Manitoba civil servant policy says booze OK marijuana not at office parties

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba civil servants will be able to swig a beer at office parties, but smoking a joint will still be a no-no after recreational cannabis is legalized, says a draft policy obtained by The Canadian Press.It’s an issue that many employers, both public and private, will have to deal with once marijuana becomes legal this year.“Alcohol is ingrained in our ways of doing business. Marijuana isn’t,” said Sean MacDonald, who teaches business administration at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business“Particularly within corporate Canada, there is still a long distance in terms of both education and cultural transformation before they’re going to view (alcohol and marijuana) on the same level.”The five-page draft policy from Manitoba’s civil service commission, to take effect once recreational pot is legal, says booze will still be OK at some functions, but pot won’t be.“Consumption of alcohol may be acceptable when in conjunction with a workplace event or social function where consumption has been authorized by the appropriate employing authority,” the document states.“The use of cannabis is prohibited at all times in relation to working hours … and work-related events or social functions, unless it has been prescribed (medically).”There will also be different rules for buying liquor and cannabis on a lunch break under the draft policy.“Employees who purchase alcohol during a rest period or meal break may store the alcohol, unopened, in a discreet location in the workplace until the end of that work day,” the policy states.“The possession and/or storage of cannabis in the workplace is prohibited at all times, unless it has been prescribed.”MacDonald said many employers will initially be cautious when it comes to cannabis and set down strict rules.“I am sure over time they will evolve and probably loosen up to some degree.”The Manitoba civil service commission would not comment on the draft policy, other than to say it is still a work in progress.“An updated policy on workplace impairment is being drafted and will be made available publicly once finalized,” the commission said in a brief written statement.last_img read more

International Criminal Court rejects appeal to start trial of Congolese militiaman

4 September 2008The International Criminal Court (ICC) has dismissed an appeal by prosecutors against its earlier decision to suspend the trial of the Congolese rebel leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, accused of recruiting child soldiers to serve in his militia. The court announced the decision in a statement today, noting that judges with the ICC’s trial chamber had made the ruling yesterday.“The proposals outlined in the application demonstrably fail to meet the prerequisites set out hitherto by the Chamber to enable it to lift the stay of proceedings, and they infringe fundamental aspects of the accused’s right to a fair trial,” according to the decision.On 13 June the ICC trial chamber imposed a stay on proceedings against Mr. Lubanga after finding that prosecutors had failed to disclose more than 200 documents to the defence that have the potential to prove the militia leader’s innocence.Mr. Lubanga, the founder and leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots in the Ituri region of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has been charged with a series of war crimes, including conscripting and enlisting child soldiers into the military wing of his group and then using them to participate in hostilities between September 2002 and August 2003. The trial of Mr. Lubanga was due to have been the first to be held by the ICC, and it had been scheduled to begin on 23 June. He remains in the ICC’s custody until the court makes a final decision on the appeal. read more

USAF medical team to examine injected exLTTE combatants

The Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran, has said that US Air Force’s medical team, currently in the province on a goodwill visit, will examine former LTTE combatants who had fallen sick allegedly because they were injected with poisonous substances by the Sri Lankan armed forces when they were undergoing detention or rehabilitation after surrender, the New Indian Express reported.In the past few weeks, Tamil politicians and the media have been highlighting the death of 104 ex-combatants who had allegedly been given injections as part of an “inoculation program”. Some others had complained of physical debility after release from detention or rehabilitation. Ravi Karan, Sivajilingam and former MP Suresh Premachandran said that a credible examination could be conducted only by non-Sri Lankan doctors. Chief Minister Wigneswaran told the Northern Provincial Council that he had mentioned the plight of the former combatants in his conversation with the US Ambassador, Atul Keshap, when the latter was in Jaffna to inaugurate a five-day program of the USAF’s Operation Angel medical team there, and asked if the USAF team could examine them and give an independent report. The US envoy said that the USAF could examine select patients and decide what to do next. Therefore, a few of the cases will be referred to the US team, the Chief minister said. The issue of the sick and dead ex-combatants was raised by NPC member M.K.Sivajilingam and the Chief Minister had responded to him.Earlier, an NPC member from Mullaitivu district, T.Ravikaran, had charged that 104 ex-combatants had died of poisoning by the Sri Lankan armed forces while they were in custody or undergoing rehabilitation. He quoted an ex-LTTE cadre who told a Sri Lankan government committee on reconciliation recently, that he had been considerably weakened physically by these injections which were said to be “inoculations” against communicable diseases. “When I was in the militant movement I could carry two cement bags at a time, but now can’t even lift 10 kg” the cadre had said.Provincial Heath Minister Dr.P.Sathiyalingam offered to get the cadres screened. So did the Sri Lankan Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, even as the Sri Lankan army spokesman, Brig.Jayanath Jayaweera, described the charge as completely false.The NPC then unanimously passed a resolution expressing concern about the ex-combatants and sought medical screening of all former cadres. According to the Chairman of the NPC, CVK.Sivagnanam, the USAF might even send the preliminary diagnosis to the US for further action. The US team would be in Jaffna only for five days. Since the USAF’s Operation Angle medical team was in Jaffna for a five day program, Chief Minister Wigneswaran requested the US envoy to get the team’s men to examine the sick cadres and he readily agreed.However, the ruling party in the Northern Province, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), is not united on this issue. Fisheries Minister B.Deniswaran said on Tuesday that is it wrong to allege that ex-combatants had died or are sick because of deliberate poisoning, even before doing a survey. The TNA’s spokesman M.A.Sumanthiran told Express hat no comment can be made before ascertaining the facts. “We are trying to ascertain the facts,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

3M profit for 2Q comes in a penny higher than analysts expected

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joshua Freed, The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2013 8:22 am MDT 3M profit for 2Q comes in a penny higher than analysts expected; guidance unchanged MINNEAPOLIS – 3M Co., which makes a wide range of items including Scotch tape, reflective coatings for signs, and medical products, said on Thursday that its net income rose 2.6 per cent as revenue grew across most of its businesses.It reaffirmed its full-year guidance.3M does business all over the world, and its products are used in a wide variety of industries, so its results are watched as an economic barometer.“First-half conditions were challenging, and 3M executed very well under the circumstances,” Chairman and CEO Inga Thule said on a conference call. “We anticipate demand recovery in the second half of the year, with some help from the macro economy and consumer electronics markets.”3M saw a “continued slow-growth economy” in the second quarter,” he said.The company earned $1.2 billion, or $1.71 per share, in the most recent quarter. That’s a penny better than expected by analysts surveyed by FactSet. A year ago it earned $1.17 billion, or $1.66 per share.Revenue rose 2.9 per cent to $7.75 billion. That’s just slightly less than analysts had expected, on average.Revenue rose in each of 3M’s divisions except for its electronics and energy unit, where sales fell 3.2 per cent. Profits in that unit fell 16 per cent.The electronics and energy business is suffering from a one-two punch of declining sales of films for LCD televisions, as well as a drop-off in businesses related to solar and wind energy. 3M makes adhesives and sealants for wind and solar power. Those industries are suffering from oversupply after many companies rushed to get into those businesses. Sales of wind and solar energy products fell more than 10 per cent, 3M said.“This market continues to seek a bottom, which is impacting our growth,” said David Melina, 3M’s chief financial officer. Sales should stabilize in the second half, but 3M is aiming to shift resources from wind and solar toward areas that have better growth prospects, Melina said.Shares of Maplewood-based 3M fell 86 cents to $115.47 in morning trading. Its shares are near the high end of their 52-week range of $88.74 to $117.30. read more

FLSmidth notes sustainability and digital mining developments in Q2 results

first_imgFLSmidth’s June quarter saw an improvement in revenue and profitability as the company’s Mining and Cement divisions continued to perform strongly.The company’s order intake for the June quarter amounted to DKK5 billion ($752 million), down 2% from the same period a year ago. Mining order intake, specifically, declined 7%, mainly due to a lower capital order intake, the company said. This included an order of around DKK375 million from Rio Tinto for its Koodaideri iron ore project.During the quarter, the company also completed the acquisition of IMP Automation.FLSmidth’s order backlog stood at DKK16.8 billion by the end of June, up 16% from the same time last year.Revenue increased 16% year-on-year in the quarter to DKK5.5 billion on high activity level, while earnings before interest taxes and amortisation came in at DKK487 million, up 28% year-on-year.FLSmidth Group CEO, Thomas Schulz, said: “The second (June) quarter showed a strong performance with improved revenue and profitability, driven by both Mining and Cement. Following a slow start to the year, we have been successful at converting backlog to revenue in the second quarter. In close cooperation with our customers, we have continued to deliver on our vision to provide sustainable productivity enhancement.”Schulz continued: “Our success with both service and capital orders, demonstrates our customers’ confidence in our ability to enhance their productivity. This is supported by an increased push for sustainable solutions that ties in well with our position, capabilities and track record.”In the company’s Mining division, Schulz said the company saw increased interest for new technologies such as dry stack tailings, but also a general need to reduce water consumption in the production process. The company said the mining market remained robust.The company added on the mining market: “Equipment demand continues to evolve around replacement and brownfield projects, with select greenfield opportunities. Miners are attentive of rising global issues and remain cautious on large and high-risk investments. The long-term pipeline for larger projects is encouraging, but most projects are currently not reaching further than the engineering/prefeasibility stage.”It continued: “Customers across regions and commodities are increasingly demanding digitalised solutions to improve performance, reduce operating costs and maximise safety in operations. Similarly, customers show increased interest in technology to obtain a more sustainable production, not least our effective solutions for tailings management given the latest issues with tailings dams failures and the related environmental impact.”last_img read more

É campeão Brazil obtains new continental title

← Previous Story NEW MONTPELLIER PROBLEM: Diego Simonet to miss action in November Next Story → Argentina keeps main round hopes alive Brazil became the South and Central American champion in this new competition format after beating Argentina 24-19 in the last match of the tournament. Both nations are qualified for the World Championship in Japan next year. The 2013 World champions displayed a great level and quickly put themselves 6-1 ahead after the first 10 minutes. Argentina was finding it hard to break through the tough 6-0 defense with one of the World’s best defenders, Eduarda Amorim, in the command. On the other end of the court, goalkeeper Marisol Carratú was on a good day on the Argentinian goal and it was one of the reasons why the conducted by Eduardo Gallardo managed to stay in the game.Brazil reached a difference of +8, however, with a few changes in attack and the irreverence of the younger players of the squad, Argentina shortened the gap to 5 by the end of the first half (15-10). Centre back Micaela Casasola (21) and debutant Malena Cavo (19) were the highlights of the last few minutes, with the latter scoring 3 goals in the 9 minutes that she stepped on court.On the second half Brazil continued to be in the lead and extended the difference to 8 again (18-10) with good performances from the indecipherable Bruna de Paula and centre back Patricia Matieli. While Argentina managed to play well and reach clear goal situations, the figure of Bárbara Arenhart emerged to ruin the party with an outstanding performance. But in the end, the coached by Gallardo we able to score anyway and closed the match with the same 5 goal difference they had reached after the first 30 minutes.Brazil’s title is the first of the South and Central American Championship format, however, it’s their 11th continental gold medal. The two teams will meet again in the next continental commitment which will be the Pan American Games in Lima, Perú; where only one place is at stake for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.Paraguay defeated Uruguay 26-27 and finished third. They had also obtained a victory against Chile (21-28), but lost to Argentina (26-28) and Brazil (17-40). argentinaBárbara ArenhartbrazilBruna de Paulaeduarda amorimeduardo gallardoMalena Cavo read more

Belarus Lithuania and Poland to join efforts for Mens EHF EURO 2026

The handball federations of Belarus, Lithuania, and Poland plan to bid to co-host the 2026 EHF European Men’s Handball Championship, BelTA agency got information from the Belarusian Handball Federation.Countries reached a preliminary agreement on cooperation in the matter and plan to send the corresponding documents to the European Handball Federation. The handball federations of the three countries will then continue the detailed work on all the issues related to the organization of the competitions.The initiator to co-host the 2026 European Men’s Handball Championship is Poland hosted the 2016 EHF European Men’s Handball Championship.In 2023 Poland and Sweden will co-host the World Men’s Handball Championship. Men’s EHF EURO 2026 ← Previous Story PSG Handball win No. 14 in Toulouse Next Story → EHF Challenge Cup TOP 8: AEK Athens in Russia, CSM Bucuresti VS RK Borac read more

Womens EHF EURO 2018 TOP SCORER Katarina Krpez Slezak is pregnant

The Hungarian ERD announced that their TOP scorer and the best scorer of the last Women’s EHF EURO 2018 in France, Serbian right wing Katarina Krpez Slezak is pregnant.The 31-years old lefthander will miss upcoming season in which Serbia will try to reach VISA for the Olympic Games in Tokyo through good placement at Women’s World Championship 2019 in Japan.Krpez Slezak is the only Serbian girl who didn’t miss any competition since her debut at Women’s EHF EURO 2008 in North Macedonia.PHOTO: Kolektiff ← Previous Story Jerko Matulic to Orlen Wisla Plock Next Story → Marco Oneto to play his last match in career at Panamerican Games Katarina Krpez-Slezak read more

Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND X Factor finalist Lloyd Daniels dons the famous garment as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat returns for a Dublin run. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Investigations into the ‘dismembered‘ body parts found in a Dublin recycling plant have not yet led to a cause of death being established. A crash in Fermoy left a 28-year-old man dead and a woman in her 70s fighting for her life.Working class children are still less likely to reach third-level education according to the ESRI. Property developer Michael O’Flynn says he can “immediately repay” €24.9 million of loans he owes to a US fund.The mother of a six-year-old boy killed after being knocked down wants speed limits changed.The Government is to establish a working group to review the Direct Provision system.The head of business group DublinTown says that the majority of begging in Dublin city centre is “organised”.A garda was injured after a suspected stolen car crashed into a Dublin Bus on College Street.A comic depicting Irish nurses in Australia has sparked outrage online.INTERNATIONAL Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images#ROBIN WILLIAMS: Fans worldwide and colleagues have been mourning the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams.#ROBIN WILLIAMS: The 63-year-old’s death has been preliminarily ruled as a suicide.#EBOLA: An elderly Spanish priest infected with the Ebola virus has died. Miguel Pajares had been treated in Spain with an experimental serum.INNOVATIONSix major companies including Google are joining forces to build a superfast internet cable under the Pacific Ocean.Diversity data in tech companies has caused controversy recently, Apple is no different. [WSJ Tech]PARTING SHOTcenter_img Source: doublezwynne/YouTubeToday’s parting shot could only really feature one man. Here he is with Ireland’s/Zog’s Zig and Zag. Enjoy.last_img read more

Irish scientist to help combat aggressive triple negative breast cancer

first_imgAN IRISH SCIENTIST has been given the green light to research why some forms of breast cancer become resistant to chemotherapy.The research could potentially lead to improved survival rates for those with the illness.UCD’s Dr Madeline Murphy will be researching what is known as triple negative breast cancer.This aggressive form of the disease can not be treated with drugs usually used against breast cancer.However, it can also become resistant to other forms of therapy, such as chemotherapy drugs.Katherine Woods, Research Communications Manager at Breast Cancer Campaign said that the cancer, which makes up around 15% of all cases of breast cancer, has poor survival rates.“Improving chances of survival”“Dr Murphy’s research could help to prevent this resistance, improving the chances of survival for thousands of people and bring us one step closer to our goal that by 2050 breast cancer could be overcome and outlived,” she said.Using the grant from the Breast Cancer Campaign, equivalent to €25,000, Murphy will investigate how two proteins in tumours might be causing this resistance to chemotherapy.The organisation funds 88 research grants with a total value of £12.9 million (€16.2 million) across Ireland and the United Kingdom.Last month, the same organisation helped boost research by another Irish scientist at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, who is investigating whether calcium deposits in the breast encourage the growth of breast tumours.As many as 3,000 women In Ireland are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.Read: Irish scientist to find out whether calcium deposits cause breast tumours >More: Study finds link between high cholesterol and breast cancer >last_img read more

Germany spied on John Kerry and Hilary Clinton by accident

first_imgGERMAN INTELLIGENCE LISTENED to at least one phone call of US Secretary of State John Kerry, Der Spiegel reports.The German paper announced today that tomorrow’s edition will outline how German secret service BND intercepted a 2013 phone call by Kerry “by accident”.Kerry was discussing Middle East tensions by satellite, the paper says.Relations between Germany and the US have been deeply strained by revelations from fugitive US intelligence agent Edward Snowden last year that Washington had conducted intensive spying operations in Germany, including eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.The issue erupted again last month when two alleged German double agents working for US intelligence were unmasked.The revelation comes days after German public broadcaster ARD and Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung revealed that Kerry’s predecessor Hilary Clinton had been spied on.A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Berlin and the State Department in Washington declined to comment on the latest reports.In its report today, Der Spiegel also cited a confidential 2009 BND document listing fellow NATO member Turkey as a target for German intelligence gathering.The Germany intelligence agency didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Contains reporting from AP and AFP.Read: Obama proposes to end NSA bulk data collection >More: Is the US spying on hundreds of leading Germans? ‘No comment, but…’ >last_img read more

George Mpliokas elected President of Hellenic Villages

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Following the recent Annual General Meeting of the Hellenic Village on 3 June 2019, the newly elected Board of Directors met on Monday 10 June and elected George Mpliokas as President for the next two years.Mpliokas, a Marketing Manager for IT company, Olympus Technology Services, is the current Vice-President of the Meteora Thessalias Benevolent Society and a former President and Vice-President of the Macquarie University Greek Association (MUGA).“I want to thank the whole of the outgoing Board for their efforts towards this project of many years, and I congratulate my new team on their election,” said Mpliokas upon being elected.“The task at hand is complex and the responsibility is great, but I humbly accept this responsibility and dedicate myself to service in a manner which is open, fair and transparent.READ MORE: Hellenic Initiative Australia funds SOS children’s villages in Greece“To our member-organisations and to the Greek community of Sydney, I say this; we will listen to you, we will work hard to help secure the future of our community and we will do everything in our power to deserve your trust.”Hellenic Village Board of Directors 2019 – 2021President: George Mpliokas (Meteora)Vice-President: John Petropoulos (Pan-Corinthian) Vice-President: Peter Siomos (Meteora)Secretary: Andrew Kalavritinos (Diakofto) Assistant Secretary: Sam Paschalis (Messolonghi)Treasurer: George Lianos (AHEPA) Assistant Treasurer: Sotiris Katsianas (Elassona)Director: Emanuel Francis (Apollo) Director: Vasileos Minas (Pan-Thessalian) Director: Panagiotis Achileos (Cyprus Hellene) Director: Andreas Kolovos (Hagia Lavra)last_img read more

PostBrexit scenarios for Greeks in the UK and Brits in Cyprus

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram EU member states are exploring the future of British nationals living in their countries should the UK not secure a deal until 31 October, thus automatically withdrawing from the European Union. There is concern as to what this would mean for EU national living in Britain as well as Brits abroad.Greeks in the UKUK Prime Minister Theresa May reassured Greece that nearly 150,000 Greek nationals living, studying and working in the UK would not be affected by the Brexit.In an interview with Greek Ta Nea daily newspaper, she said that the contribution of Greeks was invaluable and the rights of Greek citizens have been “guaranteed” in all Brexit scenarios.READ MORE: Brexit and Alcibiades: Populism, demagoguery and fake newsThe UK PM also said she had made telephone contact with new Greek prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and that his desire to want to make Greece a successful and outward-looking nation was in harmony with British values. “In particular, the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and I have agreed on the importance of expanding our cooperation on trade and security,” Mrs. May said.READ MORE: Greece braces for no-deal Brexit tourism waveBrits in CyprusCypriot lawmakers on Friday unanimously passed legislation safeguarding the right of UK nationals and citizens of Northern Ireland and their families to move and reside freely in Cyprus in the event of a no-deal Brexit. According to the law, UK nationals will be allowed to continue residing on the island with residence documents and not have to leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement. The implementation of the law would take into account the reciprocity principal and would swing into effect on the provision that the UK government takes similar measures for the benefit of Cypriot nationals.last_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpos parish priest reveals basketballers close ties with Greek Orthodox church

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The parish priest from Agios Meletios Greek Orthodox Church in the Athenian neighbourhood of Sepolia, where talented basketballer Giannis Antentokounmpo grew up, has revealed the close relationship he had with the NBA’s MVP.Father Evangelos Ghanas was the priest who baptised both Giannis and his brother Alexandros on 28 October, 2012 – a date specially chosen for its historical significance as OXI Day.According to the priest, Giannis spent time at the church attending services and Sunday School, during which time the youngster’s character started to shine through.Despite being so young, Father Evangelos said he was a young man with ethics and always full of hope, despite his family living in poverty at the time.“I don’t remember him ever complaining or having a sense of being wronged by life and being aggressive towards society,” Father Evangelos told Ethnos.“What I cannot forget was Giannis’ gaze,” he added.“I find it difficult to describe; there was an innocence [in his eyes] but also a hope. No fear and no resentment.“He may be flying on the court, but in real life I think he stands firmly on his feet.”RELATED ARTICLE: Giannis Antetokounmpo receives a hero’s welcome in the poor neighbourhood where he grew upFather Evangelos is known for being welcoming, embracing migrants and their children, and taking a stance against racism.And it would seem Giannis hasn’t forgotten Father Evangelos either, having recently mentioned the priest in an interview.“When I was a kid I went to Sunday School and there was a man there who was helping us a lot,” he said. “You cannot imagine how much he helped.”READ MORE: The Greek Freak’s brother, Kostas Antetokounmpo to sign with the Lakerslast_img read more

Watch Rude Alligator Crashes Couples Picnic Date in Florida

first_img Watch: Here’s How Florida’s Gatorland Is Preparing for Hurri…Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in Florida In Florida, a couple’s cute picnic date turned into a hair-raising situation when a hangry alligator decided to interrupt their intimate hangout and gobble up all their food, including some guacamole.On Thursday, Taylor Forte planned the date with her fiancé Trevor Walters near Lake Alice in Gainesville, Florida, CBS4 Gainesville News reported. When they were about to enjoy their feast, the pesky alligator swam up to the bank and sprinted to their picnic site.The couple immediately left the blanket and watched the alligator nosh on their picnic goodies.“He annihilated an entire block of cheese,” Walters said in an interview with Fox4 News. “Gobbled it down, lickity split. The salami didn’t stand a chance.”But, that wasn’t all: The alligator then ate half a watermelon, a pound of grapes, and a fresh batch of guacamole.A Florida couple, enjoying a nice picnic by the lake, got a surprise from an unwanted guest. #FOX35— Fox 35 News (@Fox35News) June 3, 2019Walters proceeded to make a lot of noise and distract the alligator, who eventually ran back into the water.“Unfortunately it sounds like that gator has been fed previously and has lost its weariness of people and is beginning to associate people with food,” Karen Parker with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) told CBS4 Gainesville News.Parker warned people to not feed alligators, because they become a big issue for people and have to be removed by the FWC for safety reasons. If there is an annoying alligator, Parker urges a quick phone call to the FWC (866-392-4286) for assistance.More on Alligator Spotted Hiding in Hallway of Florida Elementary SchoolMassive, 11-Foot Alligator ‘Breaks Into Home’ at 3 A.M. in Florida 10-Foot Alligator Takes Late-Night Stroll Across Florida Highway Stay on targetlast_img read more

Uber Copter Flights Are Launching in NYC Next Month

first_imgStay on target Starbucks to Deliver Nationwide Via Uber EatsUber’s New Rideshare Tier Is the Height of Comfort Uber Elevate, Uber’s aerial ride-hailing division, is not making its big debut yet, however, Uber will start offering Uber Copter, a helicopter transportation service, in New York City next month.Starting July 9, Uber Copter will only be available to Uber users who are Platinum and Diamond members of Uber Rewards, the company’s loyalty program, The New York Times reported. Users can book the aerial service via Uber’s app, which will transport them between Lower Manhattan and Kennedy International Airport in a quick eight-minute flight. The aim of Uber Copter is to axe the total time it takes to travel between both places, which could take at least 60 minutes and during rush hour, more than two hours, Engadget reported.Like Uber rides, Uber Copter will determine pricing based on demand and the average ride will cost users between $200 and $225 a person. However, this price also includes ground transportation to and from each point on the trip. In Lower Manhattan, customers will be picked up or dropped off by car to the Uber Copter helipad and at Kennedy International Airport, they’ll be picked up by a car at the helicopter tarmac and driven directly to their terminal and vice versa if they’re coming back from airline travel.Here’s how it works: Customers can book an Uber Copter trip right on the spot or up to five days in advance of their desired flight time. Each helicopter can fit up to five passengers and will be in service from Monday to Friday during afternoon rush hour. Once a user reserves a seat, they will receive an email confirmation and boarding pass from Uber.An Uber Copter boarding pass. (Photo Credit: Uber)Uber Copter’s helicopter service will be operated by Newark-based HeliFlite. For each flight, there will be two pilots on board and passengers will be shown a 90-second safety video before they leave. One downside though is that these helicopters can’t accommodate large suitcases, so passengers will only be allowed to travel with one carry-on weighing 40 pounds or less and one personal bag.Even though Uber Copter will only be available in New York City for now, Eric Allison, the head of Uber Elevate, said the company aims to bring Uber Copter service to other cities in the future.“This is a trip that so many travelers make a day, and we see an opportunity to save them a huge amount of time on it. Our plan is to eventually roll out Uber Copter to more Uber customers and to other cities, but we want to do it right,” Allison said told The New York Times. “The main goal of this initial venture is to understand the operations behind aerial vehicles.”Watch: Melbourne to Be First International City to Trial Uber Air Flying TaxisMore on Now Deactivates Poorly Rated RidersUber Black Users Can Silence Drivers With New ‘Quiet Mode’Uber Reveals the Most Bizarre Items Forgotten By Riderslast_img read more

Zukanovic Piateks suspension is a big blow for Genoas game against

first_imgGenoa defender Ervin Zukanovic admits Krzysztof Piatek’s suspension couldn’t be less welcome ahead of today’s Serie A match against AC MilanSince arriving from Polish club Cracovia in a reported deal of €4m, Piatek has since scored 13 of Genoa’s 25 Serie A goals this season in his 19 appearances and his absence will undoubtedly be felt today.The 23-year-old, who is being touted as a potential replacement for Gonzalo Higuain at Milan for this month’s transfer window, is suspended for the match at the Marassi as Genoa look to end a barren run of just one win in their last 13 league games.And Zukanovic admits the loss of their star man is a major blow for the struggling hosts.“We know it’s going to be a difficult match, but we want to win just as much as Milan do,” said Zukanovic, according to Football-Italia.“Piatek is a big loss, because he is a player who scored many goals, but we have other strong forwards who can fill the gap today.”Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.Latest reports over Piatek’s expected move to the San Siro state that Genoa will receive a fee in the region of £31m and bonuses will be included should Milan manage to finish in the top-four in the Serie A and qualify for the Champions League next season.Once the deal, which will reportedly likely be concluded on Tuesday, is complete then Higuain will be expected to leave Italy and join former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea for the remainder of this season.The Blues can then extend Higuain’s loan deal for another 12 months this summer if things work out at Stamford Bridge.21-year-old Andrea Favilli, who is on loan from Juventus, is expected to take Piatek’s place in the Milan starting line-up for today’s league encounter.The Serie A match between Genoa and Milan will take place at the Marassi with kick-off set for 15:00 (CET) today.last_img read more

High Court rules in pensions transfer case

first_imgThe High Court has ruled against Royal London in a pensions transfer case, overturning the Pensions Ombudsman’s earlier determination in favour of the mutual life and pensions provider.In the case of Donna-Marie Hughes vs The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society,  Hughes requested to transfer her benefits from her personal pension plan to a small self-administered scheme (SSAS), the Babbacombe Road 1973 Limited SSAS, in 2014. A trust was established by Babbacombe Road 1973, defined as the ‘principal employer’, and Hughes was defined as the ‘trustee’.Hughes was 41 when she made the transfer application and her pension plan with Royal London was worth almost £8,360.Royal London refused to make the transfer on the basis that it did not consider Hughes to have a statutory right to transfer and because it had concerns about the status of the receiving scheme, the proposed investment and the level of advice the pension holder had received.Hughes argued that it was unjust for Royal London to deny her transfer right, lodging a complaint with the Pensions Ombudsman.In June 2015, the Ombudsman found that Royal London’s refusal to make the transfer was consistent with the law. It determined that Hughes had no relevant earnings from an employer connected to the receiving pension scheme and therefore could not be considered an earner, meaning that she had no statutory right to take a cash equivalent transfer value from her pension to the receiving scheme.Hughes successfully appealed the decision at the High Court.On 19 February 2016, the Court found that Hughes could be considered an earner by reasons of her earnings from other sources and she was therefore entitled to require Royal London to transfer the cash equivalent of accrued rights from her personal pension scheme.The Pensions Ombudsman stated: “[The ruling] provides instruction to trustees and administrators that, assuming the other requirements for a statutory transfer right are made out, members do not need to be in receipt of earnings from an employer sponsoring the occupational pension scheme to which they wish to transfer their pension. Earnings from another source are sufficient.“It seems likely that most transferring members will meet this requirement so, beyond verification of earnings and the provision of risk warnings, trustees and administrators will be conscious that under current legislation they cannot refuse such a transfer, even if they have significant concerns that it may be for the purposes of pension liberation.“Members with similar complaints will benefit from the ruling but should note that providers may need to seek further information and wish to ensure the risks are fully understood, before a transfer is made.”Ben Fairhead, lead legal advisor to Royal London, pensions litigation partner at Pinsent Masons, added: “The consequences of this ruling are far reaching and could leave pension scheme members more exposed to the risk of scams.“It will now be far easier for individuals to move their money from legitimate schemes, ultimately leading to a potential influx of monies into suspicious schemes as the hands of those being asked to make transfers are increasingly tied by the inflexibility of the law.”last_img read more

Candlelight vigil held in Miami for Haiti

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – People gathered in Miami, Thursday, to show support for Haiti on the seventh anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the island nation.At the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, a candlelight vigil was held to commemorate the 2010 tragedy.A dedicated memorial wall was unveiled featuring a poem written by Edwidge Danticat, an award-winning Haitian novelist.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 40 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of December 30 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of December 30, 2018:Part-Time Teller at Reading Cooperative BankFull-Time Mill Metal Worker at Tecomet, Inc.Full-Time Inside Sales Representative at Sager ElectronicsFull-Time General Manager at Couto Management GroupFull-Time Business Development Manager at KochPart-Time Tax Intern at Osram SylvaniaPart-Time Product Engineering Intern at Analog DevicesFull-Time Residential Counselor II at VinfenPart-Time Sales Floor Team Member at TargetFull-Time Cook at Glendale Senior DiningFull-Time Customer Success Manager at Casamba, LLCFull-Time Residential Assistant Program Manager at NuPath, Inc.Full-Time Chemical Mix Operator at Lubrizol CorporationFull-Time Heating & Cooling Technician at Super Service TodayFull-Time Drain Cleaning Expert at Super Service TodayFull-Time Sales Manager at Bill Dube HyundaiFull-Time Parts Department Professional at Bill Dube HyundaiFull-Time Automotive Sales Professional at Bill Dube HyundaiFull-Time Assembly Operator at Koch Chemical Full-Time Chemical Operator at Koch ChemicalFull-Time Jr. Data Steward at Heilind ElectronicsFull-Time Service Technician at Cochrane VentilationFull-Time Entry Level Solar Site Surveyor at Vivint SolarPart-Time Merchandise Relief at Frito LayFull-Time Display Media Specialist at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Marketing Quality Assurance Tester at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time eCommerce Web Analyst at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time IT Business Analyst at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Manager I (Enterprise Direct Sales) at ComcastFull-Time Cargo Van Delivery Driver at Optima ShippingFull-Time System Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time Global Sourcing Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Accounts Payable Clerk at AramarkFull-Time Service Technician at AramarkFull-Time Teacher at May InstituteFull-Time Teacher Assistant at May InstitutePart-Time Home Health Aide at Associated Home CareFull-Time Package Handler at FedExPart-Time Servers at 99 RestaurantPart-Time Bus/Server Assistant at Red Heat TavernLong-Term Substitute Grade 8 English Language Arts Teacher at Wilmington Middle SchoolLong-Term Substitute Reading Specialist at Wilmington Middle SchoolSubstitute Teachers, Educational Assistants, Nurses & LPNs at Wilmington Public Schools(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more