Safety of students not a priority in Gurugram govt schools

first_imgGurugram: It took the courage of five girls of a government school in Manesar to highlight once again the lack of security faced by thousands of students in government schools of Gurugram.Five students of Government Girls Middle School, Manesar, have filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking the court’s intervention in the issue related to the safety of students. The petition mentions that the school premises are used for non-educational purposes and multiple outlets operate out of the school compound. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderLast month, the girls had also sent a letter to the district education officer outlining their concerns. “A post office, primary health centre, panchayat Bhavan, Anganwadi, and a park run from the school premises. Under the pretext of accessing these public places, many anti-social elements also frequent the school which makes us feel unsafe and also disrupts our education,” stated the letter. The girls had requested the education officer to get the non-educational set-ups removed from the school premises. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAfter five girls approached the Punjab and Haryana high court against the alleged lack of security at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Manesar, Deputy Commissioner of Gurugram Amit Khatri on Saturday visited the school to check security arrangements. He later announced the installing of CCTV cameras which surprisingly was not there in the school. The incident of a class-II student being murdered in the washroom of the school in 2017 highlighted the concerns of the safety of children within the school premises. It seems that there are still many educational institutions especially those managed by the Government where the lackadaisical approach is compromising the security of the students. Co-incidentally at around the same time last year a class 11 student attacked his colleague with scissors after an altercation in Sohna. In most of the government schools, students can still be seen coming in and out of the school premises at their will. Moreover, despite the ban, most of the hawkers selling cigarettes have come around the area. There are also complaints that most of the liquore vending units have also set up their shops around the government to target the students. In a damming report that had come it was cited that 150 government schools in Gururgam do not possess the fore NOC.last_img read more

Band faces salary questions

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore questions are being asked about the salaries being paid to band officials.APTN National News looks at one community under the microscope following the release of chief and councillor salaries from across the country and the revelation that one of its politicians pulled in nearly $1 million.APTN National News reporter James Hopkin has more.last_img

Wildfire Service bringing additional resources to Northeast BC in anticipation of more

first_imgThe largest of the new fires over the weekend sits at 140 hectares in size, and is burning west of Milligan Hills Provincial Park. Reynolds said that the Wildfire Service has deployed air tankers and water bombers from Fort St. John to battle the flames, with additional resources expected to be brought in later this week. She said the fire is not threatening any structures at this time, but that fire officials are communicating with the BC Oil and Gas Commission in case it begins to threaten any oil and gas industry property.Reynolds said that the Wildfire Service has already got a sizeable contingent of air tanker helicopters and water bombers in Northeast B.C., and that with no respite to the hot and dry weather this week, more resources will likely be brought in to deal with an increase to the wildfire danger rating. While most of Northeast B.C. is currently at a high danger rating, areas near Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Hudson’s Hope, and Chetwynd are currently rated as ‘extreme.’ PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — With hot and dry conditions forecast to continue this week, officials with the BC Wildfire Service are preparing to bring more crews to Northeast B.C. to deal with an increase in the fire danger rating and the potential for more wildfires to start.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds says that campers in Peace Region were very well-behaved over the Victoria Day weekend. The Prince George Fire Centre recorded only one human-caused wildfire over the weekend, which occurred near Vanderhoof.Despite this, the Wildfire Service says that there were nearly a dozen wildfires that are suspected to have been caused by lightning over the weekend, most of which were started near Fort Nelson. Reynolds said that a thunderstorm resulted in a cluster of wildfires southwest of Fort Nelson, one of which is burning just 300 metres from the Alaska Highway at Steamboat Hill. She explained that crews are currently battling those fires with a contingent of air tankers based in Fort Nelson, and that the highway is currently open in both directions.last_img read more

Call-center operator to lay off nearly 800 in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. — A major call-centre operator will lay off about 800 employees from its Tucson location.Concentrix Corp. recently filed a notice with the state, saying that 785 workers would be affected by a mass layoff.The employees were informed through a WARN letter, or Notification Under the Worker Adjustment and Restraining Act of Program Closure, that their last day on the job would be April 30.The company on Monday did not respond to a request for comment.Concentrix is a subsidiary of Synnex Corp., which acquired call-centre operator Convergys Corp. along with the Tucson operation in October.Since its $2.4 billion acquisition of Convergys, Concentrix has announced more than 800 layoffs at locations including Convergys’ former headquarters town of Cincinnati; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Watertown, New York.The Associated Press

Key foreign currency quotations

Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Friday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Fri Thu 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2549 1.2585 1.3505 1.3086 British Pound 1.6298 1.6325 1.7284 1.7278 Japanese Yen 0.0113 0.0112 0.0124 0.0124 Euro in U.S. 1.1660 1.1604 1.0703 1.1022 Euro in Cdn 1.4632 1.4604 1.4454 1.4423Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada

Field hockey Ohio State begins weekend of nonconference play victorious against the

OSU sophomore midfield Morgan Kile (8) carries the ball for the on Oct. 2 against Maryland at Buckeye Varsity Field. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State field hockey welcomed the Kent State Golden Flashes to Columbus, which had a couple flashes of its own at game time, Friday. The match scheduled for 3:30 p.m. was delayed by an hour due to multiple sightings of lightning in the area. However, in the late stages of the game, the Buckeye defense stayed grounded.OSU was able to hold off the Kent State Golden Flashes in the final minutes of a closely contested match; finishing on top, 3-2.Since beginning its run in Big Ten play this season, OSU (4-7, 0-3) had lost four straight matches before its match against Kent State. The Buckeyes came into the game knowing they had something to prove.The match did not start out in OSU’s favor, as Kent State pulled out three shots on goal within the first seven minutes of game play. That quickly changed after freshman midfielder Esther Clotet Alsina and junior midfielder Maddy Humphrey tag-teamed together on a breakaway goal.For Humphrey, that goal marked her team-leading eighth goal of the season.Kent State continued to put the pressure on OSU with a total of nine shots in the first half. This was largely due to to the four penalty corners given up by the Buckeyes. However, junior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro welcomed the challenge and kept a zero on the board through one half. Tamburro finished the half with five saves before adding four more in the second. For the second time in the last three games, she made nine or more saves.After the second half commenced, the dynamic duo of Clotet Alsina and Humphrey was back at it again; but this time with the roles reversed. Humphrey assisted Clotet Alsina with a close range score against senior goalkeeper Andrea Rinehart.Clotet Alsina now has one point in six of 11 games and has multiple points in five matches.Sophomore Irene Fritschy earned her first career goal with the Buckeyes with 17:20 remaining in the contest. Her goal pushed the lead to 3-0.However, Kent State would not go away quietly in the final moments of the game. After nine penalty corners, junior midfielder Silvia Figa Malgosa gave the Golden Flashes their first point of the night with 6:49 still on the clock.Kent State put another point on the board with only 2:49; closing OSU’s lead to only one. But as the clock ran out, the Buckeyes emerged victorious and broke their losing streak. OSU has now won five of the last six meetings against Kent State. The Buckeyes finish their non-conference break against Ball State (4-6) on Monday. OSU has not lost to the Cardinals since 2007 and have won 15 of the last 17 contests.OSU is set to travel to Schumann Stadium to face the Cardinals at 3 p.m. read more

Peabody adds 2 Mty of seaborne hard coking coal with Shoal Creek

first_imgPeabody has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the Shoal Creek metallurgical coal mine from private coal producer Drummond Co for $400 million.  Shoal Creek is located on the Black Warrior River in Central Alabama and serves Asian and European steel mills with high-vol A coking coal.  The transaction involves the purchase of the mine, preparation plant and supporting assets, and excludes legacy liabilities other than reclamation.  The purchase price is subject to customary working capital adjustments. Closing is expected prior to the end of 2018 and is subject to regulatory approvals, certain conditions precedent, including negotiation by Drummond of a collective bargaining agreement with the union-represented workforce, and other customary conditions.“Peabody has consistently outlined our intention to upgrade our metallurgical coal platform and make strategic investments using a strict set of filters.  We believe the purchase of the well-capitalized and high-quality Shoal Creek Mine meets these filters, offers major logistical advantages and represents an opportunity to create significant value,” said Peabody President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Kellow.  “The acquisition allows us to expand volumes and margins from our met coal platform, enhances our scale, and offers complementary products to customers.  We applaud the Drummond team for developing a high-quality operation, and we look forward to advancing that reputation for excellence.”Peabody believes the acquisition is consistent with the company’s previously stated investment filters: maintain financial strength; fit within the company’s strategic focus areas of the PRB, ILB, seaborne met and seaborne thermal; provide expected returns above Peabody’s weighted average cost of capital with a reasonable payback period; bring about tangible synergies; and create value for the company’s shareholders.The acquisition represents a number of strategic and financial benefits for Peabody:Upgrading Peabody’s metallurgical coal platform:  Shoal Creek represents the next phase of Peabody’s initiative to upgrade its metallurgical coal platform.  The mine adds approximately 2 Mt/y of high quality hard coking coal sales that are expected to expand Peabody’s met coal volumes and margins, with costs comparable to Peabody’s average met coal rangeQuality assets serving growing demand centres:  Shoal Creek is strategically positioned on the Black Warrior River with direct access to barge transportation, eliminating trucking or rail requirements.  The mine accesses seaborne markets through the Port of Mobile in the Gulf of Mexico serving Asia-Pacific and European steel millsAttractive valuation:  The projected return exceeds Peabody’s weighted average cost of capital with an expected rapid payback periodMaintaining financial strength:  Peabody intends to finance the transaction with cash on the balance sheet, putting existing assets to work to create additional value for shareholdersMultiple synergies:  Peabody expects Shoal Creek to seamlessly integrate into Peabody’s operating and SG&A platforms with minimal friction costs.  The acquisition represents an opportunity to accelerate usage of a portion of Peabody’s substantial net operating loss tax positionContinuing evolution of seaborne emphasis:  The acquisition will further enhance Peabody’s exposure to highly attractive, growing seaborne demand centres.Shoal Creek mine was developed in 1994 and employs a workforce of approximately 400.  The current mine plan accesses 17 Mt of reserves under a minimal-capital plan.  Shoal Creek uses longwall mining technology to mine both the Blue Creek and Mary Lee coal seams, with low capital investment requirements.  Transportation is accommodated through loading Panamax and Cape-sized vessels at the McDuffie Terminal in Mobile, Alabama with substantial available capacity.In 2017, the mine sold some 2 Mt.  Shoal Creek’s mining costs per ton approximate the average cost of Peabody’s metallurgical coal platform.  Shoal Creek coal typically prices at or near the high-vol A index.  Peabody intends to revise its guidance targets on relevant key metrics following closing of the transaction.last_img read more

A €280m Saudibacked development could make Waterford Irelands top regional city

first_img A SAUDI ARABIAN investment group is believed to have committed to two developments in Waterford City that will cost nearly €300 million.The Fawaz Alhokair Group, which is reportedly in talks with Waterford County Council about the deal, has a portfolio of shopping centre and hotel developments in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, according to its website.Speaking to Fora, Fine Gael councillor John Cummins said the group has “been lined up to invest” and agreed to spend around €280 million to develop two sites in Waterford.One of the sites will be used for a new shopping centre on Michael Street, while another area on North Wall Quay will become a mixed-use development under the plan. The deal was first reported locally by the Waterford News & Star.“It’s a once-in-a century opportunity. This is not just a shopping centre, it will bring more office space, hotel rooms, conference capacity, tourism facilities and housing to Waterford,” Cummins said.“It’s a game-changing development because it will put Waterford at the top of the pecking order for regional cities now. We haven’t been top for quite some time and would be the first to acknowledge we’re a bit behind the likes of Limerick and Cork.” 54 Comments Short URL Image: Cllr. John Cummins 54,493 Views A €280m Saudi-backed development could make Waterford ‘Ireland’s top regional city’ The Fawaz Alhokair Group is reportedly planning to develop around 100,000 sq m under the deal. Take me to Fora Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 9:39 PMcenter_img Image: Cllr. John Cummins Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Mar 21st 2017, 9:39 PM By Fora Staff Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share464 Tweet Email18 The Michael Street retail siteThe developments are expected to see a 10,000 sq m shopping mall built on the Michael Street site, while the 90,000 sq m North Wall Quay development is expected to include 30,000 sq m of both offices and accommodation, as well as offices, and hotel and convention space.State bad bank Nama owns the Michael Street site, while both the council and Waterford Port own parts of the North Wall Quay.An Bord Pleanála previously gave planning approval for the retail development on Michael Street to Wexford firm Newgate Development, but no plans have been cleared for the site at North Wall Quay.Thursday meetingCummins said county councillors will meet on Thursday again to discuss the deal.“I expect on Thursday the councillors will give Waterford County Council chief executive Michael Walsh approval to go to the contract stage with the group.” Source: Cllr. John CumminsHe added that the Irish government needs to use the private investment as impetus to upgrade infrastructure in the city and county.“It’s going to take up to €60 million of infrastructural development from central government to deliver what’s needed now that all this private investment has come into Waterford. We need a new pedestrian and motorised links in the city and an upgraded transport hub.”Both Nama and Waterford County Council would not comment when asked about the reported agreement. The Fawaz Alhokair Group could not be reached for comment.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ielast_img read more

Food Drink Kembers Perfect Dish deliver on health

first_img In 2009, Marilyn Roseburrough was diagnosed with fibromuscular dysplasia, a rare disease that causes a blockage of arteries. A specialist in New York was able to clear an artery leading to her kidney but told her there wasn’t anything he could do to prevent another, highly likely, life-threatening artery blockage.On the airplane ride home, she decided to see a naturopath that a friend recommended named Dr. Keivan Jinnah. She described her first meeting with Dr. Jinnah: “I walked in and I said, ‘I am willing to do anything. I have a 5- and 7-year-old at home. I want to live as long as I possibly can.’”“I wasn’t a big believer in this at that point, but I was willing to give it a try, to go full on,” she said. “I spent a ton of money on supplements. I walked out at that time with what I thought was a crazy diet — no gluten, no dairy, no soy, no nightshades because they are inflammatory, no corn, limited eggs, and meat if it is organic and grass-fed. From that second I walked out of his office, I went cold turkey.”It took a while for Marilyn and her family to adjust to this new diet. Eventually, she mastered the art of gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free meals and baked goods. Friends and family told her she should start a company, so she sold gluten-free mixes at the Vancouver Farmers Market. She called her company Kember’s — a combination of her daughters’ names, Kate and Ember. The mixes sold out quickly so she expanded her line to six mixes — waffle, brownie, pizza crust, doughnut, pumpkin bread, and crepe. At the farmers market, she met the owners of the Hello Waffle food truck (now a drive-thru window in Camas), C’est La Vie Cafe and Ben’s Bottle Shop, all of whom use her mixes to create gluten-free options for their customers.Arika White of Hello Waffle told me, “We decided to try Kember’s gluten-free waffle batter after some of our market customers mentioned it. We love that she is local and enjoy supporting another local female-owned business. People really love our gluten-free waffles using the Kember’s mix.” Rachel Pinsky can be emailed at Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats.last_img read more

One in 10 employees at Community Medical Centers utilise payroll loans

first_imgApproximately 10% of the 6,800 US-based staff employed by private, non-profit healthcare network Community Medical Centers (CMC) have utilised the organisation’s payroll loan benefit since its introduction in July 2018.CMC implemented the payroll loan benefit, provided by Kashable, in July 2018 as part of its voluntary benefits provision, which is supplied by Corestream. The benefit enables staff to access low-cost loans that can be automatically repaid through CMC’s payroll process. Applying and receiving a loan takes approximately three days or less.The California-based healthcare network introduced Kashable in an effort to help employees better manage their short-term finances and reduce requests for pay advances or loans from employees’ pension plan.CMC staff showed interest in the benefit when it launched, with 40% opening the initial information email that described the service. Between July 2018 and July 2019, 10% of employees have taken up the loan benefit and 54% are using their payroll loan to pay other debts.Kashable has been communicated to staff using newsletters, the staff intranet and word of mouth.Nicole Mebane, benefits manager at CMC, said: “We started seeing a lot of questions come through like ‘How can I get a loan from my pension plan? Can I get a loan from my 403(b) plan? Can I get an advance on my pay check?’ [Employees] were trying to find ways to access short-term cash.“Kashable has been a lifesaver for our employees and the lower interest rates have helped them get out of bad debt. It’s a smarter financial move for them so it gives them more financial security. They know what’s going to be coming out of their pay checks, so they know it’s not something they’re going to default on. As long as they’re working, it’s going to come out of their check just like other direct deposits.”last_img read more

Man in surgical face mask robs Weston bank

first_imgWESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – Federal authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who robbed a bank in Weston while wearing a surgical face mask.The FBI released photos of Tuesday afternoon’s robbery at the Chase branch near Weston Road and New River Circle.Officials said the crook, who concealed his identity by covering his face with sunglasses and the mask, walked into the bank just after 12:50 p.m., flashed a weapon and demanded money before taking off with an undisclosed sum of cash.There were customers inside the bank at the time, but no one was hurt.Investigators do not believe this is the same man who robbed a Wells Fargo branch in Sunrise about a half hour earlier.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Who is the Indian business magnate who refused salary hike for 10

first_imgRepresentative image of a silhouetted manReutersMukesh Ambani, the richest Indian with a net worth of $40.1 billion, has not taken a pay hike for the 10th year in a row. The Reliance Industries chairman had capped his salary in October 2009 and it remains unchanged.So what is Mukesh’s annual salary? According to the companies’ annual report, Mukesh’s compensation has been set at Rs 15 crore. This decision shows his desire to continue to set a personal example. While Mukesh’s package remains the same, other directors and key managerial personnel got a pay hike of around 13 percent.”Compensation of Shri Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman, and Managing Director, has been set at Rs 15 crore, reflecting his desire to continue to set a personal example for moderation in managerial compensation levels,” the annual report said.His salary package includes the salary of Rs 4.49 crore, perquisites, and allowance of Rs 27 lakh, retiral benefits of Rs 71 lakh and commission payable of Rs 9.53 crore. Mukesh Ambani is India’s richest manReutersMukesh’s cousins Nikhil and Hital’s compensation increased to Rs 19.99 crore each from their Rs 16.58 crore package in 2016-2017, while one of his key executives’ director PMS Prasad’s compensation increased from Rs 7.87 crore in 2016-17 to Rs 8.99 crore this year.Mukesh’s wife Nita Ambani, a non-executive director on the company’s board, also received a revised commission of Rs 1.5 crore this year from last year’s Rs 1.3 crore.Recently, when Forbes released a list of world’s billionaires, as many as 119 Indians featured in the list and Mukesh Ambani topped the list with a net worth of $40.1 billion. His net worth went up from last year’s $38 billion.He retained his position as the richest person and made it in the top 20 list of world’s billionaires of 2018.last_img read more

President asks people to keep houses surroundings clean to prevent dengue

first_imgPresident M Abdul Hamid exchanges greetings with dignitaries at Bangabhaban, Dhaka on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha on Monday. Photo: PIDPresident M Abdul Hamid on Monday asked all concerned to inspire people to keep households and surroundings clean and put sacrificial animals’ wastes at proper places for preventing dengue as he hosted a reception on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Azha at Bangabhaban in Dhaka.“If you put wastes of sacrificial animals (qurbani) without specific places, it will help increase Aedes mosquitoes breeding . . . So keep houses and surroundings clean as your respective responsibilities,” he said while delivering his congratulatory speech on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festivals of the Muslims.The head of the state said, “You have to keep in mind that anyone’s festivity should not become the pain for others” in society.President M Abdul Hamid exchanges greetings with dignitaries at Bangabhaban, Dhaka on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha on Monday. Photo: PIDThe Eid-ul-Azha is being celebrated at the time when country is witnessing the outbreak of dengue infected patients, the president mentioned.Hamid hosted the reception for the people of all classes and professions, including distinguished people, senior politicians, high-ranking government officials, foreign diplomats, religious personalities, academics, senior journalists and representatives of the business community.Referring to suffering to recent flood victims at many places across the country in recent time, he urged affluent people to stand by the flood victims so that affected people are not deprived of getting Eid festivities.Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), the president said, set an incomparable example of love, obedience and sacrifice to Allah by taking steps to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS) as per the directive of Him.President M Abdul Hamid addresses a programme after exchanging greetings with dignitaries at Bangabhaban, Dhaka on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha on Monday. Photo: PID“Qurbani (sacrifice) teaches people how to do sacrifice alongside to have patience. . . Being imbued with the spirit of patience and sacrificial mindset, we have to take lesson from the Eid-ul-Azha in a bid to establish peace and equity in society,” president Hamid said.Noting that the Eid-ul-Azha teaches all to sacrifice and tolerance, Abdul Hamid said everyone should exercise tolerance in their respective works and thoughts to establish peace and welfare in society.“So don’t confine the joys of this Eid-ul-Azha to only matter of celebration. Try to reflect the lesson of sacrifice in your personal, social and national life and share the cheerfulness amongst all and create a pollution free environment”, the head of the state added.President M Abdul Hamid exchanges greetings with minister at Bangabhaban, Dhaka on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha on Monday. Photo: PIDLater the president also exchanged views with the guests and enquired about their wellbeing going round different corners at the Durbar Hall of the Presidential Palace where the invited guests were entertained with delicious and traditional dishes.Chief justice, ministers, advisors, army and navy chief, diplomats, inspector of police (IGP), prominent people, high civil and military officials joined the programme.Secretaries concerned to the president were also present there.last_img read more

Sports Monday Rockets Open Playoffs With Game One Win Over TWolves

first_img Share Michael Hagerty Listen The Houston Rockets opened the first round of the NBA Playoffs Sunday with a 104-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series. The Astros dropped two of three at home over the weekend against their in-state rivals, the Texas Rangers. And Yuli Gurriel returned from the disabled list.We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. 00:00 /07:45center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img

The Young Turks Sued for Racial Discrimination by ExEmployee

first_imgThe Young Turks, the progressive news and media company, has been sued by a former employee who alleged he was subjected to discriminatory treatment — and ultimately fired — because he is black.Andrew Jones, a black journalist who worked for TYT Network for six months in 2017, alleged that he was held to a different standard than white colleagues. Jones claimed he was fired after he refused to sign a severance agreement under which he would agree to not sue TYT Network for racial discrimination.Jones’s lawsuit seeks compensatory damages and punitive damages of at least $75,000, plus attorney’s fees and litigation costs. He says he suffered economic injury in the form of lost wages and a “harmed reputation” as well as “considerable emotional distress,” according to the lawsuit. Jones’ lawsuit was filed Tuesday (July 17) in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.TYT, a digital news and pop-culture network best known for its “Young Turks” political news and commentary show, last summer raised $20 million in funding from investors including WndrCo, the media investment firm co-founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg.Founded in 2002 by Uygur as an online-radio show, TYT has grown to reach more than 12 million followers across YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and has generated more than 8 billion video views to date. Reps for TYT Network did not respond to a request for comment.Jones had previously filed a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights, in January, with the same allegations. According to his lawsuit, Jones complained to TYT Network CEO Cenk Uygur about his perceived mistreatment by a manager. “Mr. Uygur ignored all of his complaints and instead impliedly threatened Plaintiff stating that his complaints and the method of his complaining about perceived unequal treatment by his supervisor could be a ‘fireable offense’ in and of itself,” according to the lawsuit.Uygur responded to Jones’ complaint in January, saying the comments Jones attributed to him were completely false. “Of course we care a great deal about diversity in the workplace — that is part and parcel of what we do and who we are. We will defend our record and not give in to baseless demands,” Uygur said in a statement at the time.During his employment at TYT, Jones alleged in his lawsuit, managing editor Jonathan Larsen treated him unfairly in multiple ways compared with white coworkers, including denying Jones a travel budget, requiring different and shorter deadlines, demanding higher and “ever-shifting” standards for articles, responding more slowly, and engaging in “general hostile behavior.”Jones also alleged that David Koller, the head of HR and one of the founders of TYT, called Jones to discuss his concerns. “Mr. Koller acted concerned and stated he would start an investigation into the matter given the gravity of the charges. However, Plaintiff never heard from him directly again, Plaintiff never heard from anyone else concerning an investigation being conducted or completed, so it is highly likely no investigation ever occurred.”In addition, Jones alleged that Koller “is publicly known for making racist comments”; for example, referring to less affluent black people in the South who relax on their porch on hotsummer days as “po’ black people just hanging out in the heat.”TYT Network eventually placed Jones on a probationary two-week evaluation period, because (he claimed he was told) Jones had “failed to create any original or exclusive content.” On Oct. 5, because Jones “allegedly failed to meet Larsen’s professional standards,” TYT “pushed for Plaintiff to sign a severance package where he would waive his civil rights claims, receive approximately one month’s salary, and resign,” according to the lawsuit. Jones refused to sign the agreement and was fired, the lawsuit said. Popular on Variety ×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

Facebook and Microsoft announce Open Rack V3 to address the power demands

first_imgFrom the past few months, Facebook and Microsoft together have been working on a new architecture based on the Open Rack standards. Last week, Facebook announced a new initiative that aims to build uniformity around the Rack & Power design. The Rack & Power Project Group is responsible for setting the rack standards designed for data centers, integrating the rack into the data center infrastructure. This project comes under a larger initiative started by Facebook called Open Compute Project. Why a new version of Open Rack is needed? Today, the industry is turning to AI and ML systems to solve several difficult problems. Though these systems are helpful, at the same time, they require increased power density at both the component level and the system level. The ever-increasing bandwidth speed demand for networking systems has also led to similar problems. So, in order to improve the overall system performance, it is important to get memory, processors, and system fabrics as close together as possible. This new architecture of Open Rack will come with greater benefits as compared to the current version, Open Rack V2. “For this next version, we are collaborating to create flexible, interoperable, and scalable solutions for the community through a common OCP architecture. Accomplishing this goal will enable wider adoption of OCP technologies across multiple industries, which will benefit operators, solution providers, original design manufacturers, and configuration managers,” shared Facebook in the blog post. What are the goals of this initiative? This new initiative aims to achieve the following goals A common OCP rack architecture to enable greater sharing between Microsoft and Facebook. Creating a flexible frame and power infrastructure that will support a wide range of solutions across the OCP community Apart from the features need by Facebook, this architecture will come with additional features for the larger community, including physical security for solutions deployed in co-location facilities. New thermal solutions will be introduced such as liquid cooling manifolds, door-based heat exchanges, and defined physical and thermal interfaces. These solutions are currently under development by the Advanced Cooling Solutions sub-project. Introducing new power and battery backup solutions that scale across different rack power levels and also accommodate different power input types. To know more in detail, check out the official announcement on Facebook. Read Next Two top executives leave Facebook soon after the pivot to privacy announcement Facebook tweet explains ‘server config change’ for 14-hour outage on all its platforms Facebook under criminal investigations for data sharing deals: NYT reportlast_img read more

Experts extend alert for strong waves in Costa Ricas northern Pacific Caribbean

first_imgRelated posts:Big waves expected this weekend on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast Oceanographers forecast strong waves, rip tides along Costa Rica’s Pacific shores starting Thursday Strong gusts, big waves to continue over the weekend Big waves expected at Costa Rica’s northern Pacific, Caribbean beaches Conditions creating tall and powerful waves are expected to intensify again on Wednesday along the northwestern Pacific coast and in the Caribbean province of Limón, the University of Costa Rica’s Center for Research in Marine Sciences and Limnology (CIMAR) reported.The increase in wave force will continue at least until Sunday and is caused by the influence of strong winds driven by high-pressure systems currently affecting the Northern Hemisphere.The CIMAR forecast states that waves with maximum heights of 3.4 meters (11.3 feet) will be present in the northern Pacific region on Wednesday and Thursday, beyond 10 kilometers from the coastline, driven by strong winds that will reach maximum speeds of up to 33 knots.Waves along the coastline will remain under 2 meters (6.7 feet), “but with strong breaks that will generate intense rip currents that are dangerous for swimmers,” the report warns.Winds off the coast will pose dangerous conditions for sailing and small boats at least until Friday along most of the Nicoya Peninsula, but mainly on beaches located from Playa Carrillo to Salinas Bay on the border with Nicaragua.The strongest winds are expected on Wednesday in the Gulf of Nicoya, causing choppy seas both in the gulf  — affecting the San Lucas and Chira islands — and away from the gulf, from Puntarenas to Cabo Blanco. Strong gusts also will affect waves on Lake Arenal in Guanacaste.On the Caribbean coast, waves with maximum heights of up 2.5 meters (8.3 feet) are expected on Wednesday, and CIMAR has issued a preventive alert for small boats and beachgoers at all beaches in Limón through Sunday.High tides and strong waves last weekend flooded 35 homes, several businesses and part of the the municipal market in the community of El Carmen, in downtown Puntarenas. On Monday night, marine officers from Puntarenas’ Fire Department rescued three passengers on a small boat that overturned in an area near Gitana and Cedros islands.“They were in stable condition and told us that a strong wave crashed the boat, overturning it. However, they managed to call rescue services and were evacuated in time,” Fire Department Chief Héctor Cháves said.Here’s the entire CIMAR forecast for this week: (Via CIMAR – UCR) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Zika crisis to get worse before it gets better WHO says

first_imgRelated posts:World Bank: Zika will cost Latin America $3.5 billion in 2016 Tire mosquito trap could boost Zika control US details cases of 9 pregnant women with Zika virus Zika: Tragedy or Opportunity? RIO DE JANEIRO,Brazil — The Zika virus, believed to be linked to the serious birth defect microcephaly, presents a “formidable” challenge that will be hard to stamp out, World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan warned Wednesday.Calling mosquito-borne Zika a “bigger menace” than any other recent major health scare in terms of its geographical spread, Chan said tough times lie ahead.The situation “could get worse before it gets better,” she said in Rio de Janeiro after a fact-finding mission to Brazil, the epicenter of the Zika outbreak.Chan said part of the challenge in fighting the virus is that it is so “mysterious.” Even the link to microcephaly remains not fully proven.“We are dealing with a tricky virus, full of uncertainties, so we should be prepared for surprises,” she said.Chan said that up to 46 countries have reported some level of evidence of Zika infections and that 130 countries are home to the Aedis aegypti mosquito that carries the virus, meaning the eventual spread could be enormous.While vastly more lethal, the Ebola virus hit only nine countries, and the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) affected 26 countries, she noted.In nearly all Zika cases, symptoms are mild, resembling those of flu. However, the growing belief that Zika can also trigger microcephaly in babies born to mothers infected while pregnant has spread international alarm.Chan said the WHO, Brazil and other governments in the region hosting the Aedis aegypti mosquito are working on the assumption of a link.“Zika is guilty until proven innocent,” she said.See also: Costa Rica’s tourism sector seeks to calm fears of Zika virus‘Heinous epidemic’International health officials traveling with Chan described the Zika outbreak as especially scary because it is so poorly understood.“You are dealing with an awful disease and awful consequences and awful uncertainty. We are learning as we go,” said Bruce Aylward, head of WHO’s outbreaks and emergencies department.“You are dealing with a threat to the children of the country, to the future potentially, to the economy — and it takes an extraordinary response,” he said.Carissa Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), described “a really heinous epidemic, a heinous virus.”But officials praised Brazil for its response, saying that Latin America’s biggest country was providing world leadership on a problem that will only spread.“We have been impressed by what has happened in Brazil,” Etienne said.Despite fears that the Zika virus could disrupt travel plans to the Olympics being staged in Rio in August, Chan said people should still visit, noting the Games will take place in the southern hemisphere’s winter when there are far fewer mosquitoes.“I was invited to come, so I look forward to coming back,” she said.Where next?Brazil is the main focus of the regional outbreak, with 1.5 million people infected, and authorities have also recorded a spike in microcephaly, a congenital condition that causes abnormally small heads and hampers brain development.On Tuesday, Brazil’s health ministry reported 583 confirmed cases of babies with microcephaly since October, compared to an annual average of 150.That was a 14.7 percent rise over the number of confirmed cases the previous week, and authorities were investigating another 4,107 possible cases.An estimated 120 babies have died due to the birth defect, the ministry said.Although most cases have been in the northeast, which Chan visited during her Brazil tour, that could change, she warned.“Don’t be surprised to see microcephaly reported in other parts of Brazil,” she said.And Chan said the next country the WHO is watching “very carefully” is Colombia, where health officials are monitoring to see whether a Zika outbreak will also lead to a Brazil-like surge in microcephaly.Last week, Colombian authorities said they had registered 37,000 Zika infections, including in more than 6,300 pregnant women. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Masterchef India season 5s semifinal concludes in Sydney

first_imgSydney’s culinary credentials were the highlight at MasterChef India Season 5’s semi-final episodes.  The judges and remaining six contestants cooked their way across the Harbour city’s most iconic locations.From Bondi Beach to the Harbour foreshore, and the Sydney Cricket Ground, judges Chef Vikas Khanna, Chef Kunal Kapur and Zorawar Kalra put the contestants through a series of Master Classes, Pressure Tests and a Mystery Box challenges that saw Dinesh Patel, Kirti Bhautika, Ashima Arora and Mirvan Vinayak through to the season 5 grand finale.Sandra Chipchase, Chief Executive, Destination NSW Officer said, “Sydney was the perfect destination to host the important MasterChef India semi-finals. Home to the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and world-famous beaches, particularly with our food scene dominated by an abundance of local, fresh produce. Sydney really is a haven for food lovers and is one of the world’s favourite culinary capitals.“Combining food and wine experiences, including visiting the Sydney Cricket Ground, shopping for local produce at Bondi Beach, and taking in the beautiful harbour and surrounds, the MasterChef India crew has showcased some of New South Wales’ quintessential produce such as South Coast Oysters, Macadamias, John Dory Fish and Lemon Myrtle. Fans of the show are able to add these food and tourist experiences to their own itinerary when planning their visit to Sydney and New South Wales,” added Chipchase.last_img read more

September 12 2018

first_imgSeptember 12 , 2018 Limoneira Company sees drop in revenue, rise in ex … South American imports set to increaseThis season saw Argentina’s return to the U.S. lemon market after an 18-year hiatus, and Edwards said Limoneira handled around 40% of the total volume imported from the South American country. “I think by most people’s assessment the season – the shipping season of the Argentine fruit blended very nicely with the California fruit that it was competing with or at least being complemented — complementary to,” he said.”And we saw very little market disruption from the importation of that fruit.”He therefore expected Argentine shippers would have a “much more enthusiastic appetite” to ship aggressively into the U.S. market next year.”I think that will also be the experience from Chilean producers as well as from Mexican producers as their various windows of market opportunity do open up into what it looks like its going to be a shorter California crop not only in the coast but also of the desert production and up in the San Joaquin Valley,” he said.Edwards also said the company’s recent acquisitions in Chile – including the purchase of a citrus ranch in La Serena in July – are “perfected suited” for the impact of smaller volumes.”The impact on the imported Chilean products should be significant, and those lemons will be coming into we believe a much higher pricing environment due to the shorter California crop at that time,” he said.Reduced avocado cropWhile Limoneira has been expecting a 10 million pound avocado crop prior to the start of the 2018 season, a big wind event at the beginning of the year and the extreme heat in July have pushed that number down, with expectations now for around 6.3 million pounds.2019 will be an off-bearing year, so a decline from this year was already expected prior to the heatwave.”Next year is a smaller crop, and it looks like the impact of the heat next year was severe so that it should be a – we anticipate a much smaller avocado crop next year,” he said.He expected the company’s crop insurance would help to mitigate much of the financial impact.The executive also mentioned that California avocados tended to not benefit as greatly as lemons in terms of pricing from a shorter crop.”Unfortunately the thing that makes avocados more challenging is very different than lemons is lemons don’t have an immediate substitute of alternative supplies from other production areas like Mexico or Chile, or Argentina or South Africa,” he said.”And so as a result when there is a shortage it shorts the market which had a very strong impact on the price. Avocados as a California producer have already an alternative source of supply from Mexico and in some cases from Peru or from Chile.”So when – in this condition when California has a shorter crop and comes to the market with less fruit, we can’t anticipate that strong uptick in pricing like we can in lemons because there is an alternative source of supply which tends to just fill that space in the marketplace and you don’t see the material impact on the pricing.” Limoneira’s Q1 results hit by lower lemon pricing … Limoneira completes Argentine citrus JV and land a … You might also be interested in The chief of U.S.-based Limoneira believes the heatwave California experienced this summer will result in a shorter coastal lemon crop in 2019 and a “much smaller” avocado crop.In a conference call discussing the third quarter results, president and CEO Harold Edwards also said he anticipated much stronger lemon pricing next year, higher fresh utilization, and greater imports from Argentina.Here is a summary of some of his expectations for 2019:Fewer California coastal lemons, higher pricingEdwards said the summer heatwave had a widespread impact on agricultural production in California, but he expected the shortfall to be reflected in the prices.”In the coastal region which is where the impact of the heat was most severely felt, we feel the impact on next year’s crop could be somewhere on the magnitude of a 20% reduction in fruit,” he said.”Typically when we see these kinds of reductions which typically you see associated with colder temperatures, you see dramatic increases in pricing due to the shortage of fruit in the market at that time. So, what we’d anticipate next year would be a shorter crop, but offset by much higher pricing going into next year.”He also believed the heat would also affect production in other areas of the state, although volumes from the company’s Arizona operations are expected to be up year-on-year.”So, when you put the combination of all of those together, we’re not sure what the total impact of the total year will be,” he said.But he added that the company will have “much stronger production” coming in from its Chilean operations, and overall he expected 2019 would a “great year” for Limoneira.Higher fresh utilizationAsked how the company would approach the lemon market next year, Edwards said a higher proportion of fruit would likely be sold on the fresh market.”My expectation is that you’ll see the fresh utilization increase nicely as a result of in a short market we typically have a much greater opportunity to sell our lower grade fruit into the market at pretty good pricing,” he said.”So are our choice grade and our standard grades which sometimes can get built up in a seasonal timeframe when there’s an abundant fruit in the marketplace. In a short environment that fruit sells itself very nicely.”Edwards also said he had just returned from Asia Fruit Logistica where he met with many of Limoneira’s overseas customers, and he said that export demand remains “very, very robust”.”We continue to operate in a demand exceed supply situation. And as a result we’ve stayed away from making long-term commitments in terms of pricing or supply agreements at this point just because we do believe that it will be a shorter crop next year and we believe that they’ll be a greater opportunity to see strong pricing, and so we’ll be more – operating more on a spot basis next year,” he said.last_img read more