View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart MANILA, Philippines—One crucial mistake was all it took for Eduard Folayang to lose his ONE lightweight world title to Shinya Aoki.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s his night. It’s a lesson for me not to be complacent in anything, though we all know that the ground game is his area of expertise.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart MOST READ Folayang said the home crowd also played a factor in the match as it served as a boost for Aoki.“He got his confidence from the Tokyo crowd,” he said.READ: Back to zero as Team Lakay loses all ONE world titlesThe 34-year-old Folayang added his strategy was working as planned until Aoki took him to the ground.“Actually, I had a good game plan. I was baiting him, and I can feel like he was getting comfortable with his striking. However, he immediately went for the takedown when he got clipped,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT That lapse resulted in a first round loss to Aoki, who put him to sleep with an arm-triangle choke in the main event of ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, Japan.“It was not our night. I made a huge mistake on my part. Although I know that when Shinya gets the opportunity for the takedown, he won’t be wasting it,” said Folayang, who scored a third-round TKO over Aoki in their first bout in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsREAD: Shinya Aoki puts Eduard Folayang to sleep to take back ONE lightweight belt“I think my main fault was trying to escape his side mount carelessly and that’s when he capitalized and applied the choke,” he recalled. “It was really tight, and he had a good grip in it. He wasn’t going to let it go as he sunk it deep.” Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ UAAP men’s volleyball: Adamson stuns FEU, UST eliminates UP from Final 4 race
Ranks of the Guyana Police Force on Thursday arrested two suspects wanted for two separate murders committed within the last two years.The duo, Leroy Ignacia and Orin Paul called “Ants” were arrested at locations in Police F (Interior Locations) and E (Linden/Kwakwani) divisions on Thursday morning.Ignacia was wanted for the May 5, 2016, murder of Eric Angel at Black Water, Upper Cuyuni, Region Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni). Angel was stabbed and killed by his accomplice during an attempted robbery on a Brazillian shop owner.According to reports, two armed bandits attempted to rob a Brazilian shop owner; however the man put up a fight and during the scuffle one of the bandits accidentally stabbed his accomplice in the abdomen before escaping.Angel of Number 10 Village, West Coast Berbice, was identified as a former member of the Tactical Services Unit (TSU).Meanwhile, Paul was wanted for the murder of Terrence James on April 04, 2014 at Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo). James, 23, of Kwatamang Village, Rupununi, was found with stab wounds along the Tabatinga roadway.It is believed that the man might have attended the rodeo at Lethem and was on his way home when he was attacked and stabbed to the chest.According to Police Public Relations Officer Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan, the arrests of these two murder suspects come in light of ranks in the respective Divisions working feverishly to reduce the number of unsolved murder cases.
0Shares0000Kenya Harlequins in action against Mwamba RFC during the Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa on September 2, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5- Driftwood Sevens silver medalists Nakuru RFC are placed in a tough pool for the second stop of this season’s National Sevens Circuit, Kabeberi Sevens, which will be held this weekend at the RFUEA Ground on Ngong’ Road.Wanyore, top seeds for Group B by virtue of reaching the final will square out with last year’s second overall best Kenya Harlequins who will be playing on their home ground as well as 15s powerhouse KCB and Kisii who finished 14th in Mombasa. Top seeds Homeboyz who have already amassed 22 points after winning in Mombasa over the weekend will headline Pool A where they will battle tournament hosts Mwamba RFC who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary.They will also square out with invited side Daystar Falcons as well as Nondies.Driftwood surprise package Menengai Oilers will headline Pool C where they have been grouped with reigning Kabeberi champions Impala RFC Kenyatta University’s Blakblad who were 11th in Mombasa as well as Catholic Monks.University of Nairobi’s Mean machine headline Pool D and will vie for a Main Cup quarters slot with Driftwood plate winners Kabras Sugar, Strathmore Leos and the promoted Makueni RFC.Kabeberi Sevens PoolsPool A: Homeboyz, Nondescripts, Mwamba, Daystar FalconsPool B: Nakuru, Kenya Harlequins, KCB, KisiiPool C: Menengai Oilers, Impala Saracens, BlakBlad, Catholic MonksPool D: Mean Machine, Kabras Sugar, Strathmore Leos, Makueni0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
SHANGHAI, China – China said on Wednesday that nearly a fifth of the food and consumer products that it checked in a nationwide survey this year were found to be substandard or tainted, underscoring the risk faced by its own consumers even as the country’s exports come under greater scrutiny overseas. Regulators said the broad survey of foods, agricultural tools, clothing, women and children’s products and other types of goods turned up sizable quality and safety failure rates for products that are sold domestically. The government said, for instance, that canned and preserved fruit and dried fish contained excessive bacteria; that 20 percent of the fruit and vegetable juice surveyed was deemed substandard, and that some children’s products were defective or laced with harmful chemicals. The announcement came amid a growing scandal over the quality and safety of Chinese-made exports and follows a series of international recalls involving everything from contaminated pet food ingredients and counterfeit toothpaste to toxic toys, defective tires and contaminated seafood. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said the survey, conducted in the first half of this year, showed quality and safety improvements compared with conditions in the period a year earlier. But the announcement also suggested that Chinese consumers are at serious risk of being harmed by purchasing tainted foods, substandard goods and suspect or defective equipment. Regulators said, in effect, that goods sold in China are far more hazardous than the exports that are driving the country’s economic growth and now are partly the subject of safety and quality debates. Li Yuanping, a regulatory official, told the state-run Xinhua News Agency that “99 percent of the food exported to the United States was up to safety standards over the past two years, which is a high percentage.” But regulators in the United States, Europe and other countries are growing increasingly worried about safety failures involving Chinese-made goods.
By Muhammed El-Hasan STAFF WRITER Because of a rough childhood, Carolyn Schwartz has known what it’s like to be lonely in a crowd. Today, she spends her days reaching out to other lonely souls. I do fake ballet, fake tap, fake soft shoe, musical comedy dancing. Mostly, I just wiggle. It’s really odd when you’re working in what I call the “valley of the shadow of death” or “God’s waiting room” or “last stop on the train.” I know the children are our future. But the elderly are our past. And they are who we learn from. I have learned so much from them. Like what? I learned to play the organ from a legally blind man. He encouraged me to be more creative. I learned how to transpose in my head, which means playing the piano in a different key. She was a piano bar player for 50 years, and she challenged me to do that. What’s your favorite act? I really love doing a song and dance combination, which would be like singing along with Fred Astaire and doing the dance bit in the middle. I get my heart rate up and am able to pretend I’m somebody else. What else do you do? For a fee, I help others get booked to entertain at care homes. I also do a karaoke show on Saturdays at a restaurant. What’s the best part of your job? Staying young. Sharing what I’m passionate about with people who, for the most part, enjoy and appreciate it. What’s the worst part of your job? When something or someone I love very much dies. There was a wonderful dog named Bandit. He was a standard-sized poodle, and he belonged to a woman named Dorothy (at a care home). He knew the sound of my car and would bounce up and down and demand my attention, and I would go there to see him as much as to see the people there. He was very smart, but not too smart to know not to get out of the house and get hit by a car. And when I heard that, I lost it. Why do you call your business The Poppins Project? That’s named for Mary Poppins because she comes in on a wind and she brings a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down their pants. Do you think you’ll ever end up living in a care home? Maybe. I can be the in-house music lady. Are you afraid of death? No. It only happens once, and then you’re gone. Hopefully it doesn’t hurt a lot. What do you think is the meaning of life? To find the thing you love the most and do it the best you can until you can’t anymore. To learn the most you can about things that fascinate you. I think this is a benevolent universe and people are meant to be happy. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Schwartz, who uses the stage name Carla Negri, has been entertaining residents of care homes since 1998. The 53-year-old Lomita resident performs songs, dances and other bits through her company, The Poppins Project. Before focusing her talents on care homes, she entertained residents of retirement homes. What does your job entail? The Poppins Project brings music and activities to care-home residents in the South Bay. I sing and dance, play piano, tell stories about my life. I do bingo games. I provide social connections for alert elderly and others, because they’re not all elderly. What kind of dance do you do?
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesBut the judge kept 55 key pages of testimony under seal, including that of Gonzales and his aide, Joe Guerra, saying he was worried that testimony could contaminate the jury pool and jeopardize the defendants’ right to a fair trial. Gonzales is charged with six felonies, including conspiracy, bribery, misappropriating public funds and falsifying records, over a secretly negotiated garbage contract that cost taxpayers $11.25 million. In the transcripts, Sangiacomo recounted an Oct. 6, 2000, meeting with the mayor in which he said Gonzales told him he wanted to see plant workers represented by the Teamsters, rather than the Longshoremen – at a potential cost of an additional $2 million a year. Guerra eventually pushed a 9 percent garbage rate increase through the City Council to cover the extra costs, but the council was not told the increase was due to labor costs. Gonzales faces up to eight years in prison if convicted. A trial is set for May 4, 2007, nearly five months after Gonzales is scheduled to leave office. SAN JOSE – Mayor Ron Gonzales wanted workers at a San Jose recycling company to be Teamsters – his political allies – and pressured the city’s largest garbage contractor to accept the union, even though the deal would cost the city more, newly released grand jury transcripts show. The transcripts were released Friday by a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge. In them, Norcal Waste Systems’ Michael Sangiacomo testified in March that Gonzales “applied political pressure” to get the Teamsters union recognized at the recycling plant, rather than another union that would have worked for less. “Typically, when a mayor asks you do to something, it’s been my experience they ask because they really want you to do it,” Sangiacomo testified. Judge James C. Emerson ordered the release of more than 2,500 pages of grand jury testimony that led to the criminal indictment of the mayor, his top aide and Norcal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes it would be ‘good business’ for the club if they sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for around £80million.The Brazilian maestro has been heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp, despite Reds manager Jurgen Klopp insisting he is not for sale this summer.Speculation about Coutinho’s potential switch is rife in Spain, with some reports claiming he has told Liverpool he wants to leave and has already agreed terms to join the Catalan club.READ MORE: Philippe Coutinho ‘agreed terms in principle’ over switch to Barcelona, claim reports in SpainFurther reports on Thursday from Barcelona-based newspaper Sport then claimed Liverpool have slapped a £150m price tag on the playmaker.But Murphy believes the club’s valuation is way off the mark and that they would do well to recoup a more meagre £80m for their highest-paid star.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, the former Anfield man said: “There comes a point where if a player expresses a desire to go, there is sense in getting as much money as you can for him.“If they’re talking about £199m for Neymar, you can’t put Coutinho in Neymar’s league at the moment.“He’s not worth £150m, could they get £100m for him? Maybe.“If Barca are prepared to pay over £80m for Coutinho, I think that’s good business.”HEDGING THEIR BETS! Barcelona interest in Philippe Coutinho depends on Neymar’s future, talkSPORT toldMurphy also suggested the Liverpool team could be more balanced overall if the Brazilian leaves and Jurgen Klopp invests his fee wisely in the transfer market, having already sealed the arrival of Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah.The former England international added: “Liverpool have been clever in getting Salah. Maybe they signed him because they thought if Coutinho goes they’ve got a ready-made replacement.“I think with Salah and Mane in the wide positions they would be more dynamic. They’d lose a bit of creativity that Coutinho brings, but there are players out there you could get for less money who might give you just as much output.“Coutinho scored 14 goals last season and that was his best return. If Liverpool rate him at around £100m, what’s Dele Alli worth? He’s better than Coutinho. Different but better.“If they get £80m or £90m, you’d think they’d sign someone else. We’re hypothesising, but the goals and assists those players get might double or treble what Coutinho was bringing in, and you’ve also not got a player sat there unhappy.“I’m not saying Liverpool should get rid of Coutinho, because he’s a wonderful footballer and there’s no doubt about that.“But if he wants to go and we get £80m for him, I’d take that.”READ MORE: ‘He’s not exactly ideal for Jurgen Klopp’s vision’ – Liverpool face a dilemma over selling Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona
28 November 2012South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana- Mashabane ended her tenure as UN climate change president by launching “Thuto ya Batho” or “Teachings from my People – Women adapt to climate change” on Gender Day in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday.The book, a presidency legacy project, pays tribute to ordinary women who are on the frontline and face the daily reality of climate change on the ground.It has been described as a book of hope that is inspired by the contributions of women from across the continent of Africa who came together during a continental consultative dialogue on the eve of COP 17, which culminated in the adoption of a declaration.The declaration consisted of a set of recommendations and strategies to mitigate the impact of climate change on women.‘The face of climate realities’“Women are the face of the climate realities, while we as negotiators and political leaders are discussing, sometimes with questionable urgency, to find a global response that could address their plight,” Nkoana-Mashabane said at Tuesday’s launch.Nkoana-Mashabane, a member of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice’s (MRFCJ) Troika+ of Women Leaders on Gender and Climate Change – played a key role in the successful stewardship of COP 17 in Durban last year.Although her term as president has ended, she said her responsibility as a member of a Party to the Convention and Kyoto Protocol, as a citizen of the world and, as a woman had not ended.“The journey towards climate freedom is long and arduous and we have many more obstacles to overcome.”She said that Africans and South Africans have been taught through the context of Ubuntu that each of us has a responsibility to ensure the stability of current and future generations.“Central to this aspiration are women,” she said.Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and COP18 President Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, who is also the first male Conference of the Parties president, praised Nkoana- Mashabane for her efforts during her tenure.Putting solutions forward“She played an important role, not only for herself, but for women around the world,” he said. He said the world needed to solve climate issues before it was too late.Christina Figueres, the new head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), confirmed that Gender Day was established in honour of Nkoana-Mashabane to coincide with the launch of the book.“This is another legacy for Minister Nkoana-Mashabane,” she said.Figueres described the book as inspirational. “The book shows how women from around the world are not waiting for policy decisions. They are just doing what needs to be done by putting solutions forward,” she said.MRFCJ President, Mary Robinson, who wrote the foreword for the publication, said climate change efforts needed to be more people centred. “Women all over the world are already taking action and making alternative plans to deal with climate change,” she said.Robinson said she hoped that the incoming president and future presidents would continue to improve women participation, and that Gender Day would be observed at each UNFCCC to track progress on gender equality.“Significant gains have already been made to include women participation in UNFCCC activities,” she said.Nkoana-Mashabane said she hoped that the COP18 president would spread the word of the plight of the millions of people that are affected by climate change. “I am inspired by the courage and leadership of these women and am honoured to be able to tell their stories,” she said.Source: SANews.gov.za
10 July 2015An Afri-Global Walk of Stars, similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was planned along Cradock Avenue, in the northern Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank, the African Global Heritage Foundation (AGHF) said.It will feature five-pointed stars inlaid into the pavement, which will be inscribed with names of people who have distinguished themselves and have left their mark globally and locally.“The walk is set to be a huge resource for Rosebank,” said Phineas Tichana, the Walk of Stars executive producer, “and a mega marketing tool for Johannesburg to promote tangible heritage as an open air museum, and enhance the business, cultural, and civic well-being of South African and African achievement.”Mock unveilingThe walk has been dedicated to Nelson Mandela, as well as every other South African and African who has made an outstanding impact on the world.A mock unveiling will coincide with Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July. “A formal inaugural induction will then be held in September to induct the first South African and African stars,” reported the Rosebank Killarney Gazette.CategoriesStars will be given to people who have excelled in radio, music, sport, film, television and performing arts, as well as to those who have rendered great service to their fellow citizens.Other categories will make provision for contributions from corporates, humanitarian organisations, and special honourees.The general public can nominate people, and the selection committee will make the final decision.The African Walk of StarsThe South African class of inaugural inductees:Recording: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido, Jonathan Butler, Lerato Molapo aka Lira, Chicco Twala, Johnny CleggTheatre/live performance: Joe Mafela, Sello Maake KaNcubeSport: Lucas Radebe, Francois Pienaar, AB de Villiers, Gary Player, Ali Bacher, Caster SemenyaMeritorious: Imtiaz Sooliman, Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada, George Bizos, Desmond Tutu, Patrice MotsepeTelevision: Rolene Strauss, Connie Ferguson, Siyabonga Twala, Bonang MathebaFilm: Leon Schuster, Terry PhetoThe African class of inaugural InducteesRecording: Oliver Mtukudzi, Sade Aku, Salif KeitaFilm: Lupita Nyong’o, Genevieve NnajiTelevision: Alek WekSport: Didier DrogbaFrontline member-states champions:Kenneth KaundaRobert MugabeJoaquim ChissanoQuett MasireSam NujomaSamora MachelJulius NyerereKamuzu BandaHollywood Walk of FameEM Stuart, the volunteer president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, came up with the idea of a Walk of Fame in 1953. He wanted to “maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world”.Eight years later, in 1960, construction of the famed walk began.“An average of two stars are added to the walk on a monthly basis,” reads the Walk of Fame site. “The walk is a tribute to all of those who worked so hard to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction.”Source: Rosebank Killarney Gazette
If you have read my blog before you know I have written about the woes of Uber in the past. They are the standard bearer for the “gig” economy. However, a number of people who could not abide by the being independent contractors have sued to be considered “employees” rather than independent contractors.Numerous suits have been filed and are on-going. One such suit in Pennsylvania even is suing Uber for “on-call” pay, which the drivers claim while they car logged in to the Uber application.The suitAccording to attorney Malcolm Ingram, in the blog the HR Legalist:“…the drivers alleged that Uber violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) by misclassifying them as independent contractors and failing to pay them minimum wage and time-and-a-half overtime for hours worked over 40 per week. Plaintiffs also argued that their time spent “on call” when logged into the Uber application is work time and therefore compensable. Plaintiffs advanced this argument despite admitting that they conducted numerous personal activities while logged into the application while driving without Uber passengers, including: running errands, taking smoke breaks, and accepting personal phone calls.”I am not sure where they are coming from. The USDOL, in Fact Sheet #22 it explains:An employee who is required to remain on call on the employer’s premises is working while “on call.” An employee who is required to remain on call at home, or who is allowed to leave a message where he/she can be reached, is not working (in most cases) while on call. Additional constraints on the employee’s freedom could require this time to be compensated.Under this definition, and with the admissions of the Uber drivers as stated above, if I were a juror on that jury these suing drivers would not be winning their case. I often wonder if the drivers who have brought these suits were the unsuccessful ones, the ones that could not make a decent living as an independent contractor and thus felt that they needed a job? Maybe they even need a union in order to be protected from their lack of good work habits and practices?The concept of a “gig”The whole concept of the “gig” economy is set aside by these lawsuits. The “on-call ” time these people want to claim is the flexibility that many other would love to have in their lives. It may have even been one of the things that were attractive to these drivers in the first place. If I were Uber these people would not be getting any work. Of course, they would then sue for retaliation.Originally published on Omega HR Solutions blog.