Nissan recalling 1.8 million older Altimas over hood latch issue

first_img None of the cars with replaced hood latches have reported any problems. However, Nissan has received some “16 claim reports involving a minor crash and/or minor injury for vehicles that did not receive the repair,” a spokesperson told Automotive News. RELATED TAGSAltimaNissanSedanNon-LuxurySafety and MaintenanceMaintenanceNew VehiclesNon-Luxury In the original recall, the fix involved replacing the hood latch with a new one; Nissan has not announced whether it will make the same repair during this campaign. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The 2015 through 2017 Nissan Altima is subject to a recall, where open rear windows might force the door open. 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” Nissan is recalling more than 1.8 million Altima sedans, mostly in the U.S. and Canada, over an issue that may prevent their hood latches from closing properly.The campaign is an expansion of an older 2016 recall on 2013- to 2015-model-year Altimas; the new recall covers Altimas up to model year 2018. In Canada, it covers 49,225 sedans.On affected vehicles, a secondary hood latch may get stuck in an open position due to corrosion; this means it may not hold the hood closed while the car is driving. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever 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 | advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

City Staff reflection

first_imgHomeNewsCity CouncilCity Staff reflection Jan. 25, 2016 at 7:35 amCity CouncilColumnsEditorialGovernmentInside/OutsideOpinionCity Staff reflectionMike Feinstein5 years agoandy agleBarbara Stinchfieldcity employeesgigi decavalles-hughesgovernment employeeskaren ginsbergKubanimike feinsteinminimum wagesanta monica minimum wageworking for citySanta Monica City Hall’s lobby. (Daniel Archuleta [email protected]) By Michael Feinstein. Inside/Outside. January 25, 2016The recent passage of Santa Monica’s comprehensive Minimum Wage law was a landmark public policy achievement – and there is a lot of credit to go around. The movement to support local workers and pay a living wage began in the mid-1990s and has continued through this day. Many City Councilmembers over the years have also been bold and unequivocal in their support for the idea that we don’t want our parks, schools and police funded by tax dollars generated on the backs of underpaid workers.But also noteworthy has been the role of City Staff. The draft Minimum Wage ordinance brought to the City Council on Jan. 12 was the result of intensive collaboration between the Finance Department, the Housing and Economic Development Department and the City Attorney’s office.That effort showed how working for our local government can provide exceptional opportunities for City Staff to be part of great cutting edge accomplishments, just like being elected to the City Council gives our local politicians the opportunity to voice support for and vote for them.Minimum wage mini-dissertationIn Santa Monica, we often takes on issues that go beyond what many consider to be the regular operations of municipal government, and this requires becoming expert in many areas.With the City’s draft Minimum Wage law, not only did City Staff need to be well versed in state and federal labor law, but also it necessitated an understanding of how such a comprehensive minimum wage law would specifically apply to our local economy.To do that, City Staff convened an intensive eight-month local stakeholder outreach process, taking input from a range of interests – from big hotels and small restaurants, to car washers, housekeepers and a variety of advocacy organizations and think tanks. Staff then issued their draft recommendations almost a month before they were due to come to Council, to give opportunity for even more feedback, then further fine tuned their recommendations in response.Of course, such work is not without its political context, and City Staff deftly offered some thoughtful compromises that made their recommendations more likely to be accepted. At the same time, they charted out several alternative approaches to key issues as advocated by a range of stakeholders, and analyzed their pros and cons as well.The result was a Staff report that serves as a de facto primer on how a comprehensive minimum wage law might apply to Santa Monica – as well as a potential resource for other communities seeking to do the same, and for academics and others who want to study the issue.Attracting and retaining great City employeesIn addition to the City Attorney’s office (which plays a key role in developing most City policies), both the Housing and Economic Development (HED) Department and the Finance Department deserve special recognition for this professional work on behalf of our community – and how it demonstrates how staying with the City can also lead to great personal professional achievement.Andy Agle is the director of HED and Gigi Decavalles-Hughes the director of Finance. From my own early years on the City Council in the late 1990s, I remember both as junior staff members sitting in the front row in the Council chambers, as is customary, while their own department directors would be giving a Staff report to the Council. Now today almost twenty years later, they are leading their own departments in this historic effort.After serving as a community development project manager for the City of Anaheim, Agle came to Santa Monica in 1998, serving first as a special projects manager in the City’s Planning and Community Development Department (PCD), then as assistant PCD director in 2001, PCD interim director between 2005 to 2006, and then director of HED ever since.Decavalles-Hughes started with Santa Monica in 1997 as a senior budget analyst, then moved up to principal analyst and budget manager in 2001. Then as should be in a progressive city, she was able to take an extended maternity leave of 18 months, before coming back to work in the City’s Community and Cultural Services Department (CCS) as a senior administrative analyst on a part time basis while her kids were young. She coordinated the department’s budget and worked on special projects such as the construction of the new OPCC Shwashlock/Access Center facility and the Annenberg Beach House, before moving to HED in 2009 to serve as Agle’s administrative services officer, then returned back to Finance as director in 2011.In both cases Agle and Decavalles-Hughes gained experience working in different City departments before landing in their present positions, something also true of current CCS director, Karen Ginsberg, who cut her teeth in PCD before moving to CCS to take over when previous director, Barbara Stinchfield, retired in 2011. This long-time practice within City Hall of working in different City Departments further builds intellectual dexterity in our City’s workforce, helping them better understand how the City works and the connections between different policy areas.Achieving many ‘firsts’ for Santa MonicaAnother long-time City employee who has been part of many of Santa Monica’s groundbreaking achievements has been Environmental Programs manager Dean Kubani. Kubani has been with the City since 1994, and helped shape and implement Santa Monica’s Sustainable City Plan, one of the first municipal sustainability programs in the world. Along the way he’s been part of many “firsts”: first city to buy 100-percent renewable power, first municipal urban runoff treatment system, one of the first to ban Styrofoam containers ,and more. Based on the experience gained and lessons learned, Kubani has also helped countless other cities and other government agencies develop their own sustainability efforts – and many other cities now have sustainability plans based upon the work done here in Santa Monica.Also in the rank-and-fileDoing cutting-edge work in Santa Monica is not limited to department heads, as there are countless City employees behind every program and service. Hence the opportunity to be part of something special professionally extends to hundreds and hundreds of City employees.Back in the late 1990s when the City wanted to switch to more environmentally-friendly cleaning projects, I remember being impressed with how the City’s custodial staff had played an important role in evaluating the new products which they would work with, and for this reason ultimately embraced the change when it came to Council. This is only one example among many that continues to this day.What this should tell us is that the opportunity to work for the City of Santa Monica brings with it many benefits, and that our high quality of life as residents is partly the result of many long-time employees being able to achieve greatness in their fields, fields that by definition are also in public service and the public interest. Such longevity and commitment by city workers isn’t present in every community, and we are fortunate that it exists here.Michael Feinstein is a former Santa Monica Mayor (2000-2002) and City Councilmember (1996-2004).  He can be reached via Twitter @mikefeinstein‘Inside/Outside‘ is a periodic column about civic affairs Feinstein writes for the Daily Press, that takes advantage of his experience inside and outside of government. Tags :andy agleBarbara Stinchfieldcity employeesgigi decavalles-hughesgovernment employeeskaren ginsbergKubanimike feinsteinminimum wagesanta monica minimum wageworking for cityshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentKnow Before You Go: Week of Jan. 25, 2016Local student wins regional DECA marketing titleYou Might Also LikeColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author18 hours agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionWhat’s the Point?whats the pointGAY PRIDE MONTH IS HERE FOR ALL OF USDavid Pisarra2 days agoColumnsNewsOpinionYour Column HereYour column hereGuest Author2 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionYour Column HereSaving Santa Monica LibrariesGuest Author3 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionYour Column HereBusinesses need helpGuest Author6 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionYour Column HereSaving energyGuest Author6 days agolast_img read more

Cyprus ratifies Lisbon treaty

first_imgHowever, the treaty cannot be enacted without the support of all member states. Ireland has already voted against the treaty, creating a challenge that the EU’s leaders intend to address again when they meet in October. The difficulties facing the treaty have been compounded in recent days by the refusal of the German and Polish presidents to sign the treaty immediately despite the backing given it by their respective parliaments. In Germany’s case, the reason is a legal challenge. Poland’s President Lech Kaczyński has delayed putting pen to paper until, as he said in an interview on 2 July, “it will no longer be a problem and it will no longer be a problem when we know that all [EU] countries will ratify the treaty”. Seven other EU countries whose parliaments have backed the treaty have yet to complete the formal ratification process. The Cypriot parliament approved the Treaty of Lisbon late on 3 July in a vote that was relatively close by standards set elsewhere in the EU. The vote was carried by 31 votes to 18, with one member of parliament abstaining. The principal opposition coming from the Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL), the island’s largest party and the senior partner in the governing coalition.Cyprus is the twentieth of the EU’s 27 states to have approved the treaty, which is intended to make it easier to manage the EU and adjusts the balance of power between its institutions. last_img read more

GNIC’s delay tactics, rain prevent GDF outright win

first_imgUnsavoury delay tactics by the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) prevented the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) from completing a well-deserved outright win in the latest round of the Noble House Seafoods, Second Division two-day competition at the Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) Ground on Sunday.  GDF, who required 66 runs to complete an outright win, were left agonizingly short by 10 runs when the rain came. Prior to that, GNIC’s players employed a number of witty delaying tactics to stall proceedings. Sunday’s game saw GNIC being bundled out for 142 after winning the toss and electing to bat. Only Shane De Souza (32) and Jevin Colling (23) got amongst the runs while Leon Andrews (3-27), Jamal Chisholm (2-36) and Damion Waldron (2-38) shared the wickets for the Army men. GDF, in their first innings, captured first innings points and a handsome lead after they posted 272 before being dismissed with Waldron (52) returned to score half century. Damion Withney (49) and Letroy Clarke (44) missed out on reaching their milestones. GNIC, with a deficit of 130 runs, were dismissed for 196 in their second innings with Rashidi Benjamin (55) and Dexter Solomon (44) getting amongst the runs. Randy Lindore nabbed 4-50. Needing 66 to complete the win, GDF ended on 56-1 when rain intervened.last_img read more

Gala night as Tip O’Neill 2018 Award recipients honoured

first_imgMore than 220 guests attended the gala Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel to honour this year’s worthy recipients; Boston based Homes of Donegal fundraising committee, former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley and professional golfer and sports commentator Paul McGinley.This prestigious award, which was first established in 2012 to mark the centenary of the great American politician Tip O’Neill whose maternal grandparents hailed from Inishowen in Donegal, is presented annually by Donegal County Council to members of the Irish diaspora who have made a remarkable contribution in their chosen field and for their interest in and support for Ireland and it’s diaspora.In an emotional address, Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton accepted the award on behalf of the 20 members of the Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee and dedicated the award to every Irish immigrant throughout the world. This committee raised a massive $120,000 in Boston to help the people in Inishowen affected by the devastating floods in August 2017.They spoke of their pride in being the first Inishowen people to receive this award and of what Tip O’Neill meant to the people of Boston and indeed to the Irish community in Boston. They paid tribute to the many undocumented Irish living in the US and urged people not to forget about them and to try and understand their struggles.“We are fortunate in that we were able to come back and accept this award” said Boston based Oran McGonagle “but we are only two of twenty and the other committee members deserve our gratitude. We have a great community in Boston, we stick together and look out for each other and that’s what it is like being Irish and living in Boston”.Dunfanaghy native Mick McGinley accepted the award on behalf of his son Paul and thanked Donegal County Council, the organising committee and indeed the O’Neill family for bestowing this award on Paul saying “I am very proud of Paul and of all he has achieved and I would like to thank you for honouring Paul in this way”. He also paid tribute to his wife for “all her good work with Paul”. Former Governor of Maryland and Mayor of Baltimore also spoke of his pride in receiving this award and recounted his own memories of the great Tip O’Neill and of the values and principles he brought to bear in his position as one of the most powerful people in the US. He concluded his address by telling the people of Donegal that “it is true what they say about you – ‘Your hearts are like your mountains in the homes of Donegal’”.Tom O’Neill, on behalf of the O’Neill family congratulated each of the award recipients and spoke of their achievements and outstanding contributions to each of their respective communities. Tom believes that they epitomise all that is great about our diaspora saying that it is not just about leaving and coming back, it is about giving back and each of these recipients ‘give back’ every day.Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council paid homage to the diaspora.He said “It is because of the work done by people like Tip O’Neill, like Martin O’Malley, Paul McGinley, Declan Houton and Oran McGonagle and thousands more like them that when we travel to the US or any other part of the world on trade missions that we are pushing open doors.“These people have laid the groundwork, they have made the connections and have conveyed a positive reputation for a place like Donegal that makes our job so much easier when we are selling Donegal as a great place to live in, work in, do business in or visit.” In welcoming guests to the Inishowen peninsula Cllr. Martin Farren Chair of Inishowen MD paid a special tribute to Tip O’Neill and to his dedication and commitment to Ireland and in particular to his endeavours in bringing Irish issues on to the agenda of the US government and bringing to bear his influence which ultimately helped secure the Peace Process for Northern Ireland.By way of conclusion Cllr. Nicholas Crossan formally launched the new booklet produced by Leonard Roarty outlining three of Tip O’Neills many achievements saying “this work illustrates Tip’s love and service to America and its people and in particular the Irish Diaspora and his unrelenting efforts and success in bringing peace to Ireland”. Each guest received a copy of the booklet.Virgin Media One star (formerly TV3) Ciara Doherty performed MC and the evening concluded with a superb performance by the Henry Girls.Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton enjoying a laugh at the Funding Workshop hosted by Ulster University Magee on Friday morning as part of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award programme of events.Attending the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel is seated l to r award recipients Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, Mick McGinley, Julia McGinley (accepting on behalf of Paul McGinley), Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton (on behalf of Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee). Standing l to r: Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of Advisory Committee, Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Tom O’Neill, Shelly O’Neill, Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council and Cllr. Martin Farren.2018 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award recipients Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, Mick McGinley, Julia McGinley (accepting on behalf of Paul McGinley), Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton (on behalf of Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee) attending the awards ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel with Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD Cllr. Martin Farren, Chair of Advisory Committee Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, elected members of Donegal County Council, Deputy Charlie McConalogue TD, Senator Padraig MacLochlainn, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, members of the Tip O’Neill Award Advisory Committee, Ciara Doherty, MC and management and staff from Donegal County Council.Virgin Media One (formerly TV3) star Ciara Doherty from Letterkenny who was MC at the prestigious Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel.Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton, on behalf of Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee, pictured receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award 2018 on Friday night with Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, Tommy O’Neill and Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of the Advisory Committee.Mick McGinley, on behalf of Paul McGinley, pictured receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award 2018 on Friday night with Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, Tommy O’Neill and Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of the Advisory CommitteeFormer Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley pictured receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award 2018 on Friday night with Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, James Gill, Tommy O’Neill and Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of the Advisory Committee.Pictured enjoying the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel is Oran McGonagle, Tom O’Neill and Declan Houton.Mick and Julia McGinley pictured with the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award which they accepted at a special ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on behalf of their son Paul with their beloved Rathmullan in the background.Virginia McLoone attending the Funding Workshop hosted in Ulster University on Friday morning as part of the 2018 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award programme of events.Gala night as Tip O’Neill 2018 Award recipients honoured was last modified: September 18th, 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)last_img read more

May 10, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

first_imgIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about upcoming user experience and information architecture workshops, find out why, how, and when to use semantic HTML and ARIA, discover what’s new with podcasts and Google search, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your work or projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the WeekDon’t leave out accessibility from your code examples for simplicity. People need to see that accessibility is a part of coding. That includes code examples.— Zoë Bijl (@ZoeBijl) May 8, 2019User ExperienceFat fingers aren’t the issue when you’re trying to access an interactive element on your smartphone. The issue is small touch targets on touchscreens.Designers who prioritize aesthetics over functionally too often forget to create targets that can be easily and accurately selected.In part 2 of his series on project estimation, Leo Frishberg walks you through the steps of creating a scoping and estimating tool and shares some theory on crafting a service business.Don Norman wrote the book on user-friendly design, but what he sees now horrifies him.Companies insist on printing critical instructions in tiny fonts with very low contrast.The Understanding Group (TUG) in Ann Arbor, Michigan is hosting half-day and full-day user experience and information architecture (IA) workshops the week of May 21-23, 2019. Great opportunity to expand your skillset, the workshops include: Understanding IA, Designing User Research, Aligning Stakeholders, and Modeling for Clarity.AccessibilityGetting started with web accessibility can be overwhelming, where do you start? This list of 8 tools that make accessible design easier can make your job a lot easier.Learn how Microsoft is using artificial intelligence to improve accessibility with their AI for Accessibility initiative.In why, how, and when to use semantic HTML and ARIA, Adam Silver explains why starting with semantic HTML is the best choice and why the first rule of ARIA is not to use it.Reframe the conversation and how you approach inclusive design by swapping out one word.hey all you managers/companies wanting to be more #inclusive + #accessible the *very* worst thing you can tell your employees is: “This is a requirement”by swapping out one word and saying: “This is a priority” you can reframe the conversation & the way they approach the issues— Carie Fisher (@cariefisher) May 7, 2019In Scott O’Hara’s some accessibility resources, you’ll find useful accessibility resources, online tutorials, style guides, online meetups, courses (paid and free), as well as links to my weekly news roundup (thank you, Scott!) Fascinating podcast (50-minutes) with my accessibility friends Mike Gifford and Graham Armfield discussing whether Drupal or WordPress is the most accessible content management system (CMS). WordPressWordPress 5.2 is released, featuring Site Health Check improvements, minimum PHP 5.6.20 version, fatal error protection, and many more enhancements.Why do you want to have WordPress activity log on your website? When you’re troubleshooting, it will help you identify the cause of a site error, find a security breach, and know who’s doing what on your website.Returning for the sixth time, the free online WordSesh conference will be held May 22, 2019. The fourteen sessions, including 10 live sessions and four pre-recorded sessions, cover a range of WordPress topics from development, client relationships, search engine optimization, and more. I’m attending, join me?You’ve probably seen the phrase “headless ecommerce” in recent WordPress posts. But do you know what it really means? In his headless e-commerce: everything you need to know post, John Hughes explains what it is, benefits and disadvantages, and how you can set it up and manage it. CSS and HTMLWondering how news sites like the BBC create joined bulletpoint lists with CSS for their stories? They’re using unordered lists and :before pseudo-elements I didn’t know this about Firefox Dev Tools, did you?Did you know you can make the Firefox Developer Tools split into 3-panes? One for HTML, one for CSS, and one for the CSS Grid Inspectore / Font Editor / Changes pane / Animations tool / etc.— Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) May 9, 2019Whoa, impressive browser-based 2D & 3D CSS transform functions visualizer project by Jorge Moreno. What I Found InterestingGoogle is now rolling out podcast results in search results. You can now search for and play podcasts directly in Google Search on Android, iOS, and desktop browsers.Have you received one-ring phone calls in the past few weeks? I have. And it’s frustrating! According to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, they’re one-ring robocalls that may lead you to be billed toll charges similar to calling a 900 number.If you weren’t able to watch the livestream, here’s all the cool stuff announced at Google I/O 2019.If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedFebruary 15, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn the five-step process to create an empathy map, find out how to create better web experiences, discover when to use CSS Grid or flexbox, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting…In “Web design & development links”May 31, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn 8 tips for conducting user interviews over the phone, find an updated guide for maintaining content in WordPress, discover a tool to generate CSS Grid markup, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a…In “Web design & development links”October 4, 2019: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll discover how to summarize qualitative user research, learn about a free 24-hour virtual inclusive design conference, discover how to create a masonry layout with flexbox, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

Active Schools Initiative

first_imgThe Active Schools Initiative (ASI) is a registered NPO that is providing a holistic violence prevention & empowerment programme called ´Play & Learn´ at 15 primary schools in 8 different disadvantaged communities of Cape Town and JohannesburgThe programme assists children to cope with difficult living conditions and empower them to become positive change agents in their own schools, neighbourhoods and communities.Play & Learn includes school ground development, interval programmes, holiday programmes, leadership training for selected child trainers and teacher workshops on topics including positive discipline, numeracy and literacy games, substance abuse prevention and others.We need assistance with office supplies and stationery, clothing and food for ASI staff, books and learning equipment for our school library, material which can be used to build jungle gyms etc, on which the children can play during interval times, and harnesses, helmets and other equipment for our kids climbing programme.We also need financial assistance/ donations for Play & Learn items like balls, skipping ropes, hula-hoops, trampolines, balloons, face paints and stationery.Contact person: Dayana DrekeTelephone: 079 635 6671Address: Milner Road 3, 7700 RondeboschE-mail: [email protected]: read more

ICE Seizes 181,000 Counterfeit Items Worth Nearly $43M

first_imgUnicodeSpecial agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) on Tuesday completed counting the counterfeit items seized in Laredo in June which totaled more than 181,000 items. HSI estimates the street value of the seized items at more than $42.9 million, which is HSI’s largest counterfeit seizure in Laredo, Texas.In mid-June 2018, HSI special agents conducted surveillance over a three-day period and observed boxes containing suspected counterfeit merchandise being moved. During the enforcement action, HSI discovered that all shipping labels on all the boxes depicted fictitious delivery addresses in Laredo. HSI confirmed the boxes contained counterfeit merchandise and detained the boxes. HSI eventually seized 795 boxes containing 181,615 pieces of trademark-infringed merchandise, which included many counterfeited brands, such as the following names: Adidas, Apple, Calvin Klein, Casio, Chanel, Coach, Diesel, Fendi, Gucci, Hugo Boss, LG, Luis Vuitton, Mark Kors, Nike, Rolex, Samsung, Sony, Under Armor, Yves St. Laurent; and DC and Marvel Comics.Through its investigation, HSI discovered that the Laredo-based criminal organization was the same organization that agents identified from a separate May 2018 counterfeit merchandise seizure. During the May 2018 seizure, HSI seized $16.1 million in trademark-infringed merchandise that was destined for illegal export to Mexico. Taken together, the two seizures represent $59 million in seized counterfeit merchandise, more than 260,000 pieces of garments, consumer electronics, cosmetics and jewelry. This HSI-led investigation is being assisted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Field Operations, Mexican Customs and representatives from the trademark industry. To date, no criminal charges have been filed in this case. This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information about the sale of counterfeit items can submit a tip at Reports can also be made to the HSI tip line at 866.DHS-2-ICE.    [Source: ICE Newsroom]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Semplici: ‘Bennacer deserved red’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: SPAL Coach Leonardo Semplici was unhappy with Krzysztof Piatek and Ismael Bennacer after his side’s 1-0 defeat to Milan last night. Suso came off the bench to score the winner for Milan, but the result didn’t go down well with Semplici, who felt Piatek wrongly tried to con the referee into awarding a penalty and that Bennacer should have been sent off. “I’m angry because Milan deserved to win, but I’d like to watch back the goal and Piatek’s position, plus the possible second yellow for Bennacer,” said Semplici to Sky Sport after the match. The result left SPAL stranded in the relegation zone, with a missed opportunity to climb out of the bottom three. “We are small and of little interest to people, but we work hard to do what we need to, like everyone else. Maybe we would have lost anyway, but… “We have to look for improvements in various aspects of our game and we know what we need to do. “It did not go how we wanted, but we know our path and we’re convinced we will come through this complicated situation.” The Biancazzurri have a crucial game coming up against fellow strugglers Sampdoria on Monday.last_img read more

Position Vacant – ACT Competitions and Events Coordinator

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry? Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the position of Competition and Events Coordinator based in our ACT branch office, Canberra.  Applications for this opportunity close at 5pm AEDST on Wednesday, 15 January 2014. Please find attached the Position Description. For further information or to lodge your application, please email [email protected] Related Filessops_competitions_and_events_oct_2012-pdfRelated LinksPosition Vacantlast_img read more

Mark Dantonio Appeared To Subtweet Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Before Deleting Tweet

first_imgJim Harbaugh and Mark Dantonio shaking hands after a game.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans after a 32-23 Michigan win at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Earlier tonight, Michigan lost a commitment from three-star defensive lineman Rashad Weaver. Weaver claimed the Wolverines staff stopped reaching out to him, and that head coach Jim Harbaugh had told him that there was only a 50/50 chance he’d have a scholarship for him on National Signing Day next week. Shortly after the Weaver news began circulating, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio dropped a somewhat-cryptic tweet consisting only of the phrase “The righteous shall prevail.” This would appear to be a not-so-veiled reference to the Michigan situation, and Dantonio quickly deleted the tweet. But, Twitter being Twitter, you know someone got a screen shot of it before it disappeared.Lol mark dantonio quickly deleted this but I think we all know what he was referencing— D2 (@ddycio) January 26, 2016 To add to the intrigue, Michigan State recruiting coordinator Curtis Blackwell tweeted the exact same thing.The righteous shall prevail….— Curtis Blackwell II (@MSUrecruiter) January 26, 2016Seems pretty clear what the intent was here. There is never a dull moment in college football recruiting, that’s for sure.[ Maize ‘N’ Brew ]last_img read more

National centre for IT eassessment to be based in Delhi CBDT issues

first_imgNew Delhi: A national e-assessment centre (NeAC) will be setup in the national capital as part of the government’s ambitious plan to launch faceless and nameless assessment for income tax payers from next month. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), that frames policy for the Income-tax department, has issued an order for the creation of the Centre. The Centre will have 16 officials and will be headed by a Principal Chief Commissioner of Income-tax (PCCIT) as its chief. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe NeAC will be an independent office looking after the exclusive work of e-assessment, a senior official told PTI. While 1984-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer K M Prasad has been appointed as the chief or PCCIT of the new Centre, 1993-batch IRS officer Ashish Abrol has been appointed as the Commissioner or second-in-command of the new unit, they said. Staff strength in the junior ranks will be bolstered in the future, officials said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysFinance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the e-assessment scheme will be rolled out from October 8– when ‘Vijayadashami’ will be celebrated. The NeAC will serve notices to the assessees specifying the issues for selection of their case for assessment and after a response is received from them within 15 days, the centre will allocate the case to an assessing officer using an automated system, a government notification had earlier said. “A person shall not be required to appear either personally or through authorised representative in connection with any proceedings under this scheme (e-assessment) before the income-tax authority at the National e-assessment Centre or Regional e-assessment Centre or any unit set up under this scheme,” the notification stated. In case assessees or their authorised representatives want personal hearing to make their submissions or present their case before the income-tax authority, they will be allowed to do so “in any unit” and such hearings shall be conducted exclusively through video links or any other such facility, it said. In her budget speech, Sitharaman had said the existing system of I-T scrutiny assessments involves a high-level personal interaction between the taxpayer and the department, which leads to certain undesirable practices on the part of tax officials. “To eliminate such instances, and to give shape to the vision of the prime minister, a scheme of faceless assessment in electronic mode involving no human interface is being launched this year in a phased manner.” “To start with, such e-assessments shall be carried out in cases requiring verification of certain specified transactions or discrepancies,” she had said.last_img read more