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Thibaut Courtois defends his footwork

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has dismissed critics’ views over his footworkThe 26-year-old delivered his best performance for Los Blancos in Saturday’s goalless draw in El Derbi against old club Atletico Madrid with three saves.But critics have been quick to question Courtois’ footwork as the competition between himself and Keylor Navas to be Real’s permanent number one grows.“I’m not bad with my feet,” Courtois told Belgofut.“I may not be among the best, but I’m certainly not bad either. Sometimes I miss a long ball but I dare to play with my feet.“The last ball on which [Nikola] Kalinic put pressure was given to [Raphael] Varane with my right. Many goalkeepers would have cleared that ball.“Sometimes I give a bad ball, yes, but I know more goalkeepers who are, so to speak, phenomenal with their feet making more mistakes than me.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I’m just doing what I have to do, and that’s the most important thing.”Saturday marked the first time Courtois had gone up against Atletico as a Real player.“You stop that ball and hear the whole stadium cheer,” said Courtois.“And then they chanted my name. I liked it. I have to try to take my place little by little.“I have to show myself, especially if you have two good goalkeepers, as is our case. Helping the team is always the most important thing.”Real will take on Russian side CSKA Moscow in their second fixture of Group G in the Champions League tonight at 21:00 (CEST).last_img read more

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House Communication By Bahamas Labour Minister Hon D Shane Gibson – Increase

first_img Bahamas raising Minimum Wage by mid August Recommended for you Related Items:shane gibson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCOMMUNICATIONBYHON. D. SHANE GIBSON, M.P.,MINISTER OF LABOUR AND NATIONAL INSURANCE&MINISTER OF THE PUBLIC SERVICEONINCREASE IN THE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE22ND JULY, 2015Mr. Speaker, I am so grateful to the good people of the Golden Gates Constituency on whose shoulders I stand on today and whom I have the privilege to serve. Today, Mr. Speaker, I rise to deliver a brief, but very important communication on a decision taken by the Government to cause an increase in the National Minimum Wage. Mr. Speaker, subsequent to the enactment of the National Tripartite Council Act 2014, on 1st June, 2015, the National Tripartite Council held its inaugural meeting. During this historic meeting, Social Partners representatives, namely the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers Confederation, the National Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Trade Union Congress; and the Government, discussed a number of important matters that impacted the working people of our beloved Bahamaland. This meeting, Mr. Speaker, is considered a milestone in the history of industrial relations in The Bahamas, as it marks a turning point in social dialogue and another achievement by this PLP Government.In the Charter of Governance, Mr. Speaker, we made a covenant with the trade union movement and the working people of our country that this Perry Christie led Administration will take deliberate steps to improve the standard of living and quality of life for Bahamian workers. One of the first things we did was to institutionalize the principles of ILO Convention 144 concerning Tripartite Consultations to Promote the Implementation of International Labour Standards. I wish to remind this Honourable House that it was on 2nd March, 2015, that the Governor General, Her Excellency, Dame Marguerite Pindling, signed into law the National Tripartite Council Act, 2014 and laid another pillar in our plan towards a stronger and safer Bahamas.Today Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to publically announce and formally communicate to Parliament that the Government of The Bahamas, acting on a recommendation from the National Tripartite Council, has taken a decision to increase the National Minimum Wage.To this end, Mr. Speaker, and pursuant to Section 4(3) of the Minimum Wage Act, Chapter 321C of the Statute Laws of The Bahamas, I, acting in my capacity as the Minister with responsibility for Labour, signed the Minimum Wages Order to increase the minimum wage to Two Hundred and Ten dollars ($210.00) per week or Forty-two dollars ($42.00) per day or Five dollars and twenty-five cents ($5.25) per hour. This increase will become effective on 15th August, 2015, once both Houses of Parliament have affirmed a Resolution that I intend to formally move in due course. The National Minimum Wage, Mr. Speaker, was statutorily enacted on 21st January, 2002, and effectively mandated that no person employed in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas should be paid less than One Hundred and Fifty dollars ($150.00) or Thirty dollars ($30.00) per day, or Four ($4.00) per hour.The new minimum wage, Mr. Speaker, is a 40% increase, and while we in the government would have liked to have seen it a bit higher, we have accepted the recommendation of the National Tripartite Council and acted accordingly. I am advised that the recommended increase came about after extensive consultation with national, regional, and international experts in the area of industrial relations. Additionally Mr. Speaker, the Social Partners, I am told, deliberated, agonized and analysed data acquired both locally and internationally, as well as it examined comparative legislation from a number of CARICOM member states, before coming to a compromise on a final figure for the new national minimum wage. It is envisioned that the Council will monitor the cost of living and the retail price index, and it is prepared to recommend additional increases to ensure that weekly wage of Bahamian workers is able to keep pace with any increase in these index.Our research has confirmed that despite the false rumours that an increase in the minimum wage will lead to higher levels of unemployment, this notion should be rejected. In fact, Mr. Speaker, in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States, the increase in minimum wage has had a positive effect on the growth of the economy, as persons would very quickly utilize any wage increase by purchasing goods and services thus increasing economic activity. I wish to caution those unscrupulous employers that would try and undermine this increase and deliberately and intentionally withhold the additional wage from hard working Bahamians, that the Inspectorate Unit of the Department of Labour have been instructed to implement a comprehensive inspection plan to ensure that there is compliance, and it will aggressively pursue violators and prosecute them to the full extent of the law.Mr. Speaker, it is with much pride and on behalf of the working people of the Bahamas that I move the following resolution: WHEREAS section 4(2) of the Minimum Wages Act (Ch. 321B) hereinafter referred to as “the Act” provides that the Minister responsible for Labour may by order, increase the sums of minimum wages specified in section 4(1) of the Act after consultation with –(a) a confederation being in the opinion of the Minister a confederation representative of employers and associations of employers generally; and(b) an association of registered trade unions being an association in the opinion of the Minister representative of employees generally;AND WHEREAS the Minister has consulted with a The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers Confederation, a confederation representative of employers and associations of employers generally, and both the National Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Trade Union Congress, associations of registered trade unions which are representative of employees generally;AND WHEREAS pursuant to section 4(3) of the Act, as soon as the Minister has made a minimum wages order it shall be subject to affirmative resolution of both Houses of Parliament;NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this House approves the increase of the minimum wages set forth in paragraph (2) of the annexed Minimum Wages (Increase in Minimum Wages) Order, 2015, that is –“The minimum wages shall be fixed as follows –(a) if the employee is employed by the week the minimum wages shall be two hundred and ten dollars per week;(b) if the employee is employed by the day the minimum wages shall be forty-two dollars per day;(c) if the employee is employed by the hour the minimum wages shall be five dollars and twenty-five cents per hour.” LABOUR MINISTER HON. 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Male charged with Robbery and Possession of Imitation Firearm

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 18, 2017 – Providenciales – A 17 year old male of Providenciales was arrested and charged with two counts of Robbery and Possession of Imitation firearm with intent to cause fear in connection with reports made on Tuesday 4th and Saturday 8th July 2017.Around 3:30pm on Tuesday 4th July 2017, the complainant contacted the station and reported that a masked man came into her Variety Store with a handgun and pointed it at the employee and demanded money. He then walked behind the counter, hit the employee on her arm with the gun before opening the cash register and took an undisclosed amount of money.Later that week on Saturday 8th July, a report was made around 8:11am that an unknown male with a small handgun was seen running from the Good Taste Liquor Store located on South Dock Road and heading into Five Cays. As a result, Police visited the scene. The victim told officers that shortly after 8am he noticed a male wearing a ski-masked walked into the store brandishing a small gun, he ran into the store room and hide. The culprit took a small sum of money from the cash register and then exited the store and ran towards Five Cays.Police launched an investigation into both reports. The accused was arrested on Monday 10th July 2017.He appeared in court and was not allowed to enter a plea. He is remanded and the matter is adjourned until later this month for sufficiency hearing.Press Release: RTCIPFlast_img read more

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PDM to reinstate Daylight Savings Time

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI July 20, 2017 — Daylight Saving Time (DST) will be reinstated in the TCI with effect from April 2018. The announcement came from Cabinet this afternoon.The time change will take effect next in order to allow enough time to notify the public and all relevant local and international organizations. DST will be reintroduced in the winter months and Local Standard Time will be effective during the summer months. According to the Cabinet note, DST is being reintroduced following extensive public consultation. The note said also that the response to the proposed DST reinstatement was favourable. No evidence of the consultation has been provided, however, although at a public meeting in Provo last month some residents expressed interest in returning to DST.DST was abandoned in 2015 following a 2014 Cabinet decision. The removal was delayed in order to provide international carriers with sufficient time to adjust schedules. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, daylight savings timecenter_img No time change for Turks and Caicos Day Light Saving Time Delayedlast_img read more

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Second round of scabies at Detention center gone say officials

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #scabiesoutbreakatdetentioncenter Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 19, 2017 – Providenciales – A second outbreak of Scabies at the South Dock Road Detention center in Providenciales is contained, and a clean bill of health was issued on Friday for the facility which serves as an illegal migrant holding center.  The Environmental Health Department was called in to scour the place after four men of the Dominican Republic were diagnosed with having Scabies; these men have also been medically treated, were separated while detained and are now returned home to the DR explained a report from the Department of Immigration.The Immigration Department said that it activated its plan of changing of mattresses, bedding, linens and clothing, and due to exposure to the infected detainees, health officials visited the Detention Centre to assess the health of the remaining detainees, attending security guards and the Immigration Officers assigned to the Detention Centre.Magnetic Media was informed that the Dominicans were awaiting repatriation after serving time at HMP in Grand Turk on illegal fishing offenses.    An escape attempt in November was foiled by security guards and Police, and was said to have been brought on by the Dominicans who wanted to leave the country after being held too long, they said, after their prison sentence was completed.   The group of migrants had also expressed being afraid of getting scabies.Scabies, a disease caused by a mite, is highly contagious and very uncomfortable.    The site has been sanitized said a media release.   It is at least, the second scabies outbreak at the detention center this year.#MagneticMediaNews#scabiesoutbreakatdetentioncenterlast_img read more

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Vista City Hall holds lottery for marijuana dispensary applicants

first_imgVista City Hall holds lottery for marijuana dispensary applicants Elizabeth Alvarez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Emotions ran high at the thought of winning the big prize.The big prize in this case is being among the first to have the city of Vista review an application to open one of 11 medical marijuana dispensaries.Several dozens of applicants showed up to City Hall first thing Tuesday morning.Every applicant had to have two cashier’s checks. One for $10,000 for processing fees and another in the amount of $100,000 to prove they had the financial resources to finish the approval process. If not they were turned away.Residents from across the state drove to Vista to get a shot at the opportunity. Elliot Lewis from Long Beach said, “We heard Vista was opening up for medical marijuana dispensaries and we hold quite a few licenses in the state so we decided to come in here and give it a shot.”This is a first for the city of Vista. Measure Z,which passed in November, was a citizens initiative that forced the city to allow medical pot shops to open.Just like a lottery drawing, each applicant that showed up before 10 a.m. was giving a ball with a letter on it. It was placed in a spinning drum and a blindfolded city employee pulled out one by one.Elliott Lewis was drawn 8th, giving him a good chance as long as he meet all of the requirements.“It’s definitely a big prize. It’s high-stakes, it’s not again for little boys with short shorts. Your heart gets going, you spent a lot of time and money and effort and it just comes down to the luck of the draw”, says Lewis.The city will continue taking applications until 5 p.m. January 29th.Building a registration priority list, it will work down that list from first to last verifying the applicants. Posted: January 22, 2019 Elizabeth Alvarez, January 22, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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22 KPBSD School Sites To Host Budget Development Forum

first_imgAt 6:00pm, on Tuesday, October 30, KPBSD school principals will meet with site-councils and the public after a live video-streamed presentation from the district to all 22 school sites in the district. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The process is rolling forward for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget planning process for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Participant input will be synthesized and presented to the KPBSD school board during future board meetings and work sessions.Link: KPBSD Finance Department Pegge Erkeneff, KPBSD Communications Liaison: “This year in particular we’re really focusing on site councils and everybody that has any interests in ours schools, or concerned about our school remaining high quality schools should come out to one of our site councils.” center_img Erkeneff: “We will video stream from the district office, and then after the video stream locally at each site the principal will be meeting with the community that is gathered there for that school.” According to Erkeneff, the meeting will provide an opportunity to learn about reductions which have been considered in the past—some implemented, some not—as well as potential new or additional revenue will be explored.last_img read more

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Senator Micciche Talks Impacts Of Wildwood Closure

first_imgMicciche: “130 people showed up for that meeting, and now we have community members coming to Juneau to help the administration understand that closing down Wildwood does not save money it actually costs the state money.” Micciche: “It’s a great statement from the community. I have never had this number of people come down on their own dime, these are not people with a lot of money,these are folks that realize that the community partnership with Wildwood is working. The partnership is stopping recidivism, turning lives around, and it is remarkably successful.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy’s plan to close a major portion of Wildwood Correctional Complex could have a major economic impact on the Kenai Peninsula. Roughly $12.8 million of the savings will come from a plan to send 500 inmates to prisons outside of Alaska. The other savings would come from closing the sentenced facilities of Wildwood Correctional Complex. The Department of Corrections made the announcement to employees at Wildwood via email shortly after Governor Dunleavy unveiled his upcoming budget plan. Correctional officers, former inmates, and staff at Wildwood Correctional Facility flooded the Borough Chambers to testify against the proposed closures at Wildwood prior to a town hall meeting in February. Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen), has continually challenged the plan to close parts of Wildwood. Over the last week a number of Kenai Peninsula residents have flown to Juneau to advocate for Wildwood as well. According to budget documents, the move would eliminate 46 jobs and save the state roughly $6 million. Sarah Gallagher, Public Information Officer with DOC: “46 jobs will be impacted, but it is our goal to work with those individuals who wish to stay working within the Department of Corrections.”last_img read more

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Crain Acquires Temp Workforce Research Company

first_imgCrain Communications—which publishes several b-to-b titles including Ad Age and Crain’s New York Business—has acquired temporary workforce research and analysis firm Staffing Industry Analysts. The Jordan, Edmiston Group represented Staffing Industry Analysts in the transaction. Financial terms were not disclosed.As part of the deal, SIA will become a wholly-owned Crain property. CEO Ron Mester will remain in the top executive post and the business will maintain its Los Altos, California headquarters.last_img

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Keith Urbans Coming Home Features Julia Michaels Merle Haggard Riff Refresh

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jan 28, 2018 – 8:14 pm Watch: Julia Michaels 2018 GRAMMYs Red Carpet Twitter Email The GRAMMY winner released his latest country pop anthem, a collaboration with one of pop’s craftiest songstresses with a riff plucked from country music historyPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 21, 2018 – 3:58 pm Keith Urban has released a moving and memorable lyric video for his anthem “Coming Home,” featuring singer/songwriter Julia Michaels.Rolling Stone explains how the riff in “Coming Home” is modified from Merle Haggard’s famous lick in “Mama Tried,” with Urban giving Haggard credit. While there’s room for discussion of how pop production is blending new with old, and acoustic with electronic, Urban’s modified version of the riff takes on a life of its own, sustaining the theme of the song and its upbeat expectations.Those who enjoyed her GRAMMY nominated hit “Issues” or who’ve been fans of her songwriting for artists such as Fifth Harmony, Selena Gomez, or Demi Lovato know that Julia Michaels is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her strength in verse and harmony, coming in toward the end of Urban’s latest, is warm and riveting at the same time. Urban’s New “Coming Home”: A Riff Apart keith-urbans-coming-home-features-julia-michaels-merle-haggard-riff-refresh Keith Urban’s “Coming Home” Features Julia Michaels, Merle Haggard Riff Refresh News Facebook Speaking to GRAMMY Museum Executive Director and “Required Listening” podcast host Scott Goldman at SXSW on March 16, Urban credited his affinity for collaborations as having made a big contribution to his artistic development. He also spoke about his upcoming album Graffiti U and summer tour. So in addition to the joys of “Coming Home,” Urban’s fans have a lot to look forward to.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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Urban Latin Music Dominated 2018 According To Streaming Services

first_img Facebook 2018 Was A Huge Year For Urban Latin Music urban-latin-music-dominated-2018-according-streaming-services Twitter Email News Urban Latin Music Dominated 2018, According To Streaming Services YouTube, Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music have revealed their 2018 top music lists, all of which prominently featured Urban Latin artists, showing the genre’s increasing growthJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Dec 6, 2018 – 2:32 pm You’ve heard it a thousand times: Latin urban music is reaching greater audiences in the United States and outside the Spanish-speaking world. In 2018 alone, the genre known as the “Latino Gang,” GRAMMY nominee Cardi B, Latin GRAMMY winner J Balvin and Latin GRAMMY nominee Bad Bunny dominated streams and charts with “I Like It.”This year’s Latin GRAMMY Best New Artist Karol G and Latin GRAMMY nominees Ozuna and Nicky Jam also made waves with hip-hop and dembow inspired hits heard everywhere.To further cement Latin urban’s reign, streaming services YouTube, Pandora, Apple Music and Spotify have all released data that continue to show how the internet is helping the genre carve out a place in the U.S and global music market.On the global scale, YouTube has released its top most-viewed videos of 2018, with eight of its top 10 being Spanish-language songs. Taking first place is the remix version of Casper Magico, Nio Garcia and Darell’s reggaeton breakup song “Te Bote,” which also features rap verses by Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny and Ozuna with 1.45 billion views year-to-date, according to Variety.Meanwhile, Nicky Jam’s “X” featuring J Balvin, another reggaeton-infused, hip-shaking track, trails behind “Te Bote” with 1.40 billion views.This year the list features two more Spanish-language artists than last year. In 2017, six Spanish language songs made the top list with Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” in the No.1 spot.Music-streaming giant Spotify’s most globally streamed artist is Drake, but Colombian reggaeton artist J Balvin follows close behind at No. 4. Other artists on the global list’s top 10 include Ozuna and Bad Bunny at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. Cardi B, who has had a few collaborations with Latin urban artists like Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Ozuna, is the No. 3 most streamed female artist of the year.Arguably, Spotify’s playlist game, with a recently launched strategy to make global music bigger, makes them the leader in that lane too. Urban Latin music makes an appearance on their top most-followed playlist of the year as the Baila Reggaeton is No. 4.While not as popular as in other lists, Cardi B, J Balvin and Bad Bunny popped up in Apple Music’s top lists, too. “I like It” is No. 6 on the Global 100 list and No. 10. The song was chosen by staff as Song Of The Year. READ: Ozuna Is Making Reggaeton Hits That Are Getting Global AttentionPandora, currently only in the U.S., published a list featuring the top Latin music streams and urban Latin music dominates. “I Like It” holds the No. 1 spot, followed by Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s “X,” and Ozuna’s La Modelo featuring Cardi B at No. 3. “Te Bote.”The growth in urban Latin music presence on digital charts, thanks in large part to streaming, is estimated to continue growing, but we’ll have to wait for 2019 to see how that will look like.Rosalía, Other Latin Music Artists Seeing Boom In Europe ShowsRead morelast_img read more

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5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday July 11 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, July 11, 2019:#1) Wilmington Bylaw Study Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Bylaw Study Committee meets at 6pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Wonderland Theme Park At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a presentation on Wonderland at 7pm. Thirty years before the Wonderland Race Track was built, the site was given its name by the Wonderland Amusement Park. Conceived by a man in the Baking Soda industry who bought the land and planned by a man who had failed to build the biggest park in Coney Island. Wonderland was filled with cutting-edge rides and attractions. Its opening day broke attendance records at Revere Beach, and the park was a major success. Author Stephen R. Wilk has been researching the park for his forthcoming book Backstage at Wonderland, and will talk about the building of the park and its first year of operation, 1906. Register HERE.#3) Pints & Pages Book Club MeetingThe Wilmington Memorial Library & Reading Public Library are holding their monthly Pints & Pages Book Club Meeting at Reading Public Library. A social book group geared towards readers in their 20’s and 30’s.  The group meets on the first Thursday of every other month.  The book discussion will be hosted by librarians from the Wilmington and Reading Public Libraries. Meeting location rotates between Wilmington and Reading. Featured Book: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Location: Reading Public Library, Reading. We’re having a potluck picnic on the patio. Bring along a dish to share! Register HERE.#4) Time For Twos At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding Time for Twos at 10:30am. This storytime for two year olds includes books, rhymes, music and movement. Parents and caregivers accompany the child and participate in the activities. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.#5) Baby Time At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding Baby Time at 9:30am. This program of songs, rhymes, games and picture books is for babies under the age of two years and their caregivers. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”LIBRARY LINEUP: Story Time At Silver Lake On July 10; Remembering Wonderland Amuseumet Park On July 11In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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This super house plant scrubs pollutants from your home

first_img 16 Photos Sci-Tech More plants Plant-robot hybrid can make its own way to sunny spots The best indoor plants to bring the outside in How to water your plants while you’re away According to the study, the unmodified plants didn’t affect the concentration of either gas much. But the modified plants changed the concentration of chloroform dramatically inside the tube, making it drop by 82 percent just after three days. By the sixth day, it was almost completely undetectable. The concentration of benzene also decreased thanks to the modified plants. By day eight, it dropped by an impressive 75 percent.”People haven’t really been talking about these hazardous organic compounds in homes, and I think that’s because we couldn’t do anything about them,” study author Stuart Strand said in a statement. “Now we’ve engineered houseplants to remove these pollutants for us.”The research team plans to add a protein to pothos plants that can break down another hazardous pollutant inside some homes: formaldehyde. This harmful compound is often found in wood flooring and cabinets. Tags Plug in your plants with these 15 connected garden gadgets (pictures)center_img Post a comment 0 CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The best place to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Houseplants do more than just add natural beauty to your abode. They also help clean the air.Enlarge ImageA University of Washington scientist tests genetically modified pothos ivy to see how fast the plant can break down harmful chemicals. Mark Stone/University of Washington Now, researchers at the University of Washington have improved the air-cleaning properties of one common household plant, the pothos ivy (epipremnum aureum).The team genetically modified pothos ivy to not only remove carcinogens such as chloroform and benzene from the air, but to synthesize a protein, called 2E1, that transforms these harmful compounds into molecules the plants use for their own growth.The researchers chose pothos ivy as the plant for modification because it grows well indoors in a variety of conditions. They detail their work in a new study published this week in Environmental Science & Technology. The scientists added benzene or chloroform gas to modified and non-modified plants in glass tubes. Over 11 days, they collected data on how each pollutant’s concentration changed.  Share your voicelast_img read more

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Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 FINAL scene A White Walker

first_imgPeter Dinklage as Tyrion LannisterHBOGame of Thrones will soon be airing its final season and fans may very well be realizing that this is indeed the end of their favourite show. So, in the spirit of goodbyes, we have the apparent description of the final scene that will wrap the final season of Game of Thrones.Be warned. Spoilers abound.The final episode winds down with a scene in the far far North, in the Lands of Always Winter. A single White Walker apparently rides to and brings the body of Bran Stark to an altar.It is known that the Night King stabbed Bran in episode 2. He was stabbed in the heart with Dragonglass. The White Walker seemingly performs a certain ritual and Bran opens his eyes, they’re apparently bright blue. The White Walker apparently puts a crown on Bran’s head and the altar slowly changes into one of ice.  Bran Stark is the Night KingFacebookThat is quite an ominous ending to the show and we have to say, leaves things a bit open-ended. Could there be a continuation of the story in a sequel series? We know that HBO is planning a prequel series but Game of Thrones has been too much of a success for HBO to just end it. Maybe we can expect a sequel to Game of Thrones in a couple of years. But for now, we’ll just have to make do with the final six episodes of the final season of Game of Thrones. The cast and crew of the show has apparently been saying their goodbyes.The final season of Game of Thrones will air in April. We can’t wait for the final season of Game of Thrones.last_img read more

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Asia stocks dollar edge lower as markets await Fed Bank of Japan

first_imgAsian shares and the dollar edged lower on Monday as investors awaited central bank meetings in the United States and Japan this week that are expected to hold clues to future policy moves.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent in early trading, taking its cue from a mixed day on Wall Street on Friday.Markets in Australia were closed for Anzac Day, a public holiday.Japan’s Nikkei stock index shed about 0.5 percent as the yen pulled off its lows. Investors also locked in gains after the index soared to an 11-1/2 week high following a report the Bank of Japan will consider another easing step at its two-day policy review that ends on Wednesday.Bloomberg reported on Friday that the BOJ is considering applying negative rates to its lending programme for financial institutions.But some investors still believe the central bank might opt to hold steady as it assesses the impact of its negative interest rate policy unveiled on Jan. 29. A semi-annual report on the country’s banking system issued on Friday by the central bank said the policy has caused some disruption in fund flows and will hurt financial institutions’ profits for the time being.Underpinning sentiment, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered his government on Sunday to compile an extra budget package to fund reconstruction from recent earthquakes that hit Kumamoto prefecture in southwestern Japan, with an aim to put it into effect by June 1.Against the yen, the dollar slipped about 0.4 percent to 111.41 yen after it earlier rose as high as 111.90, its loftiest peak since April 1.”The wide interest rate differential between the U.S. and Japan make it costly to be long yen without momentum,” Marc Chandler, global head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York, said in a not to clients.”Momentum and trend followers appear heavily represented in the futures market, and they have been caught the wrong way. This may see the tone shift from selling dollar rallies to buy dips,” Chandler said.The euro added about 0.1 percent to $1.1231. Last week the European Central Bank held its policy rates at historic lows as expected.The Fed, which lifted its benchmark overnight interest rate in December for the first time in nearly a decade, meets on Wednesday.Policymakers are expected to hold interest rates steady when they meet this week, but may tweak their description of the economic outlook to reflect more benign conditions, leaving the path open for future rate rises.A Reuters poll showed on Friday showed that economists expect the Fed to stand pat and then deliver a rate hike in June, and follow up with another by the end of this year.Crude oil prices slipped after rising on Friday and notching their third straight week of gains as market sentiment turned more upbeat amid signs a persistent global supply glut may be easing.Brent fell about 0.7 percent to $44.79 a barrel, while U.S. crude shed about 0.9 percent to $43.36.last_img read more

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Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka takes huge salary cut for FY2017

first_imgInfosys COO U B Pravin Rao (extreme left) and CEO Vishal Sikka (centre) addressing a press conference in Bengaluru on April 13, 2017 after declaration of Q4 results.IANSInfosys CEO Vishal Sikka saw his salary (cash component) fall 67.15 percent while COO U B Pravin Rao’s dropped 15.95 percent for 2016-17, according to the company’s latest annual report. In terms of cash component comprising fixed pay, retirals and incentives, the decrease was largely in bonus, down 81 percent to $822,289 in 2016-17 from $4.3 million in 2015-16. The fall was made up by performance-based incentives in the form of stock options worth $2,885,482 granted in 2016-17 as against NIL in the preceding fiscal, resulting in an overall drop of 7 percent to $6.75 million (~ Rs 45.11 crore) as against $7.30 million in 2015-16 (~ Rs 48.41 crore).The time-based stock incentives for 2016-17 remained unchanged at $2 million.For Pravin Rao, the overall compensation rose to Rs. 11.80 crore in 2016-17 from Rs. 8.14 crore in the previous financial year, according to the annual report. The increase was due to performance-based stock incentives worth Rs. 4 crore. From a cash component perspective, his salary fell 15.95 percent to Rs 7.80 crore (basic Rs 4 crore, bonus Rs 3.63 crore, retirals Rs 17.7 lakh) from Rs 9.28 crore in 2015-16. It is pertinent here that Rao’s salary was revised with effect from November 2016, triggering a sharp response from co-founder and former chairman Narayana Murthy. Rao’s new compensation package included Rs. 4.62 crore in fixed pay and Rs. 3.88 crore as variable compensation annually, apart from 27,250 restricted stock units and 43,000 stock options vesting over four years. Murthy had criticised the Infosys board’s decision to give a hike to Rao, saying it sent a wrong message to the employees in a communication circulated to select media houses.”This is grossly unfair to the majority of the Infosys employees including project managers, delivery managers, analysts, programmers, sales people in the field, entry level engineers, clerks and office boys who are toiling hard to make the company better. The impact of such a decision will likely erode the trust and faith of the employees in the management and the board.”With what conscience, can a decent person like Pravin (a man schooled in Infosys values for over 30 years) tell his juniors that they should work hard and make sacrifice to reduce cost and protect margin? I have got so many mails from these people asking whether this resolution is fair. No previous resolution in the history of the company has received such a low approval,” he had added.On Wednesday, Infosys closed 0.40 percent lower at Rs. 953 on the BSE while the Sensex ended 64 points lower at 30,302.last_img read more

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Wipro will push McLarens sports car business through artificial intelligence

first_imgDavid Ramos/Getty Images.Indian information technology (IT) firm Wipro signed up with British company McLaren Technology Group, on Tuesday to deploy its Holmes artificial intelligence platform to increase the productivity and high-tech business of the automobile company.”Wipro, with its deep domain expertise and vast application services portfolio, will help us achieve excellence as well as drive innovation in artificial intelligence,” said Craig Charlton, Chief Information Officer at McLaren Technology Group in a statement.After the sign-up, Wipro got the title of ‘official technology partner’ of McLaren. This will help the car maker boost digitisation across its businesses and also help Wipro to expand its artificial intelligence business.”Digitisation is a great opportunity for renowned brands like McLaren to re-imagine and redesign their products and services from their customer’s perspective,” said N S Bala, president of Manufacturing & Technology at Wipro Limited.Wipro’s AI platform — Holmes Holmes is a cognitive computing system developed by Wipro in 2016. This artificial intelligence platform of Wipro, gives direct competition to rival IBM and its product IBM Watson.Last year, Wipro said it will use Holmes to automate several aspects of its fixed price projects that will save up to $46.5 million and free over 3,000 engineers from usual and boring software maintenance activities.That move was part of Wipro’s bigger plan to generate $60-$70 million in revenue by selling the platform to new and existing clients.”The extensive use cases addressed by Wipro Holmes enable faster time to market for application services, minimum human touchpoints in IT infrastructure operations and enhanced process efficiencies across key business processes through theme-driven AI and automation offerings,” said Rohit Adlakha, vice-president and Global Head at Wipro Holmes and Automation Ecosystem. The humanoid robot AILA (artificial intelligence lightweight android) operates a switchboard during a demonstration by the German research centre for artificial intelligence at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover March, 5, 2013 (representational image).Reuters fileHowever, such mass expansion of the automation platform will also raise fears of job cuts in the future. Earlier in May, top seven IT companies in India, that include Wipro, said they had plans to ask at least 56,000 engineers to leave in 2017.In fact, according to reports, the IT major Wipro has sacked about 600 employees early this year on achieving greater process automation and following performance appraisals.Reports also suggested that Wipro’s homegrown AI platform Holmes will soon automate jobs done by 10,000 engineers across 20,000 projects from various business verticals. This means that more engineers would become redundant as their tasks would be now done by codes and algorithms.However, mass layoffs can be addressed if the big IT companies takes the initiative to reskill the engineers and upgrade their knowledge to handle roles that will require diverse skillsets and expertise.But with more automation coming in, it is not clear how companies like Wipro will manage to create non-automated work profiles for their engineers who face the threat of losing their work as digitisation makes further strides within the software services companies.last_img read more

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Nepal revises plane crash death figure to 49

first_imgPeople light candles in memory of the victims of the US-Bangla aircraft crash in Nepal, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 15 March, 2018. Photo: ReutersThe home ministry of Nepal has corrected the number of deaths in the US Bangla plane crash in Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday afternoon, reports Nepalese newspaper Kathmandu Post.Earlier, the ministry had put the death toll at 51.Rescue workers work at the wreckage of a US-Bangla airplane after it crashed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal 12 March, 2018. Photo: ReutersAccording to the Kathmandu Post, the ministry in a statement on Wednesday said 49 persons including four crewmembers were killed in the crash.Of the dead, 26 were Bangladeshis, 22 Nepalese and one Chinese.last_img

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No new tax laws in 10 years

first_imgDespite its compulsion to raise revenue earning, the government has in the past decade not been able to modernise tax-related laws.Official documents show, none of the new laws on value added tax (VAT), customs and income tax, that were initiated in 2009, the year the Awami League assumed office, has been made effective.As a result, the tax authorities have to abide by the old laws and system in collecting and increasing the revenue.The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is still using the law that was enacted in 1991 to collect VAT from the businessmen.The new VAT law, enacted in 2012, was scheduled to make its journey in July 2017. The deadline was, however, deferred by two years in the face of resistance from the business community.As per the new deadline, it is scheduled to come into force in July next.Asked about the matter, former caretaker government’s finance adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam said the amendment to a law should begin at the beginning of a government’s tenure. He said if a law is planned to be made effective at the end of a regime, it creates unwanted situation for the government.“The law is not enough, its full execution is a must,” he added.Many of the taxable people, Mirza Aziz added, are evading VAT while there are nowadays many people in the villages who earn more than Tk 250,000 in a financial year.“Initiatives must be taken to bring them under the tax net.”The target of the revenue has increased by six and half times in the past 10 years.According to NBR, in the fiscal 2009-10, it was given a target of earning revenue amounting to Tk 610 billion, which has been raised to Tk 3,000 billion in the current fiscal year.In 2017, businesspeople protested and demanded separate VAT charges instead of a unified slab of 15 per cent VAT for all. The government backtracked on the deadline.The NBR too did nothing in this regard in the past one and half years.The authorities have not yet fixed the amendable areas in the new VAT law. The NBR just served a notice to the commissioners in this regard in the past month.Also, it requested two universities and a research firm to survey the possible impact of the new VAT law.Under the circumstances, the NBR will get only five months to complete the entire process.NBR member Rezaul Hasan, however, expressed confidence that the revenue board will be able to implement the law in due time.“We’re ready to implement the new law. When the law was introduced in 2017, the businessmen were not ready to comply with the it as they do not have the appropriate software to regulate the VAT payment system. We’ve already directed them in this regard. If they fail to do so this time around, it’s their own fault,” he said.The NBR has in the meantime started redrafting the customs law in 2012.Upon completion of other formalities, the authorities were supposed to execute the new customs law in July 2018, according to officials concerned.The draft law was approved by the cabinet last year but not rubberstamped by parliament. The law might be raised in parliament during the next budget session.The country is currently using the customs law of 1969.The income tax law is also quite old — the one made in 1984.The NBR decided to amend the law 10 years ago. In the meantime, the authorities have just drafted English version of the new law. They are now planning to make it in Bangla, officials said.NBR officials said the final draft of the law would be sent to the cabinet division before the next budget session.If enacted in due time, the NBR is planning to implement the new law in the fiscal 2020-21.“We want the new government to implement new VAT, tax and customs law as soon as possible,” said former president of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry Abul Kashem Khan.He said there would be multi tiers in the new VAT law as per demand of the business community.The laws on customs and income tax, he added, must also have reflections of recommendations made by the businesspeople and the new laws must ensure hassle-free tax payment and business transactions.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islamlast_img read more

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