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Successful Applicants Announced for Works for You Program

first_img Unemployed and low-skilled Nova Scotians will be better prepared to find and keep work with a more than $5-million investment in 28 projects in the province’s Works for You program. The program provides funding to non-profit and other organizations that provide skills and workplace preparation training for people who are unemployed or who lack a recognized diploma. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education today, March 28, announced the successful applicants to deliver the programs from a request for proposals. “Helping Nova Scotians find sustainable employment is key to growing our economy,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “It’s part of our jobsHere strategy, and programs such as Works for You demonstrate our commitment to creating secure jobs and a secure future for Nova Scotia.” Youth and Community: Working Together, sponsored by Phoenix, is one of the projects funded by Works for You. It addresses employment barriers of homeless and at-risk youth with pre-employment and essential skills workshops combined with research and community-based projects. “This program allows Phoenix to provide highly innovative and effective support for our community’s most marginalized youth,” said Timothy Crooks, executive director, Phoenix. “Young people get the opportunity to build their skills and be engaged in the labour market, while communities benefit from their hard work. The impact is tremendous.” “We’re working on a project to give back to the community and help others,” said Jon, a program participant. “At the same time, we’re developing individual and group skills. It feels good to have your ideas valued.” Works for You also supports projects for groups under-represented in the workforce, including Aboriginal Nova Scotians, African Nova Scotians, people with disabilities, youth, older workers, Acadian and francophone Nova Scotians. The program also targets women, income-assistance recipients, new entrants and re-entrants to the work force, and people who were self-employed. The program, administered by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, is funded through the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Agreement, which will transfer an estimated $85 million to Nova Scotia over six years to help low-skilled workers, those not eligible for Employment Insurance benefits, and groups under-represented in the workplace, find sustainable employment. More information about the Works for You program is available at http://www.gov.ns.ca/employmentnovascotia/lma-information/default.asp . NOTE: A list of funding recipients follows this release.last_img read more

UBC develops new technique to identify unwanted animal products in ground beef

first_imgVANCOUVER – The University of British Columbia has good news for anyone who’s been a little nervous about sinking their teeth into a juicy hamburger ever since horse meat was found in European beef a few years ago.Researchers at the university have developed a new technique to identify unwanted animal products in ground beef, using a laser-equipped spectrometer and statistical analysis.DNA testing can already identify foreign species in meat products, but it can’t locate offal, such as hearts, livers, kidneys and stomachs, mixed in with meat of the same species. UBC’s new technique can do both.“We think this might be a way to fill the gap,” said Yaxi Hu, a PhD candidate in UBC’s faculty of land and food systems, as well as the study’s lead author.Hu said when a food product has a low market share, there is potential for unscrupulous companies to mix it into higher-value foods. Since the consumption of offal in North America is pretty low, the students guessed it was possible that it was being used in meat.The study doesn’t make any findings about whether this is happening, but it does lay the groundwork for future studies to test beef products from Canadian supermarkets to see if they contain offal.Instead, Hu and fellow food science students made their own meat samples by grinding together beef and offal. They then aimed a spectrometer at the meat.Animal products have different chemical compositions, so their molecules react to energy from the laser in different ways. The spectrometer captures images of their reactions, which are saved in a database that can be used to compare with other samples.Hu said the instrumentation for the technique is not too complex so it could be adopted by industry and government fairly easily. They would just need a spectrometer and software that connects to a database of spectral images, she said.“Our database … can be transferred to a lot of other places, and they can use this database to see what kind of products they have — if it’s an authentic one or an adulterated one,” she said.The study was funded by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Mitacs and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.The 2013 European horse meat scandal is among the most well-known examples of food fraud. Beef products in several countries were found to contain undeclared horse meat, prompting outrage from consumers.But Canada has not been immune to the issue. A study released earlier this year by researchers at the University of Guelph and commissioned by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently found that 20 per cent of sausages sampled from grocery stores across Canada contained meats that weren’t on the label.Most alarming for kosher or halal consumers, seven of 27 beef sausages examined in the study were found to contain pork.Hu said she is more concerned about safety than undeclared meat. She said she became interested in food fraud because she’s from China, where milk and infant formula was found to have been adulterated with melamine in 2008, hospitalizing more than 50,000 babies and killing six.“I don’t want my products to be fraudulent but if it’s safe, I can sort of stand it,” she said. “But if the adulterant is something that’s not an edible animal source — for example, I know that there are people (in other countries) using rat, or dog or cat meat — that’s really disgusting to me.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

Lawyers slam de facto expulsion of U of C student guilty of

first_imgCALGARY – The Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association is criticizing what it calls the de facto expulsion of a University of Calgary student convicted of a sexual offence.Connor Neurauter pleaded guilty to sexual interference with a minor in Kamloops, B.C., in November and was sentenced earlier this month to 90 days in jail.The case stoked outrage because the judge allowed him to delay all but one day of his sentence to May 4 — once Neurauter had completed his semester at the university.The university has said it does not have the grounds to outright expel Neurauter, but that he has been advised not to return this semester and would be escorted away if he tried.The lawyers’ group calls the university’s move an act of cowardice and denial of fundamental due process.It says it does not defend Neurauter’s criminal acts, but questioned whether he should be branded an offender forever or given the opportunity to reintegrate into society.“Allowing Mr. Neurauter to continue his education does not hurt society — it helps it,” Daniel Chivers, president of the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association, said in an open letter to the University of Calgary’s board of governors.“Of all places, an institution of higher learning should understand the redemptive power of education.”last_img read more

2018 JACK WEBSTER AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

first_imgExcellence in Feature/Enterprise Reporting – TelevisionJill Bennett, John Hua, Catherine Urquhart, Grace Ke, Global BC News for Soliris Fight Excellence in Feature/Enterprise Reporting – RadioBal Brach, Laura Palmer, Stephen Quinn, Matthew Parsons, Lee Rosevere, CBC Radio One, for SOLD!Excellence in Feature/Enterprise Reporting – Print/Text-Based OnlineSam Cooper, Vancouver Sun/The Province, for Dirty Money in BC:  Casinos, Drugs, Real EstateExcellence in Business, Industry and Economics ReportingRob Shaw, Vancouver Sun/The Province, for The economics of public auto insuranceExcellence in Legal JournalismLaura Kane, Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press, for Jordan Decision, One Year LaterExcellence in Science, Technology and Environment ReportingJohanna Wagstaffe, Polly Leger, Lee Rosevere, Shiral Tobin, CBC Radio One, for 2050:  Degrees of ChangeBest Reporting Chinese LanguageSusanna Ng, Ivy Ng, Eva Cheng, Eric Chan, Victoria Chang, Amanda Sun, Ming Pao Daily, for Hongkongers in Canada – on the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handoverBest Community ReportingMax Winkelman, Tara Sprickerhoff, Barbara Roden, 100 Mile House Free Press/Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal, for Fire FightExcellence in Digital JournalismJustin McElroy, cbc.ca/bc, for We’ve tracked every promise the B.C. NDP made in the last election:  Here’s where they standBest Breaking News Reporting – TelevisionGeoff Hastings, Aaron McArthur, Darryl Patton, Stephen Lyon, Keith Whitter, Monty Burt, Karl Avefjall, Simon Boniface, Luca Sgaetti, Global BC News, for Cst. Davidson ShotBest Breaking News Reporting – RadioStephen Quinn, Lee Rosevere, Drew Kerekes, Jake Costello, Bridgette Watson, Yvette Brend, Claudia Goodine, Michelle Eliot, Theresa Duvall, Chris Robinson, Rob Zimmerman, Rafferty Baker, Megan Thomas, CBC Radio One, for The morningCanada bought a pipelineBest Breaking News Reporting – Print/Text-Based OnlineScott Brown, Cheryl Chan, Lori Culbert, Nick Eagland, Gordon Hoekstra, Stephanie Ip, Patrick Johnston, Rich Lam, Glenda Luymes, Harrison Mooney, Jason Payne, Jennifer Saltman, Vancouver Sun/The Province, for BC Wildfires 2017Commentator of the Year/City Mike AwardJohn Gleeson, Coast ReporterAlso at the awards, the 2018 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Clive Jackson and the 2018 Bill Good Award was presented to Donna Logan.  Keith Morrison, an award-winning correspondent for Dateline NBC who joined the program in 1995 after a prominent career at both NBC and in Canadian television was the event’s guest speaker.This year’s Jack Webster Awards were made possible by Air Canada, BCGEU, Coast Capital Savings, FortisBC, Global Container Terminals Inc., Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Lyft, The Pattison Group, Port of Vancouver, UDI, and Vancity. Hyphen, video sponsor and Rocky Mountain Railtours, door prize sponsor.The Jack Webster Foundation was founded in 1986 and named after the man who was Western Canada’s best-known and most influential reporter.  He left his mark on the B.C. journalism scene with his hard-hitting reporting style. In his more than 40 years of print, radio and television journalism, Jack Webster was synonymous with insightful, accurate and unabashed reporting. Today the Jack Webster Foundation carries on Jack’s legacy by promoting and recognizing the achievements of B.C.- based reporters by:  holding the annual Jack Webster Awards for excellence in journalism in BC, awarding annual Student Awards to senior journalism students, awarding Professional Development Fellowships to working journalists, and providing educational seminars for the media.Thanks to Cision for sponsoring this announcement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment VANCOUVER – Western Canada’s preeminent journalism awards were presented this evening at the 2018 Jack Webster Awards, held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver B.C.  The awards recognize excellence in journalism in B.C.Submissions were encouraged from print, radio, television and online media sources that cover news, sports, the arts, business, community issues, and more.  The winners for the 2018 Jack Webster Awards are: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Kosovo UN envoy speaks out against attacks by Serb fringe groups

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Kosovo, Joachim Rücker, condemned the attacks on the crossings at gates in northern Mitrovica, which resulted in the destruction of property, saying “any violence is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”Mr. Rücker, who heads the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), added that he expects all citizens to exercise calm and respect UNMIK and the NATO-led Kosovo Force, or KFOR, which will continue to ensure a safe and secure environment throughout Kosovo.Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to ensure the stability of Kosovo, which the UN has run since 1999, and the safety and security of its population, after the Assembly of Kosovo’s Provisional Institutions of Self-Government adopted a resolution on Sunday declaring its independence from Serbia.He urged all sides to “refrain from any actions or statements that could endanger peace, incite violence or jeopardize security in Kosovo and the region,” as the Security Council also debated the latest developments. Belgrade and Pristina were unable to reach agreement on Kosovo’s status, which had been the subject of months of negotiations led by the troika, comprising the European Union, Russia and the United States. That group was set up after a stalemate emerged over a proposal by Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy, Martti Ahtisaari, for a phased process of independence for Kosovo.Serbian President Boris Tadic appealed to the Council to declare Kosovo’s “unilateral and illegal” declaration of independence “null and void,” noting that the action taken by the Kosovo Assembly violates UN resolution 1244, which reaffirms Serbia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.But several other Council members, including the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Belgium, indicated their support during yesterday’s debate for the “new state of Kosovo.” 19 February 2008While the situation on the ground in Kosovo, which declared its independence from Serbia on Sunday, remains calm overall, the United Nations mission there reported violent attacks today by Serb fringe groups on two boundary crossings in the north. read more

Deputy UN chief to give keynote address at African Union forum on

13 October 2010Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro will give a keynote address on Friday in Nairobi, Kenya, at the African Union (AU) forum on the ‘Launch of the African Women’s Decade,’ which seeks to accelerate implementation of agreed global and regional commitments. The six-day forum, which opened on Monday and brings together delegates from all over the world, will see the AU embark on a massive campaign to empower 530 grassroots initiatives by women by the year 2020.Ms. Migiro, who leaves New York tonight, will also hold bilateral meetings with officials from the AU and the Kenyan Government, as well as with senior United Nations officials based in Nairobi, before returning to UN Headquarters on Sunday. read more

Maldives becomes latest country to endorse International Criminal Court

21 September 2011Maldives today became the latest country to agree to be bound by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the independent, permanent tribunal set up to prosecute individuals accused of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Indian Ocean archipelago acceded to the 1998 Rome Statute, the legal document establishing the basis for the ICC, in New York today as part of the annual United Nations treaty event aimed at boosting countries’ engagement in the international treaty framework.Maldives becomes the 118th State Party to the ICC, which is based in The Hague in the Netherlands and can try cases relating to war crimes committed since July 2002.Malta, which is already a State Party, today acceded to an agreement on the ICC’s privileges and immunities.Meanwhile, nine other treaty actions took place today at UN Headquarters in New York on the second day of the treaty event, with countries signing up to protocols on conventions on a range of subjects, from human rights to the environment to disarmament.Maldives signed the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), Kyrgyzstan signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) signed the Nagoya Protocol, which deals with the equitable sharing of genetic resources and their benefits.Trinidad and Tobago acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, while Italy ratified the pact.Spain ratified the protocol to a 1979 convention on heavy metals and air pollution, and acceded to three separate optional protocols or convention related to privileges and immunities or diplomatic and consular relations. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 5.44 points to 15,252.53.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 10.90 points to 22,129.32.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 1.76 points to 2,482.67.The Nasdaq composite index was up 17.49 points to 6,401.26.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.98 cents US, down from Friday’s average price of 79.13 cents US.

Indian Navy holds talks with Sri Lanka as INS Mysore arrives

The Indian Navy held talks with the Sri Lanka Navy and Ministry of Defence following the arrival of India’s largest naval ship, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, on a three-day visit.The Ministry of Defence said that the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet (FOCWF) of the Indian Navy, Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh paid a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Karunasena Hettiarachchi at the Ministry premises today. Military Liaison Officer of the Ministry of Defence Major General Prasanna De Silva was also present at the meeting. The visiting delegation also included the Commanding Officers of the ships, Captain K Swaminathan and Captain M Paul. Defence Advisor of the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka Captain Prakash Gopalan accompanied the visiting officials. A cordial discussion was held between the visiting delegation and the Defence Secretary on matters of mutual interests and bilateral relevance. The visiting ships will take part in a series of programmes arranged by the Sri Lanka Navy to enhance goodwill during their stay in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Rain not a problem for Norfolk Fair

The year-round cultivation of revenue streams helps the Norfolk Agricultural Society weather the storm when October turns out to be rainy.Diversification came in handy last year as the agricultural society endured one of the wettest fairs in recent memory.Back in the day when the Norfolk County Fair dominated all else, a wet fair was bad financial news. Today, it merely marks the difference between a good year and a great year.“We had a wet fair and that affected attendance,” George Araujo, general manager of the Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show, said Monday. “But we had great days too. The last day of the fair we had record attendance and record amounts of money spent.”Several decades ago the Norfolk County Fairgrounds was a sleepy place for much of the year.But with 50 acres of prime land in the middle of Simcoe and nearly a dozen large, spacious buildings to rent, the fairgrounds today is busy most every day of the week.Araujo describes the Junior Farmers Building as “the buck-and-doe capital of Norfolk.” Numerous sports teams rent The Aud while Eat-and-Drink Norfolk, the Norfolk Wildlife Festival and Adventure Show, the Simcoe Farmers Market, trade and business shows, reunions and social events provide reliable revenue streams throughout the year.“Fifty or 60 years ago we could shut everything down and wait for the fair,” Araujo said. “We can’t do that anymore.“We have a lot of agricultural people who know the weather can turn on you. Hopefully, this was that one year and we can get back to sunny skies in 2019.”The Norfolk Agricultural Society executive will have a new look heading into 2019. At its annual general meeting in Simcoe Saturday, a new president and new executive was installed.The new president is Debbie Morrison. Morrison replaces Brian Kenney, who remains on the executive in the role of past president. Steven Balcomb was selected first vice president while Brad Nunn was elected second vice president.“It is an honour and a privilege to be the incoming president,” Morrison said in a news release. “The fair is steeped in 178 years of rich history, and to be part of that is humbling. I give special thanks to Dianne Persall, Sharon Petheram and Sharon Judd. These women were the trailblazers in becoming the first three female presidents of the Norfolk County Agricultural Society.”Seven directors were elected at Saturday’s meeting to three-year terms.Three-year directors include Carolynne Campbell, Patricia Douel, Mark Jacobs, Percy McNabb, Sharon Petheram, Craig Smith and Dan Taylor.Keith Harvey was elected to the board for a two-year term while Molly McDowall was elected for a one-year term.The Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions took the occasion of Saturday’s meeting to hand out several awards.Receiving Distinguished Service Awards for contributing to the success of the Norfolk County Fair for 10 years or more were Lyle and Marsha McLaren of Old Fashioned Fudge Inc., the family of the late John and Hazel Race, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm of La Salette.Receiving an Order of Merit for five or more years of outstanding service to the NCF were Dave Richardson and Perry Willson.Ginger Stanley received the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies’ Agricultural Service Diploma for her outstanding record of volunteerism at the Norfolk County Fair. As well, the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies’ Accomplishment Award was presented to Ron Barker.Fair officials also took time Saturday to recognize posthumously several Norfolk County Fair stalwarts who passed away over the past year.The Honour Roll includes R.B. Kent, W.A. Bowyer, J. James Miller, A.E. Culver, Horace Kellum, Paul E. Angle, Ruth Gundry, Lois Buckborough, Doug Witham, Cecil Crane and Walter Petheram.The Norfolk County Fair is the fourth largest fair in Ontario. It draws over 100,000 visitors over seven days in October.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

UNICEF seeks 8 million to help droughtaffected areas in Kenya

The East African country is facing a drought emergency as a result of the poor performance of the short rains in 2003 coupled with erratic long rains this year, according to UNICEF. In the affected areas, a combination of inadequate food, little water and poor health services is leaving more and more children malnourished and susceptible to disease. The UN agency has already allocated almost $1 million to urgently procure supplementary food, vaccines and key health supplies and to support water tankering, buy critical water supplies and ensure continued schooling for young students. In Turkana, the agency is providing supplementary food for some 5,000 young vulnerable children, but officials warn this could fall short of needs. “While we have started, this is not enough,” said Maniza Zaman, the Chief of UNICEF’s Nutrition Section. “Young children are the worst-hit in any emergency and unless we act quickly we will lose some of them.” In the worst-affected areas, she added, an estimated 37,000 children are malnourished, and about 520,000 children require measles vaccines and vitamin A. According to UNICEF’s Country Office Representative, Heimo Laakkonen, the agency dispatched emergency kits to support the health centres and more supplies are expected shortly. In addition, potable water will be given to the communities and basic education materials to schools to ensure they remain open and serve as a protective environment for children, Mr. Laakkonen added. “We estimate that 1.2 million children may be at risk of dropping out of school due to drought stress,” he said. “At times like this, children often drop out of school because of the water shortages or in order to undertake household chores.” read more

Duke Energy scuttling plans for nuclear power facility in Fla blames licensing

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Duke Energy scuttling plans for nuclear power facility in Fla.; blames licensing, law changes ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The largest utility in the U.S. is scuttling plans to build a $24.7 billion nuclear power plant in a small Gulf Coast county in Florida, the company announced Thursday.Duke Energy Corp. said it made the decision because of delays by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in issuing licenses for new plants, and because of recent legislative changes in Florida.But Duke did not close the door entirely on the Levy County project. The Charlotte, N.C. -based company said it will still to pursue a NRC license for the plant — something Duke could receive in late 2014 or 2015, said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy’s state president in Florida.“We continue to believe that the Levy site is a viable option for future nuclear generation and we want to keep that option open,” he said.But Duke would have to evaluate energy factors before deciding whether “new nuclear generation makes sense.”“You have to look at project cost. You have to look at what are the energy needs in our service territory. You have to look at carbon regulations. Is there a carbon regulation? Is there a carbon tax? You have to look at – for the long term – what do you think natural gas prices are going to do. And I think we have to look at existing and future legislative provisions for cost recovery,” Glenn said.The announcement comes just a few years after U.S. nuclear industry executives said they were on the cusp of a revival. That revival fell short as new technology allowed drillers to tap more natural gas within the United States, which increased supplies and pushed down prices.The proposed plant — and how the company was raising money for it — have been debated for some time in Florida.Duke has been charging its customers nuclear cost recovery fees for the two, planned 1,100-megawatt nuclear units in Levy County. Through these fees, Duke customers have paid $1.5 billion for the plant so far.Florida State Rep. Mike Fasano, R-Pasco County, said Thursday that he wasn’t surprised by Duke’s announcement.“I’ve been saying for years that Duke had no intention of building these power plants yet they continue charging the customers for it,” Fasano said. He’s tried for several years to repeal the cost recovery fee.The state’s Public Service Commission and the state legislature should have “been more aggressive” with Duke and asked more questions, he said.Duke’s stocks were up 51 cents to $71.51 a share Thursday.In February, Duke decided to close the Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida after workers cracked a concrete containment building during an attempt to upgrade the plant in 2009. An attempt to fix the problem in 2011 resulted in more cracks.Ryan Bell, the chairman of the Levy County Commission, said he is optimistic that a plant will eventually be built in his county — and bring jobs and tax revenue with it.“I personally have confidence,” said Bell. “My opinion is that it’s a tabled project, on hold, but not an indefinite hold. I would hope the world outside of Levy County would see the need for the jobs as well as another type of clean power.”In states where utilities operate as monopolies, they are reluctant to ask their regulators for permission to build enormously expensive nuclear plants, or even fix old ones, when building gas-fired factories is so cheap. In places where utilities sell power into the open market, the low prices don’t counter the financial risk of building expensive nuclear plants.Two brand-new nuclear plants are under construction in Georgia and South Carolina that use the same reactor design that had been proposed for the Levy County plant. Separately, the Tennessee Valley Authority is finishing a previously abandoned nuclear plant at its Watts Bar plant. Utility companies have struggled to contain costs on all three construction projects.Meanwhile, utilities have shuttered older plants. In June, Southern California Edison announced it would close its San Onofre plant rather than fix damaged equipment that critics said could never be safely replaced. The two reactors were idled in January 2012, when a small radiation leak led to the discovery of unusual damage to hundreds of new tubes carrying radioactive water.Dominion Resources Inc. announced late last year it would close the Kewaunee Power Station in Wisconsin because it couldn’t find a buyer.___Weiss reported from Charlotte, N.C. Associated Press writer Ray Henry contributed to this report from Atlanta.___Follow Tamara Lush on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tamaralush by Tamara Lush And Mitch Weiss, The Associated Press Posted Aug 1, 2013 4:50 pm MDT read more

75 new Irish jobs announced in software testing company

first_imgA SOFTWARE QUALITY firm, SQS, has announced a further expansion of its Irish operation today with the creation of 75 jobs over the next three years.The new jobs to be created will see 50 based in Dublin with 25 located in the Belfast office. The company said today it is currently looking to recruit for up to 30 skilled positions before the end of this year.There will be positions available for software quality engineers, software testing managers, business analysts, performance engineers and software test analysts.SQS was established in Ireland in 2002 and already employs over 200 people across Ireland.Speaking today, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the growth of the firm is “an example of how the IT and digital sector can play an important role in job creation”.CEO of SQS Group Dik Vos said that recruitment of such specialist roles “remains a challenge” but working closely with Irish third level colleges and initiatives has proved successful.Read: Tesco announces 200 new jobs across Ireland>Read: Qualcomm announces 100 new jobs for Cork>last_img read more

Print that companion cube out of meat with the new Imagine 3D

first_imgWhoever said that 3D printing technology would never be useful spoke to soon, as a company called Essential Dynamics (any relation to Massive Dynamic?) has developed a new consumer unit that uses syringes instead of an extrusion head to print objects. What does this mean? Well, owners of this nifty new device will be able to print in food, specifically anything that will be able to squeezed out of syringe. This includes substances like peanut butter, melted chocolate, and (wait for it) meat. Now you can print that companion cube that seems to be the “hello world” of the 3D printing world out of hamburger and slap it between two pieces of bread for a hamburger sandwich.Called the Essential Dynamics Imagine 3D printer, it contains a head that makes use of two syringes, and comes with several tips and options in that area. While we certainly don’t see mothers of the world printing out a meatloaf for dinner, we can see this device being used in the design of fine confections, especially in applications that call for a high level of precision. The unit weighs about 30 pounds, and has a printing area of 8.75 inches by 8.75 inches which is actually a pretty good size for a consumer unit. As far as retail price, the Imagine won’t break the bank with its $1995 MSRP.While we can’t see many applications for objects printed with meat, who knows what kind of gourmet morsels will be dreamed up because the technology was available? The Imagine device isn’t the first printer capable of extruding edible substances, but it does seem to be the most affordable for the average consumer.Read more at the product’s site, via Fabbaloo.last_img read more

Refugees in Greece to receive financial assistance

first_imgAs of March refugees residing in Greece will have their free meals replaced by financial assistance. The announcement was made on Monday by Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas in an interview with SKAI TV.According to the minister, those eligible will be refugees on mainland Greece, while excluding those currently staying in camps on the islands. A set amount will be allocated to each refugee family, which Mr Mouzalas said will be one euro less than the minimum income that is guaranteed to Greek families receiving assistance – a decision he says was made “for symbolic reasons”.The minister was also questioned over the current EU-Turkey deal and the consequences for Greece if it were to collapse, which he unsurprisingly said would see Greece faced with “a very difficult situation”.Fifty thousand refugees and migrants have been registered so far, as the government looks to distribute them across various centres that are still under construction. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Après la marée noire BP repasse dans le vert

first_imgAprès la marée noire, BP repasse dans le vertDébut novembre, le pétrolier britannique a annoncé un bénéfice net de 1,79 milliard de dollars au troisième trimestre 2010. Un rebond spectaculaire pour BP, après une perte de 16,9 milliards essuyée en juin dernier.Malgré sa réputation ébranlée six mois après l’explosion de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon dans le Golfe du Mexique, qui a causé l’une des pires catastrophes écologiques américaines, BP parvient à se relever. La compagnie enregistre ainsi un bénéfice net de 1,79 milliard de dollars au cours du troisième trimestre par rapport à la même période l’année dernière.Ce retournement étonnant pour le groupe, qui avait essuyé en juin dernier des pertes de 16,9 milliards de dollars, est dû essentiellement à la remontée des prix du pétrole et du gaz, selon BP.Mais la page de la marée noire est loin d’être tournée. Le géant britannique doit encore augmenter de 7,7 milliards de dollars la provision pour éponger les frais engendrés par la catastrophe écologique. Une responsabilité qu’il ne veut pas endosser seul, puisqu’il a demandé à une filiale de la maison de commerce japonaise Mitsui and Co de lui verser 1,3 milliards de dollars (voir notre article). Le pétrolier lui réclame cette somme car l’entreprise japonaise détient 10% du puits de forage concerné. Le 8 novembre 2010 à 18:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pique – the next Barca president

first_imgFormer Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic has backed Gerard Pique to become the president of the club one day after the defender expressed a desire to take controlThe Spain international came through the youth ranks at Barcelona famous “La Masia” academy and has spent the majority of his career playing at the Nou Camp, after a brief spell with Manchester United.Recently, Pique had expressed a desire to become the president of the club one day in the future.“Yes, when I say things I mean them. I want to be president of Barca. It’s a step I’d like to take when I retire.” said Pique, according to Sport.“I don’t see myself as a manager. I don’t think I would enjoy it as much.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“As a president I could do really well for this club, because it’s what I am passionate about. My playing career will [one day] come to an and and the step I’d like to take is to become Barcelona president.”His former Barcelona teammate Bojan is certain that he will be a remarkable asset for the Catalan giants.“For years he has become very solid in the club, both in the team and in the dressing room. He is a very important figure because of his personality and charisma. As a footballer, he has earned the trust of everyone. He has been a part of the club all his life, representing them. He would be a good president, a good coach, a good element wherever he is.” said Bojan, according to Marca.last_img read more

Man City eye swap deal for Jorginho

first_imgManchester City are set to continue with their pursuit of Jorginho this summer by offering Napoli a trade involving Oleksandr Zinchenko, reports the Daily MirrorThe Italy international has been shortlisted as a top transfer target of Pep Guardiola’s for this summer as City look to maintain their dominant standards in the Premier League for next season.While the Citizens are keen to wrap up a deal for Jorginho as soon as possible, they are aware that their local rivals Manchester United are also interested in signing the highly-rated midfielder.The Red Devils have already beaten City to the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Fred in the last six months and Guardiola is reportedly determined not to let another one of his targets slip through his fingers.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…The Premier League champions have already had a £44m bid rejected by Napoli, who are understood to be asking for a fee in the region of £52.But City have another idea and plan to use Zinchenko to tempt the Serie A giants into a possible swap deal.Despite having developed into an important player at the Etihad Stadium last season, Zinchenko was primarily used as a left-back instead of his preferred forward position and so, therefore, the move could be mutually beneficial for both players.last_img read more