Brookfield Infrastructure posts 125million profit amid investment spree

first_imgTORONTO – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.’s recent spending spree helped the company land a $125 million net profit in its second quarter.The owner and operator of energy, freight and data networks, which reports earnings in U.S. dollars, said Thursday that the profit was a sharp increase from the $5 million it made the year before and was largely fuelled by recent investments.Days before, it had announced it will acquire home heating and cooling company Enercare Inc. for $4.3 billion and in early July, it said it scooped up Enbridge’s Western Canadian natural gas gathering and processing business for $3.3 billion.On Thursday, executives from the company seemed optimistic that both investments would prove increasingly valuable for Brookfield because they said that Enbridge had not exploited all of the opportunities Brookfield intends to, particularly in the liquids industry.“(The Enbridge deal) is an ideal platform to establish our midstream presence in Canada as it is competitively positioned for growth given the highly economic acreage throughout the Montney region (of British Columbia and Alberta),” said Sam Pollock, CEO of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners.“We believe the region’s massive scale and low breakeven cost will ensure that it continues to be a focal point for development by top-tier producers with over 40 years of anticipated economic drilling inventory at current price levels.”Pollock and other executives on the company’s earning call said they see the biggest opportunities for the company coming from its fibre and data operations. It recently signed an agreement to acquire Texas-based AT&T’s large-scale data centre business for $1.1 billion, growing its asset portfolio to include centres on five continents, 11 countries and 26 metropolitan markets with the vast majority located in the U.S.Roberto Marcogliese, Brookfield’s deputy chief investment officer for infrastructure, trumpeted the deal, saying he expects the data field to experience strong growth and the acquisition to place the company in an ideal position to capture some of that growth with minimal capital investments.“We have been evaluating the data centre sector for some time now and we believe we have a scalable business and an attractive portfolio,” he said.Earlier in the call, Brookfield said a loss of income from the sale of assets and the time it has taken the company to redeploy money into new investments has resulted in a slight decline in funds from operations, which fell to $294 million from $295 million the quarter before.The company also revealed its revenues also took a tumble, decreasing to $1.04 billion from $2.06 billion.On an adjusted basis, Brookfield earned 21 cents per share in the most recent quarter, beating analyst expectations for 12 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.(Companies in this story: TSX:BIP)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misattributed comments by Sam Pollock.last_img read more

Morocco takes part in 2014 United Nations Public Service Forum in

Rabat – Minister-delegate for public service and administration modernization, Mohamed Moubdi will takes part in the 2014 United Nations Public Service Forum held on June 23-26 in Seoul, South Korea.Organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations, in partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), under the theme “Innovating Governance for Sustainable Development and Well-being of the People,” this international forum brings together over a thousand participants, including UN officials, ministers, representatives of the Korean government and representatives of civil society, the private sector and regional organizations and international experts, said a statement of the ministry.In addition to this forum, Moubdi will receive on Thursday, June 26, 2014, United Nations Public Service Award, given to the Kingdom of Morocco in the category of the promotion of equality in public service, in recognition of the efforts of ministry of economy and finance of Morocco in the field of the integration of the gender perspective in the process of preparation and execution of the budget through the implementation of the process of gender budgeting. The United Nations Public Award service is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards creativity and the contributions of public institutions around the world to the development of a more effective and responsive public service.The United Nations Public Service Forum seeks to provide a platform to explore, discuss and learn about the major challenges and issues governments are facing at present and future, innovative practices to address these challenges, and capacity development strategies. read more

Algerians Boycott Cars Made in Algeria

Rabat –#LetTheirVehiclesRust, #Manechriche (I will not buy), #Boycottez: these are some of the hashtags that have been circulating on social media since Algeria’s Ministry of Industry and Mines recently released the factory exit prices of vehicles assembled in Algeria, which have been deemed too expensive compared to imported cars. To reduce its imports bills, Algeria has set up in-country car assembly plants since 2012,  paving the way for foreign investments through automotive giants such as Volkswagen and Renault. And yet, Algeria currently finds itself in a dire financial crisis caused by the state collapse in oil prices and the emptying of its foreign exchange reserves. Three years after the opening of car assembly plants, vehicle prices skyrocketed in the North African state, as imports of auto parts continued to rise. In some cases, locally produced vehicles have increased in price from 50-90 percent higher than those of imported cars. According to ministry data, the factory exit price of Dacia Logan (Renault) in Russia was valued at  610,000 dinars, with an estimated selling price of 710,000 dinars. Meanwhile, its imported counterpart in Algeria, is estimated at DZD 1.14 million. The price of Hyundai i10 made in Algeria is roughly EUR 2,000 more expensive than the price of the same small car in France.The publication stirred a general uproar among Algerians, who quickly took to their accounts on social media, calling for a boycott of vehicles “made in Algeria.” They denounced a “disguised import,” and lambasted car dealers over their high-profit margin. Algeria’s Minister of Industry and Mines Youcef Yousfi said during a press conference held on March 17, that “car dealers now know they can no longer set prices as they see fit,” adding that the Algerian state “will keep an eye on the prices of vehicles mounted locally.”“We have asked all the local manufacturers to give us the prices–these prices will be displayed, and the State will ensure that the prices of locally produced vehicles are not higher than those imported,” the minister said. He added that at the same time, it is not the government’s responsibility to set prices for locally manufactured vehicles. However, they must not exceed the applied tariffs to imported vehicles.In response to the Algerian car industry’s proven inefficiency, several Algerian officials, such as the former Minister of Industry Mahdjoub Bedda, previously promised to “put an end to the current [assembly-based] production model.” read more

As Afghan interim authority prepares to take power UN stands ready to

“We will be there with them on 22 December to give them whatever assistance we can, and we are going to take them on their word and work with them in good faith to implement the agreement that they willingly signed in Bonn,” Mr. Annan said during the question-and-answer portion of his annual year-end press conference at UN Headquarters in New York. The agreement reached in Bonn and signed earlier this month by the Afghans was a good one, the Secretary-General stressed, adding that the UN would try to get the leaders to serve the interests of the country.”Obviously when you start an operation like the one the UN is about to undertake in Afghanistan – a country that has been at war for over two decades – you do worry about getting people to forget their bad habits and come together and work in the interest of their country and their people,” he said.Mr. Annan pointed out that his Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, went to Kabul after the negotiations and talked to quite a few of the key leaders who were not in Bonn. He added that while they expressed some disagreement or reservations about the accord, those leaders confirmed to Mr. Brahimi that they were in favour of the agreement. The Secretary-General also underscored the need for the country’s neighbours to use their influence to work with the UN towards establishing a stable Afghanistan, which was in their best interests. Furthermore, effective security arrangements were also needed to create the right environment for the new government to work and the UN to continue its assistance to the interim body as well as its relief efforts. read more

At UN Rwandan President urges going beyond business as usual in fight

World leaders must take an honest look at the universally accepted anti-poverty goals and commit to a new global partnership founded on mutual responsibility and trust, the President of Rwanda said at United Nations Headquarters.The theme of this year’s 68th General Assembly is the post-2015 development agenda, aimed at drawing up an even more ambitious blueprint to totally eliminate poverty and its attendant ills in the decades following the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cycle.Speaking at the high-level debate, President Paul Kagame urged other world leaders to “have the courage to go beyond business as usual” in laying out an ambitious vision for the future. In his statement, Mr. Kagame, who is also the co-chair for the MDG Advocacy Group, established by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010 to help build political will and mobilize global action for the benefit of the poor and most vulnerable, called for greater local ownership over development plans in future strategies. “Now is the time for the developing world to make their vote and voices heard, to shape the debate, and to ensure that policies and programmes were demand driven,” the President said. Rwanda, he noted, is on course to meet all eight of the MDGs but those are a “floor and not a ceiling.”The eight Goals, adopted at the 2000 UN summit, aim to slash extreme hunger and poverty, boost access to health care and education, achieve gender equality and environmental stability, reduce maternal and child mortality and the incidence of HIV/AIDS, all by the end of 2015.Mr. Kagame praised good governance, which inspired trust in state institutions, as the foundation for the country’s development. The private sector plays a key role in creating prosperity, the Rwandan leader said, and greater investment in the country are needed. He highlighted structural reforms – such as roads, railways and airports – which can connect domestic markets to regional and global hubs, as well as need in energy and electricity. Mr. Kagame is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. This year, the General Debate began yesterday and will end on 1 October. read more

Rise in global tourism forecast to continue after exceeding 2013 expectations –

International tourist arrivals grew by 5 per cent in 2013, reaching a record number of arrivals of just over 1 billion, according to the latest World Tourism Barometer published by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which is based in the Spanish capital, Madrid.“2013 was an excellent year for international tourism,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. “The tourism sector has shown a remarkable capacity to adjust to the changing market conditions, fuelling growth and job creation around the world, despite the lingering economic and geopolitical challenges. “Indeed, tourism has been among the few sectors generating positive news for many economies,” he added in a news release.UNWTO noted that demand for international tourism was strongest for destinations in Asia and the Pacific (up 6 per cent), Africa (up 6 per cent) and Europe (up 5 per cent). The leading sub-regions were South-east Asia (up 10 per cent), Central and Eastern Europe (up 7 per cent), Southern and Mediterranean Europe (up 6 per cent) and North Africa (up 6 per cent).UNWTO forecasts international arrivals to increase by 4 to 4.5 per cent in 2014, which is above its long-term forecast of 3.8 per cent growth per year between 2010 and 2020. The agency’s Confidence Index, based on the feedback from over 300 experts worldwide, confirms this outlook, with prospects for 2014 higher than in previous years.“The positive results of 2013, and the expected global economic improvement in 2014, set the scene for another positive year for international tourism,” said Mr. Rifai. “Against this backdrop, UNWTO calls upon national governments to increasingly set up national strategies that support the sector and to deliver on their commitment to fair and sustainable growth.”The regional prospects for this year are strongest for Asia and the Pacific (up 5 to 6 per cent) and Africa (up 4 to 6 per cent), followed by Europe and the Americas (both up 3 to 4 per cent). Prospects for the Middle East, the agency said, are “positive yet volatile” (0 to 5 per cent).Europe led growth in absolute terms, welcoming an additional 29 million international tourist arrivals in 2013, raising the total to 563 million. In relative terms, growth was strongest in Asia and the Pacific, where the number of international tourists grew by 14 million to reach 248 million. The Americas saw an increase of six million arrivals, reaching a total of 169 million, led by destinations in North and Central America. Meanwhile, Africa attracted three million additional arrivals, reaching a new record of 56 million. Among the ten most important source markets in the world, Russia and China clearly stand out, UNWTO noted. China, which became the largest outbound market in 2012 with an expenditure of $102 billion, saw an increase in expenditure of 28 per cent in the first three quarters of 2013. Russia, the fifth largest outbound market, reported 26 per cent growth through September. read more

Unmarried middleclass parents more likely to see their children drop in social

first_imgHe said the effect could be “linked to the greater stability found within the married sector and, so far as this research is concerned, the even greater stability in families where the marriage preceded the children. “This greater security inevitably feeds through into a person’s ability to fend for him or herself as an adult.” Overall, having married parents meant a child was 23 per cent more likely to go to university, 10 per cent more likely to get married themselves and 16 per cent less likely to receive benefits. The figures were based on analysis of 20,000 adults from the 1958 National Child Development Survey cohort and 1970 British Cohort Study. Middle-class parents who fail to get married are more likely to see their children drop in social status as they get older, a study suggests. Figures show that professional parents who are unmarried are much more likely to have a child who receives state benefits during their lives. And while middle-class children are less likely overall to receive benefits at some point, the effect all but disappears if their parents were not married when they were born. Children of professional parents who were not married had a 53 per cent chance of being on benefits, compared to 37 per cent for those whose parents had married. The report, by pressure group the Marriage Foundation, argues that “the protection of social class only appears to apply to those whose parents were married at the time of their birth.”If their parents were not married, when they were born, ‘rich kids’ are nearly as likely to end up on benefits as ‘poor kids’.”Sir Paul Coleridge, former High Court judge and chairman and founder of the organisation, said “The natural assumption is always that the children of the better off will, by reason of their family wealth, be protected from ever needing state benefits. “But this new research demonstrates that that is simply not the whole story.” 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.last_img read more

Royal wedding bridesmaids and pageboys From Prince George to the Mulroneys meet

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot today they had no such fears, after choosing a brood of children already well used to the limelight. 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. US actress Meghan Markle arrives for her wedding ceremony. Page boys Brian and John Mulroney are pictured holding her train Ten little girls and boys played a starring role in today’s royal wedding, from Prince George and Princess Charlotte to a host of youngsters who are already Instagram stars. But who are they?  US actress Meghan Markle arrives for her wedding ceremony. Page boys Brian and John Mulroney are pictured holding her train Credit: AFP Who are the bridesmaids? When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married, one overwhelmed little bridesmaid stole the show as she was photographed crossly covering her ears from the noise of the crowd. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, aged three,… Follow Sunday’s live updates on the day after Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding ceremony and evening reception here read more

In full Taoiseach tells EU leaders it remains imperative to split bank

first_imgDear President van Rompuy,I recently announced that Ireland is to exit its EU/IMF programme in December 2013. This will be a highly significant step for the people of Ireland, and is good news for our common endeavours in Europe as a whole.It is a testament both to the resilience of the Irish people and to the loyal support of EU partners, that Ireland is now preparing to return to the markets in a sustainable way, having delivered on all of our commitments in the 3 years of our Programme. We are now targeting a deficit target of 4.8% for 2014 which is within our EDP commitment of 5.1%, and which should deliver a primary balance and a small surplus next year. We are doing that notwithstanding our growth being much lower than anticipated. My Government will soon review the best options for our exit, in discussions also with the Troika. The decision regarding such post programme options is a finely balanced one, both from an Irish perspective and from an EU perspective.Like other EU partners we rely on the stability of our Union, and of the Eurozone, to anchor our fragile recovery. The recent stabilisation of sovereign borrowing rates in the Union is a product of hard-earned trust – trust and confidence that that the BankingUnion will be completed on time, and confidence that momentum will be maintained on our shared jobs and growth agenda. These political commitments must be implemented. No time should be lost in building on the decisions reached in 2012 and earlier this year on Banking Union legislation.We must hold firm to our deadlines for agreeing the remaining legislation on Deposit Guarantees and on a Single Resolution Mechanism. It remains imperative, as we all agreed in June 2012, to break the “vicious circle” between bank and sovereign debts that forced Ireland into a Programme in 2010, at a time when there was a different consensus in Europe on the merits of “bailing in” creditors of failed banks. That shared task, indeed all the commitments we made then, remain to be fulfilled and are important for ensuring that Ireland’s return to full market financing is sustainable and that Ireland can be a durable success story for] the entire Eurozone.Ten days ago, my Government delivered Ireland’s budget for 2014, the budget that should see us exit our EU IMF Programme. We placed a strong focus in that budget, on encouraging job creation, while remaining in line with our deficit targets. For Ireland and for all of Europe, growth and jobs remain the key goals to which all our policies and programmes must contribute. I particularly appreciate, therefore, that you have placed the digital agenda and youth employment at the heart of our October meeting. Nothing should deflect us from our focus on getting our young people into the workforce and creating productive and healthy lives for themselves. I hope that is where we will indeed dedicate our attention and our political energy in the coming days.Our young people will be the main beneficiaries if we make a positive difference to the high-potential digital sector. With Europe facing unacceptably high levels of unemployment, the reality is that most new jobs are created by fast-growing young firms in sectors such as cloud computing. And with over a quarter of digital sector employers across Europe finding it difficult to fill vacancies, there is clearly more we need to do in aligning our education and training systems with the needs of twenty-first century employers. We have no time to lose.I look forward to seeing you and all other colleagues at our meeting tomorrow. I will take the liberty of sharing this letter with my colleagues, before meeting them tomorrow.Yours sincerelyEnda Kenny T.D.Taoiseach Read: Lucinda Creighton to come face-to-face with Enda Kenny in Brussels todayRead: Taoiseach to attend EU Council meeting with migration top of the agenda TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has written a letter to the president of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, and the heads of government in the 27 EU states ahead of today’s council meeting in Brussels.In the letter, the Taoiseach urges EU leaders to fulfil the pledge in June 2012 to break the link between bank and sovereign debt, saying that it “remains imperative”.Ireland is pushing for the use of the eurozone’s permanent bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism, to retrospectively recapitalise Irish banks, which received billions of euro in State funding at the height of the financial crisis.Kenny writes: “That shared task, indeed all the commitments we made then, remain to be fulfilled and are important for ensuring that Ireland’s return to full market financing is sustainable and that Ireland can be a durable success story for the entire Eurozone.”Read the letter in full:last_img read more

Five tower blocks with 800 homes being evacuated in Camden over fire

first_img Short URL Jun 23rd 2017, 8:23 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald Share67 Tweet Email 18,031 Views FIVE TOWER BLOCKS with 800 homes are being evacuated in Camden over concerns around fire safety.The cladding on five of the Chalcots Estate towers is similar to the materials on Grenfell and have been widely blamed for the rapid spread of the massive blaze last week that is presumed to have killed 79 people.The dramatic snap decision follows urgent testing of the towers’ exteriors, which were installed by the same contractor as the Grenfell Tower. As a result, Chalcots residents were being sent to hotels across the cityIt was originally reported that just one tower block was being evacuated, but that was later extended to all tower blocks the council had checked with London Fire Brigade.Speaking to reporters, Georgia Gould, leader of Camden Council, said the the London Fire Brigade had told the Council that they “could not guarantee” the residents’ safety.“And so I’ve made to really, really difficult decision to move the people living there into temporary accommodation while we do the urgent works to guarantee safety,” she said.Gould said the Council had made the decision to evacuate residents “about two hours ago”.AngerSpeaking to reporters at the scene of the evacuation, residents expressed anger that the council had left it until 8pm on a Friday night to start moving them.Michelle Urquhart, who has been living in the Chalcots Estate’s Bray tower, said the situation was “frightening”.“I don’t know where we are going to go.“One man in a suit said to me ‘you can’t stay here tonight’.We have been living in these flats for the last 10 years with this cladding.Chalcots resident Shirley Philips told Sky News television she had been given no notice before being told she must leave her home.“It’s absolutely disgusting.I had a fire safety check done today. Why have they left it till 8:30 on Friday night to start getting residents out? Where do they think we’re all going?“Hugely distressing”In an earlier statement Gould said the council was determined ensure the safety of its residents.She said that the the “Taplow block needs to be temporarily decanted while we undertake urgent fire safety works so that residents can be fully assured of their safety”.This means that we need to move residents from their homes and into temporary accommodation.The council said that it anticipated that these works would be completed in “three to four weeks”.“We realise that this is hugely distressing for everyone affected and we will be doing all we can, alongside the London Fire Brigade and other authorities, to support our residents at this difficult time,” Gould said.“The Grenfell fire changes everything – we need to do everything we can to keep residents safe.You will appreciate that this is an emerging situation and we will be providing regular updates.Cladding is material that is put on the outside of the buildings to improve its energy efficiency and insulation.It has been implicated in the Grenfell Tower fire in London last week in which 79 people are believed to have lost their lives.Read: Grenfell Tower: Cladding on seven UK high rises found to be combustible A view of Burnham residential tower on the Chalcots Estate showing the bottom section of the building after cladding was removed. 35 Comments Five tower blocks with 800 homes being evacuated in Camden over fire safety fears Camden Council said it was undertaking “urgent fire safety works”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A view of Burnham residential tower on the Chalcots Estate showing the bottom section of the building after cladding was removed. Friday 23 Jun 2017, 8:23 PMlast_img read more

Irish Water set to announce specific bans on water use

first_img Short URL Image: Yulia YasPe via Shutterstock Updated Jun 29th 2018, 2:18 PM IRISH WATER HAS said this afternoon that it will need to utilise its powers to restrict water use, and will announce a number of activities that should be banned while supply remains critical “shortly”.It has since announced a hosepipe ban will be put in place from Monday 2 July in the Greater Dublin Area.Yesterday, Irish Water began lowering night-time water pressure levels in the Greater Dublin Area to the minimum level.In the Greater Dublin Area, Irish Water said it can sustainably and safely produce 610 million litres of water supplies and demand around the country. However, in recent days demand has reached 615 megalitres.In a statement, Irish Water said that the need for urgent conservation efforts must be conveyed to the public as drought conditions continue, but that it was willing to exercise its powers under legislation to take action.It said: “Irish Water will make and publicise a number of orders shortly which will designate activities which must be banned for a period while the supply remains critical. Ultimately, the objective of water saving and responsible water use must rely primarily on public cooperation. 32,830 Views Irish Water set to announce specific bans on water use In a statement, the company said the announcements would be made “shortly”. Share358 Tweet Email1 Friday 29 Jun 2018, 2:18 PMcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Hayley Halpin 126 Comments Jun 29th 2018, 12:08 PM However, these drought orders will provide certain powers of enforcement to be used where necessary in support of the urgent need to preserve valuable and increasingly scarce water resources to meet essential social and economic needs.Speaking to RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland earlier, Eamon Gallon, General Manager of Irish Water said that “if the drought is prolonged, water restrictions could become unavoidable if demand doesn’t stop”.Gallon confirmed that Irish Water is considering the possibility of a hosepipe ban in some areas of the country, including Dublin.He said that under Section 58 of the Water Supply Act 2007, Irish Water has “powers to introduce measures to suppress demands to restricting certain non-essential activity”.Before making an order the water services authority must give public notice of its intention to make such order and the period for which the order will remain in force through advertising in the public press or broadcast announcements on television or local or national radio, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government John Paul Phelan said in the Dáil earlier this week.The minister said such provisions are well established in other European and international jurisdictions.Gallon added: “We’d have to publish notifications in newspapers and broadcast on radio and television and we have to give a reasonable period … seven days notice would be the normal period.”“We’re hoping that we don’t have to act on this on a widespread basis.”Irish Water has never used the Section 56 provision before, according to Gallon.“But we’re heading into a situation now where all options have to be considered,” he said.Current legislationOn Wednesday, Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell raised the issue of the pressure on Ireland’s water supply during this week’s hot weather, stating that restrictions under the Water Services Act 2007 should be implemented.Speaking in the Dáil, Farrell said it is appropriate to look at the implementation of hosepipe bans, administered either through Irish Water or through the local authorities.“This is a serious issue that will need to be addressed until such time as the capital and, indeed, other parts of the country have a water supply capable of withstanding more than a few days of sunshine. Today is a beautiful day. The temperature is in the high twenties in Dublin. I am sure it is higher elsewhere in the country,” he said.Replying to Dublin North TD, the minister said Irish Water is prepared to use section 56 of the 2007 legislation.“It has the capability under law to act when it finds treated water is at an unacceptably low-level,” he said.Phelan said that under the Water Services Act 2007 there are already statutory provisions for the introduction of a such a ban and other restrictions designed to conserve water supplies during times of drought.It also provides for a fine of €125 for breach of such restrictions.These arrangements can come into force when a water services authority – which effectively means Irish Water – is of the opinion that a serious shortage of water supplies exists or is imminent in an area, he explained.This would typically be during or following a prolonged period of dry weather but, in any event, it is possible for Irish Water to make such an order where demand is expected to exceed supply and it becomes necessary to restrict the use of water supplies including restricting certain activities involving the use of water.The minister said that specified activities which may be restricted include watering a garden, watering of recreational parks or sports grounds, irrigating or spraying crops, washing vehicles, the provision of commercial washing services for a vehicle or trailer, or filling or replenishing a swimming pool or an artificial pond or lake.In practice, the restrictions may apply to specified activities for all or specified parts of the day.With reporting by Christina Finn and Sean Murray Image: Yulia YasPe via Shutterstocklast_img read more

App Store lAndroid refusé

first_imgApp Store : l’Android refuséEtats-Unis – Apple ne veut pas d’Android sur l’iPhone. Une preuve que les relations entre la firme à la pomme et Google ne s’arrangent pas.Apple refuse toute application d’Android sur l’iPhone. D’ailleurs, tout fichier comportant le nom du système de Google est systématiquement effacé de l’App Store. Certains développeurs avaient réussi à contourner le système d’Apple mais désormais, à la place d’Android, les utilisateurs obtiennent un message d’erreur. Ce dernier épisode témoigne de la guerre ouverte que se livrent depuis quelques semaines Google et Apple. Plusieurs accrochages ont déjà eu lieu, suite notamment aux reproches énoncés par Steve Jobs à l’encontre de Google, concernant l’arrivée du Nexus One sur le marché du smartphone.Le 8 février 2010 à 16:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

LIME set to layoff 20 people

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLIME set to lay-off 20 people, according to the CEO of the Northern Caribbean Cluster who offered that 80% of those people will be taken on by companies outsourced by LIME. The oldest telecoms provider in the country basically downsizing and giving support to statistics which reveal that Digicel really carved out a chunk LIMEs customer base since launching in the Turks and Caicos in 2006. LIME promised, once again that 4G is coming, roughly estimating its start within the first quarter of the new year and stating that the move to outsource work is a ground breaking stride to remain competitive. Related Items:last_img

OCS staff at Liverpool Womens Hospital strike in pay dispute

first_imgAround 40 cleaners, porters, security officers and catering staff who work for facilities management organisation OCS at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, and who are members of the trade union Unison, are undertaking strike action today (Monday 25 February 2019) in a dispute over pay.Unison members who work at OCS are claiming that they are not being paid the agreed National Health Service (NHS) pay rate, which has a minimum level of £8.93 an hour. Unison states that its OCS-employed members receive considerably less than this, with some being paid the statutory minimum wage rate of £7.83 an hour.Furthermore, OCS staff represented by Unison say that employees working for other facilities management businesses at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, performing the same job roles, are being paid the nationally agreed rates for working in the NHS.All Unison members at OCS (100%) voted in favour of today’s 24-hour strike.Maria Moss, north west regional organiser at Unison, said: “OCS is a profitable global business and [it] should pay all [its] staff at Liverpool Women’s Hospital the NHS rate for the job. All OCS staff are performing important roles that affect the quality of care and the patients’ experience of the hospital. All the staff are part of the NHS team and they should all be paid the agreed NHS rate.“We raised this matter with OCS seven months ago and there has been no progress in getting it resolved. OCS staff are very determined that they should be treated fairly and equitably, and their colleagues are supporting them in taking action.”last_img read more

Magic Leap heads to ATT stores along with AR Game of Thrones

first_img Post a comment Wearable Tech Magic Leap One Preview • Magic Leap’s AR headset is real: Here are the details Magic Leap will meets GoT. Sarah Tew/CNET Westeros will show up in augmented reality, if you happen to be in Boston, Chicago or San Francisco. AT&T has announced that three US stores will be selling Magic Leap One Creator Edition AR headsets starting April 1 (no joke), along with unique AR experiences tied to Game of Thrones. This is AT&T’s first significant retail push for Magic Leap since the hardware’s launch last fall. But this retail launch of the $2,295 AR headset will be pretty limited: It will arrive April 1 in Boston (Boylston Street), April 3 in Chicago (Michigan Avenue) and April 6 in San Francisco (Powell Street). AT&T also publicly demoed Magic Leap hardware in December in Chicago, along with a special Fantastic Beasts-themed AR experience. The hardware will be exactly the same as what’s been available previously. The self-contained AR hardware runs off an Nvidia Tegra X2 processor and creates 3D effects meshed into reality through its tethered goggles. Magic Leap’s hardware doesn’t have cellular onboard yet. Instead, it requires Wi-Fi. AT&T is planning to make a move to 5G and bring Magic Leap along, but for now those developments will be limited to Magic Leap’s Florida headquarters later this year for 5G AR testing. As for these retail Magic Leap Game of Thrones experiences, it could be worth a drop-in if you live nearby. The location-based mixed reality experience is built specifically for the AT&T retail stores. The “Dead Must Die” encounter, according to AT&T’s press release: “…challenges the bravest of fans to confront a White Walker and lead the fight for the living. Curious visitors will be fitted with a Magic Leap One and step into a physical representation of King’s Landing, which instantly transforms into an ominous, icy scene that begs investigation. With torch in hand, visitors become soldiers in a standoff, as a frozen portal reveals the deadly world beyond the wall. It’s scary to see a White Walker, but it’s much scarier when it sees you.” AT&T owns HBO, which is launching the final season of Game of Thrones on April 14. It still feels like AR headsets are a long way from becoming everyday items, but these store pop-ups may be the most accessible way of trying Magic Leap hardware in the near future, if you’re AR-curious. Originally published March 27 at 6:30 a.m. PT. Update, 8:13 a.m.: Adds mention of December pop-up in Chicago. 0center_img Tags Wearing Magic Leap One for the first time 74 Photos Share your voice Magic Leap Game of Thrones 5G Augmented reality (AR) AT&Tlast_img read more

Gunman kills 3 at US hospital

first_imgLaw enforcement personnel investigates the area outside of the Chicago Mercy Hospital where a gunman opened fire in Chicago on 19 November 2018. Photo: AFPAn argument in a hospital parking lot escalated into a shooting that killed three people, including a police officer, in the US city of Chicago on Monday.The violence only ended when police engaged in shootout with the gunman inside Mercy Hospital.”We have four deceased individuals: police officer, two female staff employees at the hospital, and the offender,” police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told journalists.The shooter killed the first victim — a woman who was in a “domestic relationship” with him — during an argument in the parking lot, then fired at police when they got to the hospital, and ran inside, Johnson said.Additional police — including SWAT — arrived at the scene, and officers “engaged the offender for several minutes in the hospital, with gunshots being fired by the offender and by the police,” he said.During the shootout, the gunman killed a second woman when she got off an elevator, Johnson said. The shooter also fatally wounded, but it was unclear if he killed himself or was killed by police.Mayor Rahm Emanuel identified the two female victims as a doctor and a “pharmaceutical assistant.”Patients described being alarmed by the sound of gunshots outside Mercy Hospital and seeing a man apparently walking with a woman in the parking lot before shooting her three times in the chest.”Once she fell to the ground, he stood over her and shot her three more times,” bystander James Gray told reporters, adding that the attack played out “like a movie scene.”TV footage showed terrified patients and staff filing out of the hospital into a parking lot with their hands in the air after officers flooded the area.’Scared as hell’Patient Hector Avitia told the local CBS television affiliate he was with his wife waiting for test results when he saw a gunman dressed in black fire on someone on the ground several times in the parking lot.”Then almost immediately, an officer was already coming in an SUV, and (the assailant) exchanged fire at them and then reloaded and shot the person on the ground again,” another witness said.”And then he made his way into the hospital and more shots were fired.”The shooting followed a series of recent high-profile gun rampages that have fueled calls for reform of firearms regulations in a country plagued by gun violence.Less than two weeks earlier, a gunman killed 12 people in a California music bar packed with college students.That came after the worst anti-Semitic attack in modern US history, when a gunman opened fire on congregants at a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh on 27 October.Bypassers alerted to the latest incident spoke of hearing between six and nine gunshots that initially sounded like construction noise.”I am scared as hell. I have never been so scared, I hear of shootings going on every day at people’s workplaces, but not where I work at,” an employee of the hospital’s family clinic told the ABC affiliate.Mercy, founded in 1852, has locations throughout Chicago and provides outpatient treatment and acute inpatient care, boasting doctors who are leaders in their field.Another hospital employee quoted by the Chicago Tribune said she was in her office when a notice came over a public address system telling those in the hospital to lock their doors.”I don’t know what happened,” the unnamed employee told the Tribune.”They told us to run, so we did.”last_img read more

Why Are Pygmies Short

first_img Explore further Squid could thrive under climate change Citation: Why Are Pygmies Short? (2007, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A Baka pygmy dance group pictured with US Ambassador R. Niels Marquardt in Lobeke National Park, Cameroon, in 2006. Source: US Federal Government. The question is controversial. Traditional explanations attribute pygmies’ small stature to minimizing caloric requirements and walking in dense forests. However, a new study by researchers at the University of Cambridge suggests that there are some problems with this explanation, and offers an alternative hypothesis.center_img Because of their short life expectancies, the researchers speculate that pygmies have had to shift their reproductive years forward. The average life expectancy at birth for different pygmy populations ranges from just 16 years to 24 years. Very few pygmy women reach the end of their reproductive period, as only a small percentage survive past age 40. In order to compensate for the lack of older reproductive women, natural selection has shifted the reproductive period forward. The fertility peak of age at first reproduction in the Aeta is around 15 years old, which reduces generation time and compensates for their short lifespan. In order to make this fertility shift, pygmies must reach full maturity faster than longer-lived human populations. For this reason, many pygmies stop growing at about age 12, several years earlier than other humans. Their childhood growth rate isn’t any more or less rapid than the growth rate of other (traditional) humans; pygmy youth are roughly the same size as non-pygmy youth. (This is the opposite of what is observed in cases of nutritionally induced stunting, where humans delay growth but achieve adult body size later). Instead of experiencing the “teenage growth spurt,” pygmies’ growth is simply truncated.Migliano also explained why pygmies’ growth rates don’t increase in the early years to compensate for their truncated growth at an early age.“I think that, besides the high mortality, they have very low calorie intake, so it is a combination of the two factors that lead to the different phenotypes,” she said. “The pygmies grow in the same rates as the Turkana [eastern African Pastoralists], who also suffer from poor nutrition – but because the Turkana have longer life expectancy, they have time to grow for longer and achieve larger body size. I would expect that a population with high mortality and high resources would grow fast and taller.” In other words, human height in general is partially influenced by lifespan.Still, the life history hypothesis leaves a few unanswered questions. For one, what originally caused the extremely high mortality rates among pygmies? The researchers suspect that the traditional hypotheses of environment, nutrition, thermoregulation, and other challenges may jointly or partially contribute to the high mortality rates observed in a wide variety of pygmy populations. In that case, the traditional explanations may be indirect causes of pygmies’ short stature, although the chain of effects would be much more complex than originally thought.More information: Migliano, Andrea Bamberg, Vinicius, Lucio, and Lahr, Marta Mirazon. “Life history trade-offs explain the evolution of human pygmies.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. December 18, 2007. vol. 104, no. 51, 20216-20219.Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Human pygmy populations are defined by an average male height of less than 5 feet (155 cm). By this definition, a wide range of pygmy societies exist today in parts of Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, Brazil, and Bolivia – different environments that don’t match the traditional hypotheses for small body size. Besides the differences within pygmy populations, there are also some non-pygmy populations that face some of the same physical challenges as pygmies but haven’t evolved a short stature. For example, many human populations live in dense forests and experience regular food shortages, and yet these populations have larger body sizes. Now, scientists Andrea Migliano, Lucio Vinicius, and Marta Lahr have performed a study on two pygmy groups from the Philippines, the Aeta and the Batak, and concluded that there may be a better explanation for pygmies’ short stature. Their study is published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The researchers point out that one characteristic unique to but common among many pygmy populations is their short lifespan compared to other humans. With this in mind, the researchers suggest that pygmies represent the “fast” extreme of life history strategies, with short stature being a side effect.“We first thought that we would find a relationship between small body size and increased fitness in pygmies – for example, that the shorter pygmies would have more advantages, such as higher fertility, than the taller ones,” Migliano told “However, the smaller pygmies had lower fertility than the taller pygmies. So this gave us the idea that perhaps there was no advantage in being short among pygmies. “Then, when I went to the field, and started to interview them, I noticed the very high mortality rates – really high compared to any other population,” she said. “So when we checked that different pygmy groups followed the same pattern, we thought that these facts should be linked. Also, life history theory has been used for a long time to understand body size diversity among mammals, and we thought it should also apply to the understanding of human diversity.” 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.last_img read more

2016s Top Tech Billionaires Infographic

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now November 5, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. From developments in robotics to an influx of self-driving technology, 2016 has been an exciting year. And with the proliferation of tech in our daily lives, it’s no wonder that some of the world’s top billionaires come from the tech space.From Mark Zuckerberg to Larry Ellison, these leaders have proven to the world that anything is possible. But with so many innovators in the tech industry — who are the richest?To find out, check out ERS IT Solutions’ 2016’s Top Tech Billionaires infographic below.center_img 1 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

New Viking itineraries in Alaska Australia Asia and Caribbean

first_img LOS ANGELES — Viking Ocean Cruises, celebrating its 20th anniversary, has announced 13 new itineraries that will set sail in 2017, 2018 and 2019.Clients can choose between eight to 23-day itineraries. Highlights include:Turquoise Seas of the Western Caribbean – (Miami to Miami; sailing on Viking Sky; November 2017 – February 2018) – Sailing the western Caribbean with an eight-day itinerary, guests will explore the temples of Altun Ha in Belize, walk in the steps of Hemingway’s Key West haunts and marvel at Cozumel’s blue waters at Punta Sur. Sailing roundtrip from Miami, guests will visit three countries and five ports. Inclusive pricing for veranda staterooms starts at US$2,999 per person.Panama & Central America – (Miami to Miami; sailing on Viking Sky; November – December 2017 and January 2018) – With countries including Costa Rica, Columbia, Honduras, Belize and more, guests will visit eight countries and nine ports on this 15-day itinerary. While making the roundtrip from Miami, guests will experience the Panama Canal, discover Costa Rica’s rainforest and explore Old Town Cartagena’s colonial architecture, a UNSECO World Heritage Site. Inclusive pricing for veranda staterooms starts at $5,499 per person.Atlantic Crossing – (Miami to Barcelona; sailing on Viking Sky; March 3, 2018) – During this classic transatlantic journey, guests enjoy the 14-day sailing and call on ports in both Europe and the New World. In Europe, destinations include the Garden Island of Madeira and Barcelona. Inclusive pricing for veranda staterooms starts at $2,399 per person.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongPassage to India – (Athens to Mumbai; sailing on Viking Spirit; Aug. 18, 2018) – On this 21-day itinerary, guests will trace the routes of the earliest merchants from Greece to India, with ports of call in six countries including Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Oman. Along the journey, guests will accompany local guides to ancient treasures, visit the red sandstone city of Petra and see the Great Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo. Inclusive pricing for veranda staterooms starts at $5,999 per person.For more information, visit Share Travelweek Group New Viking itineraries in Alaska, Australia, Asia, and Caribbean Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, January 13, 2017 Tags: Promotionslast_img read more