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Site C workforce broke 3300 mark in July

first_imgThe number of indigenous workers employed on the dam also jumped to its highest-recorded level so far, from 240 to 255.The number of female contractors employed on the project increased by 20, to 424, meaning women make up 15.8 percent of the dam’s contractor workforce. Of the nearly 2,700 contractors at Site C, 2,054, or 77 percent were B.C. residents.The number of Peace River Regional District resident contractors employed at Site C saw another increase, though the percentage of local workers actually dropped.The number of locals employed on the dam went from 664 in June to 705 in July, though the percentage of PRRD residents working as contractors actually dropped from 28 to 26 percent.The three temporary foreign workers employed as contractors at Site C in July is identical to the number of TFW contractors for the past four months.It must also be noted that the number of temporary foreign workers employed as contractors is 67 percent lower than during the same month a year ago.The number of apprentices at Site C saw a big increase during the middle month of the summer, jumping from 56 in June to 93 in July. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The size of the workforce employed in building the Site C dam has reached another record high.According to statistics published by BC Hydro this afternoon, there were a total of 3,303 workers employed on Site C in July, up from 3,093 in June.The number of contractors on site sat at 2,675, which is 312 more contractors than during the previous month. The number of engineers and project team members meanwhile saw one of its biggest decreases, dropping by 102 from 730 to 628.last_img read more

Bill Morneau to update Canadians on Kinder Morgan talks today as Trans

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau will provide an update Wednesday on the status of his talks with Kinder Morgan to expedite the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion — but he is not expected to announce a deal.Rather, Morneau is expected to articulate the broad strokes of how Ottawa sees a deal coming together — setting forth the federal Liberal government’s principles, values and goals that could form the basis of an eventual agreement.Morneau had been engaged in intensive talks with Kinder Morgan officials up until Tuesday, but the two sides have yet to declare any common ground on the amount of federal money involved.The finance minister’s very public display, which comes the day before the company’s annual meeting in Calgary, is likely to put additional pressure on the company.Amid mounting opposition from the B.C. government, environmental groups and protesters, not to mention skittish investors, Kinder Morgan halted all non-essential spending on its $7.4-billion plan to double an existing pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C., and gave Ottawa until the end of May to broker some calm.Earlier Tuesday, before Morneau’s news conference — scheduled for 9 a.m. ET — was announced, Trudeau was in Calgary, trying to convince skeptical Albertans to believe his latest mantra: that the pipeline will be built.“Let’s be honest about these things. I don’t think there is anything that I can say that would reassure some of my critics who have such little faith in my government getting anything done for Alberta,” he said.“I don’t think there’s any magic phrase I can say that will have critics and skeptics put down their criticism and say, ‘You know what? The prime minister reassured me today.”‘As Trudeau spoke, a small group of protesters were heard shouting, “Build KM” and “Build that pipe.”Morneau’s talks with Kinder Morgan had their genesis a month ago, when Trudeau promised to deploy both financial and legislative tools to ensure the disputed expansion is able to proceed.During a remarkable eight-hour stopover in the national capital, an unscheduled break from a busy overseas travel itinerary, Trudeau convened a summit in Ottawa with B.C.’s John Horgan, who has staked his government’s survival on opposing the pipeline, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, whose province’s economic health depends on it.Trudeau instructed Morneau to sit down with Kinder Morgan to find a financial solution that would soothe their investors. He also promised legislation that would reaffirm Ottawa’s authority to press ahead with a development deemed to be in Canada’s national interest.The Liberal government position is that it approved the project in 2016 after a rejigged environmental assessment and Indigenous consultation process, and in concert with the its climate change and oceans protection plan. Approval came in consultation with the previous B.C. Liberal government, which gave its consent to the project after its own conditions were met.Horgan’s election last year changed that. His minority government exists at the pleasure of the Green party, and on condition of his continued opposition to the project. read more

UN Israeli officials to meet on Jenin mission

The decision to convene the session stemmed from yesterday’s discussions between the Secretary-General and Israeli Ambassador Yehuda Lancry, who “sought clarification on the team’s composition and scope of action, as well as other issues,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told a press briefing at UN Headquarters. The spokesman stressed that the mission – initiated by the Secretary-General and welcomed by the Security Council – was expected to be in the region on Saturday.”The Secretary-General said clearly that the mandate of the team was Security Council Resolution 1405 of 19 April,” the spokesman said. “While he would not discuss his choice of team members, he did not rule out adding additional experts as might be deemed necessary.”During the meeting with the Israeli Ambassador, Mr. Annan had declined to discuss the composition of the team, Mr. Eckhard said in response to questions from the press. “[The Secretary-General] feels it was his team to name, he feels that the Israelis indicated to him in advance that they would cooperate with whatever team he named, and those are his people, and that’s the end of the discussion,” said the spokesman. “There are three principals on the team, but [team leader Martti Ahtisaari] said let’s not draw any divisive lines,” Mr. Eckhard noted. “The Secretary-General said that any additional expertise that Mr. Ahtisaari feels he might need can be brought on board.””If out of the discussions with the Israelis tomorrow there are recommendations that Mr. Ahtisaari thinks would be helpful for additional kinds of experts we’ll bring them on board,” he said. “The idea is to have all of the expertise we need to do a fair assessment.”Concerning tomorrow’s meeting, the spokesman said that the “Israeli mission this morning said three individuals would participate; one each from the Defence Ministry, the Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Defence Forces.” He added that the meeting would be chaired by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Kieran Prendergast, and attended by senior officials from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Office of Legal Affairs. read more

Colombia UN rights office condemns murder of four civilians including priests

The four were killed on Sunday by an illegal armed group in El Diviso in Norte de Santander Department. The statement by the office was the latest intervention by various UN agencies over the devastating impact that four decades of fighting between leftist rebels, Government forces and rightist paramilitaries have had on the civilian population throughout the Andean country, where more than 2 million people have been displaced in the biggest humanitarian crisis in the western hemisphere.“In deploring and rejecting this new act of violence against unarmed civilians, exacerbated by the priestly status of two of the dead, the Office stresses that the principles and norms of international human law concerning the protection of the civilian population must at all times and everywhere be fulfilled by those who directly participate in hostilities within the framework of internal armed conflict,” the statement said. Just three weeks ago, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned that local communities in southern Colombia had been cut off by an armed blockade following intense fighting between irregular armed groups and the military and were suffering from a severe shortage of food and other essential items. read more

Football Ohio State picks up commitment from 4star offensive tackle Ryan Jacoby

With 2018 national signing day in the rearview, Ohio State has turned its attention to the 2019 class. That focus paid dividends Thursday when the Buckeyes landed their second commitment in the class from four-star offensive tackle Ryan Jacoby.Jacoby announced his pledge to the program on Twitter, joining fellow four-star offensive tackle Doug Nester, the first commitment of the Buckeyes’ 2019 class. pic.twitter.com/BkPXwbVsU8— Ryan Jacoby (@Ryan_Jacoby) March 1, 2018Jacoby is ranked the 353rd-best prospect in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He slots in as the No. 39 offensive tackle and is ranked lower than Nester, the 57th-best player in the country and the No. 10 offensive tackle. A Mentor, Ohio, native, Jacoby is the 10th-best player in Ohio, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Several highly ranked Ohioans — including fellow Mentor product Noah Potter, a four-star defensive end — are sought-after Ohio State targets. Just five players in the Buckeyes’ 26-person 2018 class played high school football in Ohio.Jacoby’s and Nester’s commitments are important because Ohio State has struggled to maintain offensive tackle depth. A majority of its offensive linemen play on the interior. Even in the 2018 recruiting cycle, the Buckeyes landed just two offensive tackles — five-star Nicholas Petit-Frere and four-star Max Wray. However, Wray might eventually slide inside and play guard.Ohio State’s two-person class ranks 29th in the country and fifth in the Big Ten. read more

Sri Lanka pick Asitha for T20 series Jeevan Mendis returns

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMalinga omitted from ODIs against Pakistan due to poor formOctober 4, 2017In “latest news”Malinga to lead ODI and T20I squads in New ZealandDecember 14, 2018In “latest news”Udawatte, Rajitha, Vandersay picked for West Indies TestsMay 11, 2018In “latest news” The first T20 squad of Chandika Hathurusingha’s tenure features a preponderance of youth. Seam bowlers Asitha Fernando and Shehan Madushanka (20 and 22 respectively), inexperienced spinners Jeffrey Vandersay and Amila Aponso, and seam-bowling allrounder Dasun Shanaka, all feature for the two-match series.Asitha FernandoOne old hand did return, however. Three years after he played his last international, legspinning allrounder Jeevan Mendis, 35, made his way back into a Sri Lanka squad. Though his recall was unexpected, he has nevertheless been in good bowling form for Tamil Union Cricket Club in the ongoing Premier League first-class tournament.In the continued absence of Angelo Mathews, the team will be led by Dinesh Chandimal, who himself has not played a T20 in over a year. Thisara Perera was in the squad, but was overlooked for the captaincy.T20 squad: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Shehan Madushanka, Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Jeevan Mendis, Asitha Fernando(ESPNCricinfo)  read more

State of Play Just 6 seats to be filled in local elections

first_imgDAY FOUR IN the count centres.We’re almost there.With three full days of counting under their belts, workers at count centres across the country will be packing up with the knowledge that 943 local councillors have been elected across 137 areas.However, there are still six seats to be filled and one recount to look after.The Ballybay-Clones area of Monaghan will be repolled on 7 June following the sudden death of Councillor Owen Bannigan. That vote will account for the six seats on Monaghan County Council.A recount has been ordered in Dun Laoighaire so the eight councillors elected so far have an anxious wait to see if their seats are secure.John Bailey (FG), Cormac Devlin (FF), Melisa Halpin (PBP), Ossian Smyth (GP), Karl Gill (PBP), Patricia Stewart (FG), Mary Fayne (FG) and Michael Merrigan (Ind) all look set to take seats, barring an upset on Wednesday morning, when the recount is due to take place.Turnout last Friday stood at 51.6%.As things stand, Fianna Fáil hold 266 seats across the country, the largest number of any party.‘Independents and Others’ received over 28% of the vote, giving them 237 seats across the 31 city and county councils.Trailing slightly behind is Fine Gael, which has lost a huge chunk of support since taking office in 2011. The party will have 232 local representatives.Meanwhile, there were massive gains for Sinn Féin which now holds 157 seats. It is also the largest party on the Dublin City and South Dublin councils.The poll was a disaster for Labour, which will now have just 51 seats across the country.Who is your new local councillor? Here’s a list of everyone elected so farHere’s how many seats each party holds on your local councilElection 2014 Liveblog: European and local results (plus Gilmore resigns) as it happenedHere’s who is in the frame to become the new Labour leaderlast_img read more

HTC Flyer tablet specs revealed

first_imgLast week we heard that HTC’s first tablet was not going to be the Scribe, that device will apparently launch in June. The HTC Flyer on the other hand is expected to land in March, and now we may have the final specs of the the device.Multiple sources speaking to Amobil.no have divulged most of the important information regarding the tablet’s features. Here’s a rundown:AdChoices广告7-inch capacitive touchscreen (1024 x 600)Ships with a stylusQualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 (same as Desire HD)4GB on-board flash storage1GB RAMAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread running modified Sense for tablets (might be Android 3.0 by launch)HSPA (download speed up to 14.4Mbps, uploads to 5.76Mbps)HDMI out, MicroSD card slot5-megapixel and 1.3-megapixel camerasSkype pre-installed for video conferencing and callsWhat’s clear is HTC want the Flyer to be a phone as well as a tablet due to the pre-installed Skype. This is possibly the easiest solution to competing with FaceTime out the box. However, it will be the only way to make a call on the device.The 5-megapixel camera is thought to have an LED flash and will also be used for facial recognition. As for HTC Sense, apparently it has been updated to work better on a tablet device with a larger screen. It’s thought to offer a more desktop-like experience.All of these details are unconfirmed by HTC, but we don’t have to wait too long to see how close they are if the Flyer really does ship in March.Read more at Amobil.nolast_img read more

Journées de la Mer elles commencent aujourdhui dans toute la France

first_imgJournées de la Mer : elles commencent aujourd’hui dans toute la FranceFrance – Dans le cadre de l’année internationale de la biodiversité, mais aussi du Grenelle de la mer, commence aujourd’hui la 2e édition des Journées de la Mer. Élargie cette année aux fleuves, lacs et rivières, elle se tiendra jusqu’au 8 juin 2010.L’objectif des Journées de la Mer est de sensibiliser les Français au monde maritime, à ses richesses et ses fragilités. Plus de 560 manifestations seraient déjà au programme, à travers toute la France. Une occasion pour le public d’aller à la rencontre des acteurs du monde maritime et fluvial, pour découvrir à travers de nombreuses manifestations le rôle que la mer, les lacs et les rivières jouent dans notre quotidien. A la fois source d’énergie, d’emplois, de matières premières ou d’activités touristiques, ces milieux doivent en effet, aujourd’hui plus que jamais, être préservés. À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Que ce soit à Paris, au pied du pont Alexandre III, ou ailleurs en France, les actions mises en place autour des Journées de la Mer auront de quoi séduire tous les publics. Fête du nautisme ce week-end, visites de bateaux (les Pen Duik à La Rochelle, le Belem dans le port de Calais, Patrouilleur Themis dans le port de Cherbourg, le trimaran Banque Populaire à Sète…), ouverture de sémaphores au public en Manche et en mer du Nord, portes ouvertes d’écoles de Marine marchande et de lycées professionnels, plongée ou voile… Des actions plus ciblées sur la découverte et la protection du milieu naturel seront également organisées, avec par exemple des nettoyages de rivières et de lacs en Martinique, en Alsace, en Bretagne ou en Midi-Pyrénées.Le 4 juin 2010 à 11:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Ouverture de cinq centrales à biomasse en France

first_imgOuverture de cinq centrales à biomasse en FranceCofely, la filiale de GDF Suez, investira 500 millions d’euros dans cinq centrales à biomasse en France. Elles ont été retenues par un appel d’offres du gouvernement, pour un chiffre d’affaires annuel attendu de 100 millions d’euros.C’est un pas en avant vers la production d’énergie utilisant de nouvelles sources en France. Cofely, la filiale de GDF Suez vient tout juste d’annoncer son projet d’investir 500 millions d’euros dans 5 centrales à biomasse en France. Des installations qui ont été retenues par un appel d’offres du gouvernement et qui devraient apporter un chiffre d’affaires annuel de 100 millions d’euros.À lire aussiAllemagne : les verts demandent la fermeture des centrales Fonctionnant à bois, les centrales en question auront une puissance totale de 99 mégawatts et entraîneront la création de 100 emplois directs et 300 emplois indirects, a indiqué Cofely dans un communiqué. Elles seront ainsi capables de produire de l’électricité et de la chaleur et ce, pour une durée de vie de 20 ans. Chaque année, elles consommeront 900.000 tonnes de bois-énergie, du bois issu des plaquettes de l’industrie forestière ainsi que des parties non nobles des arbres (branches, cîmes, etc.). D’après les informations révélées par Cofély, les futures centrales seront placées en Ile-de-France (Gennevilliers), dans les Pays de la Loire (Bessé-sur-Braye), le Limousin (Saillat-sur-Vienne) et l’Aquitaine (Lacq et Vielle-Saint-Girons), rapporte TV5monde. Le gouvernement espère grâce à ce genre d’installations que la biomasse (hors biocarburants) représente à l’horizon 2020 plus du tiers du potentiel de développement des énergies renouvelables en France.Le 21 octobre 2011 à 15:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New Legion Trailer Gives us More Insight into David Hallers Mind

first_imgStay on target Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men?SDCC 2019: Marvel’s ‘Dawn of X’ Comics Unveil Future of X-Men FX released a new trailer for its upcoming X-Men series Legion, showing off more of the title mutant’s relationships, brief glimpses of the titular mutant’s past, and a premiere date.The new series from Fargo creator Noah Hawley follows the most likely simplified adventures of David Haller, the mutant known as Legion. The official synopsis reads as follows:“Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.”In the comics, Haller, played by Dan Stevens, is the illegitimate son of Charles Xavier and inherited some of his father’s more culturally unacceptable genes. Haller suffers from severe mental illness, including dissociative identity disorder, and each one has access to a different mutant power, making him one of the most dangerous and powerful mutants in the Marvel universe.Considering that Legion has access to around 50 personalities throughout his comic history (according to Wikipedia), we can guarantee we won’t be getting the centaur or the Eldritch abomination personalities (if you’re in for a trip into comic book absurdity, scroll through his personalities list).It’s unclear how the series will relate to the X-men film franchise besides the use of the word “mutant,” but the creators said that there will be some connections. Hawley also told audiences at New York Comic Con that audiences will “probably” see Charles Xavier in some form. Legion is also an anti-hero in the comics, more prone to acts of villainy due to his unstable mental being, while in the trailer, it looks like he’ll be a hero of sorts or at least a victim in which we can view a tense sequence of events. What will his final form look like? Also, how many of the characters we see in the trailer are possibly not real at all?Luckily, we won’t have to wait too long for some answers. FX announced that the series will premiere on Feb. 8, 2017. The first seasons will run for eight episodes.Like Fargo, Legion is visually impressive. Just from the trailer, we can see some interesting close-ups and angles, along with some beautiful and jarring scenery that Hawley said will reflect Haller’s disconnected and confused take on reality.last_img read more

Star Trek Discovery Trailer Has Vulcans Klingons and Lens Flare

first_imgStay on target It’s been a long wait, but we finally have a real look at the next Star Trek TV show. Star Trek: Discovery has been through multiple delays and a change of showrunner after Bryan Fuller stepped down to focus on American Gods. Those troubles appear to be in the past, as the new trailer looks like a pretty amazing Star Trek show.Yes, it borrows the look of the JJ Abrams movies (Federation starships have really bright lights everywhere), but that’s OK. Those movies may not have been as smart as we expect Star Trek to be, but you can’t deny they looked real good. It’s hard to judge a show from a single trailer alone, particularly a Star Trek show, whose best moments likely won’t be its action sequences.So far, it appears to be the halfway point between classic Trek and the Abrams movies in terms of tone. There’ll be plenty of action (which looks pretty fun, by the way), but there’s definitely potential for Trek’s philosophical side to come out. Particularly with the half-Vulcan child and that exchange about Federation not firing first. There’s a lot the show could dive into with those themes. Television is a better place for Trek to be Trek anyway. The movies always had to be more action-oriented than the TV show. The best films based on the original series and The Next Generation were much more battle-heavy than their television counterparts. On TV, you can have slower, more philosophical episodes that deal with questions about humanity and ideals. That’s why Star Trek was a TV series first, and why its best moments come from the shows.The cast looks fantastic, which is a great sign that CBS is taking this show seriously despite it not being on the network proper. I already love Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, and it looks like she has an interesting dynamic with Sonequa Martin-Green’s First Officer Michael Burnham. I like that this series will focus more on the first officer than on the captain. It’s a promising sign that this show will find ways to tell new stories and show us something new in a series that’s more than 50 years old.We’ll have to wait until the show comes out to see what kind of show this actually will be. For now, I’m just excited there’s going to be new Star Trek on TV. That alone is cause for celebration. Star Trek: Beyond has no release date yet, but will be available on CBS All Access (their streaming subscription service) in the fall of 2017. ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ last_img read more

Now That They Walk Boston Dynamics Robots Learn to Run

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target It can feel equal parts thrilling and terrifying checking in on the increasingly intelligent and agile robots from Boston Dynamics. They were even too spicy for Google. But if we don’t keep an eye on them, it’ll be that much easier for them to sneak up on us some dark night in the future. With that in mind, we thank the company for sharing regular video updates of how these machines are progressing. So check out the latest tricks the Atlas and SpotMini robots are capable of.Like the human babies they further resemble, these robots needed to crawl before they could walk and walk before they could run. But boy they can sure run now. In this video the upright bipedal Atlas robots jogs comfortably over uneven natural terrain and jumps pretty gracefully over a log. This is the same robot that can backflip, too. The real revelation is just seeing how the robot can still perform so impressively outdoors and not just in a controlled lab environment.Meanwhile, the SpotMini is still crawling around indoors, but it’s some real smart crawling. After being led around the office by a handler, the quadruped robot can now recall that information to later navigate the space autonomously. It uses cameras to avoid obstacles and effortlessly walks down stairs. The SpotMini’s older sibling, the Spot dog-bot, can even open doors.We feel we’re doing important work for humanity here cataloging the latest developments of Boston Dynamics robots as well as other super advanced robots that may take over the world. If you want to get caught up though we’ve got stories on robots with claw heads, robots on wheels, robots that can shrug off hockey stick attacks, and robots shaped like reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. The world is nearly ready for a Boston Dynamic robot to surpass Metal Gear.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Funeral held for teen motorcycle racer killed at Indy

first_imgFamily members cried and hugged each other for support as pallbearers carried the casket of 13-year-old motorcycle racer Peter Lenz after his funeral Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vancouver.Lenz was killed Sunday when he fell off his motorcycle and was run over by another rider at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a warm-up for a U.S. Grand Prix Racers Union event.Autopsy results confirmed Lenz died of multiple blunt force trauma. He is the youngest driver or rider to be killed at the 101-year-old speedway.Lenz earned an “expert” license at age 11 from the American Federation of Motorcyclists. In March 2009, he became the youngest rider to win an AFM race. Lenz had four wins in the Grand Prix series this year.last_img read more

EU court rules workers are entitled to holiday pay for accrued annual

first_imgThe Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that a retired worker can claim holiday pay for both unpaid or untaken annual leave accrued during his 13-year tenure.In the case, King v The Sash Window Workshop and Dollar, King worked as a window salesman on a self-employed, commission-only contract between 1999 and his retirement in 2012. On the basis of this contract, when King took annual leave, it was unpaid. After leaving the organisation, King undertook to recover payment for annual leave that he had taken and not been paid for as well as for leave that he had accrued but not used for the duration of his service. The Sash Window Workshop refused on the basis that King was self-employed and therefore not entitled to employment rights such as holiday pay and the national minimum wage.King originally took the case to the Employment Tribunal (ET), which found under the working time directive that King was a worker rather than a self-employed contractor. The ET stated that King was entitled to holiday pay for accrued holiday that was untaken at King’s retirement in the final annual leave year of 2012-2013, for unpaid annual leave taken during his service, and for pay in lieu of accrued but untaken leave throughout the whole period of employment.The Sash Window Workshop referred the ET’s decision to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), which allowed the appeal and remitted the claim back to the ET. King and The Sash Window Workshop appealed and cross-appealed this decision respectively, with The Sash Window Workshop arguing that King lost his entitlement to payment in lieu of untaken paid annual leave as King was not entitled to carry over periods of untaken annual leave into a new holiday year and so the resulting claim for the holiday years in question was time-barred. King on the other hand stated that payment in lieu of untaken annual leave did not arise until after the termination of the working relationship, and therefore his claim was timely.The case was then referred to the European court in order to clarify whether under European Union (EU) law the worker has to firstly take annual leave before being able to establish whether he is entitled to be paid, and if the worker does not take some or all of his entitled annual leave due to the fact that his employer does not provide paid leave, can the worker claim that he is prevented from exercising his right to paid leave and therefore the right carries over until it can be used?It was found by the EU court that uncertainty around remuneration caused by having to take unpaid leave meant that King could not fully benefit from taking leave, deterring him from using annual leave in the first place. This would therefore be incompatible with the purpose of the right to paid annual leave under the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. In addition, because the employer only provided unpaid leave, the EU court decided that King would be forced to take unpaid leave before claiming for payment.Europe’s highest court concluded that in the absence of any national statutory provision establishing a limit to the carry over of leave in accordance with the requirements of EU law, allowing entitled paid annual leave to be extinguished, would validate conduct that goes against the purpose of the working time directive, which enables paid annual leave in order to maintain worker health.J L da Cruz Vilaca, president of the chamber, said: “A worker who has not been able, for reasons beyond his control, to exercise his right to paid annual leave before termination of the employment relationship is entitled to an allowance in lieu under article 7(2) of Directive 2003/88. The amount of that payment must be calculated so that the worker is put in a position comparable to that he would have been in had he exercised that right during his employment relationship.“Unlike in a situation of accumulation of entitlement to paid annual leave by a worker who was unfit for work due to sickness, an employer that does not allow a worker to exercise his right to paid annual leave must bear the consequences.”James Potts, head of legal at Peninsula, added: “The case was brought by Peninsula as we wanted to seek a decision in this case as it was an untested, grey area. We didn’t want other small employers to be in the same situation as our client where they are facing the risk of having to pay many years of back pay because the law is unclear. The significance of the impact of the judgment was recognised by the UK government, who supported our attempt to clarify the law.“Following the confusion regarding holiday pay calculations, this is the next big holiday issue for employers to grapple with. This decision will have a significant impact on cases where the status of the individual is disputed. Where it is decided, a number of years down the line, that a self-employed individual was actually a worker the employer will face significant financial liability. They will have to compensate for taken but unpaid holiday during the relationship and will also have to pay for accrued holiday that wasn’t taken throughout their engagement.“Employers with self-employed individuals, whether these number in single figures or the thousands, need to seek advice on the real status of their workforce. Although contractual documents may be drafted to create a self-employed relationship, a tribunal can look behind this to examine what actually happens in practice. Once a decision is made that the individual is actually a worker or an employee, liability for significant holiday back pay will arise.“In acknowledgement of the significant impact holiday pay claims can have, since July 2015 the government has limited back pay liability for new claims to two years. This reduces the financial impact of the decision for small employers but does not remove the risk of being taken to a tribunal. Since the removal of fees, there is nothing stopping a self-employed individual from submitting a tribunal claim to test their status, or seek a financial settlement.“This European decision binds UK tribunals when deciding similar cases. In its current form, the Brexit Withdrawal Bill maintains European judgments made before the UK’s exit from the EU. However, it does give the Supreme Court the right to depart from these decisions where it is right to do so. As such, this decision will remain binding post-exit unless a future case proceeds through the domestic courts to the Supreme Court, where this decision could be departed from.”Nicola Ihnatowicz, employment partner at Trowers and Hamlins, said: “The ECJ’s decision is of particular significance to the gig economy where, on a number of different occasions, the label of self-employed contractor has been found to conceal an individual’s true status as a worker. Employers who find that those they have always regarded as self-employed contractors actually have worker status will now potentially be faced with a significant financial liability for unpaid holiday pay.“Under the Deduction from Wages (Limitation) Regulations 2014 there is a two year backstop on claims for holiday pay.  However, following the decision in Sash Window Workshop the entitlement to pay in lieu arises all at once on termination so the two-year back pay limit will have no relevance.  As a result employers who have failed to provide their workers with adequate facility to take paid leave may be looking at a liability for many years of untaken holiday.“This is an example of a decision from the ECJ that the UK courts may still be required or at least permitted to take account of during any transition period prior to Brexit.”last_img read more

Famous English Soccer Meet Attracts Lots Of Houston Fans

first_img Share 00:00 /01:03 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 2Manchester’s crosstown rivalry has been played since 1881, pitting Manchester United against Manchester City. But for the first time ever, this year’s Manchester Derby was held outside the UK.Matthew Clifton is a Manchester United fan who was there from Mississippi. He’s seen the team on their home turf but he was excited to attend a game that didn’t involve a long trip.“I usually wake up early to catch every game that I can,” said Clifton. “Now in the days of technology I can watch on my phone, anywhere like that. And I have the service to watch the games. I’m a dedicated fan I guess you would say.”Over by the players entrance we met another Manchester United fan, Brett Forbus of Houston, who was hoping to get some autographs. He said it was his first time getting to see the team in person.“It’s awesome,” said Forbus. “ It’s one of those dreams as a kid that you look forward to trying to do one day. And so to see them locally is awesome but I hope to see them in England as well.”The preseason game was brought to Houston as part of the International Champions Cup, which has organized European exhibition games in the U.S. and China. The final score from Thursday night’s game: Manchester United won 2-0 against Manchester City. Xlast_img read more

Asus Introduces its First GlideEnabled PDA Phone

first_img Citation: Asus Introduces its First Glide-Enabled PDA Phone (2008, September 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-asus-glide-enabled-pda.html The ASUS P552w is the latest PDA phone that features, Glide innovative, touch responsive user interface that makes navigating on this mobile phone more intuitive and interactive than ever before. Photo courtesy of Mobile Burn 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. ASUS P552w incorporates a revolutionary touch-responsive user interface that uses cutting-edge Gester technology which enables users to perform a variety of navigational actions such as selecting, zooming, scrolling and flipping with the simple flicks of their fingers.The ASUS P552w also has applications that enable users to access a wide range of functions such as looking up the latest news, checking the weather forecast, viewing photo slideshows and listening to music all with a few taps of their fingers. These applications, dubbed Multi-Home, Anytime Launcher, EziPhoto, and EziMusic. EziPhoto enables users to flip through their photo collection with their fingertips, similar to how they would with a real photo album.EziMusic has an interactive interface that allows you to play and manage your music. The ASUS P552w also houses applications that enable easy access to web content like RSS news-feeds, YouTube movies and photos on Flickr. The ASUS P552w features Google Maps which not only facilitates navigation, but also capable of supplying users with POI´s (points of interest). The ASUS P552w´s navigation capabilities feature ASUS SMS Location Link. This exclusive feature allows users at two different locations to locate each other by sending each other SMS messages. Clicking on the URLs, which are automatically embedded in the sent messages, will link the phones up to Google Maps, giving users clear directions on how to get to each other´s positions.The Asus P552W is equipped with a 624MHz processor, 3.5G HSDPA connectivity, GPS and seamless Google integration. It also offers Bluetooth, WLAN 802.11b/g, GPS, USB and other connectivity standards to enable easy data transfers to and from other devices.ASUS has yet to announce pricing and availability information for its P552w phone.Via: Cool Gadgets Zone and Mobile Burn last_img read more

How do supermassive black holes get so big

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — At the center of most galaxies lie supermassive black holes that can grow to become more than a billion times larger than our Sun. However, astrophysicists don’t fully understand the formation and evolution of supermassive black holes – specifically, how swirling gas from the galaxy loses its large angular momentum to allow it to be consumed by the black hole. 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. In a new study, astrophysicists Philip Hopkins and Eliot Quataert from the University of California, Berkeley, have proposed an explanation for how gas loses its angular momentum and successfully crosses the last 30 light years to the black hole. Their idea stems from previous observations that the supermassive black hole in the center of the Andromeda galaxy is orbited by an old lopsided stellar disk. Hopkins and Quataert suggest that when gas flows toward a black hole, it initially forms this stellar disk due to gravitational instabilities. Eventually, the stellar disk grows in size to stretch over a distance of dozens of light years from the center of the galaxy. Once it becomes large enough, its eccentric shape pulls unevenly on the incoming gas. This torque causes different gas streams to collide, reducing the gas’ momentum and allowing it to flow close enough to the black hole (less than one light year) to allow the black hole’s gravity to dominate and swallow the gas. The researchers’ simulations showed that this process could enable black holes to consume several solar masses of gas each year, which could have helped Andromeda’s black hole to gain much of its mass.Since Andromeda is not a unique galaxy, other supermassive black holes may also have orbiting stellar disks that transport the angular momentum of gas to the black hole’s vicinity, helping to “feed” the black hole. In addition, the eccentric stellar disk’s self-gravitational forces might reveal insight into active galactic nuclei and the cosmic X-ray background. Citation: How do supermassive black holes get so big? (2010, April 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-supermassive-black-holes-big.html More information: Philip Hopkins and Eliot Quataert. “The Nuclear Stellar Disk in Andromeda: A Fossil from the Era of Black Hole Growth.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Available at arXiv:1002.1079v2 [astro-ph.CO].Via: New Scientist Explore further Chandra data reveal rapidly whirling black holes This illustration of the black hole in Andromeda shows an old lopsided stellar disk (red) orbiting a black hole (black dot). An inner ring of younger stars (light blue) also orbits the black hole. The stellar disks may drag swirling gas close enough to the black hole to be consumed. Credit: A. Field, NASA, ESA.last_img read more

Chemists use high speed camera to fully explain high school explosion demonstration

first_img Citation: Chemists use high speed camera to fully explain high school explosion demonstration (2015, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-chemists-high-camera-fully-school.html First experiments of the alkali metal explosion in water performed at the balcony of the Institute in Prague provided important clues for later more rigorous laboratory studies (and lots of fun). Credit: Phil Mason 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. Play This video provides footage from high speed cameras place of the explosion of a sodium/ potassium alloy drop in water compared to a water drop hitting a water surface. Footages from cameras aiming both from above and below the water surface are provided. Credit: Mason et al. The team allows that there is likely little real world application for what they have discovered, but hope that in the future, high school teachers will be able to give the full story as they attempt to wow future chemists. Explore further PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Journal information: Nature Chemistrycenter_img More information: Coulomb explosion during the early stages of the reaction of alkali metals with water, Nature Chemistry (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2161AbstractAlkali metals can react explosively with water and it is textbook knowledge that this vigorous behaviour results from heat release, steam formation and ignition of the hydrogen gas that is produced. Here we suggest that the initial process enabling the alkali metal explosion in water is, however, of a completely different nature. High-speed camera imaging of liquid drops of a sodium/potassium alloy in water reveals submillisecond formation of metal spikes that protrude from the surface of the drop. Molecular dynamics simulations demonstrate that on immersion in water there is an almost immediate release of electrons from the metal surface. The system thus quickly reaches the Rayleigh instability limit, which leads to a ‘coulomb explosion’ of the alkali metal drop. Consequently, a new metal surface in contact with water is formed, which explains why the reaction does not become self-quenched by its products, but can rather lead to explosive behaviour. © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from Czech Republic and Germany has found that the general explanation given to high school chemistry students regarding the reasons for an explosion when alkali metals are dropped into water, is insufficient. In their paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, the group explains how they filmed such reactions and discovered what really happens. Play This video shows an ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of a cluster of 19 sodium atoms immersed in a water cluster. Credit: Mason et al. Laser-generated surface structures create extremely water-repellent metals Most chemistry students have seen it—an instructor drops a bit of alkali metal into a beaker of water and a flashy explosion occurs—up till now, the explanation has been that as electrons leave the metal, hydrogen is formed which then ignites. The researchers in this new study do not dispute that claim, but have found that there is more to it.The researchers note that the traditional explanation for the cause of the explosion has not really been fully explained, after all they note, there is little surface area for the reaction to occur and as the hydrogen forms, it would appear to form a barrier between the two materials, further squelching the possibility of an explosion. To find out what really goes on, they filmed drops of a sodium-potassium alloy as they hit the surface of a container of water. Slowing down the reaction revealed that just microseconds after the drops hit, tiny spikes of metal protruded from the impact zone. That, the researchers noted caused more surface area between the two materials coming into contact, and also allowed for piercing the layer that formed between them, allowing the explosion to proceed.High school teachers, the team notes, correctly tell their students that electrons leave the metal and enter the water, but generally neglect to mention that the metals then become highly positively charged. It is that charge that is responsible, they suggest, for the formation of the spikes, which are the real reason for the explosion. The team created a computer simulation of what they observed and found the same results, verifying that they had found the real process involved in such explosions.last_img read more

Helping the Ladysmith community once again

first_img“God is always behind the scenes, working. God is the best doctor. Trust God, for miracles do happen!”These projects bring great contentment to those involved, as the gift of giving is a gift itself as they continue to remain anchored in Christ.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Friday once again saw co-ordinator Mr K Bihaspat and the team from Project Cornerstone, together with evangelist Matthew Lee, make their way to the heart of needy communities.This time, the passionate team visited the Ezakheni C-Section Clinic. The team engaged in a praise and worship session with patients present at the clinic. Songs of heartfelt worship and adoration were sung as the patients rejoiced and gave glory to God.Evangelist Matthew Lee then took the platform to share a powerful and meaningful message to encourage and pray for the sick. The team also distributed informative booklets entitled ‘The way to God’ as resource material to enable patients to turn to Scripture in times of grief and hardship.Thereafter, the team distributed creamy soup and bread to each patient, as well as interacted with the clinic staff while the meal was served.The ambience at the clinic was dynamic and well received by all present.One of the patients was so touched by the team’s visit and stated: “God can use medicine to heal us. We live by faith and not by sight. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more