Is Your Parental Leave Policy Stuck in the ‘90s?

first_imgLena Requist Tags:#employee benefits#maternity leave#parental leave#women at work#women in tech Lena Requist builds startups into multimillion-dollar organizations. Her drive and unique leadership style helped grow her current venture, Ontraport, by 5,000 percent. She is passionate about developing teams, growing businesses, inspiring businesswomen, and creating empowered company cultures. Connect with her on Twitter @LenaRequist. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now In recent years, paid parental leave has become a hot-button issue. It’s no wonder that news on this topic is making headlines: The United States is ranked last in the world, one of only three countries that doesn’t guarantee paid parental leave. The nation’s policy is 25 years old, which is why California Governor Gavin Newsom is taking matters into his own hands with his proposed six-month paid leave program. The plan, which Gov. Newsom described as a “no-damn-brainer” and a “developmental necessity,” would compensate parents up to 70 percent of their wages while they cared for their newborn or newly adopted baby.Only 74 percent of employable women in the U.S. aged 25 to 54 are working or actively looking for work, compared to 83 percent in countries like Germany and France — and nearly 89 percent in Sweden. That gap doesn’t exist because a quarter of American women are unemployable or don’t want to work. Rather, women are exiting the workforce in light of U.S. policies (or lack thereof) surrounding paid maternal leave.As business owners and leaders, we have the power to change this statistic. By implementing parental assistance policies and programs within our companies, we’ll not only help parents stay in the workforce, but also open the hiring pool, attract high-quality talent, and become more competitive with companies that already offer these benefits.American women are exiting the workforce and not returningData from The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development suggests that more generous leave benefits lead to more women actively looking for work. Let’s look at a few examples:Canada currently offers 17 weeks of paid leave at 48 percent of previous earnings; the unemployment rate for Canadian women is 4.6 percent.Finland offers 17.5 weeks of paid leave at 74 percent of previous earnings, with the unemployment rate for women at 5.7 percent.Australia offers 18 weeks of paid leave at 42 percent of previous earnings; the unemployment rate for women is 5 percent.Meanwhile, the U.S. doesn’t offer any paid leave, and the unemployment rate for women in the same age bracket is at the lowest of all Western developed countries at 3.1 percent.What does this mean for American women? This lower unemployment rate is an indicator that a larger portion of them aren’t seeking work. The fact is that women ages 25 to 54, who are in the prime years for establishing a successful career, as well as in their prime reproductive years, are not given the proper support from their employers to take time off to be with their families after childbirth or adoption. Nearly all highly qualified women who are currently “off-ramped” in their careers want to rejoin the workforce, but only 40 percent return to full-time professional jobs.Women are simultaneously being pushed and pulled out of the labor force. They are pulled by their familial responsibilities and their need to bond with their children after childbirth and are pushed out of the workforce when they’re not provided the time or financial security to do so. Given these circumstances, women often exit the workforce and don’t return, as it’s hard to re-enter after leaving.Paid parental leave programs boost the economy and your bottom lineThe individualistic mindset of the average American propagates the idea that providing paid parental time off is bad for businesses and the economy. However, we must be willing to dig past first impressions to the actual research, which shows that offering such benefits to employees has led to a better economy in other Western countries. When women are able to re-enter the workforce after taking time off, their households become dual-income. More income means more tax contributions, more spending in the community, and more money available to put back into childcare businesses. Additionally, research shows that paid parental leave programs may increase fertility rates and reduce spending on public assistance: Mothers who are able to take advantage of paid leave are 40 percent less likely to have to rely on programs like food stamps.Parental leave programs aren’t just good for the economy. They’re beneficial at the individual business level. As these benefits become more widespread, they’ll become a must-have to attract new talent. Offering such resources to families will also positively impact your retention rates and costs associated with employee turnover. The cost of replacing an employee and training someone new is likely greater than the cost of providing an essential benefit that will boost morale and productivity. When California instituted a paid family leave insurance program, the vast majority of employers saw positive results across three different metrics: productivity (89 percent experienced boosts), profitability/performance (91 percent), and employee morale (99 percent). It’s a win-win.Business leaders must spur the changeWhat does all of this mean for employers? It means that we, as leaders, need to step up and provide these benefits for our employees. Tech companies like Facebook and Microsoft are leading the way by offering significant paid leave to new parents. Spotify — founded in Sweden, which has one of the best leave policies in the world — offers new parents a full six months’ paid leave, with an extra month to transition back to work by working part-time or remotely.At Ontraport, we have taken the U.S.’s leave policy in stride and developed resources that provide significant relief to our hard-working parents. Not only do we provide an extra month of paid leave, but we also save parents thousands of dollars each year with free childcare for every employee. Our on-campus childcare center is open to children 18 months through 5 years of age, and it offers an exhaustive education program that includes everything children need to grow and learn, as well as encourage family engagement.Start a childcare center. Offer comprehensive time off to both parents so they can return to work refreshed and ready to advance their careers. Rethinking the way you view parental benefits will expand your talent pool, improve retention, and keep your employees happy and healthy. It’s a long-term solution that will help your business thrive in 2019 — and for years to come. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

‘Mukul Roy in touch with BJP’

first_imgAt a time when the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leadership is making its displeasure clear over former party general secretary Mukul Roy’s interactions with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, BJP State president Dilip Ghosh has admitted that the sidelined TMC leader is in touch with the central leaders of the party. Mr. Ghosh also did not rule out the possibility of Mr. Roy joining the BJP. Mr. Roy could not be reached for comments.“I came to know that Mr. Roy is in touch with our central leaders. We will consider it if he wishes to join BJP,” said Mr. Ghosh. Describing Mr. Roy as a “noted leader”, he said there was a “procedure to join BJP.”last_img read more

Undertrials, guard fall ill after consuming bhang in Goa prison

first_imgTwo undertrials and a jail guard at Modern Central Jail at Colvale in North Goa were admitted to Hospicio Hospital on Wednesday after they fell ill on consuming bhang (cannabis) mixed with milk on Tuesday night.Trio hospitalisedInspector General of Prisons Rajendra Mirajkar said Anil Bhue, an undertrial, allegedly served milk laced with bhang to two other undertrials — Babu Arolkar and Vinay Gadekar — and jail guard Kiran Naik during Mahashivratri celebrations on Tuesday night.The trio was hospitalised on Wednesday after they complained of nausea and severe stomach pain. Mr. Mirajkar said one of three was discharged from hospital on Wednesday evening.Narayan Prabhudessai, Superintendent of Modern Central Jail, filed an FIR against Bhue at Mapusa police station in North Goa under Section 328 (causing hurt by poisoning) of the Indian Penal Code. The police have seized a bucket that was allegedly used to concoct the mixture. Mr. Prabhudessai in a report submitted to Mirajkar said undertrials from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar used to prepare the concoction and distribute it to other undertrials during Mahashivratri celebrations.last_img read more

PDP seeks plans like Kartarpur

first_imgPeoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference president Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Monday welcomed India and Pakistan’s decision to open the Kartarpur corridor and demanded similar Kashmir-specific measures.“Instead of bloodshed and attempts to enforce the silence of the graveyard, Kashmir can be resolved through Kartarpur- like initiatives. The decision taken by Pakistan is appreciable. Bold, honest and humanitarian initiatives are needed to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir problem too,” said Ms. Mufti. She said, while the Kartarpur corridor was opened on a day when so many human lives were taken by terrorism in Mumbai in 2008, the decision “exhibited statesmanship despite the ongoing electoral exercise.”“It has given us an idea that electoral considerations cannot any longer hold back the governments from taking decisions that are aimed to improve the ties between two countries,” she said. She sought a similar corridor to the Sharda shrine in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.Former chief minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said, “The invitation from Pakistan to Indian leaders and legislators on the opening ceremony of Kartarpur corridor will bequeath both India and Pakistan a chance to further the cause of brotherhood and amity.”He said J&K also requires such initiatives of opening up of borders and greater people-to-people contact across the border. “We in J&K suffer immensely due to the animosity between India and Pakistan. The need of the hour calls for replicating such initiatives as opening of Kartarpur corridor in our State,” he said.last_img read more

Portugal legend Luis Figo appointed UEFA football advisor

first_imgFormer Portugal international Luis Figo has been appointed as a football advisor by UEFA, European soccer’s governing body said on Wednesday.Figo joins fellow former professionals Nadine Kessler and Dejan Stankovic who were appointed advisors earlier this year and will work with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and the Football Division.The team will deal with technical aspects, laws of the game and the overall attractiveness of the sport. Figo, who was briefly a candidate for president of world soccer body FIFA in 2015, will also be the leading figure of the UEFA ambassadors programme.”I have been lucky to gain a wealth of experience and I believe I can have a positive influence in passing on my knowledge,” Figo, a former World Player of the Year, said in a statement.”Football is constantly evolving. I am privileged to be involved with UEFA and I would like to thank Aleksander Ceferin for giving me this opportunity,” he added.”When I started playing football professionally in 1990, I could never have imagined that one day I would have the opportunity to join UEFA and work alongside the president of this organisation and some of the best football minds from around the world.”Ceferin said the former Real Madrid and Barcelona player’s exemplary conduct on and off the pitch had made him a respected figure within the game.”I am very pleased he is joining our team. His tremendous football experience will be a very valuable asset to UEFA.”last_img read more

Our agenda is to be a voice for the Northeast

first_imgThe National Peoples Party is part of coalition governments in three Northeastern states- Meghalaya, Manipur and Nagaland. A part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, its rapid expansion in just a year is said to be making even BJP chief Amit Shah a trifle wary. NPP president and new Meghalaya,The National Peoples Party is part of coalition governments in three Northeastern states- Meghalaya, Manipur and Nagaland. A part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, its rapid expansion in just a year is said to be making even BJP chief Amit Shah a trifle wary. NPP president and new Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma spoke to Kaushik Deka on his first four months in the job and the road ahead for his party. Excerpts:Q. How is your government different from the previous ones? What has changed?Meghalaya is known for its horticulture. So can you believe we never had a food processing directorate? We created one and sanctioned Rs 80 crore for our first project the Jackfruit Mission. We have also created an integrated call centre for smooth networking between sellers, buyers and transporters. This has helped us create a database, track demand and supply trends to formulate better policies. We have also launched Mission Lakadong (a variety of turmeric high in curcumin) to increase production and organise the supply chain. I have restructured some departments to create synergy.Q. You spoke of sector-specific policies for economic development.We have created task forces for formulating policies on education, telecom, youth and sports. I want to frame policies taking into account the concerns of all stakeholders. We will revisit the tourism and industrial policies. Like in other states, we are also putting together a policy to provide free medicines to people.Q. Despite being in the NDA, you have objected to the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.advertisementOur decisions are guided by Meghalaya’s interests. We felt that the spirit of the bill was not correct and this could have an adverse affect on the demography of the Northeast. I’m not blaming anyone, but we don’t know the hidden things behind this bill. The entire region is already facing a lot of issues because of illegal immigration and we must not bring religion into this problem. I would like to see it as a conflict between citizens and non-citizens.Q. Did the BJP ask you to review your decision?The BJP did ask us about the reason for our opposition. But there was no pressure to review the decision. They understood our stand and respected it.Q. You are in government in three states, do you see the NPP emerging as a pan-Northeast party? It’s a Christian-dominated party and Christianity dominates in most Northeast states.The NPPs agenda is to be a voice for the Northeast and take up the issues of tribals and minorities. People are now accepting the platform that our party provides. Politics is about timing and we are there to fill the [political] vacuum that exists. People here have experienced the disconnect of the national parties with regional issues. Maybe the Christian factor does play a role to some extent.Q. It’s being said the BJP is worried over your growing proximity to Pema Khandu (Arunachal Pradesh CM)?There is nothing like that. Pema has always been a family friend, and right now, politically, he is committed to what he has been doing.Q. Will the NPP contest the assembly polls in Mizoram later this year?We are trying our best to move in there. We have got some positive response of late, let’s see.Q. What are you doing to stop the recurrence of communal incidents after the violence in Shillong in May/June?It was not communal violence as projected. It was a conflict over a piece of land. I’m very proud of my police force, they ensured that there was no violence. A high-powered committee headed by the deputy chief minister is now examining the dispute over the land.Q. Incidents like the Shillong riots are triggered and amplified by social media. How can you counter this?We need a balanced approach. I understand regulation of social media may infringe on rights of individuals, but for public safety, certain restrictions are required. Once people know that mischief on social media will be strongly dealt with, they will exercise restraint. After the Shillong incident, we arrested a couple of individuals who allegedly had a role in instigating people through social media.Q. Meghalaya now has a Ranji team and you are president of the state cricket association. Whats next?The first task is to get some land and create the required infra­struct­ure. The second task is to build a team. It is a long journey.last_img read more

Bruce McArthur makes brief court appearance case put over to Feb 28

first_imgTORONTO – Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur appeared briefly by video in a Toronto courtroom Wednesday morning, before his case was put over until the end of the month.The 66-year-old self-employed landscaper faces five first-degree murder charges in connection with the disappearances of several men believed to have had ties to Toronto’s LGBTQ community.Police have found the dismembered remains of six individuals in large planters at the home of one of McArthur’s clients, and investigators have said they expect to lay more charges in the coming days.McArthur, wearing an orange jumpsuit, said little during his short court appearance, speaking only to thank the court at the end of the proceedings.A friend of Dean Lisowick — one of McArthur’s alleged victims — was in the courtroom, but said he could not bring himself to look at McArthur on the video screen.“I’m just numb,” said Jeff Tunney, who lived briefly with Lisowick in Toronto. “You don’t know how to feel about it. I don’t know how.”Lisowick, who police have said had no fixed address, drifted back and forth between shelters and Tunney’s home in the heart of Toronto’s gay village, before settling with Tunney for around two and a half months beginning in 2015, Tunney said.Lisowick moved out after the pair had a disagreement over his drug use, Tunney said. But in spring 2016, Lisowick showed up outside Tunney’s home.“He said he was going to be back and then he never came back and no one knew what happened to him,” he added.Lisowick, who was either 43 or 44 at the time of his death, was never reported missing.Tunney said he assumed Lisowick had simply found a better place to live.Lisowick worked part time as a cleaner in a local bar and also earned money as a sex worker, Tunney said.Tunney and a friend had tried, unsuccessfully, to warn Lisowick away from the sex trade, he added.“I was a little worried for his safety because he seemed to be a naive guy that just goes anywhere,” Tunney said.Police have so far identified only one set of remains — those of Andrew Kinsman, another one of the men McArthur is accused of killing — and have said they continue to analyze the others.Last month, McArthur was charged with 49-year-old Kinsman’s death, as well as the presumed death of 44-year-old Selim Esen. Both men went missing from Toronto’s gay village in 2017.Police laid three more first-degree murder charges against McArthur about two weeks later, related to the disappearances of Lisowick, Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Soroush Mahmudi, 50.McArthur is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 28.last_img read more

WilsonRaybould urges restraint after supportive graffiti at constituency office

first_imgVancouver police have arrested a 37-year-old man for allegedly using several cans of spray paint to express support for former federal attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.Officers responded early Monday after slogans such as “let Jody speak,” “Trudeau for treason,” and “make B.C. the best coast again,” were sprayed in huge red or white letters on the windows of Wilson-Raybould’s constituency office.The messages also covered the sidewalk and busy street in front of the office in her Vancouver Granville riding.Police say several cans of spray paint have been seized and charges of mischief are being considered.The slogans were removed from the office windows within hours and a crew using pressure washers worked to clean the graffiti off the sidewalk and street.Wilson-Raybould posted a message on social media Monday urging supporters to voice their opinions in safe and legal ways.“While I appreciate people wanting to show their support and enthusiasm as well as express their views, I would encourage them to do so without damaging private or public property or putting themselves in harm’s way. Thank you,” Wilson-Raybould wrote on her Twitter account.She and fellow member of Parliament and former cabinet minister Jane Philpott were removed from the Liberal party caucus one week ago.  The ousters followed Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet in February, shortly after she was shuffled out of the justice portfolio.Philpott resigned in early March, just weeks after being named Treasury Board president, saying she had “serious concerns” about allegations that Wilson-Raybould had been pressured to intervene in the SNC-Lavalin controversy. (News1130)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Moroccans Condemn Tourist Murders at Danish Norwegian Embassies

Rabat – Crowds of Moroccans, men and women, gathered Saturday morning in front of the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Rabat, carrying banners with messages of solidarity. The banners read “No to terrorism,” and “We are all Danish and Norwegian.”Moroccans placed flowers and lit candles in front of the two Scandinavian embassies today in memory of the two murdered Scandinavian tourists.A group of Moroccan women who stood near the embassy of Denmark spoke out: “We as Moroccans are against terrorism; Our country is one of peace and security, and it will always be so in the face of extremism that wants to shake its foundations.” Other demonstrators declared: “We as Moroccans abhor these criminals who committed the crime, they do not represent Morocco or Islam,” and “Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance, and coexistence.”Morocco World NewsMorocco World NewsRead Also: Imlil Murders: Danish Ambassador Grateful for Morocco’s SupportMoroccans of different ages held red colored banners with green stars representing the Moroccan flag with the Arabic inscription: “No to terrorism.”Since the news of the murder emerged on Monday, Moroccans have displayed various gestures of sympathy with the victims and their families. One Moroccan stood in front of the Danish embassy in Rabat earlier this week, holding a banner saying “SORRY.”Many Moroccans also signed a petition calling for the death penalty for the first four arrested suspects.Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Intelligence (BCIJ) arrested the first suspect on Tuesday, one day after they discovered the bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway.The BCIJ arrested another three suspects Thursday on a bus in Marrakech as they were trying to escape. The four suspects had pledged their allegiance to the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a video one week before the murder.Read Also: 2 Vendors Tell How They Helped Catch Imlil Murder SuspectsLater Thursday and Friday, BCIJ arrested another nine suspects they believe to have a connection to the crime.Louisa and Maren were found dead by their tent in an isolated mountainous area 10 kilometers from the village of Imlil in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.Moroccan officials returned Louisa and Maren’s bodies on Friday to diplomats from their home countries. read more

UNDP Sri Lanka to conduct tsunami drills in schools

The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami claimed the lives of more than thirty-five thousand Sri Lankans and affected more than one million people across the island. It damaged a total of 183 schools, 18 vocational and industrial training institutes and 4 universities, affecting the studies of nearly 100,000 students across fourteen Coastal Districts. The UNDP together with the Ministry of Disaster Management, Ministry of Education, Red Cross, Sri Lanka Navy and School development societies, will design, implement and coordinate a school simulation programme in five selected schools affected by the Tsunami in 2004 – starting with Galle on 03 April 2018 at the Vidyaloka Madya Maha Vidyalaya.The School Preparedness programme is a full operational drill to test and evaluate the operational and decision-making readiness of Principals, staff, students and school committees in the event of a tsunami affecting Sri Lanka. The exercise will allow these schools to simulate on how to evacuate the students properly to identified safe locations as well as to simulate on School’s Disaster Management Plan developed. To reduce the loss of lives associated with tsunamis, the Government of Japan is supporting a regional project to strengthen school preparedness for tsunamis in Asia and the Pacific. Implemented by UNDP in Country Offices across Asia and the Pacific region, 90 tsunami drills in 90 schools will be conducted across 18 countries including: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tonga, Vanuatu and Viet Nam. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Records dont matter coach says of 211 wrestling squad preparing for Big

Although the Buckeyes’ wrestling season might not have lived up to expectations, the team is entering the Big Ten Tournament boasting five seeded competitors. Coach Tom Ryan called this tournament the beginning of the real season. Senior captain Colt Sponseller, 165 pounds, and redshirt freshman Nick Heflin, 174 pounds, were selected as No. 2 seeds for the weekend’s tournament. The two are tied for the most wins on the team at 19 each. Redshirt freshman Peter Capone, 197 pounds, redshirt sophomore captain C.J. Magrum, 184 pounds, and sophomore captain Ian Paddock, 133 pounds, all received seeds for the tournament. Magrum was given a No. 7 seed, while Capone and Paddock received No. 8 seeds. For the Buckeyes (2-11, 1-7 Big Ten), seeds do not mean much. “Seedings don’t matter,” Heflin said. “You have to beat everyone to win it anyway.” Although the Buckeyes’ season has not been great, Ryan said this is where the real season starts for the competitors. “In the competitive world, the season starts now. Records don’t matter; mentality matters,” Ryan said. “I’m sure all our guys are anxious to compete.” The team has been preparing hard for the Big Ten Tournament, and wrestlers said the week following their last dual was filled with two practices per day. “We’ve had a couple of hard weeks,” Paddock said. Capone said the team brought in Tommy Rowlands — who won two National Championships for Ohio State in 2002 and 2004 — to help the team prepare for the tournament. Capone welcomed the chance to train with the former National Champion. “He kills me for 10 minutes straight, then for another 10 minutes,” Capone said, “so I can’t even barely stand.” Capone said he hopes training will make facing someone in his weight class easier as he grows accustomed to wrestling the former heavyweight National Champion. Magrum said he is looking forward to a potential rematch with Iowa’s Grant Gambrall. “That was an upsetting one. I started off winning the match, and ended up getting beat pretty bad,” Magrum said. “I’d like another shot at that.” Sponseller said he’s looking to put the “icing on the cake” of his Big Ten career. “I want to go out there and win,” Sponseller said. “It’s the only thing I have on my mind right now is go out there and win a Big Ten title.” The Buckeyes began the season as the No. 12 team, but injuries and inexperience have contributed to their less-than-stellar record. The team is looking to salvage what it can in the Big Ten Tournament, and send as many wrestlers as possible to the NCAA Championships. “We just really want to go out there and get as many guys to nationals as we can,” Sponseller said. Ryan agreed. “Right now, this thing’s about qualifying for the national tournament,” Ryan said. “Right now, we got to get our guys to the national tournament and represent this program the way it needs to be.” The Big Ten Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday in Evanston, Ill. read more

FLSmidth buys Phililips Kiln Services

first_imgFLSmidth last week signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100% shareholding in Phillips Kiln Services, a US-based supplier of kiln services for the cement and minerals industries. Phillips Kiln Services is a well-established international services provider that specialises in the maintenance, reconditioning and repair of kilns and related equipment. Capable of working on all makes and models of rotary kilns, dryers, and associated equipment, the company offers an excellent mix of services and competencies to the cement and minerals industries.Founded in 1969, Phillips Kiln Services has a strong track record. The company is located in South Sioux City, Nebraska, USA and has around 190 employees including joint venture staff who all work on a global scale.last_img read more

Spotify sapprête à faire son entrée sur le marché américain

first_imgSpotify s’apprête à faire son entrée sur le marché américainLe site d’écoute de musique en ligne Spotify vient de confirmer son arrivée sur le marché américain. Aucune date précise n’a encore été fixée, mais le service de streaming suédois assure que ce lancement aura lieu très bientôt.Spotify ayant enfin signé des accords avec les maisons de disques, Warner Music exceptée, le site va pouvoir être lancé aux Etats-Unis. Un évènement qui fait parler de lui depuis deux ans, et qui devrait se réaliser très prochainement, annonce le géant suédois du streaming sur son site. À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageLes négociations avec les majors furent particulièrement longues, jusqu’à ce que le site accepte de revoir son modèle gratuit. Spotify limite désormais son offre à cinq écoutes du même morceau par mois, et dix heures d’utilisation gratuite. Une décision qui vise à encourager les internautes à se tourner vers les offres payantes. Aujourd’hui, seuls 10% des 10 millions d’utilisateurs que compte Spotify ont souscrit à un abonnement. Mais si le site se félicite de toutes les bonnes critiques qu’il a reçues, de la part de Mark Zuckerberg, de Demi Moore, et de nombreux journaux, aucune date de lancement n’est précisée. Il est pour l’heure seulement proposé aux internautes de donner leur adresse e-mail pour recevoir une invitation. Le 8 juillet 2011 à 12:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

La glace de feu un potentiel énergétique énorme

first_imgLa glace de feu : un potentiel énergétique énormeCela fait des années déjà que les géologues cherchent tous les moyens imaginables pour exploiter les hydrates de méthane. Une nouvelle méthode d’extraction de cette “glace de feu” a été étudiée par un laboratoire du ministère américain de l’Energie.La “glace de feu” est une couche terrestre constituée de méthane et d’eau qui s’est formée au fil des siècles à partir du carbone organique. Des hydrates de méthane qui se présentent sous la forme de cristaux. Les principaux gisements se situeraient dans des fonds marins et dans le permafrost, un sous-sol gelé en permanence présent en Arctique. D’où la difficulté d’extraction.Selon les évaluations, 10.000 milliards de tonnes de carbone serait retenues par les hydrates de méthane, soit deux fois plus que ce qui est piégé dans les gisements connus de combustibles fossiles, relève le Journal de l’Environnement. Ceci correspondrait même à 13 fois la quantité de carbone actuellement contenue dans l’atmosphère. Au vu d’un tel potentiel, les sociétés sont de plus en plus nombreuses à s’intéresser à cette “glace de feu”. Ainsi, un laboratoire du ministère américain de l’Energie, en partenariat avec ConocoPhillips et la Japan Oil Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), va bientôt tester une nouvelle méthode d’extraction dans le nord de l’Alaska. Le gaz devrait être directement extrait dans la région pétrolière voisine de Prudhoe Bay, naturellement riche en CO2.Une nouvelle alternative au charbon et au pétrole ?  À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéLeur technique consiste en fait à extraire le gaz carbonique et de le réinjecter dans le forage Ignik Sikumi. A partir de là, le dioxyde de carbone injecté dans les sables riches en hydrates devrait remplacer le méthane dans sa cage d’eau. Enfin, il faudrait procéder à la mise en dépression du puits de forage afin de récolter la plus grande quantité possible de méthane.Moins consommatrice d’énergie que l’injection d’eau chaude, cette méthode reste à être expérimenté. Néanmoins, elle pourrait être une alternative au pétrole et au charbon, considérés comme de grands pollueurs. Elle permettrait également d’augmenter l’offre mondiale de gaz naturel.Le 19 janvier 2012 à 16:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Guardiola Sane is the best winger in the world

first_imgPep Guardiola has declared Leroy Sane as the world’s best winger ahead of Manchester City’s Carabao Cup final with Chelsea on Sunday.The Germany international came off the bench on Wednesday to equalise for City against former club Schalke 04 in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash by scoring a superb free-kick from 30 yards out.Sane’s goal helped inspire 10-man City to a 3-2 comeback victory on the night and he will now be eyeing a starting spot at Wembley this weekend as the Citizens chase a second successive Carabao Cup.But opportunities at the Etihad Stadium have been a little harder to come by this season for Sane due to Bernardo Silva’s adeptness down the right wing and Raheem Sterling’s fine form.However, Guardiola holds Sane in very high regard and will not contemplate moving him down the middle.“Playing in the middle he can do it,” said Guardiola on the club website.“But I think he’s better out wide.“I’m not saying he can’t (play in middle) but at the moment we have better players to do that job.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But Leroy is best playing in the world out wide. I’d prefer to use him where he is strongest, he’s an incredible player.”The former Barcelona coach is well aware of the importance that this weekend’s cup final can have on his City team and is wary of a possible revenge-seeking Chelsea, who they thrashed 6-0 in the league on February 10.“It was really important [to win the Carabao Cup],” revealed Guardiola.“In the Premier League, we were flying in that period but in the days before, we went out of the FA Cup at Wigan.“It is not the most important title but we are here, playing at Wembley – a magical stadium, against a top side in Chelsea.“In the moment, I was so happy but today, I wish we hadn’t beaten them 6-0!“I don’t like to play one team in a short period of time, after you’ve beaten them. They are professional players and they will go extra.”The Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and City will take place at Wembley on Sunday with kick-off set for 5:30 PM (CET).GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 20: Leroy Sane of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between FC Schalke 04 and Manchester City at Veltins-Arena on February 20, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)last_img read more

Former Haines Police Dispatcher Speaks Out On Alleged Harasser

first_imgGovernor Sean Parnell wants the hiring process for state employees examined after it was revealed a former police officer hired with the ferry system has a checkered past.Several people who talked about Jason Joel’s job performance for a previous story did not want to share their identity, including a former Haines Police Dispatcher who alleges Joel harassed her on the job. Now she is speaking out.Download AudioForty-six-year-old Angie Goodwin started at the Haines Police Department as a dispatcher in 2009. By then, Jason Joel had been on the job for three years. Goodwin says at first, she considered him a friendly coworker. But slowly, she says Joel’s comments and actions toward her turned from friendly and joking to crude and harassing.RELATED: State Hires Ferry Security Officer With Questionable Past“It was so gradual, that by the time it got bad, I didn’t realize that I was in trouble,” Goodwin said. “I mean at first he joked around and stuff, but it was just joking.”“But he gradually pushes his way in, and you let him come in because you feel safe. He’s a police officer.”Goodwin says the alleged verbal harassment was sometimes sexual. Occasionally it included physical contact. Once, Joel picked Goodwin up over his shoulder, she says. Another time he grabbed her wrist. And, she says, the harassment became constant.“There was some form or other of harassment – verbal, physical, sexual – almost every time we worked together,” she said.Goodwin says there were witnesses to the harassment, but none who could be reached for comment. Several other women in Haines and Skagway say they either witnessed or experienced harassment by Joel, but have not wanted their names used publically.As the harassment increased, Goodwin says she became more stressed. She began seeing a counselor. She mentioned some of the incidents to her doctor when she complained of not being able to sleep. In March 2011 she decided to finally make an official complaint to Chief of Police Gary Lowe.“I was on edge and I just got really upset and I called him and he was almost home when he answered his phone and I started crying,” Goodwin said. “I said ‘I need you to come in here, I have something really important you need to know.’”About two weeks later, she says the chief told her Joel had resigned. The borough confirms that Joel was allowed to resign in a deal signed by Joel, the borough manager and a public employee’s union representative.Goodwin resigned a few weeks after Joel. She says she wanted out of the department.“I was sick of it. I was so burned out at that point I couldn’t stand it,” she said. “I just wanted out at that point.”Shortly before she resigned, Goodwin began documenting incidents of harassment from Joel. She also has a letter she wrote to an attorney asking for guidance. But after Joel surrendered his state police certification, she quit pursuing legal action.When Goodwin heard Joel had been hired as a security officer with the state, she was upset and decided to finally speak out.“He’s dealing with 5,000 times more people now than he was at the police department. I mean, this isn’t just small town Haines now that he’s dealing with. Now he’s got the whole state under him,” Goodwin said. “What were they thinking? But there’s no way for them to dig it up because the borough, everyplace he’s worked for has hidden it one way or another.”Joel has not responded to email requests for comment. The Haines borough – along with other police departments he’s worked for – say his personnel file is confidential and won’t confirm any complaints that were leveled against him.But the allegations and documented work history were enough to get some lawmakers, and now the governor’s attention.“The governor has asked Commissioner Kemp to look into the hiring process and we’re following through with that request,” Department of Transportation spokesperson Jeremy Woodrow said.Exactly how DOT Commissioner Pat Kemp will examine the process is not yet clear, Woodrow says.“It’s important to point out that Mr. Joel is a state employee so anything the state does regarding his employment has to be done under the strict guidelines that follow state procedures,” Woodrow said.Some state hiring policies are developed by the Department of Administration and could be changed by staff. Others are outlined in state statute and would require the legislature to take action. But, right now, Woodrow says details of the hiring process are confidential.State Representative for Haines, Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins says he hopes Kemp will share the results of his examination of the hiring process with the public.“I think Gov. Parnell directing Commissioner Kemp to look into this is a needed and positive step and I hope they come full circle and let us know what happened,” Kreiss-Tomkins said.Sen. Dennis Egan, also a Democrat and chair of the Senate Transportation Committee has also sent a letter to Commissioner Kemp asking him to look into the hiring of Joel, according to Egan’s staff.last_img read more

OnePlus 7 blueprint or rival Oppos Reno smartphone with Snapdragon 855 10x

first_imgOnePlus 7 is everything gadget enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for this year among other things, and there have been generous rumours about the upcoming “flagship killer” that could potentially take on bigger rivals such as Samsung, Huawei and Apple. Oppo’s flagship smartphones have sort of served as blueprints for upcoming OnePlus smartphones and we now might have a look the potential OnePlus 7 blueprint in the form of Oppo’s next smartphone.Oppo announced a new sub-brand called “Reno” in China and the first phone under that label will be launched next month. Oppo VP Shen Yiren shared some interesting information about the Reno smartphone, which suggests tech belonging to a premium flagship smartphone – something OnePlus would love to borrow.Shen revealed that Oppo’s Reno smartphone would boast Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 chipset, a 4,065mAh battery and the recently-showcased 10x lossless zoom. Oppo had said at the MWC 2019 in Barcelona that 10x lossless zoom will be launched in a commercial smartphone this year and it looks like Reno is calling the shots early. Oppo Reno smartphone launching next monthTwitter/Oppo PROppo has already won hearts with its SuperVOOC fast charging technology, which is available in limited phones. Seeing the Reno smartphone handpick some of the best techs out there, it won’t be surprising if SuperVOOC made the cut to charge the 4,065mAh battery.Besides these features, there are no other details about the upcoming Reno phone. But according to a Weibo post, it appears the Reno smartphone will break covers on April 10. Oppo hasn’t revealed any plans to make Reno a global brand, but teasers posted on Twitter suggests it might be headed to select international markets and India could be one of them. Oppo F11 Pro shown for representational purposesIBTimes India/Sami KhanIn the meantime, OnePlus 7 is not expected until May or even June. Rumours about the upcoming flagship suggest there could be revolutionary features such as a truly full-screen display with a pop-up selfie camera, triple rear cameras, Snapdragon 855 chipset, a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 6, up to 12GB RAM, 256GB storage and a 4,000mAh battery powered by 44W Dash Charge support.When the Reno smartphone officially launches in China next month, we’ll be able to draw more comparisons with the OnePlus 7. Until then, the current leaks suggest Oppo’s new smartphone could be an apt fit for OnePlus 7 blueprint and by extension – a rival. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:49Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:47?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Oppo R17 Pro’s SuperVOOC flash charging review: Nothing like it!last_img read more

Hidden Cancer Cells Defy Fibroid Surgical Procedure

first_imgGovernment alerts and an onslaught of personal injury attorneys’ advertisements on the dangers of using power morcellators in the removal of uterine fibroids have signaled a public health concern that could disproportionately impact African-American women.Uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths that develop from the muscular tissue of the uterus, are quite common but overwhelmingly so among Black women.“I see patients with fibroids every day, and of my African-American patients over the age of 30, having fibroids with or without symptoms is more the rule than the exception,” said Dr. Caren Craig, an obstetrician and gynecologist that just joined the staff at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.“African-American women are three times more likely to develop uterine fibroids and at an earlier age than other women…and we’re not sure why,” added Dr. Estella Parrott, medical officer in the Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.Similarly, Parrott said, research has not been able to uncover the causes of uterine fibroids, though some evidence suggests a combination of genetic, hormonal, and environmental—such as the lack of vitamin D—factors. All that is known is that it occurs during a woman’s reproductive years, and while it usually presents without symptoms, it could cause heavy or prolonged bleeding leading to anemia; pelvic pain, including pain with intercourse; pelvic pressure, bladder symptoms, and even back ache.Many afflicted women choose to undergo laparoscopic hysterectomy (removal of entire uterus) or myomectomy (removal of fibroids) because these procedures are associated with benefits such as a shorter post-operative recovery time and a reduced risk of infection.The minimally-invasive procedures usually involve the use of morcellators, medical devices that cut the fibroids into smaller fragments and remove them through small incision sites.About 60,000 of those procedures are performed every year. But now, the Food and Drug Administration and other experts are warning that the devices can significantly spread undetected uterine cancer cells, “upstaging” the disease and worsening the patient’s prognosis.The FDA estimates that 1 in 350 women undergoing hysterectomy or myomectomy for the treatment of fibroids is found to have an unsuspected uterine sarcoma, a type of uterine cancer that includes leiomyosarcoma (LMS), a very aggressive form of cancer.African-American women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with LMS, according to the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.“If laparoscopic power morcellation is performed in women with unsuspected uterine sarcoma, there is a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival,” the FDA’s safety alert read. “For this reason, and because there is no reliable method for predicting whether a woman with fibroids may have a uterine sarcoma, the FDA discourages the use of laparoscopic power morcellation during hysterectomy or myomectomy for uterine fibroids.”It is estimated women who have accidental morcellation of their uterine sarcoma cancer are four times more likely to die than those who didn’t have the procedure, with an average life span of only 24-36 months. And, that 85 percent of women who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) die five years after diagnosis.The deadly consequences are evident in lives of people like Dr. Amy Reed, an anesthesiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, whose Stage I uterine cancer was upstaged to Stage 4 after a uterine hysterectomy seeded cancer cells throughout her abdomen.Her husband Dr. Hooman Noorchashm has since launched a petition on calling for a halt to the use of morcellation in the removal of uterine fibroids.“This is an avoidable disaster,” the petition read. “Women should be told the truth and the practice should stop.”Dr. Craig said the situation has similarities with the controversy surrounding the use of transvaginal mesh, which the FDA may now reclassify as a “high-risk” device after thousands of reported injuries and deaths.“A bit of overuse and poor informed consent” is what has fuelled the growing morcellation crisis, Dr. Craig said.“I think the answer is to have greater restrictions and better scrutinization of morcellating. Total banning is probably not a good thing,” she said.The doctor agreed with the AAGL which warned that medical advancements do not occur without missteps and mishaps.“With any surgical technology or intervention, unanticipated risks may not be realized for years afterimplementation. Thus, surgical innovation should be linked with ongoing safety evaluation,” the organization stated in an advisory to its members.“Medicine is evolving,” Dr. Craig agreed, “and as it does, we are all striving toward excellence in patient care.”Parrott said her agency is continuing to support research that can provide more answers about fibroids with an eye to mitigating its incidence and impact. Given the disproportionate impact of the condition on Black women, too few of them are involved in that research or in clinical trials.Meanwhile, though the FDA has stopped short of banning the use of power morcellators, it has urged doctors and their patients to be more thoughtful in sharing and garnering all information pertinent to treatment of fibroids, including the risks.“The FDA’s primary concern as we consider the continued use of these devices is the safety and well-being of patients,” said Dr. William Maisel, deputy director for science and chief scientist at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, in a statement. “Patients should know that the FDA is discouraging the use of laparoscopic power morcellation for hysterectomy or myomectomy, and they should discuss the risks and benefits of the available treatment options with their health care professionals.”last_img read more