Large TWU protest for a decent contract

first_imgMore than 4,000 people — mainly members of Transport Workers Union Local 100 — protested in front of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s office at 2 Broadway on Oct. 29.That date was the one-year anniversary of superstorm Sandy hitting New York City and seriously impacting New York’s transit system. The hard work, skills and deep experience of New York’s transit workers was what got this system — so vital to the functioning of the whole city — up and running in a few days after the storm.The 300,000 or so city workers, all without a contract — some for years — want a raise. They also want the normal “retro” payments covering the months or years since their last contract expired.The MTA, in a move that prefigures other offers to city workers, presented a three-year contract with no raises, more employee contributions for medical care and many other givebacks.This is how labor negotiations have worked for decades in New York City.“There’s no way that the transit workers, in light of the work we’ve done historically and the work we do day in and day out, are taking three zeros, or any of those other … concessions that they’re demanding of us,” said John Samuelsen, president of TWU Local 100.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

US destroyer duo returns from Middle East deployment

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US destroyer duo returns from Middle East deployment View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS The Sullivans View post tag: USS Jason Dunham Share this article US destroyer duo returns from Middle East deployment December 24, 2018 Authorities US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) returned to their homeports after completing a seven-month deployment to Europe and the Middle East.On December 21, USS Jason Dunham returned to Naval Station Norfolk while USS The Sullivans to Mayport Naval Station.During the deployment, Jason Dunham navigated the Bab el-Mandeb 16 times, the Strait of Hormuz twice, the Strait of Gibraltar twice, the Suez Canal twice, among other transits, totaling to well over 40,000 nautical miles traveled. Port visits included Haifa and Eilat, Israel; the Azores, Portugal; Safaga, Egypt; Djibouti, Djibouti; Duqm, Oman; Manama, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, UAE; and Funchal, Madeira.“I am very proud of the crew for all of their accomplishments this deployment. We had a junior crew, and this was a challenging deployment,” said Cmdr. John Hamilton, Jason Dunham commanding officer.In addition to the thousands of nautical miles traveled, the ship conducted over 500 hours of maritime security operations, to include four boardings and the seizure of over 2500 AK-47’s.Jason Dunham worked hand-in-hand with foreign countries as she conducted numerous passing exercises, gunnery exercises, and other integrated exercises- to include Eagle Salute 2018- with the Egyptian and Emirati navies. The ship also supported the USS Essex (LHD 2) Amphibious Ready Group with mine sweeping exercises off the coast of Djibouti, Djibouti.USS The Sullivans navigated over 40,000 nautical miles, completed two Strait of Gibraltar transits, two Suez Canal transits, two Bab-el Mandeb transits, and 14 transits through the Strait of Hormuz.The destroyer’s port visits included Rota, Spain; Limassol, Cyprus; Souda Bay, Crete; Manama, Bahrain; Muscat, Oman; Fujairah, United Arab Emirates; and Duqm, Oman.For a large portion of the crew’s deployment in 5th Fleet, The Sullivans was the only Arleigh Burke destroyer in the Arabian Gulf, operating with US Navy Cyclone-class patrol ships and Combined Maritime Forces partners to preserve the free flow of commerce and freedom of navigation in the Gulf.While operating independently in the Arabian Gulf, The Sullivans led the 2018 trilateral exercise with US Navy and US Coast Guard ships alongside the Iraqi and Kuwaiti navies. The exercise afforded the opportunity for the three countries to practice cooperative maritime security tactics and operations in the Gulf.The Sullivans also provided layered defense and command and control for the 2018 Griffin missile exercise with four US Navy Cyclone-class patrol ships. Upon arrival of Amphibious Ready Group One in US 5th Fleet, The Sullivans provided layered defense for USS Essex (LHD 2) in support of Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter missions to ensure stability and security in the Central region.“The Sullivans led operations daily in the Arabian Gulf that directly impacted freedom of navigation through the Strait of Hormuz, and strengthened ties with our partners in 5th Fleet,” said Cmdr. Pat Eliason, commanding officer of The Sullivans.last_img read more

Design change will make newspaper easier to read

first_imgBeginning today, and over the course of the next few weeks, the look of your newspaper will change slightly. It will become easier to read — thanks to new fonts for stories and headlines — feature bigger pictures and alert you in advance to upcoming stories of interest. The impetus for this change is twofold. One, we are switching computer systems. That necessitated changing the typefaces and fonts we use. Two, we have been working on implementing a fresh design for your paper, one that would be more visually pleasing and help you find the stories you want to read more quickly and easily. We held off on unveiling our redesign until we were ready to begin our computer system switch. Today’s Opinion pages and the Our World section, which features the Business pages and the Weather page, are the first to undergo change. You will find our new story font to be more relaxed, making stories easier to read. Our new headline fonts also should be easier to read and will appear a bit more elegant than our current fonts. We have made changes in page design as well. We’ll be using larger pictures and have added what we call a footer box at the bottom of some section fronts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Opinion page now will provide, on a rotating basis, information on how to contact your state and federal lawmakers, as well as our editorial board. The easy-to-read format can be found at the bottom of the page. Because our computer system changeover will take several weeks to complete, we will implement other changes to your newspaper gradually as well. Each time another section goes live on the new computer system, we will inform you of the changes we are making. We appreciate your business and hope you enjoy the new look of your newspaper. — Steve Hunt, managing editorlast_img read more

Watford boss plays down spat

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesWalter Mazzarri played down an apparent confrontation between Watford team-mates Stefano Okaka and Troy Deeney after his side’s 4-3 defeat at Chelsea.Hornets boss Mazzarri said he was unaware of the incident but insisted he was not concerned.“They are friends. They are always together and joking with each other,” Mazzarri said.“You want players with character who talk to each other on the pitch. Tomorrow I will investigate but I think it was nothing.”   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Govt pushes use of all official languages

first_img8 August 2012 The South African government took a step towards promoting the equitable use of the country’s 11 official languages when Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile tabled the Use of Official Languages Bill in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday. The Bill was approved without dissent and will now go to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence. It is aimed at ensuring that the government elevates the status of indigenous languages, in particular, and promotes their use. The Bill will also make a contribution towards the national effort to promote multilingualism. “This Bill is not aimed at diminishing the significance and use of any of the South African official languages. Through this Bill, we will promote equitable use of all official languages,” Mashatile said. “In the long run, we will endeavor to equally promote the use of sign language.” It also means South Africans will have an opportunity to use the official languages of their choice in interacting with government. “This, we believe, will strengthen efforts to ensure equal access to government services and programmes and contribute to the goal of building an empowered citizenry,” he said. “Specifically, this Bill seeks to provide for the regulation and monitoring of the use of official languages by national government and public entities for official purposes.”Establishing national language units Mashatile added that it provides for the establishment of a national language unit. The unit will advise the Arts and Culture Minister on the policy and strategy to regulate and monitor the use of official languages. It also provides for the establishment of language units in every national department, public entity and national public enterprise to advise the national department on the development, adoption, and implementation and monitoring of its language policy. He said that through the Bill, government was giving effect to the provisions of Section 6 of the Constitution, which not only identifies 11 official languages but also obliges the state to take practical and positive measures to elevate the status and advance the use of indigenous languages. In terms of the Bill, language policies by national departments should identify at least three official languages to be used for official purposes. When identifying these three official languages, departments must take into account its Constitutional obligation to take practical steps to elevate the status and advance the use of indigenous languages whose historic use and status was diminished. The Arts and Culture Minister will be required to annually table a report to Parliament on the use of official languages for the provision of government services. Source: read more

Bassline Fest – Celebration of Africa Day with two more headline artists announced Salif Keita & Yemi Alade

first_imgBrand South Africa is proud to participate in the BASSLINEFEST in celebration of Africa Day. The BASSLINE FEST officially announces two of the headline artists for the weekend of 26th and 27th May will be none other than African greats Salif Keita from Mali, and pop phenomenon Yemi Alade from Nigeria.With more artists being announced regularly, the festival’s line up is growing from strength to strength and has now officially announced artists from afield Brazil, France, Japan, Cape Verde, Guinea, Mozambique, Reunion Island, Mali, Nigeria and of course South Africa.The artists are all part of the celebration that unites and pays homage to our continent and in particular this year, to the legacy that is Nelson Mandela. The two artists that have been selected as ambassadors from Africa to celebrate Madiba’s legacy are Yemi Alade and Salif Keita, who collectively will perform in an exclusively crafted performance to pay tribute through not only their own songs, but also a duet and a further composition entitled “Africa’s Tribute to Mandela”.The BASSLINE FEST will be the only opportunity for one to witness the duet and add even more exclusivity to this already rare world-class lineup.Salif Keita is one of the continent’s most beloved Afro-pop artists. Having been ostracised for his albinism as a younger adult, he immersed himself in music before moving to Paris where he has resided since 1984, honing his craft and becoming one of the most prolific stars from Africa. Known as the ‘golden voice’, Salif has released over 20 albums with some of the biggest record labels in the world.  He has toured the globe extensively and known as one of West Africa’s finest composers and singer.  BASSLINE FEST is honoured to be able to add him to the line-up in 2018.Yemi Alade is one of the younger pop stars from Nigeria that is currently making huge waves across not only Africa, but in parts of Europe too.  As a winner of the talent show, Peak Talent in 2009 she subsequently released the smash hit Johnny, which saw her becoming a house-hold name almost instantly.  She has followed it up with similar styles of dance pop combined with her signature humorous lyrics.  Despite her massive stardom, Yemi has released three albums, and has shared stages with acts such as Mary J Blige, Wizkid, M.I., Waje and many others.  We are excited to see her on South African soil.The other confirmed artists for BASSLINE FEST, all previously announced, are as follows:Dub Inc – FranceFlavia Coelho – BrazilNakhane – South AfricaNathalie Natiemba – Reunion IslandGhorwane – MozambiqueSipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabusa – South AfricaOki Dub Ainu Band – JapanSekou Kouyate – GuineaAzah – South AfricaElida Almeida – Cape VerdeMore artists are being booked for the festival on a regular basis.Now in its 14th year as the only Johannesburg-based Festival that celebrates African unity and diversity, BASSLINE FEST will be held over 2 full days for guests to enjoy music platforms and great food as well as a Nelson Mandela day tour “Footsteps of Mandela”. Dialogue will also be held to promote social cohesion across the continent.The BASSLINE FEST hashtag, #Bethelegacy is inspired by a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation as we join the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.  Bassline will be working closely with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to promote Madiba’s legacy, through dialogue and Music programming.  BASSLINE FEST is the Foundations official Africa month celebratory event.The music and food festivities kick off on Saturday the 26th May from 3pm to 11pm with two stages, both featuring top tier artists from not only the African continent, but from across the globe.  The Sunday fest times are 12pm to 7pm.SABC2 will broadcast live from the Fest between 8pm and 11pm, reaching a sizeable television audience.Tickets can be booked at now for R400 per day.BASSLINE FEST has also put together travel packages for guest coming from afar and a Footsteps of Mandela tour.For more information contact [email protected] or 061 402 8406.last_img read more

Netflix (Finally) Finds its Way Onto Boxee

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Internet TV#news#web mike melanson What’s an Internet TV device without support for streaming video subscription service Netflix these days? Not in the game, might be the answer there. After all, Netflix is available on a plethora of devices, from gaming consoles to streaming players to embedded Blu-ray players and TV sets. Today, the Boxee Box has finally jumped aboard the Netflix bandwagon, at last putting it on equal footing with nearly every other Internet TV device out there.“Netflix support was the most common request we had on our blog comments, forum posts, tweets, etc,” writes Boxee founder and CEO Avner Ronen. “We heard you loud and clear. We were bummed that we could not make it happen earlier, but are very excited to have it out today.”Why is having Netflix on your device such a big deal? The company recently released its Q4 numbers from 2010 and announced that it had signed on more than 7 million new members in 2010, with more than 3 million of those in the last quarter alone. The launch of its streaming-only service in both Canada and the U.S. has proven to be a huge success. Well, all that and the simple fact that Boxee users can now watch streaming Netflix content using their Boxee Box.According to Ronen, the service will be available as an update to Boxee software and will launch simultaneously in both Canada and the U.S. How do you get the update if you don’t want to wait?To instantly watch movies streaming Netflix on your Boxee Box, you’ll need to update the software on your Box – it will update automatically to the new version ( within the next 24hrs or you can manually check for the update by going to Settings>System>Update.Welcome to the party, Boxee! 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

I Want My Hover Bike! Inventor Makes Real-Life Star Wars Tech

first_imgBuilt by Aerofex, a California company, the hover bike finally perfects a design that was scrapped in the 1960’s due stability issues. Like earlier versions, it achieves flight through the rotation of very large fan blades, like a helicopter. The difference is in control bars near the knees that react when the driver leans on them, allowing the vehicle responds like a horse or surfboard. (Aviators call this system kinesthetic control, a tem coined by Charles H. Zimmerman, who in the 1950’s created “flying shoes” and a “flying pancake” for the US military.) Aerofex’s hover bike has been tested at 30 miles an hour and a height of 15 feet, and it has flown under bridges, in trees, and around buildings. “Think of it as lowering the threshold of flight, down to the domain of ATV’s (all-terrain vehicles),” said Mark De Roche, an aerospace engineer and the founder of Aerofex in an interview with InnovationNewsDaily.  Aerofex’s goal to break “the barriers that limit access to the benefits of flight,” according to the company’s website. “Imagine personal flight as intuitive as riding a bike,” reads another passage on the site.So when can we expect these flying contraptions to hit the market, and how much will they cost? According to De Roche, the answer is… “No.” Aerofex has no intention of offering these bikes to the public. De Roche sees them being used by search-and-rescue teams in difficult terrain, by farmers, and by the military in the form of an autonomous supply carrier.Aerofex’s hover bike isn’t the only small flying machine trying to get off the ground, although it has racked up the most successful test flights. An Australian competitor has yet to complete a successful untethered test flight despite a similar design and ambitions to reach the mass market. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces fruzsina eordogh Footage of a hover bike test flight surfaced on the Internet this week and quickly sent sci-fi nerds and techies on a heavy Star Wars nostalgia trip. The video is enthralling not only because it’s a futurist’s wet dream. The vehicle’s user-friendly design could usher in an era of low-altitude flight as a form of daily, personal transportation. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#web last_img read more

CES 2017: What wearables can we expect at this year’s big event?

first_imgThe Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 is on the horizon and ahead of the ReadWrite team heading to Vegas, we are getting ready for another week of announcements and insights into the future of wearables.CES has always been a great event to launch new products, as seen last year with the Under Armour Healthbox, Bragi Dash, HTC Vive Pre, Misfit Ray, and Fitbit Blaze. 2017 should be no different, so expect a slew of wearable suppliers to attend the event.See Also: In a world worn out on wearables, China still likes themThe Wearables Marketplace will be the place to find most wearables announced at CES, with dozens of exhibitors planning to attend the event.Fitness continues to be the big selling point for wrist wearable suppliers, despite signals that consumers want more from their devices. Fitbit might be able to answer that call this year; it is expected to integrate a payments system into its next fitness tracker.Smart clothing will be more prominent this yearSmart clothing has become a more accessible market for consumers in 2016, but still lacks the mainstream presence wrist wearables have taken for granted. Hopefully, some of the smart clothing firms coming to CES 2017 will be able to show the average customer why smart clothes are better than normal fabric.Virtual reality made its commercial debut in 2016, with the launch of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive VR, and PlayStation VR. Now, it is time for a hardware update, either upgrading the performance or reducing the size of VR headwear. We might also see a few augmented reality projects at CES 2017, though we don’t expect Magic Leap or any other secretive developer to reveal all at the event.Smartwatches are having a dismal time in the West, consumers don’t appear too interested in the expensive and rather limited devices. Samsung’s Gear S2 was a nice redesign and won over some critics, but the South Korean firm will have to do more to change the mainstream opinion that the watch is more than an expensive notification reminder. David Curry Tags:#Augmented Reality#CES 2017#featured#fitness#health#Internet of Things#IoT#top#wearables Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

ITFA Did Not Exempt Internet Provider’s Equipment Purchases From Kansas Tax

first_imgThe Kansas BOTA ruled that an Internet service provider was correctly assessed sales and use tax on its equipment purchases. The equipment was used to provide service. It consisted of routers, switches, fixed wireless subscriber modules, fixed wireless access points, wireless radio transmitters, and backhaulers. The provider had argued before the BOTA that it did not owe sales and use tax on the equipment because the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) pre-empts state and local taxation of Internet access.Board’s DecisionThe BOTA noted that the ITFA does pre-empt state and local taxation of “Internet access,” defined as including Internet access provider purchases of “telecommunications.” The BOTA also noted, however, that the ITFA defines “telecommunications” as “the transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user’s choosing….” The BOTA found that the ITFA’s plain meaning and legislative history supported not interpreting “telecommunications” as including equipment.In the Matter of the Appeal of Pixious Communications, L.L.C., Kansas Board of Tax Appeals, Docket No. 2017-6703-DT, February 14, 2019, ¶202-027Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more