first_imgEDMONTON – The Crown has withdrawn a charge against a man who was accused of phoning the legislature office of Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips and making a death threat over the province’s carbon tax.Michael Enright, 54, of Camrose, Alta., was charged in April 2016 with one count of making a threat to cause death or bodily harm.Court records show the Crown withdrew the charge on Feb. 13.Enright said the charge was withdrawn after the Crown’s main witness and police failed to come to court. He said he had refused pre-trial offers to plead guilty and pay a fine.“Three times they came to me and wanted me to plead and kept lowering the amount,” he said Monday. “I said, ‘No way,’ because I didn’t do what they said I did.”Phillips is not named in the charge document.A member of her staff who took the call told police that a man, who didn’t identify himself, said “he was going to get his ammunition and gun and come here and shoot us all.”Katherine Thompson, an Alberta Justice spokeswoman, said the charge was withdrawn after the Crown reviewed the evidence.“The Crown prosecutor’s investigations into this particular case continued to evolve after the initial decision was made to lay charges against the accused, and they continued to evaluate the evidence in light of the prosecution standard of reasonable likelihood of conviction,” Thompson wrote in an email.“The Crown determined that this particular case did not meet that standard.”Enright, who said he lost his oil products sales job because of the charge and spent about $7,500 for legal services, contends he wasn’t treated fairly by the government.He said he has no criminal record, doesn’t own a weapon or have a firearms permit.In an interview with The Canadian Press last year, Enright said he called the minister’s office to sound off after he listened to radio host Danielle Smith, former Opposition Wildrose leader, talk about the economy and the coal industry.He said he became upset because people he knew were losing their jobs.“I didn’t mean to get upset and I did not threaten anybody at all. All I said was that if they (the NDP government) keep pushing people, people are going to get guns and they are going to revolt,” he said last year.“I was talking globally, not specifically. I would never, never, ever threaten anybody.”Enright said the months between when he was charged and when the case was withdrawn were tough on his family.The maximum penalty for uttering threats is five years in prison.“It was terrible. It put my wife and I under so much pressure, so much stress,” he said Monday.“To do that is morally wrong. But I denounce any kind of violence toward government. We have rallies. We have ways to protest, but when you phone them and they do that to you, I think they are in the wrong.”Enright said he has a new job and recently paid off his legal bills.He suggested the government should reimburse him and wondered if he should file a lawsuit.last_img read more


first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s a problem that has left Iqaluit city officials and its fire department stumped.How to put out a stubborn dump fire and stop the smoke that’s been often blowing into town plaguing residents for more than a month.It’s not the first time the Iqaluit’s dump has caught fire.Last time it happened, the fire department dumped water on it.But the fire and smoke has gotten so bad this time that solution is not going to work.They wondered should they water bomb it?Should they pump in air to make the fire burn more quickly and – ultimately – burn itself out?The problem is they’ve never tried any of this before and really don’t know for sure what will put this fire out.So they called in help.APTN’s Steve Mongeau has the story.last_img


first_imgGurugram: Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, the Congress candidate for Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency, on Thursday filed his application. Among the leaders who were present during his filing of nomination were Randeep Surjewala, Rao Dharampal and Sukhbir Singh Kataria. Before filing the nomination, the 61-year-old leader exhibited his show of strength when he first held a roadshow in Old Gurugram and then held a public meeting at Congress headquarters in Kaman Sarai.Urging the electorate to vote for him, Captain Yadav raised national as well as local issues. He highlighted how nationally demonetisation destroyed the nation’s economy and increased the rates of unemployment. On the local issues, the six-time MLA from Rewari asserted that how the BJP government was not able to bring the development to South Haryana region and stalled the progress of Gurugram. In the affidavit filed, Captain Yadav has stated that his source of income is mainly from his rental incomes however his spouse Shakuntla Yadav is getting income from the business investments. Named after his father Rao Abhay Singh an automobile showroom in Behror Rajasthan is registered under his wife’s name. He owns two Toyota Innova one is of 2015 model and the other 2017. Besides an automobile showroom in Rajasthan, Captain Ajay Singh and his family have also done investments in commercial establishments in Manesar and Daruhera. While Yadav’s total investments in commercial establishments amount to Rs 30.85 lakh his wife Shakuntala’s is nearly Rs 1.47 crore. Captain Yadav’s family also has substantial investments in residential building. Besides his house in Rewari, he has houses in DLF, Gurugram and Sector-31. While the net worth of his investments in residential building amount to nearly Rs 10.37 crore while his wife’s total value of assets is nearly Rs 7.22 crore. The importance of Captain Yadav can be gauged from the fact that he has won Rewari Vidhan Sabha seat six times for the Congress. He won the Rewari seat for the first time in 1989 after which he continued the successful trend with wins in 1991, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2009. In South Haryana where he was instrumental in making Congress a formidable party, he has been rewarded with various ministerial births including finance, PWD, etc in the state government.last_img read more


first_imgLondon: Facebook has chosen London as the centre for the global roll-out of WhatsApp pay, before the social media giant launches its digital payments service on the mobile messaging platform in India, according to a media report. WhatsApp, which has1.5 billion users globally, would hire nearly 100 people in London to focus on the digital payments service and additional operations staff would be hired in Dublin, the Financial Times reported. Facebook said it chose the UK, where WhatsApp is far more popular than the US, because it attracts a multicultural workforce from many of the countries where WhatsApp is widely used, such as India, the report said. Out of WhatsApp user base of 1.5 billion people, more than 200 million people are in India — the single largest market for the popular American messaging platform. “WhatsApp is a truly global service and these teams will help us provide WhatsApp payments and other great features for our users everywhere,” Matthew Idema, WhatsApp’s Chief Operating Officer, was quoted as saying. WhatsApp has nearly 400 employees globally. While its most popular markets are India, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico, it has not established a local office anywhere until late last year, when it hired an India head in time for the country’s elections. Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company is actively working on to launch WhatsApp Pay in India. “We have a test that is running in India for WhatsApp now, we’re hoping to launch in several other countries at some point, but I don’t want to put a timeframe on that here, but it’s something that we’re actively working on,” he said during an earnings call with analysts. Almost one million people tested WhatsApp Pay in India to send money to each other in a simple and secure way. In April, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) came out with a circular regarding data localisation policy for payment system providers. Generally, data localisation refers to storing data within India. The company on May 3 told the Supreme Court that it would comply with the Reserve Bank of India’s data localisation norms before launching the full payments service in the country.last_img read more


Rabat – Spanish police are seeking fugitive Mohamed Soultana, who is allegedly traveling to Morocco, via Spain. Soultana, 42, is wanted in connections with an arrest warrant issued by the German police for being a suspect in murder by firearm in Germany. Pictures of his face are on display in “ports, airports, and border posts,” according to ABC news. Soultana is a bearded man with dark hair, standing at 1.98 meters, though he could be armed and “potentially” dangerous.According to the German media BILD, Soultana shot a 44-year-old German-Moroccan in the city of Offenbach when she was in her car, waiting for her 13-year-old son to come out of a martial arts lesson. He then fled the country on May 9 through Belgium. The alleged murderer would have been an “acquaintance of the victim,” reports the same source. read more


David Crane, a senior attorney with the United States Department of Defence, was named prosecutor, and Robin Vincent of the United Kingdom chosen to be registrar of the tribunal that will try war crimes committed during Sierra Leone’s bloody 10-year civil war.”The Secretary-General will now proceed with the appointment of judges for the Court, and as indicated in the Security Council resolution, the majority of these will be from Africa,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.On Tuesday, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone, Ambassador Allieu Ibrahim Kanu, and the UN Legal Counsel, Hans Corell, exchanged the instruments that brought into force the agreement between the two parties that had been signed on 16 January.


“We will develop a roster of people who have received a great deal of training about what in fact are the containment procedures, what is influenza, what is the nature of the threat,” Acting Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) global influenza programme Keiji Fukuda told a news conference in Geneva.These experts will consist of epidemiologists, laboratory specialists, plus experts in logistics, ethics and communications.Dr. Fukuda was speaking after a three-day WHO meeting of dozens of experts and regional representatives aimed at building on a global strategy to help nations develop model plans on how to address any outbreak of pandemic flu through strengthening national surveillance, assessment and health response capacities.He said recent scientific studies and reports gave hope that under certain conditions the early transmission of a new pandemic could be halted, although it was also clear that such moves could fail.But there were good chances that efforts such as the revised rapid response and contain strategy could very well slow down the spread of a pandemic virus early on and increase the availability of vaccines, thus giving more time for national authorities to prepare.For containment to be practical, the WHO expects countries to move and act quickly and begin antiviral treatment for infected people and to identify people who have been in contact with them, Dr. Fukuda said. The WHO also recommended that countries stockpile antiviral drugs.In order to fill gaps where medicines were lacking, the pharmaceutical company Roche has donated 3 million doses of drugs which would be reserved for containment procedures. The company pledged an additional 2 million doses to WHO which will be received in September.It is evident that the world will witness new and emerging diseases in the foreseeable future, and examining the needs arising from addressing bird flu will help experts assess and detect new and emerging diseases, WHO said.At the moment the current H5N1 bird flu is rarely deadly to humans and globally only 175 people have fallen ill, 96 of them fatally, in the two-year-old outbreak, with almost all infections caused by very close contact with sick or dead birds.But the great concern is that the virus could change into a type that spreads easily from person to person, hence the need for containment. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic that broke out in 1918 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide by the time it had run its course two years later. read more


The price of oil rose two per cent Thursday on lower U.S. inventories and concerns that geopolitical tensions could disrupt global supplies.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for August delivery rose $1.99 to close at US$103.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, the Nymex contract added $1.24 to close at $101.20.Brent crude for September delivery, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, rose 72 cents to close at US$107.89 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.A string of geopolitical events pushed prices higher by raising concern that oil supplies could be disrupted, even though no disruptions were imminent. The Obama administration announced new sanctions against Russian energy companies, including Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil producer, after the market closed on Wednesday. While analysts say it is unlikely to cause any dip in production or exports in the short term, it could prevent or delay future exploration and production.The crash of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane over Ukraine — which Ukrainian officials said was shot down — raised the risk of a sharper conflict between Ukraine and Russia that could lead to even tighter sanctions against Russia. And fighting in the Gaza strip intensified after a shaky ceasefire expired, yet another source of turmoil in the Middle East, the world’s most important oil-producing region.“Although oil balances will not be impacted, it gives the oil complex another reason to inject some geopolitical risk premium,” wrote energy analyst Jim Ritterbusch in a research note to investors.The jitters about potential disruptions came on the heels of a surprisingly large decline in supplies in the U.S. On Wednesday, the Energy Information Administration said U.S. crude oil inventories fell by 7.5 million barrels to 375 million barrels in the week of July 11. The fall was more than double what analysts had expected, and reversed what had been a three-week slide in prices.In other Nymex trading, wholesale gasoline closed unchanged at US$2.882 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose 0.1 cent to close at $2.859 a gallon and natural gas fell 16.5 cents to close at $3.954 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) Oil soars past US$103 a barrel on on geopolitical turmoil, lower U.S. stocks by The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2014 3:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


“The United States must clean up its own house – impunity only generates more abuses as States do not feel compelled to stop engaging in illegal practices,” the experts said in an Open Letter published today, 14 years after the detention centre became operational.“Long-term security can be regained if a page is turned on this dark chapter of post-9/11 practices in response to terrorism,” they noted, referring to ‘war on terror’ launched after Al Qaeda’s deadly attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September, 2001.“Everyone implicated, including at the highest level of authority, must be held accountable for ordering or executing extraordinary renditions, secret detention, arbitrary arrest of civilians and so-called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ in the name of combatting terrorism,” they said in a press statement on the Letter.The experts recalled that close to 100 detainees still languish in Guantánamo after years of arbitrary detention without trial, outside the rule of law and the reach of the US regular courts, despite an executive order issued by President Barak Obama in January 2009 to release or transfer them and close the facility within one year. “They are the forgotten ones as the United States moves from a ‘war on terror’ to a ‘war on extremism,’ without having acknowledged, reflected and made amends for past violations of fundamental human rights,” they stressed.The experts called for an immediate end to the prolonged arbitrary detention of all Guantánamo Bay detainees by releasing them to their home country or to a third country should they be at risk of persecution, or transferring them to regular detention centres on the US mainland so they can be prosecuted before ordinary courts.“The US Government must also ensure that current and former Guantánamo detainees as well as individuals who have been secretly detained have access to full redress for violations of their freedom from arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment,” they stressed.The signatories included the UN Special Rapporteurs on torture, Juan E. Méndez; on human rights and counterterrorism, Ben Emmerson; on independence of the judiciary, Mónica Pinto; the Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Seong-Phil Hong; and the director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Michael Georg Link.Four years ago, then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay spoke out against the failure to close the facility despite Mr. Obama’s order and to ensure accountability, citing it as a clear breach of international law. read more


first_imgHere’s a treat for those of you out there that spent countless hours trying to save your patient from suffering permanent psychosis in the classic game Mind Walker, as well as those who have spent part of this week reading about the life of Commodore founder Jack Tramiel. One of the first commercially available titles for the much sought after Commodore Amiga 1000 computer, Mind Walker was one of the most popular games for old-school PC gamers.The video above features a run-through of the game by YouTube user “rotareneg” using the WinUAE 2.3.3 Amiga emulator. Hearing the eerie background music alone is going to be enough to trigger the same sweaty palms you experienced when trying to finally beat the game for the first time.To refresh your memory, the Commodore Amiga 1000 was one of the first drool-worthy personal computers on the market. With its high-end graphics and audio (for the time period), it was wildly popular in Western Europe and had decent sales in America as well. Overall, Commodore moved six-million units to consumers over a four-year period. The Amiga 1000 was the first computer of being able to handle multimedia production, and sported one of the first affordable commercial video editing systems called Video Toaster. This was the reason titles like Mind Walker were so popular since the hardware involved had the horsepower to push the 3D environment of the game.What’s truly amazing about Mind Walker  is the fact that only one version of the game was ever released. The code was written so well that it was playable across four different updates to the Amiga OS, and three generations of CPU and other hardware in the machine. That was a six-year period in which the game was forward compatible. What’s even more astounding is that it was written before production versions of the hardware were available. The man behind all of this was the late Bill Williams, author of several hit titles for Atari as well as the Amiga. Williams died in 1998 of complications from cystic fibrosis, 6 years after he had left the game design industry to attend seminary in Chicago.If you haven’t had a chance to experience Williams’ game masterpiece, or you would like to revisit it without having to dig through the boxes in your garage, you can download the WinUAE emulator and set it up to play Mind Walker. Consider yourself warned though, it will suck you back in like it did back in the day.Read more at the Mind Walker Wikipedia article, via stellar.iolast_img read more


first_imgIf you asked most gamers to list which next-gen launch games they were most looking forward to, Watch Dogs would feature heavily. The open world shooter with a heavy reliance on the use of technology and hacking, certainly looks promising, and Ubisoft is keeping us interested with regular gameplay video releases.But with the launch of both the PS4 and Xbox One drawing ever nearer, the questions about all the launch games turn to “how well do they run?” That means what frame rate can we expect, and are titles going to be true 1080p? etc.During the Eurogamer Expo last week, Watch Dogs’ creative director, Jonathan Morin, confirmed that on next-gen consoles the game will run at 30fps. By hitting 30fps, rather than trying to go higher, Ubisoft can guarantee a “steady” experience. What Morin couldn’t confirm is whether Watch Dogs is a 720p or 1080p game. He doesn’t know, and says his entire focus is on ensuring the game runs well.It’s also easy to forget that Ubisoft is maximizing the sales potential for Watch Dogs by also releasing it on current gen consoles (you’ll actually be able to play it on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U). And it’s no small game, which means the studio has had to take the same approach as GTA V when it comes to the Xbox 360 version.So, if you pick up the Xbox 360 copy of Watch Dogs in November, don’t be surprised if it’s a little heavier in the box than the other versions. That’s because it ships on two discs, and just like GTA V, the first disc is for installation, the second is for use during play. That also means you probably shouldn’t try and install that second disc as it will cause performance issues.last_img read more


first_imgDeezer s’invite chez McDonald’sFrance – McDonald’s s’est abonné au service Soundeezer, outil qui permet de diffuser une playlist de son choix dans un domaine public. La chaîne de restauration avait déjà tenté l’expérience avec NRJ.McDonald’s veut faire monter ses restaurants en gamme. Pour cela, après le Wi-Fi, le géant du burger souhaite installer de la musique dans ses fast-foods. Après un premier échec avec la radio NRJ, le groupe américain s’est tourné vers Deezer et son service Soundeezer. Avec une playlist de son choix, McDonald’s pourra adapter la musique à sa clientèle parmi les 6 millions de titres disponibles dans le catalogue du site de musique en ligne. Pour obtenir le service Soundeezer, il faut s’équiper d’un boitier Internet et être, bien entendu, abonné. Le 9 avril 2010 à 11:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgDavid de Gea has insisted that he’s focused on helping Manchester United win games and not on his contract situation.With his current contract running out in the summer, David de Gea is still locked in talks with Manchester United who have an option to extend his deal by a further year.Mourinho’s comment this week about the deal, caused further uncertainty as he said he wasn’t confident that the deal will go through.However, de Gea is choosing to concentrate on his team’s performance on the pitch.“What matters is the team and all of us being focused on what we need to focus on, which is winning games, rather than contracts or any topics that can be a distraction. What matters is focusing on football.” de Gea told Sky Sports in an exclusive interview.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We have an important game against Everton and we have some big fixtures over the coming months. I think that’s what matters, rather than thinking about anything else.“I’ve been here for many seasons, as we’ve said. I’ve been at the club for eight seasons now. I’m very happy here. I always feel that warmth from the fans and everyone who works at the club.“I think it’s very easy to be focused on what you have to focus on, partly because we have lots of training sessions and play every three or four days.“You have to be focused on what’s important, which is the team, winning, doing well in training and being in good shape to give your all.“You don’t have time to think about things that aren’t as important as football and the points that are at stake in the games that we have to win and do well in.”last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 27, 2017 – Nassau – In a prepared recording, Graeme Davis, President of Baha Mar is trying to reassure naysayers that the sale and April opening of Baha Mar is real.  Davis says that over 13,000 people applied for jobs at the region’s newest resort and shared that the casino, once operational will be the largest in the Caribbean.During that pre-recorded message, the President of the company said Chow Tai Fook is not a mirage, that the jobs coming and resort opening are all real and that Baha Mar is poised to be one of the country’s largest employers.  Davis is not just trying to convince the Bahamian media about the real-ness of the opening either, in a Travel Weekly magazine article skepticism is expressed.However, the writer who was also given a tour of the property with Davis and Scott Allen, General Manager of the Grand Hyatt leading the way said what he saw was amazing and convincing.  Grand Hyatt is to be the anchor property and Baha Mar will not open with 1800 rooms but with 200 with the plan being to have all three properties operational by winter 2017-2018.In the article it is said that the 18 hole Jack Nicklaus golf course will open on April 1st, that the Casino opens in Spring and that Hyatt, which lost $250 million in conference bookings when Baha Mar failed to, plans to recoup those losses and more eventually.  A soft and first opening is set for April 21st.Photo credit: Brian Major#MagneticMediaNews#BahaMarNassauopening#GraemeDavis#BahaMaropeningreal Related Items:#BahaMarNassauopening, #BahaMaropeningreal, #GraemeDavis, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgAn off-duty prison guard driving to work in Eastern Oregon was killed after stopping to help a stranded motorist.Authorities said Tuesday they arrested a suspect when he rolled the victim’s pickup truck in a farm field south of Hermiston, Ore., following an 18-minute pursuit by police.Joshua Charles Weeks, 22, of Portland, was held in the Umatilla County Jail on one count of murder, and would be arraigned Wednesday, Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said.Buddy Ray Herron, 42, a guard at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton, was driving to work late Monday night when he pulled over to help a stranded motorist, and was attacked, Oregon Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jennifer Black said.Police told the East Oregonian newspaper that Herron phoned 911 to report he had been stabbed and his pickup truck stolen. He died after being taken to a Pendleton hospital.After the report went out, Stanfield Police Officer Nat Hughes spotted the truck headed west on Interstate 84 about 30 miles west of Pendleton, said Stanfield Police Chief Bryon Zumwalt.last_img read more


first_imgTechnology organisation Google is to supply the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) with a limited set of US employee data to comply with an ongoing audit investigating a potential pay disparity between male and female staff.The recommendation was made by administrative law judge Steve Berlin on 14 July 2017 after Google objected to providing the full spectrum of information that the OFCCP requested, arguing that it threatened employee privacy and the protection of their personal details.The OFCCP, which conducts regular audits on government contractors such as Google, began proceedings for the audit in September 2015. This included a snapshot of data for 21,114 employees at Google’s head office on 1 September 2015, following the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved guidelines. This requested data included employees’ gender, race or ethnicity, hire date, job title, job category and group, base salary or wage rate, hours worked in a typical working week, and any other compensation or adjustments to salary, for example bonuses or overtime. Google provided this information, as well as details on its compensation policies and practices, in November 2015.In June 2016, the OFCCP requested further data going beyond the approved OMB list. This included details such as the employee’s name, birthday, salary history, job history, performance ratings and whether they were hired straight from school or from another employer, among other requirements. Google produced the majority of this data between August 2016 and February 2017. The OFCCP then asked for further snapshot data relating to different categories, such as citizenship information, which was produced by Google in February 2017.Following this, the OFCCP then requested a snapshot as of September 2014, to compare with the initial September 2015 snapshot, as well as additional job and salary histories and employee contact details, in order to conduct anonymous staff interviews.The OFCCP stated that it requested this information in order to investigate a potential pay disparity found in the September 2015 snapshot, and it wished to determine whether this disparity was ongoing.Google contended that this placed too much of an administrative burden on the organisation as a whole, considering the data it had already provided, and also threatened the security of employees’ personal information.In the order, Judge Berlin recommended a modified list of data categories, to ensure that the OFCCP could still conduct a relevant investigation but also reduce the implications and burden on Google and its employees. He recommended that the September 2014 must be provided, following the same data categories as the 2015 snapshot, as well as the OMB approved information. However he ruled that additional details relating to citizenship, visa status, job history, salary history, age, and locality need not be provided by Google.The recommendation also limits the number of employee contact details that the OFCCP can access to up to 8,000 employees.This does not prevent OFCCP from renewing its request for salary and job histories, as well as related data, if it can demonstrate that the request is reasonable, relevant to the investigation, within its authority, and not unduly burdensome.Judge Berlin said: “My concern centers on to extent to which the employee contact information, once at OFCCP, will be secure from hacking, OFCCP employee misuse, and similar potential intrusions or disclosures. OFCCP has already collected for 21,114 employees information such as name, date of birth, place of birth, citizenship status, visa status, salary, and stock grants. That information, if hacked or misused, could subject tens of thousands of employees to risk of identity theft, other fraud, or the improper public disclosure of private facts. Adding contact data, such as personal phone numbers and email addresses, increases the risk of harm to Google’s employees. The contact information could ease the efforts of malicious hackers or misdirected government employees.”Berlin also found that, as it stands, there is not sufficient data to support the OFCCP’s theory that gender pay disparities result from starting salary negotiations at Google, and that any speculative relevance does not outweigh the burden the data requests place on Google.Berlin said: “The record shows that OFCCP has not taken sufficient steps to learn how Google’s system works, identify actual policies and practices that might cause the disparity, and then craft focused requests for information that bears on these identified potential causes. Without this, the requests become unreasonable: unfocused, irrelevant, and unduly burdensome.”In April 2017, Google publicly shared its pay methodology in response to the OFCCP’s suggestions of a potential pay disparity. A 2016 analysis performed by the organisation in 2016 did not find a gender pay gap.Eileen Naughton, vice president, people operations at Google, said: “Assuming the recommended decision becomes final, we’ll comply with the remainder of the order, and provide the much more limited data set of information the judge approved, including the contact  information for a smaller sample of up to 8,000 employees.“We invest a lot in our efforts to create a fair and inclusive environment for all our employees, across all genders and races. While we’re pleased with Friday’s recommended decision, we remain committed to treating, and paying, people fairly and without bias with regard to factors like gender or race. We are proud of our practices and leadership in this area, and we look forward to working constructively with OFCCP, as we complete this review and in the future.”The Department of Labor has been contacted for comment.last_img read more


first_imgThere were no reported injuries as a result of the collision or the fire. Employees at JoAnns were evacuated as a result of the fire. initial reports received by KSRM News were of a semi striking a powerline in the area. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services and Soldotna Police responded to a small fire at the rear of JoAnn Fabric in Soldotna, this morning.Duane Kant with SPD: “At about 6:15 a.m., we responded up here to the JoAnn Fabric building because a commercial motor vehicle had backed into the building. The vehicle struck the main electrical junction box and caused a small fire at the building.” last_img


first_imgThe Alaska House of Representatives and Alaska Senate both canceled scheduled meetings for Tuesday making it the end of the second special session. Its 30-day limit is at midnight Wednesday morning. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The last day of the second special session of the 31st Legislative session wrapped up on Tuesday. Governor Mike Dunleavy stated in a press release that he has no plans to call a third special session, at least not for awhile. Leaders of the state Legislature sent a letter to the governor last week urging him to call a third special session to study the Permanent Fund and the dividend.  Dunleavy said that he is “weighing all options available” to continue dialogue about the Permanent Fund. In the release he also stated that he “largely considers a vast majority of the FY20 budget settled.” The governor is required to give thirty days notice before calling another special session. In the press release he did not state whether or not he might call a third special session in the future.last_img read more


first_imgLawmakers on the House Armed Services subcommittee on readiness offered measured praise Thursday to leaders of DOD and the military services for their initial response to widespread privatized family housing problems but raised concerns about long-term solutions, Stars and Stripes reported.Chairman John Garamendi (D-Calif.) offered support during a hearing Thursday but pressed DOD representatives about ongoing reports of problems with privatized family housing.“We’ve heard encouraging news. However… we continue to receive large amounts of correspondence from families struggling today,” Garamendi said. “We’ve heard that in some cases the very efforts headquarters put into place to try to improve the situation have led to counterproductive practices like closing maintenance work orders too quickly.”Ranking member Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) highlighted the ongoing efforts of military spouses in raising the issue.“I want to commend the courage and persistence of military spouses for bringing this issue to our attention,” Lamborn said. “Without the diligence of military families raising their voices on behalf of others, we might still be uninformed about these troubling problems. This was truly a grassroots effort in the best traditions of America.”Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard L.J. Gourley ADC AUTHORlast_img read more


first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters (a) and (c) show numerical states in real space. (b) and (d) show examples of the analogue “magnetic states” on a torus in momentum space. Credit: Price, et al. ©2014 American Physical Society More information: Hannah M. Price, et al. “Quantum Mechanics with a Momentum-Space Artificial Magnetic Field.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.190403 (Phys.org) —Normally, the strength of a magnetic field increases as you get closer to a magnet and decreases as you move further away—a concept easily understood when placing magnets near a refrigerator, for instance. But recent research has shown that exotic “momentum-space artificial magnetic fields” can be created where the strength of the magnetic field depends on how fast a particle moves, instead of where the particle is. In other words, the roles of position and momentum are swapped. Electrons moving in a magnetic field exhibit strange quantum behavior “However, what if we could find equations in terms of ‘momentum states’ that had an analogous mathematical structure? Then we could draw an analogy with magnetism: we would get the same quantum physics but where the ‘position’ must be swapped everywhere with the ‘momentum.'”The equations could be understood as describing a particle in an ‘artificial momentum-space magnetic field.'”As has been previously shown by other physicists, it turns out that momentum-space magnetic fields are indeed real. They occur when energy bands with Berry curvature are created, and a weak additional external potential is added. “A key message in our paper is to say, ok you have found this quantum equation with a’momentum-space magnetic field,’ so why don’t you solve it to look at the quantum dynamics of a particle?” Price explained. “You have all the ingredients that you need to study the quantum physics of a particle in a magnetic field (because the mathematical structure is the same), but now with position and momentum swapped. In this way, we will go from this complicated system that physicists find hard to understand (the geometrical energy bands with an additional potential) to one that we find easy to understand (magnetism).”While scientists have previously made a similar point about the semiclassical physics, this is the first time that it has been understood in general about the quantum physics. “One of our main contributions is to say that experimentalists can use this analogy to study magnetism in new ways,” Price said. “Momentum space can sometimes be very different than real space, as, for some systems, momentum space is like a torus or a doughnut. Then if you increase your momentum enough, eventually you will end up in the same momentum state that you began in. So now when we study our equations, the analogy is with a particle in an artificial magnetic field in momentum space on a torus. The quantum physics of a particle in a magnetic field on a torus has never been studied experimentally before in any context (but it has been studied theoretically), and we propose exactly how it could be done in current experiments by exploiting a momentum space magnetic field.”To experimentally demonstrate these concepts, the scientists propose to use ultracold gases, as a weak harmonic trap could be added with laser beams or magnetic fields. Experimentally, it won’t be easily possible to switch the momentum-space magnetic field on and off. However, by switching the harmonic trap on and off, physicists will still be able to study the system. The scientists explain that, in the analogy with magnetism, this is like changing the particle’s mass, where no harmonic trap is like having an infinitely large mass. When a particle is infinitely heavy, it won’t have any kinetic energy in momentum space, meaning it won’t be able to move in momentum space. Since magnetic fields affect a particle as it moves, if it has an “infinite mass” in this analogy, the particle won’t feel the momentum-space magnetic field. “Our work is about exploring old answers to new questions, to the benefit of both the old and new research field,” Price said. “Scientists know a lot about magnetism and have been studying the quantum physics of a particle in a magnetic field for decades; it’s often considered textbook physics. However, scientists are still learning a lot about geometrical energy bands with additional potentials. In particular, this is a really new and important field in ultracold gases and photonics where there are many relevant recent experiments, all at the cutting-edge. We’re talking to that community, and hopefully showing them that they will be able to study and understand much more than they might expect. We want to emphasize that there are lots of interesting connections with magnetism that can be revealed by studying the quantum physics of single particles.”We are currently working on demonstrating how other experiments [besides realizing magnetism on a torus] would be able to study other analogue quantum magnetic phenomena in momentum space. There are many more possibilities still to be explored.” Now in a new paper, physicists have explored these ideas further, especially at the quantum level. They show how current experiments can be modified to study the motion of a quantum particle in a momentum-space magnetic field. They explain that these systems will be able to experimentally realize a “wonderland of new physics,” such as magnetism on a torus, for the first time.The physicists, Hannah M. Price, Tomoki Ozawa, and Iacopo Carusotto at the INO-CNR BEC Center and the University of Trento, Italy, have published their paper discussing momentum-space magnetism in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”Magnetism is fundamental in many areas of physics, and it leads to many fascinating phenomena,” Price told Phys.org. “Physicists use mathematical equations to capture the behavior of a quantum particle in a magnetic field. These equations have a particular, beautiful mathematical structure. But we can also reverse this logic. If we engineer or find an equation with this particular mathematical structure, the behavior of a particle will be like that of a particle in an ‘artificial magnetic field,’ even if the ‘field’ has a completely different underlying physical origin. As has been known for a long time, this beautiful mathematical structure can be found or created in many different physical contexts. This is a really powerful tool that physicists use to engineer and learn more about magnetism.”As the scientists explain, one of the ideas that physicists use a lot in quantum mechanics is the deep connection between the position and momentum of a particle. “We can either view our problem in terms of all the possible ‘position states’ of a particle or equally in terms of all the possible ‘momentum states,'” Price explained. “Depending on the viewpoint we choose, our mathematical equations will have a different form, and so we usually choose the viewpoint that gives us the easiest equations to solve and understand. The beautiful mathematical structure described above appears when we have a magnetic field and we look at our equations in terms of ‘position states.’ Citation: Physicists study magnetism with the roles of position and momentum reversed (2014, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-physicists-magnetism-roles-position-momentum.html 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. Explore further © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more