New Film Highlights Bob Marleys Sister And Her Struggle With Complex Regional

first_imgCharles Mattocks, a celebrity chef and Emmy-nominated actor, announced the release of his new documentary film, Trial by Fire, that explores the effects of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS/RSD), a nerve disorder that causes excruciating pain, skin problems, swelling and, in some cases, death.Trial by Fire, directed by Mattocks, stems from his efforts to help his mother, Constance Marley – a sister of Reggae legend Bob Marley – as she suffers with CRPS.This movie exposes the suffering of millions and the need for further education, research and treatment options for those that live with what has been described as one of the most painful diseases. While there have been some new developments to treat the disease, not enough progress has been made, necessitating the medical community to focus more attention in order to find better treatments and a cure.Charles Mattocks said, “The film’s message not only touches my life personally, but tens of thousands of others around the world who are suffering. I hope the film can draw attention to the disease and explore the latest developments on the causes and treatments, as well as the challenges patients face each and every day.”“It has to be told,” Laurie Tankleff, who has CRPS, said. “I have suffered with this disease for over 10 years. Several years ago I was in a wheelchair for several months until I met Dr. Donald Krieff (a neurosurgeon), Dr. Glen Brooks (an anesthesiologist and ketamine infusion specialist) and Dr. Enrique Aradillas-Lopez (a neurologist). This movie highlights the struggles that I, and millions of others, go through daily. The medical community and society need to see this movie.”The film has been selected among thousands of submissions for the NYC Indie Film Festival, the Miami Film Festival, the Hollywood, Florida Film Festival and The Online Film Festival. The film is being shown at the Hollywood Film Festival on February 11, 2016, and The New York City Independent Film Festival on April 27, 2016.Find out more about the movie here.last_img read more

War of words erupts between CTV reporter Marci Ien Toronto police over

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Marci Ien wrote an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail this week alleging racism played a role in her traffic stop outside her home — the third such incident, she says, in the past eight months. (COLIN MCCONNELL / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO) Twittercenter_img Advertisement A war of words has erupted between Toronto police and a broadcast journalist who claims she was pulled over because she is black.Marci Ien, a co-host for CTV’s The Social, wrote an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail this week alleging racism played a role in her recent traffic stop outside her home.“For the third time in eight months, I was being questioned by a police officer — and I had broken no law,” Ien wrote in the piece published on Monday. “If you are black in Canada, you are subject to a different standard and, often, seemingly, different laws.”Good morning. I wrote that the officer said I didn’t stop. If I did something wrong than I expect a ticket not special treatment.— Marci Ien (@MarciIen) February 27, 2018 Advertisement Senior Toronto police officers have since taken to social media to dispute her version of events, saying video shows Ien failed to stop at a stop sign and that her race wasn’t visible until after the officer pulled her over.last_img read more

28 killed, 200 injured in army operations in Iraq’s Fallujah: hospital…

first_imgFALLUJAH – A total of 28 civilians were killed and 200 others injured in the western Iraqi city of Anbar since the start of military operations there weeks ago, a senior medical official told Anadolu Agency.“Most of the casualties were caused by the army shelling of homes, government buildings and worship places in the city,” said Abdel-Sattar Lawas, director of Fallujah General Hospital.The tally, however, does not include armed tribesmen killed in clashes with army forces, he said. The predominantly-Sunni Anbar province, of which Fallujah is a major city, has been rocked by violence since Iraqi security forces dismantled a months-old anti-government sit-in outside the provincial capital Ramadi in late December.The sit-in was a protest against perceived anti-Sunni discrimination by the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.Mohamed al-Bagari, spokesman of the anti-government protest camp in Fallujah, said that clashes were still raging between armed tribesmen and army forces in the city.He said that two tribesmen were killed and ten others injured in clashes between the two sides on Friday.Al-Bagari cited “difficulties” in moving the corpses of the victims to hospital, leaving residents with no other option but to bury their dead in their backyards.last_img read more

UN human rights expert calls for redress of egregious abuses in DPR

Torture, violence against woman and an absence of freedom of opinion and even the rule of law are among the apparent “egregious” abuses that a United Nations human rights expert urges redressed in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in a new report to the General Assembly.Though not yet invited by the Government to investigate such abuses in situ, Vitit Muntarbhorn, the Special Rapporteur appointed last year by the UN Commission on Human Rights to examine human rights in the DPRK, based his report on documented allegations of abuse of “the right to food and the right to life, the right to security of the person, human treatment, non-discrimination and access to justice,” and a host of other rights.”While the Special Rapporteur is not in a position to verify all these reports and allegations, initial impressions suggest that the mass of reports and related allegations cannot be seen as merely coincidental, as they seem to raise a pattern of malpractices calling for immediate redress and checks and balances against abuse of power,” Mr. Muntarbhorn says in the report.Among a lengthy, “imperative but not exhaustive” list of actions that must be taken by the DPRK to conform to international rights standards, he recommends, first of all, that the country abide by the four human rights treaties to which it is a party.Beside the abuse of persons in custody, the Rapporteur finds most disconcerting the punishment of families of those accused of political or ideological offences, as well as division of the population into most loyal, “wavering” and “enemies of the authorities,” with treatment and resources meted out accordingly.He also cites a high child malnutrition rate despite a decline in the last two years, with stunting of growth reported in 37 per cent of children, as well as allegations of violence against women both at home and in prisons that have substandard conditions.There have been some positive developments, the Rapporteur says. The Government has been submitting reports under its obligations to the four human rights treaties mentioned, and has cooperated with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on child health services. It also has legal infrastructure which could be used to enforce human rights.Mr. Muntarbhorn also describes his country visits to Japan and Mongolia. In the former country, he reports on progress in resolving outstanding issues related to Japanese nationals abducted by agents of the DPRK. Regarding Mongolia, he asks that country to sustain its humanitarian policy in sheltering those who seek refuge. read more

During Azerbaijan visit UN experts welcome unhindered access to places of detention

In a press release issued today, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) announced that the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) delegation had succeeded in visiting sites of interest during its most recent visit to Azerbaijan – conducted from 16 April to 24 April – just months after its previous visit was suspended due to a lack of official co-operation. “The Azerbaijani Government this time enabled unhindered access to places of deprivation of liberty,” confirmed Aisha Shujune Muhammad, head of the SPT delegation. “However,” she added, “the State party has yet to guarantee all fundamental legal and procedural safeguards to persons deprived of their liberty, including access to a lawyer, a medical doctor, and to contact his or her family.” According to the OHCHR, the four-member SPT delegation presented their confidential preliminary observations to the State authorities earlier today with suggestions on how to strengthen the protection of persons deprived of their liberty against torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. During their trip, the UN experts visited police stations, pre-trial and temporary detention centres, investigative isolation units of the Ministry of National Security, prisons, psychiatric hospitals and social care institutions and also carried out confidential interviews with authorities at each of these locations. “We hope, and expect, that the Government of Azerbaijan will use our report to enhance prevention of torture and other ill-treatment, as well as to further improve conditions in which people may be deprived of their liberty,” Ms. Muhammad continued. The SPT Delegation to the Republic of Azerbaijan comprises the following members: Ms. Aisha Shujune Muhammad, Mr. Milos Jankovic, Ms. Margarete Suzuko Osterfeld, Mr. Miguel Sarre-Iguiniz, and Mr. Victor Zaharia (Focal Point for Reprisals). read more

Mens lacrosse Buckeyes offense faces strong test against Penn State

OSU then-junior attackman Eric Fannell (20) during a game against Michigan on April 16, 2016 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team’s success thus far has been bolstered by a strong defense. For a win this weekend in University Park, Pennsylvania, that production will have to be consistent.On Sunday, the No. 5 Buckeyes (9-1) will take on No. 3 Penn State (9-0) in a clash of team strengths. OSU heads into the contest with the No. 3 scoring defense in the NCAA, averaging 7.20 goals given up per game. In contrast, the Nittany Lions are ranked No. 4 in scoring offense, averaging 15.33 goals scored per game.The Buckeyes have faced stiff competition all year, but they must regroup after suffering their first setback of the season in a 12-7 loss to Notre Dame. It was the second time this season in which the Buckeye defense had given up double-digit goals in a game.Penn State is one of the toughest challenges for the stellar Buckeye defense. Freshman attack Mac O’Keefe leads the way with 34 goals on the season, and he dictates how the PSU offense flows.OSU coach Nick Myers has taken notice of his team’s opponent, and the Nittany Lions offense is a focal point.“You’re immediately drawn to the fact that they have been able to generate offense in a number of ways,” he said. “They have a very skilled attack and are very well-coached.”From a player’s perspective, it comes down to what they have on their own sideline and the trust they have with their teammates to continue to play well defensively.“They have threats on offense and we know that, but we like our guys,” said Tom Carey, OSU’s redshirt senior starting goalie. “We want to do our best to put their shooters in spots that we want and give up the looks we want.”Like Carey mentioned, the Buckeyes have supreme faith in whoever is tasked at stopping the Penn State offense. The team wants to force the issue using its style of play to limit them to very few chances at scoring opportunities. With that being said, the goalie position has stepped up and contributed while using a rotation between Carey and junior Matthew Smidt.With rotations at a position in any sport, there can be concerns about inconsistent play. For the OSU defense, they have been an exception and have excelled with the duo. Both Carey and Smidt have kept their goals against average within Myers’ acceptable range, and they exert their upperclassman leadership whenever they enter a game.As for this weekend, Myers has his eyes set on who will lead the team onto the field in the Big Ten opener.“Tom (Carey) is our starting goalie and will start on Sunday night, and I think we need to do a really good job of supporting him,” Myers said.He said the duo is able to step in at any point due to the chemistry between them.“At the end of the day we’re great friends, and that (competition) comes with the territory of playing goalie,” he said. “It’s definitely clear that the coaching staff trusts both of us. Whichever one it is (on the field), we’re confident in the team in front of us.”Whether the team sticks to a rotation this weekend remains to be seen, but the team believes it will be prepared for whatever Myers chooses based on the flow of the game.Opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m. Sunday. read more

Atlas Copco acquires bolttightening solutions specialist

first_imgAtlas Copco has acquired UK-based Tentec, which develops and markets bolt-tightening solutions. The acquisition broadens Atlas Copco’s range of products and services offered to the mining industry. Tentec, based in West Bromwich, has 65 employees and had revenues in 2012 of SEK 105 million. The company, which was founded in 1988, specialises in hydraulic bolt tensioners. The tools, which are used in the assembly of heavy equipment, are sold globally and mining is one of the main customer segments. “The acquisition of Tentec completes our portfolio of hydraulic bolt-tightening solutions that we are offering to several key industries,” said Mats Rahmström, Business Area President for Atlas Copco Industrial Technique.  “This will help enhance customers’ productivity and assembly process quality.”The acquired business becomes part of the General Industry Tools and Assembly Systems division within Industrial Technique, and the legal owner is Atlas Copco Holding UK.last_img read more

Mikkel Hansen leads Golden ball race

  Källman Jonas (SWE)53  MOL-Pick Szeged (HUN) 12.  Karabatic Nikola (FRA)57  Paris Saint-Germain Handball (FRA) 10.  Kovalev Dmitry (RUS)63  Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS)   Tollbring Jerry (SWE)52  IFK Kristianstad (SWE) 4.  Lazarov Kiril (MKD)68  FC Barcelona Lassa (ESP)   Malmagro Viana Cristian (ESP)68  Naturhouse La Rioja (ESP) 11.  Ilic Momir (SRB)58  MVM Veszprém (HUN) 7.  Stojkovic Rastko (SRB)65  HC Meshkov Brest (BLR) 8.  Csaszar Gabor (HUN)64  Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI) 17.  Fernandez Perez Angel (ESP)53  Naturhouse La Rioja (ESP) 6.  Pukhouski Barys (BLR)66  HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR)   Djukic Darko (SRB)52  Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu (TUR)   Spellerberg Bo Dybdal (DEN)52  KIF Kolding Kobenhavn (DEN)   Mitrovic Luka (SRB)57  Elverum Handball Herrer (NOR) 14.  Björnsen Kristian (NOR)55  IFK Kristianstad (SWE)   Döne Ramazan (TUR)55  Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu (TUR)   Dibirov Timur (RUS)52  HC Vardar (MKD) 1.  Hansen Mikkel (DEN)75  Paris Saint-Germain Handball (FRA) 19.  Andersson Lasse Bredekjaer (DEN)52  KIF Kolding Kobenhavn (DEN) 3.  Bozovic Janko (AUT)71  HC Metalurg (MKD)   Eggert Magnussen Anders (DEN)55  SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER) 2.  Bombac Dean (SLO)73  MOL-Pick Szeged (HUN) PSG Handball left back Mikkel Hansen leads the “Golden ball” race in VELUX EHF Champions League this season. Danish hammer netted 75 goals in 10 matches, ahead PICK Szeged playmaker Dean Bombač who ended 2015 on 73. The third place holder is RK Metalurg right back Janko Božović, but Austrian NT member ended European season with his team.EHF CL – TOP 20.   Lindboe Andre (NOR)64  Elverum Handball Herrer (NOR)   Dolenec Jure (SLO)52  Montpellier HB (FRA) Dean Bombacgolden ball handballjanko bozovicMikkel Hansen ← Previous Story PSG and Flensburg at the top Next Story → Sweden beat Poland in GROUP B thriller read more

ROAD TO MENS EHF EURO 2018 France and Norway together in Group

The qualifications groups for the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia are drawn on Thursday in Dubrovnik.The overview for all seven groups looks as follows: Men’s EHF EURO 2018 DenmarkPolandSpainIcelandGermanySwedenFrance HungaryBelarusAustriaFYR MacedoniaSloveniaRussiaNorway Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7 LatviaRomaniaFinlandUkraineSwitzerlandSlovakiaBelgium ← Previous Story Rade Mijatović to Meshkov Brest Next Story → BUGOJNO 2016: No winner in thriller between Croatia and Poland 15 teams will eventually qualify for the Men’s EHF EURO 2018. Hosts Croatia are the only team that is directly qualified. NetherlandsSerbiaBosnia-HerzegovinaCzech RepublicPortugalMontenegroLithuania read more

A concert for yiayia and pappou

first_imgMelbourne’s Manasis School of Greek Dance and Culture will be hosting the annual Grandparents Day Concert, an event to show appreciation for students’ grandparents and other relatives. Beginning several years ago as a small dance class for students and their families, the event has drawn more attention from the wider community. To celebrate Grandparents Day this year, the school has organised a concert where each and every one of our classes, right through from our three year-old beginners to our senior students, will perform a medley of Greek dances. The event is an opportunity for our students to dress in traditional costumes and perform dances learnt throughout the semester. During this year’s show, there will also be live instrumental performances and various presentations from some very talented students as well other special guests. Throughout the duration of the concert, the projector AV slideshow will act as a sentimental backdrop to the whole event, screening wedding photos of the grandparents of the students and families. The Grandparents Day Concert will take place on Saturday 23 June at Kingston City Hall, 984 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin. Doors open at 1:30pm and commences at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased before the event. For more information or to purchase your ticket call (03) 9774 7450. All students and performers are free. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Gotham Is More Fun When the Villains Team Up

first_imgStay on target NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News The draw of Gotham has always been watching young versions of Batman villains grow into the monsters we know them to be. Now, they’re mostly there. Ivy’s growth was even sped up just so we could get to the character we all know from the comics quicker. So what does the show do now when it’s all but done with origin stories? Get the villains to team up and cause chaos in the city.None of the villains have been quite as fun to watch as Cory Michael Smith’s Riddler. He’s the villain the show has taken the most time to develop. When the show began, he was a riddle-loving CSI who was maybe a little off. Nearly three years later, he’s dressing up in a green suit and killing people who can’t solve his puzzles. When we saw him two weeks ago, he was struggling to define himself. Now that he has, he’s figuring out what it means to be the smartest criminal mastermind in Gotham. This week, that meant taking on the Court of Owls.Ben McKenzie (Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX)Finally, it seems like this show is starting to do something interesting with the court. With the Riddler trying to figure out who they are and threatening to expose him, they have to actually do something. You know, besides sit around a table in masks being vague at each other. That’s where Gordon comes in. His story has been a slog lately, but now that his uncle’s not in the picture anymore, it’s a little more focused. Now, it’s just him infiltrating the court, and trying to stop them from destroying Gotham. That’s a lot more interesting than endless conversations with his sketchy uncle.The Riddler spent the episode trying to solve the mystery of who really runs Gotham. He gets the attention of the elite by interrupting opening night of a massive production of Hamlet. To get his point across, he stabs the guy playing Hamlet, which saves the audience heaps of time. He gets the Court’s attention with the classic Batman villain move of holding someone hostage on the news. When he threatens to expose them, it provides Jim with the perfect opportunity to get on the Court’s good side. Deliver Nygma to them, and he’ll be a full member.Cory Michael Smith (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)The Riddler teams up with Barbara, and the two don’t work together well at all. That’s what makes the partnership so fun. Barbara knows what she wants, and she knows how to get it. Riddler needs the thrill of someone solving his Riddles. He deliberately sends the police a message that allows them to figure out his plan. That way, he can kidnap the interim mayor right out from under their noses, which is much more exciting. Barbara is visibly annoyed by the theatrics but begrudgingly puts up with them if they’ll get her more power. Her bewilderment at every move Nygma makes is one of the better elements of the episode. Through her, we watch Nygma figure out what it means to be the Riddler. And just like most of us, she thinks he’s insane.Unfortunately for her, Tabitha still hates Nygma for the whole kidnapping and attempted murder earlier this season. Through her, Gordon is able to neutralize Barbara’s bomb that Riddler put around the mayor’s neck. Gordon promises to answer Nygma’s question about who runs Gotham and takes him to the Court. The Riddler isn’t dead though. A man as smart as he is will be useful to the Court, Gordon’s told. We’ll probably see him again before too long. And with that Jim is fully a member of the Court of Owls,GOTHAM: Erin Richards (Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX)Now for the other villain team-up of the episode. Penguin and Ivy spent the hour building their Army of Freaks. That sounds like the perfect excuse to get all of our favorite Batman villains on screen at one time. Tonight, he rounded up Mr. Freeze and Firefly, because why not get a supervillain army that can do both? There is a bit of awkwardness about how Penguin’s comments as a mayoral candidate forced Freeze into hiding. Whipping up a literal torch and pitchfork mob to kill “monsters” isn’t something a guy can just get over. Ivy continues to be the only person capable of getting things done, and gets Freeze’s suit back for him. That, along with Penguin’s promise to publicly take back his xenophobic rhetoric once he’s mayor again, is enough to convince Freeze to join. Firefly isn’t too happy about being on the same team as Freeze, but Penguin’s able to focus everyone on the task at hand: Killing the Riddler. Now that Nygma is in the possession of the Court, this could lead to some interesting place. Are we headed for an Army of Freaks vs. Court of Owls battle?Finally, we check in on Alfred and the Bruce clone, whose story was oddly missing last week. Alfred isn’t as quick to pick out the impostor as we’d hoped. The clone can write off his change in behavior as being broken up over Selina, which Alfred accepts. When his nose suddenly starts bleeding uncontrollably, he runs to the court. We learn he’s dying, but that won’t happen until after the Court accomplishes their goal. Interestingly, it’s implied that the weapon to destroy Gotham will arrive at the same time that the real Bruce returns. Could they be trying to turn Bruce into a weapon? Maybe the Court is hoping that whatever they’re turning Bruce into will help them bring down the city. It would be pretty cool if they accidentally give Gotham its greatest hero instead.GOTHAM: Guest star Nathan Darrow (Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX)Now, we get to the strange part of this episode. The Bruce clone reveals himself to Selina and warns her to get out of Gotham before the Court’s mysterious weapon arrives. Selina is angry, saying that the real Bruce would try to save everyone, not just her. She threatens to tell Alfred, but the clone pushes her out of a window. The position she falls in, and the cats that surround her… we’ve seen all this before. It’s an exact recreation of Catwoman’s origin from Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. The homage is really cool. The Tim Burton Batman movies are fantastic, but now they’re often overshadowed by the Christopher Nolan series. With Paul Reubens as Penguin’s dad and now this, it’s fun to see these little nods to the secret best Batman movie.That said, why do this now? Selina is what, 16 years old, 17 at the most? Just like Bruce is way too young to be Batman, she’s a little young to go full Catwoman. With the way the Court implied that Bruce could return to Gotham before long, it feels like the timelines are getting sped up. In the comics, Bruce doesn’t return to Gotham as Batman until he’s in his mid-20s. That’s after ten years of studying martial arts, detective skills and whatever other abilities a particular comics writer wants to give him. Is Gotham going to have Batman and Catwoman run around the city as teenagers? Even for this show, that’d be a really odd place to go. But hey, the continuity is already so far off from comics canon, that anything’s possible. Ivy had her arc sped up, why not do the same for Bruce and Selina? I’m just hoping that by the end of the season, we’ll have some indication of where this crazy train is going.last_img read more

The Royal Wedding San Diego fans celebrate at local tea shop

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSaturday morning, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said “I do.” Elizabeth Alvarez joined excited fans at Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe to have a cup of tea and watch the wedding broadcast. The Royal Wedding: San Diego fans celebrate at local tea shop Elizabeth Alvarez, May 19, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Updated: 8:50 AM Elizabeth Alvarez Posted: May 19, 2018last_img read more

Mailer touting oil terminal plan features key error

first_imgThe two companies proposing an oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver have blanketed Clark County with about 136,000 mailers touting the project’s positive economic impacts, including $2 billion in “added economic value” and more than 1,000 jobs annually.The mailer — the brainchild of Vancouver Energy, the partnership of Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies — also highlights the joint venture’s Web address, polling data, and remarks about energy independence and safety.“This newsletter is part of Vancouver Energy’s efforts to provide accurate and transparent information to the community,” according to the mailer. “One of the best ways you can support Vancouver Energy is to stay up-to-date on the project and give us feedback. You can do this by visiting the Take Action section of”Although the mailer is billed as providing accurate information, one of its graphic elements confuses the oil terminal’s projected annual tax revenue during full operations — $7.8 million — with its stated economic value during construction and the first 15 years of operations: $2 billion.A Tesoro spokeswoman on Monday acknowledged the error. “We became aware today that a graphic in the mailer was improperly labeled,” Jennifer Minx said in an email to The Columbian. “$7.8 million correctly refers to the tax revenue generated annually when the terminal is fully operational, and $2 billion should refer to economic value added during construction and the first 15 years of operations. The correct information can be found on the home page of our website, and we are posting an updated electronic version of the mailer.”last_img read more

Asda reports a 124 mean gender pay gap for 2018

first_imgSupermarket retailer Asda has reported a 12.4% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay in 2018; this is 0.1% less than the 12.5% gap it reported for 2017.The organisation, which has 147,000 employees in the UK, reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and in time for the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2019.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between the mean and median hourly rates of pay for male and female full-time employees, the difference between men and women’s mean bonus pay and median bonus pay, the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay, and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.Asda’s median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 7.6% for 2018; this reflects a 1.3% reduction from the 8.9% median gender pay gap it reported for 2017.Its mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid during the reporting period is 44.5%; an 8% improvement to last year’s figure of 52.5%. The median gender pay gap for bonus payments is 13.7%, compared to 21.5% in 2017. Over the current reporting period, 91.2% of female employees and 88.7% of male employees received bonus payments. In 2017, 88.3% of women received a bonus, compared to 85.3% of men.Around a third (34.9%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Asda are female, compared to 54.2% in the second quartile, 63.1% in the third quartile and 74.2% in the lowest pay quartile. Across its UK employee base, which operates in both the retail and logistics sectors, 57% are women. More than a third (35%) of Asda’s senior leaders are female, as are more than 50% of its 2018 graduate intake.The majority (86%) of Asda’s workforce are hourly-paid; the retailer calculates that its median gender pay gap, based on the set hourly rates for these employees, would be 0%. Furthermore, if allowing for full-time equivalent normalisation when calculating the median bonus gender pay gap, Asda believes this would be 2.06% in favour of women.Asda attributes its gender pay gap to having more men than women occupying senior roles. To reduce its gap further, Asda states that it will continue the actions outlined in its 2018 report. This includes offering flexible working to all employees, conducting unconscious bias training for salaried managers and continuing its mentoring programme, which was relaunched in 2018.Asda has stated that it advertises all vacancies internally, and plans to seek female talent for internal succession planning, to accelerate progression through targeted pipeline development programmes. It will additionally continue with balanced candidate slates and balanced interview panels for all senior hires, a system which was introduced last year.The retailer will also promote its Women in Leadership council; this is a global programme that aims to drive gender balance, development and mentoring opportunities for female talent. Currently, the council has 75% female members and 25% male membership.Asda also maps its gender representation across all levels and formats and, in 2018, it relaunched its Gender Colleague Resource Group, which focuses on driving the organisation’s gender diversity strategy.Hayley Tatum, executive people director, said: “At Asda, we believe that to be a successful business and to serve our customers in the best way possible, we have to have an inclusive workplace where [employees] from any background can flourish.“We want every [employee], wherever they work in our business, to be able to develop their careers with us and have the flexibility to achieve what’s important to them, both in and outside of work. We’re committed to making sure that they have the opportunities to do that, from being certain we’re recruiting [employees] from diverse backgrounds through to supporting the career progression of our highest potential leaders.”last_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Learn About RTN Credit Union

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Tewksbury’s RTN Federal Credit Union.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About CareOne At WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

RMLD Encourages Customers To Donate To Mass Good Neighbor Energy Fund

first_imgREADING, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD), a sponsor of the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund (GNEF), announces that the Fund’s 2019 “Give The Gift of Warmth” campaign is now underway with a goal to raise $500,000 and provide energy assistance to more than 1,650 households throughout the Commonwealth. The Fund, which helps families in temporary crisis who do not qualify for federal or state assistance with the payment of their energy expenses, is currently open to all eligible candidates. The GNEF has raised more than $21.5 million and assisted over 88,750 households in need since its inception in 1985.Massachusetts residents who wish to support the Fund can “Give the Gift of Warmth” by using the green-colored Good Neighbor Energy Fund donation envelope found as an insert in your electric bill. Customers can also donate on-line by visiting or simply mail a check payable to “Good Neighbor Energy Fund” and send it to the Good Neighbor Energy Fund, c/o The Salvation Army, 25 Shawmut Road, Canton, Massachusetts 02021-1408.The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund is often the last resort for families who do not qualify for federal and state assistance programs. The Salvation Army, which administers the Fund, pays the energy provider directly for households whose gross income falls between 60 and 80 percent of the state’s median income levels. For example, a household size of 4 would need to have a total gross yearly income of between $68,289 and $91,052 to qualify. This campaign year’s Fund disbursement is $300 per eligible household per heating season. To apply to the Fund for assistance, visit a local Salvation Army Corps Community Center or call 800-334-3047.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Reading Municipal Light Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Offers New Solar Rebate Program To CustomersIn “Government”last_img read more

After Amy Jackson Gabriella Demetriades Bruna Abdullah reveals shes five months pregnant

first_imgBruna AbdullahInstagramAfter Amy Jackson and Arjun Rampal announced his girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades’ pregnancy, the Brazilian beauty, Bruna Abdullah is now happy to share her pregnancy news with the media. The model-turned-actress has revealed that she is five months pregnant with her first child with her fiance Allan Fraser.Talking about embracing motherhood before marriage, Bruna told Bombay Times, “A marriage certificate is nothing but a piece of paper, which is simply not enough to bind two people together. Some couples get divorced, while some live together unhappily and even cheat on each other. I believe nothing but love keeps people together. It is widely believed that marriage is a symbol of love. But is it really?”Bruna further said that her “baby is growing well and healthy” and their respective “families were over the moon” when they shared the news with them.”My mother has waited her whole life for this day. I think this is the most beautiful surprise of our lives. The baby is 22 weeks old and we are waiting with bated breath for him/her to arrive. Allan and I are grateful and ready for parenthood. We are settled and have everything we would need. I’m excited and very happy,” she added.Bruna and Allan’s baby is due in September and the couple will soon be planning to tie the knot along with the preparations of welcoming their first child.last_img read more

A Durham NC church sees the arts as its North Star

first_imgYonat Shimron YonatShimron Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Load Comments,Christians lend an anthem, and a pacifist spirit, to protests in Hong Kong Share This! Share This! News • Photos of the Week Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Trailblazing sociologist of religion Wade Clark Roof dies at 80 Tagsmillennials National Museum of African American History and Culture Nipsey Hussle Nnenna Freelon North Star Church of the Arts Phil Freelon Pierce Freelon Top Story,You may also like By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,DURHAM, N.C.  (RNS) — When the congregants took their seats at this small jewel-like church on recent Sunday morning, they saw neither a cross nor a Bible. Instead, a DJ occupied the altar, sitting in front of a controller and a laptop.As the service began, the emcee — not a clergyperson — prompted visitors to take three deep breaths and exhale. A hip-hop artist grabbed the mic to rap a song called “I Believe in You.” After him, a local poet and recording artist spent 20 minutes reading from his poems — each prefaced with a biblical quote.The monthly service at North Star Church of the Arts is the latest venture by one of Durham’s most acclaimed residents, architect Phil Freelon, before he died last month, and his wife, singer, jazz vocalist and composer Nnenna Freelon.The couple, internationally respected in their fields — he, perhaps most famously, as the architect for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and she as a six-time Grammy Award nominee — had long wanted to leave their adopted city of Durham a legacy its residents might enjoy after they were gone.After Phil’s diagnosis of ALS in 2016, they put the plans in overdrive.The couple bought a small Greek Revival-style church in a section near a downtown neighborhood once mostly African American but now fast transitioning into an entertainment hub and refashioned it as a venue for artistic and spiritual exploration.The church opened in January, drawing 100 to 120 people to monthly Sunday services plus a host of other events, including a drumming circle, a dance party, a book reading, a puppet show, a visual art exhibit — even a rummage sale.A tribute to North Star Church of the Arts founder Phil Freelon, who died in July, at the alternative Durham sanctuary. RNS photo by Yonat ShimronThe Freelons — she is 65; he died July 9 at age 66 — were intent on creating a space for healing. Though the couple belonged to St. Titus Episcopal Church when their three children were younger, they had not attended in years, and their beliefs at the time of his death seemed in flux: After Phil died, the family put out a statement saying he had “joined the ancestors.”But the former Ephphatha Church, with its elegant arched windows and doorways, charmed them. Built in the 1930s as one of only four in the country exclusively for deaf worshippers, it had gone through several incarnations, most recently as a Pentecostal congregation. The Freelons upgraded the building and removed all but four of the 40 pews to make the space more flexible for multiple events.They threw open the doors to people of all faiths and no faith  — a place, Nnenna Freelon said, where “judgment is suspended.”“Phil always said, ‘If you want something, you have to give that very same thing,’” she said. “We looked at ‘What would it look like if we created a healing sanctuary, not just for us but for everybody?’”The Freelons’ services have kept some of the trappings of church. Guest artists are called “celebrants,” and straw baskets are passed around midservice for offerings.But the focus is on the arts and the ways in which artistic expression can be a vehicle for transcendence.In its first nine months, Sunday services have featured the state’s poet laureate, Jaki Shelton Green, as well as a dance performance called “The Gospel According to Baba Chuck Davis,” in which some of the late American dancer and choreographer’s partners explained and demonstrated his dedication to African dance traditions.The Freelons’ son, Pierce, a musician, social entrepreneur and candidate for the state Senate, is the church’s creative director and he has wanted to plan programs that allow people to experience spirituality through the arts.When rapper Nipsey Hussle died in March, Freelon was proud of his parents’ church for opening its doors to fans of Hussle’s music who just wanted to sit, listen to his recordings and grieve his passing without a lecture or a sermon.“It was so beautiful and so appropriate and so exactly what a church should be doing in a moment like that,” he said.People attend a service at North Star Church of the Arts in Durham, N.C., on Aug. 18, 2019. RNS photo by Yonat ShimronSo far, the church has drawn an eclectic mix of devotees both African American and white, but particularly young artists, social activists and city boosters of different faith — and no faith — traditions.Kamara Thomas, a singer-songwriter who has performed at the church and attended several of the Sunday services, said it was a welcome relief from the doctrine-bound Seventh-day Adventist church she grew up in.“It’s in line with what I’ve been craving, which is a focus on the spiritual side of life and the need to gather as a community to practice our spirituality with as few boundaries and edicts and structures and as few limitations as possible,” she said.The approach appears to speak to millennials who have found traditional Christian churches sexist, homophobic or patriarchal. One woman who showed her an art installation at North Star and has also attended other programs there said she grew up attending Methodist and Presbyterian churches but no longer does.“After coming out as queer I felt like I couldn’t bring my whole self to those spaces,” said Monet Marshall, 29.At North Star she said she felt she could be herself and has returned to attend other events after her installation, called “Insert Your Grandma’s Name,” had finished its run.North Star — the name refers to the point in the sky that enslaved African Americans looked up to for inspiration — depends on a dedicated group of donors. It also rents out its space for special events.Mark Anthony Neal, the James B. Duke Professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University, said it was the perfect spot for the class he is teaching this semester called “Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy.” The class meets twice a week; once on campus and a second time at North Star.“I wanted a community partner and the North Star Church, given the reputation of the Freelons and the city of Durham, and that these are the kind of relationships they were hoping to create, it was a no-brainer,” he said.Neal said the African American church has always been more than simply a religious institution. Most famously, of course, it was the locus of political and justice activism during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Today, some are reclaiming the church itself for other uses. He points to Temple University professor and CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill, who opened Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books in Philadelphia and recently expanded into an adjacent church.With so many millennials dropping out of church and finding meaning and community in other settings, new gathering spaces — some even in old churches — were bound to emerge.Nnenna Freelon, who sits on the North Star’s board of directors, said she doesn’t see herself as a pastor or religious leader. During Sunday services, she sits in the front pew, not on the altar.“I know about the arts,” she said. “I know how arts in general have transformed our lives in very meaningful ways. I believe the spirit of divine is in all that. The arts seemed to be a perfect place where we can meet and talk.” Share This! 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Special Counsel Files New Charge In Russia Probe

first_img Share AP Photo/Charles DharapakFormer FBI Director Robert Mueller is seated before President Barack Obama and FBI Director James Comey arrive at an installation ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election has charged an attorney with lying to federal investigators about his interactions with a former Trump campaign official, according to court papers made public Tuesday.Alex van der Zwaan, who worked at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom until he was fired last year, appeared at court later Tuesday at a plea hearing.The charge does not involve election meddling or relate to the Trump campaign’s operations. It stems from a part of the special counsel’s investigation into Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair, and Rick Gates, a former campaign aide and longtime business associate of Manafort.Manafort and Gates are accused of directing a covert Washington lobbying campaign on behalf of pro-Russian Ukrainian interests. The lobbying effort was part of political consulting work that Manafort and Gates carried out before they joined the Trump campaign.Gates and Manafort were indicted last year and accused of conspiring to launder millions of dollars they earned from political consulting work in Ukraine. Both have pleaded not guilty.Van der Zwaan is accused of lying to investigators about his interactions with Gates during an interview with the FBI late last year, according to the charging document filed in federal court in Washington. David Mills and Laura Grossfield Birger, attorneys for van der Zwaan, did not immediately return email and phone messages Tuesday afternoon.Van der Zwaan’s plea hearing Tuesday comes on the heels of an extraordinary indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller last week that charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies in a hidden social media effort to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by denigrating Democrat Hillary Clinton and boosting the chances of Trump.According to the court filing, prosecutors say van der Zwaan lied about his role in the production of a report on the trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. She is a political foe of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, whose political party was a client of Gates and Manafort.Van der Zwaan is accused of lying during an interview with prosecutors and FBI agents on Nov. 3, 2017, about the timing of his last communication with Gates and an unidentified person described as “Person A.”Van der Zwaan told investigators that he last texted with Gates in mid-August 2016 and his last contact with Person A was in 2014 when he discussed the person’s family. But prosecutors say that wasn’t true.In fact, they say he had discussed the Tymoshenko report with Gates and Person A in September 2016 during a phone call that he surreptitiously recorded. They also say Van der Zwaan deleted emails sought by the special counsel’s office including one between him and Person A from September 2016.Matt Rourke, File, APIn this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left. Emails obtained by The Associated Press shed new light on the activities of a firm run by Donald Trump’s campaign chairman. They show it directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law.The Tymoshenko report was cited in the 12-count indictment against Manafort and Gates. It accuses the two men of acting as unregistered lobbyists in connection with the rollout of the report, which was commissioned by the Ukrainian government. According to the indictment, Manafort and Gates “used one of their offshore accounts to funnel $4 million to pay secretly for the report.”The report was authored by the law firm, Skadden, Arps. Van der Zwaan’s now-defunct LinkedIn page lists him as an associate in the London office of the law firm.On Tuesday, Skadden Arps released a statement saying it had fired van der Zwaan last year. The firm said it “has been cooperating with authorities in connection with this matter.”It did not say what led to the firing. The charging document notes that the emails van der Zwaan is accused of deleting and withholding from the special counsel’s office were also sought by the law firm, which is referred to as “Law Firm A.”Last year, van der Zwaan married the daughter of Ukrainian-Russian billionaire German Khan, according to the Russian editions of Forbes and Tatler magazines.The lavish wedding to Khan’s daughter, Eva, was held at Luton Hoo, a historic mansion-turned golf hotel outside London. The three-day event included a Russian party complete with a Cossack choir and guests dressed in Russian folk costumes, according to the magazines.Khan, who was born in Kiev, shares control of Russia’s biggest financial and industrial investment conglomerate, Alfa Group, with fellow billionaires Mikhail Fridman and Alexei Kuzmichev.Forbes estimates Khan is worth $10 billion.last_img read more

UPDATE US missionary gored by bull at Zapote festival out of hospital

first_imgRelated posts:Nicaragua deports U.S. fugitive wanted for child porn U.S. tourist bleeds to death from gunshot wounds while waiting for ambulance in Costa Rica Russians laud Venezuela’s asylum offer to Snowden Putin says Snowden in Moscow as Russia rejects U.S. demands UPDATE:The U.S. man injured last weekend after a bull gored him at the annualZapote Fiestas is out of the hospital, according to a post on Derek Pettner’s Facebook page.A commenter wrote late Thursday night that “Derek spent his first day at home after being released from the hospital…He ate two large meals today, sat up and laughed with us all and talked, and we had him up taking some steps and regaining his strength today on multiple occasions.”Pettner, reported as 27-years-old, received injuries to his abdomen and neck from a bull during the traditional Costa Rican bullfights in the southeastern district of San José on the afternoon of Dec. 28.According to Pettner’s website, Derek In Costa Rica, the man arrived in Costa Rica in July 2011 as a missionary. Pettner wrote he moved from Pittsburgh in the U.S. to the province of Heredia.“I was on my way from sitting behind a desk crunching numbers to teaching and influencing the lives of Ticos in a Christian school in Costa Rica. My new position and mission is as a missionary teacher instructing 7th-12th grade students in sciences,” he explained on his site.For several days he remained hospitalized and under observation at Calderón Guardia Hospital. Local Red Cross reports state that by the end of the year, they had attended to a total of 81 bullfighters, 18 of which were hospitalized.If you have any information on Derek’s recovery, please contact the author of this report at larias@ticotimes.netCorrections: The Tico Times originally reported that Pettner had visits from his wife and a friend on Dec. 31., that information came from a hospital report from Calderón Guardia, but Derek is not married. He had visits from colleagues and friends.Though he was hit multiple times by the bull and rendered unconscious, Pettner was not officially gored with the bull’s horns.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more