A timeline of the commercial dispute between Boeing and Bombardier:– April 27: Chicago-based Boeing Co. asks the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to take action against Bombardier’s business practices.– May 18: The Department of Commerce confirms the beginning of an investigation. Ottawa replies by questioning a military order from Boeing for new Super Hornet jet fighters.– June 9: ITC gives the go-ahead for Washington to continue its investigation into CSeries sales south of the border.– 28 June: The Department of Commerce agrees to delay the disclosure of its preliminary decision on possible punitive duties by two months, until Sept. 25, at Boeing’s request.– Sept. 4: Boeing International Division President Marc Allen says the U.S. giant has no intention to back down and withdraw its complaint against Bombardier.– Sept. 5: British Prime Minister Theresa May, in a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump, pleads in favour of the Quebec manufacturer, which has more than 4,000 employees in Belfast, Northern Ireland.– Sept. 13: Demonstrations in downtown Montreal of hundreds of union members in the aeronautics sector who denounce the Boeing approach.– Sept. 20: Bombardier workers in Toronto walk off the job to attend a rally to support company’s battle against Boeing.– Sept. 24: JetBlue becomes latest U.S. airline to write to the ITC urging it to deny Boeing’s petition, saying tariffs on the aircraft would harm competition and result in higher airfares.– Sept. 26: Department of Commerce announces a 219.63 per cent preliminary countervailing duty on CSeries exports to the U.S.– Oct. 6: Department of Commerce announced 79.82 per cent preliminary anti-dumping duties on the Bombardier aircraft.– Dec. 18: Department of Commerce expected to release its final countervailing and anti-dumping determinations.– Feb. 1: ITC expected to make its final determination in Boeing complaint.
Tom Fennario APTN National NewsThe community of Kahnawake is marking a dark anniversary.Ten years ago, a young woman from the community went missing.Her remains were eventually found, but not her killer.A decade on and people are still looking for answers.
MONTREAL – Airbus’ majority ownership in the C Series could be positive for Canada’ aerospace industry, the head of Boeing landing gear supplier Heroux-Devtek Inc. said Monday.“I think it could be quite good for the Quebec, Canada supply chain (to) service Airbus from here,” chief executive Gilles Labbe said during a conference call to discuss its fiscal second-quarter results.Boeing’s European rival reached a deal last month with Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) to purchase a 50.01 per cent stake in the C Series commercial jet.Airbus said Canada will become its fifth “home base,” and first outside Europe, allowing the Canadian industry to tap into the company’s supply chain. It plans to build a second C Series assembly line in Alabama while maintaining the primary line in Mirabel, Que.The Canadian government responded to a trade petition launched by Boeing against the C Series by threatening to cancel the planned purchase of 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighter planes to temporarily augment Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s.Heroux-Devtek (TSX:HRX) is a large supplier on Boeing’s 777 and 777X aircraft.Labbe said he doesn’t expect Boeing’s challenge will have a negative impact on Canadian suppliers.Boeing has 2,000 people working in Canada and invests US$4 billion a year.“I don’t think they will change their way of doing business given the circumstances,” he told analysts.“Canada is part of their supply chain in a big way so I think it’s positive…We need a customer like that to continue to put some work in Canada.”The aircraft landing gear maker said it earned $3.2 million or nine cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30. That compared with a profit of $9.5 million or 26 cents per share in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, Heroux-Devtek said it earned nearly $4.1 million or 11 cents per share, down from $5.7 million or 16 cents per share.Sales fell to $89.7 million compared with $91.6 million a year earlier.Heroux-Devtek announced a deal last month to acquire Compania Espanola de Sistemas Aeronauticos (CESA), a subsidiary of Airbus SE, for roughly $205 million.Derek Spronck of RBC Capital Markets said Heroux-Devtek’s momentum is beginning to build after a good quarter.“When we look out over the next two years, we see operational and financial momentum building for the company,” he wrote in a report.Spronck said the anticipated ramp in the Boeing 777/777X program and its position in the Embraer Legacy 450/500 and the Dassault Falcon 5X mark the “beginning of an inflection” in earnings growth.
OTTAWA – Canada has not included the United States in an upcoming meeting aimed at saving the international trading system because it doesn’t share the views of the 13 invited countries, says the new Canadian trade minister.Canada will host senior ministers from 13 “like-minded” countries for a two-day discussion in Ottawa later this month to brainstorm ways to reform the World Trade Organization, said Jim Carr, Canada’s newly appointed international trade diversification minister.Carr said the group of countries he’s convened ultimately wants to persuade Washington of the continued usefulness of the WTO, but for now the best way forward is without the U.S. in the room.“We think that the best way to sequence the discussion is to start with like-minded people, and that’s whom we have invited and they’re coming,” Carr told The Canadian Press.“Those who believe that a rules-based system is in the interests of the international community will meet to come up with a consensus that we will then move out into nations who might have been more resistant.”Asked what his message to Americans is in the meantime, Carr replied: “That a rules-based system is good for them too.”The WTO is one of a long list of international organizations and agreements derided by U.S. President Donald Trump and his protectionist administration. Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, has at times branded the WTO as ineffective and simply “brokenIn the case of the WTO, the U.S. has moved beyond hostile rhetoric and blocked the appointments of new judges to its dispute settlement body, which is threatening to paralyse the organization and prevent it from making decisions.“The impasse of the appointment of the appellate body members threatens to bring the whole dispute settlement system to a halt,” says an eight-page Canadian discussion paper that has been circulated among the 13 invited countries.The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the paper, which has not been publicly released.Carr said Canada is keeping an open mind on finding new ways to settle international trade disputes.“But the main point is, we believe the WTO, reformed and refreshed, is the best way to re-establish a rules-based system.”Carr said efforts to persuade the Americans to see that point would have been “a lot harder” if Canada hadn’t preserved dispute resolutions mechanisms in the newly renegotiated continental free trade pact, renamed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.“You want your major trading partners to admit that you need a dispute settlement mechanism.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told an Edmonton radio station last month that independent dispute resolution mechanisms, which the U.S. wanted to scrap, needed to be preserved because Trump “doesn’t always follow the rules as they’re laid out.”Canada is inviting Australia, Brazil, Chile, the European Union, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland to two days of talks on the WTO starting Oct. 24 in Ottawa.Conservative trade critic Dean Allison urged the government to reconsider the exclusion of the U.S.“It is troubling that the Trudeau government seems to be purposefully excluding our largest trading partner from the WTO Summit,” he said in a statement Thursday.“Sending this sort of message South of the border is very concerning, given that tariffs still remain on steel, aluminum and softwood lumber with no timeline or plan for lifting them. “The Canadian discussion paper lays out three broad themes for the discussion: safeguarding and strengthening the dispute settlement system; improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the WTO monitoring function; and modernizing trade rules for the 21st Century.On the latter point, the paper acknowledges that “aging trade rules need to be updated urgently to respond to the needs of the modern global economy,” but notes “there is a divergence about the priorities.”The paper doesn’t single out the U.S. by name, but it makes clear that international trading institutions are “increasingly fragile.”“The challenges facing the multilateral trading system cannot be attributed to any single cause or any single country,” the document says.“However, the combination of disruption and paralysis has begun to erode respect for rules-based trade, and the institutions that govern it, paving the way for trade-distorting policies.”
Sonnenberg advises there can be interruptions to the patterns yet overall temperatures have generally trended a couple of degrees higher than seasonal temps and precipitation looks typical for this time of year.A sneak peek was provided for winter which, is forecasted to be a continuation of the pattern of the fall with warmer temperatures compared to across the country. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Weather Network is predicting temperatures will continue to trend higher than usual this fall season.Kelly Sonnenberg, Meteorologist with the Weather Network shares, temperatures through the next couple of months, are expected to overall trend warmer than average, noting it is important to keep in mind during the fall season daytime highs are steadily falling.To put this into perspective, Sonnenberg shares, September 20th the average daytime high is 14 degrees in Fort St. John and, on November 20th a daytime high is minus five which compare the temperatures on perspective and time of year.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGRA employee arrested for discharging firearm rounds indiscriminatelySeptember 29, 2017In “Crime”Man allegedly robbed of millions in GRA Parking LotMay 29, 2015In “Crime”Embattled Smuggler could spend up to 15 years behind bars – SourceJuly 24, 2014In “Crime” – security guard nursing gunshot wound in related incidentA 22-year-old security guard of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) is now hospitalised after he was shot on Saturday by a lone gunman after a Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) employee was robbed of his firearm.The man of Kara Kara, Linden, is now in a critical state at the Mackenzie Hospital Complex after he was attacked around 01:15h while he was standing on the Silver City Road.Reports revealed that just prior to the shooting incident, a GRA employee was attacked and robbed of his loaded firearm.INews understands that the GRA employee was at the time standing on the roadway at Linden when he was accosted and relieved of his service weapon, which had five rounds, that was in a holster on his waist.The perpetrator, in his bid to escape, discharged several rounds in the direction of the GRA staff and relatives, but none of them were injured.This publication understands that the GRA staff was taken into Police custody and was said to be assisting with investigations since the security guard was shot with a weapon similar to that which was stolen from him.However, Police Officers were able to capture the man allegedly responsible for the shooting. He was found to be in possession of a firearm, two spent shells and two live rounds. It was not confirmed whether the weapon and ammunition was that which were stolen from the GRA employee.Investigations into the incidents are continuing.
MARTIN O’NEILL HAS cut his Ireland squad to 29 players ahead of their end-of-season friendlies.Everton’s James McCarthy, goalkeeper Darren Randolph and West Ham’s Joey O’Brien are the three from O’Neill’s initial panel who have not been included.McCarthy has an ankle injury while O’Brien has been ruled out for three months with a dislocated shoulder.The Boys in Green kick off their four-match summer schedule against Turkey in the Aviva Stadium this Sunday, 25 May, before the games against Italy in London, and Costa Rica and Portugal in America.The bulk of the squad are due to meet up in Malahide on Thursday morning.Derby County trio Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick and Conor Sammon as well as QPR’s Kevin Doyle are expected to fly in following Saturday’s Championship playoff final at Wembley.Republic of Ireland squadDavid Forde, Rob Elliot, Richard Keogh, Marc Wilson, Seamus Coleman, John O’Shea, Alex Pearce, Stephen Kelly, Damien Delaney, Shane Duffy, Jeff Hendrick, Ciaran Clark, Stephen Ward, Glenn Whelan, Paul Green, Aiden McGeady, Anthony Pilkington, James McClean, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler, Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Keane, Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, Jon Walters, Kevin Doyle, Anthony Stokes, Simon Cox, Conor Sammon. Rob Elliot is missing his own stag party for Ireland duty… but his mates are still going’42,000 morons going to watch Liverpool reserves’: Soccer Republic’s debate on Irish football gets feisty
‘The HSE has lost all credibility’: Partner of man who died 30 minutes after being transferred from hospital A report found the death was “predictable and preventable”. THE HSE SAYS its director general Tony O’Brien has written to apologise to the partner of a man who died due to a “catastrophic failure of healthcare”.73-year-old James Grogan died just 30 minutes after being transferred from hospital to a HSE nursing home in Clare in 2007.The nursing home was unable to provide him with enough oxygen and he died shortly after arriving.A HSE-commissioned report was yesterday published by consulting firm Verita.It found that James’s death was “predictable and preventable and that what happened was a catastrophic failure of healthcare”.The report anonymises the parties, but James has since been named by his partner Muriel Kiely, who spoke to TheJournal.ie. She said that she is not satisfied with the report. She wants Health Minister Simon Harris to “hold the HSE responsible at a local and national level”.“I got an apology, I didn’t get answers. Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 4:58 PM Share140 Tweet Email1 Feb 22nd 2018, 4:58 PM By Paul Hosford https://jrnl.ie/3866193 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: RollingNews.ie 31 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie The report makes clear the HSE didn’t acknowledge what had happened. The next natural question is why?“There was another adverse event being investigated. But they ignored my adverse event. It’s too much.“The next thing now is an inquiry – I want to know why this wasn’t handled. I think it needs a judicial inquiry.”The report says:Patient A was admitted to Hospital X in late 2007 and was discharged from the Hospital two days later and transferred by ambulance to Community Nursing Unit [CNU] Y, accompanied by Partner B.“Following transfer and after the ambulance departed, Patient A died within 30 minutes. Patient A had specific requirements in relation to supplemental oxygen and the level of supplemental oxygen required was not available at CNU Y.”ComplaintMuriel and her family submitted a written complaint in December 2007 due to a lack of response regarding the circumstances surrounding James’s death.The hospital decided to undertake its initial investigation into Patient A’s death under the organisation’s complaints policy and issued a written response in February 2008. Following representations from Partner B’s solicitor in April 2008, a further review, was undertaken and the outcome of this communicated to Partner B in October 2008. Subsequently following prolonged representations from Partner B and his/her advocate, the Regional Director for Operations in December 2010 commissioned a System Analysis Investigation and a final report was completed in November 2013. The HSE also wants to acknowledge the profound loss experienced by Partner B, compounded by the extended period of time during which he/she has fought for answers to the questions she has consistently raised.Muriel says that her years of dealing with the HSE have left her seeking answers.“We were told that there was no prescription for oxygen, but at Jimmy’s inquest my solicitor was able to show that there was one for 15 litres of oxygen.“We were told that it was recorded that I insisted on Jimmy’s discharge. I appealed this to the Information Commissioner, who found in my favour and ordered a note be added saying that it was unreliable and misleading.“The HSE has lost all credibility. Somebody has to be responsible. Someone along the line, correct procedure was thrown out the door.“Yes they’ve apologised, but they haven’t explained what happened. An apology is a start.It’s not finished until the why is asked and answered.Statements The HSE’s Tony O’Brien. Source: RollingNews.ieA statement issued by independent patient advocate Jim Reilly on behalf of Muriel Kiely yesterday said:This report confirms what I have been painfully aware of for the past 10 years – that the HSE did not appropriately address my concerns about this serious adverse event which Verita describe as a predictable and preventable catastrophic failure in healthcare and unacceptable in any advanced healthcare system. “Despite the completion of this report, questions remained unanswered for Partner B in relation to Patient A’s care, the decisions taken in relation to the planning of his/her discharge and transfer to CNU Y and the health service’s response to the incident both at the time and subsequently.”Director general Tony O’Brien then ordered an independent investigation.“The report makes it clear that at the most basic level, an extremely ill patient was transferred to a setting where, given Patient A’s specific clinical requirements and the equipment available on the ground, death was inevitable,” the HSE said in a statement.The report states unequivocally that the death of Patient A was both predictable and preventable and that what happened was a catastrophic failure of healthcare.“The report also identifies the effect on Partner B of the suggestion in the complaint response issued by Hospital X in February 2008 that he/she somehow insisted on the discharge of Patient A to CNU Y. The Report states that the available evidence shows that the decision to discharge Patient A was effectively taken when Partner B was not in the Hospital. This is a view shared by the Information Commissioner in a judgement of September 2015.It must be stated clearly and unequivocally that Partner B bears no responsibility for the events of that occurred in late 2007. My partner was terminally ill and in the care of medical professionals. What I cannot accept is the ordeal they inflicted on him in the last two hours of his life and the awful manner of his death as a result of their decisions and arrangements. This catastrophic failure was then added to by the failures of the HSE to appropriately investigate it at the time and subsequently.“The fact that the official response to the complaint was issued by HSE while aware that submissions they had received did not correspond with information in the medical records is disturbing, as is their decision not to follow correct procedure and escalate the case for senior clinical opinion.”The statement accuses the HSE of stonewalling the family and falsely claiming that she had insisted James be discharged.I accept and appreciate Mr O’Brien’s apology, but the Verita report raises serious concerns about many aspects of the HSE’s handling of my partner’s care, my complaint and the failures of the HSE’s National Incident Management Team Review, in breach of their terms of reference, to address those disturbing aspects in the course of their three-year review.The HSE says that in response to, and since, the failure, it has introduced a code of practice for integrated discharge, published guidelines on long-term oxygen use, changed how records and complaints are managed and established hospital groups and community healthcare organisations to “ensure patient safety is a core priority across all services within their remit”.Read: ‘Theresa May where’s the money for Grenfell?’: Stormzy delivers powerful Brits performance 29,359 Views Short URL
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New evidence has seen a number of senior Greek politicians from the former administration come under fire regarding their alleged involvement in a bribery case involving Swiss drug firm Novartis, amid accusations the company made illegal payments to fix prices and increase market access. Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis said the documents would be forwarded to parliament on Tuesday. The investigation covering alleged bribery between 2006 and 2015 has brought up 10 politicians – eight former ministers and two ex-premiers – who have been allegedly shown to have been involved in the case. Minister Kontonis’ deputy going as far as to describe the allegations as “the biggest scandal since the creation of the modern Greek state”. “When we are talking about scandals that involve medicine, the moral implications are enormous,” Minister Kontonis said.“At a time of financial crisis and recession, when it’s difficult for our poorer fellow citizens to find the drugs they need for their health, there were certain drug makers who in an illegal and provocative way, worked to provide drugs at inflated prices and used state officials in the National Health Service to make sure certain drugs available where they should not have been.”Prosecutors are looking to investigate eight former ministers, along with the head of the 2012 caretaker government Panayiotis Pikrammenos and former prime minister Antonis Samaras, reports Kathimerini.A number of officials have issued statements to distance themselves from the matter, denying any involvement, including Samaras himself.While politicians’ parliamentary immunity protects them from being prosecuted, they are liable for money-laundering offences.
Marvel seems to get better at making TV shows every year. After an uneven, sometimes just plain terrible first season, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. quickly found its focus and gave us some pretty compelling arcs over the last two years. The introduction of Inhumans added some much needed super-powered action mixed with existential character drama you could actually get invested in.After watching the premiere of the show’s fourth season, it appears that Captain America: Civil War taught Marvel Studios a very important lesson: Superheroes fighting each other is effing cool. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. kicks off the season with a spectacular battle in a junkyard between Quake (a.k.a. Daisy Johnson, who at the end of Season 3 was revealed to have left S.H.I.E.L.D. to become a vigilante), and Ghost Rider.Ghost Rider in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Let’s talk about that Ghost Rider for a second. Not that it would be hard to top the movies, but this version is enough to make you forget they ever existed. This rendition of Ghost Rider is fast, scary and brutal. No doubt Gabriel Luna’s performance will inspire a few people to check out the newer comics to see Robbie Reyes in action. Oh, and he drives a flaming black muscle car that’s way cooler than a motorcycle.Daisy, as the vigilante Quake, is tracking down the Watchdogs, who have enlisted the help of other gangs. When she sees some Aryan Brotherhood members killed by a man in a firey black muscle car, she thinks she’s stumbled on a serial killer. She finally tracks the man down at the junkyard where he works and a battle between fire and… earth’s vibrations ensue. “So you’ve got the devil in you too,” Reyes says upon seeing Daisy’s abilities. I don’t know about the devil, but Daisy is clearly struggling with demons. Before the fight is over, she begs Ghost Rider to kill her because “she deserves it.” (Spoiler: he does not.)Another thing that’s clear this season is that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is taking full advantage of its later time slot. This was likely the show’s most violent episode yet. It’s still not quite at the level of Gotham or Daredevil, but longtime viewers may be surprised by the amount of blood onscreen this time around.This episode was mostly about setting up the inevitable Quake/S.H.I.E.L.D./Ghost Rider team up, but it also expanded on one of the mysteries from the end of last season: Who is S.H.I.E.L.D.’s director? Over the course of the episode, we learn that Simmons now outranks May (what?) and she is one of the few people who ever speaks to the director. Could she be the director? I doubt it but think about how cool that would be.A ghostly face appears after a mysterious box is opened. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)The season premiere also introduced another mystery. Coulson and Mack are sent out on a mission to retrieve a truck that was being delivered by the Aryan Brotherhood members Daisy was tracking. They find it just in time to see some Chinese gangsters open the container within. A ghostly woman’s face appears and the men start seeing each other as monsters. We don’t know what’s in the box, but it drives people to kill each other. Worse yet, in the end tag, it seems to have affected May, who sees Coulson’s face briefly turn demonic. The only hint Jed Whedon has given so far was that this season will somehow tie in with the upcoming Doctor Strange movie.Oh, and remember that Life Model Decoy from the end of season 3? Holden Radcliffe has been working on it in secret, in violation of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new regulations. He and Fitz agreed to keep Aida, played by Mallory Jansen, a secret. I bet that goes swimmingly.Dr. Radcliffe (John Hannah) shows off Aida, his Life Model Decoy (Mallory Jansen). (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has given us a lot to look forward to this season, and we can only hope they capitalize on it. One reason to be optimistic: After three years, Marvel’s first TV series has finally given us superheroes. After all the spy drama and quasi-X-Men storylines the show has produced, it’s nice to see some comic book action from the agents.
PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the U.S. mainland, hours after the launch left analysts concluding that a wide swath of the United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of North Korean weapons.The Korean Central News Agency said that Kim expressed “great satisfaction” after the Hwasong-14 missile reached a maximum height of 2,314 miles and traveled 620 miles before accurately landing in waters off Japan. The agency said that the test was aimed at confirming the maximum range and other technical aspects of the missile it says was capable of delivering a “large-sized, heavy nuclear warhead.”Analysts had estimated that the North’s first ICBM on July 4 could have reached Alaska, and said that the latest missile appeared to extend that range significantly.Immediately after the launch, U.S. and South Korean forces conducted live-fire exercises. South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo called for the deployment of strategic U.S. military assets — which usually means stealth bombers and aircraft carriers — as well as additional launchers of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system.Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the missile, launched late Friday night, flew for about 45 minutes — about five minutes longer than the first. The missile was launched on very high trajectory, which limited the distance it traveled, and landed west of Japan’s island of Hokkaido.
An Employment Tribunal (ET) has ruled that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is able to issue multiple national minimum wage penalty notices, which can lead to employer penalty fines exceeding the £20,000 per employee cap.The case, Best Connection Group v HMRC, involved employment agency Best Connection Group, which supplied approximately 1,500 to 2,000 workers to Sport Direct’s Shirebrook-based warehouse on an ongoing basis. These workers were paid the national minimum wage on an hourly basis.An HMRC investigation, which began in January 2016 in conjunction with trade union Unite, found that workers at the Shirebrook warehouse, including those supplied by Best Connection Group, were paid less than the national minimum wage due to workplace practices, such as security searches at the end of shifts. This led to HMRC meeting with Best Connection Group in order to discuss the underpayments. HMRC informed the recruitment organisation during May and June 2016 that instances of underpayment would result in a notice of underpayment and a penalty, and that data would be required in order to make exact calculations.In August 2016, HMRC notified Best Connection Group that it would be issuing 13 notices of underpayment for current employees at the organisation under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998, each of which incurred a penalty. This was based on information provided by the organisation. It included one notice up to 7 March 2014 with a penalty capped at £5,000, 11 notices for the period between 7 March 2014 and 25 May 2015 each with a penalty up to £20,000, and one notice for the period after 25 May 2015 with a penalty of £38,791,39. Best Connection Group objected to the issuing of numerous notices, although HMRC stated that the employees were being grouped into batches, with each batch not exceeding arrears of £20,000.Under the National Minimum Wage Act, penalties are set at 200% of total arrears due to the worker, with a cap of £20,000 per worker. This became effective from 1 April 2016, and cannot be applied to earlier pay reference periods.Previously, penalties were set at 50% of the total arrears due to workers covered by the notice with a cap of £5,000 per notice. This was effective until 7 March 2014 when it was then increased to 100% of the total arrears due to the workers covered by the notice, subject to a cap of £20,000 per notice. From 25 May 2015, the cap was altered to £20,000 per worker rather than per notice.In August 2016, Best Connection Group paid its underpaid staff and half of the penalty fine. The organisation then appealed to the ET in September 2016, questioning the validity of the notices, as well as the fact it had been issued multiple notices with penalties. The Employment Tribunal found that the original notices were valid because they had been calculated using information provided by the organisation itself. The tribunal also concluded that the National Minimum Wage Act did not specify the number of notices that could be issued and, therefore, ruled that it should be interpreted to include the plural.As a result of the appeal, HMRC issued new notices in December 2016 including the information Best Connection Group said was originally missing. This was to ensure that in the event the original notices were found to be invalid, the second set would not be and would therefore still apply. Best Connection Group appealed this batch of notices, however, this was also dismissed by the tribunal.Employment judge Goodman, who oversaw the case, said: “This tribunal concludes that the act confers power to issue more than one notice, unlimited by particular circumstance or to particular reason for doing so. The government may decide as a matter of policy how to use the powers it has to enforce the law, which may include policy considerations on whether to issue one notice or many. Within the scope of an appeal under section 19C(6)(b), the penalties are not incorrectly calculated or capped.”Best Connection Group was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.
Donahue says the prospect list is fairly extensive and that about two-dozen companies—a mix of financial and strategic—have expressed interest in seeing the offering memorandum. Discover magazine was purchased in 2005 from Disney Publishing by Bob Guccione Jr. for an estimated $15 million. Guccione formed Discover Media LLC specifically for the deal, and had intended to make more acquisitions. Currently, the company consists of the magazine and an accompanying Web site. Guccione stepped down from his role as CEO in 2007 and was replaced at that point by Donahue. Discover publishes monthly and has a 700,000 circulation. Discover Magazine is on the block, FOLIO: has learned. The first round of bids are due Monday, May 17.Discover Media LLC is backed by private equity firms WallerSutton and Sandler Capital Management. Andy Buchholtz, who currently runs A. Buchholtz & Company, is brokering the deal. “The time is right to go out and look for new investment. We’re doing it because we think it’s a good time to go out,” Discover Media CEO Henry Donahue tells FOLIO:. The company is cashflow positive, he says, and a “range of options” are being considered—from an investment to expand the company’s digital platform to an outright sale.
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For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sprint Tags $60 at Best Buy Sci-Tech,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. 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JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Angela Lang/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $155 at Google Express HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Google Home Hub review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See at Turo Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile See It 7 Comments $210 at Best Buy TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. 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New light shed on old dispute between Einstein and Bohr Quantum mechanics at its heart is the study of the building blocks of the universe – what they are and how they work together to form reality as we are able to interpret it. Its ideas were first developed almost a century ago with such notables as Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr developing theories and debating ideas such as whether particles exist at certain places at certain times, or whether they move around constantly with a probability of being someplace at a given moment. The second idea famously led Bohr to conclude that if that were the case than the universe is indeterminate and at its base probabilistic. Refusing to believe such a possibility could be true, Einstein responded with perhaps his most famous quote that “God does not play dice with the universe.” Now, nearly a century later, modern physicists are still just as divided. In the survey, just 42 percent of respondents agreed with Bohrs’ assertions – the rest were divided among several other theories. Also likely surprising to those outside the physics community, a full 64 percent of those who bothered to respond to the survey said they believe Einstein’s view of the universe “is wrong.”Another idea that appears to still vex the modern physicist is whether quantum objects have the same physical properties as they do when measured. Just over half thought so. Also there is the ongoing argument about the probability of a true quantum computer coming to pass, and if it ever does, when that might happen. The largest number, 42 percent said they believe it will happen 10 to 25 years from now, 30 percent said it would come after that, while just 9 percent said they thought it might happen before then.Based on the results of the survey, it appears Richard Feynman was right when he once responded to a reporter’s question about how well quantum mechanics is understood by saying that “anyone who claims to understand quantum theory is either lying or crazy.” (Phys.org)—A trio of physicists has uploaded a paper to the preprint server arXiv describing the results of a survey passed out to attendees at a physics conference held in 2011: Quantum Physics and the Nature of Reality. The purpose of the survey was to find out how much agreement or disagreement there is in the physics community regarding the most fundamental ideas of quantum mechanics – surprisingly, the results showed that there is still very little consensus among physicists regarding some of its most basic principles. © 2013 Phys.org More information: A Snapshot of Foundational Attitudes Toward Quantum Mechanics, arXiv:1301.1069 [quant-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1301.1069AbstractFoundational investigations in quantum mechanics, both experimental and theoretical, gave birth to the field of quantum information science. Nevertheless, the foundations of quantum mechanics themselves remain hotly debated in the scientific community, and no consensus on essential questions has been reached. Here, we present the results of a poll carried out among 33 participants of a conference on the foundations of quantum mechanics. The participants completed a questionnaire containing 16 multiple-choice questions probing opinions on quantum-foundational issues. Participants included physicists, philosophers, and mathematicians. We describe our findings, identify commonly held views, and determine strong, medium, and weak correlations between the answers. Our study provides a unique snapshot of current views in the field of quantum foundations, as well as an analysis of the relationships between these views. Citation: Survey shows physicists can’t agree on fundamental questions about quantum mechanics (2013, January 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-survey-physicists-fundamental-quantum-mechanics.html Explore further Credit: arXiv:1301.1069 [quant-ph] Journal information: arXiv 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.
Sunwing introduces direct flights from Quebec City to PVR TORONTO — Sunwing is expanding its route network out of Quebec City for the coming winter with new direct service to Puerto Vallarta.The new flights mean Quebec City passengers “can enjoy the beautiful region of Vallarta Nayarit and its two most popular destinations: Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit,” says Sunwing.Departures start on Dec. 17, 2018 and run until April 15, 2019.“Saving customers time and money by enabling them to depart from their local airport is one of our key priorities, and we are delighted to be offering Quebecers even more choice this coming winter with the introduction of this new service. Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are consistently popular vacation destinations and we’re sure this new service will be well received,” said Sam Char, Executive Vice President of Sunwing Travel Group Quebec.Resort options with Sunwing include Iberostar Playa Mita, which offers guests an array of activities including snorkelling, diving, kayaking, windsurfing and tennis. Golfers can take advantage of various packages to tee off at the Greg Norman-designed 18-hole championship golf course onsite.Iberostar Playa MitaFamilies will also appreciate the spacious rooms designed to accommodate groups of five or more at Riu Jalisco, plus clients who travel with Sunwing get exclusive RIU-topia inclusions such as unlimited à la carte dining, in room liquor dispensers and spa discounts.Riu JaliscoThere’s also Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort and Spa with water activities for all ages, even surfing lessons. Posted by Tuesday, July 10, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, Palladium Hotels & Resorts, Puerto Vallarta, Québec City, RIU Hotels & Resorts, Sunwing Travelweek Group Share
HARP Volume Down; FHFA Targeting More Potential Customers The Federal Housing Finance Agency is still refinancing plenty of loans through Home Affordable Refinance Program ‒‒ in fact, more HARP refinances were done in December than in any other month of 2014 ‒‒ but HARP refinances are significantly down from a year ago, even if FHFA believes it has many more potential customers out there.In a report released February 20, FHFA found that that with 30-year fixed mortgage rates averaging about 3.86 percent, the number of loans refinanced through 2014 made up 14 percent of total refinances nationwide last year, and 9 percent of all refinances in Q4.The numbers might sound significant, but they are dramatically lower than where they were at the end of 2013. In the fourth quarter of 2014, FHFA approved 37,397 refinances through HARP. In the first quarter, it approved roughly 77,000, which itself was a sharp drop from the 115,000 HARP refinances recorded in Q4 of 2013.Throughout 2013, FHFA averaged about 275,000 transactions per quarter, the number of which steadily declined as the year progressed. The same pattern emerged in 2014, charting a further dropoff in HARP refinances ‒‒ a phenomenon FHFA has yet to offer a solid explanation for.In September, CoreLogic, looking at the steady erosion of HARP refinances, offered a possible explanation by saying that the national negative equity rate was down to 10.7 percent for all mortgaged homes at the time. FHFA’s data does back up this idea: Through December, 27 percent of HARP refinances had a loan-to-value ratio of greater than 105 percent ‒‒ down from 40 percent through all of 2013.What FHFA does come out and say is that it wants more people to take advantage of HARP refinancing. FHFA estimates that as of the third quarter of 2014, more than 652,000 borrowers nationwide “have a strong financial reason to refinance through HARP.” These are borrowers who meet basic HARP eligibility requirements, have a remaining mortgage balance of at least $50,000 and a remaining term of at least 10 years, with an interest rate at least 1.5 percent higher than current market rates. This, FHFA states, can save borrowers $200 a month on average.The savings are more than a crib note for financial literacy. FHFA has, since looking at the results of HARP refinances a few years ago, been beating the same drum when it comes to the main benefit of the program ‒‒ borrowers who go through HARP are less likely to fall into delinquency, which in turn will keep inventories from bloating.Borrowers in certain states are apparently listening. HARP refinances in Georgia and Florida, for example, comprised roughly 29 percent of all refinances in those states last year. Nevada and Michigan came closely behind, at 26 and 24 percent, respectively. February 23, 2015 429 Views Federal Housing Finance Agency FHFA HARP Home Affordable Refinance Program Mortgage Refinances 2015-02-23 Scott_Morgan Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News
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the same place will open up a new "opportunity for expansion" for UAS in the region and Grand Forks could be at the top of a list for possible testing sites for the new programOpportunitiesHoeven said unmanned aircraft are being operated across the world by the American military But the vehicles are only flown in the US along with regular piloted aircraft along the borders of Mexico and Canada he said"But we need to" he said "The United States is the leader in aviation in the world For us to continue that leadership role in aviation we must fly manned and unmanned aircraft together in the same airspace"Hoeven said the Department of Defense bill includes about $900 million to fully fund the Global Hawk program which will allow the Air Force to follow its plan of eventually stationing 13 of the aircraft at Grand Forks Air Force BaseThe base received its fourth Global Hawk on Monday and a fifth aircraft is scheduled to arrive TuesdayHoeven said there is "pressure" on Congress about funding but UAS is "a critical system" that will help keep the nation secure and at the forefront of aviation technologyThe recently passed legislation also includes a requirement that the FAA take into account "geographic and climatic diversity" when it selects the six sites across the nation to test shared airspaceThat language could help Grand Forks become one of the new testing sites Hoeven said The FAA must establish the integration program within 180 daysHe said the region already has a strong infrastructure for UAS including the current Global Hawk aircraft mission stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base UND’s UAS Center of Excellence and the US Customs and Border Protection operating Predator surveillance aircraft along the Canadian border ‘Competition’Hoeven said the FAA’s top priority in this pilot program is ensuring safety which also improves the chances of Grand Forks being selected as a testing site The region has low air traffic congestion "great" flying weather and 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