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Mbappe reveals French Olympic dream

first_imgKylian Mbappe revealed that he next intends to star for France at the OlympicsThe 19-year-old striker has already risen to the top of the football world following his exploits at Russia in the summer, which saw France claim a second World Cup title.Over the past year alone, Mbappe has won every domestic honour available in his home country at Paris Saint-Germain with a club European title the only thing lacking from his already extensive trophy haul.However, speaking at his hometown of Bondy on Wednesday, Mbappe declared that he intends to emulate PSG teammates Neymar and Marquinhos by winning gold at the Olympics.The pair won gold for hosts Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I still have a lot of things to do,” Mbappe told RMC Sport. “I want to accomplish everything.“With France, I still have the European Championship to win. I would also, why not, like to compete in the Olympics. Then, with PSG, we all know what [the Champions League] is missing there.”Mbappe is on the shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or and the Kopa Award for the best under-21 player.However, winning football’s most prestigious individual award in the Ballon d’Or can come later as far as Mbappe is concerned.He said: “Ballon d’Or talk is unwelcome here. We can talk about that at a later date.”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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Premier calls for Planning Dept to assess homes in Millennium Heights

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 6, 2016 – Three weeks ago the Premier said he asked planning to go to Millennium Heights to see what is going on in the community which has unleashed a barrage of complaints to media and the public about construction, environmental and financial stresses they have been forced to endure for years because of short cuts and shoddy construction by Priton Development. The country’s leader explained to Magnetic Media via WhatsApp that it was nearly a month ago that he, and I quote him now,  “I have instructed the Minister for Planning and the Planning Department via the minister to inspect the situation with respect to the sink holes in phase two and this was supposedly done.”  He continued with, “I have again followed up with them yesterday and requested that whatever assessment is required that attention be paid and executed.” The statement also says, that the Minister would say something today, but Minister Amanda Missick has not said anything up to news production time.  We asked the Premier about the mold, as he is the Minister of Health; Hon Dr Rufus Ewing said he had not heard of the mold problem but referred residents to the Environmental Health Department Director for evaluation.Magnetic Media has learned that the EHD has already condemned one house and that may lead to litigation.  Meanwhile, also silent so far is Priton Development, the contractors given not one or two but three tracts of Crown Land to build what can only be described so far as subpar houses.  The beleaguered homeowners in Millennium Heights have taken some comfort in the words of the Premier; who also said much of the owness has to be place on the builders as Planning Department aims to determine if there is something wrong with the construction method.This may be too little too late, as many of the buyers of the Priton homes are distrustful of the Planning Department, which they believe should have ensured at the onset, the house constructions were up to standard before issuing hundreds of move in certificates. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Digicel Defends amidst vociferous protest

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 18, 2016 – Digicel defended its company reputation in a late day interview with Magnetic Media yesterday aimed at setting the record straight on what is happening at the telecommunications organization; and there to send the strong message to islanders was current CEO, Sinead O Marcaigh and EJ Saunders who remains a Director and shareholder of Digicel.Saunders said he is an investor in Digicel and would never sit on a board which supports disenfranchising Turks and Caicos Islanders.  EJ Saunders’ name appeared on placards of demonstrators who protested outside of the Leeward Highway headquarters of the company on Monday; the move by Digicel to make redundant seven staffers, including six Turks and Caicos Islanders has been met with vociferous objection.To our question about the make-up of their staff, Ms O Marcaigh explained that 60% of its senior management are Turks and Caicos Islanders, that they had increased staff to 75 since their right-sizing during the acquisition of WIV and overall, there are currently 11 work permit holders, and that figure will soon be reduced to nine.Protesters and press releases have called for Digicel to rehire, to instead let work permit holders go and attorney Finbar Grant even recommended to workers to take strike action and shut Digicel down.Former Telecoms boss, Drexwell Seymour though painted an entirely different picture in an op-ed piece he published online; saying essentially the redundancies are commonly done as companies evolve to keep pace with market demands.Magnetic Media learned too, that none of the political leaders seen in the protest have requested a meeting with Digicel to discuss their grievances face to face; at least one of the protestors is asking the country for the opportunity to be its Premier come next General Elections.The Immigration Board, in a rare interview given by its Chair, Sheba Wilson, threatened the revocation of work permits at Digicel and O Marcaigh admitted to Magnetic Media that the company is under review by the Board.It was also explained by both Saunders and O Marcaigh that they are confident the Immigration Board will find that Digicel is being fair and sincere in its need for the work permits to improve on its telecommunications network in these islands. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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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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Groundbreaking for new Chula Vista Veterans Affairs Healthcare Clinic begins

first_imgGroundbreaking for new Chula Vista Veterans Affairs Healthcare Clinic begins April 5, 2018 Updated: 10:08 PM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img 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 SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — Groundbreaking has begun on a new Veterans Affairs Healthcare Clinic in Chula Vista.The 31,000-square foot facility will replace the current clinic and will be roughly three times as large.The new clinic will offer state of the art services for veterans.Construction is expected to be done by December 2019 and will open in early 2020. Posted: April 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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District Attorney Summer Stephans annual Citizens of Courage Awards

first_img 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 SettingsNine San Diegans were honored Tuesday for their extraordinary courage in the face of violent crime.It was all part of District Attorney Summer Stephan’s annual Citizens of Courage Awards luncheon.KUSI was joined by District Attorney Summer Stephan and Maria Figueroa, one of the people honored at the luncheon. KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 10, 2018 District Attorney Summer Stephan’s annual ‘Citizens of Courage Awards’ April 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Citizens of Courage, District Attorney Summer Stephan FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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2018 ChickfilA Military Appreciation Night

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 23, 2018 Updated: 10:43 AM Posted: May 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Wednesday, May 23rd, Chick-fil-A will give away free food for military families and veterans. Any active duty member of the military or retired veteran with a military I.D. or proof of service, along with every one of their immediate family members with them, will receive their choice of a free entrée at any of the 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County between the hours of 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Choices include the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Sandwich, eight-count Nuggets or three-count Chick-n-Strips. The event also will include raffles for the opportunity to win prizes, music entertainment and a visit from the “Eat Mor Chikin” Cow.“We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to those who have honorably served our nation,” said Kyle Steck, military veteran and franchise Operator of Chick-fil-A Santee. “We hope they, along with their families, will join us as we show our appreciation for all they do.”This will be Chick-fil-A’s 11th annual Military Appreciation Night locally. The event began in 2008, when there were only four Chick-fil-A restaurants operating in San Diego.Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, La Mesa, Escondido, National City and in San Diego on Sports Arena Blvd., Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa, Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Camino del Sur in 4S Ranch, Scranton Road in Sorrento Valley and Balboa Avenue in Clairemont. For addresses and directions to locate a Chick-fil-A restaurant, please visit www.cfasandiego.com. KUSI Newsroom 2018 Chick-fil-A Military Appreciation Nightlast_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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ASCAP Makes Disaster Relief Donation To MusiCares

first_img Email https://twitter.com/ASCAP/status/1075132594763685888 ASCAP Makes Disaster Relief Donation To MusiCares ascap-makes-disaster-relief-donation-musicares Facebook News Twitter Donation will help music community members most affected by the firesPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 27, 2018 – 11:59 am Performing rights organization ASCAP announced on Dec. 18 that it is donating to MusiCares to support music’s creators including those “affected by the recent wildfires in northern and southern California” needing help with food, shelter and replacement of instruments or equipment.”We are truly grateful for the support and ongoing partnership of ASCAP,” said Recording Academy and MusiCares President/CEO Neil Portnow. “Their work on behalf of music people is vital, and their generosity to the music community is equally strong. This donation demonstrates how the music industry works together to take care of their own.””We have all been stunned by the devastation caused by the California fires and the heartache and loss suffered by our members who reside there,” said ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams, winner of three GRAMMY awards as a songwriter. “ASCAP has always been an advocate for music creators, and faced with these terrible circumstances, we have their backs. We are pleased to work with MusiCares to get help to those who need it most.” ASCAP Makes Disaster Relief Donation To MusiCares Members may make disaster relief requests by contacting MusiCares toll-free at 1.800.687.4227.For those wishing to donate, the “Gift Designation” choice at MusiCares’ donation page offers “Disaster Relief” as a selection.”The music community knows that it can turn to MusiCares in times of distress,” said ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. “They have the organization and the infrastructure necessary to respond to these horrible events and help members of the music community in times of need. We’re glad to work with MusiCares once again to ensure that our funds reach the people most affected by the fires.”Learn Why “She Is The Music” & ASCAP’s Female Songwriting Camp Felt “Essential”Read 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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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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Heavy rains drench Rohingya camps UNHCR

first_imgA Rohingya refugee repairs the roof of his shelter at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, on 5 March 2019. Reuters File PhotoThree days of incessant rains in Bangladesh have destroyed 273 shelters and injured 11 people in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps, said UNHCR on Friday. “We remain on high alert, ready to deploy additional emergency response teams to support our network of refugee volunteers and partners as needed,” said UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley at a press briefing in Geneva, according to UNB. To date, the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh has received only a third (US$301 million) of the US$920 million that is needed, according to UNHCR.Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country since 25 August, 2017 amid military crackdown against them in Rakhine state of Myanmar.Yaxley said an estimated 350mm of rain fell in 72 hours from Monday and more heavy downpours are expected throughout next week, with four months of the monsoon season to go.According to preliminary reports, there have been 26 landslides.Refugee volunteers trained by UNHCR and partners worked throughout the night on Wednesday in heavy rain to help families in urgent need, said the UN Refugee Agency spokesperson.”In some cases, this involved rescuing refugees from shelters destroyed by landslides. We’ve temporarily relocated 2,137 people, either because their shelters suffered substantial damage or as a precaution,” Yaxley said.The spokesperson said their network of Emergency Response Teams has been mobilised to identify the needs of the most vulnerable and prioritise them for assistance. “As an immediate response, pre-positioned emergency supplies are being distributed to help rebuild, repair and strengthen damaged shelters.”In support of the humanitarian response led by the Bangladeshi authorities, UNHCR and partners, including WFP and IOM, made preparedness for the monsoon season a priority, including building retaining structures on hillsides, installing drainage, and building roads and bridges, Yaxley said.Reservoirs have been also constructed to hold monsoon rains and stabilise water supplies, said the spokesperson.last_img
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Researchers analyze the future of transistorless magnonic logic circuits

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — As one of the newest research areas today, the field of magnonics is attracting researchers for many reasons, not the least being its possible role in the development of transistor-less logic circuits. Information presented at the first conference on magnonics last summer in Dresden has spurred a cluster of papers that focus on the recent progress in the field. In one of these studies, Alexander Khitun, Mingqiang Bao, and Kang L. Wang from the University of California at Los Angeles have shown that magnonic logic circuits could offer some significant advantages – in spite of some disadvantages – that may allow them to not only compete with but also outperform transistor-based CMOS logic circuits. 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. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. While the amplitude-encoding approach has benefits including low power consumption due to the low energy of the spin wave signal, the researchers here think that the phase-encoding approach is more promising. This is because the phase-encoding approach enables different frequencies to be used as separate information channels, allowing parallel data processing in the same device. The capability of multi-channel data processing would provide a fundamental advantage over existing switch-based logic circuitry, and could lead to performance rates beyond the limits of today’s technology.“The greatest potential advantage of magnonic logic circuits is the ability to process information in parallel on different frequencies, which is not possible for CMOS-based logic,” Khitun told PhysOrg.com. Khitun, Bao, and Wang have previously fabricated a prototype magnonic device that operates in the GHz frequency range and at room temperature. However, in order for magnonic logic circuits to take advantage of their potential benefits, researchers will have to find solutions to several challenges. For instance, current prototypes will require increased energy efficiency and will need to be scaled down to the submicrometer range in order to compete with CMOS logic circuits. In comparison, there is still plenty of room to scale down the size of transistors, although power dissipation will likely make further scaling inefficient in the CMOS architecture. Another challenge for the magnonic phase-encoding approach in particular is the requirement for a bi-stable phase element to provide the output on two phases. In their analysis, the researchers note that one candidate is a device called the magnetic parametron, which was invented in the early days of magnetic computers more than 50 years ago. Interestingly, the parametron-based magnetic computers originally competed with transistor-based computers, which eventually proved to be the better option. Yet the magnetic parametron may now provide magnonic logic circuits the ability to live up to their potential.Other challenges for magnonic logic circuits include minimizing the inductive crosstalk between input and output ports, demonstrating some components of the circuits that have not yet been realized, and ensuring that the spin wave devices are compatible with conventional electron-based devices to enable efficient data exchange. Although the development of high-performance magnonic logic circuits will face challenges, Khitun, Bao, and Wang conclude that the advantages are significant enough to justify extensive research. Overall, the researchers predict that, even if the magnonic logic circuits don’t fully replace CMOS logic circuits, they may provide complementary components by offering low-power-consuming hardware for certain general and special task data processing. More information: Alexander Khitun, Mingqiang Bao, and Kang L. Wang. “Magnonic logic circuits.” J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 43 (2010) 264005 (10pp). doi:10.1088/0022-3727/43/26/264005 Explore furthercenter_img This figure compares CMOS logic and magnonic logic in terms of throughput (the number of operations per area per time) as a function of the minimum feature size, which is the gate length for CMOS and the wavelength for a spin wave circuit. According to the projected estimates, spin logic may provide a throughput advantage of more than three orders of magnitude over CMOS due to the fact that the throughput of the spin circuit is inversely proportional to the wavelength. However, the throughput of demonstrated spin logic prototypes is currently far below current CMOS technology. Image credit: Alexander Khitun, et al. Spintronic transistor is developed The field of magnonics gets its name from spin waves and their associated quasi-particles called magnons, which have attracted scientific interest since the 1950s. Spin waves can generate collective spin excitations in magnetically ordered materials; by controlling the surrounding magnetic field, researchers can also control spin excitations and use them, for example, to carry and process information. Over the past few years, researchers have been investigating how to exploit spin wave phenomena to make logic circuits, which are the basis of data processing in electronic devices. Whereas CMOS logic circuits use electric current to store and transfer data, magnonic logic circuits use spin waves propagating in magnetic waveguides. By avoiding electric currents, magnonic logic circuits have the potential to enable more efficient data transfer and enhanced logic functionality, including parallel data processing.On the other hand, spin waves are known to have properties that present disadvantages for data processing, which include having a group velocity that is more than 100 times slower than the speed of light, and an attenuation (reduction of signal strength) that is more than 1,000,000 times higher than for photons. However, as chip density has increased and the distances between components have become smaller, the slow velocity and high attenuation have become less problematic. Now, fast signal modulation has become more important, which spin waves can provide due to their short wavelength and long coherence length. As the researchers explain in their analysis, a magnonic logic circuit can encode a bit of information in two ways: through either the amplitude or the phase of the spin wave. In the first working spin wave-based logic device demonstrated in 2005, Mikhail Kostylev and coauthors used the amplitude-encoding approach. They split the spin wave into two paths, which would later interfere with each other either constructively or destructively. The interference creates two opposite amplitudes that represent the 0 and 1 logic states. In the second approach, a spin wave propagating through an inverter waveguide undergoes a half-wavelength phase change. The original phase ‘0’ and the inverted phase ‘π’ can then be used to represent the logic states 0 and 1, respectively. Citation: Researchers analyze the future of transistor-less magnonic logic circuits (2010, June 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-future-transistor-less-magnonic-logic-circuits.htmllast_img read more

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Eating disorders figure skatings dirty little secret

first_imgFour years ago, Russia’s Yulia Lipnitskaya had the world at her 15-year-old feet, before the ground crumbled beneath them. The figure skater had emerged as one of the golden athletes of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, enchanting her audience to win the team title – and a very public bear hug from Russian President Vladimir Putin. But during the Pyeongchang Winter Games, Lipnitskaya is back home in Russia, her skates gathering dust, after she retired in September due to health issues related to anorexia. Eating disorders have been described as “skating’s dirty little secret” – partly because sufferers usually strive to keep their problem well hidden. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Canada’s Gabrielle Daleman said she received messages from many other skaters when she opened up about her own problems. “I don’t know if it’s the sport or if it’s just the way people look at themselves,” the 20-year-old told AFP.”I just wasn’t happy with the way I was looked, from being bullied (at school) and everything, I was getting criticised. I tried to look a certain way what people wanted me to look, rather than just feel good about myself. So that’s something I’ve learned over the past year.” Daleman, who finished 15th in the women’s singles in Pyeongchang, said her eating disorder started at school, where she was bullied over a learning disability. “I got a lot of messages from other skaters. Ashley Cain messaged me, Gracie (Gold) messaged me, Evgenia Medvedeva messaged me.”A lot of skaters came up saying thank you for sharing the story, because not a lot of people are open with it.” One of those she mentioned, Gracie Gold, a two-time American champion, pulled out of this Olympic season, citing an eating disorder, depression and anxiety.In 2005, an eating disorder forced American skater Jenny Kirk to end her promising skating career in the run-up to US team selection for the 2006 Turin Games. – ‘I’m not ashamed’ – In Lipnitskaya’s case, anorexia was ruining her life. She sought help in a clinic in Israel inw January, before taking the momentous decision to call time on her skating career at the age of just 19.She has spoken candidly about her struggles, saying as an inherently shy girl she’d found it hard to cope with her sudden fame. “Ever since childhood I’ve been a very strong introvert,” she said in an interview with the Russian skating federation. “Speaking with an unfamiliar person meant I had to make a real effort.””Anorexia is a 21st-century illness and it’s fairly common. Unfortunately, not everyone can cope with it. It was really hard to take the decision to quit… but I talked to my mother and we decided to start a new life.” Skating is tough on a developing body: hours and hours of draining, repetitive training, jumping higher, spinning faster.It is also an aesthetic sport where competitors typically wear skimpy or figure-hugging outfits – and where the spotlight can be cruel, shining on some but not others. Skating’s ruling authority the ISU, when contacted about eating disorders, referred AFP to the medical guidelines on its website, which say skaters and coaches are educated about health, nutrition and injury.”Any reported case affecting the health of an athlete is taken very seriously by the ISU Medical Commission,” the ISU guidelines say. For Daleman, meanwhile, there is an enormous sense of pride over speaking out about her story and making it to her second Olympics.last_img read more

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Meet Dash and Dot Robot Toys That Teach Kids How to Code

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. December 23, 2014center_img 3 min read What’s harder: shopping for the holidays or teaching your kids the basics of computer programming? A startup called Wonder Workshop is aiming to make both a little easier.Based in San Mateo, Calif., Wonder Workshop builds robots that help teach children age 5 and up how to code. Initially named Play-i, the company was founded in 2012 by CEO Vikas Gupta, CTO Saurabh Gupta and Mikal Greaves, VP of product.The inquisitive robots the company has built — Dash and Dot – are blue and orange, one-eyed, round and chatty. They can sense objects around them (to prevent bumping into walls) and respond to light and sound.Wonder WorkshopRelated: This Is What Robots Will Be Doing in 2025The robots were designed to be “emotionally engaging,” and inspire kids’ creativity.  “The way that the head and eye move independent of the body, that drives engagement,” says Gupta. “We also wanted it to be something kids could imagine as anything — we didn’t want it to be something they were already familiar with like a four-legged animal or two-legged human — so it has three legs…and one eye.”Wonder Workshop has developed four different apps to use with Dash and Dot that aim to teach programming and coding lessons through music, mazes, paths and puzzles. Users on the older side can even try their hand at making their own iOS and Android applications for the robots through Wonder Workshop’s open API. Related: This Robotic Butler Could Make Your Next Hotel Stay…InterestingWonder WorkshopThe duo – which, together, carry a $259 price tag — connect to Apple and Android devices via Bluetooth and can be charged by a computer.Wonder Workshop raised $1 million in seed funding prior to launching a crowdfunding campaign in October 2013. The campaign quickly gained an enthusiastic following, generating $250,000 in four days, and ultimately netting $1.4 million. Wonder Workshop has gone on to raise an additional $8 million in Series A funding, according to Crunchbase.Gupta says he was inspired to create the robots from watching his young daughter at play, and ultimately, he says he could see them utilized not just at home, but in the classroom as well.Related: People Prefer Robot Bosses, Study Shows“We are working with schools to make it available and accessible for a classroom, and building specific applications that would work well in that setting,” he says.And there seems to be a need. Last year, only 44 percent of high-school graduates were prepared for college-level math and 36 percent were prepared for university-level science courses, according to the National Math and Science Initiative. To that end, Wonder Workshop promises to appeal to curious kids and parents who want to inspire an enthusiasm for coding and programming in their kids early.  Related: Meet Plantoid, the Robot That Grows Like the Roots of a Plant last_img read more

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Recap Nine mile queues and severe delays on M6 due to overrunning

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision There have been severe delays on the M6 motorway in Cheshire this morning after an overnight closure for roadworks overran. The Northbound carriageway was closed until around 7.30am due to the over-running white lining works from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich /  Holmes  Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford) Roadworks were scheduled to be completed by 6am. according to traffic data company Inrix. A Highways England spokesman said:  “M6 northbound between J18 and J19 Is now open, overnight roadworks have been removed sufficiently that traffic can use, workers are removing the final part of the closure. “Delays of at least an hour on the approach, with around 9 miles of queues.“ Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes   Congestion was reported as far back as junction 16. Other roadworks operated by Highways England overnight – including on the A50 Westbound between Uttoxeter and Blythe Bridge and on the M6 southbound between junction 11 and junction 10 have finished as planned. Read More’He battled until the very end’ – Grieving family’s heartache as ‘inspirational’ dad-of-four loses cancer fight at age of 47 (Image: Inrix) Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page  . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive  08:10End of live feedThis is the end of our live feed. Residual delays are reported to continue.07:57Breakdown reported within residual delaysOne lane blocked and queueing traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Lane two (of three) is blocked, breakdown has occurred within the residual delays of the earlier over-running roadworks between J18 and J19. 07:35Nine miles of queuesA Highways England spokesman said:M6 northbound between J18 and J19 Is now open, overnight roadworks have been removed sufficiently that traffic can use, workers are removing the final part of the closure. Delays of at least an hour on the approach, with around 9 miles of queues. “07:2875 minute delays reported75 minute delays reported on M6.07:19All lanes now openInrix now reports all lanes have reopened07:11One lane has now reopenedInrix now reports one lane has reopened.07:07Cheshire East ask motorists to consider alternative routes due to ongoing delaysA Cheshire East Council spokesman said:Slow northbound from J17 at Sandbach – please consider using alternate routes and drive with care.” 07:06Closure now being liftedA Highways England spokesman said;Closure of the M6 northbound between J18 and J19 is in the process of being removed. J18 northbound entry slip will reopen, followed by the main carriageway. “06:49Work ongoingA Highways England spokesman said: “Overnight closure of the M6 northbound between J18 and J19 remains in place, work to complete the white lining has overran. We are working to get this done as quickly and safely as possible, so that the road can be reopened.”06:44Delays of around 50 minutesWe’re getting reports of delays of around 50 minutes06:44Delays back to junction 16Traffic England is now reporting issues back towards junction 16.06:2530 minute delays against expected trafficTraffic England is now reporting 30 minute delays against expected traffic, with delays now reported back past junction 17.06:23Delay causing congestion – police confirmA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:Overnight roadworks on the M6 NB J18-J19 remain in place. Highways England are making to assist contractors remove the closure. It is causing some delays at the moment.”last_img read more

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If you were born between 1980 and the mid2000s W

first_imgIf you were born between 1980 and the mid-2000s, Wall Street probably hates you. It’s not because you’re a narcissist, entitled, or lack entrepreneurial spirit. And it has little to do with the fact that you haven’t opened a trading account to buy stocks. It isn’t even because you’re shunning high finance to pursue a “more meaningful” career. No, Wall Street dislikes you because you’re difficult to cash in on. If you haven’t guessed already, I’m talking about millennials—a cohort of Americans who are constantly being told how awful they are. Wall Street’s gripe with millennials is a big one. They represent one-third of the US population, making them the largest demographic in America. Yes, bigger than the baby boomers. Unlike prior generations, millennials are in no rush to grow up. Instead of making down payments on first homes, millennials are crashing in their parents’ basements. Rather than shopping at Walmart, they’re buying their groceries at farmers’ markets. This generation doesn’t buy cars. They use ride-sharing programs like Uber. The unique lifestyles and consumer preferences of millennials are frustrating Corporate America. McDonald’s is rewriting its menu and rethinking its marketing strategy to reach millennials, who would rather down a kale smoothie than stuff their faces with Big Macs. Say what you will about millennials, there’s no denying that they’re the future of America. The question that remains is: How do investors play a demographic that isn’t getting married, having children, or buying homes? The answer is technology. For better or worse, millennials are obsessed with their gadgets. Twenty-somethings can’t even take a bite of their sandwich without first snapping a picture of it. And those photographs of ramen bowls and steam buns aren’t being stored away as personal mementos. Millennials are broadcasting them on the Internet for everyone to see. But the key to “reaching” millennials isn’t through technology in a general sense. Social media is the ticket. According to Entrepreneur.com, 71% of millennials log in to social media daily, and the average user spends more than five hours on social media. This connection with—some would argue, addiction to—social media defines millennials. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make investing in this generation any easier. There are countless social media services out there. New ones pop up every day. Choosing the right company to invest in can be difficult, especially for investors who are still wary of Internet stocks following the tech bubble crash of the early 2000s. It doesn’t help that some social media companies are still stuck in start-up mode and have yet to generate a profit. Social media companies are tough to understand and even harder to value. Nonetheless, the industry has a bright future. Luckily, The Casey Report has done its research, and discovered a low-risk way to play one generation’s obsession. The best thing about this investment is that the money is just pouring in right now. Sign up for The Casey Report today to learn about this pick and other big-picture ideas.last_img read more

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