The Other Iberia: Lisbon, Portugal

first_img The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations Community Cider Programs Make Cider and Benefit Charity Portugal’s vibrant capital city beautifully blurs the line between holiday and city break. Follow our top tips to see why this is the European city to visit right now.SEEOnce frequented by local intellectuals including the late poet Fernando Pessoa, A Brasileira is well worth a coffee stop. Prepare for a day of city wandering with a “bica” or espresso, and take in the intricate, super traditional surroundings.History buffs will love wandering through the impressive walls of the Castelo São Jorge – in case you were wondering, it is definitely worth the up-hill trek. The gigantic Moorish fortress sits on one of Lisbon’s highest hilltops, ominously overlooking the city streets. Make sure you catch a glimpse of it at sunset, when the walls glow bright orange.PLAYA stone’s throw from A Brasileira, you’ll find A Vida Portuguesa, a beautifully curated concept store. Both traditional and modern Portuguese designs and fine objects are displayed from floor to ceiling – everything from traditional shaving accessories to handcrafted stationery.The hip, former bohemian quarter Bairro Alto, transforms from early evening. The doorways that line the narrow, picturesque streets are flung open to reveal colourful clandestine bars and boutiques and a young, trendy crowd appear from out of nowhere. Our favourite haunts include The Old Pharmacy Wine Inn and Maria Caxuxa.EAT & DRINKFor typically Portuguese fare in staggeringly beautiful Moorish surroundings, head to Casa do Alentejo. The unassuming entrance belies the decadence and size of the interior, which also houses a private dining room, a courtyard bar and various other opulent chambers which guests are allowed to wander in and out of. The simple menu offers no frills Portuguese fare. We recommend opting for any seafood dish for a truly local experience.Lisbon offers a bounty of rooftop bars but our favorite has to be Park. Situated on the top floor of an unassuming multi-storey carpark near Bairro Alto, trendy locals flock here for the chilled garden vibe and the panoramic views. Head here for sunset, and watch the city grow dark with a Sagres in hand.STAYMore boutique hotel than hostel, make The Independente the bolt hole of your choice during your stay. The trendy, industrial-lux interior boasts a total of 90 beds and 11 dorms, each with their own lounge area. If you can afford to take it up a notch, opt for one of the four special suites and enjoy complimentary breakfast on your own balcony, overlooking the Tagus River. Dining at the in-house restaurant, The Decadente, is a must. Their contemporary take on tapas-style dishes are to die for.center_img This Indoor Market Takes You to Japan Without Ever Leaving New York City 1. The Independente 2. A Brasileira 3. São Jorge Castle 4. A Vida Portuguesa 5. Bairro Alto 6. Park 7. Casa do Alentejo The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens last_img read more

Farmers Trash Huadong Shipyard

first_imgzoom Source: molihua.orgAn enraged mob of around two hundred aquaculture farmers and close to one thousand locals from Guangzhou province forced their way into Fujian Huadong Shipyard, smashing the office building and parts of the shipyard infrastructure, forcing the shipyard to temporarily suspend its operations, Reuters reports.The violent attack came as a response to the pollution of the neighbouring seashore which decimated surrounding abalone farms and caused substantial losses, for which the farmers blamed Huadong Shipyard.An unnamed shipyard official stated that Huadong Shipyard could not be the one to blame for the pollution, saying that the shipyard had not received any newbuilding orders in years due to depressed market.The shipyard is currently engaged solely in ship repair operations, which according to the official causes little pollution to the local environment.An investigation on the shipyard’s environmental impact on its surroundings was consequently launched, with the results indicating that the Huadong’s pollution discharge does not exceed the standard. World Maritime News Staff; September 22, 2014last_img read more

VIDEO: The Attack of the Drones

first_imgIn this two-minute video, AIDA Cruises’ new flagship AIDAprima becomes a theater for scenes that we don’t see very often – two drones in a rapid race onboard the cruise ship.Moving at a speed of up to 120 km/h, the drones are presenting the ship from a unique, perhaps extreme perspective.The drones can be seen flying over the ship’s decks and the swimming pool, through the water slide, in the restaurants and the organic spa.The video was made in April this year when AIDAprima was on its way to Hamburg, where it was subsequently christened in May.The cruise ship was delivered from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Nagasaki on March 14. It can accommodate 3,300 guests and over 900 crew members.AIDAprima, the 11th cruise ship in the AIDA Cruises’ fleet, features a length of 300 meters and a width of over 37 meters.World Maritime News Staff; Video & Image Courtesy: AIDA Cruiseslast_img read more

Premier Declares July 19 to 27 Drowning Prevention Week

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald has declared July 19 to 27 Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia. “During the height of summer, many Nova Scotians seek refuge from the heat at the beach or lake,” said Premier MacDonald. “By raising awareness about water safety this week, I hope we can prevent tragic drowning accidents in our province.” Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death for Canadians under the age of 60. It is estimated to claim about 400 victims each year. More than 75 percent of drownings occur in natural bodies of water such as rivers, lakes and oceans. “Drowning Prevention Week is the perfect time to remind Nova Scotians of a few simple water safety rules,” said Krista Elvidge, president of the Lifesaving Society, Nova Scotia Branch. “By wearing a life jacket when in or near water and by keeping children near, Nova Scotians can avoid tragedy this summer.” For more information about water safety, visit the website at .last_img read more

Fintech TransferWise to launch borderless debit card in Canada in 2019

first_imgTORONTO – European financial technology company TransferWise is planning a Canadian launch next year for its borderless debit card, which allows users to hold balances in multiple currencies and spend it at home and abroad with lower foreign exchange fees than traditional banks.TransferWise CEO and co-founder Kristo Kaarmann says the card, which was launched in the U.K. and the Eurozone two weeks ago, is useful for frequent business travellers, snowbirds and expats who spend lots of time outside of Canada but domestically as well.“When people go out of the country, they are inevitably spending money,” Kaarmann said in an interview. “They’re booking hotels, they’re booking flights, often in other currencies, and that’s where banks scoop the hidden fees.”Kaarmann said there would be no transaction fees for people making purchases on the borderless debit card in the currency a balance is held in. If money held in the borderless account must be converted into another currency before using the card, a conversion fee of between 0.6 per cent and one per cent applies, which Kaarmann notes is less than the banks charge.The U.K.-based fintech launched its borderless account in Canada in August last year, and Kaarmann said it is working to offer the accompanying debit card here in 2019.There is no limit on the balance that can be held in the borderless account, he says. Customers’ money is held in segregated accounts at banks insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corp., according to a TransferWise spokeswoman.Kaarmann spoke about its borderless card as it launches its batch payments function in Canada, which allows businesses to make up to 1,000 global payments at once in various currencies with a lower foreign-currency conversion charge of between 0.6 per cent and 1 per cent.TransferWise has been beefing up the functionality offered to Canadians since its launch in April 2016. Since then, roughly $2.2 billion has been moved in and out of the country via TransferWise’s platform. Canada is among its top 10 largest markets and is now the sixth-fastest growing market in terms of transfers.Canada’s big banks are investing heavily in technology as customers increasingly do their banking in the digital realm. They are also facing increased competition from non-traditional providers of payment services. For example, Apple and Google have introduced mobile wallets that allow users to make retail payments.Meanwhile, last month, TransferWise became the first non-bank payment services provider to hold a settlement account in the Bank of England’s Real Time Gross Settlement system, meaning it can now settle payments directly rather than going through a retail bank.As Canada moves to modernize its payment system, TransferWise is pushing for a similar direct settlement account in Canada as well as policies regarding the disclosure of fees, including exchange rates.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version of this story reported that TransferWise is working to launch a debit MasterCard in Canada.last_img read more

Official US to lift Cyprus arms embargo in security boost

first_imgNICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ foreign minister says he’s optimistic that the U.S. will soon start lifting a decades-old arms embargo because Washington acknowledges the island nation’s contribution to bolstering stability and security in the east Mediterranean.Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides told The Associated Press on Friday that Washington sees the “added value” of allowing Cyprus to acquire military equipment that would help enhance its capabilities to boost regional security.Christodoulides said he has conveyed to his Russian counterpart that stronger ties with Washington shouldn’t be interpreted as “prejudicial” to Cyprus’ relations with any other country. He said Cyprus’ foreign policy doesn’t engage in a “zero-sum game.”Christodoulides said the U.S. and some European Union countries are keen to join energy-based partnerships that Cyprus has established with neighbouring countries including Egypt, Jordan and Israel.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Lanka a country of concern in UK report

Our High Commissioner, along with other EU heads of mission in Colombo, called on all political parties to support a peaceful environment to allow people to choose their political leadership in a free, fair and unbiased manner. Our High Commission also supported election monitoring and regularly raised concerns with the government.Freedom of expression and assemblyThere were no reported killings or disappearances of journalists in 2011. However, Sri Lanka dropped five places in the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index to 163 (out of 179). Covert threats, physical attacks and intimidation were common. In addition, the government faced accusations that it curtailed the right to free expression and assembly by aggressively policing peaceful protests, leading to deaths and injuries. In July, a Jaffna-based newspaper journalist fled the country following a near fatal attack. The report says the human rights picture in Sri Lanka in 2011 was mixed but yet it remained a serious concern. A key focus in 2012 will be follow-up to the LLRC report and National Human Rights Action Plan. The report says UK will encourage the Sri Lankan government to implement recommendations, and address outstanding questions regarding accountability for alleged war crimes. In September 2012, we will contribute to Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review under the UN human rights system in Geneva.THE REPORT FURTHER SAYS:Elections In March, July and October, staggered local elections were held in most parts of the country. The run-up to the polls was marked by violence and violations of election law, with at least six people killed and a number of people injured in disputes between political factions. In October, a pre-election dispute between two politicians from the ruling party resulted in a shoot-out and several deaths. At all stages of the elections, independent monitors noted unfair campaigning and the misuse of state resources by the government. This included the use of intimidation and reports that the police were not accepting complaints from opposition parties. Sri Lanka has been listed as a country of concern in the Human Rights Report for 2011 released by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office today.The section on Sri Lanka focuses on accountability for alleged war crimes, respect for human rights – freedom of expression, minority rights, women’s rights – a political settlement in a post-conflict era and abductions and disappearances, among other themes. The report noted that at year end, significant progress was still needed to address the institutional weaknesses that allow for frequent human rights violations. “Terrorist suspects continued to be held without charge for long periods. There were restrictions on freedom of expression, political violence, reports of torture in custody, further cases of disappearances and almost no progress in investigating past disappearances. No concrete progress was made in holding accountable those alleged to be responsible for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the war,” the report said.In 2011, the UK focused on helping Sri Lanka overcome the human rights challenges resulting from the 30-year conflict. The UK sees accountability for alleged war crimes, respect for human rights and a political settlement as being essential elements in post-conflict reconciliation. The Ministry of Information and Media took a greater role in regulating the media, calling on all news websites to register with the government. Media with dissenting views continued to face significant obstacles. A number of news websites were blocked, including the Lanka E-news website, which also suffered an arson attack on its office in January and the arrest of its new editor and a journalist in April. Our High Commission attended court hearings of the individuals concerned, which had not concluded by the end of 2011. EU heads of missions raised concerns over the attacks and called on the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure that the rights to free media were respected. One of the websites, having agreed to certain restrictions, was unblocked in December.The majority of attacks against journalists, including the 2009 January murder of the editor of the Sunday Leader, remained unresolved. There was no conclusive investigation into the 2010 disappearance of cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda. At a UN Convention against Torture hearing the Sri Lankan government said it was “reasonably certain” Mr Ekneligoda had sought asylum abroad. His wife brought a case to admit the statement in court. The EU and our High Commission closely followed the Ekneligoda case, attending court hearings.Human rights defendersThe environment for human rights defenders in Sri Lanka remained difficult throughout 2011. On 10 December, a group of 42 human rights defenders and political activists from the south were detained by police in Jaffna and prevented from attending a protest to mark Human Rights Day. Police attempted to disperse those gathered at the main protest venue. On 9 December, Lalith Kumar Weeraraj and Kugan Muruganandan disappeared while visiting Jaffna.The remains of the body of activist Pattani Razeek, who disappeared in January 2010, were recovered, but the criminal investigation remained inconclusive. No progress was made on investigations into the 2008 grenade attack on the home of a local human rights lawyer who was also the former executive director of Transparency International in Sri Lanka or the 2009 post-conflict disappearances of Shankarapillai Shantha Kumar and Stephen Sunthararaj, members of civil society organisations. Our High Commission repeatedly raised disappearances with relevant authorities. The UK supported projects to document issues faced by human rights defenders and to ensure support and protection for them.Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists raised concerns over increased negative media coverage and harassment, as well as unwarranted scrutiny by law-enforcement authorities. During Pride week our High Commission hosted an event to promote diversity in business.Access to justice and the rule of lawSri Lanka has a well-developed judicial system, but there are significant challenges to effective criminal justice and rule of law. The state of emergency was lifted on 30 August, but the practical impact of the removal of emergency regulations remained unclear. The Prevention of Terrorism Act was amended to reproduce many of the powers that lapsed, and continued to provide for prolonged detention without charge. A large number of suspects have been held under this legislation. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Alistair Burt raised related concerns with the Sri Lankan foreign minister on a number of occasions.Disappearances and abductions continued, with a sharp rise in the number of disappearances towards the end of the year. In December, two political activists travelling in the north disappeared. There was almost no progress in resolving past cases of disappearances. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission expressed serious concern over the lack of progress in investigations and prosecutions for disappearances, noting that in some cases the police even refused to investigate. The weakening of national institutions during the conflict led to concerns regarding the independence of the judiciary. The LLRC noted that it heard evidence to suggest that “a large number of persons having political patronage had committed offences, but the long arm of the law had not reached them because of the political pressure exerted on law enforcement authorities”.Following the end of the conflict there was some scaling back of the military presence in the north and east of Sri Lanka. There remained, however, a heavy military presence, as witnessed by our High Commission staff during visits to these areas. Paramilitary groups also remained active in some areas of the country. On presentation of the LLRC report, the Sri Lankan government committed to further scale down the presence of the armed forces. We continue to urge that powers are transferred to civilian authorities wherever possible. To this end the UK is funding a community-policing project to help build the capacity of the police force.Former chief of the Sri Lankan army and presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison in the “white flag” case, which revolved around his reported comments in a newspaper interview that the Sri Lankan defence secretary had ordered the killing of LTTE members carrying white flags. Civil society groups expressed concern that legal action against Mr Fonseka was politically motivated. The UK urged the Sri Lankan government to ensure that the law is fairly and independently applied in all cases.TortureIn November, 12 NGOs submitted reports to the UN Committee against Torture, which held an open session on Sri Lanka. The committee’s subsequent report highlighted ongoing allegations of widespread torture, failure to uphold judicial and procedural safeguards of detainees, the alleged existence of secret detention centres, enforced disappearances and deaths in detention. The LLRC expressed alarm at the large number of alleged abductions, enforced or involuntary disappearances, and arbitrary detention. It raised concern over instances of people detained in custody for long periods of time under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Amnesty International’s report to the Committee against Torture stated that torture and other ill-treatment of criminal suspects by the police were common. Freedom from Torture’s report presented 35 cases in detail of alleged post-conflict torture. All cases pointed to the use of blunt-force trauma, with some signs of burning, threats and forced confessions.The Sri Lankan government claims that it maintained a zero-tolerance policy on torture. The National Human Rights Action Plan marks prevention of torture as an area of priority, including safety of suspects in custody, victim and witness protection and ensuring that rules relating to evidence do not inadvertently promote torture.The UK consistently presses the Sri Lankan government for progress on this issue.Conflict and protection of civiliansThe Sri Lankan government continued to focus on post-conflict reconstruction, and made progress in returning internally displaced persons to their home areas and in releasing former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters. Approximately 700 ex-combatants remained in rehabilitation camps without having been formally charged and a larger number were still in detention centres. The government said it was hoping to release all former LTTE fighters from rehabilitation centres by mid-2012. Improved access to camps and rehabilitation centres was granted to foreign embassies. The UK funded a project to support the reintegration of ex-combatants into society following their release from rehabilitation centres.Physical reconstruction efforts, including the building of bridges and roads, and extensive de-mining, helped to improve the social and economic rights of Sri Lankans. The UK is providing £3 million assistance for de-mining.In April, the UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts found that there were credible allegations, which if proven would indicate violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law by both the LTTE and the Sri Lankan military. In May, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions reported that footage of alleged war crimes previously shown on Channel 4 was authentic and that events depicted did occur. In June, Channel 4 broadcast a documentary entitled Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, which showed new footage of alleged human rights abuses committed by the Sri Lankan army during the final stages of the military conflict in May 2009. Minister of State Alistair Burt called for an independent, thorough and credible investigation to address allegations that war crimes were committed by both sides.The UK welcomed the full publication of the LLRC report on 16 December and called for implementation of its recommendations. The UK welcomed the human rights and post-conflict reconciliation components of the report, noting that many of its recommendations could be implemented in a matter of months. However, the report left significant questions unanswered, particularly on the issue of accountability for alleged war crimes. Minister of State Alistair Burt urged the Sri Lankan government to address these.Freedom of religion or beliefThere are four main religions in Sri Lanka: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. In 2011, people were generally free to practise their religion without interference. But religious groups complained of onerous administrative burdens placed on certain religions, and religious education that did not take minority faiths into account. A draft Act of parliament presented by a minority party would, if passed, provide privileged status for Buddhism in Sri Lanka. In September, a Muslim religious site in the Buddhist city of Anuradhapura was demolished by mobs, allegedly led by Buddhist monks. There were reports of ministerial interference in religious animal sacrifice at Hindu temples. Our High Commission continues to monitor these matters and discuss issues with religious leaders.Women’s rightsDespite Sri Lanka’s established tradition of gender equality in many spheres, the National Human Rights Action Plan recognised that there remained significant discrimination against women, including under the law. Female participation in governance remained relatively low, with only 13 female parliamentarians out of 225. Sri Lanka also slipped from 16 to 31 in the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Index ranking.Women’s rights require particular attention in the conflict-affected north and east, where there are up to 90,000 war widows. Our High Commissioner discussed rising crime rates for violence against women with the police in these regions and more generally. In August, a spate of attacks against women in the north and the east by men popularly termed “Grease Yakas” (grease devils) led to widespread fear. The LLRC report highlighted that the extensive military presence often made women feel unsafe. An International Crisis Group report expressed concerns over women’s security and right to economic empowerment in the north and east.Our High Commission maintained regular contact with a range of women’s rights organisations and conducted regular visits to areas of concern. In November, our High Commissioner participated at an event to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. As part of our ongoing dialogue on human rights with the Sri Lankan government, our High Commission encouraged them to investigate and take action on reported cases of human rights violations and abuse.Minority rightsIn January, the main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), and representatives of the Sri Lankan government began a series of talks on short- and long-term concerns of the Tamil community. Frustrated by a lack of progress, the TNA delivered an ultimatum in August challenging the government to define its position on core political issues. Following international community encouragement, talks resumed in September. Two further meetings were held, with limited results. The government proposed appointing a parliamentary select committee to develop a political solution, but the TNA said it would only take part in the process if a solution was agreed by both parties by December.Some civil society organisations have expressed concern about “Sinhalisation” of the north. In particular, they point to changes of place names from Tamil to Sinhala, construction of Buddhist temples, alleged discrimination in favour of southern constructors and contractors, and the settlement of 100 Sinhalese in Jaffna.The Sri Lankan government has identified the need to increase ethnic minority representation in key state bodies and is seeking to ensure that more state officials are able to speak Tamil. The UK has supported these efforts by providing Tamil language training to police officers as part of a community-policing programme. The UK supported a project through a local organisation which includes capacity-building for minority parties.Children’s rightsDespite significant steps by the Sri Lankan government to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, activists claimed that sexual exploitation of children remained a problem. According to local media, in 2011 police recorded the highest number of child abuse and rape cases ever seen in Sri Lanka. Some estimates also suggested that up to 6,000 children were exploited for commercial sex. The Department of Probation and Child Care Services provided protection to child victims of abuse and sexual exploitation, but there were no comprehensive programmes to address the problem.No prosecutions have yet been initiated against LTTE members allegedly responsible for the recruitment of child soldiers. The whereabouts of 13 children recruited by the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal during the conflict remains unknown, as does the exact number of children killed or maimed during the conflict. UNICEF’s Family Reunifications and Tracing Unit still has 600 outstanding cases of children missing from the final stages of the conflict. The UK continued to raise these concerns, including through the UN Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, and encouraged the Sri Lankan government to investigate allegations of violations and abuses as part of its efforts for national reconciliation.Migration and refugeesThere have been allegations in the media of returning migrants and refugees being abused. All such allegations in respect of returnees from the UK were investigated by our High Commission and no evidence was found to substantiate them. Returnees were encouraged to contact the High Commission if they required assistance. read more

Condemning bloodshed Annan implores Israelis and Palestinians to pursue peace

In a statement released in Brussels, Mr. Annan repeated his longstanding condemnation of those who resort to the violence and terror that have claimed innocent lives in the region. “Once again I appeal, to Israelis and Palestinians alike, to rise above feelings of anger and vengeance, however natural, and to devote all their energies to negotiating a true and lasting peace in which two peoples will live side by side, each in their own State,” he said.Meanwhile in Geneva, the Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, condemned “in the strongest possible terms” today’s terrorist bus bombing in Jerusalem. He extended condolences to the families of the victims of this “despicable criminal act.”Mr. Ramcharan also appealed for a rallying of public sentiment against terrorism. “Indiscriminate attacks on civilians are illegal acts aimed at the destruction of the most basic human rights,” he said. “Justice must be meted out to terrorists in accordance with international human rights law.” read more

CAW says framework deals improve competitiveness of Canadian auto sector

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2012 8:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Canadian Auto Workers union says the new collective agreements it has negotiated with the three big U.S. automakers will protect workers by improving the competitiveness of the Canadian manufacturing operations.CAW president Ken Lewenza says the tentative contracts reached over the past week with Ford, General Motors and Chrysler will better position their operations in Ontario to combat pressures such as the high value of the loonie.Some auto sector analysts had expressed concern that the automakers might re-think their medium to long-term commitments to manufacturing vehicles in Canada after the pattern deal was reached with Ford.But Scotiabank senior economist and automotive analyst Carlos Gomes said Thursday that the new contracts improve competitiveness, adding they will likely attract additional investment from existing producers.“I think it makes us competitive going forward. But the reality still is that if you look at what’s happening in the industry, all of the new plants are going in primarily to Mexico or the U.S. south,” he said in an interview.Lewenza said Thursday he would have liked to see long-term investment commitments by the automakers but he believes those decisions will be announced in the coming years as they prepare for updates towards the end of the decade.The federal and Ontario governments need to adopt strategies that protect the Canadian auto sector by counteracting enticements offered by jurisdictions seeking to lure relocations, he added.The deals reached with the Detroit Big Three allow the automakers to hire new employees at lower pay and benefit rates for a 10-year phase-in period, while keeping hourly wages for current employees steady over the life of the four-year contract.Existing workers will instead receive $9,000 over four years in a ratification bonus and payments in lieu of cost-of-living increases.New hires at Ford, GM and Chrysler factories in Canada will begin their careers at C$20 an hour, down from the C$24 starting wage under the previous deal, and take 10 years to reach peak pay levels of C$34 an hour instead of the six years.New employees will also receive hybrid pension plans instead of pure defined benefit plans for current employees.“In all three collective agreements, the new wage progression positions us much better than we were positioned before bargaining,” Lewenza said in an interview.CAW members at Ford voted in favour of their agreement on the weekend by a margin of 82 per cent. General Motors workers ratified the deal by a margin of 73 per cent, the union announced Thursday.David Wenner, general director of labour relations at GM Canada, said the company appreciates the “frank and straightforward dialogue” with the union.“Since 2009, GM has announced significant product allocation and investments in our Canadian manufacturing facilities demonstrating our commitment to Canada,” Wenner said.“Throughout the next four years, we will continue to leverage our partnership with the CAW to identify opportunities to enhance the competitiveness of our Canadian operations.”Chrysler workers will vote on Saturday and Sunday.Lower starting wages should make the Big Three automakers more competitive with Honda and Toyota’s operations in Canada, Lewenza added.The CAW leader said he expects the Japanese manufacturers will reduce their wages for new hires to keep them “in the ball park” with their North American rivals.“The same way they responded up, they will respond on a weighted average.”A leaked memo to employees from Honda in April said it pays virtually the same $35 per hour maximum hourly compensation as GM. Honda’s base wage is $30.90 per hour compared to $33.91 for GM. But bonuses erase the gap.The main difference with the Big Three is that the Japanese automakers rely heavily on contract workers to adjust to demand and don’t have legacy retirement costs.Honda declined to confirm its wage rates but said the total package, including bonuses “are very competitive with other plants in the Canadian automotive industry.”Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne had wanted Canadian autoworkers to adopt the permanently lower wage scales that their U.S. counterparts did last year under contracts negotiated by the United Auto Workers union.In the U.S., new workers start at US$15.50 per hour and can rise to US$19.28 per hour compared with the US$28 per hour top rate paid to existing employees.But Lewenza said the CAW insisted on a 10-year salary grid for new, younger workers.“That generation will do what I had to do — fight for wages, even fight to improve the wage progression once we get the bargaining strength to do that,” he said.“So I don’t see it as a sacrifice at all. In fact, I see it as being flexible and creative to win investment, to win new jobs.”Lewenza described negotiations as very challenging as they initially strayed from past practice. He called Ford’s move to set the pattern for other contracts a “real turning point” to avoid a strike.The union could have stubbornly refused to alter new hire wage rates and the existing six-year grid, but instead chose to make changes to perhaps entice investment even though the automakers have done little hiring in the last decade, he added.Consequently, he said the agreements negotiated with Detroit’s automakers should pave the way for future investment despite not containing any guarantees after 2016.The agreement preserves three shifts at Chrysler’s minivan plant in Windsor, Ont., and two shifts at the assembly plant in Brampton. Ford and GM agreed to create 600 and 1,750 jobs respectively. CAW says framework deals improve competitiveness of Canadian auto sector read more

Aaron Craft Lenzelle Smith Jr prepare for final home game as Ohio

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) takes a shot during a game against Wyoming Nov. 25 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 65-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorBeing in the same recruiting class with the likes of Deshaun Thomas and Jared Sullinger, Ohio State senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. might have been a bit overshadowed initially among Buckeye fans.Thomas and Sullinger — both five-star products out of high school — were big pieces of the OSU squads who made trips to the Final Four and Elite Eight in back-to-back seasons. But they’ve since moved on to play professionally, and even though Craft and Smith Jr. might have been second-tier then — they’ve certainly left their mark on the program.“Both guys, you look at how many games they’ve won here, championships they’ve been a part of, it’s really an amazing four years,” OSU coach Thad Matta said Friday, two days before the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on No. 22 Michigan State in what will be the final home game of the regular season. “I think with that said, both guys have had a major impact on this program in terms of making it better. And that’s what we ask guys to do.”Craft and Smith Jr. were the fastest players in school history to record 100 wins, reaching that milestone in just 119 games after OSU beat North Florida 99-64 Nov. 29.Craft, Smith Jr. and the rest of the Buckeyes have had some tough and exciting contests against the Spartans recently.Last season, the Buckeyes beat Michigan State 61-58 in the Big Ten Tournament, but fell in the two teams previous meeting this season in East Lansing, Mich., 72-68 in overtime in their first lost of the season. With a familiar opponent on the docket for their final home game at OSU, Craft said he wouldn’t rather it be against anyone else.“I honestly don’t think there could be a better way to play our last game here. I’ve loved playing against Michigan State,” Craft said Friday. “Since freshman year we’ve always had great battles with them. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I’m excited to see what we can do as a team going into this game.”For Smith Jr., however, the game against the Spartans means something a little differently because of the friendships he’s formed with members of Michigan State’s team.“It’s actually kind of the sweet but not so sweet moment. Just seeing as how I’m so close to some of those guys on the team,” Smith Jr. said Friday. “We’ve hung out in the summer, we went to the Big Ten media days in Chicago … We talked, had fun and it’s different when you see them on the opposite side of the court. It’s like, ‘I’m not here to be your friend, don’t even talk to me.’”Craft enters the game as OSU’s all-time leader in steals and assists with 293 and 623 respectively, and with numbers like those is likely to be remembered fondly in Buckeye lore. But he said he doesn’t think about being in the same breath as former players like David Lighty, Mike Conley Jr., Greg Oden or Scoonie Penn.“I just don’t feel comfortable putting myself in close to the same categories of guys that (have) come before,” Craft said. “I’m just very honored and humbled to continue on what they’ve established here. And to play a very small part of that.”Aside from it being Craft and Smith Jr.’s final go around at the Schottenstein Center, the game against the Spartans (23-7, 12-5, 3rd in the Big Ten) holds implications for next week’s Big Ten Tournament. OSU (22-8, 9-8 tied for fifth in the Big Ten) sits one game behind Nebraska for fourth place in the conference, and would need a victory against the Spartans and some help to finish in that spot and earn a first-round bye in the tournament.OSU has lost two straight games, falling on the road last week to Penn State and Indiana. Matta said no matter where they finish in the standings, a win against Michigan State would certainly be a step in the right direction.“This is our 18th Big Ten game, and 16 of them have been tooth and nail and down to the last couple minutes,” Matta said. “With that said, you’re playing a team that’s obviously a great basketball team. It’s a great opportunity for us to come out and close out the final game of the season.”As OSU searches for any bit of momentum it can get its hands on as the season draws to a close, Smith Jr. agreed with Matta and said a victory Sunday would be key to build that.“We can get a lot of momentum here with a win on Sunday to carry us over into the Big Ten Tournament,” Smith Jr. said. “We can get that going, and if we get hot at the right time, that’s the name of the game. You want to play your best basketball toward this time of the season and I think we can accomplish that.”Matta has gone on record as saying he would get behind putting up a statue commemorating Lighty’s accomplishments and what he’s meant to the program outside the arena. The same would go for Craft and Matta said he would want to “put it right next to David.”When Craft was told his head coach said that about him, though, he naturally spun it back to be more of a team oriented affair.“Legacy and all that stuff, it’s not about me, it’s not about Lenzelle. It’s about this university and the things we’ve been able to do as a team, whether it’s putting a year up on the banners in the gym,” Craft said. “That’s what’s going to be remembered. That’s what should be remembered.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Spartans is set for 4:30 p.m. Sunday. read more

EHF CUP TOP 16 Group A and D are most unpredictable

← Previous Story WWCH 2013 PREDICTION: Golden Norway, Balkan teams for a medal Next Story → WORLD’S BEST COACH 2013 – ALFRED GISLASON! BerlinEHF F4f4handball berlin A draw for the EHF Cup Group stage was made in Vienna today. It will be interesting to see which teams will be capable to fight for the TOP 8 and after that F4 in Berlin:Group A:TSV Hannover-BurgdorfAdemar LeonLugi HFCsurgoi KKGroup B:Montpellier HBSkjern HandboldHC Zomimak-MSporting CPGroup C:Pick SzegedTatran PresovHBC NantesIFK KristianstadGroup D:Füchse BerlinHCM ConstantaChamberySporta Hlohovec read more

Lego Minecraft Micro World available for preorder

first_imgLego Minecraft got official last month when concept development started on the final product. Less than a month later and the final kit has been completed along with an official name being chosen: Lego Minecraft Micro World (LMMM).The LWMM set will consist of 480 pieces, and allows you to create your very own Minecraft landscape consisting of four cubic units. You can pull those modules apart to reveal mines and resources below ground. You also get Steve and the Creeper as characters to place on your landscape.The designers, consisting of four Lego fans, the Lego Cuusoo team, and Lego designer Steen Sig Andersen, ended up deciding on a 1×1 tile design because it, “packs the most Minecraft DNA into the model per LEGO brick.” The images released clearly show this was the right choice.As it’s a standard, modular set, there’s nothing to stop you buying multiple LMMMs and making larger Minecraft landscapes. The only limit is how many you can afford as they will cost $34.99 each. Pre-ordering is now possible with the kits being offered exclusively through JINX until launch. The pre-order process does require you to become a fan of Lego Minecraft on Facebook, which seems an odd thing to require for those people who don’t want to sign-up to Facebook.If you don’t want to pre-order, then Lego Minecraft will also be available in Lego retail stores and through the official Lego online store this summer. For now, just start planning what landscape you want to create in the actual game in time for when the Lego kit launches.Read more at the Lego Cuusoo Bloglast_img read more

Et si les naines blanches tenaient la clé de la vie extraterrestre

first_imgEt si les naines blanches tenaient la clé de la vie extraterrestre ?Une nouvelle étude portant sur les exoplanètes ressemblant à la Terre mais orbitant autour de naines blanches suggère que les astronomes devraient pouvoir découvrir de l’oxygène dans l’atmosphère de ces planètes beaucoup plus facilement que dans celles qui orbitent autour d’une étoile telle que notre Soleil.En septembre dernier, des scientifiques ont annoncé que le nombre d’exoplanètes pouvant abriter de la vie était bien supérieur à ce qu’on avait estimé jusqu’ici. Une découverte qu’ils ont réalisé avec des modèles informatiques mais qu’une nouvelle étude tend à confirmer aujourd’hui. En effet, alors que les astronomes sont aujourd’hui à la recherche d’une étoile semblable à notre Soleil et d’une planète comparable à la Terre, il se pourrait que ces cibles ne soient pas les meilleures pour dénicher de la vie extraterrestre. C’est du moins ce qu’explique le Dr Avi Loeb du Centre d’astrophysique de Harvard, auteur de l’étude publiée dans la revue Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society : “dans la quête pour une signature biologique extraterrestre, les premières étoiles que nous étudions devraient être les naines blanches”. Ces objets célestes sont la résultante d’étoiles mortes qui conservent simplement un cœur chaud. Généralement, ces étoiles ont la taille de la Terre et, bien qu’elles “s’éteignent” peu à peu, elles conservent une chaleur suffisante pour réchauffer les planètes voisines pendant quelques milliards d’années.Des planètes rocheuses et proches de leur étoile Puisque les naines blanches sont bien plus petites que le Soleil, pour que ces planètes proches soient habitables, il faut qu’elles soient bien plus proches de lui, de façon à avoir au moins une chance de contenir de l’eau liquide à sa surface. Cela signifie également que, dans ces conditions, la potentielle planète effectuerait le tour de l’étoile toutes les 10 heures à une distance de 1,6 million de kilomètres seulement. Des conditions qui ne sont pas impossibles selon les chercheurs. Mais si de telles planètes existent dans l’environnement de naines blanches, encore faudra-t-il les trouver avant de songer à les étudier. Si l’on en croit l’abondance d’éléments lourds à la surface des naines blanches, la plupart d’entre elles posséderaient des planètes rocheuses. Ainsi, les astronomes estiment qu’une étude portant sur les 500 systèmes de naines blanches les plus proches, permettraient de trouver une voire plus de planètes potentiellement habitables.Des planètes facilement détectables Pour cela, la meilleure méthode serait d’utiliser le transit de ces dernières autour de leur étoile. Autrement dit, d’observer les naines blanches pour détecter une diminution dans leur luminosité qui correspondrait au passage d’une planète devant elle. Dans la mesure où les naines blanches sont relativement petites, une planète de la taille de la Terre passant devant elle bloquerait une grande partie de sa lumière et fournirait donc un signal évident. Ceci permettrait de mettre facilement en évidence leur présence.À lire aussiDes chercheurs auraient découvert l’origine de la mystérieuse lumière verte observée par la NASAMais mieux encore : il serait également possible de s’intéresser directement à l’atmosphère des planètes. Lorsqu’une naine blanche brille à travers “l’anneau” d’air qui entoure le disque d’une planète, l’atmosphère de cette dernière absorbe une partie de la lumière de l’étoile. Ceci laisse alors des empreintes chimiques capables de montrer la composition de l’atmosphère, et en particulier si celle-ci contient de la vapeur d’eau ou même de l’oxygène. Un ingrédient que les astronomes recherchent tout particulièrement au vu du rôle qu’il détient sur la Terre.”Bien que la planète habitable la plus proche puisse orbiter autour d’une naine rouge, celle pour laquelle nous pourrons aisément prouver qu’elle est capable d’abriter la vie pourrait orbiter autour d’une naine blanche”, bien plus facile à observer, conclut ainsi le Dr Loeb.(crédits photo : David A. Aguilar / CfA) Le 2 mars 2013 à 12:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This 9 electronics organizer bag will help channel your inner Marie Kondo

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mobile Accessories Video Games How to get rid of your tech clutter Share your voice 16 2:33 The Cheapskate Words can’t adequately express just how much I need this. Jelly Comb Like pretty much everyone right now, I’m watching Marie Kondo on Netflix and trying to get better at tidying up. Among my biggest challenges: all the little electronics stuff. The cords, the earbuds, the flash drives, the microSD cards and so on. I’ve just never found a particularly good way to organize and store all these items.Until now. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Jelly Comb Direct (via Amazon) has this electronics organizer bag for $9.09 when you clip the on-page extra-5-percent-off coupon and apply promo code MRTH3G5W.See it at AmazonThat’s for the medium-size black/green version, though I was also able to apply both coupons to the orange/gray one. The discount is not available on a few of the other, more muted colors, however. This is, ostensibly, a travel case, but I think it could be just as practical for home use. It’s a zippered case with two different sections: one with large-ish pockets for things like a mini tablet and mobile charger; the other with elastic-band holsters for things like cables and earbuds.The product has a 4.5-star average rating from over 275 buyers. I’m not sure yet if this is just going to help organize my horrific electronics junk drawer or accompany me on road trips, but either way I’m in for one. (Pretty tempted to get two, actually.)Your thoughts?Read more: Marie Kondo your kitchen with these 10 Amazon products Bonus deal: Game time! If you’re a PS4 owner (and a Facebook user), you may be excited to learn you can score Fallout 76 for just $24.99 and Marvel’s Spider-Man for $27.99 — some of the lowest prices anywhere on these two games. (Indeed, the latter still sells for $60 at most stores.)Get Spider-Man at FacebookAs noted, these deals are available only via Facebook Marketplace, so if you’re not already set up to buy stuff that way, you’ll need to do that.What’s more, both titles have non-English packaging (ay caramba!), but the games themselves are in English.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Comments Amazon Now playing: Watch this: Tagslast_img read more

Final Fantasy 7 remake will be built on Unreal Engine 4

first_imgEver since E3 of this year, the gaming world has been clamoring to learn any scrap of information it can about Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII remake. We’ve learned a little bit here and there, but for a while, most of the things we learned were amusing anecdotes — like how the director of the remake didn’t know he was the director until he saw the same E3 trailer we all did. Recently, though, we’ve been getting some more details about the game itself, like how the remake will be episodic so Square Enix can work on smaller portions without having to cut any features that fans will miss. Now, the newest bit of juicy game info we’ve learned is that the game will run on Unreal Engine 4.You can check out the quick news hit in IGN’s Daily Fix below:Though it may seem a little deflating that the Final Fantasy VII remake will have that “Unreal Engine feel” so many games running on the engine have, it does likely mean that the game will be much more fluid than the standard JRPG fare from the late 90s. Check out Square’s recent gameplay trailer below and see for yourself:Square has said that the remake will actually remake parts of the game, rather than just update the graphics and audio, and judging from the above trailer — it sure looks like it. Though brief, the action sequences seem more like the half-RPG, half-action combat of games like Kingdom Hearts, rather than the pseudo action of Final Fantasy XII.No word yet on exactly when the first episode will release, or if we’ll ever not feel kind of gross that Final Fantasy VII went episodic.last_img read more

US Considers Proportionate Response to Sony Hacking Attack

first_img Register Now » December 18, 2014 This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The United States said on Thursday a cyber attack on Sony Pictures blamed on North Korea was a serious national security matter and the Obama administration was considering a proportional response.White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters the attack was an example of “destructive activity with malicious intent that was initiated by a sophisticated actor.”Earnest said he was not in a position to say that North Korea was responsible, but the investigation was “progressing.”U.S. government sources said on Wednesday that U.S. investigators had determined that the attack was “state sponsored” and that North Korea was the government involved.Earnest said U.S. national security leaders considering the attack “would be mindful of the fact that we need a proportional response.” They were also aware that people carrying out such attacks are “often seeking to provoke a response…”“They may believe that a response from us in one fashion or another would be advantageous to them” by enhancing their standing either among their cohorts or on the international stage, Earnest said.Hackers who said they were incensed by a film on the fictional assassination of North Korea’s leader attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking documents that drew global headlines and distributing unreleased films on the Internet.North Korea has denied it was behind the Sony hacking, but security experts in Washington said it was an open secret Pyongyang was responsible. The hacking and cancellation of “The Interview” movie’s Dec. 25 release appeared to be an unprecedented victory for Pyongyang and its abilities to wage cyber warfare.In New York on Thursday, a senior North Korean diplomat at the United Nations declined to comment on accusations that Pyongyang was responsible. He also declined to comment on the film’s cancellation.Sony, in its announcement Wednesday on the $44 million raunchy comedy, cited decisions by several theater chains to hold off showing the film. The hacker group that broke into Sony’s computer systems had threatened attacks on theaters that planned to show it.U.S. experts say options for the Obama administration could include cyber retaliation and financial sanctions but the effect of any response could be limited given North Korea’s isolation.Political analysts, including Joel Wit of the 38 North Korea project at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, questioned how easy it would be to enforce sanctions and to ensure the support of China, which is North Korea’s biggest economic partner, its neighbor and long-time ally.The United States has a deep economic relationship with China but is sharply at odds with Beijing over Washington’s allegations of cyber spying by Chinese state units on U.S. concerns.The Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce, said the United States should impose new penalties on the already heavily sanctioned North Korea that would “wall off” the country from the international banking system.The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned theaters and other businesses associated with “The Interview” on Tuesday that they could be targeted in cyber attacks, according to a copy of the document reviewed by Reuters.Several U.S. national security officials told Reuters the government had no credible evidence, however, of a physical threat to movie theaters.(Additional reporting by Jim Finkle in Boston, Mark Hosenball and Matt Spetalnick in Washington and Michelle Nichols at the United Nations; Editing by David Storey and Grant McCool) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min readlast_img read more

Torontos iconic Fairmont Royal York gets a makeover for 90th anniversary

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Toronto’s iconic Fairmont Royal York gets a makeover for 90th anniversary Tags: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Openings & Renovations, Toronto Share Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — A cherished Canadian landmark is turning 90 this year, and will be celebrating with some major new upgrades.Fairmont Royal York, first opened in Toronto in 1929, is in its final phase of a multi-year renovation that includes a transformed arrival and check-in experience, newly imagined dining venues, contemporary event and meeting spaces, and a completely redefined Fairmont Gold. The grand renovation is expected to be completed this summer, just in time for the hotel’s official anniversary celebration.“Fairmont Royal York has always been a defining feature of the Toronto skyline and we are excited to announce the next stage in its time honoured history, “said Edwin Frizzell, regional vice president and general manager. “As we celebrate 90 years of outstanding service, incredible people and history-making moments, it is with great pride that we prepare to unveil the most significant transformation this building has ever seen.”Here is an overview of new enhancements:Lobby & Arrival Experience: Design firm Rockwell Group created what will be a true “living room” for the city, featuring a larger, more generous reception area lined with marble stairs and a sweeping ramp that guides guests to check-in stations inspired by train ticketing counters.Food & Beverage: At the heart of the hotel’s transformation will be an elevated food and beverage experience. There will be four new signature dining concepts headed by Fairmont executive chef, jW Foster.Fairmont Gold: The new Fairmont Gold offering is inspired by the hotel’s celebrated history of luxurious accommodation. Now accepting reservations, the offering features larger, elegantly appointed suites and a new Fairmont Gold Residents Lounge on the 18thLegacy Suites: The hotel’s crowning moment in its grand transformation will be the unveiling of two new Legacy Suites. Set to debut this summer, these definitive spaces will welcome discerning guests to the future of residential-style urban retreats.Meetings & Events: The hotel’s meeting, event and wedding spaces will also receive a revamp to reflect a more modern style.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsSince its grand opening, Fairmont Royal York has welcomed millions of travellers from around the world, and has been featured on the silver screen as the most filmed location in Toronto. It’s also played host to the city’s most unforgettable moments, including the G20 Summit, Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday and the Queen’s Jubilee.To learn more about the transformation and special anniversary events, go to Posted by Thursday, February 21, 2019 last_img read more

UBS shares fall as legal costs threaten profit

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories But the Zurich-based group said it probably would not be able to achieve its profit goals for 2015 because of Swiss regulatory demands that it hold significantly more capital for risks from litigation.Swiss financial regulator FINMA’s demands this quarter were related to “known and unknown litigation,” Chief Executive Sergio P. Ermotti told analysts and reporters.UBS AG confirmed it was one of several global banks being investigated by authorities in Switzerland, the U.S. and Britain for allegedly manipulating foreign exchange rates. It said it is reviewing its operations in its foreign exchange operations.“We have taken and will take appropriate action with respect to certain personnel as a result of our review,” the bank said in the earnings statement.It said had third-quarter charges of 586 million francs for litigation, regulatory and other related matters, and sees more regulatory challenges ahead.The new probe suggests UBS may not be past the legal problems that had plagued it over the past three years.Last year, it agreed to pay fines for allegedly manipulating, along with other banks, a key market interest rate known as LIBOR.UBS and 17 other financial firms were also sued by the U.S. government for selling some $196 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities to housing financing agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The two agencies invested heavily in residential mortgage-backed securities, which bundled pools of mortgages into complex investments that collapsed after the real-estate bust and helped fuel the financial crisis in late 2008.UBS reported a balance of $803 million set aside for settling claims the U.S. brought to recoup losses from the mortgage-backed securities. It remains uncertain how much of that may eventually be paid out or whether more money would be needed.Beyond legal cases, the bank said business was tough. A decline in operating income was partly offset by a cut to expenses and staff. The number of employees was trimmed to 60,635 from 62,628 a year earlier.“The operating environment in the third quarter remained challenging,” the bank said.Chief Financial Officer Tom Naratil said the U.S. government’s fiscal debate, which shut down the government for the first half of October but averted a default, also impacted some customers.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober GENEVA (AP) – Shares in Swiss bank UBS skidded lower Tuesday after it warned it may miss its earnings targets due to the potential costs of new legal cases.The stock fell 7.7 percent to 17.70 Swiss francs in Zurich despite a return to profit in the third quarter, as investors feared the bank may not be past the regulatory problems that had plagued it in recent years.Switzerland’s biggest bank said it had a third-quarter profit of 577 million Swiss francs ($644 million), a turnaround from the $2.1 billion-francs loss it had in the same period a year ago.last_img read more

Some press blocked from hearing Judd Apatows DGA

first_imgSome press blocked from hearing Judd Apatow’s DGA remarks Judd Apatow arrives at the 70th annual Directors Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Judd Apatow has been one of the most vocal critics of men accused of sexual misconduct in his industry, but Saturday night at the Directors Guild Awards, the producer-director’s opening remarks were withheld from over a dozen reporters in the press room at the untelevised event.“It’s just for the room,” a Directors Guild representative told reporters as the video and audio feed went dark when Apatow took the stage. No prior indication had been given that press would be denied access to any moment of the show.Yet among the roughly 1,000 directors, producers, actors, executives and publicists watching Apatow speak inside the main ballroom, there were also number of reporters from outlets such as The Washington Post, Vanity Fair and Variety, all of whom were tweeting about his remarks as they happened. Press photographers are restricted from taking pictures inside the ballroom, but many attendees snap and share photos on social media.A DGA representative said that the reason the feed was not made available to press was to prevent audiovisual distribution of Apatow’s monologue and stressed that certain press were reporting from the ballroom.According to those in the ballroom, Apatow talked about the dismal statistics for female directors in the industry and how Harvey Weinstein ruined bathrobes for his wife. He also reportedly joked about a cash-grab “sexual harassers” movie featuring Kevin Spacey as a trans veteran fighting cancer and Bill Cosby as president that would be directed by Brett Ratner, written by Woody Allen, scored by R. Kelly and catered by Mario Batali — men who have all been accused in recent months of sexual misconduct. Apatow joked it would air on “Matt Lauer’s YouTube channel.”Among the celebrities attending the show were Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Bradley Whitfield, Sally Hawkins and nominated directors like Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele and Christopher Nolan.The Hollywood awards season has largely leaned into the post-Weinstein moment of reckoning for the industry and society as a whole, from the all-black wardrobe statement at the Golden Globes and the A-list actresses walking the red carpet with activist guests, to the mostly female presenters at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Seth Meyers made cutting jokes as the host of the Golden Globes, as did Kristen Bell for SAG.Apatow, whose criticisms of Cosby predates the Weinstein revelations, has tweeted almost every day about sexual misconduct news and has been speaking at public events about it, including at the Variety Power of Women luncheon that took place in October, days after sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Weinstein were detailed in The New York Times and The New Yorker.Apatow is known for directing films like “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and producing the HBO series “Girls.”Why his Directors Guild remarks were suppressed from certain press remains somewhat unclear beyond a desire to keep a video off of the internet. A representative for Apatow did not respond to a request for comment. A DGA representative declined to comment on the record about whether or not Apatow knew that press were going to be present in the ballroom.According to Washington Post reporter Steven Zeitchik, Apatow said Saturday of hosting that there’s “nothing in this for me …. One bad moment where I talk like Matt Damon and explain sexual harassment and I’m (expletive).”Deadline reported that Apatow added: “I just do this because I am dead inside and (need to feel something).”___For full coverage of awards season, visit: by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2018 8:45 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 5, 2018 at 9:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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