first_imgWhen we think about organising precarious “gig” workers, the task seems biblical. Low pay and no benefits that accrue to gig workers are worsened by the uncertainty of a position where you can only work to deliver something specifically demanded by consumers and at a premium you are often powerless to control. App companies misclassify workers as independent contractors rather than employees in order to pass on all of the maintenance and capital costs, aside from web work and marketing, to the workers, avoiding personnel benefit and equipment costs that are routine for regular employers. Conditions seem to cry out a union. A recent “strike” by Uber drivers in Los Angeles illustrates the kind of problem we deal with when we discuss gig workers and their ability to fight for better conditions. The company had triggered the strike by increasing its percentage of the fare, thereby decreasing drivers’ pay. In response, the drivers turned off the Uber application on their phone. Stated more plainly, they went on strike by simply not responding to any calls or inducements to drive. Did it work? Who knows? How would any of us, whether organisers, curious observers, or company officials, know how to measure the number of drivers protesting in this way versus those who just decided not to drive on any given day or got ticked-off and responded to Lyft instead? ACORN tried a similar approach in the early 1970s when we were fighting increases by the Arkla Gas Company in central Arkansas. Our “Turn Off Arkla Day!” action got a bit of press, as the Uber drivers did in Los Angeles. But in both cases, the company yawned since there was no way to measure whether the strike affected their cash flow. Organising gig workers can be challenging, but there’s some good work going on for bicycle delivery drivers in Europe, where companies like Uber Eats, Deliveroo, and others have become ubiquitous. Last fall, one of ACORN’s affiliates organised a meeting in Brussels that brought together union activists interested in organising European bicycle delivery drivers with fledgeling groups of drivers from a dozen countries including the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany. That meeting highlighted several active organising projects: – Bike Workers Advocacy Project (BWAP), a new group seeking to organise cycling workers and, eventually, lead to some kind of unionisation or union-style representation. Drivers at Postmates and Caviar in New York City and some bicycle shops seemed to be stirring the pot in 2018, but nothing seems to have emerged formally to date. – Bike delivery workers at Foodora and Dilveroo in Germany have raised issues about low wages and their independent contractor situation while advocating for a union. – In 2016, London gig workers for delivery services Deliveroo and Uber Eats organised protests and strikes for higher wages. There was also an outcry in Philadelphia when a rider for Caviar was killed while working. – Legal action has managed to win back employment rights, such as a recent ruling in Spain that declared that a Deliveroo rider was, in fact, an employee and not an independent contractor, as the company claimed. Caviar is in mandatory arbitration in California on the same issue. Just as importantly, riders in London struck for three days in 2018 and joined with striking McDonalds’s workers to demand higher wages, largely organised by a chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). While these examples seem promising, unions clearly lack any real commitment to organise these workers, and the workers have limited leverage. David Chu, who directs the European Organising Center, a joint project between European unions and the US-based Change to Win federation, told me recently that he hears a lot of talk about organising gig workers but sees little action in that direction. Serious organising efforts in the United States have been contradictory and are embryonic at best. Uber in New York City and San Francisco reacted to organising efforts by attempting to co-opt the organisations into agreeing that the workers were not employees in exchange for consultation rights on rule changes and other issues like receiving tips. More concerted efforts to create a mini-National Labor Relations Board representation mechanism were launched at the municipal level in Seattle, but the organising effort is currently mired in litigation over pre-emption by the National Labor Relations Act and the question of employee status. Local efforts reflect the way companies keep changing their practices, as Marielle Benchehboune, coordinator of ACORN’s affiliate, ReAct, noted recently in Forbes. “What will make the difference,” she suggested, is workers organising “on the transnational scale.” Perhaps her analysis is correct. Perhaps a rare global organising plan could create enough pressure and leverage among these competing companies that could weld a workers’ movement together from the disparate pieces of independent worker mobilisations that are cropping up around the world. Given the challenges, how much should we invest in organising gig workers? Labour economists in the US caution that despite all of the hype from Silicon Valley and even some labour officials about the emerging gig economy, it involves a very small percentage of the workforce. I heard something similar 15 years ago when I asked a leader of the Indian National Trade Union Congress if they were doing anything to organise call centre workers in India. He answered that they estimated that there were 30,000 such workers, but there were 450 million workers in India at the time and hardly nine per cent were organised. He then shrugged. That’s all he said, but we got the message. There’s much to be done in organising the unorganised; resources and capacity are always restrained, whether in India, Europe or North America. Is that a reason for not finding ways to organise workers who are attempting on their own to find justice in their jobs? Or is it just another rationale for doing little or nothing? The one thing that seems clear is that if unions are going to be relevant to the modern workforce and the irregular and precarious forms of work that are being created by technology married to avarice, we must debate and address these challenges. It may be difficult, but unions and organisers need to devise practical strategies that allow workers to organise, win, and build enough power to force companies to adapt and change. IPA (Courtesy: People’s World The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

NORMAN, Okla. — The Latest on Oklahoma’s opioids case against Johnson & Johnson (all times local):3:10 p.m.An Oklahoma judge has found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid drug crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to help address the problem.Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman issued the decision Monday in the nation’s first state trial against the companies accused of contributing to the widespread use of the highly addictive painkillers.The company is expected to appeal.Oklahoma argued the company aggressively marketed opioids for years in a way that overstated their effectiveness and underplayed the addiction risk.Oklahoma previously reached a $270 million settlement with Oxycontin-maker Purdue Pharma and an $85 million deal with Israeli-owned Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.Oklahoma’s case could shape negotiations to resolve roughly 1,500 other opioid lawsuits consolidated before a federal judge in Ohio.___12 a.m.An Oklahoma judge is expected to rule in the first state case to go to trial accusing an opioid drugmaker of being responsible for the devastating consequences of addiction to powerful painkillers.Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman is scheduled to deliver his judgment in open court at 3 p.m. Monday. The Oklahoma case is at the forefront of a wave of lawsuits against drug companies over the opioid crisis.Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has called consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson a “kingpin” company that helped fuel the most devastating public health crisis in the state’s history. Company attorneys say they acted responsibly and that the evidence doesn’t support the state’s claim.Two other groups of defendants that manufactured opioids reached settlements before the trial started May 28.The Associated Press read more

“Such differences will only complicate the already difficult task of peacemaking by encouraging contending Somali groups and leaders to adopt inflexible positions on national reconciliation so as to safeguard their interests and weaken the influence of those Somalis who want an end to violence and the restoration of peace in the country,” the Secretary-General says in a new report to the Security Council released today at UN Headquarters.Noting that a national reconciliation conference for Somalia originally scheduled for April was not held, Mr. Annan says that the environment of apparent suspicion, both among regional countries and inside Somalia, needed to be defused urgently if a productive conference was to take place.“Consensus and coherence among the frontline States of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is essential for the IGAD effort in support of national reconciliation in Somalia to succeed,” he observes. “It is also clear that the IGAD frontline States and other neighbouring countries, as well as donors, must use their influence to encourage the Somali parties to take positive and reconciliatory steps towards establishing peace and security in their country.”Meanwhile, the country has witnessed an escalation of violence in recent months, costing many civilian lives and resulting in a worsening of the humanitarian crisis, the Secretary-General writes. In urging Somali leaders to refrain from military action and violence and to make every effort to participate constructively in the peace process, he says: “It is the duty of leaders to lead, not to pursue narrow partisan advantage.” read more

Over 19,000 Palestinian students will receive a 75 per cent reduction in educational fees this semester through a programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the agency announced today.The programme, funded by the Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People, will enable 11 universities and 24 other establishments of higher education, many of them vocational, to grant fee waivers to needy students in the West Bank and Gaza.The agency said that more than half of the waivers will be granted to female students.So far, applications have been submitted for 27,398 students, 19,157 of whom will receive fee reductions, UNESCO said. read more

OTTAWA – The International Monetary Fund is calling for further government action amid signs the recovery is faltering in many countries, although Canada’s outlook has held up better than most other advanced economies.The 188-country organization said Monday that it expects Canada’s economy will grow modestly, by 2.1 per cent this year and 2.2 per cent next year — virtually unchanged from the IMF’s forecast in April.That’s not the case in many parts of the world.The IMF’s July outlook warns that, after a better-than-expected start to the year, growth is slowing in many parts of the world, shaving two-tenths of a point off of the IMF”s 2013 estimate, which falls to 3.9 per cent.The 2012 growth estimate has also been reduced, by one-tenth of a point to 3.5 per cent.The expansion is mostly due to strong, if moderating, growth rates in the emerging economies and smaller advanced economies, such as Australia.Overall growth in advanced economies is only expected to hit 1.4 per cent this year and 1.9 per cent in 2013, very weak levels, with some nations faring far worse.Some countries in the euro area are in recession and at best can expect minuscule growth next year, the IMF says.The United States growth projected at 2.0 per cent and 2.3 per cent in 2012 and 2013, one-tenth of a point less than before and not enough to decrease unemployment.Even emerging market expansion is moderating because weakness in Europe and U.S. is dampening demand for their exports.But it is not a few percentage points of gross domestic product that has the Washington-based economic watchdog most concerned — it’s the rising risk that Europe will go off the rails, and to a lesser extent, the U.S. as well.It particularly singles out Italy and Spain, which it says must be prevented from collapsing.“More worrisome than these revisions to the baseline forecast is the increase in downside risks,” Olivier Blanchard, the IMF’s chief economist, said in a webcast press conference.“Italy and Spain have to succeed,” he added. “They have to do what’s needed to succeed, they have to do the adjustment in competitiveness, which is tough, they have to do fiscal consolidation, which is tough.“But that’s not enough, they are in a very deep hole (and) they need help from other euro members.”In addition, the IMF says the U.S. must avoid at all costs an abrupt withdrawal of fiscal stimulus.And emerging economies should be on the watch for signs of trouble and prepared to take action.The IMF does not mention Canada in its analysis, other than placing it in the table of economic projections. Canada places No. 2 among the Group of Seven countries in terms of growth, with Japan at No. 1 this year with 2.4 per cent and the United States in top spot at 2.3 per cent growth in 2013.The Canadian growth rates forecast by the IMF are below the Bank of Canada’s call of 2.4 per cent both years, but in line with most private sector economists, who have been downsizing expectations the past few months.Analysts expect the Bank of Canada will also shave its outlook at the next opportunity, which comes Tuesday morning during its policy interest rate announcement.That would signal that the central bank, which had been hinting of raising interest rates later this year, likely intends to stay on the sidelines until 2013 at the least.Bank governor Mark Carney has publicly expressed concerns that historically low interest rates have lured many Canadians to take on too much debt and inflated real estate prices, but Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s recent moves to tighten mortgage rules has taken some air out of the balloon. As well, all signs point to both lower demand and prices on the housing front.For Europe, the IMF has a series of recommendations, many of which have been voiced in the past.It calls on Europe to implement bank bailout measures they’ve introduced and to take steps toward further banking and fiscal union.And it also calls on the European Central Bank to become more active than it has been to support growth.“There is room for monetary policy in the euro area to ease further,” the IMF says, including “non-standard measures” that go beyond cutting interest rates. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Global economy weakening, but Canada continues with slow growth: IMF forecast by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 16, 2012 2:48 pm MDT read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 14, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week TORONTO – Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:TSX closed: Investors can take a breather from freaking out about their stock portfolios on Monday — the Toronto Stock Exchange is closed due to Ontario’s Family Day.Rona: Quebec’s home renovation retailer will release its fourth-quarter results on Tuesday. Earlier this month, Rona announced that U.S. home improvement chain Lowe’s is buying the company in a friendly takeover valued at $3.2 billion Cdn.Housing: The Canadian Real Estate Association is out with its January 2016 resale housing statistics on Tuesday. They’ll contain clues about whether this year is poised to be as bullish a year for real estate in Toronto and Vancouver as 2015 was, and as dismal a year in Alberta.Bombardier: Embattled aircraft builder Bombardier Inc. releases its fourth-quarter and year-end results on Wednesday. The company is waiting to hear if it’s getting an aid package from Ottawa. Quebec’s trade minister said recently the province will consider a further investment in Bombardier if federal aid doesn’t materialize.Inflation: On Friday, Statistics Canada releases the consumer price index for the first month of the year. The annual inflation rate for December grew to 1.6 per cent, fuelled by soaring prices for numerous products including fruits and vegetables. read more

CALGARY – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is taking a turf war with Alberta to its economic heart, inviting energy companies based in Calgary to move their headquarters to his province.In a letter to Whitecap Resources (TSX:WCP) dated Monday, Wall offers to subsidize relocation costs, trim taxes and royalties and help find space in unused government buildings if the oil and gas firm moves to Saskatchewan.Wall cites reductions to corporate and personal income taxes promised in his recent provincial budget as further incentives, adding that his government has no intention of implementing a carbon tax like the one Alberta did this year.“Given these major tax changes and your production presence in our province, I would therefore like to formally ask you to consider a relocation of your head office from Calgary to Saskatchewan,” reads the letter.Kathy Young, a spokeswoman for Wall, said the letters were sent to several energy firms. She said Wall “takes every opportunity” to ask companies to move their headquarters to Saskatchewan.The letter emerges in the wake of public bickering between Notley and Wall over each other’s provincial budgets. Neither was available for comment.The letter, provided to The Canadian Press, says it may make sense for Whitecap Resources and other Calgary companies with oil and gas production in Saskatchewan to make a “co-operative joint move” to benefit from additional cost savings.Calgary Economic Development president Mary Moran said tax “tweaks” in the Saskatchewan budget don’t overcome Alberta’s competitive tax advantage, adding that Wall’s short-term incentives will “borrow loyalty, not buy loyalty.”“I’m not a big believer, whether it be labour or companies, that it serves us well as a country to be poaching from one province to the other,” Moran said.Alberta Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous said Albertans pay “billions less total tax than Saskatchewan” due to no sales tax, payroll tax or health-care premiums. Bilous also said his province has some of the lowest gasoline and diesel taxes in Canada.“Contrary to Premier Wall’s claim, businesses know the federal government will impose a carbon levy in his province,” he added.Whitecap Resources CEO Grant Fagerheim said he’s taking Wall’s offer seriously but would only move if it would benefit his company’s shareholders. He conceded such a decision would come as a “shock” to his Calgary head office staff of 105.“It’s a very pleasant offer from Premier Brad Wall but we have to look at that in much more detail,” Fagerheim said.“When we’re working for shareholders, we have to consider all of our costs and everything that goes alongside that, (including) logistics.”Whitecap Resources produces about 50 per cent of its oil and gas in Alberta, 40 per cent in Saskatchewan and the rest in B.C., said Fagerheim. Other Calgary companies with oil and gas production in Saskatchewan include Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG), Husky Energy (TSX:HSE), Raging River Exploration (TSX:RRX) and Surge Energy (TSX:SGY).Notley’s NDP government tabled a budget this month that relies on economic growth to balance the books in six years. Wall’s budget boosts the provincial sales tax and cuts spending with the aim of returning to surplus in three years.When Notley was asked whether there is anything in the budget tabled by Wall’s right-leaning government that she would never do, she replied: “Almost everything.”On the weekend, Wall took to Twitter to say he wasn’t about to take budgeting advice from Notley and the Alberta NDP.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Premier Brad Wall invites Calgary energy companies to relocate to Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall speaks with members of the media following the 2017 budget speech at the Legislative Building in Regina Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Wall is taking a turf war with Alberta to its economic heart, inviting energy companies based in Calgary to move their headquarters to his province.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor. by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 29, 2017 4:55 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 29, 2017 at 11:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

first_imgPolice on horseback lead the cortege of Pc Keith PalmerCredit:Nick Edwards for The Telegraph The coffin of Pc Keith Palmer passes a police guard of honour on Sunday Credit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph Police officers march through Southwark for Pc Palmer’s funeralCredit:Hannah McKay/Getty Police officers march through the streets of central London on Monday afternoon Police officers march through the streets of central LondonCredit:Nick Edwards for The Telegraph Police officers honour Pc Keith Palmer near Southwark Cathedral on Monday  Four other innocent people were killed and dozens of others injured in the 82-second atrocity on Wednesday March 22, which ended with Masood, 52, being shot dead.Andreea Cristea, 31, Leslie Rhodes, 75, Kurt Cochran, 54, and Aysha Frade, 44, died after he ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. He drove at high speed across Westminster Bridge, ploughing into crowds and killing four people. The coffin of PC Keith Palmer The coffin of Pc Keith Palmer passes a police guard of honour  A ceremony at the Police Roll of Honour Trust to add Pc Keith Palmer’s nameCredit:Rick Findler/PA Ch Insp Sawyer said: “Keith was a Depeche Mode fan and would often sing his favourite song at work, I Just Can’t Get Enough, which was relevant to his arrest rate.” He went on: “During Keith’s policing service he met and worked alongside many officers and left a positive impression on all. And we will all miss him greatly.“I know this because over the last couple of weeks so many of these colleagues and friends have told me as much.“I will close with these thoughts from myself, Keith’s colleagues and friends – his spirit will never leave us and he will remain an inspiration to us all. Keith’s blue lamp will shine bright forever. And on behalf of us all we say thank you – Keith made a difference and we will not forget.” Flowers reading ‘No. 1 Daddy’ on top of the hearse carrying Pc Keith Palmer’s coffinCredit:NEIL HALL/Reuters Floral tributes to the victims of the Westminster attackCredit:Matt Dunham/AP Pc Keith Palmer's coffin is unloaded from a hearse at the Palace of Westminster Police officers arrive in Southwark for the funeral of Pc Keith Palmer  Police officers arrive in Southwark for the funeral of Pc Keith Palmer Credit:Dan Kitwood/Getty Pc Keith Palmer’s coffin is unloaded from a hearse at the Palace of WestminsterCredit:PETER NICHOLLS/Reuters They were joined by tens of thousands of members of the public as the capital fell silent to remember Pc Keith Palmer, who was killed guarding Parliament during last month’s Westminster terror attack.Southwark Cathedral heard the 48-year-old father of one hailed as a “hero” whose “blue lamp will shine bright forever”.His friend and colleague, Ch Insp Neil Sawyer, fondly recalled a series of anecdotes from Pc Palmer’s 15-year policing career.He was known as a formidable “thief taker” and made 150 arrests in 2015. Police officers arrive in Southwarkcenter_img Met Commissioner Cressida Dick, the first female head of Scotland Yard in its 188-year history, read the WH Auden poem Funeral Blues.She said afterwards: “Today it is just wonderful to see the numbers that have turned out. I know it means a very great deal to my colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service but also to colleagues throughout policing.”In this terrible, terribly sad business, if we can take some positives forward, then that’s something.” Alex Franklin, a 25-year-old policeman from Basildon in Essex, said he had made the journey on his day off to pay his respects.He said: “When a brother loses their life doing what they do, you come to pay your respects.”He said the procession had been “one of the most immaculate and beautiful things I have ever seen”.“It’s on days like this that you realise it’s more than a job. People have come from all over the country for this.” Floral tributes to the victims of the Westminster attack Masood then jumped from his car and ran into the Palace of Westminster grounds where he stabbed Pc Palmer.There are plans for a permanent memorial to honour Pc Palmer’s memory at the National Memorial Arboretum. Crowds line the streets near Southwark Cathedral on Monday afternoonCredit:Nick Edwards for The Telegraph Their badges showed they came from all over the country.Bobbies from Essex alongside coppers from Scotland and Wiltshire, stood together in dress uniform to say farewell to one of their own.More than 5,000 officers lined the streets of London in what is believed to have been the country’s biggest ever police funeral. The five victims of the Westminster attack The police helmet of Pc Keith Palmer is removed from the hearse and passed to an officer at the Palace of WestminsterCredit:Mary Turner/Getty Police at a ceremony by the Police Roll of Honour Trust to add the names of fallen officers Pc Keith Palmer  Floral tributes on his hearse praised a “No1 Daddy”, as well as a brother, husband and son. Pc Palmer, who was married with a five-year-old daughter, had been guarding the Palace of Westminster, when Masood, a Muslim convert, launched his terror attack. Police on horseback lead the cortege of Pc Keith Palmer  The police helmet of PC Keith Palmer is removed from the hearse and passed to an officer at The Palace of Westminster The five victims of the Westminster attack: (top left-right) Andreea Cristea and Pc Keith Palmer; (bottom left-right) cAysha Frade, Leslie Rhodes and Kurt CochranCredit:REUTERS/Metropolitan Police Crowds line the streets near Southwark Cathedral Members of the police and public silently shed tears as his coffin travelled along 2.6 miles of the capital’s, led by the Metropolitan Police Colour Party and an escort of mounted officers. Pc Palmer was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood as he carried out his duties on the cobbled forecourt of the Palace of Westminster in the attack on March 22. Police officers honour Pc Keith Palmer near Southwark Cathedral on Monday Credit:STEFAN WERMUTH/Reuters Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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first_imgXstrata Nickel has announced plans to restructure its Sudbury operations, following on from the announcement in November 2008 of the accelerated closure of the end-of-life Craig and Thayer-Lindsley operations at Sudbury, both of which will cease operations with immediate effect. As a result of the restructuring, the Fraser mine complex will be placed on care and maintenance and associated support and administrative functions will be reorganised. The Strathcona mill, with annual capacity of 2.7 Mt of ore, will be reduced to two work shifts from four as a result of reduced feed. In addition, the Fraser Morgan development project will be deferred. This project will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be re-initiated when economic conditions allow. The announcement does not impact the world-class Nickel Rim South project in the Sudbury basin.  Nickel Rim South remains on schedule to ramp up to 60% of its ultimate 1.25 Mt/y production capacity in 2009, equivalent to approximately 7,400 t of nickel. Nickel Rim South will become a low-cost, cornerstone operation in Sudbury, generating annual production of approximately 18,000 t of recoverable nickel by early 2010. Xstrata Nickel has invested C$627 million for the project’s first phase, which came in on time and on budget, and has approved the remaining project capital expenditure of C$300 million for the completion of mine development and infrastructure. Nickel Rim South is a long-life operation that is expected to provide a high-value ore feed while significantly reducing Sudbury’s unit costs.Total production from the Sudbury Smelter is expected to remain at a similar level compared to 2008 production as shortfalls arising from the cessation of Sudbury mines will be offset by concentrates from Nickel Rim South and Xstrata Nickel Australasia. Concentrates will also continue to be processed from Xstrata Nickel’s Montcalm and Raglan operations, together with third-party feed.Ian Pearce, Xstrata Nickel Chief Executive commented: “Our leadership team is taking proactive and decisive measures during challenging times. The continued decline of the economic environment and deteriorating commodity markets, coupled with high operating costs particularly at our older mines, are negatively impacting our Sudbury operations. The actions announced today aim to reposition our Sudbury complex into the bottom quartile of the cost curve, ensure our operations remain financially robust even during a potentially long period of depressed commodity prices and establish a strong foundation for further growth in the region.“Our Sudbury complex is an important part of Xstrata Nickel and we remain fully committed to continuing to operate at Sudbury for many years to come. Nickel Rim South remains a top priority and development work on the project continues without interruption.”As a result of the restructuring, 686 permanent employee positions will be made redundant, affecting both union and salaried employees in operational and non-operational roles.  A three-day stoppage of operations was initiated today to allow the restructuring to occur.Marc Boissonneault, Vice-President of Xstrata Nickel Sudbury Operations said: “There are no decisions more difficult than those which directly impact our employees, particularly to this degree. We recognize that this restructuring of our operations will affect our employees, their families, our unions and other key stakeholders. With this, our first priority is to ensure that displaced employees are treated fairly and with respect. This will include a three-day pause of the organization, professional outplacement services and expanded Employee Assistance Programs offering counselling and support over the coming months.“We are making these tough decisions to sustain our business in the immediate and longer term. Ultimately these actions will result in more robust and viable operations at Sudbury that continue to create value and jobs for the local community over the medium and long term.”Xstrata Nickel, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is one of Xstrata Group’s global commodity businesses, comprising five mines and processing facilities in Ontario and Quebec, Canada; a ferronickel mine and processing facility in Bonao, Dominican Republic; a high-grade sulphide mine and processing facility in Western Australia and a refinery in Kristiansand, Norway. Xstrata Nickel has a significant portfolio of growth projects, including Koniambo in New Caledonia, Nickel Rim South in Canada, Kabanga in Tanzania, Araguaia in Brazil and Sinclair in Australia. Xstrata Nickel is the world’s fourth largest nickel producer, with annual managed production of more than 107,500 t of refined nickel.last_img read more

first_imgABB has won a contract valued over $28 million from Terrane Metals Corp that includes the delivery of drive systems for the new Mount Milligan copper-gold mine in northwest Canada. ABB’s solutions will help to optimise energy use and equipment reliability at the mine. Located 155 km northwest of Prince George in central British Columbia, the anticipated annual output from Mount Milligan is about 40,000 t of copper and 217,000 oz of gold. “ABB’s unparalleled range of technology and industry solutions, combined with our vast application knowledge and experience, significantly improve productivity and process reliability for our minerals and mining customers,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Our comprehensive drive system offerings and ability to deliver world-class solutions were decisive factors in this important contract win.”ABB’s scope of supply for this project includes a complete 22 MW gearless mill drive (GMD) system for a 12.2 m SAG mill, consisting of motor, transformers, and E-house. ABB’s delivery also includes two units of dual pinion mill drive systems for 8 m ball mills, each drawing 6.5 MW. The ACS6000 dual pinion mill drive systems include synchronmachines, transformers and E-house.The SAG mill as well as the ball mills will be powered by variable speed mill drives; this solution offers the customer exceptional performance and flexibility during the production process.Deliveries are scheduled to be concluded by the end of 2011; installation and start-up of the project are scheduled for 2012.last_img read more

first_imgI know what you’re saying–another tablet? I know, I know. But this one’s different–at least in one cool way. Azpen’s X1 10 inch tablet doesn’t make you pick between mobile operating systems–the tablet boots both. “Work hard, play hard,” as the company puts it. The tablet features an Intel N455 1.66GHz processor, 802.11b/g, two USB slots, and microSD slot–not particularly impressive, but we did mention the dual boot thing, right? The X1 comes in 8-, 16-, and 32GB configurations.The company also makes dual booting 9.7 and eight inch tablets.last_img read more

first_imgGolden Dawn member of the Greek Parliament, Elias Kasidiaris, has told Radio 3XY that his Party plans to open an office in Melbourne and a delegation of parliamentarians will be visiting Australia soon. The radical right party has toyed with opening offices in Australia and around the world, and believes there is demand for them here. Already, Golden Dawn have reportedly set up a New York office in attempt to reach out to the Greek diaspora and have a New York based website in both Greek and English. President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis, says he’s baffled the party believes they have a following here. “I’m completely unaware of their significance in Victoria,” he tells Neos Kosmos. – “In a country which prides itself on multiculturalism, its policies don’t fit well with the Australian environment, so I don’t see its relevance.” The party won a seven per cent minority in the Greek Parliament and has 18 ministers representing the party in Greece. Golden Dawn has become synonymous with racial and homophobic violence and has terrorised Greeks from all walks of life. Kasidiaris himself grabbed headlines around the world when he attacked Communist Party leader Liana Kanneli live on a morning TV show last year. Minister for Cultural Affairs and Citizenship, Nick Kotsiras says he cannot fathom why a Greek party can gain popularity with completely contradictory views to that of Greeks everywhere. “Greeks fought for freedom, and Greeks fought to ensure that our children are able to live in peace and harmony with their neighbours. And for a political party to say the opposite is an insult,” he says. Minister Kotsiras believes the party will fade away over time, and predicts it will be a “one term wonder”. Yet, despite its extremist views, Golden Dawn has gained support from some in the police force. Reports have suggested that instead of breaking up protests, some police officers have stood idle as people are beaten. Minister Kotsiras says he won’t meet with the Golden Dawn ministers when they come to Melbourne and thinks “the best thing is to ignore them”. “Golden dawn’s views are not welcome in Victoria. They are irrelevant, misdirected and inappropriate,” he says. On their New York website, Golden Dawn promotes itself as fighting “against altering our racial demographics by the millions of illegal immigrants, and the dissolution of the Greek society promoted by both the coalition parties and the so-called left”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgVidéo à la demande : Apple aurait des vues sur HuluA l’instar de Google et Yahoo, Apple se montrerait intéressé par le rachat de la plateforme de vidéos à la demande (VOD) Hulu. La firme de Cupertino aurait déjà entamé des négociations avec le fournisseur de vidéos.Après que Google et Yahoo ont manifesté leur intérêt pour Hulu, c’est au tour d’Apple d’avoir des vues sur la plateforme de vidéos à la demande. C’est du moins ce que révèle le site Bloomberg, s’appuyant sur des sources proches de la firme à la pomme. Celle-ci aurait déjà engagé des négociations avec Hulu, une co-entreprise réunissant Disney, NBC Universal, News Corp et Providence Equity Partners.À lire aussiWireLurker : quand un malware attaque l’iPhoneHulu existe depuis 2007, et propose sur son service VOD, pour l’heure uniquement accessible aux Etats-Unis, de nombreux films et séries télévisées. D’après Bloomberg, Apple dispose de 76,2 milliards de dollars (53 milliards d’euros) de liquidités et de titres qui lui permettent d’envisager très facilement ce type de rachats. De récentes estimations évaluent à 2 milliards de dollars (1,4 milliard d’euros) la valeur à l’achat de Hulu. Une somme que Yahoo serait également prêt à débourser pour s’offrir la plateforme, tandis que Google a, d’après le Los Angeles Times, également entamé des discussions au début du mois en vue du rachat de Hulu. Alors qu’Apple peine à s’imposer sur le marché de la vidéo en ligne avec son offre Apple TV, ce rachat constituerait pour la firme à la pomme une arme de taille pour concurrencer le service américain Netflix.Le 22 juillet 2011 à 17:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThen-City Clerk Tom Moran presiding over Nome’s October 2014 election. (Photo by Matthew F. Smith, KNOM)Nome City Manager Tom Moran resigned from his office last month after the city faced scrutiny for a perceived lack of transparency and potentially mishandled investigations in the police department. He had intended to continue work as a contract employee but has now been placed on administrative leave after allegations of harassment were brought forward to the City Council at its meeting Monday.Listen nowMoran and Mayor Richard Beneville were both absent due to travel. Moran resigned from his office in September but said he would work as City Manager until October 18th, per the conditions of his contract.An emotional testimony was brought forth by Ahne Schield, the music director at Nome-Beltz High School, during Citizens Comments in which Schield claimed that Moran had harassed her personally and through text message last year.Schield says Moran appeared to be pretending to be someone else, including in messages she described as lewd.“He began to make suggestive comments using words like ‘urges’ and the like,” Schield said.In one message, Schield says the sender claimed to have watched her arrive home that night. A few weeks later Schield called the number and says she received the voice mail of Tom Moran.“And that same day we went to the troopers as we have … nothing illegal .. we felt helpless,” Schield said. “What do you do? File a citizen’s complaint? No way that goes straight to the city manager.”According to Schield, this sequence of events took place last year, before Moran’s contract was renewed.KNOM reached out to Moran through e-mail. He admitted to sending Schield messages but denied that they were harassing. Moran did admit to pretending to be someone else due to having a previous conversation with Schield about that person; he says that he thought she had his number and would know that he only meant to be joking.Moran says he believes those messages were discussed in an executive session from which he was excluded.The Council voted unanimously to place Moran on leave.In the e-mail, Moran said he understands the Council had to make a difficult decision.The city council voted to approve John Handeland as the acting city manager.last_img read more

first_img CORAL SPRINGS Fla. – University of Louisville women’s golfers Olivia Cason, Lauren Hartlage, Delaney Shah, and Lauren Thibodeau were named Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars, the organization announced Monday (July 8). Cason, who also earned the honor last season, graduated in the spring with a bachelor’s degree in finance. She wrapped up her Cardinal career ninth on the all-time scoring average list. Thibodeau earned the honor for the first time. The freshman was third on the team with a 74.91 average, which ranks fourth all-time by a freshman in program history. Her 5-under-par 67 during the first round of the Moon Golf Invitational was tied for the second lowest round of the season. Hartlage earns another accolade to add to the collection as she was recently named a Golfweek All-American Honorable Mention, All-ACC Academic Team, and All-ACC Women’s Golf Team. She led the Cardinals with a 72.60 stroke average, which ranks third all-time in program history. She finished her junior campaign 49th in the Golfstat NCAA Division I player rankings and 61st in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. She opened up the spring season by earning medalist honors at the Moon Golf Invitational for her second collegiate victory. Louisville has placed at least three on the list each year since 2012, and had multiple honorees each of the last 11 years. Shah and Hartlage have earned the honor all three years at UofL. For the third straight season the Cardinals led the Atlantic Coast Conference in total selections. The WGCA recognized 1,097 women’s collegiate golfers from Divisions I, II, and III with the prestigious honor for maintaining at least a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average and playing in at least 50% of the team’s rounds. For the latest on Louisville women’s golf, visit, or follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter @UofLWGolf, Facebook /UofLWGolf, and Instagram @UofLWGolf. Print Friendly Version Story Links Shah ended the season with a 76.11 average, which included three rounds of par or better, and a pair of top-10 finishes.last_img read more

first_imgExcel is mostly for spreadsheets, charts, and other boring business applications. I say mostly, because it’s also been used to create some really rad things like RPGs, media players, and more. Now you can play XCOM in Excel when you’re supposed to be working. It’s called EXLCOM, and all you need to run it is a copy of Excel. What a time to be alive.EXLCOM was created by Reddit user crruzi, who posted his creation on the XCOM sub-Reddit. He says he was learning VBA for work and figured making a clone of XCOM in Excel would be a fun way to practice. For anyone not familiar with the XCOM games, they’re turn-based tactical shooters played mostly in an isometric top-down view. The graphics in the real thing are certainly much more impressive than colored cells in Excel, but the essence of the game is there.The game takes place in the XCOM universe between the events of XCOM: Enemy Within and XCOM 2. There isn’t really a story yet, but the basic gameplay is working. You control a team of four soldiers tasked with wiping out Advent forces in the city. On the left of the Excel sheet is your game map, and on the right you have unit info. Your soldiers have HP, moves, and equipment to keep track of. You basically have to outmaneuver the red cells and attack them without exposing yourself to too much return fire. There are even special tactics like “run and gun” and “spray and pray.”You can download the game and take it for a spin if you want. It’s surprisingly fun for a game running entirely in Excel. EXLCOM is still in the early phases, so some features aren’t implemented yet. Bugs are also to be expected, but crruzi does list some quick fixes in the Reddit thread if you’re having issues. Also, if you want some real, non-Excel XCOM, check out the trailer for the proper sequel below:last_img read more

first_imgEpic Games CEO, Tim Sweeney has accused Google of being “irresponsible” for disclosing a major security flaw in the Fortnite Android Installer to the public eye before patch of this game was widely available. After the Fortnite installer went live, Google security engineers pointed out a security bug. This showed that installing the file (with .apk extension) shared by Epic Games, enabled the hackers to push malicious apps that could take over a user’s device. To make things even worse, the .apk file shared by Epic Games is the first step to follow while installing the Fortnite game. As mentioned in the Google thread, “Any app with the WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission can substitute the APK immediately after the download is completed and the fingerprint is verified. This is easily done using a FileObserver. The Fortnite Installer will proceed to install the substituted (fake) APK”. Epic was quick to respond to this and took appropriate action to secure the newer Android devices from being vulnerable to the attacks. Additionally, Epic had asked Google for 90 days before making the security issue public as it would provide users with enough time to update the installers. However, last Friday, Google released a thread titled “Fortnite Installer downloads are vulnerable to hijacking” that talks about the vulnerability issues in the installer, clearly not granting Epic the requested 90 days. Google proceeded to “unrestrict the issue in line with Google’s standard disclosure practices”. Google spokesperson said that “User security is our top priority, and as part of our proactive monitoring for malware we identified a vulnerability in the Fortnite installer. We immediately notified Epic Games and they fixed the issue”. Epic games didn’t appreciate the move, and its CEO Tim Sweeney released a statement saying how “Epic genuinely appreciated Google’s effort to perform an in-depth security audit of Fortnite immediately following our release on Android, and share the results with Epic so we could speedily issue an update to fix the flaw they discovered. However, it was irresponsible of Google to publicly disclose the technical details of the flaw so quickly, while many installations had not yet been updated and were still vulnerable.” Sweeney also took to Twitter to express his disapproval regarding the situation. He even went ahead to say that this was Google’s attempt to “score cheap PR points” against Epic as they decided to release Fortnite via their own website instead of Google Play Store. This would have left Google out of the 30% cut it would’ve received with in-app purchases made on Fortnite Android. “Google’s security analysis efforts are appreciated and benefit the Android platform, however a company as powerful as Google should practice more responsible disclosure timing than this, and not endanger users in the course of its counter-PR efforts against Epic’s distribution of Fortnite outside of Google Play” as mentioned on the Fortnite blog. This is not the first time that Google has been criticized, Microsoft also accused it of disclosing its vulnerabilities before patches were made widely available. Now, whether this was really a PR move by Google against Epic cannot be verified. Epic games have now come out with a 2FA or two-factor authentication to “ help protect user accounts from unauthorized access by requiring them to enter an additional code when they sign in”. Read Next Google’s incognito location tracking scandal could be the first real test of GDPR 1k+ Google employees frustrated with continued betrayal, protest against Censored Search engine project for China Google gives Artificial Intelligence full control over cooling its data centerslast_img read more

first_imgIndia is a big country and Mumbai is one of the key source markets for us. It has been a long time that we have started to participate in OTM and it is very important for us as we have been the strategic partner for OTM for quite a long time. We are happy and that is why we repeat. Every year we expect positive response and OTM gives us overwhelming results. The feedback from all the 11 co-exhibitors is positive and we are looking forward to participating in the upcoming OTMs also.last_img

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke With teams like Carolina, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Minnesota, San Francisco, and Tennessee drafting quarterbacks to fill their need and the Cardinals deciding not, the market for Kolb has shrunk significantly.It seems like it’s down to a six team race between the Bills, Browns, Cardinals, Dolphins, Redskins and Seahawks. The only question is, who will offer the most?If you’re in Arizona, you have to ask what’s more valuable: a 2012 first-round pick or a season with a legitimate starting quarterback. Top Stories Just how close were the Arizona Cardinals to getting their quarterback of the future over the weekend? Closer than any of us may have realized but it wouldn’t have come via the draft.According to Pro Football Weekly, the Cards and Philadelphia Eagles had agreed in principle to a deal that would have landed them 26-year old starting QB Kevin Kolb. Too bad the league’s labor dispute wouldn’t allow it. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The Eagles, sources told PFW, had a potential deal in place to trade QB Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals before the draft, but those plans changed when veterans were not allowed to be dealt. It’s very possible, however, that the Cardinals and Eagles could reignite those trade talks.Just because Kolb wasn’t dealt prior to the draft due to the NFL Lockout doesn’t mean a deal between the Cardinals and Eagles won’t happen once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. Kolb wants out and you’d have to imagine Andy Reid will appease him.According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King Philadelphia already has an offer on the table that includes a first-round pick in 2012.Point is, Kolb doesn’t want to be in Philadelphia; he wants to have a chance to get a starting job somewhere else, and Reid has promised to try to make a deal if it benefits the Eagles. He already has an offer of a first-round pick in the 2012 draft from an unknown team. The window for the 2011 league year opened and closed quickly last week; players like Kolb, who want to be traded, and free agents who want to hit the market have to wait for the league year to open before moving. That could happen this week if the Eighth Circuit forces the NFL to open doors and end the lockout.Could that ‘unknown’ team be the Cards? If you believe the initial report that the two teams had agreed upon a deal before this year’s draft you’d have to imagine they’d be willing to get one done after the draft as well. Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

first_imgOpposition parties said on Monday they would agree to dissolve parliament if the government also resigned, responding to ruling Disy leader Averof Neophytou’s challenge during Friday’s discussion in the plenum on the damning findings of a probe into the collapse of the Co-op bank.Opposition parties have insisted on the finance minister’s resignation over the bank’s demise and passed a resolution on Friday demanding that he stepped down or be dismissed by the president.Neophytou pointed out that the minister, Harris Georgiades, had been asked to deal with a sorry state of affairs created long before 2013, when the Co-op was nationalised.On Monday, Neophytou described the opposition parties as “microphone tough guys who want to assign the blame on others and ignore their own.”He cited the report’s findings, which also assigned blame to political parties for the situation at the Co-op before 2013, saying their meddling was disastrous.If they want to hold the minister accountable, they, as party representatives, must also assume their own responsibilities, Neophytou said.“We cannot be the judges of ourselves. We must ask the people to judge us. Why are they afraid?” he said.Some commentators rejected Neophytou’s challenge as a public relations stunt but so far opposition leaders have failed to call his bluff, if it is indeed one.Main opposition Akel leader Andros Kyprianou said his party was prepared to discuss dissolving parliament if the government resigned first over its responsibility in the collapse of the Co-op.“We are ready to discuss declaration of early parliamentary elections when presidential elections are announced,” he said.Diko chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos, who had likened Neophytou’s statement to a flashbang grenade, echoed Kyprianou.“If Disy means what they are saying then the first thing they should suggest is the resignation of the government since the report was clear that the administration is to blame for the collapse of the Co-op bank,” he said on Monday.Edek chairman Marinos Sizopoulos said his party would go with whatever the majority decided while the head of the Green party, Giorgos Perdikis, said if such elections were held, none of the current MPs must take part.You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoHistory A2ZWhere You Should Retire in the USA: States Ranked From Worst To BestHistory A2ZUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more