The Manual Tried GoCubes Chewable Coffee For A Week: Here’s What We Learned

first_imgCoffee is life. In Coffee Veritas. If most of us here don’t have a cup or two (or four, in some cases) in the morning, we turn into terrible people. Think those Snickers commercials on crack. Because of that, when the ad for GoCubes, a new product from NootRobox popped up in our FaceBook feed, we were curious. We needed to know. Would these actually work? In order to see if they would, we ate them for a straight week instead of drinking coffee. Here’s what we found out:Flavor — The potential for this part (perhaps the most important part aside for effectivity) to go terribly wrong, terribly quickly is great. Think about all the other foods that have been translated into some other form: Baked Potato-flavored potato chips, Swedish Fish-flavored vodka, Thanksgiving Stuffing-flavored soda, any of the Harry Potter-themed jelly beans. These products have taken something wonderful and to varying degrees of success, turned it into a sad excuse for a digestible. GoCubes, though, aren’t bad. Actually, if you like coffee flavor, and you like sweet (this is key) they’ll probably be pretty good to you If you’ve ever had Jelly Belly coffee-flavored jelly beans before, the taste is closest to that. If you are a coffee purist, drinking it as black as an Goth kid’s hair, the sugar in GoCubes might throw you. If, on the other hand, you dump sugar and cream into your coffee like you come from the Domino’s family itself (alternatively, if you think Starbucks makes great coffee drinks) then GoCubes will be right up your alley.Related: 4 Must-Have Cold Brew Cocktails for SummerTexture — The GoCubes are gummies covered in tiny sparkles of sugar. They’re a little bouncy to the touch and chewing them doesn’t take long. If you’ve ever had the energy gummies that they sometimes give out at races, think something similar to that (but, you know, coffee-flavored and consumed not while contemplating why in hell you signed up for this stupid race anyway). They give easily when chewed and they don’t stick to your teeth, leaving you no need to worry about having to pick your teeth during your 9AM meeting.Effect — Each GoCube contains 50mg of caffeine, with two cubes acting as one serving (each pack contains four cubes). With one serving having 100mg, this is right around the average amount contained in an 8-ounce cup of coffee. This is where they get you. Unless you’re living in a dollhouse, most mugs are not 8-ounce containers. Twelve, sixteen, or even twenty-four ounces (here’s looking at you, travel mugs) are what most of us are probably used when we think of a cup of coffee. Call it addiction, or habit, or whatever, but it is what it is. In order to get the full effect, you’d more than likely have to take more than two cubes. When we did take four cubes, as opposed to two, the effect was felt much more. It was indeed like drinking coffee. Alertness came back, and all seemed to be right with the world.Overall — The GoCubes work, but they’re going to work best under a few circumstances: you really need a boost (when contemplating a five-hour energy or a Monster seems like a good idea), you don’t typically drink a lot of caffeine (which, for shame), or you’re on the go and don’t have time or can’t stop for a cup of Joe. Keep some GoCubes in your car or your bag and, if you realize you’ve run out the door without your coffee (because you’re too tired from not having your morning coffee or because you’re running late), pop a couple GoCubes and people won’t think you’re acting like the Beast of Gévaudan by the time you get to the office. (As an added bonus, and something to think about for those times when you’ll be on the go without getting to go—GoCubes don’t cause coffee shits.)If you’re constantly busy, constantly on the go, and constantly in need of a jolt of caffeine to get you through the day, GoCubes might be for you. They’re handy and portable, and cost, on average, right around an average cup of coffee. If you’re pounding down half a pot per day so that you can meet deadline, GoCubes might not be the best idea. They’ll help, sure, but they’re not going to be the be-all, end-all. Your caffeinated body is going to react to the GoCubes like the crusty veteran welcoming the rookie to training camp.GoCubes cost $20.70 for a sampler pack (containing six sets of four cubes each) or $53.10 for a full box of twenty. Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters last_img read more

USAID Provides US$3 Million for Safety and Security In Schools Project

first_img Under the partnership, the USAID will provide the funds over two years. The National Education Trust (NET) will act as coordinator for the project. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has partnered with the Education, Youth and Information Ministry to provide grant funding in the sum of US$3 million for a Safety and Security in Schools Project.Under the partnership, the USAID will provide the funds over two years. The National Education Trust (NET) will act as coordinator for the project.The prime objective for the Ministry, through this initiative, is to implement the necessary measures to transform schools and their immediate surroundings into safe zones through a multilayered and multisectoral approach.It will utilise schools, community, parents and public and private partnerships in an effort to ensure a safe environment that will facilitate a quality education system and raise the bar to benefit all learners, both male and female.Specifically, the project will aid in controlling access to school compounds by installing or repairing perimeter fencing, and controlling the possession of weapons and other contraband in schools, through the use of security monitoring equipment and increasing the number of security personnel assigned to schools.The project will also ensure the implementation of security and safety guidelines and continue the promotion of uniformed groups and clubs, which will promote positive values and attitudes at both school and community levels. Story Highlights   The Mission Director thanked her team for mobilising and bringing the project together in record time. She said it will be implemented once the new school year begins in September. Addressing a ceremony to sign the letter of implementation for the project, at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle offices in Kingston, on July 3, Permanent Secretary, Dean-Roy Bernard, expressed gratitude to the USAID for the grant.“We are extremely grateful for the partnership to assist our efforts. This is a moment to be celebrated and we look forward to the National Education Trust (NET) spearheading this project to lessen some of the challenges that we’re having in schools,” he said.Citing the high level of violence in schools, Mr. Bernard stressed the immediate need to reduce conflicts and is hoping for “very good outcomes” with the implementation of the project.Data received from the Safe Schools Programme (SSP) of the Ministry of National Security indicate that during the 2012/2013 academic year, 3,671 students were cited for antisocial behaviours of varying degrees.Substance use and misuse among adolescents also continue to be a major concern.For her part, USAID Mission Director, Maura Barry Boyle, said the project came to fruition based on discussions with the Ministry to improve security in schools.The Mission Director thanked her team for mobilising and bringing the project together in record time. She said it will be implemented once the new school year begins in September.The improved Safety and Security in Schools Project represents a much broader initiative than the SSP, which was instituted in 2004.last_img read more

Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health To Test Cancer Education Program

first_imgCANCER CARE N.S.–Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health To TestCancer Education Program Cancer patients, their families and health-care workers in theGuysborough Antigonish Strait area have a new tool designed tohelp them through the various stages of the disease. Cancer Care Nova Scotia today, Oct. 7, announced the introductionof the Oncology Interactive Education Series (OIES), aninteractive, computer-based cancer-education program forpatients, their families and health professionals. The program was developed in Canada by Jack Digital Productionsin collaboration with Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital. NovaScotia is the first province to test it. It is being piloted infive health districts including Guysborough Antigonish StraitHealth Authority. “Hearing the words, ‘you have cancer,’ is traumatic,” said Dr.Andrew Padmos, commissioner, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “There areso many questions, so many fears, many of which can be alleviatedif patients have access to quality cancer information.Information puts people back in the driver’s seat. It helps themunderstand their treatment options and make informed decisions. “For health professionals, access to quality patient educationhelps them support their patients. And, research also indicatesthat it leads to a better understanding of the illness, bettercompliance with treatment and thus better outcomes. OIES willrespond to the needs that patients, families and healthprofessionals have identified and ultimately lead to bettercancer care.” Each of the 24 cancer-type specific titles in the series containsbetween 18 and 25 hours of information. Each topic follows thepatient experience, providing information about diseaseprevention, early detection, symptoms, diagnosis, staging,treatment options, nutrition, pain management, psychosocial careand community support services. It also provides answers to anumber of commonly asked questions. The learning is supported bythree dimensional anatomy, patient experiences and cleargraphics. “The old adage that ‘information is power’ means a lot to peopleliving with cancer,” said Charlene Porter, patient navigator,Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority. “OIES willprovide our patients with the information they need to face theirillness.” OIES is designed to meet the need of a broad range of learningstyles, computer experience, literacy levels and language skills.Trained volunteers will help patients, families and healthprofessionals to use OIES. Patients who have access to a computermay also borrow titles from the program’s lending libraries. OIES will be evaluated to measure the use of the tool bypatients, families and health professionals, as well as theirsatisfaction with it. The evaluation will also seek healthprofessionals’ opinions on how best to use the teaching tool aspart of the care process. The decision to implement OIES acrossthe province will be based on evaluation results, which areexpected to be available in June 2005. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, familiesand the health-care system through prevention, screening,education and research.last_img read more

Northern Manitoba leaders raise outcry over police detainees held in locker rooms

first_imgAPTN National NewsLeaders in Manitoba are calling out the province for a lack of security on their reserves.That’s because band constables aren’t able to police their own communities anymore.Now, chief and council says they are going to extremes to keep their people safe.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

Simons to launch new app as company doubles down on ecommerce business

first_imgVANCOUVER – Simons department store chain is launching a new app as part of its plan to grow its e-commerce business.“We really felt the need to close that gap between e-commerce and our physical and digital footprint,” said Peter Simons, president of the Quebec-based company.The company spent about two years working on the app, which will be available Thursday, and invested between $3 million- and- $4 million into the venture, he said.It includes a feature that allows users to upload a photo of a product they like — be it in a magazine, another store or on a passerby — and see recommendations of similar items at Simons.“It’s something that the apparel industry and the tech industry have been playing around with for some time,” said Doug Stephens, founder of Retail Prophet, a retail advisory firm.The camera is becoming the new keyboard, he said, explaining the Internet is shifting from predominantly text-based to a more visual platform.With the advent of better cameras embedded in smartphones and more capable artificial intelligence, he said consumers will grow increasingly accustomed to visual searches.The Simons app also integrates loyalty data, tracks previous in-store and online purchases, and allows shoppers to scan tags in-store for product data.The company is very focused on its e-commerce business, Simons said, and is also working on building a high-tech, robotic distribution facility in the future.He’s honed in on a 500,000-square-foot property and said the company is working to put together the technological players and financing for the project.That kind of upgrade is going to be essential for any e-commerce business, Stephens said, as businesses work to drive all inefficiencies out of the shipping process.Online retail juggernaut Amazon set the benchmark for the rest of the industry, he said. Amazon uses a robotic technology known as the Kiva system in its warehouses and offers same-day delivery in many locations, including Toronto and Vancouver.Last year, Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC) unveiled $60 million worth of upgrades to its Toronto distribution centre, including a robotics system intended to speed up deliveries.Simons said its new facility will be a huge capital investment. The company operates 15 stores in Canada, most of which are in Quebec, and is in the midst of a five-year, $200-million national expansion.But that doesn’t mean the 177-year-old company will go public any time soon, he said.“I’m trying to avoid it, because I would like to maintain the freedom that we have with our private ownership,” Simons said, saying it allows him to make choices public companies may not be able to.“I don’t know if we’d be able to make those choices that I would, that I would feel good with, that our organization would feel good with at the same time as satisfying this sort of insatiable quench for quarterly performance.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Drive on to deliver highspeed internet in Haldimand

A push is on to connect as many farms, households and businesses in Haldimand County as possible to the World Wide Web.The county has invited contractors to participate in a pre-qualification process for installing fibre-optic cable in underserviced areas.Contractors who pass the entry-level requirements will advance to the final selection process. In the end, the county will hire a single firm to oversee the work.“This is an important step in making affordable, reliable high-speed internet available to all residents,” Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt said in a news release.“A reliable internet connection is not a luxury: It’s a necessity. Everyone in Haldimand deserves access to this vital and basic service, whether it’s to stay connected with family, take care of day-to-day tasks, complete an online course or sustain a business.”Community consultations are planned to assess needs and answer questions residents might have.“We are committed to finding a financially sound, practical solution that makes internet connectivity attainable and sustainable for all,” Hewitt said. “We’ll keep the public informed and engaged as the project moves forward.”Haldimand has roughed out a schedule for the work ahead. Key dates include:Aug. 16: Deadline for contractors to reply to county request for qualifications. Aug. 22: Evaluation of qualifications completed. Sept. 24: Qualified bidders will be asked to submit proposals for servicing county. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 29. Oct. 30-Nov. 4: Evaluation of servicing proposals. Nov. 5: Negotiations commence with three short-listed service providers. Negotiations end Nov. 26. Dec. 16: Report to Haldimand council with staff recommendations. January 2020: Haldimand enters into contract with selected service provider. Spring 2020: Infrastructure installation begins. Haldimand County advises that this timetable is subject to change. Project updates will be posted on the Haldimand County website – – and on county social media accounts as they become read more

UN health agency urges more funding to boost TB control in affected

Experts working with WHO estimate that the total cost for TB control worldwide is $1.2 billion every year. Three quarters of that total is already covered by countries, donors and other sources. The remaining $300 million each year is urgently needed if the targets are to be met by 2005.WHO’s World Health Assembly has set global targets of detecting 70 per cent of TB patients and successfully curing 85 per cent of these patients by 2005.”This is a race against time,” said Dr. J.W. Lee, Director of WHO’s STOP TB Department in Geneva. “Poor control practices in many countries and the TB/HIV co-epidemic mean that urgent action needs to be taken to control TB.””This funding gap is clearly identified and affordable,” he added. “If we are to meet these targets, we must act now.”According to WHO, the 22 countries worst hit by TB are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe. read more

On Staff Day tribute paid to UN workers killed in the line

In remarks at a memorial ceremony outside UN Headquarters in New York, the Deputy Secretary-General noted that 57 peacekeepers and six civilian staff have been killed since Staff Day last year. “These numbers are grim reminder of the real and mortal danger faced by UN staff in the field, more than anyone else in the Organization,” she said. Ms. Fréchette said Secretary-General Kofi Annan was exploring the possibility of using the money from last year’s Nobel Peace Prize to establish a “United Nations Nobel Peace Prize Memorial Trust Fund” for the education of children of staff members who have lost their lives while working for the world body. In addition, she said the UN has taken important steps to strengthen its ability to protect field staff, including the establishment of a full-time UN Security Coordinator, as well as the adoptiion of a package of proposals to increase the number of personnel dedicated to staff security, improve their training and equipment and enhance the accountability of UN managers responsible for security-related decisions. In another address to mark Staff Day, the Deputy Secretary-General noted that this was a tense and troubled moment in world affairs, with the recent car bombing in Bali underscoring both “the degree to which the fight against terrorism has quickly become one of the main priorities of the United Nations, and the importance of international cooperation in that struggle.” Ms. Fréchette also stressed that Staff Day was a time to contemplate “our roles and responsibilities, and on how we can better respond to perennial and emerging challenges.” Any organization, whether local or multilateral, whether focused on a single issue or on the human condition, must deliver for its constituents, she said. “But the United Nations, as the repository for so much of humankind’s hopes for a peaceful, equitable global order, has a special responsibility to be strong and effective, and to keep pace with the times,” she said. The Deputy Secretary-General then went on to list some highlights of the Secretary-General’s report on UN reform, mentioning such changes as flexible working arrangements, new recruiting procedures and the establishment of a UN Ombudsman. “Together, they add up to a very different way of doing business,” she said. read more

Resettlement needs set to rise to 14 million people in 2019 UN

Elsewhere on the African continent, protracted instability will continue to affect “Congolese, Somalis, Sudanese and Eritreans”.In Asia, meanwhile, resettlement needs stand at 102,146 – a one per cent increase from 2018.The picture is very different in Europe, where those in need of shelter in a third country is set to increase by almost 40 per cent next year, from more than 300,000 this year, to some 420,750 in 2019.Over 95 per cent of this requirement is represented by Syrian refugees in Turkey.In the Middle East and North Africa region, resettlement needs are projected at 271,297 people in 2019 – a slight decrease from this year.Reflecting the inclusion of “high-risk protection cases” from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, projected resettlement needs in the Americas region in 2019 are forecast to rise 123 per cent in 2019, to just over 4,000 people.The need to expand resettlement was acknowledged by all UN Member States in the September 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.Despite this, the UNHCR report notes recent “fluctuations” in State resettlement quotas which have seen quotas grow from 2012 to 2016, only to see a “steep reversal” in 2017, when only 75,200 refugees were offered resettlement globally.Because of this development, the UN refugee agency is preparing to focus on three major crises in 2019: countries hosting large numbers of refugees; central Mediterranean migration: and resettlement out of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt linked to the Syria conflict. Resettlement – the transfer of refugees from the country where they have claimed asylum to a safe “third country” – is the responsibility of international agencies, including Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Noting a 17 per cent projected overall increase in needs next year, the UN agency’s Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2019 report warns that access to this “key, durable solution” for those in need of international protection is extremely limited.Refugees from 36 nationalities are in need of resettlement out of a total of 65 international operations, the UNHCR report states.For the third year in a row, refugees from Syria are set to have the highest resettlement requirements, at more than 600,000 people.This represents a 26 per cent increase on current needs.Regionally, Africa is likely to remain the region with the highest projected resettlement needs next year, led by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).According to the UNHCR report, 163,000 people from DRC will be in need of international resettlement in 2019 – a 10 per cent increase on 2018.In South Sudan, meanwhile, continued instability and violence are behind a 71 per cent increase in needs, with 158,000 individuals out of more than 2.4 million refugees expected to require shelter in a third country next year. read more

AllAmerican showdown Jared Sullinger and Thomas Robinson to battle in the Final

The Ohio State and Kansas men’s basketball programs met during the regular season, but Buckeyes sophomore forward Jared Sullinger and Jayhawks junior forward Thomas Robinson did not. When the two players square off Saturday in a national semifinal match, they will do so with some new hardware. With less than a week to go before OSU takes on Kansas in an NCAA Tournament semifinal match, Sullinger and Robinson were both handed first-team All-American honors by the Associated Press Monday. Sullinger received the honor for a second-consecutive year and is the first player since former North Carolina forward Tyler Hansborough (2008, 2009) to accomplish that feat. The AP has now bestowed the honor on an OSU player in each of the last three consecutive seasons, including former Buckeye guard Even Turner in 2010. Robinson receives the award for the first time in his career and is the first unanimous First-Team selection since former Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin in 2009. Sullinger and Robinson were also named to the John R. Wooden Award All-American team Monday. The Buckeyes traveled to Lawrence, Kansas, to play KU on Dec. 10, 2011 and lost, 78-67, on the Jayhawks’ home court. OSU was without the services of Sullinger, who traveled to Lawrence but missed the contest due to back spasms. In Sullinger’s absence, Robinson scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help lead KU. During a Monday teleconference, Jayhawks coach Bill Self said he knows Kansas caught a break that day, but praised the decision to keep the player off the court. “Looking back now – what a smart decision,” Self said os OSU coach Thad Matta’s decision not to play Sullinger. “Why risk anything? And (OSU is) still a team that goes to the Final Four.” Self also said Robinson and the rest of his team are looking forward to a rematch with OSU. “I know (Robinson) will be excited. I know he thinks a lot of Jared,” Self said. “Certainly we’ll get an opportunity to play not only a great team but one of the premier players in the country.” Matta, who said he expects both teams to be different in the rematch Saturday, was equally complimentary of Kansas’ All-American honoree, saying Robinson is a special player. “(Robinson) can hurt you in so many ways,” Matta said. “That’s what great players have the capability of doing. (Kansas) is playing at a high level right now, and Thomas Robinson is the key.” Joining Sullinger and Robinson on the Associated Press’ First-Team is Kentucky freshman forward Anthony Davis,Michigan State senior forward Draymond Green and Creighton sophomore forward Doug McDermott. Player to receive Second-Team nods from the AP included Murray State junior guard Isaiah Canaan, Missouri senior guard Marcus Denmon, West Virginia senior forward Kevin Jones, North Carolina senior forward Tyler Zeller and Marquette senior forward Jae Crowder. The national semifinal game between the Buckeyes and Jayhawks will tip Saturday at about 9 p.m. read more

Dando tackles Indonesia coal drilling for KPC

first_imgDando engineers have recently returned from Indonesia after commissioning a Dando Mintec 12.8 for a customer drilling for coal in East Kalimantan. The Dando Mintec 12.8 is a medium sized multipurpose mineral exploration drilling rig capable of a wide range of techniques including RAB, deep wireline coring and reverse circulation. It is hugely popular for coal exploration in Indonesia where 18 of these machines have been supplied so far. Customers who use this machine are typically completing 300-400 m boreholes in a 20 hour shift.last_img

Police renew appeal one year on from David Black murder

first_imgDETECTIVES IN NORTHERN Ireland investigating the murder of prison officer David Black are making a specific appeal to people in Lurgan and Cookstown on the first anniversary of the man’s shooting.the 52-year-old father of two was driving from his Cookstown home to work at Maghaberry prison at 7.30am on Thursday 1 November last year in his black Audi A4 car along the M1 motorway between Portadown (Junction 11) and Lurgan (Junction 10).One mile from the Oxford Island exit ramp, a dark blue Toyota Camry car with a Republic of Ireland registration, 94 D 50997, pulled alongside and a number of shots were fired, fatally injuring the man. The Toyota Camry was found burnt out in the Inglewood district of Lurgan a short time later at 7.50am.The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harkness appealed for information:Today is a particularly difficult day for David’s wife Yvonne and their children Kyle and Kyra. They have endured a degree of suffering and loss over the past year which most of us cannot imagine.“While we will continue with our inquiries, I would ask the communities in Lurgan and Cookstown to think again about what they know and provide the information which can help bring David’s killers before the courts,” he said.The dark blue Toyota Camry was in Lurgan prior to the shooting on the evening of 31 October and was set on fire about 20 minutes after David’s murder a few miles from the M1 at Inglewood on the morning of 1 November. A number of men were seen running away from the Toyota Camry car. A similar Toyota Camry car to the one used on the day of the shooting (Image: PSNI).To date Serious Crime Branch detectives have made seven arrests, conducted 12 searches and completed more than 3,000 lines of inquiry. Two men, one in Northern Ireland and one in the Republic, currently face charges linked to the purchase and movement of the Toyota Camry.Harkness said there is a reward of up to £10,000 available from Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.“I would also appeal to people in Cookstown to think about what they saw in the days and weeks before David’s murder last year,” he said. “Did you see any unusual activity around David’s home or the places he frequented? If you have any information, please contact us.”Information can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or members of the public can speak directly to police by phoning the Special Incident Room on 028 3831 5291.Related: Man due in court in connection with the murder of David Black>Read: Two more arrests in Dublin over David Black death>last_img read more

The briefcase subprime mortgages house prices and burying a Bentley

first_imgAgain, ghosts of boomtime past haunted the news as it was revealed that the Banking Inquiry won’t be able to look into the cabinet meeting that preceded the bank guarantee. That won’t disturb John Bruton, who wants to know how to avoid another crash, rather than re-treading old ground about what happened last time.Aer Lingus has decided to take some rather painful medicine by accepting a recommendation to pay €191 million into its pension fund. However, there’s still a ways to go until it is implemented, and given the history to this story, who’d bet against yet more twists cropping up? Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandForestry body Coillte announced some very impressive profit numbers – but won’t be so happy about how much their former chief executive was paid for 2013, despite leaving the company in March (hint: it was an awful lot).Last week was all about the opening shots in the budget war. With the bigger guns of the IMF and IFAC out of the way, smaller players like left-leaning think tank NERI waded into the fray this week. Their recommendation? A piddling €800 million in cuts. One of the major issues hampering the economy is the bankers’ least favourite acronym: Non Performing Loans. We may not know how to solve the issue, but we know slightly more about how big it is after Central Bank research showed that one in four SME loans is in arrears.As we said last week, Carphone Warehouse will be the next operator of a mobile network here in Ireland.  EVERY WEEK THEJOURNAL.IE brings you the business and economic stories that you need to know.So if you need a reminder, a catch-up or are just curious, read on…Need to knowMortgages on the blockA row over consumer protection has broken out after Bank of Ireland confirmed plans to sell off €250 million of loans along with its ICS unit to an unregulated entity, Dublin-based Dilosk.Everybody from the Central Bank to the National Consumer Agency seems to be concerned, in principal, about unregulated players owning the mortgages of Irish citizens.However, most held their fire when it came to the first instance in practice, commenting generally on the risks rather than on the specific deal struck by Dilosk and Bank of Ireland.Karl Deeter of Irish Mortgage Brokers and David Hall of the Irish Mortgage Holders Association didn’t hold back, however. You can read their comments in the above-linked article.This won’t be the last we’ll hear of stories like this, either, with news of Permanent TSB planning a whopper €488 million loan sell-off also making the headlines this week.Bubbling away nicelyAs ever in Ireland, house prices continue to grab our attention. The mini-boom is showing no signs of abating, with the upward march continuing around the country in the year to May. Source: samboalPrices were 10.6% higher than a year previously, with observers warning that the market is “exceptionally illiquid”, while prices are being driven upward by a lack of supply.They’re still between 44.4% and 53.4% lower than at the peak of the boom, depending on where you look and what type of property is being priced.Prices for the paragon of Irish housing, the three bed semi, continue to rise, with a greater rate of increase in the commuter belts of the capital, Cork and Galway than in Dublin city itself. While we’re wasting no time in whipping ourselves up into a frenzy over the latest increase in property prices, the bad loans from the last boom were also making headlines this week.Nice to know Tony O’Reilly appears to have fallen firmly on hard times, with the businessman failing in a bid to slow down AIB’s pursuit of his assets.Now you knowIreland is the most entrepreneurial country in Europe. Aren’t we just great?We (well, the Irish Dairy Board) has opened a $12 million cheese plant in the US. Innovations developed at the plant will be shared across all the IDB’s cheese operations. Brie-lliant idea.Data roaming charges will be falling from Monday, giving you even less of a reason for you to revive your leaving cert French/Spanish/etc when you get lost on holidays.The outboxRichard Bruton led a trade delegation to China this week… Johnny Ronan is back, with The Irish Times reporting that he’s going to be point man on a new property fund… Irish oil player Providence has posted a big loss for the year… Office Rents in Dublin continue to climb… The Barack Obama plaza in Moneygall was officially opened (shockingly, without the man himself)… and finally, the Irish Independent reported that real estate player Kennedy, Wilson is backing off Irish real estateOne for the roadBrazilian billionaire Chiquinho Scarpa provoked outrage with his seeming excess when he claimed he was going to bury his Bentley so he could enjoy it in the next life. What opulence! How distasteful! Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesHowever, at the last minute, the wily Chiquinho dropped the act, revealing that the whole thing had been a stunt to promote organ donation. Like organs, his Bentley has value in this life, so he won’t be burying either.Zero to hero for Chiquinho, so.Last week: The briefcase – this was the week in business>last_img read more

Donald Trump Jrs wife hospitalised after opening letter containing white powder

first_img By Associated Press 58,032 Views Share9 Tweet Email2 Vanessa Trump (in purple jacket) DONALD TRUMP JR’S wife has been brought to hospital after she opened a letter containing white powder in New York, police have confirmed.A police department spokesman said a preliminary test of the powder indicated it wasn’t dangerous.Police said Vanessa Trump called 911 this morning after opening a letter addressed to Donald Trump Jr. at their midtown Manhattan apartment. Vanessa said she was coughing and felt nauseous.The Trump Organization didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. It’s unclear what the powder was.Detectives from the New York Police Department’s intelligence division and Secret Service agents are investigating. A spokeswoman for the Secret Service hasn’t responded to a request for comment. Feb 12th 2018, 6:54 PM Short URL Image: SIPA USA/PA Imagescenter_img Donald Trump Jr’s wife hospitalised after opening letter containing white powder She has been brought to hospital. Vanessa Trump (in purple jacket) Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Monday 12 Feb 2018, 6:54 PM 91 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Drugs shortages prompt online monitoring scheme

first_imgThe National Organization for Medicines (EOF) and the Health Ministry are due to set up an online system to monitor the sale of drugs following numerous complaints about shortages in basic medicines, including insulin and blood pressure pills. Deputy Health Minister Marios Salmas announced the initiative on Tuesday after a meeting with EOF representatives, who informed him that the organization has received complaints of shortages in about 30 drugs. EOF added that only in the cases of two drugs did pharmaceutical companies notify that they would be reducing distribution. As of Monday, the Panhellenic Pharmacists’ Association will pass on details of shortages to EOF, which will check these against details of sales and exports of medicines provided by pharmaceutical companies. EOF will then inform doctors via e-mail about shortages so they can issue prescriptions for medicines that are still readily available. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Réchauffement climatique les quatre principaux émergents rappellent lurgence de laide aux pays

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : les quatre principaux émergents rappellent l’urgence de l’aide aux pays pauvresUn peu plus d’un mois après le Sommet de Copenhague, l’Inde, la Chine, le Brésil et l’Afrique du Sud se sont dit prêts à soumettre leur plan de lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, appelant les pays riches à verser au plus vite l’aide financière promise aux pays en développement lors de la conférence de l’ONU sur le climat.Comme l’a rappelé Jean-Louis Borloo la semaine dernière (voir article), l’accord conclu à Copenhague stipule que tous les pays ayant participé à la conférence doivent déposer leur plan de lutte contre le réchauffement climatique et notamment leurs objectifs de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre, avant le 31 janvier prochain.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Si les quatre principaux pays émergents se disent prêts à respecter cette échéance en déposant leurs projets d’ici la fin de la semaine, ils appellent les pays riches à verser en échange et le plus rapidement possible, les 10 milliards de dollars qui leur ont été promis en décembre pour les aider à lutter et s’adapter au changement climatique.A l’issue d’une réunion qui s’est tenue à New Delhi entre la Chine, l’Inde, le Brésil et l’Afrique du Sud, le chef chinois des négociations climatiques, Xie Zhenhua, a souligné que les premiers versements de l’aide promise devraient aller en priorité aux pays les moins développés y compris aux petits États insulaires et à certains pays d’Afrique.Premier pays émetteur de gaz à effet de serre (GES) du monde, la Chine s’est engagée à réduire son “intensité carbone” c’est-à-dire la quantité de CO2 émise pour chaque unité du revenu national brut, de 40 à 45% d’ici 2020, par rapport aux niveaux de 2005. L’Inde, qui est le cinquième plus gros producteur de GES, a fixé son objectif entre 20 et 25% d’ici 2020. Cet objectif, comme celui de la Chine, n’est toutefois pas contraignant.Le 30 janvier 2010 à 18:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Tesco rolls out subsidised gym membership benefit to 300000 UK staff

first_imgSupermarket retailer Tesco has rolled out subsidised gym membership to 300,000 employees in the UK.The new benefit, provided by Gympass, enables all Tesco staff, including those in head office and in-store, delivery drivers and home-based employees, based in the UK and Republic of Ireland, to access more than 1,400 nationwide fitness facilities at a subsidised rate.Tesco implemented the initiative after feedback from its first annual employee health survey, conducted in September 2018, found that staff were struggling to find ways to improve their general health and wellbeing.To address this, Tesco introduced the gym membership benefit for staff at selected locations in October 2018, before rolling it out more widely to all employees on 7 January 2019.In conjunction with the subsidised gym memberships, Tesco is also planning to host live wellness events and breakfasts to help educate and engage employees on the benefits of physical activity.The new benefit will form part of Tesco’s holistic wellness strategy. This is based around three pillars: healthy body, healthy mind and nutrition. The organisation currently operates a range of initiatives that correspond with these key areas.The initiative was communicated to staff via a launch video featuring Tesco’s chief executive officer, email communications and content on its staff intranet.James Goodman, people director at Tesco, said: “Our annual [employee] health survey showed that a huge number of our employees struggle to find ways to improve their general health and wellbeing. By partnering with Gympass, we are able to help combat this, delivering convenient and easily accessible solutions to engage our workforce in greater levels of physical activity.“Gympass has a vast network of fitness operators, making this a fantastic benefit to offer our employees. The flexibility of the Gympass service means all our employees will be able to choose from leisure facilities up and down the country, across multiple price brackets, ensuring everyone can find the perfect fitness solution and activity for them.”last_img read more

Firefighter injured fighting blaze at Key Biscayne strip mall

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – A firefighter has been injured battling a fire at a Key Biscayne strip mall.That firefighter was among 30 responders to the overnight blaze that broke out at 951 Crandon Blvd. at the end of Key Biscayne. The firefighter’s condition is unknown.Several businesses inside the strip mall sustained some damage. However, a post office located in the strip mall was unaffected and has reopened.“Where the fire originated was not close to the post office, but right now we’re just trying to make sure the scene is safe for us to start the investigation,” said Key Biscayne Fire Department Deputy Chief Marcos Osorio. “Obviously it’s at night, so we need to make entry, we need to look at all the units and see where the damage is.”A damaged section of the shopping center remains closed.The cause of the fire is still under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Snapdeal Ola drill 14 billion hole in SoftBanks pocket

first_imgA private security gurad stands at a gate of Snapdeal headquarters in Gurugram on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, April 3, 2017.REUTERS/Adnan AbidiJapan’s SoftBank Group Corporation (SBG) took $1.4 billion hit on account of its investments in two Indian start-ups — cab-hailing service Ola and e-commerce firm Snapdeal.”Loss on financial instruments at Fair Value through Profit or Loss (FVTPL) was ¥160,419 million compared to a gain of ¥114,377 million in the previous fiscal year,” SBG reported in a financial filing on Wednesday for the financial year ended March 31, 2017.”Financial instruments at FVTPL included preferred shares of Jasper Infotech Private Limited, which operates the e-commerce website in India, and ANI Technologies Private Limited, which operates the taxi booking platform Ola, also in India,” the company explained.  SBG’s investments in Snapdeal are held via its intermediary holding company Startfish I Pte Ltd., which has a stake in Jasper Infotech Private Limited that runs Snapdeal.SBG’s investments in Indian e-commerce ventures is about $2 billion. It is the biggest investor in Ola while investments in Snapdeal are to the tune of $1 billion, according to Reuters.The company is also reportedly planning to invest about $1.2 billion in Paytm, an Indian fintech company backed by Alibaba Group.SBG is believed to be in discussions with other investors of Snapdeal including Nexus Partners and Kalaari Capital for enabling Flipkart to acquire Snapdeal. Ola’s main competitor in India is Uber while both Flipkart and Snapdeal are facing a tough challenge from Amazon.SoftBank’s operating profit for the year to end-March climbed 13 percent to 1.03 trillion yen ($9 billion) on flat revenue growth.SBG intends to invest $25 billion over the next five years, making it one of the world’s largest private equity investors.  “I want to think big. The fund is designed to tap the coming gold rush era,” Reuters quoted Chief Executive Masayoshi Son as saying.  Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO and co-founder of Ola, an app-based cab service provider, poses in front of an Ola cab in Mumbai March 3, 2015.Reuters filelast_img read more

Alipurduar conducts weeklong drive to check midday meal quality

first_imgKolkata: The Alipurduar district administration recently undertook a week-long special drive for monitoring quality of mid-day meals in schools of the district. The special drive — ‘Poshan Nirikshon’ — involved inspection of 57 schools across 6 blocks of the district.The checking criteria covered as many as 28 parameters earmarked by the district administration covering issues such as menu board being displayed, headmaster tasting the food before serving, utensils and toilet availability etc. The drive was conducted after complaints regarding quality of the midday meal were received from schools. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We hope this programme will be instrumental in protecting children from classroom hunger, increasing school enrollment and attendance,” a senior official of the district administration said.Due to an acute staff crunch at Sub-Inspector level, the district administration initiated the special drive where officers of collectorate acted as supplementary inspecting officers. “The team will be giving us a feedback and on the basis of which measures will be taken for improvement,” the official added. According to sources, infrastructure deficits such as faulty handpumps, lack of separate toilets, boundary wall in schools, lack of dining space, absence of eggs in meals were found in a number of schools after the team interacted with a number of students. “On the basis of the feedback, we have directed the BDO’s in charge of the respective schools to complete the task of putting the remedial measures on a war footing.We have also showcaused a number of teachers, who have been found to be deviating from the required standard,” the official added.The initiative will gradually cover all the 1,635 schools of the district.last_img read more