Vouchers for Volunteers

first_imgIf you’re a not-for-profit volunteer and you use a vehicle to undertake your volunteering activities, you could be awarded with free BP fuel to help you in your volunteering work. Through this scheme BP will be providing $250,000 in fuel vouchers to volunteers assisting not-for-profit organisations.For further information on this offer, please go to www.talkstoppedlongago.com.au/v4v_home.htmllast_img

Honor 10 Lite quick review: A worthy successor to Honor 9 Lite?

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 16:19 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Honor 10 Lite is set to launch in India soonIt touts a tall Dewdrop display and an attractive designThe Honor 10 Lite will go up against the likes of the Realme U1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus in IndiaThe Honor 9 Lite was an extremely popular affordable smartphone last year. This is because it offered an attractive design combined with dependable performance and decent quad cameras. Honor has made some of the best-looking phones in the budget segment, which is why the Honor 10 Lite makes for a promising start to 2019. The phone succeeds the Honor 9 Lite and is a stripped down version of the Honor 10 flagship. The Honor 10 Lite price and availability in India will reportedly be announced in mid-January.Update: Honor has now sent out invites for the launch of the Honor 10 Lite on Tuesday, January 15. Flipkart has also revealed the launch date which means the phone will be sold on the e-commerce platform much like the Honor 9 Lite.The Honor 10 Lite has been available in China for a couple of months now. While it is technically part of the Honor 10 family, its design is quite different to the flagship, primarily because it brings a waterdrop notch. The Honor 10 Lite is, in fact, Honor’s first phone in India with a droplet-style notch, and it also happens to be the brand’s first phone top ship with Android Pie. These features combined with a premium design and a capable mid-range Kirin 710 chipset should make for a good start to 2019 for the Huawei sub-brand.The Honor 10 Lite is expected to fall under Rs 15,000 in India. Like the Honor 9 Lite, the Honor 10 Lite may be a Flipkart-exclusive, but there is no mention of that just yet. Ahead of its official launch, I got to spend some time with the Honor 10 Lite and here are my first impressions.advertisementHonor is well known for offering attractive smartphones and the Honor 10 Lite sticks to that winning formula. The rear panel curves around the side so that it sits comfortably in the hand. The panel will trick you into believing its glass, but it is actually plastic. It doesn’t feel cheap, however, and thanks to an 8 layer process the plastic feels good to touch. There’s a fingerprint sensor on the back which is placed in a sweet spot that makes it easy for the index finger to reach. The frame also gets a plastic coating with a glossy finish. The volume buttons and power buttons placed on the right side have a nice click feel to it. The hybrid SIM slot (nano + nano/microSD card) is placed on the top. The bottom sees a speaker grille, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a micro-USB port, which is getting increasingly disappointing to see now that we’re in 2019. Since Honor has used a lot of plastic here, the Honor 10 Lite is funnily enough a pretty lightweight phone.Moving on to the display, which is arguably one of the biggest highlights of the Honor 10 Lite. It gets a Dewdrop notch, which means a small curved water droplet-shaped notch on the top of the display. The curve is narrow and deep, but still non-intrusive. There’s a chin as well, which Honor claims is thinner than most other phones. It certainly does not hurt the eyes, which is good news. What’s interesting is that Honor has hidden the ambient light and proximity sensors in the chin rather than the waterdrop notch on top. I’m a little concerned about the palm covering the sensors during day-to-day usage, but I’ll have more on that in a full review.That leaves over 91 per cent of the front that is all display. The Honor 10 Lite sports a 6.21-inch screen with a FHD+ resolution. The panel offers deep and oversaturated colours, which looks good but may feel a bit too much for some who prefer more natural shades. The panel seems to offer good brightness levels, but I haven’t tested it under various lighting conditions just yet.The Honor 10 Lite gets a mid-range Kirin 710 chipset, which is an octa-core processor that clocks at up to 2.2GHz. The chipset runs four lower clocked cores that are used to rum simple applications and helps conserve battery life. The other four cores run at peak clock speed that kicks in for heavier usage like playing graphic intensive games. It’s a dependable chipset that has been known to perform well in the Honor 8X previously. This is also the first Honor phone to ship with GPU Turbo 2.0 that promises to bring Down jitter rate by 88 per cent.Out of the box, everything tends to work smoothly – apps open in a snap and there is a good amount of fluidity while browsing through the UI. But we will know how the Honor 10 Lite truly performs after pushing it intensively, so do come back for our full review.advertisement The Honor 10 Lite is the company’s first smartphone in India to ship with Android 9 Pie with Huawei’s custom EMUI 9 on top. This means the phone is not only on the latest version of Android, but it also gets some Pie-based features like Digital Wellbeing, which is called Digital Balance here. It doesn’t get other Pie features like Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness as Huawei’s skin is far more layered and customised than some others. You do get a cleaner navigation gesture and the ability to hide the notch as well.AI is pretty much infused all throughout the phone, but it’s more explicit with the cameras. The Honor 10 Lite gets AI-backed dual cameras with a 13MP + 2MP configuration. The primary lens gets a f/1.8 aperture, which is wider than the Honor 9 Lite’s f/2.0 aperture. So expect better low-light photos with this phone. The cameras capture photos with some AI help on default although you can easily toggle the AI mode off on the camera app. With AI enabled, the camera will automatically tweak the setting depending on what it recognises. The rear camera can recognise over 20 scenes. It also supports AIS (AI-based stability) and the camera app gets a dedicated Night mode as well.Unlike the Honor 9 Lite which got dual front cameras, the Honor 10 Lite only gets a single camera up front. But it is a big 24MP Sony IMX 576 sensor so you can expect some crisp selfies. Additionally, the front camera is also AI-backed with support for 8 scene recognition modes and AI Groupfies. Based on a few outdoor shots of flowers and natural sceneries, I gathered that photos show a lot of oversaturated colours even with AI turned off. I’ll have more to say about the cameras under various conditions in a detailed review.Lastly, we have a 3,400mAh battery inside the device that should offer a full day worth of usage. The Honor 10 Lite offers some aggressive battery saving modes that can really squeeze a lot if juice out of the battery. Unfortunately, there is no fast charging support here, but Honor says the phone takes less than two hours to charge from zero to 100 per cent which is apparently better than the Realme U1. We will have more on the battery performance in an in-depth review.The Honor 10 Lite will primarily go up against the likes of the Realme U1, Nokia 6.1 Plus and Redmi 6 Pro, among others. It’s clear that the Honor 10 Lite builds on a working formula for the company that includes offering an attractive design, a great display and a dependable performance. Whether this formula pays off is something we will know in our full review, so do stay tuned for that.ALSO READ | Honor 10 Lite India launch reportedly happening in mid-JanuaryALSO READ | Honor View 20 with 25MP front camera set to launch in India on January 29Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow HonorFollow Honor 10 LiteFollow Mobiles Next Honor 10 Lite quick review: A worthy successor to Honor 9 Lite?The Honor 10 Lite is ready to succeed the Honor 9 Lite with a premium design and waterdrop notch, and it is due to launch in India in mid-January.advertisementlast_img read more

Hi-fi Corner: Audeze goes direct to Lightning with new EL-8 Titanium cans

first_img The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo Editors’ Recommendations The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached If the name Audeze doesn’t ring any bells, that’s ok. The high-end headphone maker isn’t exactly as popular as Beats. But Audeze just made a move that could be a bellwether for a potentially radical turn for the headphone world — a turn rumored to be led by Apple — and it might just give the company a serious boost in recognition. Say hello to the new EL-8 Titanium, an exciting new iteration on the company’s already revered planar magnetic headphones which includes a new Apple Lightning connected headphone cable, with a digital audio converter (DAC) and headphone amplifier built right in.Audeze made some big waves last year when its EL-8 headphones lured high-end planar magnetic designs away from the hi-fi and closer to mobile devices. The EL-8 quickly became one of our favorite headphones of the year. Now, with the EL-8 Titanium and their new Lightning cable system, users will be able to bypass an iPhone’s limited internal components for  high-res 24-bit digital audio playback, and better overall sound, supercharging the iPhone’s street cred as a quality music player.For those unfamiliar with planar magnetic headphones, the design uses a thin membrane excited by a magnet to create sound (as opposed to the cone and coil design of most headphones), making them notorious power hounds. As such, the original EL-8 were designed with a new kind of “Fluxor” magnet technology that focuses voltage towards the drivers in order to allow the cans to work better with smaller amplifiers — such as those inside mobile devices.Related: These crazy wireless earphones mold to fit in hot waterWith the new Titanium, Audeze aims to innovate mobile listening even further, bypassing an iPhone’s internal DAC and amplifier entirely by building all the critical electronics right into the cable itself. When plugging in digitally, users even have the ability to adjust the EQ and sound presets through the Audeze app.By relying only on your phone’s digital output, the EL-8 Titanium are also compatible with audio files at 24-bit resolution, the starting point for high-resolution audio files. It should be noted, however, that the resolution for current iPhone models tops out at 24bit/48kHz, which is higher than CD-quality files, but lower than the 24bit/96kHz resolution commonly accepted as hi-res quality.While most folks listen to lossy MP3s and streaming services for convenience while on the go, both the DAC and headphone amplifier inside Audeze’s new Lightning-connected cable should still provide a considerable improvement in sound quality for Titanium users.The Titanium’s new Lightning-based system is perhaps more intriguing given the long-whispered rumors that Apple is considering doing away with the conventional 3.5mm headphone jack altogether for future iPhones, ostensibly to make them the thinnest phones in the world. Is it possible that Audeze has inside Apple info we don’t have access to? The Apple-approved logos on the box certainly seem to point that directionRelated: Behold the greatest headphones in the world, the Sennheiser OrpheusEither way, given the fact that the cans allow for higher resolution playback from current iPhones, and also come with a standard headphone cable for the same brilliant audio experience you’ll get from the original EL-8 from any input, this a pretty low-risk investment for Apple fans. Design elements were also upgraded for the Titanium, courtesy of BMW DesignWorksUSA, which used sleek aluminum components to create the “Titanium” look.  Unfortunately, they only come in the closed-back design (we prefer the open-back).The EL-8 Titanium will be sold directly online and through select Apple retail stores. At an MSRP of $800 — $100 more than the original EL-8 — users are essentially paying for the Lightning cable and components as part of the package, which aren’t currently sold separately. Whether that’s worth the money may just depend upon what kind of tracks/storage capacity you have on your iPhone.Regardless, this design move by Audeze could be a sign of future events. Ditching the convention headphone jack wouldn’t necessarily mean instantly making millions of headphones obsolete. The solution could be as simple as a new kind of headphone cable, such as the one seen here.We hope to get some hands-on time with the EL-8 Titanium’s new digital setup soon, so stay tuned.This post was originally posted on our “brother site” Digital Trends. The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play Applast_img read more

Ban rejects reports of UN withdrawal from Afghanistan

“Let me be crystal clear: we are not evacuating. We will not, cannot and must not be deterred. Our work will continue,” Mr. Ban told reporters after briefing the Security Council in a closed-door meeting about the situation in Afghanistan. The world body announced yesterday that it is taking immediate steps to strengthen security for UN employees in Afghanistan, in light of the 28 October attack on a guest house in Kabul that killed five UN staff members and injured nine others as well as “further ongoing threats.” The measures include the short-term relocation of some of the roughly 1,100 international staff to safer sites within Afghanistan, as well as to duty stations in the region. The UN has around 6,000 staff working across the country in total. The Secretary-General, who visited Kabul on Monday in a show of solidarity, stated that no critical staff will be moved, and that the UN’s work on humanitarian and development needs will continue as before. “I was able to see for myself that the determination and commitment of our staff in Afghanistan remains strong,” he stated, while adding that colleagues there will have to manage, temporarily, with less administrative support. Mr. Ban said he plans to provide the General Assembly in the coming days with specific proposals regarding additional resources for strengthening security for UN staff and premises. While in Kabul, the Secretary-General also met with President Hamid Karzai and former presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah. Both Mr. Ban and his Special Representative, Kai Eide, have emphasized the need for the formation of new Government that is composed of competent, reform-oriented personalities that can move the country forward, he said. In a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting of Austria, which holds the rotating Council presidency for this month, Council members congratulated the Afghan people on their active engagement and participation in the elections and commended the efforts of those who worked to ensure a credible process. “They called for the new Afghan Government to effectively address the issues facing the country, including security, good governance and the fight against corruption as well as economic recovery, improving the livelihood of its people, and the cross-cutting issue of counter-narcotics,” said the statement. 6 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today rejected any notion that the United Nations is leaving Afghanistan, amid reports that the world body is pulling out of the country following the announcement that it will temporarily relocate some of its staff owing to security concerns. read more

Sri Lanka become first Asian team to win Test series in South

It was Kusal Mendis who spearheaded the famous win with a regal, unbeaten 84 off 110 balls in a chase of 197. He found an adventurous partner in Oshada Fernando, as they peeled off 163 off 213 balls – the first century stand of the series. Sri Lanka today became the first Asian team to win a Test series in South Africa.Sri Lanka arrived in South Africa in a state of utter turmoil – both on and off the field? After less than seven days of cricket, they surmounted tremendous odds and became only the third visiting side – after England and Australia – and the first Asian team to clinch a Test series in South Africa. Sri Lanka 154 (Dickwella 42, Rabada 4-38) and 197 for 2 (Mendis 84*, Oshada 75*, Olivier 1-46) beat South Africa 222 (De Kock 86, Vishwa 3-62, Rajitha 3-67) and 128 (Du Plessis 50*, Lakmal 4-39, de Silva 3-36) by eight wickets read more

EURO 2014 – Group B Routine day for Denmark and Norway

Norway and Denmark showed their class in the opening matches of the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 Group B in Hungarian city of Debrecin. Norwegian girls had no troubles against surprisingly weak Romania 27:19 (16:7) in the match which looked finish after only 15 minutes. Despite Christina Neagu, there were no Romanian player who could compete with strong Scandinavian defense, and that was the main difference between two teams.Oftedal scored five for the winning team.In the second match of the day, Denmark easily outplayed Ukraine 32:23 (14:11) with stronger second half, in which quality of the Jan Pytlick’s girls came to the fore. Norgaard scored 8 for the winners, while Borschenko netted one less for Ukrainians… DenmarkEHF EURO 2014Norway ← Previous Story EURO 2014 – Group A: Spain beat Poland – Trefilov girls take point against Hungary Next Story → EURO 2014: Dutch girls and France win first points read more

Yes Odysseus was real

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The date on which the mythical Odysseus killed the suitors of Penelope has been identified by a group of astrophysicists. According to Kathimerini news, this new attempt at dating the Homeric epics compared physical events described in the epics with astronomical phenomena. As a result, the dates of some events narrated in the epics are being specified, and a new concept for their historicity is being created, with the aim of shedding some more light on the Homeric question. “We believe that the myth revolves around actual events,” Panagiota Preka-Papadima, professor of astrophysics at the University of Athens, told Kathimerini.The multidisciplinary team, which has publications in international journals, believes some of the events described did occur, and has proved that the natural phenomena mentioned coincide with the time of their narration.“Odysseus arrived in Ithaca on 25 October, 1207BC. Five days later there was an eclipse with 75 per cent coverage in the Ionian sea, and it is precisely when the massacre of Penelope’s suitors took place,” says Papadima. She is entirely convinced of the truthfulness of the described event. The occurrence of the solar eclipse at that time has been proven with maps by NASA, describing foreseeable natural phenomena from 4500BC to AD10,000.“Between 1300BC and 1130BC, the years during which the two epics take place, there were 14 solar eclipses. Of the five that would have been visible in the Ionian, two of them had a rate of two per cent helium and therefore were not noticed. Another was west of the sun, so our concern is only with two,” explains Papadima.A total solar eclipse took place in 1143BC, close to the decline of the Mycenaean centres and therefore excluded by the scientists. The second took place on 30 October, 1207BC, in the afternoon until 5.30 pm, reflected in The Odyssey. In Rhapsody PC, The Odyssey’s 20th book, which recounts the events which unfold prior to the killing of the suitors, Theoclymenus says: “Ah, wretched men, what evil is this that you suffer? Shrouded in night are your heads and your faces and your knees beneath you; kindled is the sound of wailing, bathed in tears are your cheeks, and sprinkled with blood are the walls and the fair rafters. And full of ghosts is the porch and full the court, of ghosts that hasten down to Erebus beneath the darkness, and the sun has perished out of heaven and an evil mist hovers over all.”“This is an account of the eclipse, which hid three-quarters of the solar disc,” says Papadima. She believes the date is fully consistent with the weather, the autumn agricultural life and the midday time of the suitors’ murder as described by Homer.The multidisciplinary team investigating the epics comprises Professors S. Papamarinopoulos, P. Preka-Papadima, assistant professor of astrophysics at the University of Athens, and researchers P. Antonopoulos, natural and amateur astronomer; P. Mitropetro, philologist and teacher; E. Mitropetrou, philologist and archaeologist; A. Tsironi, philologist and archaeologist and C. Sarantitis, writer, electrical and mechanical.last_img read more

Le principe du pollueurpayeur confirmé par la Cour européenne de justice

first_imgLe principe du pollueur-payeur confirmé par la Cour européenne de justiceEurope – La Cour européenne de justice (CEJ) a confirmé le principe du pollueur-payeur en affirmant dans un arrêté, publié lundi, que les exploitants dont les installations sont à proximité d’une zone polluée peuvent être présumés responsables de la pollution.La CEJ avait été saisie par un tribunal italien après que plusieurs entreprises du secteur des hydrocarbures et de la pétrochimie de la région de Priolo Gargallo, en Sicile, ont contesté leur condamnation pour avoir pollué la rade d’Augusta. Le tribunal administratif de Sicile avait fait appel à la Cour européenne pour définir clairement le cadre d’application du principe du pollueur-payeur.Dans un arrêté publié lundi 8 mars, la Cour a confirmé que dans le cas où elles disposent “d’indices plausibles” telles que la similitude entre les substances polluantes détectées et les composants utilisés par les entreprises, les autorités nationales peuvent légalement “présumer l’existence d’un lien de causalité entre des exploitants et une pollution constatée” aux alentours de leurs installations et ce, conformément au principe du pollueur-payeur.La rade d’Augusta est régulièrement touchée par des phénomènes de pollution environnementale dont l’origine remonterait aux années 1960, époque où le pôle pétrolier Augusta-Priolo-Melilli a été créé.Le 9 mars 2010 à 16:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

House Easily Passes Waterways Bill to Applause from ASA

first_imgWith a vote of 417 to 3 on Wednesday evening, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The WRRDA bill includes provisions to streamline environmental reviews; establish hard deadlines and cost caps on project studies; allow non-federal interests to contribute funds to expedite project components; annually increase the amount of funding that is provided from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) for port maintenance and dredging; and free up money and increase the capacity of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF)  and requiring the Corps to study and report on bonding, user fees, and other potential funding sources. ASA supports the bill, and President Danny Murphy congratulated House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leadership following its passage.“ASA welcomes [the] passage of the WRRDA bill and commends Chairman Shuster and Ranking member Rahall, as well as Subcommittee Chairman Gibbs and Ranking Member Bishop, for their persistence and support in the process of addressing our waterways infrastructure. As tonight’s vote illustrates, this bill enjoys broad bipartisan support in the House, as it does in the Senate and within the administration. With that in mind, we call on the House and the Senate to convene the conference committee as soon as possible so that a final bill can be passed and sent to President Obama before the end of this year. Soybeans are the nation’s leading farm export, and each bushel we export depends on our waterways infrastructure, whether that’s in the form of a river channel, a lock and dam or a port,” added Murphy. “Unfortunately, in recent years, each of those elements has begun to suffer due to lack of upkeep and investment, and this bill takes a great step to reversing that trend.”The House bill now heads to conference with the Senate’s Water Resources Development Act (S. 601) to iron out areas in which the two bills differ. S. 601 includes similar provisions supported by ASA to annually increase the amount of funding that is provided from the HMTF for port maintenance and dredging; to streamline the process for Corps of Engineers projects and reduce project completion times; and to free up money and increase the capacity of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF). Additionally, the Senate version includes an amendment supported by ASA that would exempt small farms that store oil in aboveground tanks from federal oil spill regulations. The amendment would set storage tank thresholds below which agricultural operations would be excluded from U.S. EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Rule (SPCC).We thank ASA members for contacting their representatives over the last day and a half to urge a yes vote on the bill. Of the three “no” votes cast on the bill, one came from House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), and the others came from Republicans Jim Sensenbrenner, of Wisconsin, and Walter Jones, of North Carolina.ASA will keep members updated on the bill’s progress in conference.last_img read more

Kannada actor Komal beaten up in full public view cops file FIR

first_imgKomal Kumar was trashed by a biker in a road rage.PR HandoutThe Malleswaram police have arrested a person named Vijay over assaulting Kannada actor Komal Kumar in a road rage incident. It occurred near Srirampura railway underpass around 5.30 pm on Tuesday evening, 13 August.”Malleshwaram Police have taken immediate action and the culprit has been dealt with, thank Public for support. No tolerance for such rowdy activities, cases booked, arrested ..[sic]” Bhaskar Rao IPS, Commissioner of Police, Bangalore City, tweeted.As per the police sources, Vijay is a resident of Jakkarayanker and works as a delivery boy. The issue started when he allegedly overtook Komal’s car in a rash manner and the actor raised objection to over which the biker got furious and got into an argument by blocking his way.In the peak of heated verbal exchanges, Komal tried to strike the first blow and Vijay narrowly missed it. The cops say that the biker felt insulted when the actor tried to assault him following which punched on the actor’s face several times.The video of the entire episode have emerged online and the clippings have gone viral. Komal was hurt and seen bleeding in the mouth and nose in the video. Based on the complaint, the Malleswaram police have booked Vijay for attempting to murder the actor.The actor, who got treatment at KS General Hospital, said that he is clueless about the person who assaulted him. Komal said that the incident occurred when he was on the way to pick his daughter from tuition.”We will collect the video and take action against the actor as well if it shows that Komal assaulted the biker first,” said N. Shashi Kumar, DCP (North).Komal is a familiar face among Kannada audience and acted in over 90 movies in Sandalwood. He is a brother of actor-politician Jaggesh.last_img read more

Bangladeshis among 500 migrants rescued off Libya

Bangladeshis among 500 migrants rescued off Libya

first_imgA group of 47 migrants is helped by a Sea Watch 3 crew member (L) during their transfer from a rescued unflatable boat onto a Sea Watch 3 RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) during a rescue operation by the Dutch-flagged vessel Sea Watch 3 off Libya`s coasts on 19 January 2019. Photo: AFPTwo migrants have died and nearly 500 have been rescued in the past three days off the coast of Libya during perilous attempts to cross the Mediterranean to towards Europe, the Libyan navy said Tuesday.Spokesman General Ayoub Kacem told AFP that 473 migrants from Africa, Syria and Bangladesh were rescued over the past 72 hours in four separate operations.On Sunday, two migrants who had died of hypothermia were found on a boat, while more than 140 others were rescued after 24 hours at sea, he said.Two merchant ships took part in operations to rescue the migrants “at the request of the Libyan navy”, he added.A cargo ship registered in Sierra Leone on Sunday rescued 141 migrants including 25 women and two children after they sent out an SOS signal using Alarm Phone, a volunteer-run Mediterranean rescue hotline, he said.The Italian government said it had been in contact with Libyan authorities to help them rescue the survivors.”After several days of rough seas, human traffickers took advantage of the calm sea this weekend to act again,” the presidency of the council of ministers in Rome said in a statement.Some 170 migrants have died in two shipwrecks over recent days in the Mediterranean, the United Nations’ refugee agency UNHCR said.Since the fall and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, the North African country has become a key gateway for migrants seeking to reach Europe.Today, tens of thousands of migrants a year seek help from human traffickers to make the crossing to Italy, 300 kilometres from the Libyan coast.Hundreds of migrants die every year attempting the journey.Controversial deals reached in Libya, along with Rome’s decision to close its ports to ships that rescued migrants at sea, have drastically cut the number of arrivals to Italian coasts since mid-2017.last_img
One Fair Wage Battle Continues to Broaden Across Federal Lines

One Fair Wage Battle Continues to Broaden Across Federal Lines

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterLast week the fight for fair wages once again made it to the Hill as legislators and advocates pushed for two pieces of legislation during congressional briefings on the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Raise Wage Act. But organizers advocating for tipped workers in the District say people are feeling pinch of income disparities now.The Raise Wage Act (H.R. 582) would ultimately increase the federal minimum wage from 8.55 to $15 an hour within five years. The Paycheck Fairness Act, helps to strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to push for more transparency in pay disclosures, and limiting the ways in which pay scales can be assessed. It would make the EEOC collect data and make it harder for employees to be discriminated against for inquiring about pay.The legislation also offers protections for women and members of marginalized communities.One Fair Wage and the the Restaurant Opportunities Center D.C. are still in the fight for raising the wages of tipped workers on a national and local level. (Courtesy Photo)Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center gave testimony last week and offered insight to how women and particularly women are impacted by the current laws.In her official testimony, Graves stated that:“When women are shortchanged, families suffer. More than 24.9 million mothers with children under 18 are in the workforce, making up nearly 1 in 6 – or 26 percent – of all workers. The great majority of mothers in the workforce work full time. In 2015, 42 percent of mothers were the sole or primary breadwinners in their families, while 22.4 percent of mothers were co- breadwinners, meaning mothers’ earnings are critical to families’ financial security.  And those working mothers also face a wage gap, paid only 71 cents for every dollar paid to fathers, a gap that translates to a typical loss of $16,000 annually.Closing the wage gap would help lift women and children out of poverty. Nearly one in eight women in the U.S. live in poverty, with high rates for women of color, including 11 percent of Asian women, 21 percent of Black women and 18 percent of Latinas. More than 1 in 3 families headed by unmarried mothers lived in poverty in 2017, and over half of all poor children (58 percent) lived in families headed by unmarried mothers. Closing the wage gap is not only fair, it is urgently needed.”The Raise Wage Act would also bolster pay for tipped workers which more often tend to be Brown and Black women. D.C. has been embroiled in a long standing battle to offer increased wages to tipped workers. Currently while D.C.’s wage is 12.50 an hour, tipped workers are at $3.89 an hour, with plans to go up to $5.00 by 2020.Initiative 77 was introduced in the District to push tipped workers up to $15 minimum wage by 2025. However that bill was overturned by the D.C. Council.The wage gap impacts many tipped workers in the District according to data for the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and ROC D.C.D.C. is home to about 56,000 workers in the restaurant industry, with 2,267 establishments, According to ROC United/D.C. data. Restaurant sales hit $3.8 billion in 2017. As the restaurant workforce is predicted to grow, however, the income disparities are glaring.About 25 percent of tipped workers are on Medicaid and 16 percent utilize food stamps. About 24 percent of servers are on Medicaid and 17.4 percent use food stamps. Tipped restaurant workers using medicaid and food stamps are 24.9 percent and 14.7 percent respectively. This is compared to 11.5 percent and 9.1 percent of overall workforce on medicaid and food stamps.“It’s an important issue issue regardless of where you live, but particularly in D.C. which has, as we see, income disparity and housing disparities all across the city. It’s definitely just a small microcosm of a larger issue,” said Candace Cunningham, and organizer with ROC D.C.As the larger federal bills move towards a vote in the House and Senate, ROC D.C. will try to repeal the D.C. Council’s decision to overturn and keep pushing for higher wages for tipped workers.While the referendum in D.C. for increasing wages for tipped workers is at a standstill, ROC D.C. still continues to “push as hard as we can on a national level and locally we’re continuing to focus on improving working conditions and building coalitions,” Cunningham said.last_img read more

Guccis Chunky Bejeweled SEGABranded Sneaker Drops in July

first_imgStay on target Hands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems FineSega Genesis Mini Heats Up Retro Console Wars This September Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The shoes were made in collaboration with SEGA (obviously), but there’s no clear reason for why. There’s no special SEGA announcement, no major tie-in or anything else. Just an unusual collaboration between the old guard of Italian fashion and the retro-ish aesthetic of the chunk sneaker, tapping into the cultural cachet of SEGA.And, of course, these things cost quite a bit, starting at about $1430, according to one source. If you’ve got that kind of change to drop on some rather loud sneakers, you can get your pair starting in July. Oh boy, high-end luxury is weird. At a new showcase, Gucci unveiled their latest sneaker, which takes nods from SEGA’s signature branding, as well as some not-so-subtle nods to the game Bejeweled. These are chunky sneakers, and definitely look the part. A thick tongue rolls out of the top, and the shoe is loosely wrapped in jeweled straps that run along its surface. The shoes are unisex, and come in a few different colors, including outdoorsy blacks and greens, as well as more ostentatious, multi-colored varieties. last_img read more

Nintendo 3DS with Super Mario Land 3D available for 170 on Black

first_imgNintendo really wants you to go out and spend $350 on a Wii U this week, but there’s also a certain handheld device the company wants to keep selling, and it’s Black Friday this week. So Nintendo is putting together a 3DS deal that’s worth considering as it could save you $50.If you load up a store like Amazon today you’ll find the Nintendo 3DS Best Price at Amazon on offer without any games for around $179.99. That’s not bad, especially considering some of us paid $249.99 for it last  year. But this Friday the price is going to drop again.Nintendo is set to offer a Flame Red 3DS that ships with Super Mario 3D Land pre-installed. The price? Just $169.99. That’s already $10 cheaper than you’ll typically find the 3DS for today with no games, and yet Nintendo is throwing in a $40 title for free. You don’t get the cartridge, but that isn’t going to upset too many people who just got gifted a 3DS.This is the 3DS and not the 3DS XL, which is still priced at around $220. But if you can do without those 90% bigger screens, or need a gift for a younger member of the family, I doubt you’ll find the 3DS cheaper this side of Christmas. The $50 you’re saving also means more spare cash to buy another couple of games or some accessories to keep them happy over the Christmas break.The Flame Red 3DS is a limited edition bundle, and with a launch on Black Friday chances are stock is going to disappear quickly. I also notice there’s an existing Flame Red bundle available with Super Mario3D  Land for $215. I can only assume that includes a cartridge version of the game rather than a pre-installed copy.via Kotakulast_img read more

Nigeria 579 soldiers and officers on trial

first_img Comments   Share   Last year, three courts-martial condemned 72 soldiers to death by firing squad for alleged cowardice, mutiny, aiding the enemy and other charges related to fighting Boko Haram extremists.Human rights lawyer Femi Falana said the trials were “a travesty” and held in secret because evidence provided by his clients was a condemnation of Nigeria’s military establishment, indicating corrupt officers often divert money meant for salaries and arms.“Instead of bringing such unpatriotic officers to book, the military authorities have engaged in the diversionary tactics of wasting the lives of innocent soldiers by sentencing them to death without any legal justification,” he charged.Falana said the army was making scapegoats of inexperienced soldiers — his clients were aged between 21 and 25 — sent into battle with little training and insufficient weapons.At the time, soldiers told The Associated Press that many fled the battlefield because they ran out of bullets. They said Boko Haram was better armed than Nigerian troops.Since then Nigeria has acquired new weapons and this year a multinational force of troops from Nigeria and its neighbors has driven the extremists from the towns and villages where Boko Haram had declared an Islamic caliphate. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nearly 600 Nigerian officers and troops faced charges before a court-martial Wednesday, the army said. An unprecedented number of soldiers is believed to be on trial for alleged offenses related to the ongoing fight against an Islamic uprising in the northeast.Army spokesman Col. Sani Usman said 579 officers and troopers are before two courts-martial taking place in Abuja, the capital, to ensure a “quick dispensation of justice, discipline and professionalism.” He gave no details to journalists, including when the trials began. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Falana and other lawyers have appealed to the Federal High Court to overturn the convictions and death sentences, arguing the courts-martial were unconstitutional because they were not fair trials.The fate of the soldiers may be decided by the new administration of former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari, a disciplinarian who takes office as president next week.___Associated Press writer Bashir Adigun contributed to this report from Abuja, Nigeria.___This story has been corrected to say that three courts-martial were held last year, not two as stated previously.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Mirbeau Inn Spa Rhinebeck Accepting Reservations

Mirbeau Inn Spa Rhinebeck Accepting Reservations

first_imgSource = Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck Accepting ReservationsMirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck Accepting Reservations Starting May 1Travelers planning ahead for a fall vacation can now reserve their stay at the future Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck, starting May 1. The 50-room resort will make its debut in early autumn—just in time for leaf peeping in a town singled out by MSN.com as one of the top 10 foliage spots in the U.S.  It is the third resort in a growing Northeast portfolio by The Mirbeau Companies.Travelers can book a room directly at mirbeau.com/rhinebeck-ny/ or call 1-877-67-2328 to speak to a reservations specialist. The first available date for stay is October 13, 2019. Guests will have the choice of a Mirbeau Signature room with one king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds or a Luxurious Suite. All rooms are complete with fireplace and soaking tub. Introductory room rates starting at $225 will be available for a limited time.Just two hours from Manhattan in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley, Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck is tucked into 2.8 secluded acres just a short stroll from the specialty shops, flourishing food scene and strong arts culture of Rhinebeck’s historic center. Like its award-winning sister resorts in Skaneateles, N.Y. and Plymouth, Mass., Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck is designed to bring balance to modern living, with gracious accommodations, a world-class spa and a French-inspired American dining experience, Bistro & Wine Bar. Guests will enjoy every modern comfort within the ambience of an old-world chic Parisian hotel, without the need for a passport.About Mirbeau Inn & Spa RhinebeckMirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck, opening in Fall 2019, introduces the award-winning Mirbeau philosophy of bringing balance to modern living to New York’s Hudson Valley. Reminiscent of an old-world chic Parisian hotel, the 50-room Rhinebeck resort will offer gracious accommodations, a 12,000-square-foot Spa Mirbeau, French-inspired American dining at the Bistro & Wine Bar, and 3,000 square feet of sophisticated meeting and event space. Just two hours north of New York City, Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck is set on 2.8 secluded, private acres, in the center of the village’s historic downtown and two miles from Rhinecliff-Kingston Train Station servicing the Amtrak Northeast Corridor line. It is managed by Mirbeau Hospitality Services. Visit www.mirbeau.com/rhinebeck-nyAbout The Mirbeau CompaniesFor nearly 20 years, The Mirbeau Companies have successfully developed and managed European-inspired boutique hotels, spas and resorts including the award-winning Mirbeau Inn & Spa and Spa Mirbeau brands. Family-owned and operated, Mirbeau Inn & Spa is a nationally renowned destination resort brand, with locations in Skaneateles, N.Y., Plymouth, Mass., and Rhinebeck, N.Y. (opening Fall 2019). The first Spa Mirbeau, a unique “Day Resort” concept offering all of the amenities of a full resort experience to regional customers close to home, opened in fall 2017 in Albany, N.Y. Mirbeau, loosely translated as “reflected beauty,” embraces characteristics of French Impressionist art including introspective reflection and simple elegance throughout its facilities. For more information about Mirbeau, visit www.mirbeau.comlast_img read more

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