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13 arrested, 4 injured at Portland right wing rally: Police

first_imgCopyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an “ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.” Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2019 Early Saturday, Trump criticized antifa in a tweet, and said Portland is “being watched very closely.” iStock(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Thirteen people were arrested and four were injured, as over 1,000 right-wing demonstrators and counter-protesters descended on downtown Portland on Saturday, police said.There were “at least 13 arrests,” in six hours, Portland Police Lieutenant Tina Jones said in a statement. “We are aware of four individuals who have been evaluated by Portland Fire medics,” the statement said.Jones also said that one person had been taken to a hospital and that “Portland Fire medics report that all known injuries are considered to be minor.”However, as the day progressed, tensions seemed to be mounting. At around 4:30 p.m. local time, and the Portland Police tweeted, that “Police are having plastic water bottles thrown at them as they are making an arrest on SW Yamhill and Park.” After that, police began advising people to clear the streets or face arrest.“Police are advising this is now a civil disturbance. Crowd needs to leave the area and go Northbound on Park or any direction eastbound. This means everyone,” Portland Police tweeted.The city has been bracing for several militant right-wing groups to arrive in the city, along with scores of counter-protesters.Enrique Tarrio, national head of the Proud Boys, who describe themselves as an all-male “western chauvinist” group, and former InfoWars personality Joe Biggs, organized the “End Domestic Terrorism” rally on Saturday that started at 11 a.m. local time. Initially, the crowds moved in slowly, and were met by a heavy police presence, in which local police were bolstered by more than a dozen other law enforcement agencies.Members of other far-right extremist groups, including the American Guard, the Three Percenters, and the Daily Stormers, were also expected to attend in the hopes of declaring militant leftists, or anti-fascists known as “anitfa,” a domestic terrorist group.One right-wing militia group, Oath Keepers, disavowed the rally for fears of being associated with white supremacists.“We do not believe the organizers are taking the steps necessary to ensure that white nationalist and suspected white nationalist groups and individuals will be excluded,” said Stewart Rhodes, the group’s founder, in a statement on its website. “Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR,’” the tweet read. “Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!”The president did not, however, criticize the right-wing organizers.Previous rallies featuring right-wing groups and antifa have turned violent in Portland, prompting a warning from Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.Ahead of Saturday’s rallies, Wheeler issued a video message stating, “if you’re planning on coming here on August 17th with the intent to commit violence, we don’t want you here.”It was unclear whether Joey Gibson, the leader of right-wing Patriot Prayer, will attend the rally. He and five other men have been arrested this month, on charges stemming from a violent outburst on May 1 at Cider Riot, a bar that is a haven for the city’s leftists. Videos of the May Day incident show men associated with the group spraying pepper spray, fighting and striking people with batons.He turned himself in to authorities and bailed out on Friday.Local authorities have beefed up security and have been joined by an array of other law enforcement agencies “on a scale that this city hasn’t seen in years,” Wheeler said. A message to anyone who plans on using Portland on August 17th to commit violence and spread hate: We.Don’t.Want.You.Here.Stop using our beautiful city and our home to spread fear and disrupt our lives. https://t.co/CtkoxMz6rQ— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) August 7, 2019 https://t.co/BAUm1eFJWt— Oath Keepers (@Oathkeepers) August 15, 2019last_img read more

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EOC calls for part-time rights for parents

first_imgThe Equal Opportunities Commission is claiming that two sex discriminationcases last week demonstrate the need for the Work and Parents Taskforce to helpparents work flexibly. A former receptionist at Lex Retail Group settled her case for sexdiscrimination and unfair dismissal for £8,000 after it refused to allow her towork part-time following maternity leave. Also a secretary at accountancy firm Hacker Young settled her claim for£5,000. While on maternity leave her part-time post was filled on a full-timebasis and she claimed she wasn’t offered a suitable alternative. Julie Mellor, chair of the EOC, said, “If parents had a right to havetheir request to work part- time considered seriously then an employer whoturned down such a request would have to be absolutely sure they had a realjustification for doing so. “The Work and Parents Taskforce needs to find ways of ensuring parentsdo benefit from more flexibility at work.” EOC calls for part-time rights for parentsOn 31 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Outdoor Updates: Land swap could allow pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail

first_imgLand swap could allow pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail Colley closed a more than 4-minute gap to reach the second place finish, crossing the finish line just 17 seconds after the winner of the race. Grandma’s Marathon is held each year in Duluth, Minnesota. Dominic Ondoro set the course record in 2014 with a time of 2:09:06.  Experts agree that climate change will impact the world, and even the regions of the United States, in different ways. While some areas of the planet may see increased rainfall others will experience more frequent drought, for example. That scenario is playing out right now in Chennai, India, a city of over 10 million people. Satellite images of the rain-fed reservoir, Lake Puzhal, that provides Chennai with water, shows a near-dry lake basin. Another, smaller reservoir, Chembarambakkam Lake, is also going dry. Is this the future? One of India’s biggest cities is running out of water WNC athlete finishes second at Grandma’s Marathon A land swap with the federal government could allow the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail. The U.S. Department of the Interior could allow the natural gas company to cross the Appalachian Trail at the top of Peters Mountain near the border of Virginia and West Virginia in exchange for land next to Jefferson National Forest owned by Mountain Valley. A runner who trains at ZAP Endurance, a non-profit training center for post-collegiate, Olympic hopefuls in Western North Carolina, came in second place at Grandma’s Marathon last Saturday. Andrew Colley finished the race with a personal best of 2:12:12 and set a new ZAP record, bettering the fastest marathon time recorded by a ZAP athlete by 1:01.  Before the plan goes through it would have to be approved by several federal agencies. The land swap would push the completion of the 303-mile pipeline to next year.  Chennai should be in the middle of monsoon-season right now. But the rains have not arrived and an extreme heat wave is exacerbating conditions. Instead, people stand in long lines for water and restaurants are forced to refuse customers. NPR reports that a man was killed in a fight over water. The government has sent water tankers to residential areas but some people in the hardest-hit areas have abandoned their homes and moved in with relatives. Climate change experts in India blame the crisis on “a toxic mix of bad governance and climate change.”last_img read more

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US outlook highly uncertain, businesses ‘pessimistic’: Fed

first_imgAmong the nearly US$3 trillion in rescue measures approved by Congress since the pandemic hit, the government provided an additional $600 in weekly jobless payments temporarily, on top of any state benefits, and extended the time period for receiving payments. Topics : “Although many contacts expressed hope that overall activity would pick-up as businesses reopened, the outlook remained highly uncertain and most contacts were pessimistic about the potential pace of recovery,” the survey said.The disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic caused activity to decline in all of the Fed’s 12 districts, with most reporting sharp slowdowns along with steep declines in employment, the survey showed.Government data shows job losses since mid-March are approaching 40 million, although some of the Fed’s regional banks report that most of the layoffs are considered temporary.Businesses also cited a list of “challenges in bringing employees back to work, including workers’ health concerns, limited access to childcare, and generous unemployment insurance benefits,” the report said. Retailers strugglingThe government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offered low-cost loans that businesses will not have to repay if they keep employees on their payrolls and off state unemployment rolls.The Fed survey reported strong demand for PPP which helped firms “limit or avoid” layoffs.However, some companies reported offering temporary wage increases for essential workers “to compete with unemployment insurance,” which was expanded amid the pandemic.In Boston, many firms reported pay increases of as much as 25 to 30 percent “because of work-related risks,” but they expect the increases to be temporary, the report said.In New York, the state hardest hit by the virus, the economic downturn continued, but there were rays of hope amid “scattered signs of a pickup in early May,” as the region began to tentatively reopen.Businesses resorted to curbside pickup and online sales to partially compensate for lost sales when they were forced to close their doors, but auto sales and construction “ground to a halt.”And “there continued to be fairly widespread pessimism” among businesses in the New York region.The survey also showed signs of potential financial challenges ahead once the economy restarts.Retailers are struggling to pay rent, according to the survey, and while residential landlords say fewer households than expected delayed payment, in St. Louis, “Banks indicated a sharp increase in delinquencies, primarily in mortgages, credit cards and auto loans.”The nationwide survey collected information through May 18 in preparation for the next meeting of the Fed’s policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee on June 9-10. After weeks of economic shutdowns, the outlook for a US rebound remains “highly uncertain” and businesses nationwide are gloomy about how quickly things can return to normal, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.At the same time firms worry that generous unemployment benefits make it difficult to retain workers or to bring them back to their posts once they are able to reopen, according to the Fed’s beige book survey of economic conditions.The survey showed activity in the world’s largest economy continued to fall sharply in recent weeks in all regions, with auto sales falling sharply and tenants unable to pay rent.last_img read more

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Louise Galveston to hold book launch party for ‘In Todd We Trust’

first_img“Louise Galveston” not to be confused with you-know-who.Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Public Library is hosting a book launch party for local author, Louise Galveston’s latest release “In Todd We Trust,” on March 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Louise will be signing books and there will be book-themed games and refreshments as well as lots of giveaways.The book, for 8-12 year-olds, is the sequel to “By the Grace of Todd,”  a 2015-2016 Young Hoosier Award Nominee. The hilarious misadventures of super messy Todd and his race of tiny humanoids continue as the Toddlians set out Noah’s ark style to find a more responsible god.It’s up to Todd to save them and prove that he is worthy of their trust and devotion. www.bythegraceoftodd.comPlease contact Louise, who is said to be closely related to Michelle Brown, at [email protected] for interviews or more information.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Proud Of Our Town · 281 weeks ago Glad to see the local library and local authors teaming up! We have a great community with so many talented people. Let’s go show our support. Thanks for sharing! Report Reply 0 replies · active 281 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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How Blockchain Can Put an End to Conflict Minerals

first_imgTrends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Tags:#Africa#Blockchain Tatsiana Levdikova Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Related Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tatsiana Levdikova is a Content Marketer at OpenLedger ApS, a blockchain development company. She is passionate about blockchain, IoT, health IT, natural language processing, web and software design and development, and more. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of where their products are coming from. Ethically sourced materials have become a selling point for companies around the world. More and more companies are working on ditching conflict minerals and ensuring that their products are not associated with human rights abuses. Blockchain can put an end to conflict minerals globally.Note that conflict minerals remain a big problem today. Take the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), for example. It is the second largest country in Africa, a land full of natural resources such as gold, diamonds, and oil. More than 64% of the Congolese population is extremely poor — living on less than $2.00 a day.Conflict Minerals in CongoThe country has been torn apart by political conflicts and corruption. In this war-torn nation, only in 2017 and 2018 alone, more than two million people have been displaced. More than five million people died in the region between 1998 and 2007. That is more than half a million people per year.What is worse is that armed groups present in the country exploit Congo’s natural resources to fund these conflicts. In 2008, they were able to raise over $180 million from mining there. Many of the mines in Congo function through the use of intimidation, slavery, and child labor.These children are forced to work in extreme conditions at all points of the supply chain, from mineral excavation and processing up until trading and transportation. Rather than going to school or playing with their friends, these children are being forced to spend days sorting through dirt to find precious minerals. The mines are their playground, and the soil is their toy.However, unlike conventional playgrounds, these are anything but safe. Mines are hazardous and are no place for a child. Children in mines are often injured or killed from mining accidents. Death and suffering from poisoning due to overexposure to mercury — which is used to process gold — is common.Watch an episode of the 2008 series of “House,” and watch an actor try to portray what metal poisoning feels like. Now picture these small children exposed to this torture. Both adults and children develop respiratory diseases from exposure to dust and other harmful substances present in mines.Illegal mines damage wildlife by destroying habitats in surrounding areas killing birds, animals, and other creatures living there. Hunting pressure and commercial bushmeat trafficking also have devastating effects on wildlife.Steps to Decrease Forced Labor and Human Right AbusesNations throughout the globe are finally beginning to realize that something needs to be done. Many of the materials these illegal mines produce are present in objects we use on a daily basis.The four most commonly mined conflict minerals are gold, coltan, wolframite which is used for tungsten, and cassiterite, which is used for tin. These items are found throughout items many of us use on a daily basis — including TVs, cellphones, cars, computers and many other electronics.Additionally, these minerals are also found on airplanes and larger devices that primarily function with the use of electronics. Considering many of these items are developed within the U.S., in 2010 a new set of regulations was introduced to help aid in the reduction of forced labor, human rights abuses, and wildlife losses.The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and Other RegulationsSection 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act requires that businesses operating in the United States ensure that the resources they are using in their products are not being sourced from conflict mines. Again, this is in the mining for gold, coltan, wolframite which is used for tungsten, and cassiterite which is used for tin.The Dodd-Frank Act was made in 2010 in an era of responsibility — when all people are calling on global initiatives for protection for those who don’t have a voice. It calls on companies that require these resources to perform due diligence when sourcing materials.The 2010 act and other regulations require that businesses keep a better eye on their supply chains, which ultimately means increased transparency and gaining the ability to tell where their company materials come from. This legislation also requires visibility about the types of labor practices being conducted in those regions.Similar regulations are now being established within the EU as well. The EU Conflict Minerals Regulation will come into effect in January 2021. Like the Dodd-Frank Act, it requires businesses operating in the EU to do their due diligence when sourcing materials for their products.Companies will then have to provide a Conflict Minerals Report, which would need to be audited by an independent audit company, whose costs typically start from $25,000 per report for a small company, and from $100,000 for a larger one.All of this means a lot of expenses that small, medium-sized, and large businesses will have to account for down the road. It’s estimated these new regulations would affect between 600 to 1,000 EU businesses.A 2016 study by Amnesty International found that companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung possibly used cobalt in their products that had been collected from mines using child laborers. That means many of the iPhones being used daily and the Microsoft computers we are using — currently, operate on child labor.So although the Dodd-Frank Act went into law in 2010, the issues remain and are spreading on a massive scale. The advent of millennials becoming a more substantial purchasing power will help all of us. The millennial has their eyes cast upon saving the planet — and gaining civil rights for all persons globally. Companies will be forced to show accountability at some point.The Effects of New RegulationThe Dodd-Frank Act and the EU mineral regulations have brought up intense auditing systems that require companies to spend significant amounts of money to ensure their products are being developed ethically. Despite how expensive these audits are, they’re not genuinely effective — but they will be.Modern auditing is mainly performed through random sampling, meaning verification is only conducted from random information. This means a business might be able to luck out (as they suppose) for a while — but not forever.Blockchain can track everything, making random sampling audits using a method that can look into the past. These companies will do better in these coming future audits — if they will fix their lapses of judgment (and mining), now.How Blockchain Functions in AuditingBlockchain technology has the potential to ensure compliance, reduce audit costs, and protect human rights, eliminating forced and child labor in mineral mining. Although this technology is mainly used to increase supply chain efficiency, it can be adapted to make sourcing more ethical as well.With all points in a supply chain linked to the blockchain, all aspects of mines can be uploaded to the chain, such as details about the workforce, production, quality of minerals, the prevalence of minerals, and many others. With blockchain, every aspect of mineral products can be logged and looked back at when necessary.Blockchain requires a majority vote for previous information, or “blocks,” to be altered, which ultimately ensures there would be no chance of foul play. Each member of the chain will have the ability to see what has been added, and exactly when it is added.Does Blockchain Mean the End of Auditing?Auditing institutions can learn to adopt the technology to provide a more efficient and effective auditing service. Currently, auditing relies on methods that sometimes offer illegitimate results, and an audit conducted through random sampling can hardly be considered an audit at all, but more a “game of chances.”However, auditing companies could develop their own blockchain services. Plus, with blockchain auditors could provide more consistent testing. Not only auditors, but corporations themselves could be positive that they are not utilizing illegal or child labor practices.Current Blockchain Use Cases in Eliminating Conflict MineralsEliminating conflict materials has never been an easy task. Even with global companies performing their due diligence, there’s often no way for them to know or find out if conflict minerals got their way into the supply chain due to the number of intermediaries the mining industry traditionally has.Until recently, the $600 billion mineral industry did not have any real means actually to track itself. It all started changing just recently, with the help of blockchain.German company Minespider has introduced a blockchain-based solution that tracks the entire mineral cycle, from mining to shipment and payment. Their system works in three stages: certification, transfer, and report.During the first certification stage, Minespider gets certifications of mineral sources from their partner company, BetterChain. The confirmed, certified mines then receive electronic certification tokens, which are based on their production tonnage. These certifications are subject to annual audit and review.During the transfer stage, the purchaser gets a number of tokens equivalent to the ordered tonnage, transferred to their account via blockchain. In the third and final reporting stage, the report is generated, showing the percentage of documented material that moves through the supply chain. This makes the whole process as transparent and straightforward as possible, allowing mineral mining companies to ensure compliance and save on auditing costs as well instantly.Making Society Safer with BlockchainWhy do conflict minerals continue to exist? Why do workers continue to be injured or killed in mines? The answer is simple: our supply chains lack the necessary amount of transparency. Blockchain technology can sustain more transparent supply chains.Its ability to act as an immutable digital ledger is improving industries across the globe. It is making the medical industry more effective, decreasing shipping times with better and swifter communication, changing the way we bank, and increasing trust and accountability throughout business transactions.By using blockchain to increase transparency in the supply chain, we are taking the first step to ridding the world of conflict minerals altogether. Why is Bitcoin Soaring?last_img read more

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Mocha Pro 2020 Packed with New Features for VFX Artists

first_imgMega PlatesFirst up is the all new Mega Plates module.In the wonderful world of visual effects, a clean plate allows artists to perfectly composite multiple images. It’s essentially the background image without the foreground objects, whether those are actors, cars, etc. Once you separate the foreground from the background via a clean plate, you can apply effects to both images for visual effects magic.Unfortunately, in many cases, a clean plate doesn’t get captured during production. However, you can always manually create a clean plate by removing the foreground object then paint in the background. This is certainly more labor intensive, but it’s often the only option. While performing this technique on a static shot is simple enough, what about when a shot is moving — such as a pan? Enter the Mega Plate.Here’s a great example of how you can enhance backgrounds with Mocha Pro 2020 and Adobe After Effects.The Mega Plate module is a unique new feature, building on Mocha’s most powerful core technologies: planar tracking and temporal frame analysis. It helps users create a stitched extended frame for visual effects tasks. Working with Mega Plates is a new way to visualize and work on a larger-than-raster “Mega” canvas for common VFX tasks such as object removal, clean plating, sky replacements, matte painting, and set extensions.Use rendered Mega Plates in Mocha’s Remove Module or export it with tracking data for advanced effects. Use the exported data in Foundry NUKE, Adobe After Effects, Blackmagic Fusion, or other VFX applications.Area BrushCreating shapes in Mocha can be a tedious, time-consuming process. The new Area Brush is a dynamic new paint tool designed to speed up this task. Area Brush, with Quick Mask mode, brings fluid gestural paint functionality into Mocha to define planar tracking and masking search areas.For example, instead of clicking and dragging spline points, adding and subtracting paint strokes get converted to vector splines. This method speeds up and simplifies multi-shape tracking and masking set-ups. The Area Brush also supports Wacom tablets for pressure-sensitive scaling. Select the Area Brush and paint on the screen. The brush will scale based on pressure sensitivity.Here’s a closer look at the Area Brush tool. The latest version of Mocha Pro just hit the scene, and it’s chock-full of new tools geared toward visual effects artists.The award-winning planar tracking software received several new features, including mega plates, a new area brush, and advanced color management support. Let’s take a closer look at Mocha Pro 2020. OpenColorIO (OCIO) SupportLast, but not least, is the new support for color management.With OpenColorIO, you’ll never have to wonder if your color is off again. Mocha Pro’s adoption of OCIO means you’ll have consistent and predictable color display across industry workflows. It’s compatible with the Academy Color Encoding Specification (ACES) and enables improved color-managed workflows with high-end post-production and VFX applications, including Boris FX Silhouette, Foundry’s NUKE, Autodesk Flame, Avid Media Composer, and more.To learn more about Mocha Pro 2020, head over to the Boris FX website.Cover image via Boris FX.Looking for more on video production? Check these out.Adobe Unveils Auto Reframe and Other Video Editing Updates at Adobe Max ShareGrid Acquires BorrowFox in Plan to Expand to United KingdomThis ‘Pocket Film School’ Teaches Everything You’d Learn in Film School7 Tutorials for Editing Audio in Your Film and Video ProjectsThe Best Video Editing Programs: Final Cut Pro vs Premiere Prolast_img read more

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