Welcomed delay on Part-Time Work rules

first_imgThe decision by Stephen Byers to delay the implementation of Part-Time Workrules should be welcomed without question. A quick fix of forcing through thelegislation without proper notice for employers would have created moreproblems than it solved.There are very encouraging signs in the announcement. Byers said he wouldgive eight weeks to employers between the publication of the regulation andtheir implementation – a fortnight more than the six weeks he has proposed inthe past. He also made clear he was aware there was concern among employersabout the implementation of the part-time regulations. Clearly Byers and hisofficials are keeping a closer eye on what firms are saying, which can only bea good thing. While the eight-week extension is the right decision, the game isn’t quiteup. For a start we still don’t have the regulations. Byers may have thrownemployers a bone by delaying implementation, but he failed to give anyindication if the Government has made its mind up on exactly who will becovered by the law when it comes in. For many employers this is the biggerissue. Given the flak the Government has taken over the Rover fiasco, there isa danger it might decide to extend the remit of the legislation to win somecredibility with the unions.The nature of the announcement also deserves some scrutiny. It was slippedinto a speech to the British Chambers of Commerce. The spin put on this speechwas Labour restating its business agenda and most reports were happy to takethis line. As a result the delay over Part-Time Work seems to have gone all butunnoticed. No one likes to admit a climbdown, but surely for simple informationpurposes the DTI might have flagged up the announcement for employers?That said, these are minor gripes and it is important to recognise that thedepartment has done the right thing this time. In our campaign with the EFSPfor better regulation we have repeatedly called on the Government to giveemployers more time to deal with employment legislation and this time it has.It looks like Byers is listening to what employers are saying. Let’s hope thisis a taster of a more open and flexible approach to implementing workplacelegislation. Previous Article Next Article Welcomed delay on Part-Time Work rulesOn 11 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Investor tenders $50m large-cap mandate using IPE-Quest

first_imgInterested parties should state performance, gross of fees, to the end of September.The closing date for applications is 8 November.The IPE.com news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected] Investment consultant Kieger has tendered a $50m (€36.5m), global, large-cap equity mandate on behalf of an undisclosed institutional investor, using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1347, applicants should have at least $1bn in assets under management (AUM) for the mandate and $10bn in AUM for the company itself.They will also need a track record of at least five years.Asset managers are to measure performance against the MSCI ACWI, keeping tracking error between 2% and 10%.last_img read more

For the second night in a row, Mike Trout’s two homers not enough for Angels

first_imgPreviousSeattle Mariners special assistant to the chairman Ichiro Suzuki, center, greets teammates after the Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 in a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout leaps for and catches a ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSeattle Mariners’ Mitch Haniger follows through on a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners’ Mitch Haniger (17) is greeted at the dugout by Dee Gordon, right, after Haniger hit a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim strikes out against Mike Leake #8 of the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inningat Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout watches his solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a home run off of Ryan Cook #46 of the Seattle Mariners in the seventh inning at Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)Seattle Mariners left fielder Ben Gamel loses his glove after he jumped but failed to catch a solo home run hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout rounds the bases as Seattle Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon rests behind him after Trout hit a two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. It was Trout’s second home run of the game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounds third after hitting a home run off of Mike Leake #8 of the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning at Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim greets Mike Trout #27 after his home run in the seventh inning off of Ryan Cook #46 of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners hits a home run off of Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fifth inning at Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)Angels relief pitcher Oliver Drake, right, walks away from the mound as the Mariners’ Mitch Haniger rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run – his second of the game – during the eighth inning Tuesday night in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon, left, greets Mitch Haniger after Haniger hit a solo home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. Haniger also homered in the fifth inning as the Mariners won 6-3. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Fans in the stands watch as Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout leaps for and catches a ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners special assistant to the chairman Ichiro Suzuki, center, greets teammates after the Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 in a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout leaps for and catches a ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout leaps for and catches a ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)ExpandSEATTLE — Mike Trout did everything he could to carry the Angels on Tuesday.But a baseball team, as it turns out, is pretty heavy.Trout couldn’t do it by himself. The Angels lost 6-3 to the Seattle Mariners, despite Trout’s second straight two-homer game and his spectacular run-saving catch.Unfortunately for the Angels, the hitters besides Trout came up empty too often in the clutch, and four of the five pitchers gave up runs, including four homers. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros After winning six in a row, the Angels have now lost three in a row, including the first two of this series against the AL West-leading Mariners.“It’s tough,” Trout said. “We were playing good games. It seems like we go through a stretch and then have a couple bad games. (The Mariners) are hitting the ball well and they’re pitching good.”The Mariners have done enough to beat the Angels, even though they haven’t been able to stop Trout. He is now 14 for 22 with five homers against Seattle this season. His 31 homers against the Mariners in his career are his most against any opponent.“That’s a good club over there and they have a pretty good player on their team too,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We saw it again tonight. Mr. Trout is really tough to pitch to. Some of the pitches he hit out tonight were kind of where we wanted to throw them and he still does damage.”Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Mike Leake threw Trout an 0-and-2 slider below his knees in the fifth, and he hit it out. In the seventh, Ryan Cook threw a 2-and-2 changeup over the inner half, and Trout blasted it 412 feet. His two-run homer pulled the Angels within 4-3. “We just didn’t get anything going tonight,” Zack Cozart said. “Usually you have a couple guys in a slump and everyone else is carrying everything. Right now it feels like it’s more than a couple guys (in a slump), myself at the top of the list.“We’ll get it going. Our pitchers have been keeping us in the game so much. We can’t keep relying on them. We’ve got to start getting some stuff going offensively.”It wasn’t such a great night for the Angels pitchers either.Jaime Barría got hit hard over his five innings, and he was fortunate to get out of the game with only three runs allowed. The Mariners hit nine balls at 100 mph or harder against Barría. Two of them were homers by Mitch Haniger, a solo shot in the first and a two-run blast in the fifth.Barría would have given up at least one more run if Trout didn’t grab Nelson Cruz’s drive with a leaping catch at the fence in the third.“Jaime had to work hard,” Scioscia said. “Some of the mistakes caught up to him.”center_img Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Those were all the Angels runs, though.“We’re more than Mike,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “One guy can’t carry you. Mike is swinging the bat very well, but we need some other guys to get into their game.”The rest of the Angels combined for three hits, although they also hit a few balls hard that were right at fielders. Luis Valbuena had two of the hits, and he wasted one when he was thrown out at second trying to stretch his leadoff single in the sixth.The Angels were 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, with Trout’s second homer being the only hit.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Bafana edged by Brazil in Sao Paulo

first_img8 September 2012It took a late strike for five-time world champions Brazil to beat South Africa 1-0 in a friendly international to mark the symbolic handover from the previous to the forthcoming Fifa World Cup hosts in Sao Paulo on Friday evening.With goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune pulling off a number of stunning saves, it took until 15 minutes from the end of the match for the Brazilians to decide the match, with Givanildo Vieira de Souza – commonly known as Hulk – latching onto a rebound and firing home.Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said before the game that his team would play attacking football, and the South Africans created a number of chances, with Siphiwe Tshabalala firing wide on eight minutes and Siboniso Gaxa forcing the save from Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Alves soon after.Early in the second half, Gaxa and Lerato Chabangu both had good long-range shots that went narrowly high, while Tshabalala’s late attempt at an equaliser went wide.For the most part, however, Brazil were well in control of the game – but Dede, Neymar and Daniel Alves all failed to get the better of Khune, with Neymar in particular having a number of efforts saved by the South African ‘keeper.Igesund said afterwards that he was happy with his first game in charge of the national team.“I’m very satisfied with the result. We created quite a few good chances, and this was a good start for us.”Khune said that Bafana had not been cowed by their illustrious opponents.“We came here and we meant business,” Khune said. “The nation should be proud.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

AMD Stiff-ARMs Intel By Offering ARM Server Chips

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#AMD#ARM#cloud computing#Intel#servers brian proffitt Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… AMD is pushing its chips in on its commitment to ARM-based server technology, announcing the new “Seattle” ARM processor for launch in the second half of 2014.The release of an ARM-based processor built specifically for servers, instead of the smartphones and other smaller electronic devices they currently power, marks a significant step in moving away from the power-hungry and heat-generating Intel-based chips that have dominated the server market for decades, as well as a big opportunity for AMD to get out of the shadow of Intel.AMD is not the first manufacturer to commit to the creation of ARM-based processors for servers: Applied Micro Circuits announced that it would be launching its own 64-bit ARM Systems on a Chip back in April.The “system on a chip” (SoC) name describes pretty much what these devices are: an entire server’s worth of hardware packed onto a single small chip. Only memory, which uses hard drives or solid-state storage, is not present.AMD’s announcement this week will do a lot to fuel the increasing interest in ARM-based processors, a technology that could bring significant cost savings to hardware operations by bringing low-power ARM servers to market.The ARM And Intel DanceIn “traditional” computing devices like laptops, desktop computers, and servers, there’s Intel, AMD, and well, that’s pretty much it. Intel has not only developed the x86 architecture that has been powering PCs and other devices for 30-odd years, it also builds the chips itself, licensing the specs to only one other company: competitor AMD.Intel and AMD processors, since they share many of the same features and architecture, have a lot of things in common. For one thing, they are very powerful and, since they have been around for such a long time, plenty of operating systems can run on machines with these chips, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.ARM processors, though, are not made by just one company like Intel. Instead, ARM Holdings only develops the core architecture and licenses it to any hardware maker that wants to use the design to make its own processors. Because of the way it is designed, ARM processors use very little power, which makes them perfect for personal electronic devices where battery resources must be frugally maintained.Cloud Computing Is HotWith the rise of cloud computing, many people are noticing that maintaining racks and racks of servers can get expensive. Processors, like the kind produced by Intel for servers, get hot. If they get too hot, things start melting, so you need to use even more energy to keep all those servers cool. You can’t make these servers too compact, either, or you can’t use air or water to pull the heat away.The average Intel server processor pulls in something like 80 watts of power just to run. But a multi-core ARM SoC draws only about 4 watts of power. Remember, that’s a whole system on a chip, too, not just the processor.Less power means less resistance and less heat. Less heat means less money wasted on cooling and more capability to compress ARM-based systems together.If the implementation is successful – meaning that if the chips actually perform well, don’t break down and don’t cost more than their Intel-based equivalents – then large-scale data centers should see a significant reduction in power and cooling costs, and an increase in computing power per square foot, since theoretically you can jam a lot more SoCs into the space of a single server box.ARM Not The Magic SolutionThere is one additional catch: as nifty as ARM servers would be, applications and operating systems will still have to be ported so they can run on ARM processors. Some Linux distributions and Windows RT already do have various levels of ARM support, but the problems with the ARM-based Microsoft Surface RT reflect the fact that there are still a lot of applications that need to be ported from Windows to Windows RT.Perhaps for these reasons, AMD isn’t going all in on the Seattle chips. The company also announced it will be shipping Intel-based “Berlin,” available in both a plain CPU version as well as an advanced processing unit that will integrate a graphics co-processor. “Warsaw” was also introduced, a high performance computing processor that should compete with Intel’s Xeon product line.Intel itself has yet to directly respond to this sudden interest in ARM chips for servers, but they’re aware of it. In the mobile device sector, where ARM dominates for now, Intel’s Clover Trail+ Atom chips are getting very good processing speed for lower power costs than equivalent ARM-based processors.Meanwhile, in the server sector where ARM is starting to creep in, Intel’s Haswell-based processors have enough power savings of their own to fend off ARM technology… but they are still pretty expensive compared to their ARM counterparts. But if Intel can make the case that the power savings in Haswell and no need to port applications from x86 to ARM-based platforms is enough to offset the cost difference, then Intel should be able to stay in the game.A processor fight that decreases power use, in the long run, is something that all customers will be able to cash in.Image courtesy of ARM Holdings. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more

Lakers snap Utah’s 7-game winning streak

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss It was a big loss for the Jazz, who fell two games behind Portland for the fourth seed in the Western Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Rudy Gobert led Utah with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Donovan Mitchell scored 19.Utah led 85-81 early in the fourth when the Lakers scored eight straight points to take the lead. The run included 3-pointers by Mike Muscala and Caldwell-Pope.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLos Angeles extended its advantage to 106-97 with 1:57 remaining on a layup by Caldwell-Pope. The Jazz made a late run to get to 110-107 before McGee’s alley-oop put the Lakers up by more than one possession.Utah led 59-54 at halftime after going on a late run to close the first half. The Lakers came back to tie it at 63 before Gobert scored eight points during a 15-5 spurt to give the Jazz their largest lead at 78-68 with 4:51 remaining in the third. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Jazz: Host Denver on Tuesday in their final home game of the regular season.Lakers: Finish the season Tuesday at home against Portland.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope go after a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 32 points and the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers snapped Utah’s seven-game winning streak with a 113-109 victory Sunday night over the playoff-bound Jazz.The Lakers, beset by injuries all season, dressed only 10 players and played eight. Caldwell-Pope, one of five Lakers in double figures, scored 18 points during the fourth quarter as Los Angeles rallied for its second consecutive win. JaVale McGee added 22 points and Alex Caruso had 18 points and 11 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Heat playoff hopes take a hit with OT loss in Toronto Los Angeles answered by scoring 10 straight points to tie it, including six by Johnathan Williams, before the Jazz took the lead again.TIP-INSJazz: Georges Niang had 16 points and Thabo Sefolosha scored 13. … Jae Crowder, who had 11 points, hit a shot from halfcourt to end the third quarter but it was overturned when replays showed he didn’t get it off in time. … G Ricky Rubio missed the game after he sustained a bruised left quad during Friday’s win over Sacramento.Lakers: Muscala scored 16 points and Williams had 14. … G Lance Stephenson (sore left foot) and F Reggie Bullock (neck stiffness) did not play due to injuries.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

1999 World Cup Reunion

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to announce a reunion of the World Champion Australian Representatives from the 1999 World Cup. The reunion will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Trans Tasman series to be held from the 24th – 26th April 2009 in Wollongong, NSW. It has been 10 years since the very successful 1999 World Cup campaign which was held in Sydney, and in celebration of a Trans Tasman Series coming to Australia for the first time in 6 years. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of both the present players and those who have pulled on the green and gold before them.  Since the release of the initial information, there has been expressed interest from other past Australian Representatives from earlier and since campaigns who would also like to be included. TFA extends a warm invitation not only specifically to the 1999 World Cup members, but also any member of past representative teams from any campaign to attend and celebrate the current Australian Contingent.We will provide a special reunion package available for members to book with TFA, which will include the Reunion VIP Cocktail Function during the Saturday Night Test Series including a 2 hour drinks package, commemorative gift and free entry to the Trans Tasman games to be held at WIN Stadium for $50 inc GST.    Reunion attendees are also welcome to attend the ANZAC Ceremony if they wish and can also purchase tickets to attend the Australian Team Function on the Sunday early afternoon as well as the Thursday Trans Tasman Civic Reception dinner.  While hosting the Trans Tasman Series here in Australia, TFA are focused on the Australian aspects of the 1999 World Cup, but are also extending an open invitation to other participants of the event including Federation of International Touch Referees, New Zealand Team Members and participants from any other Nation.  We also extend a warm invitation to the friends/ family and partners of the 1999 World Cup who are also permitted to purchase Reunion Tickets.At this early stage of promotion we have had exciting feedback that both the Women’s Open and Men’s Open teams from the 1999 Campaign will have the majority of their members in attendance.     To arrange the purchase of reunion tickets, and get on the emailing list for more information, like ‘reunion friendly accommodation’, please contact Chrissy Brockway on 02 6212 2800 and [email protected]   Related Filesflyer-pdflast_img read more

10 months agoCardiff confident landing Liverpool fullback Clyne – thanks to Warnock

first_imgCardiff confident landing Liverpool fullback Clyne – thanks to Warnockby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City are chasing Liverpool fullback Nathaniel Clyne.The Mirror says Cardiff are confident of winning the race to sign Clyne on loan.The 27-year-old has been back on the scene at Anfield in recent weeks but will move down the pecking order again when Joe Gomez returns to fitness.Fulham and Leicester have also shown an interest in taking the right-back next month.But Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock is hopeful that his past association with Clyne — the pair worked together at Crystal Palace — will give him the edge. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoHarry Winks: Spurs players behind the manager

first_imgHarry Winks: Spurs players behind the managerby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Winks says Tottenham Hotspur’s squad are sticking by Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine is under pressure to keep his job after Saturday’s loss to Brighton, leaving the club with a record of three wins from 11 games this season.But Winks believes Pochettino has the complete support of his playing squad.”He’s our manager. He’s been fantastic ever since he’s been at the club and taken the club to new heights,” Winks said.”At the moment we are going through a bit of a rough patch. That happens in football, every club goes through it.”It’s important we stand up as men and get through these dark times, and hopefully we can get back to playing well and winning as much as we can.”In the last six years we have come such a long way, we have become a title-challenging side. But we haven’t shown it this season, we have only shown it in parts.”In certain games we have played really well but for the majority of this season we haven’t shown what we are about.”It’s important we look back on it and reflect so realise it’s not been good enough, no excuses. The only way we can put it right is back in training and the next match.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

In the news today Aug 27

first_imgFour stories in the news for Tuesday, Aug. 27———MIDDLE-CLASS B.C. GANGS BREAK FROM HISTORYA former member of the Hells Angels says the young men joining gangs today are facing much higher stakes than he did. Joe Calendino began turning his life around after being busted selling $10 worth of crack cocaine to an undercover cop. But he says the gang landscape has shifted so dramatically in the decade since that today’s youth won’t have the same second chance. He says he and his friends got in fights when he was growing up and started getting involved with drugs, but guns were never involved. When Canada’s homicide rate reached 660 in 2017 — the highest in almost a decade — Statistics Canada attributed part of the spike to gang-related violence and shootings, singling out British Columbia as a hot spot.———B.C. PLEASED WITH OKLAHOMA RULING IN OPIOIDS CASEBritish Columbia’s attorney general says he is pleased with the findings of a court in Oklahoma that found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis as it ordered the company to pay US $572 million, more than twice the amount another drug manufacturer agreed to pay in a settlement. The province filed a proposed class-action lawsuit a year ago against dozens of pharmaceutical companies in a bid to recoup the health-care costs associated with opioid addiction. The untested suit alleges the companies falsely marketed opioids as less addictive than other pain drugs and helped trigger an overdose crisis that has killed thousands since OxyContin was introduced to the Canadian market in 1996.———WASTEWATER TESTS REVEAL CANADIANS’ DRUG USEA pilot project that analyzed wastewater in five major urban centres suggests Canadians’ may use drugs differently depending on which city they call home. For example, the analysis by Statistics Canada showed cannabis levels are much higher in Montreal and Halifax than in Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton. But the findings reported Monday showed methamphetamine levels were significantly higher in the latter two cities. Cocaine use, on the other hand, appeared more evenly distributed across the cities, averaging 340 grams per million people per week. To get results, the agency collected wastewater samples from treatment plants in each of the five major cities between March 2018 and February 2019 and tested them for traces of cannabis and a dozen other drugs. ———SOME FISH PASSING RIVER BLOCKAGE: FISHERIES DEPARTMENTAuthorities dealing with a massive landslide in British Columbia’s Fraser River say they’ve successfully helped thousands of salmon migrate north of the site, but millions of fish remain threatened by the obstruction. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the provincial government and local First Nations set up a team to lead the response to the slide near Big Bar, north of Lillooet, after it was discovered in late June. The team says fish counting data shows some chinook salmon have been able to swim past the slide using the channels the team has created with large rock manipulation and blasting. It says as of last Tuesday, a rough estimate of 6,700 salmon have passed through the slide on their own.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will make an announcement today on the federal government’s plan to support climate action in Ontario.— Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett will make an announcement on a new collaborative fiscal policy and self-governing Indigenous governments.— The trial continues today for Alberta couple David and Collet Stephan, who are charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life in the death of their son, Ezekiel, from meningitis.— The trial continues today in Vancouver for Andrew Berry, who faces second-degree murder charges in the death of his two young daughters.The Canadian Presslast_img read more