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CTV News restructuring, cutting jobs in five provinces, says union

TORONTO — The union representing staff at CTV News says restructuring announced today has impacted jobs at stations in at least five provinces, and will result in a net reduction of staffing.Unifor says the stations affected by restructuring include the CTV1 stations in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.The union, which represents local television staff across the media chain, says CTV News’ parent company Bell Media has told journalists and field technicians to expect a mix of retraining, layoffs and new “digital” jobs.Unifor National President Jerry Dias says retooling local news for the digital world is “necessary” and is “hopefully, a successful business plan.”He adds in a release that local television is being “starved” for advertising revenues and anything that brings in more viewers and ad revenue is “welcome.”However, Dias says Unifor has told Bell Media that the restructuring cannot leave media workers out in the cold, stressing it has a responsibility to guide news staff through the technological changes.“We are going to ensure no media worker is left behind,” he said in a statement. “Bell knows us pretty well and they know we mean it.”A spokesman for CTV News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Canadian Press read more

Pakistan appreciates Sri Lankas support to promote peace in South Asia

Minister for City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education, Rauff Hakeem was the chief guest on the occasion. He also said that Pakistan supports peaceful resolution of all bilateral and regional disputes through meaningful negotiations and mediation. He also appreciated Government of Sri Lanka’s support for promotion of peace and harmony in South Asia.Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat announced that the Government of Pakistan, through its High Commission, will be awarding 1000 scholarships to the Sri Lankan students in diverse fields and will undertake exchange of faculty members and students programmes. He added that modalities are being discussed with concerned authorities to establish a world-class high-tech university in Sri Lanka under the auspices of COMSATS.During his address, Chief Guest, Minister Rauff Hakeem paid a rich tribute to the Government and people of Pakistan for always being supportive to Sri Lanka in the time of need. He recalled the robust relations between the two countries and said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka have always maintained close, cordial and mutually supportive relations which are broad-based and multifaceted. He said the relationship between the people of both countries existed for over two thousand years and these relations are further cemented by the commonality of eternal values of universal peace and love, espoused both by Buddhism and Islam.While talking about regional security situation, the High Commissioner explained that, despite provocation, Pakistan has demonstrated prudence and extreme restraint as a responsible state. A large number of guests, including Speaker Parliament Karu Jayasuriya, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, several Ministers, Members of Parliament, Diplomats, senior civil and military officials and people from different walks of life attended the reception. In his welcome remarks, High Commissioner Maj. Gen. (R) Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat elaborated that the foundation of strong brotherhood between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was laid in 1948 when the former Prime Minister of then “Ceylon”, D.S. Senenayake, visited Pakistan. Pakistan today said that it appreciates Sri Lanka’s support to promote peace in South Asia.The High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo hosted a reception at the Galadari Hotel last night (Monday) in connection with the celebrations of Pakistan’s 79th National Day. On the occasion, a Pakistan’s National Day cake was jointly cut by the High Commissioner, Chief Guest and the Opposition Leader. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Head of UN agency seeks postponement of World Food Summit

“Unfortunately the present international circumstances and the loss of so many innocent lives and the crisis that followed have led us to seek postponement of such an event,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said in a statement issued in Rome.Scheduled for 5-9 November, the follow-up event was to take place within the biennial FAO Conference, which has been monitoring progress toward the goal of halving global hunger by 2015. At the meeting, world leaders were to outline the measures needed to achieve the goal, and make suggestions on how to accelerate progress. They were also expected to consider how to increase resources available for agricultural and rural development. read more

UN envoy urges Kosovo to aim for standards of normal society

Harri Holkeri, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan to Kosovo, said the standards – which include the holding of fair and regular elections, the establishment of an impartial legal system, and the advancement of a free media – describe “a normal society.”The future status of Kosovo, which has been under UN administration since June 1999, is still to be decided. The UN Interim Mission (UNMIK) in the conflict-torn province is supposed to help build a society under which people can progressively enjoy substantial autonomy.Mr Holkeri said the 10-page standards document, launched last week with local leaders, outlines “a place where people are free to travel, use their own languages and work anywhere in Kosovo. A place where your ethnic identity – whether Albanian, Serb, Turk, Bosniak, Roma, Gorani, Ashkali, Egyptian or Croatian – has no effect on the way you are treated at work, in the street or in a court of law.”While “every goal will not be fulfilled at once,” Mr. Holkeri urged the Government and the people of Kosovo to work to deliver real change to the province so that “one day [it] can fully join the European family.” He cited the examples of the transformation of post-communist countries in Eastern Europe since 1989.Mr. Holkeri warned that inaction could leave Kosovo “a crippled society, perhaps for years to come,” but voiced confidence that the province would instead attain the standards and serve as a model to others. read more

Honeywell walks away from 90B bid for United Technologies

FILE – This Jan. 18, 2011, file photo, shows the Honeywell Specialty Materials plant in Metropolis, Ill. Honeywell International Inc. said Tuesday, March 1, 2016, that it is abandoning its $90 billion buyout attempt of rival United Technologies. United Technologies Corp. had rejected the offer, saying a tie-up of the two industrial conglomerates would never be approved by anti-trust regulators. (Steve Jahnke/The Southern Illinoisan via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT by The Associated Press Posted Mar 1, 2016 7:17 am MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2016 at 11:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Honeywell walks away from $90B bid for United Technologies NEW YORK, N.Y. – Honeywell abandoned a bid worth more than $90 billion for rival United Technologies, saying it did not want to force a deal with an unwilling partner.United Technologies rejected the offer last week, saying a tie-up of the two industrial conglomerates would never be approved by anti-trust regulators.Honeywell said it disagreed, but that it would not go any further if United Technologies was not willing.The two companies had held talks for some time before those negotiations became public. United Technologies had brought up the possibility of combining the companies in 2011 and 2015, Honeywell said.During a meeting last month, Honeywell said it was told by United Technology executives that “such a combination would be fabulous” and that “they would take it very seriously.”At some point the mood soured however, and Honeywell says United Technologies has since been unwilling to engage in negotiations.United Technologies said Tuesday that Honeywell’s retreat “is the appropriate outcome given the strong regulatory obstacles.”Both companies are big players in the aerospace sector. Honeywell, based in Morris Plains, New Jersey, also makes thermostats and security systems. United Technologies, of Farmington, Connecticut, also makes elevators and fire alarms.Shares of Honeywell International Inc. rose $3.23, or 3.2 per cent, to $104.58 in morning trading Tuesday. United Technologies Corp. shares fell $3.07, or 3.2 per cent, to $93.55. read more

Charity found homes for 51 homeless children last year

first_imgA HOMELESS SUPPORT unit run by the national housing charity, Threshold, resolved 81 cases of homelessness last year, with the majority of these involving children.In total 51 children were housed by the Access Housing Unit last year – a unit that helps homeless people to move into private rented accommodation.A report published today by the charity shows that last year was their busiest year ever recorded. Threshold’s Dublin Access Housing Unit received 800 referrals in 2013, an increase of 77 per cent on the previous year.Busy yearCommenting today, Fionnughla McLoughlin, Assistant Manager of the Access Housing Unit, said between 2010 and 2013, they noted a drop of the amount of rental properties being advertised as well as a drop in landlords willing to accept rent supplement.“This means, for low-income tenants in Dublin, there are very few options available,” she said, adding referrals to their service almost doubled in the past year, due to a range of factors such as a serious shortage of rental accommodation in the city, the rise in rents, welfare cuts and rent supplement caps.Accommodation She said the result is that many low-income, vulnerable families are no longer able to make their rent or find suitable accommodation within their price-range.According to Threshold, referrals to the organisation’s homeless support service rose steadily not only in 2013, but also in the previous three years.In 2010, the service dealt with 260 referrals while in 2011 the figure increased to 394. In 2012, it was 453.Each year, Threshold helps over 21,000 people throughout Ireland to resolve a housing crisis.WATCH: Glen Hansard and Bono busk on Grafton St for Simon Community>Read: After their last one was stolen, the Simon Community get a new van>last_img read more

Stockholm élue capitale verte de lEurope

first_imgStockholm élue capitale verte de l’EuropeStockholm, Suède – Lancé par la Commission européenne pour encourager les villes à prendre en compte l’écologie dans l’environnement urbain, le prix de la capitale verte 2010 de l’Europe a été attribué à Stockholm.Ville de 800.000 habitants, la capitale suédoise s’est fixé pour objectif de ne plus avoir recours aux énergies fossiles d’ici 2050. Une ambition qui, alliée aux efforts déjà nombreux de la ville pour placer le développement durable au centre de l’environnement urbain, a conquis la Commission européenne.”La ville a mis en place un système de gestion intégrée qui garantit la prise en compte des aspects environnementaux dans le budget de la municipalité, la planification opérationnelle, les rapports et le suivi de ses activités” a expliqué la Commission pour justifier son choix d’élire Stockholm capitale verte de l’année 2010.Construite au milieu d’une forêt sur un archipel de la mer Baltique, la ville a enregistré en 2009 un niveau d’émission de CO2 de 3,4 tonnes par habitant, visant 3 tonnes à l’horizon 2015. Dans le reste de l’Europe, les émissions de CO2 sont proches de 10 tonnes par habitant et ont tendance à augmenter, tient à souligner le directeur du service municipal de l’Aménagement et de l’Environnement, Gustaf Landhal.C’est surtout sur les transports et le chauffage verts que Stockholm a misé pour parvenir à de tels résultats. “Nous sommes parvenus à réduire les émissions dans le secteur du transport bien que la ville ne cesse de grandir” se félicite M. Landhal. Et d’expliquer que pour réduire les émissions de CO2 engendrées par le chauffage, indispensable durant au moins cinq mois de l’année, la capitale suédoise a investi dans un système central municipal fonctionnant aux énergies renouvelables. 75% des habitations de la ville sont reliées à ce système produisant sa propre électricité.Le 6 mars 2010 à 14:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Eléphants plus que les souris ce sont les abeilles qui leur font

first_imgEléphants : plus que les souris, ce sont les abeilles qui leur font peurÉtats-Unis – D’après les chercheurs de l’université d’Oxford, le bourdonnement des abeilles ferait fuir les éléphants qui pousseraient alors un barrissement particulier afin d’alerter leurs congénères.L’étude, menée au Kenya, a consisté à faire écouter aux pachydermes des enregistrements du bourdonnement d’abeilles en colère. Les chercheurs ont alors constaté que ces bruits effrayaient les éléphants. Le pachydermes se mettaient alors à l’abri, en émettant un signal d’alarme pour avertir le reste de leur troupe. Les éléphants redouteraient les piqûres d’abeilles au niveau des yeux et à l’intérieur de la trompe. Les éléphanteaux, qui possèdent une peau plus fine que leurs aînés, risqueraient pour leur part de mourir suite à de multiples piqûres. “Ces grondements donnent des indices particulièrement intrigants : les éléphants peuvent peut-être produire des sons à l’image des humains, qui composent différentes voyelles en modifiant la position de leur langue et de leurs lèvres”, a souligné Joseph Soltis, du parc animalier Disney’s Animal Kingdom situé en Floride. L’étude a été publiée le 23 avril dans la revue scientifique en ligne PloS One. Le 2 mai 2010 à 12:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Genius Magnetic Pedals Keep Your Bike Upright While Parked

first_img A kickstand will keep your bike standing up… well, most of the time, anyway. If you like to keep your bike streamlined and minimal, kickstands probably aren’t your cup of tea. You may also be the kind of person who doesn’t like coming back to your bike in a rack to see that its paint job has been marred because it tipped over.Sumchi Wu has your back. He’s not just your average cyclist, he also likes to do what he can to improve the status quo by designing accessories and offering them through his company Digirit. His latest brainstorm: magnetic pedals that keep your bike vertical when you park it. Provided it’s leaned up against something attractive, like a steel sign post or bike rack, naturally.They’re called Pedal Park, and apart from the super-strong magnets they pack they’re fairly standard-issue pedals. Two styles are being offered: one made of plastic, suitable for kids and adult commuter bikes, and another made of aluminum for cyclists who demand a bit more durable. Stay on target This Clever Seat Post Is Also a Bike LockThe Netherlands Now Has The World’s First Recycled Plastic Bike Path center_img As is usually the case, you do pay extra for the clever functionality. Contribute to the Indiegogo campaign and the basic plastic pedals will set you back $30. It’s roughly double what you might pay for more standard-issue pedals from Amazon, but you do get a handy bonus. Digirit will throw in a pair of small, metal parking signs that you can affix anywhere you want to be able to park your bike.last_img read more

Port of CamasWashougal to hold special meeting Friday

first_imgWASHOUGAL — The Port of Camas-Washougal Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Port Offices at 24 South A St.After the meeting begins, the board will recess into executive session to discuss property disposition, then the open session will resume and the meeting will adjourn. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A decision may be made in the public portion of the meeting.last_img

Motorcyclist injured in crash in Woodland

first_imgA Life Flight helicopter was activated Friday evening for a motorcycle crash near Northwest 15th Avenue and Hayes Road in Woodland, according to scanner traffic monitored at The Columbian.The crash was reported shortly before 7:15 p.m. in the 42800 block of Northwest 15th Avenue.First responders arrived to find a male on the ground and, initially, not breathing. Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Rothenberger said the two motorcyclists were traveling at a high rate of speed, passing cars, when one left the roadway and collided with a parked vehicle and a trailer and was thrown from his motorcycle. The other motorcyclist drove off but did not return to provide any details.The man injured in the crash reportedly started breathing again, and Life Flight was requested to be on standby, according to scanner traffic.The patient was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, according to scanner traffic. Rothenberger could not confirm but did say the man was taken to a nearby hospital and his condition is unknown. No other injuries were reported at the scene.Rothenberger said it is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved, and an investigation continues.No further information was immediately available.last_img read more

San Diego County encourages residents to claim part of 380000 in refunds

first_imgSan Diego County encourages residents to claim part of $380,000 in refunds KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County residents have one week remaining to claim part of $380,000 in unclaimed money, the county’s treasurer-tax collector said Thursday.California law requires that county refunds left unclaimed for three years and property tax refunds left unclaimed for four years be turned over to the county’s general fund. County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister advised residents to inquire if they are owed one of the 1,503 refunds still remaining.“We call our peak tax collection times in December and April our `two seasons of giving,’ but now, we’re in our season of giving back,” McAllister said. “The deadline to claim this money is Sept. 7, so I encourage everyone to check the lists.”Residents have only claimed about $61,000 in refunds since the county announced in July it had a total of $441,000 to return, according to McAllister. The smallest refund available is $10 and the largest $22,720, owed to business and real estate group IME Holdings.Residents can visit the treasurer-tax collector’s website to search the database of refunds owed. Claimants can then email refunds@sdcounty.ca.gov or call (877) 829-4732 for further help.All claims can be emailed to refunds@sdcounty.ca.gov, or claimants can call toll free at (877) 829-4732 for assistance. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Updated: 6:41 PM Posted: September 4, 2018 September 4, 2018last_img

Galaxy has submitted seven RFIs in Japan Francis Lui reveals

first_img Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR RelatedPosts Load More Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Speaking at a special media roundtable event in Tokyo, attended by Inside Asian Gaming, Lui explained that Galaxy is yet to make any decision on a preferred location for a Japanese IR.“At the moment we are continuing to study all the cities that are interested to have an IR in Japan,” he said. “We have had our office in Japan for a few years now and have been talking to, listening to, understanding various parts of Japan – how an IR would be able to help the local economy.“Different cities have different needs or different requirements and preferences. Bigger cities like Osaka and smaller cities like Wakayama – each of them have their own uniqueness and own preferences which is why we need to understand more before we make a decision.“So far we have been very actively participating in RFI. We have already made proposals to [seven cities and prefectures] … we have written to them to help them understand a bit more about what Galaxy as a company would be able to bring to their cities.”Lui added that the non-gaming facilities contained within any IR GEG was to develop in Japan would be determined by which city the company ultimately partnered with.“We want to be complementary,” he said. “For example, in a city like Osaka we would not be building a theme park such as a Universal Studios and we won’t be building a baseball park in Osaka either because we don’t want to build facilities that would be competing with existing facilities.“We would like to do something else that would be complementary to the city and the establishments there. That’s why we need to learn what we can do for each city – that’s our approach.”Asked about any minimum stake GEG would expect to have as part of a consortia, Lui said he remained “open-minded” on how any such partnership might work. Galaxy has already found one partner in Monaco’s Société des Bains de Mer (SBM), with their partnership made official in May, although it is anticipated that any winning bid will also require one or more local Japanese partners to be involved.“I think we always need partners and in a country like Japan, we are only a guest of the country so we need local partners to be able to do an IR the right way,” Lui said.“We are always looking for good, reliable Japanese partners to be helping the consortium … but on a shareholder level it is something we can’t answer at the moment because like in any international practice we have to decide which partner will do what.“At the end of the day I believe the equity and the responsibility should be shared equally. Before that happens we must understand what are the responsibilities of ourselves and what are the responsibilities of our local partners.“I think it is too premature for us to say what we must have. We need to sit down and discuss it pragmatically.”Lui also took the opportunity to promote Galaxy’s IR credentials, coming off a highly successful 2018 which saw strong revenue growth from the company’s Macau operations across all sectors. That growth included a 22% year-on-year increase in net revenue to HK$13.9 billion in 2Q18 and a 6% increase in the third quarter to HK$13.0 billion. GEG’s 3Q18 results came despite bad luck at all three of its Macau IRs and the closure of casino operations for 30 hours in August due to Typhoon Mangkhut.“On the outside, we think we have the execution capability that is being well demonstrated with our success in a short 15 years in Macau,” Lui stated.“Galaxy Macau has already become the number one IR in the world in just eight years. If you look at the balance sheet, we have over US$4 billion in our bank account and are without debt.“So we are capable of building whatever size is needed. We don’t have any problem reaching any size and scale but we need to understand what a city needs before we start building.”Among the primary concerns facing all potential operators is widespread public opposition to the building of casinos in Japan, with multiple opinion polls showing that the majority of residents do not support the development of the nation’s IR industry.Lui said there needs to be a joint effort between operators, government and media to educate the public on exactly what an IR represents.“We have to do it together to make the IR more understandable to the Japanese population,” he said. “Of course seeing is believing which is why we always encourage people to come to places where there is an IR to see for themselves what an IR can do. It is not just about gaming.“We understand that this is a new industry and we need to be careful because an integrated resort is something that the general public do not completely understand. I think it is important that we try to explain the pros and cons of an IR to the general public to buy more consensus before we start building.” Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) has submitted Requests for Information to seven different Japanese cities and prefectures as part of its bid to win a Japan IR license, the company’s Deputy Chairman Francis Lui revealed on Tuesday.The seven potential locations currently targeted by GEG include Osaka, Hokkaido, Nagasaki, Wakayama and Aichi prefectures as well as the cities of Tomakomai in Hokkaido and Yokohama.last_img read more

Altmann puts defined ambition and automatic transfers on hold

first_imgPensions minister Ros Altmann has announced that plans to impement defined ambition pensions, collective benefits and automatic transfers (also known as pot follows member) have been put on hold.In a statement to the House of Commons, the pensions minister (pictured) said that the timing was not right to ask the pensions industry to adjust to further reforms in light of the changes already underway and the time these will need to successfully bed in.Speaking at the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015 (now known as the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association) on 15 October, Altmann stressed that these policies are not off the table for future consideration. “This isn’t abolished, this isn’t abandoned, this is on hold for the moment because of all the other changes going on.”She explained that many of the strategic decisions she has made are down to timing rather than the policies themselves, noting that if the decision were taken to implement defined ambition and collective benefits, it is unlikely that regulation would be in place for these before 2018.She said: “We have to protect defined benefit that we already have: millions of people with billions of pounds need that to be looked after. We have to develop DC [defined contribution] in the ongoing new landscape as that rolls out.“I am, of course, interested in a vision of a middle way between defined benefit and defined contribution, and collectives or defined ambition will be a future reform, but either we’re a bit too early or we’re quite a bit too late so I don’t think it’s a priority for now.”Margaret Snowdon OBE, director at JLT Employee Benefits, said: “Automatic transfers was fatally flawed from the outset, so it is great to see the pensions minister making a tough but pragmatic call.“The cost of proceeding would have been very high for little benefit to anyone. Common sense has broken out.”Tom McPhail, head of retirement policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, added: “Given the challenges in communicating the hugely complex changes to the state pension, the DWP’s [Department for Work and Pensions] limited resources are far better employed getting this right than on trying to introduce defined ambition pensions for which there is no apparent market appetite.”Kate Smith, regulatory strategy manager at Aegon, said: “Collective defined contribution (CDC) is incompatible with the recent pension freedoms so it’s not surprising the government has decided against it. Under the Dutch CDC model, where this idea came from, people can only receive their pension at the time and in the format set out in the scheme rules, which clearly goes against the trend towards greater flexibility.“In addition there appeared to be very little appetite to implement a complex new form of pension scheme among employers which are focused on the successful roll out of auto-enrolment and giving access to the pension freedoms.”Pensions prioritiesAltmann has also announced that the government is to launch a media and communications campaign to promote workplace pensions and encourage engagement. This is in line with one of the key priorities she set out in her speech; improving communications and making pensions more user-friendly.Other upcoming areas of focus include increasing the reach of the Pension Wise service, which will move to the DWP by March 2016, as well as the launch of a consultation on simplifying the valuation of guaranteed annuity rates in the autumn.She said: “There’s lots going on, there’s plenty for us all to do. I am going to stick to priorities that are most urgent for now. I have made some decisions on timing. And I think this is an incredibly exciting and challenging time for pensions.”last_img read more

Poll Twofifths cite lack of leadership buy in as the main barrier

first_imgEmployee Benefits poll: Approximately two-fifths (39%) of respondents cite a lack of leadership buy-in as the main barrier to introducing flexible working at their organisation.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 84 responses, also found that 37% believe organisational culture hampers the introduction of flexible arrangements, while 20% state that the nature of work at their organisation is not conducive of flexibility.A small minority (4%) think that access to technology is the main issue for their business. However, no respondents believe there is a lack of employee demand for flexible working opportunities.The Global workplace survey, published by flexible workspace provider IWG in March 2019, found that 58% of UK respondents see organisational culture as the main barrier to implementing a flexible workspace policy, which is defined as the ability to choose and change workplace locations. Furthermore, 43% stated that fear of how flexible working might impact the overall organisational culture is the biggest obstacle.Of the 2,153 UK respondents, 73% felt that flexible working has become the new normal, with 80% believing they would choose a job which offered flexible working over a job that did not. Over the past 10 years, 84% of UK organisations have implemented a flexible workspace policy or are planning to adopt one.Half (50%) of UK professionals state that they work outside their organisation’s main location for at least half of their working week, while for 70%, a choice of work environment is a key factor when evaluating new career opportunities.More than four-fifths (82%) of UK professionals plan to improve talent retention by introducing flexible working; this is particularly pertinent, as 30% revealed that they would prioritise being able to work flexibly over having a more prestigious role. In addition, 81% of UK respondents believe that flexible working improves work-life balance.What is your organisation doing to achieve racial equality in the workplace? Vote in our newest poll today…last_img read more

AK A Wrangell scrounge master finds art in scraps left behind

first_imgAnny “Fyno” Newport makes dolls, rock houses and other musings from what she finds in dumpsters, thift stores and on beaches. (June Leffler/ KSTK)To put it simply, Anny “Fyno” Newport is an artist. She’s known throughout Wrangell and Southeast for her collections, crafts and oddities.Locals may have seen Newport out peaking in the local dumpsters.“My scrounge master friend, she kind of taught me, and what kind of tools you need: gaff hook, grabber, little stool and a stick to hold the lid up so it doesn’t hit you in the head,” she said. “And that has happened to me before, it hurts.”Dumpsters are part of her daily routine.“It took me a little bit of getting used to digging in dumpsters, cause I thought what do people think of me,” Newport said. “But I don’t care anymore… some people think it’s just gross but you just get tough.”If you have seen Newport and wondered ‘what is she doing?’ The answer is that she’s looking for supplies for her next project.Hanging from her ceiling are mobiles. One’s made from broken glass, another from toothbrushes and one of colorful bones.The Gum Glob is a piece made of collected already been chewed, or ABC, gum. Anny started the piece about 30 years ago. (June Leffler/ KSTK)Newport got these bones after a mink killed her chickens, so naturally she thought “Hey I’ll make a mobile out of that”. She’s an expert at re-purposing things, and not just things that were once inside a living animal.A shoe sole in her workshop acts as a sign. One side is painted “Welcome”, the other “Go Away”.What could’ve been considered trash, Newport makes completely new with just a few strokes of paint.And some things take a lot more than that. Like the Brazen Brassiere. It’s a huge bra embellished with beads, tassels and ribbons. The cups are huge, filled-in with insulation foam. And she clearly enjoys seeing people wearing it. She pulls out a photo album just of people wearing it.“There’s [my husband] Dan. He wanted a haircut and I told him you get your picture taken in the bra and you can have a haircut,” Newport said.Her art has made a lasting impact on the community, winning acclaim at various fairs and competitions. Not to mention, her coveted “gumdrop dolls”. These are bean-filled, gumdrop-shaped dolls with a variety of faces and personas. And she’s made 6,000 of them.“My mom was a doll collector, as I was growing up she always gave me for gifts  unusual dolls,” Newport said.Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Newport married her husband, Dan, in 1971. He was a logger, so they moved from logging camp to logging camp eventually leading them up to Alaska, and then settling in Wrangell. There wasn’t much for her to do at these camps except raise her family and begin what would become a lifelong pursuit of art.“Up here, you just have free art supplies. Driftwood, shells, and rocks, and so that’s really neat,” Newport said.But there’s no art stores in Wrangell.“I don’t need an art store. I got dumpsters too you know?” she replied.Newport describes this style of work as “folk art”.“Using your own imagination and using what you have,” Newport explained. “Making up your own rules.”Anny has an eye for taking the ordinary and turning it into something extra. She makes nearly all her art by using things anyone could find: on beaches, at garage sales, and, yes, sometimes even in dumpsters.“I see so much junk in the dumpsters and I think ‘Gee, why do people throw so much stuff away,’” Newport says. “But you know they don’t know what to do with it, so throw it away.”I asked Dan Newport, her husband, what is this gift she has?“Its extra special that’s all I can say,” he said. “She’s just an artist. I think it means something to everybody who is an artist, but I think it’s different for each person, because each person sees something in a different perspective.  Some people are real inclined to see colors, some people are inclined to see geometric objects, some people are inclined to see natural things, things that grow in nature. Leaves, starfish, whatever. She sees all of those things.”I asked Anny Newport if there was a way to teach others this specific way of looking at things, but she said,  in the end you just have to follow your own interests. She doesn’t care what people think. Whether it’s about digging in dumpsters or the significance of her work. In her own words, “ya get tough.”last_img read more

Indoor stadium at JNTUH inaugurated

first_imgJNTUH Kukatpally: Education Minister G Jagdish Reddy on Wednesday morning inaugurated an indoor stadium on the JNTUH campus. The stadium has facilities for shuttle badminton, tennis, squash, yoga, besides a gym and a swimming pool, all built to international standards, for use by both students and staff. Among those present at the inaugural function were Vice-Chancellor A Venugopal Reddy, Rector Prof A Govardhan, Registrar Prof N Yadaiah, Principal JNTUH CEH Dr E Saibaba Reddy, all directors of the varsity, non-teaching staff, administrative officers, outsourcing staff and students.last_img read more

Nintendo unveils 3DS XL with 90 percent bigger screens

first_imgIn the run up to and during E3 a few weeks ago Nintendo’s focus was on the Wii U. Any mention of the 3DS hardware was sidelined or dismissed, and we even had Shigeru Miyamoto state that we really shouldn’t expect a 3DS hardware refresh.Well, guess what? Nintendo has just announced a 3DS hardware refresh.Copying exactly what they did with the DS, we can expect to see a much larger 3DS XL (3DS LL in Japan) go on sale in the US on August 19. Japan and Europe get it earlier on July 28.The main difference between the 3DS and 3DS XL is the size of the screens and the battery life on offer. Nintendo has increased the size of both displays by 90 percent, meaning the top 3D-capable screen is 4.88-inches, and the lower screen is 4.18-inches.The larger unit also means Nintendo has included a much larger battery. 3DS games should be playable for up to 6.5 hours now compared to 5 hours on the existing hardware. DS games should run for 10 hours as opposed to 8 on the 3DS.You can pick up a 3DS today for $180, but those larger displays come at a cost. Nintendo will be asking you to part with $199.99 for a 3DS XL. In return you’ll get a choice of three colors (white, red & black, silver & black) and a 4GB SD card.Japanese gamers won’t be getting an AC adapter with the 3DS LL. It is backwards compatible with the 3DS adapter (but not the cradle, obviously) and a new one will be offered separately. US and European gamers don’t have to worry though, as Nintendo is including a charger with the new handheld.Even though a lot of gamers will appreciate the larger displays and extended battery life, I do feel that Nintendo has missed an opportunity here. Why did they not add a second thumbstick on the right-hand side of the XL? With an official peripheral already available adding one to the 3DS, surely it would make sense to just make it standard and allow developers to take advantage of it more readily.Read more at Kotakulast_img read more

Drop Everything and Read AIGenerated Harry Potter Fan Fiction

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Best Animal ToysGrab Your Wand: ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Launches June 21 Stay on target What do you get when you feed a neural network the titles and plot summaries of more than 100,000 works of Harry Potter fan fiction?Hilarity.Research scientist and Internet goddess Janelle Shane trained her artificial intelligence platform on a handful of the “literally hundreds of thousands” of stories written by Potterheads.With a little help from her friends, Shane’s AI became all of us in the late ’90s and early 2000s: obsessed with Harry Potter.“In a way, everything a recurrent neural network writes is fan fiction,” Shane wrote in a blog post.A typical example of the system at work:“The Perfect Party by iamisaacDraco has been left alone, and Ginny confused must learn and who has his best friend. They were breathed by a love that didn’t become his grounds, and the flowers begin.”This type of romantic pairing (“ships,” in fanfic-speak) is pretty par for the course—as you can see below (original spelling, grammar intact).The neural network united “pretty much every combination of characters,” according to Shane, who tipped some “more unusual combinations”—the snow/Voldemort, the Ministry/Draco Malfoy, Voldemort/random Quidditch child. (Who knew the Dark Lord was such a player?)“The Garden by perverse_idyll for lexigiliteRon and Hermione move after a man party. What did her best things go and has to deal with people she loves? How many imperfect love really belonges them and needs to be a person? Or will they learn and more than the war?”“Mirror Thing by Queen_Elexhan‘Are you there for a relationship? I was a sad future for your love.’ Harry and Ginny find out the meaning is.”“Shatters by Kis [archived by TheHexFiles_archivist]Based on the Spot Are It Falls Into A Heir by NextrangeOnTheThreeDraco and Hermione share a whole indescribbening.”Three of the four authors—iamisaac, perverse_idyll, TheHexFiles_archivist—are real, fairly active writers, Shane revealed, giving a shout out to her AI’s muses.With a few tweaks to the network’s settings, the researcher was able to extract some incredible results, like these stories about Professor Snape “trying to do rather ordinary things”:“New Moon Boys by Dungoonke for Loki_KukakaSeverus Snape comes back to a night’s politics.”“In the Reason Is Blinders by LittleRomaSeverus has been through his lost remote.”“A Second Chance by DarkCorgiSnape had a second thing, and that is better than anything for for the rest of his life.”Read Shane’s full post for more wild and crazy stories (including some bilingual tales). And try not to confuse artificially generated adventures with the real thing.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

How to safely spoil your pet during the festive season

first_imgAs serious animal lovers, we must always remember that not everything that’s fun for people is safe for pets! Here are a few ideas to make your pets feel special without putting them at risk…1- Spoil them with love and attentionAt a busy time like Christmas, pets sometimes get less attention than usual and are left home alone more often. So even if you are frantically busy, find the time to make a fuss over them.2- Spoil them with suitable treatsLet your pets know you love them by giving them special pet-friendly treats while the human family enjoys all the rich festive food. Remember, people food is almost never good for pets and holiday food is no exception. Don’t give them your leftovers as a treat. Rather give them proper, safe pet treats. 3- Give them giftsAs a special member of the family, your pet deserves at least one small gift under the tree, doesn’t he? Perhaps his bed is looking a bit shabby or he needs a new blanket. Maybe his chew toy has been chewed one time too many or it’s time for a new collar or leash.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook andTwitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more