HAMILTON BECOMES FIRST MUNICIPALITY LICENSED TO PLAY WITH SOCAN

15 Oct 2019

first_imgHamilton’s vibrant music scene and music-related initiatives have made the city a popular residence for music creators, including SOCAN members, and Hamilton’s SOCAN-licensed recreational facilities set the stage for many private and public events each year where music is heard and performed.“Hamilton is a true playground for music creation, publishing and performance,” said Hamilton-based SOCAN member, Max Kerman, of Arkells. “The SOCAN Licensed To Play designation confirms that Hamilton recognizes the hard work of music creators and publishers, and the importance of venues having a music license. To truly celebrate Canadian culture, it’s important to honour the livelihood of the thousands of songwriters, composers, music publishers, and other musicians living in the area. These administrative steps really add up for someone who works in music.”While Hamilton is home to a diverse community of musicians, it also boasts a growing number of businesses using music as their core offering, or which offer music to improve their business. The City of Hamilton’s Planning & Economic Development Department encourages businesses to use music responsibly by becoming Licensed To Play with SOCAN.“The City of Hamilton believes that musicians and artists are entrepreneurs and being Licensed To Play with SOCAN helps ensure that music creators and publishers are fairly compensated for their hard work. Our Music Strategy and Hamilton Music Advisory Team are focused on cultivating local music creation and talent and encouraging others to support artists via SOCAN licensing and fair payment. A lot of time and effort is invested in the creative process before you listen to the final song,” said Debbie Spence, Business Development Consultant Creative Industries, City of Hamilton.While organizations that use music in their business are expected to abide by the law, constantly monitoring every one of Canada’s music-using businesses isn’t feasible. SOCAN works with businesses and their trade associations, as well as municipalities, to encourage them to stay up-to-date with their music licenses. Collectively, music licensing provides a major part of songwriters’, composers’, and music publishers’ livelihoods through royalties. It’s a vital aspect of Canada’smusic ecosystem.“The City of Hamilton is making a clear statement that it stands up for music rights and the need for songwriters, screen composers, and music publishers to be fairly compensated for their music,” said SOCAN Vice President of Licensing, Leslie Craig. “As the first Canadian city to receive this designation, it’s a milestone for the Hamilton music community, and the more than 150,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers represented by SOCAN.”Licensed To Play is a long-term program encourages businesses to show that music is an instrumental aspect of the customer experience, and that they stand up for songwriters, screen composers, and music publishers who have created the valuable music that enhances their business.About SOCANSOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.comAbout the City of HamiltonHamilton is the fifth-largest city in Ontario and the tenth-largest city in Canada. As a global city, Hamilton boasts a renowned education and health sector, as well as a thriving arts scene. Industries in Hamilton include manufacturing, bioscience and medical, and agriculture. The City of Hamilton’s vision is to be the best place to raise a child and age successfully. The City’s mission is to provide high quality cost conscious public services that contribute to a healthy, safe and prosperous community, in a sustainable manner. www.hamilton.ca. Advertisement TORONTO, June 5, 2018 – The City of Hamilton is standing up for fair and legal music licensing for music creators, becoming the first Canadian municipality to receive a special SOCAN Licensed To Play designation.After confirming that all of its city-owned recreational facilities – including community halls, swimming pools, arenas, and other recreational services – are legally licensed by SOCAN to play commercially released music, Hamilton was given a Licensed To Play designation by SOCAN. It includes a Hamilton-specific version of the emblem that more than 40,000 Canadian music-using businesses have so far received to show their support of fair compensation for music creators.“We are proud to be the first Canadian municipality to receive the special Licensed To Play designation from SOCAN. Music is an important aspect of community, culture, and recreation activities, and can bring people from all backgrounds together through special events, festivals, fitness, and dance,” said Laura Kerr, Manager of Program Development, Recreation Division, at the City of Hamilton. Advertisement SOCAN has designated the City of Hamilton as the first Canadian municipality to be Licensed To Play, in support of legal and ethical music rights. (CNW Group/SOCAN) Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgHamilton’s vibrant music scene and music-related initiatives have made the city a popular residence for music creators, including SOCAN members, and Hamilton’s SOCAN-licensed recreational facilities set the stage for many private and public events each year where music is heard and performed.“Hamilton is a true playground for music creation, publishing and performance,” said Hamilton-based SOCAN member, Max Kerman, of Arkells. “The SOCAN Licensed To Play designation confirms that Hamilton recognizes the hard work of music creators and publishers, and the importance of venues having a music license. To truly celebrate Canadian culture, it’s important to honour the livelihood of the thousands of songwriters, composers, music publishers, and other musicians living in the area. These administrative steps really add up for someone who works in music.”While Hamilton is home to a diverse community of musicians, it also boasts a growing number of businesses using music as their core offering, or which offer music to improve their business. The City of Hamilton’s Planning & Economic Development Department encourages businesses to use music responsibly by becoming Licensed To Play with SOCAN.“The City of Hamilton believes that musicians and artists are entrepreneurs and being Licensed To Play with SOCAN helps ensure that music creators and publishers are fairly compensated for their hard work. Our Music Strategy and Hamilton Music Advisory Team are focused on cultivating local music creation and talent and encouraging others to support artists via SOCAN licensing and fair payment. A lot of time and effort is invested in the creative process before you listen to the final song,” said Debbie Spence, Business Development Consultant Creative Industries, City of Hamilton.While organizations that use music in their business are expected to abide by the law, constantly monitoring every one of Canada’s music-using businesses isn’t feasible. SOCAN works with businesses and their trade associations, as well as municipalities, to encourage them to stay up-to-date with their music licenses. Collectively, music licensing provides a major part of songwriters’, composers’, and music publishers’ livelihoods through royalties. It’s a vital aspect of Canada’smusic ecosystem.“The City of Hamilton is making a clear statement that it stands up for music rights and the need for songwriters, screen composers, and music publishers to be fairly compensated for their music,” said SOCAN Vice President of Licensing, Leslie Craig. “As the first Canadian city to receive this designation, it’s a milestone for the Hamilton music community, and the more than 150,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers represented by SOCAN.”Licensed To Play is a long-term program encourages businesses to show that music is an instrumental aspect of the customer experience, and that they stand up for songwriters, screen composers, and music publishers who have created the valuable music that enhances their business.About SOCANSOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.comAbout the City of HamiltonHamilton is the fifth-largest city in Ontario and the tenth-largest city in Canada. As a global city, Hamilton boasts a renowned education and health sector, as well as a thriving arts scene. Industries in Hamilton include manufacturing, bioscience and medical, and agriculture. The City of Hamilton’s vision is to be the best place to raise a child and age successfully. The City’s mission is to provide high quality cost conscious public services that contribute to a healthy, safe and prosperous community, in a sustainable manner. www.hamilton.ca. Advertisement TORONTO, June 5, 2018 – The City of Hamilton is standing up for fair and legal music licensing for music creators, becoming the first Canadian municipality to receive a special SOCAN Licensed To Play designation.After confirming that all of its city-owned recreational facilities – including community halls, swimming pools, arenas, and other recreational services – are legally licensed by SOCAN to play commercially released music, Hamilton was given a Licensed To Play designation by SOCAN. It includes a Hamilton-specific version of the emblem that more than 40,000 Canadian music-using businesses have so far received to show their support of fair compensation for music creators.“We are proud to be the first Canadian municipality to receive the special Licensed To Play designation from SOCAN. Music is an important aspect of community, culture, and recreation activities, and can bring people from all backgrounds together through special events, festivals, fitness, and dance,” said Laura Kerr, Manager of Program Development, Recreation Division, at the City of Hamilton. Advertisement SOCAN has designated the City of Hamilton as the first Canadian municipality to be Licensed To Play, in support of legal and ethical music rights. (CNW Group/SOCAN) Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

READ MORE

Power supply cut keeps train on halt for two hours in Pandooah

12 Oct 2019

first_imgKolkata: Train services were disrupted for almost two hours after pantograph of a local train broke at the Pandooah station in Eastern Railway.The train immediately came to halt due to break in the power supply. According to sources, on Wednesday, at 1:39 pm, a local train destined to Howrah left the Pandooah station around 1:39 pm. Just after the train left the platform, one of the pantographs broke. As a result the train immediately came to halt due to break in power supply. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaImmediately station master at the Pandooah station was informed. Later, the station master informed the engineering department for repair work to be commenced soon. Within half-an-hour a tower van from Bandel arrived at the spot and started repair work. But, as the work was time consuming, passengers of the train had to wait for long time to reach their destinations. As the down line was totally closed several more trains have been stopped at multiple stations, waiting for the repair work to be done. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAround 3 pm the repair work was completed and nor mal traiun services resumed from 3:04 pm. According to the Eastern Railway’s spokesperson, train services on the Barddhaman Howrah main line section were affected as the front pantograph of Down Barddhaman Howrah local was broken at Pandooah station blocking both down main line and reversible line. As a result, five local trains including four Down locals ran a lot behind schedule.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Train services were disrupted for almost two hours after pantograph of a local train broke at the Pandooah station in Eastern Railway.The train immediately came to halt due to break in the power supply. According to sources, on Wednesday, at 1:39 pm, a local train destined to Howrah left the Pandooah station around 1:39 pm. Just after the train left the platform, one of the pantographs broke. As a result the train immediately came to halt due to break in power supply. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaImmediately station master at the Pandooah station was informed. Later, the station master informed the engineering department for repair work to be commenced soon. Within half-an-hour a tower van from Bandel arrived at the spot and started repair work. But, as the work was time consuming, passengers of the train had to wait for long time to reach their destinations. As the down line was totally closed several more trains have been stopped at multiple stations, waiting for the repair work to be done. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAround 3 pm the repair work was completed and nor mal traiun services resumed from 3:04 pm. According to the Eastern Railway’s spokesperson, train services on the Barddhaman Howrah main line section were affected as the front pantograph of Down Barddhaman Howrah local was broken at Pandooah station blocking both down main line and reversible line. As a result, five local trains including four Down locals ran a lot behind schedule.last_img read more

READ MORE

Chidambaram hints at likely vote against Sri Lanka

08 Oct 2019

With 18 MPs, Mr Karunanidhi’s party, the DMK, is the second biggest constituent of the Congress-led UPA, providing crucial support to a government that has, of late, been tested vigorously by several coalition partners.The US-sponsored motion puts the island nation in the dock over alleged war crimes and rights violations against Tamil civilians during the final phase of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The minister also sought to assure students who are gearing up to organise massive protests from Monday across Tamil Nadu, demanding affirmative action against Colombo at the UN session. “I’m feeding you my confidence and you feed this confidence to our students,” Mr Chidambaram said. Earlier in the day, the government, which has so far been non-committal over its stand on the Lankan Tamils issue, quickly moved to placate the southern ally – Union Minister V Narayanasamy said the Prime Minister would “definitely consider all aspects” before taking a decision on the resolution. Last year, India had supported a similar resolution following pressure from political parties in Tamil Nadu. This time, though, the Centre, has maintained that it will decide its position based on the wording of the resolution. Barely 24 hours after Tamil Nadu’s DMK chief M Karunanidhi warned of pulling out his ministers from the cabinet over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram hinted at a possible vote against Sri Lanka at a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) later this month, NDTV reported today.“I’m confident that if phrases in the UN resolution sought credible independent international probe, India would support it,” Mr Chidambaram said. This is one of the key amendments that Mr Karunanidhi wants India to introduce in the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the upcoming UN meet, failing which his party, he said, would “find it meaningless to continue in the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-led Cabinet.” read more

With 18 MPs, Mr Karunanidhi’s party, the DMK, is the second biggest constituent of the Congress-led UPA, providing crucial support to a government that has, of late, been tested vigorously by several coalition partners.The US-sponsored motion puts the island nation in the dock over alleged war crimes and rights violations against Tamil civilians during the final phase of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The minister also sought to assure students who are gearing up to organise massive protests from Monday across Tamil Nadu, demanding affirmative action against Colombo at the UN session. “I’m feeding you my confidence and you feed this confidence to our students,” Mr Chidambaram said. Earlier in the day, the government, which has so far been non-committal over its stand on the Lankan Tamils issue, quickly moved to placate the southern ally – Union Minister V Narayanasamy said the Prime Minister would “definitely consider all aspects” before taking a decision on the resolution. Last year, India had supported a similar resolution following pressure from political parties in Tamil Nadu. This time, though, the Centre, has maintained that it will decide its position based on the wording of the resolution. Barely 24 hours after Tamil Nadu’s DMK chief M Karunanidhi warned of pulling out his ministers from the cabinet over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram hinted at a possible vote against Sri Lanka at a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) later this month, NDTV reported today.“I’m confident that if phrases in the UN resolution sought credible independent international probe, India would support it,” Mr Chidambaram said. This is one of the key amendments that Mr Karunanidhi wants India to introduce in the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the upcoming UN meet, failing which his party, he said, would “find it meaningless to continue in the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-led Cabinet.” read more

READ MORE

BC to help ease real estate costs for firsttime buyers finance minister

03 Oct 2019

by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 15, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2016 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. Finance Minister Michael de Jong tries on his newly-soled Budget 2016 dress shoes at Olde Town Shoe Repair in Victoria, B.C., Monday, February 15, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito B.C. to help ease real estate costs for first-time buyers: finance minister VICTORIA – British Columbia will table a budget Tuesday that aims to coax first-time home buyers into a red hot real estate market and includes the first payment on a promised prosperity fund linked to a liquefied natural gas industry that is currently more plan than reality.Finance Minister Mike de Jong offered those glimpses of his budget Monday at a shoe repair shop in Victoria where he picked up a well-worn pair of black leather shoes that he had shined and resoled to wear when he tables the budget.The budget will tackle housing on a number of fronts, he said, including soaring prices in Metro Vancouver, affordability for first-time buyers and stimulating home building to keep prices in check.“My belief, and the government’s belief, is there are two parts to the equation,” he said. “One is doing what we can to facilitate people entering the housing market. That’s the demand side.”The second part involves increasing housing supply, said de Jong.“We’re also looking to take steps that will encourage … an increase in the supply of housing options for British Columbians,” he said.The Liberal government’s recent throne speech said there is no single solution to cooling the hot housing market while protecting homeowner equity.The government has signalled it is examining ways of cutting the amount of property transfer tax paid by first-time buyers, and it has announced plans to work with municipalities to reduce development and permit costs that add to housing prices.Premier Christy Clark announced the prosperity fund three years ago using revenues from the LNG industry, saying the fund could reach $100 billion and pay down the provincial debt, which stands at about $65 billion.Royal Dutch Shell recently delayed its final investment decision to build an LNG export facility in northwest B.C. near Kitimat until the end of this year. A proposed $36 billion LNG facility near Prince Rupert, backed by Malaysian state-owned energy giant Petronas, is awaiting federal approvals before the final green light decision is made.De Jong sounded positive about the industry’s prospects on Monday.“No one is being shy about the fact the final investment decisions we are looking for haven’t yet occurred,” he said. “We’re still confident it’s a question of when, not if.”NDP finance critic Carole James said de Jong is trying to sell the “premier’s political fantasy fund. What you’ve tapped into is taxpayers’s pockets,” she said. “There is no money coming from an industry that has yet to materialize.”James said the government should use last year’s project $265 million budget surplus to help British Columbians facing higher medical service premiums and hydro costs.Clark has said tweaks to medical premiums and more cash for social service programs are part of the budget. She has rejected NDP and Green party calls to overhaul or eliminate the medical premium program.B.C. Hydro rates jumped four per cent last month and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says medical premium rates have increased 39 per cent since 2009, from $108 a month for a family with children to $150 per month now.De Jong said the medical premium payments, which collect more than $2 billion annually, account for about 14 per cent of B.C.’s health budget of almost $19 billion.He has said the government is looking at being more flexible with medical premiums but rejected calls to make the payments part of the income tax system. read more

by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 15, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2016 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. Finance Minister Michael de Jong tries on his newly-soled Budget 2016 dress shoes at Olde Town Shoe Repair in Victoria, B.C., Monday, February 15, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito B.C. to help ease real estate costs for first-time buyers: finance minister VICTORIA – British Columbia will table a budget Tuesday that aims to coax first-time home buyers into a red hot real estate market and includes the first payment on a promised prosperity fund linked to a liquefied natural gas industry that is currently more plan than reality.Finance Minister Mike de Jong offered those glimpses of his budget Monday at a shoe repair shop in Victoria where he picked up a well-worn pair of black leather shoes that he had shined and resoled to wear when he tables the budget.The budget will tackle housing on a number of fronts, he said, including soaring prices in Metro Vancouver, affordability for first-time buyers and stimulating home building to keep prices in check.“My belief, and the government’s belief, is there are two parts to the equation,” he said. “One is doing what we can to facilitate people entering the housing market. That’s the demand side.”The second part involves increasing housing supply, said de Jong.“We’re also looking to take steps that will encourage … an increase in the supply of housing options for British Columbians,” he said.The Liberal government’s recent throne speech said there is no single solution to cooling the hot housing market while protecting homeowner equity.The government has signalled it is examining ways of cutting the amount of property transfer tax paid by first-time buyers, and it has announced plans to work with municipalities to reduce development and permit costs that add to housing prices.Premier Christy Clark announced the prosperity fund three years ago using revenues from the LNG industry, saying the fund could reach $100 billion and pay down the provincial debt, which stands at about $65 billion.Royal Dutch Shell recently delayed its final investment decision to build an LNG export facility in northwest B.C. near Kitimat until the end of this year. A proposed $36 billion LNG facility near Prince Rupert, backed by Malaysian state-owned energy giant Petronas, is awaiting federal approvals before the final green light decision is made.De Jong sounded positive about the industry’s prospects on Monday.“No one is being shy about the fact the final investment decisions we are looking for haven’t yet occurred,” he said. “We’re still confident it’s a question of when, not if.”NDP finance critic Carole James said de Jong is trying to sell the “premier’s political fantasy fund. What you’ve tapped into is taxpayers’s pockets,” she said. “There is no money coming from an industry that has yet to materialize.”James said the government should use last year’s project $265 million budget surplus to help British Columbians facing higher medical service premiums and hydro costs.Clark has said tweaks to medical premiums and more cash for social service programs are part of the budget. She has rejected NDP and Green party calls to overhaul or eliminate the medical premium program.B.C. Hydro rates jumped four per cent last month and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says medical premium rates have increased 39 per cent since 2009, from $108 a month for a family with children to $150 per month now.De Jong said the medical premium payments, which collect more than $2 billion annually, account for about 14 per cent of B.C.’s health budget of almost $19 billion.He has said the government is looking at being more flexible with medical premiums but rejected calls to make the payments part of the income tax system. read more

READ MORE

Apple expected to show new iPhone at event next week

03 Oct 2019

Apple expected to show new iPhone at event next week by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Aug 29, 2016 11:09 am MDT Last Updated Aug 29, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – Apple is expected to show off a new iPhone next week when the company holds its fall product launch event in San Francisco.The tech giant announced the date for the Sept. 7 launch by sending out invitations to technology journalists and industry analysts on Monday.Apple didn’t provide any details, in keeping with its usual practice, but it traditionally announces one or two new iPhone models at its annual September event. Apple may also show new models or features for other products like the Apple Watch or Macbook computer.The Cupertino, California company sold more than 214 million iPhones over the last 12 months. But sales are down from a year ago, and analysts will be watching closely to see what changes Apple has made in the newest models. read more

Apple expected to show new iPhone at event next week by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Aug 29, 2016 11:09 am MDT Last Updated Aug 29, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – Apple is expected to show off a new iPhone next week when the company holds its fall product launch event in San Francisco.The tech giant announced the date for the Sept. 7 launch by sending out invitations to technology journalists and industry analysts on Monday.Apple didn’t provide any details, in keeping with its usual practice, but it traditionally announces one or two new iPhone models at its annual September event. Apple may also show new models or features for other products like the Apple Watch or Macbook computer.The Cupertino, California company sold more than 214 million iPhones over the last 12 months. But sales are down from a year ago, and analysts will be watching closely to see what changes Apple has made in the newest models. read more

READ MORE

They have holes and they break easily Ghana recalls 120 million condoms

22 Sep 2019

first_imgGHANA IS RECALLING a shipment of 120 million Chinese-made condoms distributed to charities in the country after testing showed that they were riddled with holes and prone to breaking, an official has said.Twenty million of the condoms have already been given out and Ghana’s Food and Drug Authority is trying to get them back, said the agency’s head of enforcement, Thomas Amedzro.“We asked the NGOs that distributed them to bring them back, so they are responding,” Amedzro said. “They have holes and they break easily.”Ghana’s health ministry had ordered the condoms from a Chinese manufacturer through a Ghanaian middleman. They arrived earlier this year but routine testing this month found them defective, Amedzro said.They were freely distributed as part of anti-HIV/AIDS campaigns to charities that were working on reproductive health programmes in the country.The board is trying to destroy all the defective condoms, Amedzro said.HIV/AIDS prevalence among adults between 15 and 49 in Ghana is 1.5 percent, according to the United Nations AIDS programme.- © AFP, 2013Read: Cost of contraception causing some to risk unprotected sexlast_img read more

first_imgGHANA IS RECALLING a shipment of 120 million Chinese-made condoms distributed to charities in the country after testing showed that they were riddled with holes and prone to breaking, an official has said.Twenty million of the condoms have already been given out and Ghana’s Food and Drug Authority is trying to get them back, said the agency’s head of enforcement, Thomas Amedzro.“We asked the NGOs that distributed them to bring them back, so they are responding,” Amedzro said. “They have holes and they break easily.”Ghana’s health ministry had ordered the condoms from a Chinese manufacturer through a Ghanaian middleman. They arrived earlier this year but routine testing this month found them defective, Amedzro said.They were freely distributed as part of anti-HIV/AIDS campaigns to charities that were working on reproductive health programmes in the country.The board is trying to destroy all the defective condoms, Amedzro said.HIV/AIDS prevalence among adults between 15 and 49 in Ghana is 1.5 percent, according to the United Nations AIDS programme.- © AFP, 2013Read: Cost of contraception causing some to risk unprotected sexlast_img read more

READ MORE

Pining for Vin B Hes off for the summer but heres whos

22 Sep 2019

first_imgWITH THE DÁIL finishing up for the summer in about a month’s time (17 July to be exact), you’re all probably wondering where you’ll get your fix of grown men and women shouting at each other in the name of progress.Well, TV3 may have allayed your concerns by announcing no less than seven journalists who will be fronting the “Tonight With Vincent Browne” show over the summer months.Vincent Browne is currently off air recuperating from a bout of pneumonia, he’ll be back in his regular Ballymount seat on 8 September. But TV3 bosses have worked to secure seven named stand-ins and one “wild-card” who will take the hot seat on a weekly basis.First up tonight for this week is journalist Alison O’Connor, followed by regular stand-in Sam Smyth.Newstalk Breakfast presenter and former government minister Ivan Yates will take over the reigns in July with the Irish Independent’s Legal Editor Dearbhail McDonald also taking Vincent’s spot for four nights.The remaining presenters between now and the end of August will be former national newspaper editors Noirín Hegarty and Ger Colleran as well as Tom McGurk, who’s been filling in for a number of weeks.Now, you may feel that you’ve seen all these faces before, in fact you have, they’ve all presented the show at some point over the last few years.So TV3 are seeking to freshen things up by holding a “wild-card week” at the end of July when the stand-in presenter will be someone, or a number of people, who hasn’t hosted the show before.Oh, and get well soon Vincent.Read: Vincent Browne tried to work through pneumonia and ended up in hospital >Read: Eamonn Coghlan impersonates a constituent and trends on Twitter – but not in a good way >last_img read more

first_imgWITH THE DÁIL finishing up for the summer in about a month’s time (17 July to be exact), you’re all probably wondering where you’ll get your fix of grown men and women shouting at each other in the name of progress.Well, TV3 may have allayed your concerns by announcing no less than seven journalists who will be fronting the “Tonight With Vincent Browne” show over the summer months.Vincent Browne is currently off air recuperating from a bout of pneumonia, he’ll be back in his regular Ballymount seat on 8 September. But TV3 bosses have worked to secure seven named stand-ins and one “wild-card” who will take the hot seat on a weekly basis.First up tonight for this week is journalist Alison O’Connor, followed by regular stand-in Sam Smyth.Newstalk Breakfast presenter and former government minister Ivan Yates will take over the reigns in July with the Irish Independent’s Legal Editor Dearbhail McDonald also taking Vincent’s spot for four nights.The remaining presenters between now and the end of August will be former national newspaper editors Noirín Hegarty and Ger Colleran as well as Tom McGurk, who’s been filling in for a number of weeks.Now, you may feel that you’ve seen all these faces before, in fact you have, they’ve all presented the show at some point over the last few years.So TV3 are seeking to freshen things up by holding a “wild-card week” at the end of July when the stand-in presenter will be someone, or a number of people, who hasn’t hosted the show before.Oh, and get well soon Vincent.Read: Vincent Browne tried to work through pneumonia and ended up in hospital >Read: Eamonn Coghlan impersonates a constituent and trends on Twitter – but not in a good way >last_img read more

READ MORE

Tablettes et picoprojecteur chez Velocity Micro

20 Sep 2019

first_imgTablettes et pico-projecteur chez Velocity MicroAlors que la plupart des constructeurs attendent la semaine prochaine pour présenter leurs nouveaux atouts au CES de Las Vegas, Velocity, impatient, a présenté les tablettes Cruz T507 et T510 ainsi que le pico-projecteur Shine et un lecteur optique, le VMUltra. Premièrement, Velocity vient de présenter une tablette de 7 pouces (Cruz T507) et une de 9,7 pouces (T510) avec un affichage 4:3 pour la dernière. Les deux nouveautés possèdent un processeur A8 (ARM) de 1,2 GHz, 8GB de stockage interne ainsi qu’une sortie HDMI. Android 4.0 sera présent sur les deux tablettes, point plutôt positif.  Elles seront notamment disponibles sur Amazon (le prix de la T507 est de 150 dollars). À lire aussiMicrosoft : une tablette Xbox Surface de 7 pouces ? Quant au Shine, il s’agit d’un petit projecteur de poche, de 20 lumens. Avec une résolution de 1280×768, il pourra afficher en HD sur un écran assez grand, et dans un environnement qui n’a plus besoin d’être sombre. Son prix avoisinera les 400 dollars, soit aux environs de 312 euros.Puis, dernière nouveauté de Velocity, un lecteur optique, le VMUltra, comprenant 500 GB de stockage interne et plusieurs ports USB. Utile pour vos appareils nomades, comme ultrabook, MacBook Air et autre.Pour plus d’informations sur ces produits Velocity Micro, rendez-vous directement sur leur site.Le 6 janvier 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgTablettes et pico-projecteur chez Velocity MicroAlors que la plupart des constructeurs attendent la semaine prochaine pour présenter leurs nouveaux atouts au CES de Las Vegas, Velocity, impatient, a présenté les tablettes Cruz T507 et T510 ainsi que le pico-projecteur Shine et un lecteur optique, le VMUltra. Premièrement, Velocity vient de présenter une tablette de 7 pouces (Cruz T507) et une de 9,7 pouces (T510) avec un affichage 4:3 pour la dernière. Les deux nouveautés possèdent un processeur A8 (ARM) de 1,2 GHz, 8GB de stockage interne ainsi qu’une sortie HDMI. Android 4.0 sera présent sur les deux tablettes, point plutôt positif.  Elles seront notamment disponibles sur Amazon (le prix de la T507 est de 150 dollars). À lire aussiMicrosoft : une tablette Xbox Surface de 7 pouces ? Quant au Shine, il s’agit d’un petit projecteur de poche, de 20 lumens. Avec une résolution de 1280×768, il pourra afficher en HD sur un écran assez grand, et dans un environnement qui n’a plus besoin d’être sombre. Son prix avoisinera les 400 dollars, soit aux environs de 312 euros.Puis, dernière nouveauté de Velocity, un lecteur optique, le VMUltra, comprenant 500 GB de stockage interne et plusieurs ports USB. Utile pour vos appareils nomades, comme ultrabook, MacBook Air et autre.Pour plus d’informations sur ces produits Velocity Micro, rendez-vous directement sur leur site.Le 6 janvier 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

READ MORE

Get down get dirty with Earth Day parties

19 Sep 2019

first_imgGood, clean dirt is everywhere — including many places where it certainly doesn’t belong — but good luck getting your hands on some of it on Earth Day. Saving the world is the hot ticket for April 21, and motivated volunteers have already filled up most vacancies in the local handful of tree-planting and weed-pulling work parties.You might just have to resort to kicking back and having fun on Earth Day at Salmon Creek Regional Park as Clark Public Utilities’ Stream Team celebrates its own quarter-century of getting dirty. Just add water to make that muddy.“This is the 19th year of our Earth Day event, but it’s the 25th anniversary of the Stream Team,” a volunteer-driven effort to promote local waterway health and get salmon thriving again, according to Environmental Services Manager Jeff Wittler. More than 1,000 volunteers — from scouts to senior citizens, from college students to AmeriCorps workers to master gardeners — donate more than 3,500 hours to the cause annually. Try checking the Stream Team website today to see if any spaces are left in April 21’s outing, which starts at 8:30 a.m. Stream Team volunteers will plant native trees that help filter and shade the water, making it more hospitable to fish and wildlife. Meanwhile, Girl Scout Troop 45703 will yank invasive garlic mustard while the Salmon Creek Watershed Council patrols the whole area for litter. But if there’s just no room for any more help, head on down to Salmon Creek anyway. “The Earth Day fest from 10 to 2 is free and open to all,” said Wittler. “In past years, more than 1,000 folks of all ages have come to enjoy the day.” Highlights will be:last_img read more

first_imgGood, clean dirt is everywhere — including many places where it certainly doesn’t belong — but good luck getting your hands on some of it on Earth Day. Saving the world is the hot ticket for April 21, and motivated volunteers have already filled up most vacancies in the local handful of tree-planting and weed-pulling work parties.You might just have to resort to kicking back and having fun on Earth Day at Salmon Creek Regional Park as Clark Public Utilities’ Stream Team celebrates its own quarter-century of getting dirty. Just add water to make that muddy.“This is the 19th year of our Earth Day event, but it’s the 25th anniversary of the Stream Team,” a volunteer-driven effort to promote local waterway health and get salmon thriving again, according to Environmental Services Manager Jeff Wittler. More than 1,000 volunteers — from scouts to senior citizens, from college students to AmeriCorps workers to master gardeners — donate more than 3,500 hours to the cause annually. Try checking the Stream Team website today to see if any spaces are left in April 21’s outing, which starts at 8:30 a.m. Stream Team volunteers will plant native trees that help filter and shade the water, making it more hospitable to fish and wildlife. Meanwhile, Girl Scout Troop 45703 will yank invasive garlic mustard while the Salmon Creek Watershed Council patrols the whole area for litter. But if there’s just no room for any more help, head on down to Salmon Creek anyway. “The Earth Day fest from 10 to 2 is free and open to all,” said Wittler. “In past years, more than 1,000 folks of all ages have come to enjoy the day.” Highlights will be:last_img read more

READ MORE

Bartomeu Valverde will not leave Barcelona

17 Sep 2019

first_imgBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed that he has no doubt that Ernesto Valverde will remain at the club beyond this seasonThe 54-year-old coach enjoyed an impressive first campaign in charge of Barcelona last season with La Liga and Copa del Rey titles coming his way in record-breaking fashion.And Valverde looks set to emulate those feats this term as well with Barcelona leading La Liga at the halfway stage from Atletico Madrid by six points.But, in a recent interview, Valverde cast doubt over his long-term future at Camp Nou by suggesting he could leave at the end of this season.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We don’t have any doubts here that Valverde will be the Barcelona coach next season,” Bartomeu told Sport.“We will speak with him, of course, in time. That’s what we agreed. He’s a coach we have a lot of confidence in.“He’s doing a great job. He’s an intelligent person, he knows Barcelona’s system of play and he manages the games in a way which we like.”Barcelona will be back in action for Thursday’s second leg in their last-16 Copa del Rey tie with Levante where they hope to overturn a 2-1 deficit.last_img read more

first_imgBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed that he has no doubt that Ernesto Valverde will remain at the club beyond this seasonThe 54-year-old coach enjoyed an impressive first campaign in charge of Barcelona last season with La Liga and Copa del Rey titles coming his way in record-breaking fashion.And Valverde looks set to emulate those feats this term as well with Barcelona leading La Liga at the halfway stage from Atletico Madrid by six points.But, in a recent interview, Valverde cast doubt over his long-term future at Camp Nou by suggesting he could leave at the end of this season.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We don’t have any doubts here that Valverde will be the Barcelona coach next season,” Bartomeu told Sport.“We will speak with him, of course, in time. That’s what we agreed. He’s a coach we have a lot of confidence in.“He’s doing a great job. He’s an intelligent person, he knows Barcelona’s system of play and he manages the games in a way which we like.”Barcelona will be back in action for Thursday’s second leg in their last-16 Copa del Rey tie with Levante where they hope to overturn a 2-1 deficit.last_img read more

READ MORE

Police searching for two suspects in armed robbery of Otay Mesa gas

17 Sep 2019

ASA Launches Online Advocacy Training Center for Growers

16 Sep 2019

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today unveiled its new online Advocacy Training Center that teaches basic skills and protocols for advocating farmer-friendly policy to elected officials. It is also designed to encourage more farmers to get actively involved in the political process by showing how easy it can be to participate and be successful in grassroots advocacy.”Decisions made on Capitol Hill have a direct impact on the production and profitability of all U.S. soybean farmers,” said ASA Vice President Joe Steiner, a soybean farmer from Mason, Ohio, and Chairman of ASA’s Membership & Corporate Relations Committee. “Our goal with the Advocacy Training Center is to show farmers it’s easy to participate in the policymaking process and to motivate them to get involved.”Steiner and the 12 other soybean farmers who serve on the ASA Membership & Corporate Relations Committee of the ASA Board of Directors were provided an opportunity to review and comment on the new training resource before the site was made available to ASA members, State Soybean Affiliates and the general public.”As the policy advocate for U.S. soybean farmers, it is ASA’s mission to get members involved in the policymaking process,” Steiner said. “Grassroots advocacy is critical to the success of soybean farmers, and we need more farmers to get involved in that process.”The training experience is divided into four modules: Effective Advocacy, Ethics and Fundraising, Communicating with Congress, and Meeting with Elected Officials. Each module takes only 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and each module features an interactive self-test at the end so growers can see what they have learned. In addition, Advocacy Resources and a Help Center are also provided, as well as links to interviews with ASA leaders and policy staff, and external links to additional materials.Access ASA’s Advocacy Training Center at: www.SoyGrowers.com/programs/advocacy.htm.The author of the Advocacy Training Center is ASA Communications Director Bob Callanan with input from ASA Washington Representative Beverly Paul and Agri/Washington Consultant Paul Weller. ASA Director of Marketing and Planning Jill Wagenblast provides the narration for each training module. ASA President Johnny Dodson, a producer from Halls, Tenn., ASA Chairman John Hoffman, a producer from Waterloo, Iowa, and ASA past-President Rick Ostlie are among the featured videos within the training modules. The graphically-rich training cells feature many photographs of ASA leaders, members and Members of Congress.last_img read more

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today unveiled its new online Advocacy Training Center that teaches basic skills and protocols for advocating farmer-friendly policy to elected officials. It is also designed to encourage more farmers to get actively involved in the political process by showing how easy it can be to participate and be successful in grassroots advocacy.”Decisions made on Capitol Hill have a direct impact on the production and profitability of all U.S. soybean farmers,” said ASA Vice President Joe Steiner, a soybean farmer from Mason, Ohio, and Chairman of ASA’s Membership & Corporate Relations Committee. “Our goal with the Advocacy Training Center is to show farmers it’s easy to participate in the policymaking process and to motivate them to get involved.”Steiner and the 12 other soybean farmers who serve on the ASA Membership & Corporate Relations Committee of the ASA Board of Directors were provided an opportunity to review and comment on the new training resource before the site was made available to ASA members, State Soybean Affiliates and the general public.”As the policy advocate for U.S. soybean farmers, it is ASA’s mission to get members involved in the policymaking process,” Steiner said. “Grassroots advocacy is critical to the success of soybean farmers, and we need more farmers to get involved in that process.”The training experience is divided into four modules: Effective Advocacy, Ethics and Fundraising, Communicating with Congress, and Meeting with Elected Officials. Each module takes only 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and each module features an interactive self-test at the end so growers can see what they have learned. In addition, Advocacy Resources and a Help Center are also provided, as well as links to interviews with ASA leaders and policy staff, and external links to additional materials.Access ASA’s Advocacy Training Center at: www.SoyGrowers.com/programs/advocacy.htm.The author of the Advocacy Training Center is ASA Communications Director Bob Callanan with input from ASA Washington Representative Beverly Paul and Agri/Washington Consultant Paul Weller. ASA Director of Marketing and Planning Jill Wagenblast provides the narration for each training module. ASA President Johnny Dodson, a producer from Halls, Tenn., ASA Chairman John Hoffman, a producer from Waterloo, Iowa, and ASA past-President Rick Ostlie are among the featured videos within the training modules. The graphically-rich training cells feature many photographs of ASA leaders, members and Members of Congress.last_img read more

READ MORE

The World Soy Foundations The Youth We Feed Can Lead Project Kicks

16 Sep 2019

first_imgRemember way back in early May when the World Soy Foundation (WSF) first introduced a new, exciting project called “The Youth We Feed Can Lead?”  If you don’t, be sure to get up to speed by watching this brief VIDEO to learn what the project is all about. Today, we’re excited to provide you with an update from the field!Below, you’ll see a photo of a packed auditorium at Proximos Pasos, the all-girls elementary school where the project is taking place. Proximos Pasos provides the opportunity of education for girls who otherwise would not have the chance and is home to a SoyCow that’s fed by soybeans donated through the WSF. The girls and their mothers joined a nutrition education training program hosted by the World Soy Foundation and Mission Impact, featuring Alimentos Nutritionist Lucky Portillo and the Leader of a Guatemalan grassroots movement for improved nutrition Alejandro Bigurio. You’ll also see a photo of one of the five video teams, as they celebrate completion of their first day of interviews. The first day of filming was about the importance of better nutrition, including protein. The second day included interviewing community members to learn about their diets. Specifically, the teams interviewed diabetic women to understand how diets affect their health. A new study shows that “generally, replacing carbs with protein is beneficial” for diabetic diets. (Read the study summary HERE)The diabetic women described how they feel better after they drink soymilk—which they receive from the SoyCow at Proximos Pasos. One mother told the teams that she wanted to learn more about new ways of eating as there are two diabetics in her family and she wanted to prevent the disease from affecting any other members.At the end of the week, the girls will premier their videos to their families, school and community members to share how soy is benefiting them at school and how it can benefit the entire community. These girls are learning to be nutrition leaders and agents of change for a malnourished, impoverished population in Guatemala. Stay tuned for more updates to come as the project continues!last_img read more

first_imgRemember way back in early May when the World Soy Foundation (WSF) first introduced a new, exciting project called “The Youth We Feed Can Lead?”  If you don’t, be sure to get up to speed by watching this brief VIDEO to learn what the project is all about. Today, we’re excited to provide you with an update from the field!Below, you’ll see a photo of a packed auditorium at Proximos Pasos, the all-girls elementary school where the project is taking place. Proximos Pasos provides the opportunity of education for girls who otherwise would not have the chance and is home to a SoyCow that’s fed by soybeans donated through the WSF. The girls and their mothers joined a nutrition education training program hosted by the World Soy Foundation and Mission Impact, featuring Alimentos Nutritionist Lucky Portillo and the Leader of a Guatemalan grassroots movement for improved nutrition Alejandro Bigurio. You’ll also see a photo of one of the five video teams, as they celebrate completion of their first day of interviews. The first day of filming was about the importance of better nutrition, including protein. The second day included interviewing community members to learn about their diets. Specifically, the teams interviewed diabetic women to understand how diets affect their health. A new study shows that “generally, replacing carbs with protein is beneficial” for diabetic diets. (Read the study summary HERE)The diabetic women described how they feel better after they drink soymilk—which they receive from the SoyCow at Proximos Pasos. One mother told the teams that she wanted to learn more about new ways of eating as there are two diabetics in her family and she wanted to prevent the disease from affecting any other members.At the end of the week, the girls will premier their videos to their families, school and community members to share how soy is benefiting them at school and how it can benefit the entire community. These girls are learning to be nutrition leaders and agents of change for a malnourished, impoverished population in Guatemala. Stay tuned for more updates to come as the project continues!last_img read more

READ MORE

Genting Hong Kong sells remaining Norwegian Cruise Line stake

16 Sep 2019

first_img Travellers International Hotel Group sets tender price for shares in privatization push Load More Genting Hong Kong has sold its entire remaining stake in global cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH) for a consideration of US$158.8 million.In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Genting HK said it had sold its entire holding of 3,148,307 shares in NCLH – equivalent to 1.44% of shares – after announcing in April its intention to offload its remaining stake. Resorts World Manila operator announces plans to delist, go private RelatedPosts New gaming space sees GGR soar at Resorts World Manila in 1H19 The company had previously revealed that proceeds from the disposal would likely be used for the “purchase of property, plant and equipment such as construction of ships and funding new investments of the group should suitable opportunities arise.”Genting HK had already offloaded 22,250,000 NCLH shares since August 2017 in three separate disposals, gradually reducing its stake from a high of 11.13%. Its previous disposal on March 2018 comprised a 4.26% stake for US$543.6 million.“The group’s strategy has been to realize profits with cash inflow from realization of its investment in NCLH, which has come to the exit phase, and to capture return at opportune times, subject to favorable prevailing share prices and market sentiment,” the company said.last_img read more

first_img Travellers International Hotel Group sets tender price for shares in privatization push Load More Genting Hong Kong has sold its entire remaining stake in global cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH) for a consideration of US$158.8 million.In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Genting HK said it had sold its entire holding of 3,148,307 shares in NCLH – equivalent to 1.44% of shares – after announcing in April its intention to offload its remaining stake. Resorts World Manila operator announces plans to delist, go private RelatedPosts New gaming space sees GGR soar at Resorts World Manila in 1H19 The company had previously revealed that proceeds from the disposal would likely be used for the “purchase of property, plant and equipment such as construction of ships and funding new investments of the group should suitable opportunities arise.”Genting HK had already offloaded 22,250,000 NCLH shares since August 2017 in three separate disposals, gradually reducing its stake from a high of 11.13%. Its previous disposal on March 2018 comprised a 4.26% stake for US$543.6 million.“The group’s strategy has been to realize profits with cash inflow from realization of its investment in NCLH, which has come to the exit phase, and to capture return at opportune times, subject to favorable prevailing share prices and market sentiment,” the company said.last_img read more

READ MORE

41 report increase in longterm sickness absence in manufacturing sector

15 Sep 2019

first_imgMore than four in ten (41%) employer respondents in the manufacturing sector reported an increase in long-term sickness absence in the last two years, according to research by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and Jelf.The EEF/Jelf Sickness absence survey 2016, which surveyed 306 organisations in the manufacturing sector, also found that almost a third (31%) of respondents would pay for employees’ medical treatment if this provided a benefit to the organisation.The research also found:41% of respondents rely exclusively on NHS treatment to reduce long-term sickness absence and help employees return to work, and 18% pay for some form of non-NHS medical treatment.More than half (59%) of respondents would be most incentivised to cover the cost of treatment or workplace adjustments by some form of employer-allowable business expense.More than a quarter (27%) of respondents do not have interventions in place to support employees with mental health-related long-term sickness absence.Around a third (32%) of respondents measure the economic cost of sickness absence.78% of respondents are aware of the government’s Fit for Work Service. Of those aware of the service, 54% would consider using it but have not done so yet, and 18% would not use it at all.Less than a fifth (19%) of respondents are definitely willing to pay for medical treatments recommended by the Fit for Work service, and 59% have yet to decide.45% of respondents believe the Fit Note is failing to get employees back into work, and 13% believe it has resulted in earlier returns to work.Iain Laws (pictured), managing director, UK healthcare and group risk at Jelf, said: “The health of employees is a major factor in an organisation’s competitiveness. More and more employers are realising that both keeping people in work and, getting them back earlier from absence, is enormously important for their business.“Healthy employees can be up to three times as productive as those in poor health. They experience fewer motivational problems, are more resilient to change, and are more likely to be engaged with the business priorities. It is essential that [organisations] have systems in place that recognise this and that place employee health provision at their heart.”Terry Woolmer, head of health and safety policy at EEF, added: “Keeping people fit and healthy while enabling a speedy return to work from absence is essential to economic growth and improvements in productivity. However, currently we have long-term absence on the increase and an under pressure NHS which is struggling to deal with the issue. Given this situation is only going to get worse with an ageing population, radical action is now required.“Government must now use fiscal incentives to encourage employers to pay for private medical treatment and allow it to be offset in the same way as other business expenses. Not only would this help take the pressure off the NHS, but it would allow a speedier return to work. This would be a win-win for government, the employee and employers.”last_img read more

first_imgMore than four in ten (41%) employer respondents in the manufacturing sector reported an increase in long-term sickness absence in the last two years, according to research by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and Jelf.The EEF/Jelf Sickness absence survey 2016, which surveyed 306 organisations in the manufacturing sector, also found that almost a third (31%) of respondents would pay for employees’ medical treatment if this provided a benefit to the organisation.The research also found:41% of respondents rely exclusively on NHS treatment to reduce long-term sickness absence and help employees return to work, and 18% pay for some form of non-NHS medical treatment.More than half (59%) of respondents would be most incentivised to cover the cost of treatment or workplace adjustments by some form of employer-allowable business expense.More than a quarter (27%) of respondents do not have interventions in place to support employees with mental health-related long-term sickness absence.Around a third (32%) of respondents measure the economic cost of sickness absence.78% of respondents are aware of the government’s Fit for Work Service. Of those aware of the service, 54% would consider using it but have not done so yet, and 18% would not use it at all.Less than a fifth (19%) of respondents are definitely willing to pay for medical treatments recommended by the Fit for Work service, and 59% have yet to decide.45% of respondents believe the Fit Note is failing to get employees back into work, and 13% believe it has resulted in earlier returns to work.Iain Laws (pictured), managing director, UK healthcare and group risk at Jelf, said: “The health of employees is a major factor in an organisation’s competitiveness. More and more employers are realising that both keeping people in work and, getting them back earlier from absence, is enormously important for their business.“Healthy employees can be up to three times as productive as those in poor health. They experience fewer motivational problems, are more resilient to change, and are more likely to be engaged with the business priorities. It is essential that [organisations] have systems in place that recognise this and that place employee health provision at their heart.”Terry Woolmer, head of health and safety policy at EEF, added: “Keeping people fit and healthy while enabling a speedy return to work from absence is essential to economic growth and improvements in productivity. However, currently we have long-term absence on the increase and an under pressure NHS which is struggling to deal with the issue. Given this situation is only going to get worse with an ageing population, radical action is now required.“Government must now use fiscal incentives to encourage employers to pay for private medical treatment and allow it to be offset in the same way as other business expenses. Not only would this help take the pressure off the NHS, but it would allow a speedier return to work. This would be a win-win for government, the employee and employers.”last_img read more

READ MORE

Commercial Fishermen Dismayed With Legislatures Confirmation

14 Sep 2019

first_imgAccording to his resume, Brune spent 11 years with the Resource Development Council before joining Anglo American in 2011. As an employee of that company, he served as the public face of the Pebble project. In a release from Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay, by voting him in, those legislators ignored the voices of thousands of Alaskans who weighed in during public testimony.  They continued to state that by voting to confirm a former Pebble Limited Partnership spokesperson to head DEC the legislature has verified that the large-mine permitting process for Pebble has been corrupted and cannot be trusted at the state level. Brune has stated that he no longer has a financial stake in Pebble mine or any other resource development project in the state. Everett Thompson a 4th generation fisherman in Naknek: “In Alaska we have long been promised that our fisheries will be protected by a strong and rigorous permitting process. Governor Dunleavy himself recently made assurances we have a trustworthy process. This appointment flies in the face of the process we’ve long been promised.” Legislators voted to confirm Brune as Commissioner for the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), on Wednesday. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享During the legislative confirmation hearing process, over 1,926 Alaskans testified and sent emails opposing the appointment of Jason Brune, primarily due to his intimate ties to the Pebble project, according to a release from Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay. The Pebble project applied in November 2018 for their 404 permit which is now being considered by the US Army Corps of Engineers.last_img read more

first_imgAccording to his resume, Brune spent 11 years with the Resource Development Council before joining Anglo American in 2011. As an employee of that company, he served as the public face of the Pebble project. In a release from Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay, by voting him in, those legislators ignored the voices of thousands of Alaskans who weighed in during public testimony.  They continued to state that by voting to confirm a former Pebble Limited Partnership spokesperson to head DEC the legislature has verified that the large-mine permitting process for Pebble has been corrupted and cannot be trusted at the state level. Brune has stated that he no longer has a financial stake in Pebble mine or any other resource development project in the state. Everett Thompson a 4th generation fisherman in Naknek: “In Alaska we have long been promised that our fisheries will be protected by a strong and rigorous permitting process. Governor Dunleavy himself recently made assurances we have a trustworthy process. This appointment flies in the face of the process we’ve long been promised.” Legislators voted to confirm Brune as Commissioner for the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), on Wednesday. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享During the legislative confirmation hearing process, over 1,926 Alaskans testified and sent emails opposing the appointment of Jason Brune, primarily due to his intimate ties to the Pebble project, according to a release from Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay. The Pebble project applied in November 2018 for their 404 permit which is now being considered by the US Army Corps of Engineers.last_img read more

READ MORE

Trump unveils tax cut plan

03 Sep 2019

first_imgUS President Donald Trump addresses supporters as he speaks at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center in Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday. Photo: AFPDonald Trump’s Republican Party rolled out a plan Wednesday to reform America’s tax code, seeking deep cuts to corporate rates and the abolition of inheritance tax in a high-stakes bid to fuel economic growth and salvage the president’s agenda.Developed over months and in tandem with Trump’s White House, the sweeping new plan calls for the US corporate tax rate to be cut from 35 to 20 percent—to below the 22.5 average of the industrialized world, it says.Trump dismissed the existing tax code as a “relic” that impedes economic expansion, and called the Republican plan “the largest tax cut, essentially, in the history of our country.”“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” Trump said in a speech in Indianapolis.Cutting corporate taxes, he said, “is a revolutionary change, and the biggest winners will be middle class workers as jobs start pouring into our country, as companies start competing for American labor, and as wages continue to grow.”For households, the Republican plan cuts the number of tax brackets from seven to three, with a maximum rate of 35 percent, against 39.6 at present, although the plan also mentions the “potential” for an additional top rate for the highest-income taxpayers.House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the plan, framing it as a now-or-never moment, with Republicans hoping it will be passed into law by year’s end.“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is all about more jobs, fairer taxes and bigger pay checks for American families.”US lawmakers last implemented major tax reform in 1986. “Hardworking families and small businesses cannot afford to wait any longer,” Ryan said.The plan also seeks to encourage firms to bring back profits that have accumulated abroad by offering a one-time, low tax rate on wealth brought back from overseas.Overhauling the tax system has long been a political Holy Grail for the Republican Party.It was also a major Trump campaign pledge, and has taken on extra importance after his efforts to enact promised health care reform and build a border wall stalled.Exactly how to pay for the tax breaks was not clarified in the plan.Opposition Democrats savaged the reform proposal as a “perverse” system for rewarding the wealthy, and called out Trump for failing to help working and middle-class American families.Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer told reporters that while Trump has “talked the talk” on tax reform by aiming the benefits at the middle class, “he ain’t walking the walk.“This is aimed at the wealthiest people in America, they do far and away the best” under the proposal, Schumer said.‘Economic stimulus’With Republicans licking their wounds one day after their latest Obamacare repeal effort collapsed, and hours after a Trump-backed senator lost a run-off race to a hardline conservative who has threatened to upend the Republican establishment, the party embraced the opportunity to roll out another top priority item.The president and his party want to simplify the thousands-of-pages-long US tax code—to enable Americans to fill out their return on a postcard, runs the refrain.That involves the elimination of countless loopholes and deductions.Under the Republican plan, only two highly popular deductions are explicitly protected: for interest paid on home mortgages and for charitable contributions. Lawmakers will hammer out precisely which deductions will survive under the reform in the coming months.Inheritance tax, or estate tax, would be scrapped altogether—a longstanding demand of Republicans who refer to it as the “Death Tax.”Schumer said abolishing the estate tax would contribute to ballooning the federal deficit by awarding a $269 billion tax break to the richest 0.02 percent of Americans.Ultimately the framework unveiled by Ryan “will add anywhere from $5 to $7 trillion to our deficit,” Schumer said.The prospects for passage of tax reform this year remained up in the air.“I think we can, but we will need to have some Democrat help,” said Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch.“I think we’ve got to put aside the differences and start working together,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgUS President Donald Trump addresses supporters as he speaks at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center in Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday. Photo: AFPDonald Trump’s Republican Party rolled out a plan Wednesday to reform America’s tax code, seeking deep cuts to corporate rates and the abolition of inheritance tax in a high-stakes bid to fuel economic growth and salvage the president’s agenda.Developed over months and in tandem with Trump’s White House, the sweeping new plan calls for the US corporate tax rate to be cut from 35 to 20 percent—to below the 22.5 average of the industrialized world, it says.Trump dismissed the existing tax code as a “relic” that impedes economic expansion, and called the Republican plan “the largest tax cut, essentially, in the history of our country.”“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” Trump said in a speech in Indianapolis.Cutting corporate taxes, he said, “is a revolutionary change, and the biggest winners will be middle class workers as jobs start pouring into our country, as companies start competing for American labor, and as wages continue to grow.”For households, the Republican plan cuts the number of tax brackets from seven to three, with a maximum rate of 35 percent, against 39.6 at present, although the plan also mentions the “potential” for an additional top rate for the highest-income taxpayers.House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the plan, framing it as a now-or-never moment, with Republicans hoping it will be passed into law by year’s end.“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is all about more jobs, fairer taxes and bigger pay checks for American families.”US lawmakers last implemented major tax reform in 1986. “Hardworking families and small businesses cannot afford to wait any longer,” Ryan said.The plan also seeks to encourage firms to bring back profits that have accumulated abroad by offering a one-time, low tax rate on wealth brought back from overseas.Overhauling the tax system has long been a political Holy Grail for the Republican Party.It was also a major Trump campaign pledge, and has taken on extra importance after his efforts to enact promised health care reform and build a border wall stalled.Exactly how to pay for the tax breaks was not clarified in the plan.Opposition Democrats savaged the reform proposal as a “perverse” system for rewarding the wealthy, and called out Trump for failing to help working and middle-class American families.Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer told reporters that while Trump has “talked the talk” on tax reform by aiming the benefits at the middle class, “he ain’t walking the walk.“This is aimed at the wealthiest people in America, they do far and away the best” under the proposal, Schumer said.‘Economic stimulus’With Republicans licking their wounds one day after their latest Obamacare repeal effort collapsed, and hours after a Trump-backed senator lost a run-off race to a hardline conservative who has threatened to upend the Republican establishment, the party embraced the opportunity to roll out another top priority item.The president and his party want to simplify the thousands-of-pages-long US tax code—to enable Americans to fill out their return on a postcard, runs the refrain.That involves the elimination of countless loopholes and deductions.Under the Republican plan, only two highly popular deductions are explicitly protected: for interest paid on home mortgages and for charitable contributions. Lawmakers will hammer out precisely which deductions will survive under the reform in the coming months.Inheritance tax, or estate tax, would be scrapped altogether—a longstanding demand of Republicans who refer to it as the “Death Tax.”Schumer said abolishing the estate tax would contribute to ballooning the federal deficit by awarding a $269 billion tax break to the richest 0.02 percent of Americans.Ultimately the framework unveiled by Ryan “will add anywhere from $5 to $7 trillion to our deficit,” Schumer said.The prospects for passage of tax reform this year remained up in the air.“I think we can, but we will need to have some Democrat help,” said Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch.“I think we’ve got to put aside the differences and start working together,” he said.last_img read more

READ MORE

Footprints of the First Known Animal to Walk Across the Grand Canyon

30 Aug 2019

first_imgOver three hundred million years ago, a lizard-like reptilian ran across wet sand in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Twenty-eight of its footprints have recently been discovered after a rock fell and split open on the Bright Angel Trail.The first to see the prints was a group of paleontology students who notified Stephen Rowland of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.Panoramic view down the North Kaibab Trail below the Supai Tunnel to the Bright Angel Canyon deep in the desert wilderness of the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA.Rowland and geologist Mario Caputo, from California’s San Diego State University, traveled to the Grand Canyon to study the footprints for themselves. They found the footprints traveled in a side-stepping manner rather than straight forward.Similar tracks have been discovered in Scotland and are estimated to have been left at about the same time as the tracks in Arizona — about 310 million years ago. These are now believed to be the oldest fossil evidence of a four legged land-dwelling animal in the Grand Canyon.Lizard-like animals left their footprints in Coconino Sandstone.Fossils in the Grand Canyon are nothing new, but most are of aquatic creatures, bugs, or plant life. Other fossils are found occasionally as well. In March of 1927, according to nps.gov, a ranger at the park, G.F. Sturdevant, delivered several stones to Washington, D.C. containing tracks of an ancient lizard believed to be thirty-five million years old. At the time, dating rocks wasn’t nearly as precise as it is now, and it is possible they could have been much older.The park is full of crinoid and brachiopod shell fossils as well as the footprints of centipedes and scorpions from about 120 million years ago. Impressions left by leaves, horsetail plants and ginkgo trees are found in the Hermit Shale, a layer of rock in the Canyon.A detailed look at the north wall of the Grand Canyon, from Yavapai Point on the South Rim. The structure on the right is Isis Temple. Photo by InSapphoWeTrust CC BY-SA 2.0Stromatolites, which resemble pieces of wood, were formed over one hundred thousand years ago from bacteria layering with sediment in the shallow briny waters.There are many caves and mine shafts that contain unearthed fossils and bones, but most are closed to the public because of previous tourist damage. The skeleton of a sloth that lived eleven thousand years ago, as well as the bones and eggshells of Condor birds, have been found in caves, and trace fossils such as shell imprints or bug tracks are common almost everywhere.Stromatolites at Strelley Pool chert (SPC) (Pilbara Craton) – Western Australia. Photo by Didier Descouens CC BY-SA 4.0The oldest exposed rock formation in the Grand Canyon is Elves Chasm, which formed over 1.5 billion years ago. It forms part of the deepest layer, known as the Vishnu Basement Rocks. On top of these ancient igneous and metamorphic rocks, sediment layed down over millions of years has slowly transformed into the beautiful layers of sandstone that form the uppermost two thirds of the canyon.515 million years ago, the canyon was under a shallow sea of muddy, high saline water as shale formed. About three million years later, the water had dried into streams crossing plains where dragonflies, other insects, and reptiles lived among grasses and ferns as the red sandstone mixed with silt and mud.Even more sandstone appeared several million years later, in which another lighter colored layer was made. The most recent layer began around two hundred seventy million years ago.According to the National Park Service, the continents had not yet broken into the separate formations we know today, and a clear, shallow sea with crinoids, corals, sea sponges, fish and sharks swam together in the Canyon.Eventually, the seas and rivers became one river winding its way through the area, eroding millions of years worth of silt, limestone, sandstone, shale, and granite to create the chasm we see today.Read another story from us: The Mystery of How the Great Pyramids were Built May Finally Have Been SolvedThe National Park Service frowns upon visitors digging up, removing, or even relocating fossils and will prosecute anyone found doing these things.They welcome tourists to take pictures or rub the rocks in which the fossils were found and will happily identify any of them.last_img read more

first_imgOver three hundred million years ago, a lizard-like reptilian ran across wet sand in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Twenty-eight of its footprints have recently been discovered after a rock fell and split open on the Bright Angel Trail.The first to see the prints was a group of paleontology students who notified Stephen Rowland of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.Panoramic view down the North Kaibab Trail below the Supai Tunnel to the Bright Angel Canyon deep in the desert wilderness of the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA.Rowland and geologist Mario Caputo, from California’s San Diego State University, traveled to the Grand Canyon to study the footprints for themselves. They found the footprints traveled in a side-stepping manner rather than straight forward.Similar tracks have been discovered in Scotland and are estimated to have been left at about the same time as the tracks in Arizona — about 310 million years ago. These are now believed to be the oldest fossil evidence of a four legged land-dwelling animal in the Grand Canyon.Lizard-like animals left their footprints in Coconino Sandstone.Fossils in the Grand Canyon are nothing new, but most are of aquatic creatures, bugs, or plant life. Other fossils are found occasionally as well. In March of 1927, according to nps.gov, a ranger at the park, G.F. Sturdevant, delivered several stones to Washington, D.C. containing tracks of an ancient lizard believed to be thirty-five million years old. At the time, dating rocks wasn’t nearly as precise as it is now, and it is possible they could have been much older.The park is full of crinoid and brachiopod shell fossils as well as the footprints of centipedes and scorpions from about 120 million years ago. Impressions left by leaves, horsetail plants and ginkgo trees are found in the Hermit Shale, a layer of rock in the Canyon.A detailed look at the north wall of the Grand Canyon, from Yavapai Point on the South Rim. The structure on the right is Isis Temple. Photo by InSapphoWeTrust CC BY-SA 2.0Stromatolites, which resemble pieces of wood, were formed over one hundred thousand years ago from bacteria layering with sediment in the shallow briny waters.There are many caves and mine shafts that contain unearthed fossils and bones, but most are closed to the public because of previous tourist damage. The skeleton of a sloth that lived eleven thousand years ago, as well as the bones and eggshells of Condor birds, have been found in caves, and trace fossils such as shell imprints or bug tracks are common almost everywhere.Stromatolites at Strelley Pool chert (SPC) (Pilbara Craton) – Western Australia. Photo by Didier Descouens CC BY-SA 4.0The oldest exposed rock formation in the Grand Canyon is Elves Chasm, which formed over 1.5 billion years ago. It forms part of the deepest layer, known as the Vishnu Basement Rocks. On top of these ancient igneous and metamorphic rocks, sediment layed down over millions of years has slowly transformed into the beautiful layers of sandstone that form the uppermost two thirds of the canyon.515 million years ago, the canyon was under a shallow sea of muddy, high saline water as shale formed. About three million years later, the water had dried into streams crossing plains where dragonflies, other insects, and reptiles lived among grasses and ferns as the red sandstone mixed with silt and mud.Even more sandstone appeared several million years later, in which another lighter colored layer was made. The most recent layer began around two hundred seventy million years ago.According to the National Park Service, the continents had not yet broken into the separate formations we know today, and a clear, shallow sea with crinoids, corals, sea sponges, fish and sharks swam together in the Canyon.Eventually, the seas and rivers became one river winding its way through the area, eroding millions of years worth of silt, limestone, sandstone, shale, and granite to create the chasm we see today.Read another story from us: The Mystery of How the Great Pyramids were Built May Finally Have Been SolvedThe National Park Service frowns upon visitors digging up, removing, or even relocating fossils and will prosecute anyone found doing these things.They welcome tourists to take pictures or rub the rocks in which the fossils were found and will happily identify any of them.last_img read more

READ MORE

Microsoft tests Windows Store refunds system

29 Aug 2019

first_imgMicrosoft tests Windows Store refunds system by Martin Brinkmann on April 13, 2017 in Windows – 3 commentsMicrosoft runs a Windows Store refund test right now for select participants of the Windows 10 and Xbox Insider programs.The system is known as self-serve refund currently, and what it allows testers to do basically is to claim refunds for digital products bought through the Windows Store.The refund system matches that of the digital platform Steam for the most part. Eligible items bought on the Store may be refunded provided that certain criteria are met.Microsoft grants refunds on purchases that are less than two weeks old, and the items need to have less than 2 hours of usage. Additionally, items need to have been downloaded and launched at least once, and the request can only be made a day after the initial purchase.Another difference to Steam’s system is that DLC and season pass purchases are not eligible for the self-serve refunds system, and that some apps for Windows 10 may not work with the system either.Last but not least, Microsoft reserves the right to block Windows 10 users who abuse the system (similar to how Valve handles this).Windows and Xbox customers may request refunds in the following way (note that this is subject to change, considering that the feature is being tested right now):Open the Microsoft Store page, and sign in to the account that the purchase was made with using the sign-in link at the top right.Select Order History on the page that opens. You can load the order history directly using this link: https://account.microsoft.com/billing/ordersFind the app or game that you purchased, and select the “request a refund” option.Information on direct integration in the Store apps on Windows 10 are not available right now.It would make sense to integrate the refund system directly in the app, and not only on the Microsoft Store website as purchases and refunds are separated right now from one another.The move makes perfect sense for Microsoft, especially since the company’s Windows Store is competing with Steam and other digital software stores on Windows.  While Microsoft’s self-serve refunds system has more limitations in place than Valve’s refund system on SteamIt remains to be seen how this is going to be implemented once it hits the stable channels of Windows and Xbox. Could be rolled out with a new Store version, or as part of the second feature update of 2017 which will be out near the end of the year. (via Windows Central)Now You: What’s your take on digital refunds?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft tests Windows Store refunds systemDescriptionMicrosoft runs a Windows Store refund test right now for select participants of the Windows 10 and Xbox Insider programs.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMicrosoft tests Windows Store refunds system by Martin Brinkmann on April 13, 2017 in Windows – 3 commentsMicrosoft runs a Windows Store refund test right now for select participants of the Windows 10 and Xbox Insider programs.The system is known as self-serve refund currently, and what it allows testers to do basically is to claim refunds for digital products bought through the Windows Store.The refund system matches that of the digital platform Steam for the most part. Eligible items bought on the Store may be refunded provided that certain criteria are met.Microsoft grants refunds on purchases that are less than two weeks old, and the items need to have less than 2 hours of usage. Additionally, items need to have been downloaded and launched at least once, and the request can only be made a day after the initial purchase.Another difference to Steam’s system is that DLC and season pass purchases are not eligible for the self-serve refunds system, and that some apps for Windows 10 may not work with the system either.Last but not least, Microsoft reserves the right to block Windows 10 users who abuse the system (similar to how Valve handles this).Windows and Xbox customers may request refunds in the following way (note that this is subject to change, considering that the feature is being tested right now):Open the Microsoft Store page, and sign in to the account that the purchase was made with using the sign-in link at the top right.Select Order History on the page that opens. You can load the order history directly using this link: https://account.microsoft.com/billing/ordersFind the app or game that you purchased, and select the “request a refund” option.Information on direct integration in the Store apps on Windows 10 are not available right now.It would make sense to integrate the refund system directly in the app, and not only on the Microsoft Store website as purchases and refunds are separated right now from one another.The move makes perfect sense for Microsoft, especially since the company’s Windows Store is competing with Steam and other digital software stores on Windows.  While Microsoft’s self-serve refunds system has more limitations in place than Valve’s refund system on SteamIt remains to be seen how this is going to be implemented once it hits the stable channels of Windows and Xbox. Could be rolled out with a new Store version, or as part of the second feature update of 2017 which will be out near the end of the year. (via Windows Central)Now You: What’s your take on digital refunds?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft tests Windows Store refunds systemDescriptionMicrosoft runs a Windows Store refund test right now for select participants of the Windows 10 and Xbox Insider programs.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

READ MORE

VoCore2 The Worlds Smallest Linux Computer Is Open Source and Fully Customizable

27 Aug 2019

first_imgWccftech Deals is bringing back the reader-favorite deal on VoCore2, an open source Mini Linux computer and fully functional wireless router. At times, tiny things do bring the biggest of joys. Head over to Wccftech Deals and get VoCore2 Mini Linux Computer and Ultimate Dock for just $42.99.VoCore2 Mini Linux Computer + Ultimate DockA whole lot of computing power is packed into VoCore 2, an open source Linux computer and fully functional wireless router that is smaller than a coin. The applications of this tiny computer are virtually endless; use as a VPN gateway to secure your network, an airplay music streaming station, a private cloud to store your data, and much more.Write code for the VoCore 2 in C, Java, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, and more to enhance its functionsPlug in a microSD card to the Ultimate Dock and create a personal cloud serverAttach a USB webcam and create a home security cameraLink to a microphone to execute voice commands like Apple Siri or Amazon Echo Share Tweet Submit Details & RequirementsSoC: Mediatek MT7628AN MIPS processor @ 580 MHzSystem memory: 128MB DDR2Storage: 16MB NOR FLASH, 1x SDXC via I/O pinsConnectivity: WiFi 802.11n 2T2R up to 300 Mbps with either 2 u.FL connector or 1 u.FL connector + on-board chip antenna (Max signal output >19.5dbm peak); 2x 10/100M Ethernet interfaces via I/O pinsI/Os : about 30 GPIOs multiplexed with 3x UARTs, 1x I2C, 1x I2S, 1x reference clock, 1x USB 2.0, 1x PCIe 1.1, 1x high speed SPI (40Mbps max), 1x SPI slave, 2x hardware PWMPower supply: input: 3.6~6.0V; output: 1.8V, 3.3VPower consumption: 74mA @ 5V (wifi on, no data transfer); 233mA @ 5V (max speed cpu and wireless)100Mbps ethernet port480Mbps USB 2.0 portIncludes: VoCore 2, Ultimate DockOriginal value: $50 | Wccftech Deals: $42.99 at 14% discountlast_img read more

first_imgWccftech Deals is bringing back the reader-favorite deal on VoCore2, an open source Mini Linux computer and fully functional wireless router. At times, tiny things do bring the biggest of joys. Head over to Wccftech Deals and get VoCore2 Mini Linux Computer and Ultimate Dock for just $42.99.VoCore2 Mini Linux Computer + Ultimate DockA whole lot of computing power is packed into VoCore 2, an open source Linux computer and fully functional wireless router that is smaller than a coin. The applications of this tiny computer are virtually endless; use as a VPN gateway to secure your network, an airplay music streaming station, a private cloud to store your data, and much more.Write code for the VoCore 2 in C, Java, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, and more to enhance its functionsPlug in a microSD card to the Ultimate Dock and create a personal cloud serverAttach a USB webcam and create a home security cameraLink to a microphone to execute voice commands like Apple Siri or Amazon Echo Share Tweet Submit Details & RequirementsSoC: Mediatek MT7628AN MIPS processor @ 580 MHzSystem memory: 128MB DDR2Storage: 16MB NOR FLASH, 1x SDXC via I/O pinsConnectivity: WiFi 802.11n 2T2R up to 300 Mbps with either 2 u.FL connector or 1 u.FL connector + on-board chip antenna (Max signal output >19.5dbm peak); 2x 10/100M Ethernet interfaces via I/O pinsI/Os : about 30 GPIOs multiplexed with 3x UARTs, 1x I2C, 1x I2S, 1x reference clock, 1x USB 2.0, 1x PCIe 1.1, 1x high speed SPI (40Mbps max), 1x SPI slave, 2x hardware PWMPower supply: input: 3.6~6.0V; output: 1.8V, 3.3VPower consumption: 74mA @ 5V (wifi on, no data transfer); 233mA @ 5V (max speed cpu and wireless)100Mbps ethernet port480Mbps USB 2.0 portIncludes: VoCore 2, Ultimate DockOriginal value: $50 | Wccftech Deals: $42.99 at 14% discountlast_img read more

READ MORE