Zimmer uses employee creativity to spark innovation

first_imgEmail Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Facebook TAGSbusinessindustryInterviewLimerick City and CountyNews Linkedin NewsBusinessZimmer uses employee creativity to spark innovationBy Staff Reporter – December 24, 2018 2828 Print Advertisement Twitter Limerick on Covid watch list center_img Previous articleFilippo Mineccia to the rescue for the ICONext articleSponsored: Deck out in Limerick Hurling kit from Gleeson Sport Scene Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Zimmer Biometrics General Manager Claude CostelloeBELIEVING in the quality and creativity of staff is critical to the success of a multinational firm that’s driving Shannon’s emergence as a base for healthcare innovation.Zimmer Biomet, a leader in musculoskeletal healthcare, is celebrating a decade in Ireland at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Shannon and Oranmore as well as its professional education centre that attracts healthcare professionals from around the world.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Our team is at the heart of our success,” is the simple summation of General Manager Claude Costelloe.“We are proud that our Ireland operations deliver products that treat a broad range of musculoskeletal health conditions and help alleviate pain and improve the quality of life for people around the world.”As a Limerick native, he is proud of Zimmer’s continued success in the region.Having previously served as operations director of the Shannon facility, which he joined in 2012, he was recently promoted to General Manager and site leader for Ireland.The University of Limerick graduate is a veteran of the Medtech industry and has also held leadership positions in the electronics and the engineering sector for more than 20 years.He said it was a privilege to be asked to lead two of the best-performing sites in the global Zimmer Biomet network and that he was looking forward to working with the outstanding teams in both Shannon and Galway to grow the company’s presence in Ireland.Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, Zimmer Biomet designs, manufactures and markets orthopaedic reconstructive products; sports medicine, biologics, extremities and trauma products; office-based technologies; spine, craniomaxillofacial and thoracic products; dental implants; and related surgical products.Industry collaborations are key to advancing the pace of innovation and the firm’s products helps patients suffering from disorders of, or injuries to, bones, joints or supporting soft tissues.“We help millions of people live better lives. We have operations in more than 25 countries around the world and sell products in more than 100 countries.”The value of staff involvement in the company’s success is also highlighted by Human Resources Manager Timmy Mulvihill.“While we are constantly looking to recruit high calibre candidates across all disciplines, including operations, quality, finance, validation, engineering, compliance and HR, I am proud that many of our employees have progressed their careers with us over the last ten years.“With the support of the company, a significant number are also continuing their education at the University of Limerick, NUIG, Limerick Institute of Technology and GMIT.“We are committed to creating an environment in which our employees can use their creativity to achieve innovative solutions for patients and give back to communities and people in need.These values drive our decision-making and are fundamental to our success.”Manufacturing Execution System (MES) technician Rob Geary from Clarina says that when he first went for interview eight years ago, he was told that a flood of opportunities awaited those who were willing to take them.“Two years later, my opportunity came along a when I was hired as a MES technician. This turned out to be a great opportunity to learn everything from master data cleansing to project management.“Since then, I have gained invaluable experience in a variety of different roles including now in a management position.“Through guidance and mentoring, each role has given me a greater knowledge of the business and I am very excited about the future.Shannon man Steven McLoughlin said that his career path has taken him through many promotions, but Zimmer Biomet gave him unwavering support and guidance.Brian Bourke from Sixmilebridge said that five years into his journey with Zimmer, he saw that if he took a keen interest in further training it would be to his benefit.18 months after he started, a promotion crossed his path and now Brian is undertaking a second round of third level studies in UL.Zimmer Biomet’s success has been recognised on national level by the country’s promotion international promotions arm.IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan said that the medtech sector was part of an export industry that is worth eight per cent of Ireland’s total merchandise exports.“As a global leader, Zimmer Biomet is a significant contributor to that number and a great example of successful investment in Ireland. In terms of economic impact, the company’s two locations mean that the benefit is spread across Shannon and Galway, providing a substantial number of jobs and creating considerable benefit for both communities.This is also the view of Shannon Chamber chief executive Helen Downes who said that Zimmer Biomet’s reach extends beyond the two manufacturing facilities through its outsourcing sub-supply and professional services.“The company’s contribution to local economic development is also highlighted through staff involvement in educational programmes, its corporate social responsibility support with the Mid West Rape Crisis Centre and Milford Hospice and through employees’ economic support of the local community.“As Chairman of the Mid-West Lean Network, Claude Costelloe is playing a leading role in ensuring that the Mid-West region becomes synonymous with excellence in Lean and Continuous Improvement.“Zimmer Biomet’s open-door policy of engaging with other companies, sharing its knowledge and helping others on their Lean Journey must be applauded,” Ms Downes addedCommitted to its corporate social responsibility, a recent employee cycle race between Shannon and Galway raised more than €10,000 for BUMBLEance, the charity that helps sick children around Ireland travel safely and comfortably to hospitals, hospices, treatment centres and respite centres nationwide.“Our success in Shannon and Galway can be attributed to our talented employees, relentless focus on quality, investment in leading-edge technology, and the building of a strong culture of innovation and continuous improvement,” said Mr Costelloe.“We have had a positive experience doing business here the last ten years, and we look to the future with confidence.” WhatsApp Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!last_img read more

Organic ag

first_imgBy Katie JaegerUniversity of GeorgiaStudents’ interests in the organic agriculture certificate program at the University of Georgia aren’t limited to growing peppers, sweet potatoes and pumpkins. Some students are hoping to start businesses with the knowledge they acquire.One student, Lizabeth Simmons, is hoping to open a “florist shop featuring organic cut flowers while another student, Wesley Belcher, wants to open an organic Christmas tree farm,” said Marc van Iersel, a UGA horticulture professor involved with the program.Belcher is a UGA student and Christmas tree farmer. After getting into the program, he’d like to incorporate organic trees into his business because “some people feel that chemical residues are harmful to their health and the surrounding environment,” he said.People handle Christmas trees a lot with their hands, Belcher said. So he’d like to offer them trees they can decorate without coming into contact with chemical residues.”People will feel warm and fuzzy when they see that they’re getting an organically grown Christmas tree,” he said.BenefitsThe UGA certificate program provides hands-on learning opportunities for students. It benefits Georgia farmers by increasing awareness of organic agriculture as an alternative method of growing crops.Van Iersel said farmers around Athens support the university’s program. Students study local farmers’ problems and try to solve them as part of the class research. Then they pass this knowledge back to the farmers.The horticulture farm doesn’t compete with local farmers, van Iersel said. It serves more to educate the community and students about different ways to grow crops and the different, nontraditional options growers have.”Our purpose is not to promote organic agriculture over traditional methods but to promote awareness of using alternative methods,” he said.DifferencesRobert Tate, the primary caretaker and project coordinator for the UGA horticulture farm, has more than 10 years of experience with organic agriculture. He said the techniques are more labor-intensive than in traditional methods. However, methods such as crop rotation and drip tape, a form of irrigation, prove more efficient and ecologically friendly.Water conservation and soil rejuvenation are among the main concerns, Tate said. Their objective in organic production is to grow quality produce and continually maintain good soil conditions.The program has benefits throughout Athens. Anish Malladi, a horticulture assistant professor, said the program donates half of the certified organic produce grown at the horticulture farm to the Northeast Georgia Food Bank in Athens. The rest is sold as a club fundraiser.Many departments work together in the certificate program, van Iersel said. Entomologists suggest using certain insects to protect the crops from harmful insect species. Plant pathologists teach ways to prevent pathogens from invading the crops.To learn more about the UGA organic agriculture certificate program, visit the Web site at www.uga.edu/organic.(Katie Jaeger is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Open applications for annual CNTB / People in Tourism awards

first_imgCroatian tourist agency and this year awards annual tourism awards as a special recognition for the exceptional contribution of individuals, companies and institutions in the development of Croatian tourism. Applications and nominations for annual awards “Anton Štifanić” i Lifetime Achievement Award are received by natural and legal persons do August 31, 2018 by fulfillment online form. Also, nominations are accepted for the award “Man – the key to success, employee of the year” and then to July 27, 2018. Candidates for the selection of employees of the year can be submitted by tourist boards, ministries, professional associations, companies and local self-government units through online form. As of this year, the Croatian National Tourist Board has introduced a new concept and categories as part of the award “Man – the key to success, employee of the year.” So far, this award has been given in 26 categories, and as of this year it is awarded in a total of 14 well-defined and comprehensively defined categories: agency employee; tourist animator; tour guide; an employee in a hotel facility or camp; an employee in a catering facility (chef, waiter, pastry chef, sommelier, etc.); private landlord; host of a tourist peasant household; police officer; firefighter; maritime transport worker; air transport employee; road transport worker; seller; employee in landscaping and maintenance. Last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner was Niko Bulić, while he won the Annual Award “Anton Šifanić” Ante Mrvica. The 2016 award winners were Selimir Ognjenović for life’s work and Ivan Srakovčić i Zvonko Šupe as the winners of the “Anton Štifanić” award, while City of Đakovo for 50. Đakovo embroideries and Diacro for Restaurant Mala Hiža in Čakovec were also the winners of the award “Anton Štifanić” in the category of companies, institutions and associations. More information on the awards ceremony can be found at official site Croatian National Tourist Board.All winners will receive the award at the Days of Croatian Tourism, which are being held this year on Hvar on October 25th and 26th.last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp has given Liverpool players hope, says Lucas

first_img1 Liverpool midfielder Lucas says Jurgen Klopp’s arrival has offered all the players a fresh start.The Brazilian was one of a handful of players who looked surplus to requirements under Brendan Rodgers in the summer.But he feels he and a number of team-mates will enjoy a clean slate under the German.“He was so successful at his last club, Borussia Dortmund,” Lucas said. “Of course, when a manager like him comes it always gives you a lot of hope.“It’s a fresh start for every player. His CV is amazing. So I think everyone is really excited to learn with him and improve as a player and a team, because that’s the only way we will achieve what we want.“If you look at our position in the table, it’s not great. But we are not many points behind the top four and even the top. We still have the cups and the Europa League.“It’s still early days in the season and we have a lot to play for. Hopefully, we’ll start very well under him and at the end of the season it’ll be a successful season for us.“It’s a fresh start for everyone. Everyone is starting from zero really and everyone will have to prove that you deserve to be here and play for him.” Jurgen Klopp last_img read more

Corning boys basketball team moves to 18-0

first_imgCorning >> For the first time in more than a decade, the Corning High boys basketball team welcomed Paradise to town for a league contest. Friday’s winter homecoming game kicked off Westside League play between Paradise and Corning. Corning won round one, 60-41, to stay unbeaten at 18-0 and 3-0 in WSL play. Paradise dropped to 7-10, 1-2. Corning, off to its best start since third-year coach Kurt Wilkins grabbed the reigns of the program, received a game-high 24 points from top scorer Noah …last_img read more

A lifetime of being friends

first_imgMrunalini Joshi and her friends sit around the drawing room, giggling and chattering nineteen to the dozen. What’s unusual about four gal-pals getting together, you ask? They’re all in their eighties! Both Mrunalini Joshi and Usha Deshpande have known each other since they were five – a comradeship of 75 long years that is still holding strong. This is thanks to progressive ideas of women’s education that held sway in Maharashtra even as far back as the 930s, where Mrunalini Joshi and her lifelong friend Usha Deshpande met in “bal-varga”, the all-inclusive nursery class, at the Maharashtra Education society School. The two girls were in the same class till the second standard, when Usha was transferred to a different school. But fate decreed that hey were to meet again and renew their old ties in their golden years.While Mrunalini lost touch with one friend for a time, she found another in Mina Parande, with whom she went to high school. After being married and moving to Kolkata with her husband, Mrunalini caught up with an old family friend Saral Phatak, who lived close to the Marathi Mandal in Calcutta (as it was called back in 1958). Their husbands were colleagues and good friends, and the two couples soon became close. ‘When we’d get bored in the evenings, we would simply drop in on each other. We had that comfortable a relationship,’ reminisces Saral fondly. Over gossip, tea and food, the bonds of another lifelong friendship were forged. An old tradition among the Maharashtrians is to change a woman’s first name as well as her last name when she marries. To her friends, however, Mrunalini is still Sudha, the girl they went to school with. Even Saral, who met her only post-marriage, knows her as Sudha. ‘I never knew your (formal) name was Mrunalini! I just found out today!’ exclaims Saral, laughing. Today, the four women are closer than ever, meeting at least once in a week, destiny having brought them all to Pune now. Each one of them is part of a dynamic group of alliances and associations formed over the years. ‘It’s nothing special,’ shrugs Mrunalini modestly, when asked how these friendships have survived the test of time.A former classical singer, Mrunalini sang for the All-India Radio in Kolkata for nearly 10 years, while her friend Usha distinguished herself by graduating with a B.Sc in Botany and joining the Western Circle office (in Pune) of the Botanical Survey of India in 1958. Mina Parande, meanwhile, dedicated her life to sports, as fourtime National Champ of Table Tennis, sports coach and Central Railway official at Pune Station. Saral followed her husband around the country, dedicating her life to home and hearth. As the women got on with their busy lives as homemakers, mothers and working women, old associations took a backseat. But these affiliations, though neglected, were never forgotten. They’ve gone all over the country, enjoyed their travels, and finally settled down in Pune, close to their roots and their friends. A common interest in spirituality was instrumental in rekindling their old friendship. Mrunalini and Mina had mutual acquaintances at the Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, which facilitated a happy reunion. Usha also got in touch with her childhood playmate Mrunalini through the Pondicherry connection. The Arvind Mandal, a Pune-based branch of the Auro Ashram, became a meeting place for the long-lost friends. Mina, who had turned from the more vigorous tabletennis coaching to teaching yoga and pranayam, was taking a class at the Arvind Mandal in Pune, where she later reconnected with her former classmates and friends. Now, every Friday, she visits the ancestral home or “wada” where Mrunalini lives with her daughter, son-in-law and their family, to conduct 2-hour sessions of yoga mudras and pranayam for her group of four friends. In an ebullient spirit, the other women laughingly chide her for being a hard taskmaster. Once a year, Mrunalini, Mina and Usha, singly or with other friends, visit Pondicherry to spend time at the ashram. Meditation at the inner sanctum or spending time near the tomb are the highlights of the visit for them. Staying at Pondicherry, the women travel to the ashram during the hours allotted for meditation, soaking in what they describe in their own words as “the quiet”, “the peace” or “the atmosphere”. They find the place rejuvenating; but the bond that holds them together is more than a shared allegiance to a spiritual guru. Though Saral does not accompany her friends out of town, this easy, undemanding rapport these women share isn’t dependent on everyone being part of the “Auro clique” – Saral is as much a part of the group as anyone. She lives in Pune, and catches up with her old friends just as she did back in 1958, in Calcutta.None of them sought each other out actively. It was pure serendipity that brought these soul sisters back into each other’s lives. Today, with all “the girls” living within 10 minutes of each other, popping in and out of each other’s homes with potluck meals, going out and visiting new places are just some of the ways to spend some quality girlbonding time together. ‘We can’t travel too far out nowadays. The traffic makes it impossible!’ says Usha ruefully. Today, all four women live peaceful, retired lives, and make plenty of time for old friends. Mrunalini has deposited the care of her home on her daughterin- law’s capable shoulders, while her nursery friend Usha has retired from active service. Mrunalini’s high-school buddy Mina has hung up her boots as table tennis champ and coach, but continues to pursue fitness through teaching yoga and pranayam to friends. Saral first met Mrunalini when they were both young wives, and much like her friend, she now makes time for herself, her homemaker’s duties on the backburner.Knocking on wood, Saral says that it’s been pretty much smooth sailing so far in their friendship, with everything in orderly progression, without the ups and downs that mark some associations. ‘Even when we were younger, we fought in a sporting way,’ reminisces Mina. As for squabbling, in friendships that have weathered through decades, that sort of thing is in the past. ‘Now there is no question of fighting. We are way over that stage in life. People get into little quarrels when they expect something from someone and they are left disappointed. But among us, there are no expectations now. We don’t want anybody to give us anything or to do anything for us. We don’t think of things such as “I have more than she does” or “she has less than I do” – that’s the sort of thing that leads to mistrust and discord. We accept one another, and we’re satisfied with our lot in life,’ says Usha wisely.Neither has retirement brought them dissatisfaction. Quite the opposite in fact. When other friends tell Usha that they’re retiring, she’s happy for them, glad that another one of her compatriots can join in the fun. ‘We have lots of time, and much more freedom today,’ explains Mrunalini. ‘Now we aren’t answerable to anyone the way we used to be – no need to explain to anyone why you’re late, or where you’ve been! Nothing to hold us back from what we really want to do,’ exclaims Saral. Freedom from the responsibilities and limitations of a hardworking life is sweet respite, and they live life to the fullest . ‘We do not know what will happen tomorrow, but today, we are happy!’ concludes Saral. And so we leave them, discussing an absent ally in the hospital, whose doctor has forbidden visits from her friends because she talks too much when they are there! Soul sisters, compatriots, boon companions and comrades-in-arms, they are living proof that there’s nothing quite as resilient, or as wonderful, as true friendship. Get inspired and get started today, it’s not too late!advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Cavaliers hold off Wizards’ late comeback for 116-113 win

first_img“Momentum’s a scary thing,” Nance said. “When another team has momentum it doesn’t matter if you put the guys with the best plus-minus on the team in. Once it snowballs and gets rolling, it’s hard to stop.”Ante Zizic had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Nance added 13 points with 11 rebounds.The Cavaliers, who defeated Chicago on Sunday, won back-to-back games for the second time this season. Cleveland (11-41) had lost 18 of 19 before beating the Bulls.Bradley Beal scored 31 but Washington lost in Cleveland for the second time this season. The Cavaliers topped the Wizards 116-101 on Dec. 8, a game Cleveland led by 29 points.The other time the Cavs won consecutive games was Nov. 23-24 when they stunned Philadelphia and Houston. Cleveland also broke a nine-game home losing streak and won at Quicken Loans Arena for the first time since beating New York on Dec. 12.Trevor Ariza had 13 points. McRae scored 15 points and Gary Payton II had 11 — all in the final quarter.McRae was a reserve on Cleveland’s 2015-16 team that won the NBA championship.HE SAID ITBeal had a simple theory on why the Wizards played so poorly until the final minutes.“We probably thought that Cleveland was terrible, and they came out and punched us in the mouth, just like they did last time,” he said. “You can’t overlook anybody. You’ve got to respect every team in the league.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “We were at like 32 seconds for three minutes, I swear,” Nance said of the harrowing finish.The Cavaliers seemed to be on their way to an easy victory most of the night. Jordan Clarkson scored 28 points and Cedi Osman had 26. Cleveland matched a season high with 15 3-pointers and led 105-80 with 6:58 remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThen the Cavaliers, who hit seven of 16 free throws in the final period, nearly fell apart as Washington’s reserves almost pulled out a stunner.The margin was trimmed to nine, but Cleveland still led 115-103 with 42 seconds remaining. Jordan McRae hit two 3-pointers and Tony Brown Jr. had a layup as the Cavs missed three of four from the line. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones approved for UFC 235 bout View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img MOST READ McRae’s two foul shots with 18 seconds remaining cut the deficit to three. Osman missed two free throws with 11 seconds left and the Wizards called a timeout to set up a chance to tie the game.Osman stripped the ball from Brown at the 3-point line and Nance dribbled out the clock.Washington’s starters were on the bench most of the fourth quarter and coach Scott Brooks kept them there for the last possession.“They earned the right to win the game,” he said of his backups. “These guys earned the right to get us to overtime.”The Cavaliers were relieved to head home with the win.ADVERTISEMENT PH 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 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. (22) and Washington Wizards’ Trevor Ariza (1) vie for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Larry Nance Jr. wasn’t sure the clock would ever run out Tuesday night.The Cavaliers’ forward wasn’t the only one. Cleveland nearly squandered a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter before holding off Washington’s comeback for a 116-113 win over the Wizards.ADVERTISEMENT THE NEXT STEPKevin Love will likely participate in contact drills this week. Cleveland coach Larry Drew has been impressed with how the All-Star forward has moved in offensive drills. The Cavaliers are off until hosting Dallas on Saturday, but Drew doesn’t anticipate Love will play this week. Love had foot surgery in November.TIP-INSWizards: C Ian Mahinmi (sprained right thumb) and F Sam Dekker (back spasms) returned after missing one game apiece. Dekker began the season with Cleveland and was traded to Washington on Dec. 8 as part of a three-team deal that included Milwaukee.Cavaliers: Had six players in doubles figures. Collin Sexton scored 12 points and Matthew Dellavedova added 10. … Sexton fouled Beal while the Wizards’ guard was hitting a 3 in the first quarter. Beal completed the four-point play at the line. … Osman was selected to the World Team for the Rising Stars game that will take place during All-Star weekend.UP NEXTWizards: Host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.Cavaliers: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

Six stories in the news for today Nov 16

first_imgSix stories in the news for Thursday, Nov. 16———CANADA OFFERS PEACEKEEPING TROOPS, EQUIPMENT TO UNPrime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered the UN soldiers, equipment and $21 million to help boost the number of female peacekeepers around the world. But his announcement yesterday in Vancouver was somewhat vague when it comes to just where Canadian troops and military equipment would be deployed. Government officials say those decisions may be six to nine months down the road.———COMING FRIDAY — NAFTA ROUND FIVEThe fifth round of talks to revamp the North American Free Trade pact officially begin Friday in Mexico City. But unlike previous rounds, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her counterparts won’t be there. All three say they held substantive talks at the recent Asia-Pacific summit and will be in constant touch with their chief negotiators. This set of negotiations is expected to focus on some of the less contentous elements of the trilateral treaty.———QUEBEC CANNABIS BILL EXPECTED TODAYThe Quebec government is expected to table its own cannabis legislation today and set up a provincially owned corporation to control and sell the drug. Ottawa has promised marijuana will be legal across Canada by next July 1 and has left it up to the provinces to create their own legal framework on how the law would be enforced on their territory.———VALERIE PLANTE TO BE SWORN IN AS MONTREAL MAYORMontreal’s first female mayor will be sworn in this afternoon (4 p.m. ET). Valerie Plante trailed incumbent Denis Coderre in the polls prior to election, but on Nov. 5, she captured more than 51 per cent of the vote. Plante, 43, entered municipal politics in 2013 when she won a council seat and she was elected leader of the left-leaning party Projet Montreal three years later.———SECURITY DETAINEE SEEKS RELAXATION OF STRICT MONITORINGFederal authorities are balking at terror suspect Mohamed Harkat’s desire for more leeway to use the internet and travel freely within Canada, saying he continues to pose a threat almost 15 years after being arrested. Harkat is asking the Federal Court of Canada to approve his application for less strict monitoring of his everyday activities by the Canada Border Services Agency as he awaits the outcome of his protracted legal saga.———SIX NEW NAMES ENSHRINED IN CANADA’S WALK OF FAMESix more people have been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame — sprinter Donovan Bailey, actress Anna Paquin, environmentalist David Suzuki, civil rights leader Viola Desmond, country singer Stompin’ Tom Connors, and businessman Ted Rogers. The Walk of Fame on Toronto’s King St., was launched in 1998 and the six new additions bring the number of honoured Canadians to 173.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley will provide details of Alberta’s proposed cannabis legislation.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with B.C. Premier John Horgan in Vancouver.— Leadership candidates for the Saskatchewan Party attend a debate in North Battleford.— Statistics Canada releases will include the monthly survey of manufacturing for September.— The Fraser Institute will release a study on provincial and federal climate policies.— The Halifax Women’s History Society will unveil a monument to honour women volunteers during the Second World War.last_img read more

10 Months After Baby Serena In Wimbledon Final vs

Serena Williams of the US serves to Julia Goerges of Germany during their women’s semifinal match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (Neil Hall/Pool via AP)LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams has been saying it over and over and over: Wimbledon is only her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby.“Every time I go out there, I want to, I guess, take a giant step forward,” she said. “Keep taking giant steps, but keep improving.”Williams played a total of seven matches in 2018 before arriving at the All England Club, and she’ll be playing her seventh match in the last two weeks when she meets 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.Certainly didn’t take long for the 36-year-old American to get her game in gear and close in on what would be an eighth Wimbledon title, one short of Martina Navratilova’s record, and 24th Grand Slam trophy in all, equaling Margaret Court’s all-time mark.It was only 10 1/2 months ago that Williams had far more serious concerns.After giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, on Sept. 1, Williams dealt with health complications that included blood clots and led to what she said were multiple operations.“Almost didn’t make it, to be honest,” Williams said shortly after completing her 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory over 13th-seeded Julia Goerges on Thursday.Serena Williams of the US lifts her leg during their women’s semifinal match against Julia Goerges of Germany at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)She’s been wearing compression leggings during her matches as a precaution and says she remains nervous.“I mean, even this week, I had a pain in my leg, and I went to the worst-case scenario: ‘Oh, my God, I have a (pulmonary embolism) in my leg,’” Williams said. “I didn’t know I would have such, kind of, traumatic thoughts. Especially now that I have a daughter, I want to be around as long as I can to support her. It’s interesting how that mental recovery is actually taking much longer than I ever expected.”The tennis? That’s come quite naturally, not surprisingly.She was off the tour for more than a year after her Australian Open title in January 2017 — won while she was pregnant, she later revealed. Williams first came back by playing doubles with her older sister, Venus, for the U.S. Fed Cup team in February. Then came her singles return, at Indiana Wells in March, when she won her first two matches before losing to her sibling.Next was a first-round loss at Miami.“I honestly felt I would have done better in some of the earlier tournaments. That was the hardest part — accepting that I didn’t,” Williams said. “I know that sounds weird, but I worked out a lot and I worked hard.”Following another two months away from competition, she entered the French Open in late May, and won three matches before pulling out before the fourth round because of an injured pectoral muscle.Williams rested some after that, not practicing serving at all for a couple of weeks, and was able to ease into things once Wimbledon began because of a draw that allowed her to avoid playing any seeded opponents — or anyone ranked inside the top 50, for that matter — until Goerges, who was making her Grand Slam semifinal debut.Now will come the sternest on-court test Williams has faced: Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion with a lefty stroke and never-give-up-on-a-ball defense.Williams is 23-6 in Grand Slam finals, and Kerber is responsible for handing her one of those rare defeats, at the 2016 Australian Open. Kerber also won that year’s U.S. Open, replacing Williams atop the WTA rankings right afterward. That was also the year that Kerber reached the Wimbledon final, losing to Williams in straight sets.They’ve played each other a total of eight times in the past, and Williams leads 6-2.After winning her semifinal against Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3, Kerber was asked what she sees across the net when she goes up against Williams.“I see a champion,” Kerber said, “that’s for sure.” read more

SWAT standoff in North Park connected to Midway District homicide

first_imgSWAT standoff in North Park connected to Midway District homicide February 25, 2018 John Soderman Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SWAT SCENE UPDATE: The search for a homicide suspect at an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Upas has ended. Out of an abundance of caution our SWAT team was used for the search. The suspect was not located. Thanks for your patience to those who were impacted by the scene. pic.twitter.com/Qx4CeuFW1g— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) February 26, 2018 Posted: February 25, 2018 Updated: 7:02 PM John Soderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The fatal shooting of a man outside a gym in the Midway District today led to an hours-long standoff at an apartment complex miles away in North Park.The shooting was near a 24 Hour Fitness in the 3600 block of Midway Drive just before 11 a.m., San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros said.Details were unclear, but Delimitros said the shooting was connected to a SWAT standoff at an apartment complex near the intersection of 30th Street and Upas Street, just a few blocks east of Balboa Park.Officers responded to the apartment about noon. Roads in the area were blocked off by police for more than six hours while the standoff continued.Around 6:15 p.m. the SWAT team made entry into the apartment but the suspect was not there, according to police.The SWAT wrapped up their operation and left the scene, police said.No suspect description was immediately available.last_img read more