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Man released from hospital after house collapses

first_imgA labourer who was injured after the house he was working on reportedly collapsed, was released from hospital on Thursday. Agaffi Obermuller, a resident of Lot 15 Ogle, East Coast of Demerara (ECD) resides nearby to the collapsedAgaffi Obermullerbuilding, which is also located in the same community.The 23-year-old father of one, who was appointed as a plumber, was working on the building when it suddenly collapsed. As such, he was pinned by a concrete beam. At that time of the building collapse, three other workers were present at the construction site; however, Obermuller was the only one who sustained injuries. The injured man was rescued from beneath the debris and taken to hospital where his injuries were treated. On Thursday, he was released and sent home.The Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) has since filed an investigation into the structural integrity of the building and the conditions which led to the collapse.last_img read more

Valencia mall has big plan

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – While smaller by a third than originally conceived, the owners of Westfield Valencia Town Center plan to expand the mall to 1.3 million square feet and build more parking for shoppers. The company is mum about new retail and restaurant tenants, but Macy’s girth would increase by one-third. “For us it is beyond exciting,” said Carrie Rogers, the city’s economic development manager. “Some of the retailers Westfield is pursing have been on the city’s list of highly desirable stores for the last couple of years.” Roughly 30 new shops and five restaurants are designed to cater to an upwardly mobile population whose annual median household income is $94,300. Teen and young-adult shops and higher-end stores are among the offerings. The mall is nearly 100 percent leased now. “It isn’t rocket science … our residents make a lot of money and they like to spend it shopping, dining and through entertainment,” Rogers said. Sears and J.C. Penney would remain as is, as would the food court, but two multilevel parking garages would be built on the periphery, said Aimee Schwimmer, an associate planner for the city. Talk of improvements during the past two years generally called for adding 600,000 square feet of floor space, but the number was later trimmed to 400,000. A food court expansion in 2001 marked the mall’s last growth spurt and hungry shoppers need more places to spend money, the Australian-based company says. “(We are) expanding to meet the needs of our Santa Clarita Valley customers and community,” Catharine Dickey, a Westfield spokeswoman, said in an e-mail Tuesday. “(We) need new space to accommodate new retailers and restaurants who wish to enter the Santa Clarita Valley market.” Dickey said the cost of the project will not be disclosed until the plan is finalized. In the fall, Westfield completed a 600,000-square-foot enlargement of its Topanga mall – for a total of 1.6 million square feet – making it the largest mall in the San Fernando Valley. The company invested $330 million into that project, its most ambitious yet. The shopping mecca, which boasts a three-story Nordstrom, Cole-Haan, Burberry, Michael Kors, lures high-end Santa Clarita shoppers. Valencia’s add-on would rise from the existing parking lot. Some surface slots would remain – spaces overall would grow from 2,893 to 5,407 – and the garages would spiral up to five levels. Macy’s plans to add 50,000 square feet of floor space to today’s 145,000 feet. Other shops would be free-standing, giving the mall an open-air flavor. The mall is a significant tax engine for the city. Of the $83.4 million general fund budgeted over the next 12 months beginning last July, $32.3 million is expected from sales tax, said Gina Schuchard, the city’s finance manager. The proposal could come before the Santa Clarita Planning Commission in May, Schwimmer said. Westfield owns the mall in partnership with LNR Property, of which The Newhall Land and Farming Company is a subsidiary. No new anchor stores are contemplated, and once the plan is approved it could take 18 months to two years to construct. In part, shake-ups in the retail world scuttled earlier plans for a larger project. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255last_img read more

Zimmer holds roundtable talks on Canada 150 fund

first_imgPrince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer held a roundtable discussion yesterday on how community groups and residents can mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.In a release Zimmer said, “I encourage all organizations in Prince George-Peace River to consider making an application for the Canada 150 Fund. Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 will be an exceptional year for Canada and Canadians. Communities will be supported in celebrating Canada 150 in ways that are unique and meaningful to them. Today’s participation at this roundtable demonstrates how we in Northern BC are willing to work together to ensure that 2017, our Nation’s 150th Birthday, is a great success and a source of Canadian pride.”The Canada 150 fund is geared towards making the most of government investments and creating economic spin-offs for all communities in the country. Funding for community driven projects is currently being considered through an ongoing, competitive process. There is no deadline.- Advertisement -More information on the Canada 150 fund and how citizens of north east B.C. can apply or take part can be found by clicking here.last_img read more

TEA AND PING-PONG! ERRIGAL COLLEGE’S TRIP TO CHINA – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgThe students visited the Bund and the Pudong Skyline.A group of TY students from Errigal College in Letterkenny are on a first for Donegal.The students have embarked on a trip of a life time to China, spending 11 days engaging in cultural activities and attending local Chinese school.This is the first cultural exchange in the county for a post primary school, and Errigal college are delighted to be leading the way with such an initiative. The students have been learning Mandarin Chinese in the college and now hope that their trip to china will further enhance what they have been learning.The school asked Donegal Daily to carry this daily diary of what they have been up to.Day 1- Thursday 15th:In expectation and excited the students depart from Letterkenny at 2.30am for check in at Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. The emphasis of the trip is experiencing and exchanging Cultural ideas. Midway through our transfer between Dublin and Shanghai we stopped in Abu Dhabi. Day 2- Friday 16th:Being greeted at the airport.We were greeted at Shanghai Airport by our hosts from Zhida who assisted us with our transfer to our Hotel in downtown Shanghai. The students checked in and rested for a short time before experiencing the Shanghai underground and East Nanjing Road students were fascinated by the volume of people, the street entertainment and the high end shopping.Day 3- Saturday 17th:These people have entertaining down to a ‘tea’!We were warmly greeted to a civic reception at the Gonghexin Community Cultural Activity Centre. The opening ceremony consisted of a demonstration of Chinese traditional musical instruments, followed by an award winning Chinese Tea Ceremony performance.The students enjoyed a traditional Chinese lunch and relaxation time which consisted of Chinese Ping-Pong. This was the opening event where the students were paired with their Chinese partners. The students were introduced to both Cultures and followed this up with prepared role plays they had worked on in their respective language classes.The students followed a traditional dinner of Chinese Dumplings with a visit to traditional Chinese market.The students relaxed by playing some ping pong.Day 4- Sunday 18th:In the morning the students took part in a Chinese Tea making session where they perfected the skills of Chinese tea making. This was followed by a visit to the Shanghai Tea Museum Club, where the CEO of the Centre greeted the students and showed them the ancient art of tea making and sampling of the different varieties of tea. The students returned to the Gonghexin Centre for an afternoon of traditional Chinese Painting by Ms Lü, who presented the Errigal College with a beautiful water coloured painting of a Peony flower, the traditional emblem of China.The students visited the People’s Park in the centre of Shanghai in the evening time.The students also showed their Chinese hosts how to Irish dance.TEA AND PING-PONG! ERRIGAL COLLEGE’S TRIP TO CHINA – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: August 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Chinacultural exchangeerrigal collegelast_img read more

COUNTY MANAGER THANKS COUNCILLORS

first_imgTHE County Manager Seamus Neilly has thanked the councillors for their hard work over the budget negotiations.“I respect the process we have gone through and I have listened to all you have said,” he told councillors.“We look forward to working together to provide services to the people of County Donegal in the year ahead. “I want to thank all the staff and all the hard work they have put in and the councillors for their hard work.”To a round of applause, he added: “Slan Abhaile.” COUNTY MANAGER THANKS COUNCILLORS was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:County ManagerDonegal County CouncilSEAMUS NEELYlast_img read more

Leap Travel Cards to be rolled-out across Donegal

first_imgIndependent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle has been informed by the National Transport Authority that Leap Card services will be rolled out to 11 services across County Donegal within the next few months.Deputy Pringle welcomed the news saying it is only right that Donegal commuters get the cards.“This will ensure that people in Donegal have access to the same Leap Card discount options that have been available to other parts of the country for some time. It is only right that people in Donegal get to benefit cost-saving measures as others have enjoyed so far. “I am told that the Leap card services will be application to any PSO services that operate on behalf of the NTA however, as the Bus Eireann Expressway services are operated on a commercial basis by the Company, it will be a matter for Bus Eireann to decide whether it will provide Leap compatible ticketing machines on those expressway services.“I will be making representations to Bus Eireann urging the company to provide machinery to facilitate wider use of Leap card services within the County.”The national roll-out of Leap Card is still continuing and delays to date were due to the procurement of Leap Card compatible ticketing machines.However, a considerable number have already been purchased this year. The focus will now be on areas that have not been able to accept Leap Card such as Donegal. Deputy Pringle added “Public transport is vitally important to people in Donegal as rail and road infrastructure continue to be chronically underfunded. I am constantly making representations to the Minister on this matter but the Government continues to fail in addressing underinvestment in Donegal.“I hope in the lead up to the Budget this year that serious consideration is given to outstanding transport needs of Donegal and that the roll-out of the Leap Card is just the start of many more initiatives to come” concludes Pringle.Leap Travel Cards to be rolled-out across Donegal was last modified: May 31st, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Thomas PringledonegalLeap Cardlast_img read more

When is the time to jump in on industrial augmented reality?

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts As a passive spectator of the AR solutions offered to industrial (B2B) applications for the last 10 years, I have interacted with many different peers, the ideas of whom I could always put in two buckets.The early adopters: It was easy to learn about their current projects, listen to them passionately talk about developments in the field, and scratch the surface of their content to discover all the limitations of the solution applied. Most of their AR products and ideas had a very narrow field of application, hardware limitations, costs that would break any plausible economic justification and, in general, were common in companies that had the inclination to explore the limits of the technology.The deniers: A large group that either didn’t know the technology well enough or decided to confine their applications to the marketing and gaming industries. I was one such denier. But it’s 2017, and suddenly, the panorama is very different. Early adopters are not a cult hiding behind awkward glasses anymore, and business leaders in operations, maintenance, service, and logistics who previously in denial need to get a big surfboard and get ready to ride this tsunami or be drowned. Strong words, some may say, but considering the following advances in selected fields, it is clear that the world has changed.How software is differentIndoor mapping, positioning, and navigation capabilities are now available, and both the hardware and the software — partially in connection with the significant push that self-driving cars is providing — are available and robust. Logistics and other applications that used to be limited to GPS geolocation are now unlocked.The impact of computer vision and machine learningThe core of the AR technology, enabling the identification, mapping, recognition, and tracking of different objects has moved from a lengthy, programming-intensive process to a more automatized one. We are not yet at sci-fi levels, where millions of objects can be instantaneously recognized and processed, but the abilities necessary to support recognition and tracking for maintenance and training B2B applications are here and have costs that can survive a common investment ROI analysis.Changes in hardwareA few years ago the smart glasses available in the market had several limitations: they were heavy, had a limited field of view, overheated, had a short battery life, were monocular, and provided a poor experience overall. Progress and specialization, however, are getting us much closer to the ideal specs. Companies bringing what matters for industrial applications: Ansi certifications (NSI Z87.1), hardhat mount configurations, and explosion proof (NEC Class I Div 1&2) ratings for smart devices. Other smaller design features like external batteries and processors, safe connections, and limited visual obstruction are bringing us closer to the hardware extended industrial uses will require. And, of course, bandwidthWhile some AR applications will run locally, some with the cloud and some with other company ERPs that can be batched and put off until a Wi-Fi connection is available, the ultimate goal is to have the offline AR world connected with live features like remote assistance and other capabilities that consolidate all relevant information sources into one device. IoT has aided in this effort, converting any space — manufacturing and service plants, warehouses, data centers, refineries, and offshore platforms — into a bandwidth consumer for all the devices connected. It has effectively moved connectivity from solely an application to the key for company growth.See also: Industrial IoT could help slash carbon emissionsIndustrial applications require proof of concept, which leads to a pilot, which subsequently leads to a refined first solution, several interface design enhancements, thus modeling the scalability of the solution, further integration with legacy hardware and other IoT solutions, and full global deployment. AR technology is a journey, where progressive steps need to be measured in productivity, ergonomics, and the impact on the company culture. These steps and how companies select partners and approach with the right speed make a significant difference in productivity, impact, value and the success of the solution. 2017 is definitely the year to jump into the AR field — if not, in five years, your competition will have blown you away with their superior AR approach. Get in touch, get involved, make the first step. Tags:#AR#bandwidth#hardware#Internet of Things#IoT#Software Follow the Puckcenter_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… German Rodriguezlast_img read more

Amazon India Explains How it Raced Past Flipkart

first_imgAmid all this action, the world’s biggest online retailer, Amazon, is quietly ramping up Indian operations. Related Itemslast_img

Clinton Aide Huma Abedin’s Classified Emails Released by U.S. State Department

first_imgThe U.S. State Department has released 2,800 work-related emails from Huma Abedin, a South Asian American Hillary Clinton aide, found on the laptop of her estranged husband, former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner.Among the emails that were released, five were classified while many others were heavily redacted. The emails are from the period when Abedin was the Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton in the State Department.The emails were released under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group.The emails on Weiner’s laptop were found during an investigation of an unrelated case. The disgraced former Congressman was convicted of sending lewd messages to a minor, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating at the time. During the search of the laptop, emails forwarded by Abedin to Weiner, which were classified, were found.Weiner was given a 21-month jail term for the crime. Abedin filed for divorce in early 2017.Abedin, who is of Indian and Pakistani descent, was born in 1976 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Syed Zainul Abedin and Saleha Mahmood Abedin. Her father was born in New Delhi and her mother in pre-Partition India in what now lies in Pakistan.The State Department said it “carefully reviews the content of records requested through FOIA to determine whether any information is sensitive or classified…Today’s production will have documents with classified information that has been redacted.”“This is a major victory,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement on Dec. 29. “After years of hard work in federal court, Judicial Watch has forced the State Department to finally allow Americans to see these public documents. It will be in keeping with our past experience that Abedin’s emails on Weiner’s laptop will include classified and other sensitive materials. That these government docs were on Anthony Weiner’s laptop dramatically illustrates the need for the Justice Department to finally do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law.”Among the classified ones were emails about talks between Hamas, the Palestinian militant movement, and the Palestine Liberation Organization; a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; and conversations with the United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister. Related ItemsHillary ClintonIndian AmericanUnited Stateslast_img read more

South African Businessman Held for Questioning After Meeting Fugitive Ajay Gupta in Dubai

first_imgSouth African businessman Justin van Pletzen, who filmed embattled Indian-origin billionaire Ajay Gupta outside the Indian consulate in Dubai last week, was released following brief arrest in the UAE city, Huffington Post reported. He was released the same day after undergoing a round of questioning in connection with the video, as it would have been considered illegal under the UAE law, the report added.Pletzen’s arrest was reported by TimesLive, that quoted Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya as saying that Pletzen’s family phoned Dirco on April 10. “According to his family‚ he has been arrested. They say he has informed them that he is in police custody,” Mabaya said in the report.“We have no reason not to believe the parents here in South Africa. That is why we have dispatched our ambassador and staff,” Mabaya further said, adding that they are expecting more information on his arrest from South African embassy in Dubai. A family member confirmed the arrest as well, the report said. Pletzen and his family are assisting the authorities with their investigation.Pletzen met Gupta outside the Indian consulate on April 4, and posted the video of the encounter. He asked Gupta about his plans to return to South Africa, and Gupta responded he would come back once he gets a proper response from “authorities.”According to Pletzen, he could hardly believe it when he called Gupta’s name, he came walking up to him and even shook his hand. He went on to say if it weren’t for strict laws in Dubai, he would have “tackled his head off his shoulders.”Pletzen said: “I wanted to tackle the head off his shoulders. But then I saw the bodyguard behind him and I thought to myself: If you tackle him you are going to get into big trouble‚ probably going to lose your job‚ probably going to go to jail. And I thought‚ just ask him the question. Ask him when he is going home to go face the music,” the 39-year-old father of two is reported to have said.Pletzen has been in the United Arab Emirates city since 2016. Gupta is a fugitive from justice, according to Hawks, the South African police’s elite unit.The Gupta family is in trouble in South Africa, with its parliament committee looking to team up with the Hawks to track down the brothers so they can appear before the Eskom inquiry. Eskom is one of the three South African state-owned companies under investigation for “state capture.”The brothers,  Ajay, Atul and Rajesh, also failed to appear before the committee along with Duduzane Zuma, a business associate who is also former president Jacob Zyma’s son. Gupta’s lawyer said that he did not receive summons from parliament on behalf of his clients, Fin24 reported.The summons could not be delivered to Zuma as he was not at the address registered with the electoral commission, Zukiswa Rantho, chairman of Eskom inquiry, added.The Gupta family has been accused of “state capture,” and face allegations of corruption and influence peddling through their close relationship with former South African president Zuma’s family. Zuma resigned on Feb. 14 after the ruling political party mounted pressure on him following police raids at Gupta family’s Johannesburg home.The brothers have also missed several deadlines with Indian tax authorities. Related ItemsDubaiGupta FamilySouth Africalast_img read more