After a difficult second half of 2008, I know I’m not the only one hoping for a better year ahead. Unfortunately, it looks like the economy will be getting worse before it gets better. That means more tough times ahead for FPB members.The FPB runs a helpline for members to call when they need advice and information on running their businesses. Over the past three months, the biggest increase in calls has been from members asking for assistance with employment-related issues, including redundancies.Owner-managers of small businesses are generally good at the one-to-one relationships that make a business work, but with a disciplinary or conduct issue, it is so important that the correct procedures are followed from the start. Also, concerns about whether or not to employ staff are being complicated by legislation on the horizon.In April, the right to request flexible working hours will extend to parents with children up to the age of 16. The government will also be implementing the EU’s Directive on Temporary Agency Workers in the next few months, which may be an issue for those bakeries and shops that use agency staff for periods of longer than three months. In the meantime, the FPB will be working to make sure that businesses have the know-how and support to cope with this legislation and other employment issues. Regulations change every year, so you need to be sure you have the most up-to-date and accurate guidance.In the meantime, let me wish you a Happy New Year and all the best for 2009 from the FPB.
Simultaneous shocks The Washington-based international crisis lender said the region was facing simultaneous shocks due to reductions in trade, drops in domestic and external demand, disruptions in production and tightening financial conditions.Oil exporters face the additional shock of plunging oil prices, after Saudi Arabia and Russia started a market share war following the collapse of a production cut agreement with OPEC partners.”The intertwined shocks are expected to deal a severe blow to economic activity in the region, at least in the first half of this year, with potentially lasting consequences,” said Azour.Lower revenues for oil exporters would put pressure on their budgets, “spilling over to the rest of the economy”, he said.Tourism has been hit in countries where it has an important role for the economy, such as Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. There will be “wide reverberations if unemployment rises and wages and remittances fall” given the large number of people employed in the service sector, he said.Azour said spikes in global risk aversion due to the outbreak and the flight of capital to safer assets had led to a decline of nearly $2 billion in portfolio flows to the region since mid-February, where bond spreads have spiked recently.”Such a tightening in financial conditions could prove to be a major challenge, given the region’s estimated $35 billion in maturing external sovereign debt in 2020.” A dozen countries in the Middle East and Central Asia have asked the International Monetary Fund for financial support in dealing with the coronavirus, and the Kyrgyz Republic is likely to receive the first emergency disbursement, the fund said.Governments should spare no expense to help their health systems and strengthen social safety nets, despite already squeezed budgets, Jihad Azour, director of the fund’s Middle East and Central Asia Department, wrote in an IMF blog.”Economic policy responses should be directed at preventing the pandemic — a temporary health crisis — from developing into a protracted economic recession with lasting welfare losses to the society through increased unemployment and bankruptcies.” He said central banks should be ready to provide liquidity to banks particularly to support lending to small and medium-sized enterprises, while conventional fiscal measures to support the economy – such as spending on infrastructure – could be considered once the crisis begins to dissipate.The IMF said it was working to expedite approval of emergency funding requests from the region, and a first disbursement since the outbreak would be considered this week for the Kyrgyz Republic.”With three-quarters of the countries reporting at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 and some facing a major outbreak, the coronavirus pandemic has become the largest near-term challenge to the region,” Azour said, referring to the disease associated with the virus.Fragile and conflict-torn states such as Iraq, Sudan and Yemen, face an especially daunting challenge. Topics :
Akim Aliu elaborated on his Twitter allegations against Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters during an interview with TSN’s Frank Seravalli on Tuesday.Aliu, a former player under Peters with the Chicago Blackhawks’ American Hockey League affiliate, on Monday claimed Peters made racist comments to him during the 2009-10 season. In the TSN interview, Aliu recalled the specific interaction with Peters before an IceHogs morning skate. Aliu made his initial comments on Twitter in response to the Maple Leafs’ firing of head coach Mike Babcock last week. Peters was a member of Babcock’s staff in Detroit.Not very surprising the things we’re hearing about Babcock. Apple doesn’t fall far from the Tree, same sort of deal with his protege in YYC. Dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music. First one to— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 26, 2019admit I rebelled against him. Wouldn’t you? And instead of remedying the situation, he wrote a letter to John McDonough and Stan Bowman to have me sent down to the ECHL. 20 year old on pace for 20 goals in his first pro year with zero PP/PK time was off to a great start in his— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 26, 2019“This isn’t me being bitter,” Aliu told TSN. “I sat on this a really, really long time. It broke my heart, I think it made my career go downhill before it started.”He added, “It’s tough to sit here while he just keeps climbing the ranks. After that incident, I got zero opportunity. I’ve made peace with it. I hope he’s honest and admits what happened.” “He walked in before a morning pregame skate and said ‘Hey, Akim, I’m sick of you playing that n— s—,’” Aliu said Peters told him about his decision to play hip-hop music in the locker room. “He said, ‘I’m sick of hearing this n—s f— other n—s in the ass stuff.’ “He then walked out like nothing ever happened. You could hear a pin drop in the room, everything went dead silent. I just sat down in my stall, didn’t say a word.”At the time, Aliu was a 20-year-old forward in his first full professional season with the potential to crack the Blackhawks roster in the coming years. A second-round pick in 2007, he was sent down to the ECHL later that month, reportedly two hours after saying “Don’t f— talk to me” to Peters at practice in response to the coach snapping at him.“Look at the numbers. I was on pace for 20 goals in my first pro season and I wasn’t getting any power-play or penalty-kill time. Zero special teams,” Aliu told TSN. “I feel like this ruined my career before it started. I don’t think that can be disputed. Then you get sent down to the ECHL, then traded to another organization and it’s an uphill climb from there.”While Aliu did say he met with Peters following the initial locker room incident, and reportedly after captain Jake Dowell confronted the head coach, Peters did not apologize, according to Aliu.”You know, I’m just sick of this n— s—. It’s every day. From now on, we need to play different music,” he said.Seravalli also spoke with Simon Pepin and Peter MacArthur, who were in the room when the incident happened and corroborated the events.
An Inishowen man was cleared of drink driving in court recently after Gardaí failed to prove a time of driving prior to the arrest.Kevin Doherty, 20, from Glenkeen, Gleneely, was charged with drink driving, driving without a licence and insurance, at Carrickmaquigley, Redcastle, on January 1, 2017. He contested the charges against him, when he appeared before Carndonagh District Court .After hearing evidence, Judge Paul Kelly convicted Mr. Doherty of having no insurance, but cleared him of drink driving.Garda Stephen Canning told the court that on Sunday, January 1, 2017, he was on mobile patrol in Redcastle with Sgt. Sean McDaid when they saw a red van parked up at Carrickmaquigley.He said 50 yards from the van he saw three young men standing at the bottom of a driveway.“Given the location and the time of night, I believed it was unusual for the three men to be there – I believed it was worth addressing so I spoke with them,” Gda. Canning said.“I also noted that their clothing was dry even though it had been raining heavily so I believed they had come from the red van, parked nearby.”Gda. Canning said the young men were ‘evasive’ and failed to account for their presence in Redcastle.“I considered they may be up to illegal activity but this was not the case,” Gda. Canning said.The Moville based garda said at 2.01am Kevin Doherty identified himself as the driver of the van.“He said it was his father’s van, which they had taken without his father’s consent, and they took it to that location as they were attending a nearby disco,” Gda. Canning said.“He said he had no licence or insurance and admitted having two or three pints earlier.”Gda. Canning said Doherty failed the roadside breath test and was arrested and taken to Buncrana Garda Station at 2.40am, where he was processed for drink driving.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian raised concerns that Gda. Canning didn’t caution Mr. Doherty before questioning him about who was driving or who was drinking.He also argued there was no time of driving given in court. He said the prosecution for drink driving must fail without this piece of evidence.“As well as this, he did not caution Mr. Doherty before he had questioned him,” said Mr. Dorrian.“If Garda Canning had not asked the questions there would never have been a prosecution – without the question he doesn’t have the evidence,” he added.Gda. Canning said he was just carrying out enquires with the three young men.Garda Inspector Seamus McGonigle accepted there was no precise time of driving given. However he said he was satisfied that it was within three hours of being questioned as it was a very wet night and they were dry.Judge Paul Kelly said Gda. Canning was entitled to carry out enquiries to find out who was driving. However, he said having done that he should have cautioned Mr. Doherty regarding the drink driving charge.“Also, there is no time of driving given,” said Judge Kelly.“They could have been sitting in the van for some time before the guards arrived. We don’t know.”Judge Kelly said he would dismiss the drink driving charge but asserted that Doherty has a case to meet on the licence and no insurance charge.Mr. Dorrian said his client has no previous convictions and works fulltime as a plasterer in Dublin, earning €100 per day. He said the Gleneely man hopes to get a licence.He asked Judge Kelly not to ban him for having no insurance as it was his first offence.Judge Kelly fined Doherty €300 for having no insurance and took the no licence charge into consideration. He agreed not to disqualify him on this occasion, however he warned Doherty that he was ‘very fortunate’.Timing mix-up leaves man free of drink-driving charge was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 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:clearedcourtdrink drivingGardaiGleneelyInishowen
OAKLAND — Initially, Warriors coach Steve Kerr made DeMarcus Cousins’ departure sound like a foregone conclusion.The Warriors signed Cousins last summer to a surprisingly low $5.3 million with their taxpayer mid-level exception because of the league-wide concern about his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon. As far as re-signing him this summer, though? Kerr did not see how that would work.“We made no bones about it when we signed him. This is a one-year deal and we’re not going to …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Week #2 of Feeding Farmers with T102 took the Ohio Ag Net to Ottawa and the farm of Tim Recker. Tim farms 1000 acres with the help of my son-in-law, Randy. They grow corn, soybeans, and wheat and have 200 head of beef cattle. Hay also keeps them busy as they bale 100 acres of alfalfa, and 3,000 acres of straw that they market year round. Dale had the chance to visit with Recker before lunch.
sarah perez The findings also reveal some other interesting trends, too. For example, although more games are launched each week, Music apps spend more time in the approval process. (No doubt while Apple verifies whether or not the app competes with iTunes). Then there is the issue of Apple telling a developer that their app will go live on a particular date but it doesn’t happen. The most recent example of this was with the new my6sense application. Because the company’s PR department had already briefed a number of bloggers with the information, articles were published anyway, albeit with an update about the delay. Unfortunately for the company, this was not the ideal situation. How awful must it have been to see post after post about the app go live without any download link included in any of them. That’s not just disappointing for the blog readers who can’t try the app right away, it no doubt affected the company’s bottom line, too. That App Should Not Have Been Approved Although Apple won’t reveal any details of their mysterious approval process, a number of “oopsies” and oversights lead some to wonder if there isn’t some sort of automation involved. That’s the only explanation as to why some apps, like the horrid “Baby Shaker” game (where you shake the baby until red X’s appear over his eyes) could have ever made it through. Such an oversight surely was not made by an actual person – at least not one who wanted to keep their job, that is. Other questionable applications have also been pulled like BeautyMeter, a “Hot or Not” type of app where user-submitted photos are voted on and rated. Some users went too far with their photos, leaving Apple to finally pull the app when a 15-year-old girl uploaded nude photos of herself. That occurrence made the app go from being risque to downright illegal in an instant. Perhaps Apple just didn’t see the potential dangers of that type of application, but their latest mistake again highlights the obvious holes in their approval process.For a brief period of time yesterday, Apple was hosting an app called theXchange whose sole purpose is to connect people who want to have sex. Clearly, this app should not have made the cut given Apple’s policies. So again, one has to wonder: what is going on with the approval process?Apple Needs to Shape UpThere’s no doubt that Apple is struggling with the large number of apps, the high visibility of their platform, and having to balance their goals with those of their carriers like AT&T. However, the problems, the delays, and, most importantly, their refusal to discuss the issues, is starting to give the company a bad reputation. For now, the souring feelings for Apple are probably just occurring in the developer community and among and tech pundits who watch the company closely. Still, it’s already been bad enough for some developers to bow out and for some high-profiletech bloggers to announce they’re ditching the iPhone for good. If Apple can’t address these issues in a timely fashion, then maybe it’s time for them to lift their cone of silence and say – if not why the issues have happened – then at the very least, “We’re Sorry.” Tags:#Apple#NYT#Trends#web Apple has never been one to be overly communicative with their developer community and the iTunes App Store is no exception. There is often little communication between Apple and developers when it comes to why an app is rejected or why its launch in the store is delayed. Now with the recent removal of all Google Voice related applications from the App Store – and again, with no explanations – at least one developer has had enough. But lack of communication is only one of the issues with today’s App Store approval process. O’Reilly Research is reporting today that the incubation period for apps is now trending upward – a figure that seems to speak to Apple’s becoming overwhelmed by the number of submissions. And finally, courtesy of Apple’s mysterious approval process, they’ve accidentally let yet another “adult”-themed application into the App Store once again.“I Can’t Say. It’s Just Against Our Policy”For four months, the developer of a third-party Google Voice application known as VoiceCentral hosted his application in the iTunes App Store. Then, one day, it was gone. There was no advanced notice and absolutely no explanation from the company. He contacted Apple for help. After a frustrating conversation with Apple employee “Richard,” the developer realized that Apple was simply refusing to discuss the problem. The conversation, a snippet of which is embedded below, is beyond absurd (Note – the developer says the conversation is not verbatim): Richard: “I’m calling to let you know that VoiceCentral has been removed from the App Store because it duplicates features of the iPhone.” Me: “I don’t understand that reasoning. By that logic wouldn’t apps like Textfree, Skype, fring, or iCall be considered duplicates?” Richard: “I can’t discuss other apps with you.” Me: “It’s not the apps themselves I want to discuss just the lack of consistency in rule enforcement.” Richard: “I can only say that yours duplicates features of the iPhone and was causing confusion in the user community. It’s against our policy.” Me: “So what has changed that it is now against policy? It has been in the store for the last 4 months with no problem. There wasn’t a problem for the 1.5 months prior to that when you were ‘reviewing’ it. And this didn’t come up with any of the updates we submitted after it was already in the store.” Richard: “I can’t say – only that yours is not complying with our policy.” Me: “Can you tell me what portions of the app were duplicate features?” Richard: “I can’t go into granular detail.” Me: “Is there something we can change or alter in order to regain compliance and get back in the Store?” Richard: “I can’t say.” Me: “Well if we can’t figure out the issue then how will we know whether to resubmit the app. And how will we know whether to invest in any other development efforts? Future apps could be impacted.” Richard: “I can’t help you with that” Along with the removal of the third-party applications, Apple also gave the boot to the official Google Voice Application at the same time. Some tech pundits reported it was AT&T who was behind the removal of these apps, since the Google Voice app essentially turns the iPhone into a dumb data device that routes calls over the iPhone’s data connection instead of over AT&T’s network – you know, the network where they get to charge you big money for long distance phone calls and such. Others weren’t so sure that AT&T was to blame, since there are still a number of other VoIP applications available in the App Store now including My Skype, TruPhone, Nimbuzz, and Fring.Sadly, the real truth may never be known because Apple isn’t talking.For one Apple developer, Steven Frank, watching the Google Voice debacle unfold was enough to put him off developing applications for Apple products altogether. Interestingly enough, Frank is not an iPhone developer – he develops apps for the Mac. But seeing how Apple was treating the mobile developer community left him “frustrated and disappointed,” he wrote in a candid blog post.“I’ve reached a point where I can no longer just sit back and watch this. The iPhone ecosystem is toxic, and I can’t participate any more until it is fixed. As people have told me so many times: It’s Apple’s ballgame, and Apple gets to make the rules, and if I don’t like it, I can leave. So, I don’t like it, and I’m leaving.”As for Google themselves, they aren’t sharing what (if any) conversation occurred between the two companies about the Voice app’s removal. But given the somewhat incestuous relationship between both industry giants (Apple and Google share two board members: Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former Genentech CEO Arthur Levinson), we’ll probably never hear from them either.Delays, Delays, DelaysWhen it comes to getting an application published, there’s no doubt that Apple’s queue of apps pending approval is likely the largest in the business. That’s probably why the company is unable to offer consistent and reliable lead times for app approval to their developers. Some apps seem to get approved in a reasonable amount of time while others have actually sat in limbo for as much as six months. And it’s not just approvals that are subjected to this process. Application updates – patches that add features and fix major problems – are stalled for weeks on end at times, too. Says one iPhone developer: “I’m not happy with delays involved, and the seemingly arbitrary favoritism that’s evident. It’s either favoritism or just general chaos.”Today, new findings from O’Reilly Research put hard numbers to these sorts of complaints. They show that Apple’s incubation times are now trending upward. The “incubation time” is the period between the release date of an app and the date it first appears in iTunes. The release date of an app refers to the date developers upload their apps to iTunes Connect, the area where apps are managed. In between the release date and when the app appears in iTunes, Apple performs a number of undisclosed QA tests before making the app live in their store. Because a shorter incubation period translates to a more favorable position when users sort apps by release date, developers prefer to see the shortest incubation periods possible.As more apps are launched each week, the incubation period for these apps is increasing, says O’Reilly. They found that the mean incubation period for all app categories except for Travel is now on the rise. 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Last fall, the construction crew at 174 Grand Street in Brooklyn, a mixed-use building a few blocks from New York City’s East River, installed expanded polystyrene insulation on the exterior’s concrete masonry walls, and spent a lot of time double-checking for air leaks at seams and joints all over the shell.The project has since progressed to completion, and its remaining air leaks are likely to be very few and far between. We say that because this renovation was designed by architecture firm Loadingdock5 to bring the structure – with 900 sq. ft. of retail-workshop space on the ground floor and a 1,500-sq.-ft. three-bedroom, three-level residence above – to the Passivhaus performance standard.Loadingdock5 principals Sam Bargetz and Werner Morath (both of whom trained in Austria) announced the completion in March and touted the transformation as the first of four on the firm’s design-and-construction list that are aiming for Passivhaus performance. These projects will join a growing group of renovations and new builds in Brooklyn, including a recent restoration in the Park Slope neighborhood, and in the greater New York metropolitan area.The Grand Street building is in fact one of eight single-family and seven multifamily Passivhaus projects underway or completed in the region, according to NY Passive House, an affiliate of the National Passive House Alliance.The Loadingdock PH lineupWe’re waiting for a few performance details about 174 Grand (and an update on its interior dimensions), but on its website Loadingdock5 offers a few particulars, including the installation of 7 in. of expanded polystyrene insulation over the 8-in concrete-masonry-unit exterior walls. The construction team went with reversible windows from Austria-based Walch Windows, a Zehnder ComfoAir 350 energy-recovery ventilator, and a 1.5-ton Mitsubishi minisplit heat pump to handle the heating and cooling demand. Exterior blinds were installed on the south facade (the rear of the building) to avoid summer overheating.The other Passivhaus projects in the Loadingdock5 pipeline, all of which are in Brooklyn, include a retrofit of a 19th-century three-story house on Greenpoint Avenue that will be transformed into two apartments over ground-floor commercial space. Another work in progress is the retrofit of 228 Washington Avenue, a three-story landmark building whose figured cornice and bay windows went missing over the years but will be replaced during the renovation.The fourth project, which the design-and-construction team calls Haus, will be a new build – a four-story, seven-unit apartment house in the Greenpoint neighborhood that is aiming for Passivhaus performance on a relatively modest budget.Haus will be “a true Every Man experiment, and a good gauge of how reasonable it is to expect that even people with very modest budgets can build a Passive House. Let’s see how it will all work out,” Loadingdock5 says on its website.
Speed up your video edits with these tips for video editing in FCPX.The clock is ticking and your project has to get out – fast! Your client keeps asking “when will this be done” and you’re still hours away from finalizing for delivery. This is the scenario video editors face on a daily basis.To give you a leg up, we’ve assembled the following quick tips for video editing in Final Cut Pro X…Tip #1: Know Your ShortcutsUsing shortcuts WILL greatly increase your effectiveness when editing. For pros, there’s no other way…shortcuts are a must.To access the shortcut editor in FCPX head over to Final Cut Pro > Commands > Customize. In this menu you can modify the shortcuts and tweak to fit your needs/workflow. If you’re coming from another video editing app like Avid or Premiere Pro you can mirror the shortcuts from these applications. You can also head over to KBcovers.com and pick up a keyboard overlay that will help as well.Tip #2: Check Output Settings EarlyYou don’t want something to go wrong just moments before the edit is due, so once you have all of your footage imported and some clips dropped into your timeline run through and do a quick export. This quick export will help ensure that your settings are correct and match what the client wants. Then, when you’re ready to do a full export you can feel confident that your settings are correct.Tip #3: Turn Background Rendering “On”Final Cut Pro X has the ability to render in the background while you work. To access these settings go to Final Cut Pro > Preferences > Playback.Tip #4: Dynamic TrimmingDynamic trimming is the process of trimming NOT in the timeline, but in the edit window. Essentially you complete your trimming with the keyboard while the edit is playing. This is fairly simple to do, but you’ll want to have some important key combinations down before you attempt this. Pro video editor Chadwick Shoults demonstrates this technique in the following video:Here is Chadwick’s list of Shortcuts:shift + x = extend edit (edit during playback, dynamic); and ‘ = go to prev and next edit[ and ] and \ = selects the type of trim operation (single roller, dual roller), and . = nudging 1 frame (use shift to x10 the change)option and [ = top editoption and ] = tail editcommand + b = add edit (cut)t = only really used for slip and slide (not changing durations)x = selects range between 2 cutsTip #5: Turn Off WaveformsOften video editors will use audio waveforms for editing, as it makes it easier to changes in music or tempo. However, waveforms may also slow down FCPX, especially if you’re working with a large set of media files. You can turn waveforms off in the timeline, browser and inspector so it doesn’t hinder speed. Note: video editors running a computer with a lot of RAM shouldn’t feel the effects of the waveforms.To access the waveforms settings go to View > Hide Waveforms. Of course once you finish your edit you’ll want to make sure to turn these back on so you can check your audio levels before exporting.Tip #6: Adjustment LayersIf you’re a seasoned pro in Photoshop, After Effects or Motion you’ll know that adjustment layers are a way to take your edits to another level. When using Motion in conjunction with FCPX you can make your own adjustment layers, but there are also tons of places online to find professional adjustment layers. The greatest thing about adjustment layers is that once in place all changes made happen to that layer…not your raw footage. Check out this tutorial from Ripple Training on how to effectively use adjustment layers in FCPX, samples below. Above images from Ripple Training Tip #7: Remember to use SnapshotIf you’re editing on FCPX and haven’t used Snapshot you should begin doing so now! Snapshot is a great feature in FCPX that allows you to create a duplicate of your project (it won’t change if you change the master project). Essentially what Snapshot offers is a way to create drafts of your project as you go through your edit. Here is a great introduction and tutorial from Larry Jordan on how to do just that:Tip #8: Don’t Be Afraid to Speak UpBudget your time appropriately and realize early on what you can do in the timeframe available. Keep the professional relationship strong with your producer or client and speak up about what you feel is realistic for you to accomplish – let them know if what they are asking for just can’t be done in the time allotted! Having the lines of communication open and budgeting your time will determine whether or not you gain repeat business.Hopefully these tips will help you as you begin your next editing project with FCPX.Do you have any other tips that didn’t make it on our list? Let us know in the comments below.