Water cooler gossip: You earn HOW much?

first_imgHere’s a riddle: What group in the United States earns more than the combined value of Facebook, Walmart, Amazon, Starbucks and McDonalds?If you move into the light a little you might see the answer reflected back at you on your monitor: YOU!Yes you, dear freelancer, are among this very lucrative group of money-makers. Freelancers earn a combined $715 billion annually. Don’t you think it’s about time somebody invested in us?Back in the office days of yore, employees might have clustered around a water cooler and wondered at this discrepancy: But if we’re earning so much collectively, how is it that we still face up-and-down income, double taxation, no benefits and no safety net?More importantly: How can we harness our collective power and make a change?Join us at the water cooler. Read our founder Sara Horowitz’s piece on Medium: The office water cooler isn’t what it used to be and let us know what future you see for the freelance economy.last_img read more

The Reload: Five-star Contacts OSU, Hubbard Bulking Up, 2017 OL Scholarship Count

first_imgChuba Hubbard Bulking UpThe Canadian speedster and future running back is, according to Coach Marcus Arroyo, now up to 210 lbs after having been 190 not long ago. Hubbard is prepping for his last year in Canada and will be at OSU next summer, and although there was chatter he may be keeping his options open, I’m told Hubbard’s commitment with OSU is still “solid” and there’s no real reason to worry about him flipping at the moment. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors surrounding Oklahoma State recruiting, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.OSU Seeking Commitment from two receiver transfers?Oklahoma State is pushing hard for former five-star receiver Tyron Johnson, who is leaving LSU and will pursue another school with a more wide open offense. According to Gopokes.com, Johnson has officially made contact with OSU. He’s expected to make a decision within the week, so don’t be surprised if he pulls the trigger on a school within the next few days. Especially if he wants to enroll this fall.Another transfer receiver to keep an eye on is Carlos Strickland, a former Cal receiver who announced early August his intention to leave the program. Strickland was a four-star prospect from Dallas Skyline who, at one point, was seriously considering OSU among his top schools before opting to move to the West Coast. He announced on his twitter he’s looking for a place “closer to home,” and although he is a former Texas Tech commit, his recent twitter follows suggest he may be looking at OSU seriously. He’s followed receivers coach Kasey Dunn, Mike Groce and Johnny Barr — the assistant director of recruiting and the director of recruiting for OSU. So keep an eye on him, too, especially if Johnson pledges elsewhere. Strickland is a 6-foot-4 (!) pass catcher who would be forced to sit the upcoming season, but would be eligible to play in 2017.(Update: Strickland committed to play for K-State on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 16) ?When u get a call from my man ??Coach& the ? weighs 210lbs & is primed to GO OFF ? this fall- then to Stilly‼️⚫️? pic.twitter.com/2KoYZjoTu0— Coach Arroyo?OREGON® (@coacharroyoTheO) August 15, 2016Deiontae Watts releasing top 5Plano East four-star defensive tackle Deiontae Watts is planning to narrow his list to 5 sometime around the start of football season, according to Scout analyst Greg Powers. Here’s what he said about whittling down his top options:It was very hard to get down to five schools and kept me thinking do I want to leave far from family or do I want to stay closer to family and my list kind of shows a split between schools that are far and close. And also the education opportunities. What programs are there for me, because I want to major in Pre-Med, so I had to find schools that had that program.The 6-foot-3, 300-pound tackle has 17 listed offers. At the moment, 247sports has Oklahoma as the favorite in his recruitment, with Baylor and Texas A&M hot on the Sooners trail. Joe Bob Clements has done a nice job recruiting the d-line for OSU and they’ve been in the mix for a year now. So I wouldn’t be surprised if OSU ends up landing in his final choices.Larry Boyd picks IllinoisThree-star Missouri offensive lineman Larry Boyd, a longtime OSU target announced last week that he is committing to play for Lovie Smith and Illinois. Many believed Boyd was considering Mizzou and OSU among his top choices, but a recent trip to Champaign apparently was enough to tip the scales for the 6-foot-5 mammoth. Boyd has stated his intentions to visit Stillwater this football season before committing to Illinois, so I would suspect OSU and Greg Adkins will keep Boyd close. My suspicion is that OSU will take at least one more offensive lineman in this class to go with Dan Moore and Derek Kerstetter.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Report: Bayern 4 Bremen 2

first_imgBayern Munich 4 Werder Bremen 2: Lewandowski & Muller at the double to spare champions’ blushes Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 00:29 1/22/18 bayern-cropped Bongarts Bayern Munich beat struggling Werder Bremen 4-2 as Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller – who got his 100th league goal – starred. Thomas Muller and the returning Robert Lewandowski scored two apiece as Bayern Munich earned a come-from-behind 4-2 win over struggling Werder Bremen despite an underwhelming showing from the champions.Bremen took the lead through Jerome Gondorf and hit back after Muller and Lewandowski – back from a knee injury – had turned things around, a Niklas Sule own goal levelling matters in the 74th minute.But the same Bayern double act stepped up to the plate when needed, with Muller’s second strike representing his 100th Bundesliga goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The away side showed few signs of this season’s struggles during the first half, hitting the post early on and then scoring in the 25th minute through Gondorf, as the performance belied their lowly league position of 16th.Inevitably Bayern fought back and equalised four minutes before half-time, with Muller netting his third league goal of the season in style.Lewandowski then grabbed his first just after the hour, giving Bayern – who were far from their fluid best – the lead for the first time, though that did not last long as Sule put past his own goalkeeper. But the champions turned on the style late on, Lewandowski powering in a header and Muller adding a landmark strike. That was fun, wasn’t it @werderbremen_en pushed us all the way, but @lewy_official and @esmuellert_ made the difference in the end to claim all the points!  #FCBSVW 4-2 pic.twitter.com/em3Vq87t4F— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 21, 2018Bayern went into the match having won each of their last 14 top-flight games against Bremen, a league record, and that arguably could have been a contributing factor to a somewhat complacent performance.The visitors went agonisingly to going ahead just seven minutes in, as Max Kruse met Ludwig Augustinsson’s cross and headed it onto the right-hand upright.And Bremen got their shock lead with 25 minutes played, as Gondorf latched on to Kruse’s clever reverse pass and squeezed an effort through Sven Ulreich’s legs.But the hosts levelled just before the break – Muller finishing acrobatically from close range after chesting Jerome Boateng’s cross over Milos Veljkovic.100 – @esmuellert_ (@FCBayernEN) has scored 9 of his 100 #Bundesliga goals against Werder Bremen. Favourite.#FCBSVW pic.twitter.com/qbf0KyIkPe— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) January 21, 2018Seemingly frustrated with his team’s continued ineffectiveness after the break, Jupp Heynckes introduced Arturo Vidal and Kingsley Coman from the bench just before the hour.And the Chilean nearly made a quick impact, forcing Jiri Pavlenka into an important save with a testing volley.Bayern went ahead soon after, though, as Lewandowski met James Rodriguez’s corner and headed past the helpless Pavlenka.Another corner at the other end saw the parity restored again 16 minutes from time – Sule nudging a delivery past Ulreich after the goalkeeper had previously made a mess of a tussle with Kruse.But Bayern stepped things up a notch, with Lewandowski heading in Muller’s cross two minutes later and the German finally finished Bremen off in the 84th minute, neatly tucking past Pavlenka following James’ sumptuous chipped pass. read morelast_img read more

Boil Water Order Lifted

first_imgA boil water order issued Tuesday, March 6, to the Nova Scotia Community College Marconi Campus and Cape Breton University has been lifted. The order was issued after one of six water supply sites tested positive for total coliform bacteria. Positive tests can be caused by many things, including testing errors or contaminated samples. Samples over the past two days were negative for E. Coli and total coliform. For more information on drinking water and testing, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/ . -30-last_img

A blindness to risk Board calls for mandatory lifejackets for fishermen

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – Before sunrise on June 16, 2016, three bleary-eyed lobster fishermen boarded a small fishing boat in northern New Brunswick and set out on Chaleur Bay.What would unfold in the early morning hours on that fateful day was detailed in a Transportation Safety Board report Wednesday that once again underscored the danger fishermen face — and the agency’s repeated calls for mandatory life-jackets aboard commercial fishing vessels.For three days, the seven-metre fishing boat, known only as C19496NB, had remained tied up at dock due to a fierce storm that had churned up rough seas and strong winds.As the end of the spring lobster season approached, the fishermen were eager to check their 300 traps.Under darkness, with the beam of a handheld searchlight, they found a buoy marking the first lobster trap trawl. The crew hauled up the three traps, removed the catch, rebaited and reset the traps and made their way to the second buoy.But the fishermen ran into trouble. While the traps were being hauled, a line became entangled in another fisherman’s gear. The strain pulled the rear starboard side of the vessel down, and two waves broke over the deck, funnelling water into the boat.As the men were about to release the line, another wave broke over the deck, flipping the boat and throwing all three fishermen into the cold water hovering just above 12 degrees.None wore life-jackets, and two of the three men died.“They were 240 metres offshore. There is a possibility that if they had flotation (devices) they may have been able to get to shore,” Transportation Safety Board member Joseph Hincke said in an interview Wednesday.To make matters worse, the fishermen likely didn’t know how to swim.“I know one of them couldn’t swim, I know that for a fact,” said Wells Chapman, chief of the New Bandon-Salmon Beach Volunteer Fire Department and one of the first on the scene. “The other gentleman, I’m not sure, but I’d put money on it that he couldn’t swim either.”One of the fishermen, a 47-year-old deckhand from Salmon Beach, kicked off his steel-toed rubber boots and managed to climb on the vessel’s upturned hull. There he waited, straddling the keel of the upside-down boat, yelling for help.The senior deckhand surfaced a couple of metres away. He called out for help, but soon went silent. The captain surfaced near the vessel, unresponsive and drifting.About half an hour later, shortly after 5 a.m., another lobster vessel, the Marie Eliser 1, spotted the capsized vessel.“It was still dark. The fishermen thought it was a dead whale,” Chapman said. “It turtled, was what we called it. The bottom of the boat was on the surface.”The crew of the Marie Eliser 1 helped the shivering deckhand on board, then recovered the bodies of the two fishermen, a 45-year-old Bathurst man and a 67-year-old man from Salmon Beach.Following an investigation, the Transportation Safety Board repeated its recommendation that all fishermen should be required to wear life-jackets, noting that unless provincial governments and Transport Canada require personal flotation devices, commercial fishermen will remain more likely to die if they fall overboard.New Brunswick Labour Minister Donald Arseneault said being a fisherman is a tough job and the province will work to make it safer.“The first thing I’ve done is to mandate my senior staff to start discussions with proper stakeholders. We want to make sure this sector is a safe place to work,” he said. “Being a fisherman is a tough job. It’s a dangerous job and if there are things we can do to make the job safer so these fishermen can go back home to their loved ones every night, we have a responsibility to work towards that.”New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are the only provinces that don’t include commercial fishing in occupational health and safety regulations.Still, while most provinces outline guidelines for commercial fishermen under workplace safety rules, Quebec is the only province that enforces wearing of life-jackets.After two fatal fishing accidents several years ago, Quebec overhauled its regulations and mandated that all lobster fishermen wear life-jackets while on deck.The province sent letters to fishing captains informing them of the new rules and followed up with inspections aboard vessels to ensure compliance.There have been no reported deaths of Quebec lobster fishermen at sea since the regulations were implemented.An average of 10 commercial fishermen die each year in Canada, the board said.Commercial fishermen have long complained that bulky life-jackets and PFDs restrict their movements and make it difficult to work with fishing gear.Hincke said PFDs have evolved and come in a range of compact designs that can accommodate fishermen at work.Yet many fishermen brush off the dangers they face on the water.“It’s kind of a blindness to the risk,” Hincke said. “Many of them don’t see their work as inherently dangerous.”While he said there is some movement within the fishing industry towards stronger safety measures, the changes aren’t happening quickly enough.“We feel it needs to be a requirement, so we’re asking New Brunswick to mandate it.”The board issued a similar recommendation about PFDs last December when it released an investigation report into a similar accident in British Columbia.“The TSB considers that the implementation of explicit requirements for fishermen to wear PFDs would significantly reduce the loss of life associated with going overboard,” the most recent report said.— By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

Nigeria Supports Morocco’s 2026 World Cup Bid

Rabat – The Nigerian minister of sports and youth, Solomon Dalung, expressed Thursday his full support for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid. “It is a support for Morocco, but also for Africa, which has only organized the World Cup once in nearly 100 years,” the minister said to Maghreb Arab Press.Dalung highlighted the support as “beneficial” for the two African countries that are striving to show a positive image to the world and consolidate their leadership in football. He pointed out that Morocco is “renowned for its stability, hospitality and prosperity” The Nigerian minister emphasized that Morocco and Nigeria need to develop cooperation in all areas, notably sports and youth.“We believe in the potential of Morocco and Africa in all sectors, we believe that football can be a way to facilitate cooperation and consolidate the development of partnership relations,” Dalung said.Nigeria is not the first country to announce its support for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid. Three weeks ago, the president of the Confederation of African Football, Ahmad Ahmad, announced his support for Morocco’s World Cup bid for the second time.In a press conference held in Casablanca on Jan. 13, Ahmad said “There is no room for discussions. As CAF president, it is an obligation for me to support Morocco’s bid.” The first time was three days after Morocco’s candidacy submission, Ahmad called on heads of football confederations in Africa to show support for Morocco’s bid. The CAF president said that it is a must for Africans to show “clear” and “massive” support for Morocco as it is determined to become the second African country to host the football event.Fouzi Lekjaa, president of Morocco’s Royal Football Federation, confirmed in a press conference held in Casablanca on Tuesday that Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup represents the African continent as a whole. read more

It’s Super Bowl Sunday: are you not entertained?

NEW YORK — Super Bowl Sunday is kicking off. Prepare to be entertained… by the ads.Each year’s slate of Super Bowl ads offers a snapshot of the American psyche. Forty-plus brands have shelled out millions for the chance to win over live-TV viewers of Super Bowl 53 with a combination of humour, celebrities and heartfelt messages.The ads run from silly to the serious. Avocados from Mexico featured a pet show where the humans get judged, while The Washington Post will honour missing and slain journalists in its Super Bowl debut.They’re aiming to capture the attention of the 100 million viewers expected to tune in on Sunday. Many marketers released their ads online in the days before the game but there were still a few surprises from Google, Bud Light and others.“Advertisers are not being heavy-handed,” said Kelly O’Keefe, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Brandcenter. “Everyone’s focused on entertaining us tonight and that’s probably just right for this year.”O’Keefe said advertisers were mostly avoiding social and cultural topics.“They want to sit those things out,” he said. “They’re a little too toxic for the world right now.”That didn’t mean that the ads were devoid of cultural markers. Women’s empowerment has among the themes that took centre stage.Hulu kicked it off with a first quarter ad for its next season of the feminist show “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Next, Serena Williams appeared as spokeswoman for Bumble, which bills itself as a feminist dating app where women make the first move. The tennis icon urges women not to wait to be given power, saying, “we already have it.”Later in the evening, supermodel Karlie Kloss will play up her identity as a businesswoman in an ad for Wix.com. She wears an understated green T-shirt to show how she used the platform to create her professional website.Toyota highlighted the perseverance of Antoinette “Toni” Harris, a female football player at a California community college.Mae Anderson And Alexandra Olson, The Associated Press read more

Morocco’s Mohamed Reda Al Aaraby Breaks Beirut Marathon Record 2:10:41

Rabat – A total of 48,000 runners from 109 countries took part in the marathon on Sunday, November 11. Al Aaraby’s win was an early birthday present for the young Royal Army Club athlete, who turns 29 today.Al Aaraby won the men’s 42-kilometer race, handily beating his Ugandan rival, Felix Simmonds, who came in second with a time of 2:11:57. Ethiopia’s Derrisa Olvata came third with a time of 2:12:33.Al Aaraby’s time was a fraction of a second better than last year’s Kenyan winner, Dominic Ruto, who finished the race in 2:10:41, setting a new record at the time. Read also: Runners Get Ready: Laayoune Half-Marathon Set for NovemberAl Aaraby’s race time was not his best. On October 7, he made his marathon personal best time of 2:09:16 in Chicago, a full 85 seconds faster than his Beirut race.In the women’s competition, Ethoipia’s Armino won the marathon in 2:29:31, beating Eritrea’s Nazaret Jibrihwait who finished in 2:29:40, and Ethiopia’s Silamwit Tsigai who finished in 2:31:42.Under the slogan “Beirut Bekbar is the Heart of Vienna,” the marathon has a variety of races: The 42-kilometer race for the special capacity category, the 42-kilometer main race, the 21-kilometer half marathon, the 8-kilometer competitive race, and the 5-kilometer race for youth. read more

Cutting environmental hazards can save 13 million lives each year – UN

Releasing its first ever country-by-country analysis of the impact of environmental factors on health, WHO said that in some countries, more than one third of the disease burden could be prevented through environmental improvements. The worst-affected countries include Angola, Burkina Faso, Mali and Afghanistan. “These country estimates are a first step towards assisting national decision-makers in the sectors of health and environment to set priorities for preventive action,” said Susanne Weber-Mosdorf, WHO Assistant Director-General for Sustainable Development and Healthy Environments. Quantifying the burden of disease from unhealthy environments is crucial because “this information is key to help countries select the appropriate interventions,” she added. WHO found that in 23 countries, more than 10 per cent of deaths are due to just two environmental risk factors: unsafe water, including poor sanitation and hygiene, and indoor air pollution due to solid fuel use for cooking. Around the world, children under five are the main victims and make up 74 per cent of deaths due to diarrhoeal disease and respiratory infections. The data showed that household interventions could dramatically reduce the death rate. Using cleaner fuel such as gas or electricity, using better cooking devices, improving ventilation or modifying people’s behaviour – for example by keeping children away from smoke – could have a major impact on respiratory infections and diseases. While low-income countries suffer the most from environmental health factors, the data showed that no country is immune from the environmental impact on health, WHO said. Even in countries with better environmental conditions, almost one sixth of the disease burden could be prevented, and efficient environmental interventions could significantly reduce cardiovascular disease and road traffic injuries. 13 June 2007The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today that reducing environmental risks including pollution, unsafe water, ultraviolet radiation and climate change can save 13 million lives annually. read more

Why are gas prices soaring in some Canadian cities

TORONTO — Higher gas prices have been jolting motorists in major Canadian centres and the shock has been particularly acute in Montreal, where prices have instantly soared by as much as 13 cents a litre.That puts the price of regular in the Montreal area at just under $1.53 a litre, an increase of almost 20 cents since the start of summer.Gasoline prices across southern and eastern Ontario also rose by about 3.4 cents at midnight, according to the website tomorrowsgaspricestoday.com. That puts the price of regular in the greater Toronto area at just under $1.37 a litre, and $1.34 in the Ottawa area.At one downtown Montreal gas station, there were fewer motorists than usual filling up their tanks Wednesday morning.“We’re being whacked,” said Jared Lang, who had to pay $1.51 a litre to fill up.“I don’t even want to fill up my car. I put in maybe $10 to $15 at a time, hoping it goes down and I live with it.”Lang recalled that when he started driving more than 20 years ago, he remembers paying about 40 cents a litre and he quipped: “It’s not like the minimum wage has gone up five times since then.”He also said that he tries not to drive as much as possible in order to save money.Lindsay, who would only give her first name, also said she doesn’t drive as much as she used to.“There’s politics around it, there’s greed but personally all I can do is try and save myself,” she said as she tanked up her subcompact fuel-efficient Honda Fit. “I drive a car which saves on gas, I bought it specifically for that and I don’t drive when I don’t need to.”Her last vehicle was a Honda Civic. She said her choice in cars wasn’t just about saving money: “It’s about the environment as well.”Gas price watcher Dan McTeague says he can’t see a reason for the increase, other than a money grab, and his website calls the hike “absurd and unjustified.”The increase prompted many drivers in the Toronto area to fill up before midnight, causing lineups of up to 30 vehicles long at some service stations.It was a similar situation in Montreal where motorists also waited to fill up — only in that city, stations were already selling gas anywhere from $1.37 to $1.43 a litre. read more

Hydro One workers get shares equal to 27 of base pay

TORONTO — The Speaker of the Ontario legislature says the Liberals did not violate the privilege of members and was not in contempt of parliament when it negotiated deals to give workers shares in Hydro One before the utility’s sale is approved.The government refuses to divulge any details of the tentative contracts reached with the Power Workers’ Union at both Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation until the deals are ratified. The union also declines comment.But a copy of the Hydro One deal obtained by The Canadian Press shows the workers will get shares in the electricity transmission utility equal to 2.7 per cent of their base pay every year from 2017 until 2028.New Democrat Gilles Bisson says the tentative deals undermine the authority of the legislature by presuming legislation will pass, which he insists is a breach of privilege and contempt, a position supported by the Progressive Conservatives.But Speaker Dave Levac rejected the privilege argument Thursday by ruling “there is no indication that anyone’s freedom of speech has been compromised by virtue of anything that has happened, or been said, inside or outside the House.”Hydro One prices first debt deal since Ontario announces IPO plans: More money on similar termsOntario’s Power Trip: No windfall in selling off part of Hydro OneTerence Corcoran: Why the Hydro One ‘privatization’ is a shamLevac also ruled there was no case for contempt because negotiating contracts that gave workers shares in Hydro One was “normal planning that effective organizations would be expected to engage in.“Presumably if the legislation does not pass these arrangements will not be implemented,” added Levac.Interim Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Wilson said the Speaker was “off base” in his rulings.“They’re moving ahead without any legislative foundation whatsoever, without any permission from the people of Ontario and without any debate here in the legislature, and it shouldn’t be allowed,” said WilsonThe Liberals announced last month they intended to sell 60 per cent of Hydro One, which they predicted would raise about $9 billion, $4 billion of which would be used for public transit projects and the rest to pay down hydro debt.The opposition parties complain the Liberals never mentioned they would sell Hydro One during last year’s election campaign, and warned that privatizing it will drive up Ontario’s already high electricity rates for everyone.“People don’t remember hearing about this plan because there isn’t a single Liberal MPP who ran on selling Hydro One,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “The premier’s plan helps out Bay Street bankers, it helps out consultants, it helps out well-connected Liberals.”Deputy Premier Deb Matthews said the Liberals did campaign on their pledge to review government assets to help fund a 10-year, $130 billion infrastructure plan, but she never acknowledged that they never mentioned selling Hydro One.“We ran on building infrastructure, and that is what we are going to do,” Matthews told the legislature.Horwath said, however, that giving potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in shares to power workers without knowing their true value means none of that money will go to fund transit projects as the Liberals’ claim,.“The value of those shares, whatever it’s pegged at, is not going to go into infrastructure and it’s not going into transit,” she said. read more

Dorel to sell its highpriced bicycles this summer to Chinas wealthy set

Dorel to sell its high-priced bicycles this summer to China’s wealthy set MONTREAL – Dorel Industries hopes to add some high-priced bicycles to China’s busy streets by selling its premier Cannondale and GT brands to the country’s wealthiest set.The bikes, which sell for thousands of dollars, will be available this summer.“The bikes that are on the streets today are like tools, they’re local transportation,” CEO Martin Schwartz said Friday during a conference call about its first-quarter results.Dorel (TSX:DII.B) is instead appealing to wealthy urban Chinese residents who drive costly vehicles like BMW, Mercedes and Bentley.“These are the type of people who are buying bikes in our price range. So there’s a very big market for it.”The foray into the world’s most populated country is three years in the making. The Montreal-based company wouldn’t provide any sales forecasts but said the build-up in sales could take several years.Acceptance by bike dealers at a recent trade show in Shanghai was very promising, Schwartz told analysts.It is working with a network of independent bike dealers or very small bike chains to carry the Cannondale and GT brands to compete with global rivals already selling in China.“It’s very similar to the way we operate in North America and Europe and pricing will be in line with the rest of the world.”Dorel, which reports in U.S. dollars, said its recreation and leisure segment posted its best performance in the first quarter since the company entered the bike business in 2004. It earned $21.4 million on $220.9 million of revenues. That compared to $17.8 million on $200.4 million of sales a year earlier.The improvement was helped by strong sales to independent bike dealers in the United States, Europe and Japan. Favourable weather also drove demand for its lower-priced mass market offerings.Despite the performance of this segment, the maker of bikes and other products for children missed expectations by reporting a 6.4 per cent drop in first-quarter profits to $29.2 million despite higher revenues. It earned 91 cents per share for the period ended March 31. That compared to 94 cents per share or $31.2 million a year earlier.Schwartz noted that the results had to compare with a particularly strong first quarter last year, even though subsequent periods made it a tough year overall for Dorel.“While the start of the year is not equal to last year’s strong first quarter, we have seen continuing improvement over what was a tough 2011.”Overall revenues increased 2.2 per cent to $621.1 million from $607.8 million in the year-ago period.The company was expected to earn $1.08 per share on $636 million of revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Dorel said momentum is returning to its juvenile segment that makes car seats and other child products as the quarterly results were the best in a year.Segment operating profits decreased to $206.7 million from $236.7 million a year ago on flat sales of $269.5 million.Excluding the impact of acquisitions and currency, sales were down four per cent mainly due to declines in the U.S. business, which were nonetheless 10 per cent higher than the fourth quarter.But Schwartz said the segment is moving in the right direction.“We’re more encouraged about our U.S. juvenile business and must continue to work hard to make it better,” he added.Schwartz noted the economies in many European countries are weak and conditions are uncertain following recent elections in France and Greece.The addition of operations in Chile helped Dorel to boost the percentage of juvenile sales outside core bases in North America and Europe to 15 per cent, from 8.5 per cent a year ago.Home furnishing operating profit fell to $5.8 million from $7.8 million last year as revenues decreased five per cent to $130.7 million.Leon Aghazarian of National Bank Financial said the performance of the bikes division was “the only clear positive” in a disappointing quarter.Dorel has some 5,000 employees in 22 countries worldwide.Its juvenile brands include Safety 1st, Quinny, Cosco and Maxi-Cosi, while it sells bikes under the Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose and IronHorse marks.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Dorel’s shares fell 7.5 per cent, losing $2.17 to C$26.63 in Friday afternoon trading. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 11, 2012 3:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Todd Gurley Is In The Right System At The Right Time

L.A. Chargers561710 Lamar Miller1124.42 Atlanta561413 Green Bay77141 N.Y. Jets52240 Arizona66194 Miami7781 N.Y. Giants67234 Denver661311 Cleveland70161 Washington69170 Cincinnati69202 Tennessee53352 Dallas57186 PlayerNo. of carriesyards per carry New England49928 Chicago642010 Pittsburgh61157 Todd Gurley2025.12 Average63177 Houston62340 San Francisco40841 Seattle7795 Gurley is basically the same back he has always been since he came into the league. If you use broken and missed tackles as a proxy for talent,3The ability to break a tackle or make a man miss is one of the few things a running back has some measure of control over in football. you can see that Gurley makes defenders miss when running against six-man fronts far less than expected. He thrives, like most running backs, when he’s allowed to hit open holes and get to the second level relatively unscathed. New Orleans601312 Detroit61105 Kansas City59229 There are other benefits from repeatedly giving the opponent the same look, however, and they affect Gurley’s performance in important ways. When a team can spread a defense out laterally across the field, it opens up the middle and makes running the ball easier. Running backs with at least 20 carries averaged 4.75 yards per carry against six men in the box from 2016 to 2018.2Through Week 6. That’s well over half a yard higher than the average of 4.09 yards per carry when that same group of runners faced seven defenders near the line of scrimmage. Against eight-man fronts, the average gain falls to 3.59. Facing a loaded box makes running much more difficult.McVay is no rube. He likely realizes that if you are going to run in the NFL, you should do so against a light box. Even better, this is something he can control. An offense exerts quite a bit of influence over how many box defenders it faces by how many wide receivers it chooses to deploy. When offenses play three wideouts, NFL defensive coordinators will typically match body type with body type and send a nickel defensive back in to cover the third receiver, leaving six defenders in the box.As a consequence, Gurley has faced more six-man fronts on his carries than any other running back in football since McVay took over as head coach of the Rams. It has paid serious dividends. So far this season, Gurley is crushing it against those fronts, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. But against a neutral seven-man front, he’s been below league average at just 3.7 yards per attempt. Personnel package Todd Gurley is off to one of the hottest starts in NFL history. After rushing for a league-leading 623 yards and nine touchdowns — plus 247 receiving yards and two more TDs through the air — Gurley has accumulated the fifth-most adjusted yards1Adjusted yards are total yards from scrimmage, with touchdowns converted into 17.8 yards. from scrimmage through six games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, joining former Rams greats Marshall Faulk and Eric Dickerson near the top of the list. The Rams are 6-0 on the young season, and Gurley’s breakneck performance is often cited as a catalyst for the team’s success. He has even been in the early discussion for league MVP.But is that really warranted? Does the Rams offense truly run through Gurley, or should we be giving head coach Sean McVay more of the credit?One approach to answering that question is to look at how McVay’s scheme affects Gurley’s performance. So far this year, the Rams have run nearly every offensive play from what is called the “11” personnel: one running back, one tight end and three wide receivers. According to charting from Sports Info Solutions, the Rams have run 95 percent of their offensive plays from this package — 32 percentage points more than the league average of 63 percent. And while heavy utilization of three wide receiver looks isn’t new to McVay — the Rams ran 81 percent of their plays out of “11” in 2017 — 2018 is a massive outlier. McVay appears to have concluded that the deception afforded the offense by lining up with the same personnel package each play is greater than the constraints it places on his play calling. Philadelphia54360 Minnesota62239 Oakland68137 Buffalo642010 Tampa Bay67147 L.A. Rams95%2%0% Carolina59148 Baltimore48261 Indianapolis72183 Melvin Gordon1014.73 The Rams rarely stray from their favorite lookNFL teams by the share of their plays run in each of the three most popular personnel packages, 2018 Gurley thrives when there are fewer defendersNumber of carries and yards per carry against a standard defense of six men in the box, 2017-18 Team11: ONE RB, ONE TE, three WRs12: ONE RB, TWO TEs, TWO WRs21: Two RBs, one TE, two WRs Jacksonville70106 Source: Sports Info Solutions Source: Sports Info Solutions Kareem Hunt1134.91 LeVeon Bell1034.45 So Gurley is the beneficiary, not the proximate cause, of the Rams’ offensive resurgence under McVay. Gurley has been put in a position to succeed and has taken full advantage. Crucially, while the Rams have benefited from being smart in their offensive schemes and decision-making, it’s likely that many teams could emulate them and achieve similar success on the ground. Spreading a defense out and running against a light front is not a particularly novel idea. The commitment shown by running 95 percent of your plays out of a formation that encourages that result, however, is quite innovative. McVay pushes winning edges better than any coach in the NFL — and he, not his running back, is the principal reason that the Rams are currently the toast of the league.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Apple may be forced to stop using the iPhone name in Brazil

first_imgApple is facing a potentially very costly and frustrating trademark battle in Brazil over use of the name iPhone. As it currently stands, Apple does not hold the trademark on iPhone in Brazil, and has just had its request to register it rejected.The reason for the rejection is another company having previously registered the name as a trademark. IGB Electronica applied for the iPhone trademark in the year 2000. It was granted in 2008. In Brazil, whoever applies for a trademark first gets it, but then has to use it within 5 years.Apple plans to contest that since 2008 IGB has not used the iPhone trademark. However, the 5 year deadline ended with 2012, and IGB states it launched the iPhone Neo One Android smartphone in December. If you want one, you have to purchase it directly from the company through its website or from a single shopping location in Sao Paulo at a cost of $304.The bad news for Apple is that if the release of the iPhone Neo One counts as using the brand, and therefore the trademark, IGB will retain the trademark until at least 2018.The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) now has 60 days to respond to Apple’s challenge and give a verdict. If it sides with IGB, then Apple has a choice: stop using the iPhone name for its smartphones in Brazil, or head into a very costly and prolonged legal battle centering around intellectual property rights.Apple has enough money on hand to fight any legal battle, for many years, but this is one it definitely wants to avoid. The fate of the iPhone in Brazil is unclear, but if the INPI decision is unfavorable, Apple may be able to pay IGB in a bid to secure a transfer of the trademark, or at least attain some form of license to use it.last_img read more

Pourquoi le rattaupe nu vitil si longtemps

first_imgPourquoi le rat-taupe nu vit-il si longtemps ?Une recherche tout juste publiée nous en apprend un peu plus sur le rat-taupe nu et sur les secrets de son exceptionnelle longévité. Ce rongeur d’environ 8 cm pour en moyenne 35 g est capable de vivre 30 ans sans que l’on sache vraiment comment.Aussi peu attirant soit-il, le rat taupe nu (Heterocephalus glaber) est un animal remarquable qui fascine depuis des décennies les chercheurs. Pourquoi ? En raison de son étonnante longévité. En effet, cette espèce a une espérance de vie sept fois plus longue que les autres rats et semble vieillir à vitesse ralentie. De plus, il parait immunisé contre plusieurs maladies dont le cancer. Une résistance dont les chercheurs ignorent l’origine. Mais la rat-taupe nu dévoile de plus en plus ses secrets.Selon une étude parue lundi aux États-Unis, cet animal est capable de produire des protéines pratiquement parfaites. C’est ce qui expliquerait qu’il puisse vivre une trentaine d’années. Les chercheurs de l’Université de Rochester à l’origine de cette découverte, soulignent que pour que des protéines soient fonctionnelles, elles doivent tout d’abord prendre la forme qui leur permet de s’intégrer et d’interagir efficacement avec les autres structures cellulaires. Justement, les scientifiques ont découvert que chez le rat-taupe nu, le ribosome qui synthétise ses protéines est unique. Chez ce rongeur, la probabilité pour qu’une protéine contienne une erreur (due à un mauvais assemblage des acides aminés) est ainsi de 40% moins élevée que chez d’autres animaux tels que les souris qui ne vivent que deux ans par exemple. Or, la fabrication de protéines fonctionnelles est cruciale pour le corps car ce sont elles qui lui “permettent de fonctionner plus efficacement”, soulignent les biologistes dans l’étude publiée dans les Compte-rendus de l’académie nationale des sciences (PNAS).Améliorer la synthèse des protéines À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Avec un temps d’erreur moindre dans la fabrication des protéines, l’apparition de dysfonctionnement est bien moins fréquente. D’où la résistance du rat-taupe nu. Pour Vera Gorbunova, co-auteur de l’étude citée par l’AFP, cette étude pourrait ainsi peut-être “encourager d’autres travaux sur des moyens d’améliorer la synthèse des protéines” avec, à terme, un éventuel traitement pour les humains. Cette chercheuse et Andrei Seluanov, autre co-auteur de l’étude n’en sont toutefois pas à leur première découverte concernant le rat-taupe nu. Ils ont déjà présenté il y a trois mois une étude expliquant pourquoi l’animal n’est pas sujet au cancer. Cela est dû à la présence d’acide hyaluronique fortement concentré dans ses cellules.Le 2 octobre 2013 à 09:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK appointed as High Commissioner

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#NASSAU, The Bahamas – October 12, 2017 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Sidney S. Collie as Ambassador of The Bahamas to the United States of America and as Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States. Mr. Ellison E. Greenslade, Former Commissioner of Police, has been appointed as High Commissioner of The Bahamas to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and as Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization.Appointed as Consuls General are Mr. Theo J.P. Neilly to head the Consulate General in Washington, DC; Ms. Astra Armbrister-Rolle to head the Consulate General in Atlanta, GA; Ms. Linda Treco-Mackey to head the Consulate General in Miami, FL; and Mr. Lawrence “Larry” Cartwright to head the Consulate General in New York, NY.Press Release: Bahamas Information Services Recommended for you Related Items:#greenslade, #MagneticNewsMedia, #RoyalBahamasPolice, #ukhighcommission # TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force TCI Govt calls Desarrollos Hotelco Public Meeting, EIA ready Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

High rate of skin cancer found in Puget Sound area

first_imgOLYMPIA — The Washington Health Department says if the Puget Sound region were a state by itself, it would rank fourth in the nation in skin cancer rate.The department says residents should protect themselves from ultraviolet light even on cloudy days.Sunburns in childhood are associated with melanoma later in life. That’s one reason for a law that went into effect this month in Washington, banning kids under 18 from using tanning beds.last_img

Soldiers swim with dolphins in Marathon after bike ride

first_imgMARATHON, FLA. (WSVN) – Some of the nation’s finest capped off a three-day bike ride across South Florida with a swim with dolphins in the Florida Keys. Sunday.Veterans with the Wounded Warrior Project headed out to the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, as captured by the Florida Keys News Bureau.The soldiers and their supporters swam with the aquatic bunch, sharing dolphin kisses, flipper shakes, high-fives and dorsal pulls as they learned behavioral techniques.Jennifer Mackinday, the sister of one of the veterans said she had some trepidation before agreeing to go in the water with the marine mammals, but she cherished the opportunity to spend some quality time with her brother.“I was more reluctant than he was to get in the water and to be with the dolphins,” said Mackinday. “It just shows you how much I need my brother and how far we’ve come to be able to be just brother and sister again and have a good time.”Thousands of wounded veterans participated in the bike ride, which began in Miami on Friday and ended in Key West. It gave them the chance to prove to themselves that nothing can stop them.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Crews respond to brush fire in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A brush fire broke out in Southwest Miami-Dade, Wednesday morning.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene, before 8:30 a.m., near Southwest 167th Avenue and 56th Street.The blaze burned in a wooded area, just across the street from some homes.Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

BNP announces 2day programme on public issues

first_imgBNPBNP on Sunday announced a two-day programme demanding the government ensure fair prices of paddy and clear all the arrears of jute mill workers, reports UNB.As part of the programmes, the party will submit memorandums to deputy commissioners across the country on 21 May while its leaders and activists will form human chains at all the union-level haat-bazaars on 23 May to press for their demands.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.He criticised agriculture minister Abdur Razzaque for ruling out the possibility of raising the government’s food grain procurement prices despite the serious resentment among the farmers over the falling paddy prices.The BNP leader alleged that the government is depriving farmers of fair prices of their produces only to create a scope for ruling party men to make money.He said the farmers are setting fire to their own paddy fields at different parts of the country, including Tangail, Joypurhat and Netrokona, as they have been counting a loss of Tk 300 per maund due to the price fall.Rizvi said though the loan defaulters are getting huge debt waivers and thousands of crores of taka are being plundered in the name of mega projects, the government is depriving the farmers of the fair prices of their crops, let alone giving them subsidy.The BNP leader said the government fixed the procurement rate of per maund paddy at Tk 1,040, but the farmers are being forced to sell the harvest to middlemen at Tk 450 to Tk 500 per maund.”Local Awami league leaders, mill owners and officials concerned are pocketing the rest of the money, depriving farmers.”He urged the government to procure paddy directly from farmers instead of mill owners.About the ongoing movement of workers of the 22 state-run jute mills, he said the workers’ all the demands, including clearing their all arrears and implementing their new pay scale, are justified ones.He urged the government to immediately accept the demands of the jute mill workers.last_img read more