On Friday, November 6th, actress AnnaLynne McCord (90210, Dallas) will present the Junior League of Los Angeles’ (“JLLA”) Community Leadership Award to Carissa Phelps, author/attorney/advocate and founder of Runaway Girl, Inc., for her work helping sexually exploited runaway children and homeless youth.The event is part of JLLA’s annual Community Leadership Forum that is free for the community to attend. It will be held at the Downtown Central Library in Los Angeles from 9am – 12 noon.Carissa Phelps was the subject of the award-winning documentary, Carissa, the 2008 film that revisits her life as a sexually exploited runaway child living on the streets of Fresno, CA. She’s also the founder of Runaway Girl, Inc., which advocates for runaway and homeless youth, while providing training for organizations to effectively reach out and address homelessness and human trafficking.Actress AnnaLynne McCord has bravely opened up about her own sexual assault experience, and now feels it is time to speak out to aid other women. She just launched her own digital radio show “Truth” which launched 10/1/15 on Smiletime.The Junior League of Los Angeles, now in its 90th year of service, is bringing together members of the community to focus on an important issue impacting the city as it presents the annual Community Leadership Forum. This free community event will be held on November 6, 2015, at the Downtown Central Library in Los Angeles. Breakfast will be served from 9-10 AM; Speakers & Panel Discussion from 10 AM – 12 PM.This year’s topic will focus on The Disturbing Link Between Foster Youth and Human Trafficking. Featuring prominent experts in their field from the city, state and federal levels, the speakers will include: Carissa Phelps, author, advocate, attorney and founder of Runaway Girl Inc., Dana Harris, LAPD Detective Supervisor, Human Trafficking Investigator, and Maggy Krell, Deputy Attorney General, Statewide Human Trafficking Coordinator.Statistics indicate that approximately half of the sexually exploited children on the streets today were at one time living in foster care or in a group home run by the state. The Community Leadership Forum is just one way JLLA is bringing attention to the alarming issues among the foster youth population in the Los Angeles area.JLLA recently established a new partnership with the Alliance for Children’s Rights, a leader in the foster care world that provides children with permanency through adoption, legal guardianship, access to healthcare and an equitable education. This collaboration focuses on females ages 16-21 and empowers them with the life skills to transition out of foster care. For more information, click here.The Junior League of Los Angeles is committed to empowering women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Now in its 90th year of service, JLLA provides volunteers and funding to local non-profit agencies for the benefit and enrichment of the Los Angeles community. Nearly 600 volunteers contribute more than 60,000 hours of volunteer work each year to important projects and programs. In addition to the volunteer services that members contribute, the JLLA has contributed millions of dollars to fund programs and agencies that improve the overall wellbeing of the Los Angeles community.
SLRC journalist Mahesh Nissanka arrested over alleged assaultSLRC journalist Mahesh Nissanka arrested over alleged assault
A senior journalist attached to the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), Mahesh Nissanka, was arrested today over an alleged assault incident.The journalist was arrested after a complaint was filed with the Police over the incident. (Colombo Gazette)
by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 3, 2016 8:12 am MDT Last Updated Mar 3, 2016 at 10:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, photo, taken with a fisheye lens, the distinctive winglet on the second Boeing 737 MAX airplane being built is shown on the assembly line in Renton, Wash. On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. factory orders for January. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) US factory orders up 1.6 per cent, best in 7 months WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories increased in January by the most in seven months, while a key category that tracks business investment plans rose by the largest amount in 19 months.Factory orders rose 1.6 per cent in January after two months of declines, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. It was the biggest jump since June, though it was driven by demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft. At the same time, orders in a core sector that serves as a proxy for business investment rose 3.4 per cent — the sharpest one-month gain since June 2014.U.S. manufacturers’ export sales have been hurt this year by spreading economic weakness overseas and by a strong dollar, which has made their goods less competitive. And a sharp fall in oil prices has hurt investment.Demand for durable goods — items ranging from autos and appliances to airplanes and battleships — increased 4.7 per cent in January, slightly lower than the 4.9 per cent the government had estimated in a preliminary report last week.Orders for nondurable goods, including chemicals, paper and clothing, fell 1.4 per cent in January after a 1.1 per cent drop in December. This category has posted a string of declines in part because of the big drop in energy prices. The data is not adjusted for price changes.Orders for commercial aircraft jumped 54.4 per cent, with smaller gains for military aircraft and autos and auto parts.And orders for machinery increased 4.6 per cent. This category was led by a surge in demand for mining, oil and gas equipment, an area that has been weak because of the cutbacks that energy companies are making in response to falling energy prices.While January posted a strong overall gain, analysts cautioned against reading too much into one month of data. They noted that many major overseas markets are still struggling with weak growth. And the dollar has risen even further in recent months.The Institute for Supply Management said this week that U.S. factory activity remained at a recession level in February for a fifth straight month. While the level of activity was up a bit from January, it stayed below 50, indicating that manufacturing was shrinking.
Thousands expected to attend Global Petroleum ShowThousands expected to attend Global Petroleum Show
It’s one of Calgary’s biggest events, and even with the economic downturn, thousands will be streaming into the city.The Global Petroleum Show takes over the Stampede Grounds Tuesday through Thursday.Wes Scott, Executive Vice President with DMG Events says they’re still on pace with last year’s attendance numbers.“We’re on track to have 50,000 attendees at the show. Certainly not the best ever we’ve ever had, but given the market conditions, we’re pretty excited about that,” he said.However, foreign representation is down.Scott says delegates from about 85 countries will be in Calgary for the event, which is down 15 per cent from last year. Thousands expected to attend Global Petroleum Show AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mike Tarasko Posted Jun 6, 2016 7:27 am MDT
Niagara College President Dan Patterson (left), and Brock President Jack Lightstone are ready for this year’s Peninsula Hoop Classic benefitting United Way, set for Sept. 27. The Niagara College Knights and Brock University Badgers men’s and women’s basketball teams will hit the hardcourt Sept. 27 in support of the United Way.The games are part of the fifth annual Peninsula Hoop Classic, which brings the region’s two post-secondary institutions together to benefit a key community organization.“The Peninsula Hoop Classic is a fantastic way to kick off the post-secondary athletics season as the event showcases the premier basketball talent in the Niagara region” said Matthew Davies, Niagara College’s director of athletics and recreation and the co-chair of the Niagara College United Way campaign. “Niagara College has set the goal of raising $40,000 for the United Way, and the Hoop Classic will serve as the tip-off event for our 2014 fundraising events.”“Niagara College and Brock University have worked together over the past five years not only to continue to build on the great relationship we already have, but to continue to help out with the United Way campaign,” said Brock University interim director of athletics Chris Critelli. “The Peninsula Hoop Classic provides a great opportunity through sport, to raise awareness and funds for the Niagara region.”This year’s event will see more than bragging rights amongst the players on the line as Niagara College’s president Dan Patterson and Brock University president Jack Lightstone have entered into a friendly wager on the outcome. The bet will see the president of the losing school wear the jersey of the winning team to a board meeting.“I think friendly rivalries always celebrate the relationship between two institutions,” Lightstone said. “In this case, it’s for a very good cause and also to have some fun along the way.”Patterson called the event a “worthy cause” that brings together Niagara’s post-secondary schools.“The idea that post-secondary education supports United Way in a big way is so important to us,” Patterson said. “To have both institutions get together in a fun-like, sports-like event brings a lot of attention to the importance of Unites Way, and that’s really good.”The Peninsula Hoop Classic alternates between venues, and will be held this year at Niagara College’s Welland Campus Athletic Centre. The women’s teams will tip off at 6 p.m., with the men’s game scheduled for an 8 p.m. start. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5. All current NC and Brock students and those under the age of 17 will be admitted for free. Throughout the evening donations will be accepted in support of the United Way. Parking is free for this event.As host of this year’s game, Niagara College invites the community to enjoy complimentary refreshments, and meet students and staff prior to tip off. Doors will open at 5 p.m.The Peninsula Hoop Classic originated in 2010, and was the first game played in Niagara College’s Welland Campus Athletic Centre. While the United Way has been the biggest winner in the five-year history of the Hoop Classic, Brock has so far held the edge on the scoreboard sporting an overall record of 7-1. In 2012, the last time Niagara College hosted the event, the Knights men’s basketball program captured a 78-71 victory over the Badgers.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuelans cross into Colombia as crisis deepensSeptember 28, 2017In “Regional”Neighbouring South American countries stiffen borders as chaos in Venezuela triggers exodusAugust 20, 2018In “latest news”Venezuelan beauty queen slain; daughter survives shootingJanuary 8, 2014In “Crime” (AFP) The garbage truck brakes and desperate teen Rebeca Leon runs up to root hungrily through the bin bags.Venezuela is rich in oil but an economic crisis has reduced her and millions of others to extreme poverty.Instead of doing homework, the 18-year-old is hunting for food in the streets to feed her two-year-old son and her disabled mother.“My mom is putting weight back on now because I have been searching for food like this,” she says.Venezuelan Rebeca Leon, who scavenges for food in the streets of Caracas, shows the fridge at her house in Petare shantytown, on February 22, 2017. (Photo: AFP)Rebeca has been doing it for six months as inflation and shortages have worsened. When the school day finishes, she heads to Caracas’s posher districts to pick up what richer citizens have thrown away.“My mother did not want to accept it,” she says. “But what else can I do with the way the country is?”– Losing weight –Some 9.6 million Venezuelans are living on two or fewer meals a day, according to the Living Conditions Survey.And 1.5 million are living on food given to them or found in bins, says one of the report’s authors, nutritionist Maritza Landaeta.Nearly 52 per cent of the population lives in extreme poverty, says the study by a group of universities.Seven out of 10 people in the country have lost weight — 8.7 kilograms (17 pounds) on average.Rebeca says her mother “had got to the point where her bones were showing through. My son was becoming undernourished so at last I said, I have to go and look for food in the street.”– Humiliation –Rebeca waits in a small crowd of 70 people, including several children, for the rubbish trucks to come.The group shares out the food from those and from the bins in the restaurants.“I used to cry because I felt humiliated. But I don’t care about that anymore,” she says.“If you don’t have a job, and you don’t look in the bins, then you don’t eat.”Outside one restaurant, unemployed builder Jose Godoy, 53, anxiously licks a disposable plate he has found.His daughters of seven and nine drink juice found in a can.They are suffering from anaemia. They are used to eating just banana or yucca once a day.“One night, we had to go to bed without eating. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. The children were crying: ‘I’m hungry,” he says.“I sold my tools and everything, and in the end I came out searching in the streets. There are thousands of us living off garbage.”– Bags of food –The crisis caused by falling oil prices has raised pressure on Socialist President Nicolas Maduro.Opponents blame corruption and his economic management for the crisis.Supermarkets sell rations of food and household supplies. But even at state-subsidized prices they are unaffordable for many.The International Monetary Fund estimates that inflation will reach 1,660 per cent this year.Maduro says poverty actually lessened last year. The United Nations acknowledged his efforts to fight hunger in 2015.His government has been targeting bags of subsidised goods at poor areas. He says that will help millions of households this year.But Rebeca and her family have only received those bags twice.– Faint with hunger –Tired and haggard, Rebeca returns home having found virtually nothing.“Sometimes you do, and sometimes you don’t — at least not today. Today it went badly,” she says.Next she must walk for an hour to get to school as her hungry daily grind begins again.There she will study alongside schoolmates who sometimes “faint from hunger,” she says.“I don’t want to carry on like this.”
Are you ready for another fantastic handball day in Spain? Is Croatia capable to beat Denmark after victories over Spain and France? Slovenian dreams going on, but Spain is the toughest rival? Denmark wants second WCh final in a row. Is Spain ready for the first final since Tunisia 2005?The fixtures for the semi-finals on Friday 25 January in Barcelona:19.15 hrs local time: Spain vs. Slovenia21.30 hrs local time: Denmark – Croatia ← Previous Story Croatia sent “Experts” home! Next Story → Spain is the first finalist at WCh 2013!
Homes within 50m of Eirgrid pylons will be considered for compensationHomes within 50m of Eirgrid pylons will be considered for compensation
IF EIRGRID ARE unable to route the pylons more than 50 metres away from homes, they will engage with residents about compensation, said the Chief Executive of Eirgrid Fintan Slye.Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland today about the new independent commission that will examine the possibility of putting high-voltage power lines underground instead of on large pylons, Slyle said “where, despite our best efforts we are unable to route the line more than 50 metre away we will engage” but he added that these would be “exceptional cases”.Compensation When asked if people would be given compensation up to the value of their homes, Slye said: “It is certainly something we will consider.” He added, however, that some people may not want to move in any event.In early January, Rabbitte also said that just like people who have roads build through their lands are compensated, it was something that Eirgrid would be assessing, but indicated that it was very much a possibility they would be.Yesterday it was announced by Minister Pat Rabbitte that an independent commission, chaired by former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness, will investigate the possibility of placing electricity power lines underground as opposed to on large pylons across parts of the countryside in the west, south and east of the country.However, there was speculation that the North South Interconnector project would not be included in the review. This is one of the older Eirgrid plans and is set to deliver a new high capacity electricity interconnector between the electricity networks of Ireland and Northern Ireland.Meeting Fine Gael TD Sean Conlon said he had met with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Pat Rabbitte last night about the North South Interconnector project being included in the review and said he had come away from the meeting “happy” adding that he was confident that in the next 48 hours it would be announced that the reports, that have already been commissioned and carried out on the project, will be reviewed by the panel.However, when asked about this Slye said he was not aware of the conversation between the Taoiseach and Conlon on the issue, stating that work on that project was already underway and planning permission would be applied for in the coming weeks.When asked how long the review will take in terms of delaying Eirgrid’s plans, he denied that it would be up to a year, stating “I don’t think so.”He said Eirgrid they were in “listening mode” and had received a huge number of submissions from around the country in relation to their projects.EngageThe Chief Executive said they will engage with the expert panel, and look at the possibility of underground cables, but said reports had been commissioned to show that this could mean “very significant additional costs”.Minister Rabbitte previously said that if underground cables are installed rather than overhead pylons then “electricity consumers must be prepared to take the hit on their bills over the next 50 years”.He said that that while underground cables are “feasible” the extra cost will go “onto the bills of you and I and every other domestic customer”.Explainer: What’s happening with electricity pylons and why is it such a big issue?>Read: Could controversial power lines go underground? The government wants to find out>
Crafty Chinese stores selling 128MB flash drives as 500GB HDDCrafty Chinese stores selling 128MB flash drives as 500GB HDD
The price of storage seems to come down every year with manufacturers maintaining their profit margins by just offering more of it at the same price point. But that’s not enough for some salesman who want significantly more than the drives they are selling are worth.In China, some crafty salesman have figured out how to create what some would class as a magical hard drive. From the outside it looks like an official Samsung portable drive with all the right labels. The salesman will even show you the storage capacity of 500GB and copy a large file to it. What more convincing do you need before a sale at an unbelievably low price?AdChoices广告But then you hand over your money to the smiling assistant and take the drive home. It seems to accept all your file copies without issue, but when you come to access them something is amiss. That HD movie you put on there only plays for 5 minutes before looping back to the start. Is it a faulty drive?Apparently this scenario is becoming quite common with portable drives bought in a certain area of China near the border with Russia. A Russian repair shop captured the two images you see here to show us how these magical hard drives are being created.What these Chinese stores are doing is taking a typical portable hard drive case and gluing a 128MB flash drive inside along with some heavy metal objects to make the weight feel right in the hand. The clever bit is tricking any computer it connects to over USB into thinking the drive is much larger than it is, and also how it never runs out of space, rather just looping and copying over what is already on the tiny drive. This is most likely done with some modification performed to the controller in the drive.I suspect the stores doing this somehow ended up with a shipment of portable hard drive cases and decided to make some money with them. The very low price they sell for still turns a big profit for the seller, and the customer won’t realize for a few hours or days at least that he has been conned.via Jitbit Software
Is the situation really as simple as cash for passports here inIs the situation really as simple as cash for passports here in
Monday 27 Mar 2017, 6:30 AM Share520 Tweet Email11 By Éilis Ryan Dublin city councillor, Workers’ Party Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 63 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3305098 Éilis Ryan HOW MUCH WOULD you guess is the cost of buying Irish citizenship? Your first reaction might actually be that surely you can’t simply buy your way to such a thing. Mine certainly was.But what if you heard it is possible to buy citizenship for the low low cost of a couple of million Euro? Not exactly equal opportunities access to Irish passports.Last week, it was reported that the Forbes billionaire list included eight Irish billionaires.But on closer examination, it turns out that two of these are former American citizens, who Forbes indicates renounced US citizenship and took up Irish citizenship primarily to reduce their billionaire’s tax bill: John Dorrance, heir to the Campbell’s soup-empire, and John Grayken, founder of Lone Star private equity fund.Ireland doesn’t tax wealth properlyThe amount of wealth accumulated by these super-wealthy is unjustifiable in itself but in Ireland we do not even tax this wealth properly.A republic has no business luring the super-wealthy by telling them they can pay less tax here.The fact that two of the eight people listed as “Irish” billionaires have effectively only taken up Irish citizenship to avoid paying taxes on their wealth is in itself an indictment on Ireland’s tax system.Is it really as simple as “cash for passports”?Twice in the last number of decades, the Irish government has instigated schemes that effectively allow the super-wealthy to simply buy an Irish passport. Their ostensible justification is as a means of encouraging investment in jobs in the country.For a decade until the mid-1990s, an “economic citizenship” scheme operated by the Irish government allowed anybody to make a one-off investment of $1.7 million in return for instant citizenship within 90 days.Beneficiaries had to buy a home in Ireland and reside there for at least 60 days during their first two years of citizenship, but that was it.In 2012, the Labour/ Fine Gael coalition re-introduced the scheme, and in 2013, to encourage higher uptake, the cost of the cheapest “investment” scheme available to obtain residency and then citizenship was halved to €500,000. Part of this sum can include payment of third-level fees if the children of the “investor” attend university in Ireland.The European border crack-down Such “cash for passports” programmes stand in stark contrast to the situation of the over 4,000 people currently residing in Ireland’s many direct provision centres, awaiting decisions on their applications for asylum to live indefinitely in Ireland.And this is without even considering the thousands of migrants who have died in the waters surrounding Europe who wish to take up residency here.The migrant death toll, and the brutal system that is direct provision, are justified by our government on the grounds that we need a fair, transparent way of assessing who is and is not “entitled” to reside in Ireland.Ireland’s record on granting asylum to those who seek refugee status is exceptionally low. Between 2012 and 2014, the United Nations High Commisioner on Refugees estimated that Ireland accepted around 3% of applications for asylum received – placing us 21st out of 30 European countries.Many of those who are refused asylum are told that, even though they come from poor, war torn environments, they do not meet exceptionally strict criteria proving they will be in danger if they return to their home country.It’s a far cry from simply buying your way into the country.Irish citizenship – why bother? So why does Irish citizenship attract interest from the super wealthy?The main advantage you’ll often hear about Irish citizenship is that allows access to the entire EU and that, globally, it is uniquely hassle-free to travel on an Irish passport. But, more likely of interest to our super-wealthy “investors”, there are also clear tax benefits for those super-wealthy who swap their US passports for Irish citizenship.When John Dorrance, who inherited Campbell’s soup, sold his stake in the empire, he emigrated to Ireland, according to Forbes, in order to avoid capital gains tax.The Philadelphia Inquirer at the time reported:In Ireland, he can pay half the 30 percent US tax rate on dividends, and when he dies, his estate will be taxed at 2 percent, rather than 55 percent in the United States.Dorrance was reportedly granted citizenship in exchange for planting €1.5million worth of trees in Ireland. There are also question marks over whether the billionaires brought in through the Irish government’s cash-for-passports scheme act in the public interest.John Grayken, meanwhile, is CEO and founder of Lone Star private equity firm. Lone Star, owned by now-Irish billionaire John Grayken, is one of the major vulture funds buying and selling distressed Irish mortgages and debt. Companies like Lone Star have been instrumental to worsening the debt and evictions crisis in Ireland.That we reward the founders of such company with citizenship – and the tax breaks that come with that in Ireland – speaks volumes to our state’s attitude to who deserves what in Ireland.A republic of equals? The notion that thousands of applicants for Irish residency, many fleeing war, poverty and persecution, are kept in prison conditions in direct provision centres, while the super-rich can simply throw us a few million, and be rewarded with Irish citizenship and a dramatically reduced tax bill, goes against the founding principles of our republic.As US warplanes continue to travel through Shannon airport, and our government continues to strengthen its links to NATO’s war machine, we should not forget the role we have played in creating the flow of migrants into Europe.A republic of equals must start with how we treat the most marginalised, not with favours for billionaires.Éilis Ryan is a councillor for the Workers’ Party in north inner city Dublin. www.facebook.com/cllreilisryanAodhán Ó Ríordáin: ‘It’s time Irish people stood up against racism. We were the terrorists at one time’>‘Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, capable of bringing stability’> 6,393 Views Mar 27th 2017, 6:30 AM Short URL ‘Is the situation really as simple as “cash for passports” here in Ireland? Yes, it is’ Offering passports to billionaires is in stark contrast to our treatment of the 4,000 people currently residing in direct provision centres, writes Éilis Ryan.
Le massacre des éléphants du LiberiaDans les années 1980, 20.000 éléphants peuplaient le Liberia. Trente ans plus tard, 19.000 d’entre eux ont été tués par des braconniers. Un véritable massacre dénoncé par Patrick Omondi, directeur du Kenya Wildlife Service, lors d’une Conférence organisé à Monrovia, la capitale du pays.”Malgré la lutte du Liberia contre le commerce de l’ivoire, il est encore pratiqué illégalement dans le pays. Ce commerce a un impact négatif sur les ressources du pays, et c’est pourquoi nous devons tous allier nos efforts afin de protéger la richesse de la faune sauvage”, a insisté Patrick Omondi lors d’une conférence rapportée par le Liberian Daily Observer.En l’espace de trente ans, 95% de la population d’éléphants du Liberia aurait été tués par des braconniers. 20.000 dans les années 1980, ils ne seraient aujourd’hui plus qu’un millier. La conférence de Monrovia avait pour visée de renforcer le rôle de la communauté scientifique libérienne au sein de la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (Cites). Rétablir l’autorité de cette communauté est primordial pour organiser une lutte efficace contre le massacre des éléphants, et plus globalement pour faire face au défi que représente la préservation de la faune et la flore du Liberia, estime Patrick Orandi. Et d’évoquer la menace du réchauffement climatique, l’augmentation de la population qui empiète de plus en plus sur les espaces naturels, ou encore la déforestation.Mais après quatorze ans de guerre civile, la restauration de l’autorité de la communauté scientifique libérienne semble trop prématurée. Selon Moses Wogbeh, directeur général de l’Autorité pour le développement de la sylviculture (FDA), le Liberia n’est à ce jour “pas capable de gérer seul la préservation de la biodiversité” qu’abrite le pays.Le 29 janvier 2011 à 17:49 • Emmanuel Perrin
The Morning Press I5 Bridge Motocross Cruisin the Gut Phillip PhillipsThe Morning Press I5 Bridge Motocross Cruisin the Gut Phillip Phillips
Weekend’s top stories and news you may have missed:Lawmakers ask: Get back up on the bridgeJust weeks after the demise of the Columbia River Crossing project, a bipartisan group of Southwest Washington lawmakers is asking state transportation officials to regroup and discuss a new solution for updating the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River.“It is time for all interested parties to come back to the table and put forward a plan that both meets the needs of the region and enjoys the support of our constituents,” the letter states. “We remain committed to a long-term solution that will modernize and upgrade the current transportation corridor across the river.”The letter was sent Friday from U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, to Washington Department of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson. It included the signatures of six Republican and three Democratic state legislators from Clark County.Read the full story and the letter here.Good times on the Gut — cruising in VancouverBumper-to-bumper chrome and metal lined Main Street on Saturday in homage to the golden age of cruising in Vancouver.Bob and Barbara Zozosky weren’t going to miss a minute of it.The couple set out a canopy at 8 a.m., two hours before the fifth annual Cruisin’ the Gut was scheduled to begin.The event drew thousands of people and cars to Main Street between Sixth and 28th streets. It’s hard to know exactly how many attended, since the event is free to everyone.
Virgin Money had a mean gender pay gap of 36% at April 2016, according to the organisation’s 2016 annual report.The financial services organisation recorded a median gender pay gap of 39% at April 2016.The pay gap has been attributed to the under-representation of female employees in senior leadership roles and the under-representation of of men in more junior positions.Virgin Money had a gender pay gap of 0.6% in the lowest pay quartile, 1.7% in the second quartile, 2.5% in the third quartile, and a 13.8% gender pay gap in the highest pay quartile.Virgin Money has voluntarily published its gender pay gap data ahead of the publication date set by the government of April 2018. The current timeline for mandatory gender pay gap reporting requires employers to capture data on 5 April 2017 and then publish findings no later than 4 April 2018, with this cycle continuing on a yearly basis.The reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.Virgin Money has set a target to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2020 as part of its commitment to the Women in Finance Charter, which asks organisations within the financial services sector to commit to increase the representation of women in senior management positions.The percentage of women holding senior management roles increased from 18% to 22% between 2015 and 2016. As of January 2017, women made up 31% of Virgin Money’s executive committee and their direct reports.In 2016, Virgin Money focused on a range of measures to reduce the gender pay gap, such as unconscious bias training for senior managers, the launch of an app that enables staff on parental leave to stay in touch with the business and access personalised information, the promotion of shared parental leave, and the establishment of a Gender Agenda Network designed to organise events and increase education.The organisation also incorporated a gender analysis tool into its annual pay process to help managers see the impact salary and bonus decisions have on the gender pay gap within their teams, and introduced a flexible matching recruitment policy that commits to matching senior prospective employees’ current flexible-working arrangements.Virgin Money plans to take further action to address the gender pay gap and meet its Women in Finance Charter commitments in 2017. This includes setting bonus targets for all senior leaders to improve gender balance; extending unconscious bias training to all people managers and diversity training for those preparing to take on people management roles; offering a maternity mentoring scheme to all staff.The organisation will also continue to promote flexible-working arrangements by establishing a flexible-working register to increase job sharing, upgrading IT systems to better enable flexible working, and committing to allowing employees to work from home one day per week where possible.According to the 2016 annual report, the average salary increase for employees across the organisation was 4% in 2016.Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CBE, chief executive officer at Virgin Money, said: “Looking at April 2016 pay, Virgin Money had a gender pay gap of 36%. We are confident that men and women are paid on equal terms for doing the same jobs across the business, but the under-representation of women in the senior leadership team and of men in more junior areas of the business, creates this pay gap. This is not acceptable and we are committed to remedying it.”Matt Elliott, people director at Virgin Money, added: “We intend to be early adopters of the UK government’s new gender pay gap reporting requirements and support the findings of both the Hampton-Alexander and Parker reports, which advocate action to generate improved gender and ethnic equality in business.“We will continue to celebrate difference and work to ensure every [employee] feels equally valued and able to thrive at Virgin Money.”
See Japans Hayabusa2 use an asteroid as a trampolineSee Japans Hayabusa2 use an asteroid as a trampoline
Space Sci-Tech Japan’s Hayabusa2 space probe fires bullet into asteroid 0 Now playing: Watch this: 3:29 Last month, the Japanese Space Agency’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft touched down on the asteroid Ryugu. It landed just long enough to fire a bullet into the space rock to dislodge some little bits that were hopefully sucked up for transport back to Earth.You can read all about the mission in our earlier coverage, but on Tuesday the space agency, also known as JAXA, released new video footage of the key moment.The above video comes from Hayabusa2’s small monitor camera, called CAM-H, which is positioned right above the long, cylindrical sampler horn that did the asteroid touching, shooting and sampling. You can see the craft descending into what seems to be a rock-strewn landing spot and then immediately ascending after firing the bullet to send bits of ancient cosmic cobble flying.An image captured by Hayabusa2’s small monitor camera moments after the spacecraft fired a bullet into Ryugu, dislodging large amounts of debris. JAXA If the video seems jumpy, it’s not your internet connection (or it’s not just your connection). The frame rate as the craft descends is only one frame every five seconds and then it increases to one or two frames per second at the moment of touchdown and firing. The video is also sped up by 5x. Still, the whole operation was pulled off in just a few minutes. During a press conference early Tuesday, JAXA said the touchdown appears to have collected a “sufficient sample.”The agency also said it’s nicknamed the point where Hayabusa2 touched down “Tamatebako,” which translates to “treasure box.”NASA is in the midst of its own asteroid-sampling mission, with its Osiris-Rex spacecraft now mapping the asteroid Bennu, which it plans to touch down on in 2020. Hayabusa2 is far from done with Ryugu. Next up, JAXA plans to use a “small carry-on impactor” (SCI) aboard the spacecraft to create an artificial crater on the surface of the asteroid. Hayabusa2 will then attempt a second touchdown in or near the newly blasted crater. Hayabusa2’s schedule has it attempting to blast a new mark into Ryugu as soon as the first week of April, followed by another touchdown attempt sometime after May. Share your voice Post a comment Tags
Sunny Leone apologises to man after he was harassed with requests forSunny Leone apologises to man after he was harassed with requests for
Sunny Leone.Sunny Leone Social Media AccountSunny Leone has apologised to the man who has been getting scores of calls after his number was used as that of the actress’ phone number in the film Arjun Patiala.Delhi-based man Puneet Agarwal is being harassed by around 200 to 300 calls and messages on his number by people who think it is Sunny’s personal contact number. He has been getting lewd messages and abusive phone calls on his number. Sunny has apologised to the man for the blunder.”Sorry I didn’t mean for that to happen to you. Must get some really interesting people calling,” she told Times Now when informed about the incident.The whole confusion began after Sunny’s character in Arjun Patiala was seen sharing her phone number with a man in one of the scenes in the movie. Although such numbers used in films are generally invalid, this time the makers of the movie used a phone number that is valid and active.People who watched the scene thought it to be Sunny’s real number, and started calling and messaging on it with little knowledge that it is that of a common man in Delhi.”On July 26, after the release of the movie, I started receiving calls from unknown people asking me to let them talk to Sunny Leone. Initially, I thought somebody is playing a prank on me, but after a while, I got to know that the makers of the movie have actually used my number and Sunny Leone’s character in the movie dictates my number,” Puneet told media.He was so irritated by the constant phone calls that he decided to take legal action on the makers of Arjun Patiala.”I am being harassed by many callers, people are abusing me and asking me to do dirty favours. I have filed a police complaint but till now the police has not taken any action even after giving me assurances,” he added.