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Sony launching DualShock 4 rear button attachment

first_imgSony launching DualShock 4 rear button attachmentPlug-in peripheral will let players map actions to two new buttons on the back of the controllerBrendan SinclairManaging EditorTuesday 17th December 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleSony Interactive EntertainmentPlayStation 5 isn’t the only new hardware coming from Sony in 2020. The company today announced that next month will see the release of the DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games As the name suggests, the Back Button Attachment plugs into the bottom of the PlayStation 4’s DualShock controller and adds rear-facing buttons for players who prefer that control style. The attachment includes two buttons that can be individually mapped to 16 different DualShock 4 inputs, with an integrated OLED screen providing an interface for the button assigning process.The plug-in peripheral allows users to save three different profiles to toggle between. And because the attachment covers the controller’s standard headset jack, it also includes a pass-through stereo headset jack.The Back Button Attachment launches in North America on January 23 for $30 ($40 CAD). A European launch will follow February 14 with a €30 price point.Sony’s DualShock 4 Back Button AttachmentCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSony’s cross-play deal seems a smart solution to a complex problem | OpinionThe royalty Sony and Epic agreed to open up cross-play on PlayStation has caused anger – but it’s a nuanced response to the growing complexity of the industry’s revenue modelsBy Rob Fahey 5 days agoSony facing lawsuit over PlayStation Store exclusivityPlatform holder stopped allowing third party stores to sell digital downloads in 2019By Danielle Partis 6 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Vermont Clean Water Board recommends projected $10.4 million to reduce pollution

first_img$ 8,395,000  $ 450,000 Total: Proposed Allocation Total Administered By Agency 11/9/15 Proposal $ 740,000 $10,400,000 $2,650,000 $1,975,000 LiDAR mapping $8,395,000 $ 200,000 $ 500,000 $ 200,000 $ 225,000 $ 570,000 $ 400,000 Agency of Natural Resources 9/8/15 Proposal $8,325,000 $ 400,000 $ 200,000 Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets $10,400,000    $ 925,000 Agency of Commerce and Community Development $1,150,000 FY16 ERP: Municipal SW project identification & prioritization FY16 $430,000 $1,465,000 $ 0 Algae bloom in Lake Champlain in August. Photo courtesy Lake Champlain Committee (LCC)Vermont Business Magazine Today the Clean Water Fund Board recommended spending a projected $10.4 million to reduce nutrient pollution in Vermont’s waterways. The funds will be administered by state agencies in 2016 and 2017, once the legislature approves the plan next session. Nutrient pollution carried in runoff can fuel excessive plant and algae growth in Vermont’s waters, such as blue green algae blooms in Lake Champlain.“Clean water has been a top priority of the Shumlin administration for the last five years,” said Agency of Administration Secretary Justin Johnson. “I am pleased that the resources are now allocated to expand important clean water work.”Recommendation by Administering Agency $ 410,000 $900,000 FED: WWTF revolving loan funds $ 470,000 Summary of Adjustment to the Proposed Allocations — ERP: partner support in technical, outreach assistance $ 395,000 $4,955,000    $ 450,000 ERP: NR — Flood resilience, stream channel stability, forestry water quality projects $5,855,000 $ 840,000 $ 400,000center_img    $ 885,000 $ 100,000 $1,010,000 $ 500,000 $ 200,000 $ 600,000 Municipal gravel roads: inventory, planning, implementation $ 485,000 $ 485,000 FY17 Vermont Transportation Agency Total Need $ 500,000 $ 500,000   $ 925,000 $ 500,000 $ 0    $ 450,000 FY16 Farm incentives/USDA match possible FY17 ERP: Advanced monitoring, partner organizations, LaRosa Lab  $ 450,000 $2,005,000 $675,000 AAFM oversight & compliance $2,005,000 — Farm capital improvements/USDA match ERP: Municipal Capital Equipment Assistance ERP: Municipal stormwater control implementation    $ 885,000    $ 600,000 Municipal paved roads: inventory, planning, implementation FY17 $430,000 ERP: Technical Assistance in field based practices (Agronomy) $ 895,000 Total by Year  $ 100,000 $1,465,000 $ 225,000 $2,075,000   $1,150,000 $ 430,000 10,400,000Vermont Clean Water Fund Board includes the Agency of Administration, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Agency of Natural Resources, and Agency of Transportation. The Clean Water Fund Board was created by Act 64, also known as the Vermont Clean Water Act, which was passed by the legislature during the 2015 session and signed by Governor Shumlin on June 16, 2015. As stipulated in the new law, the Clean Water Fund Board develops on an annual basis a proposal for investing revenues from the Clean Water Fund in programs that will make a significant contribution towards improving Vermont’s water quality.Over the past few decades, water pollution from runoff and erosion has increased in significance in Vermont and nationwide, and is now a critical concern. The signing of clean water legislation, Act 64 – the Vermont Clean Water Act, in June 2015 by Governor Shumlin signified a growing public recognition of the state’s water quality problems.“We know that cleaning up the lake will take time and will require the participation of all Vermonters. The clean water fund money is being deployed carefully to help jumpstart that work,” said Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz.The Vermont Clean Water Act (Act 64) created the Clean Water Fund, a dedicated source of clean water funding, from an increase in the property transfer tax. These funds will be used to target priority activities that restore or protect clean water.  The Clean Water Fund Board directs the fund’s use and is comprised of the secretaries of Administration; Agriculture, Food and Markets; Commerce and Community Development; Natural Resources; and Transportation.Spending recommendations for the Fund’s first two years include (partial list):·         $2,140,000 for municipal stormwater support;·         $1,465,000 for municipal road inventories and improvements;·         $985,000 for grassroots partner support to aid municipalities and farmers;·         $1,750,000 for direct grants to farmers;·         $900,000 for compliance and enforcement of water quality standards on farms by the Agency of Agriculture; and·         $1,150,000 for river channel and floodplain restoration activities to reduce soil erosion and enhance flood resiliency.Chris Cole, Secretary of the Agency of Transportation noted that, “Support from the Clean Water Fund will help cities and towns conduct inventories of their roads to identify water quality problem areas.  Corrective actions they then implement will make great strides to keep our streams, rivers, and lakes clean.”Vermont’s farmers will also be working to put management practices in place to reduce runoff.  These investments are the most cost-effective investments that can be made to reduce nutrient pollution, like excessive phosphorus.  “These funds will provide farms, of all sizes, with the resources needed to implement best management practices, many of which provide benefits to the farms, such as planting cover crops and implementing conservation tillage practices,” noted Chuck Ross, Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets. “Investing in these practices will benefit the environment for years to come.”Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Pat Moulton was also pleased with the Clean Water Fund Board’s vote.  “Vermont’s economy is directly linked to clean water and a clean environment,” she noted.  “These additional resources provide much-needed support to our municipalities, farmers and partners to get the job done.”For a copy of the recommended Clean Water Fund spending proposal visit: http://cleanwater.vermont.gov/(link is external).last_img read more

World rolling stock market October 2011

first_imgAustralia: UGL has won orders totalling A$88m to supply seven C44ACi locomotives to ‘a leading resources company in the Hunter Valley region’ and 13 GE Evolution locos for Rio Tinto’s Pilbara iron ore operations. China: CSR subsidiaries have signed contracts to supply China Railway Investment Corp with wagons worth 2·21bn yuan. Wuhan Metro Group has awarded CSR Zhuzhou a 400m yuan contract to provide metro cars for Phase 1 of Line 4. Skoda Electric has won a KC500m contract is to supply traction packages for 23 five-car 1·5 kV DC metro trains for Suzhou. Congo: RRL Grindrod has supplied four 1067mm gauge diesel locomotives with EMD 645-E3B engines to Chemin de Fer Congo-Océan. Croatia: TZV Gredelj has secured foreign investment enabling it produce a prototype DEL 800 shunting locomotive, which it expects to roll out in February. Denmark: On September 15 Ansaldo STS said the Ministry of Transport had instructed it to go ahead with awarding AnsaldoBreda a €122m contract to supply metro trains for the Cityringen project in København. Europe: GySEV has bought seven Class 5047 single-car DMUs from ÖBB for €3·3m. Georgia: GR and Ukrainian Railways have agreed to exchange 1000 open wagons for tank wagons which GR will use to carry oil products. CSR is to supply five four-car 2M2T EMUs to GR by September 2012. Germany: Strausberger Eisenbahn has ordered two bidirectional Bombardier Flexity trams for its 6 km line on the outskirts of Berlin. India: On September 5 Bombardier announced that Delhi Metro Rail Corp had taken up a €84m option for a further 76 Movia metro cars for delivery from late 2012, bringing DMRC’s total order to 614 cars of which 460 are now in service. Chennai-based MARG has entered the wagon fabrication market with a Rs377m contract to assemble 247 tank wagons for Braithwaite & Co. Iran: CSR Nanjing Puzhen announced its largest ever metro car export contract in August, an order from Iranian Rail Transportation Co worth 2·54bn yuan. Mongolia: TMH’s Lugansk works has delivered 35 2TE116UM twin-section freight locomotives with Koloma 18-9DG-01 engines to Ulaanbaatar Railway under a contract signed in October 2010. Russia: With finance from VTB Leasing, Mecheltrans Vostok has ordered 16 Sinara TEM8 locomotives, a development of the TEM7A with a GE Transportation 2200 kW engine. They will be delivered in 2012-14 to operate a 315 km railway Mechel has built to link its Elga mines with the Baikal-Amur line. Last month TMH’s Demikhovsky plant delivered 12 cars to lengthen E4MKM electric multiple-units used on Aeroexpress services in Moscow. Sierra Leone: RRL of South Africa is supplying 20 locomotives with EMD 645 E3B engines to African Minerals, and NREC has supplied four GT26 locomotives built by TZV Gredelj under a US$7m contract. CSR Yangtze is supplying 456 iron ore hoppers. Spain: RENFE has awarded Alstom a €35m contract to modify 10 of its Class 100 high speed trainsets for operation into France, including under 15 kV DC electrification. All 24 are to be reconfigured with two classes of accommodation in place of three. Sweden: Czech firms Cegelec Praha and Ekova Electric are to modernise 79 Göteborg M31 trams by 2016 under a KC170m contract. It is the first large export order for Ekova Electric, set up in January as a production and maintenance subsidiary of Ostrava transport authority DPO. Turkmenistan: In August CSR Ziyang won a 580m yuan order to supply TPK with a further 20 freight and 40 shunting locos; CSR has previously supplied 239 locos of three types in four batches, which now haul all passenger and 70% of freight trains. Last month CSR completed delivery of 217 coaches of 25 types, including sleeping, baggage and generator cars. UAE: Etihad Rail has awarded CSR a contract to supply 240 wagons to carry granulated sulphur from Shah and Habshan for export through Ruwais. UK: Siemens and leasing company Angel Trains are preferred bidders to supply ‘around 10’ Class 350 four-car Desiro EMUs for use by First TransPennine Express from late 2013 and eight for London Midland. USA: On September 8 MotivePower announced contracts totalling $30m to supply three commuter locomotives to Sound Transit in Seattle and seven remanufactured locos for Florida’s SunRail, which has an option for 13 more.last_img read more

CPL was a learning curve, says Shepherd

first_imgTHE Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is not just another T20 tournament. Soon after it was launched some six years ago, a few called it a tournament meant to entertain spectators, while others saw it as a money-spinner for the owners of the respective franchises.But, today, this tournament has turned out to be a launching pad for many youngsters.Call it entertainment or a money-spinner, this tournament is a learning curve for everyone. And the depth of this statement can be gauged if one takes a look at the three-game performances of 23-year-old Romario Shepherd.Shepherd was impressive on debut, claiming 3-29 against the Trinbago Knight Riders. He was also instrumental in the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ win in the first playoff match, where they became the first team this year to reach the final. They, however, finished as runners-up for the fourth time in CPL history.However, the Berbician told Chronicle Sport yesterday that he had soaked up as much knowledge as he could during the sixth edition of the tournament.“It really was an amazing experience,” he said.“Working with the coaches, guys like Sohail Tanvir, Imran Tahir and even Luke Ronchi was great. I learnt so much from them and other players. Tanvir taught me some stuff on the slower ball and what type of field you set for certain type of batsmen, among other ideas.“(I learnt) further things like game awareness, field setting, and game plan among other things,” Shepherd said.He added, “Rubbing shoulders with some top-cricketers was just one of those awesome experiences you can learn a lot from.”In fact, the CPL has wiped away stage fright from many youngsters because they are already used to playing to massive crowds rooting for their team. Also, with the many legends in the dugouts encouraging them, this was a fairy-tale experience for any youngster.last_img read more

‘Rarest’ ape’s path to survival blocked by roads, dams and agriculture

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored According to a new study, the Tapanuli orangutan, one of only seven species of non-human great ape alive today, faces serious threats to its survival as infrastructure development and agriculture threaten more than one-quarter of its habitat.In November, a team of scientists reported that a new species of orangutan living on the Indonesian island of Sumatra was distinct from Sumatran and Bornean orangutans.They believe that fewer than 800 Tapanuli orangutans survive.Conservationists and scientists warn that a proposed 510-megawatt hydroelectric dam could push the new species closer to extinction. Even as scientists introduced the world to a new species of orangutan in 2017 — one of only seven non-human great apes alive today — they were already working to pinpoint the threats that might lead to its demise.In a new study published today in the journal Current Biology, a team of scientists reports that road expansion, agricultural conversion and a planned hydropower project could destroy more than one-quarter of the Tapanuli orangutan’s existing habitat. With no more than 800 individuals, the world’s rarest ape species could face extinction not long after we became aware of its existence.“In forty years of research, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything this dramatic,” said William Laurance, a tropical ecologist at James Cook University in Australia and the team’s leader, in a statement.A male Tapanuli orangutan in the Batang Toru forest. Image by Tim Laman via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 4.0).In November, a different group of researchers concluded that orangutans living in the Batang Toru region should be considered a new species, Pongo tapanuliensis. Based on the differences in their behavior, genetics and morphology, the Tapanuli orangutan is distinct from its cousins living in the rainforests of Borneo (Pongo pygmaeus) and elsewhere in Sumatra (Pongo abelii), they argued.Around the same time, Laurance and his colleagues had created detailed maps of the road network across northern Sumatra, including the forests of Batang Toru, part of a broader effort to map both infrastructure projects and targets for conservation across Southeast Asia. They decided to use those analyses to explore the impact the existing — and future — infrastructure developments might have on the Tapanuli orangutan.“It just seemed like an obvious thing to do,” Laurance told Mongabay.The estimated range of Pongo tapanuliensis in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, with the region’s legal forest-use designations and non-forest land covers. Image courtesy of Sloan et al., 2018.They found that planned developments pose a serious threat to this species’ survival, not to mention that of other animals such as the critically endangered Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigrissumatrae).The forests that are home to the Tapanuli orangutan are split into eastern and western “blocks,” along with the Lubuk Raya reserve, creating three isolated populations. What’s more, about 5 percent of the remaining numbers live in the Dolok Sibual Buali reserve, linked to the western block by a sliver of forest only about 700 meters (2,300 feet) wide.This corridor, as well as a sizeable chunk of the eastern block of habitat, have been zoned for oil palm and other types of agriculture, putting around 14 percent of the species’ total habitat in danger of development. Splitting the already-disjointed orangutan populations into smaller and smaller pieces will increase the chances of problems like inbreeding and accelerate the species’ slide toward extinction, the authors write.But the most pressing threat looming over these orangutans is a proposed 510-megawatt hydroelectric dam.“It’s right in the core habitat,” Laurance said.Land cleared as a staging area for the building of a new hydroelectric dam. Image courtesy of Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.Based on the team’s analyses, they figure the project would dramatically change 96 square kilometers (37 square miles), or about 8 percent, of the animal’s range in the next four years. The dam’s construction would inevitably carry with it a suite of ancillary impacts, such as the access roads that crews will build and the pathways for power lines that they’ll have to carve through the forest. Such openings into the forest increase the odds that farmers will clear more land for agriculture or hunters will enter the area.Conversely, restoring forest at the proposed site of the dam would create a few narrow corridors that could reconnect the eastern and western populations and boost the species’ chances of survival, Laurance said.Despite these concerns, the project continues to move forward. Laurance said that he received confirmation that the World Bank has decided not to help fund the $1.6-billion project, likely because of the potential environmental damage. But the Bank of China has pledged financing for the dam, and a Chinese-state-owned hydroelectric company called Sinohydro has signed on to handle its construction.“It’s only about 510 megawatts. That’s not that much,” said Serge Wich, a primatologist at England’s Liverpool John Moores University, in an interview. “There are alternatives to get that energy.”Bornean (left), Sumatran (middle) and Tapanuli (right) male orangutans. Image by Eric Kilby, Aiwok and Tim Laman via Wikimedia Commons (GFDL).Wich was not involved in this research, but he was a coauthor of the paper announcing the new orangutan species in November.“There is so little time to protect this species,” he said. “The main value in this paper for us is that we can use it to further indicate what the main threats are and that there are still parts of their habitat need to be protected.”He urged the dam’s developers and representatives of the Indonesian government “to have a sensible discussion” about alternatives for generating power in this part of Sumatra. In the same vein, a growing cadre of scientists and conservation organizations, led by groups like the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme and the Sumatran Orangutan Society, are campaigning for a change in the project’s course.But if that doesn’t happen, the dam would be “the beginning of the end of this species,” Wich said.He said that little beyond the “extreme conservation” approached used in shepherding Africa’s mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) back from the brink of extinction, such as near-round-the-clock surveillance by armed guards, will keep the Tapanuli orangutan from disappearing forever.An adult female Tapanuli orangutan. Image by Tim Laman via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 4.0).“Personally, I think it would be an enormous tragedy if we would lose a species for 510 megawatts,” he added. “That sounds absurd to me, but that seems [to be] where it’s heading if the government and company are not willing to change their path.”Laurance and his colleagues agree, arguing in the paper that the government should protect every bit of the animal’s remaining habitat without hesitation.“It’s not going to take a huge push to actually drive something like this to extinction,” he said. “It is absolutely time to pull out all the stops.”Banner image of an adult female Tapanuli orangutan by Tim Laman via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 4.0). John Cannon is a staff writer at Mongabay. Find him on Twitter:@johnccannonCITATIONSNater, A., Mattle-Greminger, M. P., Nurcahyo, A., Nowak, M. G., de Manuel, M., Desai, T., … & Lameira, A. R. (2017). Morphometric, behavioral, and genomic evidence for a new Orangutan species. Current Biology, 27(22), 3487-3498.Sloan, S., Supriatna, J., Campbell, M. J., Alamgir, M., & Laurance, W. F. (2018). Newly discovered orangutan species requires urgent habitat protection. Current Biology, 28:R1-R3.Editor’s note: William Laurance is a member of Mongabay’s advisory board. Article published by John Cannoncenter_img Agriculture, Animals, Apes, Biodiversity, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Dams, Deforestation, Development, Ecology, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Featured, Forests, Great Apes, Habitat Degradation, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Hunting, Infrastructure, Mammals, Oil Palm, Orangutans, Over-hunting, Palm Oil, Poaching, Primates, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Research, Roads, Sustainable Development, Tigers, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade last_img read more

Hundreds attend Chatham-Kent job fair

first_imgHundreds of job seekers took advantage of a chance to meet employers and learn more about the opportunities available during the CK Works! Community Job Fair on Tuesday.A total of 54 employers were on hand at the John D. Bradley Centre in Chatham, with between 450 and 500 positions, full and part time, up for grabs in a wide variety of sectors.Some of these included health care, manufacturing, educational services, agriculture, policing, military, information technology, food services, finance and human services.It was the third year the CK Workforce Planning Board has presented the event, but the first time in the hall at the Bradley Centre.“We moved to the bigger space There’s lots of room. People don’t look like they’re on top of each other,” said workforce planning board project manager Kristy Jacobs.“There’s a lot of mingling room and I think that takes a lot of pressure off of the job seeker.”The doors have just opened and the crowds are already arriving for the CK Works! Community Job Fair at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre this afternoon. The event runs until 7 p.m., so if you’re looking, come on out. #ckont pic.twitter.com/VpJ4yR64Dd— Trevor Terfloth (@DailyNewsTT) October 1, 2019All skill and experience levels were needed, including entry-level, specialized and experienced roles.The event also featured an expanded job seekers section that included community supports, a quiet place to complete applications, and the returning “Check Yourself Station.”Jacobs said municipalities across the province all face similar workforce issues, including skilled trade shortages.“We are all singing the same song. We are all having the same challenges,” she said. “Some peaks and valleys in manufacturing, but overall manufacturing is still strong in Ontario.”Job seekers were impressed with the number of different fields available.“It’s quite a big selection,” said Patrick Klein of Chatham. “(I’m) just trying to keep my options open.”Meeting with employers face-to-face is a valuable opportunity when there are many applicants, Klein added.His girlfriend, Kylie Bramley, said there was “a lot to offer” at the job fair, as she sought part-time employment while she finishes school.The job fair was presented with support from the Employment Resource Centre, Community Living Chatham-Kent, Community Living Wallaceburg, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Lambton-Kent District school board, the St. Clair Catholic District school board, the Goodwill Career Centre, Employment and Social Services, Economic Development, Resident Attraction and Retention, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, St. Clair College and the St. Clair College Employment [email protected]itter.com/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more

#Nextchat: FMLA + ADA = S.O.S.

first_imgWhat’s a Twitter chat? The HR profession is full of acronyms. Grab any three or four letters from the alphabet and throw them together and there’s probably a corresponding law for it. But there are two acronyms in particular that create a lot of anxiety for HR professionals: FMLA and ADA.Intermittent Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave has rapidly become one of the most common sources of heartburn for employers. Sprinkle in some of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA’s) ambiguous wording, and the broader definition of “disability” included in the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and you’ve got all the ingredients for some potentially precarious employment situations.According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, “since July 1992, employers have paid more than $174 million in EEOC [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] settlements over ADA complaints, not counting administrative costs and legal fees,” and there is still much misunderstanding about how to administer these kinds of leaves.    According to SHRM Online legal writer and editor Allen Smith in When Is Enough ADA Leave Enough?, “Few areas of employment law cause as much frustration for employers as the lack of a definitive answer to the question of how much leave beyond the Family and Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA’s) 12 weeks and state-law-mandated leave must be provided under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).”And other questions often arise, such as:  When is an employer required to begin a discussion about accommodations?How do you know if an employee is entitled to an accommodation?What if the accommodation violates company rules, or costs the company money?Can an employer force the employee to use paid time off, first?And what happens when these two acronyms begin to overlap?  Smith cites pregnancy as an example in his article “Pregnancy Can Produce Variety of ADA, FMLA Claims”:“So what if the pregnant woman runs through all of her FMLA leave before she has recovered from pregnancy-related conditions? What if she hasn’t worked for a year or the requisite 1,250 hours within a year? What if she doesn’t work at a location with 50 or more employees? She still might be entitled to leave as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA if she has pregnancy-related impairments that rise to the level of a disability. Now a wide range of pregnancy-related physical impairments may qualify as covered disabilities, since the bar for ADA disabilities has been lowered. Such ADA-qualifying disabilities might include high blood pressure, severe morning sickness, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, postpartum depression and uterine fibroids causing risk of premature labor.”When an employee indicates in any way that he or she can’t perform or complete his or her job, this should be a red flag to supervisors, and documentation of the issue should ensue. Information, education and supervisor training—as well as updating job descriptions to include essential functions—can help employers care for their employees while avoiding costly lawsuits and mistakes.Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on August 19 for #Nextchat with special guest Allen Smith (@SHRMLegalEditor). We’ll discuss best practices that will help employers effectively administer leave while reducing liability.Q1. What FMLA and ADA issues do employers typically struggle with the most?Q2. What are the signs that an employee is abusing FMLA leave?Q3. What are common ADA mistakes employers make?Q4. What are common FMLA mistakes employers make?Q5. How can an employer determine if an accommodation would impose an undue hardship on its business?Q6. What factors help an employer determine when to deny a leave request?Q7. How does an employer determine how long an employee’s leave should be?Q8. How can employers improve their internal practices to avoid ADA-related complaints and legal action? last_img read more

FeedBurner makes RSS interactive, with FeedFlare

first_imgFeedburner has integrated Web services withfeeds, in a new product released just now called FeedFlare. I got a sneak preview of FeedFlare and it’scurrently activated in my RSS feed. You may have noticed some new active and contextuallinks at the bottom of each of my posts, in your RSS Aggregator. Things like ‘Emailthis’, ‘Email the author’, Technorati data, del.icio.us tags and an ‘Add to del.icio.us’option. All links that add interactivity and social context to my feed. What are the new features? Firstly here’s a screenshot, taken from my Rojo account, that shows Feedflare in action. Notice the blue links at thebottom? Those are the FeedFlare links… WordPress users also get a ‘Comments’ link, showing how many comments each post has.The reason I’m excited about this is because my feed gets around 5-6 times morecoverage than my actual website these days. My feed is where the action is, not mysite. So any way I can find to improve the user’s experience and introduce moreinteractivity into my feed, I’m going to snap it up! If people are 5 times morelikely to read my content in an RSS Aggregator than on my website, there’s no use mefighting it – I have to start bringing functionality to my feed. That’s what makesFeedFlare so promising.Intheir press release, Feedburner called the FeedFlare links a “live thread” and away of adding community and actions to a feed. This is part of Feedburner’s current strategy tomanage syndicated content “at a more atomic level”. As Feedburner VP of businessdevelopment Rick Klau said, FeedFlare allows publishers to “deliver meaningfulinteractivity along with content and further the two-way dialogue with theirsubscribers”.This is just the beginning too. Feedburner plans to roll out more features forFeedFlare, including a set of open APIs “to allow third-party developers to build andintegrate custom FeedFlare services”. First-Class FeedsCongrats Feedburner on making exciting progress on RSS usability and functionality.I’ve felt for a while now that RSS is a first-class citizen ofcontent publishing, arguably more important than HTML nowadays (according to my own blogstats anyway). So RSS feeds deserve first class functionality and interactivity too – andFeedburner is delivering it.Update: See Feedburner’s post about FeedFlare. TechCrunch has more details, including an interesting comments thread, and Fred Wilson relates it to his four rules for the future of media. All well worth reading. Tags:#RSS & Feeds#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Christian Benteke is trying his best says Roy Hodgson

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has come to the defence of Christian Benteke, saying that the striker is trying his best to score.Southampton defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park to make it three Premier League loss in a row for the hosts. Benteke has scored just three goals in 36 Premier League appearances for Crystal Palace.Benteke has started every game under Roy Hodgson this season but is yet to score and the Crystal Palace manager believes the Belgium striker can get back to being prolific again.“It’s difficult for Benteke and it’s difficult for me and the team because we want to see him scoring goals,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“He’s certainly trying his best to get that goal but somehow it won’t fall for him or when he does get an opportunity he narrowly misses or the goalkeeper makes a good save.“Really, all we can do is keep working at it and encourage him to keep his game going but, of course, psychologically these things do matter and do have an effect on players.“The sooner he gets off the mark the better it will be for everybody.”last_img read more