Government to probe claims of wage deal violation

Plantation workers last month reached an agreement on their daily wage following protests which lasted several days. The Government is to investigate claims that plantation companies have violated a recent agreement reached between the companies and plantation unions.Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake told Parliament that he will look into the issue and take appropriate action. An agreement was signed between plantation unions and plantation companies for a Rs. 730 daily wage.Through the agreement estate workers were to be paid a basic wage of Rs. 500, in addition to the Price Share Supplement (PSS) of Rs 30, leading to a total guaranteed wage of Rs. 530. A further attendance incentive of Rs 60 will be provided to workers who maintain a minimum attendance of 75% , while a new productivity incentive of Rs. 140 will also be provided for workers who obtain the estate/divisional norm, leading to a minimum total wage of Rs. 730. (Colombo Gazette) Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) leader Arumugam Thondaman told Parliament some plantation companies have not paid the productivity incentive of Rs. 140. read more

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UN relief agencies rally aid for Darfur Sudanese

The Sudanese Government had been accused of doing little to call off Arab militias attacking black civilians in Darfur, but recently promised to give entry visas quickly to humanitarian workers and waive the requirement for permits to travel around region.With the rainy season due to start in a few weeks, some 700,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in western Sudan lack access to safe wells and water points, although the number of IDPs who can now collect safe drinking water recently doubled to 300,000, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.”Access to clean water is of paramount importance,” said JoAnna van Gerpen, UNICEF Representative in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. “While every effort we make in health, nutrition and protection is a building block in saving the lives of countless children, clean water goes to the heart of a child’s good health in a crisis.”UNICEF said it has worked closely with the Sudanese National Water Corporation to rehabilitate old pumps and install new ones throughout North, South and West Darfur. Almost 190 new pumps have been installed and 320 existing pumps repaired in IDP camps and in the towns that have taken in large numbers of displaced families.For some families the new and rehabilitated pumps have reduced a woman’s traditional five-hour journey for water to less than half that, UNICEF said, adding that it would continue providing the IDPs with soap, mugs, buckets and jerry cans, as well as more latrines.In other news, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said a new emergency airlift of relief supplies for refugees from Darfur in eastern Chad would start today, with the first flight departing Denmark and scheduled to arrive tomorrow in the Chadian capital N’djamena.UNCHR said there are an estimated 125,000 Sudanese refugees in Chad, including the more than 76,000 moved to seven camps set up away from the border area. “We fear that this figure could increase very quickly if the situation does not improve for Darfur, where there are close to one million displaced persons in camps,” said UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it has started to distribute food aid to 800,000 people. Access to the region had improved after last month’s ceasefire agreement, and the agency said it hoped to be able to better assess new needs. read more

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TSX loonie in for tough slog in aftermath of Fed plans to

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 23, 2013 3:16 pm MDT TSX, loonie in for tough slog in aftermath of Fed plans to wind up key stimulus AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Both the Toronto stock market and the Canadian dollar are likely in for more pressure as markets anticipate that the U.S. Federal Reserve is set to start winding down a key element of its economic stimulus.“We’re entering a more volatile period,” said Camilla Sutton, chief currency strategist at Scotia Capital.Both the TSX and the loonie were slammed last week after the Fed said it could wind down its bond-buying program by the middle of next year if the economy continues to improve.The Fed has been pumping US$85 billion dollars a month into financial markets by buying government treasurys and mortgage-backed securities.That program has kept long-term interest rates low and helped keep a rally going on many stocks markets almost non-stop since the end of last year.But anticipation that the Fed would slow, and eventually end, its bond purchases had the effect of depressing stock markets, pushing the U.S. dollar higher and raising bond yields.The reaction left the Canadian currency down 2.7 cents last week, leaving it at 95.64 cents US, its lowest close since November 2011.“Overall, our view is that we moved higher really based on the U.S. dollar outlook, certainly, partially, because of the Fed,” added Sutton, “but we also have some dampening in growth out of China so the combination of that is a slightly weaker Canadian dollar.”The whiff of higher interest rates down the road depressed North American stock markets as the TSX plunged 192 points or 1.57 per cent last week, leaving the main Canadian index down 3.53 per cent year to date.“I think for Toronto, the market is going to struggle,” said John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc.The Dow industrials fell 271 points or 1.8 per cent last week but at least the blue chip index is still up 13 per cent for the year.The TSX was already finding it tough to keep its head above water, largely because of a resource sector that has reflected the weakness of a sluggish economic recovery.Gold stocks have also tumbled as miners ran against three-year lows for bullion prices last week as worries over inflation practically disappeared.“I think we’re way too reliant on the materials and energy space and clearly they’re under pressure and the strengthening U.S. dollar is negative for all commodities so that’s the most important thing when evaluating commodity stocks,” said Stephenson.“And then you’ve got relatively slow growth in the market that matters (China). So you add it all together and it’s a depressing thing. The only silver lining in it is that valuations are starting to become attractive now.”There is little to serve as a distraction for investors this week.The economic calendar is light with the major U.S. report coming out Tuesday. Economists expect that durable goods orders for may were up three per cent, following a 3.5 per cent gain the previous month.There is also data coming out on new home sales and consumer confidenceThe Canadian dollar could find some support from the latest reading on economic growth.Statistics Canada is expected to report that gross domestic product in April grew by 0.1 per cent, down from a 0.2 per cent rise in March.Traders will start to take in second quarter corporate earnings in early July but Stephenson doesn’t think they will find much to cheer about.“In fact it’s exactly the opposite,” he said.“When you look at the number of warnings versus upgrades, it’s running at a six to one ratio which is three times bigger than normal. In other words, companies are guiding to worse results. So in fact corporate Canada, corporate America is definitely looking like the second quarter will be very weak or certainly weaker than expectations.”Smartphone maker BlackBerry (TSX:BB) is scheduled to report its first-quarter results on Friday morning before markets open. The financial details will give a clearer picture of how the company’s new touchscreen phone is selling in the U.S., and whether shipments of its new keyboard model are meeting expectations. read more

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Security Council encourages Syrian parties to take part in UNsupported talks without

In a press statement that follows a briefing earlier this week from Mr. de Mistura, the Council welcomed the conclusion of a further round of intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva on 3 March 2017. It further welcomed the Special Envoy’s announcement that the talks had yielded a clear agenda for future negotiations as indicated by resolution 2254 (2015), focusing on governance; constitutional issues; elections; and counter terrorism, security and confidence building measures. The members of the Security Council reiterated their commitment to ensuring the inclusion of Syrian women in the political process through sustained consultation and dialogue and promoting their full and effective participation.Recognizing that the continuation of political negotiations was made possible by the ceasefire developed through the Astana process, the Council called on the Syrian parties to fully implement the ceasefire, established pursuant to the arrangements of 29 December 2016, including ending ceasefire violations and ensuring humanitarian access.The Council also encouraged the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) members to use their influence over the parties to help end violations, reduce violence, build confidence and ensure safe, sustained and unhindered humanitarian access in line with its resolution 2165 (2014).The ISSG established respective taskforces on humanitarian aid delivery and a wider ceasefire. They have been meeting separately since early 2016 on a way forward in the crisis. Russia and the United States are the co-chairs of the taskforces and the ISSG, which also comprises the UN, the Arab League, the European Union and 16 other countries.In his briefing to the Council, Mr. de Mistura had expressed his intention “to bring the invitees back to Geneva for a fifth round with a target date of 23 March.” read more

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Sir Philip Green filmed kissing female colleague while she sits on his

Sir Philip then gestures for her to sit back down next to him before the interviewer behind the camera asks what the former employee was like to work with. Sir Philip responds: “In the meanwhile, I’ve got Naughty. Lucky me,” as he shuffles along the sofa towards her and puts his arm around her before pulling back and rubbing her cheek with the back of his finger. An investigation by The Telegraph into Sir Philip revealed him to be the businessman at the heart of sexual and racial harassment claims.Sir Philip paid a female executive more than £1 million as part of a settlement agreement after she accused the retail tycoon of groping her in a series of allegations that were only disclosed after a six-month legal battle.He is also alleged to have racially abused a senior black employee, telling him that his “problem” was that he was still “throwing spears in the jungle”.The black member of staff received around £1 million, while two other female employees were paid hundreds of thousands of pounds each after complaining of Sir Philip’s “inappropriate” behaviour that included “grabbing” one woman by the face and putting another in a “headlock”.Five complainants each signed a gagging clause  – known as a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) – in return for the pay-offs. 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. Sir Philip Green, the British businessmen at the heart of a #MeToo scandal, has been filmed kissing a woman understood to be a colleague on the cheek as she sits on his lap. The Topshop owner is seen in a video filmed for a departing employee with a woman, who he refers to several times as “Naughty”, who sits on his lap while he holds a bottle of sparkling wine. In the footage, obtained by The Sun, Sir Philip is sitting on a black leather sofa with a woman in dark trousers and a patterned top on his knee. While a man walks around the room checking his mobile phone, Sir Philip and the woman discuss her job. He can be seen playing with her hair. A third man can be heard behind the camera directing the video. With the camera recording, Sir Philip says he is “very upset” the unnamed employee is “leaving us” adding that “somehow we’ll manage”, as he pulls the woman known as “Naughty” closer to him. Sir Philip then says: “So Naughty is now going to look after me instead of you,” before audibly kissing her on the cheek three times. Having filmed the piece to camera, the woman stands up and sits on the arm of the sofa with the tape still rolling. The Telegraph was able to make public for the first time details of the allegations after the High Court action brought by the billionaire against this newspaper was formally abandoned. read more

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Heatwave led to 34 per cent surge in Coast Guard callouts

first_imgNEW STATS FROM the Irish Coast Guard show call-outs increased by over a third between January and October, compared to the same period last year.Rescue crews around the country responded to a total of 2,343 incidents, and there was a significant spike in activity during the July heatwave.Increases were recorded across all of the various leisure-related categories: the service responded to 48 incidents involving canoeists (up 66 per cent), 64 involving swimmers (a rise of 36 per cent), and 291 cases involving sunbathers and other ‘persons engaged in shoreline activities’ (up 39 per cent).In addition, crews were dispatched to help 253 sailing yachts and dingies (up 14 per cent), 221 powered pleasure craft (+11 per cent) and 36 angling craft (+29 per cent).Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Coast Guard Operations Manager Declan Geoghegan also noted a significant surge in call-outs involving jet-skis, including those involved in ‘nuisance activities’. There was a 179 per cent increase in the category — representing 25 incidents.“There would have been a significant number of responses to jetskiers, including those harassing swimmers, around Howth, Seapoint and Greystones,” Geoghegan said.However Geoghegan noted that in such cases, those in control of the pleasure-craft may not have been harassing bathers intentionally.He said the replacement of the service’s helicopter fleet with state-of-the-art new Sikorsky S-92s had greatly increased their ability to respond to developing incidents.Built to specifications set out by the Irish Coast Guard, the first of the craft came into service last year as part of a €500 million fleet replacement programme, and delivery of the final helicopter is expected before the end of 2013.The updated fleet, based at Dublin, Shannon, Sligo and Waterford, will provides crews with faster on-scene times, faster patient recovery times and greater year-round capacity.Related: Your now weekly photo of cows taking a stroll on the beachVideo: Let’s take a moment to remember just how great the heatwave waslast_img read more

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This is wonderful Rattled Gilmore slams hardnecked hypocrisy of Fianna Fáil

first_imgWHILE THE BIG news to emerge from Leaders’ Questions this afternoon was the Tánaiste’s comments on assisted suicide, Eamon Gilmore did find time to engage in one of his favourite pasttimes in the Dáil.Gilmore will never waste an opportunity to have a go at the previously administration which is why when Seán Fleming raised the sale of State assets it was like a red rag to a bull.Fleming wanted to know why the government was proceeding with the sale of State assets when no proceeds had been raised so far and won’t be this year and the Troika have now left town.Gilmore wasted no time in furiously wagging the finger as Pat Rabbitte looked on with a broad smile, and a raised eyebrow.“Of all the hard-necked hypocrisy that I have heard in this house in the last three years this beats it all. This is wonderful,” the Tánaiste said, before claiming Fianna Fáil wanted to sell €5 million of State assets which was not entirely true.In any case, Fleming hit back: “It’s clear I’ve rattled the Tánaiste.” He had done something alright. Watch the full exchange in the video above.Tánaiste: Assisted suicide is a topic we should address as human beings, as legislatorsRead: Labour TD says party has ‘ceded too much ground to the right-wing point of view’last_img read more

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Its very much a Kerry book Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin pens

first_imgUpdated 11.51am THE FINE GAEL TD Brendan Griffin, noted for his ‘tache growing abilities, has penned a novel which was launched by MEP and former GAA President Seán Kelly last weekend.A clean-shaven Griffin was also joined by his family as he launched his debut novel Secrets of a Moonlit River, which he wrote while working as a publican between 2007 and 2009 at the Castle Inn in Castlemaine, Co Kerry.Griffin says the book was penned late at night after closing the bar on the quiet week nights but it is only now that he has got around the publishing it.“Ultimately the wife threatened me to either do something with it or she would throw it in the fire,” Griffin, who wrote some of the book in longhand, told TheJournal.ie today.It’s hardly the stuff of his party colleague Alan Shatter – “a different genre” – whose novel Laura is notable for its explicit sex scene.“It’s quite a short novel, it’s the type of thing that you could sit down in front of the fire for a few hours and you’d read it through,” Griffin said.Set in the remote Kerry village of ‘Ballycastle’ the book tells the story of 13-year-old Cathal Kavanagh’s struggle to adjust to living with his grandfather after the death of his parents and brothers. Cathal then encounters what the blurb says are ‘strange characters, strange threats and even stranger nocturnal happenings’ while he tries to settle into a hostile new school environment.The novel is primarily aimed at readers aged 10 and over but we’re told adults will also enjoy it.“The book is very much a Kerry book, having been written, edited, published and printed in Kerry,” a clean-shaven Griffin said.We haven’t had a chance to read Griffin’s debut novel just yet, but the good news is that it has already received a glowing review from Harry McGee of the Irish Times.But more importantly, what does Alan Shatter think?“Apparently he considers me the greatest fiction writer to merge from Leinster House since himself,” Griffin joked, adding that he hadn’t had a chance to talk to him about it yet but that the Justice Minister could be in line for a nice Christmas present.With plenty of positive feedback so far, Griffin says he has two follow-up books also in the mix but said whether or not they are published will depend on the reaction to this book.Secrets of a Moonlit River is available in most Kerry bookshops for €9.99 as well as Brendan’s own website or through Amazon. A euro for every book sold goes to charity.First published 11.23am Read: This Fine Gael TD’s ‘Mo’ is getting some strange looks around Leinster HouseRead: Fine Gael TD gives half of his salary to local school to employ teacherlast_img read more

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Réalité augmentée quand la Technologie se met au service de la police

first_imgRéalité augmentée : quand la Technologie se met au service de la police scientiqueTout le monde n’a pas l’imagination de l’équipe de Guile Grissom et de ses Experts dans une scène de reconstitution d’un crime, surtout au coeur de l’action.  L’université de Technologie de Delft (hollande) a peut être trouvé une solution pour palier à ce problème.Angle de tir, impact, obstacle, déplacement, types d’armes, positionnement…Nombre de critères à prendre en compte par les policiers, sur une scène de crime, doivent être nécessairement prises en compte pour tenter d’élucider les faits.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Des chercheurs de l’Université de la Technologie de Delft (Pays bas) ont eu l’idée de rapprocher ce domaine avec celui de la Réalité augmentée, (sur-représentation virtuelle dans un contexte réel) d’après le site Ubergizmo.Des lunettes munies de caméras scannent la scène du crime et ses éléments environnants. Le dispositif est relié à un ordinateur portable qui fait office de stockage. Et, une fois de retour dans les locaux de la police, les enquêteurs peuvent, au calme, se replacer virtuellement dans la scène de crime dès lors “entièrement numérisée”, à la recherche d’éléments pouvant faire avancer l’enquête.Par la suite, les agents peuvent repérer et aller vérifier les pièces manquantes à la constitution du dossier d’instruction de l’enquête.Les lunettes de Réalité augmentée “policières” ne sont encore qu’à l’état de prototype mais nul doute qu’en cas d’avancée probante, elles trouveront leur place dans l’attirail du policier scientifique du XXIème siècle.Le 2 février 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning

first_img Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Twitter Google+ Ezekiel Elliot Is A Generous Football Player Julian Edelman Launches Youtube Channel Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstar The Undertaker made an appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay Saturday morning.The Undertaker, who lives near Austin, Texas made the trip to show his support for the Texas Longhorns and help preview the game between the #9 Longhorns and #6 LSU Tigers.He did his ring entrance with the full fog and pyro. THAT’S THE UNDERTAKER’S MUSIC pic.twitter.com/6DCURh9GdO— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 7, 2019 #Undertaker certainly knows how to make an entrance…and support his @TexasLonghorns on @CollegeGameDay! pic.twitter.com/zZcDgaRN0o— WWE (@WWE) September 7, 2019 The Best Of Aaron Rodgers Odell Beckham Jr. Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipOdell Beckham Can’t Wear His 250 Grand Watch On The Field AnymoreVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:03/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 90.26%0:05Remaining Time -0:58 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 Odell Beckham Can’t Wear His 250 Grand Watch On The Field Anymore Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR @lwoswrestling @TheRealRBV @NotJargo @BodyslamNet @MGoose37 @MMelchor The Undertaker is on College Gameday right now… pic.twitter.com/hTI4aNXnQt— RyanKBoman (@RyanKBoman) September 7, 2019 Antonio Brown Possibly Said Something Offensive Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp The Undertaker to appear on Smackdown Live on September 10 from Madison Square Garden Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Harley Race laid to rest on Wednesday; WWE names a studio after Mean Gene Okerlundlast_img read more

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Longshore union sues law enforcement over tactics

first_imgOLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Longshore union filed a federal lawsuit against local authorities Thursday, accusing them of using brutal tactics while arresting members for non-violent misdemeanors.The International Longshore and Warehouse Union said in the civil rights complaint that authorities have engaged in a campaign to harass and intimidate the union. The lawsuit accuses officials of “excessive and unwarranted brutal arrest procedures” and seeks to deter such conduct.“Longshore workers and their supporters are no longer free to move about their hometown without fear of being ambushed in front of children and families by an overzealous, out-of-control Police Chief and Sheriff,” said ILWU International President Bob McEllrath in a statement. “This blatant abuse of authority has to stop.”The suit names Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson, Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha as well as the county and city.Grover Laseke, a spokesman for the sheriff, declined to comment on the specific allegations in the case because officials haven’t had a chance to see it. But he said authorities believe officers have acted professional and have done their job the way it needs to be done.“We feel that any allegations of abuse or excessive force are not accurate,” Laseke said.The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office estimates that it has made more than 200 arrests in recent months over a labor dispute at a Port of Longview grain terminal. Protesters have blocked trains, and federal officials have accused the union of damaging property and making death threats.last_img read more

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Hearst Green Lights Second Pilot Phase for TrendingNY

first_img The magazine’s target audience has allowed it to leverage premium parnterships with high-end fashion and beauty brands and retatilers (Banana Republic, Macy’s, Bloomingdales and more). Emily Cronin will continue to act as editor for the magazine. Page count is said to be a minimum of 52, which is similar to the initial pilot program. The company says it received glowing feedback from its first test, and expects similar results in the second trial. It asks its readers of Millennial women to provide real-time feedback so it can gauge interest and make product adjustments. After four test issues in Sept., Hearst Magazines decided to roll out a second pilot phase for its free weekly magazine, TrendingNY. The next round of distribution will begin in April and will include nine weekly issues. In its initial test, street teams in targeted locations around New York City distributed the magazine. The company will once again go with that strategy, however the product will be upgraded with heavier paper stock and the circulation size will be doubled to 100,000.last_img read more

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Unalaska Clinic Shares Ebola Response Plans

first_imgTuesday’s meeting on the city’s Ebola preparedness drew a standing room-only crowd to City Hall. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)Concerns about Ebola are running high in Unalaska. The town’s unique geography and large international workforce have residents wondering how they’d be affected by an outbreak. Local medical providers are trying to calm those fears. Download AudioIt’s rare to see more than a handful of people turn out for a public meeting in Unalaska. But at the panel on Ebola preparedness, more than 75 people packed into City Hall. The standing room-only crowd wanted answers to questions like this:“Walk through exactly what the process would be if Ebola hit here, now.” Ann Nora Ehret, the medical director at the local clinic, read the question off an index card. “Okay, so let’s say somebody called up one of the processing safety officers and said, ‘I have a fever and vomiting and diarrhea.’ Okay. So EMS gets called…”Senior fire captain Zac Schasteen stepped in to answer for the city’s emergency medical volunteers:“As it stands right now, if we had a call tonight, we could respond appropriately to it,” he said.He said dispatchers would ask the caller about their symptoms and recent travel to try to assess the risk of Ebola. Paramedics would try to confirm that on-scene by looking for a fever above 101.5 degrees.If they found one, responders would put on their full-body hazmat suits — Schasteen said they have gear and training in line with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.He said responders would help get the patient into quarantine at the clinic, where a trained staff member would try to rule out other illnesses. But in the end, Ehret says the patient would have to be flown off the island for an official diagnosis.The clinic’s gameplan is the result of conversations with state and federal health officials, Ehret said. The Coast Guard, commercial medevac companies, and the local tribal clinic have also been consulted.As plans move forward, Ehret asked residents to be conscious of the stigma surrounding Ebola:“We don’t want to make assumptions about someone’s skin color and label them with being a carrier of infection. So please keep that in mind,” she said. “And we’ll be doing some educational sessions, hopefully, in the bigger plants where they have a lot of people coming in together in a small area.”She said she’s been keeping up with local processing companies on how they’re screening returning workers for signs of illness or risky travel.Some, like Westward and Alyeska Seafoods, conduct physical examinations as they recruit for the next big processing season in January. Meanwhile, Unalaska’s biggest processor, UniSea, is screening workers based on travel, too. But their human resources director says they don’t typically recruit workers from West Africa, where the outbreak is centered right now.Then there’s American Seafoods, which runs off-shore processing operations in Unalaska. Ehret said they’ve asked employees who’ve been to an affected area to stay home for 30 days before coming to work.“I know they’re doing screening in Seattle, and then they plan on also doing screening in Dutch Harbor,” she said. Even if the risk of Ebola is low in Unalaska, Ehret said folks should make sure they’re staying healthy in other ways:Meanwhile, she said folks should make sure they’re staying healthy in other ways:“If you choose to get a flu shot, this would be a good year to get a flu shot,” she said, drawing a laugh from the audience.And she said people should do their best to prevent the spread of illness. For its part, the clinic’s taking no chances: A sign posted on the front door last week tells patients with Ebola-like symptoms to stop outside and call for an escort into the building.last_img read more

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DC Gallery Spotlights Work of Disabled Artists

first_imgToni Lanes has bipolar disorder but she says it doesn’t have her. Instead, she is a successful artist that has traveled the world selling her pieces and exemplifying how mental health is not what defines a person. In 2013, Toni Lanes became a client at Art Enables, a nonprofit organization, and was later promoted to studio assistant.“For three years, I’ve been selling my art and getting to know people and myself more while dealing with my illness and other peoples’ illnesses. I’ve realized the importance in myself by being a mentor. I live in a ‘me’ world and at Art Enables it’s a ‘we’ world,” she told the AFRO.The Art Enables gallery gives D.C. residents with mental illness a space to make and sell their art. The Art Enables staff is pictured. (Courtesy photo)Founded in 2001, Art Enables is an art gallery in Northeast D.C. that focuses on providing artists with disabilities – including autism, down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, among others –opportunities to cultivate, advertise, and profit as artists in a professional setting. The gallery was created by Joyce Muis-Lowery with the mission of providing a creative space for emerging artists to develop, while providing a secure environment for the artists to express themselves.“It’s not common that people with developmental abilities are served in the same physical space. What’s really powerful and what I’ve grown to appreciate is – because the common denominator here is art – how that is the unifying element in the studio and it creates this really powerful dynamic where there is tremendous peer support,” Tony Brunswick, executive director of Art Enables, told the AFRO.Funding for the gallery comes from private donations and government grants. All money from art sales go directly to the artists and framing costs. According to Brunswick, artists are given the opportunity to use a variety of free materials during workshops which are offered every second Saturday of the month.Although the gallery is a free, creative space, it has rules to ensure a professional environment, such as weekly reviews. Artists critique each other, and whenever an artist completes a piece, it must be evaluated by a jury before it can be showcased for exhibition and sale. Prices range from $15 to more than $100.“We don’t teach them how to make art, we want to give them the experience of being an artist,” Brunswick said. “The exhibition experience, the studio experience, the jury and peer review experience are all very important. It helps develop, for the artist, the professional thick-skin to be able to take feedback and determine their own opinions on their work.”Art Enables will also be celebrating their 15-year anniversary on Nov. 4. The gallery is also celebrating the fact that is has sold more than $1 million worth of artwork during that time.Brunswick said there are plans to expand by collaborating with cross-disciplinary arts organizations to give artists the opportunity to work with theatre and dance companies for stage productions.Renovations to enlarge the production space for artists began in October of 2016 and are expected to end in January of 2018.last_img read more

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New books to add in your shelf

first_imgKundan Lal Saigal once strode like a collosus over the Hindi and Bangla music worlds, jovial and good-humoured but never sharing his personal tribulations – here’s why; next, explore a new world where changes in technology make one wonder what the next generation will turn into; and finally, learn how gravitas not only inspires you but also inspires greatness in others. Here are a few new releases, which you can add in your collection:’Kundan – Saigal’s Life and Music’ by Sharad Dutt (translated by Jyoti Sabharwal Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHis unique voice and singing style, coupled with an acting prowess, has not possibly been emulated – and for good reason. “The litmus test of any artistic endeavour lies in the fact that even with a classical base, it invades the realm of popularity and enchants the masses. That was the warp and weft of Saigal’s craft that immortalised his songs,” writes National Award-winning author Sharad Dutt, a former DDG of public broadcaster Doordarshn. In a film career that spanned 15 years – 1932-46 – Saigal performed in some 36 films in varied genres of songs, ghazals and bhajans each of which tug at the heart even when heard to this day. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”It is often stated that a musical rendition makes a mark when it emanates from a wounded heart…At what point Saigal was grievously hurt could not be established but the anguish in his voice remained unextricable, be it in his acting prowess or his skilled singing,” Dutt writes. ‘Where Will Man Take Us?’ by Atul JalanWill the perfect partner need to be charged before bed? Will we soon be taking happiness pills before breakfast? Will the screen that we peer into soon be within us? Has the first person who will live to be 150, been already born? It’s a new world we are walking into and the man who began this journey is not the man who will end it. In this debut novel, Atul Jalan, a science storyteller and futurist, the founder-CEO of pioneering AI venture Manthan, explores how the technology man has built is transforming him and the institutions he has created. “I like to call ours a Gutenburg moment. As Johannes Gutenburg looked at his first proofs, did he for a moment think that he was flagging off one of the golden ages of mankind?…We are witness to a similar moment in history when mankind takes another giant leap. One that will elevate man again – as a species infintely more sapient,” Jalan writes. ‘Authentic Gravitas – Who Stands Out and Why’ by Dr Rebecca Newton Authentic gravitas means you are respected and trusted, your words carry weight, your ideas are taken seriously and your contributions valued. This also requires you to bring out these qualities in others. Thus, you are not only inspiring but also inspire greatness in others. “Throughout this book, you will meet some truly inspiring leaders and professionals who built true gravitas and you will learn how they did it. We’ll look at what gravitas is, what it isn’t, and debunk gravitas myths to discover the surprising truth about who stands out and why,” writes Newton, an Organisational Psychologist and Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the Department of Management.last_img read more

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NTC Makes Inc 5000 List for Third Straight Year

first_img Company News Nationwide Title Clearing 2014-08-22 Tory Barringer Share in Headlines, News, Uncategorized NTC Makes Inc. 5000 List for Third Straight Yearcenter_img Inc. Magazine recently published its full list of the fast-growing companies for 2014, and for the third straight year, Florida-based Nationwide Title Clearing (NTC) has made the cut.NTC, a research and document processing services firm, ranked 2,097 on the annual Inc. 5000 list.”Being recognized among other nationally-ranked companies on the [Inc. 5000] list is an accomplishment that our executives, along with every employee, have worked diligently for,” said NTC CEO John Hillman. “We’ve strived over the years to perfect our business practices, and this award is an honor and a testament to our hard work.”NTC attributes its growth to its work in advocating best practices for the mortgage industry, which has boosted the company throughout the aftermath of the Great Recession. The firm also touted its employee continuing education programs, which help ensure that clients are able to remain compliant in safeguarding property records.To celebrate its inclusion on the list, NTC has been invited to attend the 2014 Annual Inc. 5000 Conference and Awards Ceremony, which will take place in Phoenix, Arizona, in mid-October. The company said its representatives “are looking forward to attending.” August 22, 2014 490 Views last_img read more

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Tight end Ricky SealsJones on Thursday signed his

first_img Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones on Thursday signed his tender offer with the Arizona Cardinals, a move that will bring the 24-year-old back to the organization.Seals-Jones caught 34 balls for 343 yards and a touchdown last season.The third-year pro should have an expanded role in Kliff Kingsbury’s high-flying offense.Seals-Jones played his college football at Texas A&M, where Kingsbury was the offensive coordinator before taking the Texas Tech head coaching position in 2013. Related LinksCardinals officially sign former Los Angeles Chargers DT Darius PhilonPFF: Cardinals among top 5 FA winners, Hicks deal ‘very good’ESPN gives Arizona Cardinals a C+ in 2018 draft regradeSeals-Jones will make $645,000 in 2019, according to Spotrac.The Cardinals also signed 30-year-old tight end Charles Clay earlier this week. 6 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Arizona Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones (86) is hit by Los Angeles Rams inside linebacker Mark Barron (26) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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