Job creation trebles in Feb at 861 lakh shows EPFO payroll data

first_imgNew Delhi: Net employment generation in the formal sector almost trebled to 8.61 lakh in February compared to 2.87 lakh in the same month of last year, according to the latest EPFO payroll data. The retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation has been releasing payroll data from April 2018, covering the period starting September 2017. According to the latest data, the highest job creation was recorded in January 2019 at 8.94 lakh against the provisional estimate of 8.96 lakh released last month. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalDuring February 2019, the highest number of 2.36 lakh jobs were created in the 22-25 years age group, followed by 2.09 lakh in the 18-21 years age bracket. The data showed that 80.86 lakh new jobs were created in the 18 months period from September 2017 to February 2019. However, the EPFO has revised downward the number of net subscribers added or new jobs created from September 2017 to January 2019 to 72.24 lakh from 76.48 lakh released last month. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe sharpest revision was for March 2018 in the latest report which showed contraction or exit of 55,934 members from the EPFO subscriptions. Last month, the EPFO payroll data had showed that as many as 29,023 members exited from its schemes in March 2018. In February 2019, the EPFO data had showed that as many as 5,498 members joined EPFO schemes in March 2018. On contraction in March 2018 numbers, the EPFO said, “March 2018 figure is negative due to large number of exits reported in the month of March, in view of it being the closing month of the financial year.” The EPFO said the data is provisional as updation of employee records is a continuous process and gets updated in subsequent months. This is age-band wise data of new members registered under the EPFO where the first non-zero contribution received during a particular month. For each age-wise band, the estimates are net of the members newly enrolled, exited and rejoined during the month as per records of the EPFO, it added. The estimates may include temporary employees whose contributions may not be continuous for the entire year. Members’ data are linked to unique Aadhaar Identity, it added. The EPFO manages social security funds of workers in the organised or semi organised sector in India and has more than 6 crore active members (with at least one-month contribution during the year).last_img read more


AntiRowdy squad busts IPL betting racket at Eden

first_imgKolkata: The anti-rowdy section (ARS) of Kolkata Police’s detective department busted a cricket betting racket on Friday night and arrested seven persons in this connection during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Eden Gardens.Three of the arrested persons are residents of Nagpur, while four of them are from Madhya Pradesh. “We have arrested seven persons on the basis of a source information regarding cricket betting at Eden Gardens during the cricket match played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The group was nabbed by our ARS team after prolonged observation at F1 Block. 14 mobile phones including one betting accessory and other equipment have been seized,” said Pravin Tripathi, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to police sources, the arrested persons have been identified as Mukul Jain, Piyush Jain, Pratik Jain and Mayank Seth, all hailing from Sagar district under Motinagar police station, Madhya Pradesh. The three other residents of Nagpur who have been nabbed are Dipak Kumar Kaslikar of Etowari, Wasim Ahmed of Tehasil and Gobind Maniyar of Nandan I. All of them are in the age group of 20 to 35. It may be mentioned that only on Wednesday, two people were held along with Rs 1.70 lakh and two cell phones by South Zone Task Force in Telangana, after a cricket betting racket was busted during the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.last_img read more


Ohio State baseball sweeps Hofstra in first home series of 2016

Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson (4) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during OSU’s 12-1 win over Hofstra on March 18 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team followed its 12-1 victory over Hofstra on Friday with two more wins against the Pride on Saturday and Sunday by scores of 4-2 and 2-1, respectively.The Buckeyes’ three-game sweep improved their record to 11-6-1 and sets the stage for a televised showdown Tuesday with Xavier. Over the weekend, OSU’s offense pumped out 24 hits while its pitching staff allowed just four runs. Game 2With redshirt sophomore Adam Niemeyer, one of the Buckeyes’ strongest pitchers, on the hill, OSU seemed to be in line for another easy victory. However, the cold weather and Hofstra starting pitcher Chris Weiss kept OSU’s offense in check until the Buckeyes broke through with a three-run eighth inning. With OSU trailing 2-1, junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson provided the spark for the Scarlet and Gray, punching an RBI single through the right side of the infield to score junior catcher Jalen Washington. After an intentional walk to senior third baseman Nick Sergakis, senior first baseman Troy Kuhn singled through the left side to score Washington and Dawson, tallying the game’s final runs. Niemeyer (1-1) received a no-decision in his fourth outing of the year, scattering five hits during a career-high seven innings of work. Sophomore reliever Seth Kinker (2-1) picked up the win for OSU, while redshirt sophomore Yianni Pavlopoulos earned his fourth save of the year. Freshman John Rooney (1-2) received the loss for Hofstra. Game 3The final game of the homestand turned out to be a pitchers’ duel between two seniors: OSU’s John Havird and Hofstra’s Bowie Matteson. Hofstra drew first blood on sophomore center fielder Steven Foster’s RBI single to left center in the top of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the seventh, the Buckeyes finally solved Matteson, breaking through behind an RBI triple from freshman designated hitter Brady Cherry, which scored junior center fielder Troy Montgomery. With the game tied at 1-1, Dawson once again provided the heroics for OSU. On the first pitch he saw, the 6-foot-2 junior drove a hard-hit single to right field to plate Cherry. Havird (1-1) picked up the win for OSU, hurling a career-high seven innings and striking out three with no walks. Pavlopoulos picked up another save, his fifth..Over the weekend, Dawson batted .600 (6-for-10) with seven RBIs, one homer, two triples, one double and two walks. The Grove City, Ohio, native now leads the team with 21 RBIs. OSU’s next challenge is set to come Tuesday against the Xavier Musketeers (7-12) at 5:05 p.m. The game is OSU’s fourth of a seven-game homestand at Bill Davis Stadium. read more


Volvo CE and Skanska Electric Site project cuts carbon emissions and costs

first_imgA 10-week research project electrifying and automating the majority of equipment at Skanska’s Vikan Kross quarry, near Gothenburg, Sweden, has seen a 98% reduction in carbon emissions, a 70% reduction in energy cost and a 40% reduction in operator cost.The Electric Site research project, conducted by Volvo Construction Equipment and its customer Skanska, were even better than expected, the two companies said. As a result, the test period has been extended until the end of the year.IM has been on site at the project today and witnessed the machines in operation.“The results also indicate that the Electric Site project takes a big step towards helping Volvo CE achieve its future vision where work sites are 10 times more efficient, with zero accidents, zero unplanned stops and zero emissions,” Volvo CE said.Together, these results support the potential for a 25% reduction in total cost of operations, Volvo said, explaining the reduction in total cost of operations is just a prediction at the moment.“As the prototype machines are part of a research project and are not commercially available, it is impossible to give a guaranteed figure,” the company said.Uwe Müller, Chief Project Manager for the Electric Site at Volvo CE, said: “Over the last 10 weeks, we’ve made incredible progress, learnt a lot and seen huge potential in the Electric Site solution’s environmental, efficiency, safety and cost benefits.“In fact, we have decided that we want to learn more, so we will extend our test period with Skanska until the end of the year. The results we have seen so far confirm that this research project is a step towards transforming the quarry and aggregates industry and creating emission-free quarries.”The Electric Site project aims to electrify each transport stage in a quarry – from excavation to primary crushing, and transport to secondary crushing. It incorporates electric and autonomous prototype Volvo CE machines, new work methods, and site management systems, which together form a complete site solution. New technology encompasses machine and fleet control systems and logistic solutions for electric machines in quarries.Anders Danielsson, President and CEO of Skanska, said: “With climate change reshaping our industry, we need to find new, sustainable solutions and build partnerships with organisations that have different competencies.“Our ambition is that this collaboration with Volvo CE will help us and our customers to reduce our carbon footprint. The power of partnership will make it happen.”Melker Jernberg, President of Volvo CE, said: “At Volvo CE, we believe in a sustainable future and we are doing our best to build the world we want to live in. The Electric Site is one example of how we are trying to achieve this. With this research project we are combining intelligent machines, automation and electro-mobility to challenge traditional ways of working in the quarrying industry and explore new alternatives.“We will now further mature the technologies involved and the reliability of the concept. Developing, testing and validating prototype machines with a customer at an early stage in the process speeds up development and ultimately brings more value to us and our customers.”The Electric Site project involves eight HX2 autonomous, battery-electric load carriers, which transport the material from the primary mobile crusher up to the secondary static crusher. When it came to energy use per tonne, the HX2s proved they could help Volvo CE take a big step towards achieving its future vision where work sites are 10 times more efficient, the company said.The second-generation prototypes incorporate shared technologies and components from the Volvo Group. They use a lithium-ion battery to power two electric motors which drive the machine; the hydraulics are driven by an additional electric motor. The HX2 is fitted with a vision system, which allows it to detect humans and obstacles in its vicinity. It can follow an adjustable, pre-programmed GPS path.The LX1 prototype electric-hybrid wheel loader delivered more than a 50% improvement in fuel efficiency at the quarry, as well as significant reductions in emissions and noise pollution, compared with its conventional counterparts. Its job was to organise the piles of material at the site.The LX1 is a series hybrid that incorporates a driveline that consists of electric drive motors mounted at the wheels, electric-driven hydraulics, an energy storage system, a significantly smaller diesel engine and new machine architecture, including a new design of the lifting unit. It’s this combination that enables the substantial gain in fuel efficiency.The EX1 70 ton, dual-powered, cable-connected excavator prototype loaded the primary crusher at the quarry. The base machine for the EX1 is a Volvo EC750 crawler excavator that has been upgraded to incorporate an electric motor in addition to the diesel engine. At the quarry, the machine was plugged into the grid, so zero emissions were emitted.If the cable is connected, the EX1 will automatically start in electric mode. If not, it will start in diesel mode. The EX1 is operated in exactly the same way as a conventional Volvo excavator.last_img read more


Drum motors for extreme operating environments come under the SME spotlight

first_imgAlexander Kanaris, President of Van der Graaf, will put forward the benefits of using the company’s GrizzlyDrive™ drum motor with IronGrip lagging in extreme environments at the SME Annual Conference and Expo on Monday.In an abstract ahead of the conference, Kanaris said: “Conveyors powered by external motors and gearboxes, along with v-belts, chains, couplings and pillow block bearings, often operate with relatively low efficiency and require regular maintenance.“With rising electrical and labour costs, mining and aggregate industries are forced to evaluate ways to minimise downtime, reduce maintenance costs, increase worker safety and ultimately increase profits.”According to Kanaris, new drum motor technology has addressed efficiency and operator safety concerns. An internally driven conveyor drive, the drum motor “eliminates external components, houses the electric motor and gearbox inside the drum, increases operator safety, saving space, eliminates scheduled maintenance, increases longevity and overall efficiency”, Kanaris said.“With v-belts, chains and couplings no longer required, the internal drive design drum motor, has efficiency gains of up to 30% and lower operating costs,” he said.“Reliability and longevity of conveyor drives pose challenges for belt conveyors to operate in harsh and abrasive environments and failure is ground zero for loss of production. The latest Van der Graaf GrizzlyDrive drum motor with IronGrip lagging is developed specifically to operate in these extreme environments.”The GrizzlyDrive is available from 3-50 horsepower and 8.5″ to 42″ diameter, with thepatented IronGrip high performance lagging design engineered for harsh and vibratory applications, according to Van der Graaf.last_img read more


Dassault and IPACS look at IoT sensing and 3DEXPERIENCE platform combination

first_imgDassault Systemes has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IPACS to jointly pursue technical and business opportunities in key industries in Australia, namely natural resources, defence, marine and offshore, cities and territories.IPACS is an Australia technology company specialising in the collection, monitoring and reporting of real-time asset performance in various industries.Dassault Systemes and IPACS went through a value assessment during a pre-qualification phase for the South Australia Government’s marine and defence industry supply chain programme, the “Virtual Shipyard”, to develop a strong domestic defence industry that will support the Federal Government’s Future Submarines and Future Frigates programmes set to commence in 2020.In the course of the assessment, Dassault and IPACS identified each other as partners with strong and desired skills for technical and business collaboration as they explore opportunities in natural resources, defence and other key industries in Australia, they said. Under the terms of the agreement, Dassault will collaborate with IPACS to create a “first-of-a-kind industrial demonstrator in Internet of Things (IoT) for joint exploration of these business opportunities”, which will leverage IPACS’ IoT sensing technology and Dassault Systemes’ software solutions on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.Kailash Nath Sriram, Managing Director and CEO of IPACS, said: “IPACS currently operates South Australia’s pioneering Remote Operations Centre (ROC) for the state’s resources industry. This new industrial IoT demonstrator will be a fantastic platform for IPACS in expanding our expertise to service other major industries.”The ROC is a collaboration between OZ Minerals, the University of South Australia, IPACS Power and the South Australian State Government that provides an information and communications technology (ICT) platform for remote applications. It examines how vibration analysis of equipment at a distant mine site can indicate impending problems and failures. This enables equipment to be repaired before issues arise and used more intensively for longer periods.The collaboration also further extends Dassault Systemes’ ongoing partnerships with local companies in Australia for industry capability development and expansion.Said Masaki Sox Konno, Managing Director, Asia Pacific South, Dassault Systemes, said: “As a technology partner to IPACS, already an established player in South Australia’s resources sector, Dassault Systemes brings its global expertise and best practices in industrial processes and digitalisation solutions to the collaboration.”last_img read more


EHF CL HANGOUT Kim Andersson and Experts for warmup

← Previous Story Germany invites Serbia, Slovenia and Brazil to Super Cup 2015 Next Story → CRISIS: SG Flensburg lose second match in a row in Wetzlar With Round 1 the of the VELUX EHF Champions League just one day away, handball experts from around Europe gather online to analyse the new season, discuss the biggest summer news and give their predictions for the months ahead.EHF Media and Communications’ Chris O’Reilly will host the broadcast which will feature ehfTV commentator Tom O’Brannagain, ehfcl.com contributors Björn Pazen, Bence Martha and Peter Bruun.Also joining is a very special guest from Sweden, former champion with THW Kiel and current Ystad IF right back Kim Andersson. This panel bursting with handball knowledge is certain to provide some brilliant insight and entertainment.The hangout will begin at 17:30 CET on Tuesday 15 September and can be viewed in the video below and on-demand with the ehfTV YouTube channel. read more


Geek Answers Why should we care about prime numbers

first_img Share Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Reddit Flipboard Cryptographyfactorizationfactorsmathmathematicsnumber theoryNumbersPGPprime numbersprimesquantumquantum computersRSASecurity A prime number is a number that is only divisible by one and itself, which is essentially saying that it has no divisor. That takes half of all possible numbers off the table right away (the evens), along with all multiples of three, four, five, and so on. It might seem that this would leave no numbers after a certain point, but in fact we know that there are an infinite number of primes — though they do become less frequent as we go on. In fact, that’s part of what makes primes so interesting: not only is the number line studded with primes all the way up to infinity, but that whole number line can be produced using nothing but primes.For instance, 12 can be rewritten as (2 * 2 * 3), and both 2 and 3 are primes. 155 can be written as (5 * 31). An extremely complex mathematical proof can assure you that combinations of prime numbers can be multiplied to produce any number at all — though if you can understand that proof, you’ll have no use for this article.There are all sorts of ways to visually represent primes.So right out of the gate, we know that prime numbers are important. How could the group that spent hundreds of years obsessing over Fermat’s Last Theorem possibly turn away from a set of numbers that, in a certain sense, contains all other numbers? In a sense, we can define primes according to this status as a basic-level number: primes are the total set of numbers which are left over when we rewrite all numbers as their lowest possible combination of integers — 28 is (2 * 14), which is in turn (2 * (2 * 7)). When no further factoring can be done, all numbers left over are primes.This is why primes are so relevant in certain fields — primes have very special properties for factorization. One of those properties is that while it is relatively easy to find larger prime numbers, it’s unavoidably hard to factor large numbers back into primes. It’s one thing to figure out that 20 is (2 * 2 * 5), and quite another to figure out that 2,244,354 is (2 * 3 * 7 * 53,437). It’s quite another again to find the prime factors of a number fifty digits long. Though the best mathematicians have chewed on the problem for hundreds of years, there just doesn’t seem to be any way to factor large numbers efficiently.This little quantum prototype could be the beginning of the end for modern computer encryption.That fact makes primes vitally important to communications. Most modern computer cryptography works by using the prime factors of large numbers. The large number that was used to encrypt a file can be publicly known and available, because the encryption works so only the prime factors of that large number can be used to decrypt it again. Though finding those factors is technically only a matter of time, it’s a matter of so much time that we say it cannot be done. A modern super-computer could chew on a 256-bit factorization problem for longer than the current age of the universe, and still not get the answer.Primes are of the utmost importance to number theorists because they are the building blocks of whole numbers, and important to the world because their odd mathematical properties make them perfect for our current uses. It’s possible that new mathematical strategies or new hardware like quantum computers could lead to quicker prime factorization of large numbers, which would effectively break modern encryption. When researching prime numbers, mathematicians are always being both prosaic and practical.last_img read more


No plans to extend conscription

first_imgThe government will not proceed for the time being with plans to lengthen military service, Defense Minister Panos Panayiotopoulos said Tuesday.Ministers have discussed the possibility of extending the length of conscription over the past few months but Panayiotopoulos said that there first needed to be a detailed study of the “social parameters.”Conscripts serve nine months in the military at the moment.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img


Le cancer du sein en nette augmentation au cours des 30 dernières

first_imgLe cancer du sein, en nette augmentation au cours des 30 dernières annéesSelon une récente étude, le nombre de cancers du sein aurait connu une nette augmentation au cours des 30 dernières années. Une incidence en hausse dans toutes les régions du monde, y compris dans les pays en voie de développement. C’est une hausse préoccupante que vient tout juste de révéler une étude publiée en ligne dans la revue britannique The Lancet. Selon les chiffres établis, le nombre de cancers du sein a affiché une forte hausse au cours des 30 dernières années : il serait passé de quelque 640.000 cas en 1980 à 1,6 millions en 2010, soit une augmentation de près de 250%. Or, cette enquête est une des plus fiables jamais réalisées. En effet, celle-ci s’est basée sur plus de 300 registres du cancer et sur des données concernant les causes de décès dans 187 pays. À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosPlus en détail, l’incidence de ce type de cancer a donc connu une hausse de 3,1% par an, et ce dans toutes les régions du monde. Sur les 1,6 millions de cas recensés en 2010, la moitié sont ainsi survenus dans des pays en voie de développement. Par ailleurs, la hausse s’est principalement manifestée chez les femmes de 15 à 49 ans, avec deux fois plus de cas pour cette tranche d’âge dans les pays en voie de développement que dans les pays développés. Toutefois, la hausse des décès a été plus lente (1,8% par an) que celle des cas, passant de 250.000 en 1980 à 425.000 en 2010, dont 68.000 femmes de 15 à 49 ans dans les pays en développement, relève l’AFP.Le cancer de l’utérus également en hausse En outre, les auteurs de l’étude se sont également penchés sur les chiffres d’un second type de cancer : celui du col de l’utérus. Là encore, le constat révèle une hausse du nombre de cas mais moins importante. Pour la même période, celle-ci a été de 0,6% par an, alors que 378.000 cas étaient diagnostiqués en 1980 contre 425.000 en 2010, dont 76% sont survenus dans des pays en développement. Cette année-là, 200.000 femmes en sont mortes, soit une augmentation annuelle du nombre de décès de 0,46%. D’après les scientifiques, deux paramètres pourraient entre autres, être à l’origine du phénomène :  la démographie et le vieillissement des populations. Quant à l’augmentation moindre du nombre des décès, elle pourrait s’expliquer par l’extension du dépistage dans les pays en développement, rapporte l’AFP. Le 16 septembre 2011 à 09:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


WWE issues statement about CM Punk signing with UFC

first_imgFacebook Twitter Videos Articles Pinterest Laura Vandervoort Kane Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles The Miz Google+ WhatsApp Videos Articles Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha center_img CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Now Playing Up Next Will CM Punk Ever Fight In The UFC Again? Joe Rogan Says Floyd Mayweather Should Fight CM Punk in MMA Debut WWE just issued the following statement on Sunday morning.“WWE wishes Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk) the best of luck in his newest endeavor.”WWE.com: CM Punk statementRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror MovieVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Here’s Who CM Punk Might Fight At UFC 225 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Did CM Punk Make A Secret Return To Wrestling?last_img read more


Neymar Brazil World Cup favourites – Roberto Carlos

first_imgRoberto Carlos has backed both Brazil and Neymar to star in the upcoming World Cup and believes that they are the favourites to win the tournamentBrazil head into the World Cup hoping to erase the painful memory of their 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.Carlos, who won the World Cup with Brazil back in 2002, is confident that they have the talent at their disposal to be a serious threat in Russia.“Brazil are favourites,” the former Real Madrid defender told Omnisport (via SportsKeeda).“I’m Brazilian, of course I’ll want Brazil to win the World Cup.“I see Brazil playing and I can’t find any other team which is playing like them.“The Brazilian squad is a group, it’s not only Neymar. That’s such a strong group.“And beyond that, they have an extraordinary coach. Brazil is the favourite.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“When you lose a game as we lost in 2014, or having been eliminated in the semis, what I see is that, with this new coach and this squad, it’s time Brazil starts winning again.”Carlos has tipped Brazil to surprise rivals at the World Cup and believes that sides like Spain could be caught out by everybody knowing their style.“One squad with five world titles must win the sixth,” continued the 44 year-old.“Spain has one, but they have a great squad. The thing is that everybody knows how Spain is playing.“Brazil has a new model of playing football. This can be a surprise to the opponents.”Carlos also had some positive word for the injured Neymar and believes that the Paris Saint-Germain forward is on the road to greatness.“Neymar is going the right way,” said Carlos.“It’s a pity about this injury but Neymar is doing everything right to be the best in the world.”last_img read more


Second generation Bahamian 13 Phillip Dorsett playing in NFL Superbowl for New

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, February 4, 2018 – Minneapolis – Miami born and raised, 25 year old Dorsett who joined the Patriots in September is the son of Nassau man, Howard Dorsett and grandson to Exuma man, Thomas Dorsett (said to be from Williams Town, Ex).With the final score of 41-33, the Bahamian descent, wide receiver will have to settle for a loss tonight as the Philadelphia Eagles take Superbowl LII.#MagneticMediaNews#PhillipDorsett#SuperBowlLIIPhoto credit: MM fan Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PhillipDorsett, #SuperBowlLIIlast_img read more


Jamaicans brace flooding during severe storm

first_imgMost of the roads now look like rivers, but Jamaicans finally were able to receive some good news. The worst of the weather system has passed and the rain will slowly come to a halt over the next few days.Tens of thousands of people are without power Tuesday night due to the floods. As of 10 p.m., there are no reports of any major injuries or deaths.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. KINGSTON, Jamaica (WSVN) — Severe weather has been swamping the streets in Jamaica and putting residents in danger as they fight through the flood.Rain, as of Tuesday, continues to pour down on Jamaica. The storms all began over the island nation on Friday and it has only recently started to let up.The Jamaica Observer, a Kingston newspaper, released video of the flooding. High water could be spotted in nearly all of Jamaica’s 14 parishes.Many cars are stalled out, leaving drivers to be forced to walk under their umbrellas.“The water was pushing cars down here and all of that,” said resident Hopeton Thomas. “Oh my God. Look there.”Though the gators loved the onslaught of rain, the situation for many residents is more serious.About $175 million has been allocated by officials as part of their national emergency systems to combat the flooding. last_img read more


Trump Administration Looking to Limit Legal Immigration Based on Income Public Benefits

first_img Listen 00:00 /01:06 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesA U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office.A new report shows immigrants from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean would be most affected by rules being considered by the Trump administration to restrict family-based immigration. According to leaked drafts of the policy, the administration is looking to set income limits, so green cards would be harder to obtain for less-affluent legal immigrants, usually coming to the country through a family connection.center_img Share Immigrants earning less than 250 percent above the federal poverty line ($62,000/year for a family of four) would have their income count against them when immigration officials are deciding whether or not to grant them a visa. New data from the Washington D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute (MPI) show the people most likely to meet income requirements come from Europe, Canada and Oceania (Australia), while immigrants from Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean are most likely not to meet the income threshold. “It might change the face of future immigrants coming to the state (Texas),” said Jeanne Batalova, an MPI senior analyst, “but also, it raises the question, what will happen to people who could be eligible, but cannot clear those new standards.”Because the considered rules could have large impacts on the race and ethnicities of future legal immigrants, some experts say it’s a way of bringing back the Immigration Act of 1924, which set quotas on how many people could immigrate from each country to maintain the racial and ethnic makeup of the United States at the time. Number and Share of Recently Arrived, Legally Present Noncitizens in Families with Annual Incomes below 250 Percent of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL) by Region of Birth, United States and Texas, 2014-16Note: Recently arrived legally present noncitizens are persons with green cards or legal nonimmigrant visas who came to the United States in the five years prior to the survey.Source: Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s pooled 2014-16 American Community Survey and 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) with MPI legal-status assignments.Recently Arrived, Legally Present Noncitizens: Total and in Families with Annual Incomes below 250 Percent of the Federal Poverty Line, United States and Texas, 2014-16Source: Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s pooled 2014-16 American Community Survey and 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) with MPI legal-status assignments.The policy stands to have a greater impact on Texas because of the size and countries of origin of the immigrant community in the state. “Proportionately speaking, Texas is likely to be affected more than other states in the United States,” said Batalova.The policy would also greatly expand (from 3 percent to 47 percent) the share of legal immigrants that would be deemed a “public charge” based on their use, or their dependent’s use, of public benefits.A public charge determination weighs heavily against a legally present non citizen when an immigration official is deciding to grant or deny them a green card or visa. The new public charge rules would apply to nearly half of all lawfully present immigrants, including some 1.3 million Texans.Proposed public charge rules would also have major chilling effects on immigrant use of benefits like Medicaid and food stamps. “It potentially creates an enormous chilling effect,” said Mark Greenberg, senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, “which could leave families with children fearful that receipt of publicly funded health care assistance is going to hurt their ability to get green cards or to get another family member admitted to the country.”last_img read more


Netflix Buys Philippines Horror Film Aurora EXCLUSIVE

first_img“Aurora,” a horror thriller directed by Yam Laranas (“The Road,” “Sigaw”) has been acquired by Netflix. It is one of the first films from The Philippines to be picked up by the global streaming giant and will play out from April 25.With a screenplay by Laranas and Gin de Mesa, the film sees a passenger ship, the Aurora, mysteriously collide into the rocky sea threatening an entire island. A young woman and her sister try to survive by finding the missing dead for a bounty – until the dead themselves come looking for shelter.It had its theatrical premiere at the prestigious Metro Manila festival in December and this year is nominated for the FAMAS award for best visual effects.The film features Anne Curtis, an Australian-born woman who became a child star in the Philippines. Curtis is now one of the country’s biggest celebrities and a social media phenomenon. The film also stars Phoebe Villamor and Mercedes Cabral. Production, local distribution and international sales are handled by the venerable Viva Films company. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Another Curtis-starring film, action movie “BuyBust,” by Erik Matti, last year became the first Filipino feature to be acquired by Netflix. In December last year, Curtis was named as a talent to watch jointly by Variety and the International Film Festival and Awards Macao.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more


The Weirdest And Worst Avengers Fan Art

first_imgIt’s fair to say that Avengers: Infinity War is like fan art come to life. All of your favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes together in one place? They don’t make enough shawarma to feed them all. But even the wild minds of the Russo brothers can’t match the obsessive mania of the true fan artists, who have been bombarding Tumblr, DeviantArt and other sites with illustrations both fair and foul.Because we’re evil people at heart, we’ve compiled a gallery of Avengers fan art that will make you cringe, sweat or otherwise doubt your mind. It took all six of the Infinity Stones to create drawings this demented, putting America’s greatest heroes in situations involving vore, diapers, and of course Sonic the Hedgehog. AdChoices广告View as: One Page Slides1. We Are The AvengersGosh! Duh! I think this scene is supposed to depict the iconic moment when Captain America was thawed from a block of ice by the team, but it looks a little goofier than I remember.2. Infinity PoniesIf a cultural product exists, you can bet your ass somebody’s drawn a My Little Pony version of it. This depiction of an equine Thanos triumphant over his spandex-clad horse rivals is a little intense even for MLP fandom.3. Overstuffed Iron ManTony Stark’s armor is crafted to mold to the shape of his body for maximum protection and performance, but what if our favorite multi-billionaire superhero decided to pack on the pounds with a fine dining tour of the world? Well, it’d probably go something like this.4. Avengers AssembleNot 100% sure what’s going on in this unique pic of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Avengers getting ready for action. Tony’s “Deal With It” shades are probably the least weird thing about it after Cap’s neck, Natasha’s bustline and Hulk’s… everything.5. Infinity War AftermathWhat do you think is going to happen to big baddie Thanos after Infinity War wraps up? Well, if you’re this DeviantArt fetishist, your prediction is that the Black Widow will trap his nutsack in a vicious footlock and imprison him there forever.6. Hydra’s Gigantic Vore NightmareBucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, has found himself in a number of pickles during his superheroic career. We must have missed the issue that had him growing to giant size and chowing down on a bunch of Hydra flunkies though.7. Social Justice AvengersFreaking out about “Social Justice Warriors” is a popular hobby among dumber parts of fandom, but this guy should probably be freaking out about basic anatomy and technique before he tries to make any more political statements.8. Spidey SquelchThe scene in Civil War where Ant-Man grows to giant size lit a fire under a certain subset of fetishists who are really into big people eating little people. Thankfully Spider-Man was able to keep from swinging right into his gullet.9. The Big OnePeople often make fun of comic book art because it presents an unrealistic depiction of human muscles and anatomy. That might be true, but fan art will always push the envelope, as this drawing of Captain America that would make Rob Liefeld blush proves.10. Scarlet WitchContinuing with our theme of “disturbing portraiture,” this computer-illustrated rendition of Wanda Maximoff looks a lot like a sex doll a very lonely person would put pictures of on his Geocities page.11. Natasha Meets Wanda’s WrathWe normally don’t include photomanipulations in these fan art roundups, but this one is so over the top and absurdist that it forced its way through. What do you think the Scarlet Witch is using to inflate our dear Black Widow? Kind of looks like cherry Kool-Aid.12. New AvengersThe roster of the Avengers has undergone plenty of shakeups over the team’s existence, but this artist envisions a squad made up of the Hulk, Grimlock, legendary demon Dagon and… Tiger Woods?13. Group ShotYou can’t help but marvel at the sheer energy in this art brut rendition of the Avengers. It looks like the guy who drew it pressed down so hard with his Marvy Markers that the very page buckled underneath his enthusiasm.14. Sonic AvengersYou were promised Sonic the Hegehog in the introduction to this gallery and we always keep our promises. Is that Big the Cat as Iron Man or some character from the depths of the franchise that I don’t know?15. Code Green Ends In Code BrownThe cinematic relationship between the Black Widow and the Hulk has been a big part of the Marvel movies, but we don’t remember a scene where she craps her catsuit while they climb up a rock wall. Maybe it’s on the Blu-Ray?16. SumovengersThey say that superhero costumes are too revealing, but this doesn’t seem like a good alternative to me.17. The Imprintable Iron Man…what? Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


A lawyer is challenging Bermudas repeal of samesex marriage

first_imgMark Pettingill filed a motion on Friday (16 February) against the British territory’s Attorney General to reverse the repeal.On 7 February, Governor John Rankin signed the Domestic Partnership Act 2017 into law. This changed the Supreme Court’s May 2017 decision to legalize same-sex marriage and instead revert it to domestic partnerships.The law also states marriages are ‘void unless the parties are respectively male and female’.Pettingill, formerly an attorney general himself, won the Supreme Court case in May.However, when Progressive Labour Party gained a majority following the July 2017 elections, his work came undone. Politicians quickly introduced the Domestic Partnership Act and it passed the House and Senate. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Winston and Greg were the original plaintiffs in a Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. | Photo: Twitter @RainbowBermudacenter_img The island of Bermuda shocked everyone earlier this month when it became the first place to repeal same-sex marriage. Now a lawyer is challenging the ban. Constitutional rights infringedPettingill is representing US-based Bermudian Roderick Ferguson.While Ferguson is currently not attempting to wed, he wants that right for himself in the future.‘My client has the right to the constitutional protection of the law and that has been infringed as a result of the DPA,’ Pettingill said on Monday (19 February).Bermuda’s constitution bans discrimination. Pettingill is arguing, then, that the Domestic Partnership Act violates the constitution.Many groups and British MPs condemned the new law. However, in response to the notion that Britain should have vetoed the decision, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that would have been inappropriate.GSN reached out to Pettingill for further comment.H/t: HuffPostGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Gay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalBermuda officially becomes the first country to abolish same-sex marriageBoris Johnson: ‘Not appropriate’ to veto Bermuda anti-gay marriage lawRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lawyer-challenging-bermuda-repeal-same-sex-marriage/last_img read more


Petition submitted to Japans ruling party over MPs antiLGBTI comments

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Lower-house LDP lawmaker, Mio Sugita, caused a public outcry over comments she made in a magazine article in July.In the article, Sugita claimed LGBTI people ‘lacked productivity’ as they could not bear children, and should not receive state welfare support.When later asked to address these comments in a TV interview, Sugita doubled-down on her remarks. She also said that preventing LGBTI suicide was a ‘low-priority’.Her comments caused an instant backlash from LGBTI groups, along with elderly and disabled rights campaigners.In total, 26,650 people signed the petition calling on the LDP to take action, AP reported.Public backlashAnger over Sugita’s comments has become increasingly vocal since July.In August, thousands of people took to the streets to protest Sugita’s comments outside of the LDP’s headquarters in Tokyo.The LDP were initially slow to respond to the criticisms, though later relented under growing public pressure. The party eventually released a statement saying that Sugita’s comments ‘show her lack of understanding of (LGBT) issues and consideration for the feelings of people involved.’Sugita is no stranger to controversy when it comes to LGBTI rights in Japan.In a talk-show interview in 2015 she said she compared same-sex relationships to incest and bestiality.‘If we recognize different sexual orientations, that will lead to calls to allow marriage between siblings, marriage between parents and children, or even marriage to pets or machines,’ she said.Not alone in courting controversySugita is not the only Japanese lawmaker to make headlines for holding outspoken views on LGBTI rights.In July, fellow LDP lawmaker Tom Tanigawa courted controversy after saying same-sex marriage was ‘like a hobby’.Appearing on an internet TV show, Tanigawa said: ‘It’s not that I don’t approve of diversity and it’s fine if women like women and men like men. But it’s not necessary to legalize same-sex marriage. It’s like a hobby.’Japan is considered generally progressive on LGBTI rights, particularly when compared to other Asian countries. However, the LGBTI community does not have full equality.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A petition with over 25,000 signators has been submitted to Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), calling for an apology from an MP called LGBTI people ‘unproductive’.center_img Over 5,000 people protested the controversial politician’s comments last month | Photo: Twitter / @Mae_To_Ushiro GAYSTARNEWS- Japan’s ruling party reject controversial MP’s LGBTI commentsHomophobic article gets Japanese magazine suspended indefinitelyJapan’s city of Chiba to issue LGBTI partnership certificatesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/petition-submitted-to-japans-ruling-party-over-mps-anti-lgbti-comments/last_img read more


Chile Allendes granddaughter wins her first race

first_img Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Parents, stop beating yourself up Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories In all, Chileans decided 345 mayor’s offices and 2,224 local council seats nationwide.With more than 90 percent of the vote counted, the ruling right-wing alliance was winning 37 percent of the seats, while parties of the divided left were winning 43 percent overall.Former President Ricardo Lagos called Sunday’s election, the first since Chile added five million new voters to the rolls by automatically registering all adults, the end of an era.By making voter registration automatic, Chile increased its electorate from 8.1 million to 13.4 million in the nation of 17 million. But with voting no longer mandatory, many stayed home, dismaying those who had hoped that so much social upheaval would lead to bigger changes.The old electorate had moved increasingly to the right as ever-fewer Chileans bothered to register and vote. After Sebastian Pinera’s 2009 presidential win ended 20 years of center-left rule, his center-right alliance agreed to expand the electorate only if the left agreed to make voting optional.Some analysts say the left’s concessions were a mistake, noting that wealthier people are more likely to vote even when it’s not mandatory. On Sunday night, the turnout appeared to confirm the left’s worst fears: in some districts, absenteeism reached 80 percent. The left’s biggest victory was in central Santiago, where Carolina Toha defeated Pablo Zalaquett of the ultra-conservative Independent Democratic Union. Toha served as former President Michelle Bachelet’s spokeswoman, and her father, Allende’s vice president, died after being jailed and tortured.Toha had sided with the students protesting for free, quality education in Chile, while Zalaquett ordered police to crack down on their demonstrations.“I will be a mayor for all,” Toha said in her victory speech. “Everyone will be listened to; no one will be excluded.”For many members of Chile’s student protest movement, which burst onto the scene last year with a series of massive demonstrations, this was their first chance to vote.The left also won in the capital’s upper-class Providencia district, where community leader Josefina Errazuriz ended retired Col. Cristian Labbe’s 16-year-hold on the mayor’s office. Labbe led Pinochet’s domestic intelligence agency during the dictatorship and has tried to bring Pinochet’s disciples back from the political wilderness.Center-right politicians held onto five other major cities, including Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, La Florida, Las Condes and San Bernardo, but they lost southern Concepcion, where the mayor was sharply criticized for her handling of the earthquake aftermath. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Associated PressSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – Maya Fernandez Allende, the granddaughter of Chile’s fallen socialist President Salvador Allende, won her first major political race on Sunday as leftist parties regained lost ground in municipal elections nationwide.The election featured millions of citizens voting for the first time after Chile greatly expanded its electorate, although absenteeism was also high.Fernandez, 41, defeated incumbent Mayor Pedro Sabat of the center-right National Renovation party in Nunoa, a district of the capital. A socialist and veterinarian by trade, she served on the local council in the district after growing up in Cuba, where her mother Beatriz lived in exile after President Allende died during Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 coup. Pinera called the absenteeism “a warning sign” for Chile’s democracy and pledged that his government will do all it can to increase participation in next November’s presidential elections.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more