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Latest Obamacare court battle plays out in New OrleansLatest Obamacare court battle plays out in New Orleans

first_imgNew Orleans: The fate of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, and its coverage and insurance protections for millions of Americans, is again being argued before a panel of judges this time a federal appeals court in New Orleans. At issue in a hearing scheduled Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals is whether Congress effectively rendered it unconstitutional in 2017 when it zeroed out the tax imposed on those who chose not to buy insurance. Texas-based US District Judge Reed O’Connor declared in December that it did. The law’s supporters appealed. It’s unclear when the panel will rule in a case that appears destined for the Supreme Court, which has reviewed the law before. The ultimate outcome will affect protections for people with pre-existing conditions; Medicaid expansions covering roughly 12 million people; and subsidies that help about 10 million others afford health insurance. Tuesday’s arguments are the latest in a lawsuit filed by Republican officials in 18 states, led by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. It was filed after Congress which didn’t repeal the law, despite pressure from President Donald Trump reduced to zero the unpopular tax imposed on those without insurance. In challenging the law anew, “Obamacare” opponents noted the 2012 ruling of a divided Supreme Court that upheld the law. Conservative justices had rejected the argument that Congress could require everyone to buy insurance under the Constitution’s interstate commerce clause. But Chief Justice John Roberts, joining four liberal justices, said Congress did have the power to impose a tax on those without insurance. With no tax penalty now in effect, the Texas lawsuit argues, the individual mandate is unconstitutional and the entire law must fall without it. O’Connor, the federal judge in Texas, agreed in a December ruling. In addition to the 18 states, two individual taxpayers are part of the lawsuit. The Trump administration is not defending the law and has filed arguments in favour of O’Connor’s ruling. California’s attorney general represents a coalition of mostly Democratic-led states and the District of Columbia seeking to overturn O’Connor’s ruling and uphold the law. The House of Representatives has joined them. Among the arguments by the law’s supporters: Those who filed suit have no case because they aren’t harmed by a penalty that doesn’t exist; the reduction of the tax penalty to zero could be read as a suspension of the tax, but the tax’s legal structure still exists; and that, even if the individual mandate is now unconstitutional, that does not affect the rest of the law known as the Affordable Care Act. When the law was proposed, friends and foes of “Obamacare” agreed that the tax was essential to persuade healthy people to get insured, thereby keeping premiums in check. But this year the first time no fines will be collected the number of people signing up for subsidised private insurance through the Affordable Care Act slipped only slightly. The government said in March that a total of 11.4 million people signed up during open enrollment season, a dip of about 300,000 from last year. Scheduled to hear Tuesday’s arguments were 5th Circuit Judges Carolyn Dineen King, Jennifer Walker Elrod and Kurt Engelhardt. King was nominated to the appeals court by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Elrod was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2007. Engelhardt was nominated by President Donald Trump last year. Democrats in the Senate said Monday that Republicans will pay a political price if the case results in the loss of popular “Obamacare.” “If they are successful in striking down the Affordable Care Act, Republicans will own all of the consequences,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said on a call Monday with reporters.last_img read more

Amber Alert ended for Edmonton boyAmber Alert ended for Edmonton boy

first_imgEDMONTON (660 NEWS) — An Amber Alert has been resolved for an 8-year-old boy who was abducted from an Edmonton school Friday afternoon.Edmonton Police alleged the child was taken by his mother at 2:50 p.m. from Waverley Elementary School at 68 St. and 89 Ave.They were last seen leaving the area on foot westbound on 89th Ave.They were believed to be travelling in the Calgary area.Saturday morning, Edmonton Police tweeted that the Amber Alert is cancelled. The boy and his mother were found in Calgary at 5:30 a.m. and the child is unharmed.An off-duty CPS member spotted the pair, according to Edmonton police. The mother was arrested by RCMP in Okotoks and is facing a charge of abduction, she remains in custody.Police thanked everyone who shared the information about the Amber Alert.No other details have been released.last_img read more

Sumanthiran ready to admit LTTE committed war crimesSumanthiran ready to admit LTTE committed war crimes

Sumanthiran said that he will come under fire from his community for saying the LTTE committed war crimes. However he says he is prepared to admit that the LTTE did commit war crimes during the war. “All parties committed (war crimes),” he added.Sumanthiran also commended former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka for repeatedly saying he is prepared to face a war crimes investigation. (Colombo Gazette) Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran told Parliament today that he is ready to admit that the LTTE committed war crimes.He said that all international reports very clearly say that both the military and the LTTE committed war crimes.

Marking World Health Day UN highlights benefits of active lifestyleMarking World Health Day UN highlights benefits of active lifestyle

Commemorating World Health Day – marked each year on 7 April – United Nations officials are calling attention to the benefits of an active lifestyle in staving off disease and prolonging life.”A vast body of knowledge, experience and scientific evidence shows that regular physical activity provides people of all ages, male and female, with substantial physical, social and mental health gains and general well being,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in his message on the occasion. At the same time, he warned that “healthy living alone is not enough,” pointing out that poverty, lack of education, and inadequate health services contribute to disease.The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, emphasized that “prevention is the most powerful weapon against disease and disability, and it is a weapon that is available to everyone.” She urged governments to begin “implementing transportation policies that make it safer for people to walk and ride bicycles, legislating smoke-free public buildings and spaces, and building accessible parks, playgrounds and community centres.”The President of the General Assembly, Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea, pointed to the need for policies that encourage people to be active. “Communities should give high priority to developing parks and open spaces and safe and attractive streets, which are highly conducive to a vibrant public life,” he said. “Clean air and water are equally important to a healthy, active community and should be at the top of the public policy agenda.”Some 2 million deaths per year are attributed to physical inactivity, according to WHO, which warns that sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of mortality, double the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity, and increase the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression and anxiety. World Health Day, which is observed in local communities across the globe, got an early boost in Pakistan on Thursday when WHO joined forces with the country’s Ministry of Health and the UN Information Centre in Islamabad to host a media workshop emphasizing the importance of fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Addressing the 40 participants, the WHO Representative in Pakistan, Dr. Khalif Bile Mohamud, warned that changes in the nation’s way of life had considerably increased the incidence of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer, and that more deaths would occur in the future unless preventive measures were introduced. read more

Controller gives UNs financial health mixed report cardController gives UNs financial health mixed report card

“Clearly, the final picture for 2006, as well as the final cash position for the year, would largely depend on the action taken by those countries in the coming weeks,” UN Controller Warren Sach told the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee, as it began its twice-yearly consideration of the Organization’s financial health.Mr. Sach was pleased to report that as of 31 October, $661 million remained outstanding for the regular budget, down $58 million from last year. But he pointed out that the number of Member States that paid their dues in full by 31 October had dropped to 122 from 130 on the same date last year. On 31 December last year, 140 Member States had paid, with almost 95 per cent of the outstanding amount owed by four countries – Argentina, Brazil, Japan and the United States, which owed 80 per cent of the total. “In particular, depending on action yet to be taken on the national budget of the United States, the UN might have to borrow over $200 million from the reserve account by the end of December,” he said. “Alternatively, should the United States pay its 2006 assessment in full, the Organization could have a cash balance at approximately the same level as at the end of 2005.”Mr. Sach pointed to an outstanding $2.5 billion for peacekeeping operations by the end of October, and that the Organization’s debt to Member States for troops and equipment was likely to increase by $300 million. In addition, as of 31 October, the amount outstanding for international war crimes tribunals stood at $18 million higher than last year.By the end of October, the Capital Master Plan had $66 million still outstanding, an amount that could be covered if member states pay dues in full and on time, Mr. Sach said.“The only way to resolve those issues was for Member States to meet their financial obligations to the United Nations in a fuller and timelier fashion,” he said. read more

Weekly US unemployment aid applications drop to 332K cutting monthly average toWeekly US unemployment aid applications drop to 332K cutting monthly average to

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, reducing the average number of weekly applications last month to a five-year low. The drop shows that fewer layoffs are strengthening the job market.The Labor Department said Thursday that applications fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 332,000. That cut the four-week average to 346,750, the lowest since March 2008, just several months after the Great Recession began.The report “provides further evidence of a gradual strengthening in labour market conditions,” Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to clients.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. They have fallen nearly 13 per cent since November.At the same time, net hiring has picked up. Employers have added an average of 200,000 jobs per month from November through February, up from about 150,000 a month in the previous four months.The unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.7 per cent in February from 7.9 per cent the previous month.About 5.6 million people received benefits in the week ended Feb. 23, the latest data available. That’s about 220,000 more than the previous week.The improvement in the job market shows employers aren’t laying off more workers because of worries about higher taxes or government spending cuts.In January, Social Security taxes rose two percentage points. Someone earning $50,000 has about $1,000 less to spend in 2013. A household with two high-paid workers has up to $4,500 less.On March 1, $44 billion in across-the-board government spending cuts started after the White House and Congress failed to reach a deal to avoid the reductions.Higher taxes haven’t prevented Americans from spending more. Retail sales jumped in February by the most in five months, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Much of the increase reflected higher gas prices But even excluding the volatile categories of gas, autos and building supply stores, so-called core retail sales rose strongly.Economists were encouraged by the report. Many now expect much faster growth in the January-March quarter.Strong auto sales and a healthy recovery in housing are spurring more hiring and economic growth. Builders started work on the most homes last year since 2008. New-home sales jumped 16 per cent in January to the highest level since July 2008. And home prices, meanwhile, rose by the most in more than six years in the 12 months ending in January, according to real estate data provider CoreLogic. Weekly US unemployment aid applications drop to 332K, cutting monthly average to 5-year low by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2013 8:33 am MDT read more

Iraq Security Council supports political security humanitarian action for restive AnbarIraq Security Council supports political security humanitarian action for restive Anbar

“Members of the Security Council…believe that through its democratic institutions, in cooperation with Iraqi society, Iraq can work to address the challenges facing the country for the benefit of all Iraqis,” said a press statement issued by the 15-member body.“They emphasize support for the Government of Iraq’s efforts to engage with local civilian leaders in Anbar and its calls for a conference on the situation in Anbar,” said the statement. On Wednesday, the Council received a briefing from Nickolay Mladenov, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), who said the crisis in Anbar province posed the most serious challenge to the Government’s efforts to maintain the stability and security needed to build a democratic State.Since the start of the year, more than 66,000 families were displaced by the fighting, and more families were displaced in the months prior by attacks carried out by Al-Qaida-linked militants, UNAMI reported.Through its statement, the Security Council also encouraged the Government of Iraq to continue working with UNAMI and humanitarian agencies to ensure the delivery of relief to those displaced and others in need. In that regard, the Council noted Mr. Mladenov’s warning that the UN and Government of Iraq Strategic Response Plan, to assist individuals affected by the ongoing conflict in Anbar, had received only 10 per cent of its required $103.7 million. It appealed to Member States to fully fund the initiative. read more

Womens Hockey No 5 Ohio State heads into showdown at Boston CollegeWomens Hockey No 5 Ohio State heads into showdown at Boston College

Ohio State redshirt sophomore defender Jincy Dunne (33) prepares to send the puck back down the ice in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 5 Ohio State women’s hockey team will head to Boston for the program’s first-ever NCAA tournament game against No. 4 Boston College at 1 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.The Buckeyes (23-10-4, 14-6-4-3 WCHA) enter the matchup following a 2-1 loss to Minnesota in the WCHA tournament. The Golden Gophers are the seven seed and go up against No. 2 Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA tournament.Ohio State freshman forward Tatum Skaggs said the team expects a tough game this weekend. “It’ll definitely be a hard-fought game,” Skaggs said. “It’s not going to be easy. We are both a top-10 team. We definitely know they can move the puck. They’re fast and so are we. It’s just going to come down to who plays better and who shows up.” The Eagles (30-4-3, 19-2-3 Hockey East) are the second-highest scoring team in the NCAA, averaging 4.19 goals per game. Boston College also ranks third on the power play, holding a 25.66 percent success rate on the season.Boston College has the top-two scorers in the nation in freshman forward Daryl Watts and sophomore forward Caitrin Lonergan. Watts has 42 goals and 82 points on the season, with Lonergan lagging not far behind with 30 goals and 75 points.On the back end, senior goalie Katie Burt has started all 37 games for the Eagles and holds a .932 save percentage and a 1.95 goals against average.Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall will coach opposite long-time friend and colleague Boston College associate head coach Courtney Kennedy.“The associate head coach is one of my best friends and the godmother to my children,” Muzerall said. “We played at Minnesota together. It’ll be a fun little battle between buddies behind the bench. We won’t be buddies for those two hours though.” NCAA tournament selection dramaOn Sunday night in a Minnesota airport, the Buckeyes gathered around a computer to watch the NCAA Selection Show to find out if they had made it into the final eight for the first time in program history. Moments after Boston College was announced as the No. 4 seed, the Buckeyes heard their school selected to face off against the Eagles, sending the team into a frenzy in the airport.“It’s unreal,” Ohio State senior forward Dani Sadek said. “It’s been a long ride. Just to end it like this, has been amazing. We’ve been through so much as a team this year.” Before the Buckeyes were selected for the tournament, Muzerall told the team that no matter what happens, the group needs to be proud of the season it had turned in and understand that the decision was going to be out of their hands.“We can’t change anything at this juncture in the season,” Muzerall said. “As we sit here for the next seven to eight minutes, we are waiting for our fate. If we get into the selection show and are chosen to advance into the NCAA final eight. Then we are never going to let anyone dictate our future. We have to control our own destiny.”At the beginning of the year, the Buckeyes laid out the expectations heading into the year. And for the entire time, those goals all ended with a national championship trophy being brought back to Columbus. “We all had one common goal,” Skaggs said. “That was to win a national championship. Now that we’re here it feels real. We know we should be here, because we’ve worked our butts off this whole year.” This season has been filled with program firsts. The Ohio State 2017-18 women’s hockey team finished with the best regular-season record in program history. Redshirt junior goaltender Kassidy Sauve compiled the most saves in program history. Muzerall was honored as the WCHA Coach of the Year and freshman forward Emma Maltais earned the WCHA Rookie of the Year. “I think the culture we have created has created a baseline for what is expected,” Sauve said. “Now, we are expected to be successful and that we are an NCAA contender. We just have such a special group, it’s really easy to stay grounded and confident.”Skaggs said the motivation for the Buckeyes going into the quarterfinals has come from the motivation to play well for the teammates they have skated beside all season.“We all have a mentality of ‘Do it for the girl next to you,’” Skaggs said. “Our motto is ‘Do it for her.’ That could be for the girl that has a dream of playing at Ohio State, or it could be the girl right next you. [Muzerall] brought that in and I think it helped us with our success this year.” The Buckeyes will face off against The Eagles in the quarterfinals at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts at 1 p.m. Saturday. The winner will advance to the NCAA Frozen Four. read more

UK weather Mini Beast from the East set to grip Britain asUK weather Mini Beast from the East set to grip Britain as

first_imgHe added: “We don’t expect anything like the same impact as a result of it, although there will be some snow about.” Most of England is likely to see snow this weekend, the Met Office has said, as a second cold snap dubbed a “mini Beast from the East” looks set to grip the country.Temperatures are poised to tumble as the bitter blast could bring up to 5cm (2in) in some parts and up to 20cm (7in) on higher ground – prompting yellow snow warnings to be issued.A yellow severe weather warning of snow and ice for eastern parts of the UK on Friday has been updated by the Met Office. The warning will be in place from 6pm until 11.55pm.Met Office warnings for snow and ice for central and eastern Scotland and the north east run into all of Saturday, where more of England – including London, the South East and southern England – is included.The warning for all of Sunday, when “significant snowfall” is expected, shows vast swathes of the south, central and east of England covered by the yellow advisory.Across the weekend, the Met Office yellow snow warning states that travel disruption is possible, rural communities could become cut off, vehicles may be stranded and power cuts may occur. “As we go through the course of Friday the rain across eastern Scotland and north east England will gradually transition to snow across the higher ground,” he said.”Then as we go through Friday night and into Saturday, that snow risk then falls down to lower levels and with an increased risk of ice as well.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Snell added: “I think if you live in England at least there will be a good chance you will probably see some snow, whether it amounts to much will depend on where you are.”Some places might see 2-5cm other places might see a brief dusting.”Weather map for Friday and four days ahead  Meteorologist Martin Bowles said the weekend’s weather is not Beast from the East Mark Two, but could be called a “mini Beast from the East” as it will be less severe. A yellow severe weather warning for #ice has been issued: Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk— Met Office (@metoffice) March 16, 2018 Forecaster Craig Snell said the cold snap will only last a few days, and with a high of 15.9C (60.6F) on Thursday, he warned many places in Britain over the weekend will be nearer to freezing. He added: “Sunday will see a fairly widespread yellow warning for snow across a good chunk of England, and also parts of eastern Wales.”The other thing to note is that will be quite windy and that will enhance the cold feel.”If you factor in the strength of the wind it will be feeling probably sub zero, so a big change in how it is going to feel out there over the weekend.”last_img read more

Heres how fighting in Ukraine is holding up the MH17 investigationHeres how fighting in Ukraine is holding up the MH17 investigation

first_img Source: max seddon/Twitter No sign of black boxes. No sign of missile debris. No sign of aviation or military experts. No idea where the bodies are going. #MH17— max seddon (@maxseddon) July 19, 2014 There is fighting going on. We can’t take the risk. The security situation on the way to the site and on the site itself is unacceptable for our unarmed observer missionKiev said yesterday its troops had entered a string of towns around the scene of the Malaysian airliner disaster, including Shakhtarsk which lies 10 kilometres away. Source: Reuters/YouTubeThere were plans yesterday and again today for authorities to go to the site but fighting on and around the road to the crash made it too risky. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesSome family members also visited the site, like Jerzy Dyczynski and Angela Rudhart-Dycynski, whose 25-year-old daughter Fatima was a passenger: Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe couple, who live in Australia, crossed the territory held by rebels to reach the wreckage. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOn Saturday, Australian Prime Minsiter Tony Abbott said there are still human remains at the crash site. He told reporters that 190 Australian police would join a large-scale Dutch operation to secure the remains and help the investigation, stressing that it would be a humanitarian mission.However, a day later, plans to visit the site were scrapped over security concerns.Alexander Hug, deputy chief monitor of the Organization for Security and Cooperation commented: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has called on the Ukrainian president to ask forces to halt hostilities in the area.However the Ukrainian military confirmed that violence is still raging today, with pockets of insurgents continuing to fire on Ukrainian positions in nearby towns.- With additional reporting from AFP.Read: MH17 black boxes show crash caused by rocket shrapnel, says Ukrainian official>Read: Downing of flight MH17 ‘may amount to a war crime’> There is fighting not far from here. We can hear shelling in the distance. #MH17— Nazanine Moshiri (@nazaninemoshiri) July 29, 2014 Source: ZURAB DHZAVAKHADZE/ITAR-TASSTWELVE DAYS AFTER the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down, international authorities still have not been able to get to the crash site to facilitate an investigation aimed at finding out exactly what happened on that day 298 people lost their lives.Plans to send Dutch and Australian authorities to the area have been scrapped for a third time today and many of the victims’ remains still have not been even been removed from the site and returned home.So, what’s holding it all up?The area where the Malaysian Airlines flight came down in Ukraine is near the Russian border, where there have been raging battles between Ukranian forces and pro-Russian rebels. Over 1,000 people have been killed in the fighting since it kicked off in mid-April.In the first 24 hours after the plane was shot down over Ukranian airspace, pro-Russian separatists who are controlling the area pledged to allow international investigators onto the site, as both sides sought to blame one another for bringing it down. Two days after the disaster, separatists forces were blocking access to the site for Ukranian investigators and international observers.Bodies recovered from the site were initially removed by rebels to an unknown location but a deal was later reached to hand over remains to the Netherlands. Rebels also agreed to give the plane’s black boxes to Malaysia. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesLast Friday, a small group of Dutch and Australian investigators were sent to the site, accompanied by observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.However there was no large-scale deployment of experts or security personnel and the site today remains largely unsecured. Counted 82 bodies at #MH17 site. Some in body bags by the side of the road. Others decomposing in the heat. Parts being shoveled into sacks.— max seddon (@maxseddon) July 19, 2014 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThough some work was done in the first couple of days to mark out bodies and recover the black boxes, reports from the scene indicated the operation was sloppy at best. Source: Nazanine Moshiri/Twitter Source: max seddon/Twitterlast_img read more

Quand Google fait la chasse à la pubQuand Google fait la chasse à la pub

first_imgQuand Google fait la chasse à la pubComme cela avait été annoncé il y a quelques temps, Google vient de modifier son algorithme de recherche, pénalisant ainsi les sites affichant trop de publicité. C’est Matt Cutts, à la tête du service anti-spam de Google, qui a confirmé la mise en place de ce nouvel algorithme: “Si vous cliquez sur un site et que la partie du site que vous voyez en premier n’a pas beaucoup de contenu visible ou réserve une part importante de la surface de l’écran aux publicités, ce n’est pas une très bonne chose pour le visiteur. Ces sites pourraient ne pas être aussi bien positionnés dans les résultats de recherche à l’avenir”.Ce changement ne devrait cependant affecter qu’un peu moins d’1% des recherches. En revanche, il fait partie des 500 améliorations de Google prévues pour l’année 2012.Reste que ça pourrait ne pas être une bonne nouvelle pour les sites qui tirent leur revenu principal de la publicité, comme les blogs ou les sites de médias. Ce sont justement les publicités situées au dessus de “la ligne de flottaison”, évoquée par Matt Cutts, en haut de la page qui rapportent le plus. Surtout à Google Adsens…À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette déclaration reste tout de même un peu floue. Car, après tout, à partir de quel niveau le placement de publicité en haut de page n’est plus acceptable ? Et qu’en est-il des sites qui affichent des images en haut de l’écran ? L’algorithme sera-t-il capable de faire la différence ? On sait déjà que seules les publicités fixes seront prises en compte, y compris les vidéos, les images et les animations Flash.Comme avec Panda, Google analyse l’ensemble du site. S’il ne correspond pas aux critères, c’est l’ensemble du site qui peut être pénalisé.Google a d’ailleurs mis en vidéo quelques conseils pour intégrer la publicité dans un site sans crainte. Conseil principale: ne pas saturer la zone supérieure de la page.Enfin, il semble intéressant de remarquer que, la plupart du temps, les premiers résultats d’une recherche sont des publicités Google Adsense. Faudrait-il que le nouvel algorithme pénalise Google ? Le 26 janvier 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Court of Appeal rules that shared parental and maternity leaves are notCourt of Appeal rules that shared parental and maternity leaves are not

first_imgThe Court of Appeal has ruled that male employees taking shared parental leave cannot be compared to female staff on maternity leave, because new mothers are required to use their time off, in part, to recover from pregnancy and childbirth.The Court of Appeal issued its judgement on Friday 24 May 2019, dismissing appeals in two sex discrimination cases: Ali v Capita Customer Management and The Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police v Anthony Hextall. Both cases questioned whether it is unlawful sex discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 for men to be paid less on shared parental leave than woman on maternity leave.In the case of Ali, he sought to take shared parental leave at the same rate of pay as a female employee would have had if taking the organisation’s enhanced maternity leave.Ali’s employment was transferred from Telefonica to Capita in 2013, therefore his parental leave entitlement was determined by Telefonica’s policies; this dictated that new mothers would receive full pay for the first 14 weeks of their maternity leave and then the lower statutory rate for the remainder. Shared parental leave and pay, on the other hand, mirrored statutory arrangements. Ali argued that this was unlawful direct discrimination on the basis of sex.Hextall’s case regards unlawful indirect discrimination. Hextall is employed as a police constable at Leicestershire Police Force; its maternity policy entitles new mothers to receive 18 weeks of maternity leave at full pay, while the shared parental leave provision is the same as statutory arrangements.Hextall alleged that the policy of only remunerating shared parental leave at the statutory level caused a particular disadvantage to men and was therefore unlawful indirect sex discrimination. The Chief Constable’s cross appeal asserted, however, that Hextall’s claim is one for equal terms.The Court of Appeal dismissed both appeals. It identified that for Ali’s claim to succeed, he must have been treated less favourably than a female employee and the comparison is valid only if there is no material difference between him and the female employee. Ali cannot be compared to a woman on maternity leave, as under the Equality Act, maternity leave is provided to new mothers to assist in their physical and psychological recovery from pregnancy and childbirth. The court labelled a female employee on shared parental leave as the correct comparator, where there is no difference in pay.That women are afforded special treatment and legal protections to recover after the birth is also why Hextall’s appeal was dismissed.Beverley Sunderland, managing director at Crossland Employment Solicitors, said: “[While] the Court of Appeal decision may at first appear to be very unfair, the practical outcome of it is a positive one. If the court had held that statutory paternity pay should be enhanced for men then the likely outcome would have been [organisations] withdrawing enhanced maternity pay, so that they did not have to match it.“The Court of Appeal has emphasised that maternity leave is not there for the care of the child, but the health and protection of the mother, to deal with the trauma of having a child. It is for this reason that maternity leave can start before the baby is born and why women are able to take maternity leave even in the sad circumstances of them losing the child. Therefore, maternity leave and shared parental leave cannot be compared.“They have accepted the decision of the [Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT)] that it cannot possibly be direct sex discrimination because men and women taking shared parental leave are treated equally.”Khurram Shamsee, partner and head of employment team, London at DAC Beachcroft, added: “The business impact of this case is limited, as most employers have taken a ‘wait and see’ approach pending this decision. I am surprised that the courts allowed these cases to get this far as, in my view, the merits of the claims were questionable.“Consider for a moment if the judgment had gone in their favour, and men were entitled to the same terms on shared parental pay as women are on maternity pay. It could have brought about the unintended consequence of employers making the business decision to shift away from offering enhanced maternity pay packages and scaling back towards the statutory minimum. Clearly such a consequence would be contrary to the intention of introducing shared parental leave, namely to allow for both parents to juggle their childcare and work commitments in a more flexible way.”last_img read more

ITDA Governing Body meeting held CollectorITDA Governing Body meeting held Collector

first_imgKhammam: A website for giving details on developmental and welfare activities of Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Bhadrachalam would be launched soon, District Collector Rajat Kumar Saini said on Tuesday. He was addressing the ITDA Governing Body meeting here on Tuesday. The meeting was the first one to be held after the creation of new districts and after a gap of 35 months. Effective measures to take the benefits of the welfare schemes being implemented by the State government to the beneficiaries at grassroots level would be made. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us There was a need for teamwork among the officials to achieve this, the Collector said. The issues raised by the elected representatives would be listed in the minutes of the meeting (MoM) and due action would be taken to address them. The copies of the MoM would be sent to the concern legislators, Saini added. The Collector and the ITDA Project Officer VP Gautham explained the development activities being carried out by different departments. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Legislators and elected members of local bodies raised many issues related to development and welfare of tribals and wanted steps to resolve them.ZP chairpersons K Kanakaiah, L Kamalraj and A Bindu of Kothagudem, Khammam and Mahabubabad, MP M Kavitha, MLCs B Lakshminarayana and A Narsi Reddy, MLAs V Venkateswar Rao, R Kantha Rao, P Veeraiah and others were present.last_img read more

Hurricane Harvey Health Study Looks At Chemical Exposure During The StormHurricane Harvey Health Study Looks At Chemical Exposure During The Storm

first_imgCourtesy of Baylor College of MedicineAfter many environmental disasters, scientists test the water and soil to look for unsafe chemicals. But with Hurricane Harvey, researchers took an extra step and decided to test people.More than 150 Houstonians participated in a Oregon State University, Baylor College of Medicine and UTHealth study, by wearing high-tech wristbands that can detect over 1,000 chemicals. Courtesy of Baylor College of MedicineParticipants wore the wristbands continuously for seven days.Diana Rohlman, a researcher at Oregon State University, said of the 183 chemicals they found, there were seven they haven’t seen in other similar studies.“What we don’t know right now is,” Rohlman said, “is that just unique to Houston, being a metropolis? Or is that unique to the hurricane? So as we continue doing analysis we can start to answer those questions.” Friedhelm Luening’s home flooded after Harvey when water was released from the reservoirs. He and his wife participated in the study, hoping to learn more about any potential health risks. “I mean, we had been sloshing through the water for two weeks almost before it went down,” Luening said. “What’s in there?” Participants wore the wristband for seven days. Researchers said they’re still analyzing whether the exposure levels were dangerous.“We know disasters are going to keep happening,” Rohlman said. “The question is always, what are people being exposed to? What concerns do we have? How can we better prepare?” Researchers presented an update on their findings during a Hurricane Harvey health symposium at Baylor College of Medicine. Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition Monday Dec 8Tonight AFROs First Edition Monday Dec 8

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: will be the plight of the once moribund billion-dollar State Center Project in West Baltimore under the eminent gubernatorial administration of Larry Hogan? We’ll talk about the plight of State Center, Maryland’s GOP convention over the weekend in Turf Valley and other topics during our political round table discussion with the AFRO‘s Roberto Alejandro, Fox 45 investigative producer Stephen Janis and others this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Mysterious sharp symmetric features detected around young double starMysterious sharp symmetric features detected around young double star

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Planetary influences on young stellar disks (—An international team of astronomers, led by Markus Janson of Stockholm University in Sweden, has discovered mysterious sharp symmetric features around young double star, named AK Sco. The discovery is baffling scientists as they are still unsure about the nature of these features, pondering the possibilities that they are highly eccentric rings or two separate spiral arms in the disk around the star. Moreover, these features may have been caused by circumbinary planets interacting with the disk. The results were published on Dec. 14 in the arXiv journal. AK Sco, located about 460 light years from Earth, is a spectroscopic binary star in the Upper Centaurus–Lupus (UCL) stellar association. It is a relatively young system, at least in astronomical terms, as scientists estimate it to be from 10 to 20 million years old. Spectroscopic binaries are systems in which the stars are so close together that they appear as a single star even in a telescope. The only evidence of a binary star comes from the Doppler effect on its emitted light. Periodic Doppler shifts of the wavelengths of lines are seen in the spectrum, as the stars move through their orbits.Janson and his colleagues made the discovery using the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT), located in Chile. The observations were conducted in April 2015 as a part of the Search for Planets Orbiting Two Stars (SPOTS) program. The scientists made use of the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet Research (SPHERE) instrument recently installed on VLT. SPHERE is a powerful planet finder and its objective is to detect and study new giant exoplanets orbiting nearby stars using a method known as direct imaging.Detecting the sharp features in near-infrared imaging of AK Sco’s disk was a surprise for the scientists as they expected to find rather exoplanets in the neighborhood. However, what they found, might not be planets at all.”We report the discovery of resolved scattered light emission from the circumbinary disk around the well-studied young double star AK Sco. The sharp morphology of the imaged feature is surprising, given the smooth appearance of the disk in its spectral energy distribution,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.They researchers have noticed that the central binary star has a semi-major axis of approximately 0.16 astronomical units or AU and that the disk appears to have a gap with an inner rim at 0.58 AU. The images of AK Sco obtained by the SPHERE instrument reveal that the system has ‘arms’ extending from each side of the central star almost symmetrically. The scientists also found out that these features constitute scattered radiation from off-axis material in the circumbinary disk.The mysterious sharp features could represent an eccentric ring of material surrounding a gap. The scientists note that such structures are often found in disks that contain rings of material with gaps inside them. However, other observations conducted by ESO’s Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) don’t support this theory.Another explanation taken into account by Janson and his colleagues is that these structures are spiral arms that could be induced through gravitational instability or through the influence of a planet or binary companion. These two spiral arms are wound in opposite directions—one unwinding clockwise and the other counter-clockwise. But the fact that the features are so apparently symmetric, speaks against this hypothesis.What is worth noticing, either of these scenarios mentioned earlier, may point to circumbinary exoplanets in the disk. The features could be created by one or several planets interacting with the disk.Whichever proposed theory is true, the authors of the paper highlight the importance of the new generation adaptive optics systems – like this installed on the SPHERE instrument – in the search of disks around stars. They hope that these features will detected more often in near future as a result of implementing new technology of observations. SPHERE high-contrast images of AK Sco. All images show the two arms of the disk discussed in the paper. Credit: Markus Janson et al. 2015 © 2015 More information: Detection of Sharp Symmetric Features in the Circumbinary Disk Around AK Sco, arXiv:1512.04552 [astro-ph.SR] Search for Planets Orbiting Two Stars (SPOTS) survey aims to study the formation and distribution of planets in binary systems by detecting and characterizing circumbinary planets and their formation environments through direct imaging. With the SPHERE Extreme Adaptive Optics instrument, a good contrast can be achieved even at small (<300 mas) separations from bright stars, which enables studies of planets and disks in a separation range that was previously inaccessible. Here, we report the discovery of resolved scattered light emission from the circumbinary disk around the well-studied young double star AK Sco, at projected separations in the ~13—40 AU range. The sharp morphology of the imaged feature is surprising, given the smooth appearance of the disk in its spectral energy distribution. We show that the observed morphology can be represented either as a highly eccentric ring around AK Sco, or as two separate spiral arms in the disk, wound in opposite directions. The relative merits of these interpretations are discussed, as well as whether these features may have been caused by one or several circumbinary planets interacting with the disk. Citation: Mysterious sharp symmetric features detected around young double star (2015, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Can Central America business sectors speak as one voice during Obama visitCan Central America business sectors speak as one voice during Obama visit

first_imgNo related posts. Some 170 business leaders from Central American Integration System (SICA) member countries will meet Friday at the Antigua Aduana facilities in downtown San José for three panel discussions coordinated by the INCAE Business School and the Inter-American Development Bank.The meetings, taking place in the context of the visit by U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday and Saturday, will address development, energy, commerce logistics and regional trade integration.The event resumes Saturday with discussions about the role of young people in economic development. The panels’ conclusions will be delivered to Obama and his Central American colleagues.But what can the region’s business sector expect from Obama’s visit? The outlook is not that positive, as the answer mostly depends on the region’s capacity to establish a unified and solid investment option for U.S. firms. Some analysts believe that instead, the issues of security and immigration will dominate discussion during the two-day presidential summit.At an early stage in the Obama administration, Vice President Joe Biden indicated what the region could expect in terms of relations with the U.S.: During a visit to Costa Rica in 2009, Biden said the Obama administration would mark “an era of new relationships with Central America.” But in several speeches, Biden was clear in emphasizing that he “came to listen with a tightly closed wallet.”For the U.S. vice president, economic recovery in the United States “was the best way to collaborate with the region.”Obama is still fighting to bring the U.S. economy back from the crisis that struck in 2008. His administration has no specific regional initiatives, and Latin America was not the focus of either of his presidential campaigns, beyond TV spots in Spanish to secure the Latino vote.But Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González said in an interview with the daily La Nación that cooperation from the U.S. could increase “as long as the region can offer a solid business platform.”Obama’s brief appearance at Saturday’s meeting with regional business leaders can be considered mostly a goodwill gesture, and a way to denote that the U.S. is regaining interest in the region as a possible workforce provider for U.S. firms. Whether that happens under fair labor conditions, or in a sweatshop scheme – as some believe – remains to be seen.The U.S. is still the main export destination for all the countries in the region. Central American exports to the United States in 2011 totaled $8.9 billion, increasing to $9.8 billion last year, which represents 33.3 percent of the region’s total exports in 2012, according to the Central American Economic Integration Secretariat.Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo said earlier this week that “what the United States is looking for, and what we, too, are looking for, is how to find spaces in Costa Rica and the region for U.S. companies to invest.” But he added that, “The government’s role is to facilitate opportunities, but private businesses are responsible for taking the next step and investing.”That means infrastructure, logistics and technology initiatives must be prioritized in order for regional firms to become an appealing option for U.S. companies.On Thursday, Castillo said that although “it is customary to sign agreements during summits or international meetings, in this case there will not be any signing of documents or declarations. It is, above all, an exploratory meeting.”The minister added that “it’s up to each country to comply with the recommendations and conclusions of the meetings.”Local interestsA unified agenda seems an unlikely scenario for Saturday’s meeting, as Central American countries seem more interested in pushing for mostly local-oriented goals – particularly security and immigration reform.The three countries comprising the “Northern Triangle” (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) will emphasize requests for direct aid from Washington to fight drug trafficking. They also are likely to push for approval of immigration reform in the U.S., a key political goal for the Obama administration.As El Salvador’s president, Mauricio Funes, said earlier this week, “We are going to see what the U.S. can do to reduce levels of crime and drug trafficking in Central America, and after that, we’ll see what else the U.S. can do to support our economies.”Meanwhile, the main goals for the southern part of the region, mostly Costa Rica and Panama, will be trade and investment, as well as development of clean energy.Costa Rican trade officials will focus on asking for U.S. support for the country’s entry into the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).“We will ask President Obama and his officials to support the growing participation of Costa Rica in the global economic scenario,” Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González said at a press conference on Tuesday.González added that access to the OECD would help Costa Rica become an agent in the region to promote principles such as democracy, law, fair competition and economic opportunities.On the TPP agreement, González stressed that it is a commercial forum that Costa Rica is interested in joining to “connect to an axis of very strong economic growth in the world.”The TPP involves negotiations between the United States, Japan, Brunei, Malaysia, Chile, Peru, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Canada and Mexico, which comprise nearly one-third of the global gross domestic product.“This alliance seeks to establish a free trade area with modern rules for the promotion of competitiveness and global value chains, and this is very important for Costa Rica,” González said.Honduras’ goals for the meeting are mostly focused on the drug fight and immigration reform, as President Porfirio Lobo told local media. The Honduran entourage consists of a group of ministers and only three representatives from the business sector.Earlier this week, Lobo said he would “formally ask” Obama for true immigration reform that favors the more than 60,000 Hondurans living in the United States under Temporary Protected Status.Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina also said that immigration reform is the topic that most interests him during the meeting with Obama.Nicaraguan President of the Superior Council of Private Enterprises (COSEP) José Adán Aguerri told local media that the Nicaraguan delegation would propose the construction of a gas pipeline across the isthmus.Currently, generation of each kilowatt of electricity costs an average of 17-18 cents in Central America, COSEP said. A gas pipeline would drop that cost to 7-8 cents. That would make the region more competitive as electricity rates would decrease, which foreign firms often have requested from local governments across the region.Aguerri noted that Nicaragua’s initiative already has the support of the other countries in the region, which would likely mean approval of its inclusion in the proposal to be presented at the presidents’ meeting.Despite all this, regional business leaders on Saturday cannot expect an approach like Kennedy’s Alliance for Progress if they are not willing to offer in return a secure investment environment and serious improvement in infrastructure. One figure remains telling: This year, the Obama administration requested a cut in aid to Central America that if approved would drop regional aid from $100 million to $86 million. Not a good start for a new partnership. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Police forcibly remove migrants from FrenchItalian borderPolice forcibly remove migrants from FrenchItalian border

first_imgCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories A migrant is removed by Italian police at the Franco-Italian border near Menton, southeastern France, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Some 150 migrants, principally from Eritrea and Sudan, have been trying since last Friday to cross the border from Italy but have been blocked by French and Italian police. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) VENTIMIGLIA, Italy (AP) — Police at Italy’s Mediterranean border with France forcibly removed a few dozen African migrants who have been camping out for days in hopes of continuing their journeys farther north, a violent scene Italy is using to show that Europe needs to do something about the migrant crisis.Some migrants held onto signposts and others tried to resist being loaded onto a Red Cross bus brought in to clear them from the Ventimiglia border crossing. Migrants on the rocks jutting out into the sea were left alone, with police apparently unwilling to move into a more treacherous location. 0 Comments   Share   The migrants, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea, have been camped out for five days after French border police refused to let them cross. They have refused to leave, saying they want to continue to find family members further north.Italian Interior Minster Angelino Alfano, arriving Tuesday at an EU interior ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg, said the scenes from Ventimiglia were a “slap in the face to Europe” and proof that migrants don’t want to stay in Italy.Italy, which has borne the brunt of rescuing migrants at sea and providing initial assistance, is demanding that other European countries take in the migrants and let them apply for asylum elsewhere.Under EU rules, would-be refugees arriving in Italy from Libya are supposed to be fingerprinted and apply for asylum here since it’s the first EU country where they land. Many new migrants, however, prefer to slip through Italy without being officially registered so they can head to destinations further north where they might find better job opportunities while their asylum claims are processed.The French Interior Ministry has reinforced border controls over the past few weeks due to an influx of migrants. Austria also increased its border surveillance, though those measures ended Monday. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Working against the best gon make It easy once regWorking against the best gon make It easy once reg

first_imgWorking against the best gon make It easy once regular season comes around @P2 ✊🏾— Brice Butler (@Brice_Butler) August 1, 2018 Top Stories – / 26 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires On going against Peterson in practice: “Me and Pat came out of high school at the same time, played in the All-American game together on the same team, so I’ve been knowing Pat for a while. I think he has to be the best guy as far as shutdown guy in the league. I’ve seen him give dudes fits on the field. Just being able to go against him and see why. You know, he’s a guy that has a lot of different techniques … he can do it all. When you line up against him, you have to be urgent and assertive and know what you’re doing. He wants you to think.“I’ve had my wins against him but it isn’t easy.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Butler was vocal about his desire to be a regular option on his way out of Dallas and now has an opportunity to fight for the No. 2 receiver role alongside Larry Fitzgerald.After signing a two-year deal with the Cardinals, he’s only thinking about the future ahead, using that hunger to produce more than doubters expect.“My plans are to catch balls,” Butler said.QuotableButler on playing with Fitzgerald: “It’s been good man, being able to be in the locker room with Larry. He’s a complete package as an NFL player. He exhausts all his platform on the field and off.“It’s hard not to like him. Good guy, he practices hard. He’s older but he still takes all the reps that he’s supposed to take. Off the field, I always joke with him, I call him The Mayor, you know, ’cause he can pretty much be the mayor if he wanted to be — or the next president if he wanted to be. I don’t know how America would like a guy with dreads though.”On fitting in his golf hobby with his new teammates like cornerback Patrick Peterson and Fitzgerald: “I’ve been playing with them a lot. Those guys are a lot better than I thought they were. Obviously, I didn’t live here so I didn’t know how much golf was so much of the culture here, and now I know why those dudes are good. So I’m working on my game. I beat Pat once. Me and Pat are even, Larry has gotten me pretty much every time we’ve played ’cause Larry be trying to — he be sandbagging.” Outside of University of Phoenix Stadium, there’s little optimism about the Arizona Cardinals’ receiver group.Pro Football Focus ranked the Cardinals 31st of 32 NFL teams in its receiver preseason preview for 2018. Expectations are that running back David Johnson could be the second best receiving threat behind receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and some might stretch to say second-year tight end Ricky Seals-Jones is the third. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Unsurprisingly, Cardinals receivers have more confidence that there’s talent in the room.“When you got a very extensive coordinator like Mike McCoy and great quarterbacks like we have, there is no limit to what we can do,” free agent signee Brice Butler told Bickley & Marotta Friday on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “All of us are hungry players. I’ve been in the league a while but I haven’t felt like I got my fair shake. If I get that opportunity here, I’ll definitely take advantage of it.“We got guys like Chad (Williams), that second-year player coming from a small school (Grambling State) that’s ready to step up and do his thing as well. We got Greg Little, a guy who’s been out the league a couple years who’s hungry to get back in,” Butler added, listing off rookies Christian Kirk and Trent Sherfield as well. “We got a lot of guys that are hungry.”Related LinksBrice Butler ready to no longer be a ‘pinch-hitter’ with CardinalsPro Football Focus doesn’t believe in the Cardinals’ receiver roomCardinals LB Deone Bucannon to have MRI on hyperextended kneeCardinals DC Al Holcomb stressing importance of missed opportunitiesButler might be more hungry than most.The 28-year-old spent his first two NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders and then played for the Dallas Cowboys from 2015-17. Last season, he posted a career-best 317 yards on just 15 receptions over 13 games. He scored three touchdowns and had 10 first downs on those catches. 1 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more