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Sleep Country Canada to acquire mattressinabox retailer Endy in 89million deal

TORONTO — Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc. announced a deal to acquire a Canadian mattress-in-a-box retailer in a nearly $89-million deal that looks to boost its online offerings.“We recognize that consumer shopping habits are evolving and we remain focused on serving our customers any way they want to shop, and providing them with the choice to navigate easily between traditional and online channels,” said David Friesema, Sleep Country’s CEO, in a statement Thursday.The company signed a definitive agreement to acquire the start-up Endy, which launched in Canada in 2015.Sleep Country goes after the mattress-in-a-box business made popular by online rivalsBed-in-a-box maker Casper to bring retail stores, manufacturing to CanadaThree growth stories, with lessons from the trenchesSleep Country Canada will pay up to $88.7 million for the acquisition. It will pay $63.7 million cash at closing and up to $25 million more in cash in early 2021 if certain growth and profitability targets are achieved in the previous year.The company’s revolving credit facility will be upsized by $60 million to $210 million to finance the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions and expected to close on Dec. 6 of this year.Endy will continue to operate separately following the acquisition with founders Rajen Ruparell and Mike Gettis remaining at the helm of the business, Friesema said. Gettis will continue to serve as Endy’s CEO, while Ruparell will chair a board comprised of Sleep Country and Endy senior management that will provide general oversight.“This acquisition will allow us to continue to grow rapidly and exceed customer expectations in a rapidly evolving retail climate, while remaining separate,” said Ruparell in a statement.Sleep Country already sells a mattress-in-a-box product, Bloom, which comes in four different styles and price levels. read more

UN mission hails new landmark in Afghanistans disarmament programme

“This is another milestone in the disarmament process, which has kept gaining momentum since it was initiated last year,” Ariane Quentier, a spokesperson for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), told a news briefing in the capital Kabul.Nearly 8,500 heavy weapons have also been consigned to secure compounds as part of the Afghanistan’s New Beginnings Programme (ANBP).Meanwhile UN agencies are scrambling to help local authorities respond to a spell of unusually cold weather and heavy snowfalls that have reportedly killed children, primarily in the north and central western regions, and left several areas in need of food.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is in daily contact with Government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO) across the country, providing winter family kits containing basic household supplies and blankets, emergency medication, wood-burning heaters, tarps and plastic sheeting for shelter and winterized tents.UNICEF has also sent in vaccines following unconfirmed reports of whooping cough among children.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has also airlifted emergency food and medical supplies to the most affected districts of Zabul province as well as in Kandahar province in the south, aiming to cover the needs of over 28,000 people for the next two months.WFP has faced major difficulties to the west in reaching Saghar and Tulak districts of Ghor province to provide assistance to some 15,000 people. Two convoys of 12 trucks with 140 tons of food left from Heart on 3 February, but could not reach the districts due to heavy snowfall. One convoy offloaded 100 kilometres from its final destination, Farsi. The second convoy is still stuck, 125 kilometres from Heart.The operations come on top of WFP’s ongoing pre-positioning of food, ensuring that vulnerable Afghans living in remote, snowbound areas have sufficient food during winter. As early as September 2004, WFP started pre-positioning over 23,000 tons of food for almost 600,000 vulnerable persons in the central and western highlands and in the north and northeast. As of Monday, 21,000 tons of food has been dispatched for further distribution.Many passes in the country remain blocked by snow and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is working with the Ministry of Public Works on a snow clearance programme throughout Afghanistan. read more

DR Congo UN denounces human rights violations in Katanga

Military personnel from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as well as members of Mai-Mai groups are systematically committing human rights violations against scores of civilians in the Katanga province of the vast, war-torn country, the United Nations Mission there (MONUC) said today. During its weekly press conference in Kinshasa, MONUC officials said they had addressed recommendations to the Minister of Defense, including replacing the 63rd brigade by an integrated Congolese brigade; prosecuting identified perpetrators of human rights violations; and opening an investigation of the alleged summary executions committed in Mitwaba jail by the 63rd brigade as well as of the alleged mass graves. The findings came from an investigation conducted by the mission’s Human Rights Division in Mitwaba, North-Katanga, from 13 to 19 February. Based on testimonies, the MONUC team was able to identify the 97 civilians who were killed, wounded, or inhumanly treated in the period of early 2005 through March 2006, explained Kemal Saiki, spokesman of the mission, and Sonia Bakar, deputy director of the Human Rights Division. Members of the DRC’s 63rd brigade are responsible of 47 cases of violations, including 33 summary executions, MONUC said. Regarding the Mai-Mai group of Gedeon and its allies, it is responsible for 45 cases, 33 of which are summary executions. Five other cases of violations were attributed to unidentified armed men. The MONUC team also confirmed the forced departure of at least 15 people accused of being Mai-Mai combatants who were supposed to be summarily executed by the DRC forces after their detention in Mitwaba’s jail in March 2005. “These figures reflect only those victims whose names were recognized by their family members or by eye witnesses during MONUC’s five days presence in Mitwaba,” the mission said. In late April 2006, MONUC has completed the deployment of 750 soldiers of a Beninese contingent that will help secure the Manono and Pewto regions of Katanga. The new contingent joined the 50 Bolivian blue helmets who were already stationed in the province. read more

At G7 Summit Ban outlines draft UN action plan to prevent violent

“Missiles may kill terrorists. But I am convinced that good governance is what will kill terrorism,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks to a meeting on terrorism held during the Summit of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations (G7) in Munich, Germany. “During the last 15 years, most counter-terrorism efforts have been reactive, focusing largely on military and security measures. This approach has often generated negative unintended consequences, further radicalizing disenfranchised communities,” he stated.For the UN chief, the two most pressing issues the international community needs to address are the underlying contexts and drivers of violent ideologies, and the main threats that have emerged, such as foreign terrorist fighters.“From the deadly ideologies of ISIL and Boko Haram, to Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, this wave of intolerance and hatred is a serious threat to peace, development, human rights and humanitarian action,” Mr. Ban warned.The UN Global Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, to be presented to the General Assembly later this year, will propose ways to address the causes of violent extremism, including intolerance, governance failures and political, economic and social marginalization. It will provide Member States with concrete recommendations for action at the local, national, regional and global levels. “Addressing violent extremism demands a proactive, ‘all-of-society’ approach that includes minorities, women and youth as partners,” said Mr. Ban, noting that the targeting of women bears special mention. “With every attack and encroachment by violent extremists, the first targets are the rights of women and girls.”Governments also have a particular responsibility to address the aspirations of youth, especially in countries where youth represent an increasing majority of the population, he added.“Youth are the group most prone to radicalization and violent extremism. Most foreign terrorist fighters are young males aged between 15 and 35,” the Secretary-General pointed out. “But young people are also part of the solution to preventing violent extremism. We all need to do a better job of engaging them.”Acknowledging that security measures and “even military action” may be necessary at times, Mr. Ban insisted on the fact that counter-terrorism efforts that ignore the rule of law and violate fundamental rights “not only betray the values they seek to uphold, but can also end up further fuelling violent extremism.”While at the Summit, Mr. Ban also addressed a working luncheon for outreach partners, stressing the importance of this year in which Member States are discussing a new, universal development agenda for the next 15 years that will integrate the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, and place poverty eradication at the core.During a meeting with Angela Merkel, the Secretary-General thanked the German Chancellor for her country’s strong support for sustainable development, calling on it to continue its leadership role in delivering on the post-2015 agenda.He also lauded Germany’s crucial role towards reaching a meaningful, universal agreement on climate change in Paris in December, and the two also discussed the importance of financing to meet the aspirations of the ambitious climate and sustainable development agendas, as well as the importance of global pandemic response preparedness. read more

September registrations meet industry expectations

·        SMMT is to review its registration forecast later this month, but is currently predicting a market of just over two million units in 2010, marginally up on the 2009 outturn. The outlook remains cautious, with the austerity measures likely to unsettle consumer and business confidence. The VAT rise, due in January 2011, could modestly affect the timing of demand towards the end of the year. ·        The Scrappage Incentive Scheme (SIS) had a positive net contribution to the UK new car market, but has caused year-on-year monthly comparisons to be distorted. ·        Private demand fell again in September, but fleet demand posted solid growth. Diesel and alternatively fuelled cars saw both volume and market share grow in the month. Registrations fell 8.9% in September to 335,246 units against a scrappage-fuelled 2009.Overall market remains up 7.8% over the year-to-date, at 1,635,659 units.September was 16.3% ahead of 2009 with scrappage excluded, and on a par with 2008.Full year market expected to hold at two million, up marginally on 2009.Fleet, diesel and alternatively fuelled cars all posted growth in September.“Despite an 8.9% fall in September registrations, demand for new cars has stabilised and will end 2010 slightly up on last year,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “It is important that alongside government’s austerity measures, the comprehensive spending review signals a strong growth agenda to boost consumer and business confidence.”Market continues to slow, reflecting strength of scrappage-aided months of 2009.·        The market over the past 12 months has risen 14.0%, or over 250,000 units, to 2.11 million new cars. However, over the past three months, demand has fallen 11.0%, or over 65,000 units, reflecting the end of scrappage. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ·        The Ford Fiesta was the best selling model in September and the year-to-date, though small car demand has waned in recent months.  ·        The September market for the new ‘60’ plate cars was 1% better than SMMT had predicted in July, but still fell 8.9% to 335,246 units – the second lowest volume for the month since 1999 when twice yearly registrations were established. read more

Playgrounds closures threaten childrens health

first_imgPlaygrounds closures will worsen obesity problem, warns report Children’s playgrounds are closing at an alarming rate across the country, threatening the fight against obesity, it is revealed today.Hundreds of playgrounds have already been shut since 2014, with cash-strapped local authorities expected to close hundreds more over the next two years.And the situation could be even worse, a new report has found, with dozens of councils not revealing details of their plans.The picture of widespread playground closures is in stark contrast to repeated Government promises to tackle the childhood obesity crisis caused by lack of exercise and poor diet, the report’s authors warn.Research by the Association of Play Industries (API) found that 112 playgrounds across 28 local authority areas were shut between 2014 and 2015, with a further 102 scrapped across 37 councils the following financial year.Furthermore 30 local authorities reported that they were planning to close another 80 playgrounds in the 2016-2017 financial year just finished, with another 19 councils planning to shut 103 playgrounds over the next 12 months.The closures amount to a nearly 3 per cent cut in the estimated total of fewer than 16,000 local authority playgrounds remaining across England, though researchers believe this is an underestimate since many other cases of playgrounds being shut are unlikely to have been reported. The findings have prompted alarm among child welfare groups, who say that leaving children with fewer opportunities for outdoor physical play will not only aggravate obesity rates but also do nothing to combat growing levels of stress in younger children.Helen Griffiths, chief executive of the Fields in Trust, which campaigns to preserve open spaces, said: “Play is the first step children take towards physical literacy and an active lifestyle and therefore investing in play spaces and securing their future should be a priority in combating the negative health impacts of a sedentary population.”Dr Amanda Gummer, the founder of the healthy play advice service Fundamentally Children, added: “Any reduction of play facilities in communities is short-sighted and detrimental to the development of future generations.  “Playing outside increases activity, helping in the fight against obesity; promotes social interaction, helping in the fight against mental illness and social isolation; reduces stress and makes the neighbourhood safer for everyone.”The API, which represents play equipment manufacturers and installers, today calls for Government to invest £100m in playgrounds and play spaces  across the country to tackle the decline.It says the money would pay for an additional 1,600 playgrounds experts ay are vital to the health of the nation’s children.There are also calls for the Big Lottery Fund to increase the amount it spends on children’s play spaces.Julian Knight, MP for Solihull and former member of the Communities and Local Government select committee, said: “This report highlights a deeply concerning trend away from children’s playgrounds.”At a time when we are all trying to combat childhood obesity and promote exercise we need to encourage children’s play. It would be most helpful if the likes of the Big Lottery Fund could look again at projects which promote children’s play.”The report draws attention to figures showing a 5 per cent rise in the number of obese children aged 2 to 10 between 1995 and 2003, along with research which found that children with a playground within two thirds of a mile of their home are five times more likely to be a healthy weight than those who don’t live near one.“Whilst the Government is right to encourage activity in schools, it should not forget the benefit of free play spaces that encourage children to be active outside of school hours,” states the Nowhere to Play report.Local authorities said they have been forced to make “difficult decisions”about which services to cut or scale back in the face of continued cuts to their budgets.Lord Porter, the chairman of the Local Government Association, said: “Councils want to do everything they can keep our parks and playgrounds intact but are doing this in the face of unprecedented budget constraints.“Decisions like this are never taken lightly and councils are exploring new ways to fund and maintain these facilities.” Playgrounds closures will worsen obesity problem, warns reportCredit:Matthew Ashmore/Alamy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Goldcorps Borden allelectric underground mine moves towards production

first_imgThose watching the all-electric Borden gold project in Ontario, Canada, will have been pleased with the takeaways from Goldcorp’s latest financial results.In the September quarter, ramp development reached 1,884 m, on schedule, with a corresponding depth of 314 m, while bulk sample extraction began in August, two months ahead of schedule, with a first zone of extraction on levels 225 and 240.The company said early results from the bulk sample were confirming the geological model and all operating permits were expected to be obtained by the end of 2018.All of this indicated Goldcorp could increase the pace of development of the project, as well as construction of the remaining critical mine infrastructure including a ventilation raise and secondary egress, meaning the mine could be in production somewhat earlier than expected.On the benefits of the project itself, Goldcorp said: “With an all-electric underground mine operation, it is estimated that operating costs will be reduced by over C$9 million ($6.9 million) per year due to the elimination of approximately two million litres of diesel fuel, and with reduced ventilation needs, a decrease of approximately 32,000 MWh of electricity and a corresponding decrease in propane required to heat the ventilation.”As well, a reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions of more than 7,000 t, or 70%, over a baseline mine is expected, according to the company.Based on these numbers, it is hardly surprising the Government of Ontario has agreed to invest C$5 million into the deployment of the all-electric fleet through its target greenhouse gas programme.The fleet is composed of state of the art mining equipment, including Sandvik DD422IE automated battery/electric jumbos and MacLean Engineering 975 Omnia Bolter battery bolters as well as Sandvik LH514E electric LHDs. All services vehicles are electrified, including a conventional Caterpillar 12M3 grader which was converted into a battery-operated unit by MEDATECH Engineering.The project, which currently has 950,000 oz of reserves, is scheduled to begin commercial production in the second half of 2019.last_img read more

Three men arrested over deer poaching

first_imgTHREE MEN HAVE been arrested by gardaí investigating the illegal hunting of deer in three counties.Gardaí carried out several planned searches in Carlow this afternoon as part of an operation targeting deer poaching in Wicklow, Carlow and Kilkenny.The three men, all in their 20s, were arrested and some evidence was seized at the scene. They are being held in Carlow and Thomastown Garda stations.The National Parks and Wildlife Service assisted the gardaí in the investigation.Deer are a protected species in Ireland and it is an offence to hunt them without a licence. Licences for wild deer hunting are issued every year by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.last_img

Google Maps timelapse shows how rivers move over time

first_imgGiven a sufficient period of time, the Earth is much more malleable than we generally give it credit for. We tend to think of changes to our planet as happening in geological time periods (“geologically speaking, that land mass formed extremely quickly…” and such) but not everything moves that slowly. In fact, some features move quite rapidly and change at a pace that is observable through rather conventional means, like satellite imagery.This set of images spans from 1984 to 2012, and makes it very clear that a river can change its path not only over the course of 28 years, but in just a few months when given the right conditions. Rivers, of course, are one of the most unpredictable and rapidly changing parts of the planet given how they are affected not just by slow-moving forces, like erosion, but also near-instantaneous ones, like flooding and upstream snow melts, which can causes banks to expand and shift from their current course. That could be the case here, as the river pictured is in eastern Bolivia and would likely be getting significant runoff from the Andes.What’s fascinating in this series of shots is not just that the rivers move, but also how they move. The primary action we see is the expansion of the river’s curves — the bends seem to be growing each year. That may be because of specific forces in that area or something happening upstream to increase waterflow, but it’s quite apparent. And then from 2007 to 2008 we see two sections of the river actually merge, forming a loop and what must be a small pool in the river.This isn’t the first time we’ve covered satellite imagery in time-lapse form. Last time it was this striking series of images taken by the LandSat satellites which showed the staggering growth of Las Vegas over the course of 38 years.Google Maps does not currently allow us to see historic satellite imagery, but it’s clear that they team has access to less-than-current images. Hopefully in the future more out of date (but still quite pertinent) image sets will be available and we’ll be able to observe and better understand the changes that are happening to our planet.last_img read more

An historic day It is now illegal to buy sex in Ireland

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Share769 Tweet Email2 162 Comments 63,041 Views Today, our thoughts are with the most vulnerable sex workers, who will be forced to take greater and greater risks in order to keep the clients they depend upon: those who will drop their prices, those who will agree to unprotected sex, those who will agree to go to an unknown location, and avoid calling the gardaí when attacked or afraid.“We encourage all sex workers to get in contact with SWAI to get support and information on their rights under the new law. We can be contacted by phone 085 8249305 or email”These are views not shared by Turn Off The Red Light, a group supported by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Ruhama as well as the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.In fact, Mia de Faoite, who survived working as a prostitute, said she knows how important this law is.“It will mean nothing unless we ensure those currently enduring sexual exploitation know they have these protections. The emphasis from today must be on working to reach them to let them know society cares about them and that they no longer need fear criminalisation,” she added.‘This approach will not help victims of trafficking’: Groups at odds as sex bill passes final stage Short URLcenter_img Mar 27th 2017, 2:57 PM ‘An historic day’: It is now illegal to buy sex in Ireland Not everyone is happy with the new legislation. Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Monday 27 Mar 2017, 2:57 PM By Garreth MacNamee NEW LAWS DESIGNED to protect prostitutes by criminalising the buyers of sex came into force today much to the relief of a number of organisations.Turn Off The Red Light, an umbrella group of charities and groups against the selling of sex, described the commencement of the laws as “an historic day” which they believe will help “vulnerable women, children and men in prostitution access support”.Spokeswoman for Turn Off The Red Light, Denise Charlton, said today is important because, for the first time, those involved in prostitution will no longer be criminalised by the law but instead protected by it.“From today, the Irish State is finally telling those sexually exploited through prostitution: ‘You are not to blame. You are not at fault. You are the victim here and we will protect you.’ From today, the law will instead focus on the pimps and traffickers who currently profit to the tune of €250 million from the sex trade,” she added. Kate McGrew of the Sex Workers Alliance of Ireland with supporters outside Leinster House last year opposing the laws. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieHowever, there are those who have been vehemently opposed to the bill. The Sex Workers Alliance of Ireland (SWAI) had said that the laws will not stop prostitution but will instead force women to operate in more clandestine way, thus increasing the likelihood of women being abused.ConcernsAccording to the group, their biggest concern is the safety of sex workers, particularly the most vulnerable. They said that laws which criminalise the purchase of sex “do not magically create options for the migrants, trans people, single parents and others who turn to sex work in order to survive”.Spokeswoman Kate McGrew said: “The Government’s moral crusade was driven by ideology not evidence. National and international expert groups provided clear evidence that criminalisation of the purchase of sex is not only ineffective but would be harmful to the health and safety of sex workers across Ireland.last_img read more

New deputy labor minister to take oath

first_imgNikos Panagiotopoulos is set to be appointed Deputy Labor Minister in a swearing-in ceremony taking place on Thursday morning. The ceremony will be attended by Greek President Karolos Papoulias and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.The appointment follows the resignation of former Deputy Labor Minister Nikos Nikolopoulos on Monday, who cited a lack of focus on labor and social welfare issues as the reasons behind his decision to exit the coalition government. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Paxinos We are soulless

first_imgPeople need to let go of the illusion that we have a soul, according to Greek Australian neuroscientist George Paxinos.The professor, who gave a lecture in Athens on the subject of ‘Brain, Behaviour, Development’, held at the Aegean College on Friday 22 May, denied the existence of free will.“Everything – even feelings – stems from and is controlled by the brain,” Dr Paxinos told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency.“Modern science has not only rejected the heart as the seat of love, but is making progress in identifying specific structures in the brain involved in the erotic, cognitive, emotional and behavioural components of love,” Dr Paxinos, who is also an atheist, explained.Scientists began to study the brain activity of people who were deeply in love via functional MRI – while the subjects viewed pictures of their partners, compared to viewing friends of similar age and sex – publishing the first major work on the subject in 2000. “Researchers have since extended these observations by showing that sexual desire and love recruit some common brain structures that promote bodily sensations, reward expectation and social cognition,” Paxinos tells.“The notion that love doesn’t reside in the heart but in the brain is now as well-established as the theory of anthropogenic global warming. “Clearly, it’s time the fallacious cardiocentric theory of love is abandoned and on Valentine’s Day lovers exchange images of the organ really responsible for their emotion, whose shape is every bit as beautiful as that of the heart,” he concludes.George Paxinos completed his BA at the University of California at Berkeley, then travelled to Canada for his PhD at McGill University, and spent a postdoctoral year at Yale University. He and Charles Watson are the authors of The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates, which, with over 61,000 citations over its seven editions (March 2014), is the third most cited book in science after Molecular Cloning and the Diagnostic and the Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). In 1974 Dr Paxinos permanently moved to Australia, and has been working as a professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney to this day, as well as a leading researcher at Neuroscience Research Australia, having published 45 books on the structure of the brain of humans and experimental animals (brain mapping). Several of his researches focus on combating neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. His work was recognised by an AO, Ramaciotti Medal, Humboldt Prize, and a $4 million NHMRC Australia Fellowship in 2009. Dr Paxinos has also been a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia since 2009 and a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens since 2012. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pour alerter contre la pollution une compagnie interrompt ses croisières sur le

first_imgPour alerter contre la pollution, une compagnie interrompt ses croisières sur le TibreLa compagnie des “Bateaux de Rome” qui réalise des croisières le long du Tibre a pris la décision d’interrompre son activité afin de protester contre une pollution de plus en plus forte du fleuve. En effet, la saleté rendrait ces balades dangereuses et peu attractives.C’est une décision jamais vue encore que celle prise aujourd’hui par la compagnie des “Bateaux de Rome” en activité sur les rives du Tibre, le troisième plus grand fleuve d’Italie avec le Pô et l’Adige. Celle-ci a en effet décidé de suspendre son activité vieille de 10 ans en réaction à la pollution extrême que subirait le célèbre fleuve. Quais sales, arbres décorés de sacs plastiques, pontons arrachés ou encore rives pleines de déchets sont le lot des riverains et touristes. Aussi, les croisières qui démarrent généralement à Pâques ne se feront pas cette année sur décision du gérant de la compagnie, Mauro Pica Villa. “On l’a fait pour des questions de respect envers eux” explique t-il.Un problème qui s’encrasseLes digues autrefois blanches seraient aujourd’hui grises et une surpopulation de sans abris gênerait l’activité des “Bateaux de Rome”. Problème : un fleuve ne peut être entretenu que lorsque l’on sait de quelles institutions relève ce nettoyage. Or, Villa dénonce une loi de 1906 qui établit les eaux du Tibre comme maritimes et non communales. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ainsi, le maire ne peut rien faire et les institutions de navigation sont aujourd’hui trop occupées. “On ne sait pas à qui s’adresser”, tonne le gérant. Le dernier nettoyage date de 2008 et aurait dû être renouvelé de nombreuses fois prenant en compte le fleuve sortant de son lit plusieurs fois l’an.Un commerce qui glissait sur l’eauCréé en 2003 par Walter Veltroni le maire de Rome à l’époque, les “Bateaux de Rome” fonctionnaient pourtant très bien. Souhaitant réaliser la même activité que celle des bateaux parisiens à Paris ou sur la Tamise de Londres, 40.000 tickets étaient vendus par an. Proposant une promenade d’une heure à 12 euros ou un diner-balade de 3 heures pour 52 euros, ces croisières ne peuvent plus être envisagées aujourd’hui compte tenu de la saleté mais également du danger que représentent les pontons détruits. Les inondations de l’hiver dernier auraient de plus, empiré l’affaire. La compagnie souhaite donc frapper un grand coup en arrêtant son tourisme fluvial qui comptait parmi les plus prisés par les voyageurs. L’administration est désormais interpellée sur le cas de ce fleuve de plus de 400 kilomètres mais l’Italie fait aujourd’hui de plus en plus face à des soucis de saleté urbaine après ceux survenus à Naples en 2012.Le 13 mai 2013 à 19:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Town Finds Quirky Flintstone House Annoying and Sues Its Owner

first_imgStay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site Fang reportedly installed big metal sculptures, a driveway sign that read “Yabba Dabba Doo,” figurines of The Flintstones characters, and other front and backyard additions.Last fall, a code enforcement panel said the changes caused “a highly visible eyesore and are out of keeping with community standards.” A complaint was filed against Fang after she didn’t comply with the panel’s order to take down the “irritating” additions and decor.Despite these allegations, Fang’s grandson said his grandmother will fight to keep the “Yabba Dabba Doo” vibe of her home: “I think the dinosaurs are beautiful,” Sean Fang told Fox News. “They make everyone smile and should stay.”More on Are the World’s 12 Weirdest BridgesWatch: This Baby’s First Word Is ‘Google’‘Miracle’ Coin That Saved WWII Soldier’s Life Goes Up for Auctioncenter_img A California town is suing the owner of a bizarre Flintstone House after she reportedly violated local codes with her dinosaur sculptures and landscape changes.The town of Hillsborough, which dubbed the quirky home a “public nuisance,” filed a complaint this week against Florence Fang, a former publisher who bought the bright house two years ago, Fox News reported.last_img read more

Path to a bridge is legislators priority at breakfast

first_imgTwo Southwest Washington senators plan to champion the idea of designating the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement project as a statewide priority.“We want to send a message to Oregon, we’re ready to work together and find a path forward,” said Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, who plans to partner with Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, on the legislation.Persuading the entire county delegation to agree on legislation related to the bridge would demonstrate progress on the divisive issue. But it’s not the only plan being discussed. Rivers said she’s also been talking to someone on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team about securing funding for the bridge.Southwest Washington legislators touched on a wide range of topics at the 2017 legislative outlook breakfast Friday morning, an event hosted by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Identity Clark County and the Columbia River Economic Development Council.The legislators on the panel were Rivers and Cleveland; Sen.-elect Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver; Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas; Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver; Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Felida; and Rep.-elect Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver. Democratic Reps. Sharon Wylie and Monica Stonier, both of Vancouver, did not attend.The first question asked by moderator John McDonagh, president of the chamber of commerce, was whether legislators felt the need to replace the bridge.last_img read more

Bully Beef back for Jamaica

first_img Related Items:#banoncornedbeefliftedinJamaica, #bullybeefbackforJamaica, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, April 5, 2017 – Kingston – Bully beef ban is ended now for big importer and exporter of corned beef, Jamaica.  Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda made the announcement yesterday that the temporary ban on the importation of corned beef from Brazil has been lifted in the island.Samuda indicated that the decision to lift the ban came as a result of local testing carried out by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) and the Veterinarian Services of the ministry, which found the product to be uncontaminated or “within normal limits”.“That means that all imports en route, all stocks of corned beef that were quarantined, all stocks of corned beef in warehouses on the wharf, or elsewhere, destined for distribution across the country can now be released for distribution,” he said.The ministry imposed a ban on the import of corned beef from Brazil on March 20 after reports from Brazilian authorities that several major Brazilian meat processors had been “selling rotten beef and poultry”. Several other Caribbean islands, namely Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago, had also banned the product.The Minister has assured that Agriculture & Fisheries will continue to monitor the situation.Story by: Sheri-kae McLeod#MagneticMediaNews#banoncornedbeefliftedinJamaica#bullybeefbackforJamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Gourvennec struggling to make sense of PSG triumph

first_imgGuingamp manager Jocelyn Gourvennec has revealed he’s struggling to make sense of his team’s triumph over Paris-Saint Germain.Guingamp traveled to the Parc Des Princes to face the defending champions, and recorded a shock a 2-1 victory, thanks to two late penalties.Guingamp missed an early chance to take the lead after Marcus Thuram missed a penalty in the 61st minute, and were made to pay when Neymar put the hosts ahead a minute later.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Yeni Ngbakoto leveled the scores for Gourvennec’s side in the 81st minute from the penalty spot before Thuram made amends for his earlier miss with a penalty goal three minutes into added time.“We never know what to expect here, they often put up heavy scores and very quickly,” Gourvennec said, according to Goal.“With Guingamp or [my former club] Bordeaux, it’s always been complicated here for me. I don’t really know what happened. We managed to get them into trouble.”last_img read more

Buyers guide to flexible benefits technology

first_img89% of Callcredit employees logged onto the employer’s flex system over an 11-day enrolment period following a multimedia communications campaign.71% of Callcredit employees made an active benefit selection in 2015, up from 10% in 2014.62% of employers outsource their flex technology. (Source: Aon Employee Benefits, November 2015)68% of employers cite communicating with employees as one of their top three flex challenges, followed by technology (34%) and integrating flex into wider benefit processes (34%). (Source: Aon Employee Benefits, November 2015) What is flexible benefits technology?This is a technology system, operating in-house or from cloud-based servers, that provides a platform to deliver a flexible benefits scheme. Increasingly, systems are designed to interface with other elements of benefits and reward, including pensions, and often have interactive and data-modelling tools that can be used by employees.What are the origins of flexible benefits technology?The first systems were put together over 25 years ago, but these were largely based on simple spreadsheets and in-house IT.What are the costs involved?This will depend on the number of employees and the degree of system sophistication required. Advisers estimate that for flex technology only, where an employer manages the back-end administration, costs can start from £4 per employee. Licence fees can rise to between £20 and £40 a year per employee, if admin management is included. A helpline will also add cost. Implementation costs can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, although many providers are prepared to offer employee volume-based discounts.What are the legal implications?The system must comply with data protection regulations.What are the tax issues?HM Revenue and Customs’ rules around salary sacrifice arrangements will apply to any flexible benefits offered.Where can employers get more information and advice?There is no industry body for flexible benefits technology, so employers should speak to several providers and, if possible, other organisations that have already introduced a flexible benefits system.What is the annual spend on flexible benefits technology?Without a central body to collect this data it is impossible to evaluate the market.Which flex technology providers have the biggest market share?Leading providers include Aon Employee Benefits, Benefex, BHSF, Capita, Co-operative Flexible Benefits, Edenred, JLT, Mazars Employee Benefits, Mercer, NorthgateArinso, Personal Group, Staffcare, Thomsons Online Benefits, Willis Towers Watson and Vebnet.Which providers have increased their share most in the past year?There is no central organisation to provide specific market data, but consolidation through strategic partnering and acquisitions is likely to enable providers to increase market share.Flexible benefits schemes enable employers to offer staff a wide range of benefits cost-effectively. One way of doing so, for example, is through salary sacrifice arrangements, which offer tax and national insurance savings for both employers and employees.Technology has had to evolve considerably to respond to this demand, as well as to keep up with the increasing pace of life and employees’ desire to access their benefits from a wide range of devices, including their office computer, home computer, tablet and mobile devices.The flexible benefits technology market continues to develop at pace; one of the key points of focus is currently on the integration of workplace savings technology and flexible benefits with more intuitive and customisable user interfaces. Examples include Mercer’s Harmonise platform and Aon’s Big Blue.These use behavioural finance techniques such as ‘what ifs’, for example, what happens if an employee cannot continue working, and ‘people like me’ tools, which show what benefits colleagues are buying, to increase engagement with flexible benefits. Users can accumulate points by carrying out activities such as viewing videos and completing surveys. Gaining enough points unlocks other areas of the system. These tools increase system use and help drive employee engagement with benefits, thus increasing the employer’s return on its investment.Workplace savings systems, which used to be known as corporate wraps, give employees the ability to invest in a pension, corporate individual savings account (Isa) and often a general investment account. They do not normally include the broad range of benefits found in flex schemes. However, flex systems are developing to include these options by integrating these technologies within the flex platform. Often they use aggregation technology to provide a consolidated view of all pensions and investments so employees can see an aggregated view of their total wealth. They can also record other information, such as the value of the properties an individual owns, which could be linked to online valuation services. These tools are designed to encourage employees to log on more often.Most flex systems are software as a service (SaaS) so are now cloud-based rather than stored on employers’ servers.Employers’ requirementsEmployers often look for flex technology to provide solutions to very specific problems. These include reduced administration, meaning the time taken to process benefits administration and reporting can be reduced or even removed with the implementation of an automated benefit administration system. Also, employers need to control costs and ensure they are manageable, which is a key driver for using a flex system.Employers also look to technology to assist with risk mitigation and the need to ensure processes are in place that organise and structure requirements, and document history and audit trails. Having an integrated flex system can take care of this and ensure that all requirements are satisfied through robust processes, for example, automating medical underwriting for private medical insurance.Flex technology can also help increase engagement. As employers spend vast sums on benefits and reward, communications are important to promote and educate staff on what is available. If employees are not engaged, the value perception of benefits may be low, or employees might not appreciate what they have in place.Future of flex technologyOne market development that provider Staffcare expects to see is different technologies being integrated in one common interface so employees do not have to use multiple systems to select their benefits, switch the funds they invest in within their pension scheme, take out an Isa, or switch assets from the employer sharesave scheme into a pension or Isa.Also high on the agenda are innovations around personalising benefit selections and making platforms truly flexible. Thomsons Online Benefits has seen employers adopt new approaches to their flexible benefit strategy enabled by technology, using Thomsons’ flexible technology platform, Darwin.Benefit selections that can only be made once a year and from a defined list of products are not as flexible as those that can be chosen at any time and are personal to the employee making them. As a result, many have predicted that the annual enrolment window is likely to erode in popularity.The market is also expected to continue to develop to expand the range of benefits offered with more engaging tools to help employees appreciate what is provided for them.Statistics:last_img read more

Infographic How do employers deliver financial education in the workplace

first_imgBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyAn infographic showing the tools respondents use to deliver financial education in the workplace. (Source: Employee Benefits/Close Brothers Pensions research 2016, published in November 2016).Read more in: How to encourage employees to talk about finances in the workplace.last_img

Wisconsin company gives employees guns as Christmas presents

first_img(WSVN) – A family-owned Wisconsin company says they decided to gift every employee with a gun for Christmas in lieu of a cash bonus.The owners of glass-making company BenShot LLC tell WISN they had to give each of their 16 employees a gift card to purchase a weapon, in keeping with state law.“That way the background check was done by the store,” Ben Wolfgram told the station. “We are a small, close-knit team at BenShot. I want to make sure all of my employees are safe and happy – a handgun was the perfect gift.”The Appleton Post Crescent reports the company had each worker take a gun safety class first. While two employees initially declined the gift, they are apparently reconsidering after completing the course.BenShot manufactures shot and beer glasses with bullets embedded into the glass, and sells their wares on Amazon.Wolfgram said the gift cards cost the company around $8,000.“Now we have an entire armed staff,” he told the paper. “I think that’s pretty good.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more