Government intervenes to establish Assetco worker’s rights

first_img Twitter Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Twitter Facebook By News Highland – November 14, 2012 Google+ WhatsApp Government intervenes to establish Assetco worker’s rights WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img There are concerns that 30 staff, who lsot their jobs with the closure of the Assetco Managed Services call-centre in Buncrana, will not get a redundancy payment from the companyInitially workers were given until 5.30pm yesterday evening to agree to terms of exit with the administrators; this has now been extended until today.Minister Bruton has formally requested Enterprise Ireland, NERA and the Department of Social Protection to definitively establish the rights of workers and has asked NERA to meet the workers concerned.Assetco has been based on the Lisfannon business park since 2006. News Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleShock as 30 jobs go at Buncrana call centreNext articleRTC leads to traffic disruption at Newtowncunningham News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Illinois day care workers charged with ‘force-feeding’ infants

first_imgLeft to right: Maura Healy, 38, Stephanie Radke, 24, and Mariah Flemister, 20. (Downers Grove Police Department)(DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.) — Police on Wednesday charged three women seen in a video force-feeding infants at a day care center.Investigators said surveillance footage from Little People Learning Center in Downers Grove, Illinois, showed the employees giving infants solid food, holding their mouths shut and tilting their heads back as they cried. Police in Downers Grove, about 25 miles west of Chicago, said the abuse occurred on multiple occasions between December 2018 and January 2019.The suspects — Maura Healy, 38, Stephanie Radke, 24, and Mariah Flemister, 20 — each were charged with battery and endangering the life or health of a child, according to the Downers Grove Police Department.“During the investigation, video from the daycare center showed each employee, on separate occasions, force-feeding the two infants under their care,” the department said. “The charges were filed following an investigation into the reported mistreatment of two infants.”The facility, which said it fired the women in January when the abuse allegations surfaced, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.All three suspects were released on bond as of early Thursday and scheduled to appear in court in May. It’s unclear if they’ve retained attorneys.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Big Mean Sound Machine Shares New Track, Kickstarter & Tour Dates

first_img10-piece Afrobeat funk behemoth Big Mean Sound Machine proudly presents “Seeing the Bigger Picture,” the first single from their fourth studio album Runnin’ for the Ghost, to announce a Kickstarter campaign for raising the remaining capital needed to release the album in early 2017. Building on the success of three previous albums, Runnin’ for the Ghost captures the band’s renowned, highly-energetic and transcendent live show with the extra refinements of a studio masterpiece. Now, with the album finished and ready for release, the band is reaching out to their fans and the greater live music community to join them in their mission of rejuvenating and healing through the power of music by helping fund its release.To get fans excited about the launch, the band has shared the exclusive premiere of “Seeing the Bigger Picture” with us at L4LM. Listen in below!In true Big Mean style, the band is planning multiple interactive Facebook live events to take place on Saturday December 17th and the final countdown on Thursday December 29th featuring intimate in-studio broadcasts from the band, special guests, and a few other tricks they’ve got up their sleeves. Enjoy the track and find more information about supporting the release of the album via their Kickstarter campaign here.You can catch Big Mean Sound Machine on the road! See the full tour schedule below.Big Mean Sound Machine Upcoming Tour Dates12.9 | Brooklyn, NY | Rough Trade12.10 | Philadelphia, PA | World Cafe Live12.30 & 31 | Ithaca, NY | Lot 101.13 | Stowe, VT | Rusty Nail1.14 | Greenfield, MA | Root Cellar1.20 | Oneonta, NY | B Side Ballroom1.21 | Buffalo, NY | Iron Works1.27 | Syracuse, NY | Funk ‘N Waffles1.28 | Rochester, NY | Flour City Station2.2 | Killington, VT | Pickle Barrel2.3 | Boston, MA | Thunder Road2.4 | Manchester, CT | The Main Pub2.10 | Albany, NY | The Hollow2.11 | Londonderry, VT | Stratton Mountainlast_img read more

A’s pitcher Brett Anderson is healing quickly

first_imgANAHEIM — Left hander Brett Anderson isn’t expected to miss his next start, despite being forced out of his last one by a mild oblique strain.Anderson left in the sixth inning of Saturday’s loss to the Houston Astros, but the extra day of rest provided by Monday’s offday proved beneficial, manager Bob Melvin said.“He came in a little bit sore (Sunday),” Melvin said. “I thought he would, but I think we’re on schedule for his start.”Anderson’s turn in the rotation would come Friday against …last_img

Darwinian Just-So Story Criticized

first_imgWhen Young and Brodie & son published their article “How the Horned Lizard Got its Horns,” (see 04/01/2004 headline), they apparently meant it as a bit of April-fool joke, not a real Kipling-style just-so story.  Several respondents in the Sept 24 issue of Science,1 however, either didn’t think it was funny or concluded the story was just-so after all:William R. Fouts (Nevada State) was not amused by the Kipling reference, because he viewed their paper as “an important example of natural selection in the wild” and thought the title was a poor choice of words.  He thought they should have examined the possibility of preadaptation: i.e., maybe the horns grew out of a nub that once upon a time appeared on the back of the lizard’s neck.John H. Christy (Smithsonian) thinks the authors did not prove that the longer horns function in defense against shrike predation.  In his opinion, therefore, the authors’ explanation for the adaptive function of the horns is still a just-so story.R. Yosef described how shrikes actually kill their prey, and then whimsically remarked, “I suggest that the parietal horns developed as a defense against shrike attacks to the nape region and not against their being impaled after they are dead,”  because clearly, “it does not make evolutionary sense for a trait to be incorporated into a prey species, as a result of a predator’s behavior, that results in all cases in its death (i.e., the impaling stage).”The authors thanked the respondents for their insights on issues they claim were not discussed in the original paper due to space limitations.  But then he chided them for not getting the joke: “The title of our paper was meant as an allusion to the Just So Stories of Kipling, which are often used as a shorthand criticism for unsubstantiated adaptive arguments.  It is a bold statement, and we thought it so clearly over the top that it would not be taken as a literal explanatory title.”  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)1Letters to the editor, Science, Vol 305, Issue 5692, 1909-1910, 24 September 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5692.1909b].Here was a rare, valiant attempt at providing just one clear, unambiguous association between a trait and a survival advantage, and even their fellow evolutionists were not convinced.  So what are the rest of us supposed to think about the validity of adaptive stories in the Darwinian tradition?    The critics’ points were pointless as far as helping Darwin.  A nub turns into a horn, right.  Silly.  For support of the “preadaption” or “exaptation” hypothesis, Fouts refers to the panda’s thumb and tetrapod limbs (see 04/05/2004 headline).  How does said nub get into the genome and developmental pathways, and become established in the population before it functions in defense?  Darwinism allows no foresight, yet Fouts argues:Perhaps the role of preadaptation in evolution is of great importance and is deserving of more widespread appreciation.  Given the possibility of a preadaptation scenario in the evolution of crown horns in horned lizards, I find it ironic that Young et al. commented on the weakness of “just-so stories” and also chose a title that reads remarkably like the titles of Kipling’s stories.  Until presented with evidence suggesting that the horns were mere nubs until the onset of shrike predation, I will remain convinced that “How the horned lizard got its horns” is a poor choice for what is presumably meant to be an informative title.Sheesh, think the authors; can’t a guy take a joke?  Their response undermines the hope of proving a trait arose by evolution:The question of whether any horns on the head of horned lizards existed before shrike predation drove them to elongated states (i.e., were “preadapted”) is an interesting one, but one that is only answerable through comparative analyses with full phylogenetic information and ancestral environmental conditions.  Although we have not performed such an analysis and could probably never reconstruct the ancestral predation conditions, it is worth noting that of the 13 species of horned lizards currently extant, P. mcalli has the longest relative horn lengths and belong to the most derived species group, while some other species in the genus (e.g., P. douglassi) have virtually no parietal or squamosal horns (i.e., the nubs mentioned by Fouts).So how did the nub-challenged lizards get along?  If nubs are cool, every lizard would want some, especially when the shrikes are dive-bombing down on their necks.  Yikes!  Shrikes!  Man your nub stations!  (Or do they say, “lizard your nub stations”?)  It’s survival of the nubbiest.  May the best nubs win!    The authors agreed with Christy’s comments, but in so doing, again undermined any hope of providing a Darwinian explanation for anything:Christy correctly points out the two primary shortcomings of any covariance analysis of selection: It is impossible to rule out every unknown unmeasured character that could drive the observed selection, and covariance analyses usually cannot assign a mechanism of selection because they are not manipulative studies.Yosef didn’t get it, either.  Of course they didn’t mean that selection acted after the lizard was impaled on the tree; they merely assumed that longer horns prevented attacks in the first place.  Obviously, they couldn’t ask the shrikes how they feel about the effectiveness of the horns, so they relied on personal experience.  Visualize the scientist at work: “When attacked or grasped, flat-tailed horned lizards stab their spines into the offending object.  In the case of human fingers, this behavior often results in bleeding and immediate release of the lizard.”  Ha!  This obviously means they evolved to ward off junior-age kids.    So yes, as entertainment, the original article and the criticisms are “clearly over the top.”  Why do you think the Darwin Party is so sensitive to the charge of storytelling?  Guilty conscience?  We feel honored to be included among those who, in the spirit of promoting good science, often use the phrase “just-so stories” as a “shorthand criticism for unsubstantiated adaptive arguments.”  Grab your baloney detector and join the fun.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Riding the wild Cape winds

first_imgThere are some good spots in Cape Town for beginner windsurfers. This is not one of them. Bart de Zwart tests some high- wind equipment near Cape Point. Big waves give the opportunity to get some speed up coming in to the beach – and to get airborne going back out. (Images: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternWhen the wind is howling in Cape Town, most people batten down the hatches. But Stefan Gölnitz, Bart de Zwart, Gunther Baade, Jonas Holzhausen, Manuel Vogel and Frank Lewisch are not like most people. These guys come to the Cape because of the wind, not in spite of it.So the attendant at the gate of the Cape Point section of the Table Mountain National Park had to shake herself out of her inaction-induced reverie to sell them tickets. Not many people were braving the Cape of Storms with a howling southeaster blowing.But it was the perfect opportunity to test some wave-jumping boards and heavy weather sails, so the test team set off to play in the wind and waves.Gölnitz is a journalist for a Surf Magazin, the biggest windsurfing magazine in Germany and – strange as it seems – the best-selling windsurfing magazine in the world.  Germany has well over 100 000 active windsurfers, which makes it probably the biggest windsurfing market in the world. This is partly because the newer craze of kite surfing, which has seduced so many windsurfers away, has not really caught on in Germany to the same extent it has in, say, South Africa.After a short session near the Cape of Good Hope, they moved off to Witsand – a popular spot for experienced boardsailors.  And they went wild. There were a couple of intrepid kite surfers there when they arrived, but they were just getting out the water as the wind was picking up.Cool jobGölnitz has a pretty cool job. He has to do some nice travel articles, and he gets to play on the water more than most people who have regular jobs.But probably his favourite assignment is his six-week sojourn in Langebaan, where he and his colleagues test the latest, newest and hottest windsurfing equipment. They test light weather equipment in Italy, but they have to leave Europe to get really consistent high winds and big seas, so they come to Langebaan.This is the 12th consecutive year the Surf Magazin test team have used Langebaan as a location, and it has become an automatic choice.  “In fact,” Gölnitz says, “if the water was warm, this would be maybe the best windsurfing destination in the world.”Langebaan, he says is the perfect base. The lagoon is calm and protected so they can test relatively light weather gear when the wind is not too strong. When it picks up – as it usually does in the afternoon – they can test racing gear, getting up to tear-blurring speeds across the turquoise lagoon.“And,” he adds, “Swartriet is a short drive away when we want to do wave jumping.“And Cape Town is close by, so we can go to Big Bay to surf or to Cape Point and Witsand. There are so many good sites in just an hour’s drive.”Gölnitz says it’s not only the quality of the wind and sea conditions – fabulous as they are. It’s also the general vibe of Cape Town.  “We’ve done the tests in Egypt and the Caribbean before,” he says. ‘But it’s boring. There’s nothing to do when you’re not sailing. In Cape Town, if the weather is bad, we can go to a movie or to the Waterfront. Or even play golf.”A bit of translation may be needed here. Bad weather for Gölnitz means no wind, regardless of how sunny and warm it may be.They are based for the whole six weeks at the Cape Sports Centre. It’s conveniently right on the beach and it has the facilities to effect repairs if necessary. And it’s the centre of action for windsurfers, kite surfers, paddlers and cyclists with all manner of active happenings going on all the time, so it’s a vibe they can relate to.They need to test an enormous amount of equipment so it’s fortunate for them they have a sponsorship with a German airline, otherwise the cost of flying about 600kg of gear from Europe to the tip of Africa and back again would be prohibitive.  And that’s not even the half of it. The rest is brought over by the manufacturers themselves.International windsurfingThe first week of their stay is a real who’s who of international windsurfing. The top equipment manufacturers in the world fly in to Cape Town with a selection of gear they’d like tested, and then they spend a few days in Langebaan networking, pushing their products and – of course – sailing.After that first week, the team gets down to the serious work of testing the gear. It sounds like a cushy job but it really is hard work.The other five members of the team are not journalists, but are mostly semi-professional or professional windsurfers – either teaching windsurfing or running shops. It’s mid-winter in Germany when any sensible person would be sitting in front of a log fire with a mug of glühwein, or – at most – skiing, so business is slow for the water sports industry.While their skill is an essential ingredient in their being part of the team, size also does count. The team consists of three pairs of sailors of similar weights – two light, two medium and two heavy.And they don’t just go out there and have fun. They will perform specific tasks with a range of different boards and sails, and they take copious notes. Then they spend hours in the evening comparing their opinions, and recording their scores.The result is the most authoritative review of windsurfing equipment in the world. Keen boardsailors from other countries have started to learn German just so they can read it.While it’s not a holiday, and they are here to work, six weeks is a long time so many of the team are joined by friends and family for a week or two, and they certainly enjoy spending time in Cape Town.  They’ve got another couple of weeks, and then it’s back to a European winter – but that’s not too terrible a fate. There’s skiing and glühwein, and Christmas with real trees and homemade stollen.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesInto the big-wave DungeonsThe agony and the ecstacy The adventure starts here Useful linksSurf MagazinCape Sportlast_img read more

Judge Orders Disclosure Of Classified Surveillance-Court Documents

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A secret U.S. intelligence court has ordered the Justice Department to declassify court documents from 2008 that reportedly outline Yahoo’s arguments against turning over customer data to government investigators.The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees domestic surveillance of foreign nationals in largely secret proceedings, agreed to Yahoo’s request to release its official ruling and legal briefs filed in the 2008 case. In that case, Yahoo reportedly objected to federal demands for customer data, arguing that such requests violated its customers’ constitutional protection against warrantless searches.See also: Documents Show PRISM Reaches Directly Inside Internet FirmsIt is not clear whether the 2008 case specifically involved the reported National Security Agency surveillance program known as PRISM, in which Internet companies like Yahoo have reportedly provided broad data access to the government. The Washington Post reported last month that PRISM enlisted its first corporate partner—Microsoft—in May 2007.In any event, the intelligence court’s 2008 ruling reportedly rejected Yahoo’s argument and compelled it to comply with federal data requests. But that order, along with the pro and con arguments raised by parties in the case, were subsequently classified. Yahoo, in fact, couldn’t even disclose the fact that it was a party in the case until last month.The Daily Dot first reported news of the court’s declassification decision. The Web site notes that Yahoo’s victory is only the second known civilian win before the intelligence court.See also: Yahoo Reports Its Data Request NumbersThe government has until the end of the month to review the documents, and can redact parts it deems “properly classified information.” As of this moment, Yahoo is the only major tech company known to have legally objected to government surveillance efforts, although others could conceivably remain bound by gag orders similar to the one that silenced Yahoo until recently.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… say sahmedsaymediacom Tags:#nsa#Prism#surveillance#Yahoo last_img read more

Darren Sharpers Rape Charges Extend to New Orleans

Could it be that Darren Sharper, the charismatic former NFL safety, was a serial rapist? As bizarre as that might seem, law enforcement officials around the country are painting an ugly picture of the former Pro Bowl player.NBC News reported that Sharper turned himself in to police late Thursday night in Los Angeles, after a warrant was issued for his arrest earlier in the day in New Orleans.An acquaintance of Sharper’s, Erik Nunez, also is facing two charges of aggravated rape in the incident, which police in Louisiana said occurred at an apartment on Sept. 23, 2013. Nunez was booked on two counts of rape Friday morning in New Orleans.Earlier this month, Sharper was charged with seven felonies in Los Angeles related to cases in which he is accused of drugging and raping two women he met at nightclubs. He pleaded not guilty to those charges.Sharper also is under investigation in sexual assault cases in Florida, Nevada and Arizona.If convicted in California, Sharper could face more than 30 years in state prison. If convicted of aggravated rape in Louisiana, both Sharper, 38, and Nunez, 26, would face life imprisonment.Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Green Bay Packers as a rookie and a second with the New Orleans Saints. He retired after the 2010 season, having played 14 years in the NFL, and is an analyst for NFL Network, which has suspended him indefinitely without pay. read more