Crown seeking up to 15 years for man guilty of killing grandson

first_imgCALGARY — The sentencing hearing for a Calgary man convicted of killing his grandson continues Tuesday.Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Richard Neufeld found Allan Perdomo Lopez guilty of manslaughter last month.The judge-alone trial heard the boy, Emilio Perdomo, was sent to Canada from Mexico in 2015 so he could have a better life.But five months after his arrival in Calgary, Emilio was taken hospital unconscious with a traumatic brain injury.He never woke up and died eight days later in hospital.READ MORE: Judge finds Calgary man guilty in grandson’s deathAs the prosecutor says Perdomo “shows little to no remorse”, he furrows his brow. Crown adds he tried to blame the boys mother and implicated innocent people in Emilio’s death.— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) September 24, 2019The Crown is asking for a sentence of 12-15 years as well as a weapons probation of 10 years.In its arguements the Crown said Emilio endured weeks of abuse and was riddled with bruises and scars. It believes these injuries would have been apparent to Perdomo before the final blow, a “dangerous, criminal act”.The defense, however, believes the 15 year sentence is too high, instead calling for a maximum of eight years.During the trial, the Crown played a police recording from the family minivan of Perdomo Lopez tearfully praying in Spanish.An English transcript of the intercept submitted at trial said the man was asking for forgiveness and saying he “didn’t want to kill that child.”The prayer was one of 11 police recordings from the accused’s vehicle, home and phone that were presented as evidence.Defence says the trial has collapsed Perdomo’s business, and out the family in “financial ruin”. Says the Crown’s suggestion of 12-15 years is not supported by findings of fact in the court.— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) September 24, 2019Perdomo Lopez’s lawyer Darren Mahoney had said the remark was not a confession and that the Crown cherry-picked segments of the recordings to construct its story.The judge said in his decision that the prayer had to be given great weight given the man’s devout Christian faith. He likened it to a witness swearing to God to tell the truth in court.“I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Perdomo confessed to having killed Emilio, even though he did not want to do so,” Neufeld said. Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Modi targets Rahul over association with UK firm

first_imgSagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked Rahul Gandhi over his alleged association with UK-based firm ‘Backops’, saying its name was akin to the Congress leader’s actions of indulging in “back office operations” and not from the front.Referring to the 10-year UPA rule under then prime minister Manmohan Singh, Modi also alleged that India lost an entire decade of the 21st century after the Congress installed “family loyalist” Singh as the PM in 2004 because the “prince” was not ready and all efforts to “train” him went waste at that time. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghAttacking Gandhi in an election rally here, Modi said all his scams are now being “unearthed from land, air and water” as it has now come out to be known that the Congress leader’s business partner in the UK company got a submarine contract despite an experience in liasoning only. The Union Home Ministry recently served a notice to Gandhi, saying it received a representation from BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in which it was brought out that a company named Backops Limited was registered in the United Kingdom in 2003 with the Congress leader as one of its directors. The Home Ministry said Swamy’s letter also mentioned that in the British company’s annual returns filed on October 10, 2005, and October 31, 2006, Gandhi’s date of birth has been provided as June 19, 1970, and his nationality as British. Targeting Gandhi over his alleged association with the UK-based firm, Modi said, “The ‘naamdar’ made a company in England, the name of which was akin to his actions. The name of the company was Backops… Means back office operations. He never worked for the company from front and did operations from behind the curtains”. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”This behind-the-curtain firm closed in 2009. But now it has come out that the naamdar’s partner in the company got a submarine contract in 2011. The firm owner was his friend. Now people are asking the Congress naamdar that your partner only had liasoning experience, how he got a chance to enter the submarine line?” Modi questioned. Modi said since the matter has come to light, the “naamdar and his raagdarbaris” (sycophants) have gone silent. “The Bofors gun, helicopter (AgustaWestland chopper) and now submarine, as deep as you dig… Whether ‘jal’ (water), ‘nabh’ (air) and ‘thal’ (land), naamdar’s acts are coming out. Michel Mama (Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland chopper scam), is already blurting out secrets,” he said.last_img read more

UN humanitarian official checks on cholera food projects in Zimbabwe

Catherine Bragg, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, visited a cholera treatment centre outside the city today, accompanied by representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP).There were more than 364 cholera treatment centres around the country, WHO noted, adding that efforts were being made to decentralize the cholera command centre, now in Harare, in favour of small command centres across the country to ensure access to people in distant villages. More than 61 per cent of the deaths were still taking place outside treatment centres, in local communities, which meant that many people still did not have such access, the agency said. The humanitarian group also visited a food distribution centre and a food warehouse, in a district where 60,000 people out of a total population of 83,000 are receiving food aid for the next two months, until the harvest comes in. The harvest in the area is expected to be poor due to a combination of factors including drought and shortage of seeds and agricultural inputs. 24 February 2009As the cholera toll in Zimbabwe climbs to 83,000 cases, with more than 3,800 deaths, a senior United Nations humanitarian official arrived over the weekend in the country’s capital Harare, to assess responses to the epidemic as well as to a food emergency. read more

UN upgrades ports in posttsunami Indonesia

The programme, which began in 2005, will conclude this month. It was carried out by the Logistics Support Unit of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in the port province of Aceh, where it was sent to coordinate the delivery of reconstruction materials to areas cut off by road and sea in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami of 26 December 2004.“Now we have 232 management-level personnel in 18 ports with basic training and all the skills and know-how you need to run a small to mid-sized shipping facilities,” says Chris Clark, who led the training component.The ports are running more efficiently than ever, he said, and “hopefully, that will open gateways to the hinterland, providing easier transportation between the islands, better economic opportunities and improved access to public services.”The relief programme shifted towards training after it became clear that Aceh’s port staff – many of whom were replacements for personnel killed in the tsunami – were in sore need of both training and new equipment. “Even prior to the tsunami, the kinds of skills you needed to run a port were in short supply,” Mr. Clark said.So, responding to a request from Badan Rehabilitasi dan Rekonstruksi, the Indonesian governmental agency responsible for the reconstruction effort in Aceh, the unit crafted the training programme. Since December 2008, it has conducted more than 137 courses on topics from safety and security to human resources to budgeting and accounting.“To design the course, we started out with a simple questionnaire to see where we stood in terms of skills and experience”, Mr. Clark said. “Based on their answers, we developed modules that covered every aspect of port management, from accounting to how to offload a ship.”More than 2,000 trainees attended courses in both English and Bahasa with a wide range of learning materials, from training manuals to videos, which have now been handed over to the University of Syiah Kuala in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.Based on those materials, and the experience of students who took part in the course, the university is now preparing a new degree programme in shipping, logistics and maritime studies, which will turn out increasingly qualified graduates to run the region’s ports.WFP’s Logistics Support Unit has also handed over a large amount of equipment needed to run the ports, including 16 forklifts, two reach-stackers for unloading ships, six trucks and office supplies such as desks, chairs, modems and computers.Both the training and office equipment provided were financed through a cost recovery scheme launched during the first phase of the operation. It collected around $2.4 million in shipping fees from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private partners.The last module of the training, which teaches port staff how to use basic record-keeping tools, including computer spreadsheets, to forecast shipping traffic, ends on 9 July. 1 July 2010A United Nations provider of emergency logistics support has upgraded port facilities and implemented training that will form the basis of a new university degree as part of its long-term commitment to the tsunami-ravaged region of Indonesia’s northern Sumatra region. read more

Sri Lanka keen to strengthen cooperation with China on agriculture

At the meeting expressed the desire to accelerate the pace of developments in the field of agriculture in Sri Lanka.Wei Jianhua said the Green Umbrella Company is willing to work together with agri-Industries in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lankan Government says it is keen to strengthen cooperation with China in the field of agriculture, the Asia Pacific Focus website reported.Minister of Agriculture, Duminda Dissanayake told a Chinese delegation that Sri Lanka is willing to learn from China’s achievements in agriculture. The Minister had expressed these views when he met a delegation led by Wei Jianhua, Chairman of the Beijing Green Umbrella Chemical Co., Ltd., at the Minister’s official residence in Colombo, Ap-focus.com reported. At the meeting both sides had in-depth discussions on how to promote cooperation between agricultural companies in the two countries. read more

Open house at Brock on Sunday March 7

More than 3,000 prospective students and guests will visit Brock on Sunday, March 7 for its annual Open House.The event is a chance for future students and their families, and members of the community, to get a sneak peek at the Brock experience.Fall Open House runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and features tours, seminars and information events. Students will have a chance to win free tuition for a half-credit course and can speak with professors and students from every program and service at Brock.Information will be provided about Brock’s Co-op and internship programs and Experience Plus — a program that gives students valuable work experience while they obtain their degree.There will be talks throughout the day for students to learn about the more than 72 undergraduate programs offered by the Faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Business, Education, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social Sciences.The Faculty of Graduate Studies will provide information to prospective graduate students about Brock’s 39 graduate programs.To register, visit https://experience.brocku.ca and click on “Open House”. Full details about parking and where to go on campus will be provided upon registration. read more

Labourer intercepted with over 600 grams cannabis

An Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) labourer, was on Thursday, intercepted by Police with over 600 grams of cannabis found hidden in his home.The 29-year-old man of Old Iron Squatting Area, Enmore, was arrested at about 14:45h.Inews understands that ranks were at the time acting on information when they swooped down at the house and conducted a search. It was then that the concealed 675 grams of illegal drugs was discovered.The suspect was arrested and is being processed for court. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKwakwani resident arrested with 1654 grams cannabisDecember 3, 2017In “Crime”Female busted with ganja at Bartica stelling, male implicated also in custodyJuly 14, 2018In “Crime”Another WBD resident nabbed with 10 pounds of cannabisDecember 14, 2018In “Crime” read more

Manufacturing body joins calls for end to current political uncertainty and

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBusiness Community denounces unilateral appointment of GECOM ChairOctober 23, 2017In “Business”Shyam Nokta re-elected President of the GMSAApril 13, 2018In “Business”Measures critical to overall growth of manufacturing sector still outstanding- GMSA PresidentMarch 29, 2018In “Business” IDB representative Sophie Makonnen and President of the GMSA, Shyam NoktaThe Guyana Marketing and Services Association (GMSA) has joined the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and other Private Sector bodies, calling for an end to the political turmoil since the passage of the No-confidence Motion, asserting that it has played a negative role in the business sector.These sentiments were shared by President of the GMSA, Shyam Nokta, during his address at the Association’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday at the Marriott Hotel.“In recent weeks, we have heard concerns expressed by leading Private Sector institutions – the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Private Sector Commission as the umbrella body – as it regards to investor confidence and a decline in commercial activity, while calling for adherence to the Constitution of Guyana. The GMSA’s wish is to align with these views and to also share the perspective that there should not be a prolonging of the current uncertainty and unease… What is most critical is a stable political environment and one which is conducive for doing business,” he asserted.A section of the audienceThe passage of the December 21, 2018 motion saw the toppling of the coalition Government after receiving a 33 majority vote, as a result of former AFC MP Charrandas Persaud defecting in a vote of conscience in favour of the motion.It has been over 65 days since the resolution was carried and no move has been made by the Government to have elections held within the constitutionally mandated 90 days.Meanwhile, Nokta was also at the time presenting on sections of his annual report which played a critical role in the manufacturing and services sector. It was noted that there has been a decline in the performance of traditional sectors, nothing that the tendency has not ceased nor declined. This trend, he says, is owing to the diminishing rice and sugar industry – which were once Guyana’s chief harvests.“The performance in many of our traditional sectors has been showing signs of decline. When we look at the midyear report from the Ministry of Finance, it alludes to this. At present, there are indications that this trend has neither slowed nor reversed. Some of this can also be held true for the manufacturing sector as well, which contracted during the first half of 2018 by about 2.4 per cent when compared to the 9.9 per cent growth that we had for the same period in 2017, much of this primarily to the decline in rice and sugar sector,” the GMSA President stated.Regardless of this, the manufacturing sector contributes between six to eight per cent of the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP).He said one of the main challenges continued to be the high cost of energy, in addition to its reliability that has caused many manufacturers to self-generate their own power. It was mentioned that efforts were initiated to have a tax relief on fuel for these producers.Delivering her remarks, IDB representative Sophie Makonnen gave an insight of economic diversification ideas which Guyana can embark on, while embracing technology and innovation. According to her, these are some of the important factors in building a resilient economy.“Competitiveness and economic diversification are essential to building a resilient economy, capable of resisting price or production related shock. We have seen this in Guyana to some extent in 2017, when the mining sector fell by almost nine per cent,” Makonnen explained.She added, “Further development of more economic sectors can strengthen economic resilience and allow the country to face and adapt to changing global trends in price, technology and politics.”As customary, Guyana’s booming oil sectors was also discussed. But the IDB representative sought to point out that while this will impact the economy, provisions must be made for other sectors to be strengthened by enhancing policies, since oil is not a lifetime resource. read more

Two men brave floods to save fox cub stranded on a rock

first_img Source: Derek Roeher/Twitter Source: J.C. Garden/Twitter SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for SE #Sask including #YQR #CityMJ #Weyburn #Estevan #SKStorm pic.twitter.com/WWvRGve3NV— J.C. Garden (@JCGardenCTV) June 21, 2014 J.C. retweeted the photos the guys’ heroic effort began going viral.Weather personality Sean Schofer even posted the photos to his Facebook account, drawing both negative and positive reaction to the save.Some commended the lads on their featAwesome! And for the guy way above with the negative comment “waste of f**kin’ time”, maybe you’ll be drowning someday and and somebody will look at you and say, waste of f**kin’ time. Every life matters. Big or small. RAGING FLOODS COULDN’T keep them away from their baby foxes. Farm owner Colin Graham lives near Welwyn village in Saskatchewan, Canada and has been watching the family of foxes since spring.Hit with an extreme downpour last week, the rain left much of the area flooded under 6.5 feet of water. Graham and friend Jordan Olsen noticed a stranded kitten-sized fox on a rock in the floods, telling CBC that:My sister wondered what happened to the foxes, so we drove out there and there was just one rock sticking out of the top of the water.Of course, the obvious thing for the lads to do next was to go to its aid, and their friend Derek Roeher documented the entire thing.Earlier in the week, local weather man J.C. Garden tweeted the warning, and people began tweeting back their photos of the floods to him. It’s amazing how some people think human lives are worth more than an animals. For shame. No one life is more important than another. You should get a brain. These guys are heros and I’m so proud of them and I don’t even know who they are!While others dismissed the stunt as silly and dangerousI don’t want to be negative but I’m sure these people’s wives, children, parents, aunts, uncles etc….would be deeply saddened if something happened to them because they were trying to save a fox…seriously?! commonsense should play a role here… I love animals just as much as the next person, but cannot imagine throwing my life in danger and leaving my children, without a mother, to save an animal @JC_Garden My friends swimming for stranded foxes after 8 inches of rain near Welwyn! #neature pic.twitter.com/LTcnRYcUhD— Derek (@derekroeher) June 29, 2014 A few days later, Roeher tweeted him these photos depicting the save. I’d never risk my life for a fox!! DumbassesEither way, the risk paid off, and the fox is happily reunited with its family.“We put it in the back of my truck and our house is right close there so we took it home, dried it off, and got it warmed up,” Graham said. “Then we were driving later and we saw the mother out there so we took him back.” Source: Derek RoeherSaskatchewan was severely flooded last week after heavy rainfall caused flash flooding, with roads closed and a state of emergency declared in many regions.Fat camps in the states are offering pudgy pets ‘pawlates’ to lose weight>One-armed cyclist fined for riding bike with one arm>last_img read more

Russia Enacts iPad Importing Crackdown

first_imgIf you’re trying to make a boatload of money by smuggling a whole bunch of iPad 2 units into Russia, you might want to rethink your strategy.The country’s Federal Customs Service reports that it recently seized 20 iPads from people who were overseas and trying to bring them into Russia. One man alone was caught trying to illegally import 13.Both he and another man, who packed away seven iPads in his luggage, were detained at customs as a Russian airport. The two gentlemen were both coming from the US, but were not affiliated with one another.Russians who want an iPad 2 are just plain out of luck right now.Via UPIlast_img

Passive System Cools Buildings By Bouncing Heat Into Outer Space

first_imgStay on target When you’ve got more recycleables than you can fit in the your blue bin, you send them to the recycling center. So where do you send heat when you’ve got too much of that? Why, into space, of course!Getting it there isn’t all that tricky, either. You just need a nice, reflective surface. Painting things that normally absorb heat like crazy — say, dark surfaces like roads and rooftops — white can make a huge difference in ambient temperatures. It’s a strategy that’s working pretty well in California.A team of researchers from Stanford has used a similar approach to increase the efficiency of rooftop air conditioners. They’ve cooked up a passive system that utilizes highly-reflective panels to deflect the warming rays of the sun and reduce the workload for a building’s environmental controls.The panels aren’t very large, only measuring about two square feet each. They are, however, around 97% reflective thanks to a special multi-layer optical coating. An array of four was placed on a rooftop and water was circulated through a series of pipes underneath. The temperature of the water was reduced between 3 and 5° F, and it all happened without using any electricity.Image: Stanford.eduAfter proving their system worked, the team wanted to figure out how much of a difference it could make. It was off to the simulator, where they covered an entire Las Vegas rooftop with panels and used them to cool the condensor unit of a vapor-compression AC unit.The result: the passive panels reduced power consumption by as much as 21% over the course of a typically blistering-hot Vegas summer. On some of the simulated days it was actually cut in half.The team is still testing the efficacy of their system. They’re monitoring several installations where the panels have been integrated with standard-issue AC and refrigeration systems. If all goes well, their newly-founded company, SkyCool, could be installing systems for customers in the very near future.Images courtesy Stanford.edu NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System last_img read more

The Most Badass Latin Phrases

first_imgWant to impress your friends with your erudite ways? Eager to utter completely vicious phrases that people will have to look up later? Looking for a more educated way to talk trash online? Then you, my friend, need to brush up on your Latin. The phrases below are all worth committing to memory if for no other reason than that quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur.Vincit qui se vincit.He conquers who conquers himself.Used as a motto by many schools, this phrase speaks to the importance of first getting yourself under control, mastering your urges and temptations, before trying to control the outside world. Also, fun fact, it can be seen on a stained glass window at the beginning of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.AdChoices广告Carthago delenda est.Carthage must be destroyed.The Second Punic War, fought between 218 and 201 BC, was a rough one for Rome, as they initiated it only to get spanked in a very real way by Hannibal and his elephants. Following the war, noted hardass Cato the Elder would end his speeches with this phrase, which these days can be used to add emphasis and vehemence to an argument.Non ducor, duco.I am not led, I lead.The motto of São Paulo, Brazil, this phrase is a great, albeit somewhat aggressive way to assert your dominance while also letting folks know that you’ve read a few books. It corrects anyone under the mistaken assumption that you aren’t the absolute boss and/or innovator of any given situation.Gladiator in arena consilium capit.The gladiator is formulating his plan in the arena.This one comes to us from the philosopher, statesman and dramatist Seneca the Younger. It refers to the time jsut prior to a gladiator’s battle, when the warrior is already in the arena preparing to fight. Basically, it’s a more badass way to say “We’re already pregnant,” or, in other words: You’re too damn late.Aqua vitae.Water of life.Most of the phrases listed here have at least some kind of connection to war, combat and struggle, but this one is a little different. Aqua vitae can be used to refer to any kind of liquor, whether it’s done sincerely while talking about that single barrel scotch you’ve been saving, or more ironically for a case of PBR.Sic semper tyrannis.Thus always to tyrants.These days, this phrase is mostly known as what John Wilkes Booth may or may not have shouted out while assassinating President Abraham Lincoln. That association is a shame, however, as it’s a much older phrase, with a far less problematic, but equally murderous history. Prior to its debated use by Booth, the phrase was placed on the official seal of the commonwealth of Virginia, which also featured a female warrior, representing virtue, standing upon a defeated king, representing tyranny. The phrase is all about how tyrants tend to meet brutal ends, which explains why the phrase is so closely connected with a much earlier assassination: That of Julius Caesar.Astra inclinant, sed non obligant.The stars incline us, they do not bind us.I love this one because it’s about as bold a one-line refutation of fatalism as you can imagine. The phrase means that while fate – whether determined by the stars, the gods or something else entirely – might nudge us in a certain direction, we are never forced in it, that free will exists and the decision of what to do in any circumstance is ultimately our own.Aut cum scuto aut in scuto.Either with shield or on shield.This is actually a Latin version of an earlier Greek phrase. In Sparta, mothers were said to tell their war-bred children to either come back carrying their shield or on it. At first, that might not make a lot of sense, but when you acknowledge the size and weight of a Spartan shield, the tendency of deserters to leave it behind and the tradition of carrying dead soldiers back home upon their shield, the meaning becomes clear: Don’t surrender, never give up.Igne natura renovatur integra.Through fire, nature is reborn whole.So this one’s a little confusing. First up, you need to know about INRI, an acronym for Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum, which means Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews, a phrase that was said to have been inscribed on the cross upon which Jesus was crucified. Later, as part of alchemical and occult studies, this Latin backronym was created, which refers to the cleansing power of fire and the ever-repeating cycle of death and life.Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo.If I can not bend the will of Heaven, I shall move Hell.Originally spoken by Juno in Virgil’s Aeneid, this phrase is perhaps best-known today for appearing as a dedication in Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams. But as for how to use it, it kind of works as a piece of all-purpose badassery, something to utter or growl when you’ve been stymied or prevented from achieving your goal. Give it extra punch by taking some liberties with the translation, telling people who ask that it means “If I can’t move heaven, I shall raise hell.”Oderint dum metuant.Let them hate so long as they fear.I was first exposed to this phrase from its use on a t-shirt for professional wrestler Triple H, who has a long history of using different Latin phrases on his merchandise and entrance videos. This one fits Triple H perfectly, as he has a reputation for being a brutal, somewhat mercenary talent within WWE, so it’s appropriate that he would borrow a line from one of Rome’s most brutal dictators, Caligula.These are our favorite badass Latin phrases, but we had to lose a ton of them in the process of narrowing this list down to just 11. Tell us your favorites in the comments below!Aubrey Sitterson is the writer of the upcoming Street Fighter x G.I. Joe comic book from IDW Publishing and the creator of the ongoing, sword & sorcery serial podcast, SKALD, available on iTunes, Stitcher & Podomatic. Follow him on Twitter and check out his website for more information.Let us know how we’re doinglast_img read more

Jorginho to join Chelsea says Napoli president

first_imgJorginho’s shock move to Chelsea instead of Manchester City appears set to happen with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirming the newsThe Italy international had been expected to join Pep Guardiola’s this summer after the Catalan had made Jorginho his top transfer target.But, while Jorginho and his agent were keen on the move, City were unable to agree on a suitable transfer fee with Napoli and Chelsea are understood to have now made a move of their own for the 26-year-old.The rumours began this week in a double scoop that will see both Jorginho and his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer.During Carlo Ancelotti’s official presentation as the new Napoli manager, De Laurentiis confirmed that Jorginho’s move to Chelsea is set to go ahead – although he was not quite as certain when it came to Sarri.“We said to ourselves if Jorginho has any requests, we’ll take them into account,” said De Laurentiis, according to SportsKeeda.“I accepted Manchester City’s offer 15 days ago but I have to apologise to them.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I can understand if the player prefers to live in London than in Manchester, and if Chelsea pay him more I can understand that too.“Jorginho to Chelsea is not tied to Sarri.”Sarri is no longer the Napoli manager, but is still tied to the club with his contract.With Chelsea reluctant to pay for his release clause, on top of paying current head coach Antonio Conte a big severance package for releasing him, Sarri’s prospects do not look to good right now.But De Laurentiis did have some positive news on the matter: “His case is at the finish line, it depends on him. We’ll see what happens in the next hours.“My lawyers have submitted the text to his lawyers.”last_img read more

What oral health can reveal about an employees health and wellbeing

first_imgNeed to knowRegular dental check-ups can prevent oral health issues but also identify other problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and even mouth cancer.Facilitating access to dental checks can also reduce staff absence levels and engage employees with their health.Employers have been reluctant to fund this but this is slowly changing. Dental health is one of the things many people take for granted, only visiting the dentist when something has gone wrong. Yet, for employers, this attitude can be problematic because leaving the diagnosis of conditions too late can mean more appointments in the long run and potentially result in extended time off work.Aside from the preventative angle, regular check-ups can also help to identify other, even more serious illnesses. Neil Sikka, a dentist at Bupa UK, says: “Gum disease, which can go unnoticed by patients, can be linked to heart disease and diabetes.”Teeth grinding can also be an indicator of stress and anxiety, he adds.Potentially even more serious is the threat of oral cancer, and here the need for early diagnosis is critical. Pam Whelan, head of corporate at Denplan, says: “Although more than 2,000 people die each year as a result of mouth cancer, for those patients detected at an early stage, the survival rate improves from 50% to 90%.”Identifying serious illnesses early on can also help keep employers’ private medical insurance (PMI) claims down, helping to keep rates under control, she adds.Employee encouragementThe problem for many employers, however, is that most people do not have sufficiently regular check-ups when left to their own devices. YouGov research, Dental plans 2014, published in August 2014, found the most common reason for failing to do this is cost, cited by 46%, with 23% saying they are unable to get an appointment near where they live.The onus is therefore on employers to facilitate more regular check-ups. Carol Porter, head of commercial at The Health Insurance Group, says: “An [employer]-funded dental plan can allow staff to visit a dentist convenient to where they work, rather than having to travel long distances to see an NHS dentist, so minimising the time needed away from the office for regular check-ups and treatment.”There are a number of options open to employers, ranging from facilitating access to treatment through a cash plan to full on-site dental provision. Claire Ginnelly, managing director of Premier Choice Group, says: “It is becoming more common for employers to offer some sort of dental insurance as part of their benefits package.“Offering a comprehensive dental insurance policy funded by the employer is the best option to help improve the dental health of employees, but even a cash plan can help because it will offer a fixed sum of money for a 12-month period, which should cover at least NHS check-ups and may offer some assistance to other treatment.”Employees tend to value dental cover as a benefit, because they can see that they are likely to use it, which is not always the case with PMI.On-site optionsSome employers are even looking at on-site provision, either shared with other organisations or as a commercial practice in its own right. Ryan Hall, senior strategy consultant at Capita Employee Benefits, says: “This can allow both rapid access to treatment for employees and a new profit centre for the employer.”The problem, though, is that not enough businesses have bought into the concept of funding this themselves, despite the clear benefits, says Rachel Western, principal at Aon Employee Benefits. “Typically, dental products, where offered, are done so on a self-pay or flex arrangement, and the focus when engaging employees has rarely been on the impact good oral health can have on early intervention or diagnosis of medical conditions,” she adds.Where organisations do choose to implement schemes, however, it is vital that these are promoted effectively to staff. “Employee communications are key,” says Whelan. “A one-size-fits-all communication plan will not have the same impact as tailored communication plans, which demonstrate a firm’s understanding and consideration of its workforce and how to get through to them. For example, a predominantly young workforce might be more receptive to information via social media, or may use their smartphones much more than an older workforce.”This should, in turn, lead to more motivated employees who have less time off work, and where any cases of more serious diseases have a better chance of being spotted early on. “We are seeing an increase in the number of employers that are interested in talking about these sort of policies,” says Ginnelly. “They understand that not only do they help with absenteeism, due to the connection between dental and overall wellbeing, but they also help attract and retain good-quality staff. It is becoming a popular benefit that is very well received by staff.”Case study: BNP Paribas offers attractive dental proposition to employeesWorking in a competitive sector, financial organisation BNP Paribas UK knows it needs to have a compelling benefits proposition to compete for and retain talent.The organisation offers employer-paid private medical insurance (PMI) to all employees and their families, and has adopted a similar approach to dental cover. Thomas Hiles, group benefits manager, says: “Within our legal structure in the UK, we have a lot of businesses in very diverse areas. Having paid-for dental cover is less common outside of London but, even within the investment banking community, it’s unusual to have it as core.”BNP Paribas offers all its employees the second-highest package available through Bupa’s scheme, and gives employees the ability to upgrade to the top level should they choose to. It has also negotiated a bespoke policy with Bupa, which allows employees to access major treatment without having to wait for the standard period after joining the business.As well as being able to identify and treat any dental issues, regular check-ups could also identify other issues that may require treatment under the PMI scheme, says Hiles. “Things such as teeth grinding are common for many people in our sector, and that is often quite an easy identifier of stress,” he says. “A good dentist can also often spot other changes in people, so it could help the private medical plan by picking up claims earlier.”The organisation uses the scheme as a recruitment and retention tool, particularly when looking to attract people from overseas where state dental provision may be superior to that provided in the UK. “It’s definitely a benefit we wouldn’t be able to remove,” he says. Viewpoint: Employers can help raise awareness of oral health among staffAn unhealthy workplace, physically and mentally, normally equals time off work and lost productivity. Thousands of people miss work because of their oral health every year.Frustratingly, most problems with teeth and gums are preventable with a good oral health routine. Despite this, research conducted by the Oral Health Foundation in 2013 found that around 7% of the UK’s 29 million-strong workforce have called in sick with teeth problems at least once in the past five years. Staggeringly, this means that poor oral health costs the UK economy around £36m every year.However, poor oral health is not just about toothache and decay. It has a much wider impact on general bodily health than one may think. Research over the past decade has revealed growing evidence linking poor oral health to serious health conditions, including heightened risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, all of which account for many more days off work.There are many simple and effective ways to help raise awareness of oral health among staff and prevent problems such as these. One of the simplest is to make leaflets and other information available around a workplace, these can be reminders about tooth brushing, visiting the dentist or even the relationship between smoking and oral health.Employers can also ensure they allow people time off to have regular dental check-ups or even arrange dental visits from local dental teams to help educate employees on the importance of good oral health. Some workplaces also offer benefits such as dental plans.Workplaces are encouraged to get involved in campaigns such as National Smile Month, which helps spread important oral health messages by getting people actively engaged in fun activities. These can also be very effective in spreading messages to employees’ family and friends.If an employee is concerned about their oral health, employers can help them by passing on details about the Oral Health Foundations’ free and independent Dental Helpline service, which can offer advice and information on many aspects of oral health.Dr Nigel Carter is chief executive officer at the Oral Health Foundationlast_img read more

Accenture sees 12 of new fathers take shared parental leave

first_imgMore than one in 10 (12%) new fathers at management consulting and professional services organisation Accenture are currently taking shared parental leave.More than 150 employees from all career levels and areas of the business have taken shared parental leave since the government introduced the policy in April 2015.Shared parental leave, which was introduced for babies due on or after 5 April 2015, allows eligible parents to share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of statutory shared parental pay with their partner. Statutory pay is £140.98 a week or 90% of an employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower. Parents can take leave in alternate blocks or both be off work at the same time.Accenture offers 32 weeks of shared parental leave at full pay.The organisation has a range of measures in place to communicate and promote its shared parental leave policy to employees, including virtual awareness workshops that enable staff to learn more about the policy in general, and scenario-planning classes with the organisation’s in-house HR team. The classes allow employees to find out about the different options available when taking shared parental leave, and talk through which options would be most beneficial for them personally.In addition, Accenture hosts in-house events around shared parental leave, where a member of staff who has taken advantage of the policy will lead a presentation about their experience, showcasing how the benefit can be utilised.Shared parental leave is further supported by the organisation’s informal support networks, in particular the networks based around family and gender.Payal Vasudeva, managing director at Accenture Strategy, said: “Accenture is continuing to champion initiatives that support gender equality in the workplace such as shared parental leave. By communicating actively about our shared parental leave programme and sharing the experiences of those who have benefitted from it, we aim to help drive the cultural shift required to ensure more men are taking parental leave.“We are encouraged to see that more than 150 pioneering employees from all areas of our business and all career levels have already taken advantage of Accenture’s enhanced package of up to 32 weeks’ fully-paid shared parental leave, to spend more time with their children.”last_img read more

Burn Suspension Lifted On The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgResidents burning in areas near standing dead grasses or black spruce should take extra precautions, particularly in areas where winds are blowing. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Division of Forestry, Kenai-Kodiak Area Office has lifted the burn suspension for the Kenai Peninsula. Residents are reminded that a high fire danger still exists in several areas of the peninsula and that fuels remain highly receptive to fire.center_img For the most current burn conditions call the Division of Forestry’s Kenai Kodiak Burn Permit Call In Line at 260-4269 or visit Forestry.alaska.gov/burn.last_img

Mazda recalls 25000 Mazda3 hatchbacks and sedans because the wheels might fall

first_img4:43 More about 2019 Mazda3 2019 Mazda3: A sporty compact with few compromises 2019 Mazda3 sedan: Still the sportiest compact sedan… Now playing: Watch this: News • 2019 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback earn IIHS Top Safety Pick 3 Tags Preview • 2019 Mazda3 first drive: More style, more substance Share your voice Enlarge ImageWheels are best left connected to the car. Jon Wong/Roadshow If you’ve ever forgotten to secure even a single lug nut holding a wheel to a car, it doesn’t take a lot of driving to notice that something has gone wrong. If the problem comes out of nowhere, though, it may catch a number of people by surprise. That’s the reason behind Mazda’s latest recall.Mazda has issued a recall for approximately 25,000 examples of the 2019 Mazda3 in both hatchback and sedan form. The vehicles were produced between Sept. 25, 2018 and April 19, 2019. The problem comes from the wheel lug nuts, which are responsible for securing the car’s wheels to the car itself. According to the automaker, a manufacturing error caused a gap between the hub bolt head and a flange in the hub bearing assembly, which might lead to an eventual loosening of the lug nuts. If that happens and action isn’t immediately taken, the wheel may fall off, which presents a pretty massive safety issue. Mazda says that a rattling noise will occur before the wheel falls off, and drivers will possibly feel some shuddering in the steering wheel.Mazda discovered the issue in April after receiving a field report of a lug nut loosening. Two days later, Mazda found the root cause that could result in loose lug nuts. The automaker improved the assembly process to eliminate this gap between the parts, but it initiated a recall for vehicles already out of the factory with this issue. The remedy is about as simple as it can get. Upon receiving recalled vehicles at the dealership, technicians will go about tightening the lug nuts, which will eliminate the gap between the parts and prevent the issue from happening again. No replacement parts are needed. Mazda will notify owners in early August via first-class mail. Mazda 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? More From Roadshow Comments 2019 Audi TT Roadster review: The exit interview Review • 2019 Mazda3 review: Still sporty, but more complete 69 Photos Recalls Mazda Car Industry Hatchbacks Sedans 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait?last_img read more

Pankaj Tripathi off to Scotland for family vacation ahead of 83 shooting

first_imgPankaj Tripathi with wife Mridula and daughterPR HandoutPankaj Tripathi has been shooting rigorously for the past few months with several back to back projects. His busy schedules and work commitments didn’t allow him to spend quality time with his family. So before he could start shooting for the first schedule of Kabir Khan’s upcoming film 83 in London, he flew off to Scotland with his wife Mridula and daughter for a much needed family vacation.The actor had planned this much needed trip keeping in mind his shoot which is due to begin early next month in London.In the film 83, Pankaj is playing the role of India team manager PR Man Singh who played a very important role in shaping the Indian team that went on to win India’s first Cricket World Cup in the year 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev.Pankaj said, “It has been almost 2 years I haven’t taken any leave from work for a longer period. My wife Mridula use to watch Outlanders and that is how she has seen Scotland and always wanted to visit Scotland in real life after having seen the series. Being in Mumbai or anywhere in India, I am always busy with some project or another. This was much needed vacation for all of us, even my daughter wanted to see Scotland since she is a fan of Sherlock Holmes. So unanimously it was decided to go-to Scotland on vacation. This would be the first time my wife and daughter will be visiting Scotland and I’m looking forward to going there.”last_img read more

Single molecule magnet used as a scanning magnetometer

first_imgA team of researchers from the University of California and Fudan University has developed a way to use a single molecule magnet as a scanning magnetometer. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group outlines their research which involved demonstrating their sensor scanning the spin and magnetic properties of a molecule embedded in another material. STM imaging from weak to strong spin interactions between two magnetic molecules. Credit: Wilson Ho More information: Gregory Czap et al. Probing and imaging spin interactions with a magnetic single-molecule sensor, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw7505 Citation: Single molecule magnet used as a scanning magnetometer (2019, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-molecule-magnet-scanning-magnetometer.html Research team saves information on a single molecule Explore furthercenter_img Journal information: Science © 2019 Science X Network 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. As scientists continue their quest to squeeze ever more data onto increasingly smaller storage devices, they are exploring the possibility of using the magnetic state of a single molecule or even an atom—likely the smallest possible memory element type. In this new effort, the researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to use a single molecule affixed to a sensor to read the properties of a single molecule in another material.To create their sensor and storage medium, the researchers first absorbed magnetic molecules of Ni(cyclopentadienyl)2 onto a plate coated with silver. Then, they pulled a nickelocene molecule from the silver surface and applied it to the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope sensor. Next, they heated an adsorbate-covered surface to 600 millikelvin and then moved the sensor tipped with the single molecule close to the surface and read the signals received by the probe as the two molecules interacted.The researchers report that they were able to read the spin and magnetic interactions as they occurred with the two molecules. They report also that using the probe they were also able to create images of the shape of the interactions in several spatial directions. They noted that the signals they received were strongest when the probe was placed directly over the center of the molecule under study and that it decreased asymmetrically as the angle was increased and exponentially as the tip was moved farther away. The team also linked two of the nickelocene molecules together and report that they behaved according to density functional theory.The researchers conclude by suggesting that it is possible to measure and monitor spin interactions at the angstrom level, which is likely to lead to the development of new kinds of magnetic sensors.last_img read more

When music meets architecture

first_imgIn order to revitalise these forgotten monuments, a group of passionate architectures and musicians have come together with a unique initiative to explain to the general public, the extraordinary architecture of these structures with the help of dance and music.During the TEDx talks at Indian International Center, the group showcased the presentation on their pilot site Khirkhi Majid, through which they shared exuberant amalgamation of elements of architecture. The presentation was hence backed with classical singing and dancing. The group then displayed Chaturangana which was an attempt to add a new dimension to the architectural heritage, Mugal Darbar.       Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The music from the darbar and the rag from the temples have now landed in the theater of black boxes. With our project Chaturanagana we attempt to bring together the bond of music, dance, architecture and literature on a common platform to try and explore component of space,” said Shivjita Roy, team dancer.The group then presented their latest project on India International Centre (IIC) building with a music piece that highlighted the objective of the center which is to promote and facilitate exchange of knowledge and mutual appreciation of culture from different parts of the world.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“We are architectures by day and musician and dancers all day long. We have come from the same background. During our architecture course we were exposed to the world of architecture and our training in Indian classical art form greatly mentored our understanding of space. We could understand that the whole picture is so much bigger than some of its parts. And when we collaborated architecture with music and dance, it was nothing but sheer magic,” said Vidhya Gopal, team vocalist. Their attempt to discover and unravel space with amalgamation of music,threaded a story in itself. The hope for this innovative idea is to flourish and to harbor change.last_img read more