France Encourages Moroccos Return to African Union

Paris – France on Tuesday encouraged Morocco’s return to the African Union, deeming that this decision constitutes an “important contribution to the growing integration of the African continent.”“Morocco’s return to the African Union would make an important contribution to the growing integration of the African continent, which France is encouraging”, French Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Romain Nadal, said at a press briefing.“A united Africa is indeed a factor of peace, stability and development for the continent and the rest of the world”, he stressed. In a message to the 27th summit of the African Union in Kigali, King Mohammed VI announced Morocco’s return to the AU.“Our friends have long been asking us to return among them so that Morocco may take its natural place within its institutional family.That time has now come”, the Moroccan monarch underlined.With MAP read more

Geologist who was killed in Burkina Faso died while working job he

HALIFAX — Family members of a Canadian mining executive who was kidnapped and killed by gunmen in western Africa said at his funeral today that his murder was senseless, but they also recognize he died while pursuing the work he was passionate about.Officials in the Burkina Faso government have said the body of Kirk Woodman of Halifax was found with bullet wounds on Jan. 16 in Oudalan province, in the northern Sahel region.The exploration geologist with Vancouver-based Progress Minerals Inc. had been kidnapped the night before by armed gunmen who’d entered a mining camp in Tiabongou, some distance away.About 400 people attended the 55-year-old man’s funeral at Knox United Church in the suburb of Lower Sackville.Matt Woodman, the geologist’s son, described an attentive father who led boy scout groups, coached minor hockey and couldn’t resist pulling the family car over on a busy highway to examine rock outcrops.Woodman said he wished he could still call his father and ask him for advice, but he added he realizes he “died doing what he loved.”  The Canadian Press read more

Ban calls for independent inquiry into use of rape as weapon in

7 August 2009Warning that rape is being used as a weapon of war with the same efficient brutality as a gun or a grenade, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Security Council to set up an independent commission of inquiry into such abuses in the conflicts in Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan. Warning that rape is being used as a weapon of war with the same efficient brutality as a gun or a grenade, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Security Council to set up an independent commission of inquiry into such abuses in the conflicts in Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan. Such a panel, supported by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, should recommend to the Council “the most effective mechanisms to ensure accountability for these egregious crimes,” he told the 15-member body at the start of a day-long debate on women and peace and security. “Despite some progress over two decades, the deliberate targeting of civilians through acts of sexual violence continues on a widespread and systematic basis,” Mr. Ban declared, also citing abuses perpetrated by the rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Sudan, Central African Republic, Uganda and the DRC. “Parties to armed conflict continue to use sexual violence with efficient brutality. Like a grenade or a gun, sexual violence is part of their arsenal to pursue military, political, social and economic aims. The perpetrators generally operate with impunity.” The session, in which 45 Member States are scheduled to speak, follows a report to the Council on the issue last month in which Mr. Ban called on States to strengthen prevention and protection measures against the crime. Today he recalled his meetings with victims of sexual violence. “I am haunted by their testimony, and I will not relent in calling on States and non-State parties to prevent these terrible crimes,” he said, adding that such abuse hurts recovery and peacebuilding in countries such as Burundi, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, where the fighting may have ended but sexual violence persists on a very serious scale. He said the UN needed to fashion a multi-sectoral response to the scourge, address the issue from planning to implementation of its mandates, create a UN institution to advance gender equality and women’s human rights, and improve monitoring and investigation to overcome the hurdles faced in reporting on sexual violence. “I am also in discussions with UN System partners on appointing a new senior system-wide official to address sexual violence,” he added. “Victims of sexual violence are among the world’s most vulnerable and traumatized people. For the sake of these innocent women and men, their families and their societies, we must come together and act. That will help victims and war-torn countries and set our world on a course for a better future,” he concluded. read more

General Assembly calls again for end to US embargo against Cuba

25 October 2011The General Assembly today renewed its call, for the 20th consecutive year, for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba for the past half century. In a resolution adopted by 186 votes in favour to two against (Israel and the US) and three abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Palau), the Assembly reiterated its call to all States to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures not conforming with their obligations to reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation.It also urged them to repeal or invalidate such laws and requested the Secretary-General to report on the implementation of the resolution at the Assembly’s next session, which begins in September 2012.Introducing the text, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Foreign Minister of Cuba, stated that the US has never hidden the fact that the objective of the embargo – which he said has caused more than $975 billion in damage to the Cuban people – is to overthrow his country’s Government. “What the US Government wants to see changed will not change,” he stated, declaring that the Cuban Government will continue to be “the government of the people, by the people and for the people.“Our elections shall not be auction sales. There shall not be $4 billion electoral campaigns nor a parliament supported by 13 per cent of voters,” he added.The US representative, Ronald Godard, said that for yet another year, the Assembly is taking up a resolution designed to confuse and obscure.“But let there be no confusion about this: the United States, like most Member States, reaffirms its strong commitment to supporting the right and the heartfelt desire of the Cuban people to freely determine their future.“And let there be no obscuring that the Cuban regime has deprived them of this right for more than half a century,” he stated. Mr. Godard added that the economic relationship between the US and Cuba is a bilateral issue and is not appropriately a concern of the Assembly. “The embargo represents just one aspect of US policy towards Cuba whose overarching goal is to encourage a more open environment in Cuba and increased respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, principles to which this Organization is also dedicated,” he said. read more

President Hollande France suspends plans to deliver warship to Russia amid Ukraine

President Hollande: France suspends plans to deliver warship to Russia amid Ukraine tensions AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jamey Keaten And Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2014 10:20 am MDT PARIS – Responding to international pressure, France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia at least until November amid security concerns over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis, officials said Wednesday.The Vladivostok, the first of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers ordered by Russia, was due to be delivered next month as part of a 1.2 billion euro ($1.6 billion) contract — the biggest-ever sale of NATO weaponry to Moscow.The second ship, named Sevastopol, ironically, after a port in the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula, has been slated for delivery next year.In an announcement on the eve of a NATO summit in Wales, French President Francois Hollande’s office called the fighting in eastern Ukraine “grave,” and said Russia’s recent actions harm “the foundations of security in Europe.”It also came after months of pressure on France from allies to suspend the sale because of tensions between Russia and Ukraine.A French diplomatic official said a delivery wouldn’t go through before November. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.Hollande said talk of a possible cease-fire in Ukraine wasn’t enough to allow France to authorize the delivery of the Vladivostok. His office made no mention of the second warship.France stopped short of cancelling the deal, suggesting that a change in Russia’s behaviour and handling of the Ukraine crisis could pave the way for the delivery at a later date.The Vladivostok can carry 700 troops, 16 helicopter gunships, and up to 50 armoured vehicles.Analysts have said the warships would give Russia enhanced ability to move large numbers of troops and equipment, but were not game-changers for Moscow’s already powerful military.Months of resistance to suspending the deal testified in part to Paris’ unwillingness to give up a contract worth more than 1 billion euros and thousands of jobs at a time of France’s economic slump.France has no guarantees about how the ships might be used, though the French defence export-control agency had already given the go-ahead for the delivery.Ukrainian officials had insisted the delivery would violate the European Union’s code of conduct. On Friday, the EU is set to toughen sanctions against Russia, after a recent worsening of the crisis in Ukraine.A senior U.S. defence official said Washington welcomes France’s decision, stressing the move reinforces the growing international resolve to hold Moscow accountable for its actions in Ukraine.The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.A senior NATO official said, “Unfortunately, Russia has made this kind of decision the only possible decision, by its actions.” He spoke during a pre-summit briefing in Wales where NATO officials answered reporters’ questions on the condition that they not be identified.As recently as July, Hollande said the deal was too costly to cancel, and even this week, his advisers had indicated that France was ready to go ahead with the first delivery. In July, the president said the Russians had paid for the ship, and France would have to reimburse Moscow if it cancelled.___Robert Burns in Washington and John-Thor Dahlburg in Newport, Wales contributed to this report. read more

Airport strikes More than 100 flights cancelled at Heathrow Airport ahead of

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Last ditch talks to avert British Airways’ first pilot strike for 40 years will continue into next week The spokesperson refuted claims that airlines could be paid compensation. “In addition to this, the suggestion that the salary of our CEO has doubled over the past year is also inaccurate. All managers (including our CEO) received a 2.4pc increase to base salaries last year. In that same year, all participating Heathrow colleagues, which included security officers, benefited from additional payments as a result of a multi-year, company-wide savings and performance programme,” the Heathrow spokesperson said. More than 100 flights have been cancelled at Heathrow Airport next week, as holidaymakers brace themselves for the first of a wave of strikes set to scupper their travel plans.Security guards, firefighters and engineers are among those staging crippling walkouts on Monday and Tuesday at the height of the summer getaway period.The strikes, orchestrated by the UK’s largest union Unite, are expected to hit almost 90,000 passengers and lead to the cancellation of around a fifth of flights from the west London airport.Heathrow Airport say they have cancelled 172 flights so far and are advising passengers to arrive two or three hours before their flight’s depart time to avoid lengthy queues at security.Further disruption is expected at Gatwick Airport on August 10 and 11, when security workers will walk out for 48 hours in a dispute over “poverty pay” rates.Meanwhile last ditch talks to avert British Airways’ first pilot strike for 40 years will continue into next week.Negotiations between pilots union the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) and the airline failed to yield an agreement today, with representatives from both sides last night tight-lipped on proceedings.  The talks follow a failed attempt by BA earlier this week to seek a legal injunction to block industrial action by pilots.   The dispute arose from anger over pay disparities between airport workers doing the same job and the “massive pay package” of the airport’s CEO John Holland-Kaye.Unite claim Mr Holland-Kaye earns in two days what some of the lowest paid Heathrow security guards earn in a year.It says he received a 103.2 per cent pay increase last year, with his basic remuneration package rising from £2.097 million in 2017 to £4.2 million in 2018.The union warned Heathrow that if the pay dispute was not settled then they faced paying out millions of pounds in compensation to airlines for cancelled flights.Unite, which could stage two further strikes on August 23 and 24, say airlines could receive a total of £4.6m in compensation if their passengers are unable to board flights.  It previously suspended a two-day strike planned for July 26 and 27 to consult with it’s members and hold a vote on the deal.Now the vote has taken place, last-ditch talks to avert planned strikes on Monday and Tuesday will begin.Wayne King, Unite’s regional coordinating officer, said: “All the indications are pointing to an overwhelming rejection by our members of the revised offer which, in reality, offers little more than the £3.75 extra a day that the original offer did for many workers. Last ditch talks to avert British Airways’ first pilot strike for 40 years will continue into next weekCredit: Steve Parsons/PA “If members do reject the pay offer and Heathrow bosses dig their heels in, then there is a risk the airport is seen to prefer paying millions in compensation to airlines and needlessly causing misery for the travelling public, instead of sorting the dispute by going the extra mile and giving its workforce a decent pay rise.”A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that Unite has rejected the latest pay offer and will continue to seek an agreement at ACAS. Unite is proceeding with its unnecessary strike action on 5th and 6th August and we regret that passengers looking to get away on well-earned breaks will be impacted by this.“We have activated contingency plans which will keep the airport open and safe on both strike days. We expect security queue times to be slightly longer than normal and advise passengers to check our website for detailed information on how to prepare for their flights and when to arrive at the airport.  “As part of our plans, we are working with airlines to proactively consolidate flights and rebook passengers onto alternative services in advance. We also advise passengers to contact their airlines for the latest information, as well as follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts for further updates.” Unite today rejected a revised pay offer for Heathrow’s frontline workers in a ballot involving 4,000 of its members. read more

Christopher Nordmeyer to leave TSV HannoverBurgdorf

← Previous Story WORLD YOUNG LINE-PLAYER 2014/2015? Next Story → Generation 1996 gets rivals for Youth WCh 2015 in Russia German DKB Bundesliga member TSV Hannover Burgdorf will write the new chapter of the club’s history from the next summer with the new head-coach. The most successful coach in the club’s past Christopher Nordmeyer, but also his assistant Alex Grah will leave the team at the end of the season.Currently 13th, Hannover had the best season so far two years ago, when the team won sixth place and qualified for the EHF Cup as well. TSV Hannover Burgdorf

HSG Wetzlar sign Slovakian right wing Miroslav Volentics

HSG WetzlarMiroslav Volentics The sixth team of the last season at DKB Bundesliga , HSG Wetzlar, got reinforcement in the first month of the new season. Miroslav Volentics, the 31-years old Slovakian right wing signed contract until end of the season with “green-white” team from RITTAL Arena.Volentics previously has played at TUS Ferndorf, the members of the second German Bundesliga. He passed all the tests and will replace injured youngstar Tim Rüdiger. ← Previous Story BOMB: Zarko Markovic to RK PPD Zagreb! Next Story → ROMANIA: AHC Dobrogea Sud beat CSM Bucuresti in derby

LAfrique du Sud se dote dune agence spatiale

first_imgL’Afrique du Sud se dote d’une agence spatialeL’Afrique du Sud a inauguré sa première agence spatiale à Johannesburg hier. Un événement pour le pays qui entend devenir d’ici les dix prochaines années le leader continental de l’observation terrestre par satellite.La cérémonie d’inauguration du site s’est déroulée hier à Johannesburg, en présence de la ministre des Sciences et des Technologies Naledi Pandor. “Nos efforts pour améliorer les ressources spatiales de l’Afrique du Sud seront d’une valeur inestimable pour la communauté scientifique d’Afrique australe”, a-t-elle alors souligné, estimant que le lancement de l’Agence spatiale nationale d’Afrique du Sud (Sansa), permettra de “stimuler l’investissement et le secteur de la recherche scientifique locale”.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAL’agence, qui devrait être pleinement opérationnelle en 2012, est actuellement dotée de deux micro-satellites. Elle aura pour principaux objectifs de capturer des images terrestres afin d’améliorer la détection et la prévention de catastrophes naturelles, et de suivre l’évolution des ressources en eau du contient. Selon son directeur, Sandile Malinga, le coût de fonctionnement annuel de la Sansa devrait s’élever à 600 millions de rands environs, soit 65 millions d’euros. Mais “nous allons construire nos satellites ici, en utilisant les savoir-faire locaux et on espère que cela aidera à résoudre les coûts”, a-t-il assuré.Première puissance économique du continent, l’Afrique du Sud n’est pourtant pas le premier pays à se doter d’une agence spatiale. Le Nigeria, l’Algérie et l’Egypte, ont en effet déjà leurs propres agences.Le 10 décembre 2010 à 18:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Gordon Rises a Dark Knight Parties and Gotham City Gets its Sirens

first_imgStay on target NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Even though Professor Pyg isn’t turning out to be as scary as early ads led us to believe, Gotham has still managed to get a pretty great villain out of him. All the truly horrific stuff he does happens off screen. We see the aftermath; we hear his taunting voice when he contacts Gordon. We only get a good look at his face right at the end of the episode when he takes off the prosthetics he used to fool the future commissioner. In last night’s episode, it became clear that Pyg isn’t on the show to shock and horrify us (although that’s almost certainly coming). He’s here to set Gordon on the path to becoming the police commissioner we all know from the comics. He’s been playing the one decent cop for a few episodes now. This is how he gets the rest of the GCPD behind him.It all starts with every cop in the GCPD getting a pig’s head delivered to them. Every cop except Gordon. The explanation that the delivery guy couldn’t smell what he was delivering because he has a cold is a little silly, but hey, I laughed. Worse yet, three cops soon go missing. Right away, the stakes are clear for Gordon. Pyg is turning his fellow officers against him. He needs to catch Pyg or cede the city completely to Penguin. That might be happening already. Despite Gordon insisting that Bullock quit taking Penguin’s money, Bullock pretty much turns the investigation over to Penguin entirely. As far as the writing and pacing go, this episode might be one of the best Gotham has ever had. Every scene drives the story forward. Nothing feels like filler, leading to an exciting hour of television that’s over way too soon.Robin Lord Taylor (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)Penguin has his own reasons for getting involved with the cops. He wants to show Sofia Falcone that his methods are working. Now that she’s taking care of kids in her orphanage, she has completely inserted herself into his mind as a mother figure. He is so desperate to gain her approval, he brags about his genius idea when it shows up on the news. She tells him her father would never have aligned with the GCPD. They’re going to fail big and take Penguin down with them. And with that lovely bit of foreshadowing, we have something to look forward to at the end of the episode. Of course, Penguin wants to prove he’s right, so he extends his partnership with the cops even farther. Sofia isn’t putting herself in this motherly role for no reason. It’s already clear she’s doing it to manipulate Penguin, and we’re starting to see her do just that. She had to know that criticizing his decision would only strengthen his resolve to make a mistake. And now she’s proven to be right, he trusts her even more. Whatever Sofia’s planning, it’s working.All this made sure that when the Gordon tracked Pyg to an abandoned courthouse and Penguin showed up to take over, we knew what was coming. Penguin’s grandstanding in front of the press guaranteed that things were about to go very bad for him. Even so, I have to say this episode pulled off its twist remarkably well. The revelation that the cop in the ambulance was actually Pyg delivered a satisfying shock. We also finally got to see Gordon play the hero for the first time in way too long. Bullock charges in, accidentally shoots a fellow cop and activates an automatic turret. A surprising amount of police die in this sequence, but at least Gordon gets to look like a badass, charging in and taking down turrets with a grenade launcher. The show is obviously preparing him to be a commissioner now. His actions have inspired a few of his fellow cops to stand up to Penguin. Meanwhile, Bullock is drinking in his office. The episode began with Gordon sitting in the Commissioner’s chair. The season will almost certainly end that way.Jessica Lucas and Erin Richards (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)The other major development of the episode saw the birth of this show’s version of the Gotham City Sirens. Now that Ra’s Al Ghul is out of the picture, Barbara is shutting her operation down. As this is the closest thing Selina’s ever had to a family, she’s not too thrilled with that decision. After failing to convince both Barbara and Tabitha to keep the gang together, she decides to rob a biker gang by herself to prove they can keep the weapons operation going. It doesn’t work out too well for her. She gets trapped in the gang’s hideout and watches them use a motorcycle tire to sandpaper off a guard’s face for failing to protect their money. It wouldn’t be Gotham if it didn’t show us something supremely messed up right after dinner.Fortunately, Tabitha and Barbara come to the rescue. That entails Barbara murdering everyone with a small pistol and impeccable aim, then demanding that Tabitha and Selina grab the money. They have a shipment coming in the next day. This all serves to set up the absolute coolest shot in the entire episode. Barbara, Tabitha and Selina walking toward the camera through the dark streets of Gotham. The show has had some great female villains before, but none have felt quite as important or as cool as this group. Between them and Sofia Falcone, the women are taking over Gotham City and I am so here for it. I can’t wait to see what the show does with them from here.Camren Bicondova (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)Even the weakest storyline of the episode was at least fun. Bruce is still dealing with the fact that he killed Ra’s Al Ghul, and it’s not going well. He snaps at a waiter during a fundraiser and yells at Alfred for trying to calm him down. It’s not until he sees an old friend from school that he discovers a way to vent, or at least dull, his anger. Underage binge drinking: the favorite pastime of angry teens everywhere. This season, we really get to see Bruce embrace his billionaire playboy persona. Whether he uses it as a mask, like he did in Penguin’s auction, or as an escape like tonight. He buys a club specifically to get his friends in and exclude the one guy he doesn’t like. Even in our dark dystopian present, it’s still fun to watch rich people have money fights. Even when those money fights are masking deep trauma with the popping of champagne bottles.Even with three concurrent storylines, Gotham managed a surprisingly focused and fun episode this week. Usually, it tries to do too much and ends up dropping at least one ball. That’s not what happened last night. It kept Bruce’s story simple, not allowing it to distract from the bigger, more interesting developments. Even with Pyg escaping at the end, the show still moved the story forward in a meaningful way. That’s a serious accomplishment for a show that can sometimes spin its wheels for too long. I only hope they keep this going next week.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Next Live With Chris Jericho podcast scheduled for 430

first_img Now Playing Up Next WWE’s Chris Jericho Cast In Kevin Smith’s Horror Movie Pinterest Xavier Woods Now Playing Up Next The next “Live! With Chris Jericho” podcast is scheduled for 4/30 live on the WWE Network starting at 10:00 p.m. Eastern (9:00 CT) with special guest Stephanie McMahon. The live podcast will be presented immediately following Smackdown on Syfy that week.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Smackdown Ratings: Lowest non-holiday rating since the brand split Triple H Live Podcast: Review of AEW’s second PPV Fyter Fest from Daytona Beach, Florida Google+ The Miz Videos Articles Heres What To Expect (Spoilers) From WWEs Christmas Eve Episode of Raw Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reignscenter_img WhatsApp Videos Articles Stephanie McMahon Pitches New Career Option For Serena Williams Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Twitter Wrestleview Post-RAW #49: King of the Ring tournament discussion, RAW review Kevin Smith Teases Latest Addition To Cast Of Jay And Silent Bob Reboot Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

New overtime rules to impact 3800 Clark County workers

first_imgA new rule revising which salaried employees are paid for clocking extra hours will go into effect soon, impacting about 3,800 Clark County employees and their bosses, according to the Washington Employment Security Department.The U.S. Department of Labor decided in May to change the so-called “white collar exemption,” an earnings threshold under which employers must pay an employee overtime wages. The ruling makes salaried employees who earn up to $47,476 eligible for overtime pay. Previously, employees who earned more than $23,600 were exempted.The ruling goes into effect Dec. 1. It will apply to an estimated 4.2 million workers nationwide and 76,000 workers in Washington state.Scott Bailey, a regional economist with the state agency, said he expects employers will make the change without making waves.“The new overtime rule by the Department of Labor, in my opinion, will not have a large impact on employment in Clark County,” Bailey wrote in an email Wednesday afternoon. “There may be some wage effects and some creative responses by employers, but I doubt it will result in changes that will be noticeable in our employment statistics.”In the meantime, the new rule may require some accounting gymnastics of affected employers. They will have to calculate whether a salaried employee making less than $47,476 is worth paying up to that threshold or if it’s worth paying them time-and-a-half when they log more than 40 hours per week. Some businesses might reshuffle responsibilities to other employees in order to shave hours.“They’re definitely going to want to do the math and look at it both ways: project how much overtime (an employee) would work and what that would cost, versus raising their salary to the new level,” said Rhonda Stephens, a partner at the local offices of Barrett Business Services Inc., a company that consults on human resources and payroll for numerous companies.last_img read more

Google Doodle celebrates Earl Scruggs banjopicking pioneer

first_img Tags When Scruggs was 21, he joined the Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys band, which helped coin the term “bluegrass” and popularize it as a distinct genre of country music. During this time, he met vocalist and guitarist Lester Flat, with whom he would form the Flatt and Scruggs group and the Foggy Mountain Boys in 1948.Hollywood’s Coen brothers paid homage to the band in the 2000 film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? by naming the movie’s rag-tag band The Soggy Bottom Boys. The duo spent more than two decades together, recording more than 50 albums before breaking up in 1969. In 1962, they recorded The Ballad of Jed Clampett, the theme song for The Beverly Hillbillies, and Scruggs’ 1949 instrumental Foggy Mountain Breakdown became a hit when it was featured on the soundtrack of the 1967 classic film Bonnie and Clyde. During his diverse career, Scruggs played with artists as varied as Bob Dylan and sitarist Ravi Shankar, and his contribution to music didn’t go unrecognized in his lifetime. He received four Grammy awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and National Medal of Arts. He was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.Google Doodles typically recognize individuals on their birthday or anniversaries of noteworthy moments in their life. But Scruggs, who died in 2012 at the age of 88, isn’t being recognized by Google for either of those things. Friday marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Earl Scruggs Center, a 10,000-square-foot facility in Shelby, North Carolina. Reflecting his influence on today’s generation of musicians, the sold-out concert opening the center featured Vince Gill, Travis Tritt and Sam Bush, among others. 49 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Google Doodle Google 1:53 Online Music Doodling our world: Check out Google’s previous celebrations of people, events and holidays that impact our lives.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.center_img Comments 4 Our favorite Google Doodles through the years Share your voice 5 tips for free-tier Spotify users Google shows off the fancy finger work of banjo legend Earl Scruggs. Google Earl Scruggs revolutionized the way we play and appreciate the banjo today.Scruggs, who was born 95 years ago this month, developed his own three-finger method of picking the five-string banjo – an approach so radical it’s now widely referred to as “Scruggs style.”  That style, which features picks attached to the thumb, index finger and middle finger, has become a defining characteristic of bluegrass music and the most popular style of playing banjo in the genre.Google dedicated an animated Doodle to Scruggs on Friday, highlighting his finger-picking method, which helped elevate the status of the banjo from a background instrument to one that now commands the spotlight. Scruggs was born in North Carolina on Jan. 6, 1924, to a family that played music when not farming. After his father died when Scruggs was four, the young boy seemed to find solace by practicing the banjo when he wasn’t in school or doing his farm chores.  His first radio performance was at the age of 11.last_img read more

Two men found dead at Valley of the Moon park police say

first_imgIn Anchorage, two men are dead in what appears to be a double homicide over the weekend at a popular park.Listen nowAnchorage Police say they got a call shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday, reporting a deceased individual on the bike path in Valley of the Moon park. While searching the area, investigators found a second person. Both victims are male, and police said both deaths appear to be homicides.No one is in custody, and police said they won’t release any additional details on the case until more facts are confirmed.This puts the number of violent deaths in the municipality at 27 — more than took place in all of 2015, but with more than four months remaining in the year.Two of this year’s deaths were from officer-involved shootings, which some said ought to be counted as separate incidents from homicides.last_img read more

OnePlus has a warning for its users followed by some great news

first_imgOnePlus 7 Pro has been launched and all the excitement around it is slowing down, but here’s something much more exciting for existing OnePlus users. Software updates are a big way to keep older smartphone users happy and the latest OxygenOS 9 has plenty of attractive features for which users are willing to go to great lengths to experience them without upgrading to newer models. OnePlus has an important message for those people.It appears that a lot of folks who own OnePlus 6, 6T, 5 and 5T smartphones wanted to test out the two most-talked-about features of OnePlus 7 Pro – the Screen Recorder and Zen Mode. When the APK files of these features became available on the internet, there was no holding back. But those who sideloaded the files on their old OnePlus phones started experiencing issues with the normal functioning of the said features.OnePlus, which prides in listening to its community, witnessed the trend and the issues that people were facing for installing Screen Recorder and Zen Mode apps on OnePlus 6, 6T, 5 and 5T phones. The Chinese smartphone company advises users of older phones to remain patient while OnePlus brings new features to them. Zen Mode in OnePlus 7 ProIBTimes India”If you install these apps on other phone models, you may face some issues while using it. We recommend that you do not install and use the 2 applications until we fit them to the OnePlus 5/5T/6/6T,” OnePlus community member wrote.Those who installed Screen Recorder and Zen Mode on OnePlus 5/5T/6/6T phones found that there was no sound coming out while playing games and listening to music with the former feature and the notification reminders wouldn’t go even when Zen Mode is activated. It’s not surprising as the APK files were made available without the company’s approval or support, so the lack of optimisation should disappoint users. Screen recorder settings for OnePlus 7 ProIBTimes IndiaBut OnePlus confirmed that both these features will arrive for OnePlus 5 through OnePlus 6T phones in the days to come.”We plan to release Screen Recorder and Zen Mode in next week’s open beta build for OnePlus 6/6T. And the software team is also working on the adaptation of these two applications on the OnePlus 5/5T and the stable build,” the company said.So if you have installed either or both apps on your older phones, you can uninstall them and wait for the official release. Given the company’s track record, the wait shouldn’t be too long. Close OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple Review: Fashionable and classycenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:59Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Over 20m children to be fed vitamin A capsule

first_img.National Vitamin A Plus campaign would be observed across the country on Saturday to feed vitamin-A Plus capsule to over 22.1 million children aged between six months to 59 months to prevent childhood blindness and reduce child mortality.Under the campaign, children aged between six months and 11 months will be given capsule with blue color while children aged between 12 and 59 months will be administered with red color capsule on the day, the health and family welfare ministry sources said.While inaugurating the National Vitamin- A Plus campaign at Dhaka Shishu Hospital on 21 December, health and family welfare minister Mohammad Nasim said health workers and volunteers will feed the vitamin-A Plus capsules from 120,000 permanent and 20,000 mobile centres across the country which will remain open from 8 am to 4pm.He said mobile centres will be set up at bus stops, airports and launch terminals and other transport points to administer the children vitamin-A plus capsules.According to health experts, less than one percent children now suffer from blindness problem while the percentage of blindness for vitamin A deficiency was 3.74 in 1974. “With sincere efforts of the government, we have been able to reduce blindness problem,” they added.The impact of vitamin-A deficiency is not limited to only blindness, the experts said adding it increases death risk by causing various diseases.”We are feeding vitamin A plus capsule two times a year as it deposits up to six months in children’s body. Alongside having vitamin A plus capsule, guardians should feed their children natural foods including vegetable and fish to avoid vitamin A deficiency,” health experts added.Vitamin A is needed for children to prevent blindness problem as well as other diseases related to eye.Infants should be given breast milk within one hour of their births as it contains a large percentage of protein, mineral and vitamin, which greatly will help improve their immune system, they added.last_img read more

YouTube Launches Initiative to Fight Fake News Pledges 25 Million to Support

first_imgAs part of the partnership with MediaWise, six YouTube creators — including John Green, Ingrid Nilsen and Mark Watson — will be creating videos intended to raise awareness about digital literacy and help educate teens about identifying legit sources of news and information.The video site also said it will widen the rollout of YouTube’s Top News feature, which highlights videos from news sources in search results, and its Breaking News shelf directly on the YouTube homepage. Currently, the Top News and Breaking News features are launched in 17 countries, including the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, and Nigeria. YouTube expects to double the number of countries where those features are available in the next few months. YouTube said it will provide funding in about 20 global markets to support news organizations in “building sustainable video operations.” The grants will let new orgs build out video capabilities, train staff on video best practices, and enhance production facilities. YouTube says it also will expand its team focused on supporting news publishers.Among other steps YouTube is taking: a new fact-checking box on certain videos about “well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation, like the moon landing and the Oklahoma City Bombing,” the execs wrote. Starting Monday, users will begin seeing information from third parties, including Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica, alongside videos in that category. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki previously announced plans to roll out the feature.Next, for breaking news, within the next few weeks in the U.S., YouTube will provide a short preview of news articles in search results that link to full articles during the initial hours of a major news event. That will also include “a reminder that breaking and developing news can rapidly change,” Mohan and Kyncl wrote.YouTube also has begun testing features that distribute local news in the YouTube app for connected TVs across 25 media markets in the U.S. “So far, local news has seen strong engagement, and we will be expanding it to dozens more markets like Cincinnati, Las Vegas and Kansas City,” the YouTube execs wrote.On another front, YouTube said it has established a working group with news organizations and experts to help the video site develop new product features and improve the news experience on YouTube. Early members of the working group include Vox Media, Jovem Pan, and India Today.In addition, YouTube, the Google News Initiative and, are teaming with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, Local Media Association, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) to support MediaWise, a U.S.-based initiative designed to equip 1 million teens with digital-literacy skills. Popular on Variety You can’t always trust the veracity of stuff posted online — and obviously YouTube is no exception.On Monday, Google’s YouTube announced that it is committing $25 million to help support legitimate news organizations, and also detailed new features intended to flag misinformation and highlight authoritative news sources.YouTube’s role in promoting conspiracy theories has flared up in recent months. In February, for example, a YouTube video suggesting that one of the high-school students who survived the mass killing in Parkland, Fla., David Hogg, was an actor hired by gun-control advocates briefly became YouTube’s No. 1 trending video. YouTube removed the clip within a few hours, citing violation of its policy on harassment and bullying.In the wake of such incidents, Google and YouTube have since seen the need to take more proactive steps to support news on YouTube as well as educate users about spotting fake news. YouTube executives Neal Mohan, chief product officer and Robert Kyncl, chief business officer, outlined the new measures in a blog post Monday. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Montpellier team turns tables on robothuman interactions w video

first_img Robots closer to performing bed baths (w/ Video) More information: Research paper online. The robot used in the demo is a Fujitsu HOAP-3 humanoid, which is a compact, lightweight robot. The HOAP-3’s arm had four degrees of freedom, to position the hoop right below the ball.The audience at IROS let out a nervous gasp upon seeing the video, reports the IEEE Spectrum. Bloggers also went to lengths to be funny and entertain the possibility of electrode-armed robots turning to malevolent means to wreak revenge on humans. Developers of this robot have other scenarios on their mind. Bruno Vilhena Adorno, team spokesperson, notes that the reason these robots are being developed is for medical use. Electric stimulation for such patients has both physical and psychological benefits. The goal is for patients with paralysis and other disabilities to regain use of their motor skills. Adorno calls up a simple scenario of a robot bringing the patient with limited movements a glass of water and then helping the patient to reach and hold the glass.The work on this robot is by the Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Microelectronics (known by its French acronym LIRMM). The effort, in turn, is part of Project Assist. The project goal is to develop a two-arm mobile robot capable of assisting quadriplegic people to manipulate common objects. The LIRMM robot is in proof of concept stage, for which the team will continue their work. They plan to improve the electrical stimulation. They are now able to move the elbow in both directions. In time they hope to move the arm to any point in space. Explore further ( — Robots have entered a newer phase of serving, not obeying. for use in medical settings. Chapter one in robotics history encouraged a perception of clever little machines skating around with the mission to obey a human’s commands. Chapter two is upon us where the tables have turned. Robots are being designed to interact with humans who need a helping hand, however mechanical that hand may be. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Montpellier team turns tables on robot-human interactions (w/ video) (2011, November 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A demonstration of how this works took place at the recent IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS),. Observers were most impressed by what they witnessed.The IEEE Spectrum called it “an experiment that opens a new chapter in human interaction.” What the audience saw was a robot and human in collaboration mode.The person holds a ball, and the robot a hoop; the robot, a small humanoid, has to coordinate the movement of both arms to successfully drop the ball through the hoop.That is where the demo got interesting; the audience watched as the robot controlled the human, not the other way around. The human’s elbow was made to move to bring the ball closer to the robot’s workspace. The robot moved its hoop after the patient’s arm has been manipulated into the “cooperation zone.”Electrodes were attached to the arms of five healthy volunteer test subjects, who were blindfolded to avoid visual feedback, so they would not move their arm on their own. One could see how the human hand was made to open and drop the ball © 2011 Scientists have recently come up with a humanoid robot that proves the point. Researchers at French robotics lab LIRMM have created a prototype of a robot that uses electrodes to move a human arm. The robot has been designed with the functional electrical stimulation (FES) technique of electrical currents in order to activate extremities affected by paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury (SCI), head injury, stroke and other neurological disorders. The robot controls the human limb by sending small electrical currents to electrodes taped to the person’s forearm and biceps. This allows it to command the elbow and hand to move. Image: Bruno Adorno/LIRMMlast_img read more

Warden smuggles in drugs for prisoners

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Why not join us there? A Correctional Services warden was arrested yesterday afternoon (Thursday) for possession of drugs.The officer was coming on duty at around 5pm when fellow colleagues stopped his vehicle at the main gates to the prison. The warden, who was caught off-guard, was surprised when officials requested that the vehicle be searched. Dagga was found in the boot of the car.The warden was arrested and detained last night in the Ladysmith SAPS holding cells.It is alleged that the warden was smuggling in the dagga for prisoners, at a cost.The Correctional Services warden is set to appear in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court today (Friday). WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more