New Delhi: Five men were arrested for allegedly stealing over 1,000 batteries from vehicles, e-rickshaws and trucks in southeast Delhi’s Badarpur, police said Wednesday.The accused were identified as Sohail (22), Sahne Alam (23), Sahzad (25), Imran (30) and Jameel Ahmed (45), they said. With their arrest, the police claimed to have worked out 21 cases. They used to steal 15-20 batteries in a single night and disposed them to scrap dealers at a cost of Rs 500-Rs 2,000 and also maintained a record their theft, Chinmoy Biswal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast), said. Imran was nabbed from the Mandawali area on March 17 after police identified him standing near a car in one of the CCTV footage, he added. Imran, along with Sohail, Shane Alam and Sehzad, used to steal batteries from vehicles, bikes, e-rickshaws and tempos and disposed the stolen batteries to scrap dealers of in Trans-Yamuna areas and Western Uttar Pradesh, the DCP said. Subsequently, his associates Sohail, Shane Alam and Sehzad were arrested, he said. On their instance, scrap dealer Jameel Ahmed, a resident of Lakshmi Nagar, was arrested, he added. Seventy-six stolen batteries, the car used during the offence and tools used for opening car bonnets were also recovered from Ahmed, police said. read more
Tim Hortons has a simple suggestion for java lovers annoyed by the flat lids the Canadian coffee giant uses on its cardboard cups: use another top.The popular coffee chain offers dome-style lids on many of its espresso and latte beverages and customers are free to ask for one of those tops for their coffee instead, company spokeswoman Michelle Robichaud said in an email Tuesday.“We encourage any of our guests who might prefer a dome style lid to request it when they place their order,” she said.Robichaud said the majority of the company’s traditional restaurants across the country now offer the specialty drinks, which were first introduced in late 2011.Complaints that the company’s flat lids are ill-fitting and leaky began popping up in online forums such as Reddit and on Facebook last week in response to a Calgary man’s letter of complaint to Tim Hortons.Bryan Hansen, who sent the often-jocular letter to the company’s head office, told the Canadian Press his years as a Tim’s regular left him with his fair share of depleted drinks and scorched skin as coffee oozed out from under ill-fitting lids.Hansen’s missive strikes a tone of levity from the address line where he debates whether to direct it to the attention of the company’s “Lid Manager,” “Product Containment Engineer” or “Liquid Suppression Expert.”The letter continues in the same vein, with Hansen mixing light-hearted pop culture references with genuine complaints about the quality of the company’s lids.He describes them as “the worst thing to happen to Canadian popular culture . . . since Avril Lavigne married Chad Kroeger” in one sentence, then immediately shifts to gentle criticism of a design that exposes people to major messes and minor burns.Dozens of people on Reddit were quick to agree with Hansen’s claims and tout the virtues of rival lids.“McDonald’s lids are awesome. Drinking their coffee is like making out with a supermodel,” wrote one Reddit user.Even those who had not read Hansen’s letter agreed, adding the leaky lids have been enough to cost the company some business.“I’ve just resorted to not drinking Tim Horton’s coffee any more,” said Vanessa Zeppieri of Toronto. “. . . All of their lids are like that. Even their ”ice cap“ lids have started to leak, and as a consumer I don’t feel I should have dripping coffee and ”ice cap“ all over my hands.”Read Hansen’s letter of complaint below: Reddit read more
“We call for this dialogue to be sustainable, inclusive and grounded on the full respect of international human rights treaties ratified by Ukraine,” the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Rupert Colville, told a news conference in Geneva.The Ukrainian capital, Kiev, has been witnessing mass protests since late November, following a Government decision not to sign an agreement on broader integration with the European Union. The demonstrations flared up again last week in the wake of legislation passed on 16 January that restricted the exercise of fundamental rights, including the rights to freedom of association, assembly and expression, and the operation of non-governmental organizations, as well as imposed penalties, including prison sentences, for breaches. Mr. Colville welcomed the abolition by the Ukrainian Parliament earlier this week of those laws, and called on Mr. Yanukovych to sign the new law abolishing them. “However, we are appalled by the deaths reported in recent days in Kiev, which should be promptly, thoroughly and independently investigated,” he stated. “We are also calling for an investigation into reports of kidnappings and torture. “We reiterate our call to the Government and protesters to exercise restraint and create conditions for dialogue and reconciliation,” the spokesperson said.He added that international human rights norms and Ukraine’s compliance with these standards and its obligations pertaining to human rights must be at the centre of any future solutions and reconciliation processes. read more
In a video message to the opening of the seventy-first session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental human right.The World Health Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the World Health Organization, WHO. It determines the agency’s polices, supervises financial policies, and reviews and approves the proposed programme budget.“We need strong resilient systems that place people at the centre,” said Mr. Guterres.“Universal health coverage provides the foundation to help us overcome the inequities that continue to leave so many behind.”Ensuring that everyone, everywhere has access to quality health care and services, is also vital for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stressed the UN chief.Universal health coverage provides the foundation to help us overcome the inequities that continue to leave so many behind – Secretary-General António GuterresIn particular, Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG 3), which has specific targets to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being at all stages in life. In addition, health improvements feature prominently in many of the other ambitious Goals.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s Director-General, also addressed the Assembly, emphasizing the importance of universal health coverage, as illustrated by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The WHO chief outlined a number of initiatives at the UN health agency to advance universal coverage and urged greater political commitment: “It’s clear that the twin messages of health security and universal health coverage resonate loudly with world leaders,” he said.Mr. Tedros also highlighted critical upcoming events focussed on global health, including two high-level meetings; on non-communicable diseases and on tuberculosis at the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly which begins in September.“The people who suffer from these diseases all over the world are relying on us: the people who cannot get the care they need; the people who cannot afford the care they need; the people who aren’t even aware they are infected with a potentially deadly pathogen,” he said.“We owe it to them to ensure that we do not waste the opportunities.”DRC Ebola outbreak: Vaccination of health workers commencesSeparately on Monday, WHO announced that the vaccination of health workers in areas of the DRC effected by the Ebola virus, has begun.Together with the Government and partner organizations, WHO is also preparing to start a so-called ring vaccination programme, whereby the contacts of confirmed cases and the contacts of those contacts will be offered immunization, using the experimental drug.“We need to act fast to stop the spread of Ebola by protecting people at risk of being infected with the Ebola virus, identifying and ending all transmission chains and ensuring that all patients have rapid access to safe, high-quality care,” said Peter Salama, the WHO Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response.While the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine is yet to be licensed, it was highly protective against Ebola in a major trial in 2015 in Guinea, said WHO.Earlier results have been promising with the agency reporting that among the 5,837 people who received the vaccine, no positive cases were recorded nine days or more after vaccination. read more
Hungarian left back, Barna Putics (27) will stay in VfL Gummersbach for two more seasons. Despite talks with Hungarian Pick Szeged and possibility to get back home, Putics decided to prolonge contract with the German team, where he came in 2010. He had a lot of problems with his form at the beginning, but now is one of the leading players in VfL campaign to keep status in Elite. ← Previous Story HSV found a solution: Martin Schwalb is back! Next Story → Velux EHF CL TOP 16: Leon with +3 to Veszprem Barna PuticsPick SzegedVfL Gummersbach read more
NEW YORK CONGRESSMAN Michael Grimm doesn’t like being asked about his campaign finances.After last night’s State of the Union address, the Republican from the 11th congressional district of the Empire State was interviewed by his local TV station NY1.After being thrown a couple of softballs by reporter Michael Scotto, Grimm was preparing to wrap up the interview.However, when Scotto attempted to ask him about a federal investigation into his 2010 campaign finances, Grimm stormed off. (Jacob Kornbluh/YouTube)As Scotto summed up the story and attempted to pass back the studio, Grimm came back on screen to physically confront the much smaller Scotto.Grimm, a former US Marine who served in the Gulf War, then threatened Scotto.Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f***ing balcony.As Scotto argues that the question was a valid one, Grimm threatens him again.“No, no, you’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”No apologiesInstead of contrition, however, Grimm came out swinging following the incident, saying that NY1 had ‘taken a cheap shot’ at him.“I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favour.I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favour.“I doubt that I am the first Member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last.”The station called the incident ‘unacceptable’.Read: A “year of action”: Obama sends warning to Congress, pledges to tackle inequality read more
Pour célébrer l’astronomie, envoyez-nous vos photos de nuits étoilées !Alors que se tiendra à la mi-août une nouvelle édition de la Nuit des étoiles, Maxisciences a décidé de faire encore une fois appel à vos talents de photographe pour révéler la beauté de notre ciel et des milliers d’étoiles qui l’illuminent la nuit venue.”Les vers de terre s’enfoncent dans le sol pour ne pas tomber amoureux des étoiles”. C’est ce qu’a écrit dans l’une de ses oeuvres le romancier français Yvan Audouard. Mais qui parvient aujourd’hui à résister à la beauté d’un ciel illuminé par des milliers de points scintillants ? Dès la nuit tombée, il n’est pas rare de voir quelqu’un lever le nez au ciel et contempler ces gigantesques objets célestes situés à des centaines de milliards de kilomètres de la Terre. Une observation d’autant plus prisée lorsque la météo est clémente et libère le ciel de ses nuages.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreCe n’est donc pas un hasard si, au coeur de l’été, a lieu chaque année les Nuits des étoiles. Des jours évènements au cours desquels il est possible d’assister et de participer à de multiples manifestations. Chaque année, ce sont ainsi des centaines d’animateurs bénévoles ou astronomes amateurs qui se chargent de faire plonger les curieux dans la Voie Lactée, et ce aux quatre coins de la France et même dans d’autres pays d’Europe et d’Afrique. Cette année, la grande fête de l’astronomie se tiendra ainsi les 10, 11 et 12 août prochains. Mais tout l’été pourrait être propice à la contemplation des constellations, objets célestes intrigants et autres galaxies visibles à l’oeil nu.Pour célébrer l’astronomie et l’univers si mystérieux qui nous entoure, Maxisciences a une nouvelle fois décidé de faire appel à vous et à vos appareils. Amateurs, passionnés ou professionnels, nous invitons tous les photographes à envoyer leurs plus beaux clichés de nuits étoilées ou de crépuscules capturés dans les alentours, lors de petites escapades ou de grands voyages à l’autre bout du monde. L’occasion de dévoiler à nouveau les merveilles qu’abritent notre ciel, véritable porte ouverte sur un univers bien plus vaste qu’on ne peut l’imaginer.Les photos doivent être envoyées avant le 5 août à l’adresse : email@example.com. De préférence avec le lieu où elle a été prise et si vous le désirez avec la petite anecdote qui va avec. Les plus belles seront sélectionnées et publiées sur le site la semaine suivante. Alors tous à vos appareils ! Le 17 juillet 2012 à 15:05 • Maxime Lambert read more
The factsWhat is group income protection?Group income protection (GIP) provides an income to an employee when they are unable to work as a result of an illness of injury. Payment usually starts after a set waiting period, normally six months, and can continue until the employee returns to work or, if earlier, state pension age.In addition to financial support, GIP can help an organisation manage long-term sickness absence, offer rehabilitation services, such as counselling or physiotherapy. It can also provide partial benefits when an employee is able to return to work on a part-time basis to a lower-paid role.What are the origins of group income protection?The first modern GIP policies were written in the 1950s but a broader form of cover, the Holloway scheme, was available from friendly societies from the late 19th century. These offered retirement benefits alongside income protection.Where can employers get more information and advice?Industry body Group Risk Development (Grid) has further information about the product on its website: www.grouprisk.org.uk.What are the costs involved?Full cover costs between 1% and 2% of gross payroll, although a limited-term plan can cost as little as 0.25%.What are the legal implications?GIP can cover an employer’s contractual promise of long-term sick pay to employees. It is exempt from default retirement age legislation, enabling organisations to stop providing it when employees reach state pension age.What are the tax issues?Employers can usually get corporation tax relief on premiums and it is not a P11D benefit.What is the annual spend?The group risk industry paid out a total of £1.26bn in 2014, helping out a total of 24,570 UK families, according to industry data compiled by Grid, published in April 2015. GIP policies paid out annualised benefits of £338m.What providers have the biggest market share?No market date is available but the largest providers include Aviva, Canada Life, Ellipse, Legal and General, MetLife, Unum and Zurich.Which have increased their market share the most?No market data is currently available on this.Group income protection (GIP) is an insurance policy that provides a replacement income to an employee if they are unable to work due to long-term illness or injury. Limited-term policies are also available that provide benefits for between two and five years.Most organisations offer four different types of group risk cover: life assurance at four times an employee’s annual salary, income protection, critical illness insurance and personal accident insurance.The latest report by the industry body Group Risk Development (Grid), published in April 2015, showed that a total of £1.26bn was paid out in claims during 2014. The report showed a significant increase in GIP on the previous year at £20m a year.The main cause of claims across all group protection was found to be cancer, with the highest for group critical illness (68%), followed by group life (46%) and GIP (24%). For group life, this was followed by heart disease (16%), by heart attack for group critical illness (10%) and by mental illness for GIP (23%).The Grid report also showed, for the first time, the number of cases each year where people were helped back to work before a claim becomes payable, often with the support of the insurer, the employer or both. In cases of active intervention, including rehabilitation services, such as counselling or physiotherapy, 1,529 people were able to go back to work in 2014 before they had been off sick long enough to make a claim.Early notificationAs the average GIP policy has a six-month waiting period, insurers have introduced incentives to encourage employers to notify them of potential claims as early as possible. For example, Legal and General offers an early-notification bonus that returns 5% of the premium where an employer covering more than 250 employees flags up at least 80% of long-term absences within a set period.While the main objective of a GIP scheme is to provide benefit and support to employees unable to work, insurers have also developed a wide range of added-value services to supplement cover. These help to differentiate products but also provide a benefit to employees and employers whether or not anyone needs to claim.Employee assistance programmes (EAPs) are the most common add-on service. These support the insurers’ early-intervention goal by offering employees access to confidential, telephone-based support and information on topics ranging from stress and mental health problems to debt and childcare. They can also support line managers by providing assistance with work-related issues.Other added-value services are also available. For example, Aviva includes access to its Home of Health website, which contains advice and information on everything from combating stress to getting fit; and Canada Life increased its range of added-value services in 2014, introducing a treatment sourcing service from Medical Care Direct. This negotiates private medical treatments tailored to an individual’s requirements and at a fixed price wherever possible.The GIP market continued to grow in 2014, according to Swiss Re’s Group Watch 2015 report, published in April. Premiums were higher in all product areas, with an overall growth of close to 8% for the year. The study also found that over 200,000 more people were benefitting from life and disability insurance products arranged through their employer.The Group Watch 2015 report also showed steady growth across most lines of products. Premium growth was again strong in the group death benefits sector with £1.25bn in-force premiums reported for 2014. This strong growth continues the trend from previous years, and is the first time the market recorded annual growth in excess of £100m.With the GIP market seeing expansion on the back of pensions auto-enrolment, many are now calling for some form of compulsion for GIP itself. This also fits with the government’s drive for welfare reform, with insurance able to take some of the pressure off the state.In addition, the government’s Fit for Work service brings more attention to the role of rehabilitation. As part of its remit, this service provides occupational health assessments and return-to-work support to employees off work for four weeks or longer. Showcasing this approach could help to underline the benefits of GIP.Key statistics£1.26bn: The amount the group risk industry paid out in claims in 2014 (Source: Group Risk Development (Grid), April 2015).24%: The percentage of employees that would like to receive income protection, but currently only 6% do (Source: Canada Life Group Insurance, May 2015).39%: The percentage of employees that do not currently have life insurance (Source: Canada Life Group Insurance, June 2015).475,000: The number of people with critical illness in 2014, an increase of more than 90,000 on 2013. (Source: Swiss Re’s Group watch report 2015, April 2015). read more
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) used its enforcement powers for pensions auto-enrolment non-compliance 21,814 times between October and December 2018, compared to 38,095 times in Q3 of 2018, according to research by TPR.Its Compliance and enforcement quarterly bulletin: October-December 2018 report, which provides information on the powers TPR has used, as well as on the cases it has been involved in, also noted that 5,758 fixed penalty notices were issues between October and December 2018, compared to 12,551 issued between July and September 2018.Since TPR began recording its compliance and enforcement actions in July 2012, a total of 73,833 fixed penalty notices, which are fixed £400 fines issued to employers if they do not comply with statutory notices, or if there is sufficient evidence of a breach of law, have been issued.Darren Ryder, director of automatic enrolment at TPR, said: “More than 1.4 million employers have done the right thing for their staff, and we’re delighted so many now have the opportunity to save for later in life. But we are not complacent, and will continue to ensure employers and their advisers meet their responsibilities.“We will not tolerate behaviour by employers or their advisers that sees pension savers short-changed by not being put into a scheme.”The research also found that 2,689 escalating penalty notices had been issued between October and December 2018, making a total of 18,642 between July 2012 and December 2018. An escalating penalty notice is a daily fine between £50 and £10,000, depending on how many employees an organisation has, which is issued when an employer fails to comply with a statutory notice.Between October and December 2018, 6,795 compliance notices, which target auto-enrolment non-compliance of employer duties, were issued; this compares to 14,997 compliance notices issued between July and September 2018. A total of 144,047 compliance notices have been issued between July 2012 and December 2018.In quarter four of 2018, 6,421 unpaid contribution notices were issued; these remedy a late or non-payment due to a qualifying pension scheme. Since July 2012, 20,117 unpaid contribution notices have been issued.The report also confirmed that TPR used its powers to take action against trustees 30 times between October and December 2018 for failing to prepare a compliant chair’s statement. TPR conducted 88 inspections and the special procedure, which allows TPR to act quickly in using its powers where there is immediate risk to members, was used three times in quarter four of 2018.In addition, 149 trustee appointments were made to protect members’ benefits.Nicola Parish, executive director of front-line regulation at TPR, added: “This report highlights the many wide-ranging powers and ways of working that we are using to protect savers; from helping trustees deal more robustly with employers, to taking swift court action when we suspect members’ savings are at imminent risk. Our clearer, quicker and tougher approach is having a real impact.” read more
There are two speedsters running around central city, so you know what that means. There has to be two new supervillains too. This week’s episode of The Flash introduced two more classic comic villains to the series. It’s another reminder that The Flash has both the weirdest and the coolest rogues gallery.The episode begins with a flashback (ha!) to three years ago when Leonard Snart, in his pre-Captain Cold days, confronts a few of his partners who won’t listen to his instructions to lay low after pulling off a heist. Just as he’s about to kill them, the explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs occurs and the man he’s about to kill, named Sam Scudder, disappears. In the present day, a few construction workers are cleaning up the place they find a mirror that ripples. Sam bursts out of it, demanding to know where Snart is.Meanwhile, at S.T.A.R. Labs, the team is trying to figure out how Alchemy killed Clariss in his cell. When Joe goes back to the station, Barry and Jesse decide to do some training. Barry tells Jesse that she has to case every room before she runs into it and laughs at how much he sounds like Oliver Queen.Jesse Quick (Violett Beane) can almost keep up with Barry. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Harrison Wells says he and Jesse have to leave and fix things on Earth-2. When the Cisco and Caitlin complain about not having Harrison around for good anymore, he suggests one from yet another universe. How many Earths is this show going to have? As it turns out, enough for them to send a math test out into the multiverse and hope another intelligent Harrison bites. They find a decent candidate from Earth-19.Barry and Iris enjoy a romantic night in and just when things are getting intimate, Joe walks in and Barry speeds away, pretending nothing was going on. Iris tells Barry he’ll have to talk to Joe about them “kissing” before walking out the door. Barry tries the next day at work and it’s just as awkward as he thought it would be. Joe ultimately tells him, “do what you gotta do.”Barry and Iris aren’t the only couple with problems. After taking Wally for a run, Jesse kisses him. Wally tells her that, although he likes her too, she’s going back to her universe soon. Deciding it’s best they remain, friends, they continue running through the city.Relationship drama abounds in this episode. (Keiynan Lonsdale and Violett Beane) (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Sam is traveling through mirrors, going after everyone in Snart’s old crew looking for him. Harrison names him Mirror Master, much to Cisco’s frustration. While Joe is interviewing Sam’s old girlfriend Rosalind, Sam shows up using the reflection in the window of her cell. Together, they escape the same way.Rosalind also has a power, she can make rooms feel like they’re spinning like a top. Her name? The Top.A very awkward family movie night is interrupted when Joe and Barry get news that The Top and Mirror Master are robbing a bank. Barry and Jesse try to stop them, but Barry ends up getting trapped inside a mirror. Jesse brings the mirror back to S.T.A.R. labs, and the team deduces that they need something cold to slow the mirror’s molecules down enough for Barry to phase out.Jesse blames herself for getting Barry trapped and letting the new rogues get away. Wally comforts her. He decides to forget his fears about dating someone from another Earth and kisses Jesse. Barry also realizes that he’s partially to blame for making things weird between him, Iris and Joe. Cisco and Harrison come back with a modified cold gun but are called away by a metahuman alert. Caitlin uses her new secret ice powers to freeze the mirror and allow Barry to break out.Ashley Rickards at Top. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)The team finds out where Mirror Master and Top have gone. Barry and Jesse use holograms to distract the rogues. Jesse defeats Top with a quick punch and Barry traps Mirror Master in an infinite reflective loop and slaps some cuffs on him.Back at S.T.A.R. labs Harrison-2 and Jesse are preparing to go back to their universe. They pull the Harrison from Earth-19 through the breach, who has a sense of humor but retains Harrison’s love for burgers. Barry decides to make things less awkward for Joe and Iris by finally moving out and getting his own place. As the episode ends, Caitlin steps out of the shower to find that her ice powers are growing out of control. And turning her hair white.For the second week in a row, The Flash has given us an episode that feels like classic superhero TV. The overarching plot is still there, but it’s mostly in the background. As complicated and convoluted as Arrow can be, it’s nice to have a show in the Arrowverse that’s willing to introduce a supervillain and defeat them in the same hour of television. Plus, with all the multiple timelines and universes piled on top of one another, it’s probably a good thing that they’re keeping the episode plots relatively simple. Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Stay on target read more
For a little while, a rumor was floating around the great wide web that Microsoft was thinking about upgrading some of the hardware of the Xbox One console before its release. Normally, upgrading the hardware of a console so soon after its reveal — especially before its debut release — would be out of the ordinary. However, mounting pressure from Sony’s PS4 being perceived as a significantly better purchase forced Microsoft to change almost everything about the Xbox One in one way or another — including its hardware specs. Now, Microsoft confirms that one thing won’t be changing: the console’s RAM.An early rumor claimed that the Xbox One would get a boost in clock speed, and the RAM would get a bump from 8GB to 12GB. About a week ago, Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One’s GPU would receive a modest 53MHz boost in clock speed, going from 800MHz to 853MHz. So, it would appear that the dual-rumor of a clock speed and RAM upgrade would seem true, meaning a RAM announcement was soon to follow. Well, one did follow. Microsoft product planning manager Albert Penello took to Twitter and announced that the Xbox One would not receive a boost to 12GB of RAM. Oh well.Glad you all like headset. We’re not going to 12gb, just to be clear. Feeling great about game performance – stuff is looking killer.— Albert Penello (@albertpenello) August 8, 2013As you can see from the wording above, though, Penello didn’t quite rule out a bump to other amounts of RAM — for example, an entirely likely 3TB. The phrasing “feeling great about game performance,” however, does make it sound like Microsoft has found a sweet spot at 8GB, so those dreams of owning a game console with 1PB of RAM will have to wait for at least one more generation. read more
Polymer packaging on water surface. (A) The mechanism for the formation of the PLGA membrane is composed of a phase of polymer solution spreading by surface tension over the free water surface while the DMC solvent diffuses, leading to the solidification of the PLGA membrane. Water packaging methods are shown in stable/static and dynamic/unstable conditions: (B) on a sessile drop on hydrophobic substrate and (C) wrapping, in real time, a drop flowing out of a needle. (D) Explanation of the 3D packaging approach over the wall of a stable liquid bridge between two plates. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aat5189 Slippery test with and without the PLGA membrane. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aat5189 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Driving water down nanohighways Biocompatible coating over a lab-in-a-drop system containing living organisms. A drop of water with C. elegans swimming inside is shown (left). The PLGA membrane envelops the drop, inducing the momentary paralysis of the organisms. The process is even reversible: Peeling off the membrane keeps C. elegans moving as before. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aat5189 The scientists proposed an experimental approach in the present work to directly shape polymer membranes and encapsulate microbodies thereafter. The process consisted of the self-assembly of a biocompatible polymer above the water surface with agility and reproducibility. Coppola et al. chose poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) due to its tunable structure, drug release efficiency, high biosafety and biocompatibility. They allowed the polymer film to be the external container of a liquid core and proposed using the technique on micropillars, organic and inorganic micro-objects and colloidal particles under mild conditions, to accommodate microorganisms and cells inside the membranes thereafter.In the experiments, Coppola et al. dissolved a droplet of a biocompatible polymeric solution such as PLGA in dimethyl carbonate (DMC) and placed it on the surface of a water droplet to instantly form a nonporous film. The process allowed the polymer solution to wrap the free water surface, on top of the droplet and create a new interface. The polymer film extended across the free aqueous surface to acquire the shape and structure of the liquid, which was used as a 2-D or 3-D template. They then tested the fabrication process on diverse liquids such as cell culture media, phosphate buffered saline and other buffer solutions containing a water component. Journal information: Science Advances Controlling cell-material interactions on polymer membranes. Schematic overview of polymer membranes onto different shaped hydrogels and cells growing over them: (A) sphere, (B) cube, and (C) micropillar matrix. Digital images of actin filaments and focal adhesion were collected with an LSM ConfoCor 710 (Zeiss). Tetramethyl rhodamine isothiocyanate (TRITC)–phalloidin–conjugated actin fibers were excited with a 543-nm He-Ne laser, and emitted radiation was collected in the 560- to 600-nm interval. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aat5189 In the work, they used a biocompatible polymer that could self-assemble with unprecedented degrees of freedom on the water surface to produce a thin membrane. They custom designed the polymer film as an external container of a liquid core or as a free-standing layer. The scientists characterized the physical properties and morphology of the membrane and proposed a variety of applications for the phenomenon from the nanoscale to the macroscale. The process could encapsulate cells or microorganisms successfully without harm, opening the way to a breakthrough approach applicable for organ-on-a-chip and lab-in-a-drop experiments. The results are now published in Science Advances.The possibility of isolating, engineering and shaping materials into 2-D or 3-D objects from the nanometer to the microscale via bottom-up engineering is gaining importance in materials science. Understanding the physics and chemistry of materials will allow a variety of applications in microelectronics, drug delivery, forensics, archeology and paleontology and space research. Materials scientists use a variety of technical methods for microfabrication including two-photon polymerization, soft interference lithography, replica molding and self-folding polymers to shape and isolate the material of interest. However, most materials engineering protocols require chemical and physical pretreatments to gain the desired final properties. , Science Citation: Quick liquid packaging: Encasing water silhouettes in 3-D polymer membranes for lab-in-a-drop experiments (2019, May 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-quick-liquid-packaging-encasing-silhouettes.html The scientists used the polymer-hydrogel constructs as a scaffold for cell culture experiments to observe cell growth on various shapes including microsphere cubes and polymer patterns. After 24 hours of culturing human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in PLGA, the scientists visualized the cytoskeleton and nuclei to show cell body elongation on the polymer film; indicating adequate cell adherence. The proposed technique did not harm cell cultures or microorganisms to form a new and simple method to engineer polymer films with potential scalability for microfluidic organ-on-chips. In this way, Coppola et al. developed an environment-friendly, cost-effective and water-based bottom-up engineering approach to allow a biopolymer to self-assemble on a droplet of water and on other 3-D templates. The scientists propose using the materials for a range of applications in biomedicine for wound healing, as lab-in-a-drop and on lab-on-a-chip devices. They envision optimized functionalities of the polymeric film with semiconductor nanoparticles or quantum dots to open new routes in clinical phototherapy in living systems in the future. In contrast to the conventional method of using solid molds to create micro- and nanopatterned materials, scientists are now focusing at the air-liquid or liquid-liquid interface to create shells of orderly assembled nanoparticles or crystals to engineer micro- and nanostructured polymeric membranes. The major drawback of the technique is the creation of a polymeric drop immersed in water instead of a free standing polymer suite. In the present work, Coppola et al. started from the existing approach with aims to broaden the experiment to polymer wrap liquid, inorganic and organic micro-objects or microstructured surfaces and remove the liquid core post-fabrication. They created a polymeric film even during dynamic and unstable conditions—for instance, on a drop standing on a glass slide and a drop flowing from a needle. To demonstrate total encapsulation of the liquid volume, the scientists formed two separate sessile droplets on the Teflon slide with one encased by the membrane. Upon tilting the surface, the free water droplet moved along the substrate, while the membrane-coated drop remained irremovable and anchored to the glass. In its mechanism of action, the film immediately formed on contact with water and when the solvent evaporated alongside water, the remaining polymer maintained a 3-D structure.The film did not collapse under atmospheric pressure and the membrane acted as an external coat similar to a polymeric shell on the liquid droplet. The scientists used a variety of membrane characterization methods including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), water contact angle and Young’s modulus measurements. The SEM images revealed a nonporous symmetric structure characterized by a homogenous surface and thickness. When they measured the water contact angle on the membrane, the results revealed mild hydrophilicity (water loving) of the polymers. The scientists investigated the mechanical properties of the PLGA membrane and calculated the oxygen permeability and water vapor permeability. The membrane showed a very high permeability to oxygen, which is an important parameter for biomedical applications. More information: Sara Coppola et al. Quick liquid packaging: Encasing water silhouettes by three-dimensional polymer membranes, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat5189 D. H. Gracias. Forming Electrical Networks in Three Dimensions by Self-Assembly, Science (2002). DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5482.1170 Christopher Moraes et al. Defined topologically-complex protein matrices to manipulate cell shape via three-dimensional fiber-like patterns, Lab Chip (2014). DOI: 10.1039/c4lc00122b © 2019 Science X Network The scientists used the material as an external coating during lab-in-a-drop experiments to form new methods for real-time observations in 3-D. As a proof-of-principle, they studied the behavior of the model organism Caenohabditis elegans in the polymer bubble. For this, they placed the microorganism (MO) in a water solution and wrapped the PLGA membrane around the drop of liquid to show the immediate cessation of MO movement. While C. elegans adhered to the water-PLGA membrane, oxygen flow continued due to membrane permeability for their survival. The abrupt change of MO behavior reversed upon membrane removal to recover usual motility. The process allowed the scientists to observe the MOs without administering harmful drugs to prevent their motion. Coppola et al. propose further experiments to understand the behavior of the organisms within the miniscule polymer drops. They then tested the possibility of maintaining the phenomenon in the presence of complex contours or obstacles and on hydrogel materials. Using micropillar arrays the scientists observed the polymer membrane to envelope the underlying micropattern and produce peak-and-valley shaped polymer films with arrayed bumps. Such functionalities will allow Coppola et al. to design cell culturing substrates, scaffolds for tissue engineering and drug delivery systems using the polymer systems. Similarly, when they tested the technique with hydrogel materials by simply dispensing a polymer drop or spraying the polymer above a rotating hydrogel cylinder, they were able to form a continuous polymer film. Using the method, they produced polymer films with different molds in the shape of microcubes, rhombus and cylinders for a variety of applications. Explore further Water packaging of a sessile drop. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aat5189 The ability to confine water in an enclosed compartment without directly manipulating it or using rigid containers is an attractive possibility. In a recent study, Sara Coppola and an interdisciplinary research team in the departments of Biomaterials, Intelligent systems, Industrial Production Engineering and Advanced Biomaterials for Healthcare in Italy, proposed a water-based, bottom-up approach to encase facile, short-lived water silhouettes in a custom-made adaptive suit. read more
Related posts:5 questions for a Costa Rican rapper – and an exclusive recording 5 questions for a Costa Rican musician and photographer 5 questions for blues musician Steve Arvey 5 questions for a Costa Rican singer Music has the power to create an emotional experience and connection with the world through different rhythms, tones and instruments. That connection has been especially powerful for Costa Rican musician Gerardo Mora, who has been involved in music ever since he can remember and has overcome extraordinary obstacles to pursue his passion, including blindness.Mora, 54, was born with congenital glaucoma, caused by the toxoplasmosis his mother suffered during pregnancy. Congenital glaucoma results in high fluid pressure in the eye, which damages the optic nerve, causing permanent blindness. However, this physical disability never pushed back Mora in achieving his dream to be a successful musician. It only made him develop his other senses and immerse himself more deeply in his art.At the age of 13, Mora obtained a scholarship at the Castella Conservatory, located in Heredia, but was ultimately denied admission to the school because of his blindness. He enrolled in the Nocturnal High School in the low-income neighborhood of Hatillo. Only two years later, when he was 15, he entered the Escuela de Artes Musicales at the University of Costa Rica (UCR). He says he faced challenges to his enrollment because of his condition there as well, but after a long fight waged by both Mora and his mother, Mora was given the opportunity to study music there while getting his high school degree.Mora eventually studied music education at the UCR and National University (UNA), but never concluded his degree because of alcoholism. He overcame this by joining Alcoholics Anonymous 18 years ago and met the woman who brightens up his life every day.Watch Mora play an Uruguayan tango: “For 15 years now I have lived with an extraordinarily beautiful woman who has a 28-year-old daughter, who’s also blind. I found the woman of my dreams who gave me the daughter I always wanted,” Mora said.After years of teaching music at the UCR and playing the accordion, piano, guitar and organ, Mora has retired and vivaciously lives with his music passion.The Tico Times sat down with Mora, surrounded by keyboards, organs, synthesizers and an accordion at his studio in Zapote, about his life and work. Excerpts follow.Why did you decide to become a musician?I was always given musical instruments as gifts when I was a child. My toys were musical instruments. I remember that my father had once given me an accordion on Christmas Eve: the next day I was playing melodies with the right hand and thinking on how to incorporate the left hand so that it would sound nice along with the right hand. Of course, I didn’t achieve that in the moment, but I did later. I also learned to play the guitar and the organ by myself.I also enjoy live performances because it’s wonderful and the more people there are, the better. I love it and I love playing Costa Rican music. It’s just beautiful.How do you prepare for a concert or recital?I like the other people to get to know the instrument, so I take my time at the beginning to explain it. I also search for different types of music: a bit of Costa Rican music, a bit of academic music and a bit of popular music from other parts of the world, so that I can exhibit the instrument and my technique.I wake up at 7 in the morning. The day is fresh; you’re fresh out of the shower. After getting ready, I warm up, like all musicians and athletes do. Then, I take a piece of music, play it like I’d normally do and check out were I’m not getting it right. I take every passage and play it separately. Then, I take the entire piece, play it very slowly and each hand separately [plays a melody with the left hand on the keyboard] and increase the velocity until I don’t miss a note. I do the same with the right hand [plays a melody with the left hand on the keyboard]. Afterwards I do this [plays with both hands on the keyboard] until I don’t miss a note. I start out very slowly and increase the speed more and more until I get to the point in which I play it faster than its usual speed. I do this until I a have it perfect.How do you read the music with the Braille system?I read the left-hand part with my the right hand, note by note. When I’ve learned it by memory, I do read the right-hand part with my left hand. When I learn it by memory, I then join both hands.With the Braille system, everything is integrated. You know which note is which when you touch the paper. It’s a combination of dots. There are six dots, and that combination of dots forms the musical notes, the letters of the alphabet, and the punctuation symbols that exist. I know how to write [in Braille] in French, German, English and Spanish. I don’t know how the Russians do it.How has music helped you in your life?It makes you very sensitive and sometimes it can be a problem. [Laughs.] The fact that I can feel this [plays a melody on the keyboard], that I can feel those sounds, [has helped me] to feel when a person is nice or a hypocrite.Humans and their bodies are like radio antennas. They transmit and receive. You transmit. I receive. I transmit. You receive. It’s part of the communication. There are many musicians who play a lot of notes and don’t transmit anything. There are others who play very few notes and transmit a lot of things, but it’s abstract. You can’t see it. You can’t listen to it. You can’t touch it, but you can feel it. I can touch your hand and know if it’s harsh or soft, but that that comes from your hand, that energy, I can’t touch it. I can’t see it. I can’t listen to it, but I can receive it and feel that vibration. You can feel it even though there’s no physical contact.How has your blindness been an advantage and disadvantage?On the one hand… things have been much harder. When I studied I could not be told, “Gerardo, we’re going to play. Take this paper and practice.” I had to be told well in advance to study, and look for someone to read it to me.On the other hand, it has been an advantage, because I realized there are gentle people in this world. There are people who have helped me, out of their good will.Out of necessity, I’ve developed my other senses. In this moment, if you close your eyes and walk away, you’ll probably crash into things, but that’s because you’re not used to it. When you become accustomed out of need, you develop what people with eyesight don’t see as necessary… the sense of perception and smell.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook Comments read more
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in Chief and in that capacity I invited him to return to Hungary on assignment writing about how the country had and had not changed since he had left it I also encouraged him to write his autobiography He angrily rejected both ideas saying he would never return to Hungary because he thought it was still run by fascists and that he didnt have time to write an autobiography More than a year went by before Andy called to say that he had written an autobiography but that his agent at William Morris Owen Laster couldnt get it published "All the book publishers want is a sequel to Only the Paranoid Survive" he groused I asked him to send me the manuscript After reading it I wrote Andy a six page single-space memo suggesting the many places where he might further humanize his story Soon after he called me in a fury "I am not going to sensationalize my life" he said "If you dont want to print it they way I wrote it forget about it" Then to my surprise he then sent a revised manuscript a few weeks later that incorporated all my proposals and more about his life I showed the revised manuscript to Larry Kirschbaum who was then running Warner Books for Time Inc Larry agreed to publish it with Andys title "Swimming Across" It remains my favorite of his seven published books The last few years werent kind to Andy He developed a bad case of Parkinsons disease that limited his speech and his movement It didnt stop him however from taking up kickboxing in an effort to deal with his loss of coordination Nor did it stop him from publishing a Kindle edition ofHigh Output Management last November with a new introduction by Venture Capitalist Ben Horowitz Commenting on Groves death yesterday Horowitzin a fitting tributecalled Andy "my hero and the best CEO and teacher I have ever known" This article originally appeared on Fortunecom Contact us at editors@timecomThe Colorado husband accused of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters is claiming that it was actually his wife who killed his children and that he killed her in a rage after watching it happen on the baby monitor according to newly released court documents Christopher Lee Watts 33 told investigators that he asked wife Shanann Watts 34 for a separation after she returned home from a trip early Aug 13 He later admitted to having an affair with a coworker according to a probable cause affidavit filed Monday by the Weld County District Attorney’s Office It’s not clear whether Shanann knew about the affair Watts claimed he then saw on a baby monitor as Shanann strangled their daughters 3-year-old Celeste and 4-year-old Bella He said he strangled Shanann to death in anger at what she had done according to court documents It’s not clear whether there is footage from the baby monitor to support Watts’ claim An Endangered Missing Alert has been issued for Shannan Watts (age 34) and her two daughters Celeste and Bella Watts (ages 3&4) Shannan is also 15 weeks pregnant Last seen in the Frederick area Please RT pictwittercom/U6N8BqB4sE CBI (@CBI_Colorado) August 14 2018 Watts said he loaded the bodies of his wife and daughters into the back seat of his truck and drove them to the oil field where he worked Shanann was found buried in a shallow grave on the property The bodies of Celeste and Bella were found in oil drums However prosecutors aren’t buying Watts’ story about his wife killing the couple’s daughters On Monday Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke announced that Watts was being charged with five counts of first-degree murder in relation to the deaths of Shanann Celeste and Bella He was also charged with first-degree unlawful termination of a pregnancy relating to Shanann’s unborn child Shanann’s friend told police that she was 15 weeks pregnant according to charging documents Christopher Watts is also charged with three counts of tampering with a body Before the District Attorney announced the charges against Watts Shanann’s father Frank Rzucek spoke at the news conference thanking police in the couple’s down of Frederick and the local community for their hard work and support during the investigation “Keep the prayers coming for our family” Rzucek said Shanann Watts and her daughters were reported missing on the afternoon of Aug 13 After news of their disappearance went public Christopher Watts made an emotional appeal on local media telling 9News "Im just hoping right now that shes somewhere safe” Contact us at editors@timecom always curious (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)MoreDemocrats held a separate news conference Tuesday in which some described Trump’s comments in Helsinki as “treason Speaking from the White House and afterward well chat and review) to be honestenvisaged as the "steel frame" by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel With the help of technology“Barb has played a key role in keeping the Minot Central Dispatch center running well for almost three decades advised the president-elect to eradicate corruption from the country In one of the petitions as 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Editing by Sandra Maler) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed The Obama Administration has proposed a new agency within the Department of Education that will fund the development of new education technologies and promote their use in the classroom In an updated version of its 2009 Strategy for American Innovation the White House announced today that the president’s 2012 budget request will call for the creation of Advanced Research Projects Agency-Education (ARPA-ED) The name is a deliberate takeoff on the Sputnik-era DARPA within the Department of Defense that funded what became the Internet and the much newer Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) that hopes to lead the country into a clean-energy future ARPA-ED will seek to correct what an Administration official calls the country’s massive "underinvestment" in educational technologies that could improve student learning "We know that information and communications technologies are having a transformative impact on other sectors But that’s not the case in K-12 education" The official cited studies showing that less than 01% of the $600 billion spent each year on elementary and secondary school education goes for research on how students learn "There are a number of good ideas and promising early results about the use of education technology that have led the Administration to be interested in doing more in this area" the official noted (See a special issue of Science from 2 January 2009 on education and technology) The goal of ARPA-ED according to the official will be to "advance the state of the art and increase demand" for successful technologies that teachers and students can use such as a digital tutor that can bring students and experts together to enhance learning Federal agencies now fund only a relative handful of projects in this area the official added and most local districts don’t have the money to purchase those found to be effective Details of the proposal including its projected cost wouldn’t be released until the entire 2012 budget request is submitted to Congress on 14 February Even so the general idea is certain to inflame congressional Republicans trying to pare down the size of the federal government especially its education programs They will likely argue that government intervention is unnecessary in a market where a robust commercial sector already exists They also believe that local and state education officials not Washington should decide what technologies belong in the classroom and his captured American counterpart, otherwise. 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PTI "We have applied with the Election Commission again on Thursday for the party’s election symbol.m. there will be spiraling As a portrait of an extramarital relationship The Affair is accurate in the worst ways The two cheaters are the lesser halves of their respective marriages and it is resentment that has led them down the primrose path Alison is a failed nurse who is now a waitress and Noah is a failed novelist who can’t even teach “Romeo and Juliet” to ninth graders like he knows what love is After a brief encounter in a dineryes the writers of The Affair settled on that gin jointAlison and Noah are obsessed like Capulets and Montagues It happens like kaboom Or like desperation But people cheat because they can and they will and they do The Affair does not make excuses for the affair It does not even make excuses for the attraction It shows every situation twicehe says she saysand both ways all you get is that they are in it for the mess Don’t try to explain why people do wrong for fun There: I just explained it The usual checks and balances don’t exist to stop Noah and Alison The dialogue can be characterized as bad advice alternated with worse advice Both Noah’s daughter and Alison’s mother-in-law are sociopaths and only some of the children’s clothes are imported from France to Brooklyn The only character on The Affair who seems to have principles is Cole Alison’s husband but he also happens to be running a drug-smuggling operation disguised as a horse stable There is no one who is just an okay person on The Affair Everyone is lousy Dominic West played Jimmy McNulty on The Wire and McNulty was lousy Really lousy As a guy Jimmy McNulty was worse than Noah Solloway But McNulty had a mission He was natural police He was a man with a job he cared about A lot His wretched personal life was a sideshow that the audience forgavemostlybecause McNulty was cleaning up Baltimore one perp at a time like it mattered There was a time when television was about relationships mostly but then the best TV was suddenly about work Lately whether it’s Mad Men or The Good Wife people are more substantial accomplishing than emoting We prefer it We prefer it the way we prefer that life be less messy which is why we conduct so much of it on a screen But somehow when we are reminded of how raw we can beand how ridiculous it iswe watch The Affair as obsessively as the characters behave We want to do wrong for fun Elizabeth Wurtzel is the author of Prozac Nation Bitch and More Now Again Her latest book is Creatocracy: How the Constitution Invented Hollywood Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsChance the Rapper knows that sometimes we all need to take a break and make time for some very necessary self-care And while it’s not always easy to make the time and space for that with the fast pace of modern life he’s making it a little easier with a playlist centered on bath time titled “Yup” In a tweet he wrote today Chance reveals that he also struggles with making time for himself “I been neglecting myself not taking care of me” he wrote “I take a shower everyday but when is it bath time” along with instructions for listeners to “get in the tub press shuffle and treat yourself” Sounds like a plan; while the playlist is only currently available on Apple Music Chance also tweeted that he’ll be making another playlist for Spotify although it won’t be expressly for bath time See Chance’s tweets and a full track list below I been neglecting myself not taking care of me I take a shower everyday But when is it Bath time Now https://tco/qByahjOzVw Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 12 2016 Enjoy a bath once in a while I made this playlist Get in the tub press shuffle and treat yourself https://tco/qByahjOzVw Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 12 2016 Due to popular demand I will also be making a @Spotify playlist It won’t be a bathtime playlist It will still be a shuffle playlist Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 12 2016 Write to Cady Lang at cadylang@timemagazinecomWait when did this happen In an op-ed titled “A Hard Day’s Work Deserves a Fair Day’s Pay” which appeared on Huffington Post on Monday night the President outlined the as-yet-unnamed overtime pay rule Set to take effect in 2016 the rulewhich follows a Presidential directive in March to the Department of Labor to revise standardswould more than double the salary range for workers who are required to receive overtime pay regardless of whether they are paid hourly or in salary Does this mean I’ll get more overtime Quite possibly: Obama’s op-ed notes that “nearly 5 million workers” would be affected by this change in 2016 Current overtime-eligible salaries top off at $23660 but the new rule would allow workers earning up to $50440 to demand time-and-a-half for each hour of work beyond 40 hours The new salary cap reflects the average middle-class American household’s income which has stagnated at just under $52000 for the past 15 years “That’s good for workers who want fair pay and it’s good for business owners who are already paying their employees what they deservesince those who are doing right by their employees are undercut by competitors who aren’t” Obama wrote But why now The push for overtime pay moved up the President’s priority list after a scathing 2013 report by economists Jared Bernstein and Ross Eisenbray which argued that the economy would actually be better off if employers built in overtime pay that was indexed to real salary levels instead of those from 1975 as under the current rule In other words the President is seeking to make overtime pay more responsive to how we live in 2015 as opposed to how we lived in 40 years ago Who benefits from this proposal the most In a post-recession economy that has seen men struggle to recover their pre-recession earnings and employment levels the rule promises to be a boost to men whose income is above the current overtime threshold Single women however stand to gain the most: With average income hovering around $35154 unmarried women previously experienced the double whammy of earning less income than their single male counterparts (single men earned an average of $50625 in 2013) and being unable to earn overtime pay Is anyone opposed to it Yesmuch of the Republican Party Some Republicans in Congress have already raised concerns about the rule saying companies will have a reduced incentive to hire people now that they will have to pay them more The National Retail Federation has made a similar argument previously citing an Oxford Economics study that argues employers would have less of a reason to hire workers thereby nullifying any advantages to take-home pay for employees The rule would "add to employers costs undermine customer service hinder productivity generate more litigation opportunities for trial lawyers and ultimately harm job creation" the NRF said Both supporters (like the AFL-CIO) and opponents expect the rule which would likely be enacted by the end of next year to go to court and face Congressional challenge Write to Tanya Basu at tanyabasu@timecom The white waves break in Ditch Plain, here in the TIME Vault: The Fastest Man on Earth Write to Lily Rothman at lily. 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is written from the perspective of the firstborn daughter and heir of the Dornish Prince Doran, Dahiru Musdapher is dead. posted his condolences on Twitter, Contact us at editors@time. depicts only a single painful event in the long history of the Dakota people and “should not be the primary portrayal of American Indians who have lived in Minnesota for more than 10, Victor R.” Pichai’s email was obtained by The Associated Press.” Reacting to the latest position of the Commission of inquiry, if fine-tuned by experts, #soccerforall pic.
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It can’t be taken on face value that only during the month of Muharram the threat of breach of peace prevails. But Mendis was out for his ODI best score when he holed? schools were shut and there were many public holidays. (Source: Reuters) Related News India captain Virat Kohli has backed the selectors’ decision to rest Rohit Sharma for the upcoming tour to the West Indies where the ICC Champions Trophy finalists play five ODIs and a T20 international. Ajay Kumar, Guangzhou, Anas finished sixth in his heat and 31st overall in the men’s 400m event with a timing of 45. Often, ? read more