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Chisox Homers Beat Yanks, 8-2

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox offense is coming around. So is pitcher John Danks.Melky Cabrera and Alexei Ramirez homered and Danks struck out eight as the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 8-2 on Aug. 1.Danks (6-8) held the Yankees to a run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked four but his eight strikeouts matched a season high and he has not lost in six consecutive starts.“Tonight’s the best stuff I’ve had in two years,” said Danks, who is 2-0 with a 2.78 ERA in the second half of the season after he went 4-8 with a 5.30 ERA in the first half.“I would say since the break my stuff’s gradually gotten better. It’s nice to be able to reach back and throw a respectable fastball.”And it helps that the Sox have averaged seven runs per game and hit 15 home runs over their last 10 games.Danks has been trying to bounce back after undergoing shoulder surgery nearly three years ago.“The first time I looked up and saw 93 (mph for fastball velocity), I wanted to throw confetti out there,” Danks said. “It’s definitely gotten better. I wish it hadn’t taken this long and hopefully it’ll continue, but I feel good about things right now.”Brian McCann hit his 17th homer for the AL East-leading Yankees, who could muster only five hits.Tyler Saladino hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth to give the White Sox a two-run lead and knock Bryan Mitchell (0-1) out of the game. Diego Moreno replaced Mitchell and hit Jose Abreu with a pitch before he allowed Cabrera’s three-run homer.Cabrera is hitting .478 with 16 RBIs in his last 11 games. “He’s been hot,” White Sox Manager Robin Ventura said. “He’s been in the middle of a lot of it.”Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI double in the first that put the White Sox ahead.Ramirez homered in the second for his sixth of the season and fourth in 14 games for the White Sox, who have won eight-of-10. He added an RBI double in the seventh.The White Sox averaged 4.3 runs per game to go 16-10 in July for their best monthly mark this season. They averaged just 3.1 runs in June.“When you score runs, period, it’s better,” Ventura said. “It’s been a nice change that we’re scoring some runs.”Avisail Garcia robbed Didi Gregorius of a three-run home run with a leaping grab at the right-field wall in the third. John Ryan Murphy scored on a sacrifice fly to cut the White Sox lead to one.Danks was called for a balk on a pickoff move after he walked Jacoby Ellsbury in the fifth. Danks then struck out Brett Gardner for his eighth K. He had been 2-3 with a 5.64 ERA in nine career starts against New York.Mitchell allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings in his second career start and first of the season for New York.“I fell behind a lot,” Mitchell said. “It’s tough to pitch like that. You’re going to run into more trouble than not.”(SARAH TROTTO)last_img read more

Go Round’s Vincent George relives scary moment vs. Kwara

first_imgNPFL ‘I’ve never killed someone’ – Go Round FC’s Vincent George relives scary moment vs. Kwara United Tolu Olasoji Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 18:17 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Vincent George - Go Round FC Tolu Olasoji NPFL Go Round Kwara United Perceived to be a deliberate attempt, the midfielder was quick to play down the action and expressed relief as Binuyo survived his scorcher Go Round FC’s Vincent George relives the scary moment that saw Kwara United player Lookman Binuyo slump after his clearance – from a corner kick – was met by the player’s face.The Omoku outfit and the Harmony Boys locked horns in the opening fixture of the Nigeria National League Super Four tournament [the decider of the second division overall winner] at the Agege Stadium on Sunday evening.Moments after the interval, the Kwara outfit were awarded a corner kick, the cross was headed out and in an attempt to clear his lines further, the midfielder’s forceful attempt clattered into the face of an onrushing Binuyo – who was bent on sending the ball back into the danger zone.ICYMI: The heart-in-mouth moment when medics were trying to revive @KwaraUnitedFC player Lookman Binuyo after he received a powerful clearance in the face from @GoRoundFC’s George Vincent. Binuyo slumped, but all thanks to the medical team. @communeamos @dammydudu #NNLSuper4 pic.twitter.com/0TULJvGE5Q— Tolu Olasoji (@Tollexrism) January 8, 2018Medics revive @KwaraUnitedFC player Lookman Binuyo who went down after being at the receiving of a shot aimed directly at him. #NNLSuper4 pic.twitter.com/yJnQZ2AmIS— Amos Joseph (@communeamos) January 7, 2018The player slumped, thus, needing the help of medics for minutes before he was okayed to leave the pitch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “No, it wasn’t deliberate,” George told Goal.“I was very scared because I’ve never killed somebody and I was very upset with myself.“I felt sorry and I pray he gets better very soon,” he added.The Omoku outfit won their Kwara counterparts 4-2 after a less adventurous 90 minutes that ended in a goalless stalemate.And George, one of the four Go Round Players to convert their spot kicks, explains how he was able to keep his calm from 12-yard out after second half’s near-death incident.“I felt relaxed because I’m very good at taking penalties. It was very easy for me despite the earlier incident. I just had to erase it from my mind because I saw the guy was alive,” he continued.“Well, Kwara United are very good and I’ve never seen them play before or played against them. This is my first time of watching them and they are a very good team.The former Garden City Panthers player will be making his maiden appearance in the Nigeria Professional Football League after helping his side finish second – behind Heartland – in the NNL Southern Conference last season. And he talks up his expectations: “I’m looking forward to playing good games, I excel and looking forward to the national team.”Go Round will face Heartland on Tuesday evening and the left-footed midfielder has stated his readiness for the tie.last_img read more

Celebrate National Beard Day By Stocking Up on Beard Stuff

first_imgBilly Jealousy Gnarly Sheen Refining Beard Oil$24, nordstrom.comMake your beard shine bright like a diamond. Or at least give it a nice patina sans grease with this natural blend of sunflower, sweet almond, and avocado oils. And it takes the itch out by keeping everything good and moisturized. Penhaligon’s No. 33 Face & Beard Scrub$35, mrporter.comFrom a brand that’s been in the grooming business for over a century (so, yeah, they know their shit), comes this natural scrub that softens beard hairs and the skin that lies beneath. And the peppy blend of citrus, sage and lavender is a nice touch. 7 Most Popular Beard Styles for Men Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Big Red No. 22L Beard Comb$31.94, bigredbeardcombs.comYou can groom yourself wherever you see fit with this comb that folds into a leather fob and can be clipped to your keys. And though we strongly discourage whipping this baby out in certain social settings, it is a handsome sight to behold so maybe those around you will be forgiving. Beardbrand Black Marble Beard Oil$79.99, beardbrand.comI bet you didn’t know you needed a beard fragrance. Well, maybe you don’t need it but you’ll want this one. Technically it’s beard oil but the best part of this collaboration with designer Tobias van Schneider is the refreshing, yet cozy blend of citrus, cedarwood and ginger. It’s something you won’t mind wafting beneath your nose all day. 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard It seems there is a ‘National Day or Week or Month of’ bestowed upon every food, inanimate object, and body part known to man. If you’re into celebrating the minutiae of life, then the party never ends. On that note, it’s the time of year we hail the hirsute—National Beard Day. If you happen to be the proud owner of a hairy face, we invite you to help fete your prodigious follicles with the following five super duper beard-specific offerings.Proraso Hot Oil Beard Treatment$18, birchbox.comBaby your beard with hot oil. Like a hair mask for your face, you massage this moisturizing treatment onto your beard, wait a few minutes for it to work its hair softening magic, and then rinse. How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy last_img read more

Don’t Want to Go Home? This Bar Lets You Order a Crash Pad

first_img How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home Photo by Michael Kleinberg PhotographyWe’ve all been there. We’ve all had those days/nights where everything aligns. It starts with a leisurely brunch. A little buzzed, you and your buddies then decide to wander around, coming across some dive bar you’ve never seen before (yet walked by a thousand times) and you find out they have amazing beers on tap for dirt cheap. You’re two for two right now. Follow that up with a nice, filling dinner (read: fried food and cheese) and you’re ready to go again. Insert another bar or two and somehow it’s two in the morning and you’re supposed to go home. But you don’t want to. Maybe at this point, admittedly, you’re a little too drunk to. The day was so good, you literally lost track of time.When this happens, the dilemma becomes how to get home. You could spend a fortune on a taxi, or you could try and navigate the subway system, knowing full well that you might end up in the Bronx when you needed Brooklyn. What if there was an even easier solution, one that didn’t involve either of those things? Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge, a new bar in New York City located on top of the Moxy Times Square Hotel), has come up with a solution for their patrons in this very situation: rentable crash pads.Photo by Michael Kleinberg PhotographyFor $99, you can rent one of the 19 available crash pads, which are located below the hotel. The crash pads are ordered off the menu; each one is 120-square-feet and comes equipped with a twin bed and a flat-screen television (really the only things you need when the room starts to spin).Wanting to stay overnight at a bar, though, is predicated on the bar being fun — on having a good time. No person is ever going to contemplate sleeping on the stained pool table at the back of a dive bar, no matter how drunk he is. Luckily, Magic Hour brings the entertainment. Hard.At 10,000 square feet, Magic Houris New York City’s largest indoor/outdoor hotel rooftoplounge. The concept of the bar, according to the creators, is “urban amusement park” meets “adult sensibility.”Wondering what exactly does urban amusement park means? At Magic Hour, they have carousel seating, an oversized topiary garden (because who doesn’t want to get drunk and yell at a giant leafy giraffe?), and a miniature putt-putt course named — wait for it — Foreplay.Sure, the golf joke is there, but Foreplay takes it a step further: Throughout the course you will find life-sized animals in risqué poses.The rooftop is set up for all-seasons, so while it may be chilly now, you’ll still find plenty to enjoy while there (like the nightly live DJs, the cocktail menu, or the light bites that are carnival-inspired such as the sausage and peppers or the Maine lobster roll).Next time you’re out in New York and you know you’re not going to want to go home, you might want to head to Magic Hour and crash there.Photos by Michael Kleinberg Photography. How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date last_img read more

Nova Scotia Companies to be Celebrated at Provincial Export Awards

first_img Acadian Seaplants, Cornwallis, Annapolis Co. Big 8 Beverages, Stellarton Premium Seafood Group, Arichat, Richmond Co. Sara Bonnyman Pottery, Tatamagouche Advanced Glazings Ltd., Sydney Randsland Farms Inc., Canning, Kings Co. Wedgeport Lobsters, Yarmouth Blue Ocean, Halifax Van Dyk’s, Caledonia, Queens Co. Nova Scotia companies will be honoured for their success in exporting at the 31st annual Export Achievement Awards. On Thursday, May 21, nine businesses from across the province will be recognized, and one will receive the Exporter of the Year award. “On behalf of the government, I would like to congratulate all of the nominees for their hard work and contribution to growing our economy,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Business. “The One Nova Scotia Commission identified increasing the value of our exports by 50 per cent as key to building a better economic future, and the efforts of these nominees are helping Nova Scotia achieve that important goal.” The nominees for exporter of the year, who have already been recognized in their communities by their regional chambers, are: “The Export Achievement Awards recognizes companies across Nova Scotia that demonstrate the drive and the competitiveness necessary to succeed globally,” said Laurel Broten, Nova Scotia Business Inc. president and CEO. “Congratulations to all the nominees on this important achievement.” This year’s keynote speaker is Julia Rivard, senior partner at Norex. And, for the first time, companies attending are invited to participate in export information sessions. A technical briefing on Canada-U.S. cross-border business affairs will be held for seasoned exporters by Birgit Matthiesen, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. After the luncheon, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a Going Global session for first-time exporters. The luncheon awards ceremony will take place at the World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St., Halifax, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on the awards, the export information sessions and to purchase tickets, visit www.exportachievementawards.com .last_img read more

Mounties in Dawson Creek seize stolen pickup and guns from Mile Zero

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – One man was arrested in Dawson Creek late last week after police recovered a pickup truck and a number of firearms that were found to have been stolen.Cst. Jaime Ekkel with the Dawson Creek RCMP said that on Friday, July 6th, officers were conducting a proactive patrol in the Mile Zero Trailer park when officers noted a pickup truck parked in front of a home which had an incorrect license plate attached.After officers ran a search on the truck’s vehicle identification number, the truck was confirmed to have been previously reported stolen. A man and two women were located inside of the home, and the man was subsequently arrested. The two women were requested to leave the property.A search warrant was executed at the home, where police located multiple stolen firearms, ammunition and knives.Prohibited items such as 15-round pistol magazines and a homemade ‘stun gun’ were also located inside the home.Weapons and stolen property were also found inside the pickup truck.Cst. Ekkel said that the man is still in police custody. His identity has not been released since no charges have yet been laid.last_img read more

SriLankan Airlines operates first all female crew flight

Processed with MOLDIV In recognition of International Women’s Day, SriLankan Airlines operated its first all female crew flight from Colombo to Singapore and return.UL306 of 8th March ’19 landed in Singapore carrying more than 170 passengers onboard. The flight was piloted by Captain Simran Ghumman, First Officer Maneesha Nambuge accompanied by purser Miranda Rodrigo and the cabin crew Lakmini, Sumudu, Onella, Shehani and Dushmanthi.

Creditor Protection deadline for US Steel Canada extended until March

A Toronto judge has granted the extension of the creditor protection deadline for US Steel Canada to March 31st 2017, which was set to expire today.United Steelworkers Union Local 1005 members boarded a bus this morning from the Union Hall on Kenilworth Ave. N. which took them to the courthouse at 330 University Avenue in Toronto to hear the motion at 10:00am.According to Gary Howe, President of Local 1005 here in Hamilton, USS asked for a shorter stay however the judge granted the stay until March.Back in 2014, US Steel Canada entered bankruptcy protection under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). The Stay Period has been extended numerous times, most recently, until today. The reason for an extension once again, is to provide more time for a sale agreement to be reached.A Monitor’s Report that came out yesterday, states US Steel Canada is sitting on $237-million dollars in cash. The union has continuously questioned why the company can’t pay benefits for pensioners.Earlier this month, American-based investment firm Bedrock Industries reached a deal with the Province of Ontario and US Steel Canada to buy the company. That deal still needs to be approved. Howe tells me the Union has still not seen the particulars of this so-called ‘secret deal’, but says it will not be one of the things heard today in court. Howe says the union is not in a position to agree to that deal at this time. read more

European Roma live in abject conditions far behind general population – UN

“These conditions are unacceptable in countries that are part of the European Union or aspire to be,” Andrey Ivanov, Human Development Adviser at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Bratislava Regional Centre in Slovakia said. “We need action now to close the appalling development gap that separates the Roma from the majority populations in this region.”Conducted in 10 countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia – as well as Kosovo, the survey, the most accurate picture ever compiled, shows that:Five times more Roma live below the poverty line than do the majority populations surveyed in Bulgaria and Serbia; three times more in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Romania.In Romania, 7 out of 10 Roma do not have access to running water, while 8 out of 10 Roma cannot afford essential prescription drugs.In Kosovo, only 1 out of 10 Roma aged 12 and above has finished primary school. In all other countries surveyed except the Czech Republic, fewer than 2 out of 10 Roma have completed primary education.The Roma in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia owe in electricity bills more than seven times what they earn in a month. And their debts to the water utility amount to more than four times their monthly income.In Romania, only 2 out of 10 Roma households have a telephone compared with 7 out of 10 for the majority population living in close proximity.The data release is timed to coincide with the launch of the “Decade of Roma Inclusion,” a 10-year effort to integrate the Roma into the European mainstream. The decade aims to provide a policy framework for governments to set their own goals for Roma integration. The current dataset provides a strong analytical backbone to future policies. read more

Ivanka Trump plays big role even without White House title

by Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2017 6:24 am MDT Last Updated Feb 4, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Ivanka Trump plays big role even without White House title WASHINGTON – Even without an official White House title, Ivanka Trump is proving to be a power player.Just this past week, the first daughter joined President Donald Trump at a policy meeting with business executives and accompanied him on a trip to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base to honour the returning remains of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in a raid in Yemen. She hosted CEOs at her home to talk policy and used her influence behind the scenes at the White House.These efforts have focused attention on the role Ivanka Trump, 35, expects to play after resigning executive positions with the Trump Organization and her own lifestyle brand, and moving to Washington. For now, though, it’s her husband, Jared Kushner, who is officially working in the administration.“My father will be president, and hopefully, I can be there to support him and to support those causes I’ve cared about my whole professional career,” Ivanka Trump told ABC’s “20/20” last month.There are no models for a member of the first family with a prominent policy role on the outside — or for a first daughter with this much influence on the inside.Ivanka Trump has tried to end speculation that she will serve as a fill-in first lady, which has only been heightened by stepmother Melania Trump’s decision to continue living in New York City, where son Barron goes to school. Ivanka Trump told “20/20” that “there is one first lady.” But joining the president on the Dover trip was the kind of duty that usually would fall to the president’s spouse.“That’s a typical scene you usually see played out with the president and the first lady, not the first daughter,” said Katherine Jellison, who heads the history department at Ohio University.In Washington, Ivanka Trump has continued her efforts to gather information about workplace policies for women. She hosted a dinner at her home for many of the business leaders attending a White House meeting, including the top executives at Wal-Mart, General Motors and Johnson & Johnson, according to people with knowledge of the event. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss a private dinner.Ivanka Trump also weighed, behind the scene, on a policy matter. Along with Kushner, she discouraged a possible executive order that would have affected LGBTQ workplace rights and she supported a White House statement pledging to leave intact a 2014 executive order that protects workers for federal contractors from anti-LGBTQ discrimination, according to a person with knowledge of Ivanka Trump’s role in the discussion. Her involvement was first reported by Politico.She also hit a few bumps and learned about the bigger spotlight for the first family.She drew criticism on social media last weekend when she posted a picture of her and Kushner in formalwear a day after her father announced an executive order barring refugees from certain countries.Nordstrom announced it will stop selling Ivanka Trump clothing and accessories, creating some questions about the future of the brand elsewhere. The Seattle-based department store chain said the decision was based on the sales performance.Rosemary K. Young, senior director of marketing at Ivanka Trump, said in a statement that the brand “continues to expand across categories and distribution with increased customer support, leading us to experience significant year-over-year revenue growth in 2016.”A brand spokesperson said Nordstrom did order shoes and clothing for spring and moved forward with the purchase of clothing.Last month, Trump said she will take a “formal leave of absence” from her executive positions at the Trump Organization and her company, which will be run by the current president and a board of trustees.The process of unwinding those roles is complicated.The Trump Organization has not filed paperwork yet to remove Ivanka Trump from its liquor license for a company tied to the Trump Soho hotel in Manhattan, according to New York State Liquor Authority spokesman William Crowley. He said companies must update their licenses within 10 business days of any management changes, and that requires agency review and approval first, and that process has not even begun because the agency has not received a request yet.Alan Garten, chief legal officer for the Trump Organization, said Friday that all paperwork had been filed to separate Ivanka Trump from the businesses. He said it was a lengthy process and took several weeks. He did not immediately answer questions about that specific liquor license.___Associated Press writer Bernard Condon in New York contributed to this report. read more

Myanmar UN rights expert urges Government to probe reports of Muslim deaths

“If deaths and injuries have occurred, the Myanmar Government must, under international law, conduct a prompt, effective and impartial investigation and hold the perpetrators of any human rights violations to account,” UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar Tomás Ojea Quintana said in a statement. “Quick and transparent action can help to prevent further violence.”The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which provides money for both sudden-onset and chronically neglected crises, today released $5.5 million to allow UN agencies in Myanmar to maintain humanitarian operations in Rakhine and Kachin states to support thousands of families displaced by fighting.Mr. Ojea Quintana said he has received reports of Rohingya Muslims being killed and injured as well as a security official being killed following a security operation in Du Chee Yar Tan village in Maungdaw, and of Rohingya men, women and children being arrested following the clashes.“Myanmar authorities must respect the due process rights of anyone arrested and detained, which includes access to legal counsel, and address the specific risks faced by women and children in detention,” he stressed.“Given the previous concerns I have raised about torture and ill-treatment of persons in detention in Maungdaw, I urge the authorities to provide access to independent monitoring groups to assess the treatment of those being detained.” In his last report to the UN General Assembly in October, Mr. Ojea Quintana said the serious human rights situation in Rakhine state is posing one of the most serious threats to the process of democratic reform and national reconciliation in Myanmar, which has seen the release of hundreds of prisoners of conscience, greater media freedom, an active Parliament and efforts to reach a ceasefire with various rebel groups.Inter-communal violence erupted in the Rakhine state in June 2012, when 75,000 people were uprooted. A further 36,000 were displaced by a second wave of riots in October of that year.Special Rapporteurs serve in an independent and unpaid capacity and report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, by whom they are appointed. read more

Surface Pro 2 ups battery life 75 percent adds Haswell performance

first_imgMicrosoft has unveiled the Surface Pro 2 today, and it’s a very worthy successor to what was already a pretty solid device. It’s miles ahead in one key area where the original Surface Pro fell short: battery life.The Surface Pro 2 reportedly lasts 75% longer on a single charge than its predecessor. So while the first-gen Pro could squeeze out somewhere around 5 hours from its battery, the Surface Pro 2 should be closer to 8 (Microsoft says more than 10).It’s also cooler and quieter than the original. If you’re thinking this has something to do with a Haswell upgrade, then you’re exactly right. Just as it has done for other company’s ultrabooks and convertibles, Haswell has done wonders for the Surface Pro 2.Microsoft says that the new chip makes the Surface Pro 2 lightning fast — and up to 95% faster than other PCs on the market. That’s a bold claim, but who knows which machines Microsoft is actually referring to. Still, the on-stage demo of the Surface Pro 2 handling raw 6K video was impressive. You may never need to do that, but it’s good way to demonstrate how powerful the Surface Pro 2 really is.While battery life and processing power are obviously incredibly welcome upgrades, Microsoft has made a number of other tweaks, too. The Surface Pro 2 has a two-stage kickstand now. That means you’re not limited to the 20° angle of the Surface Pro, and that should be welcome news for anyone of above-average height. There have been changes on the other side of the tablet, too.The display is still a 10.6-inch 1080p panel, but Microsoft has improved color accuracy by 50%. If you do plan on working with raw high-def video, color reproduction shouldn’t be an issue.As for when you can purchase one, Microsoft has set launch day as October 22.last_img read more

Opinion The robots are coming and men should be more worried than

first_imgOpinion: The robots are coming – and men should be more worried than women The rise of automation is threatening widespread job destruction – especially for men. Short URL 26.08.18 ‘Precarious work becoming the norm’: How a ban on zero-hours contracts may backfire THERE IS A growing anxiety about the rise of robots in today’s world – and new research has revealed that men should be more worried than women.While the fear of automation is nothing new, its impact is becoming more and more evident in our economy. Given the relentless drive of companies to reduce costs, it seems inevitable that automation will become more prevalent throughout all industries over the next few decades.Many multinational companies now run a good portion of their IT, call centres, back office operations and other ‘knowledge services’ in countries where wages are lower – and they are continuing to look for even cheaper alternatives.But why should men in the Irish labour market be more fearful of the imminent robot takeover?Human vs RobotTwo out of five Irish jobs are likely to be “substantially impacted” by automation, according to recent research published by the Irish Government Economics and Evaluation Service (IGEES). The research further revealed that the sectors most impacted will be those in transportation and storage, construction and agriculture. Those in education, health and social work are the least at risk of losing out in a robot takeover.The research showed that the sectors most at risk of automation are largely male dominated. The construction sector is comprised of 94% male and 6% female workers, whereas the education sector is 74% female and 26% male.According to the IGEES report, the construction sector could suffer around 111,000 job losses while education might see automation-related losses of about 23,000 jobs.As a result, the automation-related job losses for people working in construction are about four times those seen for people working in education.Considering the large discrepancy in gender ratios in these two sectors, this is concerning for men. Resistance is futile—but adaptation will be necessarySo what can we do to save our men from the looming robots?One approach would be to encourage men to pursue jobs in historically female-dominated sectors. This may require a rethink of status, both social and financial.The government would also need to introduce a public policy aimed at early intervention such as career guidance for young men. Short-term financial incentives might also encourage men to consider entering these female-dominated fields.Ideally, this would be a movement similar to the encouragement women into the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.An influx of men into jobs in the sectors of education, health and social work would also introduce new perspectives, similar to the contributions women have made by being more equally represented in science and business.Traditionally, these labour market revolutions tend to entail brutal dislocations of workers.As seen in the shift from a predominantly agricultural economy to a largely manufacturing economy, the move to a services sector economy will mean a change in the nature of the jobs we work.If we want to soften the blows of these inevitable frictions, we need to have forward-looking policies.You will be assimilated … into job securityRegardless of whether or not policy is put into place to encourage this, the transition of men to these sectors will likely be impacted by current demographic trends.Ireland has both the highest birth rate and the lowest death rate in the EU, according to Eurostat, so there will be an increasing demand for nurses, teachers, and home caregivers over the coming decades. In the medium-term, male-dominated sectors remain the most vulnerable to the economic cycle.For nearly all of the last 12 years, the male unemployment rate has been higher than the female unemployment rate.From the peak in employment in 2007 to its trough in 2012, about 153,000 construction jobs were lost.Over the same time period, jobs in the education sector remained relatively unchanged, actually increasing by about 300 jobs.If men wish to ensure some stability in their employment, their best bet may be in “pink-collar” work. Shawn Britton is an Economist at KBC Bank who is researching the potential socio-economic issues of automation on employment in Ireland. Sep 9th 2019, 7:00 AM Related Read 23,881 Views 45 Comments center_img Shawn Britton Share16 Tweet Email2 By Shawn Britton Monday 9 Sep 2019, 7:00 AM https://jrnl.ie/4785982 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

PM considers cuts to ABC and SBS

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to break a key election promise by cutting funding to SBS and the ABC in the May budget.Mr Abbott said on the night before the 2013 election: “No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS.”However, as revealed by Fairfax Media this week, the Prime Minister and his colleagues on the expenditure review committee are considering a number of proposals for reducing the ABC’s and SBS’s budgets. One of the options discussed involves introducing an efficiency dividend to the ABC budget – an annual funding reduction used to achieve deep and continuous cuts to government agencies.The ABC was allocated $1.03 billion in the 2013 federal budget. The ABC is one of only three government agencies, along with SBS and Safe Work Australia, currently exempt from the efficiency dividend.The Abbott government does not consider an efficiency dividend on the ABC to be a broken promise, since nearly every other government department has one. Government ministers such as Treasurer Joe Hockey and Communications Minister Mr Turnbull have refused to repeat in the recent past Mr Abbott’s promise not to cut ABC funding. Mr Turnbull also refused to commit to maintaining ABC funding when asked directly by the ABC Friends lobby group in a meeting earlier this month. Source: Fairfax Medialast_img read more

ExDoubledown Media President Faces 100M Lawsuit Over Book

first_imgA spokesperson for Lane did not immediately return a request seeking comment.Back in 2008, Dykstra sued Doubledown Media—the the once-rising publisher of magazines aimed at the Wall Street elite—accusing Lane of breach of contract and for control over the Player’s Club, a magazine Dykstra launched with Doubledown. The now-defunct publishing company struck back soon after with a suit of its own, alleging that Dykstra owed it more than $500,000 in unpaid bills. In February 2009, Doubledown Media closed down after it ran out of money. Failing to sell its assets—including Trader Monthly, Dealmaker, Corporate Leader and the Cigar Report—at an auction, DealFlow Media Acquisitions Inc., a provider of independent research and analysis of alternative assets markets, later acquired the customer lists for those titles.In July 2009, Dykstra filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The petition claimed he had $50,000 in assets and between $10 million and $50 million in liabilities. Randall Lane, the former president of failed Doubledown Media, is facing a $100 million lawsuit after claims in his new book suggest shady business practices by a former partner: baseball star, stock market player and one-time magazine entrepreneur Lenny Dykstra.In the book, called “The Zeroes:  My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane,” Lane [pictured] claims that Dykstra, who produced a column and premium e-newsletter on TheStreet.com, received $250,000 from vending machine technologies company AVT to plug its stock on the financial site. Lane says he is sure that CNBC “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer, who owns and operates TheStreet, “had no knowledge of Dykstra’s ‘pay to plug’ scheme—an arrangement that could well lead to a Securities & Exchange Commission investigation. He was just a dupe.”As a result, AVT has filed a lawsuit against Lane in California Superior Court, claiming libel and false statements. “We are simply not going to allow anyone to publicly defame AVT in this matter without taking action against them,” AVT founder Shannon Illingworth says in a statement.last_img read more

Virtual taste simulator enhances and restores flavour

first_imgClose Cups and cutlery that simulate virtual taste sensations have been developed, enabling flavours to be delivered to users through electric pulses sent to the tongue. Engineers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) developed the Taste+ device in the hope of enhancing the flavour of food, as well as restoring taste to those who have lost it as a result of old age or through cancer treatments.We wanted to come up with a digital method to activate the taste sensation, so this is the result, Nimesha Ranasingue, a research fellow at NUS who worked on the Taste+, told IBTimes UK at the Smart Nation Innovations conference in Singapore this week.We used electrical stimulation on the tongue to conduct studies and try to come up with a model saying using these parameters we can activate these primary taste sensations.By using silver electrodes we apply controlled and brief electrical impulses to the tongue while you are drinking something, or with the spoon while you are eating something in order to augment or alter the existing taste sensations.For example, you can drink lemonade and you can virtually control the sour intensity using this kind of technology.Working prototypes of the Taste+ were on show at the conference, demonstrating how sour, bitter and salt taste sensations can be generated by altering a dial at the bottom of the Taste+ cup, or by pressing a button on the handle of the spoon.The sense of taste diminishes as people get older, beginning at about the age of 50. Treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy also cause damage to taste buds, which can lead to a complete loss of taste.Both of these groups are complaining about diminished taste sensations and diminished taste experiences, Ranasingue said. So we are trying to work with these patients to see whether we can regenerate or whether we can enhance their taste perceptions using this kind of technology.Ranasingue believes that the technology could also be transferred to a virtual reality context. By implementing Taste+ in headsets like the Oculus Rift, users would be able to taste objects within a virtual environment.The Taste+ is still in development but it is hoped that production will begin on a commercial device within the next 12 months.last_img read more

Gautam Chintamanis political biography Rajneeti to chronicle Rajnath Singhs 5decade BJP journey

first_imgPress Information BureauUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s biography by film historian and author Gautam Chintamani will hit the stands next month. The book ‘Rajneeti’ from Penguin Random House India is also available for pre-order on e-commerce websites.According to Penguin Random House India, Rajneeti chronicles Singh’s career spanning nearly 50 years in which he emerged from the grassroots and made it to the top echelons of power on the basis of their hard work, grit and determination.Like most of India’s present political dispensation, Rajnath Singh, too, emerged post-Emergency, the twenty-one-month period between June 1975 and March 1977, often described as the darkest phase in independent India’s history. Yet Singh stands apart from many of his contemporaries as he continues to remain committed to the ideals of social justice, political equality and civil liberty,” said Gautam Chintamani.”In a career spanning fifty years, Singh has come to embody a certain standard in public life where principles do not change with prevailing circumstances, and he strives to constantly mend bridges as well as find common ground across party lines. What propelled me to write this book was the desire to tell the story of a politician, who, unlike most other politicians, never shied away from doing the right thing, irrespective of the opposition.””As a biographer, in Rajnath Singh’s life, I found a rare instance of a politician in contemporary India who has traversed the entire spectrum of the political journey. In this odyssey, Singh has both witnessed and played a significant role in shaping the history of India. A naturally pragmatic person who rarely dwells in the past, Singh’s life also offers the younger generations great insight into the struggles undertaken by men and women to deliver on the promise of making India a world leader,” he added.Singh had emerged from being a humble swayamsevak in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and even served as a cabinet minister in the Vajpayee government. Jailed during the Emergency, Singh was the president of BJP’s youth wing – Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.A two-term president of the BJP, Singh witnessed the elevation of Narendra Modi as the party’s prime ministerial candidate and delivered BJP’s biggest election victory in 2014. Since then, as the Union Home Minister, he has ushered in a new phase in the country’s security where both internal and external threats have been minimised. Under Singh, the threats from Naxalites and Maoists have significantly decreased and Jammu and Kashmir saw its first local body elections in over a decade. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Union minister Rajnath Singh released BJP’s manifesto ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.Gautam Chintamani hails from a literary tradition that runs deep on both sides of his family — the late Telugu poet Arudra is his maternal grandfather and the liberal thinker Sir CY Chintamani is his paternal great-grandfather.Gautam ChintamaniTwitter/Gautam ChintamaniGautam’s documentary film SRI: Challenging Traditions, Transforming Lives had won the Best Documentary Award at the Asia Pacific Rice Film Festival, Malaysia. His trilogy, Janam–Aagazh–Parvaaz, on the journey of children with special needs and their parents was screened at the 2011 International Film Festival of India (IFFI). His notable television credits include Siddhanth, a law series which garnered an Emmy nomination in the ‘international drama’ category — a first for an Indian television show.Gautam’s writing has featured in national publications, including a compilation on Dadasaheb Phalke awardees published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Legends of Indian Silver Screen. He was on the National Film Awards jury for Best Writing on Cinema in 2016.last_img read more

5 of a family die from mysterious disease in Thakurgaon

first_imgFive members of a family died mysteriously in the last 15 days at Bhandardah Nayabari village in Baliadanga upazila, creating panic among local people.Villagers said Taher Ali, 55, son of Fazar Ali of the village, died on 9 February after falling sick with symptoms of breathing problem.Later, his son-in-law Habibur Rahman, 35, died on 20 February while Taher’s wife Hosne Ara, 45, died the following day the same way.Taher’s elder son Yousuf Ali, 30, and younger son Mehedi Hasan, 24, fell sick on Sunday. Yousuf died on the way to Rangpur Medical College Hospital while Mehdi died while he was undergoing treatment.Being informed by the local people, Mosabberul Haque, officer-in-charge of Baliadangi police station, visited the house.The OC said doctors at Rangpur Medical College and Hospital told him that ‘brain virus’ might be the reason behind their death. The disease spread from cough and sneezing, he quoted the doctors as saying.”A probe panel is coming from Dhaka today to investigate the cause behind the death,” said physician Shahjahan Newaj, civil surgeon of Thakurgaon, adding that viral attack might be a reason behind the death.last_img read more

Of Dilli and its hues

first_imgThe thirteenth weekend of Dilli Haat Utsav presented a delightful evening for visitors. More than simply being a weekly dose of entertainment, the festival was a conducive opportunity for new talent pool. Dilli Haat Utsav is bringing the unheard voices and unseen dance acts on stage. It is a unique ongoing festival of Delhi Tourism in collaboration with Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Government of Delhi. Artists from different institutions like Punjabi Academy, Maithli Bhojpuri Academy, Hindi Academy, Urdu Academy etc. have been performing at Dilli Haats to charm the audience with animated evenings every weekend. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’December 13 witnessed eventful performances at Dilli Haat Pitampura and Janakpuri. Artists from Sahitya Kala Parishad performed at Pitampura, while performers from Punjabi Academy enthralled the audience at Dilli Haat Janakpuri. Manipuri cultural program at Pitampura attracted people in large numbers and blazing folk dance and singing by Sabrang Group from Punjabi Academy at Janakpuri made the ambiance even more lively.last_img read more