Jennifer Hudson is starring in a Funny or Die PSA which tells Americans how they can sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.Funny or Die states: Jennifer Hudson is searching for a scandal. Too bad the Affordable Care Act fixes all of them.The tongue-in-cheek video explains how young people can be covered on their parents’ insurance until they are 26, how pre-existing conditions such as asthma cannot prevent a person from being covered, and more.Video: Scandalous with Jennifer HudsonEnrollment begins today, October 1, 2013, for coverage beginning January 1, 2014. For up-to-date information on how to sign up and what is covered, visit https://www.healthcare.gov/.
Seoul: Samsung is rolling out an update that would bring latest features in its Galaxy Watch Active to older smartwatches. The update would bring features like One UI interface, health features and other optimizations to older models like regular Galaxy Watch, Gear S3 and Gear Sport, according to the company. The update also adds better battery optimization — the watches will automatically close apps operating in the background to prevent battery drain, Digital Trends reported on Sunday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Older smartwatches also get all the newer watch faces that are on the Galaxy Watch Active. Among the health features are a ‘Daily Activities’ screen, ‘Workout’ and a new tracker for outdoor swimming. With the update, Samsung has also improved heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking. The updated interface features new advanced settings, including enabling and disabling Touch wake-up, controlling the frequency and timing of Daily briefing updates.
30 March 2011While applauding the development gains made by Viet Nam, an independent United Nations human rights expert has stressed the need for the South-East Asian nation to ensure a human rights-based approach in addressing social and economic challenges. “To fully ensure that principle, it is important that national economic and social policies and programmes are firmly anchored in a human rights-based framework that underscored participation, transparency and accountability,” Cephas Lumina said yesterday at the end of his first mission to Viet Nam. “The citizens of Viet Nam are not only the main beneficiaries of the Government’s economic and social development programmes,” he said in a statement delivered in Hanoi, “they are also the most important stakeholders in the country’s development.” Mr. Lumina, the UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, commended the Government on the “remarkable” progress it has achieved. Viet Nam has achieved three out of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) well ahead of schedule – halving the number of its poor, ensuring gender equality and making primary education available to all. “With the demonstrated commitment of the Government and the continued support of its development partners, I believe that Viet Nam can achieve the remaining MDGs by the target date,” he stated, referring to the globally agreed deadline of 2015.In the last decade, Viet Nam’s per capita income has risen from $390 in 2000 to $1,200 in 2010, and more than seven million jobs have been created. Viet Nam’s impressive success in socio-economic development is evidenced by its recent attainment of lower middle-income status. “These achievements bear testimony to the political will of the Government to improve the socio-economic conditions of its people,” said Mr. Lumina, while adding that despite this commendable progress, the country faces a number of challenges, including those linked to its “lower middle-income” status.He underscored that Viet Nam’s reliance on official development assistance (ODA) “is increasingly challenged by the decline of ODA at the global level and by the impact of the global economic downturn.” On the sustainability of the country’s foreign debt and its effect on the MDGs, Mr. Lumina pointed out that the budget and trade deficits required urgent attention to ensure that social protection measures were not affected. The expert, who reports to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council in an independent and unpaid capacity, also warned that climate change posed a serious challenge to the country’s development efforts, given that the region is prone to environmental hazards and is vulnerable to sea-level rise.
26 May 2011An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged Tunisia’s transitional Government to carry out the necessary reforms to ensure that its counter-terrorism measures comply with international human rights law. “I call for measures against impunity to secure accountability for crimes and human rights violations committed in the name of counter-terrorism,” said Martin Scheinin, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, at the end of his five-day visit to Tunisia.The visit was intended to assess progress in the implementation of the recommendations made after his previous mission in January last year and identify areas where reforms are necessary.“The global threat of terrorism is real and can only be responded to through properly targeted and lawful measures, instead of using the notion of terrorism to suppress dissent,” Mr. Scheinin said a press release.He offered to assist Tunisia to replace the abusive anti-terrorism law of 2003 with a proper legislative framework to bring the North African country’s anti-terrorism efforts in line with international legal standards.Following up on his previous report in which he expressed grave concern over the activities of various entities in Tunisia’s security apparatus and the secrecy and impunity with which they operated, Mr. Scheinin welcomed the abolition of the Directorate for State Security by the transitional Government.“Secrecy was an important element that contributed to the shield of impunity under which these actors could operate,” he said. “All security organs’ functions and powers must be regulated by publicly available laws. Such transparency avoids not only the creation of myths about what these agencies do, but also ensures accountability of these agencies if they commit illegal acts,” he added.He commended the first steps taken by the transitional Government to establish accountability for those who attacked pro-reform demonstrators earlier this year, but underscored that “in order to look truly forward towards a new Tunisia, it has to come to terms with dark remnants of its past.“Tunisia should continue to investigate ex officio allegations of torture and illegal detention, often committed under the pretext of the fight against terrorism,” he said. “Investigating, prosecuting and trying those responsible for the crimes in question can also help rebuild trust between the population and the security forces in the country.”He also praised Tunisia’s decision to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, the Optional Protocols to the Convention against Torture and the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Follow @NeilMDavidson on TwitterNeil Davidson, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Nik Ledgerwood went to Europe in 2003 in search of soccer employment. He was 18, excited and a little scared.“It was all those kind of emotions. You didn’t know what to expect going there,” he recalled. “To be on trial, if you speak to any player, it’s a weird, uncomfortable experience. You have to fit into this team atmosphere, you don’t know any of the players or the coach. You don’t speak the language.”The 33-year-old Ledgerwood ended up playing more than dozen years in Germany and Sweden before returning to his native Alberta.Now, as one of the Canadian Premier League’s first signings, the defensive midfielder who has won 50 caps for Canada is looking to help others start their careers at home. Joining Calgary’s Cavalry FC is more than a job for him.“I think people are going to underestimate how big of an impact this league will have on soccer in Canada — for the youth growing up, for all that next generation of players who want to aspire to be part of the national team and play professional soccer,” said Ledgerwood, a native of Lethbridge.“Once this gets up and running, I think it will be the next biggest thing for Canadian soccer players because we didn’t have anything before.”The CPL, set to kick off in April with seven founding clubs, announced the signing of Ledgerwood and nine other players Thursday. The league has already held a U-Sports draft, giving top collegiate talent the chance to make its squads.Ledgerwood will be joined at Calvary FC by midfielder Sergio Camargo, a former Toronto FC homegrown player.Midfielder Kyle Bekker, who has MLS experience with Toronto, Montreal and Dallas as well as 18 Canadian caps, and forward Chris Nanco, a former Philadelphia Union draft pick, are headed to Hamilton as Forge FC’s first signings.Both came up through the Sigma FC system, so are well-known to coach Forge FC head coach and Sigma co-founder Bobby Smyrniotis.Centre back Skylar Thomas, a former Toronto FC first-round draft pick, will wear the colours of Winnipeg’s Valour FC.Defender Kadin Chung, a former member of the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program and Canada U-17 Male Player of the Year in 2015, is the first signing for Victoria’s Pacific FC.Defender Zach Sukunda, a former member of the Montreal Impact academy who has played professionally in Sweden and Australia, will represent Halifax’s HFX Wanderers.Speedy forward Randy Edwini-Bonsu, who has won 10 caps for Canada, and defender Allan Zebie are FC Edmonton’s first signings. Zebie played for Edmonton in the NASL while the speedy Edwini-Bonsu, a former member of the Whitecaps residency program, has spent most of his career in Germany.Kyle Porter, a versatile fullback-winger who has seven caps for Canada, is York 9 FC’s first signing.“This is just the beginning of creating a pathway for our homegrown players to develop and showcase their skills in front of passionate supporters,” CPL commissioner David Clanachan said in a statement. “We are thrilled to attach this diverse group of players to our clubs to give our fans something to look forward to as we continue to build our rosters.”
Source: Ross Campbell/Twitter That is only the 2nd time #Kilkenny have conceded 5 goals under Brian Cody. The first was the 2005 AI semi final v #Galway— HurlingFacts (@HurlingFacts) June 22, 2014 Another Ulster final for Tir Conaill MenDonegal are into their fourth consecutive Ulster SFC final thanks to a 3-16 to 0-12 win over Antrim in Clones. The sides had gone into the half-time break level on seven points apiece but two goals in the opening minutes of the second half, from Leo McLoone and Darach O’Connor, saw Jim McGunness’ men move out of sight. Colm McFadden of Donegal with Antrim goalkeeper Patrick Flood. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOKingdom overcome spirited BannerIn Munster, Kerry earned a four-point victory against Clare at Cusack Park with Paul Geaney (6) and Bryan Sheehan (4) chipping in with more than their fair share of scores. The Kingdom will contest their tenth provincial final in 12 years when they face Cork on 6 July.Return of the Mc(Devitt)Second Captains made a long-awaited comeback to Irish airwaves with their RTÉ Radio 1 GAA show, which began at 6pm on Sunday. We’re regular listeners to their podcast but it’s good to have the lads back on the old wireless. Source: Balls.ieRTÉ GAA on tourPat Spillane, Colm O’Rourke and Michael Lyster were in Portlaoise on Saturday for the Laois v Fermanagh game. No need for a studio given the nice weather in O’Moore Park. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOA cut above the rest No one could touch Fiontán O Curraoin for midfield superiority in Markievicz Park on Saturday night. He made eight clean catches and was integral to Galway’s success. After leading the county to All-Ireland U21 glory in 2013, he’s really starting to make his mark on the senior stage. Source: James Crombie/INPHONo show like a Joe show“Hurling is the game that continues to give,” exclaimed one of RTÉ pundits after another incredible finish in the Leinster SHC semi-final between Kilkenny and Galway on Sunday.Kilkenny led by ten points with six minutes to play but three Galway goals — two from Conor Cooney and a Joe Canning penalty — helped them force a replay.During an exhilarating final moments, Henry Shefflin looked to have snatched it with a point from a seemingly impossible angle before Canning drew level deep in injury time.Here’s that crucial score: Source: RTÉ PlayerStat attack End of the road for McDonnellFarewell to Offaly’s Emmet McDonnell, the first managerial casualty of the season after he stepped down following their football qualifier defeat to Wicklow on Saturday. Source: James Crombie/INPHOSurprise defeat for TribeswomenThrow-in for the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland senior camogie championship commenced on Saturday and there was an early upset. 2012 champions Wexford travelled to Athenry to take on 2013 champions Galway, and came away with a four-point win. Wexford’s Josie Dwyer is presented with the player of the match award by Annette Ni Dhathlaoi, Head of Marketing at Liberty Insurance. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThat’s gonna hurtLaois midfielder John O’Loughlin was on the receiving end of a full-blooded shoulder from Fermanagh full-back Barry Mulrone. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Just enduring my first experience of Gaelic football. Is the rugby meets football meets basketball meets quidditch?— Ross Campbell (@Rossall123) June 21, 2014 NEED TO CATCH up on another super weekend of GAA? Look no further. Fans watch the meeting of Sligo and Galway at Markievicz Park. Source: James Crombie/INPHOPremier’s nearly menTipperary came so close to shocking Cork in the Munster SFC semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. You have to go all the way back to 1940 for their last Munster senior championship win over the Rebels and they nearly ended that barren spell on Saturday.Who says you can’t be a dual star? Aidan Walsh was terrific for the Cork hurlers last Sunday when they won the Munster semi-final and he came off the bench to inspire the Cork footballers on Saturday night with three key points. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO Sportsmanship pic of the weekend Cork’s Eoin Cadogan consoles Steven O’Brien of Tipperary after the final whistle. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOLongford shock OakleafersDerry won’t want to come across Longford again in championship. For the third time in the qualifiers, Derry exited against Longford on Saturday after suffering previous defeats in 2006 and 2012.Snapshot Longford’s Jack Sheedy and Paul Barden share a hug. Source: Presseye/John McIlwaine/INPHOBritish people were introduced to the world of Gaelic football on Saturday nightThe sport made its Sky Sports debut this weekend and here’s a sample of what some first-timers thought: Third quarter blitz sees Donegal past Antrim in Ulster SFC semi-final‘To win the game for us, it’s a fair testament to him’ – Brian Cuthbert on Aidan Walsh’s heroics Source: HurlingFacts/Twitter
A Vancouver man who is a foster dad appeared today in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of producing, having and dealing child pornography.Robert F. McFee, 68, is accused of clandestinely filming a minor engaged in sexual activity. Court documents indicate McFee and the victim know each other. Vancouver police detectives also found 53 videos of child pornography on McFee’s digital devices, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court.McFee faces charges at his Dec. 18 arraignment of 10 counts of dealing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, 10 counts of possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and three counts of voyeurism.Judge Barbara Johnson held him on $75,000. Attorney Steven Thayer, who appeared with McFee, said his client plans to post bail.Police began investigating McFee in June when they detected a computer in the city was offering to share videos of minors engaged in sexual activity through a peer network on the Internet, according to court documents. A detective downloaded 11 of the proffered videos and found they contained child pornography, court documents say.Police served a search warrant Sept. 11 at McFee’s home in the Green Meadows neighborhood.McFee hired Thayer to represent him at that time, the attorney said.McFee is retired and has no criminal history.Paris Achen: 360-735-4551; http://twitter.com/Col_Courts; http://facebook.com/ColTrends; email@example.com.
“The pay gaps issue sits right at the heart of our society and is a symbol of the work we still need to do to achieve equality for all. Subject choices and stereotypes in education send children of all genders, abilities, and racial backgrounds on set paths. These stereotypes are then reinforced throughout the workplace in recruitment, pay and progression. For this to change, we need to overhaul our culture and make flexible working the norm; looking beyond women as the primary caregivers and having tough conversations about the biases that are rife in our workforce and society.“The inequalities in pay for ethnic minority groups and disabled people also need to be talked about. We’re launching this strategy to kick start the change we need. This includes action to tackle inequalities across the board, including those who are trapped in low pay who often get missed from the headlines.” Dr Jill Miller, diversity and inclusion adviser at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), added: “The EHRC’s recommendations on the changes needed to address pay gaps in Britain are timely for many businesses who are preparing to report on their gender pay gaps. We welcome the breadth of [its] new strategy, which looks at gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps, and agree a greater focus on flexible-working opportunities across the labour market would enable disadvantaged groups to both ‘get in’ and ‘get on’ in work.” The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has recommended that employers in the UK, Scotland and Wales offer all jobs, including the most senior positions, on a flexible and part-time basis to help employees retain skilled positions in the workplace.The recommendation forms part of the Commission’s Fair opportunities for all: a strategy to reduce pay gaps in Britain report, which details proposals on how governments and employers can address gender, ethnicity and disability related pay gaps.The reports features six key areas that it believes both employers and governments need to tackle in order to reduce pay gaps within businesses. These areas include addressing educational stereotypes to promote diversity across all school subjects; improving job opportunities to enable low-paid employees to access higher level roles no matter where they live; making jobs at all levels of seniority available on a more flexible basis; encouraging male and female employees to share childcare responsibilities and increasing access to affordable childcare; reducing prejudiced attitudes and bias that could influence recruitment, pay and promotion decisions; and increasing reporting requirements so that organisations have to report on ethnicity and disability pay gaps as well as the gender pay gap.Particular actions directed at employers include voluntarily reporting their ethnicity and disability pay gaps, including publishing action plans on how they intend on closing any identified gaps. The reports further highlights that employers should use fair and transparent processes for senior and board-level appointments, work to tackle prejudice and bias in recruitment, performance, evaluation and reward decisions, and make sure that flexible ways of working are available for all employees from the first day that they begin work.Alongside the Fair opportunities for all report, the EHRC has also published research into the gender, disability, and ethnicity pay gap, including Tackling gender, disability and ethnicity pay gaps: a progress review.Caroline Waters, deputy chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “We need new ideas to bring down pay gaps, it’s not just about more women at the top. Yes, female representation is important but tackling pay gaps is far more complicated than that. While there has been some progress, it has been painfully slow. We need radical change now otherwise we’ll be having the same conversation for decades to come.
Employees walk past an Essar Group logo outside the company headquarters in Mumbai in this 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/File PhotoThe Gujarat High Court on Monday dismissed Essar Steel’s petition that had challenged the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) directive to banks for initiating insolvency proceedings against the company, said a HT Mint report.On July 14, the High Court had reserved its order to Monday on Essar Steel’s plea against the June 13 RBI circular to banks to act under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code against the steel major and 11 other firms with over Rs 5,000 crore of outstanding loans each.Justice S G Shah passed an oral order saying no relief will be granted to Essar. A detailed order is expected later on Monday, HT Mint said in its report.This sets the stage for Essar’s creditors such as State Bank of India (SBI) and Standard Chartered Bank to proceed against the company in the National Company Law Tribunal under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), provided Essar does not challenge the court decision in the Supreme Court.The judge also said he has asked RBI to be more careful without giving out any details.Essar Steel in its petition to the court had challenged a June 13 directive of RBI, in the form of a press release, in which the banking regulator directed banks to refer a dozen cases, including Essar Steel, directly to NCLT. Essar contested a line in the RBI release which said NCLT will accord priority to these cases. It also objected to being clubbed with 11 other defaulters and said it was in discussion with banks to restructure repayments, financial daily Economic Times (ET) reported on Monday.Essar Steel had moved court against the June 13 RBI circular contending that the order was improper as the firm was in an advanced stage of loan restructuring.The court had earlier stayed the insolvency proceedings against Essar Steel before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) as an interim measure on its plea.The company had argued before the HC that it should not be treated on par with other eleven accounts (firms) which have been closed now, while Essar Steel is still doing well with an annual turnover of Rs 20,000 crore.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had on Friday told the Gujarat High Court (HC) that there was no supporting document to its June 13 press release, directing banks to initiate insolvency proceedings against 12 non-performing assets (NPAs), including Essar Steel, the ET reported.Each of the 12 accounts identified for insolvency proceedings have over Rs 5,000 crore of outstanding loans, accounting for 25 per cent of total non-performing assets (NPAs) of banks.
In this photograph taken on 4 October 2014, Pakistani human rights activist and Supreme Court lawyer Asma Jahangir gestures during an interview with AFP in Lahore. AFPLeading Pakistani human rights advocate Asma Jahangir has died, a family member said Sunday, in a stinging blow to the country’s embattled rights community. She was 66.The lawyer and former UN special rapporteur died of cardiac arrest, according to her sister.“Unfortunately we have lost her,” Hina Jilani, also a prominent rights activist, told AFP.Jahangir’s supporters and former opponents alike took to social media to offer their condolences and expressed shock at the news of her death.“Asma Jahangir was the bravest human being I ever knew. Without her the world is less,” wrote prominent Pakistani lawyer Salman Akram Raja.“I and many others didn’t agree with some of her views. But she was a titan. And one of the brightest and bravest ever produced by this country,” wrote journalist Wajahat Khan on Twitter.Jahangir received France’s highest civilian award in 2014 and Sweden’s alternative to the Nobel Prize for her decades of rights work.Few Pakistani rights activists have achieved the credibility of Jahangir.She braved death threats, beatings and imprisonment to win landmark human rights cases and stand up to dictators.There is still terrible violence against women, discrimination against minorities and near-slavery for bonded labourers, but Jahangir told AFP during an interview in 2014 that human rights causes have made greater strides in Pakistan than it may appear.“There was a time that human rights was not even an issue in this country. Then prisoners’ rights became an issue,” she said.“Women’s rights was thought of as a Western concept. Now people do talk about women’s rights—political parties talk about it, even religious parties talk about it.”Jahangir secured a number of victories during her life, from winning freedom for bonded labourers from their “owners” through pioneering litigation to a landmark court case that allowed women to marry of their own volition.She was also been an outspoken critic of the country’s powerful military establishment, including during her stint as the first-ever female leader of Pakistan’s top bar association.The 62-year-old was arrested in 2007 by the government of then military ruler Pervez Musharraf, and in 2012 claimed her life was in danger from the country’s feared Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency.
Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. Photo : AFPQatar has ordered shops to remove goods originating from a group of Saudi Arabian-led countries which a year ago imposed a wide-ranging boycott on the emirate, Doha officials said Saturday.A directive from the economy ministry ordered shops to immediately strip shelves of products from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.Inspectors will visit stores to ensure they comply with the order, the ministry said.The government will also try and stop products such as Saudi dairy goods from entering Qatar via a third country.Qatar’s Government Communications Office (GCO) said it was trying to “protect the safety of consumers”.”Products originating from blockading states, which as a result of the blockade cannot pass the GCC customs territory, has to undergo proper import inspections and customs procedures,” the GCO said in a statement.”Qatar conducts its trade policy in accordance with all of its multilateral and bilateral agreements.”The order comes just days before the anniversary of a bitter Gulf crisis.Since 5 June last year, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have cut all relations with Qatar, accusing it of financing terrorist groups and having close ties with Iran.The countries subsequently imposed a trade and diplomatic boycott on Qatar, which rejects the charges and says the countries are seeking regime change in Doha.The row has forced isolated Qatar, which previously relied on its Gulf neighbours, to look elsewhere for food imports, including Turkey, Morocco and Iran.Many such imports enter the country via ports such as Kuwait and Oman.It is through these ports, and also via individuals, that goods from the boycotting countries manage to get in to Qatar, said a source with knowledge of the situation.”Businessmen from the blockading countries are trying to go around the blockade… by using third parties,” said the source.
Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe Southeast Houston house where five police officers were wounded on January 28, 2019 while serving a no-knock search warrant. Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas died in the shootout.The Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday it has launched a review of more than 1,400 criminal cases involving Gerald Goines, the Houston police officer who led a deadly drug raid on January 28. Twenty-seven of those cases are active.The DA’s Office said in a news release it has sent notice to the lawyers in the 27 pending cases and notification in older cases will be ongoing.According to the internal investigation about the raid, Goines may have lied about a confidential informant when he prepared an affidavit to request permission from a judge to conduct the no-knock search warrant that resulted in the deaths of Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58. Five officers, including Goines, were wounded in the operation.District Attorney Kim Ogg said she has an “immediate ethical obligation” to notify defendants and their lawyers in Goines’ cases “to give them an opportunity to independently review any potential defenses.”Goines, who has worked for the Houston Police Department for more than 30 years, has been relieved of duty and is currently under criminal investigation.Below is the text of letters sent to attorneys in the pending cases under review, signed Tuesday by Trial Bureau Chief David Mitcham.Please be informed that Houston Police Department Officer Gerald Goines has been relieved of duty and is currently under criminal investigation. Consequently, this office has placed a hold on the above-referenced case pending conclusion of the investigation. All questions regarding bail, discovery and any other pre-trial matter should be directed to the prosecutor handling the matter. Share
Are you worried about losing your job? Perhaps you should be, not because of an influx of illegal immigrants but because of robots.Our jobs are not being stolen, they are being destroyed. A recently released report conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute estimated automation will eliminate 73 million jobs by 2030. While companies spend billions trying to improve efficiency through automation, we are often complicit in the job loss, perhaps without knowing it. Do you pump your own gas? Go to the self serve line at the grocery store? These were jobs once done by people but automation and the eager adoption by consumers eliminated the need for a paid position.Automation is not always a bad thing. Labor pioneer Walter Reuther earnestly believed that automation would be the salvation of the working man and in many respects he was right. Automation tends to replace back-breaking work that previously injured, poisoned or just plain wore out workers. Unfortunately, it is also replacing unskilled labor like cashiers. Have you been inside a major fast food chain lately? You order at a touch-screen kiosk, pay at the same kiosk using cash, credit or debit cards, even Apple Pay or Google Pay. The staff of the restaurant is a shadow of its former self. There aren’t even jobs flipping burgers, instead the patties are pressed between two searing hot rollers.Related: 6 Franchises Making Our Lives Easier With Robots and DronesI worked in an auto factory in the late 1980s. Many of the jobs were dirty, the fetid air was poorly circulated and the entire job was emotionally and physically draining. Tour an auto plant today and most of the nastiest jobs are done by robots or eliminated by technological improvements. Many of you may think your job is automation proof but consider construction. Crews that once swung claw hammers now drive nails using ballistic nail guns that have slowly reduced the number of people swinging claw hammers. Every labor-saving job does precisely that: it saves labor thus eliminating the need for a portion of a job. It’s good news if you own a construction company and find yourself able to do the work of five people using only four, but where does it end?This got me wondering, how big an impact would the loss of 73 million jobs make? According to Statista, there were 128.7 full time workers in 2018, leaving 55.7 jobs remaining. In other words, 43 percent of the jobs that exist today, will be automated out of existence if the McKinsey Global project plays out.The question remains — is automation a good thing? Henry Ford made his millions devising a simple yet clever business model: he paid his workers enough that they could buy his product. Some credit his success with creating the middle class. But the rollers at your local burger joint don’t buy burgers.Related: Artificial Intelligence Is Likely to Make a Career in Finance, Medicine or Law a Lot Less LucrativeIt gets worse: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is enabling companies to eliminate skilled labor as well. Much of the work that Ted Kaczynski’s PhD. in mathematics qualified him to do can now be done by a third grader with $3 calculator. What do you think that did to the manufacturers of slide rules? The sophistication of AI is increasing to the point that it is likely that driverless vehicles could supplant the approximately 3.5 million truck driving jobs, not to mention taxi cabs and rideshare drivers.This prediction shouldn’t alarm anyone. Being a Luddite never solved anything and Ted Kaczynski’s personal campaign against the “industrial-technological system” did little to impede progress and landed him in jail. Even so, history has taught us that technological advances tend to eliminate jobs but not occupations — we still have maps, shipping containers and candles but you don’t run into near as many cartographers, coopers and chandlers as you did in the 19th century. History has also taught us that technological advances tend to bring new jobs, While 73 million jobs may be lost to automation, how many new jobs will be created by disruptive technology we can’t even imagine right now?Related: The Rise of the Robotic Co-WorkerStill, there are social implications in automating entry-level jobs while charging obscene tuition fees and allowing predatory lending to encumber students. Grads are no longer put through the crucible of a demeaning, soul-sucking, part-time job and many find themselves suffering from culture shock as they enter the workforce with their heads crammed filled of unrealistic expectations fed to them by academics who have never worked a day in their lives. There is now a generation of college grads encumbered by student loan debt that precludes them from spending money buying the so-called big ticket items like houses. Should this trend continue, we will have a second housing crisis that will likely drive down the value of houses owned by people currently indifferent to the problem.Robots don’t pay employment tax, income tax or Social Security but that money must come from somewhere. Cutting social programs is one solution, but shredding the social safety net makes matters worse, not better. We could raise taxes, but something must be done. Perhaps we should tax robots or automation that replaces a worker, wait…let’s not think of them as workers, but as taxpayers.Related: Bill Gates Believes Robots That Steal Jobs Should Pay TaxesIf we don’t do something we are quickly headed to disaster. It’s tough, albeit not impossible, to start a company in a rancid economic environment but it’s tough to have that business thrive. We have to care about jobs that pay a living wage. That isn’t a partisan issue. If people are struggling to purchase life’s necessities, there is less money for luxuries, and while a handful of people made millions selling inferior goods to people too poor to shop elsewhere, the poor generally speaking, shouldn’t be your target demographic. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 23, 2019 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read Register Now »
Don’t install Nvidia driver 375.57 on Windows 10 by Martin Brinkmann on October 24, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 24 commentsNvidia released a new driver for its video card on Friday, and it turned out quickly that the driver caused all kinds of issues on Windows 10 machines.When it comes to the installation of new drivers, display drivers or others, it is usually a good idea to wait a couple of days before you install them on one of your computers.If you have the means, it is usually best to test the driver on a test system to make sure it will likely run fine on production machines as well.Nvidia’s Geforce Game Ready Driver 375.57 driver comes with optimizations for Battlefield 1, Civilization VI and the soon to be released Titanfall 2. Considering that the driver brings along with it optimizations for these much anticipated and popular games, it was no surprise that gamers started to download and install the Nvidia Geforce Game Ready Driver 375.57 on their machines to take advantage of it.Especially users on Windows 10 PCs noticed shortly thereafter that the driver was causing all kinds of issues on their system.Some symptoms observed by Windows 10 users was that Windows Store apps started to crash, that drag and drop operations in the Start Menu did not work as intended and were causing issues, and that videos and animated GIFs were showing artifacts.Nvidia did release Geforce Game Ready Driver 375.63 shortly thereafter which fixed those issues. It is already offered on the official Nvidia website and the Geforce website where it has replaced the defect driver. If you thought that is the end of the story, you are mistaken.If you run Nvidia’s Geforce Experience software, you know that it is the primary tool on many machines to update drivers.Turns out, the tool is still offering version 375.57 for download, and not the newer version of the driver that fixed the issues that users experienced.It is unclear why the older driver is still listed in the application and not the newer one. Users who operate PCs with Nvidia video cards should download and install Nvidia drivers manually from the website, and not use Geforce Experience for that. This is especially true for users on Windows 10 PCs, but users on machines running older versions of Windows should do the same as it provides them with an up to date driver.Geforce Experience was in the news recently as the latest version of the software made user registration mandatory. This is just another reason why you may want to avoid the program. While it offers simple configurations for games — that sometimes work and other times don’t — it offers nothing in that regard that you cannot do directly in the game as well.You will also eliminate another background service that runs all the time on your PC.SummaryArticle NameDon’t install Nvidia driver 375.57 on Windows 10DescriptionNvidia released the new Geforce Game Ready Driver 375.57 driver for its video cards that is causing huge issues on Windows 10 machines.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
In Portland, Oregon, an e-scooter pilot program kicked off at the end of July. Earlier this month, 13 reports of scooter-involved crashes have come in since then. The program reported it’s covered more than 200,000 e-scooter trips, which translates to about 300,000 miles.San Francisco hasn’t been tracking scooter-involved incidents, but will once its scooter program kicks off in October.Safety keeps coming up no matter where the scooters operate. And the companies rebut the concerns with safety promises. But this is just the start of those SUIs. A scooter and car collided.Image: St. Louis Police Department Yes, you can get busted for scooting while drunk. With scooters swooping into more and more cities, it’s no surprise that people are behaving badly on the electric devices. E-scooter rental company Bird celebrated its first anniversary earlier this month with 2.1 million riders in 100 cities. That’s 10 million rides. But not all those rides have gone smoothly. Just this week Los Angeles had its first DUI case involving an e-scooter. The Bird scooter driver was three times over the legal limit when he crashed into a 64-year-old pedestrian, who fell to the ground, scraping their knees. Twenty-eight-year-old Nicholas Kauffroath rode off without helping the pedestrian.He was convicted and placed on probation, ordered to pay $550, placed in a three-month DUI alcohol program and ordered to pay the victim and never again ride a motorized scooter after consuming any alcohol.“Drinking while operating a vehicle, a bike—or a scooter—is not only illegal, but can lead to serious injury or worse,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a statement.Thom Rickert is an emerging risk specialist at Trident Public Risk Solutions in Dallas and sees e-scooters as a new technology that can be incredibly useful for commuting and getting around or it can become a new platform to abuse.“Someone will always find a way to use it inappropriately,” he said in a phone call Friday. The DUI case and others like it are some of the first safety issues rising to the top of e-scooter company’s priority list. Scooter companies are feeling the pressure to assure it’s safe to ride and be around their battery-powered vehicles.“If the major players see they are losing market share because other companies are offering innovative safety ideas,” they’ll prioritize safety, Rickert said. “Safety is that area where that evolution is occurring.”[embedded content]Earlier this month Bird flaunted its new Global Safety Advisory Board to show its “commitment to safety” with David Strickland, former head of the NHTSA, serving as a director. He recently wrote about how scooters can be safer. He called for “thoughtful, safety-focused changes to the rules and design of our transportation system to make our streets safer for all on the road—both inside and outside a car.”Last week, California’s governor signed into law an optional helmet requirement for adults riding motorized scooters. It goes into effect at the start of the new year. The new law shows how safety often gets in the way of convenience — and how convenience often wins.The San Francisco permit-approved scooter company Skip claims its emphasis on safety is what makes it an attractive choice for cities and why it was able to beat out established scooter companies like Bird and Lime. Bird was a big lobbying force behind the new helmet law in California.Lime and Spin, along with Uber’s Jump last week appealed San Francisco’s scooter permit program after all were denied permits. The companies don’t feel they were fairly evaluated, especially in how they promote safe riding practices. In a statement last week, Brian No, Spin’s head of public policy, said, “Spin remains committed to working cooperatively with (San Francisco’s transit agency) and we are hopeful that we can expand safe micromobility options for residents of our hometown.”But no matter how many free helmets these companies give out or animated videos they make reminding riders to stay off the sidewalks, unsafe scooter riding keeps happening. E-scooters arrived in St. Louis in July. Two cases involving Lime scooters have been reported to police. In incident reports, a scooter rider hit a car pulling out of a parking lot. In another crash, a pedestrian was struck to the ground, face first, when a Lime scooter (riding illegally on the sidewalk) hit them. E-scooters are one way to get around — but not if you’re drunk.Image: Dylan Rivera / Portland Bureau of TransportationBy Sasha Lekach2018-09-28 23:39:36 UTC A scooter on the sidewalk hit a pedestrian walking.Image: ST. LOUIS POLICE DEPARTMENT
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The beheaded body of a man was discovered early Friday in central Playa del Carmen by a passerby who made the report to Emergency 911.Reports say that the emergency service received a call around 6:50 a.m. from a resident who was out for a morning run. Found on a street of Colonia Centro, police were quick to arrive at 14th Street between Boulevard Playa del Carmen and 45 Avenue.Municipal police were first on scene to confirm the bagged body. Although an ambulance was called, the request was withdrawn after an inspection revealed the body had been decapitated. Instead, additional police arrived, cordoning off the area.Forensic personnel arrived to remove the body, who is reported to have been a male between the ages of 35 and 40. Reports also say that evidence was intentionally left behind that links the death to organized crime.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
A joint-venture agreement with KSL Capital Partners (KSL) has seen Baillie Lodges add Silky Oaks Lodge to its portfolio of luxury lodges, with the Tropical North Queensland property officially on deck from April 2019.The move comes just weeks after Baillie Lodges announced its partnership with KSL, reaffirming a commitment to grow its portfolio of luxury lodges in Australia’s most extraordinary destinations. The new company will invest in property enhancements and product developments at Silky Oaks Lodge in the coming months, aligning it with the trademark Baillie Lodges’ guest experience. Already a member of the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection, Silky Oaks Lodge was considered a perfect fit with the existing Baillie Lodges properties, offering guests a broader range of multi-lodge itineraries and leveraging Baillie Lodges’ distribution network and operations expertise.As a destination experience, the discovery of the Daintree at Silky Oaks Lodge is an ideal complement to Baillie Lodges’ existing lodges including the outback encounter offered at Longitude 131° at Uluru-Kata Tjuta, the remote coastal wilderness at Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and the barefoot luxury at Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island. Silky Oaks Lodge’s recognition among Australia’s best luxury lodges is a tribute to owner managers Paul and Barbara Van Min, who have led the property’s direction and welcomed thousands of domestic and international guests over the past nine years. The Lodge’s dedicated staff will join the broader Baillie Lodges team, with future opportunities now open to them to work at other lodges in the portfolio. Recruitment will also commence for a new senior management team at the property. Baillie Lodgeshotels & resortsSilky Oaks LodgeTropical North Queensland
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