Manitoba court rejects demand from unions for injunction against wage freeze

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba’s public-sector unions lost a bid Friday for a temporary court injunction against a provincial government bill that would freeze wages for 110,000 workers.Court of Queen’s Bench Justice James Edmond rejected a request from more than a dozen unions —representing teachers, nurses, civil servants and others — to delay the wage freeze until a full court hearing on its constitutional validity can be held.“Courts will rarely order that laws that Parliament or the legislature have duly enacted for the public good will not operate or be enforceable in advance of a full constitutional review,” Edmond wrote in his 50-page ruling.“I am not satisfied that this is one of those clear cases of a charter violation (where) an interlocutory injunction or stay should be granted pending a trial on the constitutionality of the (bill).”The legislation would impose a two-year wage freeze across the public sector as each collective agreement expired. That would be followed by a 0.75 per cent pay increase in the third year and one per cent in the fourth.The bill was passed by the legislature more than a year ago, but the Progressive Conservative government has yet to declare it in effect.Still, union leaders say it has affected contract talks because government and public-agency negotiators have used it as a guideline.Last year, the unions filed a lawsuit that alleges the bill violates the right to collective bargaining and the freedom of association under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The government has argued it is within its right to legislate wage freezes as part of its effort to reduce the deficit. It also said the wage freeze is lawful because it only applies to new collective agreements and does not reopen existing ones.Kevin Rebeck, president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, said getting a temporary injunction was far from guaranteed, and the battle will continue when a court hears the main constitutional argument.“We’re not entirely surprised. We knew it was a stretch to get an injunction, but we will always stand up and fight for public-sector workers to have collective bargaining,” Rebeck said Friday.“We’re pleased with the decision and look forward to ongoing collective bargaining in the public sector,” Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said in an emailed statement.“Our approach will continue to be guided by our commitment to repair and protect the front-line services Manitobans depend upon, while avoiding tax increases.“We have always said this effort will require everyone to do their part.”Edmond wrote in his ruling that lawyers for the government and the unions should appear in court Aug. 31 and be ready to set a date for the constitutional hearing.last_img read more

StarStudded Concert To Benefit Kate Winslets Golden Hat Foundation

first_imgPBS composer Tim Janis will bring together some of today’s most beloved female artists to celebrate and foster awareness of those living with autism on Friday, November 30th at Carnegie Hall, by benefitting Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation.Grammy award-winner Sarah McLachlan, internationally acclaimed singer/song writer Loreena McKennitt, multi-platinum selling Irish singer Andrea Corr, and classical crossover sensation Hayley Westenra — who with their profound voices and compelling songs have attracted millions of enthusiastic listeners worldwide — will now lend their support to The Golden Hat Foundation.The Golden Hat Foundation is committed to eliminating barriers for people with autism and creating an environment that celebrates these individuals as intellectually capable.Additional special guests include the new hit sensation Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Dawn Kenney, and Amy Petty.Tickets for Tim Janis American Christmas Carol will be available via CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800 and at starting September 28th at 11am. All ticket proceeds will be donated to The Golden Hat Foundation.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Attend Royal

first_imgThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle attended the first annual Royal Foundation Forum on 28 February 2018.Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Duchess and Duke of CambridgeCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukDuring the forum, Their Royal Highness and Ms. Markle took part in a panel discussion to talk about how The Foundation was founded and their ambitions for its future. Ms. Markle will formally become the fourth Patron of The Royal Foundation after her and Prince Harry’s wedding on 19 May 2018.The Duke of Cambridge made a speech before the panel discussion.“Today we want to reflect on what we have built with all of you,” he said. “Ten years ago Harry and I were still serving full-time in the military, but we were starting to look to the next stages of our lives. As we discussed together the best way to set out on our official work, we looked to the values our family had instilled in us.“Both our parents had provided for us an example of diligence, compassion and duty in all they did. Our grandparents, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, had made support for charity central to their decades of service to the nation and the Commonwealth.“The task for us would not be to reinvent the wheel. Instead, our job was to follow the example of those who had come before us, hold on to the values that have always guided our family, but seek to engage in public life in a way that was updated and relevant for our generation.“We were aware that the modern charity sector was very different to the one that previous generations had worked alongside. The generosity of the British people, and the entrepreneurial and creative passion that is at the heart of our communities had seen the number of charities grow from a few thousand in the 1950s to around 180,000 today.“Social media was changing the way people engaged in issues, making it easier to campaign than ever before, and engaging young people in new and exciting ways. The diversity of our society was creating huge opportunities to get people from all walks of life involved in tackling important challenges. To provide the meaningful leadership and support to the sector that our parents and grandparents had, we would need to think about our roles in a different way.“We approached the answer to this question by establishing The Royal Foundation, our own foundation which would help us explore big issues that are close to our hearts.”Under the theme ‘Making a Difference Together,’ the event also showcased the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation, and will include a number of delegates who have been involved in key projects. The Royal Foundation’s programmes to date include Heads Together, the Invictus Games, and United for Wildlife.Launched in 2011, The Royal Foundation was set up by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry as the main vehicle to pursue their charitable and philanthropic interests. Once The Duchess of Cambridge became Patron, Their Royal Highnesses established a key focus of working together, as well as convening others to help tackle society’s biggest challenges.Since then, The Royal Foundation has grown significantly, making a difference in communities across the UK and beyond.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

Hakim Ziyech: I Won’t Play for Morocco While Renard is Coach

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Dutch-Moroccan midfielder, Hakim Zyich told the press on Thursday that he would never play for the Moroccan national football team as long as Herve Renard is the coach.It seems that things will never work out between Morocco’s team coach and the Ajax Amsterdam footballer. The 24-year-old-player has stressed in an interview with Nederlandse Omroep Stichting, that he has not been called by Herve Renard. He added that he cannot to play for Morocco as long as Herve is the coach. He revealed that there is a personal feud between him and Herve and he is not expecting an invitation from him.“As long as he is there, I am thinking of something else. It has become something personal, but in the end, he has the last word concerning selections,” said Ziyech.Ziyech has expressed his to play for the Moroccan team, ruling out that his can be done while Renard is at the helm of the Atlas Lions. He added that he would wait for his opportunity to defend his Moroccan jersey.“I know that coaches do not stay where they are for a long time, I will wait for my chance (…) I will be waiting for his departure. This will happen sooner or later,” explained Ziyech.The footballer received his first call to play for the Moroccan team in 2015. Since then, he has played nine games for Morocco and scored five goals.His last appearance wearing the Moroccan national jersey dates back to a friendly match against Canada on October 11, 2016. read more

Morocco’s 2nd Regularization Campaign to Settle 82% of Undocumented Migrants’ Requests

Rabat – Morocco’s second regularization campaign for undocumented migrants, launched in December 2016, will likely process at least 82 percent of the filed requests, said Driss El Yazami, president of the National Council of Human Rights CNDH.The announcement was made on Wednesday on the sidelines of the first meeting of the National Appeals Commission in Rabat. El Yazami told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that this meeting was an opportunity to review the first results of this operations, launched under instruction of King Mohammed VI last December.The CNDH president added that the general data of Ministry of Interior has revealed that the operation has now received 26,000 requests. Morocco has long been known as an important crossing point for migrants, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, wishing to reach Europe. However, Morocco is now establishing itself as a destination for refugees and migrants.The UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Volker Turk, told Morocco World News in October that “Morocco remains a transit country for refugees and migrants, it is also fast becoming a country of destinction,” adding that the country is doing its utmost to offer protection to both refugees and migrants under its National Policy on Immigration and Asylum (NPIA).For its part, the CNDH commission has examined the general observations on the progress of the second campaign as well as the possibility of extending this operation to include as many foreigners as possible, said El Yazami.Speaking about the first regularization operation held in 2014, El Yazami revealed that the first phase resulted in the settlement of 82 percent of the files submitted.At the end of the meeting, the committee decided to set up a technical task force to examine the circumstances of the requests rejected during the first operation, seeking to speed up the process of adopting asylum laws and the recasting of the 02-03 law on the entry and stay of foreigners in Morocco and irregular immigration.Review of Second Phase of Regularization CampaignThe commission reviewed the progress of the second phase of the operation in the presence of several officials, including Abdelkrim Benatiq, Minister Delegate for Moroccans Residing Abroad and Migration Affairs, and Khalid Zerouali, Wali and Director of Migration and Border Surveillance at the Ministry of the Interior.The operation has collected 25,690 applications from 70 prefectures and provinces, of which 58.32 percent were issued by men, while 32.95 percent were issued by women. The other 8.73 percent of applications were issued by minors.The members of the commission discussed the general criteria that should be withheld by the commission during the examination of the migra nts’ requests, with a view to extending the term of the operation and the number of people to benefit from the operation.The decisions of the National Commission of Appeal forms part of the framework of the new migration policy launched in September 2013 under the instructions of King Mohammed VI. The policy notably enabled the opening of the Moroccan Office for Asylum and Stateless Persons, the publication of the Circulars of October 2013 and January 2014, allowing migrant children to access to education.Chaired by the CNDH, the mission of the national commision is to review, on the basis of criteria consistent with Morocco’s Constitution and international human rights law, the requests submitted to the provincial commissions of regularization. read more

Colorado tourist train delivers renewed hope to businesses

SILVERTON, Colo. — A Colorado tourist railroad has commenced service, bringing hope to businesses that have been isolated by weather events.The Durango Herald reports that the first Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad engine of 2019 arrived Saturday in Silverton, depositing dozens of tourists in the mountain town.Business owners in the community 324 miles (521 kilometres) southwest of Denver have suffered the economic consequences of winter avalanches that closed access along U.S. Route 550 for weeks.That followed a month-and-a-half of train cancellations caused by the 416 Fire, a wildfire that burned 54,000 acres north of Durango beginning in June 2018. Hundreds of people were evacuated.The fire caused tens of thousands of train reservation cancellations, with at least one Silverton business owner reporting sales were down 70%.___Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.comThe Associated Press read more

National Trust finally owns Lake District island which inspired its creation after

first_imgIt was the island which inspired the very foundation of the National Trust: its sale to a private owner frustrating a Lake District admirer so much he vowed never to let it happen again.More than 120 years later, the charity has finally got its hands on Grasmere Island.The small island, which is not populated, has been left to the Trust by its former owner in her will, after she learned how much it meant to its founders.The benefactor, who stipulated she did not want to be recognised for her generosity, is understood to have been familiar with the controversial history of Grasmere Island, and sought to return it to the nation via the Trust.The Trust has now pledged to the 1,78 hectare land will be “protected for ever, for everyone”. Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley Octavia Hill Sir Robert Hunter “The island provides a quiet haven for wildlife, including a heronry comprising four nests that have established here almost certainly because of the relative lack of human disturbance.“The magnificent ‘Medusa-like’ veteran oak on the island has become engulfed by the surrounding younger trees.“This is such an important tree ecologically because of the wildlife that it supports, but some work will need to be done to give it the space it needs.“It’s an exciting prospect and we’re looking forward to carrying out some wildlife surveys, such as bat surveys, to see what species are present.” Octavia Hill 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. A spokesman added visitors to Allan Bank will now be able to find out more about the story of “Rawnsley’s island” its influence on the formation of the National Trust.The gift of the island will be welcomed by the Trust, which has endured a difficult year in the Lake District.In 2016, it became embroiled in a furious dispute over Thorneythwaite Farm in Borrowdale, which had been put on the market earlier in two parts: land, containing a flock of rare breed Herdwick sheep, and farm buildings.The Trust bought the land without the property, reportedly paying vastly over the odds in a move Lord Bragg called “a nasty piece of work” and a “disgraceful purchase”.center_img A view of Grasmere from Loughrigg Terrace, Cumbria Grasmere Island, which is covered by trees in the middle of the small lake, is noted particularly fo rits association with William Wordsworth, who lived at nearby Allan Bank from 1808 to 1811 and called Grasmere “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found”.Purchased by Canon Rawnsley in 1915, Allan Bank was National Trust in his will.The house was tenanted until a serious fire in 2011 and is now open to the public.A spokesman for the National Trust said the organisation did not plan to make drastic changes to the island, undertaking a survey of its wildlife before leaving it in the state in which it was granted to them.Dave Almond, National Trust manager for Allan Bank and Grasmere, said: “It’s fantastic that 124 years after the private sale of Grasmere island, the view that can be enjoyed from Allan Bank and that has inspired so many, will now be protected for ever, for everyone. Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley A view of Grasmere from Loughrigg Terrace, CumbriaCredit:National Trust The will marks the end of a 124-year frustration for die-hard supporters of public land ownership, after the island was put up for sale at auction in 1893 and bought privately.Then, local campaigner Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, said to be a “great defender” of the Lake District and its landscape, was left frustrated by the sale, fearing potential development in private hands.In November of that year, he joined his first official meeting with Sir Robert Hunter and Octavia Hill: the trio who went on to found the National Trust in January 1895.Then, Rawnsley said of their inspiration: “It is notorious that during the last two years the top of Snowdon, the island in the middle of Grasmere lake, and the Lodore Falls have all come into the market.“Had such a Trust as that now proposed been in existence, each of these places might have been obtained for the nation.” Sir Robert Hunterlast_img read more

Hackers steal more than 16 million email account details in Germany

first_imgGERMANY’S SECURITY AGENCY has said that around 16 million online accounts have been compromised by hackers.The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) said criminals had infected computers with malware allowing them to gather account information.The breach was discovered when researchers ran an analysis of botnets – networks of compromised computers that can be used by criminals to carry out attacks.The BSI is recommending that all users who could be affected by the hack change all passwords they use to log on to social media sites, online stores, email accounts and other online services. It also recommends that users scan their computers for malware.The Guardian reports that about half of the accounts affected have .de endings, showing that they are based in Germany.The BSI set up a website allowing users to check whether their accounts are affected, but the site crashed shortly after it was launched due to overwhelming demand. The organisation hasn’t revealed what progress it’s made in tracking down those responsible for the hack.Read: 20 million South Koreans affected by country’s largest-ever data theft >Read: 77 per cent of company data breaches are caused by employees >last_img read more

Government to strengthen Customs Marine Department

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 10th 2017: Acting Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Peter Turnquest says government is looking into strengthening the Customs Marine Department. Speaking at the U.S. Coast Guard Small Boat Operations 1 Course Closing Ceremonies at the Customs Building, Minister Turnquest says procurement of additional resources have commenced following recommendations received by the department. He says the “additional equipment will ensure that members of the unit can carry out their tasks in a safe manner.”Thanking the U.S Embassy for facilitating the training provided, the minister says his government recognised “the borders were very porous” and the need to have “effective deployment of law enforcement and revenue enforcement personnel” were important to securing borders from illegal activities, narcotics, as well as government revenue.”To date, the unit comprises of 19 officers, while six vessels are used by the unit to patrol New Providence, Grand Bahama and Exuma. Since its reestablishment in 2015, the Customs Marine Unit has been responsible for the seizure of 45 illegal vessels, and approximately $793,000 being deposited into the Public Treasury.As a result, the minister says it will look into working with the Comptroller and Senior staff at the department on working on short term measures on how staff can be augmented.Training facilitated by US Coast guard comprised of three areas, including the strengthening of customs management and capacity building, the modernisation of customs operations and implementation of the electronic single window, and the enhancement of the international trade institutional platform. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img #MagneticMediaNews#BahamasCustomsMarineUnitlast_img read more

No Means No – UAS Includes Sexual Assault Ed In Freshmen Orientation

first_imgExperts often refer to the first several weeks of college for new students as the “red zone” – a time when they’re more likely to be sexually assaulted.Download Audio:The University of Alaska system is on a list of 79 post-secondary schools being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education for compliance with sexual assault laws or violations.This year, the federal government updated guidelines requiring colleges to proactively combat sexual assault by talking to students about consent.Many people have heard the message, “ ‘No’ means no.”Lori Klein says there are also situations when yes does not mean yes.Like, “when someone is intoxicated, high, incapacitated or incompetent, you do not have consent no matter what they tell you,” Klein says.Klein is the student conduct administrator at University of Alaska Southeast. She’s talking to more than a hundred new students during one of their first days on campus.Klein says consent must be “active, sober, enthusiastic, informed, mutual, honest and verbal.”“Whether you’re asking someone out for a cup of coffee or you’re asking them to have sex, you need consent that is all of these things.”Another important message – saying yes to one thing does not mean yes to anything else.“Consent for holding hands is not consent for a kiss,” Klein says. “Consent for sex once is not consent for sex twice.”Freshman Nate Hietala says he appreciated Klein’s frank talk about sexual consent.“It gave all the major points of what consent is rather than somebody just saying, ‘Yes,’ which is what a lot of people think it is. They gave the point that if they’re intoxicated or high or in some other way impaired, such as depression, that it wouldn’t be true consent.”Hietala hesitates when asked if he already knew that.“Not really. It was just kind of like, yes is consent,” she says. “But it’s something that I probably would’ve felt if I had been in that situation, but it’s not something I’d really thought about before.”As a result of updated federal mandates, this is the first time UAS has given a talk on consent at orientation to the entire incoming class.Faculty and staff were also required to attend training where they learned how to recognize signs of trauma related to sexual assault, how to talk to a student about it and what to do to help.Senior Barb Dagata went through the sessions. Along with being a student, she also works at UAS. She says she now feels empowered with information she wishes she had before.“I’ve had some friends who’ve had roommates get involved with bad relationships or just bad situations. And it was hard for me to give any advice to my friend on what she should do with her roommate. And I always felt at a loss for how involved should I be. And after going through the training, I kind of look back and I wish I would’ve said something. I wish I would’ve come to campus and said, ‘Hey, this girl needs some help.’ ”UAS had one report of sexual assault during the 2012 calendar year. There was another in 2013 and so far, this year, two reports.“I think that we can say with surety that those numbers are less than the numbers of sexual assaults that actually occur.”Mandy Cole is direct services manager of AWARE, Juneau’s domestic abuse and sexual assault prevention nonprofit. The organization helped provide training to UAS staff this summer.Cole says for many reasons sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes.“And those reasons include fear of what the perpetrator may do if you report. It may include fear of what friends and family will think, fear of the impacts on your academic career,” she says.During orientation, all incoming students learned about the options available for anybody who’s been sexually assaulted, including medical attention and who to talk to if you want to report the crime.“For some people, making an official report is important. For others, getting counseling is important. For others, they would rather just talk in a peer group.”Cole says not all intervention has to end in a report; what’s important is that students are equipped with the information and feel safe reaching out.last_img read more

Meghan Markle warned about consequences of keeping Royal birth a secret

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Hary announced the name of their baby boy on Instagram. They said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. But even after giving birth, Meghan Markle, the Duchess can’t seem to catch a break as she is being criticised for her secrecy.The criticism comes from radio host Kait Borsay who warned Meghan that she was in for a “rude wake up call.” The talkRADIO host said: “Part of me wishes that Meghan said something honest to us as women, and said ‘oh my God it was horrendous, I’m totally glad I have a baby now but I have never, ever been in that much pain in my life’. We would relate to her.” Meghan MarkleGetty Images Earlier in the programme, Ms. Borsay remarked: “‘Parenting is amazing’ says Harry, well you have had two days at it. Calm down because it doesn’t stay amazing the whole way through….It’s generally amazing but we all know there are times when it is most definitely not amazing.”Though we have to say, that everybody is entitled to their privacy, especially when it comes to their pregnancy and especially when you’re the Duchess of Sussex. Not every edetail of her life should be open for public dissection even if Meghan Markle is a public figure and transparency is expected from the Royal Family. This is not to say that Meghan won’t share her experience with the public at a later date. Even if she chooses not to do so, it’s entirely her choice.last_img read more

Kingwood Residents Push For Disaster Declaration Over Flood Damage

first_img X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHarris County Commissioners CourtResidents of a Kingwood neighborhood are pressing for a federal disaster declaration, following last week’s flooding. But, Harris County leaders are having trouble obliging them.Homes in the working-class neighborhood of Elm Grove took up to 18 inches of water last week. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said she’s determined to help, but she said there are minimum levels of damage she has to prove before she can declare a disaster.“Even if we did, I wouldn’t do that to offer folks false hope,” Hidalgo said. “Because no aid will come unless the federal government sees that we’ve submitted applications showing that we meet a certain threshold in damages in Harris County, in uninsured damages, $17 million, plus $42 million in uninsured damages in the state of Texas.”Residents of the Elm Grove Village Community Association told county commissioners they shouldn’t be penalized for being “the poor section of a rich neighborhood.” They vowed to get all the documentation needed to ensure a disaster declaration. 00:00 /00:49 Share last_img read more

Geek deals Save big on Xbox Live Gold

first_imgToday, is selling a 12 month membership to Xbox Live Gold at a 23% discount. Enjoy online multiplayer, group chat, free games, and substantial discounts on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 for only $45.99. • Xbox Live 12 month Gold membership for $45.99 (List price: $59.99 — Bonus 5% off when you like’s Facebook page)First and foremost, Xbox Live Gold is focused on online gaming. If you want to team up with your friends in Destiny, perform multiplayer heists in GTA Online, or go head-to-head with the best Killer Instinct players, you’ll need Xbox Live Gold. And thanks to the “Home Gold” feature, you’ll only need to purchase a single Xbox Live Gold membership for your Xbox One, and then everyone in your home can enjoy the benefits. Of course, there’s much more to the service than online multiplayer. Each month you’re subscribed, you’ll get access to two Xbox One games and two Xbox 360 games at no additional charge. And the best part? The Xbox One’s backwards compatibility feature allows you to play the Xbox 360 games on the new console as well. Next month, Gold members get Layers of Fear (Xbox One), Evolve: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One), Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360), and Heavy Weapon (Xbox 360).When you’re a Gold member, you’ll also get access to weekly deals up to 75% off. Right now, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Forza Motorsport 6, and Don’t Starve: Giant Edition are all getting hefty discounts. And if none of those strike your fancy, a whole new set of deals will hit the service soon. Take advantage of these discounts, and the Xbox Live Gold membership will effectively pay for itself. Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

YouTube expands support for HTML5

first_img Citation: YouTube expands support for HTML5 (2010, January 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: —–– Google blog: … html5-supported.html– HTML5: © 2010 According to YouTube, HTML5 is a new web standard rapidly gaining in popularity. It has many new features to provide a rich user experience, such as support for vector-based graphics and animation, geolocation, and drag-and-drop, but the feature of most interest to YouTube viewers is its support for audio and video playback without the need to download an Adobe flash player plug-in for the browser. With no need for a flash player, playback of video and audio are significantly faster.At present, few browsers currently support HTML5, but YouTube lists Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame installed, Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari (version 4+) as being compatible, but other major browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Opera are not yet compatible. There are other limitations, such as a lack of support in HTML5 for videos with user-created captions, annotations or adverts, and full screen viewing is not yet available, but YouTube says it will soon be expanding the capabilities of the HTML5-compatible player.If your browser is compatible, you can use the new video player at TestTube, but you will first need to opt-in to the HTML5 program. (If you are already signed on for other experiments at TestTube, you may not get the HTML5 video player.) Another option is to visit Feather Watch, which YouTube promises will give you a faster and even simpler video-viewing experience.HTML5 is an open standard, and YouTube says it is “very excited” to be getting behind the new web standard and helping to push it forward. YouTube makes videos ‘Feather’ lightcenter_img ( — YouTube is the major video-viewing site on the Internet, and it is constantly working to maintain its edge over competitors such as Hulu, and to present the video-watching experience its users demand. YouTube recently demonstrated an HTML5-based video player, and users have asked it to do more with HTML5. In response, YouTube has now announced that a new experimental video player supporting HTML5 is going live. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Sumatra earthquake mysteries examined

first_img( — An earthquake in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia on 11th April was unusually powerful, at magnitude 8.6, for a “strike-slip” type of quake, and a new analysis of the earthquake and its 8.2 magnitude after-shock has proposed that some of the assumptions made about earthquakes may need re-thinking. A strike-slip earthquake is one in which there is an almost vertical rupture, leading to two plates sliding horizontally past each other. The San Andreas Fault in California produces strike-slip earthquakes, and the most powerful earthquake along this fault was the San Francisco quake of 1906, which measured 7.8.Events as powerful as the Sumatra earthquake are usually caused by ruptures in subduction zones, in which the edge of one tectonic plate slips underneath the edge of the adjoining plate. An earthquake of this type on the sea bed can cause massive tsunamis because of vertical displacement of water above the point of slippage. A recent example was the magnitude 9 earthquake off Japan last year. The Sumatra earthquake’s magnitude surprised scientists because it was the most powerful strike-slip earthquake ever recorded. The quake was also unusual in that the rupture was in the middle of an oceanic plate rather than at the boundary between two plates. The slippage distance was surprisingly large; the 1906 San Francisco earthquake produced a slippage of 4.5 meters, while in Sumatra the distance was 21.3 meters.Seismologists Jeffrey McGuire of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Gregory Beroza of Stanford University’s Department of Geophysics discuss the Sumatran earthquake in the May 10th issue of Science. McGuire said that many large earthquakes have occurred away from the edges of oceanic plates in the last few years, but they generally do not cause damage or threaten lives because they are at sea and are unlikely to cause large tsunamis unless they result in submarine landslides.The lack of monitoring networks on the sea bed makes understanding these earthquakes difficult, but the researchers said the seismology readings from the Sumatra earthquake suggest the quake was unusually deep at 40-53 km (25-33 miles). At this depth the rock could reach up to 800 degrees Celsius and become viscous in places, and melting of fault zones is also possible, leading to the release of enormous amounts of energy.Professor Beroza said analyzing the Sumatran earthquake could shed some light on earthquakes occurring in the middle of continental plates as well as oceanic plates, and the findings suggest this type of earthquake could be of greater magnitude in continental plates than scientists had previously thought.Sumatra lies on the “Ring of Fire” around the Pacific Basin, a particularly active region for seismic and volcanic events. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Topographic map of Sumatra. Image: Wikipedia. ‘Odd duck’ Indonesia quake surprises scientists Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Sumatra earthquake mysteries examined (2012, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: A Rogue Earthquake Off Sumatra, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1223983AbstractA magnitude 8.6 strike-slip earthquake within an oceanic plate raises fundamental questions about earthquake physics. © 2012 Phys.Org Journal information: Sciencelast_img read more

Cosmetics Market is Expected to Witness Rapid Growth With a CAGR

first_imgGlobal Cosmetics Market is projected to reach $429.8 billion, with a CAGR of 4.3% from 2016 to 2022, according to new research published by Allied Market Research. In 2015, Europe dominated the global cosmetics market and is expected to maintain its dominance throughout the analysis period. Skincare and sun care, and hair care products are widely used cosmetics, collectively accounting for nearly 3/5th of the global cosmetics market revenue in 2015, as they play a major role in daily healthcare regimen of the individuals.Factors such as rising awareness about overall appearance among individuals, increase in disposable income, and rising demand of natural cosmetics among others are driving the market growth.Request Sample Copy: & sun care product category contributed the highest revenue and would continue to be dominant segment throughout the analysis period, owing to the regular and widespread usage of these products, worldwide. Hair care segment would be the next highest revenue generating segment due to innovative product launches in recent past under this segment. Within the different modes of sale, retail was the highest revenue-generating segment, which accounted for around 89% share of the overall market revenue in 2015. However, online sales segment is projected to grow at a faster rate due to the increasing reliance on e-commerce for easy and convenient purchase of these products.Europe led the cosmetics market and accounted for over 33% share in 2015, in terms of revenue. It is expected to maintain a dominant position throughout the forecast period because of high investment in personal hygiene products and a wider established consumer base. However, Asia-Pacific and LAMEA are expected to emerge as the faster growing markets on account of the rising urbanization, increasing disposable income, which is further supported by the booming e-commerce industry.Key Findings:Global cosmetics market is expected to witness steady growth from 2014 to 2022, driven by increasing disposable income and rising beauty consciousness.LAMEA is expected to be one of the fastest growing markets, growing at a CAGR of 5.6%.The skin & sun care segment is expected to maintain its foothold in the market throughout the forecast period.Presently, retail mode of sale dominates the cosmetics market and is expected to gain traction in the developing countries such as Japan, India, and China.Some of the major players operating in this market include LOreal International, Unilever PLC, The Procter & Gamble Company, and The Estee Lauder Company Inc. These players have adopted various development strategies such as product launch, acquisition, and agreement to expand their market presence. For instance, Aussie, a hair care brand of Procter & Gamble, introduced Miracle 7N1, a hair care product, which offers a remedy for hair fall. The product is designed to make hair healthier, shinier, and lustrous without losing their strength.Buy Full Version Cosmetics Market Report : Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business-consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1⟨855⟩ Cosmetics Marketlast_img read more

This is what its actually like to be a bisexual parent in

first_imgAnna | Photo: SuppliedComing outI work as a teacher in charge of my own private school in a small Italian town. I’m not out to everyone because the risk of losing my job is very high.But I am out to many friends and family, of course. They are ok with it.Being out in a small close-minded village is still hard though.We started a project with some friends a few months ago.It’s a storytelling corner we organize from time to time in local libraries and other places. We read books about topics such as adoption, diverse families, same sex marriages, racism and bullying.Children are always happy to share these moments with us and our books but parents aren’t always happy.Every time we do it, it’s a surprise. It can be a wonderful moment or a very tense one.Being a bisexual parentI’ve never had a real ‘coming out’ to my children.That’s because I’ve always been clear to them. Since the beginning my husband and I have always used a very inclusive language. We’ll say ‘if one day you’ll meet the person of your life, a girl or a boy…’ and read inclusive books with them.They know love is love, no matter what and that people can fall in love with other people no matter what.The advice I always give to parents of young children is this: be clear to them, if you can.Sometimes, just by reading a book you can explain things in a very clear way. You don’t even need to do ‘the speech’ sometimes.At one point I told them ‘mum is bisexual’ and they were completely fine with it. Their only concern was ‘yes but you love daddy, don’t you?’Once I reassured them of that, it wasn’t an issue for them.I would recommend parents come out to their children as long as it’s safe.Coming out to people you love is always liberating. Being yourself, being free to live yourself truly, being honest to the people you love is the best feeling in the world.It’s where your real life starts.But coming out to your kids is more than that.You can show them that the world is bigger than it seems, with many nuances. You’ll teach them to be more open-minded and more respectful. And, another important reason is: what if they are bi or gay?They will always know that you are there to support them and, more than everything, they know that you can understand them deeply.Of course it isn’t always easy or possible. It also depends on the age of your kids, on your family and partner and on the environment you live in.If you can’t come out, don’t feel guilty.You can raise your children as open-minded and sensitive people without revealing yourself. They will understand, eventually.Anna is a pseudonym used to protect the writer’s identity.More from Gay Star NewsRome Pride attracts a 500,000-strong ‘Rainbow Brigade’ in ItalyItaly’s new right-wing Minister for Families says rainbow families ‘don’t exist’In Italy, same-sex couples must lie about how their children were conceivedGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Including bisexuals at Pride is about more than just acceptanceJust because I’m a gay man, my life doesn’t revolve around sexGoing to pride at university inspired me to come out as bisexualRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) I first realized I was bisexual when I was around 20.At that time I was living and studying in London. I’ve always been a ‘free and independent soul.’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- I’ve never been ashamed of my feelings, my sexual life and my attraction to men.So realizing that I had the same attraction for women it was just like a sort of ‘expansion’ of my already strong personality.Coming out in London was easy. When I came back home, to Italy, coming out to my mum and brother was embarrassing but still ok.With my father, it was a different matter. I’ve never been very open about my sexuality to him so it isn’t something we discuss openly.I told my husband a few years ago sometime after we’d started our relationship.I didn’t want to ‘hide’ anything, but I was so involved with him and our children that I didn’t really think about it.It was part of me of course, but I just ‘forgot; in some way.When I did tell him, he was ok with that.We talk about many things and we are extremely open minded about feelings and sexuality so it’s never been an issue. We talk about women we like and we joke a lot about it. It’s a fun and intense way to live a relationship. We feel like equals 100%.Being bisexual in ItalyItaly is catholic country. When I say ‘catholic,’ I don’t mean just as a personal faith but as something that leaks in many aspect of people’s everyday life.We can see it in laws, approaches to education, society etc. It has a very traditional way to see feelings and sexuality.In order for people to be ‘afraid’ of biphobia, people would need to know what bisexuality is.In our country there is a huge difference between young people and less young people, straight or gay.Young LGBT people accept bisexuality as a concept. Many are starting to affirm their bi/pan sexuality. Others know it exists but are afraid of the many misconceptions surrounding bisexuality (cheaters, liars, not bi but gay in denial etc etc).Older LGBT people tend to deny bisexuality exist, whether they’re gay or straight.Some of them only accept bisexuality if you are having ‘relationships with men and women at the same time.’ But, once you are exclusive you are straight or gay.Official documents, researches, laws etc just don’t mention bisexuality in most cases.It’s a ‘new’ phenomenon for many or just ‘fashion’ for others.Personally, I’ve found more acceptance among straight people than LGBT people of my generation (40 years old).But, slowly, things are changing. We can see it also by studying the attention our group BPROUD has been getting in the last 2 years.People of all ages contact us daily, so I’m positive that something is changing for the better.New generations are taking over old generations. Concepts such as ‘fluidity, spectrum, bi/pansexuality’ are taken much more into consideration.It’s an everyday fight for LGBT people and although many things have changed there’s still a lot to do.Accepting bisexual people is just very difficult for many, Especially in the LG community.They see us as something in between.I’m sure society will change one day and once all the rights will be equal. Bisexuality will be a valid part of this country.The work we are doing now is: letting people know we exist, we are ‘normal’ people among them, we aren’t enemies but ready to fight for the same rights and we suffer the same difficulties if not more.last_img read more

Volcano marathon a culinary challenge and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_imgThe Challenge IrazúIt’s a marathon. On mountain trails. Around a volcano. Sound intense? It is. The Challenge Irazú combines multiple races on one action-packed day, which unfold around the breathtaking landscape of the Cartago canton. Just when you think this battle against nature couldn’t get more adventurous, consider this: The half-marathon and 10K races takes place at night. Sponsored by New Balance shoes, The Challenge Irazú has won global attention for its scenic trail running.The Irazú Marathon takes place March 29 in Tres Ríos and Cartago. 7 a.m. (full marathon) and 5 p.m. (half-marathon and 10K). Info: Race website.Master ChefSixteen teams compete for the title of “Maestro Culinario.” Catch some of Costa Rica’s finest chefs in action.“Maestro Culinario” takes place April 1 & 2 at the Children’s Museum, San José. 9 a.m.–5:30 a.m. Free. Reservations: 2288-2331. Related posts:A jungle concert, St. Paddy’s Day, and other stuff happening in Costa Rica Christmas cheer, oxcart parades, and other happenings around Costa Rica Arts festival, music festival, yoga festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Arts Festival, Star Wars convention, and other happenings around Costa Rica Facebook Commentscenter_img Holi One Colour FestivalLike the ancient Indian festival, Holi One is an explosion of colored powder. Wear something disposable, come with a great attitude.Holi One takes place March 29 at Pedregal Event Center, Belén. 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. ₡23,500 ($47). Info: Holi One website.Restaurant Opening: La Sula Sea LoungeThe luxury Hotel Le Caméléon marks its fifth anniversary with a brand-new restaurant, La Sula Sea Lounge. Named after the benevolent Bribrí spirit, the restaurant opens to a beach barbeque, special cocktails, and music.Opening takes place March 30 at Hotel Le Caméléon, Playa Cocles. 3-10 p.m. Free. Info: Le Caméléon website.Music: National Symphony Orchestra Plays Salazar TheaterHear the works of Berlioz and Tchaikovsky performed by the finest orchestra in Costa Rica.The Symphony plays March 28 (8 p.m.) and March 30 (10:30 a.m.) at the Melico Salazar Theater, downtown San José. Info: National Symphony Orchestra website.Music: Manuel ObregónThe master pianist and retiring culture minister plays a solo concert in Alajuela.Manuel Obregón performs April 3 at the Juan Santamaría Museum. ₡1,000 ($2). Info: Juan Santamaría Historical Museum website.Fine Art: “Exploring with Glass”Artist Fernán Salazar E. presents his glass sculptures of tropical animals.Reception for “Explorando con el Vidrio” takes place April 3 at TAOS Plus, San Pedro. 7 p.m. Free. Info & Reservations: 8395-1715.Music: The Band of Heredia Plays the BeatlesThis 22-piece band plays Beatles classics in downtown Heredia. Related concerts include the Bands of San José (March 30, Palmar Sur) and Alajuela (March 30, Alajuela Central Park and Cathedral).La Banda de Heredia performs March 30 in Central Park of Heredia. 9 a.m. Free. Info: Culture Ministry website.International Clarinet FestivalThis multi-day festival draws musicians from all over the world. See just how diverse clarinet playing can be.The Clarinet Festival continues through March 29, various times and locations. ₡2,500-4,500 ($5-9). Info: Festival website.Enamorate de tu ciudadYes, you can get gaga for San José – especially when the Culture Ministry is sponsoring Enamorate de tu ciudad, or Fall in Love With Your City, a year-long celebration of art, culture and urban parks. Check back for games, workshops, presentations and surprise performances.Fall in Love with Your City takes place on Saturdays in various parks in downtown San José. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info: Enamorate de tu Ciudad website.Theater: “The House of the Spirits”Teatro Espressivo presents a theatrical adaptation of Isabel Allende’s classic novel, “The House of the Spirits.” This epic magic-realist story receives an inventive adaptation by Caridad Svich.“The House of the Spirits” continues through April 13 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡8,000-15,000 ($16-30). Info: Performance website.Theater: “100 Square Meters”Catch the final week of this sharp Spanish-language satire, produced by TIKTAKProductions.“100 Metros Cuadrados” runs through March 30 at the Vargas Calvo Theater, downtown San José. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11) general admission, ₡3,000 ($6) students. Info: RedCultura site.Photography: Vía PanAmJourney the Pan-American Highway with Dutch photographer Kadir van Lohuizen, part of the International Arts Festival.“Vía PanAm” continues through April 13 at Antigua Aduana, Barrio Aranjuez. Admission is free. Info (in Spanish): International Arts Festival website.Fine Art: “In the Woods”The Museum of Costa Rican Art presents this haunting and beautiful series of landscapes by Gerardo González. See his unique vision of the rainforest.“Bosque Adentro” continues through April 6 at the Museum of Costa Rican Art, La Sabana Park. Tue.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info: Museum website.last_img read more

Related Revealed 10 commonest travel scams and

first_img RelatedRevealed: 10 commonest travel scams – and how to beat the cheatsFrom taxis to timeshares, we reveal 10 scams that cost unwary travellers and holidaymakers so you can stop getting stung.10 Most Annoying Things at AirportsThe most annoying and frustrating things that happen at airports that travellers must face before jetting off in to the sunset.Travel and life in North Korea: 9 secrets of the Hermit KingdomWe speak to Koryo tours to get the inside information about life and travel in North Korea Are you a tourist or a traveller? Is there really a difference? Why do travellers hate being called tourists? Is a traveller just a long term tourist, or is there really a difference in the way that travellers and tourists behave?In our latest podcast, Tourists Vs Travellers: 7 Habits of a Bad Tourist, we discuss why tourists have a bad reputation, how you can be a better tourist, and the things you can do to be a good local. Listen or download the podcast below, or find all the Skyscanner Travel Podcasts on Soundcloud and iTunes: wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Impact of Swiss franc on business

first_imgTHE SECURITIES and Exchange Commission (CySEC) has “urgently requested” from investment firms to report any problems from the Swiss National Bank’s recent decision to scrap the minimum exchange rate with the euro.The surprise decision led to a sharp revaluation of the Swiss franc.In a circular to investment companies on Friday, the CySEC has asked them to respond by Tuesday whether the move has impacted their business in any way, or their clients’ funds.If there was an impact, CySEC said companies must provide a detailed analysis and the measures they were putting in place to rectify the problem. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more