Alberta MLA in Hawaii says false missile alert was really really frightening

first_imgLAHAINA, Hawaii – An Alberta politician who is vacationing in Hawaii says the minutes she spent believing a missile attack was imminent may have been the most afraid she’s ever been.Karen McPherson, who represents Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill in the provincial legislature, said she was waiting to participate in a conference call on Saturday morning when an alert appeared on her phone stating there was an “inbound missile threat” headed for Hawaii.It told people to seek immediate shelter and that it wasn’t a drill.“I didn’t know I could move that fast. I grabbed my keys and made sure I had my phone. I’m here with a friend of mine so I yelled at her to get out of bed and to grab her phone and that we had to go right away,” said McPherson, who is staying in a condominium in Lahaina on the western side of Maui.“We headed downstairs— she was still in her pyjamas — and we got in the car and I headed toward the tsunami evacuation route, because that was the only thing I could think of to do in that moment.”But everybody she saw was acting normally. People were walking their dogs or jogging. And there were no sirens.McPherson said after driving about five miles she turned on the radio. There were no urgent announcements.She started to think it was possibly a mistake or that maybe her phone had a virus. She and her friend drove back to the condo, checked social media and found an NBC feed saying it had been a false alarm.Ten minutes later, she received an alert stating there was no missile. The earlier alert was an error, it said, and everything was OK.“I don’t believe that I have ever felt that afraid in my whole life. That was really, really frightening,” McPherson said.Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi told a news conference Saturday the error happened when someone hit the wrong button.Hawaii reintroduced Cold War-era warning siren tests last month amid the potential threat of missiles from North Korea.McPherson said during her moments of fear, she recalled feeling angry that political conditions in the world made the news plausible.“It wouldn’t be that unusual. It would be unexpected,” she said.McPherson said despite the scare, she’s not planning an early return to Canada.“It’s 26 degrees here,” she laughed. “I was talking to some friends that are on the island, too. They were talking about having an end-of-the-world party tonight.”—by Rob Drinkwater in Edmontonlast_img read more

Security Council to discuss Palestinian request for UN membership on Wednesday

26 September 2011The Security Council will discuss Palestine’s application to become a United Nations Member State on Wednesday morning, when it plans to refer it to the committee tasked with examining such requests. The 15-member body held closed-door discussions this afternoon on the application, which Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, officially submitted to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last Friday. Mr. Ban then forwarded the request to the Council.Speaking to reporters after the talks, Ambassador Nawaf Salam of Lebanon, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month, said the Council will take a decision on Wednesday to refer the application to the Council’s Committee on the Admission of New Members.Any recommendations for admission must receive the affirmative votes of nine of the Council’s 15 members, provided that none of its five permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – vote against the application.If the Council recommends admission, the recommendation is presented to the 193-member Assembly, where a two-thirds majority of members present and voting is necessary for admission of a new State.Palestine currently has observer status at the UN. read more

Iraq Annan approves distribution plan for oilforfood programmes latest phase

The plan, as submitted by the Government of Iraq, is based on a foreseen budget of over $5.08 billion for the purchase of humanitarian supplies and equipment in 25 sectors, 10 of which are new, according to the UN Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP), which overseas the effort.As for Iraqi oil exports last week, the OIP said volume remained sluggish. A total of 3.1 million barrels of oil were loaded, netting an estimated $67 million in revenue.In response to a question at a press briefing in New York, a UN spokesman said that as long as the volume of oil sales remained low, there was less money going into the humanitarian efforts and that the programme would be hurt when the oil revenue was below target. read more

RollsRoyce seeks new apprentices to join super luxury success story

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced the start of recruitment for the company’s new intake of apprentices. The successful applicants will join the apprenticeship programme at the end of August 2011 working alongside skilled craftspeople in the paint, wood, leather, motor vehicle, engineering and business areas.The company’s apprenticeship programme was successfully launched in 2006 and provides people aged 16-24 with the opportunity to train with the Goodwood-based manufacturer of the world’s best selling super-luxury cars. The apprenticeships last for up to four years and combine on-the-job training with studying for nationally recognised qualifications. The opportunity to join the company following a successful apprenticeship is a possibility but only the best apprentices are selected. The programme has been designed in conjunction with the Learning Skills Council (LSC), South East Economic Development Agency (SEEDA) and Chichester and Northbrook colleges./wp-content/uploads/sites/2/RR-22.jpgThe apprentices join the company at an exciting time, with Rolls-Royce having announced record sales results for 2010 at the beginning of the year. Since then the company has been celebrating the Centenary of the Spirit of Ecstasy with several high-profile events and unveiled 102EX, the Phantom Experimental Electric (EE) at the Geneva International Motor Show.Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said, “We are delighted to announce the start of recruitment for this year’s apprenticeship programme. This clearly demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the development and training of young people in the UK manufacturing industry. On completion of the programme, our new apprentices will be ideally positioned to take advantage of the unique opportunities available at Rolls-Royce.”In addition, 35 young men and women were employed with the company in 2010 on industrial placements ranging in duration from six to twelve months; even more positions are likely to be available this year. The company also runs a successful graduate programme, with new positions made available each year.Potential candidates for all Rolls-Royce Motor Cars positions should apply online at: to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Three areas Urban Meyer covered in his weekly Ohio State press conference

Urban Meyer speaks at the 2016 Student Appreciation Day on April 2 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Judy Won | For The LanternThe Ohio State football team might be creating buzz with the contributions of incoming freshmen in spring drills, but there are still multiple questions about the team that will don scarlet and gray come September.Following the morning session of spring practice on Tuesday, OSU coach Urban Meyer answered questions from the media about how the team is progressing with spring drills.Here are three takeaways from Meyer’s time at the podium.Assist from alumniMany notable players departed Columbus after last season to pursue the next level, such as wide receiver Michael Thomas, cornerback Eli Apple and offensive tackle Taylor Decker.Although these players will no longer step on the field for the Buckeyes, they are contributing in ways other than making plays.“They’re really helping our young guys,” Meyer said. “(Thomas) comes here to coach.”A big question looming over the heads of Buckeye fans is how the offensive line will handle the large transitional phase of losing three starters from last season. But spirits are high, Meyer said, especially since one of the highest-rated offensive linemen in this year’s NFL draft is mentoring the next men up.“(Decker) is here for a lot of reasons,” Meyer said. “One is to lift and train, but also to help (sophomore) Isaiah Prince and (junior) Jamarco Jones.”Jones is expected to start at left tackle this season for the Buckeyes, while Prince looks primed to be the regular right tackle.Student Appreciation Day more than just funOn Saturday, OSU hosted its annual Student Appreciation Day, in which students are invited to attend a practice held by the team and witness what it is like to suit up with the Buckeyes.Although the event is fun for the spectators and usually results in good laughs — like when players such as redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett participate in the circle drill with a female student — there is a more serious side to the event, Meyer said. “Last week was about chaos,” the coach said. “You have 3,000 students in there, loud noise the entire time, screaming and yelling.”  When the Buckeyes take the field at Ohio Stadium, there is invariably more than 100,000 fans in attendance, making it a hectic environment. But, outside of the sounds of whistles and shouting coaches, most of their spring practices are quiet.The use of the annual event to create a more distracting environment is something the coaching staff feels will better prepare the team for games where crowd noise makes relaying plays and audibles extremely difficult.“We, on purpose, try to create situations like that,” Meyer said. Linebackers look promisingOSU has gained a reputation for producing strong talents at linebacker, a trend Meyer said he feels will continue again this year. He spoke volumes about the ability of sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker. Meyer said the Buckeyes could very well use the Cleveland native like they used Darron Lee, who bolted for the NFL after starting for two seasons. The Buckeyes also lost Joshua Perry at linebacker. “Jerome Baker has the skill set,” Meyer said.Baker, a 6-foot-1 four-star recruit, was not a starter last season and saw limited action on the field, registering three tackles. But after a string of good spring showings, Meyer said the coaching staff feels he can make a large contribution for the Scarlet and Gray this year. The Buckeyes are working toward preparing the team for the upcoming spring game, which is set for 1:30 p.m. on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. read more

DeLorean driver clocked by police at 88mph insists I wasnt trying to time

first_img 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. I was fed up, like most motorists, of being a law-abiding citizen but a soft target for the traffic police.Nigel Mills Christopher Lloyd in the 1985 film Back to the FutureCredit:Everett Collection / Rex Features However the hearing at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court was thrown out on Wednesday after prosecution offered no evidence.Father-of-two Mr Mills, who was clocked near Margaretting, in Chelmsford, Essex, heading north on the A12, said that he didn’t think he was going as fast 89mph.Speaking after the hearing, he said: “I was being prosecuted for going 89mph in a DeLorean, wasn’t something special meant to happen at 88mph?”I can honestly say I wasn’t trying to time travel. It was at 11am on Sunday and the road was completely clear. “I saw the guy with the speed gun and thought I better check my speed and low and behold, the letter turns up.”Mr Mills said he only takes the two-seater out a few times a year and had taken the DeLorean out for a bit of “run around” when he was caught speeding.He decided to fight the accusation after he received his court summons the same day a group of travellers set up a camp in the car park of his company.The married man, from Brentwood, Essex said: “I was fed up, like most motorists, of being a law-abiding citizen but a soft target for the traffic police.”When I saw the travellers in the car park when I’m working on a Sunday it made me quite incensed.”I’m a guy who pays his taxes and sticks to the law, but I’m stuck at work with travellers in the car park and the police won’t touch them.”Why should I pay this speeding fine while they would get away with it? I’m pleased at the result, but I wish that the police could do a better job when it comes to real crimes against people.”Mr Mills bought the blue DeLorean at auction for £22,000 in 2004 and said the 34-year-old car is “a little rattly” with just over 13,000 miles on the clock.The DeLorean is a sports car manufactured by John DeLorean’s DeLorean Motor Company for the American market from 1981 to 1983 and features gull-wing doors.The car became widely known and iconic for its appearance and was modified as a time machine in the Back to the Future film trilogy.center_img Mr Mills is also a member of a DeLorean owners’ club and takes the car to exhibit at shows across the country once or twice a year.”Ironically I was done for speeding in the car that doesn’t get on the road much – I only drive it three or four times a year and did just 200 miles last year,” he said.”I just took it for a run around as it’s a 34-year-old car so it is a little bit nippy. It doesn’t have powered steering either so it is heavy to steer.”I’m a car fan and me and the rest of my family enjoyed the Back to the Future films.”When I’m out in it a few people recognise it, they slow down and take pictures – drivers take pictures out of their windows or try to film you and I get approached at petrol stations.”Mr Mills owns his own company, ARC Angel, who manufacture a home monitoring and alert system to assist people to live independently.A spokesman for Essex Police said: “The officer involved in this incident is currently deployed on specialist duties on a police operation.”The procedural issue here is regrettable however Essex Police wants to make it clear we do not tolerate excessive speeds or poor driving on our roads.”We take the issue of poor driving very seriously and dealt with 113 people for driving offences on the A12 in July alone.”Defending Mr Mills in court, Tim Vickers said: “There will be an application for wasted costs. I can’t see how the crown can contemplate defending that.”It is completely unfair for the defendant to go to this expense.” Christopher Lloyd in the 1985 film Back to the Future A car buff clocked by police driving his cult DeLorean motor at 88mph has insisted: “I wasn’t trying to time travel.”Nigel Mills, 55, was travelling to work in his £22,000 gull-winged sports car when he was caught by a police speed gun.A court heard how the car – made famous in film trilogy Back to the Future in which it can time travel when it hits 88mph – was clocked at a top speed of 89mph.last_img read more

Golden Dawns global aspirations

first_imgA report by the US based geopolitical private intelligence firm Stratfor, that specialises in strategy and forecasting to individuals and organisations around the world, states the politically extreme Golden Dawn party in Greece is attempting to shore up support in rich western countries like as Australia, which have large Greek communities.The analysis released after the fatal stabbing of a left wing artist by a Golden Dawn supporter and before the fatal shooting of two Golden Dawn members by persons unknown, indicates that countries unaffected by the economic crises, such as the United States and Australia, may prove less tolerant of Golden Dawn’s nationalist and anti-immigrant dogma, than Greece itself or the rest of Europe. However, the extremist party intends to target countries such as Australia, Canada, Cyprus, the United States and Germany to further its expansionist agenda. “By targeting Greeks living abroad, the group hopes to legitimize itself internationally and secure funds, supplies and votes for the 2016 legislative elections”, the report claims.Specifically to Australia, Stratfor mentions that “just a month after the party’s 2012 electoral victory Golden Dawn first targeted Melbourne, Australia- Home to roughly 400,000 Greeks and one of the largest Greek communities abroad. It began a propaganda and recruitment campaign in April 2012 through the assistance of social networks to spread their word and it now boasts some 3,000 Facebook followers in Australia even before the group has yet to establish a physical office”. The report goes on to state that “Greek Australians who opposed Golden Dawn soon began collecting signatures to pressure the Australian Ministry of Immigration and Citizenship to ban Golden Dawn members and MP’s from entering the country. Stratfor also makes reference to Golden Dawn’s largest push abroad, namely in the United States, where most of the Greek Diaspora resides and verifies the existence of an already established chapter “Golden Dawn North America” based in Astoria, New York, as well as the intent of the extremists to open additional chapters in Chicago and Connecticut.Other countries mentioned in the report are Canada, where in October 2012, Golden Dawn opened a branch in Montreal and now plans to open another in Toronto very shortly. In Germany the Greek extremist party is striking alliances with other right-wing German extremist groups, where last February, Golden Dawn also founded a cell in southern Nuremberg.According to Stratfor the extremists are also making inroads in Cyprus, where the party has struck an alliance with the right-wing sister party, the National Popular Front. However, the Strafor report does acknowledge that the countries Golden Dawn is targeting are devoid of the social unrest that draws disaffected youth to its cause and therefore Golden Dawn may never become a major international political force, but it might be able to raise just enough funds and support from abroad to keep itself afloat. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

About 1500 volunteers will be counting San Diegos homeless population

first_imgAbout 1,500 volunteers will be counting San Diego’s homeless population January 24, 2019 Updated: 7:01 AM Posted: January 24, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The San Diego County Regional Task Force on the Homeless will begin its annual survey of the size of the county’s homeless population Friday.Volunteers around the county, including more than 700 county employees, will participate in the WeAllCount, the local name for the federally mandated Point-in-Time Count. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that metropolitan areas receiving federal funding to combat homelessness complete the annual count in the last week of January.This year’s survey includes a new and expanded methodology, according to the task force, which will not only count the homeless population but note their needs and priorities. Volunteers plan to conduct interviews with homeless residents on-site in addition to the traditional follow-up interviews to better gauge how best to solve the county’s homelessness issues.“The importance of understanding our need through precise and substantiated data cannot be overstated,” said San Diego Councilman and task force Vice Chair Chris Ward. “The insight gained from expanded efforts with our region’s point-in-time count will be critical in setting meaningful benchmarks and providing a true pathway off of our streets and into housing.”According to last year’s count, San Diego County had the fourth-most homeless residents in the U.S. with an official count of 8,576, trailing Seattle/King County in Washington, Los Angeles County and New York City. The survey found that roughly 5,000 members of the county’s homeless population were unsheltered, living on the street or in a car, and the other 3,500 residents were sheltered at the time of the study, living in shelters and transitional housing.County officials and homeless advocates believe the count should have been even higher due to discrepancies in the survey’s methods. Some local officials argue the population of homeless residents could have been as high as 9,200 but the true 2018 total was never discovered.Task force members and volunteers will conduct the bulk of Friday’s survey between 4 and 8 a.m., with follow-up interviews scheduled for Saturday. According to the task force, the county received roughly $20 million in funding from HUD based on data from last year’s survey. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Kygo Unveils Full Orchestra Stargazing Video New Concert Film

first_imgNews Kygo Unveils Full Orchestra “Stargazing” Video, New Concert Film Email Facebook Watch the Norwegian producer perform alongside Justin Jesso and a full orchestraBrian HaackGRAMMYs Dec 6, 2017 – 4:54 pm Norwegian electronic producer Kygo gives his classical roots the spotlight in a new video for the orchestral version of his hit single “Stargazing” from his upcoming Live At The Hollywood Bowl concert film.Recorded in collaboration with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and vocalist Justin Jesso (who lent his vocals to the original studio version of the track), the video showcases a stripped-down arrangement of the song that puts the swelling strings and melodic piano lead at the forefront, building to a massive crescendo as the lights rise up to reveal the full cast of musicians sharing the stage.The stunning video is a preview of the new concert film that chronicles the “Stole The Show” producer’s impressive one-night stand at the historic L.A. venue alongside a who’s who of special guests, including Conrad Sewell, G-Eazy, James Hersey, Kodaline, Labrinth, Parson James, Seal, and more.Kygo’s Live At The Hollywood Bowl is set for release on Dec. 12.’We Are Modeselektor’ Documentary Now Free To Stream Watch: Kygo’s New Ethereal “Stargazing” Video kygo-unveils-full-orchestra-stargazing-video-new-concert-film Twitter last_img read more

Job mela by APSSDC today in Ongole

first_imgOngole: The Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC) in association with the District Employment Office is organising a job mela for the Flipkart in Ongole on July 22. Shaik Meeravali, Prakasam district manager of APSSDC said that arrangements are being made to conduct a recruitment drive for Flipkart at the District Employment Office in Ongole from 9:30 am on July 22. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He asked the candidates above 18 years of age, with educational qualifications of Class X, Intermediate, ITI and Degree to register for the job mela by visiting the website and clicking the Student Registration tab to participate in the job mela. He added that the candidate must have a two-wheeler, valid license and a smartphone to work for Flipkart as the delivery boy. He said that the successfully selected candidates will get a salary of Rs 14,000 depending on the work and qualification. He asked the candidates to bring six photocopy sets of aadhaar card, biodata, and admission card downloaded from the website. The candidates are asked to call the placement officer Basha at 8125215216 for more information on the recruitment drive.last_img read more

Hasina to start polls campaign from Tungipara Wednesday

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaAwami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina will kick off her party’s election campaign from Gopalganj on Wednesday.She will first pay homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at his mausoleum at Tungipara in Gopalganj.Sheikh Hasina will place wreath at the grave of Bangabandhu and joined a munajat and offering of fateha.She will leave Dhaka at 8:00am for Gopalganj by road from her official residence Ganobhaban.Hasina will address a public rally at Sheikh Lutfar Rahman Government Degree College ground at Kotalipara in the afternoon.On her way back to Dhaka, Sheikh Hasina will address a rally at Bhanga circle in Faridpur, Faridpur circle, Rajbari road circle, Manikganj bus stand, Rabeya Medical College and Hospital premises in Dhamrai and Savar bus stand, AL joint secretary Abdur Rahman told a press conference today.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday Feb 2

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: at WEAA Live Stream: conversation on the plight of Black History Month in the age of Trump, with Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead, public intellectual, author and professor at Loyola University in Maryland, and Dr. Raymond Winbush, director of the Institute of Urban Research at Morgan State University.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

Learn a Framework forget the language

first_imgIf you’re new to programming or have just a bit of experience, you’re probably thoroughly confused, wondering whether what you’ve been told all this while was bogus! If you’re an experience developer, you’re probably laughing (or scorning) at the title by now, wondering if I was high when I wrote the article. What I’m about to tell you is something that I’ve seen happen, and could be professionally beneficial to you. Although, I must warn you that it’s not what everyone is going to approve of, so read further but implement at your own risk. Okay, so I was saying, learn the framework, not the language. I’m going to explain why to take this approach, keeping two sets of audience in mind. The first, are total newbies, who’re probably working in some X field and now want to switch roles but have realised that with all the buzz of automation and the rise of tech, the new role demands a basic understanding of programming. The latter are developers who probably have varied levels of experience with programming, and now want to get into a new job, which requires them to have a particular skill. Later I will clearly list down the benefits of taking this approach. Let’s take audience #1 first. You’re a young Peter Parker just bitten by the programming bug You’re completely new to programming and haven’t the slightest clue about what it’s all about. You can spend close to a month trying to figure out a programming language like maybe Python or Java and then try to build something with it. Or you could jump straight into learning a framework and building something out of it. Now, in both cases we’re going to assume that you’re learning from a book, a video course or maybe a simple online tutorial. When you choose to learn the framework and build something, you’re going with the move fast and break things approach, which according to me, is the best way that anyone can learn something new. Once you have something built in front of you, you’re probably going to remember it much easier than when you’re just learning something theoretical first and then tried to apply it in practice at a later stage. How to do it? Start by understanding your goals first. Where do you want to go from where you are currently at. Now if your answer was that you wanted to get into Web Development, to build websites for a living, you have your first answer. What you need to do next is to understand what skills your “dream” company is actually looking for. You’ll understand that from the Job Description and a little help from someone technical. If the skill is web development, look for the accompanying tools/frameworks. Say for example, you found it was Node. Start learning Node! Pick up a book/video/tutorial that will help you build something as you learn. Spend at least a good week getting used to stuff. Have it reviewed by someone knowledgeable and watch carefully as the person works. You’ll be able to relate quite easily to what is going on, and will pick up some really useful tips and tricks quickly. Keep practicing another week, you’ll start getting good at it. Why will it work? Well, to be honest, several organisations work primarily with frameworks on a number of projects, mainly because frameworks simplify the building of large applications. Very rarely will you find the need to work with the vanilla language. By taking the Framework-first approach, you’re gaining the skill, i.e. web development, fast, rather than worry about using the medium or tool that will enable you to build it. You’re not spending too much time on learning the foundations, which you may never use in your development. Another example – Say you’ve been longing to learn how to build games, but don’t know how to program. Plus C++ is a treacherous language for a newbie to learn. Don’t worry at all! Just start learning how to work with Unreal Engine or any other game engine/framework. Use its in-built features, like Blueprints, which allows you to drag and drop things to build your game, and voila! You have your very own game! 😉 You’re a Ninja wielding a katana in Star Wars Now you’re the experienced one, you probably have a couple of apps under your belt and are looking to learn a new skill, maybe because that’s what your dream company is looking for. Let’s say you’re a web developer, who now wants to move into mobile or enterprise application development. You’re familiar with JavaScript but don’t really want to take the time to learn a new language like C#. Don’t learn it, then. Just learn Xamarin or .NET Core! In this case, you’re already familiar with how programming works, but all that you don’t know is the syntax and working of the new language, C#. When you jump straight into .NET Core, you’ll be able to pick up the nitty gritties much faster than if you were to learn C# first and then start with .NET Core. No harm done if you were to take that path, but you’re just slowing down your learning by picking up the language first. Impossible is what? I know for a fact that by now, half of you are itching to tear me apart! I encourage you to vent your frustration in the comments section below! 🙂 I honestly think it’s quite possible for someone to learn how to build an application without learning the programming language. You could learn how to drive an automatic car first and not know a damn thing about gears, but you’re still driving, right? You don’t always need to know the alphabet to be able to hold a conversation. At this point, I could cross the line by saying that this is true even in the the latest most cutting edge tech domain: machine learning. It might be possible even for buddying Data Scientists to start using Tensorflow straight away without learning Python, but I’ll hold my horses there. Benefits of learning a Framework directly There are 4 main benefits of this approach: You’re learning to become relevant quickly, which is very important, considering the level of competition that’s out there You’re meeting the industry requirements of knowing how to work with the framework to build large applications You’re unconsciously applying a fail-fast approach to your learning, by building an application from scratch Most importantly, you’re avoiding all the fluff – the aspects you may never use in languages or maybe the bad coding practices that you will avoid altogether As I conclude, it’s my responsibility to advise you that not learning a language entirely can be a huge drawback. For example, suppose your framework doesn’t address the problem you have at hand, you will have to work around the situation by working with the vanilla language. So when I say forget the language, I actually mean for the time being, when you’re trying to acquire the new skill fast. But to become a true expert, you must learn to master both the language and framework together. So go forth and learn something new today! Read Next Should software be more boring? The “Boring Software” manifesto thinks so These 2 software skills subscription services will save you time – and cash Minko Gechev: “Developers should learn all major front end frameworks to go to the next level”last_img read more

Koreanowned factory in Honduras under investigation for alleged labor abuse

first_imgA Korean-owned factory in Honduras is being investigated for allegedly violating labor rights after local media reported that employees had to wear diapers to work because they were not given sufficient bathroom breaks.Kyungshin-Lear Electrical Distribution Systems, which supplies auto parts that are exported to the United States, could now face sanctions under the U.S.-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) as a result of its alleged unwillingness to comply with fundamental workers’ rights.“The company never forced us to use Pampers,” said María Consuelo Aguiriano, a former Kyungshin-Lear employee. “What it has done is restrict us from going to the bathroom. We only have permission to go to the bathroom twice a day during our shift – twice a day in nine hours. That forces us, especially women at certain times of the month, to use [diapers]. To keep yourself clean during your whole shift, it’s necessary to use them.”According to a report by the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights (GLHR), a U.S.-based human rights organization, temperatures inside the factory in San Pedro Sula, an industrial hub of 1.2 million in northwestern Honduras, regularly exceed 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 C). However, due to limited toilet breaks, employees refrain from drinking water.Barbara Briggs, assistant director of GLHR, travelled to San Pedro Sula in December 2012 to meet with Kyungshin-Lear workers. She says both their working and living conditions are appalling.“These workers, working long, high-stress, grueling shifts for a huge, well known company, exporting car parts to Hyundai and Kia car factories in the U.S., are not earning enough to live decently. When we were in Honduras, we visited some of the workers in their homes and several of them were as miserable as any home we had seen in Bangladesh – patched together from scrap wood, cardboard and bits of corrugated metal, with dirt floors and leaky roofs, latrines and no access to safe potable water. It was really shocking.”In the past year, inspectors from the Honduran Labor Ministry have attempted to visit the maquiladora five times, but were refused entrance. When the allegations broke last month, Honduran Labor Minister Jorge Bogran traveled to the factory to investigate. The ministry later released a statement denying that management forced its employees to wear diapers, but said inspectors would be carrying out further investigations into possible labor violations at the Korean-owned factory.In September 2011, with support from union representatives of the General Confederation of Workers, a group of Kyungshin-Lear workers attempted to establish a union. However, management ignored their efforts and blocked the necessary administrative steps for the union to be officially formed.“The underlying problem is that the company doesn’t want to recognize the union that has been legally constituted,” said José Luis Baquedano, general secretary of the Confederation of Honduran Workers. “They have fired four complete executive committees. For us as a trade union movement, there is a violation of human rights and labor rights because it violates national legislation and International Labor Organization agreements.”Aguiriano worked at the factory for almost seven years before she was fired in January 2012 for trying to start the union. She says that in the past couple of years, 130 workers have been sacked or forced to resign for expressing similar interests.  “They don’t want to recognize el sindicato [the union] by law because they don’t want to value our rights. When I worked there I felt completely exploited. They violated all of our rights, from not allowing us to use the bathroom, to not giving us permission to go to the doctor, to not having medicine at the factory, holidays, low pay. There are so many violations of rights inside the company,” Aguiriano said.A spokesperson for Lear Corporation in the U.S said the company had conducted its own investigation. “Lear Corporation takes any allegation of inappropriate and illegal practices very seriously. We believe employees must be treated with dignity and respect and are entitled to safe and appropriate work environments.”Kyungshin-Lear has been operating in Honduras for the past 10 years and employs more than 3,000 people. Workers say the conditions inside the factory are “exploitative,” but they stay because there are few other jobs in San Pedro Sula. Official statistics state that unemployment in Honduras rests at 6.8 percent, although that number is likely much higher, and it doesn’t take into consideration underemployment. Honduras is also one of the most impoverished and violent countries in Latin America.Although Bogran has met with the factory’s directors on several occasions since the allegations broke, due to weak law enforcement in Honduras, many global trade unions believe Kyungshin-Lear will only improve its working conditions if the U.S. Department of Labor intervenes and enforces the labor rights of the CAFTA agreement. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebooking pictures of favourite holiday spots is encouraging more Aussies to book domestic holidays, according to new research.A Tourism Australia commissioned study found that social media is impacting the way Australians travel locally, with up to 20 percent confessing to making travel decisions based on images and comments uploaded by their friends.A further 73 percent of respondents said they proactively check friends’ pages while they are on holidays to view updates and are often inspired by the content.Generation Y is the most likely to book holidays based on friends’ activities, with figures finding than more than half said they would book a holiday based on social media influence.Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy described the online sharing site as a “powerful platform” inspiring more Aussies to travel around their “own backyard”.“Long gone are the days of getting back from the family holiday and inviting round family and friends to sit through a slide show of your favourite photos,” Mr McEvoy said.  “This new research shows we are now telling stories of our great Aussie holiday adventures almost as they are happening – in real time – and, by doing so, inspiring our friends to follow in our footsteps.”Earlier this year Tourism Australia launched the next phase of its ‘There’s nothing like Australia’ campaign, focused on social media movements. Jumping onto the social media bandwagon, Qantas also unveiled its new marketing strategy last week, inviting travellers to interact with the carrier online and in the social networking sphere. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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first_imgFind cheap flights and start planning your next trip Focus your research on the districts you can easily reach, and who knows what you might come up with? In Paris for example, many of the most famous museums and art galleries open on selected weekday evenings, so you could be paying your respects to the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, rather than flicking idly through the TV channels in your hotel. 4. Ask to keep your room A classic example of this trick is the route between London and New York. No-frills flights with WOW stop off in Iceland on the way – which means you might be able to see the Northern Lights on the way back home from Manhattan. 7. Ask friends or family to join you ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Airport hotels are a constant feature of the frequent traveller’s life. They’re comfortable and efficient, but almost always set in interest-free neighbourhoods. Do you have to stay in one? Most companies offer a range of preferred properties in their corporate hotel programme, and there’s usually one that’s more central, or set in a cool suburb. In Melbourne, for example, it could be that you can stay by the beach in St Kilda. Or how about trendy Sodermalm in Stockholm, which is packed with bars and restaurants? 6. Don’t work out in the hotel gym 3. Don’t book an airport hotel Rather than pining for partners and family while you’re away, get them to come and join you after your business commitments are completed. Or ask your best friend to fly over and have a weekend on the town together. Just be sure to keep the work and leisure separate – so there’s no confusion about expenses on your return. And clear the idea with your boss beforehand to be sure your plan doesn’t conflict with any company policies. So why not ask the hotel manager if you can stay on for a few extra days at the corporate rate? It’s rare to be turned down. Hotels like loyal customers and you may end up spending extra in the hotel when you dip into the minibar. Big companies have bulk-buying power and can get hotels far cheaper than individuals. Even if you think you can get a better rate, the corporate deal will often have fewer strings attached and increasingly comes with extras such as free Wi-Fi and breakfast. 2. Break the journey en routecenter_img Even if you’re stuck in a business district, it doesn’t mean you have to stay there between meetings. When it comes to public transport, these areas are usually some of the best-connected. In Amsterdam, the RAI centre is just 15 minutes from the Centraal railway station. Jump on one of the line 2 trams there, and you’ll be at the door of Van Gogh Museum 15 minutes after that. Meanwhile,  Munich’s Messe expo centre is only 25 minutes by underground from the city centre. 5. Go sightseeing between meetings 1. Research your destination It sounds counter-intuitive, but adding an extra few days in a new destination, en route to your business meetings, can actually save money. Non-stop flights are often more expensive than ones that involve a change of plane, particularly if you use an overseas carrier rather than home airlines. Gyms are great places to burn off some steam on a business trip – but they can add to that eerie sense of isolation. Why not go for a run through the city instead? Some hotels now have running concierges to tell you where to jog safely, while running apps such as Plotaroute also offer suggestions. You could also join a running tour, or hire your own private guide – these days, they’re a feature in many cities. Run With Me’s programme includes Zurich, Oslo and Johannesburg. RelatedMixing business with leisure: how to get the most out of your ‘bleisure’ tripIn partnership with If you’re travelling abroad for business, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a bit of time for yourself by adding on a vacation day or two of pampering, exploring or adventure. Bleisure is a rising trend among business travellers – a 2018 survey found that 68% of…TripIt – app of the weekTripIt – app of the week7 ways to turn a boring business trip in to relaxing break from workTrips away from the office don’t have to be all work work work! Find out how to make the most of those boring business trips with these top tips. If you haven’t already tried it, here’s how to join the fun – whilst at the same time complying with company travel policy and not annoying your boss. “All I saw was the inside of a meeting room.” It’s a common refrain amongst business travellers when they get back from a trip. Yes, time is short, and there’s always a lot to pack in. But usually a lack of research hasn’t helped them, either. So, next time, find out what your destination has to offer by checking online travel guides and buying a guidebook to browse on the plane. 8. Save your company some money Bleisure: it’s the fine art of creating a trip that combines both business and leisure, and it’s growing ever more popular. A recent survey of 11,000 travellers by traveltech company Travelport found that two thirds of millennials and a quarter of older travellers are regularly extending their work trips to enjoy some me-time. A number of start-ups including Rocketrip work with companies to incentivise employees to spend less on their business travel. How will that help?  Well, consider this. On platforms such as Rocketrip, companies and their employees share the savings. So you could travel in economy rather than business class – and use your percentage of the savings to fund some leisure time at the end of the trip.last_img read more

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