar condemned in particular the alleged deliberate killing of numerous clerics belonging to “Altabligh Group” at the Al-Hidaya Compound/Mosque. “The killings have to be investigated expeditiously and impartially, and any lasting peace in Somalia must be based on justice, truth and accountability,” he stated.The Independent Expert appealed for calm and an immediate ceasefire, and urged the TFG and the international community to protect civilians in Somalia, which has not had a functioning national government since 1991. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes joined the call, urging the parties to the conflict to protect civilians and to respect international law.“Combatants appear to have little regard for the safety of civilians in Mogadishu, where residents have been traumatized by years of violence,” he said in a statement.On Monday Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced deep concern over this weekend’s heavy fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, and deplored the substantial number of civilian casualties and injuries resulting from the violence.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban urged parties to the conflict “to refrain from the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force that endangers the lives of civilians, particularly in heavily populated civilian areas, and reminds them that any targeting of non-combatants is a violation of international law.”Rising insecurity is among the reasons that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) believes the humanitarian situation in the strife-torn nation is deteriorating faster than expected. An estimated 1.8 million people in Somalia require humanitarian assistance and that figure could increase to 2 million once current assessments are concluded, according to OCHA. 23 April 2008An independent United Nations human rights expert has condemned the killing of civilians in Somalia, including a number of religious leaders, and called for an immediate end to the violence that has flared up in recent weeks in the Horn of Africa nation.
by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 12:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Macy’s-J.C. Penney battle over Martha Stewart brand resumes after mediation goes nowhere NEW YORK, N.Y. – Attorneys for J.C Penney and Macy’s were back in court Monday to fight over the Martha Stewart brand after a monthlong mediation period went nowhere.But after the hearing, the real action began. Penney said late Monday, that the company’s board of directors has ousted CEO Ron Johnson after only 17 months on the job and rehired Johnson’s predecessor, Mike Ullman, 66, who was CEO of the department store chain for seven years until November 2011.The case, which centres on Macy’s claim that Penney’s deal to sell Martha Stewart branded-merchandise infringes on its own deal with the domestic diva, was likely just one of the reasons Johnson was shown the door. He also had presided over a price strategy that confused customers and drove them away.The court-ordered mediation followed nearly three weeks of testimony from witnesses including the domestic diva herself, Penney, Johnson and Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren.At issue is whether Macy’s has the exclusive rights to sell some Martha Stewart branded products such as cookware, bedding and bath products. Macy’s sued Martha Stewart Living, arguing that the company breached its long-standing contract when it signed a deal with Penney in December 2011 to open Martha Stewart mini-shops, planned for this spring. It also sued Penney, contending that it had no regard for the contract and that Johnson had set out to steal the business that Macy’s had worked hard to develop.The stakes are high for all three companies involved but particularly for Penney, which is counting on a revamped home area to help it rebound from a disastrous year. The company amassed nearly $1 billion in losses and its revenue dropped about 25 per cent as the first year of a transformation plan built around a new pricing strategy failed to resonate with shoppers.Penney was counting on the overhauled home department as part of its bigger plan to turn Penney stores into mini-malls of sorts. It’s in the midst of rolling out 20 shops in its home area featuring products from such designers as Michael Graves and Jonathan Adler. Martha Stewart mini-shops were expected to anchor the home area.But those plans are in limbo. Penney had ordered goods like towels and cookware from Martha Stewart Living and were planning to name the goods JCP Everyday, to sidestep a conflict. But Macy’s is trying to stop the retailer from selling goods covered by Macy’s exclusive category even if they don’t carry the Martha Stewart moniker.And to make things more complicated for Penney, Macy’s attorneys argued Monday in court that they want to stop Penney from selling plastic tableware like glasses and pitchers that were just starting to be sold on Penney’s website.Penney planned to sell those items from a mini-shop called Martha Celebrations featuring stationery and other paper products. Such products are not part of Macy’s exclusive contract.But Theodore M. Grossman, an attorney representing Macy’s, told New York State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Oing that the stemware and other tabletop items, even though they’re plastic, sill violate the contract because they compete with the Martha Stewart items that Macy’s sells.“The basic shapes and designs are the same,” Grossman said.Penney’s attorneys said they needed time to talk to Penney since they were just informed by Macy’s attorneys over the weekend.Penney is aiming at what it believes is a loophole in the agreement between Macy’s and Martha Stewart. It’s a provision that allows Martha Stewart to sell goods in such categories like bedding in Martha Stewart Living’s own stores. Penney and Martha Stewart have argued that since the Macy’s contract does not specify that the stores have to be stand-alone, the mini-shops within Penney aren’t barred by the exclusivity agreement.John Tighe, who had been head of Penney’s home area and was a key player in working with Martha Stewart Living to develop the contract, testified Monday that he looked over Macy’s agreement and was confident that Penney could go ahead. Tighe, who now heads up the chain’s men’s area, had met Martha Stewart numerous times to get a sense of what she envisioned for the store.
Nota Klentrou says she has worked and waited for two decades to get the world to realize what she already knew: that Brock University’s Kinesiology and Sport Management departments are among the best in the world.“The research being produced by Brock’s Kinesiology and Sport Management departments is outstanding,” says Klentrou, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.Brock ranked among the top 151-200 of ShanghaiRanking’s first-ever Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2016.“This is a world-class achievement for the departments of Kinesiology and Sport Management at Brock and it reinforces the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences’ strength in research and our standing in the international academic community,” says Klentrou.ShanghaiRanking combined the research output of the 28 Kinesiology and 11 Sport Management faculty members who published in exercise and sport science journals from 2011-2015 to determine Brock’s impact factor across the subject area.The ranking used several indicators of research performance including total number of publications and citations to determine output, as well as citations per paper and number of papers published in top sport science journals to determine quality.“This is indeed a significant achievement to be celebrated,” says Peter Tiidus, Dean, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. “We are ranked higher than many larger universities with celebrated kinesiology departments.”ShanghaiRanking is the reputable publisher of the Academic Ranking of World Universities by academic subjects and this is the first time they have attempted to rank a group of institutions and units with this subject focus.“There are a significant number of institutions that do academic rankings,” says Tiidus. “Due to challenges collecting and ranking data from multi-disciplinary universities, this is the first time we’ve seen an international ranking with a sport science focus.”In total, 361 universities with around 400 sport- or exercise-related units such as faculties and departments were selected and ranked. The top 300 are published on the ShanghaiRanking’s website.In Canada, Brock University’s Department of Kinesiology is one of 48 kinesiology-related programs while Brock’s Department of Sport Management is the only such stand-alone department in Canada.“This ranking emphasizes the great work that is going on in our department and the success of our outstanding faculty members,” says Department of Kinesiology Chair, Brian Roy. “Our success is also the result of our undergraduate and graduate students being involved in our research programs.”“Due to the immense success of our undergraduate program in sport management, research contributions can be overlooked,” says Department of Sport Management Chair Lisa Kikilus. “It’s very rewarding to see our faculty members recognized internationally for their cutting edge research, which helps to bring current issues into the classroom and inform the future practice of our graduates.”
Brazilian dance lessons, a Chinese tea workshop, paper crane-making and curling are among the many internationally-themed events Brock is hosting next week.The activities are planned for International Education Week, an annual event celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world during the third week of November.Brock International Services will host events and activities from Monday, Nov. 12 to Friday, Nov. 16 to highlight the role internationalization plays in Canada’s culture, and economic and social well-being. The celebratory week is also an opportunity to showcase Brock’s diverse and globally-minded community with more than 100 countries represented on campus.The celebration kicks off early with the home opener for the Brock men’s and women’s volleyball teams on Friday, Nov. 9. Featuring a diverse group of student-athletes, the women’s team, including Hannah Davenhill from New Zealand, starts at 6 p.m. followed by the men’s team at 8 p.m., including captain Marcelo Correa and Felipe Costa from Brazil, and Peter Schnabel from Germany. A limited supply of free tickets is available by joining an organized walk to the Bob Davis Gym that departs from the International Centre at 5:30 p.m.The packed lineup continues Monday, Nov. 12 with a traditional Chinese tea workshop hosted by the Confucius Institute at the International Centre (GLB-207) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about and taste various teas that are part of Chinese culture. The workshop is led by Edward Qu, a known Chinese tea sommelier and tea reviewing specialist with 11 years of experience travelling the world.On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Monica Ceron, a visiting scholar from Mexico working in Brock’s Department of Sociology, will discuss the importance of international experience as a researcher. Ceron has a doctorate in Latin American Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and more than 10 years of experience as a researcher and consultant in the field of migration, security, gender and public policies. She will speak at the International Centre (GLB-207) from 5 to 6 p.m. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Marcia Arajuo, an art educator from Brazil and visiting professor, will teach Brazilian circular dances in the International Centre Global Commons (GLB-104) from 5 to 7 p.m. The dances are inspired by the popular rhythms of Brazil, such as samba, ciranda and bossa nova. The moves are fun, easy to learn and do not require a high degree of fitness. All are welcome to attend, and encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and shoes to participate.On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Brock community is invited to learn more about Ecuador from visiting scholar Karla Gavilanez from 1 to 2 p.m. in the International Centre Global Commons (GLB-104). Originally from Riobamba, Ecuador, Gavilanez is a PhD candidate from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in China.Following the information session, Gavilanez will be one of dozens of visiting professors, and scholars honoured at the Global Scholars Reception in Pond Inlet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Hosted by the Global Scholars Office, a department within Brock International Services, the event officially welcomes and recognizes visiting international professors as well as scholars and participants of the University Mentorship (UM) program each semester.On Friday, Nov. 16, the entire Brock community is invited to experience a classic Canadian pastime with a curling session at the St. Catharines Curling Club. Starting at 1:30 p.m., the event is free but spaces are limited. To register, email Chris Illich, Brock International Community Engagement Co-ordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.Throughout the week, faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to participate in the 1,000 Paper Crane Project, learning to create the traditional Japanese origami designs. A station will be set up in the Thistle corridor Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and in South Block on Wednesday. Each day the initiative will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.The cranes will be installed in the International Centre once completed. The project is said to symbolize good luck, longevity and a wish for community connection and acceptance. All International Education Week events are free with no registration required, with the exception of curling. For a full list of events and activities, visit Brock International’s ExperienceBU page.
He said: “I also now know that numerous 999 calls were made about me throughout the night, but it was not until the final call, when Christopher handed his friend’s phone over to a fire marshal, that firefighters were sent to finally rescue me.”I do not understand why this information was not communicated to the firefighters earlier, but I will be eternally grateful to the two firefighters who no doubt saved my life.” “Thank god [he came down],” said Mrs Alves. “But he said to me even if I had told him to stay inside he would have come down.” In contrast to last week, when residents audibly sighed and expressed indignation as London Fire Brigade chief Dany Cotton said she “wouldn’t change anything we did on the night”, survivors watched in intent silence on Wednesday.In the morning, they heard Mr Roncolato recount calmly how he had waited five hours for firefighters to rescue him, during which time he ate a bowl of porridge, kept his flat ventilated and phoned his boss to say he wouldn’t be able to come to work.One of the last survivors to be rescued from the blaze, Mr Roncolato said he imposed a “stay put” policy on himself after seeing that the 10th floor corridor outside his flat had filled with thick, black smoke that could have suffocated him.“It was really intense and a killer to me,” he said. “You cannot go out there, you cannot see, you cannot breathe, you maybe lose your bearings, lose your senses. It was really scary.”A phone call from his son, Christopher, at 1:40am had alerted a sleeping Mr Roncolato to the fire. “Christopher was crying,” recalled Mr Roncolato. “He said, ‘Get out of the house, the tower’s burning. I love you, Pappy.’”In a second call from his son and a fire officer, Mr Roncolato was told “someone will come and get [you]”. Mr Roncalto said he packed a bag with some documents and his laptop, put his coat on and waited. The picture Christopher Roncolato sent his father, who was unaware of the scale of the blaze Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A Grenfell Tower survivor has told the inquiry into the tragedy “people’s lives could have been saved”.Fatima Alves’s testimony came after another resident, Antonio Roncolado, who was trapped in his 10th floor flat during the fire, told of how “numerous” 999 calls were made about his position but he was only rescued after he rang his son who passed the phone to an officer on the ground.Mrs Alves and Mr Roncolado are the first of dozens survivors of the fire due to give evidence over the next month, returning the focus of the hearing to residents and those who lost family and friends after months of testimony from experts and fire fighters.Asked at the end of her evidence if she had any final words for chairman, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, Mrs Alves said, “The people’s lives could have been saved if they were evacuated.” Ms Alves and her husband arrived home at 1am on June 14 2017 and noticed smoke on the fourth floor. She left the building while her husband, Miguel, went to their 13th floor flat to evacuate their children.Unaware that firefighters had advised residents to “stay put”, Mr Alves woke his family, friends and neighbours, all of whom managed to flee the building. Even though his son told firefighters that he was in flat 72 and numerous calls were made to 999 about his position, Mr Roncolato wasn’t rescued until 6am. In that time, he saw flames crawl up his son’s bedroom window; cleared burning debris that had flown in through an open window; and watched smoke pour in, filling rooms.“I managed to get rid of the smoke by putting wet towels and bed sheets around all the window ledges and by opening the windows in the kitchen and bedroom,” said Mr Roncolato. “Getting rid of the smoke kept me busy for a while.”At 5.46am, he called his son and told him he needed to speak to someone in charge, and was passed to a fire marshal, who told him firefighters were coming to get him and to “be ready”. Minutes later, Mr Roncolato heard a knock at his door and two firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the flat.
Diversified mining services company Ausdrill Ltd has received a letter of intent for a new three-yearcontract with Process Minerals International Pty Ltd (PMI), a subsidiary of Mineral Resources Ltd,at its Wodgina lithium mine, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.Final award is subject to finalisation of contract terms and conditions and the execution of the contract. The contract is expected to generate revenue of approximately A$180 million over the three-year term. Ausdrill will provide drill and blast services at the Wodgina project, using 29 drill rigs and 150 personnel on site.Ausdrill’s Managing Director, Ron Sayers, said: “We are very pleased to have successfully negotiated this new contract and look forward to working closely with the PMI team in building a successful partnership.”
Updated at 13.45THE GAA SAY they would consider limiting the use of the Irish national anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann, and the Irish flag, as part of potential new agreements in the wake of Brexit.Speaking to reporters in Dubai as part of the GAA/GPA Football All Stars tour, the association’s president Aogán Ó Fearghail suggested any new deal in light of Brexit would likely have a significant impact on the association and the traditions they employ.When asked whether the GAA should contemplate relaxing the practicing of these traditions in countries outside of Ireland, he said:“It would be time to look at it in our own island too in terms of an agreed Ireland, which everyone in the GAA and everyone in Ireland looks at.“You certainly can’t look at these issues in advance agreement, that’s for sure. The flag and anthem means a lot to the GAA and will continue to do so… In the future if there are agreements in place for the whole island, of course the GAA would be inclusive in that.There could be further agreements politically at home. There is a massively changing world at home. The Brexit is going to affect the GAA the same as it’s going to affect everyone else and it does cause concerns.“There might well be political realignments on the island of Ireland and if there are that, the GAA, just as it did when Nickey Brennan was president at the time and before him Sean McCague, they welcomed the Anglo-Irish agreement. Every successive president has done that. I’ve done that.But in the future if there are new agreements and new arrangements we’d be open-minded about things like flags and anthems but not in advance of agreements.”Additional reporting by Fintan O’TooleThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 9:26 AM Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail (file pic). Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO 26,200 Views 104 Comments Nov 29th 2016, 9:26 AM GAA could limit future use of Irish flag and anthem “The Brexit is going to affect the GAA the same as it’s going to affect everyone else,” president Aogán Ó Fearghail said. GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail (file pic). Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Paul Fennessy Playing up front with Shefflin in soccer, sleepless nights and Cody’s future>The GAA are hoping to step in to try to solve Galway’s Leinster hurling problems> Follow us: the42.ie http://the42.ie/3108381 Share176 Tweet Email
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ effort to overhaul opposition SYRIZA party’s lead before the elections in less than three weeks is running out of steam, polls show. SYRIZA is on course to get 31.6 per cent of votes in the January 25 ballot, compared with 28.6 per cent for the premier’s New Democracy, according to a poll by Alco, an Athens-based polling company, for To Pontiki newspaper on Thursday. That represents a narrowing of SYRIZA’s lead from 3.3 percentage points in the last survey, published December 27, and both parties have gained at the expense of smaller rivals, with third-placed Potami now at 4.2 per cent.SYRIZA’s lead over New Democracy “has narrowed slightly”, Costas Panagopoulos, Alco’s CEO, said in a phone interview. “But it’s a solid lead which won’t be overturned easily.”Samaras faces an uphill task to be re-elected in this month’s snap ballot, after failing to get a three-fifths majority of lawmakers in the country’s 300-seat Parliament to back his pick to fill the country’s ceremonial presidency. Greeks worn down by years of austerity are turning to SYRIZA, which says it wants to roll back budget cuts and write down some of Greece’s debt.The Alco poll was one of three published since late Wednesday, each showing SYRIZA with a lead of at least three points. A GPO survey for Mega Channel put SYRIZA, led by Alexis Tsipras, at 28.5 per cent and New Democracy at 25.3 per cent, while a Pulse poll for Action24 website had SYRIZA at 29 per cent and New Democracy at 25.5 per cent.All three polls showed the Movement of Democratic Socialists, founded by former prime minister George Papandreou on January 3 after he broke from PASOK, the party founded by his father Andreas, failing to get into parliament. Alco put his support at 2.5 per cent, less than the 3 per cent minimum threshold, compared with 3.6 per cent for PASOK.“It seems that it’s a party which is going to get 1 to 3 per cent,” Nikos Marantzidis, a pollster and professor of political science at the University of Macedonia in the northern city of Thessaloniki, said last week, before Papandreou’s announcement. “For symbolic, historical, organisational or other reasons, it may get more votes than expected, maybe 3 to 5 per cent. In that case, it will surely get voters from SYRIZA. If it gets less than 3 per cent, only PASOK will be damaged.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Photo: Gage SkidmoreSomething for the weekend: A high salary can often act as an incentive to attract candidates to unusual job roles they may not have previously considered. Boutique corporate hospitality organisation Team Tactics has decided to use a stand-out salary as the main motivator in its most recent job advertisement, offering to pay £50,000 pro rata for a Donald Trump lookalike.The organisation, which provides team building events for businesses, is searching for a realistic Donald Trump lookalike to feature in its The Apprentice-themed treasure hunt events. The US version of the television show was fronted by the businessman before his foray into politics.The successful candidate will be required to remain in character for eight-hour shifts, working 40-hour weeks, Monday to Friday. The Trump lookalike will be subject to weekly spray tans and daily hair stylist appointments in order to resemble the current US president. They will then lead contestants around London as they take on business-based challenges, and help teams when needed. The chosen lookalike will also be required to take part in promotional voiceovers and videos to be used alongside the events.Team Tactics is offering the £50,000 pro-rata salary after encountering difficulties recruiting for the role. The organisation will also cover beauty and travel expenses, which will help to combat the costs associated with maintaining a Trump-like personal appearance. The successful candidate will be entitled to 28 days’ holiday, enabling them to take some downtime as themselves. The chosen lookalike will also be able to access other Team Tactic events for free as an additional employee perk.Tina Benson, managing director at Team Tactics, said: “The Apprentice treasure hunt has been very popular since its launch, but now we want to give visitors an even more immersive experience. Donald Trump was an iconic part of The Apprentice in America and we’re sure his character will be an excellent addition to the event. Whether it’s a lack of people willing to work as a lookalike or that there are a lack of people that do indeed look like him, we don’t know, but we’re willing to pay a great rate to finally be able to tell a lookalike ‘you’re hired’.”Here at Employee Benefits, we would certainly be tempted by such a generous salary, and although daily hair styling and weekly spray tans do not sound too strenuous, we think we may struggle with the requirement of having a striking resemblance to the current US President…
NASSCOM has hinted at a gloomy outlook on hiring for the current fiscal since the IT majors show a shift towards automation.”Hiring activity in the year before last was 2.20 lakh (new jobs were created in IT sector). Last year, (FY 2015-16) there were about two lakh additions. This financial year, we are expecting it to be on the lower side of that,” R. Chandrashekhar, president, NASSCOM, told PTI.While he refused to put a number to hiring figures for the fiscal, Chandrashekhar explained that recruitment is gradually slowing down as IT companies are focusing on revamping internal process, bettering productivity of existing employees and automation.Meanwhile, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys deviated from the hiring trend revealed by NASSCOM during the April-June 2016 quarter. TCS reported a net addition of 8,236 employees for the quarter as the total attrition rate fell for the third consecutive quarter to 13.6 percent. The company also had the highest headcount of 3.6 lakh employees at the end of June 30, 2016 quarter.Infosys net addition stood at 3,006 for the June 30, 2016 quarter, up 78 percent over the previous quarter, while the company had 1.96 lakh employees. However, the IT major also saw a jump in attrition to 21 percent during the last quarter.NASSCOM had earlier predicted about 15-20 percent layoffs due to automation. It also noted the need to re-skill 60-70 percent of the workforce in the IT sector because of a shift towards digital technology. The summit named TCS, Cognizant Technologies Solutions India, Infosys, Wipro and HCL Technologies among the top 5 employers in the IT sector.
Share Manuel Balce Ceneta/APDemonstrators rally in Washington, D.C., last fall against the Trump administration’s travel ban, which is to be argued before the Supreme Court WednesdayThe Trump administration’s travel ban finally reaches the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, posing enormous questions involving the structure of the American government and the values of the country.At issue is the third version of the ban, which President Trump has complained is a “watered-down” version. The court allowed it to go into effect while the case was litigated, but the lower courts have ruled that all three versions either violate federal law or are unconstitutional.Like the earlier two bans, Version 3.0 bars almost all travelers from six mainly Muslim countries, and it adds a ban on travelers from North Korea and government officials from Venezuela.The questions in the case are the stuff of history:Can the courts even review a presidential order on immigration that invokes national security?Did the president violate the immigration law’s command against discrimination based on nationality?And does the executive order violate the Constitution’s ban on religious discrimination?The travel ban argument will be the last of the term. And the importance of the argument is not lost on the court. For the first time since the same-sex-marriage arguments in 2015, the court is allowing same-day distribution of the session’s audio. Nonetheless, people started lining up at 7 a.m. Sunday in hopes of snagging a seat Wednesday.The court itself will be under extreme pressure. There are only about two months left in the term and an unusually large number of cases yet to be decided.Moreover, one of the justices is playing hurt. Justice Sonia Sotomayor is continuing to work despite extreme pain from a broken shoulder. She is expected to undergo shoulder-replacement surgery some time next week, after all arguments for the term are completed.Can the court consider Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric?At Wednesday’s argument, those challenging the ban are being represented by lawyer Neal Katyal, who has argued landmark cases in the Supreme Court both for and against executive power in the context of national security.“It’s unconstitutional. It’s unnecessary. And most of all, it’s un-American,” he maintained.But before he can make that case, he will have to deal with the government’s first argument — that foreign nationals outside the U.S. have no constitutional rights and no right to litigate in U.S. courts and that the courts have no power to review the president’s ban.The Supreme Court has said on many occasions that when it comes to national security, the executive need only come up with “a facially legitimate, bona fide reason to keep certain people out of our country,” said John Malcolm, vice president of the Institute for Constitutional Government at the conservative Heritage Foundation.In short, the government argues that as long as it gives reasons for the ban, the courts are not to look beyond those reasons to see whether there is evidence to justify them.“The president gets daily classified briefings,” Malcolm said. “Judges do not.”But those challenging the ban note that the Constitution gives exclusive power over immigration to Congress and that in 1965, Congress banned discrimination in immigration based on nationality.The government contends that the president’s order does not discriminate on the basis of either nationality or religion.But that argument runs up against repeated statements and tweets Trump made during his presidential campaign.At a 2015 rally, for example, Trump declared, “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”Once Trump became president, however, he stopped using such categorical language, while at the same time linking the travel ban to his campaign statements. In February of last year, for instance, he castigated a federal judge for blocking the first version of the travel ban. Declaring that he would not back down, the president said, “I keep my campaign promises.”“The president has his intemperate moments,” acknowledged the Heritage Foundation’s Malcolm. “But he has said what we are targeting are not Muslims, but jihadists.”There are, in fact, 51 majority-Muslim countries, and the government maintains that the travel ban is targeting only those that are points of vulnerability, either because they lack the ability to verify the identity and background of those seeking to enter the U.S. or because they have not cooperated with the U.S. government or are “safe havens of terrorism.”“Does the president use the kind of language that plays well in a courtroom? No, I don’t think so,” Malcolm conceded. “But it is the president and not the judiciary that is given primary responsibility for protecting our homeland.”Gen. Michael Hayden: “It actually made us less safe”Making the contrary argument, however, are not just those directly challenging the travel ban, but also an astonishing array of former national security experts who have served in Republican and Democratic administrations alike as well as more than two dozen retired top generals and admirals.In several friend-of-the-court briefs, they argue that the travel ban not only violates American law but also has harmed national security.“It actually made us less safe,” said Gen. Michael Hayden, who served as director of the National Security Agency from 1999 to 2005 and then CIA director from 2006 to 2009.In an interview with NPR, Hayden said that since the travel ban went into effect, he has gotten calls from CIA officers still in government. They tell him the ban is making it far more difficult to recruit “assets” and spies, making it much harder to get information in the targeted countries — locations that are essential to the fight against ISIS and radical Islam.“Just think of the impact of a pronouncement from the American government,” Hayden said — you are trying to recruit people to help the country, telling them the U.S. government will protect them, but that they won’t be allowed to come to the United States.By doing that, the former CIA director said, “You have taken off the board the last sanctuary that the case officer uses to help recruit someone.”The national security experts who have filed briefs in the case opposing the travel ban note that no individual from any of the banned countries has committed a terrorist act on U.S. soil in the last 40 years.Hayden added that the U.S. has often had more trouble with Belgium in reporting on jihadis seeking entry to the U.S. than it has had from any of the countries in the ban.Joining Hayden in signing a series of briefs opposing the travel ban are more than 55 former CIA and deputy CIA directors, counterterrorism chiefs, top diplomats with long records in the Middle East, secretaries of state and even the Republican chairman of the 9/11 Commission.They support the challengers’ argument that the president has exceeded his authority in enacting the ban.This wolf “comes as a wolf”Expanding on that theme, lawyer Katyal maintained that immigration is exclusively the business of Congress under the Constitution.Echoing themes in his brief, he said, “Our founders put Congress in the driver’s seat, the exclusive driver’s seat in Article I of our Constitution, for a reason.”They were angry about King George III abusing his immigration powers, Katyal said, and they concluded, “These decisions are too important to be left to the decision-making of one man.”But in its brief, the Trump administration counters that Congress has, by statute, given up some of that power.“Congress has explicitly, by statute, given the president the authority to exclude any aliens or class of aliens when he believes that not doing so would be detrimental to the interest of the United States,” Malcolm said.Katyal argued that no provision of the Immigration and Naturalization Act gives the president the power to override the immigration act’s ban on discrimination based on nationality. His brief quotes the late Justice Antonin Scalia in addressing which branch of government can do what.In a 1988 dissent, Scalia wrote that threats to the Constitution’s separation of powers usually come disguised in sheep’s clothing. But this wolf, said the justice, “comes as a wolf.”And so it is in this case, too, Katyal said. When you read Trump’s executive order and his statements about it, he said, it’s clear what they are: “They are wolves coming as wolves.”A decision in the travel ban case is expected in late June.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
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Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville senior centerback Gabrielle Vincent, sophomores Emina Ekic and Gabby Kouzelos and freshman Maisie Whitsett were named to the 2018 All-ACC Academic Women’s Soccer Team on Thursday afternoon. A two-time All-ACC Academic Team selection, Ekic earned second team All-American honors by the United Soccer Coaches Association this season. She was also named a first team all-region selection after an impressive sophomore campaign. Following the regular season, she earned first team All-ACC honors. Coming off an injury from last season, she was outstanding in ACC play this season. Ekic, the 2017 ACC Freshman of the Year, finished the regular season with seven goals and five assists for 19 points. An exercise science major, Ekic was also a Red and Black Scholar and selected to the ACC Honor Roll. Vincent was a second team all-region selection by the United Soccer Coaches Association. The senior was a starting centerback for the Cardinals all four seasons. She helped guide Louisville to seven shutouts this season, while dishing out one assist. Vincent also served as team captain the last two seasons and helped guide the Cardinals to their best ACC finish and an NCAA Tournament appearance in her final season. She is majoring in computer information systems and was named to the ACC Honor Roll her freshman year.Kouzelos, a redshirt sophomore, led the Cardinals in goal this season, starting all 19 matches. She finished the season with seven shutouts and a 12-7-0 record. For the year, Kouzelos finished with a 1.06 goals against average and collected 38 saves. The exercise science major is also a Red and Black Scholar. She was also on the AD Honor Roll and named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll as well. Whitsett had a breakthrough rookie year, finishing the season as the Cardinals’ second leading scorer. The biology major was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Freshman Best XI teams. She played in every match for the Cardinals and finished with 20 points. She led the team with nine goals and also dished out two assists. She was also second on the team with three game-winning goals. Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the team.Print Friendly Version
More information: Wei Wang et al. “Modular assembly of soft deployable structures and robots.” Materials Horizons. DOI: 10.1039/C6MH00550K The DeployBot can also walk with an ambulating gait, similar to the way a four-legged animal walks. However, this gait requires the robot to support its entire weight on only two legs, and the robot’s legs do not have enough lifting force to do this—at least, not on land. But by placing the robot under water, on the sandy surface of a water tank, the researchers took advantage of Archimedes’ principle which reduces the force required to lift the robot. Currently the robot moves very slowly, at a speed of a little over 2 meters per hour. The robot can also turn, but again at a slow rate, requiring 21 strides to turn 90 degrees. Although the robot is not fast, it could still serve as a useful tool for applications where speed is not important.Going forward, the researchers expect that the techniques used here could also be used to make modules of different shapes, leading to a wider variety of robot designs and functions. The researchers also noted that different methods of moving the robot besides an applied current could be investigated—for example, using pneumatic actuation, magnetic fields, or optical forces. They also suggest that the same approach used here could be used to fabricate microscale and nanoscale structures, which would open up a new range of applications. The researchers expect that the robot’s ability to be easily deployed, along with its low mass, low cost, load-bearing ability, compact size, and ability to be reconfigured into different forms may make it useful for applications such as space missions, seabed exploration, and household objects.The scientists, Wei Wang et al., at Seoul National University and Sungkyunkwan University, have published a paper on the new robot and other types of deployable structures that can be built using the same method in a recent issue of Materials Horizons.”The main advantage of this modular robot is robustness in various environments due to lack of mechanical systems such as motors and gears,” coauthor Sung-Hoon Ahn at Seoul National University told Phys.org. “Thus, problems facing motor-based robots, such as sealing and lubrication of mechanical systems in water or space environments, are not a problem for the smart actuator.”The robot, which the researchers call DeployBot, is assembled from eight modules: four for the body and one for each of the four legs. In their folded state, the modules lie flat, and after they are deployed they pop up into roughly a square shape. The modules are made of both rigid and flexible materials and contain embedded magnets that connect and lock multiple modules together. A shape memory alloy wire running through the square frame of each module is responsible for deploying and folding the modules, which takes several seconds but can be done repeatedly. Explore further 3-D-printed, soft, four legged robot can walk on sand and stone PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Video of a DeployBot being assembled, deployed, and walking. Credit: Wang et al. ©2017 Royal Society of Chemistry The researchers demonstrated that the DeployBot can walk with two different gaits. The first is an undulating gait, which is similar to the way an inchworm creeps across a surface. To do this, a four-step sequence of current is applied to generate an actuation wave through the robot’s body, from front to back. The imbalance in frictional contact with the ground between the front and back legs causes the robot to pull up its back legs while holding its front legs in place, resulting in forward motion. © 2017 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—Researchers have built the first robot made of soft, deployable materials that is capable of moving itself without the use of motors or any additional mechanical components. The robot “walks” when an electric current is applied to shape-memory alloy wires embedded in its frame: the current heats the wires, causing the robot’s flexible segments to contract and bend. Sequentially controlling the current to various segments in different ways results in different walking gaits. Citation: Researchers build first deployable, walking, soft robot (2017, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-deployable-soft-robot.html Illustration of DeployBots deploying themselves on a planet for space exploration. Credit: Wang et al. ©2017 Royal Society of Chemistry
Darryl F. Zanuck, the founder of 20th Century Fox, had some of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses under contract — among them, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe. But the woman that the mogul would describe as “the most beautiful in movie history” was Gene Tierney.This wasn’t the usual Hollywood hyperbole: the green-eyed beauty, with the impossibly chiseled cheekbones, was breathtaking.Promotional photograph of actress Gene Tierney, early 1940s.Tierney had the talent to go with that gorgeous face, and was a top box office draw during the 1940s, starring in such films as Leave Her to Heaven, The Razor’s Edge, Laura, and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.Gene Tierney in the Laura trailerTierney’s off-screen life rivaled any of her film roles when it came to sheer drama. Indeed, a chance meeting with a total stranger would set off a catastrophic chain of events with far-reaching consequences.Pin-up photo in World War II magazine Brief.Tierney, married to legendary designer Oleg Cassini, contracted rubella during a World War II USO appearance at the Hollywood Canteen, allegedly because a female marine with the illness snuck out of quarantine to meet her favorite star.Gene Tierney in Yank Army WeeklyAs a result, in October 1943, Tierney would give birth prematurely to a daughter, Daria. The rubella caused congenital damage, leaving the baby, who weighed just over three pounds at birth, partially blind, deaf, and mentally disabled.Oleg Cassini, 1962.Reportedly, Tierney would learn what led to her child’s devastating illness years later when she and the fan crossed paths again, with the young woman reminding her idol about their previous meeting — confessing that she had been sick when they met.Gene Tierney in the Ghost and Mrs. Muir trailerSound familiar? If you’re an Agatha Christie fan, it just might. The tragic tale was the inspiration for the mystery writer’s 1962 book The Mirror Crack’d, adapted for the big screen in 1980, with Elizabeth Taylor playing the role based on Tierney’s life.Agatha Christie’s novel The Mirror Crack’d was based on Tierney’s real-life tragedy.The ending of the Christie novel would offer a different ending. (Upon learning the ugly truth, Taylor’s horrified character — like Tierney, an actress — slips poison into the fan’s cocktail.) But the real-life story is no less dramatic…or devastating.The tragedy would haunt Gene Tierney for the remainder of her life. She and Cassini separated in 1946; however they reconciled before the divorce was due to finalize in 1948 and had a second daughter, Tina. In time, Tierney started having trouble concentrating, which impacted her acting career.Gene Tierney, Yank magazine pin-up.Tierney was slated to star in the romantic adventure Mogambo, opposite Clark Gable, but left the production and was replaced by Grace Kelly.Two years later, starring opposite Humphrey Bogart in The Left Hand of God, Tierney would fall ill once again.Humphrey Bogart supported his co-star during the filming of The Left Hand of God and encouraged her to seek professional help.Her leading man showed his soft side, feeding her lines to help her get through the production. One possible reason for Bogie’s empathy: One of his younger sisters also grappled with mental illness.Tierney began seeing a psychiatrist and entered the Harkness Pavilion in New York, and later, the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut. She would undergo twenty-seven electroshock treatments, in an effort to treat her severe depression. (Years later, Tierney would speak out against shock treatment therapy, saying it had erased portions of her memory.)Tierney later returned to acting, with smaller roles in movies and television. Her last feature film was 1964’s The Pleasure Seekers, a bit of comedic froth, and her final appearance was in the 1980 miniseries Scruples, based on the Judith Krantz potboiler. Tierney died of emphysema in Houston, in 1991, shortly before her 71st birthday.Read another story from us: The mysterious disappearance of Agatha Christie for 11 daysBoth of her daughters, Daria and Christina, passed away at age 66. Tierney’s friend Howard Hughes, it’s said, paid for Daria’s medical expenses till the day she died — a kind gesture that would never be forgotten by the actress.
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