Air India owes Rs 5000 cr in fuel dues hasnt paid in

first_imgNew Delhi: Air India owes three state-owned oil firms Rs 5,000 crore in unpaid fuel bills with payments being delayed by almost eight months, forcing retailers to snap supplies, Indian Oil Corp (IOC) said on Friday. IOC, Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) on Thursday afternoon stopped jet fuel or ATF supplies to Air India at six airports – Kochi, Pune, Patna, Ranchi, Vizag and Mohali – over payment defaults. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The joint decision to stop fuel supply to Air India from six airports, i.e., Kochi, Mohali, Pune, Ranchi, Patna and Visakhapatnam, was taken by the oil marketing companies in the wake of long overdue payments to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore,” IOC said in a statement issued on behalf of the three firms explaining the constraints that led to take the harsh decision. The overdue amount includes the interest accrued on the outstanding dues. Air India has a 90 day credit period, which means the aviation turbine fuel (ATF) it buys on a given day has to be paid for in three months. But Air India had not been making payments and the credit period was now 230 days, IOC said.last_img read more

Deep fried JellO chicken feet new additions to Calgary Stampede menu

first_imgCALGARY – If it can be deep fried, there’s a good chance the Calgary Stampede midway has it.The new offerings on this year’s menu include Jell-O cubes, lemonade and chicken feet — all battered and dunked into hot oil until crispy.Kali Fournier and her boyfriend Damon Turner started with the chicken feet, which are served on a stick with honey mustard or ketchup for dipping.“A little chewy,” Fournier said after the first bite. “It’s a little sweet. It’s really good.”The couple were planning to hit the deep-fried Jell-O and cookie-dough cones next.Midway operations manager James Radke said there are around 50 new foods on the menu this year.“We always look for things that create a lot of excitement in our guests, that create an emotional response when they think about it or talk about it,” he said.“We’re always looking for new an unique ideas.”The Stampede kicks off today with the parade. Temperatures for the opening weekend are expected to be around 30 C, so Radke is expecting cold treats to be popular.Those include chili-infused lemonade, ice cream sandwiched between squares of colourful kids’ cereal and Troll Pops, which are bright blue Popsicles swirled in pink cotton candy.Marie Belanger, who’ll be working at the Cookie Dough Stand all week, said she’s expecting big crowds — especially for the cold confections.“I’m really expecting that we’re going to be super busy,” she said. “It’s going to be a scorcher. People are going to want to stay cool.”Food blogger Mateo Zoto was drawn to the Troll Pop.“The colours just screamed at you,” he said. “I’ve honestly never had anything like this. It’s really sugary but, honestly, I love that.”Jessalyn Holt got a scoop of unicorn cookie dough, which had colourful sprinkles and marshmallows mixed in.“It’s just as delicious as I thought it would be,” she said. “I normally go for a corndog. Corndogs and mini-donuts are kind of a classic.”For the more adventurous, the midway is also featuring pizza billed as the world’s hottest, topped with Carolina reaper pepper extract and puree.Tristin Ukmar, who travelled from Florida to work the stand, said an eight-slice pizza will be made every day. Names will be drawn to choose who gets to try it.Whoever can finish a slice without drinking anything gets US$50, Ukmar said.Staff at the stand did a test run and no one was able to eat their whole slice, he added.“It’s going to hurt a lot. Mentally, be prepared. Physically, you can’t prepare yourself.”last_img read more

Morocco Needs Arab Gulf Solidarity Against Sweden’s Offensive: Newspaper

By Yasyn MouhirMarrakech – “The Moroccan Kingdom needs the solidarity and support from the Arab Gulf countries to face the attack, for the sake of the achievements of the blessed march led by King Mohamed the Sixth for the benefit of the Moroccan people,” according to Bahraini newspaper Akhbar Al-Khalij (Gulf News).Mohamed Elmahmid, the journalist who wrote the article, said: “Morocco is encountering many big challenges. One of the important challenges these days is the Swedish government’s stance on a law that aims to recognize the separatist (Polisario) Front, that led the Moroccan government to the “political effective move.” The journalist went on, add:”It is our duty to stand up with Morocco against what faces the Kingdom, and not abandon it when it comes to foreign intervention.”He stressed that “the security and stability of Morocco is the security and stability of the Arab World”.Elmahmid stated that the stance of the Arab countries, especially the Gulf countries, “must be stronger and more united in solidarity with Morocco, just as they have unified with respect to Yemen and other countries.” He stressed that Morocco has presented “an effective democratic paradigm and fulfilled important accomplishments.”This call comes following the decision of the Swedish government to reconsider its position with regards to the so-called Western Sahara conflict.The decision caused an outrage in Morocco and prompted the Moroccan government to take retaliatory measures against Sweden. On Thursday, the Moroccan government to boycott all Swedish companies and products.“Sweden has declared an economic war in Morocco in calling for a boycott of Moroccan companies as well as foreign companies that have relations with Morocco,” Mustapha Khalfi, Minister of Communications and Spokesperson of the Government, said following the government’s council meeting in Rabat.The Minister went to add that Morocco will not tolerate that its “stability, territorial unity and its commercial interests” be threatened.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

Hervé Renard and FRMF to Discuss World Cup Lineup

Rabat – The coach of Morocco’s national football team, Herve Renard, is set to meet with Fouzi Lekjaa, the president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and the National Selection Committee, next week in order to discuss its lineup for the next phase of the 2018 World Cup.The Moroccan team will to travel in March to a European country which has not yet been determined. According to Moroccan daily newspaper Al Ahdath Al Maghribia, the Atlas Lions will visit one of the following countries: France, Turkey, England, Italy, Netherlands, or Turkey. The newspaper added that Morocco will play two friendlies against an Asian and a European team ahead of the 2018 World Cup. The friendlies will be followed by a training camp, scheduled to take place at the sports center of Maamoura. The Atlas Lions will then travel to Switzerland for a final training camp before heading to Saint Petersburg, Russia for their first game against Iran, which is scheduled to take place on June 15. The choice of Switzerland for the final training session is due to the fact that the country’s climate resembles that of Russia, added the newspaper.In an interview with French sports outlet L’Équipe, Renard said that his team needs to defeat their future World Cup opponents – Iran, Spain, and Portugal – in order to develop.“If we want to grow, we have to beat the best one day. If we are not able to do so, we will stay at the same level,” said Renard. He added that it is “up to us to make sure to pass this round. Let us be lucid, but ambitious.”The Frenchman added that he is not content with simply qualifying for the World Cup. “If the idea is to be satisfied with being there, it does not make sense.”The team’s manager has confessed that the Group B is not an easy one. After the final draw, the coach told the press that his team is going to play against “monsters.”“These are two countries that are not far from Morocco. The championship of Spain is something that people cannot miss in Morocco,” said Renard. “It is an honor for Morocco to play against the Spanish team, which is very strong, and Portugal, the European champion.”After the final draw, which took place in Moscow on December 1, Morocco was placed in Group B along with Iran, Spain, and Portugal. Many Moroccan and international football figures named the group B “ the deadly group” in the 2018 World Cup. read more

UN refugee agency launches dialogue on asylum and migration

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today convened an international meeting with the goal of better ensuring the protection of the 10 million refugees around the world.“Human mobility is growing in scale, scope and complexity,” António Guterres said at the start of the two-day UNHCR-sponsored event.“New patterns of movement are emerging, including forms of displacement and forced migration that are not addressed by international refugee law. States around the globe are expressing concern about the impact of these developments on their economy, their security and their social cohesion.”Refugees constitute only a small percentage of the 200 million or more people living outside their countries, but the High Commissioner said that refugees are increasingly “to be found in mixed movements, travelling in the same directions, using the same routes and means of transport as migrants.”While refugees escaping violence seek the international protection they deserve, governments – which are dealing with issues of migration – must be able to distinguish between those who are forced to flee and those who choose to move for economic or other reasons, he noted.The conference, entitled “Dialogue on Protection Challenges,” is the first in a series to give governments an informal forum in which to discuss the major asylum and refugee-related challenges they face.Although UNHCR does not focus on migration, it nonetheless has great bearing on the agency’s work.“By creating a global environment in which migrant rights are respected, we will also be creating an environment in which UNHCR can more effectively exercise its mandate for refugee protection and solutions,” Mr. Guterres said.He urged States to balance effective controlling their borders while providing opportunities for legal migration.“In an environment where irregular migration prevails, human traffickers and smugglers are bound to appear,” the High Commissioner said. “Irregular migration can only be curtailed if people who want to move are given the chance to do so in a safe and legal manner.”Before the start of today’s session, he called for a minute of silence for the victims of the deadly blasts which rocked Algiers, Algeria, and left dozens dead, including two UNHCR staff members. 11 December 2007The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today convened an international meeting with the goal of better ensuring the protection of the 10 million refugees around the world. read more

21st Century Fox profit shrinks in 1Q as movies dont fare as

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 5, 2013 2:29 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Entertainment giant Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. on Tuesday posted net income in its fiscal first quarter that shrank more than analysts had expected as its movies didn’t fare as well as a year ago.The results marked the first quarter as a separate entity from publishing company News Corp., which was spun off at the end of June.Net income for the three months through Sept. 30 was $1.26 billion, or 54 cents per share, versus $2.23 billion, or 94 cents per share, a year ago.Excluding discontinued operations, adjusted earnings came to 33 cents per share, a penny short of the forecast of analysts polled by FactSet.Revenue rose 18 per cent to $7.06 billion. Wall Street expected $6.82 billion.Shares are off 2 per cent to $33.40 in aftermarket trading. 21st Century Fox profit shrinks in 1Q as movies don’t fare as well as year ago; revenue rises read more

Commentary Remember Jim Tressel not for inelegant exit

Jim Tressel didn’t deserve to go out this way. His resignation officially signals that the responsibility for the football program’s various NCAA violations falls on one man. Tressel even said as much in his resignation letter to athletic director Gene Smith — he is making “this decision for the greater good of our school.” Though they originally came out in support of Tressel, Smith and university President E. Gordon Gee have made it clear — through months of silence since — that it was in the best interest of the school for him to resign. Firing him would have been a public relations disaster. Tressel never seemed willing to step down until months of speculation — and maybe some internal pressure — apparently wore on him. Though he was the head football coach, he is not the only one embroiled in this controversy. While Smith issued public statements gently scolding the compliance and athletic departments’ role in educating players about NCAA rules, they remain unscathed while Tressel takes the fall. The problem of breaking NCAA rules isn’t just with Tressel, a group of players or even within this university. It’s a systemic issue, occurring at every institution. People question Tressel’s ethics in his ignorance of inevitable NCAA violations back in April, after learning about them through former walk-on and Columbus lawyer, Christopher Cicero. In the world of college athletics, which operates without any real moral standards anyhow, are Tressel’s actions really that despicable? In the aftermath of his actions, he should be commended for the way he received the brunt of the backlash instead of running away to an undeserved multimillion-dollar deal in the NFL, and leaving someone else to clean up the pieces like Pete Carroll did with USC. It’s sad to see a man with Tressel’s principles — true-to-life principles, not an ethical code judged by flimsy rules by which the NCAA governs — have to step down in such an ungraceful fashion. Tressel has won 106 games, seven Big Ten titles, nine games against Michigan and the program’s first national championship since 1970. His departure merits a lot more fanfare. More importantly than what happened on the field, was how he molded individuals. In a blog post from Saturday, linebacker Tyler Moeller said Tressel is a “great man that gives back to the world 24/7 and helps young kids like me grow into men; even the ones that everyone had already given up on like Ray Small.” Moeller didn’t even mention former running back Maurice Clarett, who, like Small, went to the media to trash the program after a disgraceful exit. Clarett, who ended up serving about 3 1/2 years in jail, stayed in constant contact with Tressel, who worked with Clarett to turn his life around — a testament to the true character of the embattled former coach. The success on the field, and the character he displayed when it mattered most off it, is Tressel’s enduring legacy. When he chose to hang up the vest, it didn’t deserve to be tattered like this. read more

Promote mining lift the speed limit on the Australian economy

first_imgMitch Hooke, Chief Executive Officer, Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) says “realising the opportunity of the mining boom and lifting the speed limits of Australia’s economy at a time of global economic uncertainty should be the focus of the 2012-13 Budget. “The MCA is urging the Government to shift gears from spreading the benefits of the boom (through higher and ineffective taxes like the carbon tax, ad hoc spending and increased regulation) to tackling the real challenges of fiscal sustainability, productivity growth, expanding supply-side capacity and enhancing the economy’s structural flexibility. This is not a zero-sum policy game as the ‘patchwork economy’ narrative might suggest. In reality, the policies needed for Australia to make the most of the boom are the same as those needed to support the long-term growth and competitiveness of other sectors.“Australia is at a crossroads when it comes to making the most of the boom with future gains far too reliant on past economic reforms. Canberra needs to discard the complacent view that the benefits of the mining boom are “in the bag” while also rejecting false claims that the boom could be more a threat than an opportunity for Australia, coming at the expense of other parts of the economy. The challenge in 2012 for Australia is to recharge the batteries of market-oriented economic reform and not wait for the traditional spur of economic crisis to provide the impulse.“Once the leadership issue is resolved, the Government must get on with the job of removing the speed limits on our economy and pushing on with market-oriented economic reform.The MCA’s priorities for the 2012-13 Budget are:1. Long-term fiscal sustainability – Further steps should be taken to address the structural deficit in the Commonwealth Budget and to ensure appropriate medium-term fiscal policy settings. Though global economic conditions will necessarily bear on any return to budget surplus in 2012-13, this should not impede a long overdue review of Commonwealth spending priorities.2. Best practice regulatory reform – Renewed Commonwealth leadership is urgently needed to reform poorly developed and administered regulation at all levels of government. Inefficient and overlapping regulation is creating higher costs and uncertainty for the minerals industry in the key areas of project approvals, energy and climate change policy, water market access and occupational health and safety.3. Efficient capacity building – Efficient public sector investments and targeted reforms are needed to overcome current and future capacity constraints given the structural changes taking place in the Australian economy. Growth in the minerals industry is highlighting pressure points on skilled labour and inadequate social infrastructure in mining regions.4. Benchmarking Australian competitiveness – Policies that drive Australian projects up the global cost curve and increase sovereign risk impede industry growth and result in the opportunity cost of lost national income. The Australian Government needs to begin regular benchmarking of Australia’s competitiveness and ensure critical economy-wide policy settings (including energy and climate change policy, taxation and workplace regulation) promote flexibility and growth.“Confronted with heightened international volatility and intense competition for markets, capital and talent, the Australian minerals industry has a major stake in successful economic reform. Low productivity growth and rising cost structures in Australia have contributed to deteriorating international competitiveness over recent years. A more coherent and competitive policy framework is needed to maximise gains from the mining boom and to secure long-term growth and prosperity for all Australians.”last_img read more

Papal Nuncio launches range of religious tiles yes tiles with mystique

first_imgTHEY DON’T INDICATE Garda stations. That’s the first thing you need to know about the new tiles launched by the Papal Nuncio today.Archbishop Charles Brown was in Galway today to launch the new range of blue tiles, which are associated with devotion to the Name of Jesus.What exactly are these tiles?The custom of placing an IHS monogram of the name of Jesus over the door of houses was popularised by St Bernardine of Siena in the fifteenth century.Poor Clare Abbess, Sr Colette explained more: There’s always been a kind of mystique surrounding the blue tiles and also some peculiar theories as to what they meant. This is a good chance to affirm that they do not indicate Garda stations!This year, the Franciscans and Poor Clares in Ireland are among those marking the centenary of “a new wave of this devotion” which was started by an Irish Franciscan in 1914.The tiles are supposed to encourage people “to practice Christian charity and to be peacemakers”, and “invok[e] God’s protection” on those in the house.Franciscan Fr Francis Cotter said that the Holy Name tiles are a subject of interest “not only from a religious point of view, but also from the perspective of local heritage and social history”.There’s a catalogue of the tiles available through the new website,, and the tiles are available from Bothar Emmaus Christian Bookshop in Galway, and soon through the website.Read: New Papal Nuncio among new ambassadors accredited today>last_img read more

60 Hudson Kind of a big deal on the internet

first_img“Daddy, what is the internet made out of?” This was a question my seven year old asked me the other day as she was playing Webkinz online. It was a great question, and one that did not receive a great answer.We all know that there are a bunch of servers all connected together that allow information to travel around the globe. But is the internet something that can be touched physically, or is it something that is just out there in the ether? Is it a loosely connected conglomerate of information that people happen to be able to access using ingenious tools? After watching a ten-minute documentary, I was able to give my daughter a much better answer, which I am passing on to you.The internet is real. Real in the sense that a person can actually physically touch it. It has form and substance in the real world.Where can you do this? Where can you lay a hand on trillions of megabytes of data flowing? 60 Hudson Street, in Manhattan. The huge, brown, nondescript building pictured below is one of the most concentrated hubs of internet connectivity in the world. Through it flows data from all around the globe that travels over fiber-optic connections that run into the building. If 60 Hudson were to suddenly cease to exist, it would be a major issue for people around the world trying to check their Facebook pages.What made this specific building a cornerstone of global communications is the fact that it was built for communications. Originally occupied by Western Union, it was the place where telegram messages would be channeled and transmitted. Banks upon banks of operators would make sure important messages were delivered in a timely manner, over lines strung across the country and the globe. 60 Hudson is unique because it has the conduits needed to run cabling — it has done so since its inception — and because it’s tremendous. These simple, practical reasons have allowed it to make the jump from the analog days of telegraph and then phone communications to fiber. It is the place where many of the major communications companies link up, and allow communication with each other, creating the internet has we know it.60 Hudson is not the only such building in the world, there are hubs in California and Seattle, Washington; as well as others in New York City. It does make you think about what would happen if one or more of these buildings had something happen to them. It has to be more secure and redundant than a home network. Right?The documentary about 60 Hudson is above. It is about ten minutes long and a good watch.last_img read more

The MicrosoftNokia lowend strategy is backwards

first_imgOh, Microsoft, can you get nothing right? Windows Phone 7 is an attractive platform, and the Nokia partnership has the potential to impress with gorgeous flagship handsets, yet the international launch of the Lumia 800 has come and gone with no sign of it in the US. Now word comes that the stateside debut of the Microsoft/Nokia partnership will come with a low-end phone on T-Mobile.Palm, meet face.The Lumia 710, the cheaper sibling of the Lumia 800, will hit T-Mobile’s network on January 11. The budget phone will cost $50 after a rebate and with a two-year contract.Microsoft and Nokia have decided to invade the US from the low end. The theory appears to be one of establishing its brand with budget-conscious shoppers and then building up to the high-end products. Nokia US President Chris Weber told AllThingsD that the post-holiday slot will give the phone the chance to hog the spotlight. “It’s the right space to launch our first Windows Phone in the US” he said, noting that it would be better not to launch a flagship during the “noisy” holiday season.The Microsoft-Nokia alliance does need an opportunity to shine, but the Lumia 710 is the wrong device for the job. It’s an attractive device that offers good value for the price, but it isn’t a showcase phone. The Lumia 800 is a showcase phone, but it’s hiding in Europe.Mobile platforms don’t thrive by invading the low-end and building up; they make an impression on the high-end, and then seep into the budget market. The cost-cutting customers will want your devices — as long as they’re also getting respect on the high-end.The low-end strategy has worked for Dell in the PC business and for Amazon in the tablet business. But there’s a big difference: PC’s and WiFi-only tablets are one-time purchases. John Doe can walk into a store with $300 to his name, and walk out with a device that he can use for years. With smartphones, the upfront cost is but a drop in the pond. Customers are lucky to keep monthly wireless bills below $70, so shaving a few bucks off of the initial purchase doesn’t mean much. Does the low-end smartphone market exist? You bet. Is a smartphone that sells for $50 instead of $200 going to start a sales revolution? No way.The biggest problem, however, is psychological. Windows Phone desperately needs to make a new first impression. The only way to do that is with a Nokia flagship. But choosing to put the Lumia 710 in the spotlight leaves us with the impression that they’re solid $50 smartphones running a platform that nobody wants.Smartphone customers want the highest quality they can get — this is the case whether they’re shopping on the high-end or the low-end. The free iPhone 3GS isn’t successful just because it’s free, it’s successful because it’s a free version of a premium phone. Cheap Android phones aren’t successful just because they’re cheap, they’re successful because they’re cheap equivalents of the Galaxy Nexus, Droid Razr, and Galaxy S II. Without a high-end version to suggest premium quality, a budget Nokia Windows Phone is doomed.One gets the impression that Microsoft and Nokia are scared. They know their platform is good, but they’re petrified about its commercial failure. This leads to tentative moves like avoiding the holiday shopping season, and launching in the US with a budget T-Mobile phone. If you believe in your platform, you have to unapologetically showcase it; Nokia and Microsoft have shown no such courage.last_img read more

Paul Murphy plainly involved in restricting Joan Burtons liberty trial told

first_img Image: Sam Boal/ 15,814 Views Apr 26th 2017, 5:36 PM By Declan Brennan Paul Murphy ‘plainly involved’ in restricting Joan Burton’s liberty, trial told Murphy and six other accused have all entered not guilty pleas. Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 5:36 PM Short URLcenter_img THE TRIAL OF Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and six other water charge protesters has heard they were “plainly involved” in restricting the liberty of then Tánaiste Joan Burton in 2014.Murphy (34), together with South Dublin councillors Kieran Mahon (39) and Michael Murphy (53) and four other men have entered not guilty pleas at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.They are charged with falsely imprisoning Burton and her adviser Karen O’Connell by restricting their personal liberty without their consent at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght on 15 November, 2014.Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, told the jury of five women and seven men the charges against the seven men should not be confused with kidnapping or the taking and carrying away of someone.The offence involves the intentional or reckless restriction of a person’s liberty without that person’s consent. It does not require that a person be put in a prison and can include being restricted in a car, he said.Opening the prosecution case, Gillane told the jury everyone is entitled to political views and opinions and to express such views with gusto and energy.He said a political motivation or grievance did not grant immunity from operation of the law.“A view is no more privileged or worthy of protection because it is shared by people in power or because it is held by people in protest,” he said.Eggs and water balloons Gillane described how Burton and her adviser allegedly had eggs and water balloons “hurled” at them while attending a graduation ceremony at a further education centre in Jobstown.Arrangements were made for them to leave by a side entrance and to get into a garda car, but it was immediately surrounded by anti-water charges protesters.The vehicle was banged on and there was shouting and roaring, Gillane said.Members of the garda public order unit arrived and Burton was moved to a garda jeep “by means of a human cordon”. This jeep was also surrounded and unable to move, Gillane said.The then Tánaiste and her advisor were trapped in the jeep for around two hours.Gillane told the jury they would hear that Paul Murphy was heard saying: ‘If they withdraw the public order unit, will we let her go?’Ultimately the vehicle was moved very slowly and Burton and O’Connell secured their departure by running to two different garda cars.Counsel said it was the prosecution’s case that the seven men were “plainly involved in the restriction of liberty” of the two women. The court heard that Burton would be the first witness and is due to give evidence tomorrow.Paul Murphy of Kingswood Heights, Tallaght; Mahon of Bolbrook Grove, Tallaght; Michael Murphy of Whitechurch Way, Ballyboden, Dublin; Frank Donaghy (71) of Alpine Rise, Tallaght; Ken Purcell (50) of Kiltalown Green; Michael Banks (46) of Brookview Green, Tallaght and Scott Masterson (34) of Carrigmore Drive, Tallaght have all been arraigned and entered not guilty pleas.The trial continues before Judge Melanie Greally.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing.Read: Jobstown trial suspended after juror is dischargedRead: Jury selected for trial of men accused of falsely imprisoning Joan Burton Share216 Tweet Email1 TD Paul Murphy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments TD Paul Murphy Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Urgent call from firefighters

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “Fire protection. Community Right! ” These were the shouts of the Melbourne Fire Brigade (MFB) and Country Fire Authority (CFA) this morning as hundreds stopped traffic in a protest across Melbourne CBD this morning. With the deadly fire season only 42 days away, the MFB, CFA, and the United Firefighters Union (UFU) believe that the community is in urgent need of more firefighters.“It is a right that the State Government is not honouring,” said fire station officer and UFU member James Kafallas, who was at the forefront of the protest.“A joint UFU/CFA board ruled that 24 stations need to be upgraded including providing extra staffing but nothing has happened yet.”On August 18, Premier John Brumby named the state’s 52 danger spots for the coming fire season. The fire stations that need extra fire fighters now cover 34 of these 52 hot spots,according to the fire fighterThese include Ballarat, Dandenong, Eltham, Geelong West, Hastings, Hoppers Crossing, Lara, Lorne, Melton, Mildura, Mooroopna, Mornington, Narre Warren, Ocean Grove, Pakenham, Phillip Island, Portland, Rowville, Sale, South Morang, Springvale, Sunbury, Warragul and Warrandyte.In addition to calling for more staff placement funding, Kafallas highlighted that the State Government were removing clauses in their employment agreements. “Taking out these clauses will compromise our health and safety and have a negative impact on staffing numbers. It is no different to what they have done with others like the paramedics.”Premier John Brumby said the State Government has more than tripled its spending on fire services over the last decade.“I agree that the most important thing we’ve got to do between now and the end of the year is to make our state as fire safe and as fire ready as possible, and I believe that we’re doing that.”A recent risk assessment by the Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre (BCRC) found that the fire season may hit Victoria earlier than expected. The BCRC said that the entire state faced a serious fire risk, which they attributed to low rainfall and heavy fuel loads. High risk areas include the Dandenongs, East Gippsland, Grampians, Macedon Ranges, and Otways.last_img read more

Un homme bat le record denvoi de SMS 566607 en un mois

first_imgUn homme bat le record d’envoi de SMS : 566.607 en un moisNon, vous ne rêvez pas. Fred Lidgren a bien envoyé 566.607 messages via son smartphone, dans un délai d’un mois!Exceptionnellement inutile, ce record est tout de même impressionnant ! Il a fallu à ce recordman, envoyer environ 13 SMS par minute. Cela revient à dire qu’il a envoyé à peu près 787 textos par heure ou 18.887 par jour… sans interruption. Nul doute que Fred Lidgren a une vie très intéressante, mais pensez aussi aux pauvres contacts de son répertoire qui ont dû recevoir des SMS à la pelle… L’opérateur T-Mobile aurait même imprimé le relevé d’envois et envoyé celui-ci par carton Priority Mail à son client.Drôle de façon d’obtenir son quart d’heure de gloire. Cependant, l’histoire ne dit pas si Fred Lidgren possède un forfait SMS illimité ou non. Le 19 février 2012 à 10:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Alerte Météo France orange 13 départements de lest en vigilance orages

first_imgAlerte Météo France orange : 13 départements de l’est en vigilance oragesMercredi matin, Météo France a placé en vigilance orange 13 départements de l’est de l’Hexagone. De forts orages et de violents averses y sont attendus.Après les pluies abondantes tombées dans plusieurs régions mardi, la vigilance orages est toujours de rigueur sur l’Hexagone, mais elle a été réduite mercredi matin. Désormais, ce sont 13 départements qui sont en orange sur la carte de Météo France. Il s’agit de la Meuse, la Meurthe-et-Moselle, la Moselle, le Bas-Rhin, le Haut-Rhin, le Territoire de Belfort, les Vosges, la Haute-Marne, la Haute-Saône, le Doubs, le Jura, la Côte-d’Or et enfin la Saône-et-Loire.À lire aussiDes Australiens immortalisent un spectaculaire orage en time-lapseMardi après-midi, l’alerte concernait 36 départements mais elle a été partiellement levée tandis que la météo semblait se calmer en fin de soirée et dans la nuit. Néanmoins, les départements en orange doivent encore s’attendre à l’arrivée “d’orages forts avec de violentes averses, des bourrasques de vent et de la grêle”, a prévenu Météo France dans son bulletin du jour. Les rafales de vents pourront aller localement jusqu’à 100 kilomètres par heure. D’après les météorologues, les orages seront également présents dans le sud mais plus ponctuellement. Au fil de la journée, l’activité orageuse diminuera et les intempéries auront tendance à s’estomper la nuit prochaine. Toutefois, en attendant, Météo France a tout de même appelé à la vigilance : “soyez prudent, prenez garde à la foudre, à d’éventuelles chutes de branches d’arbre, si vous conduisez n’hésitez pas à vous arrêter dans un endroit sûr”. De leur côté, les préfectures ont rappelé les précautions d’usage : ne pas s’abriter sous les arbres, éviter les sorties en forêt et en montagne, éviter d’utiliser le téléphone et les appareils électriques, ou encore mettre à l’abri les objets sensibles au vent.Le 24 juillet 2013 à 10:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Snag Who Torchwood Humble Audio Bundles While You Can

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster There are 33 days left until the Doctor returns. But only nine days to pay what you want for Big Finish’s Doctor Who and Torchwood Humble Audiobook Bundles.The digital storefront has wrapped up three “bundles” of audio adventures: the classic years ($1 or more), the TV movie Doctor ($8 or more), and a grab-bag of Torchwood and modern tales ($15 or more).“This bundle is bigger on the… well, you know,” the product description said, appraising the 21-piece collection—plus the Doctor Who: Legacy game (with special code to unlock characters and costumes)—at $410.As of press time, more than 7,500 purchases have been made, totalling $104,000; the average purchase comes in just under $14.Customers decide where their money goes: split between publisher Big Finish, BBC Children in Need, a second charity of your choice (if you’re so inclined), and a “Humble tip” used to cover hosting and other miscellaneous costs.Those looking to simply dip their toe into the long-running sci-fi program can buy the six-episode taster plate for only $1; you’ll get downloadable MP3 and FLAC versions of chapters one through six.Another $7 gets you the seventh installment, as well as six stories featuring Eighth Doctor Paul McGann (who turned his TV movie role into steady work for Big Finish).Torchwood fans, meanwhile, have to pony up $15 for three spin-off dramas starring Captain Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, and Gwen Cooper. The third bundle also comes with the final four “Destiny of the Doctor” episodes, and volume one of “Doctor Who: The Churchill Years.”Released in September, the complete “Destiny of the Doctor” adventure is also available for purchase as a CD ($18.99) or digital download ($21.47).Humble Bundle has raised more than $65 million for 50-plus charities, including these 10 geeky organizations to which you can currently donate through an online purchase.BBC Children in Need aims to ensure every child in the UK has “a safe, happy, and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.” The group currently supports 2,400 projects across Britain that help kids facing poverty, deprivation, abuse, neglect, disability, and other disadvantages.last_img read more

Will TV Up the Audience Measurement Ante for Magazines

first_imgMagazine publishers have been struggling with the need for more accurate audience metrics for years. John Griffin, newly appointed MPA chairman, is continuing his predecessor Jack Kliger’s push for new metrics. He thinks magazines need to get closer to what television is able to do, though “we’ll never be able to produce overnights,” he said at a recent MPA event.Kliger repeated these sentiments at DMA Circ Day this week:”It is time for a business model that puts things in their proper order. A model that makes it possible for advertisers to buy based on who reads our magazines, not the number of copies we distribute. This model has worked well for the cable television business from the beginning.”But the television industry isn’t so happy with their metrics either. According to the AdAge article, CBS signed on with TiVo to use the company’s second-by-second ratings while TNS Media Research and DirecTV unveiled the formation of a national audience panel whose behavior would be measured second-by-second.Will the potentially widening gap between magazine and television audience management up the ante for publishers to start taking action?last_img read more

UBM Canon Reorganizes Pharmaceutical Group

first_imgBecker, previously associate publisher, has been promoted to this position as part of the reorganization. Former data products manager Sandra Baker has joined the pharmaceutical group sales team as senior account manager.On the content side, Andrew Humphreys, senior analyst on data products, is now managing editor of special reports, supporting content for both Med Ad News and R&D Directions magazines. Ed Silverman continues as editor of the blog and as editor-at-large of Med Ad News and R&D Directions. Christiane Truelove will continue to lead the team as content director. UBM Canon, which serves the advanced manufacturing and medical device industries, has announced a reorganization which will join its data products team with its Pharmaceutical Media Group, in an effort to integrate the teams and the products Med Ad News, R&D Directions, and, the data products team covered several markets but will now focus solely on producing content for the Pharmaceutical Media group, with an emphasis on data, facts, trends and analysis. “Our data-rich special reports and analysis are what sets us apart in our space,” says Daniel Becker, pharmaceuticals brand director. According to Becker, two-thirds of respondents to a recent audience survey conducted by Marty Akel and Associates found the Med Ad News, PharmaLive and Pharmalot brands “superior” for “providing business intelligence and data,” while 75 percent cited current business intelligence, data and strategies as a priority desire. A product of this shift has been the launch of “R&D Pharma Business Connect,” a weekly e-newsletter providing updates and insight on the deals and financial moves of pharmaceutical and biotech companies. The group is also planning to develop new events, in collaboration with UBM plc’s events division, UBM Conferences.last_img read more