RED puts their 8K Super35 HELIUM sensor in the EPIC and WEAPON. Here’s everything you need to know.All images via REDAfter announcing the HELIUM 8K sensor back in July, RED has been quick to add the sensor to a multitude of custom-built cameras for the likes of directors like Michael Bay. That sensor is now rolling out into the new RED EPIC-W and WEAPON 8K.Both new cameras are part of the DSMC2 form factor, and RED is sweetening the deal for current RED owners (and those on waiting lists) with the ability to upgrade to a new 8K sensor package. According to RED’s website, orders placed today will ship in 7-10 business days. RED EPIC-W 8K S35The RED EPIC-W 8K S35 sports the 8K Super35 Helium sensor and can capture 8K footage up to 30fps. The camera can also capture 4K up to 150fps, as well as 2K up to 300fps.Check out the camera and some footage in this video from RED.The RED EPIC-W will set you back $29,500 for the camera BRAIN only. To show off the modular camera body, RED put together this awesome stop motion video.RED EPIC-W 8K S35 Specs:8K Super35 Helium Sensor (35.4 Megapixel CMOS)16.5+ Stops Dynamic Range30fps at 8K Full Frame (8192 x 4320), 30fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)30fps at 7K Full Frame (7168 x 3780), 40fps at 7K 2.4:1 (7168 x 3024)75fps at 6K Full Frame (6144 x 3240), 100fps at 6K 2.4:1 (6144 x 2592)96fps at 5K Full Frame (5120 x 2700), 120fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 x 2160)120fps at 4K Full Frame (4096 x 2160), 150fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 x 1728)150fps at 3K Full Frame (3072 x 1620), 200fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 x 1296)240fps at 2K Full Frame (2048 x 1080), 300fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 x 864)For more technical specs and to order the RED EPIC-W, check out the official page here.RED WEAPON 8K S35The other new upgraded package is the RED WEAPON 8K. This is the third configuration to the 8K WEAPON line — WEAPON 8K S35, WEAPON 8K W, and WEAPON 8K ANA.The WEAPON 8K S35 also carries the HELIUM 8K S35 sensor, where as the 8K W and 8K ANA use the DRAGON sensor. The WEAPON 8K is actually the same cost as the WEAPON 6K, which also carries the company’s DRAGON sensor — $49,500 for the BRAIN.From the very beginning, we’ve strived to not only develop the best imaging technology on the planet, but also make it available to as many shooters as possible. The WEAPON remains our premier camera — and now comes with the option to either go with the 8K HELIUM sensor or 6K DRAGON sensor. — Jarred LandWEAPON 8K S35 Specs:8K Super35 Helium Sensor (35.4 Megapixel CMOS)16.5+ Stops Dynamic Range60fps at 8K Full Frame (8192 x 4320), 75fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)60fps at 7K Full Frame (7168 x 3780), 75fps at 7K 2.4:1 (7168 x 3024)75fps at 6K Full Frame (6144 x 3240), 100fps at 6K 2.4:1 (6144 x 2592)96fps at 5K Full Frame (5120 x 2700), 120fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 x 2160)120fps at 4K Full Frame (4096 x 2160), 150fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 x 1728)150fps at 3K Full Frame (3072 x 1620), 200fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 x 1296)240fps at 2K Full Frame (2048 x 1080), 300fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 x 864)For more technical specs and to order the RED WEAPON 8K, check out the official page here.
Mumbai is often hailed as India’s safest city for women, but here too, there have been incidents of harassment and rape that have left them feeling unsafe, especially after sundown. On January 13, people from various walks of life will participate in a 7-km run at Bandra Kurla Complex, called Urban Feet, to raise awareness on women’s safety and gender equality. Organised by UACTIV, a sports and fitness startup and Akshara Centre, a non-governmental organisation, the run will be open to all age groups. In its second year, the theme of the event is #SheRiseWeRise: a message to men that they grow too when when women find their wings.Bhavik Mehta, Co-founder, UACTIV, said the idea was to “break the fear barrier.” “Women feel insecure to go out alone, especially at night, or to dress the way they want to. We decided to challenge the situation and come up with a run at night.” UACTIV, which is one year old, looks at a community-based approach to make sports and fitness engaging through social networking.In its second year, the run will see participation from the Mumbai police and celebrities like Rahul Bose, Shabana Azmi, Monica Dogra, Yasmin Karachiwala and Cindy Jourdain. Over 100 girls from slums across the city and the Akshara Centre will also participate.Dr. Nandita Shah, founder and co-director of Akshara Centre, said, “When young women feel safe around the city, it builds confidence in society.” Akshara Centre has been working for women’s empowerment, safety and gender equality for the past decades, she said, and has partnered UACTIV for the second time.Chinmay Mhatre, a participant, said, “I am a part of the ‘Nike Run Club’ where 70% are women. We have heard that it is unsafe for them to run at night. The women have to think before stepping out for night runs, while we guys never have to give it a thought. The women feel safe only when they think of guys as harmless. Thus, it is men’s responsibility to make women feel safe. I participated for this run last year. I thought, why not this year? It’s a great initiative.”Anvita Dixit, founder of a fitness club at H.R. College and a participant in the run, said, “When I asked a few women if they were interested in joining me for the run, they refused because it was in the night. This itself shows us how anxious women feel about stepping out in the dark.”Once a woman has registered with Urban Feet, she is allowed to bring along a male runner for free — an attempt to increase awareness among men where the organisers believe it is most needed. Register on UACTIV app or lon on to https://www.uactiv.com/ urbanfeet.html.
Damage controlKerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is in firefighting mode. He has re-allotted to Ustad Amjad Ali Khan the land his tourism department had cancelled. Next, he overturned an appointment by close aide and sports minister E.P. Jayarajan, who made his nephew, P.K. Sudheer Nambiar, MD of the state-run Kerala,Damage controlKerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is in firefighting mode. He has re-allotted to Ustad Amjad Ali Khan the land his tourism department had cancelled. Next, he overturned an appointment by close aide and sports minister E.P. Jayarajan, who made his nephew, P.K. Sudheer Nambiar, MD of the state-run Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Ltd (KSIEL). An angry CM apparently gave Jayarajan a dressing down at the PWD guesthouse in Kannur, his home district.Air objectionsSouth Block is abuzz with talk of the impending transfer of Joint Secretary (Air) Rajeev Verma. He apparently struck a discordant note over the price calculations for the 7.8 billion Euro Rafale deal. He was away for a week on study leave when the deal was signed. Earlier, he had objected to calculations on the orders for 106 additional Pilatus PC-7 basic trainer aircraft and the deal for six Airbus MRTT refuelling tankers, eventually cancelled in July. Chinese whispersIndia has quietly shot down a proposal from China to host a media summit in Goa to coincide with the October 15 BRICS summit. Beijing wanted its official Xinhua news agency to hold the media summit and photo exhibition in the sunshine state. Delhi, it seems, felt it would be more than a little incongruous for the Chinese government to host an event when India is the current BRICS chair, that too on Indian soil.Sulking seniorsThe Congress high command’s attempts to unite the party in Rajasthan have backfired. Former Union minister C.P. Joshi skipped a dinner meet organised by ex-CM Ashok Gehlot on October 3. Gehlot and Joshi skipped Rahul Gandhi’s October 6 rally in Delhi. Gehlot has also rebuffed Digvijaya Singh’s advice to shift to Delhi, even telling him that the party would have been better off had the latter stayed on in MP. Clearly, PCC chief Sachin Pilot, who attended both events,is making his rivals nervous.advertisement Stolen thunderThe Punjab government recently suspended distribution of ration cards for its flagship aata-dal scheme for BPL families. The freshly printed cards carried a picture of food and civil supplies minister Adaish Kairon, CM Parkash Singh Badal’s son-in-law. New cards will now have the CM, son and deputy CM Sukhbir alongside Kairon.Me-too radioIf PM Narendra Modi can have his Mann ki Baat and Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh Raman ke Goth, why should Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan not have his say too? He is all set to launch Shiv Samvad on All India Radio, the first airing likely to be either on November 1 (MP’s foundation day) or on November 29, the CM’s birthday.
It is stories like Shubhankar Dey that make having a league like the Premier Badminton League (PBL) worthwhile.Shubhankar Dey took the court for Bengaluru Blasters at PBL for the very first time and pulled off a huge upset over Chennai Smashers ‘ Brice Leverdez 15-12, 15-12.Shubhankar has a few titles to his name on the international circuit, more on Challenger levels, but people had not really seen him in action.So when he turned up on court against France’s Leverdez instead of Bengaluru’s regular Chong Wei Fang, it was a surprise.However, as the match progressed, people could only marvel at his court coverage, athleticism and patient display.Despite throwing a couple of smashes at Leverdez, it was evident that Shubhankar was more of a rally player. On that front, Leverdez and Shubhankar were very similar players but the Indian clearly trumped the French.A memorable debut and an equally memorable celebration by Subhankar Dey who played an enthralling match against Brice Leverdez! ï¿½???#CHEvBLR #VodafonePBL #SmashTheHouseDown pic.twitter.com/qx3VJPh3BG- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) January 8, 2018Shubhankar charged at Leverdez from the first point itself and it was his accurate drop shots that took the Chennai player by surprise.Shubhankar raced to a big lead and even though Leverdez pulled off a brilliant comeback, the Indian kept his nerves in place and even outwitted Leverdez for a few points.The second game was far closer and Leverdez was over the surprise element. But Shubhankar began the game with a bullet smash and keeping his game up, went into the break with an 8-5.advertisementLeverdez kept close, kept trying to bridge the gap but his shots hit the net and Shubhankar was just a little bit better on the day.ALSO WATCHJust like India noticed a jewel like Satwiksairaj Rankireddy at the last season of the PBL, Shubhakar Dey may get his share of glory this season.With Shubhankar win, Bengaluru close down 3-1, even though they had already lost the tie.Chennai started on a brillaint note by beating Bengaluru Trump match, the men’s doubles with Lee Yang and B Sumeeth Reddy emerging victorious 8-15, 15-14, 15-13 over Kim Sa Rang and Mathias Boe.Chennai continued their surge in the women’s singles as well where PV Sindhu proved just too good for Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour. In what was a comfortable victory, Sindhu beat Gilmour 15-9, 15-14 to win the tie for Chennai 3-(1).But Chennai, who were reeling at the bottom of the league table before the match, needed more points and that is exactly what Bengaluru did not let them do.World No.1 and captain of the Bengaluru outfit Viktor Axelsen began his team’s fightback by winning a close men’s singles against Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.Tanongsak, who had snapped HS Prannoy’s winning streak a few days ago, stretched Axelsen to three games but the Dane eventually won, 15-11, 6-15, 15-9 to get Bengaluru back to number zero. Post Axelsen’s win, Shubhankar’s win gave Bengaluru even more boost.In the final match of the night, the mixed doubles, Kim Sa Rang and Sikki Reddy combined to outplay PV Sindhu and Chris Adcock 15-14, 15-11 to help Bengaluru pick up two points from the tie.With three points in their bag, Chennai rose to fifth place in the table with 12 points from 25 matches. However, having played all their ties, Chennai depend on Ahmedabad Smash Masters’ drubbing to make it to the semi-finals.On the other hand, Bengaluru displaced Hyderabad Hunters on the top of the table with 15 points from 20 matches.
ATHENS – A new competition for gymnastics, The World Outdoor Gymnastic Gala (WOGG), will premiere in Athens on July 7, 2019 at the Panathinaic Stadium, the venue of the first Modern Olympic Games.Champions and great gymnasts will perform at the Stadium and the Greek audience will have the opportunity to watch and take part at the interactive event and declare the winners. This is one of the many innovations introduced by WOGG which wishes to bring the sport closer to people in order to understand it in detail and finally embrace it.All gymnastics events will be represented at the Gala: artistic and rythmic gymnastics, the tramboline as well as parkour, which is now part of the Gymnastics Federation.The competition was presented at a press conference on Thursday in the presence of Culture and Sports Deputy Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Star wrestler Sushil Kumar will travel to Georgia to train for 10 days ahead of the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta.This is the first time in 12 years that Sushil will be competing at the continental Games after missing out on the last two editions in Guangzhou and Incheon.Sushil will head to Georgia for a ten-day tune-up before returning to New Delhi from where he will travel to Indonesia for the Games.”I have returned to wrestling after four years at the Commonwealth Games (in Gold Coast, Australia where he won the gold in 74kg). I am in form now. I will be going to Georgia for ten days on the recommendation of the (wrestling) federation (WFI). Preparation has been going on very well,” Sushil, the London Olympic Games 66kg silver medallist, said.”I have been World and Asian champion but not in the Asian Games. Jabarbast tapasya mein laga hua hoon” (I am working very hard to achieve it),” remarked the ace grappler from Delhi who had bagged a bronze medal in the 2006 Doha Asian Games.Sushil will be competing in the 74kg class. Refuting reports to the contrary Sushil said his training schedule in Georgia was known to all.”My training schedule is known to everyone, including what type of training I do. One day it’s weight training and another day it’s full of fights (bouts),” said Sushil.”Sparring partners of different types are available (when he trains in Georgia). Competition is also tight as wrestlers from countries like Azerbaijan and Turkey come over and train,” he elaborated.advertisementHe conceded that returning to competitions was not an easy task in a sport like wrestling.”It’s a very difficult task in something like wrestling in which you need power and have to know the right time to attack. (But) I was very positive in these four years,” he added.He was not ready to talk about his chances or opponents in Jakarata where the Games begin on August 18.”I always think my competitor is neither big nor small, neither junior nor senior. Whoever is opposite me must always be good enough (to compete). It will not work out if we keep in mind who is a tough opponent. (But) At the back of the mind we will have an idea,” Sushil said.(With PTI inputs)
Delhi pulled off a thrilling 2-wicket win over Jharkhand in the second semifinal of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Bengaluru on Thursday, thanks to some power hitting by Pawan Negi.Chasing 200, Delhi were down and out at 149 for eight in the 38th over before Negi, inat number 9, and Navdeep Saini (13 not out off 38) batted for almost 12 overs, sharing a match-winning 51-run stand for the ninth wicket.Pacer Saini was deservingly named man of the match as he gave the much needed support to Negi in the tense run chase after taking four wickets that limited Jharkhand to 199 all out in 48.5 overs.Delhi, who have won the tournament once, meet the mighty Mumbai in the final on Saturday.With his stellar effort, Negi has attracted attention after a long time, having slipped off the radar after bagging a million dollar IPL deal in 2016. The southpaw, who had also played a T20 for India in the same year, collected five fours and a six in his gritty knock.Unmukt Chand, who made 17 off 13 balls, began the chase with a flurry of boundaries before falling to pacer Varun Aaron, driving the ball straight to Anand Singh at cover-point.In-form captain Gautam Gambhir (27), Dhruv Shorey (15) and Nitish Rana (39), all got starts but none could convert them into a big score.Jharkahnd medium pacer Anand Singh wreaked havoc by claiming three wickets as Delhi slumped from 51 for one to 87 for four.Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem joined the party by bagging two wickets as Delhi collapsed to 123 for five to 149 for eight, putting Jharkhand on the verge of a famous win before Negi spoiled their party.advertisementSent into bat, Virat Singh’s half century helped Jharkhand reach a fighting total.He stitched 55 and 44 runs partnerships with Nadeem (29) and Rahul Shukla (11) for seventh and ninth wicket.At one stage, Jharkhand were struggling at 85 for six, with Navdeep Saini and Kulwant Khejroliya doing the damage.Saini bagged four wickets and Khejrolia and medium pacer Pranshu Vijayran claimed two each.Saini took the wickets of Ishan Kishan (0), Saurabh Tiwary (6), Kumar Deobrat (3), while Khejrolia removed Anand Singh (36) and Shasheem Sanjay Rathour (5).Brief Scores: Delhi 200/8 (Pawan Negi 39*; Nitish Rana 39; Anand Singh 3/39) beat Jharkhand 199 (Virat Singh 71, Shahbaz Nadeem 29; Navdeep Saini 4/30) by two wickets.(With inputs from PTI)
Samsung is reportedly working on several smartphones to launch in the first half of 2019 including the S10 series of phones including Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10 Lite. The South Korean smartphone manufacturer is seemingly working on some mid-rangers as well including Galaxy M10 and Galaxy A50. Last week some of the key specifications of the A50 were leaked online, now some specs of the M series Samsung phone or Galaxy M10 have surfaced on the internet giving us a fair idea about the smartphone. Meanwhile, Samsung is reportedly working on Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 phones to also launch very soon.The Galaxy M10 has made its way to the FCC certification site where the listing reveals the key specs of that the phone is said to come with. The certification listing reveals that the Galaxy M10 will come with a 6.5-inch screen and be backed by a 3,400 mAh battery. The listing further reveals that the alleged Galaxy M10 will measure 155.7mm in length and 75.8mm in width. Samsung is yet to reveal official details about the phone. The interesting bit about the Galaxy M10 is that the phone could be the first from Samsung to come with the company’s own Infinity-V display.Rumours of Galaxy M10 have been making rounds on the internet for a long time now. Previously the smartphone was spotted on a benchmarking site which revealed that the Samsung Galaxy M10 will be powered by Exynos 7870 chipset paired with up to 3GB RAM and 32GB storage which can reportedly be expanded further via microSD.advertisementRumours also reveal that the Galaxy M10 will include a single camera on both front and back. On the rear panel, the phone is expected to come packed with 13MP while in the front the phone is said to sport a 5MP selfie shooter. The Galaxy M10 is rumoured to launch running on Android 8.1 Oreo and not on Android 9 Pie. Some reports further reveal that the Galaxy M10 will sport a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and come in several colour options including – blue and dark grey.Samsung is yet to officially talk about the Galaxy M10 but rumours have revealed that the smartphone will an entry-level device and might be limited only to the Middle East and Asia.The South Korean smartphone manufacturer meanwhile is working on another mid-ranger called Galaxy A50. Last week some of the key specs of the Galaxy A50 were revealed. The report revealed that the Galaxy A50 will come with 4000mAh battery and not 5000mA battery as rumoured earlier. Other specs and features that the Galaxy M10 is expected to pack include — wireless charging support, primary rear 24MP sensor, Exynos 7 9610 chipset, 4GB RAM, up to 28GB storage, Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box based on its own One UI and more.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 may get the biggest battery in a Samsung phone yetALSO READ | Key specs of Samsung Galaxy A50 leak, could launch soon after Galaxy S10, S10+ALSO READ | This is when Samsung Galaxy Note 9 users in India will get Android 9 Pie update
MONTREAL — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is campaigning door-to-door with his candidate in the Montreal riding of Outremont ahead of a Feb. 25 federal byelection.The Liberal leader shook hands and spoke with voters today alongside lawyer Rachel Bendayan. The candidate ran for the Liberals in the riding in 2015, finishing second behind former NDP leader Tom Mulcair, who resigned his seat last August.Trudeau is hoping the Liberals can retake the seat that was considered a stronghold for the party before Mulcair won for the first time in 2007. The byelection will also help gauge support in the province for the NDP under its new leader, Jagmeet Singh.The Liberals continue to lead nationally in public opinion polls, but their support is down in every region of the country compared with their 2015 election results.Support for the party remains strongest in Atlantic Canada and Quebec ahead of a general election scheduled for October.The Liberals currently hold 40 of Quebec’s 78 seats. With polling indicating Liberal ridings are at risk in Ontario and the West, the party is looking to pick up seats in Quebec in October to preserve its majority.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsOTTAWA-Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said he would “consider” appointing Aboriginal judges to a special tribunal created to decide on First Nations land and compensation claims.The terms of three judges appointed to the Specific Claims Tribunal expired last month and First Nations leaders have been pushing for more say over who gets named.The government has been criticized for appointing an Ontario judge to the tribunal who sentenced six members of a northern Ontario First Nation to six months in jail for blocking an exploration company from entering their territory.Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo asked Nicholson in a recent letter to appoint Aboriginal judges to the tribunal and to consult with First Nations leaders before making a final decision.Nicholson said Thursday he would take Atleo’s advice seriously.“I appreciate any advice that (Atleo) gives us in this area and I think it is entirely appropriate,” said Nicholson. “I always consider any advice that I get from Chief Atleo and the AFN.”The tribunal was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on June 12, 2007.It was created to cut into the backlog of specific claims. It has been mandated to handle claims of $150 million or less.Specific claims usually stem from historic grievances such as the federal government selling never-surrendered reserve lands, the mishandling of First Nations band money held in trust or the destruction of land as a result of projects like hydro dams.The tribunal has also faced controversy over the length of time it has taken to begin processing claims. A senior Indian Affairs official told a Senate committee last week he had no idea when the tribunal would be able to accept its first claim.In an interview with APTN National News, tribunal chair Justice Harry Slade said the tribunal was expected to be up and running by the end of March 2011.Slade, a B.C. Superior Court judge, said things were delayed because the judges were only appointed last year and needed to iron-out certain issues, including the need to ensure the independence of the tribunal.“There were a number of matters that we had to address and we have,” said Slade. “I am satisfied now, for the most part, that our most significant independence concerns have been dealt with.”Slade also said he understood the concerns over Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick Smith’s six month sentence of the chief of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, four band councillors and one member from the community.The group,known as the KI6, were convicted for contempt of court after they refused to allow an exploration company onto their territory.Slade said Smith did the best he could under the circumstances after the group said they preferred jail sentences instead of fines.“Justice Smith was left, it would seem, with little alternative, but to impose the sentence he did,” said Slade.A higher court overturned the sentenced deeming it “too harsh.”Justice Johanne Mainville, from the Quebec Superior court, was also appointed to the tribunal.
Rabat – Amid a storm of controversy over offensive remarks made in her Daily TV show, Egyptian TV presenter, Amany El-Khayat, has apologized on the air to Moroccans and the Moroccan King. On Thursday, 24 hours after having lashed out at Morocco’s King and the ruling Islamists party with claims that the Moroccan economy is based on “prostitution, Amany El-Khayat, along with her news team, posted an apology to Morocco’s government and people on her show’s official FaceBook page for the “misunderstanding” that her statements had precipitated during the show.“I apologize to every Moroccan who felt insulted by my remarks,” Khayat said in her morning talk-show “Sabah On,” aired on the privately owned ONTV channel. “I got carried away. I only meant to criticize those who have abused the Islamic religion, but I failed,” she added.Yesterday, Amany El-Khayat lashed out directly at King Mohammed VI, accusing him of using religion falsely to give the Moroccan people the illusion that no other Muslim or Arab country defends the rights of the Palestinian people more than Morocco.However, today she seems to have retracted her statements, stressing that “a misunderstanding.”“I apologize to the king of Morocco and every Arab official who misunderstood my attack on those who use religion as a political façade, such as Khaled Meshaal, the head of the political bureau of Hamas,” El-Khayat explained.She goes on to add that she has never visited Morocco. Still, “I have read many books about great Moroccan thinkers, such as Mohammed Abed Al-Jaberi. His book ‘The critique of the Arab Mind’ has influenced my life.”Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 10, 2015 8:45 am MDT More Americans are quitting their jobs, which could mean larger paychecks are on the way In this Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, Tyler Kelly, 19, left, fills out applications for parking enforcement and environmental compliance jobs during a public safety job fair at City Hall in Saginaw, Mich. The Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for January on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (AP Photo/The Saginaw News, David C. Bristow) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Quitting your job — all but unheard of during and after the Great Recession — is becoming more common again. That could mean pay raises are coming for more Americans.The trend has already emerged in the restaurant and retail industries, where quits and pay are rising faster than in the overall economy. Workers in those industries appear to be taking advantage of rising consumer demand to seek better pay elsewhere.Workers who quit typically do so to take higher-paying jobs. That’s why rising numbers of quits typically signal confidence in the economy and the job market. As the trend takes hold, employers are often forced to offer higher pay to hold on to their staffers or attract new ones.The Labor Department said Tuesday that the number of people who quit jobs rose 3 per cent from December to January to 2.8 million — the most in more than six years. Quits have jumped 17 per cent over the past 12 months.Since the Great Recession ended, the figure has soared. Just 1.6 million people quit their jobs in August 2009, two months after the recession officially ended. That was the fewest for any month in the 14 years that the figures have been tracked.Quits tend to open up more jobs for the unemployed. One barrier for the jobless in a weak economy is that few workers risk quitting their jobs to take a different one, in part because new hires are often most likely to be laid off.So most workers stay put, leaving fewer options for college graduates, people recently laid off and others seeking work.The rising number of quits has begun to affect many larger corporations. Frank Friedman, interim CEO at the consulting and auditing firm Deloitte, says his firm’s clients, which include about 80 per cent of the Fortune 500, are increasingly struggling to retain employees.“The biggest problem for many businesses is talent retention,” Friedman said. “Wages are a critical component of it. The balance of power has changed in favour of the employee.”Deloitte itself faces the same challenges. It’s stepping up its hiring, in part because more of its employees have left for other jobs.The firm plans to add 24,000 people this year, including paid internships, to its staff of 72,000. That’s up from the past several years, when Deloitte typically hired 19,000 to 21,000 people, and the increase is largely to make up for more quits.The same trend is squeezing the restaurant and hotel industries. Nearly half their workers quit last year, up from about one-third in 2010. And average hourly earnings for restaurant employees rose 3.4 per cent in January compared with 12 months earlier, before adjusting for inflation. That’s much better than the national average of 2.2 per cent, which was barely above inflation.About one-third of U.S. retail workers quit last year, up from one-quarter in 2010. And pay rose 3.2 per cent in January from the previous year.Individual retailers, including Wal-Mart, the Gap, and TJX Cos., which owns T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, have announced pay raises in recent weeksNot surprisingly, quit rates are much lower in higher-paying industries. Just 12 per cent of manufacturing workers and 14.8 per cent of financial services employees left work last year. The quit rate in government was just 7.7 per cent.Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said that data from payroll processor ADP showed that workers who switched jobs in the final three months of 2014 received average pay increases of nearly 14 per cent compared with their previous jobs. For those who remained in the same job for a year, pay rose an average 3.2 per cent, before adjusting for inflation.(Moody’s and ADP work together to compile measures of hiring and wages.)For the economy as a whole, significant pay gains remain rare. Average hourly earnings rose just 2 per cent in February from 12 months earlier, about the same weak pace of the past five years. Many economists expect those gains to pick up by year’s end as the U.S. unemployment rate, now 5.5 per cent, falls further.Some other data in the Labor Department’s release Tuesday:— The number of open jobs rose 2.5 per cent in January to nearly 5 million, the most in 14 years. That’s a sign that the robust hiring of the past 12 months should continue. Openings are typically followed by job gains, though many employers have been slow to fill their available jobs.— Total hiring actually slowed in January, to fewer than 5 million, after reaching 5.2 million, a seven-year high, in December. Those figures reflect everyone hired in that month. By contrast, the job gains in the government’s monthly employment reports are a net figure: Jobs gained minus jobs lost.— There were, on average, just 1.8 unemployed people for every open job in January. That ratio is typical of a healthy economy and down from a record high of nearly 7 to 1 in July 2009. The drop in competition for each job could nudge employers to raise pay.
The conflict in Syria is the “worst man-made disaster the world has seen since World War II,” the United Nations human rights chief today said, calling for an end to all tortures, executions and unfair trials, and at the very least, for the names and localities of people held in detention or information about where they are buried. “Today, in a sense the entire country has become a torture-chamber: a place of savage horror and absolute injustice,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told a high-level panel discussion at the Human Rights Council on the situation of human rights in Syria. The entire conflict is “this immense tidal wave of bloodshed and atrocity,” Mr. Zeid said.The High Commissioner said that he had recently met with a group of Syrian women whose relatives had been detained or are simply missing. Their relatives are among the “countless people” in Syria to suffer arbitrary detention, torture, kidnapping, and enforced disappearance. The Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) has been refused access to the country, and no international human rights observers are admitted to check on sites where “very probably tens of thousands of people are currently held,” Mr. Zeid said.Despite a limited access, OHCHR is working alongside the Commission of Inquiry to collect and analyze evidence, building up the basis for criminal proceedings against individual perpetrators.In his statement, Mr. Zeid noted that the conflict started with torture which spawned “rebel movements, fueling violent extremists and setting the stage for a regional and proxy war.”Nearly 6.3 million people have been displaced and an additional 4.9 million people – mostly women and children – were forced to seek refuge since 2011, according to UN figures. His comments come as the conflict in Syria is entering its seventh years, triggered on 15 and 16 March, 2011, when authorities clamped down on demonstrations in Damascus, setting off massive anti-Government protests.Mr. Zeid called also for “ensuring accountability, establishing the truth and providing reparations,” if Syrians are ever to find peace and reconciliation.
The discovery of the role played by bacteria in the formation of platinum in surface environments could have major implications for the future exploration of the highly prized metal. Australian scientists, led by the University of Adelaide in South Australia, linked specialised bacterial communities found in biofilms on the grains of platinum group minerals at three separate locations around the world.Dr Frank Reith (lead researcher, pictured here), Senior Lecturer in the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences and Visiting Researcher at CSIRO Land and Water said finding additional PGM deposits was becoming increasingly difficult due to a limited understanding of the processes that affected the way they were cycled through surface environments.“This research reveals the key role of bacteria in these processes. This improved bio geochemical understanding is not only important from a scientific perspective but we hope will also lead to new and better ways of exploring for these metals,” Reith said.“One of the difficulties with finding deposits of platinum is that we need to understand the exploration signals that we get and we don’t know exactly how platinum travels in earth surface environments and what the mechanisms are that are involved.“What we were trying to understand in this study is that biological mechanisms can be involved in the transformation of that platinum in certain environments.”Reith said the research could allow the development of a different style of exploration using biological entities and a technique known as next generation sequencing. He said searching for specific micro-organisms associated with PGMs could lead exploration companies directly to deposits under the surface.“It is very similar to when police look for a suspect. They find a cigarette butt somewhere and extract the DNA and then they get a fingerprint and they can match it to the suspect. In very simple terms we can do the same with microbial communities in soil sediments,” Reith said.“If there’s interest from industry we can then extend that research into finding tools for exploration.”The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, investigated PGEs from Brazil, Colombia and the Australian state of Tasmania.The researchers, which included groups from Monash University, Mineral Resources Tasmania, University of Queensland, University of Western Australia, RMIT and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany, found live bacterial biofilms on mineral grains from all three sites using scanning electron microscopy. These biofilms had been suggested previously but were never before shown to exist.They also showed that the mineral grains found at the Brazil site were bio-organic in origin, further supporting the role of the bacteria in the secondary formation of platinum grains.The work builds on more than 10 years of research in gold, which has uncovered the role of micro-organisms in driving the Earth’s gold cycle
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Une mystérieuse levure venue de Patagonie secret de la bière blonde “lager”Des scientifiques ont découvert que la levure à l’origine de la bière blonde “lager” était une levure hybride issue d’une souche venue de Patagonie et introduite accidentellement en Bavière au XVe siècle. Cela fait des millénaires que l’on utilise la levure Saccharomyces cerevisiae pour fermenter le vin et la bière en Europe et en Asie. Un processus qui se fait à chaud, du moins normalement. En effet, ce n’est pas le cas de toutes les bières. La bière blonde “lager” fabriquée depuis le XVe siècle en Bavière présente la particularité d’être issue d’une fermentation à température froide. Ainsi, les scientifiques et les brasseurs savaient depuis longtemps que le secret de ce breuvage était en fait une levure hybride. Mais jusqu’ici, ils ignoraient jusqu’alors la nature du micro-organisme qui avait fusionné avec la Saccharomyces cerevisiae pour permettre de produire une telle propriété.À lire aussiIntelligentX, la première bière au monde créée grâce à une intelligence artificielleAujourd’hui, le mystère est élucidé grâce à des scientifiques de l’Institute for Biodiversity and Environment Research situé à Bariloche en Argentine : la levure secrète a été fortuitement rapportée de Patagonie au XVe siècle. Baptisée Saccharomyces eubayanus, elle pourrait avoir été transportée d’une plage d’Amérique du sud sur un morceau de bois ou dans l’estomac d’une mouche drosophile, pour se retrouver dans une cave ou un monastère de Bavière où des maîtres brasseurs stockaient leurs produits, expliquent les chercheurs dans leur étude publiée lundi dans les annales de l’Académie nationale des sciences. Une espèce découverte dans des hêtres La levure émigrée a alors fusionné avec sa cousine produisant la fameuse bière lager. “On cherchait cette chose depuis des décennies. Et maintenant nous l’avons trouvée, c’est sans aucun doute l’espèce manquante dans cette levure hybride permettant une fermentation à froid de la bière. La seule chose que nous ignorons c’est de savoir si cette espèce hybride similaire existe ailleurs à l’état sauvage sans avoir encore été découverte”, explique Chris Todd Hittinger, professeur de génétique à l’université du Wisconsin et co-auteur de cette recherche étendue au niveau mondial. C’est en étudiant des mites qui infectent les hêtres en Patagonie que les chercheurs argentins ont en fait découvert le micro-organisme dont l’ADN est très similaire à la moitié de la levure hybride permettant de fermenter la bière lager. “Les mites des hêtres sont très riches en sucres, un habitat dont cette levure semble être particulièrement friande”, a ainsi noté Chris Todd Hittinger. Reste donc désormais à savoir si la fameuse levure hybride prolifère également à l’état sauvage.Le 28 août 2011 à 10:53 • Maxime Lambert
Le tabagisme en diminution croissante chez les AméricainsSelon une étude publiée mardi par les Centres de contrôle et de prévention des maladies (CDC), les Américains fumeraient de moins en moins. De même, les fumeurs réduiraient leur consommation.La lutte contre le tabagisme semble faire ses preuves aux Etats-Unis. En effet, selon une étude réalisée par les Centres de contrôle et de prévention des maladies (CDC), le tabac ferait aujourd’hui de moins en moins d’émules chez les Américains. “Il y a trois millions de fumeurs de moins qu’il y a cinq ans aux Etats-Unis. Ceux qui fument toujours fument moins, mais nous pouvons faire encore mieux en amplifiant les programmes d’aide à l’arrêt du tabac”, a indiqué Tom Frieden, directeur des CDC cité par l’AFP. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, l’enquête s’est focalisée sur des statistiques allant de 2005 à 2010. Elle a ainsi montré que 19,3% des Américains de plus de 18 ans fument aujourd’hui contre 20,9% en 2005. De même, les “gros fumeurs” sont moins nombreux, alors que les fumeurs de plus de 30 cigarettes par jour ne sont plus que 8,3% contre 12,7% en 2005. A contrario, le nombre de fumeurs occasionnels (9 cigarettes ou moins) est en augmentation. Il est chiffré aujourd’hui à 21,8% contre 16,4% en 2005. Par ailleurs, les hommes fument toujours davantage (21,5%) que les femmes (17,3%) aux Etats-Unis, tout comme les Américains qui vivent sous le seuil de pauvreté (28,9%).Poursuivre la lutte contre le tabagisme “Par bien des aspects, l’étude donne de bonnes nouvelles”, a précisé Tim McAfee, directeur de la section tabac et santé des CDC. Lui et son confrère, estiment ainsi que les campagnes anti-tabac, les interdictions de fumer dans les lieux publics et les fortes taxes ont une importante responsabilité dans cette baisse. Ils relèvent alors : “le nombre de fumeurs baisse plus lentement mais nous allons dans la bonne direction.”À lire aussiPourquoi prend-on du poids quand on arrête de fumer ?La lutte pourrait néanmoins se compliquer par certains aspects. Au mois d’août, quatre fabricants de tabac américains ont décidé d’attaquer la FDA, l’agence de sécurité des aliments et des médicaments, estimant “inconstitutionnelle” l’obligation de faire figurer des avertissements contre les méfaits du tabagisme sur les paquets de cigarettes. De leur côté, les CDC rappellent que le tabagisme et le tabagisme passif sont les premières causes de maladies et de mortalité qui pourraient être évités aux Etats-Unis, causant la mort de 443.000 personnes par an.Le 7 septembre 2011 à 18:29 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible. It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind. There is no reason that we should be lagging behind on………— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019 AT&T Developing 5G Robots To Work in Retail StoresWorld’s First 5G-Powered Remote Brain Surgery Performed in China Donald Trump is not a patient man.The president this week urged wireless carriers to deploy 5G and 6G networks “as soon as possible.”Except, those technologies don’t actually exist yet.Yes, Verizon and AT&T launched preliminary 5G services late last year. But, as Geek sister site PCMag’s resident device expert Sascha Segan pointed out: neither is broadly available nor “meaningful for much more than bragging rights.”So why is Trump insisting the US roll them out now?“I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible,” he wrote in a Thursday tweet. “It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard.” ….something that is so obviously the future. I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies. We must always be the leader in everything we do, especially when it comes to the very exciting world of technology!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019Fifth-generation cellular wireless, as described by Segan, brings three new functions to the table: greater speed (to move more data), lower latency (to be more responsive), and the ability to connect a lot more devices at once (for sensors and smart devices).AT&T launched 5G in 12 cities on Dec. 1, while Verizon started with fixed 5G home Internet service, and plans to expand into mobile 5G this year.In general, though, there is more 5G hype than actual 5G. And the president’s call for deployment won’t change that.Demanding prospective technology isn’t going to make a difference, either, considering new wireless standards take years to develop and distribute.“6G is not defined yet,” Richard Li, head of the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union’s Network 2030 focus group, told IEEE Spectrum last year. “I’m going to act like a wily fox and let other people define it.”Federal Communications Commission member Jessica Rosenworcel echoed that sentiment, admitting last year that “no one knows yet what 6G will entail.”Industry insiders, however, can speculate.“The sixth generation of wireless service will feature terahertz-frequency networks and spatial multiplexing,” Rosenworcel predicted during a September wireless conference, as reported by The Washington Post. It could conceivably support download speeds 1,000 times faster than the gigabit speeds some promise under 5G.“American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind,” Trump’s tweets continued. “There is no reason that we should be lagging behind on … something that is so obviously the future.“I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies,” he wrote. “We must always be the leader in everything we do, especially when it comes to the very exciting world of technology.”It’s unclear who’s whispering sweet nothings of sixth-gen cell networks into Trump’s ear. But perhaps he got over excited when Huawei founder and president Ren Zhengfei on Thursday told CBS This Morning that “we are rolling out 5G and soon we’ll welcome 6G.”The current administration has warned allies it may reconsider military relationships with countries that use Huawei.More on Geek.com:Drones, Doctors, and Disney Praise Verizon 5G at CES 2019China Preps 5G Coverage For World’s Longest Sea BridgeQualcomm’s Latest Tech Sets 5G Phones on Track for 2019