Japan’s New Okinawa Institute Officially Becomes Graduate University

first_imgA zebrafish facility at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology. A budding new Japanese graduate school backed by the likes of Nobel laureates Sydney Brenner, Susumu Tonegawa, Jerome Friedman, and others has cleared the last hurdle required to start teaching. Earlier today Japan’s cabinet officially approved the law formally recognizing the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University. The school will welcome its first batch of students in September 2012. Proposed in 2001, OIST started operations as a research institute in 2005 with a handful of scientists working in borrowed space, with Brenner serving as president and a board of governors stacked with scientific luminaries, including five Nobel laureates. OIST supporters, including domestic politicians and scientists, want to shake up Japan’s universities by creating a new academic model emphasizing interdisciplinary research. It is also attempting to attract non-Japanese faculty members by using English for teaching and administrative affairs. The OIST Graduate University will start its academic years in September, instead of in April as is Japanese custom, to be more in sync with international norms. The institute is also charged with boosting the economy of Okinawa, Japan’s least developed prefecture. Jonathan Dorfan, a physicist and former director of what is now the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California, becomes the university’s first president on 1 November when the enabling law takes effect. But he has been on the job as president-elect since July 2010, overseeing the development of curriculum and the push to complete faculty recruitment. OIST claims to have attracted numerous academics at the top of their fields from institutions in Japan, the United States, and Europe. Meanwhile in spring 2010, OIST moved to its permanent home—a hillside campus in the village of Onna with stunning views of the East China Sea hosting a collection of buildings designed by Kornberg Associates, a San Diego-based firm headed by Kenneth Kornberg, the son and brother of Nobel laureates. Dorfan’s next challenge will be convincing students he really is turning this subtropcal tourist destination into a haven for education and research. 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Brisbane Roar win Glory thriller

first_imgBrett Holman Brisbane Roar 3 Perth Glory 2: Holman settles five-goal thriller Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 19:16 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) brett holman - cropped Getty Images Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory Brisbane Roar Perth Glory A-League Brisbane Roar survived two comebacks from Perth Glory to claim a win that lifts them above their opponents in the A-League. Brett Holman struck the winner as Brisbane Roar claimed a thrilling 3-2 victory over Perth Glory in Thursday’s A-League clash at Suncorp Stadium.Substitute Holman fired past Liam Reddy at his near post 17 minutes from time to clinch the three points after the visitors twice cancelled out leads for John Aloisi’s side.Avraam Papadopoulos put the hosts ahead after only four minutes but Chris Harold equalised seven minutes later following a fine pass from Diego Castro. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ivan Franjic restored the Roar’s advantage just before the hour mark, heading in Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s delivery, but Harold fired home his second in the 68th minute to draw Perth level again.A frantic period ended with Holman netting the winner 13 minutes after coming on for Corey Gameiro, Massimo Maccarone sending him through on goal.Shannon Brady came close to a killer fourth before Castro missed a glorious chance to snatch a point, prodding Joseph Mills’ cross from the left off the base of the right-hand post from barely two yards out.The result lifts Brisbane above their opponents, who have now lost five games in a row, and into seventh place in the table.FULL TIME | Three goals, three crucial points at @suncorpstadium #FEELTHEROAR #BRIvPER @ALeague pic.twitter.com/ismh6kHAOL— Brisbane Roar (@brisbaneroar) January 18, 2018last_img read more

10 months agoJuventus inform Man Utd they must wait for Douglas Costa

first_imgJuventus inform Man Utd they must wait for Douglas Costaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have informed Manchester United they can sign Douglas Costa – just not next month.Calciomercato.com says he CAN move to the Premier League – but not now.The Brazilian has played only 16 matches in all competitions for Juve this season having made his loan deal permanent in the summer.Costa has made 12 Serie A appearances this term but has come off the bench nine times, leading to speculation that he doesn’t have a long-term future in Turin.But Juventus now say they have no intention of letting him go until the summer at least – as he is still integral to their Champions League plans.And on top of that Costa has told his agent that he doesn’t want to leave Turin. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Bihar Assembly adjourned as Opposition demands resignation of Health Minister

first_imgPatna: Bihar Assembly was adjourned on Tuesday as the opposition parties shouted slogans demanding the resignation of Health minister Mangal Pandey over the deaths of more than 150 children due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in the state. As the House assembled at 11 am for its business, RJD leader Lalit Yadav demanded the resignation of the Health minister holding him responsible for children deaths in Muzaffarpur and other parts of the state due to AES. Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary asked the opposition leaders that the House had a debate on the serious issue on Monday, followed by the state government’s reply on the issue. Choudhary said that he had allowed the adjournment motion on the important issue of children’s deaths from AES but it seemed that you (opposition MLAs) are adamant on the resignation of the minister by disrupting the House proceedings. The opposition MLAs did not paid heed to the Speaker’s request to let the House carry out it’s normal business of Question Hour and rushed to the well of the House raising slogans against Health minister Mangal Pandey and demanding his resignation. Parliamentary Affairs minister Shravan Kumar also said that the state government gave the reply after the debate on Monday. Health minister and Chief minister also spoke during government’s reply on Monday and now they (opposition) just want disrupt the proceedings of the House and don’t want to let the members raise the issues of public importance. They should go to their chair and raise the issue in the zero hour, Kumar said but commotion continued in the House for 15 minutes after which the Speaker adjourned the House till 2 PM (post lunch session).last_img read more

BJP has done nothing for unauthorised colonies except insult residents AAP

first_imgNEW DELHI: The BJP has done nothing for the residents of unauthorised colonies except insult them, Delhi Minister Gopal Rai said on Thursday, after the saffron party alleged that the AAP government was ‘fooling’ the people on the issue. The labour minister also sought to know from the BJP what it had done to regularise such colonies when it was in power from 1993 to 1998. Rai’s remark came after senior BJP leader Vijay Goel, during a protest on Thursday at Jantar Mantar, accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of “misleading” the people on regularisation of unauthorised colonies. It is for the first time in its history that the BJP has held a dharna for the residents of unauthorised colonies. Otherwise, it has only insulted the people of such colonies,” Rai said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”In 1993, the BJP came to power in Delhi and had three chief ministers within its five-year term. I want to ask what did it do then for the regularisation of unauthorised colonies? Nothing,” he said. The BJP should leave the work of unauthorised colonies to the AAP and the Kejriwal government, Rai said, asking the saffron party to do two important tasks — provide safety and ensure cleanliness in the national capital. The Delhi Police comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs and mayors of all three municipal corporations in the city are from the BJP. During the protest, which was also attended by Lok Sabha MPs Hans Raj Hans and Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, Goel attacked the AAP and the Congress, saying, both the parties did nothing to regularise unauthorised colonies during their respective tenures.last_img read more

Rev Al Sharpton East Orange City Council To Lead Love And NotHate

first_imgLong before the tragic murders that shattered their peace occurred, Deborah and Dy-Shawn Simpkins were committed to providing kids with alternatives to street violence via their after-school and day care programs.For over 15 years the couple has supported upwards of 650 youth through these services. Despite their devoted efforts, a senseless act of violence took the lives of their own son, Dy-Shawn Simpkins Jr., 18, along with their nephew Kee-Ayre Griffin, 29, who were killed in a triple shooting in East Orange. The senseless murders interrupted the promising lives of Simpkins, Jr — with his athletic career at Norfolk State University; and of Griffin — a former student athlete at Temple University.Now everyone is asked to participate in a march with the core message — the Love and Not Hate March & Movement. Organized by Simpkins’s own nonprofit of seven years, the GAP Program (Gang Alternative Program), and other nonprofits collectively known as Community United As One. The group, along with the title sponsor, East Orange City Council, will use the march as a kickoff to an annual event that brings awareness to the ongoing violence epidemic.Part of the march will culminate in a musical segment where Dy-Shawn Simpkins, Sr. will perform the song, “Seeds in the Field” that he recorded with his son before the tragedy. To bring enlightenment to the march, Al Sharpton has been invited to join the Simpkins on a lineup of pastors and political luminaries that include: Ted Green Council President and newly elected Mayor of East Orange, NJ, Reverend Timothy Huff, Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss, and Pastor Jerry Smith. Set to host the event is rap icon Vinnie Brown aka Uncle Vinnie from Grammy award winning hip hop trio Naughty by Nature.The march will commence on Saturday, August 12th at 8:00 am with the start beginning at Hollywood Ave & Central Ave in East Orange, NJ. The march ends at Oval Park in East Orange, NJ. From there, all will celebrate the Community United As One day to bring about awareness from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm with events, music, food, youth activities, vendors, sports, back to school giveaways and more! Updates will be made via Simpkins’ social media accounts.last_img read more

Rs 19 cr cash over 8 lakh litres of liquor seized in

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has claimed to have seized over Rs 19 crore in cash from across the state so far, following the notification of the Lok Sabha elections.Apart from the cash, around 8,24,414 litres of liquor have also been seized from various parts of the state, ahead of the elections. All the election machineries and officials belonging to various agencies are out on the streets to check the flow of unaccounted cash used by various political parties. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Expenditure Observers are also closely monitoring the expenses incurred by various political parties and their candidates in the elections. After the notification of the elections, the Election Commission has also mobilised various Central government agencies including Income Tax (I-T) and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), to keep a tab on the dubious transactions and to check the use of unaccounted money during the elections. A senior official at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state said that altogether 19.42 crore in cash and 8,24,414 litres of liquor have so far been seized from the state. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe commission is also monitoring to see if the cash was supposed to be used in the election by any political leader or candidate. It may be mentioned here that states where the highest amount of cash and others materials have been seized include Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Bengal is nowhere near these states, where transactions of huge amounts of unaccounted cash were detected after notification of the polls. Bengal also comes up at the bottom of the list when it comes to seizure of liquor and narcotic substances. Incidentally, DRI has recently seized gold worth over Rs 7 crore smuggled into different parts of the city and its adjoining areas in the past few days. Acting on a tip-off, the DRI officials had raided various hotels in the city and seized the gold. Meanwhile, the office of the CEO has received 3,528 complaints on the C-Vigil app till April 6, out of which around 3,503 complaints have so far been disposed of. The remaining 25 are pending and are yet to be resolved. C-Vigil is a mobile application which the Election Commission of India (ECI) has been using for the first time in the Lok Sabha elections. A press statement issued by the CEO’s office says that the National Grievance Services Portal of the ECI has so far registered 1,412 complaints from the state, out of which 1,385 have been resolved with the remaining 27 in the process of disposal. The National Grievance Services Portal (Citizens) has received 1,643 complaints, out of which 1,611 have been disposed of.last_img read more

Expired Medicines Dating Back to 1973 Found in Casablanca

first_imgCasablanca – The Minister of Health, Mr. El Houssaine Louardi, has recently announced the discovery of expired medications in Casablanca, dating back to 1973.The Minister announced this shocking news on Tuesday, March 18, before the House of Representatives.“These expired drugs jeopardize the lives of citizens, and thus necessitate urgent intervention,” he noted. “The fact that we (the Ministry of Health) are the last to learn of these expired drugs makes us appear unqualified in the eyes of citizens, especially the beneficiaries of the RAMED plan,” added the Minister.The expired drugs were discovered in public hospitals in Casablanca.In his intervention before the House of Representatives, Mr. Louardi stated, “MAD 2.2 million are spent annually on buying drugs, but because of dysfunctions during the process of storage and distribution, the beneficiaries of RAMED do not benefit from these medications, although it is a right guaranteed by the law.”The Minister advocated entrusting private rather than public companies with the mission of storing and distributing drugs.The Minister also stated that the Ministry of Health does not check the price registered during the inspection of pharmacies, which means that some products may be marketed before their approval.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Husky Energy profit rises — but so has the cost of its

CALGARY – Husky Energy Inc. says the cost of developing the first phase of its Sunrise oil sands project in northern Alberta has risen by nearly 19%, with start-up expected toward the end of this year.The Calgary-based oil and gas producer said Thursday the price tag of the project’s first 60,000-barrel-per-day phase is now $3.2 billion, up from its previous estimate of $2.7 billion.Production at Sunrise, which uses steam to soften the bitumen deep underground, is expected to ramp up over two years. One 30,000-barrel-per-day plant is on track to start generating steam toward the end of the year and a second is expected to be up and running six months later.Sunrise is part of a 50-50 joint venture with BP PLC, which also includes interests in U.S. refineries.CIBC World Markets analyst Arthur Grayfer said in a note to clients that the first steam at Sunrise is coming on a few months later than expected.Shares in Husky were off 1.9% at $27.38 in late morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The update came as Husky reported Thursday it earned $571 million in its third quarter, up from $512 million from the same period a year ago.Grayfer said operating earnings per share of 49 cents came in 26% CIBC’s estimate of 67 cents, mainly due to lower volumes at the Liwan natural gas field in the South China Sea and overall liquids volumes, higher operating costs, interest and cash taxes and higher stock-based compensation. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had been on average expecting operating earnings of 59 cents per share.Revenue, net of royalties, climbed to $6.43 billion, up from $5.8 billion, while daily production averaged 341,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from 309,000 boepd in the same quarter last year.Husky said the increased production reflected increased volumes from its Liwan Gas Project, which started earlier this year, and its heavy oil thermal projects. | The average realized price for the company’s total upstream production was $68.35 per barrel, compared with $72.13 in the third quarter of 2013.Husky, controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing, produces oil and gas in Western Canada, off Canada’s east coast and in southeast Asia. read more

Gota and Ranil meet and discuss security

Rajapaksa went to Temple Trees as a nominee of The President and The Prime Minister on the invitation of Wickremesinghe, Rajapaksa’s spokesperson Milinda Rajapaksha said. The meeting took place yesterday between 4.10 to 4.17 pm and was a closed door discussion and no other parties were present, the spokesman said.He said that at the brief meeting, Wickremesinghe and Gotabaya Rajapaksa discussed measures to be taken to avoid any chaos and negativity perceptions from the international community that could unexpectedly erupt in the face of the prevailing volatile situation. Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa met former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees last night.According to reports the meeting focused on the security of the former Prime Minister. Rajapaksa had reportedly given Wickremesinghe an assurance over his security. “Rajapaksa has mentioned that The President and The Prime Minister have garnered the confidence and support of the majority in Parliament. Mr. Wickremesinghe has in turn expressed that he too was confident of the support of the people to protect the democracy and supremacy of the Parliament and he is ready to prove it,” Milinda Rajapaksha said.(Colombo Gazette) read more

Grad student presents research at nutrition conference thanks to award

David DodingtonDavid Dodington, a master’s student in Applied Health Sciences, was in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5 to 7, to present his research at a leading conference held by the American Society for Nutrition.Dodington was chosen as one of seven students and young professionals to receive a $750-travel award to attend and present at the 2013 Advances and Controversies in Clinical Nutrition conference. He was the only Canadian to receive an award based on abstracts he submitted for the conference. Other recipients were from the U.S., South Korea, Columbia and Ireland.“Being selected to receive this award was a tremendous honour and gave me the opportunity to learn from some of the top experts in the field,” Dodington said.The conference features the latest research, advancements, and best practices in clinical nutrition. The conference included lectures, controversy sessions, workshops, professional development, scientific posters, networking, and more.Dodington’s abstract was titled “Vitamin D status and periodontal outcomes after non-surgical periodontal therapy.” He presented only some of the research he is conducting into the role of nutrition in the treatment for periodontal disease. Dodington’s research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).As part of his work, Dodington is collaborating with periodontist Peter Fritz to examine the extent to which diet and supplement use can help healing after a non-surgical, deep cleaning procedure aimed at treating periodontal disease and preventing tooth loss.He attended the conference with his supervisor Prof. Wendy Ward, a Canada Research Chair in bone and muscle development.“The award puts David in some very exclusive company of only a handful of graduate students and young medical professionals from around the world, who the society recognizes for the caliber of their research and the significance it holds in the area of health and nutrition,” Ward said. read more

Prison and probation must be overhauled to cut reoffending that costs taxpayer

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The potential impact that prisons could have on reducing re-offending and community safety has been undermined by a lack of consistent political leadershipRachel O’Brien, report author Around 128,000 – or one in four – of these offenders committed a new offence within a year. Last year, former justice secretary Michael Gove described the failure to reduce re-offending rates as “horrifying”.Mr Gove’s successor Liz Truss is poised set out her plans for prison safety and reform in the coming weeks, amid mounting concern over a rising tide of violence behind bars.A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “We are committed to rehabilitating offenders to reduce re-offending and create fewer victims.”We will set out full details of our plan for prison safety and reform in a White Paper in the coming weeks and are carrying out a comprehensive review of the probation system to improve outcomes for offenders and communities.” Liz Truss Liz Truss, the Justice Secretary,  is poised set out her plans for prison reformCredit:Andrew Crowley for The Telegraph Suggested measures include a rehabilitation requirement for prisons and probation, which would be a legal duty and require services to track individual and institutional progress, as well as a return to frontline staffing levels seen in 2010.It also proposes that the National Offender Management Service should have a smaller, “arms-length” function, and the creation of local prison boards to oversee long-term strategies.Report author Rachel O’Brien, director of the RSA’s Future Prison project, said: “The potential impact that prisons could have on reducing re-offending and community safety has been undermined by a lack of consistent political leadership and clear purpose.”This has led to reactive policy, episodic change and an over-centralised system, which has disempowered the workforce and undermined public confidence.”Official figures show that from October 2013 to September 2014, around 496,000 adult and juvenile offenders were cautioned, received a non-custodial conviction at court or released from custody. Prison and probation services in England and Wales must be overhauled to drive down re-offending rates that cost the taxpayer billions of pounds, according to a report.Ministers were urged to push up staffing numbers and bring in legislation to establish a new rehabilitation “duty”.The potential impact that prisons could have on reducing re-offending has been undermined by “a lack of consistent political leadership”, according to a report published by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).It welcomed the Government’s commitment to prison reform and called for the Ministry of Justice to compile a national rehabilitation strategy running to 2020.last_img read more

Spotify vs Rdio vs Grooveshark features showdown

first_imgCopyright issues have weakened Grooveshark’s mobile support. The service had its app pulled from the iOS App Store and Android Market last year. If you want to use the Android app, you’ll need to download it from the web; if you want to use it on iOS, you’ll need to jailbreak.Spotify and Rdio cover the entire mobile spectrum, with the exclusion of an iPad-optimized Spotify app.On all three services, you’ll have to subscribe to a $9-10/month premium plan to listen on a mobile app.Third-party apps 2011 has been the year of on-demand music. Spotify‘s US arrival, Facebook Music, and faster mobile data speeds contributed to skyrocketing subscriptions. This is our feature-by-feature breakdown of three top streaming services: Spotify, Rdio, and Grooveshark.Mog, Rhapsody, and Napster could have been included, but we chose these three based on their larger catalogues. We have also spent the most time hands-on with them.SongsPicking a service with a quality music library is essential. Spotify offers more licensed songs than Rdio, but Grooveshark trumps both services with its quasi-legal catalogue.Grooveshark’s library is hard to quantify: much like YouTube, it consists of user uploads and dances around the DMCA. At any given time, most existing popular songs are on Grooveshark. The big exceptions — all blacklisted — are The Beatles, Pink Floyd, John Lennon, Korn, and The Chemical Brothers.Albums as playlistsSpotify and Rdio let you easily save any album to a playlist. Since individual uploads make up Grooveshark’s library, you have to sift through search results to find all songs from an album. Sometimes it’s a cinch, sometimes it’s a hassle.Facebook integrationUntil a few months ago, you could sign up for Spotify without a Facebook account. Now the only way to join Spotify is to sign in with the social network. Facebook sharing, however, can be turned off.Rdio heavily pushes its Facebook integration and encourages you to sign in with it. But, unlike Spotify, it’s optional. Grooveshark has a similar approach, letting you sign in with Facebook and giving you the option to share your songs on your wall — but it isn’t mandatory.Forced public sharingRdio doesn’t offer any way to turn off public sharing. Anyone on Rdio who knows your username can see everything you listen to.The privacy settings of both Spotify and Grooveshark default to automatic sharing: Spotify to Facebook friends, and Grooveshark to other subscribers. But, unlike Rdio, they let you turn it off.Sharing individual playlistsAll three services make it easy to share playlists with other users on the service. Your friend will receive an email, and — provided she’s a subscriber — will be able to listen immediately.Mobile apps Spotify made headlines yesterday with the announcement of a third-party app platform. At launch, software from Rolling Stone, TuneWiki, Last.fm, and The Guardian can be added to the Spotify desktop app.Rdio has an API for third-party apps as well. Its apps aren’t tied to a desktop client, but its library also isn’t as high-profile as Spotify’s. Current offerings include Auricle.fm, Music Maze, iOS Music Quiz, and Hello Android.Grooveshark doesn’t have a third-party app platform.Summing upWhen comparing the two licensed services, the bigger library belongs to Spotify. Rdio’s primary advantage is its reluctance to force a Facebook login.Grooveshark is the wild card here. The company has signed a deal with EMI, but the majority of its library is still unlicensed. Its questionable legality gives it an enormous catalogue, but it also makes it trickier to use. Collecting songs from an album can be a pain, and Grooveshark is absent from the App Store and Android Market.If you’re comfortable with extra steps — and legal gray areas — then try Grooveshark. Otherwise sign up for a free Spotify or Rdio account to see which service you prefer.last_img read more

7inch Asus Eee Pad Memo to challenge Galaxy Note in January

first_imgNow that Google has released an Android OS that supports stylus input, it makes a lot more sense for manufacturers to introduce devices that play well with handwriting and scribbling. It looks like that might’ve been the push Asus needed to finally get the Eee Pad Memo shipping.Originally shown off at CES 2011 in January, the Memo will finally head to carriers in January. That’s a departure from Asus’ previous tablet offerings, which have been sold through standard retail channels. The change in distribution plans is thought to be partly responsible for the delay — since it’s much trickier to work out agreements with mobile carriers you want to carry your device than it is to ship a container load to Amazon or Best Buy.The Memo is a unique device, and it’s certainly not because it ships with a stylus. The 7-inch tablet also includes a Bluetooth companion device that looks like an MP3 player called the MeMic. It can access files on the Memo and play music, view photos, check incoming messages, and even make and receive phone calls. While not specifically stated, it’s probably also a great way to transcribe meetings if you’d rather not leave your tablet laying in the middle of the conference table just to capture audio.When Asus debuted the Eee Pad Memo, it sported a 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 processor,1GB of RAM, 8/16/32/64GB of internal storage, GSM and HSPA support, and 5MP rear and 1.2MP front cameras. Like other 7-inch Android tablets, the Memo sported a 1024×768 pixel display. It’s also got an HDMI output, micorSD expansion, and the usual array of sensors.At 11.5mm thin and 390 grams, the Memo should be a nice option for folks looking to use their Android tablet to tackle chores around the office who want a device that’s similar in size to a hard-bound journal.More at Netbook Newslast_img read more

Minister seeks 2000 voluntary staff transfers

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram There are no immediate government plans to force municipal employees to switch jobs in order to meet the troika’s public sector mobility targets, Interior Minister Argyris Dinopoulos said.Speaking on Skai Radio, Dinopoulos denied a report that claimed the government was going to make local authority workers move so it could meet the target of 3,000 transfers.“I have not read the report but there are no such plans because there is a voluntary program,” said the minister. “If a problem arises then we will take action.”The deadline for municipal employees to register for a transfer as part of the voluntary scheme is August 29, while Greece has to meet its mobility targets by the end of September. Troika officials are due back in Athens in mid-September to begin the fifth review of the Greek adjustment program.“The scheme for inter-municipal transfers is ongoing so it would be wrong to make any assessment at this stage,” an Interior Ministry source said. “There is time to take other measures if the target is not met.”There have been 1,000 voluntary transfers so far, meaning the government needs another 2,000 volunteers from the municipalities to meet its target. However, the union that represents local authority workers, POE-OTA, has expressed opposition to the scheme and called on its members not to take part.Assurances from the government that participation in the scheme would not lead to wage cuts or job losses appear not to have convinced most municipal employees. This is one of the reasons that the deadline for them to declare an interest in being transferred has been extended three times.Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more

Updated card for Money in the Bank PPV, RAW Tag Titles not added to…

first_img Pinterest Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman win the RAW Tag Team Championships WWE RAW Results – 6/3/19 (Undertaker returns, Brock Lesnar to cash in Money in the Bank) Following last night’s RAW in Houston, The B-Team (Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas) won a Tag Team Battle Royal to earn a shot at the RAW Tag Team Championships.Last week, the assumption was that current tag team champions “Woken” Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt would be defending the titles at the Money in the Bank PPV against the winners of last night’s match. However, WWE is not advertising a title match for the PPV.Over the weekend, WWE confirmed a Backlash rematch for Money in the Bank between Daniel Bryan and Big Cass. Seth Rollins defending the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Elias was also added to the PPV taking place in two weeks.The card now features 10 matches total. As reported earlier, the show will begin at a special start time of 7:00 p.m. Eastern (6:00 CT) running at a four-hour minimum.Here is the updated card as of Tuesday morning.WWE ChampionshipLast Man Standing MatchAJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke NakamuraMen’s Money in the Bank Ladder MatchBraun Strowman vs. New Day member vs. Kevin Owens vs. The Miz vs. Finn Balor vs. Rusev vs. Bobby Roode vs. Samoa JoeWomen’s Money in the Bank Ladder MatchCharlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi vs. Natalya vs. Lana vs. Ember MoonWWE Intercontinental ChampionshipSeth Rollins (c) vs. EliasDaniel Bryan vs. Big CassRoman Reigns vs. Jinder MahalBobby Lashley vs. Sami ZaynRAW Women’s ChampionshipNia Jax (c) vs. Ronda RouseySmackdown Women’s ChampionshipCarmella (c) vs. AsukaSmackdown Tag Team ChampionshipsThe Bludgeon Brothers (c’s) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson WWE RAW Preview: Brock Lesnar to cash in Money in the Bank, Undertaker returns WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

29 of women paid less than the living wage

first_imgMore than a quarter (29%) of jobs for female employees in the UK paid less than the living wage in 2014, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).This figure fell to 22% in London, but remains higher than the percentage of male employee jobs that paid less than the living wage, which came in at 16% in London and 18% in the rest of the UK.The ONS research also found:Around six million jobs paid less than the living wage in the UK in 2014.More than half (58%) of jobs for employees aged 18-24 were paid less than the living wage in the UK. This compares to 48% in London.Northern Ireland had the highest rate of jobs that paid below the living wage in 2014 (29%). At 19%, the lowest proportion of jobs paying below the living wage were found in London, Scotland and South East England.Outside of London, the proportion of jobs paying less than the living wage increased from 21% in April 2012 to 23% in April 2014.The living wage is a voluntary rate recommended by the Living Wage Foundation, and distinct from the national living wage announced by the government in the Summer Budget 2015. The London living wage is calculated by the Greater London Authority, and the out of London living wage rate is calculated by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, both of which are designed to cover the basic cost of living in the UK.Average pay increases in August 2015According to the ONS UK labour market, October 2015 report, average regular pay excluding bonuses was £463 a week before tax and other deductions in August 2015, and £494 a week inclusive of bonuses.Total pay (including bonuses) increased by 3% between June and August 2014 and June and August 2015, while regular pay grew by 2.8%.In real terms (adjusted for consumer price inflation), total pay for June-August 2015 increased by 2.9% compared to the corresponding period in 2014 and regular pay improved by 2.7%.Dean Turner, economist at UBS Wealth Management, said: “Although marginally weaker than expected, the wage numbers remain encouraging on two fronts. Firstly, rising wages boost household incomes, already growing at 3% year-on-year in real terms through the second quarter, which should continue to support consumption.“Secondly, rising wages, and therefore input costs for firms, suggest that the current period of low (de)-flation the UK is experiencing should prove to be temporary. The threat of a prolonged period of deflation is low.”last_img read more

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel motivates 3yearold aspiring K9 handler

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel sent a 3-year-old Massachusetts girl a message of inspiration after she dressed up like a K-9 handler for a local event.The young girl was ridiculed by friends for not dressing up like a princess or superhero, but Sheriff Israel, along with some of his fellow K-9 handler friends sent the young girl a message.Two Massachusetts State Troopers also visited the girl’s school to tell the class that girls can grow up to be whatever they want.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Senators make budget plea for Coast Guard

first_imgCutter Waesche. (File photo by USCG)Both of Alaska’s U.S. senators wrote the White House budget director Wednesday asking him to spare the Coast Guard from the budget ax.Listen nowAccording to the Washington Post and other news outlets, President Trump plans to reduce funding for the Coast Guard by nearly 12 percent in his budget request to Congress.Nearly two dozen U.S. senators signed a letter asking Office of Management and Budget Director John Mulvaney to reconsider. They said such a cut would run counter to the president’s goal of greater military investment and make it harder for the Coast Guard to stop drug traffic. The letter also cites the nation’s need for more icebreakers as Arctic ship traffic increases. Among the 23 senators who signed, the only Republicans were the Alaskans, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker.last_img read more

Google Working on Android Gaming Console and Smartwatch Report

first_imgInternet giant Google Inc is working on a videogame console and a smartwatch powered by its Android operating system, according to a Wall Street Journal report.The report citing sources familiar with the said the company is also working to introduce Android powered appliances like refrigerators, the second version of streaming device Nexus Q, laptops, and a low-cost smartphones for developing markets..It was also said that Google aims to design and release at least one of these devices this fall. So far, Google has declined to comment on the claims.Android games seem to be growing more popular than those made by gaming console key-players such as Microsoft and Sony.Sony and Microsoft have released the new versions of their gaming consoles PlayStation and Xbox, respectively. The consoles are expected to go on sale later this year.Rumors of Google working on smartwatch had first come up earlier this year. The Financial Times reported that the company had filed a patent application for the smartwatch two years ago. It was said that the device would feature a dual screen and work on an interactive user interface.In the light of these reports, Google seems to be increasingly involved in the hardware business to compete against its biggest rival Apple Inc.The iPhone maker is also rumoured to be working on a smart wristwatch. The company has reportedly already begun working on smart wristwatch and has a team of about 100 product designers, including some well-known Apple employees. Latest reports state that Apple may be experimenting with curved glass technology to develop the wrist watch which will operate on the iOS platform.last_img read more