Rabat – Renault-Tangier is planning to produce “Ultra low-cost” vehicles for the French company’s European and African markets. The final decision expected to be made in January 2015by Renault’s CEO Carlos Ghosn.Following the success of its Dacia brand and its low-cost models, the French group Renault is now planning to produce “Ultra low-cost,” with the launch of four smaller models.According to French-speaking magazine Jeune Afrique, Renault-Tangier will produce three of the said models for the European, North African and Sub-Saharan markets, while India will produce and launch the fourth model in 2015 for a starting price of around 3500 Euros. The three models that are expected to be produced in Renault’s Tanger-Med plant are a saloon car, an SUV model (recreational vehicle) and a 7-seater.Renault-Tangier manufactured only 170,000 vehicles in 2013 and 200,000 vehicles in 2014, while the plant has a capacity of producing 400,000 vehicles per year. However, the arrival of the “Ultra low-cost,” models is set to boost the production of the plant.Jeune Afrique went on to add that the vehicles manufactured for Europe should be adapted to the standards of the old continent, and will therefore be more expensive.
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says it is working with the United States Census Bureau and plans to release the delayed December merchandise trade data on March 6.The data had been scheduled to be released on Feb. 5, but was delayed due to the U.S. government shutdown.Statistics Canada, which uses U.S. import data to measure Canadian exports to the United States, says the release of the trade data for January that was scheduled for March 7 will also be delayed and that subsequent months will likely be affected as well.A new publication date for the January data has not been set.Statistics Canada says it will incorporate December data on Canada’s exports to the United States in the fourth-quarter releases of Canada’s balance of international payments, and gross domestic product, which will be published on Feb. 28 and March 1.However, it cautioned that the results could be subject to larger than usual revisions. The Canadian Press
Rabat – The Alliance of Moroccan Sahrawis in Europe for Development and Solidarity (ASMEDS) and the “White Dove” organisation have been holding a sit-in in Geneva since July 01. The initiative called “Open Days on Polisario’s Crimes” took place on the sidelines of the 41st session of the Human Rights Council (June 24-July 12). It is part of a campaign to raise international awareness about the recruitment of child soldiers, especially in the Tindouf camps.The Alliance staged a similar sit-in in March 2019 during the previous Human Rights Council session in order to denounce “the forceful enlistment of children in the Tindouf camps, in violation of international law.” The sit-in organisers stated that they seek to “draw the public’s attention to human rights violations perpetrated by Polisario, especially against children who are snatched from their families for training on the use of firearms and explosives.”“Many children have died after handling explosive devices before being buried in anonymity, while survivors are usually enlisted in armies, guerrillas or terrorist groups,” read one of the protest banners.ASMEDS Secretary General, Ali Jeddou, explained that the sit-in aims to alert the international community to the massive human rights violations taking place in the Tindouf camps.Protesters urged the international community and international humanitarian organisations to urgently intervene in the case of families confined to the Tindouf camps. The camps are currently under the control of the Polisario Front which, according to the protesters, “violates the most basic human rights.”Human rights violationsMustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud, ex-Polisario member and former commanding officer in the Tindouf camps, has condemned Polisario’s actions over the years. In one of his Facebook posts, Salma said that Sahrawis are no longer concerned by “independence” or “integrity”. He explains that Sahrawis simply want to live in “dignity and to have a future” for their children in a place “where they will not live [through] what their parents experienced.”He further explained in a statement to Morocco World News that “Polisario makes the obtention of official documents – such as the Sahrawi card which is needed for all services and work in the camps – contingent on a period of military training for Saharawis of all ages”Robert M. Holley, Director of the Moroccan American Center for Policy, said in his publication “Cuba and the Polisario Front” (2005) that “each year between 350 and 500 young Sahrawi children between the ages of 9 and 11 are still being separated from their parents and sent to Cuba [for military training] for periods up to 15 years or more.”He went on to say that “classes in communist ideology remain mandatory for these children who get a steady diet of Cuban ideology and anti-American and anti-western propaganda as part of their ‘educational experience.’”But the Polisario has continuously dismissed these reports as “unfounded.” In 2008, Sidi Mohamed Omar, Polisario’s UK representative, told Child Soldiers International, “no Sahrawi in the Sahrawi refugee camps in south-west Algeria who is under the age of 18 years, receives any military training, or participates actively in situations of armed conflict.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio hospital system that found a doctor ordered excessive painkillers for about three dozen patients who died has reached settlements totalling $9 million in lawsuits over two deaths.Those are much larger than previous settlements in cases involving the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System and fired doctor William Husel (HYOO’-suhl).The two lawsuits alleged drugs ordered by Husel caused the death of a 58-year-old man last September and hastened the death of a 75-year-old woman in intensive care in November.The 43-year-old Husel pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of the woman and 24 other patients over several years. He hasn’t been criminally charged in the man’s death.A defence lawyer has said Husel was providing comfort care to dying patients, not trying to kill them.Kantele Franko, The Associated Press
Children have a right to be heard in decisions that affect them, and giving young people a constructive role is essential to both their development and the creation of a more cohesive, peaceful world, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says in its annual report launched today in Mexico City.”Authentic, meaningful participation prepares children for their stake in the future,” says the State of the World’s Children 2003, the flagship publication of UNICEF. “With all the understanding it brings to the children involved, participation is a keystone for cohesive societies, which, in turn are the keystone for peace in the world.”The report argues that this level of “child participation” has important benefits for the healthy development of individual children and for their communities as a whole.A product of some 40,000 surveys of young people taken over a three-year period, the report finds that tens of millions of young people around the world feel disconnected from political institutions and lack trust in their governments, and that young people who do not participate fail to develop vital skills such as negotiation and responsible decision making.”In a world wounded by conflict and divided by poverty, it is absolutely essential that children be embraced, listened to, and given a role in crafting a better future for themselves,” said UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy upon the official launch of the report, which also included the participation of the President Vicente Fox of Mexico and his wife, Sahagún de Fox.
“As the election draws closer and political temperatures become more heated, I call on all candidates and stakeholders, in particular the traditional titled elders, to work jointly and be prepared, at times, to strike difficult compromises,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Nicholas Kay.“UNSOM has supported mediation and consultation efforts throughout the process and I remain hopeful that all candidates are committed to a peaceful and credible election.” The semi-autonomous region of Puntland is in the midst of an electoral process that should lead to a new parliament this year and presidential elections on 8 January. Mr. Kay, who paid a visit to Puntland last month ahead of the elections, encouraged all stakeholders to fully cooperate with the Commander of the Puntland Darwish Force, General Said Mohamed Hersi Dheere, who is responsible for security for the elections, and urged all candidates to campaign responsibly in support of a peaceful election. He further stressed that all presidential candidates should be assured freedom of movement, association and security, and should enjoy equal access to media. “I will continue to follow events closely and make every effort to assist Puntland to have a free, fair, inclusive and peaceful process,” he added.
Parkview Residential Care Home in Bexleyheath, south-east London, was found to have an “infestation of Oriental cockroaches” during an August inspectionFindings from Food Standards Agency They include Parkview Residential Care Home in Bexleyheath, south-east London, which was found to have an “infestation of Oriental cockroaches” during an August inspection. Ivy House Care home in Littleover, Derby, received the same score rating after inspectors found a rat’s nest and droppings in the kitchen.Managers of the home were warned that staff and residents with dementia could have been exposed to Weil’s disease, the most severe form of the bacterial disease leptospirosis, which can lead to organ failure, bleeding and can be fatal.A spokeswoman for Ivy House in Derby said the negative food hygiene report related to an outbuilding where food was not prepared. Bexley Council said managers of Parkview Residential Care Home in Bexleyheath acted swiftly on its problems, which were later resolved. Four children’s nurseries – Little Care Bearz Nursery, in Birmingham, Glory Day Nursery, Barking, Stay and Play at Millbrook Primary School, Newport received the worst rating. So did Fairy Tales Day Nursery, in Glen Parva, Leicestershire, which has since been closed and taken over by another firm following a mouse infestation.Some 187 health and care organisations received a score of one out of five, meaning that major improvement was needed, the investigation by the Press Association found.Of those three – West Heath Hospital Birmingham, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and the private Priory Hospital in Altrincham, Cheshire – were hospital premises. The Food Standards Agency found nine hospitals with poor hygiene ratings for all or part of their promises Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A further 205 health and care organisations, including six hospitals and around 100 care homes were given a score of two.At West Heath Hospital in Birmingham, inspectors found out-of-date food, meat being frozen against instructions, and dirt in the kitchens. Several hospitals were found to be serving food past its use-by date, or making up their own use-by systems, creating a “high risk” of food poisoning, inspectors warned.A FSA spokesperson said: “An overwhelming majority, almost 99 per cent, of hospitals and other care providers achieve a food hygiene rating of ‘3 – generally satisfactory’ or better. The food safety officer from the local authority will be taking the necessary action to ensure that the issues identified at caring premises with a lower rating are addressed and that vulnerable people are not put at risk.” Funding cuts mean hospitals and care homes are already stretched Credit:Telegraph Nine hospitals currently have poor food hygiene ratings for all or part of their premises. They are:West Heath Hospital, Birmingham – ranked oneThe Priory Hospital, Cheshire – ranked oneLuton and Dunstable Hospital – ranked oneGlenfield Hospital, Leicester – ranked two in inspections of its L’Eat restaurant, patient service kitchens, Bennion centre for the elderly and Bradgate mental health unitRoyal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham – ranked twoWoodbourne Priory Hospital, Birmingham – ranked twoBronllys Hospital, Powys – ranked twoPinehill private hospital, Hertfordshire – ranked twoPriory Group, Suffolk – ranked two Hospitals and care homes are serving out-of-date food, in premises infested with cockroaches and rats, an investigation has found.Meals are being prepared in mouldy kitchens, putting vulnerable patients at “high risk” of food poisoning, while others have unclean worktops, food trolleys and sinks.Some 400 hospitals, hospices, care homes, nurseries and school clubs are currently listed as needing “major”, “urgent” or “necessary” improvement.One care home was found to be infested with cockroaches and another ridden with rats while hospitals were found to be serving up out-of date food from kitchens full of flies.Katherine Murphy, head of the Patients Association, said findings were “shameful” and “immensely worrying,” and showed the health of the most vulnerable being put at risk.The investigation analysed food hygiene reports from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) – which rates organisations and businesses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from zero to five.Overall, eight health and care premises were found to have a zero rating, denoting that urgent improvement was required.
IF YOU FANCY noseying around even more of the world without paying a cent, check out Google Street View.It has added lots of new countries, bringing the total to 50, so if you’re itching for a break somewhere new, but can’t quite hop on a plane to get away, you’ve plenty of of escapism here.Among the new additions are Hungary:The Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary.Lesotho:Leribe District, Lesotho.And the Sha Tin Che Kung Temple in Hong Kong:They have also ‘refreshed and expanded’ Irish locations that can be visited, from the military cemetery in Dublin 8 to Clonmacnoise, and even a megalithic cemetery:Google Street ViewWhile it’s not new, it’s always nice to pop in to see the animals at Fota Wildlife Park and Arboretum and Gardens in Co Cork. Hey there, Mr Giraffe:Google say they launched the service “to give you what we called a ‘feet on the ground’” experience and have been growing it to “make it more comprehensive, accurate and useful for everyone”.Read: Ireland’s top tourist destinations now on Google Street View>
Getting people to even think about quitting smoking is a tough job for health organizations and advertisers. That’s mainly because there’s a pretty strong addiction involved that usually wins out over the willpower required to stop. So in recent times shock and scare tactics have been employed in anti-smoking campaigns. That’s why we see such graphic pictures on packets of cigarettes alongside large-print warning messages about how you will probably die by continuing to smoke those cancer sticks.Design studio Make has taken a different approach with its latest anti-smoking ad campaign, and it certainly leaves a lasting impression. There’s no shocks or scary images in these ads. Instead, Make used a hand-drawn character animation of a monkey to depict the monkey on your back that is a smoking addiction.I think it does a great job of depicting smoking as what it is: an annoyance that’s always there in the background, and one that is really difficult to get rid of due to the side effects of cutting off that nicotine supply. At the same time, it’s a great demonstration of using a green screen combined with the work a good character animator can produce.The adverts took a bit of trial and error to achieve as the making of video below shows. Getting the actors to react properly to the non-existent monkey was key, and a fake tongue stuck to what looks like the end of a pencil turned out to be key.via Cartoon Brew and Make
Tokyo is now home to another unique kind of vending machine. Instead of dispensing physical products, however, this vending machine distributes apps.If you’ve never been to Tokyo before, there are vending machines for just about everything. You can buy alcohol, clothing, music, and more in vending machines all across the city. Google is using this as an opportunity to try something new: by loading a handful of free and paid games into a unique vending machine that requires an NFC connection to complete the transaction. Essentially, you press your phone to the pad on the machine and the app starts installing on your phone. There’s an animation on the giant touch screen on the vending machine that will match the one on your phone to signify that the transaction has taken place and the app is installing on your phone.There are a couple of unanswered questions about how this works, but none of them are particularly important. Google has built NFC vending machines for physical products before to show off their NFC purchase system in Google Wallet, but this doesn’t appear to be using the same system. Google seems to be grabbing your account details from the phone via NFC, allowing the users to make the selection and agree to the transaction from the larger touch screen, and then giving the phone the command to install the app.Alternatively, Google could be using this as a method of testing rapid-fire app gifting. If users had the ability to “beam” purchase codes for apps from one user to another on Google Play, the end result could be very positive. Since most Android phones come with NFC built in now, it would be a function that could not only become popular on the platform but help users see the value in NFC. It could also just be a silly vending machine in the middle of the Shibuya.
This month, January 2019, was the 20th anniversary of the Super Smash Bros. franchise. The original game first blew Japanese players’ minds on the Nintendo 64 on January 21, 1999. And I can think of no better way to celebrate the occasion than with the majestic Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch, a records-shattering game that collects not just every single character from across the history of the series (and therefore the history of all video games) but blends fighting gameplay ideas from previous entries while adding in its own.So naturally the next question is how can Nintendo possibly make this series better? What do we want them to do? What’s the future of Super Smash Bros.?First of all, when should a new Smash Bros. even come out? The gaps between Smash Bros. games have been wildly inconsistent. There was only a two year break between the original and Melee. But the wait until Brawl was an agonizing seven years, following by six years for Smash Wii U/3DS. And the only reason Ultimate shaved it down to four years is because we suspect this Nintendo Switch game is largely built off of work already done for the Wii U version.But as much as it pains us to say this, we think the gap until the next Smash Bros. should be the longest one yet. Ideally, we wouldn’t be playing the follow-up to Ultimate until the franchise’s 30th anniversary. And before you kill us, just listen to what we have to say.Smash Bros. is one of the most beloved and important Nintendo franchises. It propelled the Nintendo Switch into being the best-selling console of 2018. So obviously it needs to come back. But Ultimate is so good, so complete, that frankly it can probably last us as THE Smash Bros. game for years to come if Nintendo supports it correctly.Fans love it. The competitive community is currently tearing it apart with love. It already has more characters than ever before, and that’s without including the six confirmed DLC characters. And beyond those characters dataminers have discovered slots for up to like 100 total characters. So perhaps with multiple seasons of new characters, and new Switch owners picking up the game for years to come, there’s really no reason to abandon this game anytime soon.Also, Ultimate does such a great job of being the most comprehensive Smash Bros. game ever that we think it would be a bad and maybe impossible idea for the next Smash Bros. game to just try and be a bigger version of basically the same thing. A gap that long would let the team figure out how to make a new Smash Bros. game that feels significantly different from what’s come before. While this might alienate longtime fans, this gamble could pay off with a Smash game that has a unique identity shaking up a gameplay formula that has arguably gotten a little stale. There’s no one correct way to view a concept as juicy as “Nintendo characters fighting each other.”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>So what could this new Smash Bros. paradigm shift be? I don’t know, experiment a little! Maybe make a 2D pixel art game. I feel like that was a missed opportunity on 3DS. Take the crossover in a different direction and do Super Smash Bros. vs. Shonen Jump or something to take on Marvel vs. Capcom. That would finally get Goku into the game. Or rebuild the Smash formula from the ground up with a truly 3D game. What does the Smash Bros. version of Tekken look like? Power Stone? A radical change in direction would also provide a convenient excuse when the roster inevitably gets smaller because Square Enix decides to remove Cloud from the game. Call it the Mortal Kombat Armageddon Principle.But maybe most importantly, taking a break from Smash Bros. and doing something different would finally give overworked creator Masahiro Sakurai the break he deserves (once Ultimate’s DLC wraps up). The man like destroyed his arm bones working on this cartoon. Let him take a nap! Sakurai has also done some of his best original work when he has long breaks between Smash Bros. games. Let’s get a new Kid Icarus or Kirby’s Air Ride or Meteos.I love Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It’s the near-perfect version of my favorite game series as it exists now. So it’s time for it to take a break, rethink what it even is, and come back ready to blow our minds all over again. For more on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate check out our guide on every single character in the game and consider entering this open online tournament.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. 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Stay on target As expected, Apple just held a press conference revealing a slate of paid subscription services to supplement somewhat softening hardware sales. We thought it was going to be big, big enough to relegate cool new iPad announcements to a simple news post. But I don’t think we were ready for how ambitious Apple’s plans really were. Cupertino is coming for all of your content, whether it’s news or finance or video games or original streaming shows.Are you a fan of magazines but not someone who works in media, leaving you blissfully unaware of how the industry is struggling with devalued labor? Well instead of paying thousands of dollars per year for separate subscriptions, buy a single Apple News+ subscription for $10 per month to gain access to over 300 magazines and newspapers with rich interactive articles redesigned for iOS. It takes us back to the heady days of 2010, the last time the iPad was supposed to save magazines. Shout out to the presenter though for using Essence as the example.Speaking of industries Apple helped ruined only to then try and save, the company is also creating its own video game subscription service to rival Xbox Game Pass and Google’s upcoming Stadia streaming platform. Apple Arcade gives players access to over 100 exclusive premium mobile games playable across all devices even offline, including Apple TV. Partners include lots of indies but also Sega and the Final Fantasy veterans at Mistwalker.AdChoices广告But as cool as this could be, we’re worried about the economics if developers are encouraged to make artificially longer games to get paid more. Also, as I mentioned after my recent Apple games briefing, the fact that it takes a bundle like this to encourage people to pay for and play better mobile games just shows how much free-to-play mechanics have totally poisoned that whole market.The big news though came from the TV side. The new Apple TV Channels app sounds like a kind of smart cable service letting you pick and choose different channels to view more easily, including now on smart TVs. But the channel Apple is most invested in is Apple TV+, its upcoming entry in the streaming TV service wars.In an endless parade of celebrities (but little concrete footage) combining insufferable Hollywood smugness with insufferable Apple smugness, Apple promised a slate of original programming that will do no less than save humanity. So get ready for blind Jason Momoa, a Sesame Street spin-off about coding, Kumail Nanjiani celebrating immigrants, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston dunking on Steve Carell’s sexism, Steven Spielberg embracing internet TV at last, and something from Oprah.And with all the money you’re going to save letting Apple control your whole entertainment ecosystem, let them control your financial ecosystem as well with Apple Card. This service integrates Apple Pay with banking features, an app but also a straight-up physical credit card backed by the oh-so-trustworthy Goldman Sachs. Apple talked a big game about removing fees, providing generous daily cash back on purchases, not tracking purchases, and helping users more intelligently pay back debts. But will this overcome the inherently predatory nature of credit cards and capitalism in general?All of these new Apple services roll out throughout this year. Some perks are even available now. So even if you’re part of the dwindling audience willing to spend over a thousand dollars for a phone without a headphone jack, there will at least be new ways to enjoy your commitment to Apple. Meanwhile, we’ve still got some nice unused pitches for original Apple shows right here. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week
Gareth Bale can be the “difference” for Real Madrid in their Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday, reckons Ryan GiggsThe Welsh winger has had a promising run of form lately with four goals in his last three games for Real with Zinedine Zidane having admitted that Bale’ sudden upturn in form has left him with a selection headache ahead of the final.The 28-year-old has often been left on the bench for Real’s Champions League knockout games this term and it remains uncertain on whether he has done enough to convince Zidane that he is worth a place in the starting eleven at Kiev.However, regardless of whether he starts or not, Giggs has backed his compatriot to make an “impact” on the outcome of Saturday’s final.“Every time Gareth plays he makes an impact,” said the Wales boss, according to Sky Sports.“It just shows the professional he is that he’s not sulking [when he’s a substitute] as he always seems to come on and score.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“He’s one of the best players in the world and every time he comes on to that pitch he makes a difference.“Again that’s a credit to his professionalism, his hunger and desire to get in the team for that final.“He will be thinking if he starts in the Champions League, great.“But if he doesn’t, then he’s ready to score that winner anyway.”Bale has scored 19 goals and made 4 assists in his 35 appearances for Real this season.
Related Items:#deptofeducation, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 23, 2017 – Nassau – The Department of Education categorically refutes circulating media reports about the arrest of three Ministry of Education employees, now reportedly in Police custody, involving the alleged stealing of $245,000.00.To be clear, a staff member of the Ministry’s Performance Appraisal Unit was interviewed under caution by the police yesterday, at the Ministry of Education headquarters on Thompson Blvd, after it was brought to the attention of the Ministry of Education by a local financial institution that a staff member was involved in the production of fake job letters for non-Ministry employees, who sought to qualify for fast loans.The Public is hereby informed that the staff member under question has been given a one-week administrative leave while the investigation continues.#magneticmedianews#deptofeducation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 14, 2018 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services, through The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), receives the donation of a much needed piece of food testing equipment, “The Stomacher” food homogenizer as part of their hurricane relief efforts.This instrument will be very important to the pioneering of food testing in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The National Public Health Laboratory will be opened in the upcoming months and will provide a means of testing food and water. Food testing was formerly conducted on a small scale in the Grand Turk Hospital Laboratory, but since the closure of this facility food testing has been suspended. It is indeed a wonderful opportunity to see the commencement of food and water testing on a wide scale in the Turks and Caicos Islands.The stomacher is manufactured to industrial standards. The circulator allows for easy and effective processing of multiple samples, without the risk of cross contamination. “The Stomacher” owing to the quality of construction and components, is highly durable and reliable, ensuring consistent homogenization during frequent use. It will provide for greater efficiency and quality because the samples are processed in their own individually sealed bags without any contact with the inside of the machine. This eliminates the need for washing and sterilizing in between samples.CARPHA also supplied some ELISA kits for testing infectious diseases. We are grateful to the Caribbean Public Health Agency for these wonderful contributions.For more information, contact the National Public Health laboratory on 338-5132Release: TCIG Related Items:
Employers are recognising the wider benefits of incorporating staff fitness and physical activity into an employee wellbeing strategy.In May 2016, Leeds Beckett University launched its second six-week Beckett Steps Challenge, with 708 campus staff taking part compared to last year’s 380. The challenge, which culminates in June, sees employees make a virtual 1,000-mile journey from London to Rome, tracking progress on an interactive map based on an employee’s step count from a pedometer. With cycling and swimming activity also contributing towards the step total, more than 100 teams of five staff members will make the virtual journey via Paris, Geneva, Turin and Pisa.John Hamilton, head of health, safety and wellbeing at Leeds Beckett University, said: “We thought we were running a wellbeing challenge, but it turned out to be more of an engagement initiative for working in teams together.”Other organisations are also taking up the fitness mantle, with Fox Agency seeing a 90% take-up rate for its free group personal training sessions in a local park, while Money.co.uk is covering the cost of football pitch and basketball court hire to allow staff to play sport at lunchtimes.Gym membership, and establishing a culture that enables staff to use it, as well as encouraging employees to make best use of their lunch breaks, and take the stairs rather than the lift, are some of the others ways in which employers can facilitate physical activity in the workplace.Professor Sir Cary Cooper, president of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and 50th anniversary professor of organisational psychology and health at Alliance Manchester Business School, said: “The majority of people in the workplace are now sitting in front of their computers. They are not walking around the organisation very much, and will leave the office to buy a sandwich and then come back. What they should really be doing is taking a proper lunch break and walking some distance.”There are also wider benefits to employees being physically active. Cooper added: “Keeping physically active is very important but being psychologically active is also very important.”Hamilton added: “Our evidence shows that if [employees] are active, it’s not just their physical wellbeing that benefits, but their mental wellbeing, their productivity and their happiness. So it’s not just physically being fitter, it has a lot of benefits alongside that so they feel happier and healthier about being at work.“[The initiative] also hugely engaging on social media, with #Beckettsteps used across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter [where employees] share their photos and experiences. It’s not about competition, it’s about getting involved and people sharing their experiences; our focus is on fun and participation.”
Oil and gas organisation Total E&P has agreed a 15% basic pay increase with the trade union Unite, in response to proposed strike action at its Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin rigs.The agreed pay deal also features a retention bonus, to compensate Total E&P employees for the use of 3:3 rotas.Unite members working at the organisation voted 61.9% in favour of the new pay deal, on a turnout of 93%. Unite formally accepted Total E&P’s pay offer on 26 September 2018. All future industrial action has now been cancelled.The deal, which will benefit around 50 employees, is a result of negotiations between Total E&P and Unite that have been based at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) over the past weeks.Wullie Wallace, regional industrial officer at Unite, said: “Unite members have accepted the latest offer by Total on the basis of securing a number of significant improvements from the previous offer. This has been a long and protracted dispute following months of negotiations, but we have secured a significant victory with a 15% base increase and a substantial bonus for the workforce.“Unite retains serious concerns over the 3:3 rota system, which we will monitor. On balance, our members have agreed to this new offer and all industrial action is now cancelled. The award shows the value of being in a strong union and builds upon the other recent awards established in the North Sea for our offshore members.”Total was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.
Shannon McCarthy with the Department of Transportation: “The traffic signals have been turned on so be aware of that, and be ready to stop on red.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kalifornsky Beach Road users may have noticed that the new traffic lights were switched on at both Gas Well and Ciechanski Road. DOT, in cooperation with Knik Construction Company, installed two new signal systems at Gas Well and Ciechanski Road, and updated the signals at Bridge Access and Poppy Lane. The roadway has been resurfaced, striped and new signs installed. Upon project completion, speed limits in the area will remain the same. Work on K-Beach will continue to be carried out on weekdays between 8:00pm and 6:30am, until the end of October, weather permitting.
Email Chainsmokers Release Anthem “Everybody Hates Me” everybody-hates-me-chainsmokers-determined-new-anthem News “Everybody Hates Me”: The Chainsmokers’ Determined New Anthem Twitter Facebook The GRAMMY-winning duo drops the perfect song for people who are fed up with being judgedPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 16, 2018 – 5:35 pm The Chainsmokers have become a major part of popular music in the last few years by translating emotional nostalgia into musical space. Their use of repetition and synthetic electronic sounds reinforce a message that exists in an ambient sonic world, as seen in their latest release “Everybody Hates Me.”Released Mar. 15, the anthemic new tune celebrates the kind of determination a person needs to find within themselves when they know they are being targeted and judged.”Everybody Hates Me” follows on the heels of recent singles “Sick Boy” and “You Owe Me,” which respectively tackle sentiments of maintaining a strong self-identity in the face of adversity, and coming to terms with the depression that can stem from an over-saturation of negative media.The Chainsmokers have plenty of anti-fans who enjoy bashing the pair for their successful mix of music and emotion, which sometimes edges closer to the sentiments of pop-punk and alternative rock than pure dance music. Which begs the question: Was this anthem directed at the haters? We’d all like to be around friends and positive influences as often as possible, and sometimes you just need a good song to help you stay mentally armored until you can reach them.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook Messenger
00:00 /09:15 Listen John McCoy/Getty ImagesGeorge Springer injured his hand after getting caught trying to steal second base in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. X The Astros took two out of three games from the Dodgers over the weekend in a rematch of the 2017 World Series. But, while star shortstop Carlos Correa began his rehab assignment with Corpus Christi, the Astros lost George Springer and Lance McCullers, Jr. to injuries. And controversial new reliever Roberto Osuna joined the team but has yet to play.Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony continues to take steps toward officially joining the Rockets. Texans training camp continues in West Virginia. And the Dynamo lost 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine.Kyusung Gong/APHouston Astros relief pitcher Roberto Osuna is interviewed in the dugout before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. Osuna served a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share