Mandatory Retirement Ends as a Valid Reason for Age Discrimination

first_imgOn July 1, mandatory retirement will no longer be exempt from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. The act was amended to eliminate the exemption that allowed employers to discriminate on the basis of a person’s age by requiring them to retire. These amendments were passed in the April 2007 sitting of the provincial legislature. July 1, 2009 was selected to allow time for workplaces to plan for the transition. For decades, many people were required to retire at age 65 whether they wanted to or not. In recent years, there has been a gradual shift away from this approach to aging workers. “People choose whether to retire or not for many reasons based on their own lifestyle, circumstances and priorities. Today, people are living longer and have more active lives. Many want to continue working as they still have a lot to contribute,” said Graham Steele, acting Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act. “Promoting and maintaining a prosperous workforce here in the province is one of government’s top priorities,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “Our experienced workers play an invaluable role in our economy and this is an excellent example of how we will continue to support Nova Scotia families.” These amendments bring Nova Scotia in line with other national and international jurisdictions. “Mandatory retirement policies undermined the dignity and sense of self-worth of older workers,” said Krista Daley, CEO and director, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “There will still be situations where, for legitimate reasons, based on job requirements, an employer can require a person to retire, but it can no longer be based on a uniform and artificially constructed age limit.” The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is an independent government commission that is charged with the administration of the province’s Human Rights Act. Commission staff investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination and conduct public education and outreach to promote dialogue and respect for human rights.last_img read more

Cyclone Vayu weakens to cross Guj coast by night

first_imgAhmedabad: Cyclone Vayu has weakened and is likely to cross the Gujarat coast by Monday midnight as a “depression”, the weatherman said. However, the Kutch district administration is on alert as the cyclone can cause heavy rainfall in the region. Five teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local authorities are prepared to carry out relief and rescue operations whenever required, an official said. The cyclone over northeast Arabian Sea has recurved and moved northeastward with a speed of about 13 kmph in the last six hours and weakened into a “deep depression”, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest bulletin. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France On Monday morning, the cyclone was centered about 260 km west-southwest of Naliya, 240 km west-southwest of Dwarka and 340 km west-southwest of Bhuj in Gujarat, it said. “The system is very likely to weaken into a depression during the next six hours. It is very likely to move northeastwards and cross north Gujarat coast by midnight of June 17 as a depression,” the IMD said. The sea will remain “rough to very rough” along and off the state coast on Monday, the MeT department said. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize It advised fishermen not to venture into the sea during the next 24 hours. Kutch Collector Remya Mohan said five teams of the NDRF were stationed in the district to help in rescue and relief work. She said the salt-pan workers were also advised to avoid venturing into the sea waters. The cyclone was earlier predicted to make landfall in Gujarat on June 13. However, it later began to move away from the state, sparing the coastline of any possible damage. The IMD last Friday said the cyclone was likely to “recurve” and return to the coast in Kutch district as a weakened system.last_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs ministry washing their hands of Sarnia blockade Mayor

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsThe office of Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan is calling the on-going blockade of a CN rail line in Sarnia a “legal matter” that needs to be dealt with by the community while the mayor says it’s very much a federal government problem that needs to be addressed by Ottawa.The comment was made Friday afternoon during a meeting between a CN official, Sarnia police, Mayor Mike Bradley, Conservative MP Pat Davidson for Sarnia and members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation band council. A staff member of Duncan’s office called in to the meeting.Bradley said the “legal” comment immediately triggered memories of Ipperwash where a stand-off of a provincial park in 1995 resulted in the death of protestor Dudley George. The Stoney Point First Nation occupied the park to take claim of the Ipperwash park that had been expropriated by the military during the Second World War. Ipperwash is less than 60 km from downtown Sarnia.“That brought a strong response from the band council members saying that’s the same thing we heard in Ontario during Ipperwash. I don’t think it particularly impressed the band members,” said Bradley in an interview late Friday with APTN National News.By calling it a legal matter Bradley believes the feds are “washing their hands” of something they need to resolve.The blockade entered its ninth day Saturday, a day after CN Rail received an indefinite court injunction to have the protestors removed from the spur line that serves various factories, including those that provide propane across Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.The protestors say they won’t budge until there is a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Governor General and First Nations leaders to discuss what they say is the erosion of treaty rights. It’s the same demand made by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence who has been on a hunger strike since Dec. 11. She’s vowing to not eat until the meeting happens. She never insisted on a face-to-face with Harper despite media stories suggesting otherwise.The court injunction calls for Sarnia police to end the blockade immediately but they have said they won’t move in on the demonstration and prefer to negotiate a peaceful end to it.CN has called the blockade illegal and is pressuring the Sarnia police and Bradley to put a stop to it. Bradley said discussions between him and a senior CN official have been heated.Bradley said he believes CN has the power to arrest the blockade protestors but doesn’t want to get its “hands dirty.”At the meeting CN said they would write a letter to Harper urging him to help resolve the issues. Conservative MP Davidson said she would also write a letter, said Bradley. Davidson didn’t respond to an email request.Another meeting took place Saturday where the band council said they would engage the protesters within the next day. It was not immediately clear what that means, but up until this point the council hasn’t said what side they are on. Letters by CN and Davidson were written and given to the band council, Bradley confirmed. The letters say the blockade iscausing distress in the community and a solution would be for Duncan to meet with Spence and go to her. Spence has turned down meetings with Duncan.Chief Christopher Plain didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone.Ron Plain, spokesman of the blockade, said CN has also issued papers to sue the protesters for lost revenue. APTN reported that on Christmas Eve.Plain has said he doesn’t believe the council backs the blockade.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

Jeremy Irons Morocco Lucky to Have a Monarchy Warrant of Stability

Marrakech – Morocco “is lucky enough to be a monarchy, which guarantees its stability” in a troubled Arab region, said on Monday in Marrakech, British famous comedian Jeremy Irons.Unlike the situation in several Arab countries, “things are moving here slowly but surely”, he told a press conference as he received a warm tribute at the ongoing Marrakech international film festival.The Academy Award-winning actor said he was honored by the career tribute received in a country which he loves and where he has several friends, describing as “great” his experience as member of the short movies jury of the Marrakech festival, which gives him the opportunity to watch movies that one cannot watch elsewhere. In addition to Marrakech where Iron had already visited as chairman of the short movies jury in 2003, Irons recollects his previous travels to the Kingdom where he shot two movies, especially Essaouira which gives a chance to discover the desert and the dunes and Fes which, he said, is his favorite city.with map read more

Trump rollbacks for fossil fuel industries carry steep cost

BILLINGS, Mont. — As President Donald Trump rolls back rules on the energy sector, government projections show the savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost.An Associated Press review of rules targeted under Trump identified up to $11.6 billion in future savings for companies engaged with fossil fuels. Billions more could come from a freeze in vehicle efficiency standards that’s expected to boost fuel consumption.The trade-off is more premature deaths from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying fuels.AP’s tally was derived from projections required under executive order. Of 11 rule changes AP examined, five are pending.The rules were crafted in response to climate change, the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill, coal ash releases and fuel train explosions.Matthew Brown, The Associated Press read more

Formula 1 Considers Marrakech to Host Race

Rabat – The one seat auto-racing, Formula 1, is considering an invitation from the Moroccan government to add the country to its racing map.The commercial director of the competition, Sean Bratches, has said that “productive talks” have been held with the government of South Africa and, “to a lesser extent,” with Morocco, reported Spanish media outlet, AS.If Morocco is to host a Formula 1 stage, it would be in the city of Marrakech which has already hosted three consecutive Formula-E championships, as well as the WTCC. Morocco acted as host to Formula 1 race in 1958 in Casablanca’s Ain Diab. British racer Stirling Moss won the Casablanca stage.Formula 1’s last visit to the African continent was in 1993 at South Africa’s racing circuit, Kyalami. Between 1967 and 1993, 20 South African Grands Prix were staged at Kyalami.“We race on five continents and the last habitable continent that we don’t race in is Africa,” Bratches said at the Sport Industry Breakfast Club in London.“We have proactively been approached by Morocco and Marrakech to take a grand prix there. There is a high degree of interest,” he added.Bratches highlighted that “Morocco has a high degree of interest for hosting a race in Marrakech, as the country’s government sees Formula 1 as an economic engine for growth and tourism.” read more

Lanka insists on insurance coverage for housemaids

“An important feature in the scheme is that the employer will have to make the total insurance premium without any financial burden on the employee,” the official said.The social protection scheme is considered a win-win mechanism for both parties as the concerns of both groups are met in a comprehensive manner, he said.Lankan men and women below 50 years, who seek employment in the Kingdom as domestic aides will come under the scheme. Workers already in Saudi will be integrated when their employment agreement is renewed. The official said the arrival of Sri Lankan maids was continuing as usual. They include new recruits and those who have gone to Colombo on exit re-entry visas. Sri Lanka is seeking the implementation of a negotiated insurance plan from employers in the Kingdom for new housemaids arriving here to protect both the employees as well as the Saudi sponsors, a senior official from the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) told Arab News.Amid reports from Colombo that Sri Lanka has suspended sending maids to Saudi Arabia, SLBFE Chairman Amal Senadhilankara told Arab News from Colombo that SLBFE is seriously considering to send only the maids with a valid insurance cover obtained in the Kingdom. In proven cases of abuse against the employee, he or she would be paid SR 15,000 (maximum) as compensation. In cases of non-payment of salaries, the employee would be compensated up to six months. In addition to financial benefits, the cover includes legal assistance and language translation facilities, free of charge.The insurance scheme also covers losses incurred by the employer, in case of wrong doings by the worker. In case of employee vacating his/her job before the stipulated period, the employer is provided with the initial payment they made to the employment agent (maximum SR 8,000).The employer has the right to claim the payment made to the employment agent plus the expenses incurred for the airline ticket needed to send the employee back home if the employee refuses to carry out his or her job functions. The scheme is a follow-up to a decision made by Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera with the Saudi Labor Minister during his visit to the Kingdom.It was agreed at the meeting that the Sri Lankan government would appoint an international insurance company and the Saudi government would persuade the sponsor to pay the premium on behalf of his employee who will be working as a maid in his house.“Such an arrangement will ease the problems of both the employee and the employer, as also the two governments in case of eventuality such as repatriation of dead bodies, medical treatment and accidents,” the minister said.A large percentage of the 550,000 Sri Lankan workers in the Kingdom are housemaids who remit a sizable sum to the national coffers of their country. Remittances from Lankan overseas workers is the second largest foreign exchange earner in Colombo.Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan cabinet increased the age limit of the housemaids coming to Saudi Arabia to 25 to curtail labor problems.The cabinet authorized the ministry to impose conditions on female domestic workers seeking Employment opportunities abroad in future.The minimum age for Saudi Arabia is limited to 25 for housemaids and all female workers should have completed 21 days residential training and obtained National Vocational Qualification(NVQ) level 3 certificate for “Domestic Housekeeping Assistant. Hitherto , the age limit was 21 to all countries.To control under-age housemaids going for foreign employment, the SLBFE has deployed more than 50 staff at the Colombo International Airport to assist the island’s overseas workers and to stop such maids leaving the country for employment. (Arab News) The benefits to the employee include the payment of SR 15,000 (Rs 435,000) for dependents in case of death of the worker (either due to accident or natural causes) and SR 15,000 (maximum) for hospital admission or OPD treatment for illness. The proposed insurance scheme, International Social Security Program (ISSP), which was earlier agreed between Saudi and Lankan authorities, applies only to domestic aides, who are coming into the Kingdom for employment from Colombo.He added that the program has been devised to support Sri Lanka’s migrant labor in the domestic categories in Saudi Arabia.The program was introduced by the SLBFE in association with the ISSP International. He also denied a report in Colombo’s Sunday Leader newspaper that Sri Lanka had suspended sending maids to the Kingdom. But he acknowledged that tougher regulations were being introduced to protect the rights of Sri Lankan migrant workers. read more

IPU President says Sri Lanka beacon of hope for others

The President, welcoming the IPU President, said that he would extend fullest support to IPU programmes to promote youth and women participation in government and parliament. He pointed out that already steps have been initiated to introduce a women’s quota for local government body elections.Mr Chowdhury pointed out that although 50% of the world population is below the age of 30, only 1.9% of the Parliamentarians in the world are below 30 years of age. President Sirisena said he strongly believes that intelligent youths should take more governing and parliamentary responsibilities. Saber Chowdhury made this statement when he called on President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today. He also expressed his appreciation over the anti-tobacco campaign of President Sirisena. Secretary General of parliament, Dhammika Dasanayake was also present on this occasion. (Colombo Gazette) Pointing out that in some countries parliaments have been marginalized by Executive Presidents and in some other countries Government terms have been extended through referendums, the IPU President said, “Sri Lanka is a beacon of hope for other parliamentary democracies.” President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Saber Chowdhury said President Maithripala Sirisena is an inspiration to all those who work to strengthen parliamentary democracies in the world.He said the step taken by President Sirisena to dilute the executive powers of the Executive Presidency and vest them with the parliamentary is an important step towards strengthening democracy. read more

Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame inductees announced

The Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame unveiled it’s class of 2013 Wednesday morning.Some of the honorees include former Tiger-Cats player and McMaster football head coach, Bernie Custis; Clara Hughes, one of Canada’s most celebrated olympians and a 6 time medalist in cycling and speed skating;Rick Joslin, a pioneer in karate and kickboxing and the founder of Joslin’s Mixed Martial Arts.Rounding-out this year’s class are the 1972 Canadian Junior Football champion Hamilton Hurricanes; legendary Cathedral High School football player and coach, the late Tom Gallagher; Dr. David Levy, a renowned sports medicine physician; and the late broadcasting legend, Bill Sturrup.The induction ceremonies will take place at Carmen’s Banquet Centre on September 19th.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

One million Eritreans still need food aid WFP says

The World Food Programme (WFP) said it needed $44 million to fund more than 102,000 tonnes of food — enough to feed a million Eritreans from May 2001 to February 2002. Those requiring emergency relief are 300,000 more than the number WFP fed last year. “Over the next few months, our first priority is to ensure that families continue to have enough to eat,” said Patrick Buckley, Country Director for WFP. “This country is agriculturally crippled. If people are not back in their villages at the latest in one month’s time, they will not be able to take advantage of the rains to start cultivating and planting.” The combined effects of drought and war have pushed the price of increasingly scarce basic foodstuffs beyond the means of most Eritrean families. Many of the hundreds of thousands of families forced to flee their homes by the border conflict are farmers from the agriculturally rich regions of Gash Barka and Debub, which generate 70 per cent of the nation’s food production. Among the reasons hindering their return is the delay in the creation of the Temporary Security Zone that covers a large part of Eritrea’s agriculturally productive areas, WFP said. Another obstacle is the risk of movement and cultivation in heavily mined areas. Meanwhile WFP continued its efforts to feed an additional 740,000 victims of the prolonged drought in the country’s northern highlands and Red Sea regions. Mr. Buckley emphasized the need to move away from emergency assistance to supporting families while they got back on their feet. That would take months, if not years, he said. read more

Central African Republic UN measles vaccination campaign to protect 125000 children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners are launching an emergency measles vaccination campaign that will aim to reach 125,000 children in the Central African Republic (CAR).The five-day campaign, which begins tomorrow, will take place in the conflict-hit Bangui, the country’s capital, after eight children tested positive for the disease last month.“Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children. Mass violence and armed conflict in CAR has left millions of people without access to basic health care, with hundreds of thousands of children at risk from a disease that can spread rapidly amongst deprived communities,” said UNICEF Representative Souleymane Diabate.Fighting flared up in CAR in December 2012 when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks. A peace agreement was reached in January, but the rebels again seized Bangui in March forcing President François Bozizé to flee.The fighting has led to a breakdown of basic services and increased the risk of disease outbreaks in Bangui and across the country. This, along with poor living conditions, and a historically low vaccination rate for measles of 62 per cent, means that the lives of large numbers of children are now at risk from the disease, UNICEF said in a news release.The agency noted the campaign faces considerable challenges as secure humanitarian access to those in need remains difficult in CAR. In addition, many regions will be even harder to access as the rainy season sets in. “Wherever access permits, UNICEF is on the ground working with partners to deliver life-saving interventions. Our immediate priorities are to provide emergency response in health, nutrition, water and sanitation, and to protect children from violence, separation and recruitment into armed groups,” said Mr. Diabate.In preparation for the campaign, 246,500 vaccines arrived in Bangui last Wednesday, including 100,000 vaccines purchased by funds donated by the airline easyJet. The vaccines will be used to respond to the measles outbreak in Bangui and to improve routine measles vaccination in high-risk regions of the country.Since the 24 March 2013 coup, UNICEF has provided direct support for emergency health activities at the four main hospitals in Bangui and health centres throughout the country, including emergency health supplies for up to 141,000 people over three months. read more

Football Burrow Haskins or Martell Starting quarterback status unchanged after Spring Game

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks to throw a pass in the first half of the 2018 Spring Game in Ohio Stadium April 14. Gray beat Scarlet 37-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIt’s not every season Ohio State is forced to replace the Big Ten’s all-time leader in total touchdowns. But that has been the task head coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes have faced entering the 2018 season.This year’s Spring Game looked to potentially shine a spotlight on the quarterback competition, with the opportunity for either Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow or Tate Martell to step up in front of what was a much smaller crowd than ones on Saturdays in the fall.Each quarterback showed reasons why he should be named the starter. But more than anything, the Spring Game showed that one scrimmage won’t make or break Meyer’s decision.Instead, unsurprisingly, Meyer said there is still no resolution to the starting quarterback dilemma, instead saying the coaches will meet early in the week to review the performances and analyze some of the data to see where they might be in terms of the looming decision.From a numbers standpoint, Burrow had the strongest day, completing 15-of-22 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns. “He has to be one of the most improved quarterbacks as far as delivery speed and arm,” Meyer said.The narrative has been that if Burrow isn’t named the starter, he will transfer to another school and play right away. Burrow said it would be tough to leave Ohio State, but that he did not come here to sit on the bench.Ohio State sophomore defensive end Chase Young (2) attempts to reach quarterback Joe Burrow (10) in the second half of the 2018 Spring Game on April 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorHaskins’ numbers from the Spring Game don’t jump off the page. But, as was the case in his performance against Michigan, the redshirt sophomore had flashes of brilliance.Haskins completed 9-of-19 passes with 120 yards and two touchdowns. In the second quarter, Haskins found sophomore wide receiver Jaylen Harris for a 25-yard touchdown on a bullet pass in the corner of the end zone, hitting the receiver right in the hands and just over the head of the cornerback.“I feel like because I have a big arm I throw a lot of deep passes in the game. But I feel like I do a great job throwing all over the game, whether it’s intermediate or short,” Haskins said. “I just feel like I can throw all over the field.”Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell (18) runs the ball during the 2018 Spring Game in Ohio Stadium on April 14. Gray beat Scarlet 37-14. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Lantern PhotographerWhile Burrow and Haskins went back and forth between plays for most of the Spring Game on Team Gray, redshirt freshman Tate Martell was under center for Team Scarlet and showed off his elusiveness.However, his mobility did not come with the arm the other two possessed.Martell showed he could move with the ball in his hands, but he struggled to consistently complete passes, ending the scrimmage completing only 5-of-16 passes for 28 yards and an interception. He tallied 69 yards on 11 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown run.“I thought Tate Martell showed his athleticism,” Meyer said. “It’s caught my eye really since he’s been here, even more as of late, he’s got to work, obviously, on his throwing the ball.”Between Haskins’ big arm, Burrow’s consistency and dual-threat capability and Martell’s agility and speed, Meyer has a difficult decision to make. But the decision on who will step into the spotlight in the fall is on his shoulders. With spring practice concluded, the three quarterbacks have done all they can do. read more

Wood to sell Terra Nova Technologies to Cementation Americas

first_imgWood has agreed the sale of its Terra Nova Technologies business to Cementation Americas, a business owned by Murray & Roberts Holdings.The sale of the conveying and material handling systems solutions business is expected to bring in cash proceeds of $38 million, Wood said, with closing expected in the June quarter.David Kemp, Wood Chief Financial Officer, said: “Terra Nova Technologies has a strong track record in delivering material handling equipment to our customers. Wood’s strategy going forward is to focus on asset-light solutions rather than the manufacture/fabrication of equipment.“The disposal makes a good contribution to our non-core asset disposal programme which is a key element of our deleveraging plan.”Terra Nova Technologies has complete design/supply and engineering procurement and construction capabilities. Its systems are custom engineered for the mining and mineral processing, iron, coal, aggregate, phosphate and cement industries.Its renowned mobile stacking systems, including the patented Super Portable® systems, are used worldwide for copper, gold and uranium heap leaching operations as well as dry tailings stacking.In a later release, Cementation Americas said TNT has earned a solid reputation for providing quality design, supply and commissioning services for crushing and screening plants, overland conveyors, heap leach systems and mobile stacking systems for waste and dry tailings.Justin Oleson, President of Cementation Americas, said: “The purchase of TNT fits well within Cementation’s strategy to improve our ability to serve clients, both geographically and across the mining value chain. The combining of Cementation and TNT complements both our underground and surface design/build portfolios, and better positions Cementation to support our client’s total mining needs.”Regarding the acquisition, Ron Kelly, President of TNT, said: “The combination of TNT and Cementation is an excellent fit strategically. We share several key customers, and together, we can provide these customers with enhanced value through a single source for products and services. There is also significant potential for TNT and Cementation to grow, expanding into new common markets.”last_img read more

Yakimaarea girl pushes legislature to eliminate state graduation requirement

first_imgTiffany Stewart is probably not the first high-school student to think it would be funny to do her senior project on getting rid of the senior project.She is, however, the first to persuade the Legislature to go along.It helps that Stewart’s stepfather is a member of the Legislature. In a last-minute change to a proposed update of state requirements for a diploma, Rep. David Taylor and his allies won elimination of the mandate for a culminating project.If Gov. Jay Inslee signs Senate Bill 6552 into law, and if school districts decide to use their new option to eliminate the project, seniors in the class of 2015 would be the first to avoid the extra work.“The bill goes into effect in 2015, so if everything goes right, then next year, this year’s juniors won’t have to do it,” said Stewart, a 17-year-old senior at East Valley High School near Yakima. “I’ve had the juniors and the sophomores and even some of the freshmen come up to me and give me a hug or a high five.”Don’t celebrate yet, kids.Districts would have to change their policies. Many are “deeply invested in it,” said Ben Rarick, executive director of the State Board of Education, while others view it “as a compliance hurdle.”last_img read more

Nearly two million UK employees do not receive their minimum paid leave

first_imgNearly two million (1.96 million) UK employees do not receive the minimum entitlement of paid annual leave, according to research conducted by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).The analysis, based on the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) Labour force survey data for quarter four of 2018, also found that 1.145 million employees do not receive any paid leave. Around 8.3% of women and 5.9% of men are unable to take their legal holiday entitlement.Frances O’Grady (pictured), general secretary at the TUC, said: “Every [employee] deserves a break to spend time off with friends and family. But millions are missing out on the paid leave they are owed.“British [employees] put in billions of pounds worth of unpaid overtime as it is. Employers have no excuse for robbing staff of their leave. The government must toughen up enforcement to stop bosses cheating working people out of their holidays. And ministers must not resurrect tribunal fees which stopped people enforcing their rights.”The sectors most affected by this issue include education (341,000), retail (302,000) and health and social care (264,000).Furthermore, 9.2% of employees based in Northern Ireland are not getting their minimum paid leave entitlement, compared to 7.7% of staff working in the east of England and 7.5% of individuals who work in London.Employees in the UK are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks of paid leave through the Working Time Regulations 1998, which were amended in 2009. This typically equates to 28 days of paid leave for a five-day working week. This entitlement includes British public holidays.The TUC has recommended that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) be awarded new powers in order to tackle situations where employees are denied their statutory entitlement; this could include the power to ensure that individuals are fully compensated for holiday days not taken.The TUC attributes the fact that employees are unable to take their paid holiday entitlement to individuals being set unrealistic workloads and feeling unable to take time off, employers deliberately denying holiday requests and managing out people’s leave, or employers not keeping up to date with the law.Malcolm Gregory, partner in the employment team at Royds Withy King, added: “This issue is not just about employers flouting the law, but also [employees] taking responsibility for their wellbeing and understanding the health implications of not taking a reasonable amount of time off. [Employees] who wish to complain can do so and will be in a strong position to enforce their legal rights.“I don’t see that introducing more enforcement powers will make a significant difference to the statistics released by the TUC. Ultimately, this issue is only really policed by [staff] complaints. They already have the legal right to complain to an employment tribunal for compensation. Provided the tribunal system remains free to use, there is no barrier to justice.”Will Clift, solicitor at Winckworth Sherwood, said: “This report serves as a reminder that employment tribunals can and do order employers to compensate their workers in circumstances where they have been too busy to take their full statutory holiday entitlement. Employers should therefore remember that they are under an obligation to enable their workers to take their full entitlement, which can extend to actively encouraging workers to take time off, if necessary.“In addition, as much of the latest research suggests that well rested employees are more productive, this approach may bear fruit in the long run.”last_img read more

Apple Watch comparison Series 3 vs Series 4 which should you buy

first_img $413 Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements See It Apple Watch Series 3 $349 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 38mm: $199 | See it at Amazon Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 44mm: $499 | See it at Amazon See All The Apple Watch Series 4 delivers on its fitness promises 4:28 40mm: $399 | See it at Amazon See It reading • Apple Watch comparison: Series 3 vs. Series 4 which should you buy? Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) $399 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 18 Walmart News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Comments Best Buy •center_img To be fair, I don’t go on too many 6-hour hikes — at least not without some kind of break in between — but if you do hit the trails on the weekend, or train for longer distance races, those extra hours of charge definitely come in handy. While the Series 4 is no Garmin or Polar smartwatch which can last you through an Ironman, the Series 3 would barely make it through a full a marathon. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Added health features  One of the most important new features to come to the Apple Watch with the Series 4 is the FDA cleared EKG feature that can help users screen for potentially life threatening medical conditions like Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) which can increase your risk of stroke. The EKG even helped me detect a slight irregularity in my own heart rhythm during a cardiologist visit. Nothing too serious, but still worth me knowing about. It’s the only direct-to-consumer device that can do this at the moment, and for some that could be worth its weight in gold. That said, the Apple Watch Series 3 does share some other great heart health features with the Series 4 that don’t require the EKG. They can both alert users if they detect abnormally high or low heart rates during a period of inactivity, features that have helped multiple users catch some pretty serious medical conditions. With the update to WatchOS 5, even older Apple Watches (Series 1 and later) got the irregular heart rhythm notification. The feature takes a look at the space between heartbeats and can flag if it’s indicative of AFib. But only the Series 4 can provide the additional EKG data for a doctor to get a more detailed look at the electrical activity happening in the heart. Most doctors will still require a traditional 12-lead EKG to diagnose a heart condition, but it provides a much richer picture than what the optical heart rate can show. The EKG on the Series 4 is equivalent to a single lead EKG. vanessa-hand-health-apple-watch-ekg-electrocardiogram-9681Put your finger on the electrode on the digital crown of the Apple Watch Series 4 to take an EKG. James Martin/CNET The other big health feature unique to the Series 4 is fall detection. It has an improved accelerometer and gyroscope which allow it to detect when the user has taken a bad fall. If the user is unresponsive after a minute, the Apple Watch automatically calls emergency services, plays a message that tells them the user has fallen and shares their current location. The Watch also shares the location with emergency contacts if they’ve been programmed in ahead of time. This feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 been credited for saving a 67-year-old man’s life in Norway after a night-time fall that left him unresponsive on his bathroom floor and other similar stories have continued to surface since it’s release.  Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Most bang for your buck  If you’re purchasing your watch through Apple, the Series 4 with cellular costs $499, while the Wi-Fi only model costs $100 dollars less. Same goes with the Series 3 at $379 with cellular and $279 for Wi-Fi only.  As I said earlier, the Series 4 is your best buy if you don’t mind paying more for the extras, but if you’re trying to save some cash, or you already have the older model, then the Series 3 is still a great choice. Winner: Apple Watch Series 3 Which Apple Watch should you buy? When it comes to watches, and technology in general, there’s no one-size fits all answer. It really comes down to each person’s needs. Your use case may be completely different to mine, but at least now you have a better idea of what you’d be getting from each. The cheapskate in me would probably end up sticking to the Series 3. As a generally healthy 30-something, the Series 3 has just about everything I need from an Apple Watch for less. See Apple Watch Series 3 at AmazonI personally would rather spend the extra money on the LTE connectivity (on the Series 4) to free me from my phone on runs and workouts, or spend it on an extra watch bands to dress it up. But if money weren’t an issue, I would go all in for the LTE version of the Series 4, because of the larger screen, better battery life and added health features. And those added health features on the Series 4 could be even more valuable for certain people, especially if you’re above the age of 65 and want that safety net that comes with the fall detection and EKG features. Either way you can’t go wrong, both are great options if you’re ready to add some tech to your watch and keep tabs on your ticker. See Apple Watch Series 4 at Amazon Garmin Best Buy Apple We tested the Apple Watch EKG against a hospital EKG Apple Now playing: Watch this: Which Apple Watch looks and feels better? At first glance, both the Apple Watch Series 4 and its predecessor seem to share the same basic design: square watch face with rounded edges, swappable bands and a variety of metal finishes to choose from in two sizes. To spot the differences we need to take a closer look. The Series 4 has a slimmer body, but its screen is actually 35 percent larger than the 38-millimeter version of the Series 3 and 32 percent larger than the larger 42mm Series 3. The screen on the Apple Watch 4 has grown to 40mm and extends almost edge to edge with rounded corners, contrasting with the thicker bezels and square corners of the Series 3. This means you’ll have more finger space to type in your passcode on the 4. Plus you have more watch faces to choose from. The Series 4 takes advantage of the extra screen real estate by adding more watch complications on some of the watch faces allowing you to see more information at a glance. It also seems brighter and sharper than the previous model and was easier to read in direct sunlight. 37-apple-watch-series-4-larger-44mmThe Apple Watch Series 3 (left) has thicker bezels with square corners. Sarah Tew/CNET The Series 4 feels more comfortable when pressed tightly around the wrist. The optical heart rate sensor has now been reduced to a single dot outlined by an electrical heart sensor. That’s used to power the EKG feature, along with a second electrode on the digital crown. Despite the slight size difference, both watches still use the same sized bands which you can swap out to get a totally different look. Audio in general sounds better coming from the speakers on the newer Series 4. Its speaker is now larger and 50 percent louder, according to Apple. Apple also switched up the position of the microphone, which is now located opposite the speaker between the digital crown and the home button, making calls sound clearer. And on that digital crown — last year Apple added a red dot on the digital crown of the Apple Watch Series 3 to differentiate the LTE version from the regular Wi-Fi model. Obviously this is a matter of personal preference, but I was definitely not a fan. This time around Apple made the distinction a lot more subtle by adding just a red outline of the circle around the digital crown for the LTE version. You’ll also notice a slightly different feel when using the digital crown. The Series 4 has added haptic feedback when you use it to scroll, which has a slightly more satisfying feel, though probably not a game changer for most people. Also worth noting that only the Series 4 comes in the stainless steel option (at least on the Apple Store). The Series 3 is only available is Space Gray and Silver aluminum finishes. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Which Apple Watch has the faster, smoother experience? The Series 4 has a faster 64-bit S4 processor, which Apple says is twice as fast as the previous version. In theory this means it will probably give you a slightly smoother and faster experience, but to be honest I didn’t notice too much of a difference for most basic tasks like activity tracking and notifications. Other than that, the software and user experience should be exactly the same. Every Apple Watch, with the exception of the first generation Apple Watch, received the update to WatchOS 5. The update added a handful of new features like automatic workout detection, Siri shortcuts, a walkie talkie app and the ability to stream your favorite podcasts. Winner: Both Which Apple Watch has the strongest connectivity? According to Apple, the new black ceramic and sapphire back panel on the Series 4 Watch makes it easier to transmit and receive radio waves. This is supposed to translate into better cell connectivity for you. Don’t expect iPhone level connectivity on either Apple Watch. Both my watches were on different carriers, so I didn’t get a chance to compare them in the wild, but in general I found the Series 4 to be pretty reliable when I taking calls or streaming music phone-free. Summoning Siri on the other hand was a different story and I was constantly met with a “Hold on…” response on both. This only really matters if you’re planning on getting the LTE-enabled versions which cost $100 more than their Wi-Fi counterparts. The Wi-Fi versions should be the same in terms of connectivity. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Which Apple Watch is best for fitness? If your main concern is fitness, there are two key reasons to splurge on the Series 4: the larger screen and the — spoiler, see more below — longer battery life. At least those are the key reasons for me. I like to check my pace and heart rate while I run, and having that larger, brighter screen really helped. I didn’t have to take my eyes off the road for long to check my stats. With the Series 3 it’s a bit harder to see and I would have to slow down to check. Same can be said with just about any other outdoor sport like cycling or swimming where quick access and clear visibility is key. That said, they both share a lot of the same great running and fitness features that came with WatchOS 5 like the pace alerts, which give you a gentle nudge when you go above or below your target, and automatic workout detection which lets you start an exercise without having to set your watch. This last feature though only applies to running, walking (indoor or outdoor), swimming (open or pool), elliptical and rowing machine. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Battery life that holds up on those long workouts  After wearing them during my regular work days — which roughly consist of a mile-walk to work, sitting mostly in front of a computer, the walk back, a 30-minute run or pilates class and chasing after a toddler — I didn’t notice too much of a difference between the battery drain. Mileage may vary for you, but both my Series 3 and the Series 4 survived with just about 40 percent juice to spare after I collapsed in bed at the end of each day, with the Series 4 usually ahead by a few percentage points. I was wearing the smaller versions of each with LTE turned on, but no calls or music streaming directly on the watches. But on weekends, when I’d go on longer hikes or runs, the difference was more pronounced. According to Apple, the Series 4 lasts for about six hours of continuous exercise compared to the Series 3 which goes for about four. To be clear, that’s if you’ve started a workout in the exercise app. I even went on a 6-hour hike up Mount Tamalpais near San Francisco with both of them to test the claim (make sure to check out the video for the play-by-play). And sure enough, the Series 3 died a few minutes past the 4-hour mark, while the Series 4 kept going well beyond the 6-hour claim. I ended the hike at about 6 hours and 20 minutes, and still had enough battery to get me through my 30-minute commute back home before finally dying. 42mm: $229 | See it at Amazon Tags 6:29 The Apple Watch Series 4 and 3. Angela Lang/CNET Apple packed a lot of great new features in its latest Apple Watch Series 4: a faster processor, brighter, bigger screen, louder speaker and an FDA cleared electrocardiogram feature (ECG or EKG) that can help screen for potentially life-threatening conditions. But for a lot of people, the best thing about Series 4 is that it’s made the previous generation Apple Watch that much more affordable. The Series 3 has a similar design and shares a lot of the same specs that make us love the Series 4, but for a lot less. So, which one is right for you? Sure you can find deals out there on both models at any given moment, but in general expect to pay about $400 for the cheapest (non LTE ) version of the Apple Watch Series 4, and about $130 less for its Series 3 counterpart. If you’re on a tighter budget, this may be the deciding factor, especially because the Series 3 tends to have better deals than the Series 4 and you can get away with spending less than $200 if you do a little digging (right now it’s on sale for $199 at Walmart). Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. However, for those of you who may be willing to spend a little more on the bells and whistles and want to know the differences in detail, keep reading. $349 How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Watch Series 4 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Wearable Tech Mobile Apple Watch Series 4 Apple Watch See it Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated)last_img read more

Aniruddhas letter says nothing about his whereabouts

first_imgAniruddha RoyBusinessman and honorary consul of Belarus Aniruddha Roy, who returned home on Saturday after 81 days of his disappearance, emailed a letter to the media on Sunday stating that he still feels insecure.Signed in his name and written on a pad of his RMM business group, the letter, however, does not say anything about his whereabouts during these 81 days.“I, Aniruddha Roy, managing director of RMM group, am a victim of business vengeance. My business partner Mohiuddin Ahmed Mahin Gong tried his best to grip my three companies: RMM Leather Industries Ltd, RMM Knitting Clothing Ltd, RMM Sweater that comprise assets of more than 1.5 billion taka. On 27 August, after returning from a meeting at Union Bank at Gulshan-1, at about 4 pm, I was abducted. I suspect I fell prey to business vengeance,” read the letter.Claiming the accused tried to harm him in as many ways as possible he continues, “i) My organisation LIB had been denied shipment certificate unethically by the BFLLFEA (Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association). ii) The company’s 50 million earned taka was subjugated through a personal account. iii) The workers of the company were threatened. iv) Documents were transferred from my office without my permission. I did not succumb to their pressure to hand over all my assets. By the grace of God, I could return on 17 November.”Aniruddha Roy has appealed to Sheikh Hasina for justice and security.Earlier Aniruddha was abducted from Gulshan on 27 August, by 7 or 8 persons introducing themselves as detectives. Several persons witnessed the scene including his driver.Aniruddha Roy is the honorary consul of Belarus and a seven-time honoured CIP (commercially important person) by Bangladesh government.last_img read more

Nepal minister among 7 dead in chopper crash

first_imgNepal’s tourism minister Rabindra Adhikari was among seven people killed Wednesday when a helicopter crashed in the country’s hilly east, officials said.Rescue workers retrieved the bodies of Adhikari, 49, the pilot and five other passengers from a hillside in Taplejung district where the Air Dynasty chopper went down.”The respected minister’s body has been identified,” Ram Krishna Subedi, the spokesman for the ministry of home affairs, said in a press conference.Subedi said two army helicopters had been dispatched to bring the bodies back to the capital Kathmandu.It is unclear why the helicopter crashed.A search and rescue team was deployed to the area after locals alerted authorities to flames and smoke rising from a hillside.”The helicopter is in pieces, and scattered all over,” said Suraj Bhattarai, a witness who saw the debris.The bodies of the others killed in the crash have not yet been identified.The minister was on a trip to scope out a possible location for a new airport in the region.It is just the latest aviation accident to plague Nepal, an impoverished Himalayan nation with a poor air safety record.Nepal has some of the world’s most remote and tricky runways, flanked by snow-capped peaks with approaches that pose a challenge for even accomplished pilots.The country has a booming private helicopter industry, flying tourists and goods to remote corners of the Himalayan nation where road access is limited or non-existent.In September last year, six people including a Japanese tourist was killed when a helicopter crashed.A US-Bangla Airways plane crashed near the capital’s airport in March, killing 51 people.Nepal-based airlines are banned from flying in European Union airspace.Its poor air safety record is largely blamed on inadequate maintenance and sub-standard management.last_img read more

Netflix Rim of the World Movie Trailer Teases Summer Alien Invasion

first_img Stranger Things is returning to Netflix this summer, however, there is a new sci-fi film that can keep you busy while you wait for the series’ third season: Netflix just shared a trailer for Rim of the World, a movie that follows four misfit campers who must stay together and battle extraterrestrials during a freak alien invasion.Rim of the World, which is directed by McG (The Babysitter, Charlie’s Angels) and written by Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class), does have Stranger Things vibes, but instead of Demogorgons, a group of kids are ambushed by otherworldly creatures, which almost wipe out civilization when they arrive, and they have to survive the apocalyptic incident. The movie, which stars School of Rock’s Tony Cavalero and The Kids Are Alright’s Jack Gore, hits Netflix on May 24. Alex, a young guy, is not happy about attending summer camp, however, his mom (Annabeth Gish who was in The Haunting of Hill House) insists that he will have a good time. While he’s hanging out with his friends at Rim of the World Adventure Camp, strange orbs of light hit the horizon, followed by jet-like spacecraft. One of Alex’s friends says, “it’s Independence Day,” and he may actually be right.After a crazy escape from some grotesque-looking creatures, Alex and his squad realize that they’re all by themselves without a human in sight. Together, they take a couple of bikes and try to travel to find help and  reunite with their families. Along the way though, they’ll have to engage in survival skills, learn how to drive, and make sure a mysterious key doesn’t get in the hands of anyone else on their way to safety.More on Geek.com:Best New Anime to Stream on Netflix in 2019Obama’s Production Company Reveals Upcoming Netflix ContentNetflix Films Can Still Win Oscars (For Now) What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Stay on targetlast_img read more