Home guard hit while trying to nab errant biker

first_imgKolkata: The police arrested three youths and seized the motorcycle they were travelling in, after they hit a home guard near Tollygunge Phari late on Tuesday night.The police were conducting naka checking in the area on Tuesday night, when they noticed a speeding bike carrying three youths coming from Deshpran Shasmal Road. Pratap Kumar Ray, a home guard, tried to stop the bike. The rider hit him and tried to flee the area when the police chased the vehicle and stopped him. The three youths were not wearing helmets. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be recalled that on July 1, a biker driving a two wheeler at breakneck speed lost control and hit an aged person. The rider also hit the traffic constable who tried to stop him. A similar incident took place on Strand Road. Senior police officials have advised the policemen on naka checking duty not to become overactive in trying to stop a speeding motorcycle. Instead, they have been asked to take photograph of the biker along with the number plate of the motorcycle, so that police can follow up the case and arrest the rider later. The special drives at night have been launched to make the Safe Drive Save Life scheme more effective.last_img read more

Quebec floods situation stabilizing but water levels slow to drop

first_imgMONTREAL – The situation in flood-stricken Quebec appeared to improve slightly on Friday as the provincial government reported a drop in water levels in some areas and downgraded a forecast for weekend rain.But water levels are still expected to rise in the central Quebec region of Mauricie and they remain high in some large lakes, Environment Minister David Heurtel told a news conference.He said the Mauricie region will likely get 20 to 25 millimetres of rain over the weekend instead of the 59 millimetres officials had feared earlier this week.“Our models nevertheless indicate an increase (in water levels) but not as large as expected,” he said.Premier Philippe Couillard said he was hoping the situation wouldn’t deteriorate over the weekend.“We will breathe a sigh of relief on Monday if we haven’t had massive rain and heavy overflow,” he said at the sidelines of an event in Montreal.“In the meantime, we’re crossing our fingers.”As of Friday evening, the province’s civil security department said 4,700 residences had been stuck by flooding and just under 3,900 people have been moved out of their homes in 175 communities.The city of Rigaud, west of Montreal, warned that citizens who refuse the town’s evacuation order could face fines of up to $5,000.Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. said about 19 people have refused to leave their homes and have been notified that they could face penalties.“They’re being told something by their community and they have to listen, and if they don’t there are consequences,” he told reporters.Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said that compensation for flood victims will be reviewed and likely increased in some areas.He said municipalities that haven’t been affected by flooding would lend technical expertise, human resources and equipment to help with cleanup efforts.“We’re preparing the recovery phase that will start earlier in the western areas (of the province),” he said.As flood waters continued to recede in Montreal, fire Chief Bruno Lachance warned citizens of the dangers they could face when returning home.“There are still some risks in the homes, (such as) electrical risks, natural gas, structure,” he said, adding residents should contact the city for help with inspections.Lachance said that while the homes closest to the river were still flooded, others were gradually becoming available for homeowners to visit.One of those residents, Nick Cai, surveyed the damage as the military-built dike helped drain his street, which was “still a lake” one day earlier.His street — 5th Ave. N. in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro area — has been in the news because it was badly flooded and residents claim repeated requests for help were ignored.“I think from the beginning, for our street, it’s a kind of a tragedy — it shouldn’t have happened at all,” Cai said.On Friday, Cai waited for the green light for electricity to be turned on, surveying the mess that will require professionals to help clean up.“I think it’s huge — at least, my basement is finished,” Cai said.“Some houses, there’s water on the first level so they have to be torn down and rebuilt completely.”The Ontario government said Friday it has activated one of its disaster assistance programs and individuals and businesses may be eligible for aid in dealing with the effects of flooding.— with files from Morgan Lowrie and Sidhartha Banerjee in Montreal.last_img read more

I Will Not Use My Fathers Position to Obtain a Job

Rabat – Soumia Benkirane, the daughter of the current Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, has reportedly made it clear she will not use her father’s post to obtain a job.In an interview with Al Arabia, Soumia Benkirane, who has a degree in Islamic studies, said that she refused to use her father’s position as the Moroccan head of government to get a job.“Some relatives and friends were wondering why I was not hired after my father was appointed the head of the government, saying that if they were in my father’s position, they would take care of their family and relatives before anything else,’’ said Soumia Benkirane. She goes on to add that it took them much time to understand that “Abdelilah Benkirane will hire no one illegally, neither his sons and daughters, nor his relatives.’’Soumia Benkirane said that she has decided to continue her studies and seek a higher degree in law in order to facilitate her integration in the labor market, rather than asking her father to use his power and get her a job.“Neither I nor my father will allow ourselves, one day, backsliding from any principle of the Justice and Development Party, particularly fighting corruption,’’ Soumia added. read more

Perdue says farmer aid package still a work in progress

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says his agency is still “in the throes of constructing” an aid package for farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs, but he is not saying when it will be ready.Perdue says the Agriculture Department is reviewing feedback from producers about the strengths and weaknesses of last year’s relief package, valued at nearly $12 billion.Perdue says he believes this year’s assistance will be enough to offset losses caused by the tariffs. He also predicts the current trade battles with China will not cause long-term harm to U.S. farmers.Perdue, speaking from South Korea, has been tasked by President Donald Trump to assist farmers who have seen prices for their products fall because of tariffs imposed by China in response to tariffs that Trump initiated.Kevin Freking, The Associated Press read more

Thesis defences — posted June 23

PhD in Chemistry Thesis Defence – Andrey KhalimonAndrey Khalimon, PhD student in Chemistry, will present his thesis defence on Monday, July 12 at 10 a.m. in H313. The title of his thesis is “Molybdenum (IV) Imido Silylamido and Hydride Complexes: Stoichiometric and Catalytic Reactivity, Mechanistic Aspects of Hydrosilation Reactions.” Examining committee members are Joffre Mercier, chair; Michael Fryzuk, University of British Columbia, external examiner; Georgii Nikonov, supervisor; Bozidar Mitrovic, internal examiner; Melanie Pilkington and Ian Brindle, committee members. All are welcome to attend.PhD in Chemistry Thesis Defence – Brandon DjukicBrandon Djukic, PhD student in Chemistry, will present his thesis defence on Monday, July 19 at 9:30 a.m. in H313. The title of his thesis is “Spin Labile Conducting Metallopolymers: A new architecture for hybrid multifunctional materials.” Examining committee members are Joffre Mercier, chair; Muralee Murugesu, University of Ottawa, external examiner; Martin Lemaire, supervisor; Fereidoon Razavi, internal examiner; Melanie Pilkington and Stuart Rothstein, committee members. All are welcome to attend.PhD in Psychology Thesis Defence – Malinda DesjarlaisMalinda Desjarlais, PhD student in Psychology, will present her thesis defence on Friday, July 23, 2010 at 1 p.m. in Plaza 600F. The title of her thesis is “Novices’ Learning from the Internet: An Exploration of Navigation Behaviours, Learner-Related Factors, and Mental Effort.” Examining committee members are Marilyn Rose, chair; Jacqueline Specht, University of Western Ontario, external examiner; Teena Willoughby, supervisor; John McNamara, internal examiner; Karen Arnell and Linda Rose-Krasnor, committee members. All are welcome to attend.MSc in Management Thesis Defence – Gulsum AysanMaster of Science in Management thesis defence for Gulsum Aysan, Faculty of Business, Department of Marketing, International Business and Strategy, will be Tuesday, June 29 at 9:30 a.m. in Sankey Chambers.  The title of her thesis is “The Metacognitive Cue of Fluency on Taste Perception.” Her examining committee members are Michael Ashton, chair; Monica LaBarge, external examiner, School of Business, Queen’s University; Antonia Mantonakis, supervisor; Eric Dolansky and Kai-Yu Wang. All are welcome. read more

US wholesale stockpiles rose 08 per cent in May sales up modestly

US wholesale stockpiles rose 0.8 per cent in May; sales up modestly In this photo taken March 31, 2015, Ed Fotta sorts hardwood at the Allegheny Millwork and Lumberyard in Pittsburgh. The Commerce Department issues its May report on wholesale stockpiles on Friday, July 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2015 8:20 am MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2015 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. wholesalers boosted their stockpiles in May by the largest amount in six months, while sales rose by a modest amount.Wholesale stockpiles rose 0.8 per cent, double the gain in April and the largest one-month rise since November, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Sales were up 0.3 per cent in May following a 1.7 per cent surge in April. That had been the biggest sales increase in more than a year.The strong increase in inventory building in May could be evidence that businesses are growing more confident about the future. A decision to accelerate inventory stocking would help bolster overall economic growth.The May rise left inventories at the wholesale level at a seasonally adjusted $449.8 billion, 3.8 per cent below a year ago.Economists believe sales at both the wholesale and retail levels will rebound in coming months after a slowdown in the first quarter that was caused in part by unusually frigid weather. A pickup in consumer spending, which accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity, is expected to translate into stronger economic growth for the rest of the year.The government has already reported that retail sales accelerated solidly in May.The big inventory gain in May reflected larger stockpiles of autos and auto parts as well as furniture, lumber and computers.In the January-March quarter, the harsh weather and other factors sent the economy into reverse with the gross domestic product contracting at an annual rate of 0.2 per cent. But analysts are forecasting a strong pickup in the current growth to GDP growth of around 2.5 per cent.They expect growth will accelerate further in the second half of the year to a rate around 3 per cent. read more

UN agency spotlights climatesmart approach to galvanize rural renewal

“A shift to climate-smart agriculture will not only help shield farmers from the adverse effects of climate change and offer a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), stressing that it “can also improve farm yields and household incomes, leading to stronger, more resilient communities.” The newly released FAO success stories on climate-smart agriculture, underscores the urgency of combating climate change, the magnitude and scope of which has a universal and critical impact on agricultural systems. Therefore, safeguarding global food security needs galvanize rural communities’ resilience and adaptation.Rising temperatures and frequent weather extremes, according to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will have direct and negative consequence on crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture productivity. Of great risk are those vulnerable and farming-dependent populations in the developing world.”We can no longer afford to separate the future of food security from that of natural resources, the environment and climate change – they are inextricably intertwined and our response must be as well,” Ms. Semedo warned. However, this alarming situation has spurred an opportunity to gain traction on climate-smart agriculture, which includes the following three broad objectives: to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes; to adapt and build resilience to climate change; and to reduce or remove greenhouse gas emissions where possible. In its publication, FAO highlights the diversity of potential options across the globe and in various agricultural systems: In China, for example, a pilot project has been launched to educate yak herders and provide tools to restore degraded grasslands, improving the productivity of their herds while sequestering atmospheric carbon. In the highlands of Mount Kilimanjaro, FAO has partnered with farmers in Kenya and Tanzania to reboot an 800 year-old agroforestry system known as Kihamba, aiming to maximize the use of limited land, provide a large variety of foods throughout the year, and maintain groundwater health.Along the north Pacific coast of Nicaragua, the UN agency has introduced an ecosystem approach to fisheries and aquaculture to boost food and income from fish products, while preserving ecosystem and increase resilience to climate change. read more

Mens basketball Chris Holtmann focuses on recruiting and program tradition in opening

Chris Holtmann, the 14th coach in Ohio State men’s basketball history, speaks at introductory press conference Monday morning | Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterDressed in a gray suit, white dress shirt and scarlet-striped tie, holding the hands of his wife, Lori, and his daughter, Nora; Chris Holtmann, alongside Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith, was formally introduced as Ohio State men’s basketball’s 14th head coach in program history in a press conference Monday on the court of the Schottenstein Center.Rumored to be a candidate at several job openings such as North Carolina State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Tennessee over the past three offseasons, Holtmann said the Big Ten program in Columbus was the only one he seriously considered.“This was a decision I had to work through,” Holtmann said. “Gene was aggressive and persistent in his approach and I really appreciated that.”Holtmann, 45, spent the past three seasons at Butler and made the NCAA Tournament each year, reaching the Sweet 16 this past season. After that run, Holtmann signed a contract extension with Butler through the 2024-25 season. But when the Ohio State job became available and he was offered an eight-year deal worth approximately $3 million annually, he couldn’t let that opportunity slip by him.Holtmann said the combination of a university with world-class education, a thriving athletic department with some of the best programs in their respective sports in the country, the tradition of the program, a talent-rich recruiting area and a passionate fan base sold him on the position.“I had left a special program and special guys,” he said. “That was emotional for me. But I’m telling you, it was the vision that (Smith) had and what he was looking for and this place. I’m extremely excited.”The search for the replacement to 13-year head coach Thad Matta began the afternoon of June 5, coming just after it was announced Matta would be exiting. Smith met with former collegiate basketball coach Eddie Fogler to begin the process of searching for candidates and conducting background checks on any names that arose in the discussions.Smith said the search for a new head coach began and ended with the same name at the top of their list.“(Holtmann) was my target from the beginning,” Smith said.Holtmann discusses the importance of recruiting well in the state of Ohio at his introductory press conference Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThough Holtmann was offered the job on Tuesday, Smith said Holtmann was reluctant at first to sign on the dotted line. The contract originally put on the table was a seven-year offer, but Smith said he tacked on an additional year to create a more enticing offer.Then, on Thursday morning, Smith said he and his wife traveled to meet the Holtmanns in Dayton and get to know one another. By the time the discussion had ended, Ohio State had its next head coach.Smith called Fogler and told him the search was over. They got their guy.“We sought a high-intensity individual with an emphasis on academics, someone who is relentless in recruiting with great ties to the great state of Ohio and the contiguous states,” Smith said. “We found a proven winner who’s a community engager and bottom line fits our culture.”During Holtmann’s introductory speech, he emphasized the importance of recruiting the state of Ohio, highlighting his 20 years of experience recruiting the Buckeye state. He said that locking down the state’s best prospects would be paramount to the program’s long-term success.“This region … is a tremendous area for talented, smart and tough players,” Holtmann said. “We’re going to work extremely hard as a staff to close the borders and dominate the state of Ohio in recruiting. It will be an every-day focus for us.”Holtmann, who is leaving the highest-ranked recruiting class in Butler history, said that he began calling recruits immediately Friday after he signed the appropriate paperwork with the compliance department.As far as the rest of the coaching staff is concerned, Holtmann said there are “some wheels in motion” on naming the rest of his staff, but would not expound on that notion.The past four seasons, the Ohio State program has been on the decline, which has been exemplified in scoring struggles and defensive letdowns. Holtmann gave an indication of how that play might change under his leadership.“Aggressive, attacking. We want to be physical and tough and tough minded,” he said. “But we want to play aggressive, attacking style and we want our guys to play with freedom. We want them to go out there and cut loose and play. I think that’s what people will see when they watch our team.” read more

DavyMarkham awarded IAMGOLD engineering contract

first_imgThe English engineering company, DavyMarkham, has been awarded a $20 million order for the supply of mining hoists and associated electrical drives and controls by gold producer IAMGOLD of Toronto, Canada. The contract includes a large double drum hoist with a diameter of 6.4 m, a drum width of 2.4 m and a payload capacity of 20,000 kg. It will serve as the main production hoist, operating at depths down to 2,652 m, at IAMGOLD’s new Westwood exploration program. “This is a very important contract gain for DavyMarkham and it is testimony to the cutting-edge design engineering technology we are applying to this key market sector and the extreme precision of our heavy engineering,” says Managing Director, Kevin Parkin. “IAMGOLD is a major new customer for us and we are delighted to have won this major order in international competitive tender.”Over recent years DavyMarkham has been developing mine winder technology, making inroads into the Canadian minerals market, supplying, according to the company, more than a dozen new hoists for gold and nickel mining projects; it was also the first supplier to the North American market to comply with the South African SABS codes of practice, for deep shaft exploration. The company has worked closely with ABB Montreal on the provision of electrical plant for these projects and gained a thorough understanding of how its drive and control systems operate, ensuring the highest levels of safety, reliability and performance for mine hoisting installations.For the Westwood project, DavyMarkham will design, manufacture and supply a 6.4 m diameter production hoist and a 5.5 m double drum service hoist, together with associated clutch assemblies and multi-channel hydraulic brake control system. ABB has been sub-contracted to provide drive systems for both hoists, including high voltage motors, industrial drive units, digital hoist control system and a hoist operator station. Delivery is scheduled for late spring, early summer 2010, presently on a supply to mine site basis, although there may be the option of providing installation and commissioning services at a later stage.Located two kilometres from the company’s existing Doyon mine operation in northern Quebec, IAMGOLD’s Westwood advanced exploration project began in 2004 to identify potential new deposits. A raise boring machine is already excavating an initial shaft and, once this is complete, the sinking of the main 5.5 m diameter exploration shaft will begin.This accelerated exploration program puts pressure on DavyMarkham to meet an extremely tight contract deadline, although work is currently progressing to schedule. The principal components were first subject to a rigorous engineering analysis process to predict stress levels and deflections at all critical points in the hoist, with the drums themselves modelled using finite element studies, which accurately represent the thickness of materials to be used throughout the structure. This process enabled the company to recommend a smaller 5.5 m diameter service hoist with geared drive, as the optimum size commensurate with duties, rather than the more expensive 5.79 m diameter, direct drive configuration originally specified.A particular feature of the DavyMarkham mine hoist design is the provision of a multi-channel hydraulic brake control system, which ensures full SABS compliance and maximum safety under fault conditions. This system has been specified on both IAMGOLD hoists and will be interfaced with ABB’s digital hoist control equipment, so that if a fault occurs with one brake channel, only one cluster of brake units is affected and the remaining clusters provide correct brake application and controlled deceleration.On the drives side, ABB will be supplying a water-cooled ACS6000 series multidrive coupled to a 6,800 kW AC synchronous motor for the main production hoist, with an ACS800 multidrive and two 1,205 kW cast iron induction motors for the service hoist. It will also provide its well-proven digital hoist control and safety supervisory system, to monitor the hoist operating speed envelope and ensure reliable and accurate control of brake systems and other hoist subsystems. This will be linked to a Type PA1 hoist operator control station and Hoistlogger monitoring system, for a simple and clear means of mine hoist operation when full production starts in 2012.last_img read more

Weir sees strong demand for brownfield mine solutions in H1 results

first_imgWeir Minerals clocked a solid performance in the first half of 2018 and was ably supported by strong demand for new equipment and aftermarket services from its Minerals division.The company’s orders from continuing operations (minus its Flow Control division) were up 20% year-on-year in the six month period at £1.17 billion, while operating profit jumped 38% to £160 million.Minerals orders increased 12% to £728 million, with original equipment orders up 9% (£222 million) and aftermarket orders up 14% (£728 million). Operating profit within the division rose 13% to £112 million.While its Minerals division performed well, its Oil & Gas division topped it with a 35% year-on-year order jump to £438 million as North American upstream oil and gas markets grew strongly.Weir said: “Activity in mining markets continued to grow strongly as customers ramped up production to maximise the benefits of supportive commodity prices. Demand was particularly good for brownfield solutions that help debottleneck, increase throughput and reduce downtime of existing mines.”The pipeline of new projects continued to increase driven by good long-term fundamentals for commodities such as copper, gold and lithium, the company said.“Customers remained disciplined about committing to new greenfield developments, although a small number of projects received final approval.”Weir said its early investment in deploying more engineers to customer sites to help miners improve productivity had continued to support strong order growth in the first six months of the year with sales from integrated solutions, which leverage the division’s portfolio of premium products, delivering around £50 million in additional orders. Weir noted engineers completed 374 site audits in the period.“The division also continued to grow market share through its successful trials programme that sees it go head to head with competitor products to demonstrate the superior performance of Weir equipment,” the company said.The first half also saw the opening of additional service centres in Zambia, Chile and Peru to further extend Weir’s service network.Weir’s technology programmes focused on continuous improvement in the division’s core products while also developing its Synertrex® IoT solution. Weir said full commercialisation of this technology in mining markets was planned for the second half of the year.Synertrex uses network connectivity to capture equipment data and relay it to service centres, service technicians, their customers and Weir’s design centres for trend monitoring, proactive components supply and product improvement.After the end of the quarter, Weir completed the acquisition of Esco Corp in a deal that came with an enterprise value of $1.29 billion.last_img read more

Search resumes for man who fell into water while fishing

first_imgSEARCHES ARE TO resume this morning for a man who went missing while out fishing with a friend.The man fell into the water while he and a friend were fishing at Blackhead in Co Clare, near the lighthouse.The man’s friend raised the alarm yesterday and a sea and air search was launched after the coast guard was informed at about 4.17pm. The gardaí were also informed of the incident.Taking part in the search was the coastguard unit from Doolin, a rescue helicopter from Shannon and the Arann Island lifeboat.The coastguard confirmed this morning that the search is expected to resume at about 10am today.last_img read more

Man charged after kicking in door and attacking McDonalds staff with pepper

first_imgA 29-YEAR old man has been charged after an attack on staff members at a McDonald’s restaurant in Galway on Friday night.Rafal Smolinski, with an address in Galway city, kicked in the glass door at the fast food restaurant and pepper sprayed staff.It happened in the early hours of last Friday 14 March at the McDonald’s on Shop Street.Gardaí arrived on the scene and arrested the man.He was charged with two counts of assault causing harm, one of possession of pepper spray and one of criminal damage.Smolinski was remanded on bail and is due to appear before Galway District Court again on 24 March.A video of the incident on YouTube has been shared extensively by Internet users over the past 24 hours.Read: McDonald’s workers claim their wages were stolen…by McDonald’s>last_img read more

GOG offers free copy of The Witcher with any game purchase

first_imgGot an old game you remember playing as a kid and wouldn’t mind revisiting? Chances are, GOG.com has that game available to purchase for a few dollars and it will run on your modern operating system. But this weekend there’s an extra incentive to go buy it from GOG.To continue celebrating the digital download service’s 5th birthday, GOG has decided to offer a copy of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition absolutely free with any game purchase.Typically The Witcher costs $9.99, with many games costing just $5.99 on the service making this a real bargain. And as it’s the enhanced version of the game you are getting over 200 new animations, new character models, much better dialogue, a redesigned inventory system, and level load times about 80 percent down from the original. GOG also bundles the game with its manual, art book, 18 wallpapers, a game guide, two maps, the soundtrack, developer interviews, 26 avatars for you to use, and even a calendar.The deal gets even better when you consider GOG is also running another promotion this weekend offering 60 percent off the price of 30 EA titles. That includes the Wing Commander, Ultima, and Populous series, as well as Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper, and SimCity 2000. Buy any of those at their discounted price and you still get The Witcher for free.The free copy of The Witcher will be offered on purchases until Thursday, October 17 at 9:59am GMT, which is 4:59am EST. If you want to combine it with the EA games offer, you’ve got until Monday to decide which ones you want.last_img read more

Students to showcase math science skills

first_img[UPDATE on March 16: A morning seminar on financial aid and scholarships is not scheduled for this year’s event. A prior version of this story included outdated information.]Scores of middle and high school students will demonstrate their skills and host a day of learning, discovery, competitions and fun activities centered on science, technology, engineering and math Saturday at Clark College.It’s the sixth-annual MESA Day, hosted by the Southwest Washington Math, Engineering and Science Achievement program that brings underrepresented students into technical fields of study. Participating students and their parents may attend events that run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in various buildings on Clark’s main campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.An electrical engineer from the Bonneville Power Administration will host a presentation, and an awards ceremony caps off the day.A new attraction this year is a Wind Energy Challenge. Students have built wind devices that must be able to lift a mass, move a vehicle and, for high school students only, generate electricity. Students will test devices, give oral presentations and develop an academic display board, all within the O’Connell Sports Complex, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.last_img read more

Half of employees with money worries believe their work is suffering as

first_imgHalf (50%) of employees experiencing financial worries believe that the quality of their work is negatively affected as a result, according to a study commissioned by pension and investment organisation Aegon.The research, based on an August 2018 YouGov survey of 505 HR decision makers from UK private sector organisations, also revealed that half (50%) of those with financial concerns believe they are less creative or less able to complete tasks that should be routine.More than two-thirds (69%) of employees say they face money worries. These can stem from feeling under-prepared for financial emergency (27%), the everyday costs of living (26%) and a lack of preparedness for retirement (21%).Steven Cameron (pictured), pensions director at Aegon, said: “Employees have told us that poor financial wellbeing is harming their productivity at work. Poor financial wellbeing is not only stressful for individuals, but it’s also costing employers millions of working days a year, and billions to the economy.”Approximately half (51%) of respondents told the survey that a lack of employee financial wellbeing, including concerns over long-term saving, retirement plans, budgeting, debt and living costs, is an issue for their organisation; 63% of large employers are concerned about their workers’ ability to save for the future.More than three-quarters (77%) of employers revealed that they are not aware of regulations around the difference between financial guidance and advice, and therefore do not know when they might be overstepping the line into advice, which can only be given by a regulated adviser. Almost half (45%) think they would be intruding by approaching employees about it.However, the research found that 70% of employees would find general information highlighting steps to improve their financial wellbeing useful, while 64% would value face-to-face counselling and support around debt management.Cameron said: “Clearly, employers want to do more to provide the help their employees need. We need to start a ‘win-win’ conversation about this issue so employees know where they can receive support, and employers feel empowered to give it.”last_img read more

Marvel Comics Lee cements handprints in Hollywood

first_img(WSVN) – A Marvel Comics legend cemented another piece of his legacy, Tuesday.Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee added his handprints in Hollywood, Calif. outside of the TCL Chinese Theater. Lee cemented his handprints during a fan-hosted event.The 94-year-old writer behind superheroes like Spider-Man, X-Men and the Avengers has also taken his talents and plastered them onto the Silver Screen.Lee will continue to be honored at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Apple ditches five mineral suppliers over failure to pass human rights audits

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Best Buy See it See It Tags Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $999 $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Boost Mobile Mobile Tech Industry See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • 4 Sprint Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple removed five mineral suppliers.  Angela Lang/CNET Apple removed five smelters and refiners from is supply chain for failing to pass or not being willing to participate in human rights audits, according to its 2018 Conflict Minerals Report filed on Friday.In 2018, the iPhone maker identified eight potential incidents “involving the police in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and/or the DRC army in connection with a variety of alleged illicit activities,” the report said. Three incidents have closed while five remain open with investigations in progress, though details weren’t provided in the report.”Apple is deeply committed to upholding human rights across its global network of suppliers,” the company wrote in the report. “Through its strict supplier standards, Apple commits to use minerals in its products that do not directly or indirectly finance armed conflict or benefit armed groups.”More than 250 smelters and refiners in Apple’s supply chain passed the company’s auditing process in 2018.This isn’t Apple’s first time letting go of suppliers. The company in 2017 removed 10 smelters and refiners for the same reasons, according to its 2017 Conflict Minerals Report. In January 2018, China Labour Watch allegedly discovered an Apple supplier was paying workers low wages and letting them work long hours in an unsafe environment. Apple sent auditors to verify the claims following the report. First published on Feb. 15, 10:02 a.m. PT.Updates, 1:31 p.m. PT: Adds more background information.  Apple iPhone XS Share your voice Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It reading • Apple ditches five mineral suppliers over failure to pass human rights audits See All Comments $999 Apple Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone Xlast_img read more

Firefoxs new logo is starting to arrive

first_imgThe new logo features an even more stylized, leg-less version of the fox.  Mozilla; Stephen Shankland/CNET Mozilla has released a new test version of its web browser that introduces the new Firefox logo and drops “Quantum” from its name.Mozilla long ago moved the Firefox icon to a more stylized look, but the newest version is another step away from the original drawing of a fox wrapped around the globe. Even though the fox’s face is now in view and its limbs have vanished, it’s still easily recognized.The new icon arrived over the weekend in version 70 of Firefox Nightly, the incarnation designed for people who want to test the latest features and who can put up with crashes or other problems. Firefox Nightly will settle down into a beta version in coming weeks, then into the main version everyone gets a few weeks after that — Oct. 20, according to Mozilla’s plans. The new logo should follow that course, said Tim Murray, creative director at Mozilla.The logo in Firefox Nightly has a different blue/purple color scheme. The regular Firefox will stick with the red, orange and yellow colors.A simplified new Firefox iconThis is what the regular Firefox logo will look like once today’s Nightly version matures enough for release to everyone. Mozilla The new version also will drop the “Quantum” label Mozilla has attached to the Firefox name since the November 2017 release of Firefox 57, Mozilla said. The Quantum signified a major effort to speed up Firefox to better compete with Google’s Chrome, which dominates browser usage. A number of Quantum programs rebuilt parts of Firefox’s engine, and one such change — the GPU-acclerated Quantum Render technology to display a web page once Firefox figures out what it’s supposed to look like — is still gradually spreading to more computer types. The project also was called WebRender.”Our goal is that WebRender will be the primary rendering engine for the Firefox Browser and we will continue to roll it out to additional platforms throughout the coming months,” said Jessie Bonisteel, a Firefox engineering manager.Mozilla’s newest challenge to Chrome centers on protecting your privacy online — for example, by blocking websites and online ads that try to track you. Chrome has lagged other browsers like Safari, Firefox and Brave in that regard.Firefox usage is gradually decreasing, at least based on statistics Mozilla gathers from people willing to share that data. However, use of Firefox’s new tracking protection is increasing. “Following our release of Enhanced Tracking Protection on by default, we’ve seen our share of users keeping ETP on all the time rise as well,” said Porfirio Landeros, Mozilla’s senior director of product marketing.First published Aug. 12.Update, Aug. 13: Adds more details about the new logo and Firefox’s changes. 1:38 Check out Firefox’s new content-blocking tools Post a comment 0 Firefox Mozillacenter_img Share your voice Computers Tags Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Kenai Peninsula agencies brief Gov Walker on earthquake

first_img. A 150-foot section of Kalifornsky Beach Road near Kasilof was damaged in the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck Southcentral Alaska at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Neyman, KDLL Kenai)Gov. Bill Walker has lauded the efforts of Kenai Peninsula agencies in their response to the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that resulted in highway damage and the destruction of four homes.The Peninsula Clarion reports Kenai area representatives of public safety departments, utility companies and public officials briefed Walker on the quake Sunday. Walker commended the agencies and departments for their communication and execution of their training during the aftermath of the Jan. 24 quake.Four homes were destroyed by natural gas explosions or fire following the quake, and a stretch of highway was damaged in Kasilof.Police Chief Gus Sandahl says officers had responded within minutes to calls and firefighters worked quickly to evacuate homes.Enstar Natural Gas Co. is still working to determine what caused the explosions.last_img read more

Earnest wishes for moon mission

first_imgAbout 16-minutes into its flight, GSLV-Mk III rocket will put Rs 603 crore Chandrayaan-2 into an Earth parking orbit. From there, it will be a long journey for the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft carrying lander-Vikram and rover-Pragyaan will travel further to the moon. The distance between earth and the moon is about 3.844 lakh km. On September 6, the Lander Vikram is expected to make a soft landing on the moon Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us Pragyaan will roll out to carry out in-situ experiments.ISRO SET TO MAKE HISTORYWe will launch our second moon mission (Chandrayaan-2) on July 15 at 02:15 a.m., to land by September 6 or 7 near the lunar south pole, where no one went so far – ISRO Chairman K Sivan The 640-tonne Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III), about 44-metre tall, is nicknamed ‘Bahubali’, just as hero in the film lifts a heavy Lingam, the rocket will carry the 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The mission, if successful, will make India only the fourth country after the United States, Russia and China to perform a “soft” landing on the Moon and put a rover on the lunar surface. China successfully landed a lunar rover in January this year. “The countdown started at 6.51 a.m.,” said K Sivan, Chairman of ISRO. India’s second lunar exploration mission that is set to launch will go down in history as the first space mission to be headed entirely by women in India – M Vanitha, the project director, and Ritu Karidhal, the mission director. Being a woman and being an Indian, I heartfully wish for successful launch and we really can’t afford failures Advertise With Us – Arthi Devi, CEO, Event Productions Company.Chandrayan-2 launch is an obvious mission for India, after discovering existence of water on Moon it’s our responsibility to present the water samples to the world before any other nation does it. Excited about the launch and hoping a positive result out of it – Dheeraj Ambati, Engg Officer, Indian Oil.It is a very proud moment for India and ISRO for this venture. This is going to be the first space mission to conduct a soft landing on the moon’s South Polar region. We have become one of the very few countries in the world to achieve such a feet. It is really a proud moment for all the Indian’s and therefore is going to leave an impression of our country in the space – Aditya S, an MBA final year studentBest of Luck to Team ISRO for making India proud once again, I’m eagerly waiting for our country’s second moon mission to accomplish and prove its mettle in the space war and expecting our ambitious project Chandrayan 2 to be successful – Veeresh Kaleru, LLB student, MG Law CollegeThis is going to help us in mapping the moon’s surface, its mineral and element content, moonquakes and signatures of water-ice on the lunar surface. After Chandrayaan 1, the expectations from Chandrayaan 2 would definitely be a bit high. This is going to be a very huge and great development for the country – K N Rao, HR head, Aurobindo Pharma This is definitely going to be a proud moment for the country and for we Indians. This will be the first time any mission touched down so far away from the equator. This time it is going to be completely Indian engineering work of the venture. Apart from being a proud moment there is also going to be a beneficiary that we would get more information about the molecules and of the space. – Tanveer S, a denizenlast_img read more