News / US imports hit new records in 2017, but ocean carrier indiscipline depresses rates

first_img Despite US import volumes breaking new records last year, ocean carriers’ pricing indiscipline drove spot rates down by 30%.According to the latest monthly Global Port Tracker (GPT) report, US imports are expected to show a 7% jump in 2017 over the previous year, to reach 20.1m teu, on the back of a “strong year” for retailers.The report, published by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, said the major US ports handled 1.74m teu in November, up 5.8% on the same month a year ago, and December is estimated to be ahead by 2.6% at 1.6m teu, concluding a “strong holiday season”.“Retail had a strong year, fuelled by growing wages, higher employment and a boost in consumer confidence,” said NRF vice president for supply chain and customs policy Jonathan Gold.August was the star performer, setting an all-time US monthly import throughput record of 1.8m teu at the 12 ports covered by the data.Moreover, 2017 was notable for including five months, of only seven on record, when imports reached 1.7m or higher.Describing the numbers as “no minor achievement at a time when many are trying to talk down the economy”, Ben Hackett, founder of Hackett Associates, said: “On a percentage basis, 2017 was one of the strongest increases we’ve seen since the end of the great recession.”According to GPT historical data, in 2009 US imports plunged to 12.6m teu, from 15.2m the previous year, before recovering to 15.3m teu in 2010.Mr Hackett said he expected the growth rate would “slow down some”, but added that, based on ongoing high consumer confidence, its forecasting models “show continued growth in the coming year”.January imports are forecast at 1.68m teu – up 0.2% on 2017 – whereas February is predicted to be up 12.6%, at 1.62m teu and March is estimated to be 2.3% lower than the previous year at 1.5m teu.The numbers for February and March would be distorted due to the differing timings of Chinese New Year.Looking further ahead, the authors said they expect April imports to be up 3.3% on the previous year, at 1.66m teu, with a forecast for May of 1.73m teu, an increase of 0.4%.Meanwhile, the June 2016 expansion of the Panama Canal, enabling ships of up to 14,000 teu to transit the waterway, has boosted Asian imports for the US east coast and Gulf ports.For example, the port authority at Houston said its 2017 import numbers were expected to be up 14% on the previous year at 2.4m teu.Nevertheless, despite the healthy demand growth in US imports, ocean carriers failed to convert this into revenue due to a lack of rate discipline. Indeed, spot container rates from Asia tumbled for both US west coast and east ports during the year, losing around a third of their value.And but for a strong surge in the last week of 2017, the year-on-year decline would have been worse. By Mike Wackett 09/01/2018last_img read more

OSC issues warning on U.S. OTC stock

Court orders probation for trading ban violation Related news Man charged with violating OSC order The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is warning Ontario investors to exercise caution in any dealings with representatives of Titan Resources International Corp. Titan is headquartered in Toronto, however its shares trade on the over-the-counter market in the United States. On January 12, 2010, the OSC added Titan to its Warning List advising the public that Titan is not registered to engage in the business of trading securities or advising investors with respect to investing in, buying or selling securities. On September 26, 2012, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suspended trading in the shares of Titan because “Questions have arisen concerning the adequacy and accuracy of press releases and other public statements concerning Titan’s business operation and financial condition”. Trading in the shares of Titan has been suspended for a period of 10 days, ending on October 9. IE Staff Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Cease trade ordersCompanies Ontario Securities Commission ASC sanctions violation of cease trade order Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Funding boost for rape and domestic abuse support

first_imgFunding boost for rape and domestic abuse support £11 million to support victims during winter and beyond£7 million for innovative programmes to stop domestic abuse happening in the first placenew set of rights for victims to hold criminal justice agencies to account publishedNearly £11 million will go towards a range of services offering practical and emotional help – allowing organisations to recruit more staff, adapt to remote counselling methods during the pandemic and keep helplines open for longer.In addition Ministers have today announced a further £7 million will go towards a range of innovative programmes aimed at perpetrators – designed to prevent domestic abuse from happening in the first place.It comes as charities have reported a sharp increase in demand during the pandemic, including a 46% rise in calls, with some victims feeling at greater risk of harm or deciding to report abuse for the first time.The package of support confirmed today includes:£10.1 million going to rape and domestic abuse support centres and Police and Crime Commissioners to fund services across England and Wales.£7.17 million for a range of innovative programmes aimed at perpetrators to last beyond the pandemic to help offenders change their behaviours and prevent these destructive crimes from happening in the first place. Independent research has shown these programmes cut risk of physical abuse, with the Drive Partnership, which is one of the programmes being funded, demonstrating an 82% reduction in risk 29 funding awards totalling £7.17 million have been awarded to Police and Crime Commissioners working with perpetrators of domestic abuse, including West Mercia, Dorset and Sussex.£680,000 going directly towards up to 34 domestic abuse organisations that have shown a need for extra funds. The 34 organisations provide support services for victims, including front line services and virtual services. Funds might be needed, for example, to provide new temporary staff to deal with additional calls to helplines or to provide additional counselling for victims.A renewal of the #YouAreNotAlone campaign for the period of new restrictions which signposts people towards support services and online resources, and reminds people that the new national restrictions do not apply if you are in danger at home.In addition, victims of all crimes will benefit from a clearer set of rights regarding the support they should receive from the police, courts and other criminal justice agencies.The new Victims’ Code sets out 12 key overarching rights, which are clear, concise and easy understand. It will come into force on 1 April 2021 and includes a new right for eligible victims to be automatically referred to the Victim Contact Scheme as well as greater rights for victims of mentally disordered offenders.Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Robert Buckland QC MP said:Nothing will detract from our support for victims and their needs will continue to be a priority long after this pandemic.This funding will make sure that vital help is always available for those who need it, while our new Victims’ Code will ensure their rights are recognised at every stage of the justice system.Home Secretary, Priti Patel said:My message to victims of domestic abuse during this unprecedented time is clear: You are not alone.This funding and our awareness campaign will help victims get the support they need, and police work is continuing throughout the winter to ensure victims are protected and those committing these crimes feel the full force of the law.It is also vital that we tackle the root causes of violent behaviour which is why we are funding perpetrator prevention programmes to identify serial offenders, and work with them to change their behaviour.Minister for Housing and Rough Sleeping Kelly Tolhurst MP said:We know that for some the lockdown has led to issues with violence in the home – this is completely unacceptable. Our message to those fleeing domestic abuse is that you can still leave your home and escape to safety if needed with your children – and we are keeping refuges open to support.Our emergency funding is creating extra bed spaces over winter, to help supporting victims escape and rebuild their lives, free from abuse.Today’s funding follows the announcement of an unprecedented £76 million pledged by Ministers in May to help the most vulnerable in society during this challenging time and builds on transformational measures included in the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill.Meanwhile, domestic abuse, sexual violence cases and other serious offences have been prioritised by the courts during the pandemic. The government is investing £80 million in a range of measures to reduce delays and deliver speedier justice for victims – including hiring 1,600 new staff and opening more temporary ‘Nightingale Courts’.Chief Executive of Victim Support, Diana Fawcett, said:We welcome this additional funding from the Ministry of Justice which will enable us to continue operating our essential live chat service 24/7, nationwide.We recognise that those affected by crime may be worried about accessing support services during these current restrictions, so it’s more important than ever to respond to victims at any time, regardless of where they live. We also know that for victims of crime who live with their abusers, live chat offers them an alternative way to access practical and emotional support discreetly.During this challenging time, our message to victims is clear. Our specialist support services are still open and are here to offer you free and confidential support whenever you need it.APCC Victims Leads Deputy Mayor of London Sophie Linden, and Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner of North Yorkshire Julia Mulligan, said:Police and Crime Commissioners welcome today’s announcement. The additional money we are receiving will help domestic abuse and sexual violence charities in our communities provide the support vulnerable victims need, where they need it most.We also welcome the re-launch the national #YouAreNotAlone campaign. The Covid-19 pandemic has heightened concerns around abuse taking place behind closed doors. Everyone needs to recognise they have a part of play in looking out for vulnerable members of our communities. And victims need to know that services are still open to them if they need help and support.We continue to make the case for increased funding allocations which also provide certainty for our service providers and allow for longer-term planning, capacity building, and service resilience.Since the pandemic government has made available over £92 million to ensure victims of crime can still access the support they rely on. This includes:£10 million for domestic abuse safe accommodation charities services.£26.4 million to support vulnerable children, including support for families of disabled children and working to safeguard vulnerable children including care leavers and children in the early years.£22 million to help victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence in the community access support services during the coronavirus outbreak, and a further £3 million per annum investment in Independent Sexual Violence Advisers until 2022. This funding applies to England and Wales.£3.8 million for community-based domestic abuse services and modern slavery services, and for added support for modern slavery charities who have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.£7.8 million in emergency support for charities helping vulnerable children who have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. This includes children at risk of sexual abuse and criminal exploitationThroughout the pandemic, the measures introduced by this government have been designed to protect and support everyone across the UK, including our most vulnerable. This announcement forms part of that ongoing work.NotesFundingThe Ministry of Justice will provide £10.1 million that will go directly towards services supporting victims as well as all Police and Crime Commissioners who will distribute funds themselves to organisations in their areas. The funding will be distributed from this week onwards.The Home Office has confirmed 29 funding awards totalling £7.17 million to Police and Crime Commissioners working with perpetrators of domestic abuse. This funding will introduce a range of innovative programmes from early intervention through to intensive targeted programmes for high-harm and high-risk offenders. This includes the Drive Partnerships which independent evaluation has shown participation results in substantial reductions in abuse and risk among the users of this service, with physical abuse reduced by 82% and controlling behaviours reduced by 73%. By funding perpetrator services, we will address the root of the problem by preventing offending.The government’s #YouAreNotAlone communications campaign, which raises awareness of domestic abuse and guides people to advice and support available in 16 languages, has been relaunched and will continue over the period of new restrictions.£683,000 will be awarded by the Home Office to the 34 domestic abuse organisations which received allocations from one or both of the two original £2 million pots of Covid funding, subject to their showing a need for extra funds.MHCLG has extended the spending period for their £10 million emergency funding for domestic abuse safe accommodation charities, and many charities have taken up this offer, ensuring extra bed spaces are in place over winter..Victims CodeFollowing a consultation in March a new Victims’ Code – which sets out the minimum level of services victims can expect from criminal justice agencies – will be published this week.The new Code will come into force on 1 April 2021, to allow criminal justice agencies and others who provide services under the Code time to embed any operational changes to meet their new obligations.Changes in the new Code include:Simplifying and shortening the Code to make it clear, concise and easy to understand.Changing the Victim Contact Scheme from an opt-in to an automatic referral scheme.Offering greater flexibility over when a Victim Personal Statement, which tells the court how the crime has affected the victim, can be made.New rights for victims of mentally disordered offenders, allowing them access to a Victim Liaison Officer to provide information on an offender’s management and potential release from hospital.For the first time, the Code sets out the rights of victims of Foreign National Offenders to be updated on when an offender’s deportation may occur.The new Code also includes practical information about how victims can access services provided by the National Health Service and sign-posts them to where they can get help and advice if they are approached by the media.The Domestic Abuse Bill will:Create a statutory definition of domestic abuse, emphasising that domestic abuse is not just physical violence, but can also be emotional, coercive or controlling, and economic abuse. As part of this definition, children will be explicitly recognised as victims if they witness abuseEstablish a Domestic Abuse Commissioner, to stand up for victims and survivors, raise public awareness, monitor the response of local authorities, the justice system and other statutory agencies and hold them to account in tackling domestic abuseProvide for a new Domestic Abuse Protection Notice and Domestic Abuse Protection Order, which will prevent perpetrators from contacting their victims, as well as force them to take positive steps to change their behaviour, e.g. seeking mental health supportPlace a duty on local authorities in England to provide support to victims of domestic abuse and their children in refuges and other safe accommodationProhibit perpetrators of abuse from cross-examining their victims in person in courts in England and WalesIntroduce a ban on the “rough sex” defence by incorporating the case of R vs Brown into legislation, invalidating any courtroom defence of consent where a victim suffers serious harm or is killedCreate a statutory presumption that victims of domestic abuse are eligible for special measures in the criminal courts (for example, to enable them to give evidence via a video link)Enable domestic abuse offenders to be subject to polygraph testing as a condition of their licence following their release from custodyPlace the guidance supporting the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (“Clare’s law”) on a statutory footingensure that when local authorities rehouse victims of domestic abuse, they do not lose a secure lifetime or assured tenancyExtend the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the criminal courts in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to further violent and sexual offences. Detailed factsheets on each point are available on gov.ukDA Perpetrator Interventions Fund recipients:Mayor’s Office for Police and CrimeGwentLeicestershireSuffolkHampshireStaffordshireCheshireNottinghamshireGreater Manchester Combined AuthorityLancashireWest MerciaMerseysideSouth YorkshireSussexWest MidlandsEssexDevon & CornwallNorth YorkshireWest YorkshireDrive programme fund recipients:Greater Manchester Combined AuthorityWest MerciaWest MidlandsNorthumbriaMayor’s Office for Police and CrimeDorsetSouth Wales /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). 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‘Not-for-sale’ Ford GT to be auctioned – again – this month

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A 2017 Ford GT supercar, up for sale at a Mecum auction (again) August 2018 against Ford’s wishes.  Handout / Mecum Auctions See More Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next › Ford tried, too, to stop the sale of this Ingot Silver GT via Mecum in May, launching another lawsuit against the auction company in an Indiana court, but the sale went ahead anyway after a judge struck down Ford’s stop-sale request. It was apparently picked up by a Texas dealership, Type A Motorsports.At the time of its auction, the car had already been sold once, reports Jalopnik, from its first owner to the person who consigned its sale via Mecum.That means whoever buys the car this August, at Mecum’s Monterey, California auction the weekend of August 23, will become the fourth owner of a car that was supposed to still be with its first owner until another 12 months from now. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS A Ford GT supercar auctioned off by Mecum for close to US$1.7 million this past May will cross the Mecum block again late August.The American automaker limited sales of its new US$450,000 GT to just 250 hand-selected customers per year drawn from a pool of applicants, and to prevent buyers from flipping them for a profit, drafted a contract saying owners had to keep the cars for a minimum of two years.Wrestler John Cena famously violated that clause when he sold his GT mere months after buying it. (After launching a lawsuit again Cena, Ford’s since settled with him and the dealer he sold the car to.) Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement While the car showed seven miles (11 km) on its odometer at its auction in May, it’s now being listed with 8 miles (13 km) on the clock. Mecum did not offer a pre-sale estimate, but it will be interesting to see if it exceeds its last sale price of US$1.65 million. RELATED TAGSFordGTNewslast_img read more

Human Performance Summit explores apex of mind, body, spirit

first_imgFrom left, Lisa Sanders of Special Operations Forces, CU Boulder Professor Allie Anderson, Brad Chedister of Defenseworks, Martin Tobias of Upgrade Labes and Chad Tossell, of the Warfighter Effectiveness Research Center discuss new technologies for boosting human performance.What happens when an elite marathoner, a U.S. Army Special Forces operator, a cognitive neuroscientist, an entrepreneur and a shaman sit down to discuss where the limits of human performance lie? A rare collision of ideas that, through new collaborations, could help people push those limits.That was the takeaway from the first Human Performance Summit, which drew nearly 250 participants from the military, athletic, investment, scientific, academic and entrepreneurial communities to CU Boulder’s Champions Center earlier this month.“We wanted to bring together a group of radically different people who don’t usually cross paths to ask: How can we reach our full potential when it comes to physical and mental performance, and what new tools could we develop to help us get there,” said Mike Traxler, program manager for CU’s Office of Industry Collaboration.Added JP O’Brien, CEO of venture capital firm and conference sponsor Black Lab Sports:“We wanted to plant a flag here in Boulder and establish the epicenter for talking about human performance and human potential.” Olympic runner Dan Browne, left, CU Boulder Research Development Manager Bill Doe, Olympic runner Alan Culpepper and Mike Traxler. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By Lisa Marshall • Published: May 30, 2019 “In the NFL, the No. 1 performance enhancer is sleep,” said panelist Ryan Harris, a former NFL defensive tackle, noting that some players sleep 12 hours a night.Other conference attendees included CU Boulder Athletic Director Rick George, who kicked off the day with a presentation on the importance of emotional wellbeing for peak performance.In the audience, representatives from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Google, Nike and Ball Aerospace mingled with physiologists from CU Boulder and the new Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center in Colorado Springs.O’Brien and Traxler hope the conference will kick-start a new era of collaboration among researchers, entrepreneurs, investors and start-ups in the human performance space.After the conference, O’Brien established an online community of 120 “thinker doers” who will keep the conversation going until next year’s event.Already, four new research partnerships have resulted, including, ironically, an effort to develop technologies to help people disconnect, boosting performance by resetting their over-stimulated nervous systems. Categories:Health & SocietyNews Headlinescenter_img Co-sponsored with CU and the National Security Innovation Network (a Department of Defense technology accelerator), the May 14 program explored everything from how artificial intelligence could enhance human cognition, to how new technologies could help elite military operators perform their best, to the pros and cons of our new era of self-monitoring.“There are toothbrushes that will monitor how well you are brushing your teeth, and water bottles that can monitor you and cue you to drink more water, and all sorts of watches and scales that will tell you how you’re doing on your diet,” said Seth Levine, co-founder of the Boulder-based Foundry group (an early Fitbit investor) during a talk about what is known as the “quantified-self movement.” “We’ve done a great job allowing data to be democratized. But it definitely raises the question: Have we gone too far?”On another panel, Lisa Sanders, director of science and technology for U.S. Special Operations Forces, sat alongside Allie Anderson, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at CU Boulder, to discuss a shared need for new technologies that can help boost human performance in inhospitable environments.For soldiers, Sanders noted, needs include lighter armor to enable more comfortable movement at high altitude or in sweltering heat. For Anderson, the challenge is to develop tools—including safer spacesuits—to keep astronauts safe and healthy in low-gravity environments.Other panelists offered notably low-tech advice for those challenged to push limits.“The single most effective tool I have ever used for mental recovery is the family-style dinner,” said Allen Lim, a CU Boulder alumnus who coaches Tour de France cyclists. “Making sure athletes take the time to sit down over a meal and share stories together is critical.”Keynote speaker Terence Steinberg, an ultramarathoner who plans to row 3,000 miles unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean, stressed the importance of “love and mindfulness.”“If you want grit in your teams and grit in your life, focus on what you love doing and do more of that,” he said.Sleep was also a recurring theme. Black Lab Sports CEO JP Obrienlast_img read more

Duke University creates open-source protective respirator

first_img Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Dr Melissa EricksonDuke HealthDuke Universityopen-source protective respiratorpersonal protective equipmentpowered air purifying respiratorPrecision Air Technology Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Read Article News Share Add Comment The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Comments (0) MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” By EH News Bureau on April 14, 2020 Duke University creates open-source protective respirator The task force’s PAPR has been rigorously tested by HEPA certification company, Precision Air Technology before care providers can begin using itA protective respirator created by a Duke University medical and engineering task force is now being used by Duke Health doctors as they treat patients with suspected cases of COVID-19.In an effort to combat the worldwide shortage of protective medical equipment, Duke is making the design widely available as an open-source design.“We have these helmets that we wear during arthroplasty surgery (joint repairs) and we started to wonder, Can these be repurposed?” Said Dr Melissa Erickson, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon Duke Health, who first had the idea. Duke Engineering Professors Ken Gall, Paul Fearis and Eric Richardson tackled the task of turning the surgical helmet, which uses room air, into a powered air purifying respirator (PAPR), which uses filtered air. The Duke Engineering team worked closely with Duke’s Innovation Co-Lab, which has 65 3D printers, to print and test numerous prototype designs.The task force developed 3D-printed parts to modify the helmet under Erickson’s guidance.“Basically, (a PAPR) is the highest level of protection we can offer our providers, particularly those that are intubating patients,” said Eric Richardson, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke Biomedical Engineering.“The whole nation is undergoing a PPE (personal protective equipment) shortage, and our goal is to take care of our patients, take care of our communities and also take care of our healthcare workers,” Erickson said. “And what we started realising is, there is a limited number of PAPRs.”“So if there’s national shortages on PPE and PAPRs, maybe we can use things that we have plenty of in the hospital and do modifications to be able to increase the number of protective personal equipment that we have to provide for healthcare workers,” Richardson said.The task force’s PAPR was rigorously tested by a HEPA certification company, Precision Air Technology, before care providers could begin using it.The team has already made more than a dozen additional helmets to deliver to Duke Health. Richardson and the task force plan to continue printing the devices in order to deliver more hoods to Duke Health in the coming days.“It’s fun working with extremely talented people and having an urgent and meaningful goal,” Richardson said. “I think we’re all exhausted, but feeling like we’re making impact.”The design is available for others to 3D print their own modified PAPRs. For specific details, visit Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Related Postslast_img read more

University of Montana Adding Softball

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email MISSOULA – University of Montana athletics officials say the school plans to add a women’s softball team to comply with federal gender equity laws.Associate athletics director Jean Gee told the Montana Kaimin on Tuesday that the funding isn’t in place, but the school tentatively plans to suit up a team in the spring of 2014. Fielding a softball team is expected to cost about $500,000 annually for staff salaries, travel expenses and scholarships.UM asked incoming freshmen and current students which women’s sport was missing from Montana athletics and Gee says the overwhelming answer was softball.Five Big Sky Conference schools have softball programs. When North Dakota and Southern Utah join the league in 2012, the Big Sky will have enough teams that the conference champion will earn an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.last_img read more

Rennie committed to Wallabies despite Castle exit

first_img‘ ‘ Incoming Wallabies coach Dave Rennie says he is still committed to the team despite the controversial exit of Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle.Castle played a major role in recruiting Rennie to replace Michael Cheika after the Wallabies’ early exit at the 2019 World Cup. However, she quit the governing body last week after a sustained campaign from her critics.BUILDING A BOK DYNASTY: The Back RowRennie told reporters in Britain that while he was ‘gutted’ at Castle’s departure it wouldn’t stop him from taking over the Wallabies reins when he finishes with the Glasgow Warriors.‘She’s a big part of the reason I decided to sign with Australia,’ Rennie admitted. ‘I was really impressed with her. She had a real clear plan of what the next few years would look like, so I’m really disappointed.‘But she exited with real dignity and class and the first thing she said to me was she still wants me to go to Australia.’Rennie – who led that Chiefs to back-to-back Vodacom Super Rugby titles in 2012 and 2013 before moving to Europe – said he had already spoken with RA about its plans for the post-Castle era.‘I am still very committed and we have been doing a lot of work in and around preparation for when the new season comes around,’ he said.WATCH: ‘I knew Boks would win the World Cup’However, when the New Zealander takes over and what the calendar would look like is still much unclear.Rennie was originally due to start with the Wallabies when his contract with the Warriors ended at the end of June, but the PRO14 remains suspended amid the Covid-19 pandemic. It is also highly unlikely that the Wallabies’ Test series against Ireland will go ahead in June as planned due to restrictions to stop the spread of the virus.Photo: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images ‘ Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo Post by SA Rugby magazine GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Raelene Castle and Dave Rennie Posted in Test Rugby, Top headlines Tagged Dave Rennie, Raelene Castle, Test Rugby, Wallabies Rennie committed to Wallabies despite Castle exitcenter_img Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on April 29, 2020 ‘  78  8 World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo贷款| 搜索广告在香港獲得貸款可能比您想的要容易贷款| 搜索广告|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Three Union City cops injured after fatal accident released from hospital

first_imgCrimeUnion City Bayonne By John Heinis – October 7, 2017 11:51 am 0 Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus The three Union City police officers that were seriously injured shortly after a fatal accident occurred earlier this week have been released from the hospital. By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewThe Union City Police Department tweeted the news earlier this morning, thanking everyone for their thoughts and prayers.Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers, all of our officers have been released from the hospital. We wish them a speedy recovery.— Union City Police (@UnionCityPD) October 7, 2017On Wednesday night, 16-year-old Union City High School student Sean Lemus was killed after being hit a Union City Department of Public Works Truck, authorities said.As the area of Palisades Avenue and 31st Street was being established as an active crime scene, two motorcyclists sped through the collision scene, one of which, Ricardo Suazo, 25, of Paterson, striking four police officers and crashing his bike.While one of the officers suffered minor injuries and was treated on the scene, the three others had to be taken to local hospitals for treatment.Police have also said that the investigation remains open at this time. Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Three Union City cops injured after fatal accident released from hospital Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say TAGShudson county prosecutor’s officehudson county sheriff’s officeunion city police SHARE Previous articleJersey City mayoral challenger Matsikoudis highlights diversity in 1st TV adNext articlePolice: No injuries after bomb threat evacuates North Bergen Walmart John Heinis Crime Bayonne Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from copslast_img read more

Facebook removes 220 ‘boogaloo’-related accounts from its platform

first_imgwachiwit/iStockBY LUKE BARR and CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Facebook announced the removal of 220 accounts, 28 pages and 106 groups that are associated with the little-known but emerging movement called “boogaloo.”The company also said they removed 95 Instagram accounts connected to the group. Instagram is owned by Facebook.Federal court documents define boogaloo as a “term used by extremists to signify a coming civil war and/or fall of civilization.”“For months, we have removed boogaloo content when there is a clear connection to violence or a credible threat to public safety, and today’s designation will mean we remove more content going forward, including Facebook Groups and Pages,” according to the social media company. “This violent network is banned from having a presence on our platform and we will remove content praising, supporting or representing it.”In the past month, three suspected boogaloo-movement followers allegedly tried to fire bomb a Black Lives Matter protest in Las Vegas and in Oakland, California, a Federal Protective Services contract officer and Santa Cruz Sheriff’s sergeant were killed and a suspected boogaloo movement follower was charged.“These acts of real-world violence and our investigations into them are what led us to identify and designate this distinct network,” the company said in a statement.Facebook said the movement started as early as 2012 and they’ve been tracking it since.Experts told ABC News, that there is not a single ideology for boogaloo members, but that the one common thread is that they are anti-government.“I don’t think there’s a central core belief either in the movement. There’s a range of different grievances or different potential individuals who they believe are legitimate targets,” said Javed Ali, a former counterterrorism official and visiting professor at the University of Michigan.Facebook said that they have concluded that some people who took part in the January 2020 gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia, “wore the outfit now typical for boogaloo adherents and we have since tracked the movement’s expansion as participants engage at various protests and rallies across the country.”“We will continue to study new trends, including the language and symbols this network shares online so we can take the necessary steps to keep those who proclaim a violent mission off our platform,” the company said.The move comes as the company faces mounting pressure to respond to hate on its platforms and amid a growing ad boycott that started at the urging of the NAACP and other civil rights organizations.In a matter of weeks, the Facebook ad boycott has grown from just a handful of companies to include multinational conglomerate Unilever, telecom giant Verizon and coffeehouse chain Starbucks.Organizers of the ad boycott say the social media giant does not do enough to combat hate, violence and racism on its platforms. Facebook responded with a series of policy updates, but late last week, organizers with the Stop Hate for Profit Coalition said the moves were insufficient in combatting hate — especially within groups and posts.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more