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First Nation and Ontario to remove caribou from wolf infested island

first_imgThe Canadian PressMembers of a First Nation in Ontario say they plan to continue the relocation of an endangered herd of caribou off a remote island where they’re being slaughtered by wolves.The Michipicoten First Nation is working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to move up to nine caribou from Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior to Caribou Island, near the U.S. border, by helicopter as soon as the weather permits.The latest effort comes after the province relocated nine caribou in mid-January to a different location – the Slate Islands.The caribou population on Michipicoten Island had been decimated by wolves that made their way there several years ago using an ice bridge. The ministry feared the entire herd would be wiped out if they didn’t intervene with the move to the nearby Slate Islands.Leo Lepiano, the land resources manager for Michipicoten First Nation, said his community has been pushing the government to create a “backup” population out of fears the caribou on the Slate Islands would also be at risk since there had been at least one wolf on the islands as recently 2016.“We just hope there is enough time to capture the caribou before the wolves get all of them,” Lepiano said.Right now, the weather – snow, wind and low-hanging clouds – is presenting a major obstacle to the relocation effort.Lepiano said crews went out on Tuesday afternoon, during a few hours of clear weather, and only spotted a handful of caribou in an area where the helicopter was unable to land.They also found three caribou in another area, but couldn’t drive the animals out into the open where a crew member in the helicopter could fire a net to trap them, Lepiano said.The caribou population on Michipicoten was considered a conservation success story after the caribou herd grew from eight animals – brought to Michipicoten Island in 1982 – to near 700 before the wolves arrived in either late 2013 or early 2014.Four wolves made the trek across an ice bridge that formed that winter. They have since bred, growing the pack that has been systematically hunting down the caribou. The ministry said the Michipicoten population has dropped to about 100 animals as of last year, mostly due to wolf predation.But the Michipicoten First Nation has suggested the number of caribou had actually dropped to about 30 around mid-January.Caribou Island is owned by an American foundation that has given its permission for the planned relocation. The island sits in the middle of Lake Superior, far from any shore, and is free from predators such as wolves.“It’s so remote that it’s impossible for wolves to get there,” Lepiano said.Jolanta Kowalski, a spokeswoman with the ministry, said the second relocation was the First Nation’s idea, one that she called “prudent.”“It’s another spot where a population could take hold,” Kowalski said.last_img read more

Gambhir Lekhi Bidhuri and Hansraj file nomination papers

first_imgNew Delhi: In the midst of all the hustle that comes on the last day of filing nominations, South Delhi candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party, Ramesh Bidhuri filed his papers for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Delhi on Tuesday with huge crowds of supporters clogging up streets around the Saket District Magistrate’s office.On the same day, BJP’s New Delhi and East Delhi candidates Meenakshi Lekhi and cricketer Gautam Gambhir also filed their nomination papers from their respective constituencies. And with the party announcing Hansraj Hans as its North West Delhi candidate on Tuesday afternoon, he also filed his papers with just hours to spare before the nomination deadline expired. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe saffron party chose to field Bidhuri again this year after he defeated the closest rival in 2014, Col Devinder Sehrawat of AAP by more than one lakh votes. And Congress’ Ramesh Kumar could not even get close to Bidhuri’s count of 4.97 lakh. This time around Bidhuri will go up against AAP’s young gun Rahgav Chadha and Congress’ Olympic medallist Vijender Singh. While Bidhuri does have the upper hand given that both his major opponents are first-timers; it remains to be seen how he will do against Congress’ Singh, who does not need to work hard for voters to know him. Lekhi will be going up against AAP’s Brajesh Goel and veteran Congress leader Ajay Maken in New Delhi; whereas Gambhir will have to prove his worth against Arvinder Singh Lovely (Congress) and Atishi (AAP). Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAll four candidates took out roadshows on their way to filing nomination papers and were joined by several senior party leaders such as Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and Siddharthan. At Bidhuri’s roadshow that was clogging up the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road in Saket, senior BJP leaders who were very happy with the turnout called it a “sea of saffron”. Scores of people lined the road from Saket metro station going towards the DM’s office. Traffic came to a standstill for almost two to three hours. At the roadshow, Bidhuri thanked party workers for their support and said, “I hope for your love and affection in the coming days.” Gambhir was joined by Tiwari who said he was confident that his popularity will make him victorious in East Delhi.last_img read more

UN inspectors to supervise Libyas destruction of chemical weapons stockpile

An inspection team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has arrived in Libya to verify the destruction of Libya’s arms stockpile, spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.The experts will conduct an inventory of all munitions before Libya destroys them in line with its commitments under the Chemical Weapons Convention, which Tripoli ratified earlier this month.Rogelio Pfirter, Director-General of the OPCW, described the destruction as “a very positive step and a confirmation of Libya’s intention to actually get rid of prohibited weapons.”In a statement issued from its headquarters in The Hague, the OPCW said the destruction of the unfilled chemical munitions would be completed by next Friday, when Libya is also scheduled to submit a complete declaration of its chemical weapons stockpile. The OPCW will then form a plan to destroy the remainder of the stockpile and any related facilities. read more

Annan remembers leadership personal warmth of former US President Reagan

In a statement by his spokesman, Fred Eckhard, Mr. Annan extended his condolences to Mr. Reagan’s wife, Nancy, and to the Government and people of the United States. “President Reagan will be remembered for his leadership and resolve during a period of momentous change in world affairs, as well as for the warmth, grace and humour with which he conducted affairs of state,” Mr. Annan said. “The positive and optimistic attitude that he brought to ending long-standing conflicts led to historic agreements on the reduction of nuclear arms as well as advances in peace processes in different parts of the world.” Mr. Reagan, who died Saturday, served as US President from January 1981 to January 1989. read more

Yemen Amid spike in casualties UN relief official says civilians bearing brunt

“These incidents prove the complete disregard for human life that all parties, including the Saudi-led Coalition, continue to show,” Jamie McGoldrick, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, stated Thursday.Denouncing “this absurd war,” he said the conflict has only resulted in the destruction of the country and” the incommensurate suffering of its people, who are being punished as part of a futile military campaign by both sides.”Initial reports from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) indicate that on 26 December, airstrikes on a crowded popular market in Al Hayma sub-district in Attazziah district, in Yemen’s war-ravaged central Taiz Governorate, resulted in at least 54 civilians killed, including eight children, and 32 others injured including six children. During the past days, residential areas in Al Hayma villages, including a health unit occupied by internally displaced persons, have been subject to a full blockade by the de facto authorities and indiscriminate shelling that resulted in casualties among the residents and displacement of many families to safer areas.Also on 26 December, an airstrike on a farm in Attohayta District, Al Hudaydah Governorate resulted in the killing of 14 people from the same family. These new victims are in addition to 84 civilian casualties reported in the last 10 days, including 41 people killed, and 43 people injured by airstrikes in several governorates throughout Yemen.“I remind all parties to the conflict, including the Saudi-led Coalition, of their obligations under International Humanitarian Law to spare civilians and civilian infrastructure and to always distinguish between civilian and military objects,” said Mr. McGoldrick.He noted that the Yemen conflict has hit the grim 1,000-day mark. Civilians have borne the brunt of the fighting, and “I once again remind all parties that it has no military solution. There can only be a political solution.” read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 12 June 2015

DOWNLOAD1.     Osborne sets out Britain’s key demands on EU reform2.     Vote on TTIP resolution postponed3.     China overshadows EU in Latin America4.     DG Move – interim evaluation of the road safety policy framework 2011 – 20205.     Leaked eurozone blueprint – timid call for integration6.     Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Stalker jailed for falsely accusing parents of cooking babies was invited to

She claimed devil worship, child rape and murder was taking place at the primary school in Hampstead in north London as pat of cult of at least 100 members. The satanic cult also met at the local swimming baths and at a branch of McDonald’s restaurant, McNeill claimed.   Sabine McNeill, 74, destroyed the lives of four families after leading a campaign against them over false and bizarre claims they were at the centre of a satanic, cannibalism cult. An ‘evil’ stalker jailed for falsely accusing primary school parents of cooking babies and eating them was invited to give testimony to the national child sex abuse inquiry, The Telegraph has been told. The families she targeted were forced to change… read more

Ruby Backdam murder trial Gunshot injuries to head killed victim –

As the murder trial of former Policeman Ruel Brandon continued today (Monday), Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh took the stand before the 12-member jury at the High Court in Georgetown. The veteran Pathologist confirmed that the deceased man, Davonan Sookram died from gunshot injuries to the head.Murder accused: Ruel BrandonDr Singh, who performed the Post Mortem Examination (PME) highlighted that bullet entered the front of the head and exited through the back of the head. The Prosecution’s witness also confirmed that wounds were circular in nature. He said too that there was bleeding inside the brain and observed that the body was bloated at the time of his examination.  Based on the state of decomposition, Dr Singh estimated that Sookram would have died between 36-48 hours.Deceased: Davonan SookramSookram’s decomposed body was found on July 31, 2015 in an area along Ruby Backdam, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), with two bullet wounds to the head. Reports back then stated that the defendant; Brandon, collected Sookram from his home and the man was not seen again. However, the former law enforcement rank has pleaded not guilty to the capital offence.On Thursday last, a 12-member jury was empaneled before a High Court judge to hear the case.  The former policeman is represented by Defence Counsel Nigel Hughes while State Counsels Siand Dhurjon, Shawnette Austin and Lisa Cave are presenting the prosecution’s case. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBREAKING: Former cop freed of Ruby Back Dam murder chargeJuly 26, 2017In “Court”UPDATE: Korner Kick Manager’s gunshot wound was not self-inflicted- PoliceJanuary 10, 2018In “Crime”Father, son found guilty of killing neighbour over land disputeApril 12, 2019In “Court” read more

President Granger thanks ministers nation for support

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAnna Catherina Islamic Council honours President, PMJune 7, 2015In “Business”President Granger confers Order of Roraima on Barbados PMMay 26, 2016In “latest news”PM Nagamootoo “discharged and recovering well” – MotPFebruary 20, 2018In “latest news” President David Granger has expressed his profound gratitude to his Cabinet members, staff and the rest of the nation for their support, prayers and well wishes for his complete recovery, at a welcome home and prayer ceremony hosted, this morning, at State House.“Thank you for your expressions of concern over the last three weeks… Throughout that time, I received greetings from you all and from other well-wishers and, more than the greetings, prayers and I am truly grateful,” he said.President David Granger at the Prayer Ceremony earlier todayThe President also expressed gratitude to Prime Minister, Mr Moses Nagamootoo and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Carl Greenidge for continuing to govern seamlessly, during his absence.Meanwhile, in his remarks, Prime Minister Nagamootoo said that the nation was pleased to welcome the President back home and assured him that his Cabinet and members of the National Security Committee worked to ensure that the country continued to be governed well in his absence.“We have never been more cohesive, more purposeful, than we have been in these last few weeks,” he said.The service, which was organised by Minister of Social Protection, Ms Amna Ally, also included the recitation of prayers by Central Islamic Organisation’s Director of Education, Shaikh Moeen-ul-Hack; Representative of the Guyana Pandit Ubraj Narine and Full Gospel Assemblies of God, Pastor Winston McGowan. read more

1821 restaurant to open in Sydney

first_imgAvid east coast foodies have something to look forward to, with a new restaurant coming to Sydney’s CBD. The latest brainchild of Jim Kospetas, 1821 will take the place of his former Vault Hotel in Martin Place.Mr Kospetas has confirmed the opening will take place early next year after delays were experienced due to heritage issues, with the building dating back in the 1800s. “We had applications approved by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage quite a while ago, but then as we kept working we decided to do some more changes internally. “When it comes to buildings of National Trust, for every little change you make you have to get approvals. We were caught up in all the paper pushing, but there is no one to blame. It’s just the way it is here in Australia,” explains Kospetas.The restaurateur hopes the launch will coincide with the Greek national holiday of 25 March, from which the restaurant took its name.“I consider 1821 to be the most significant date of Greek heritage as it was the first year of the Greek War of Independence after 400 years of occupation. I thought it was very fitting to do something to commemorate that year,” he tells Neos Kosmos.The menu, designed by renowned chef David Tsirekas, is expected to be a fusion of classic products in their purest form and modern Greek cuisine. Tsirekas was behind the kitchen doors of popular restaurants Perama and Xanthi. “We want to keep it simple and make it amazing, by taking the simplest form of peasant food from the Greek horia and kind of refining it to the level of dining,” says Kospetas, adding that Tsirekas has just come back from a six-week journey in Greece, where he visited remote areas and small villages, gathering ideas and observing the trends.Aside from the main dining room, 1821 features a private dining area located on the mezzanine floor and a high-end vodka bar in the basement.Kospetas gives us an idea of what the decoration will be like, revealing he is in the final stages of an agreement with interior designer Dimitri Oikonomou. Oikonomou owns an Athens-based firm and is known for executing projects in clubs and restaurants in Mykonos, Santorini and Crete.“The final feel is going to be neoclassical. I wanted to take 1821 a bit further and I had heard about Oikonomou, so I decided to go to Greece to meet him.“I’m just trying to cover the whole spectrum of what Greeks can do, after all, it’s better to put some good news out.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

How will Liverpool keep Mo Salah

first_imgThere have been numerous rumours going around lately of a possible Salah transfer, most of them pointing at Real Madrid and some at Barca. However, Liverpool do not plan on giving up on their Egyptian star so easy.Salah has been able to score 36 goals in total while playing at home this season, which leads Real Madrid to believe he is going to be more than a precious addition to their squad as they are planning on rebuilding the team during the summer transfer window. They might be able to offer him a deal of the likes of 200,000 pounds per week, according to BirminghamLive.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…However, a report states that “Salah, unlike Philippe Coutinho who was desperate to join Barcelona, will not be tempted to join the Brazilian in La Liga,” the Egyptian himself has confirmed earlier this season that the Premier League is enjoyable for him and it suits his playstyle.Salah has also shared to his friends that he wants to prove himself in the Premier League, which leads Liverpool to believe that nothing really special needs to be done to keep their star – he wants to stay by himself.last_img read more

Earthquake Week two Caribbean countries record quakes

first_img Recommended for you Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTrinidad and Tobago, January 9, 2017 – Days before the seventh anniversary of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake that rocked Port Au Prince and the world, the DDME says it is Earthquake Awareness Week.   Coincidentally, on Sunday, Trinidad and Tobago recorded a 4.3 magnitude earthquake. There was no report of injury or destruction by BarbadosToday online and last Wednesday, the Dominican Republic also recorded a regional earthquake at 3.8 on the Richter scale.#MagneticNewsMedia Related Items:#earthquakesrocksT&T, #MagneticNewsMediacenter_img Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAlast_img read more

Budget Cut Not Intended to Harm Commissary Benefit DOD Says

first_imgMilitary grocery operations would suffer a $221 million cut under the department’s fiscal 2017 budget request, but the Pentagon’s top financial officer said the proposal would not lower the commissary benefits enjoyed by military families.“This year’s proposal is a different proposal,” Comptroller Mike McCord told reporters Tuesday. “A more modest proposal financially that only tries to get savings out of the business end, does not touch the benefits. So, that’s different in an important way, I think from the troops’ perspective to last year,” McCord said.Last year, the department proposed slashing the Defense Commissary Agency’s budget by $322 million in FY 2016 — out of a total allocation of $1.4 billion — and $1 billion in FY 2017, but lawmakers restored much of that funding for the current year. The proposed cuts would have been accommodated by reducing days of operation and operating hours, laying off staff and closing some stores.Officials, however, have not said how the cut proposed for FY 2017 what affect commissary operations. A source told Army Times the $200 million reduction could be the result of various operational changes carried out by the Defense Commissary Agency; for example, the agency is saving $40 million annually through a new means of supplying produce to stores in the Pacific.“As long as it’s not affecting the benefit and they’ve made some efficiencies that reduce the [federal subsidy], we wouldn’t have any problem. But we’d like to see where the money is coming from,” the source said.Stars and Stripes suggested the savings may result from plans to close a handful of European stores this year.The Pentagon isn’t the only stakeholder looking to trim the taxpayer subsidy supporting military grocery stores. The FY 2016 defense authorization bill requires DOD to submit a plan by March 1 to operate the commissaries without federal dollars by FY 2018, while maintaining the customer benefit — an average savings for military families of about 30 percent over off-base groceries. The legislation allows the department to try out new approaches for meeting that objective. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

AP Grama Sachivalayam exams to begin from September 1

first_imgAmaravati: The Panchayati Raj Commissioner Girija Shankar said the applications for the recruitment of prestigious Grama/Ward Sachivalayam posts had received tremendous response all over. Speaking to media on Tuesday, Girija Shankar said that 1,33,000 Grama Sachivalayam posts would be filled across the state and 22.73 lakh candidates applied for these jobs. The last date for the online submission of the application has closed by Sunday (August 11). Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us She said after completing the retirement, 11 members staff would be working in each village secretariat and about 31,000 candidates are recruited from the municipal department. Girija Shankar said that the examinations for the retirement of Grama/Ward Sachivalayam jobs will commence from September 1 and will continue for a week. She clarified that the questionnaire is available in two languages, and technical subject papers will remain in only English medium. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us On the first day, nearly 12,50,000 candidates are expected to attend the exam, for which 6,000 test centers are arranged across the state. She said CCTV and video coverage would be taken to prevent any malpractices at the exam center. Municipal department commissioner Vijayakumar said the exams for the recruitment for village Sachivalayam posts are conducted in alliance with Municipal and Panchayati Raj departments. Advertise With Us He said already 10 percent weightage is given to the employees working in various departments and candidates are told to reside wherever they get the posting. The village/wards will be allocated based on the preferences of the candidates. The hall tickets can be downloaded from August 22nd. The 150 questions will carry 150 marks, and Negative marks process is also implemented. For every four incorrect answers, the candidate will lose one mark. Vijay Kumar has warned that if anyone cheats candidates regarding the posts, then the criminal cases will be filed against them.last_img read more

108MM Awarded to Baltimore 2018 Youth Fund

first_imgBy Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFROThe inaugural grantees for Baltimore’s Children and Youth Fund have been announced. 84 organizations have been selected to share the Fund’s first allocation of $10.8 million after several months of community-driven review.“After a thorough and transparent process, I am excited for all the grant recipients and for all the children this fund is designed to help,” said City Council chair Bernard C. “Jack” Young.Baltimore Community Children & Youth Fund community design session (Courtesy Photo/BCYF)The Children and Youth fund received 487 applications for its first round of funding, asking for more than $75 million from organizations serving children and youth across the city.  Associated Black Charities was selected to oversee the review and allocation process.Diane Bell-McCoy, CEO of Associated Black Charities, said grant reviewers were selected from the community and applications were reviewed based on the priorities of strengthening the village; fostering authentic youth leadership, empowerment and self-actualization and building sustainable bridges to educational and economic advancement opportunities and business ownership.“We went through a community driven process to finally reach the point where we are ready to issue grant rewards,” Bell told the AFRO.Funding will be awarded to recipients this month. A total of $ 9.6 million is earmarked for direct allocations. Another $800,000 will be used for technical assistance and capacity building. Organizations selected who are new to the grant funding process will be given support in best fiscal practices and subject matter support.“Technical assistance and capacity building were core values from the community,” said McCoy.The 2018 Youth Fund Inaugural Awardees are: The ACE Project Beautiful Butterflies, Inc. Beadly Speaking Urban Alliance Foundation Afrikan Youth Alchemy Inc (AYA Inc.) 13thGirl Foundation A Revolutionary Summer Baltimore Clayworks Youth As Resources Lakeland STEAM Center Team Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation Creative Nomads, Ltd William Tipper Thomas Foundation, Inc. Leveling the Playing Field Women of Distinction Ensemble CASA de Maryland, Inc. Unique Fabrics Sewing Program for Women & Girls Camp Farthest Out, Incorporated (CFO) Civic Works, Inc. Conscious Heads Barbershop Roberta’s House Inc. Sisters-In-Law, Incorporated Strong City Baltimore Demi Music LLC Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Inc. Eden 2 Project I CAN Y in Central Maryland Maryland Book Bank Heart’s Place Services, Inc. Baltimore City Community College Foundation, Inc. Wide Angle Youth Media The Ryan Institute, LLC FLY (Fearlessly Loving Yourself) Guardian Dance Company KaBOOM! Rho Tau Lambda Foundation, Inc. The African Diaspora Alliance The Baltimore Child First Authority, Inc. Challenge 2 Change, Inc. DewMore Baltimore Led Ladies House of Ruth Maryland, Inc. Friends of Carroll Park Village Learning Place Money Talks Baltimore, LLC Muse 360 Inc Youth Resiliency Institute Baltimore Youth Arts Innovation Echo Alliance (IEA) Omega Baltimore Foundation, Inc. Baltimore Children’s Museum (dba Port Discovery Children’s Museum) Friends of Garrett park Stand Up Baltimore Free for All Baltimore, Inc. Humble Beast Movement, LLC (HBM) Sisters Inspiring Others To Achieve (SIOTA) Poised Muslim Social Services Agency Cultured Pearls of Service, Inc. Soccer Without Borders Kindred Community Healing Strength to Love II Farm No Boundaries Coalition, INC The 6th Branch Nu Season Nu Day Church & Ministries, Inc. Communities United AZIZA/PE&CE Fight Blight Bmore (FBB) Beyond The Natural Foundation, Inc. (BTNF) The Martial Club of Baltimore St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, Inc. United Workers Association St. Francis Neighborhood Center Corporation (SFNC) Building Arts And Minds, Inc ( BAAM ) Adelante Latina! Milton Avenue Improvement Association Baltimore Urban Baseball Association (B.U.B.A.) You Make A Difference STEMMA Corporation PeacePlayers International Youth Empowered Society Intersection of Change, Inc.last_img read more

Human vs Machine Blue Collar Tech Startups Side With Humans

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 9 min read March 14, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There’s a problem with Silicon Valley.With a culture that emphasizes disrupting entire industries through automation, tech startups often forget to consider their impact on workers. In creating 1,000 jobs in Silicon Valley, many startups may very well be destroying 10,000 jobs elsewhere. They increase inequality, and most worryingly, if you extend the trend lines far enough, it’s a dead end. What happens when all industries have been “disrupted” and all jobs have been automated away?Every company performs economic arbitrage when they decide between investing in a technology solution or investing in their workforce. Startups can tip the balance of that arbitrage in one direction or the other, depending on if they focus on improving the productivity of the technology or the labor.Before studying construction management at Stanford, I spent summers working on residential construction sites. During this time I noticed a disconnect between the challenges faced by the workers in the field and the construction technology being developed. Most of the technology focused on helping the architect or the engineer. There was little effort to support the craftsman on site.As a result, the way construction projects are designed has gone through considerable innovation, while the way projects are executed has not. Many tasks performed onsite by foremen and crews are still done in the same manner they were completed more than 30 years ago: with paper, email, and phone calls. This includes scheduling assignments, updating blueprints, sharing punch lists, and planning walkthroughs and inspections.I began to wonder: Why are we automating skilled blue-collar jobs away before we’ve reached the full potential of human capability? That’s what I had in mind when I started Fieldwire, a technology company designed to empower construction laborers and craftsmen by helping them do their jobs more efficiently, rather than replace them.Advantages of technology for blue-collar workers.Many industries have failed to recognize the potential of the blue-collar workforce, opting for automated replacements. Although robots are easier to train and manage, they lack the adaptability that is critical to many sectors such as construction. Tech can be designed to obviate automation by maximizing human productivity. Emerging technologies can help companies improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and increase value.Related: 3 Reasons Why You Should Go into Project ManagementOnly 30 percent of a craftsman’s day is spent building, or “wrench time” as its called in the construction industry. The remainder is consumed by tasks such as data entry, paperwork and gathering equipment, which generate little value. One study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology concluded the construction industry wastes $15.8 billion each year because of a lack of efficient information management systems for exchanging and accessing data. Construction teams often transition back and forth between paper-based and electronic systems, leading to redundant labor costs for companies. As a result, management teams on construction sites must repeatedly verify that all parties have the same information.Image credit: FieldwireBy developing tech that supports blue-collar workers in their daily work, we can reduce the need to perform tedious administrative tasks and help more projects get completed on time and on budget.The importance of blue-collar jobs.Historically, blue-collar workers have benefited little from innovation in the digital space. While the personal computer and internet have revolutionized white-collar office work, the impact on labor and craft jobs has been minimal. In fact, over the last 30 years productivity has increased in nearly every industry, yet it has declined in the construction sector. According to research by McKinsey, productivity has nearly doubled in the manufacturing sector but has remained flat in construction.Related: 4 Methods to Increase Employee ProductivityImage credit: McKinsey & CompanyBlue-collar jobs serve a critical role in society. They are good paying opportunities with a low entry barrier and strong growth potential. These positions are the bedrock of a healthy middle class and balanced economy. Unfortunately, these jobs have progressively lost competitiveness which has created an economic incentive for companies to outsource or automate them. We have already witnessed this in the manufacturing sector, and now construction jobs are being threatened by new technologies like assembly line-built homes and self-driving excavators.By bringing technological leverage directly to the end user, blue-collar tech companies are proving you can improve worker productivity and preserve jobs, while also creating a more profitable business.The mobile revolution empowers individual workers.Mobile tech has brought online connectivity to people across the globe. It’s convenient for consumers on the go, but it’s also a revolution that benefits individuals who spend most of the day working with their hands.The mobile revolution didn’t happen on purpose. Companies didn’t seek to equip their field workers with mobile phones and tablets; it happened naturally as mobile technology became ubiquitous. This created a platform to distribute products directly to the end user as opposed to doing it through the CIO. Just like the mobile app stores created a gigantic market by allowing developers to directly compete for consumers’ attention, they’ve also enabled the blue collar worker to pick the technology they feel is the most helpful for their day-to-day work. Workers no longer need to use the tech chosen by a disconnected office executive.Related: When to Upgrade From IT Staff to CIOBlue collar jobs are often viewed as cost centers by companies despite being most directly responsible for generating value. This perception by decision-makers, who frequently are far removed from the daily activities of construction sites, is why most companies invest conservatively in technology to improve construction labor efficiencies. With mobile products distributed through a freemium model, blue collar workers are able to adopt the technology without additional cost, validate the benefits, and communicate the value to their management.Blue-collar tech in construction.At Fieldwire, we have seen firsthand how digital technology can help construction workers be more efficient. The project team responsible for the expansion of the Moscone Center, San Francisco’s largest convention complex, was able to coordinate over 350 workers across 60 different companies using our task management software. The $550 million project faced two significant challenges. First, the unique layout of the Moscone Center meant there were long distances between the offices and field site. This could have led to lost time by workers needing to travel back and forth between locations to share information.Second, sections of the Moscone Center were still being used while the renovations were taking place, meaning construction periods had to be reserved around convention dates. Delays or setbacks could have impacted the dates of events that had been booked years in advance. Craig Hartman, senior partner at the architectural design firm SOM, told the San Francisco Business Times, “It’s almost a chess game of moving parts in order to keep things in operation and keep things operating well. We cannot remove existing meeting space below grade until we build new space to accommodate that.”Teams onsite were able to communicate and share drawings, files, and tasks while working in different areas. Most importantly, they were able to reduce excess work and complete the second phase of the project on time.Related: The 5 Biggest Reasons Projects FailOur company isn’t the only startup focused on building technology to support blue collar workers. It’s a competitive space, especially in the massive construction industry — which accounts for nearly 10 percent of the GDP in most countries.Serious Labs produces virtual reality simulation for workforce education in the industrials sector. The company aims to improve worker safety and productivity by helping companies provide hands-on training. Their VR technology helps workers gain experience and know-how to handle job-site hazards through a combination of game-based learning and personal evaluation. Last year Serious Labs developed a crane simulator to allow construction crew members become certified in crane operation without tying up company equipment.Safesite is another startup building technology to support the blue collar workforce. The company provides a safety management platform so teams on construction sites and other high risk industries can notify each other of safety hazards. With Safesite, companies can save money on worker compensation costs. The mobile technology improves productivity by preventing workplace injuries and streamlining safety inspection compliance. Safesite has been used by construction companies on multi-million dollar projects such as the expansion of the Los Angeles metro rail system to the LAX airport.Tech can increase worker efficiency and preserve jobs, too.According to the Commercial Construction Index, 60 percent of construction contractors had trouble finding skilled workers in the third quarter of 2017. With a labor shortage, employers have an incentive to find solutions with a relatively low labor intensity, which is not good for blue collar workers. One-third of the contractors surveyed reported a high concern over the cost of skilled labor, while more than one-half reported moderate concern.Image credit: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index – 2017 Q4Image credit: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index – 2017 Q4By improving the productivity and expanding the skillset of workers, blue collar technology startups help employers by increasing jobsite efficiency and reducing the cost of labor output. In the long run, these companies provide workers with greater job security by making automated alternatives to labor less attractive.Related: The 5 Most Successful Work Environments (and the 5 Worst)A study at Oxford University predicts 47 percent of jobs in developed countries will be replaced by computers or robots in the next two decades. This trend could have profound economic and social consequences. A healthy economy requires a robust middle class. It is critical for the prosperity of nations that technology is utilized in a responsible manner that supports working class jobs. In a diversified labor market, not everyone can be a computer programmer.Understanding construction workers has been an integral part of developing our product at Fieldwire. Our customers know best what they need to be effective, and we are constantly speaking with them to learn about their logistical bottlenecks. In addition, we have made a concerted effort to recruit team members with experience working in the construction sector. Ultimately, we believe we can revolutionize a traditional industry and bring it into the 21st century by reexamining how work is done.What would the future economy look like if more startups did the same? Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

Wintons rescue of Jewish children revealed after 50 years

first_imgFILE – A Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 photo from files of the then 105 year-old Sir Nicholas Winton waiting to be decorated with the highest Czech Republic’s decoration, The Order of the White Lion at the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic. Winton, a humanitarian who almost single-handedly saved more than 650 Jewish children from the Holocaust, earning himself the label “Britain’s Schindler,” has died. He was 106. The Rotary Club of Maidenhead, of which he was former president, said Winton died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, with his daughter Barbara and two grandchildren at his side. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility LONDON (AP) — “Is there anyone in our audience tonight who owes their life to Nicholas Winton?” asked the presenter of the popular BBC magazine program “That’s Life”.Around the elderly man, sitting with his wife in the front row of the audience, more than 30 people got to their feet. The man stood to acknowledge them, wiping tears from his eyes.It was 1988, some 50 years since young stockbroker Nicholas Winton found himself in Prague as the Nazis marched on Czechoslovakia and all around him Jewish parents desperately looked for a means of escape, if not for themselves then at least for their children. The children from Prague were among some 10,000 mostly Jewish children who made it to Britain on what were known as the Kindertransports (children’s transports). Few of them would see their parents again.Though many more children were saved from Berlin and Vienna, those operations were better-organized and better-financed. Winton’s operation was unique because he worked almost alone.“Maybe a lot more could have been done, but much more time would have been needed, much more help would have been needed from other countries, much more money would have been needed, much more organization,” Winton later said.He also acknowledged that not all the children who made it to Britain were well-treated in their foster homes, and some foster parents used them as cheap domestic servants. He also faced criticism in some quarters for placing Jewish children with Christian families.“I wouldn’t claim that it was 100 percent successful, but I would claim that everybody who came over was alive at the end of the war,” he said, quoted in the book “Into the Arms of Strangers.”After the story came to light, Winton’s wife Grete persuaded him to talk about what had happened, and many of the children — now parents and grandparents themselves — contacted him to thank him for saving their lives. Among the well-known people saved by Winton were American scientist Ben Abeles, British film director Karel Reisz and Canadian journalist Joe Schlesinger. Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories Returning to Britain and finding there was no one working on the problem of how to get the children out, Winton borrowed the headed paper of the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia and underneath typed the words “Children’s Section.”He approached the British government, and eventually got a promise that it would let the children in, provided he had a foster home arranged for each of them, and upon payment of a guarantee — the substantial sum of 50 pounds per child.He drew up lists of some 6,000 suitable children, publishing their photographs to try to encourage British families to agree to take them. He arranged trains from Prague to the Netherlands, ferries to take the children across the North Sea.Eight trains and one plane carried 669 children to Britain in the months before the outbreak of war. The largest evacuation was scheduled for Sept. 3, 1939, the day Britain declared war on Germany. That train never left, and almost none of the 250 children trying to flee that day survived the war.“At the time, everybody said, ‘Isn’t it wonderful what you’ve done for the Jews? You saved all these Jewish people,’” Winton said. “When it was first said to me, it came almost as a revelation because I didn’t do it particularly for that reason. I was there to save children.” A film about his heroism by Slovak director Matej Minac, “Nicholas Winton — The Power of Good,” won an International Emmy Award in 2002. Minac made a second documentary, “Nicky’s Family”, in 2011.Winton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 and also honored in the Czech Republic. A statue of Winton stands at Prague’s central station — candles and flowers surrounded it on Thursday — while a statue commemorating the children of the Kindertransport is a popular sight at London’s Liverpool Street Station. He continued to attend Kindertransport events in Britain and the Czech Republic well beyond his 100th birthday.Winton served in the Royal Air Force during the war and continued to support refugee organizations. After the war, he became involved in numerous other charitable organizations, especially in his home town of Maidenhead, west of London. He was president of the Maidenhead branch of the learning disability charity Mencap for more than 40 years until his death, and worked with the Abbeyfields organization to set up homes for the elderly in the town — two of which are named Nicholas House and Winton House.A keen fencer who lost his chance to compete at the Olympics because of the outbreak of war, Winton worked with his younger brother Bobby to found the Winton Cup, still Britain’s main team fencing competition. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Quick workouts for men Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   Top Stories Winton’s wife died in 1999. He is survived by his son Nicholas and daughter Barbara.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Virtually single-handedly, Winton saved more than 650 of those children from almost certain death in the Holocaust. But he didn’t talk about it for decades, until his wife discovered documents in their attic that revealed the story and for the first time allowed the rescued children to know and thank their savior.“There are all kinds of things you don’t talk about, even with your family,” Winton said later. “Everything that happened before the war actually didn’t feel important in the light of the war itself.”Winton’s death Wednesday at the age of 106 brought tributes from leaders and Jewish groups in Britain, the Czech Republic and Israel.“In a world plagued by evil and indifference, Winton dedicated himself to saving the innocent and the defenseless. His exceptional moral leadership serves as an example to all humanity,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday.“Winton knew how to correctly read the harsh reality and chose to leave his comfortable life and follow the voice of his conscience,” added Avner Shalev, chairman of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.The story of Winton’s exploits led former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to dub him “Britain’s Schindler”, in reference to the German businessman Oskar Schindler, who famously saved Jewish lives during the war. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Disciplinary hearing for school bullies called off

first_imgThe three prefects from Voortrekker High School in Pietermaritzburg who are believed to be the masterminds behind the initiation rituals and the abuse meted out to a Ladysmith boy will not have an internal disciplinary hearing.It is believed this is because there are too many witnesses and victims who have come forward, and for the school to hear from each of them would mean that the hearing would run past the end of the school year.  Rather, the three boys have been stripped of their prefect status, they may no longer take part in any school sport or social activity, and they have been removed from the school’s boarding establishment. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Ladysmith boy who was attending the school had third degree burns on his buttocks from where the prefects had branded him with a steam iron. The wound went untreated for weeks. The mother of this pupil brought the sadistic nature of the initiation rituals to light.The mother is still pursuing criminal charges against the prefects for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The Department of Education and the police are still investigating.Related stories:Silence broken about initiation abuseLadysmith boy tortured at Maritzburg schoollast_img read more

Confidence Slips Among Homeowners Buyers

first_img Affordability Buyers Homebuyers homeowners homes HOUSING mortgage Prices rates Sellers Starter Home valueinsured 2018-05-21 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News May 21, 2018 553 Views Homeowners, especially millennials looking to upgrade from their current homes, are increasingly losing confidence in the affordability of the housing market according to the latest quarterly Modern Homebuyer Survey by ValueInsured.The survey’s housing confidence index dropped 4.9 points to 62 from the first quarter of 2018 with homeowners and buyers reporting a sizeable drop in confidence. The survey revealed that while homeowner confidence dropped five points to 69.3, non-homeowners reported a 5.7 points drop in confidence to 54.7. Among all homeowners, millennials reported the largest drop in confidence, the survey indicated.While the desire to own a home remains high, the survey found that 67 percent of the respondents believed that the American housing market was unhealthy. The number of respondents who believed that buying a home was a secure and smart investment dropped to 52 percent during the quarter.“This is a pivotal time with rising prices and rates weighing heavily on consumers,” said Joe Melendez, CEO, and Founder of ValueInsured. “Flat to declining home sales volume indicates sellers and buyers are not exactly jumping in with both feet. More of them could be moved off the sidelines if perceived security and confidence in home buying could be restored.”Affordability was the topmost concern among homeowners and buyers. The survey found that confidence in being able to afford a home had dropped 11 points for homeowners wanting to sell and then upgrade to a new home. For first-time homebuyers, confidence in their ability to afford a home fell 13 points. While 59 percent believed that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage would reach 5 percent by 2019, only 42 percent of millennial first-time homebuyers believed that a home they bought now would be worth more by the end of 2019.“Housing confidence–as do home prices–goes up and down, but what’s noteworthy now is the decline among homeowners, in particular millennials,” Melendez noted. “Many are stuck in homes they have outgrown and cannot upgrade, which explains the inventory shortage we see at the starter-home level.”The survey found that optimism among potential home sellers was also declining with 61 percent homeowners saying that the housing market was heading in a good direction, down from 78 percent in the last quarter.center_img Confidence Slips Among Homeowners, Buyers Sharelast_img read more

Urban Meyer explains the downside of the phrase hes got potential

first_imgAnd Urban Meyer explained the downside of all that unproven talent to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer:“After you’ve been here six months if you’re tagged with the term, ‘you have a lot of potential,’ that’s really a bad thing. That means you’re not very good, but you should be.“And I do see that.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Ohio State is reloading after a highly successful three-year run, with most of the corps of a team that posted an undefeated regular season, a national championship, a Big Ten championship and a Fiesta Bowl victory moving on to NFL pay days.Perhaps no position group enters the fall with less experience than the wide receiver corps. Unless you count running back/hybrid players Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson as wide receivers, the leading returning Buckeye pass-catcher is, uh, nobody.Ohio State’s receivers room is filled with guys that were highly recruited that can run, jump and catch, but not many guys that have done it in a game.last_img read more