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first_imgBusiness | Community | Economy | Juneau | Local Government | SoutheastGastineau Apartments demolition pushed back to AprilSeptember 22, 2015 by Elizabeth Jenkins Share:Inside the burned out Gastineau Apartments. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)The Gastineau Apartments won’t be coming down until April. That’s according to city Engineering Director Rorie Watt, who delivered an update at Monday’s Juneau Assembly meeting. Originally, the city wanted a demolition plan by August and bids solicited by September.“However, what we’re hearing from contractors is that we’re giving an inadequate amount of time for the completion of the project,” Watt said. “We’ve seen major commercial contractors who would be suited for this kind of work pick up the bid documents, steer away. Call us up and say, ‘Too much risk. Not enough time. Not interested.’”Now, the bidding process will extend into October with awards announced later that same month.NorthWind Architects previously expressed concern that rainy fall weather would make the demolition more difficult, especially with respect to erosion of the hillside behind the apartments and managing stormwater pollution.Assembly member Karen Crane said an extension could save the city money, but the building needed to be gone by spring.“There can’t be any more slop over from that date because you know, then we’re running into tourist season and then there’s a big problem,” Crane said. “So the contract needs to be written pretty tightly that’s it’s down by the 30th of April or else something drastic.”Although it’s taken months to formalize the plans, the demolition should only take three to four weeks.The city has appropriated $1.8 million for the entire project, which it hopes to recoup through a lien against the property owners. Share this story:last_img read more

first_img Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp Christine Lagarde: IMF would be “delighted” to work with China-led AIIB Tags: Christine Lagarde IMF Peoplecenter_img Joe Hall Sunday 22 March 2015 7:08 am China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has hoovered up yet more support, after the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Christine Lagarde said there was “massive” room for cooperation between the two.Managing director Lagarde told a conference in Beijing the IMF would be “delighted” to work with the AIIB on infrastructure financing, according to Reuters. The AIIB is a Chinese-backed development bank that will fund Asian energy, transport and infrastructure projects. Set up in Beijing last year, the bank is seen as a rival to Western-centric financial institutions such as the World Bank. The UK’s decision to become the Western economy to apply for the membership of the development bank drew the ire of Washington who questioned the bank’s transparency standards and environmental and social safeguards. France, Italy and Germany have since followed the UK’s lead by applying for membership. The US believe the bank is a tool for China to spread “soft power”, but chancellor George Osborne said backing the bank would create “an unrivalled opportunity for the UK and Asia to invest and grow together”. AIIB founding members: Who are they and when did they join?Joined in 2014              Joined in 2015Bangladesh                     FranceBrunei                            GermanyCambodia                       Italy China                              New ZealandIndia                               Saudi ArabiaIndonesia                       TajikistanJordan                             UKKazakhstan Kuwait Laos MalaysiaMaldives Mongolia Myanmar NepalNew Zealand OmanPakistanPhilippines QatarSingapore Sri Lanka Thailand Uzbekistan Vietnam  whatsapplast_img read more

first_img The Big Short movie trailer is here: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell star in adaption of Michael Lewis’ bestseller Lynsey Barber whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Get ready to be transported back to 2008 and the height of the financial crisis.No, it’s not because of China. One of the biggest books written about the turmoil of the recession has had the movie makeover treatment, and the trailer is finally here. Michael Lewis’ The Big Short – the bestseller which delved into how the crisis came about – is now a fully-formed movie and about to be released.Boasting an all-star cast including Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, the film will hit cinemas at Christmas. The newly-released trailer gives us a hint of what’s to come – and a financial crisis has never looked so exciting. There are glossy shots of skyscrapers, a rousing soundtrack and pithy one-liners such as “I’m sure the world’s banks have more incentives than greed” and “I tell you what you just did, you just bet against the American economy”.Watch below. center_img Share whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallUndoLoan Insurance WealthGrab A Tissue Before You See Richard Simmons At 72Loan Insurance WealthUndo Wednesday 23 September 2015 9:44 amlast_img read more

first_img By Mike Wackett 23/04/2015 Capacity between Asia and North Europe is still way ahead of demand, even after blanked sailings, noted the latest Alphaliner report, while sea freight rates on the trade have sunk to a new low.Capacity is on the lane is averaging out at around 250,000 teu per week, compared with an estimated demand of only 200,000 to 225,000 teu, making the proposed 1 May general rate increases by carriers of up to $1,300 per teu already appear to be a lost cause.The consultancy revealed that despite the withdrawal of five sailings over the previous two weeks, average utilisation levels have stubbornly refused to budge from the 80% to 90% range, thereby exerting more downward pressure on spot rates.Against this weak demand backdrop, the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) reading for Asia – North Europe plunged to another low of $399 per teu on 17 April, but Alphaliner reported that the ‘market’ has already fallen to sub-$300 levels – the lowest freight rate ever recorded on the trade lane.As first reported by The Loadstar on 10 April, the looming excess capacity crisis obliged MSC, as part of the 2M alliance with Maersk Line, to postpone the maiden voyage of its flagship 19,224 teu MSC Oliver – the vessel having been idled in China for more than three weeks to await cargo.Carriers are panicking: today CMA CGM, as part of the Ocean Three alliance, confirmed details of a “contingency plan” whereby between weeks 16 and 20 the Ocean Three members will cancel six Asia – North Europe voyages “in order to adjust capacities in line with demand”.The drastic culling of sailings is necessary. Spot rates have actually fallen to less than $100 per teu, said Alphaliner, after deducting the bunker surcharge – and could even turn negative soon.The consultancy estimated that the enforced idling of the MSC Oliver will have cost the carrier around $1.5m in vessel fees alone, without taking into account the loss of freight.But despite the high short-term cost, the carriers have no option but to continue the strategy of blanking sailings – other than to take the unpalatable step of laying up ships – until the market improves; and that will probably not be until the peak season begins in July.Meanwhile, the Asia – Europe supply chain is being thrown into chaos by the blanked sailings. Shippers have complained to The Loadstar that they receive little or no information from carriers on what ship will actually be loading their cargo and, more importantly, when their containers will arrive at North European ports.And European export shippers are worried that in the brutal endeavour by carriers to get the headhaul supply and demand balanced that, as in past years, their cargoes will be sacrificed and rolled over from cancelled ship to cancelled ship.In the days of the conferences it was the responsibility of the ‘lead line’ to announce scheduling changes to the trade, although these were not normally quite as dramatic as cancelling a ship, but were generally down to bad weather or strike delays. But in the new world of vessel sharing agreement alliances it is a much more confused picture.The notifications regarding cancelled sailings seen by The Loadstar seem to range from comprehensive, to confused, with certain carriers opting to keep quiet in order to try to distance themselves from their peers. MSClast_img read more

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 16/05/2019 A new robot with delicate human-like fingers, designed for warehouse applications, was today unveiled in the UK by Cambridge Consultants.“Hank” was developed to “emulate human dexterity at the point of picking diverse individual items from larger containers”, a supply chain activity in which so far robots had not been able to replace humans.Bruce Ackman, logistics commercial lead at Cambridge Consultants, explained: “The logistics industry relies heavily on human labour to perform warehouse picking and packing, and has to deal with issues of staff retention and shortages. Automation of this part of the logistics chain lags behind the large-scale automation seen elsewhere.“Hank’s world-leading sensory system is a game-changer for the logistics industry, making actions such as robotic bin picking and end-to-end automated order fulfilment possible.“Adding a sense of touch and slip, generated by a single, low-cost sensor, means Hank’s fingers could bring new efficiencies to giant distribution centres,” he continued.Video Playerhttps://theloadstar.com/wp-content/uploads/hank-the-dexterous-robot.mp400:0000:0001:21Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Hank uses soft robotic fingers moulded from silicone and hollow, with embedded sensors that have an air chamber running up the centres controlled by airflows that can flex the finger and apply force. The company said the fingers could be controlled “individually in response to the touch sensors”.“This means that the end effector does not require millimetre-accurate positioning to grasp an object; like human fingers, they close until they ‘feel’ the object.“With the ability to locate an object, adjust overall system position and then to grasp that object, Hank can apply increased force if a slip is detected and generate instant awareness of a mishandled pick if the object is dropped,” added Cambridge Consultants.Traditional robot “hands” tend to rely on pinchers and suction appendages to grasp items, limiting the number and type of objects they can realistically pick and pack.last_img read more

first_img Aedes Aegypti mosquito larvae swim in a container displayed at the Florida Mosquito Control District Office, in Marathon, Fla. Wilfredo Lee/AP A proposal to release genetically altered mosquitoes into the United States for the first time hit a possible stumbling block on Tuesday, with voters in the Florida Keys expressing ambivalence about a field trial there.Residents split on the possibility of a trial, with one ballot initiative open only to residents of Key Haven, where the trial would take place, failing, and another initiative open to all residents of surrounding Monroe County being approved.The results could make it more difficult to move ahead with the release of the mosquitoes in Key Haven.advertisement General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. @DrewQJoseph The mosquitoes would have their DNA edited in a way designed to stave off diseases like Zika and dengue, but opponents of the field trial have raised concerns about the impact on the environment and public health.The results of the referendums were nonbinding. The decision now falls to the five board members of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, who have the final say on the trial. Most have said they will follow the public vote, so it’s not clear how they will respond to the split.advertisement [email protected] By Andrew Joseph Nov. 8, 2016 Reprintscenter_img PoliticsFlorida Keys voters split on genetically modified mosquito trial Dom Smith/STATIn the Key Haven referendum, almost two-thirds of voters opposed the trial. In the countywide referendum, about 58 percent of voters backed it.The trial, if approved, would authorize the release of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes genetically altered by the British biotech company Oxitec. The genetic modification is aimed to ensure that any offspring produced by the Oxitec mosquitoes and the wild mosquitoes will die before they can mature and breed, cutting the population overall.In field trials in Brazil, Panama, and elsewhere, mosquito populations declined by up to 90 percent following the introduction of the Oxitec mosquitoes. The mosquitoes also helped cut dengue virus transmission in trials, the company says.In Florida, opponents of a trial have argued that they don’t want the area to be used as the site of an experiment and have said they do not believe studies that show the modified mosquitoes are safe for the environment.This summer, however, the Food and Drug Administration gave its nod of approval to the trial, finding that it would be safe for both people and the environment.Dom Smith/STATIf the trial proceeds, the mosquitoes would be released in Key Haven in an experimental zone separated from a control zone by a buffer area. (The mosquitoes only fly a few hundred yards in their lives.) Experts would then compare the mosquito populations in the experimental and control zones to see if the trial did in fact reduce the insects’ numbers.Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have spread dengue in the Florida Keys in the past, and are responsible for the ongoing Zika outbreak in Miami-Dade County. They also transmit chikungunya and yellow fever. About the Author Reprints Andrew Joseph Tags genetically modified organismsmosquitoespolicyZika Viruslast_img read more

first_img Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter Laois players “just weren’t prepared” for the Leinster Final against Dublin and were let down by the County Board, Cllr Ben Brennan told the monthly meeting of Laois County Council.His controversial comments completely contradicted the unanimous praise that went before from elected representatives at the meeting.Cllr Brennan entered the chamber just after the meeting had begun and afer the players were roundly congratulated for reaching the Leinster Final.When Cllr Brennan was asked by Cathaoirleach Cllr Padraig Fleming if he wished to comment, the councillor cut loose.“I feel they just weren’t prepared. That’s what’s wrong. The County Board thinks they’re heroes. We have fabulous players, but we have to let them play. The County Board are not doing their job,” he said.Cllr Paschal McEvoy took particular exception to his comments, retorting: “Why don’t you put your name forward, and get elected”.“I was there for three years,” Cllr Brennan said. “I know what they’re like”.Earlier, Cllr Fleming had led the tributes, saying what a wonderful day it had been in Croke Park, even if the result didn’t go their way. WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Home News Laois footballers “just weren’t prepared” for Leinster final, council hears News Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Tuesday, June 26, 2018Next articleThousands of Laois children to benefit from Back to School Allowance David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flahertycenter_img By David Power – 26th June 2018 Community “There was great joy and happiness that we had reached a Leinster Final. They played very well and played with great heart. They kept in it, until the second half and then it crept away from them,” he said.SEE ALSO – Laois manager Sugrue provides injury update on keeper Brody TAGSLaoisLaois County CouncilLeinster final Community WhatsApp Pinterest Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Rugby Laois footballers “just weren’t prepared” for Leinster final, council hearslast_img read more

first_img Previous articleShort-term accommodation sought in Portlaoise for student nursesNext articleDeaths in Laois – Monday, July 13, 2020 LaoisToday Reporter Facebook Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date A company that is willing to train and develop their workforce will have a significant advantage over other companies in this increasingly competitive business world.Employee turnover represents a significant cost for business, in terms of costs, time and staff morale.Meanwhile, upskilling or reskilling is a much smaller investment. Giving your staff opportunities to reskill helps to create a well-rounded, highly-trained workforce that are more efficient, motivated and loyal. Other benefits include:Improved staff retentionIncreased opportunities for business growthHigher productivity and competitivenessIncreased customer satisfactionHigh staff moralePositive employer reputationThe Skills to Advance initiative, provided by Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board (LOETB), provides upskilling and reskilling opportunities to employees in Laois and Offaly.Working closely with local micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME), LOETB’s Enterprise Engagement Officers strive to support employers in identifying specific skills needs, and to enable employers to invest in their workforce by providing worthwhile and valuable education and training programmes to staff at a heavily subsidised rate.Education and training programmes may vary in duration and can take place during the day, evenings, or at weekends.The level and type of certification will depend on the employer’s specific needs. Class groups may be made up of employees from one employer only, or from a range of employers.Programmes provided by LOETB include:Leading Remote Teams: designed in collaboration with Grow Remote, IDA Ireland, SOLAS and LOETB, the programme is aimed at managers that are new to remote leadership or looking to optimize the productivity and culture of their remote teams on an ongoing basis.Supporting the Green Economy: Green and Yellow Belt, Quality Manufacturing Practice, Project Management (incorporating Agile), Business Development, RetrofittingDigitalisation: ECDL/MOS, Digital Marketing, Industrial Electrical SystemsBusiness: Personal Development, Train the Trainer, Supervisory Management, Conflict Management, Change in the WorkplaceHealth and Social Care: Care Skills, Care Support, Infection Prevention and Control, Introduction to Clean Room OperationsEmployers often ask “What if I train my employees and they leave?” But what if you don’t and they stay?!For further information, please contact LOETB’s Enterprise Engagement Officers:Jolene Hall on 085 2539167 or email [email protected] Poole on 087 1777879 or email [email protected] ALSO – You can check out the LOETB website here WhatsApp Pinterest Electric Picnic Pinterest TAGSLOETB Electric Picnic WhatsApp Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 13th July 2020 News Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Boost your Business by upskilling your staff with the LOETB Home Sponsored Boost your Business by upskilling your staff with the LOETB Sponsored RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebooklast_img read more

first_img AvatarHa Yoon AhHa Yoon Ah is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about her articles to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE News A picture of a street in Pyongyang in August 2019. / Image: Daily NK North Korea’s worsening economic situation has led more and more North Koreans to seek out fortune-tellers, leading to a nation-wide crackdown by the authorities, Daily NK sources recently reported.North Korean authorities have designated fortune-telling “anti-socialist behavior” and are implementing harsh penalties such long sentences in prison and even death for those practicing the profession.Daily NK recently conducted interviews with multiple residents of Pyongyang to better understand local superstitions and the extent of the government crackdown. All of the interviewees said an increasing number of people are turning to fortune-tellers and that fortune tellers are even traveling up to Pyongyang from the provinces to provide readings.Interestingly, the interviewees said that high-ranking officials or the wives of high-ranking officials, rather than ordinary citizens, are increasingly the main solicitors of services provided by fortune-tellers. The full interviews can be found below.Q. Do many people in Pyongyang seek out fortune-telling services?Resident 1: “There are many superstitious people living in Pyongyang. North Koreans have the Juche ideology to believe in, of course, but nobody really believes in it. The (Juche ideology) just talks about some superior being coming down from the heavens.”Resident 2: “Fortune-tellers living outside of Pyongyang come up to the city to read fortunes. If they have friends or relatives or acquaintances in Pyongyang, they travel all the way here to give them their fortunes.”Q. Daily NK sources suggest that crackdowns on fortune-telling is intensifying.Resident 1: “Friends and acquaintances will share information about fortune-tellers, but people rarely share such information with strangers. If that happens, they would risk getting reported to the authorities. Of course, some people do get caught. The police who investigate the reports, however, will often listen to what the fortune-tellers have to say and become believers themselves.One time, a fortune-teller told a police officer that he should be concerned about the safety of his family members because “something will happen soon.” Word spread about what the fortune-teller said, even reaching the ears of the local chief of police. Rather than punishing the fortune-teller, the chief instead had his fortune read. That’s how fortune-telling continues to be popular in North Korea.”Q. Have you experienced getting your own fortune read before? Resident 1: “One time a friend told me to hurry over to his house, so I went and found a fortune-teller there. I’d never seen a fortune teller before. The fortune-teller asked for KPW 100,000 to read my fortune. My friend thought it was cheap and just paid for it. The fortune-teller told me she would tell me everything I need to know if I wrote down my name and birthday. I did and she got most things right. She also said that the family (of my friend) would go somewhere in October. They really did go somewhere, albeit in November.”Q. What kinds of people get their fortunes read?Resident 1: “High-ranking officials and especially their wives. For regular people like us, every day is the same, but high-ranking officials lead different kinds of lives. Wives of high-level officials in Pyongyang have husbands who face the chopping block every day, so they are anxious about their futures. They ask questions about the future safety of their husbands. One time, I heard that an official’s wife went to a fortune-teller with a photo of her husband to get his fortune read.”Resident 2: “All sorts of people go to fortune-tellers, including young people, merchants, and officials who are trying to advance in their careers, as well as their wives. High-ranking officials are usually anxious about their futures, so many get their fortunes read. North Korea’s economy is facing difficulties and there’s less money circulating nowadays. Officials only think about how to advance their careers and they rely on fortune-tellers to help them see into the future.”*Translated by Violet KimPlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) center_img Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store Facebook Twitter News North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more

first_imgTechnology-related risks are now the top concern for insurers Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords DisclosureCompanies Ontario Securities Commission The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced on Monday that it’s making its rulings available through the Canadian Legal Information Institute’s (CanLII) website in an effort to increase the availability of its tribunal decisions. Don’t believe the hype: BCSC proposes new rules for stock promoters CSA sets rules on non-GAAP financial reporting Specifically, the OSC’s tribunal decisions dating back to 2004 will now be included on the CanLII website, a non-profit that makes Canadian legal decisions available for free through its searchable online. “The inclusion of OSC tribunal reasons on CanLII further enhances accessibility and transparency,” says Grace Knakowski, secretary to the OSC, in a statement. “It also enables parties and the public to search for OSC tribunal reasons online free of charge.” The OSC will also continue posting its decisions, notices of hearing, statements of allegations, orders and settlement agreements on its own website. Photo copyright: shutter999/123RF James Langton Regulators propose slimming corporate disclosure Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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