La NouvelleÉcosse lance le traitement électronique de la plupart des demandes dimmigration

first_imgÀ compter d’aujourd’hui, 17 décembre, la plupart des immigrants potentiels en Nouvelle-Écosse peuvent faire une demande d’immigration au moyen d’un nouveau système en ligne. « Le traitement électronique est plus pratique pour les candidats puisqu’il leur fournit une rétroaction immédiate concernant un dossier incomplet, souligne la ministre de l’Immigration, Lena Metlege Diab. Le nouveau système accélérera la préparation de leur demande et réduira le fardeau des dossiers papier. » L’Office de l’immigration de la Nouvelle-Écosse continuera d’accepter des demandes en format papier au titre de ses volets d’immigration jusqu’à la fin de juin 2016. La Province apporte aussi d’autres changements pour administrer plus efficacement le système d’immigration. À compter de maintenant, et ce pour passer à travers tous les dossiers résultant d’une forte demande, la Province arrêtera temporairement d’accepter de nouvelles demandes au titre de son volet Demande de la Nouvelle-Écosse : Entrée express. Les demandes portant la date d’aujourd’hui, le cachet de la poste faisant foi, seront acceptées. Le volet rouvrira plus tard en 2016. L’Office de l’immigration fermera aussi le volet Travailleurs en entreprise familiale à la fin de 2015. Les candidats qui auraient voulu faire une demande au titre de ce volet pourront faire une demande au titre du volet Travailleur qualifié qui a les mêmes critères. La Nouvelle-Écosse a été la première province à lancer les volets Entrée express en janvier 2015. Le quota pour l’Entrée express est presque atteint pour cette année. Le quota du gouvernement fédéral était à l’origine de 350 et il a plus tard été augmenté de 300 pour être porté à 650. En tout, la Nouvelle-Écosse avancera la candidature de 1 350 immigrants au titre du Programme des candidats des provinces en 2015, soit près du double du quota de 700 en 2014.last_img read more

Two women investigated for antiIndigenous comments given conditions by mediation circle

first_imgOPASKWAYAK CREE NATION, Canada — Two Manitoba women arrested over online comments that threatened violence against Indigenous people have been given seven conditions following a mediation circle on a First Nation.The recommendations include sending handwritten apologies to news outlets, 80 hours of community service on a First Nation, and to attend a cultural awareness camp on residential schools.The two women were arrested on suspicion of uttering threats and public incitement of hatred after posts calling for “shoot a Indian day” and another suggesting a “24-hour purge” appeared on Facebook last summer.The comments were quickly condemned by many people and a hair salon in Flin Flon said one of the women who posted was no longer an employee.The women were never formally charged and instead took part in a meditation circle on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.In a news release, the First Nation says if the women don’t accept the conditions they will be referred back to the criminal justice system.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Five get three years in jail for animal cruelty

first_imgMuzaffarnagar (UP), Apr 10 (PTI) A fast-track court in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district has convicted five people of animal cruelty and sentenced them to three years of imprisonment. Fast-track court judge Abid Shamim on Tuesday also slapped a fine of Rs 10,500 on each of the accused — Kapil, Alijan, Ashraf, Yusuf and Tehseen — after holding them guilty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. According to prosecutor Anuj Dhaka, on July 13, 2016, police intercepted a truck during checking and recovered 16 live animals and a dead buffalo at Bhadal in Baghpat, following which a case was registered.last_img read more

Video Sara Netanyahu Cooks Moroccan Dish Advocates for Cannabis Use

Rabat – Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, gave her fans and supporters a lesson in Moroccan cooking while praising the use of medicinal cannabis.In the nine-minute video, posted on Facebook by a fan page under the name “We love Mrs. Sara Netanyahu,” the Prime Minister’s wife prepares Moroccan-style vegetarian meatballs alongside Tal Gilboa, a vegan animal rights activist, and the official advisor for animal affairs.Gilboa asked Netanyahu what she thinks of cannabis. “Cannabis is a very important thing for sick people, for those who suffer,” Netanyahu replies. “There really are people who need cannabis… and medical cannabis is a blessing, and I only hope that as many people as possible can access it,” she added.Netanyahu’s comments come in the wake of new laws being put in place last July by the Israeli Ministry of Health, facilitating access to cannabis medical purposes in Israel.Sara Netanyahu’s son, Yair, recently caused a stir among Moroccans in May after he called on Arabs and Muslims to “free occupied Arab Islamic lands” beginning with Ceuta and Melilla.He posted the statement to his 28,600 Twitter followers, saying “Dear all Arabs and Muslims, Want to free occupied Arab Islamic lands? Here’s a good start!” Attached was a map of the Spanish enclaves in Morocco.The tweet received 1,200 replies, the overwhelming majority disagreeing with the 27-year-old’s statement.Read also: Neymar Accepts Netanyahu’s Invitation to Visit Israel, Angers Fans read more

Hudsons Bay Co reports threefold rise in profit following Kaufhof takeover

Hudson’s Bay Co. has reported a sharp increase in both fourth-quarter and full-year net earnings as the department store group got a big boost from the sale of real estate investments.The company, whose banners include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue among others, said net earnings in the three months ended Jan. 30 was $370 million, or $1.88 per diluted share.That was up from $115 million, or 62 cents per diluted share, in the comparable year-earlier period as the company realized $516 million on the sale of investments in its real estate joint venture.Hudson’s Bay CEO plans to invest US$1.12B in its German chain Kaufhof-HandelsblattInside Canada’s first Saks Fifth Avenue store: Valentino, private jewelry rooms, a Pusateri food hall and moreRevenue soared 70.4 per cent to $4.486 billion from $2.632 billion, primarily as a result of the addition of HBC Europe following the close of its Galeria acquisition last September.On a constant currency basis, HBC said consolidated comparable store sales — an important metric in retail — increased by 1.8 per cent for the quarter and 2.5 per cent for the year.For the full year, net earnings totalled $387 million, up from $233 million in fiscal 2014. Full-year consolidated retail sales were $11.162 billion, up 36 per cent from $8.169 billion, also primarily attributable to the addition of HBC Europe.“The diversity of our banners in terms of geography and consumer segment helped us navigate a challenging retail environment and resulted in 2015 comparable store sales growth of 2.5 per cent on a constant currency basis,” Richard Baker, HBC’s governor and executive chairman, said in a statement accompanying the results.Baker said that with the closing of the Galeria acquisition, the largest department stores in both Germany and Belgium were now part of the HBC family. Meanwhile, the subsequent sale of a portion of the company’s equity in HBS Global Properties was used to delever its balance sheet.“This is just one example of how we are able to utilize our real estate holdings to enhance our financial flexibility,” Baker said. read more

How The Atlanta Falcons Offense Went From Good To Great

The Atlanta Falcons had the NFL’s most explosive offense this season, racking up yards and points with efficiency and balance. As a result, the Falcons are the NFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs, quarterback Matt Ryan is a leading MVP candidate and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is reportedly interviewing for four different head-coach openings.The Falcons led the NFL in many offensive metrics this season, finishing No. 1 in points per game (33.8), yards per play (6.7), per-drive scoring rate (52.6 percent) and Football Outsiders’ offensive DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average).But Ryan, Shanahan, star wideout Julio Jones and the Falcons’ dynamic tailback duo of Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman were all in Atlanta last season, and the Falcons finished below or around the league average in all of those categories.So what has transformed an underperforming offense into the most effective unit in the NFL?Nearly every element that has made the 2016 Falcons offense special was on display in Week 12, when they welcomed a hungry, talented Arizona Cardinals defense. Despite their struggles with consistency, the Cardinals ended up finishing first in sack rate (8.1 percent), second in yards-per-play allowed (4.8), ninth in per-drive scoring rate (32.1 percent) and 10th in per-drive turnover rate (13.0 percent).The Cardinals received the opening kickoff and then drove for a touchdown, putting Ryan and company in a 7-0 hole. How the Falcons offense answered is a microcosm of how it’s dismantled NFL defenses all season long.Anchoring the run gamePerhaps the best free-agent acquisition of the offseason, center Alex Mack — the second-highest rated center in the league, according to Pro Football Focus — has transformed the Falcons’ line, providing a vital boost to the team’s pass protection and run-blocking. And his leadership on the team has set the tone for the Falcons’ young offensive line, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff told me during an August interview on SiriusXM’S “NFL Inside Read.”On Monday, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn called Mack a “real critical factor in what we do and how we play.” That was evident on the second play of the Falcons’ opening drive against the Cardinals in Week 12.On a zone run to the left, Mack (No. 51) engaged and overwhelmed Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell (No. 93). Freeman (No. 24) cut behind Mack’s block and exploded through the opened seam:Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/538_falcons_mack-1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Football Outsiders’ offensive line metrics rank the Falcons 10th in Adjusted Line Yards (4.09), up from 15th (3.82) last season. The balance provided by being able to run the ball is keeping the Atlanta offense on schedule and the chains moving; the Falcons’ run game was third in expected points added (+22.12) this season, up from 31st in 2015 (-62.96).Outstanding receiver playJulio Jones’s raw numbers this season were down from 2015, when he was a first-team All-Pro and led the league with 1,871 yards on 136 catches. But his efficiency is up significantly, and the Atlanta offense has been better for it. During the 2016 regular season, Ryan targeted Jones on 24.2 percent of his pass attempts, down from his force-fed 33.1 percent rate in 2015. The effectiveness of new receivers Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel, plus the continued impact of Freeman and Coleman out of the backfield, means that the entire Atlanta offense doesn’t have to run through Jones anymore. With Jones free to concentrate on beating defenses deep, his yards per catch exploded from a career-low 13.8 last season to 17.0. That’s Jones’s highest mark since his rookie season (17.8), when he was a high-powered complement to veteran No. 1 Roddy White.Ryan’s accuracy and ball placement haven’t been markedly better this season than in the past, as Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus wrote, but his receivers are getting open more often and catching the ball much more reliably.Gabriel (1st), Jones (2nd) and Sanu (34th) all rank among the top 35 receivers in DVOA, reflecting the per-play value each delivered on passes thrown their way. But Ryan’s collection of weapons is so robust that even down-roster players make big contributions. On the opening drive against Arizona in Week 12, rotational wideout Justin Hardy made a spectacular catch that turned an incomplete pass into a 27-yard gain:Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/538_falcons_hardy.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Dictating matchupsBut watch the Hardy catch again: The tight end goes in motion right, then turns around and sprints out to the left flat. The offensive line sells a zone run to the right, only for Ryan to sell a play fake and roll back to the left. Hardy’s two-move route takes him with the run action, then upfield, then back out to move with the quarterback.All-Pro Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson should have no problem covering a fourth-string wideout one-on-one, but his eyes are checking on the run action. By the time he gets his head around and watches Hardy make a second move, there’s too much separation for Peterson to recover. Ryan puts it high, and Hardy makes an outstanding catch.Throughout the drive, Shanahan uses motion, spread formations, bunch formations and varied personnel packages. Sanu lines up outside, inside — even as a Wildcat quarterback, fooling a linebacker with a read-option keeper:Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/538_falcons_sanu_b.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Any offensive coordinator can install a bunch of goofy looks and pre-snap window dressing. But Shanahan is dictating matchups and getting players open.Aggressive coachingThe 11-play touchdown drive (discounting a defensive penalty on the Cardinals’ 2-yard line) seems like a master class on how to execute a scripted game plan against a stout defense.But the Falcons’ offense did fail at one point in the drive. Peterson sniffed out a screen to Freeman on a 2nd-and-4 play from the Arizona 44, and on the next play, Coleman was stopped three yards short of the sticks.A 4th-and-3 in opponent territory? Other NFL head coaches might punt the ball away and surrender possession, but Quinn went for it. Shanahan dialed up a rub route, and Sanu made a drive-saving catch.The Wall Street Journal named Quinn the fourth-most-aggressive head coach of 2016, factoring in fourth-down decisions, play-calling and special-teams decisions. By pressing his talent and scheme advantage, Quinn is maximizing his chances of winning.It’s not just that Ryan has cut his interceptions down this season, from his career rate of 2.4 percent to 1.3 percent. It’s not just that the offensive line is playing much better, receiver depth is dramatically improved or that the coaches are getting optimal results from the available talent. It’s all of these factors coming together to challenge NFL defenses on every front — and make the Falcons look as ready as anybody to make a Super Bowl run.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Radio 4 controller quits saying my goal has been to keep the

“My goal has been to keep the station intelligent and to build audiences by smartening up not dumbing down, making sure Radio 4 is the place to come for greater understanding, particularly in these turbulent times. In a statement revealing her announcement, Gwyneth Williams said: “I have had eight wonderful years running Radio 4, a national treasure at the very heart of the BBC’s public service purpose. The controller of BBC Radio 4 has announced she is leaving the corporation after eight years in the role having insisted her goal was to “keep the station intelligent” and  “not dumb down”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I have worked with remarkable people throughout my career and none more so than my tiny, hard-working and… read more

Poll Neknominations Dangerous craze or just plain stupid

first_img I don’t know. (2998) It’s a worry, and sets a dangerous example for young people.People have been knocking back pints for centuries — it’s fine.It’s just stupid — people doing it look ridiculous and immature.I don’t know.Vote CONCERNS ARE BEING raised over a new alcohol-related social media craze. Kind of a modern-day chain letter — ‘neknominations’ involve people chugging back an alcoholic drink, posting the video on social media, and then nominating two friends to follow suit and do the same.Alcohol Action Ireland says the new trend is a threat to the health and wellbeing of young people in Ireland, and further promotes “harmful binge drinking”.The issue’s begun to receive more widespread media attention in Ireland today, after the craze was initially picked up on earlier this month.So what do you think of ‘neknomination’? It’s just stupid — people doing it look ridiculous and immature. (3125) Poll Results: People have been knocking back pints for centuries — it’s fine. (1653) It’s a worry, and sets a dangerous example for young people. (462)last_img read more

Widespread relief as garda strike called off at the 11th hour

first_img Nov 4th 2016, 7:58 AM By Garreth MacNamee Friday 4 Nov 2016, 7:58 AM Share66 Tweet Email Widespread relief as garda strike called off at the 11th hour The GRA will now ballot its members on recommendations from the Labour Court. Image: Sam Boal http://jrnl.ie/3062514 THERE WAS RELIEF on all sides this morning as the unprecedented garda strike was called off at the last minute.Late-night talks ended with the GRA narrowly agreeing to defer their action.The vote passed with 20 members of the Central Executive Committee voting in favour with 17 against.Recommendations from the Labour Court will now be put the membership of each body for a vote.The AGSI voted unanimously to ballot members.President Antoinette Cunningham said: 18,774 Views Short URL Image: Sam Boal Its approach to the gardaí pay issue was to put its head into the sand and hope that the GRA and AGSI were bluffing.“The government only allowed the two representative bodies into the workplace relations framework two days ago.“This issue has been simmering for years.“Lansdowne Road is slowly falling apart, and something is needed to replace it.”Read: Melania Trump caught plagiarising again, but this time she’s gone for one of her husband’s ex-wives >Read: Revenue sheriff suing RTÉ and plumber for defamation on Gerry Ryan Show > 55 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A fundamental and historic wrong has been put right tonight as a direct result of the sustained four-year AGSI campaign to gain access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.“This has always been a key part of our commitment to members and that commitment intensified in recent weeks.”Measures which will be put to members include a €500 increase in rent allowance.Gardaí will also be paid for what are known as pre-tour briefings, a 15 minute handover between shifts.It is expected that this will be worth just under €1,500 a year to officers. Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan speaks to the media regarding the possible strike by the GRA. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieTánaiste Frances Fitzgerald said she hopes that the recommendations put forward will solve the industrial dispute.She said: “I welcome the GRA’s decision to request its members to report for duty tomorrow in order to ensure that a full policing service is provided.“I want to thank the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court for the invaluable role they have played in securing progress in this matter.”ConcernFianna Fáil justice spokesman, Jim O’Callaghan, welcomed the late night deferral.He said: “I am very pleased that tomorrow’s threatened garda strike has been postponed and I commend tonight’s decisions of the GRA and AGSI.“The prospect of this Garda strike caused deep concern throughout our community. The Irish public should never again be put in a position where they are exposed to the risk of losing garda protection.”CrisisSinn Féin TD David Cullinane echoed O’Callaghan’s comments and said the situation should never have been allowed to develop.He added: “This government has once again slept-walked into a crisis.last_img read more

Aspartame lAnses ne prévoit aucune réévaluation

first_imgAspartame : l’Anses ne prévoit aucune réévaluationL’Agence de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation (Anses) a fait savoir qu’une réévaluation de l’aspartame au plan toxicologique n’est pas prévue, malgré deux études publiées récemment qui incriminent cette substance. Il y a quelques semaines, deux nouvelles études mettaient en cause l’aspartame, accusé de provoquer des accouchements prématurés ainsi que des cancers. Plusieurs acteurs du monde de la santé demandaient alors une réévalution de la Dose journalière admissible (DJA) d’aspartame, une requête refusée par l’Anses qui explique alors qu’il n’existe pas de “base scientifique suffisante” pour lancer un tel processus. A l’heure actuelle, la DJA européenne est fixée à 40mg/kg de poids corporel.À lire aussiAspartame : l’Anses publiera ses réponses fin 2011-début 2012Ainsi, l’étude de Morando Soffritti qui montrait un lien entre cancers du foie et du poumon chez les souris consommant de l’aspartame a été rejetée par l’Anses qui a évoqué des “déficiences méthodologiques” ne permettant pas la transposition de ces résultats chez l’homme. Concernant l’étude mettant en cause la consommation de sodas contenant de l’aspartame dans plusieurs accouchements prématurés, le lien de cause à effet n’a pas été clairement établi d’après l’Anses qui demande  à ce que les résultats soient confirmés. Pour autant, l’Agence de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation ne ferme pas les yeux sur un possible danger et a demandé la mise en place d’un groupe de travail sur le sujet afin d'”approfondir les enjeux toxicologiques des édulcorants dans le cadre de la réglementation européenne en vigueur”, en accord avec l’Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments.Le 16 mars 2011 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les premières étoiles tournaient des centaines de fois plus vite que notre

first_imgLes premières étoiles tournaient des centaines de fois plus vite que notre SoleilDes astrophysiciens suisses ont analysé la teneur en certains éléments lourds d’étoiles très anciennes de notre galaxie. Ils en déduisent que les toutes premières étoiles géantes, dont elles sont issues, avaient une vitesse de rotation énorme. De leur observation, grâce au VLT (le télescope géant européen situé au Chili), de huit étoiles de NGC 6522, le plus vieil amas stellaire de la galaxie âgé d’au moins 12 milliards d’années, Cristina  Chiappini et ses collègues de l’Observatoire de Genève déduisent que les plus anciennes étoiles de l’Univers tournaient sur elles-mêmes à au moins… 500 kilomètres par seconde, soit 250 fois plus vite que notre Soleil !Les huit étoiles étudiées, dites de deuxième génération, sont constituées de matériaux de  “recyclage” issus de la désintégration d’étoiles ultra-massives plus anciennes, dites de première génération, formées quelques centaines de millions d’années seulement après le Big Bang. Analyser la concentration en métaux lourds (strontium et yttrium, en l’occurrence) des étoiles 2G nous renseigne donc sur celle des étoiles 1G.Leurs taux étonnamment hauts relevés indiquent aux chercheurs qu’au sein ces anciennes étoiles, la “capture de neutrons lents” par des noyaux atomiques (ou processus S) – qui débouche sur la formation de ces métaux lourds – était probablement très intense. Or, en faisant se mélanger les différentes couches de l’étoile et en favorisant ainsi ces réactions nucléaires, une vitesse de rotation très élevée multiplie par 10.000 l’efficacité de ce processus S. D’où la déduction des chercheurs.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAUn paramètre qui sera à inclure – après confirmation par des études complémentaires – dans les modèles de formation des étoiles de première génération, pour lesquelles un calcul théorique admet par ailleurs une vitesse de rotation de 800 kilomètres par seconde.   Le 15 mai 2011 à 18:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

18yearold YouTube star McSkillet identified as McLaren driver in fatal I805 crash

first_img August 24, 2018 FacebookTwitter Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents Posted: August 24, 2018 , Dan Plante, KUSI Newsroom, , Dan Plante, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A YouTube star known as “McSkillet” was identified as the the wrong-way driver involved in a crash on Interstate 805 that killed two other people, including a twelve-year-old girl, police said Friday.18-year-old Trevor “McSkillet” Heitmann was driving a black McLaren 650S the wrong direction on northbound I-805 at a high rate of speed when the car struck a 2010 Hyundai SUV traveling northbound on I-805 near La Jolla Village Drive, killing two people and causing a fiery pileup in the Miramar area, officials said Friday.The series of collisions involving as many as five vehicles — two of which wound up ablaze — occurred on the northbound side of the freeway near Miramar Road shortly after 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol.The McLaren driver, a 43-year-old woman driving the Hyundai and 12- year-old girl riding in the Hyundai died at the scene, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. The names of the victims were held pending family notification.One person was taken to a hospital for treatment of serious but non- life-threatening trauma, CHP public affairs Officer Jake Sanchez said.Northbound traffic was diverted off I-805 at the La Jolla Village Drive exit until two right lanes were reopened around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Doerr said. All northbound lanes at La Jolla Village Drive were reopened around 2:30 a.m.The circumstances leading up to the McLaren driver traveling in the wrong direction on I-805 remain under investigation.Around 30 minutes before the crash, a motorist smashed through a gate at Ashley Falls Elementary School in the Carmel Valley area before speeding off, according to San Diego police.Witnesses reported seeing the driver of a black sports car slam through the gate, get out of the car, smash a window on a school building and speed out of the campus parking lot.CHP officers were at the school Thursday, but officials did not say whether the two incidents were connected. Updated: 10:45 PM 18-year-old YouTube star ‘McSkillet’ identified as McLaren driver in fatal I-805 crashlast_img read more

Independent body rules Deliveroo riders are not entitled to holiday pay and

first_imgThe Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) has ruled that motorbike and bicycle riders at online food ordering and delivery organisation Deliveroo are self-employed and are not entitled to be represented by a trade union, receive holiday pay or be paid the national minimum wage.The case, which was brought by the trade union Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) against RooFoods, the owners of Deliveroo, involved assessing the employment status of riders who work for Deliveroo after the food delivery organisation refused IWGB’s request for recognition to represent riders.Deliveroo argued that its riders are self-employed contractors rather than limb (b) workers under section 296 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, and are therefore not entitled to collective bargaining rights.The IWGB were seeking to create a bargaining unit for Deliveroo riders working in the designated Camden and Kentish Town area of London. The trade union claimed that more than 50% of the Camden and Kentish Town-based riders petitioned wanted union representation.The CAC found that riders at Deliveroo are not workers within the meaning of the 1992 Act, meaning that the IWGB’s application to represent the riders in Camden and Kentish Town is not accepted. However, the CAC also commented that had it ruled in favour of IWGB, the majority of riders concerned would have supported the trade union’s bid for collective bargaining on issues surrounding pay, hours and holiday.Her Honour Judge Stacey, the panel chair at the CAC, said: “The union has been able to demonstrate considerable and consistent levels of support over the unfortunately long period of this case. […] There are clearly concerns about the precarious nature of the work and the wider debate around the gig economy. From all the information before us, if the riders had been workers within the meaning of [section] 296 of the Act, we would have found that a majority of the riders in the proposed bargaining unit would support the union’s bid for collective bargaining on pay, hours and holiday.“From the industrial relations expertise of the panel for which we were appointed to the CAC, we infer that the support and membership levels demonstrate an appetite and interest in collective bargaining beyond those who have made themselves visible.“Accordingly, the decision of the panel is that the union’s application is not accepted since the riders are not workers within the meaning of [section] 296 [Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act], but in all other respects the acceptance tests have been met by the union.”Dan Warne, managing director for the UK and Ireland at Deliveroo, said: “This is a victory for all riders who have continuously told us that flexibility is what they value most about working with Deliveroo. We welcome the decision of the committee. As we have consistently argued, our riders value the flexibility that self-employment provides. Riders enjoy being their own boss; having the freedom to choose when and where they work, and riding with other delivery [organisations] at the same time.“As set out in our submission to the government’s Taylor Review, we want employment law to be changed so we can provide more security to our riders, such as offering injury pay and sick pay, [while] maintaining the flexibility they value. We want to work with government to update legislation and end the trade off between flexibility and security.”Dr Jason Moyer-Lee, general secretary at the IWGB, added: “Despite the CAC’s finding that a majority of the riders in the bargaining unit would likely support union recognition for the IWGB, it seems that after a series of defeats, finally a so-called gig economy [organisation] has found a way to game the system.“On the basis of a new contract introduced by Deliveroo’s army of lawyers just weeks before the tribunal hearing, the CAC decided that because a rider can have a mate do a delivery for them, Deliveroo’s low paid workers are not entitled to basic protections.”Crowley Woodford, employment partner at Ashurst said: “This decision has come hot off the heels of the game changing Uber decision where drivers were found to be workers. In rejecting the current judicial trend, the CAC has decided that the Deliveroo riders are self-employed and therefore not entitled to union recognition. This will be a significant blow to the unions who are trying to expand their membership within the gig economy by challenging the basis on which such employers engage and use their labour.”last_img read more

Alaska Democrats seek chance for independents to run in party primaries

first_imgThe Alaska Democratic Party voted last year to change its rules to allow independents to run for its nomination for office. But state officials blocked the move.Listen nowNow both sides are in court over the issue.The proposed change would allow the party to support a candidate without having the word “Democratic” appear on the ballot by the candidate’s name.Alaska Democratic Party Executive Director Jay Parmley said there have been multiple times when local Democrats endorsed independents when there were no Democratic candidates.“We believe that there are certain circumstances where there are candidates who would like the Democratic Party’s support, but they would like to remain as an independent,” he said. “They are progressive.”Two examples are independent state representatives Jason Grenn of Anchorage and Daniel Ortiz of Ketchikan. Independent Margaret Stock expressed an interest in seeking the Democratic nomination last year for U.S. Senate.Alaska has nearly four times as many voters registered as nonpartisan (84,472) or undeclared (190,374) combined as it does Democrats (76,208).State law currently requires that candidates for political parties’ nominations be registered members of the parties. State officials cited the law in blocking the change to Democratic Party rules.If the Democrats are successful in court, it would open up the possibility that independent Gov. Bill Walker could run in the Democratic primary. Parmley said that the governor’s race is not why the party made the change.“It could impact the governor’s race, but that’s not our intention,” he said. “Our support of the governor, or possible support of the governor, could still take many different twists and turns. But this is just one avenue that may be available.”Walker said Aug. 21 that he and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott plan to bypass the primary as independents.Walker didn’t have to run against a Democrat in 2014 because Mallott joined his ticket after winning the Democratic nomination for governor.“As we know, sometimes things change during an election process,” Walker said. “We certainly saw that last time. We typically don’t say never to anything, quite honestly. But this is the path that we have chosen.”In court, the Democrats argue that a state law that controls who can run for a party nomination is unconstitutional, because political parties have the right to choose with whom they associate.Alaska Assistant Attorney General Libby Bakalar serves as the co-counsel for the state. She said there are multiple reasons why the state government opposes the Democrats’ making the change.Bakalar pointed out that there aren’t any current independent candidates who have said they plan to run for Democratic nominations.In other words, the state argues no one has legal standing.Lawyers for the state have argued that the state has an interest in who is eligible to run for political parties’ nominations.The state provides certain benefits to political party candidates, such as automatically giving nominees’ access to the ballot.Bakalar said it’s the state’s job to stand up for the law.“What we have a problem with is that the Democratic Party’s rule is now clashing with a state statute,” she said.One group on the sidelines that’s watching the court battle with interest is the Alaska Republican Party.Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock said the Democrats want to run as independents to win Republican-leaning areas.“Everywhere else in the country, Democrats are proud to run as Democrats and not saying, ‘Oh how can we slip one by the voters and pretend to be an independent when we know we’re really Democrats?’” Babcock said.Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg will hear oral arguments in the case Sept. 21 in Juneau.last_img read more

Alaska Community Foundation raises 100M to support statewide nonprofits

first_imgThe Alaska Community Foundation has raised $100 million to permanently support Alaska nonprofits and other community causes, the foundation announced Wednesday.The $100 million Alaska Fund was created by private donations from more than 1,600 Alaskans — all the way from a $25 contribution from a 7-year-old boy to large multi-million dollar estate contributions, according to ACF President Nina Kemppel. While the five-year “Campaign for Alaska’s Future” originally planned to raise $50 million, she said it met that goal in July — then doubled it over the next several months.“We owe all of our donors an amazing ‘Thank you’ for being committed, and being committed to giving back to the state of Alaska,” Kemppel said. “I am overwhelmed by the generosity.”Community Foundation board member and Rasmuson Foundation President Diane Kaplan said the moment marked a major milestone for philanthropy in Alaska.“Today we begin a day where people who have come to Alaska, who have lived in Alaska their whole lives, who are committed to the future of Alaska, are saying very loudly, we are going to keep Alaska’s wealth in Alaska,” Kaplan said.A New York native, Kaplan spoke about the philanthropic legacy of J.P. Morgan and the Guggenheim family, their involvement with the lucrative Alaska Syndicate, and how the Alaska Syndicate’s interests in copper mining, fishing and transportation helped fund great public works in the Lower 48.“Alaska money — earned here in our state and from our resources — had no benefit for our state as the years went on; you can’t find anything in our state that says Guggenheim or J.P. Morgan on it,” Kaplan said. “This has been the pattern throughout Alaska history. That ends today.”Alaska Community Foundation president Nina Kemppel said the Alaska Fund’s money will be distributed through grants to community organizations around the state, directed towards needs identified by the ACF Board of Directors. In years past, she said, the foundation has supported organizations providing everything from food and shelter to wellness and suicide prevention initiatives. The board is scheduled to meet Feb. 14 to determine future funding priorities, Kemppel said.To Alaska nonprofits, the fund is poised to make a lasting future difference. Lisa Aquino, executive director of Catholic Social Services, said organizations like hers serve thousands of Alaskans every year. They rely in large part on private donors, she said.“And it’s work to be always fundraising,” Aquino said. “So the fact that there’s now this incredible Alaska fund, and it’s reached this huge amount, that’s just more potential for us. It’s more potential for us to do new work, but also to sustain the really important work that’s happening right now.”The community foundation says it expects to release more information about new funding opportunities within the next month.last_img read more

University of Baltimore School of Law Finding Money for College Seminar

first_imgCentral Scholarship will launch its 2016 College Cash Financial Literacy Series with the “Finding Money for College” seminar on Jan. 13 from 5:30 p.m.to 8 p.m.at the University of Baltimore School of Law, 1401 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201. These free workshops aim to educate students and their parents on how to manage college costs and increase the impact of federal, state and private aid. For more information, visit central-scholarship.org.last_img

More games have released on Steam this year than in all of

first_imgIf you’ve noticed a lot more stuff in Steam lately, rest assured that the data backs up your gut feeling. We’re not even halfway through 2014, but there have already been more games released on Steam than in all of 2013. More games is a good thing, but it’s not all good news. More games can make it harder to spot that cool new indie title, and not everything from Steam Greenlight has been awesome.The number of new games rises every month now.  A big piece of the influx of games in 2014 is thanks to hundreds of Greenlight titles that have been accepted. Valve has said it plans to end the Greenlight program, but the alternative will probably only increase the rate of game publishing. The Steam of the future will be an open platform where anyone can publish a game and set up virtual storefronts. Users will be tasked with acting as the curators of this more open Steam store.Valve seems to be aware that its game catalog is ballooning this year. The Steam homepage no longer shows new releases as the default view — it now lists top sellers first. That helps to hide some of those simple casual titles that don’t have as much appeal to PC gamers. Steam’s tagging system also helps, since it allows the community to make titles easier to find.It’s not just Greenlight, though — there are actually more games from established developers appearing on PC. Many of these are adaptations of mobile games, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Some of these are solid ports (Kingdom Rush comes to mind). The increase in crowdfunding used by game developers has probably also led to more Steam launches.No matter the cause, more games in Steam will make it harder to get noticed for smaller developers. We’ll have to wait and see if Valve has a solution for that.last_img read more

Everyone Should Follow Microsofts Lead in Banning April Fools Day Pranks

first_img April Fools’ Day is the worst.Mercifully, Microsoft understands that, and has banned corporate pranks on April 1.In an internal memo, published by The Verge, Microsoft Marketing Chief Chris Capossela warned employees not to participate in annoying hoaxes next week.“It’s that time of the year when tech companies try to show their creativity with April Fools’ Day stunts,” he wrote. “Sometimes the outcomes are amusing and sometimes they’re not.“Either way,” Capossela continued, “data tells us these stunts have limited positive impact and can actually result in unwanted news cycles.”Popular since the 19th century, the anxiety-inducing day is commemorated by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes—not ideal in the age of fake news.“Considering the headwinds the tech industry is facing today, I’m asking all teams at Microsoft to not do any public-facing April Fools’ Day stunts,” the marketing manager said. “I appreciate that people may have devoted time and resources to these activities, but I believe we have more to lose than gain by attempting to be funny on this one day.”(Capossela’s backhanded remark reminds me of the first post-9/11 Saturday Night Live episode, when, surrounded by New York City firefighters and police officers, producer Lorne Michaels asks then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, “Can we be funny?” and Giuliani replies, “Why start now?”)Google was forced to apologize in 2016 for its controversial Gmail “mic drop” April Fools’ joke, which automatically added a Minions GIF to emails and then muted the thread.And Redmond is no stranger to a bit of horseplay: The Verge reminded readers of Microsoft’s MS-DOS mobile for Windows Phone and Google insults gags from the past six years.The time for fun and games is over, though. And the tech world is better for it.“Please forward to your teams and internal partners,” Capossela wrote in closing, “to ensure people are aware of the ask to stand down on external April Fools’ Day activities.”More on Geek.com:Duolingo Brews Up A Beer Prank That Really Boosts Your Foreign Language SkillsChris Evans Pranks Comic Book Store Customers With Escape RoomYouTube Cracks Down on Dangerous Challenges, Pranks Stay on target SodaStream Debuts April Fool’s Prank With Astronaut Scott KellyReddit’s r/Games Stages April Fool’s Day Shutdown To Protest… last_img read more

Police close road after serious accident in North Staffordshire

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA main road in North Staffordshire has been closed this afternoon following an accident. The crash has happened on the A520 between Stone and Longton. A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “The road is currently closed between Stone and the island near to the Swynnerton Arms pub at the roundabout in Rough Close. “I cannot reveal any more details at this stage.” It is not known how long the road will be closed and traffic is being diverted. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivecenter_img Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

A Credit Shuffle Among Mortgage Lenders

first_imgA Credit Shuffle Among Mortgage Lenders March 24, 2016 608 Views Credit Standards Fannie Mae Mortgage Lenders 2016-03-24 Staff Writer Fewer mortgage lenders are reporting that they are loosening credit standards, and many do not expect credit to become more accessible over the next few months.The share of mortgage lenders reporting easing credit standards over the prior three months fell for the second straight quarter, according to Fannie Mae’s first quarter 2016 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey conducted in February.In addition, the survey also found that the share of lenders that expect credit standards to ease over the next three months decreased from last quarter for all mortgage types.Fannie Mae reported that 13 percent of lenders surveyed noted that credit standards eased over the last three months in the first quarter of 2016, down from 17 percent in the previous quarter. Over the next three months, 13 percent of lenders said credit standards will ease, down from 18 percent last quarter. Five percent of lenders said that credit tightened over the last three months, up from 4 percent last quarter. Only 7 percent of lenders said credit will tighten over the next three months, the same as last quarter.The survey also showed that more lenders reported that they expect to increase the percentage of their mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) sold to a third-party in the first quarter of 2016. More mid-sized institutions expect to increase their share of MSRs sold to a third-party compared to the first quarter of 2015.Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, explained, “Lender expectations for easing over the next three months have also moderated. Many lenders also indicate a likely increase in the sales of mortgage servicing rights, possibly to compensate for these countervailing pressures on profits and to take advantage of current favorable pricing in the market.”According to Fannie Mae, the net share of lenders reporting purchase mortgage demand for all loan types decreased significantly from a year ago but lenders expect an uptick in refinance demand.The net share of lenders reporting increased purchase mortgage demand for the prior three months declined significantly across all loan types from one year ago but similar to level reported last year.Over the past three months, 39 percent of lenders reported a decline in refinance demand, compared to 42 percent last quarter. A total of 26 percent of lenders said that refinance demand increased over the last few months, up from 19 percent last quarter.For the next three months, 11 percent of lenders indicated that they expect refinance demand to decrease, down from 62 percent last quarters. Meanwhile, 50 percent expect to see an uptick in refinancing compared to 6 percent the previous quarter.”This quarter’s Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey results reflect recent market volatility. Lenders anticipate a pickup in refinance demand in light of the decline in interest rates this year, but report a slowdown in purchase demand perhaps because of a seasonal component,” Duncan stated.Click here to view the full report.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News, Origination, Secondary Market Sharelast_img read more