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US trade gap grows to 487B in November consumer spend more onUS trade gap grows to 487B in November consumer spend more on

US trade gap grows to $48.7B in November; consumer spend more on imports, while exports lag by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2013 7:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit expanded in November to its widest point in seven months, driven by a surge in imports that outpaced only modest growth in exports.The Commerce Department report Friday suggests trade will drag on economic growth in the October-December quarter. A wider trade gap slows growth because it means Americans spent more on foreign products while U.S. businesses earned less in overseas sales.Still, the report showed consumers have maintained an appetite for spending. They kept buying iPhones and other imported goods in November, despite high unemployment and low wage growth.“A strong rebound in imports is not necessarily all bad for the U.S. economy because it indicates that consumers are spending. It shows the private sector is not dead,” said Gregory Daco, senior economist at HIS Global Insight.The trade gap widened 15.8 per cent to $48.7 billion in November from October, the report noted. Imports grew 3.8 per cent, led by gains in shipments of cellphones, including Apple’s new iPhone.Exports increased only 1 per cent. And exports to Europe fell 1.3 per cent, further evidence of the prolonged debt crisis that has gripped the region.Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, predicts trade trimmed growth by about 0.5 percentage point in the final three months of the year. He expects fourth-quarter growth to be no more than an annual rate of 1.5 per cent. That would be nearly half the 3.1 per cent rate reported for the July-September quarter, which was helped by healthy growth in exports.Martin Schwerdtfeger, senior economist at TD Bank, also expects the trade deficit to subtract from October-December growth. But he said the flood of imports could be signalling stronger consumer spending and business investment.“The higher imports could mean that domestic consumption is improving. That would override some of the drag from a higher trade deficit,” Schwerdtfeger said.Through the first 11 months of 2012, the trade deficit is running at an annual rate of $546.6 billion. That’s roughly 2.4 per cent lower than the 2011 deficit.Imports of consumer goods grew to a monthly record in November. Much of the growth was from cellphones and other household electronics products.Oil imports dropped 2.5 per cent, reflecting a fall in prices and lower volume.Imports of foreign-made autos and auto parts rose, likely reflecting catch-up shipments following port disruptions in October caused by Superstorm Sandy.The U.S. trade deficit with China, the largest with any country, totalled $29 billion in November. That’s down slightly from the monthly record of $29.5 billion in October. But the trade gap with China is still on track to set a new annual record in 2012.Trade was a modest positive for overall economic growth in 2012 and many economists believe that trend will continue in 2013. However, that forecast is based on a view that the European debt crisis stabilizes and growth in Asia begins to rebound.In its latest outlook, a forecasting panel for the National Association for Business Economics predicted that the U.S. trade deficit for 2013 will total $533 billion, a slight improvement from the $540 billion deficit they expect when the trade numbers are totalled up for all of 2012. That expectation for a slight improvement is based on a view that export growth will outpace imports in 2013. read more

Google cutting 1200 more Motorola jobs as cellphone division struggles to competeGoogle cutting 1200 more Motorola jobs as cellphone division struggles to compete

Google cutting 1,200 more Motorola jobs as cellphone division struggles to compete AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 8, 2013 8:05 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Google is cutting an additional 1,200 jobs in its Motorola division as the unprofitable cellphone maker struggles to compete.Last summer, Google Inc. announced 4,000 Motorola job cuts. The latest reductions are in addition to those and will be in countries including the U.S., China and India.“These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer,” Google spokeswoman Niki Fenwick said in an email.When Mountain View, Calif.-based Google bought Motorola last year for $12.4 billion, it had about 20,000 employees.The online search leader also expects to pare jobs at the division with a planned $2.35 billion sale of the Motorola set-top business, which has about 7,000 employees. Google had about 53,000 employees as of late September.Google bought Motorola primarily for its 17,000 patents, bolstering the company in the mobile device arms race with other technology companies. The cellphone business has lost market share to Apple and Samsung, however, and posted operating losses of $1.1 billion since Google completed the Motorola deal in May.Analysts have been concerned that adding a phone manufacturing business could hurt Google’s profitability and potentially alienate the other device makers that use Google’s Android mobile operating system. Samsung, HTC and other phone makers run Android. Apple and BlackBerry have their own systems.The Wall Street Journal reported the Motorola job cuts in Friday’s editions.Google shares rose $3.39 to $835.99 in premarket trading. read more

CES gadget show features computing power software breakthroughs leading to autonomous carsCES gadget show features computing power software breakthroughs leading to autonomous cars

by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Jan 5, 2016 12:55 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 5, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Powerful computers that can drive better than people, high-definition road maps and low-cost sensors are about to remove some big barriers to self-driving cars.Some breakthrough features will come to your dashboard quickly, while others will take a few years. But companies from Silicon Valley to Detroit will use the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week to demonstrate that autonomous car technology is heading for prime time.“It can happen today. The technology is more or less ready,” said Amnon Shashua, chief technical officer of Mobileye, an Israeli company that makes computers to process information from car-mounted cameras that are increasingly sophisticated.Legal and government policy issues remain, and computer controls haven’t quite been perfected. Still, Shashua and others say it’s reasonable to expect cars to take over more driving tasks from humans on the way to full automation in about five years.In addition to the building blocks of autonomous driving, at least three automakers are rolling out new vehicles at CES, which is rapidly becoming a showcase for the auto industry. Volkswagen will show off a battery-powered Microbus that could go on sale in 2017, and General Motors will uncover the final version of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car with a 200-plus-mile range. Upstart electric car maker Faraday Future unveiled a futuristic concept race car.Details will come later, but here are five areas to be featured at the Las Vegas show:THE SEEING CARRadar, camera sensors and a remote-sensing technology called Lidar will help cars see their surroundings and decide what actions to take. One of the more important announcements will come from Quanergy, which will unveil low-cost solid-state Lidar, or lasers, that can see 360 degrees regardless of weather. Early self-driving cars had bulky globes on the roof with spinning Lidar sensors, costing around $70,000. Quanergy’s Lidar eliminates the globe and cuts the cost to about $1,000 per car. Lidar works with three-dimensional mapping to help steer cars. Announcements about sophisticated mapping also are expected, including one from Detroit-area auto parts supplier Delphi.SENSOR FUSIONA self-driving car needs technology that can make sense of the thousands of camera images and data from radar and Lidar. Companies such as Nvidia are working on artificial intelligence to decide how to handle the millions of situations a car will encounter. On Monday, the company unveiled a lunchbox-sized automotive supercomputer with the processing power of 150 MacBook laptops. The company says Volvo will be the first automaker to work with the computers. Nvidia says the computers will be able to see images, read street signs, spot pedestrians and process information better than humans. “It really shifts the game then to a software-defined vehicle,” said Daniel Shapiro, Nvidia’s director of automotive marketing.THE BONESToday’s luxury cars have about 50 computers and run more than 100 lines of software code, more than a large passenger jet. But the wiring in cars is already strained and won’t transfer data fast enough for advanced safety devices. Delphi will show off a new wiring architecture to handle 1,000 times more information, so cars won’t be obsolete as soon as they leave the dealer. The technology will come to Audi vehicles first this year and handle radar and cameras for automatic emergency braking. But it also can integrate Lidar. Jeff Owens, Delphi chief technical officer, says data travels slowly on car networks now — inadequate for safety and other critical functions. “Literally every nanosecond counts,” he said.CYBER SECURITYWhen benevolent hackers took over a Jeep Cherokee through its radio last year, the auto industry got nervous. At CES, parts maker Visteon is among companies that will show off infotainment systems that are better protected from hacking attacks. Visteon CEO Sachin Lawande says radios today don’t even have a minimum level of security. His company’s radios have codes in chips and use encryption to stop unauthorized applications. Yet the chips boot up in under 10 seconds, a requirement in autos.LET THE CAR DO THE TALKINGIt won’t be long until the car can communicate with everything from a home thermostat to other cars and even the McDonald’s drive through. Delphi is offering a phone cradle that lets the car transmit orders to a restaurant, while BMW and others will show off technology that controls home devices. There’s also vehicle-to-vehicle technology coming. Visteon’s will be able to communicate with cars ahead of you on a freeway to warn you of stopped traffic or hazards such as black ice. CES gadget show features computing power, software breakthroughs leading to autonomous cars read more

Yemen UN chief welcomes announcement of humanitarian ceasefireYemen UN chief welcomes announcement of humanitarian ceasefire

The pause will commence on Friday, 10 July, to permit humanitarian actors to reach civilians in need and its acceptance was conveyed by Yemen’s President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi to the Secretary-General in a letter earlier this week. Likewise, Mr. Ban has also received assurances through his Special Envoy on Yemen, Ould Cheikh Ahmed, from the Houthis, the General People’s Congress and other parties that the pause will be “fully respected and that there will be no violations from any combatants under their control.” “It is imperative and urgent that humanitarian aid can reach all vulnerable people of Yemen unimpeded and through an unconditional humanitarian pause,” the Secretary-General’s Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, told reporters at UN Headquarters this afternoon, ahead of a statement issued by his Office. “Full and unhindered access by humanitarian agencies to all parts of the country, including through sea and airports, should be ensured with a view to reaching people in need, including with essential medicines, vaccinations, food and water,” the statement added. According to the latest UN data, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been steadily deteriorating since the outbreak of fighting in late March 2015. In the past three months alone, some 3,000 Yemenis have been killed, half of them civilians, and 14,000 injured. Over a million people have had to flee their homes and 21 million need immediate help, close to 13 million people are unable to meet their food needs, 15 million people have no healthcare and outbreaks of dengue and malaria are raging unchecked. Humanitarian partners have reached 4.4 million people with aid in the past three months, but this is a fraction of those in need, says the UN Spokesperson. The United Nations, the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement and international non-governmental organizations working together have now activated the highest level of emergency response. The first pause in the hostilities took place in mid-May. “The Secretary-General reminds the parties to the conflict of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and calls on all sides to contribute to preventing a humanitarian catastrophe in the country,” continued the statement. The UN spokesperson added that Mr. Ban was “grateful” for Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed’s ongoing efforts to engage with all Yemeni stakeholders to take confidence-building steps towards a durable cease-fire and develop a mechanism for the withdrawal of forces, release of political prisoners and the resumption of an inclusive political process. In mid-June, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed facilitated in Geneva a round of consultations among key Yemeni stakeholders. These measures, he said, would ultimately form part of subsequent agreements which will require further consultations. “The Secretary-General encourages all parties to the conflict to extend their full cooperation and support to his Special Envoy on the way forward,” the statement concluded. “The Secretary-General firmly believes that the only sustainable solution to the conflict in Yemen is through peaceful and all-inclusive political dialogue and negotiations.” read more

Opinion Stay or play Who will get the starting nod at quarterbackOpinion Stay or play Who will get the starting nod at quarterback

Left: Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller during a game against Illinois on Nov. 16, 2013, in Champaign, Ill. Center: Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones during the College Football Playoff National Championship against Oregon on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. Right: Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis.The Ohio State football team walked off the field at AT&T Stadium early Tuesday morning as the national champions of college football, but its quarterback situation could not have been more undetermined. The Buckeyes currently have three quarterbacks on the roster who could easily start at almost any school in the country and maybe one or two who could be valuable backups right away in the NFL.That said, I broke down each quarterback and why they should stay or leave, and I made a prediction of what each signal caller will ultimately decide. Senior — Braxton MillerWhy he should stay: In his 2 1/2 years as a starting quarterback at OSU, Miller has become a fan favorite and a staple of college football. A two-time Big Ten Conference MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, Miller led the Buckeyes to an undefeated season in 2012 and broke multiple school records en route to a 26-8 record as OSU’s starting quarterback. He also finished in the top 10 of the Heisman Trophy vote twice, finishing fifth in 2012 and ninth in 2013. Miller not only has the most experience of any quarterback on OSU’s roster, he also has received more individual awards and led the Buckeyes in total yards for three straight seasons. Entering the 2014 season, Miller needed just 504 total yards to break the school career record set by Art Schlichter from 1978-81 (8,850).Safe to say if Miller returns, in any capacity and remains healthy, he will do just that. Why he should leave: Frankly, there is no guarantee Miller would start in any capacity in 2015, let alone at quarterback. Miller would be up against the reigning Big Ten Quarterback of the Year in redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett and a national title winner in redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones — and that is just if he wants to play quarterback. If Miller stays and does not win the starting job, it is likely he would play H-back and would then have to compete with redshirt-freshman Jalin Marshall and sophomore Dontre Wilson for playing time. If Miller were to transfer, he could easily earn a starting job at probably 80 percent of Division I football schools in the country.But at OSU, his chances are dwindling. Prediction: Miller will remain at OSU, but not as its starting quarterback. Will play significant time as a wildcat quarterback and as an H-back. Redshirt-freshman — J.T. BarrettWhy he should stay: Why wouldn’t he?Barrett not only led the Buckeyes to an 11-1 record, he won the Quarterback of the Year award as, in reality, a backup. He finished fifth in the 2014 Heisman Trophy voting, and likely would have been invited to New York as a finalist had a fractured ankle against Michigan not cut his season short. Barrett broke Drew Brees’ Big Ten conference record for total touchdowns in a season in just 11 and three-fourths games and is the youngest of the three quarterbacks in this discussion. Even if Jones and Miller both decide to stay, and Barrett doesn’t win the job in 2015, he could still very well be the Buckeye starter in 2016 and almost guaranteed the spot in 2017 should he return for a redshirt-senior season. Why he should leave: Since Barrett is not yet eligible for the NFL Draft, it is hard to find a reason for the Texas native to leave Columbus. Barrett could transfer and still have two remaining years of eligibility, but this would ultimately set him back considering all he has accomplished as a young player. If the NFL was a possibility, it would make sense more than anyone on this list for Barrett to book for the big leagues. He has a full season of experience under his belt in a conference that now has a national title and two New Year’s Six bowl wins next to its name. A long shot prediction could be made that Barrett will follow now-former OSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman down to Houston where Herman is now the head coach to play in his home state. But Barrett said after the title game that he will return to Columbus, and seemed happy to do so. Prediction: Barrett returns to OSU, sitting out most of spring practice because of rehab from an ankle injury, and earns the starting job in 2015 because of his knowledge of the game and production. Redshirt-sophomore — Cardale JonesWhy he should stay: Not only is Jones an Ohio native, he helped bring OSU its first national championship in 12 years, which is the last major title won by an Ohio team in that span. Jones has become a household name, and will be forever remembered by Buckeyes everywhere. And he got a hug from LeBron James, so why ruin that, right?But in all seriousness, Jones has the tools and ability to be an NFL quarterback. Standing 6-feet-5-inches and 250 pounds with a cannon for an arm, Jones is a prototype for the NFL. However, just going on three starts, albeit against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon, doesn’t give us a lot to go off of. NFL scouts dissect every aspect of a player’s game, and frankly, there isn’t enough film on Jones just yet.His physical talent, along with Miller and Barrett nursing injuries, will give him an early edge on the competition should he decide to return.Why he should leave: Jones has been in a similar situation before.Jones was the starting quarterback throughout spring practice in 2014 as Miller nursed shoulder surgery and, despite a poor passing performance in the spring game (14-31 for 126 yards), beat out Barrett for the backup job.After that, however, Barrett made a late push and was announced as Miller’s backup just days before Miller re-injured his shoulder.Jones was reduced to third-string, and who is to say that won’t happen again in this off-season?If he stays, Jones will, in all likelihood, enter spring practice as the starter with Barrett and Miller recovering from their injuries, but can he make a big enough push to beat out both?Jones’ stock will never be higher than it is right now barring being named the OSU starter and earning another national title.If he leaves now, he not only puts himself in a situation to make money, he puts the Buckeyes in a situation to make an easier decision at quarterback.Prediction: Jones stays, does well enough in spring practice to earn the No. 2 spot on the depth chart and backs up Barrett in 2015.Oh, and don’t forget that top-dual threat quarterback recruit Torrance Gibson is verbally committed to play for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.But I don’t dare to go there … yet. read more

Advertising crackdown on secondary ticketing websites over fees and chargesAdvertising crackdown on secondary ticketing websites over fees and charges

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Singer Amy Macdonald has also warned music fans about resellers Credit:Getty The advertising watchdog has clamped down on four of the main secondary ticketing websites by banning their “misleading” pricing information.The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has taken action against StubHub, Viagogo, Seatwave and GetMeIn after finding that they were not upfront and clear with consumers about additional ticket fees and charges that were added at the end of the booking process.It has banned the websites from not making the total ticket price, VAT-inclusive booking fee and delivery fee clear at the start of the booking process.The ASA has banned Viagogo from claiming that it is the “official site” after it misleadingly implied it was an official primary ticket outlet rather than a second-hand ticket website.Viagogo is also banned from making a “100% Guarantee” claim in its ads which the ASA said misleadingly suggested that consumers were guaranteed entry to the relevant venue.The ASA found there was a reasonable risk that customers could be denied entry with a ticket bought from a secondary site. “The message from our rulings is simple and it’s clear: The price you see at the start should be the price you pay at the end.”A StubHub spokeswoman said: “As a consumer-first ticket marketplace, StubHub supports any measures which make ticket buying easier, more convenient and more transparent for fans.”We welcome this opportunity to work closely with the ASA and we will be fully compliant with its decision.”We hope that other players in the ticketing industry, including primary issuers, follow suit.”In November the competition watchdog announced it was taking enforcement action against secondary ticketing websites suspected of breaking consumer law.The Competition and Markets Authority, which did not identify the sites, had been investigating the market.A number of artists including Ed Sheeran, Mumford And Sons, Radiohead and Amy Macdonald have encouraged music lovers to stop using Viagogo, GetMeIn, StubHub and Seatwave.A spokeswoman for Ticketmaster, which owns Seatwave and GetMeIn, said: “Our ticket resale sites already ensure fans know exactly what they will pay at every stage of the buying process, displaying all fees as soon as the customer selects and submits the number of tickets they are looking to buy.”We will continue to work with both the ASA and the CMA to further develop levels of transparency and consumer protection within the UK ticketing sector.” UK advertising rules require quoted prices to include non-optional taxes and fees that apply to all or most buyers, and advertisers should also list any applicable delivery fees.ASA chief executive Guy Parker said: “Many of us will recognise the frustration of being happy with the initial price of tickets on a secondary website only to be stung by hefty fees when we come to book. Alex Neill, Which? managing director of home products and services, said: “It’s absolutely right that the ASA has stepped in to prevent secondary ticketing websites from misleading people and potentially leaving them disappointed and out of pocket.”With people increasingly finding that they have to buy tickets through secondary sites, the sector must be closely scrutinised and action should be taken against companies that aren’t playing by the rules.” Singer Amy Macdonald has also warned music fans about resellers last_img read more

Row over Bluebird legacy splits Donald Campbells admirersRow over Bluebird legacy splits Donald Campbells admirers

Gina Campbell, the daughter of the late Donald Campbell CBE, with Whoppit, the teddy bear mascot belonging to her fatherCredit:Getty Donald Campbell crashed on Coniston Water in 1967 She told The Telegraph: “It would be fantastic to take her around the world and show her off. That would be the proper way of perpetuating my father’s achievements – to inspire people to set their own records.“If children could see Bluebird in all her magnificence it might inspire them to become engineers, scientists, pilots and record setters and that would be wonderful.”Ms Campbell had initially backed the museum plan, but changed her mind after seeing the restored Bluebird unveiled for the first time at Loch Fad, on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, last August.“When I saw Bluebird running at Bute I realised she is a living, breathing thing and it would be wrong to stick her away in a museum,” she said. “I used to think she should be kept at Coniston, which of course is her spiritual home and it’s where my father is buried in the graveyard there.“But the public will not be able to see her in very great numbers there. She needs to be shown off at events around the world.”Ms Campbell was just 17 when she was told her father’s K7 had crashed and sunk while attempting to set a daring new speed record, receiving the news of his death at the age of 45 while working abroad at a ski resort.The accident came as Campbell was attempting to beat his own water speed record of 276.33mph set three years earlier.The badly damaged craft lay on the bed of Coniston Water until it was raised in 2001 by Bill Smith, an engineer who led the Bluebird Project Team’s restoration of Bluebird at his workshop in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A bitter row over the future of Bluebird, which claimed the life of speed record breaker Donald Campbell when it crashed on Coniston Water in 1967, has split those charged with preserving his enduring legacy.While some want to put the newly-restored hydrofoil on permanent display at a museum in the village where Campbell is buried, others want the craft to tour the world as a way of inspiring future generations.Now Campbell’s daughter has stepped into the dispute, endorsing the ambition of the volunteers who restored Bluebird to show her off at various sites around Britain and the rest of the world.Her call comes despite having gifted the wreck of the Bluebird K7 to the Ruskin Museum at Coniston village, which plans to display her in a purpose-built wing of the building.While the Ruskin Museum wants the craft on permanent display, the Bluebird Project Team volunteers who worked tirelessly to restore the craft after she was recovered from the waters of the lake say she should be used in periodic displays on water, where her engineering prowess can be showed off to its full effect.Ms Campbell – who was a teenager when her father was killed attempting to smash through the 300 mph barrier – has now said the hydrofoil should be seen by as many people as possible rather than being kept in a museum as a relic. Donald Campbell crashed on Coniston Water in 1967Credit:PA Gina Campbell, the daughter of the late Donald Campbell CBE, with Whoppit, the teddy bear mascot belonging to her father Their plan had been to take the hydrofoil back onto Coniston Water in July, in a fitting tribute to Campbell.But last month the outing was called off after what the Bluebird Event Working Group – made up of local villagers, business representatives and councillors – described as “unforeseen circumstances”. It is understood the group felt they needed more time to plan the event properly.Mr Smith’s ambition is to eventually display Bluebird at some of the sites of Campbell’s greatest achievements – such as  Lake Mead in Nevada, where K7 set a record of 216 mph in 1955.He said: “It’s a no brainer Bluebird should be seen by as many people as possible rather than being stuck behind closed doors. She belongs on the water, that’s when she comes alive.”Ms Campbell, who in 1990 broke her own World Water Speed Record in New Zealand – achieving 166 mph in a three point hydroplane – now fears the matter could end up in the courts and has called for the two groups to sit down together to resolve the dispute.“They need to talk to each other and reach a compromise,” she said. “But I’m afraid they seem miles apart at the moment.”Additional reporting by Jen Bowey read more

You could hear a pin drop – 400 jobs at risk atYou could hear a pin drop – 400 jobs at risk at

first_imgUpdated 21:57LUFTHANSA TECHNIK AIRMOTIVE Ireland (LTAI) today announced it is to start a process “to consider closing the company”.The firm has a jet engine overhaul facility at Rathcoole in Dublin which employs 400 people. Today Lufthansa said it will consult with employee representatives and begin immediate negotiations with trade unions.This decision follows an “extensive review of operations”, the company said, in the context of “declining revenues and shrinking international market opportunities”.Commenting on the announcement, Managing Director of LTAI Wolfgang Mörig praised the workforce for their contributions over the years and expressed “regret” that the company is now at this point.He noted “the increased quality and efficiency of the new generations of aircraft engines, with reduced need for overhaul”.StunnedWorkers were informed of the company’s decision today and UNITE regional officer Willie Quigley told that “you could hear a pin drop”.“The workers were stunned,” he said. “No one anywhere envisaged anything like this. Work was very scarce in the plant for a couple of weeks but this has happened before and changes have been asked for and conceded by workers.”I’m sure there was absolute horror and devastation in the families when they heard. A lot of them have young kids and kids in college and Christmas is just five or six weeks away.The union represents more than 200 of the workers in the plant and Quigley said representatives will be looking at “every potential alternative” to closure.Redundancy“If all that fails, we’ve no other choice than to get the best possible redundancy deal and secure pensions, but right now we’ll be trying to get the company to look at alternatives to keep it as it is, even with reduced numbers,” he said.A council with representatives of all three unions involved will hold a meeting on Monday morning and they will then meet with management in the afternoon to start negotiations.Lufthansa Technik took a 60 per cent shareholding of Airmotive Ireland, which was set up by Airlingus, in 1997. It took full ownership in 1999.First published 15:35Read: Fears for jobs at Lufthansa Technik as staff called to meeting>Read: LRC talks between IMPACT cabin crew and Aer Lingus adjourned>last_img read more

Irelands abortion laws to be challenged at the UN for a secondIrelands abortion laws to be challenged at the UN for a second

first_imgA SECOND CHALLENGE to Irish laws forbidding abortions for medical reasons has been lodged with the UN.The Centre for Reproductive Rights (CRR), which filed three petitions on behalf of an Irish woman, Amanda Mellett, alleging human rights violations with the UN Human Rights Committee in November, announced today that they are bringing another case to the committee.The Centre filed the case on behalf of Siobhán Whelan, who was forced by Ireland’s restrictions on abortion to travel to the United Kingdom to obtain safe and legal abortion services after she learned that she was carrying a foetus with a fatal anomaly.The Centre say that they filed today’s petition to “hold Ireland accountable for violating Siobhán’s basic human rights by subjecting her to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, interfering with her privacy, and discriminating against her on the basis of her gender”.Johanna Westeson, regional director for Europe at the Centre for Reproductive Rights said that the Irish system is “cruel”.“Rather than ensuring women with non-viable pregnancies have all the information and services they need to make their own personal decisions about their reproductive health, the Irish health system cruelly denies them both critical reproductive health information and safe and legal options to end pregnancy.”Siobhán’s storySiobhán Whelan became pregnant in September 2009.About 21 weeks into the pregnancy, doctors at Dublin’s National Maternity Hospital informed Siobhán that the foetus had a fatal anomaly called Trisomy 13.One doctor informed Siobhán that in another jurisdiction she would be offered a termination, but that this was not possible in Ireland.On January 20, 2010, at 22 weeks, Siobhán’s pregnancy was terminated at the Fetal Assessment Center at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. When she returned to Ireland, Siobhán was not offered any support to deal with her grief.“The Irish doctors made me feel like it was illegal to discuss the option of termination for fear of having the door slammed in my face or of not receiving any help whatsoever,” said Siobhán Whelan.“I will never understand why I had to pack my bags and leave Ireland so I could access the medical care I needed. It is truly demeaning and I will never forget it.”Siobhán is a member of Terminations for Medical Reasons Ireland (TFMR Ireland), an advocacy group campaigning for Ireland to amend the abortion law to allow women to terminate pregnancies due to fatal foetal abnormalities.TFMR continues to meet and offer support to women whose babies have been diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities. The group’s website can be found here. They be reached by email: Support group Leanbh mo Chroi can also be found on Facebook, or contacted by email at or by telephone on 086 747 4746.Read: Women who travelled to UK for terminations to bring case to United Nationslast_img read more

AHC want apology from AbbottAHC want apology from Abbott

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Opposition Leader Tony Abbott recently made a comment criticising the Gillard government’s move to boost funds for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), saying “the risk is that the Australian taxpayer will end up contributing another $5 billion to the IMF so that Greeks can continue to retire at 50”. The Australian Hellenic Council (NSW) wrote Mr Abbott an email last week, expressing their “profound disappointment” at his comments and adding that “neither Australian nor IMF nor EU funds are being used in this way”. The email, written jointly by Council coordinator George Vellis and Media Director Dr Panayiotis Diamadis includes a request for a written correction of Mr Abbott’s statements, which is said to “appear to ridicule the real suffering of the people of Greece”. Mr Abbott, however, maintains that the Coalition supports the IMF, but not Australia’s involvement in what the MP describes as a “European bailout”. Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has also derided Mr Abbott’s comments, saying to ABC’s Radio National that “the government will not contribute directly to the European bailout fund, and it’s up to the IMF to decide what to do with any funding increase”.last_img read more

Multicultural issues ignoredMulticultural issues ignored

first_imgThe lack of detailed attention given to multicultural issues during the federal election campaign culminating in tomorrow’s ballot was noticeable, according to Australia’s ethnic community leaders.In the lead-up to the 2013 federal election, the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA), the peak national body representing citizens from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, aimed to address a range of key areas that affect everyday life of ethnically diverse Australia. Issues such as, the 457 visa, employment, equal access to services for aged and disability care, asylum seeker and family reunion, the development of a federal multicultural act, advancing the status and interests of culturally and linguistically diverse women, as well as addressing undertaking of research on Multicultural Australia, were not discussed.Eugenia Grammatikakis, Senior Deputy Chair of FECCA when asked by Neos Kosmos about the way the election campaigned dealt with issues of interest to multicultural Australia said that both major parties have re-iterated their support for multiculturalism. However she said, her organisation is concerned by the fact that both parties did not articulate their policies. “National issues, issues of equality and access, such as the implementation of the National Disability Scheme or employment opportunities, have to be addresses from an ethnic point of view as well” stated Ms Grammatikakis.Joe Caputo, the Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, a state organisation for various ethnic community bodies in Victoria and an Executive Committee member of FECCA, speaking to Neos Kosmos, stated that he was very concerned because both major parties did not commit themselves to safeguarding all the infrastructure that already exists for ethnic communities in Australia, or that nothing was stated regarding issues that matter such as visa applications and family reunions. “There was not sufficient public debate, as a matter of fact the debate about multicultural Australia is diminishing in scope” said Mr Caputo.Costas Markos, Secretary General of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, through Neos Kosmos said that “The election campaign did not address, at least in public, the overall multicultural direction of Australia in the future. Even the discussion about the asylum seekers centred on the smugglers networks and not on the legitimacy of those who wish to find salvation in Australia or on how Australia can benefit from them”. Mr Markos then went to state that in relation to the Greek Australian Community “the aged care needs were not addressed, neither were the needs of Australian citizens of Greek origin who return to this country as a result of the crisis in Greece. There is a need for the creation of special support programs.” “Greek speaking care staff for our elderly are of great need. Also the Department of Human Services has to be more in tune with the needs of returned expatriates,” he concluded.In order to safeguard multiculturalism in Australia and to build a wider consensus around core issues, The Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia, has for the last few months run a campaign trying to lobby Australian political parties to pass a Multicultural Act through Parliament, that would ensure all future governments supported measures such as anti-discrimination legislation and a National Language and a Accreditation Authority covering translators and interpreters. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Azio Levetron Mech4 un clavier étanche et modulable pour les joueursAzio Levetron Mech4 un clavier étanche et modulable pour les joueurs

first_imgAzio Levetron Mech4 : un clavier étanche et modulable pour les joueursLa firme Azio Corp vient de dévoiler un nouveau clavier destiné aux joueurs passant des heures devant leur ordinateur. Modulable et étanche, le Levetron Mech4 résistera à toute boisson malencontreusement renversée, promet la marque.Levetron Mech4: c’est le nom du clavier qui s’apprête à révolutionner l’univers des gamers ! Dévoilé sur le site Internet de son concepteur, AZiO Corp, il est pour commencer totalement étanche, affirme la marque. Conçu pour résister à l’eau, il permettra aux joueurs de continuer leurs parties même après y avoir renversé une boisson. Pour obtenir cette résistance, les composants du clavier ont tous été scellés, et le périphérique a été doté de canaux de drainage. “Renverser une boisson sur votre clavier n’est désormais plus une excuse pour perdre !” annonce AZiO Corp.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?La seconde caractéristique majeure de ce clavier destiné aux joueurs réside dans son aspect modulable. Son pavé numérique est en effet détachable, et peut continuer à être utilisé grâce à un cable USB. Un avantage de taille qui permettra à ses utilisateurs de positionner au mieux leurs mains sur le clavier pour un confort de jeu inégalé. Un second pavé, doté de six touches macros, offre les mêmes possibilités.”Conçu pour la guerre”, promet AZiO Corp, le Levetron Mech4 fera le bonheur des joueurs dès le 30 octobre. Il sera vendu 110 dollars, soit 78 euros environ.Le 28 octobre 2011 à 10:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Washougal River Mercantile revved up for businessWashougal River Mercantile revved up for business

first_imgThousands of motocross spectators today will wend their way up the Washougal River past the sleepy general store next to the steel bridge at the Clark-Skamania line.Hopefully, say the store’s family owners, the fans won’t forget their wallets.This could be the busiest day of the year for Washougal River Mercantile, which is ready to welcome crowds of dirt-bike fans, riders and pit crews that will breeze by on the way to the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Washougal MX Park, a couple of miles up the road. The national race often signals the height of the summer season for the out-of-the-way country store.“Nobody gets the weekend off during motocross,” said Ted Fuller, 79, the Texan-born patriarch of a family business that employs his wife, Charroll, four of their six adult children and umpteen grandchildren.“We’re the only store around for 10 miles,” Fuller said.That’s why its racks are flush with snacks such as Doritos and the 36-foot-long cooler is stockpiled with ice-cold drinks. Day trippers and overnight campers alike will find gas, propane and sunscreen at the 5,000-square-foot mercantile. The store also carries a full line of groceries, hardware and fishing tackle, and features a delicatessen, a feed store and a gunsmithing shop.The Fullers say customer turnout from the motocross race is always critical to the store’s annual sales. But this year’s event, expected to draw more than 20,000 people, is more important than ever to the business, after a two-year slump due to the recession.last_img read more

Apples website gives mixed messages about Mac Pro and Pro Display XDRApples website gives mixed messages about Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR

first_img Post a comment But that’s only if you click through from If you ask to be notified on the new Mac Pro product page, the message reads “Coming This Fall.” The website shows the same inconsistency for the Pro Display XDR’s ship dates, with a September release date given on and the more general “Fall” timing shown on the $5,000 display’s product page. Apple did not immediately respond to a request to clarify when the new products will ship.screen-shot-2019-06-10-at-9-20-28-amAfter languishing without an update since 2013, the new Mac Pro turned heads last week when Apple debuted a new design backed with serious performance firepower. Starting at $6,000, the new pro desktop features a distinctive stainless steel frame and aluminum case that can be configured with up to 28 CPU cores and a custom video accelerator card. It was debuted alongside the Pro Display XDR — a 6K resolution HDR monitor that starts at $5,000.  Tags 5:40 • 15 Photos Mac Pro: Everything you need to know Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Computers Monitors Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • Apple’s website gives mixed messages about Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR ship date Apple Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Now playing: Watch this: Pro Display XDR: Hands-on with Apple’s new $5,000 6K monitor 0 Justin Jaffe/CNET When Apple announced the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR at WWDC last week, it said that the new products would begin shipping in the fall. This morning, the company appeared to refine that release date time frame to September. As noticed by 9to5Mac and Macrumors, the company’s homepage currently highlights a number of flagship products including the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and the new Mac Pro. From there, you can click a button to learn more about the new desktop — or be notified when it’s available for purchase. At the moment, when you click, “notify me,” the resulting pop-up reads “Coming in September.”  See Alllast_img read more

Fresh Drifting Snow Slowing Progress Along Iditarod TrailFresh Drifting Snow Slowing Progress Along Iditarod Trail

first_imgAily Zirkle blew through Kaltag. (Photo by Emily Schwing)In the final push for Nome, Iditarod mushers are making big moves and cutting rest, but fresh snow, and drifted trail isn’t only slowing the leaders – trail conditions have also slowed dog teams in chase mode.Download AudioWhen Aliy Zirkle pulled her dog team into Koyuk, she was in good spirits, but her dog team was lacking their usually energy.Zirkle summed up the 50 mile run from Shaktoolik in one word: Slow.“I didn’t walk, although my dogs did,” Zirkle said. “I jog on the treadmill faster than we were going.”Overnight, at least four inches of fresh snow fell along the trail to Koyuk. Back in Unalakleet, Zirkle hinted that she planned to make a move. She wanted to blow through Shaktoolik in an attempt to catch Dallas Seavey, but she says the snow slowed her team and ruined her plan.“This was my – what do you call that when you throw that long pass?” Zirkle said. “This was my Hail Mary and I think they other team caught it and scored a touch down.”Zirkle says her team is unlikely to recover.Schwing: “Are you still in this race?Zirkle: “Oh no, I’m not in it for first, that’s for sure.”Schwing: “What are you in it for?”Zirkle: “I don’t know I’ll get back to you on that too.”Jessie Royer, arrived roughly a half hour after Zirkle.“This snow is horrible. I do not like this snow,” Royer said. “It is just – I mean it’s not setting up. The dogs just work so hard and they’re not getting anywhere.”Royer made a big push to catch the front of the pack, but of the teams running in the top five, hers has rested the least number of hours since Kaltag.“Oh, I’m a little low on rest, yeah, but they’re doing alright though,” she said. “They’re tired, but they’re not exhausted.”Royer is also realistic about how the race is likely to play out ahead of her.“Oh, you know, Dallas is pretty tough,” Royer said. “Something would have to happen to Dallas, because right now if you look at the times Dallas and I are running, he’s running faster than I am and he’s three hours ahead of me and that doesn’t look good unless something happens.”“Of all people I should know that it’s not over till it’s over, after it went down last year,” Dallas Seavey said.Last year, Seavey didn’t know he’d won the Iditarod until after he crossed the finish line. A fierce windstorm at the end of the race shook up teams at the front of the pack.This year, Seavey is running a similar race schedule. He was able to grab four and a half hours of rest in Shaktoolik and run to Koyuk in just over seven hours.“We got speed, that’s our thing,” Seavey said.As he cut up frozen food for his dogs with his ax, he said he was well aware of the dramatics moves mushers were making behind him, but he also knows they are cutting rest to keep up.“You can do runs like that, but then you’re in deep debt to your dog team, you owe them rest,” he said. “So as much as the other teams have been running hard to get here, I’ve been resting hard.”In his attempt to take that lead, Aaron Burmeister tried to run 90 miles to Koyuk from Unalakleet on minimal rest, but it took his team more than 15-and-a-half hours to break the trail.“I know he had a much easier run than I did coming over here, because he was following a trail, he didn’t have to tell his leaders ‘gee’ and ‘haw’ every five minutes going through the dark with the only thing you can see for the sign of a trail was a reflector,” he said.Burmeister says it was a gamble, but he doesn’t regret the move. The trail report calls for more fresh snow and heavy drifting, He says he’s happy to hand over the trail breaking effort to rival Dallas Seavey.last_img read more